Friday, August 9, 2013

Day 3....not dead yet

Please forgive any typos, I am trying to write this with my cat on my lap between me and the keyboard. Of course she won't budge, just gives me that "How dare you try to move me!" look as she promptly gets up, turns around, and tries to sit ON the keyboard. Grr.

So its my 3rd day of this challenge, and the second day of Boot Camp.  I am STILL sore from day one.  Started off the day with the Arms challenge from Shrinking Jeans. Then this evening did the Boot Camp workout. Still only able to sprint for about 15 seconds, but I don't think I felt as much like I wanted to die as I did on Wednesday. So GO ME!! :)  Did all the exercises afterward and rewarded myself with a large glass of water (that now my cat is wanting to drink herself) and the Royals game on tv.

Tonight for supper we went to Wendys. This was not the original dinner plan, but we decided that meal just didn't sound appealing tonight. Now a lot of people when I started doing Weight Watchers automatically assumed that meant I could never eat fast food again. SO NOT TRUE!!! You just have to be smart about what you order, as well as keeping in mind what you have already eaten throughout the day. For example, you wouldn't want to eat a large meal for lunch and then stop thru McD's for supper. Tonight, I had a caesar side salad with fat free French dressing and a crispy chicken sandwich with cheese. Total points value: 15. My original plan points value: 16. Did I just ruin my entire day? Nope. :) 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Day 2...random thoughts about boots

Day 2 of my quest for skinniness. Think I'm doing pretty up and did the Shrinking Jeans Ab challenge and the Arm challenge workouts for the day. Came home and did 2 10min Pilates workouts. Granted, it wasn't as strenuous as yesterday's bootcamp workout, but hey, at least I did something, right? 

Earlier, while thinking about what workout I wanted to do this evening, I started surfing the internet for exercises to do to shrink my calves. See, I have a problem. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fall look of skinny jeans/leggings with a longer top and BOOTS. However, my calves are too big to wear said boots. I don't necessarily think they are just fat, but rather muscular covered with a layer of fat. They have always been this way--combination of genetics (thanks a heap, Mom) and the fact that I was a dancer for 14 years, with at least half of those years being overweight as well.Some people would kill for muscular, defined calves....I would kill to be able to wear cute boots. (Because honestly, ankle boots just don't have the same effect.) Anyway, back on topic. I found lots of info saying that you can't just pick and choose where the fat comes off your body, that with diet and exercise you should lose weight everywhere, etc. etc. etc. I did managed to learn that endurance exercises, rather than things like sprinting, keep your calves from becoming too muscular. Also, stretches like Pilates and Yoga help lengthen the muscles in the leg. My favorite (because I've already been doing them) are calf raises. Basically, you stand on your tiptoes and lower your heels to the ground without actually touching. I do these everywhere--heating up my lunch at work, waiting for a computer game to load, or brushing my hair. I THINK I've been able to tell a tiny difference, so hopefully by the time fall rolls around I'll have myself a lovely pair of calf boots. :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

First day!!!

For almost a year, I've been doing Weight Watchers. Not officially, like I haven't actually signed up and gone to meetings, but rather have been counting points on my own. I was lucky enough to have a couple people who were official members help me out--I got the Dining Out book, which was awesome because it had point values for lots of things I ate, a mini Points guide, and most importantly, the CALCULATOR. This thing is fantastic--you can plug in the fat, carbs, protein, and fiber of anything you are eating, and it will spit out the points plus value. Over the past 8-ish months, I have lost about 35 pounds and hit my first major goal, which was to get below 200 pounds. I weigh less now than I did in high school, about 10 years ago. I know its a huge accomplishment, yada-yada-yada, but the reason I am now blogging is because since I hit that goal I have pretty much plateaued. Everyone tells me how normal this is, and that I shouldn't get down. Which I'm not, because I know it is my fault. I've gotten super lazy counting points, and my portion sizes have slowly gone up. But not anymore!! I am now doing the Summer Weight Loss Challenge from the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans! Summer Blowout Weight Loss Challenge with the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans I really want to hit my 50 pound mark by my one-year anniversary of Weight Watchers. I figure this challenge is the perfect way to do that. In addition to getting back on my points track, I'm also doing the Sisterhood's Bootcamp. Today was my first workout, and it KICKED. MY. BUTT. I couldn't even do the full 30 second sprints. But that's ok--by the end of this, I WILL be able to! (and then some!) Now, was I doing every exercise with perfect form and maximum results? No. Was I trying my hardest? Yes. Did I finish the entire workout? YES. To me, that's victory! The real reason I wanted to start this blog is to hold myself accountable, and stop making excuses. I figure if you all who read this (even just 2 people) expect me to chronicle my journey that just MAYBE it will make me stick with it. So wish me luck.:) Now I'm off to the shower....I smell worse that a locker room full of dirty gym shorts.