Exercise! And P90X.

by Christine on April 11th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

Okay, so I am the first to admit it: I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to my exercise. Since my half-marathon in December I kind of called it quits on the exercise and got lazier than heck.

I still am not exercising as much as I should, but with the weather getting nicer, I’m already doing a lot more activity.  This weekend I did a P90X video with my hubby. This morning I actually dragged my sorry butt out of bed and went jogging.  If the weather holds up (aka: it doesn’t rain) I’ll go rollerblading at lunchtime.

It’s me! Working out in my living room. Ha ha, too bad the picture is of me holding “baby weights.” I need to increase my weights, badly!

Hubby has lost a lot of inches since starting p90X! It’s done wonders for him. He’s frustrated that the scale hasn’t moved, but it must all be turning to muscle; I can definitely see a change in his physique. Go honey go!

For those unfamiliar with P90X, it’s a workout video that takes 90 days to complete.  The workout emphasizes plyometrics, which I have always said is the best for fat-blasting and cardiovascular health (read that old post here). It also incorporates strength training and stretching (yoga) and core workouts (situps).  (read my old legs strength training routine here)  I’m going to be hurting tomorrow after the arm workout yesterday. I can’t wait! DOMS is something I love and seek out!

I have a vacation coming up really soon, and it’s important to me that I pack my gym clothes and I use the fitness facility at least twice while I’m gone. Oh, I’ll get lots of exercise in without the gym: swimming, walking, hiking, etc., but I want to ensure that I really get the powerful workout that I need.

It’s springtime, y’all! It’s time to step it up and get some workouts in!

In other news, I finally took a little time this weekend to relax and get some work done around the house. The lawn desperately needs to be attended to, but I broke down and hired lawn care people to do a one-time cleaning while we’re on vacation. Friday I came home after work and read a while and fell asleep early. Saturday I went shopping for some vacation essentials (aka: a bathing suit) and then scrubbed my porch floor…I mean, down on my hands and knees scrubbing! I spent the rest of Saturday playing board games with friends. Sunday was my big cleaning day.  I mucked out the garage and threw a bunch of crap away. I threw a bunch of stuff away in my kitchen too. I sorted out my bills, did 6 loads of laundry, cleaned my coat closet (threw a bunch of stuff away then too), and other spring cleaning. It felt great to throw away a lot of stuff!

I also went through some of my clothing bins and pulled out some cute clothes in larger sizes to give away to a few friends of mine. It was surprisingly difficult to do that. Even though I’m wearing a size 2/4 these days, it is hard for me to part with my Size 12 and Size 14s. I was stuck in those sizes for so long that I worry I will return to those sizes again someday.  Now keep in mind that I have TEN tubs of clothing that is too big for me. I NEED to get rid of some of these clothes! It feels good to get rid of a few things, but I’m filled with anxiety over it, too.

Does anyone else have a hard time getting rid of their “big” clothes?

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Running victory & delicious food!

by Christine on November 3rd, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Happy Wednesday Revolutionists!

I am writing this from Starbucks. I’m enjoying a small Gingerbread Latte, a treat for myself! I love going to a coffee shop, listening in on the conversations around me, the accoustic blends on the radio (currently jazz, at this Starbucks), watching the people come and go. I like asking myself, “Where are they going? Are they having a good day? What’s their story?” People watching is great fun!

If Sal & his wife are reading this…HELLO!!!  Sal’s wife is having the gastric banding surgery in a week or so. I wish you TONS of luck, and if you need anything please let me know!

Congrats to my blogger-friend SHANE who won his local election yesterday! He’s the newest Justice of the Peace for Crawford County! Congrats Shane, I’m very proud of you! This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for growth as you go through law school. Next step: Oklahoma Attorney General!  I love Shane’s positive outlook on life. He is constantly reminding me that anything is possible. It’s exciting to see his weight-loss transformation go further than just his weight: he’s tackling physical challenges, challenges at the law firm where he works, going to law school…he’s now a public servant, and he does it all while being a fantastic father and husband. Thank you Shane for inspiring me every day!

This morning the alarm went off at 8 a.m. and I really wanted to turn it off and sleep in. But no! I forced myself to wake up, throw some workout clothes on, and go to the gym. The fact that I had to let me car run for 10 minutes to warm up and eliminate the frost didn’t help my motivation.  I wanted to push myself further on the treadmill, further than I’ve ever gone before. To date, the furthest I’ve gone is 4 miles. Today I did six miles total, five of those miles jogging. Despite the fact that my back is hurting like a crazyperson and I may have really wrecked my back good….I felt amazing! I busted my distance-record! I feel fierce, like I can conquor anything! It reminded me of the time I climbed Mount Fuji as a 200+ pound person….real exhileration! (If you haven’t read that story, read it here!)

I am “training” (I use that term loosely, since I really haven’t got the foggiest idea what the hell I’m doing) for a half marathon, which I will run/walk/crawl at the gym, on my own, on December 5th. I’m still looking for participants to push themselves on that day! If you’re game, let me know!!! I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to go from 6 miles run today to 13.1 miles run in a moth’s time, but it’s going to happen one way or the other. Because I want it to. Because I can do anything if I set my mind to it!

When I got back from the gym, I had a mini-victory: the scale flickered at 127.8 (but finally rested on 128). Considering I had a bottle and a half of water inside me at that point, I consider that nearly a one-pound loss! I can’t believe I have only TWO POUNDS TO GO TO MY GOAL WEIGHT!  That knowledge is blowing my mind.  100 pounds lost is so close I can touch it!

I met a friend for lunch today at a new Thai restaurant called Blue Spice. Oh, the food was absolutely delicious! The soup that comes with the meal was a light miso-broth soup with some tofu, clear noodles, garlic and ginger was mind-blowingly good. I wanted to savor every single bite. Light, clear brothy soup like that is very low in calories too, which is an added bonus. For my meal I ordered the salmon in some kind of coconut curry sauce, with a few mushrooms and peas on it. (I did not eat the rice because I already had carbs–with the clear noodles in the soup and peas on the salmon). Holy smokes was this dish delicious! I ate about half of the salmon and absolutely cannot wait to eat the rest for dinner tonight.

I’m having another loose skin “problem.” I think I’ve lost weight slowly enough that my skin has bounced back pretty well from 100 pounds weight loss. I DO have some loose skin on my arms (near my armpit), my legs, boobs, and my abdomen.  This last week I’ve notice another pocket of loose skin: my belly, just above the belly button. The loose skin literally droops and drips, and resembles a shriveled up sundried tomato. It’s quite gross and nasty, but I’m viewing this as a victory: it’s lose skin, but it is NOT FAT.  Overall, I think I’m pretty lucky to have a little loose skin as I do, so I just need to keep this bigger perspective in mind. I would take the loose skin any day over being overweight, with taught skin. This is a consequence of weight loss that I’m wholly willing to accept.  Does that count as a Non-Scale Victory (NSV)?

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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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