Saturday, April 28, 2012

I Must Be Krazy??

I love hitting those high notes ;)
Good Saturday Blog Readers!  I felt like a woman possessed this week.  I don't know what was going on with me, but I definitely feel like I got my groove back. 

I had another fantastic treadmill session on Wednesday leading to my all time best 3.55 miles in one hour.  I am running short intervals at 4.0 mph and I'm walking at 3.4 mph.  When I think back to when I started...I walked at 2.7 or 2.8 and I ran at 3.3.  Now, I'm walking at where I used to run.  That's quite a change.

I definitely had a productive week.  I'm heading into vacation mode at work - which means I'm working like a maniac just to make sure everything is in order before I leave.  The last thing I want to be thinking about is work while I'm on vacation.  Perhaps all of that intensity is flowing into my workouts.  I definitely look forward them because it lets me step away from my cubicle and blow of some steam.

And, boy, did I blow off some steam.  Everyday I worked out, I ramped up the intensity from the prior day.  I pushed myself, but I didn't kill myself, ya know.  I felt in "the zone".  The music was good and the results were even better.  Let's just say, if next week goes well, I may be joining the 200 Club sooner than I thought.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

This week, I received an email about the biometrics screening for the insurance discount.  My appointment is toward the end of August.  That's one of the last days available.  I want to give myself as much time as possible to get where I need to be.  Although I only need to meet three of the biometric measurements, I'm aiming for four.

Last, and certainly not least, the last two weeks at Zumba have been fabulous.  Our instructor introduced two new routines, and one of them is straight up Krazy...and I love it.  I love those high energy hip-hop numbers.  They get me amped up big time.   Here's hoping the energy I had this week, spills over into the next.  I'm deciding to take a vary rare Saturday off.  No working out today.  Let's just hope I don't regret it later next week.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Better A Day (Or Two) Late...

Happy Earth Day!
Happy Monday Blog Readers!  And Happy Belated Earth Day to you as well.  I must apologize for my tardiness.  Although I did weigh in and update on Saturday, I didn't post an entry, and I had several people mention that to me today.  I must say I'm happy that many of you look forward to my updates, but  I promise I wasn't looking for extra attention...basically...I was just lazy.

I was also having hard time trying to think of what to write about.  It was a pretty good week.  Doubting Thomas didn't mess with me too much this week, and things seem to be settling down.  I also have vacation coming up in about two weeks. I'm going to spend a week in Charleston, SC with my cousin.  It will be a nice time.  I haven't spent a good deal of time in Charleston since I graduated from college several years ago, so this will be a great trip...especially since I'll be able to see some of my great sorority sisters, and we'll be staying at a resort. Sa-WEET!

I do have a new milestone to mention...actually, after today, let's make that two.  Even though D.T. has been dogging my ass for the last two weeks, I've finally got to 3.4 miles in an hour on the treadmill.  That happened last Wednesday!  But...let's go one further.  TODAY I got to 3.5 miles!!  That's right!  3.5 MILES!  I swore I was crazy when I cranked up that treadmill to 4.0 mph the last
minute to get there, but I did it. I feel fantastically tired too :) I'm very pleased with the workout today, and I'm glad I got to meet that goal before the end of the month. 
I'm very close to getting under 300 pounds.  It will sure be nice to be in the 200 club again.  So, I'm going to work hard to get under 300 before I go on vacation, and I have until 5/11/2012.  I'm not going to freak out if I don't get there in time.  I just like to give myself little goals to strive for, and it keeps me motivated. CHEERS!

I noticed something funny today that made me smile, and I shared it with my Zen Master when we were finishing up in the gym.  I don't know how many of you have ever been obese, but if you have (or are), you'll relate to this.  I was sitting down on the bench, and I bent straight over and tied my shoes. Usually, I had to put my foot on something to tie my shoes because my stomach was too big to bend over and tie them.

Another little thing...I had to move my seat up in my car to reach the pedals.  This happened about two weeks ago.  I got in the car, and I couldn't comfortably reach the pedals like I normally do.  I am short (5'4") but due to my wide body, I had to put the seat back so the wheel doesn't rub my stomach.  My mom (who is 5'7") would have to move the seat up in my car to drive it, and she wondered why since I'm shorter than her.  I told her, I'm shorter..but I'm also wider than you are.

It's these little things that make me smile.  I noticed today that my fingers look different. My wrist is smaller.  I can wear my favorite watch again.  I was able to FINALLY order a Nike Fuel Band in a medium instead of large.  It's the Little Things....and they mean a whole lot.


Now...I end with a P.S.A...
I <3 Boys who Recycle... #js

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Body Playin' Tricks On Me!

Wow!  As you can tell by my moodie and the title of this post, I had one hell of a week.  It's been a tough few weeks lately, and I am definitely proud about how I've handled the curve balls that flew at my head.  Actually, I had some fast balls the nailed me right in the face.  And they were all thrown by D.T. who hasn't let up on me at all.  He keeps telling me to stop, and I keep P.U.S.Hing on.  I give him the boot, and he gets a second wind and comes stomping back to discourage me.

This week, Doubting Thomas tried another tactic. Instead of attacking my mind, he worked on by body.  He started on Sunday.  He knew I decided to take a very rare day off on Saturday so he saw a window of opportunity.  I swear he jumped on my back making my Zumba workout extra tough.  On Monday, he tripped me up on my interval training on the treadmill.  Asshole!  I was huffin' and puffin' trying to increase my distance to 3.4 miles and only made it 3.3.  He stood there smirking at me. 

Tuesday - I hit the elliptical hard and told him to bugger off.  I was able to boot him pretty good, and had my best elliptical workout to date.  I figured I hit my stride so Wednesday will be great, right?  Right???  WRONG!!

What a jerk!  I can't
stand you!
Wednesday would be the date that I hit 3.4 miles for sure.  I was lucky to get 3.25.  D.T. laughed at me the whole hour I was on that treadmill.  At the 30 minute mark, I almost stopped the treadmill and joined him in ridiculing me.  He was doing such a good job at it, maybe he'd like some company.  But...somehow I found the strength to pull it out.  He just stood there grinning at me...BASTARD!  ----->

Thursday....Thursday was just BLAH!  I swear he was jabbing me in my thighs with a hot poker.  My legs were like jelly.  My calves...burning.  I barely finished the elliptical.  No Zumba on Thursday this week due to work commitments.  I was just happy to get my 65 minutes in. 

I struggled all week, and I did weigh myself periodically because I felt so out of wack and could get in my groove.  I felt slugglish...heavy....bloated.  I even gained two pounds during the week.  I didn't even freak out about it.  I knew the inevitable had arrived...my first gain. I was cool with it though, and I'm being totally honest.  I was just proud that I kept eating right and stayed with my workouts.

Funny thing...on Friday, I did my Zumba workout on the Wii.  Saturday, I did the elliptical at home.  These workouts were much better.  And, my weigh in on Saturday...2.8 pounds down.  W.T.F?!?!  My body is crazy.  And it sure is...you know what happened on Saturday ladies...let's just say the bloating and sluggish feeling was totally explained.

So, my body behaves crazily during that time...similar to a lot of women.  D.T. will be trying to derail me this week, but I won't let him.  I'm going to hit that 3.4 mile mark.  It may not be this week, but it will come.  I don't need to change to a (The) New Workout Plan.  I'm doing just fine...FUCK you very much, D.T.!

P.S. - Blood pressure is down quite a bit to 118/74...that's even better than the norm.  And...I hit the 10% mark in weight lost.  D.T.'s was foiled again!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

How Full Is My Glass??


Good day Blog Readers!  I'm happy to say that week 10 went a hell of a lot better than week 9.  Work is still very busy, but I like it that way.  It keeps me busy, and it makes the day past quickly. 

This week resulted in my fastest 3K walk-run.  I'm made it up to 3.3 miles in 60 minutes so each week I'm going to push for a 0.1 mile increase in an hour.  So, by the end of next week I should be at 3.4 miles.  I was also able to run for 2 minutes straight.  I also feel that my running posture is getting better.  I'm paying attention to how I place my feet when I walk and run, making sure that I lead with my heel and keep my head elevated.  It really makes a difference and harbors less stress on the body. 

So, have you noticed my moodies?  They are pretty good at visually describing how I've been feeling.  My mood for this week is very optimistic.  In fact, I'd say my glass is over half-full.  And why is that?  Because I'm over half way to my first goal.  I need to lose 61.2 pounds to reach my first goal, and I only have 27 pounds left to go!  YAY!

I must admit that I never expected to lose as quickly as I have, and I know the weight loss will taper off soon.  I can't lose at this clip forever.  In fact, I've been losing more weight these last few weeks.  This all correlates to when I started my interval training twice a week on the treadmill.  Each week, I've lost more and each week I've pushed for a faster time so I'm increasing intensity.  I also make sure to keep tabs on my heart rate to make sure I'm not overdoing it.  I want to work out safely.

So, perhaps I'll be visiting Tiffany's sooner than planned.  As a matter fact, there's something I need to share with you...and it starts with this picture.
When I realized that I was losing consistently and it was possible I'd meet my first goal early, I took it upon myself to research a bit about how I wanted to visit Tiffany's & Co. in Pittsburgh (closest store location).  I emailed the store and told them what I wanted, and let me tell you...they were very excited about my plans. 

So about a week later, I looked on-line for the first charm I wanted to purchase.  Let me revive your memories in case you don't remember.  I decided to purchase this one before the Tiffany Bag charm because it's availability may be scarce since it's designed by Paloma Picasso (Pablo Picasso's youngest daughter).  Picasso is one of my favorite artists so I wanted something to remind me of him and Spain - where I was able to view some of his famous work in person. Sadly, I discovered that the charm could not be found anywhere on the website.  I called Tiffany's Customer Service to inquire about the charm, and was informed that the charm was out of stock, and there wouldn't be any available until June.  I then asked about charm availability in the stores, and the service rep stated that they could not guarantee that the charm would be at the Pittsburgh store when I went. However, if I really wanted the charm, I could reserve it and it will be sent to me when it's in stock in June.

I must admit I was a bit nervous about reserving the charm.  If I do this, will I be jumping the gun?  Will this act cause me to derail on my journey?  Am I being too optimistic...or arrogant at my success thus far?  In the end, I decided to reserve it, and when it arrived in June, I'd just hold it and not open it until it was time for my First Goal Celebration.

To make a long story short, I was surprised to find an e-mail from Tiffany & Co. stating that the charm was on it's way several months early. OH NO!!!  I'm doomed!  (Don't worry...I'm internally smirking at myself over my silliness)  Actually, I decided to get the Wardens (my sister and niece) involved.  They were given strict instructions. 
  • When the package is delivered, take it and hide it.
  • If I ask to view the box, they can bring it to me.  But I can't open it.
Can I just say...they took it a step further.  I asked to see the box today.  They had to have a mini-conference before my niece retreived it wherever it was hidden.  They wouldn't let me touch it.  I couldn't even hold it or look at the label of the box.  My sister put it on the table, and I was able to take a picture of it so I could share it on the blog with you, and then I promised her I'd deleted it. And I did.  I deleted it on my phone, and now she's looking at me sideways because it's still on my computer...so obviously I better erase it on my laptop...or ELSE!

I have to thank my sister and niece for taking this task very seriously.  I appreciate their support.  That little box is a huge motivator.  I'm Patiently Waiting...  Gonna get that bracelet and see that charm.  SOON!