Friday, September 30, 2011

In love with Exercise

I'm really loving taking group classes. It's kind of sad that I was so nervous about trying it in the first place. Zumba is one of the best kinds of cardio possible and now I'm trying step aerobics so that should be fun too. Monday I'm thinking about trying another dance cardio class. I still have to find time for my runs and I think if I can push myself I should be able to run on the days I'm only taking one class or when I'm not taking any.

Food Wise: I've gone two days without dairy completely and it feels pretty good. I'm having cheese with my low carb spaghetti on sunday. I'm suppose to be visiting my boyfriend's family. Let's hope I don't get derailed from good eating. I'll come up with a plan so that doesn't happen.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


So yes they are creepy at my gym. I upgraded my membership so I could workout at both gyms but mainly to take Zumba whenever I want. I went last night and I'm back tonight. I ran 1.33 miles on the treadmill on monday besides doing my normal workout. I really need to make sure I always wear the right sports bra because I think I could have run longer if my body wasn't jiggling so much.

I'm thinking about cutting cheese out of my diet. I'm not sure if I will but I might limit my intake of it because I really would like to figure out if cutting it out will help my body feel healthier. I've already cut out pretty much all other dairy except adding greek yogurt. I love putting cheese on so much stuff that it is going to be interesting to see outcomes if I'm limiting what I'm eating. I really would like to know what I could do better.

Also, is there a limit really to how much exercising you can do in one day? Personal trainers and instructors condition themselves to exercise all the time. Why can't a regular person do that? If I were able to get my body really healthy with good activities I shouldn't have a problem with fearing that weight might creep back on. The new gym has racquetball and other sports. I might find someone to play with. Maybe I will become crazy about a sport like I love Zumba. I'm going to try a Step class before Zumba so this will be interesting. Definitely need to keep my energy up.

Another thing I want to note: I've been having doubts that I actually looked different from the weight loss because my before and after pictures to me both look great. Last night, however I came across a real fat defining moment:

Way different to how I look now! And that picture was while I had already lost some weight.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Getting lost in the work out

So on thursday I freaked out again because the creepy personal trainer kept staring at me. I came up with a plan to find out if he is really being creepy or whether I'm just being paranoid. I ended up leaving because I was so upset about being stared at and talked about to the new attendant like that while I was on the elliptical. My shoes were too big because I accidentally left my regular shoes at work. I wore a pair I used to wear all the time before I lost weight. They are now a half size too big. I just couldn't work out like that. It was only a half hour.

When I went back to the gym yesterday I was determined to get my full workout and I did even though I was creeped out when I first walked in. The attendant was like OOOOOoooh I remember you in this sexual sort of voice and I was so glad I had a hooded sweatshirt on because I didn't want to be stared down right as I'm coming in. I went directly to the back room that was empty and started my workout. It was such a relief but then I just got lost in my workout and did the whole thing without feeling self conscious anymore. I don't know if the creepy personal trainer not being there had anything to do with it but it was a really good workout.

I have a feeling I'm not going to lose any weight this week but I'm happy that I'm still exercising.

I'm wearing this dress tonight to go out dancing. I'm a little nervous because I've never worn a dress with cutouts before but I'm excited. I'm going to get some boots or wear heels with it tonight.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

zumba and not sure what to do.

I love my Zumba class but I'm starting to think some of the people at my gym are creeping me out. I know I pay attention to everything but it is hard to work out when you feel like you have many people staring at you. I'm pretty self conscious about working out because don't like my body jiggling so much. Now, I could understand if it was a few glances here or there but every single time I'm on the treadmill or elliptical you take out your cellphone as if you are taking a picture or texting someone. Extremely strange. I'm still going to exercise but I feel like I need to notify someone if it really gets weird.

2.5 hours so far this week for exercising. I'm planning on exercising at home tomorrow because I have things to do. My biceps are starting to show more. I'm kind of excited about that. It would be cool if they stay defined. My triceps are also looking smaller too. My thighs and stomach are where I really need to build some muscle. I don't need chiseled abs but I would like a really flat stomach. I keep thinking about Kim Kardashian's waist and Usain Bolt's speed!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Goals

I still have a long way to go but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My goals are simple. It's to make it through this week with all the extra work I need to complete. I don't think I'll be able to make it to Zumba this week but I would like to. I have to still work out. I would like to run at least 5 miles this week on the treadmill and then also do more miles on the elliptical. If I can't do Zumba on Tuesday maybe I can make up for it this weekend when I'm supposed to go out dancing.

(The picture is from me over the weekend trying on a dress. I'm going to try and use more photos to keep a better log of how I look).

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Running on the treadmill

Dear people that think you can't run on the treadmill,

I can happen. If there practice it can happen. I really always thought that the treadmill was going to be off limits to me. I ran on the treadmill both yesterday and the day before. If someone had told me at the beginning of my weight loss that I'd be running on the treadmill at like 6.7 as my max I would have laughed at them because I thought it couldn't be me. I'm going to practice running more consistently (meaning a steady rate rather than pushing myself to the limit in speed and taking it down to a jog). I don't know but I am really proud. I wasn't even going to attempt running on the treadmill but for some reason the elliptical machines were occupied. I really can see a 5K in my future if I just continue working out in general.



(In other news. I'm hoping my weight will go down again this week because I did go to Zumba before I did my treadmill, elliptical, and weight training workout. I am eating broccoli as the entree for my lunch today but I have other things packed too. Let's just keep it going)

Monday, September 12, 2011

I wanted to show that it's my midsection

left: Not sure but before the weight loss. center:182 pounds. Right:155 pounds.

My midsection is where the weight loss is really showing a difference.

Goals for this week

I'm pretty busy right now with work in full swing and trying to figure out how I want to make other goals happen while still losing weight. My weight loss goals this week are to: exercise at least 4 times this week, eat some time of vegetable everyday, drink at least 3 bottles of water a day, get more sleep, and figure out a short workout to do during a work break.

I'm going to step on the scale a couple times this week and hopefully my weight will continue going down. I think I might finally be out of my plateau. If I can be under 140 by my birthday I would be really psyched!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

154 came on the screen

When I heard that uh oh sound of getting on the Wii I was so worried that it was going to tell me I gained like 3 pounds because I've been slacking with the gym. I've been doing better with my nutrition but not better with the gym. It said 154.7 or something like that!!! Oh my goodness I'm so excited about that. I packed broccoli as the main part of my lunch one day and tuna straight from the can for the other day and it was like non stop eating to me. It was healthy stuff though like a grape here and there or eating a tomato or eating an apple! Huzzah! I'm hoping I can keep on this trend because I really would like to be in the 130s or 120s by Christmas.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

158lbs and Zumba

I've tried my second class at the gym. It was perfect timing too! I was nervous about going to the class and I was also forgot that Zumba was supposed to start last night at my gym. I ended up staying late at work but made it just in time to go for Zumba. It was so much fun! I don't think I will need to go dancing anywhere else if I can continue dancing Zumba. I love it. I could not keep up with the complex routines completely but after a while I think I will get it!

Ok, I weighted myself begrudgingly but was pleasantly surprised to see the 158 on the screen! Yes, I met my work out goals last week and I ate alright but I will try to keep going. If I can make it to 6 hours of exercise by the end of this weekend I will be happy. Zumba was an hour long class and then I did a little bit of weight training after. I wanted to do more non-elliptical exercising but the gym is being remodeled, which made it extremely difficult if not impossible to get the rest of my workout done. I will have to use my yoga mat at home to do my crunches and planks if the place is like that again today.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

All I can say is that I hope I get a great workout today.

I really need to sit down and write down my essentials for grocery shopping because I constantly feel like my fridge is empty of the basics for what I normally eat. I need to keep more vegetables stocked but other than that and fiber bars I feel like I'm blank. I plan on going shopping tonight and hopefully have something substantial in my cart when I leave.

How do you get rid of freezer burn? I put vegetables in the freezer and they come out all icy.

Also, I exercised a bit this weekend. I did the elliptical on Saturday morning for a half hour and I did squats, crunches, and leg ups yesterday. I kept feeling like I wanted to exercise but was feeling self conscious because I don't like the nervousness of someone criticizing my workout. I know I've done well before but it still stays with me. Hopefully it will eventually leave.

I keep looking at myself wondering do I really need to lose 40 more pounds. I have never been 119 in my adult life ever. I'm nervous about being too thin but when I see people not having stomach flab at normal weight it makes me want to keep trying to lose weight.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I thought I'd add a more recent before and current

I need to remind myself that I'm on a good path because even though I complain and have doubt there are signs that I'm doing a good job. This is a before and after that kind of shocked me a bit. I'm really starting to see the difference.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It really happened

He had his last day at my gym. I made sure to ask him loads of questions and was happy that I could express to him how his talking to me changed my weight loss journey. I hope that I will get to see him again when I reach my goal. My workout yesterday was really hard but I enjoyed it. My body is sore today possibly too sore to do an extensive workout. Maybe I will exercise a bit on my work breaks (not sure). I didn't weigh myself this morning but I need to do it by Friday so I can track how I'm doing especially since I'm going out with my coworkers tonight. I think I may just order a club soda with a lime.

Still eating vegetables. It's crazy how my body wants more vegetables now that I'm eating them so much again.