137.0 pounds (88 pounds lost): Hefty workout!

by Christine on August 18th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

Good morning Revolutionists!

I admire all of you that do your weigh-ins once per week. I admire the restraint needed to do this! I am not one of those people, however. I weigh twice a day typically — once in the morning for a “real” weight, and once in the evening only because I’m neurotic.  I’d love to tuck the scale away in the closet and weigh once every 2 weeks or once a month, but that’s just not going to happen. My willpower is not capable of that.

This morning I stepped on the scale, and oh! It flickered at 136.8, but ended up at 137.0. I’ll take it! Every single pound is an utter victory and should be celebrated! I jumped off the scale and did a happy dance, twirling around my bathroom like a maniac.

The numbers are due no doubt to the butt-kicking workout I gave myself yesterday. I did 4.2 miles on the treadmill (I’m working on amping up for the 10K in December, courtesy of a Miz Fit challenge).  This workout wasn’t about time; I did it in just under 50 minutes…I’m not winning any awards with that time. No, it was about messing with my incline and speed to really mess with my heart rate. I ranged from an incline of 1.0 to 5.0, and I ranged in jogging speed from 5.5 (my comfort jogging speed) to 7.0 (sprinting). I’m only 5’2, so my legs only go so fast, ya know?  At mile 3.75 I felt like I was going to barf all over the machinery, but I had Biggest Loser’s Bob in my ear going, push past it! You can do it! I forced myself to continue.

The workout maybe went something like this:

  • Walked 0.2 miles to warm up (3.6 mph, 1.0 incline)
  • Jogged 1.4 miles (5.5 mph, 2.0 incline)
  • Walked 0.2 miles (3.6 mph, 3.0 incline)
  • Jogged 1.0 miles (5.5 mph, 4.0 incline)
  • Walked 0.2 miles (3.6 mph, 5.0 incline)
  • Jogged 0.5 miles (6.0 mph, 2.5 incline)
  • Walked 0.2 miles (3.6 mph, 2.0 incline)
  • Ran 0.5 miles (7.0 mph, 1.0 incline)

I followed the jog up with 100 situps. More barf-a-dilly-iciousness.

Pics of my sweaty beasty self!

My eating yesterday was right on target, again. I treated myself to a small can of SunnyD. I hadn’t had it in ages, and it sounded so good! I know it’s pure sugar and very little real fruit, so I consider it a treat, rather than a health drink.At 60 calories, it’s not breaking my calorie budget but still allows me to have a treat! I always have nuts for a snack at work. Yesterday I had a handful of pistachios.

Does it help anyone out there to see what foods I’m eating? I have no idea. Here was yesterday:

8 a.m.: Cheerios (100) and some skim milk (25)
10 a.m.: Pistachios (75)
Noon: Leftover ravioli (120??)
3 p.m.:  SunnyD (60) and some almonds (60)
5:30: More almonds (pre-workout food) (40)
8 p.m.: 3 oz pork loin chop (100), some asparagus sauted in butter and garlic (30), a little cous cous (70), 1 beer (100?)
Total Calories:  780, right on target!

Yesterday afternoon I took another walk around town. It was a beautiful day, and it was so nice to get out of the office for a little stroll. I think I’ll do the same today.

Tonight I’m going out on a date with my hubby! I’m so excited! I honestly don’t remember the two of us went on a date together — it’s been months! We have both been very busy lately and haven’t seen much of each other. Our plan is to go to a restaurant that hubby has been raving about for weeks now (just a pub, but with awesome hamburgers apparently) followed by a movie. I want to see The Expendables. Anyone seen that? Is it any good?

I would like to do something sweet for my hubby. You know…like guys bring girls flowers on a date? What can I do for my hubby to make him go “awe!” and make his heart go pitter-pat? Hmmm. Suggestions needed! (Patrick? Allan? Shane? Clyde? C’mon my guy-friends…help a sistah out!)

I can’t wait!

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  • Allanmklein

    137 lbs… Nothing like a little something from Victoria’s Secret that your new frame put on for him. I find the best choices are what looks the best on the floor… Just my 2 cents..

  • Karenogle133

    My hubby likes sentimental cards that let him know I appreciate all he does for me. Have fun on your date and pat yourself on the back for a great workout. :)

  • Colls

    You look amazing! Look at all that sweat! Congrats on the 88 lbs down, that is incredible. <3

  • Big Clyde

    I think that Allen’s got the right idea. Also, just give him compliments and keep your hands on him.

  • Lesia

    Holy crap you are my HERO!

  • http://vernswifevickie.blogspot.com/ Vickie

    Have fun on your date!!!

  • Freckle on the Nose

    Look at you go! You’re awesome!

  • Dr. Fatty

    Great job on the workout! You are so way faster than me. I run my fastest at 4.5, but average 3.8. So I’m super de duper slow. I envy you your speed, but I’ll get there. I like pictures of all kinds of stuff, so keep that up.

    As far as the date night, isn’t it great when you still get excited about that?? Wait until you have kids. Those date nights get fewer and farther between. I can’t remember how long you’ve been married, but I’ve been married long enough to know that there is no trinket or gift that you can buy your husband that’ll make him as happy as you get when he gets you flowers. Guys just aren’t wired like that. BUT, there are things you can do…..you get the idea.

  • Qslowe

    I love the pictures and you are looking great. You live in a pretty city.

  • Traci

    Woho for weight loss. I weigh myself every day too, but have my own official weigh in on Mondays. Sounds like an awesome workout doing the incline in there too. I picture Jillian yelling at me. I have always said I would be on team Bob if I were ever there but seriously, I always picture Jillian. Have fun on your date. One time I made my hubby a little scrapbook keepsake that had something on each little heart that said something I love about him. He loved it and still has it.

  • Dr. Fatty

    BTW The Expendables is great! Especially if you like stuff blowing up and fights and tough guys!

  • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

    Thanks Dr. F! Actually, your description of the movie on your blog the other day is what prompted me to say, “Honey, I want to see this movie!” I love action-adventure movies. James Bond? Absolutely. Die Hards? Hell yes. I love that stuff.

  • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

    Aw, thank you Qslowe! I don’t live in this city, but yes, it’s very pretty indeed. The brownstones and the architecture are really delightful.

  • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

    Hmmm, interesting concept. Weigh in every day, but only count Mondays. Hmmm….
    Naw. I don’t think I’d like that. What would happen if the scale dips in the week and then goes back up during the weekend? That would make me mental! LOL!

  • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

    Oh, I hear you Dr. F. I used to run at 4.9, but I’ve been pushing myself to run faster, faster. I don’t really care about the time, per se. I just like being able to beat a personal best, whatever that time may be. And as for the kids and being married….we’ve been married for 2.5 years. No kids, and we aren’t planning on having any. But have a really awesome cat, if that counts. :-) Thanks for the “present” tip!

  • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

    Awe, thanks Colls!

  • Shane G.

    Ok, I have to say, I am just not sure i could ever make it through the day on the calories you get! You are a beast!!!! And I too am a shorty and your comfortable walking zone is (well at least it used to be) my almost jog zone. I admire my Christine! Now, on to the date, I will tell you this. Your hubby is completely ecstatic if you WANT to go see the Expendables. No gift necessary. Not to offend but maybe if you want to make him go awe, I would suggest a sexy outfit and a little flirting and extra attention on the date. YOU girls can melt a guy if you just try. That is worth way more than any gift you will ever buy.

  • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

    Shane, I would highly recommend that you not try to get through the day on 800 calories. That would be much too low for you! But for me, it’s just right. Actually I think 1000 calories is my “maintenance” calorie limit. 800 allows me to lose weight very very slowly, but surely! Thank you for the date night tips! I did my best to flirt and pay extra attention (as well as be perky, fun, and have FUN! you know, laugh a lot, etc). :-)