December 2, 2013
Sometimes I don’t look forward to weigh-ins when they happen right after a trip, but that wasn’t the case this weekend. I got home on Saturday evening from 4 days in Colorado, but had a hunch that my weigh-in on Sunday morning would go well. And it did! Check it out!
I’ve been trying for months to Read the rest of this entry »
October 2, 2013
Happy October! It’s the beginning of a new month, which means it’s time to update my weight loss chart. I had a hunch my weigh-in would bring good news, after all, I’ve been busting my butt preparing for last week’s stair climb race, and my eating has been good. Plus, I’ve been having weigh-ins with Mo, my trainer, on the scale at the gym, and I’ve been seeing loses on there. But I don’t use the scale at the gym to update my chart, I use my home scale. So let’s see the results, shall we?
FOUR POUND LOSS! Ba-bam! What’s even better is that Read the rest of this entry »
September 3, 2013
Hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend! Mine was pretty nice and relaxing, and I worked out every single day. The highlight of those workouts was on Sunday, when I took a new exercise class that was really fun and effectively brutal.
The class was called BALLS OUT and it was held outdoors at Pan Pacific Park, a big park about 25 minutes south of me in Los Angeles. I heard about it from some Slimmons friends, and for this class, our little Slimmons crowd made up a majority of the 10 or so participants. BALLS OUT is the creation of Wes Ferguson, a West Hollywood-based personal trainer, and he describes it on his website as “a circuit training routine that keeps the heart rate up while using body resistance and a weighted medicine ball to build muscle.” That’s a pretty good description!
A medicine ball is about the size of a basketball, but they’re weighted to be anywhere from a couple pounds all the way up to 16 or 20 lbs. For this class, I worked with a 10-pound ball:
After some initial stretching, Wes led us through all sorts of exercises using the ball. Burpees. Squats. Lunges. Crunches. Three different kinds of pushups. Then more of everything. It was a tough class – very much like a Read the rest of this entry »
August 9, 2013
Yikes – it’s been a little over a week since I’ve posted anything on here. I never intended to go quiet for so long, but it just sorta happened. It hasn’t been the greatest week, are struggles are never fun to write about, but these are the sort of weeks where blogging becomes more important. I started this site as a way to stay accountable, so if I don’t own up to what’s been going on, than what’s the point?
In a nutshell: my eating hasn’t been great and I haven’t been exercising, and I’m in a bit of a funk. It can all be traced back to Thursday of last week, when I woke with pain in my foot. It wasn’t unbearable – it felt like perhaps I slept funny on it or something, and I went about my day. That evening, I exercised on a recumbent bike. I thought I’d be fine, since that kind of bike is no-impact and doesn’t requiring putting any weight on my foot.
Big mistake. On Friday, the pain was Read the rest of this entry »
July 5, 2013
I wasn’t planning on posting during the long holiday weekend, but I couldn’t sit on this post any longer. I had my once-a-month weigh-in at the beginning of the week, and the results were fantastic. I postponed this post so I could share my Fitbloggin recaps (read them here, here and here), but I can’t postpone any longer! Here’s what the scale said:
Down SIX POUNDS during the month of June! I tend to make Read the rest of this entry »
May 30, 2013
Yikes – it’s already almost the sixth month of the year! I’ve been feeling really good about how I’ve been eating, and even though June is still two days away, I decided I didn’t want to wait two more days before having my monthly weigh-in. So, this morning, I stepped on the scale.
DOWN FIVE POUNDS SINCE MAY FIRST!
Very exciting news. It wasn’t a complete surprise, since I’ve weighed myself a couple times over the past few weeks to see how I’m doing, but I’m still elated, especially since this month was a challenge, what with my surgery and my inability to exercise afterwards (I’m still not able to fully exercise, but I am walking a lot). I still have 10 pounds to go before I lose the 15 that I gained when I fell off the wagon, but I’m getting there! Read the rest of this entry »
May 1, 2013
…has been done.
It’s the first day of May, and that means it’s time for a weigh-in. Wanna see what two weeks of uninhibited eating and no exercise did to me? Here, take a look at my scale:
That right there is a fifteen pound gain. But, believe it or not, I’m pretty sure there’s good news too. Read the rest of this entry »
March 5, 2013
Man, I love hard-boiled eggs. I typically hard-boil a dozen eggs a week, and eat them as part of my lunches and after workouts. Usually, I eat only the whites, and toss the yolks into the trash, along with the shells, but every once in a while, I’ll eat one whole egg in addition to 2 or 3 more whites. Egg whites are an excellent source of protein, are fat-free, and low in calories.
So I was very excited to get my hands on an infomercial product that promised to make hard-boiled eggs a snap to make. The product is called Eggies, and here’s the commercial, in case you haven’t seen it (I’ve seen it roughly 2,500 times):
I can’t divulge where I got the Eggies, but I’m happy that I didn’t pay for them (and, no, I didn’t shoplift them). I don’t think that hard-boiling eggs is a particularly difficult proposition, and I’ve never been nearly as flustered as the women at the beginning of the commercial, but I’m all for kitchen shortcuts. And, well, I love informercial products. I’m in! Read the rest of this entry »
January 3, 2013
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
I hope your holidays were fantastic, like mine were. I went to Michigan for Christmas, and then to Chicago for a couple days for New Years. Now I’m back in Los Angeles, where I’m fighting a nasty cold and working my way through a box of tissues like nobody’s business. I have a (hopefully) fun post with lots of (hopefully) fun pictures planned of some highlights from my Christmas vacation, but I’m just too tired to start working on it now. But, I didn’t want to leave you hanging, since it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything – 17 days, as it was pointed out to me via text message from a friend and reader. So… here’s what happened when I stepped on the scale this morning! It’s my first weigh in of 2013!
I made it through the holidays without gaining weight!
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December 17, 2012
NEWS FLASH! I’m a nerd. A great, big, Urkel-sized nerd. Well, thanks to my weight loss, I’m not as big a nerd as I used to be, but I’m still a nerd, and I’m proud of it. I don’t consider ‘nerd’ to be a derogatory term – I just think it means that I know what I like and am not afraid to express it, embrace it, learn every little thing I can about it, and share it with others.
Long-time readers know one of the things I nerd out about: charts, graphs and statistics. This weight loss journey I’ve been on has been well documented by all of these things: I have a weight loss chart that I update once a month. I have a running chart (more on this later). I track StairMaster workouts with a chart that I call my Skyscraper Collection (more on this later, too!). Even though I haven’t blogged about it lately, I keep statistics on my workouts in the form of Monthly Progress Reports. Long story short (or is it too late for that?), if I can monitor what I’m doing and how I’m doing it in a fun, interesting way, than I’m all for it.
I find all these charts incredibly beneficial. They provide concrete evidence of my improvement in areas like running and stair climbing, both of which are still rather new to me. They allow easy ways for me to look back at where I’ve been, and help me project where I can go in the future. They assist in the setting of both short-term and long-term goals, whether it’s training for a big race or event, or helping me plan my week so I get in enough workouts. They give me a reason to pause, smile and congratulate myself on a great week or a great workout, and offer the opportunity to immortalize that feeling of pride and accomplishment by creating a permanent record of it. They fuel me. They push me.
There’s a new chart in my life, and I’ve kept it a secret from you for months. I keep it on the wall in my office, and it occurred to me the other day that there’s no reason for it to be a secret anymore. Here’s the story behind this new chart, which I’m going to unveil today.
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