Finally went to the gym!

by Christine on September 19th, 2010

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

About three weeks ago I caught a cold or something, followed by another week of tiredness. Because of that, I stopped going to the gym. However, last week I felt fine…and I still didn’t go to the gym. I had nothing to blame except for all out laziness!

Well, I finally made it back to the gym today! I did 3 miles (40 mins) with incline raised on the treadmill, followed by situps. Not a really killer day, but that time really showed me how much three weeks off can set back my progress on the treadmill.  I felt relieved after I went to the gym. I don’t like to work out; I don’t like sweating, I don’t like the gym, and my lazy inner nature just doesn’t like the effort. Given my preference, I would much rather “work out” in ways that are fun, such as playing volleyball with friends, riding my bike, rollerblading after work, etc. I prefer outdoorsy, social activities.

That being said, it has become so ingrained in me that a healthy lifestyle simply requires working out. Consequently, I feel guilty when I don’t go.

Afterwards, I spent a solid eight hours cleaning the house! I re-potted half of my houseplants and put them in larger pots, with fresh soil. They look fantastic now! I had a giant aloe plant that I broke up in three huge pots, with a few “babies” I put into four little pots to give away to my co-workers tomorrow at work. Man, that took up a lot of room!

I did five loads of laundry and cleaned the cat’s litter boxes. I flipped our king-sized bed mattress, I cleaned the kitchen, I went for a walk with the neighbors. I’m going to spend the next three hours sitting on my butt on the couch reading my book (Patrick, I’m reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I’m on “The Firey Cross” currently) and watching football! Go Steelers! They are 2-0!  Wahoo!

Food today:

Noon: 1 large glass of milk (120 calories) + leftover homemade chili (180 calories)
3 p.m.: 1 diet pepsi
4 p.m.: Some leftover couscous (44) with leftover bean stuff on it (30)
7 p.m.: WW pasta (20) and some tomato sauce/ground beef/veggies on it, approx half a cup (80) (barfed a little up…pasta does NOT sit well with me, and I only attempted to eat it because hubby cooked it, and i didn’t want him to feel bad!), 1 big glass of milk (120)
Total: 594!! Yikes, quite a deficit. I have room for a snack tonight…maybe an apple (or two!)

In other news, the lovely Patrick gave me a blog award! Thank you very much!

Ok, this award’s rules for eligibility are:

1. Answer the question, “If you had one chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
I don’t think I would change most of the major decisions in my life. I’m super thrilled with the decisions I made for college. Living in Europe for a year was a major life-changer for me. Moving to New York to go to graduate school set me up for some of the happiest moments of my life. For starters, it allowed me to make all the friends I have today and to meet my husband! And, of course, I would certainly have married him!
There are little things that I would have changed though. I wasn’t a very nice person when I was younger. This wasn’t entirely my fault; coming from an abusive household, I certainly wasn’t given a good example to follow. I’m proud of who I am today, so I suppose I needed those younger years to evolve.  And speaking of abusive households: I would have told my father. For lots of reasons I never told him what happened to me. If I had, I think he would have stopped the abuse, or at the very least minimized him. I was scared to tell him, but I should have.  So there…that’s two regrets.
2. Pass on to six people and inform them of the award.
Six people with fantastic blogs! You bet!

  1. Heather from “Healther’s Banded Journey”
  2. Lesia, who recently got her lifetime membership from Weight Watchers! Congrats!!
  3. Sparkler’s Story
  4. Mary from “Band me I’m ready”
  5. Amanda from “Amanda’s Waning”
  6. Sarah from “Losing weight, gaining tons”

Thank you once again Patrick!


Monday Morning: Back at it!

by Christine on August 16th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Good morning, Revolutionists!

It’s Monday, and I’m back at work and in a far better mood than I was in on Monday.

I feel really good that I got some decent workouts in this weekend. Saturday I had a mediocre workout, but yesterday I jogged a 5K and had a decent time (36:20). I’m not breaking a personal best, nor am I astounding this workout community with my time.  However, I’m not a runner, so this time is comfortable and feels good to me. It’s more the act of merely going to the gym that I am most proud of. It’s so easy to fall out of the routine. I’m sure you all know exactly what I mean. I preceded the 5K with some leg-weights and followed the 5k with 200 situps and some light stretches.

(oh my word! I snapped the picture on the right when I was done working out, in the locker room. I had no idea that I get big bulgy veins in my forehead! EWWW!)

I got so much housework done yesterday! I weeded my gardens and discovered two giant sunflowers growing in my vegetable garden! I cleaned my bathroom cabinets out. I cleaned the kitchen cabinets out. Guess what I find in my kitchen cabinets? Leftover halloween candy! Can you guess what I did with the candy?

I also went in search of the dead chipmunk. You see, my cat seems to have a knack at catching the little buggers and then holding them captive in the house until they die.  I, too, have a propensity towards finding little critters in my house.  Well, using my nose, trying to follow the smells of decay, I finally found the little guy. He doesn’t seem to have died a pleasant death. I found him wrapped in the middle of a stack of blankets I like to use in the living room. I guess I’m going to have to triple-wash the blankets. SIGH. Does it make me a terrible sap that I cried when I found him, feeling sad for his animal-family that must be missing him?

Eating yesterday was okay. I had leftover black beans and mushrooms laying around, so I made a small pan of bean/taco dip. (Beans, mushrooms, onion, tomato, salsa, ground beef, taco cheese, all in layers.) It turned out delicious, but I know that it’s not a low-calorie dish (especially with that cheese!), so I limited myself to one-eighth of the small pan. Just a few bites, really.  I had a protein shake for lunch, and some 10-calorie jello with some canned fruit thrown in.

I also went shopping at Target and spent entirely too much money, although they were all items that we really did need, such as toilet paper and socks (poor hubby has holes in many of his socks) and deodorant.  $250, just gone, POOF, just like that! I found some gummy vitamin chews! I bought two — one kind for kids and one for adults. The kids chews are pretty darn tasty; I haven’t tried the adult type yet. I found it curious though — the kids chews have a wide range of vitamins, including Vitamin B, but the adult pills only had three vitamins, NOT Vitamin B! I can’t swallow big horse pills with the band, so I haven’t done any multi-vitamins in a long, long time. These chews are a great solution! Even if they don’t give me all of the supplement that I am lacking in my diet, at least it’s something. And something is better than nothing!

This morning I feel solidly back on track! I had some cheerios this morning, and have a bag of almonds prepared for my mid-morning snack. It’s pretty much a typically day! (1-cup cheerios = 100 calories.  1 handful of almonds = 100 calories.)

OH!!! I had a NSV!!! You see, I have an underwear problem. I have a big pile of underwear that mostly don’t fit me properly. Victoria Secret cotton briefs, size XL are so big that I can pull them up over my boobs, no joke. The size L droop in my butt so much the extra fabric hangs halfway down the back of my leg. The size M fit better, but are still pretty loose. Well, at Target yesterday I decided I would chance buying some undies in a size S. This morning, judgement time. THEY FIT!!!  Perfectly, actually.  So today I am wearing size S underwares, a size 6 skirt, a size S (Banana Republic) sweater….this is PERFECT! Heaven!  It’s the little things that make this whole journey so worthwhile!

The scale is still stuck at 138.0. That’s okay because (1) I know it’ll move downward soon, I can feel it, and (2) I’m eating well and exercising, doing everything right, (3) I’m PMS-ing (as if my Friday meltdown wasn’t indication enough!), and (4) although I am still working towards my goal of losing the last few pounds, I also know that I’m healthy, happy, feel so much better about myself….and that’s good.

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