Monday, November 18, 2013

Bump in the road

So this past week I've been sick, which means I haven't been able to exercise at all.  Any type of physical exertion would send me into a choking coughing fit.  At this point I'm a bit better, but still not really well. However, I did manage to lose another kg this week, or 2lbs.  I didn't eat well, but I also didn't eat crap or a lot. There were a few days I didn't eat much at all actually and this is probably what accounted for my loss.  I'm hoping to feel better soon, however as of Tuesday I'm watching a friends house/pets for nearly two weeks and wont have my home gym stuff available.  Depending on the weather I may get out for a walk or something, but I'm not sure what will happen. I imagine I'll be back to ground zero by the time I get to my elliptical again.  Which sucks, but I don't have many other options at this point.

So that's my update for this week, short and sweet.  Not a very good week, but I did manage a loss.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Week 1 success

So it's been a week since I posted here last and I have made some good changes and thus far, stuck to them.  I've been using mfp, and eating properly. I've also been using my new elliptical this week.  It's a lot harder than the ones I've used at the gym and my legs get tired so fast, but I've been pushing through, and true to my word I have been increasing my time, bit by bit.  I'm not sure why this one seems to been so much harder to move but I honestly feel like stopping after less than 2 minutes.  At this point I occasionally have to pause for a few seconds or go backwards for a different motion, but I figure this is better than stopping.  I have also been doing about 15 minutes worth of strength exercises after my cardio with 5lb weights I have an my own body weight. 

So this week my work has paid off.  I have lost nearly 4 lbs or 1.8kg since last Sunday.  I'm feeling pretty good about this, but I know this rate wont keep up.  Still, with the small amount of exercise I have managed, I have been successful and this is enough to keep me motivated to continue. 

Yay me! So, week 1 down and I have been true to my promises to myself.  I haven't even had one naughty thing this week (meaning chocolate or the like).


Sunday, November 3, 2013


So it's been 3 and a half months since I posted last. I've started school again, my final semester, and at times, working two part time jobs. Not much has changed. I've made a few good attempts but they only last a couple days.  I've had a few unpleasant wake up calls that are telling me it's time to really get serious.  Last week I bought an elliptical from my cousin for $100. It's a pretty good one too.  Due to my time constraints I have put my gym membership on hold because honestly, I just can't get there, so I'm going to focus on using the elliptical at least until I'm done with school.

So I've decided with Halloween behind us, and almost two months until Christmas, I can make a good start at getting back to it. Today I got on my new elliptical and went... and realized just how out of shape I was. After two minutes I wanted to stop. I didn't, but I wanted to so bad.  I paused twice, I had trouble breathing and I lasted ten minutes. Pitiful and embarrassing really. But it's a starting point again. Tomorrow, I will go for longer. Even if just a minute and every time after that a little bit longer again until I'm doing at least 30 minutes.  I may not get on there everyday, but I'm aiming for at least every other day at this point until I can get my endurance up again.

Besides this, bad food is my enemy. It's two faced. It pretends to be my friend and turns on me.  So, no more.  I know this is where most of my battle lies.  Being overwhelmed with school and assignments with working on top of this, I reach for comfort and while I'm reaching I think "don't do that, you know what it's going to do" and I put it in my mouth anyway.  Well no more.  Halloween candy is gone... I've told the others in my house not to buy junk food because they think I might like it.  I'm done.  I will not let myself fall back to where I was.  Really, I've only gained about 10 lbs, but I can feel in my body how it is. I've lost a lot of muscle and gain more fat and I need to reverse that pronto.

So, here is my pledge, I WILL workout at least every other day for increasing amounts of time each session until I can easily do 30 minutes on my elliptical.  I WILL add hand weights and body resistance exercises after I have done this.  I WILL NOT eat chips, muffins, chocolate, candies, fast food or deserts.  I WILL eat the serving sizes suggested, and not more. I WILL check in here at least once a week, even if no one is reading this (although, if anyone is, encouragement is very welcome).