Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Biggest Loser Challenge

OK, after further thought and some feedback from fellow bloggers, I have decided not to do cash prizes for the "biggest loser" but I have already created another blog to start it. Go check it out. Pass the word around, scream it from the rooftops, whatever you feel like doing. Although, there won't be any cash prizes I am going to try to do something for the winner which will be announced later.

In other news, I did finally find my pedometer. The battery was dead. I did finally go to the store and buy a new battery. Guess what, the pedometer still doesn't work *sigh. So, last night I went to Wally World and bought another one and it is now attached to my hip.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Challenges

What motivates you? Money? Prizes?



Manuela mentioned that we need another challenge for May and asked me if I was interested in joining. Absolutely! Challenges motivate me. I posted in her comments about having our own "Biggest Loser" with money prizes. Would anyone be interested?

Here is what is brewing in my head (yes, that is where the smoke is coming from)...

Anyone that wants to participate has to pay an entry fee, probably $5. Something small, that isn't going to break the bank. There could be two overseers of the money so there won't be any question of someone skipping town :). My thoughts are to offer the top 3 losers the cashola (of course this might have to depend on how many entrants) based on percentage of weight loss. Pounds isn't fair for anyone. Of course, this would have to be on the honor system. Oh, almost forgot time...how long of a challenge? I am kinda thinking 6 weeks.

So, let's say we have 30 participants. That would be $150. 1st place could be $75, 2nd $50 and 3rd $25.

Thoughts? Comments? This is horrible idea? This is a great idea?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Mind over Matter

I did not reach all my goals last week but I can't blame anything but myself. I was lazy, I was on vacation. I did go to the gym two days last week and worked out in the yard so at least there was a bit of activity. It's a new week and I am ready to go. I still have to do some planning with meals for the week but my head is in it. I will track my points this week, I will go the gym this week, I will buy a battery for my pedometer (I found it) , I will drink my water and I will try my very best to visit all of you this week.

I have been playing in the same weight range for months now, so it's time to step it up a notch. No more excuses!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Checking In

Well, my full speed ahead has been more like a full crawl ahead. Last week was not a good week, I gained but I gain every time it's that time of month. I didn't get to the gym, I didn't do much of anything. I am really not happy with myself at all. I, am however, doing better this week. I went to the gym yesterday and today I worked out in the yard and started to count points again. I hate when you get out of the routine, it is so hard to get back into it. I need to start making reasonable weekly goals and sticking to it, so here goes:

1. Go to gym 3 days (minimum) for a minimum of 45 min each trip.
2. Count points regardless if it is bad or not.
3. Drink my green tea again.
4. Find pedometer.

I am off to go cook dinner for F. Things are going well after my little slip up :). In fact, I almost want to say that things are going better than they were before. Hmmm, things that make you go hmmmmm.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Workout Music


"Music enhances a workout, it makes you work harder without realizing it, and it makes the workout go by faster," says fitness expert Petra Kolber, a spokesperson for the IDEA Health and Fitness Association. "Music takes exercise from just being exercise to being an experience."

"Whether it's classical, rock 'n' roll, heavy metal or rap, if someone enjoys a particular type of music, it can be very motivating to help them get through a workout," Alan says. "It can help the time go by faster and it can reduce the perceived intensity or exertion."


I have found that the music on my MP3 player has a direct correlation with my workout. Maybe that explains why I have not been motivated to get my butt to the gym since I have been back in town *sigh. I digress (I do that a lot). I haven't changed the music on my MP3 player in quite awhile. I need new music. I need new, upbeat, bass filled music. You know the kind. The kind that makes you want to move, the kind that no matter how hard you try you can't sit still.

So, here's your homework assignment today. I want to know what songs are in your playlist...but I only want the songs that really give you the motivation to get up and go.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

PMS, Eating, Cravings, Oh My!

Last week, I was bloated and felt very fat. This week, the cravings are out of control. I had a craving for chocolate. I am not a chocolate eater. Last night, it was pizza. I tried fighting it but the pizza won...I am trying to quit smoking too *sigh. There are times that I just feel ravenous that week that Aunt Flo, Mother Nature, TOM, or whatever you want to call it comes to visit. I am not normally moody, I am one of those emotional ones. I am not sure what is worse, a bitch from hell or someone that cries for absolutely no good reason. The sky is blue...waaaaa, waaaaaa. I am super, super sensitive at least one day a month and quite frankly it really pisses me off...lol. You could look at me the wrong way or even the right way, I might cry. Anyway, I digress.

9 out of 10 times, I will gain the week prior or the week of my period and always lose it the following week. I have been ravenous and I have heard others complain about the same thing so I decided to do a little research. I have heard that your metabolism is higher at this time but is it really true? Hmm...let's see what I found.

  1. PMS and menstrual cramping are not diseases, but rather, symptoms of poor nutrition. Hmm, another good reason for us to eat better!
  2. One type of PMS is characterized by anxiety, irritability and mood swings. These feelings are usually relieved with the onset of bleeding. Most likely, this type relates to the balance between estrogen and progesterone. If estrogen predominates, anxiety occurs. If there's more progesterone, depression may be a complaint. Ahh, so that's the problem!

I am not finding anything that says our metabolism speeds up (darn it!). It's got to, right? I am feeling really guilty about that pizza last night, I think I am going to cry (just kidding)...hehe.

Erin left me a comment about a video on another blog, The Weighting Game, so I posted here in case you don't get to the other blog. The post and the video was quite amusing! I think I am the one with the cake.



Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Instant Gratification

Well, as you can see I changed my layout a bit, the header will be me at 165. Of course I won't be green or purple but you get the idea :). I couldn't handle the flower anymore.

Update to weekend's boo boo: He is still talking to me so I guess that's a good sign. He seems a bit distant but he gets like that on occasion when he has a lot of things going on. A comment yesterday about not waiting forever made me think of today's topic...instant gratification.

We always seem to be looking for instant gratification: in relationships, in our jobs, in our weight loss efforts. When are we going to learn that slow and steady wins the race? I have always been one that wanted instant gratification in my life, obviously that hasn't worked out for me in the past. So, my goal is to keep this in mind everytime I get in a hurry, am disappointed with a .5 loss or have a bad eating choice day.

Goals for remainder of month
  • Stay within my point range
  • Drink my water
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Go to the gym at least 3x a week
  • Stay positive
  • Show a loss on the scale

Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday Weigh-In

It was a good weigh in but it's not because I was religious about counting points, journaling, going to the gym, etc. I lost 1.6 lbs...yay. I will take it! Of course, part of it probably because on Saturday I busted my butt helping the man I am seeing move.

I made a big boo boo. We have been seeing each other for almost 5 months (but we had a previous short history). We are taking it extremely slow, basically I don't think you can go any slower (I'm sure you get my insinuation here). Not that I am complaining, slow is good and very new to me; however, there comes a point when you start to wonder if there isn't something wrong. Anyway, things progressed a little bit Saturday and the walls seemed to be coming down. As I was leaving, he gave me a hug and something just slipped from my lips. I have never had something just slip from my lips without me having any conscious knowledge of it. Can you guess what it was? Yep, it was those three little words that I vowed to myself I would never be the first to say again. It's a blur to me...I am hugging him, I say bye babe, I love you. Now, I don't know if he heard me because it was more of a whisper in his ear as I was leaving. I just walked over, got my things and he kissed me goodbye and I went on my way. I stressed out my entire way home over it. You see, he has gone through some really bad relationships and he is a tad bit cynical and I think I scare him (he has made comments to that regard in the past) and me telling him that could have just sent him running. Hell, it made me run! I talked to him last night but no mention of it and frankly, I am ok with that. I don't want him to be pressured and I wasn't prepared to profess my love for him. I do love him but I have to be careful about what slips out...thank God it wasn't I want to have your baby or something like that.

Maybe I should wire my jaw shut, it will serve two purposes all at once :).

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New Food Finds


Since I am doing WW, I am always trying to find new foods that are point friendly. I found two but have only tried the one so far. If you like bagels, you have to try the the Western Bagel (the alternative bagel). It has 110 calories, 0 fat and 7g of fiber.


The other is pizza! I have ordered them but won't see them until next week probably. The testimonials for the pizza are great. They are only 252 calories, 0 fat and 3 g of fiber. Has anyone out there in blogland tried them yet? If not, I will give you my full report next week when they get here.


Monday, April 7, 2008

I'm Back!!!

I couldn't be happier being back. If I have to get on another plane any time in the near future for work, I am going to poke my eyes out with something sharp. This last trip was painful. I believe I got food poisoning the first day I was there because I spent the next three days very close to a bathroom and wishing I would die. I am feeling much better now! *big smile



I did get on the scale this morning and not totally horrible. Wow, I just looked at what my last recorded weight was. It was 280 and my weigh-in was 279.4. Obviously, not a huge loss but being out of town for basically 3 weeks out of the month, I consider to be pretty damn good.

So, here I am ready to get back into my routine. I am making up a shopping list today to get to the grocery store because if I don't plan my meals, I will fail. That saying "those who fail to plan, plan to fail" fits perfectly in this situation. My plan was also to restart my gym routine today but not sure I can do it. I haven't slept well the past few nights and quite frankly am exhausted. I had a hard time staying awake today to drive to work. It might be all the energy I can muster to get to the grocery store (which by the way I dread more than anything).

So, I am back...full speed ahead (well, maybe today it's not full speed but I am going forward). I will visit all of you hopefully today, hope everyone has been well!