Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Slowly Freaking Out But Nonetheless Almighty Liz
Holy cow, holy crow, and oh my holy pajamas! I stepped on the scale at 5:30 and had to rub my eyes about 5 times in a row before I believed what the scale was telling me. I lost 4 MORE POUNDS in a week and a half! That's 6 pounds total. I knew I was feeling less bloaty (meaning the Poly cystic ovarian syndrome was subsiding), but I did not think that much water retention weight had come off! I'm sure some of it is actual fat too, though because all my size 16 pants fit again. I tried them all on just to make sure my scale was not somehow broken or something. WOOT!!!
Monday, September 29, 2008
On a side note--all the lifeguards at the YMCA fit into the "cute" category, but they are all under 21 so they are boys and they just don't count ;)
Confession for the day- One caffeinated soda.
Anyway. I lost another 1.5 lbs! Wahoo! That's 5 lbs in the past 2 weeks. Keep it comin'! Hooray for hungry breastfed babies! (I just have to not think about how much easier it was to loose the baby weight when I was in my 20s.)
I was very proud of myself today. I got up at 5:30 a.m. and walked for 30 mins, then I did my weights. I was out of the shower and ready for the day at 7:30 a.m. I have to tell you that I have NEVER done this before. It felt so good to have all that done this morning and out of the way, so now I have the rest of the day to get other things done. I am determined to keep it up and stick to this workout everyday.
Another high point of my weekend. I have noticed that my pants have felt a little lose. So I tried on a pair of pants (that I haven't worn in over a year) that are a size smaller and they FIT!!!!! I was so excited. I also put on a shirt my sister gave me a few months ago that didn't fit, and now it fits. I didn't think that I had lost much as far a weight, but it seems that I have. The pants are still a big size, but at least they are a size smaller then what I was wearing.
Wow! I like to ramble. I just have alot to be excited about. It sounds your all doing really well, keep up the good work!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Hi guys! I've sure missed ya'll although I have stopped by a couple of times. My foot is healing nicely and I'll be able to get back into the swing of things. Today being Sunday limited my ability to exercise, however, I did try to get back into the habit of eating. I was doing so well and even had an appetite for the first time in months. Then the unfortunate accident. Pain just exacerbates the horrendous ulcers and thus I lose the desire and often the ability to eat. Dang! Although I'm sort of starting over at least I'm not starting over from the very beginning. I did feel like eating breakfast. Lunch was harder and I couldn't force even a bite of dinner. Oh well at least I felt like food in the morning. That's a major improvement even though my eating wasn't as gleeful as it was a couple of weeks ago. I know that it'll improve.
Breakfast: Potato Scramble--red potatoes, turkey bacon, onions, green peppers, eggs scrambled up together...Ezekiel toast w/ butter & Marmite...Kashi hot breakfast cereal w/ peaches, blueberries, almonds, flax
Lunch: 1/2 chicken breast, spinach salad, creamed spinach, corn & peas
Sunday is special treat day at our house so I made chocolate chip/oatmeal cookies. YUM!
Friday, September 26, 2008
I have not had a caffeinated soda since Wednesday, and before that it was Saturday. It's getting easier too!
The Almighty Liz
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I don't know how I talked myself into doing a workout tonight, but the kids being put to bed by my dearest husband probably helped! I think this blog also gave me some incentive. It's such a good thing to keep up with exercise.
Someone gave me a bunch of irises and daylilies tonight, so more digging tomorrow. Kill me now!
I am starting to get frustrated with my weight though. I've gained six pounds! I know, I know, I'm not supposed to be paying attention to this right now, but it's hard. *sigh*
Also, little question for Miss Dana; the last we heard, you had met with a new team of doctors, and were excited, and waiting on results and new plans and such, and then nothing. So, how did that go? Updates please!
Also, mucho kudos to all who've broken their weight plateaus this week! Rock on!! Way to stick it out, work hard, and reap those results! I have great faith that we are all going to meet our personal goals with this blog. I dunno about you guys, but I am still enjoying my workouts. I know I had to take a couple of weeks off for sickness, but I missed working out during that time. Something that, I promise you, has never happened before! Thanks for doing this with me guys! I love it!
One last item of business: we are missing some members! Some for several weeks now, and some for not so long a time, but I would just like to give some encouragement to those, and say come on back! As several of us can attest, if you just stick with us, you will see results, and you will love them! Let's all get SVELTE together!
The Almighty Liz
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Yeah girls, it's time to get SVELTE.
The Almighty Liz
Oh and I'm down to 158.5 lbs. That's 3.5 lbs in just a hair over a week! I guess that means I've finally broken through that everlasting plateau! (Now, if I can just keep it coming off.)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I have been eating healthier since I moved in with Dana. Thanks to her for buying healthy food and not allowing me to eat out too much...it does help that I have no money!:)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Anywho, I took off intending to run the 4.5 all in one swoop. However, the heat got to me. (Heat is a MAJOR weakness for me. If anyone out there knows how to beat it, please tell me. My best solution so far is to carry a water bottle and squirt myself down every 5 minutes.) I only made it to 3 miles, and I wimped out. I did walk and extra .75 miles, if that counts for anything. Oh well, maybe next time.
It's amazing to me what a difference the heat or lack of it makes for me. When fall hits, and I get to start running in cool, crisp weather, it's like I'm a totally new runner. I LOVE it!!! (I hate when summer comes back around and all of a sudden I'm a snail.)
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I had two caffeine free sodas today. This was not entirely my fault, since I was not planning on walking tonight with Erik, he actually offered to go walking, which never happens! We always walk to the local QT when we walk. They have caffeine free diet on fountain, how could I resist?
I've been tracking my new caffeine free daily ups and downs (you know like how certain times of the day you feel tired, and other times you have more energy ect.) I'm pretty sure the "energetic" times of day that I was attributing to caffeine was just my normal body energetic times of the day. Either that or all this extra exercise is basically taking up where caffeine left off, and giving me the energy I need!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Breakfast: 2 pieces turkey bacon, 1 piece Ezekiel toast w/ organic goat cheese, Greek yogurt w/ Granny Smith Apples, walnuts, almonds, flax
Team Meeting Lunch @ Work: left over chicken pot pie, 2 deviled eggs, chips w/ spinach dip, 1 piece fruit pizza
Dinner: 2 small pieces of fish, green beans, corn
Dessert: raspberry filled dark chocolate square
Also I've noticed a big difference in my appetite. I'm actually hungry every three hours. I don't just have to make myself eat to keep the hypoglycemia in check. I can't believe how big my breakfast was this morning. A week ago I was only eating one piece of toast for breakfast! It's good to fill hungry. I'm loving it!!!
Question for runners: What is the best running shoe?
Something tells me the running in place thing is not so good to do bare-foot. My right ankle is already protesting a bit, and my left knee just a tad as well.
Only one caffeine free soda today! A note on the soda, because some people have mentioned this. I only drink fountain soda, so when I say "one soda" we're talking probably 20-28 ounces (with lots of ice, like I like). I only drink diet, but still not good for me. I don't keep soda in the house because then it would be more like "I drank two 2 liter bottles of soda today". Yeah, that would be really bad.
The Almighty Liz
Breakfast: 2 pieces of turkey bacon, 1 piece of Ezekiel bread w/ organic goat cheese.
Dinner: homemade chicken pot pie w/ onions, carrots, broccoli, peas, corn
Dessert: two pieces of raspberry filled dark chocolate
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I also gardened for two hours, and discovered that I have to get "desensitized" again to my outdoor allergies since I took that month or so off because of my back. My upper lip swelled up a little, and I got a raging "dirt headache" after I got back inside. I plan on more gardening this week, and I hope my allergies get better.
I had one caffeinated soda today :(
But I'm ready to change it up. I want to start toning. I want to switch up the cardio, but work has kept me entirely too busy.
But girls, the point is.... I have kept on doing the 30 minutes during the day. Ordinarily, I would have just said, I'm too busy. But no. I'm stayiong motivated this time, darnnit!
Keep up the good work all of you. I hope I will be able to get to know you even better in this blog. Don"t lose sight of your goals.
Renae and the rest of us say: "Shut up!!"
What's the stinking deal? I've been stuck at 162 for 2 months now. I can't seem to break through that stinking plateau. Clayton has ruined my figure.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I still did 15 minutes with the breaststroke and 15 minutes on backstroke. I did the kick board for a few minutes, but then had to just lay on my back and kick for the last little while.
I only drank one caffeine free soda today, which was my first goal. I hope to stick with the one caffeine free soda for 1-2 weeks, until I go to cutting it out on a daily basis altogether. I'm trying to take Liz's advice and not say I will NEVER drink soda again. Maybe I could say I will only drink it when we eat out? Or, something. I will have to think about that one.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sorry Ladies, I have been somewhat lazy with posting on here! Actually, I have been lazy all around which is why I haven't posted.....I tried to run everyday this week but couldn't seem to drag myself out of bed in the mornings. I have been training, or rather thinking about it!, for a half marathon and yesterday was the day. It was a cold morning in Huntington, UT but once I got moving, I warmed up quickly! The plan was to run with my sister, but last week she injured her knee so I paced myself with some other runners. I kept pace with a brother and sister duo for about 7 miles and then found another girl to keep pace with. We finished together and pushed each other to do a victory sprint near the finish line. I finished in 2:32:13, averaging about a 11:45 minute mile. I am very happy with that!! Especially considering that I have not been very diligent in my training. Races always give me the motivation to continue running, which is something that I really needed! I now have a time to beat and a race to prepare for, Jill and I will run the Little Grand Canyon Half Marathon again next year, and I hope to finish with the average of an 8 minute mile this time! :)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
On a bad note, I drank one caffeinated soda, and one caffeine free soda. My only triumph on the soda problem was that we went out to eat for dinner, and I just had a water! I usually cannot resist drinking a ton of soda when we eat out, but I think the thought of those other two sodas I had today made me want to try harder.
The Almighty Liz
Embarrassing moment after one of my work workouts though. I was sitting at my desk, with a paper towel over my face to soak up the sweat without messing up my make up too badly, when there was a knock on my cubicle wall. I held my hand up and said just a second, thinking it was just one of my staff. However, when I turned around.... it was the CFO of the company I work for. Now, I console myself by thinking, at least I wasn't reapplying deoderant or taking my socks off, but still, I was mortified. I'm generally not an easily embarrassed person, but that just about did it. I know I turned 37 shades of red!
Friday, September 12, 2008
In other news, I love Lisa! I know I've never met you but those calf muscle stretches you posted are the BEST! I did them, and I was able to run in place for 20 minutes straight! I have never been able to do that! Pat pat pat pat (that's me, patting myself on the back). I am definitely going to MAKE time to do those stretches and exercises before I walk every time from now on.
I am continuing to improve in exercise, my clothes continue to fit better, and in a few days (when I'm off my period) I will see if I'm still stuck on my weight (sad panda face).
Grrrr, ok, one last confession. I'm trying to get off caffeinated soda. Erik (my husband) does not think I should worry about it, but I think it might be easier to lose weight if I was not drinking soda. I've read this in a few places. So, I will try to be accountable on this topic when I blog. Everybody pray for me! I know it's a silly thing, but I really want to do this.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
There are a few stretches that target the shins. Stand facing a wall, put your hands on the wall and then step back into a lung. If properly done, you'll feel it! :) Another, is to kneel on the floor, leaning back on your calfs. Put your left hand on the floor and right hand under right shin. Lift shin off floor and hold for at least 15 seconds. It'll hurt for a little while, at least until you are over the shin splints. The best cure is resting your legs! If possible try walking on gravel or grass instead of pavement. An exercise to strengthen the shins is to stand with feet hip width apart and feet facing inward, toes pointing towards each other. Walk backwards for about 50 feet. If you have shin splits you'll feel it immediately.
I have all these perennials to divide and put somewhere else, I have two more raised beds to build, and to buy the additives to make the soil to go into the beds (manure, peat moss, garden soil), and I also want to pick up as much grass and bags of yard waste from my neighbors to insulate my compost pile for the winter. I'm chomping at the bit to get back into it, but I want to be sure I don't hurt my back like that again!
Sigh, time to put the kids to bed.
The Almighty Liz
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
To start the day out Lyra & I went for our usual walk this morning before breakfast.
I also got a great workout at Curves. Since I'm training for my new job there I actually learned how the all the machines work. Wow! It's gonna be a work in progress just getting through the circuit twice with good form.
For those of ya'll unfamiliar with Curves let me explain. It's a very unique system. There are 12 machines with "recovery cardio areas" in between. You make the circuit twice. It takes exactly 30 minutes. The hydraulic resistance machines are really unique. You work every major muscle group during the workout. Also when done correctly the workout becomes aerobic. The key is using the machines properly which is easy to learn. Hands down it's the best gym workout I've ever gotten! I'll be svelte in no time. It's great to that working out is now a part of my job. Yay!
p.s. Has anyone heard from Liz? Is she feelin' better?
In back news, doing two strength exercises that focus on my shoulder and middle back seems to be helping already. I actually felt the muscle push up against the car seat while I was driving to the pool. I thought, WOW! I can FEEL that muscle now. Yes, I am very manly, thank you ;)
I think I am going to set up a consultation for the weights on Thursday maybe.
And then I must get a bathing suit so I can mix up the workouts. I don't want to get too used to doing the same things all the time.
Thanks guys--for the encouragement and for helping to hold me accountable!
Job #1 (at&t) 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
Job #2 (Curves) 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Job #3 (Babysitting a 5 month old & 2 year old) 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
I loved it though. I was busy, busy, busy.
Breakfast: scrambled eggs w/ onions, green peppers, salsa & Ezekiel English Muffin w/ cream cheese & homemade raspberry preserves
Lunch: Organic Mac & Cheese w/ peas
I've made a neat correlation... I've had a few sleepless nights lately. I realized this morning while on my walk that that each of those were nights where I'd eaten fast food. So no more fast food for me! I guess my body doesn't get enough nutrition to fully cycle through REM sleep or something when I eat junk. My sleep is precious to me. I need quality sleep so now I have the motivation I need to steer clear of that stuff. I may have an occasional burger but probably only for lunch so I get a good supper to make up for the junk. Yay! I love finding out what works for my body!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Ok, I'm done patting myself on the back, but I needed that. And I'm setting up an appointment for a consultation with a trainer to help me with the weights and the strength toning that I need. Thank goodness the Y offers that particular service for free. Of course, you can also pay for a personal trainer, but I just need someone to tell me what to do. Now that I have the motivation to continue, I've also decided that I'm going to make use of the cardio equipment at work, so I can get an extra half hour of cardio a day. We'll see how well that works out.
I did strength for 35 minutes (with the new & improved shoulder exercises that Liz showed me, thanks Liz!) and I ran in place for 10 minutes and then marched in place for the rest to make it an even HOUR of exercise. I also did 30 minutes of gardening, and tomato canning, and housecleaning. I'm pretty pooped. My back is doing better, so hopefully I will be back up to the HOURS of gardening I'm used.
My husband is so sweet though, he put both kids to bed. I can hear Quisqueya saying "Yeehaw!" on the baby monitor while playing with her toy horse in her crib. My life is great ;)
It was good times!
p.s. I got to chuck a pair of pants into the DI box! I'll miss 'em because they are super comfy but they're huge. Yay!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
The Almighty Liz
Friday, September 5, 2008
I've been eating good, but not that good. I have not weighed myself in over a week because I have been really bloated. I will have to check up on that soon. Anyone else having any luck losing weight? I feel kind of stuck.
Who's gonna be SVELTE?! WE ARE!!
The Almighty Liz
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I barely made it at all today because my shins were killing me! After about a half mile I had tears running down my face. So needless to say, the 15 minute mile was a bit out of my reach. But I did do the best I can. Maybe tomorrow!
It just twinged a little, and this time I actually took the hint and decided not to re-injure myself! I think working out is making me smarter ;)
Oh well, I guess cleaning does give you some exercise, and I extended my 30 minute strength workout today with marching in place! So, I guess I made up for it. I am not yet using leg weights, but I think I will try that next time. AND!!! I actually felt great during my strength workout this time. Usually it feels like it is sucking the life out of me! I did it while the kids were napping (3-4pm) so maybe earlier in the day is better for that workout.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I walked Lyra for a mile this morning. I'm sure we'll walk again before going to bed.
I went to work and man that's just exhausting. The hurricane in Louisiana has really effected the at&t world. Today I had to do so much work that I've never been trained to do. And knowing the company they'll have us continue to do it even after the center in LA comes back online. Fabulous!
After work I stopped by Curves... I'm going to start working there every other Saturday. I'll get to work out for free. I love Curves because you work every major muscle group in thirty minutes. So I'll start working out there Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday with my friend, Becky. Then I'll pick up workouts on the days that I work.
Breakfast: Raisin Ezekiel Bread, cantaloupe
Lunch: Black Forest Ham Sandwich on Ezekiel Bread
Dinner: Pulled Pork BBQ & peas
Dessert: I'm not sure but Lisa is going to pedal her way down to the local Maverick & get us some chocolate. :)
Does that kick butt or WHAT?!
Look at that; I'm more SVELTE then I thought.
The Almighty Liz
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Swimming went great! I thought it would be really hard after not swimming for three weeks in a row, and it was harder than usual, but I did not backslide. I did the breast stroke for 20 minutes because I was thinking that I would not be able to do the freestyle (the hardest stroke for me) for the full 15 minutes. I was almost ready to quit after 5 minutes of freestyle, but I got my second wind! Woot! And then the happy hormones kicked in, so I was able to jump right back into the full 15 of freestyle.
Then I did the backstroke for 15 minutes, and my arms started to feel trashed, so I decided to use the kick board. Wow! I will never call someone a wuss in my head who is just using the kick board. That is hard! I only lasted 5 minutes, and then I went back to backstroke and swimming under water, and goofing around. So, full hour of swimming (woot!) and full time on freestyle. Yeah me!
Also, I have discovered a glass of milk after I work out or a few bites of cottage cheese seems to make me feel better than water. The protein maybe? I will have to keep testing this theory.
I have a deal with myself that when I get to a straight 15 minute mile, I will start lifting weights. So YAY! I'm almost there!!
Yesterday we went to Fisher Cavern, which is one cavern down from Meramak caverns. The tour was an hour and half long, so I didn't do it. Not up to that long a hike yet. So I was going to go swim at our pool since yesterday was the last day it will be open until next year, but when we got back from the cave, John's sister and her family dropped by on a whim, and we hung out with them instead. What's my point? My point is I took an unscheduled rest day, but I'm not slacking. I guess I feel guilty for resting too much. (yes yes, I know.)
But here's something cool; John put together my weight bench, hooray! So tomorrow, I'm going to lift. I think I will do mainly arms, since my legs have been getting pretty good workouts up to this point. (fun discovery for me today; my legs don't jiggle anymore. Or at least, not nearly so much. They are tight, well on their way to toned and muscular. *ROAR!*) I may do a little tiny bit of biking too, to keep up my cardio. We'll see how I feel.
The pool issue is shelved for now because my car broke, and so I have no way to get there currently. I'm putting all my resources into fixing that problem right now, but when it is, I will resume battle with the lack of indoor pools in my area.
The Almighty Liz
Monday, September 1, 2008
My pool opens tomorrow! Woot! I hope that swimming does not aggravate the back thing. Hope hope hope hope.
I also did some light gardening today, in the hopes that I will be able to do some heavy gardening later in the week. I miss gardening the most! I'm used to being out there 1-2 hours a day, and it calls me in my sleep. Ok, that last thing I made up, but I still miss it!