Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Day 14 Body for Life & pregnancy comments

Yesterday we went to look at a few houses.  We are most likely going to sell our house and get another maybe with a little more land.  So anyway, we go and look at this one house yesterday and there was an elderly lady there.  Apparently the great aunt of the owner.  No one was supposed to be home according to the realtor.  She was apparently expecting us though.  So we view the house rather quickly because who wants to look at a house with someone staring at you while you do it, right?  We go downstairs and are looking around and I hear her ask my girls(who are downstairs with me and she was still upstairs) "are you having a little brother or sister?".  Ummmm........what?  Luckily I am pretty close with my realtor.  We both give each other a look like, huh?  I yelled up to her "neither" and proceeded to look downstairs at the other rooms. 

Oddly, I wasnt insulted at all.  I dont think I look pregnant.  I am 180 something pounds and I had a coat on and a scarf on the outside of my coat.  I like my coat.  I feel pretty confident that I dont look preggo. She had made a few other comments that were odd while we were there.  Then we were getting ready to go and she was saying how she plans to live there forever or something like that.  Ummmm....this house is FOR SALE with a sign saying so on the lawn.  Does she come with the house??  Anyway, the house was nice but not for us.  It was all so odd.

Today is day 14 of the Body for Life challenge and I am still in awe of how I am not having cravings.  Today we went to the mall and I sat in the food court and watched everyone else eat.  It didnt dawn on me until much later that I wasnt even tempted for anything.  I dont know what is going on with this body of mine but I like it!

Today was a cardio day.  I was super tired last night and went to bed around 8:00.  I woke up several times in the night with an awful headache.  It was still there this morning so I decided to hold off on my cardio until later.  They recommend it be the first thing you do in the morning but I just couldnt.  I dreaded it all day.  But I did it and I was so pleased with how far I have come.  My progress was evident to me tonight.  I had to increase my speed on the treadmill to reach my appropriate levels of intensity. 

Tomorrow starts week 3 of Body for life.  It is weigh day and a recheck on my body fat % and BMI. Fingers crossed.  I have put in the hard work.
Today's reason for losing weight:
*so that when I walk past a mirror the first thing I see is NOT the roll of fat above my jeans.

Today I am thankful for:
*that Christmas Eve or Christmas day fall on a *free* day.  I will choose which day as the weekend gets closer.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Day 12-Body for Life

Yesterday was free day.  THE free day I have been waiting for all week.  I woke up yesterday with a mixture of excitement and fear.  What should I eat?  Is it really okay to be eat freely today?  I reminded myself its part of the plan and what will make me successful.  So I had a few pieces of a donut. The hubs and I had made the plan to go to Denny's on free day.  So we went there for lunch.  I ordered a grilled ham and cheese sandwich which tasted of oil.  It was so oily that I couldnt even enjoy the taste of the fat...hehe.  So I picked at it and then traded with the hubs.  Where I then picked at his meal and returned what was left.  And although I picked at both meals I am sure it was more calories than I had eaten in any given day on plan.

We went to a friends for the rest of the day.  We picked up some snacks and such.  I had some of this and that and enjoyed it.  Overall, for free day I think I did pretty well.  I indulged on things I wanted and even had some wine.  We woke up this morning and got back on track.  There was never any doubt.  And I love that.

Today was a cardio day.  I hate cardio days.  Ironic that I joyfully ran a half marathon and trained for it for months.  Yet, these 20 minutes of cardio are so intense that I dread them.  It wasnt until almost 7:00 pm that I put the procrastinator in me aside and jumped on the treadmill.  I am excited that the cardio sessions do seem to be getting a little easier.  What does that mean?  I am making progress...and...its time to increase the intensity :(

Today we went out to lunch with my inlaws.  I ordered the salad just the way I needed it...grilled chicken without the blue cheese and bacon, and with extra egg.  Oh, and dressing on the side.  This salad was so good I was sad to see it end. But overall I felt proud that I had made such a healthy choice and that I loved it so much.  I will definitely order it again(and probably scrape the plate clean again too  :). 

Today's reason for losing weight:
*to have energy!

Today I am thankful for:
*I have found some meals that I really love that are on plan and very healthy.  I  have even discovered how to enjoy some foods I didnt used to care for.  I will share them in a later post.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Some tidbits about Body for Life-day 10

I realized that maybe my last post about only losing 3.5 the first week may have come across snobbish.  And that is so far from who I am so I just wanted to take a second to explain.  I  have been doing this weight loss *thing* for years.  About 15 years now.  Its only been the last few years I have been successful.  Anyway, when I start some sort of weight loss program, whether its WW, Medifast, counting calories, etc, I am used to a typical pattern.  The first week I tend to lose big, like 7-10 lbs.  Then after that things slow way down.  So I guess I expected the same with my Body for Life challenge.

I worked super hard last week.  Six days of exercise and a total change in my eating habits.  So I was hoping, and expecting, a bigger number as I have had in the past.  But this isnt the Biggest Loser.  This is real life.  In the grand scheme of things I think 3.5 lbs is awesome.  I think part of my frustration is that I am up 30 lbs and having to redo my hard work to relose this weight is annoying.  Its no ones fault but my own.  

And lets talk about the hubs for a second.  He is following the same plan with a little variation as he doesnt eat veggies :(   Anyway, he was down 8 lbs last week which added to my disappointment about my 3.5 lbs.  But, the pity party is over now.

I  have had some huge changes in the past 10 days.  I thought I would share.  Some amazing things (to me) about the Body for Life plan:

1)  I am having very few cravings, if any at all.  The book said it would happen but I guess I didnt believe it.  When/if my tummy growls at me it is a much different feeling than it used to be.  It is now more of a "okay, time to eat" instead of a "ahhh, what kind of yummy fattening sweet or fried food can I eat to please this growling tummy?".  I eat for nutrition, not because I am super excited about it like I used to be.  That is a huge change for me.  I usually love food!!!

2)  I have learned that I love my weight workouts.  Having a structured plan is right up my alley. I love the burn I feel when my muscles are working.   On the flip side, I have also learned already to dread my cardio sessions.  Which is odd because they are only 20 minutes.  I ran a half marathon in October.  Over two hours of running.  And I dread 20 minutes of cardio 3 times a week??  Thats because Body for Life  gives you an insity schedule to follow.  The plan really pushes the intensity factor.  Pretty much their theory is that is that they are only asking you to do 20 minutes so please do your absolute best.  Makes sense, as dreadful as it is.

3) I am learning that I might have an allergy or sensitivity to either wheat or the Omega 3 vitamins I am taking.  At age 32 I am apparently getting a bunch of allergies or sensitivies, including my cats that I have had for over 10 years.  Odd right?

4)  Free day.  Ahhhhh free day.  Although there has been only one so far I have learned that this is my saving grace on this plan.  Knowing that I have a free day makes me do my best on the other 6 days.  It takes the deprived feeling away.  If I want something I know I can have it on free day.  And I love that free day is totally allowed and a part of the plan!  Tomorrow is free day!

Today's reason for losing weight:
*I tried some pants on my closet that dont fit.  And my friend Laura gave me some other size 12's.  Same thing.  I cant wait to see them fit eventually!

Today I am thankful for:
*free day tomorrow!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 9 Body for Life and Week 1 results

My week one results are okay, but I would have liked to have done better. But hey, I am glad I lost. I am just used to week one losses being larger.  Plus its that time of the month for me and I feel so huge and bloated. I drank a ton of water yesterday and it didn’t seem like much came out... so I am hoping I am just retaining and next week will be better.
I have also realized that I have been eating too much.  My portions are bigger than they are supposed to be I think.  This plan is not cut and dry as far as serving size.  A protein serving is the size of your open palm, width of a deck of cards.  Um, does this include just your palm or fingers too?  These are things a girl who loves food needs to know!  Carbohydrate servings are the size of your closed fist.  But some info I found said 1 cup for liquid but most serving sizes are 1/2 cup so I dont know. This week I am going with a little less and I will see what happens.
Starting weight: 190.6  
Today’s weight: 187.2
Loss: 3.4 lbs

Starting body fat %- 38.6%
Today’s- 38.2%
Loss: .4%

Starting BMI: 32.6
Todays BMI: 32.2
Loss: .4
The hubs and I did upper body last night.  I pushed myself.  It felt great.  I love working out with the hubs.  Even though we are doing our own thing its so nice to have him there.
Today's reason for losing weight:
*being able to walk into a store and pick something off the rack and know it will fit.
Today I am thankful for:
*most of my gift wrapping is done.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 7 of 84-Week one complete

Again, another day of sweet comments on yesterdays post.  I just love you guys! 

Today is day 7 of 84 for my Body for Life challenge.  My weight training and aerobic exercise has been spot on.  I have followed the daily training guide and completed all the exercises I chose for myself.  I always have to wonder if I can push more though.  And now that the wonders of week one are done, I will try to push my body harder next week.

As for eating, I think the same thing as with my weight training.  I ate six meals every day but I am thinking that my portion sizes might be too large.  Tomorrow is weigh in day so I guess I will find out sooner than later!  To my surprise I havent had many cravings this past week.  My husband said the same.  And, for both of us that is odd.  We love yummy sugary foods.  I was hungry a few times and added some cheese here and there with my meals.  But overall my appetite seems to be in check as the week progressed.  So next week I will focus more on portion sizes.  I also could have been better about my veggies.  Some spinach on a turkey wrap is probably not enough. 

I tried some new things this week.  Brown rice being one of them.  It was kinda boring.   Blah...  I am sure used to fries or something full of carbs but little protein.  I have learned a lot this week about protein and carbs and how they should be paired together when eating.  I am shocked by how few temptations I have had, for just about anything.  If there is something I want then thats fine.  I know that I can have it on "free day" come Saturday. 

Free day has got me thinking.  If I am going to have free day (and surely make the most of it) then I owe it to myself to make the very best effort to eat the proper portion sizes all the rest of the week.  I am telling you that knowing that I have that free day is my saving grace.   Its a day of no limits and just knowing that it will roll around again makes me more successful the days that I have restrictions.  Does that make sense?  And the more people I talk to, and the more I read about the program, people tell me to really allow myself that free day.  Like to the fullest.  Without guilt.  And the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.  Its the treat for my super hard work for the other six days.  That free day is what will keep me on plan the other six days, and hopefully make me successful.  I wish I had made more of free day this past Saturday.  This Saturday I already have a mental list of what things I want to eat.  The hubs too apparently.  I was telling him that I wanted something on free day and he said he wants wheat thins on his day.  Apparently he has a mental list too :)  These foods on my mental list arent things I am craving but just things that I want to treat myself to.  I also heard that free day is what tricks your body from being bored and keeps your metabolism from slowing.  Even better.

Weigh day is tomorrow.  I will also check my body fat % and BMI weekly.  Fingers crossed.  Tomorrow starts a new week.  1/12 of the challenge complete.

Today's reason for losing weight:
*so my boobs will get smaller.  Even the hubs hopes so...  They are rather obnoxious.

Today I am thankful for:
*that I am choosing to make improvents in my efforts instead of giving up.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 6 of 84-Body for Life

I only had three comments on yesterdays post but those comments were the kindest, most meaningful comments.  I think it goes unsaid most of the time just how much the support of others plays in our success.  So I want to really express my gratitude to those of you who follow and also to those who comment.  Its like when a stranger is kind to you, or someone smiles or says hello as they pass by.  Its little things like these that make a persons day.  I always try to go out of my way and be kind when I can.  Sometimes I sign my hubby up for kindness too, although, he's not always as thrilled as I am...hehe.  The other day I was at Kohl's which is quite a coupony kind of store.  Who doesnt love to save 20% right?  The lady in front of me was older and writing her check out.  The cashier asked if she had any coupons and then seemed shocked when the lady said she didnt.  Well, me being the frequent Kohls shopper I am knew that she could use mine and then I would get it right back.  So I handed it to the cashier and told her to use mine.  The lady was so taken back and clearly touched that I had done this.  She turned to me and said  "Merry Christmas to you" in the most stunned yet kind way.   If something that little made her day then I was happy to help.  I love random acts of kindness, both doing and being on the receiving end :)

That was a bit of a ramble.  But hey.  Thats me.  Today was a lower body weight day.  I love weight lifting more than I thought I ever would.  Maybe its because there is a plan to follow and the confusion is taken out of it.  Maybe its because I can feel the muscles working and just knowing I am on my way to success.  Maybe its the quality time with the hubs.  Although the kids were less than cooperative today.  Whatever the reason, I like it and havent even seen any results yet.  Hopefully the results will make it even better!  Tomorrow is cardio.  Its only 20 minutes but the idea is to make it as intense as possible.  I dread it for some reason.  I shouldnt because that is what is going to burn the fat off my body.

While we were working out today I wondered if the dumbbells were the proper weights for me.  I wondered if other women doing the program started with more or less. Its still a learning lesson.  But what isnt right?

Today I convinced the hubs that he needed before pics taken as well.  He was unsure about it at first but I made it clear that our pics are for him and I only.  I take this very seriously and before pics are no joking (or bribing...hehe) matter.  He must have sensed my seriousness because before I knew it he was asking what he should wear.   I am so happy to be on this journey with him...even though is has literally HALF the body fat % as me...

For those of you who asked about the body fat % thingy.  I totally recommend that you get one.  I got mine brand new on ebay for $30.  Its so exciting to be able to measure success in another way besides the scale.  The hubs has been doing it daily and has already lost body fat.  I am not going to do it very often.   I havent decided yet what my personal protocol will be for both weighing on the scale and the handheld body fat % thingy. 

Today's reason for losing weight:
*I cant wait to go shopping and be excited about it again!

Today I am thankful for:
*this blog and the support it provides.  I have "met" such nice people.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 5 of 84

I decided after much thought that I was going to take before and after pics for my Body for Life 12 week challenge.  I know lots of people say they dont have the guts to do it.  And I am surprised I was brave enough to do it myself.  And actually, I was even more brave because I had the hubs take them.  After putting 30 of my 65 lost lbs back on, I knew I wouldnt be happy with them.  But the book highly suggests taking these photos. 

But after looking at the transformation of others on the Body for Life website, I found myself going back to look at my pics to see what they actually look like.  Does that sound stupid?  There is nothing more real than seeing a picture of yourself I guess.  And having once been 230-240 pounds, then losing 65, then gaining 30 of that back...I have quite a confused and unsure self perception of my body.  I must have gone back and looked at the before pics we took 4 times because I just cant grasp how I "compare" to the other women who took before pics on their Body for Life journey. 

After a few trips back to the camera, here is what I came up with(it took all day to come up with this....):   There is much room for improvement.  Afterall, I am 38.6% body fat :(   My midsection is a wreck.  I have had 4 abdominal surgeries over the years.  It isnt pretty.  There is definate cellulite on my legs and my back pictures have more rolls than the Pillsbury dough boy.  Yet I noticed I am smiling in all of the pics.  Funny right?   Despite how much I am able to pick the pictures(myself) apart, there is still a little bit of pride.  Because even though I am up 30 lbs from my lowest weight, I am still down 40ish from my highest.  And I have to proud of myself for that.  And while I dont have physical pictures of me in a bra and underwear at that weight, I know it was much worse than it is now. 

I hope to make enough progress that I can get over the embarassment and share the before pictures, along with afters, on here one day.  Its things like that that inspire me.  And if I can inspire others then all the better.

Today's reason for losing weight:
*to be able to look at my before pics several weeks from now and see that I have come so far!  I really hope I can see a big enough difference to keep me motivated! 

Today I am thankful for:
*my husband who keeps telling me how proud of me he is to see my determination.  I am also thankful for his efforts to be on the plan himself.  I never thought it would be something he would be interested in and did not pressure him into doing it.  He made the choice on his own, and its great to see his determination too!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

38.6% body fat :(

Today my legs are still sore but nothing like I was yesterday.  Whoo hoo!  I can actually sit and stand up from sitting without grunting or holding on to something.  I worked upper body yesterday and I am little sore today but nothing like my lower body was. 

I was out of clothes options today and was forced to wear my size 12 jeans(really I should be in at least a 16 right now).  They are snug but not as bad as they were recently.  I am so excited to see where this program will take me.  I have such hope and faith!  Before bed last night I sat down with the computer and did some more research on the Body for Life program.  While there are some negative comments as there will be for any given thing in life, I kept my focus on the positive comments to maintain my excitement and enthusiasm about the program. 

Today is my "free" eating day.  I have chosen Saturdays for free days.  I have had this breakfast sandwich from Burger King on my mind for a week now.  So I figured I may as well indulge (as recommended) and have it.  I made a little mommy daughter time out of it and brought the girls out to breakfast as a treat.  We dont do it often.  It was nice to be with them, but much to my surprise I was not as hungry as I thought I was, and it wasnt nearly as yummy as I thought it would be.  I am still super excited about this.  They said it would happen but I didnt believe it.  Maybe my body is adjusting to my new clean eating style.  Which, by the way, my tummy is quite happy with :)   Thats a big deal for someone with a less than kind digestive system.

The girls had a bowling party to go to today.  I was so excited that none of the snacks were calling my name.  I had a few bites of pizza and a cake pop (they are very little) and there is no interest in eating anything else right now.  I am really enjoying this satisfied feeling in my tummy.

 I ordered this fat analyzer thingy and it came in the mail yesterday.  Its a very accurate way to measure your percentage of body fat.  And I really wanted to be able to measure by something other than the scale.

  I took it out immediately and checked my stats.  Ugh.  Disgusted. 

38.6% body fat (should be 25-31% for women to be in the acceptable category...lower to be considered fit)  I am in the OBESE category.  Ummm....38.6 is like almost half.  So half of my body is made up of fat.  Nice...  ugh.

32.6 BMI. (should be less than 25)

I am glad to have this tool to be able to measure my progress.  The hubs came in from work and I immediately handed it to him to do his stats.  19%.  Men....   (his should be between 15-25%)

Along with this tool I also had the hubs take before pictures on day one of Body for Life.  I had on just my bra and underwear.  Boy.....if that dont tell the hard truth.  If I wasnt so embarassed I would have it printed out at walmart and hang it on the fridge.  But I dont dare...  Maybe WHEN my results are so awesome I will do it and maybe even share.  I hope that comes!!!  For now it will sit on my camera.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Day 3: Super Sore

Today is day 3 of the Body for Life challenge I am choosing to do.  I have found the first two days that I am hungry mid afternoon.  I need to figure out a plan to combat that hungery.  I am hoping that my appetite will adjust as I go.  As for the first two days the best thing I could think to do  was have an extra protein meal.  It has been working, but I really want to follow the program to a T.  But its only day 3. We will see how it pans out with time.  I wont eat the extra meal unless necessary.  And by necessary I mean that its either that or blow the whole thing and eat whatever is in sight.

I was sore yesterday and it got worse as the day went on.  Today I woke up and I am even more sore.  Like a lot.  I am hobbling around and its quite a sight.  Now I know why they give you 4 days recovery time before reworking the same muscles.  Today its upper body. 

I ordered one of those body fat measuring things that they have at the gym.  You hold it in your hands and it measures your body fat and such.  I hope it comes today.  Heres what it looks like.
Today's reason for losing weight:
*to wear jeans and feel good in them.

Today I am thankful for:
*to actually understand this program I am doing.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Day 2 of Body for Life

I have committed to the Body for Life 12 week challenge.  Its no surprise to me that I do well on a structured program.  I did well on Medifast a few years back.  And I maintained a lot of my loss.   I trained for that half marathon.  I believe I was capable of that because there was a structured schedule to follow which led me to success. 

Body for Life excites me.  It makes sense.  It seems to combine what everyone has been attempting to tell me about nutrition and exercise over the years, yet its structured and laid out in a way I understand(something I never thought possible).  Six meals a day with a regimented exercise program is good.  And a free day once a week. 

Yesterday the hubs and I did lower body.  I am feeling the results more and more as the day goes on today.  I love knowing my work paid off!  We did all the exercises with dumbbells and a stability ball.  Today was 20 minutes of cardio.  Even cardio is laid out in a  20 minute routine explaining where your intensity should peak, regardless of what exercise you choose.  Today I did a very inclined walk on the treadmill.  I was sweating something fierce.  The point is to make your short 20 minutes count.  Tomorrow will be upper body. 

Right now its all still new.  I am learning what weights and exercises work for me, and which foods I like best.  For breakfast, I had some egg whites with a piece of turkey bacon on a whole wheat bagel thin...with a tiny bit of cheese.  For mid morning snack I had a half a cup of cottage cheese mixed with a fat free yogurt.  Much to my surprise I love this combo.  For lunch, a whole wheat wrap with grilled chicken and spinach, and just a tad of light dressing to spice it up.  And lots of water every day.  About a gallon.  I dont have a problem drinking that much.

So here I am on day 2 of 84.  I am  1/42 of the way done :)   But truly I expect to come out of this a changed person with changed habits.  I have read the book cover to cover and done my share of independent  research.   It takes a lot for me not to skeptical.  I expect the beginning is supposed to be the hardest part.  Its something new.  The results dont show for a while.  It can be hard to stay motivated.  Yet, I am still excited. 

Today's reason for losing weight:
*Although I have never gotten to my actual goal weight, I have had a taste of being pleased with my results (in the past).  I cant wait to walk around with that feeling again.

Today I am thankful for:
*my excitement and confidence that this Body for Life plan is going to change my life.  Dramatic?  Maybe a little, but hey...its who I am.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Body for Life

I have been blogging for a while now.  So its no secret that when my inlaws are in town that I really struggle to stay on track with my eating.  With them come so many goodies and options that I normally do not allow myself.  But I am in no way blaming them.  Its my choices and decsions to make.  And I usually expect that I will give in to all the temptations.  Thats my first problem.  And that is no ones fault but my own.  I am responsible for me.  This weekend was not pretty. 

I have been getting over bronchitis for the last week.  It really got the best of me.  I was pretty sick.  But I am on the mend now.  I am not quite ready to begin exercising again, other than maybe a walk.    Its amazing how much we take for granted. 

A few months ago I was talking to one of my neighbors.  I was telling her about my half marathon and how I had gained so much weight while training for it.  I told her how I really struggled to control my appetite.  One day the hubs was out taking the kids for a walk.  She came out and gave him a book and said she hoped it would help.  Apparently her son is a personal traininer.  He brought it home, and to be honest, the book sat on the counter for weeks.  I picked it up the other day and started looking at it.  Much to my surprise it really intrigued me.  Its called  Body-for-Life.  I had never heard of it and had no intention of even reading the book.  But as I started flipping through the pages it really started to make sense.  I never really understood clean eating, or complex vs simple carbs and so on.  This book simply explained it all and I actually understood it.  The main concept is to eat 6 meals a day with each meal consisting of a lean protein choice and a complex carb(and two veggies a day).  There is even a list to choose from.  And there is a workout schedule to follow as well.  I tend to get overwhelmed and confused with which exercises to do and when.  All of a sudden there is something that makes sense and seems easy to follow.  I have been talking to the hubs about it and he is so supportive and agrees that this is a great thing to try.  He is a firm believer of weight training.

I read the book, cover to cover and now need to make a start date.  The hubs is getting me the appropriate dumbbells I need as well.  I need to go to the grocery store and make meal plans for the week when I choose to start.  Its a 12 week commitment with a plan to follow.  Right up my alley.  I need to take a before picture.  I am all in.

Today's reason for losing weight:
*to not have to worry about what I have that will actually fit today.

Today I am thankful for:
*this feeling of confidence and excitement that I can do this!