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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P90X-ing my night

by Christine on March 14th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Good morning Revolutionists!

I haven’t updated my blog in about a week! Yikes! Mostly that is because I didn’t have very much to share, but that’s still not an excuse to go AWOL.  Sorry about that! Here’s a little recap of my boring but busy week:

Wednesday after work I went snowshoeing with a friend. We went on a local golf course and walked 9 hilly holes, which took about an hour and a half. It was dark when we got done.  We went out to dinner afterwards and split two appetizers; I had diet sod, some cheese fondue, and some ahi tuna appetizer thing that was delicious. I got home late and fell right asleep.

Thursday I had an appointment with another surgeon at another hospital to discuss options with my port. He highly recommended that I simply re-attach it the way it was always supposed to be, in the same spot, etc.  He gave good reasons why he thought other re-attachment locations would be a bad idea and risky, and I tend to agree with him. I will contact my surgeon this week to schedule a port-reattachment surgery. Man, this has been a long time in coming! Thursday evening we met friends at the local bar for pub trivia. Our team won both at halftime as well as at the end of the night. That meant we got two sets of prizes. We wanted to be good sports, so we gave away one set of prizes to the #2 team.

Friday morning I went to a local event…Global Foundries is building a huge facility in town–it’s the largest commercial building project nation-wide. The meeting was like a Chamber of Commerce event, with 500 people attending, trying to learn how they can get a piece of the work. I met some interesting people while I was there, although I don’t think I met the right people that could potentially give my company work. I must work on my networking skills!

Friday night, after work, we went to a friend’s house to play board games. It was fun, and I got to see some friends I don’t normally get to see. We didn’t get home until about 1 a.m.

Saturday I spent all day writing my book–remember that book I was working on while I was unemployed? Well, I still want to finish it someday, so I spent the day working on it. Then we had dinner with the in-laws, then we met friends for karaoke at a local bar. It was a really packed day, and I was absolutely exhausted by the time we got home.

Sunday we were supposed to go skiing, but I was simply too tired from my hectic schedule. We opted to stay home and sleep in, which was absolutely wonderful and perfect! I spent the day reading the rest of a book on the couch, cleaning the house, and doing some errands around town. I baked some chicken for dinner, with a small side of sauteed vegetables.

Overall, I’ve been eating out at restaurants way too much! I have a fridge full of leftovers that I will never get to. Examples:

  • Thursday I had lunch at a greek restaurant. I had one-third of a salad with gyro meat on top.
  • Thursday night we went to trivia at the local pub. I had chicken tenders (fried) with honey mustard dressing. (don’t worry, I only had three chicken tenders, since they were fried. I did not eat any of my french fries.)
  • Friday I had a garden salad for lunch from a little deli and have TONS of leftovers from it.
  • Friday for dinner I stopped at Paneras for some soup to eat at board game night. John had ordered pizza, which I can’t really eat. Soup was better. I also had some chocolate chip cookies while I was there. BAD!
  • Saturday I had baked fish and a beer at a restaurant while writing my book.
  • Saturday for dinner we went out with the in-laws. I had half a cheeseburger ( no bun) and a small side salad instead of french fries. Hubby ate the other half of my burger.
  • Sunday I skipped lunch and baked a chicken breast for dinner. No eating out!

That’s a LOT of eating out!! It’s expensive, and it’s very hard to control your calories when you do that much outside eating.

My weight is still holding “steady” at three-pounds higher than my goal weight. Not a tragedy, but I’m frustrated that the weight won’t come back down. Surely my dining-out and busy schedule don’t help at all!

At least I got a little bit of exercise in. Last night hubby started P90X, which is a workout video series that is kind of geared towards men.  We did Day 1 of it, and I enjoyed the arm weight strength training. I intend to do Day 2 with the hubby as well and perhaps go hiking or snowshoeing again on Wednesday if the weather holds up!

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Blog Links, Chin-ups, and Food Journaling

by Christine on February 11th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Good morning Revolutionists!

First, I want to shout out to some bloggers that are new to me! Do you already know these wonderful people?

Chubby McGhee
http://chubzilla.blogspot.com/
She weighs where I started off on my weight loss journey…let’s see how far she can go! I know she’s got the determination and motivation to achieve her goals!

Leah’s New Ending
http://leahs-new-ending.blogspot.com/
A wife and mother of three kids…she understands the ups and downs of weight loss, but she has her eyes on the long-term prize!

The Heavy Man’s Diary
http://theheavymansdiary.blogspot.com/
I love that he still posts his food intake every day. How many of us are too cowardly to live up to the public posting of food every day?

Chin-ups: Can you do one?

Hubby started his P90X training yesterday. I hope he can stick with it, but I know that it will be a real challenge just because we are so busy socially. I did not participate in the at-home workout and instead went to bed. When I woke up, there was a new chinup device attached to the doorway of our spare bedroom. Hmm! I grabbed a chair and using a little one-footed help, did 10 assisted chinups.

I’ve always, always wanted to be able to do chinups. To me, it seems like such a perfect expression of upper-arm strength! And I’ve decided I’m going to embark on a little self-challenge myself: I’m going to be able to do at least five chinups. We’ll leave that chinup bar in the doorway, and I’ll just jump up and do a few chinups in the morning and evening. I can even do it wearing my work-clothes—skirt and heels and everything!  That would be really neat to be able to do a few unassisted chinups someday.

Foodwise, things have been okay. I’ve managed to get through my week of work-lunches without too much trouble. I have yet another work luncheon today, and I think we’re going to an Italian restaurant. I’ll look for soup, salad, or some kind of fish dish. No pasta for me!

Food Journaling

Can I stress once again the importance of food journaling?  I know most of you that start off weight-loss blogging post your food intake, but within a few weeks almost everyone stops doing this. Maybe you stop because you feel it’s boring on the blog. Maybe you stop because you have one day when you slip up and are ashamed of your intake. Maybe you just forget.  But can I stress once again how important it is to track every morsel of food you consume, each and every day? Food journaling helps keep you on track, makes you acutely aware of how many calories are in what you eat, holds you accountable for your food, and also helps draw you a big picture of how your daily actions affect your long-term goals.  If you are trying to lose weight and have stopped journaling your food every day, I beg you to re-consider.

As for me, I have been lax in journaling my food since I reached my goal weight. So far this has been okay for me—I haven’t really gained any weight, so that’s good—but I want to “spot-check” my intake every now and then. I’m hardly the poster child for healthy eating, especially with my lack of vegetables, but it’s an honest portrayal. Here we go:

Intake February 10, 2011

8 a.m.: 1 medium Dunkin Donuts coffee with cream and sugar (168)
(no mid-morning snack or breakfast! That’s very bad of me!)
1 p.m.: Work luncheon at restaurant. French onion soup (broth & cheese; no bread) (150ish) and a side salad with a little cucumber wasabi dressing (70), 1 beer (140)
5 p.m. A little leftover salmon (40) and cheese tortellini (40)
7 p.m. French onion soup (broth & cheese, no bread) (150ish) and 1 beer (140)
10 p.m. I small sugar-free chocolate (40)

Total calories: 938

That’s pretty much right where I want to be in “weight maintenance” mode.

Intake February 9, 2011

8 a.m.: 1 medium Dunkin Donuts coffee with cream and sugar (168)
10 a.m.: Cheerios (55) and skim milk (90)
Noon: Work luncheon at restaurant. Diet coke. Clam chowders soup (no potatoes) (280)
3 p.m.: Some M&Ms, about 1 handful worth (120)
5 p.m.: Cheese & Crackers (150) and 1 beer (140)
7 p.m.: Dinner at restaurant. Grilled salmon, about 3 oz  (130) and tortellini (60) and 1 glass red wine (127)
9 p.m.: 1 beer (140)

Total Calories: 1310

A little higher than I would like. The alcohol adds up. I didn’t even know that I was high on this day until I just journaled this!!

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