Archive for February, 2011

February 25, 2011

Hey Blog…

Hey Blog. I know you miss me. I miss you to. Right now I just don’t have time for you in my busy life. I promise we will get together soon. 😦 Sad Face.

It has been super crazy with work and working out and trying to cook and everything in between. I believe there is some fashion thrown in there as well ;). I just wanted to give you a little check in on what’s going on. My weight has fluctuating back and forth as usual but I am trying hard to just not  give up. Even if it says the same during the next 4 or so weeks of training, I can say that I have not given up and I can hit it strong when I am not training for an endurance event. Triathlon training is tough, especially in the winter. I have learned my lesson. Blogging is hard when you don’t have the time either, I know I can make time but I feel that every ounce of energy is going towards team in training right now, which is ok. I will get into this soon I promise. I want to start posting pictures of outfits and accessories and workouts and recipes and all the like. I just need to find some time to do it. I hope you know I am thinking about you blog. I promise to come back with some kickass stuff as soon as I can. For now just remember the good times we have shared and look at my previous posts hehe.

February 7, 2011

My life, Last week.

Happy Monday blog readers. This week/weekend was such a whirlwind of fun and chaos I wanted to break it up for everyone to fully digest everything. I know my body is still trying to digest all the salted Hershey kiss cookies, and super bowl subs I ate yesterday, not to mention the delicious beer.

It all starts on Thursday. I was able to score some tickets to see Slash and Ozzy Osborne. I raced home after work, picked up my whole wheat pizza from Tomatina’s (not the best but decent), to meet my cousin at my house for a pre-concert dinner. We scarfed the pizza down and headed to San Jose HP Pavillion. We found parking pretty close for only 10 bucks (Sweet!) We arrived as Slash was playing and found our seats. After hearing his final song “Sweet Child of Mine,” We headed to grab some beer for Ozzy. Before Ozzy  came on stage there some hilarious video clips with ozzy playing various characters in skits. Ozzy started off his set with some of his new CD, but we were waiting to hear the classics. He played Iron Man, Crazy Train and ended with Mama I’m Coming Home. It was amazing seeing him so lively! I really didn’t know what to expect after seeing his reality show. I left the show smiling from ear to ear and I was so happy that I was able to share that experience with my awesome Cousin, Billy.

Friday we layed low, I was super tired from the night before I really didn’t feel like doing much.  We watched a movie and I played with my new Nexus One Google Phone that Jason so graciously donated to the sad phone kitty fund.

Saturday it was getting up early for a Bike/Run workout in Saulsalito! I had to cross two bridges to get there, but it was worth the drive with the amazing weather we were having. I wish I would have taken some pictures that day but I could you could say I was too busy living the moment. I left my house and it as already 65 degrees at 8 am, I knew it was going to be a great weather day.  It started with a 27 mile bike ride along the amazing peninsula with some gradual hills, but nothing to bad. Then a quick transition to the run to simulate what the race will be like. The 20 minute run was rough, I was hot and tired, not to mention I had already biked for 2 hours hah. I left the team, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, then the Bay Bridge and made it back to Alameda at 2. Jason was down at the shopping center doing a little shopping so I cleaned myself off and got pretty to meet him for sushi. I usually love Sushi House, but for some reason I was just not too into the rolls that day. It was still a good meal with some super yummy Sake. We went and did a few errands then headed home to bbq some awesome meat. We picked up a duck sausage, a Lamb sausage, a few short ribs and a little steak. You would think we are feeding an army, but no just us. The Lamb sausage got a little burned which was a super bummer because it tasted great and would have been better minus the char. The rest of the meal consisted of some roasted veggies and a few beers. We finished off the evening attempting to watch Coco before Chanel, but we both pulled a grandma move and fell asleep during the movie.

Sunday was another biking day! We had great weather again, 67 before leaving the house at 7:10. I was meeting some lovely ladies at the Orinda Sports center to start our ride tackling the 3 bears! They call it the 3 bears because there are 3 hills and they increasingly get larger, It starts with baby bear, then mama bear, then finally I am going to throw up and die, papa bear. I conquered the ride, swearing up the last hill most of the time, but felt amazing. I felt so accomplished to be able to do that ride and not give up. I pushed myself to some serious limits. Somewhere in the last 2 miles I popped my tired and we had to put some co2 in it to make it back to the car. Somehow in all the excitement of packing up my bike in my car I locked my key inside it. Carol had AAA so I was thankfully saved within minutes. It was a very interesting bike excursion day to say the least.

After washing up and eating an egg salad it was time to head to the Super Bowl Party at Adryon’s house. I met her adorable French Bulldog, Napolean, and we ate amazing food. There were 4 kinds of cookies, bacon wrapped water chestnuts, super bowl subs that contained every tasty meat that exists, a Swiss cheese dip that was out of this world and many other highly choleric eats.

But after all is said and done, I am so glad this weekend happened and I would not change it for the world. Maybe I won’t lose an ounce this week. Maybe I will even have a gain. These things happen and I am changing not only my body but my mind. I am not going to feel guilty for enjoying myself every now and then. I am picking myself up where I was last and restarting my healthy living today. I cheated a lot yesterday, but I also worked out hard this weekend. I spent time having fun and enjoying myself. That is a win in my book.

Last week I lost .8 pounds! That means
1.5lbs  + .8 + 1.6 + .8 = 4.7 lbs! Lost! That is almost 5 pounds! I said I was going to wait until I lose 5 pounds to buy new clothes. So far my WW weight is not at 5 pounds yet so I am going by that number. I need to tone it down on buying clothes so this is a good way to do that. I am happy to see that number and I am going to fight hard this month to have some good weight loss.

February 1, 2011

Before and After

I have been thinking a lot about whether to do this before and after. I am sure that I am going to put it on my about page as well but I wanted to have a post about it here since I just recently made it instead of making it in the beginning of the blog. There are a lot of things that come to mind and can be described in more than just an about me kind of page.  So without further ado here is a little background into my life of weight loss and fitness.

I was always the chubby girl. When I was in elementary school, as most kids were, I was teased for a multitude of reasons. I was a larger girl around that age, and it was a feature the kids liked to remind me about daily. This was rough because it lasted for a lot of elementary school and middle school. I had kind of a wacky home life as well, so I took it a little more personally than other kids might. I can still remember kids calling me purple cow when I dyed my hair purple in middle school. I thought I had wanted to be different, but really I just wanted the attention. Even though I was harassed I decided to take up as many sports and clubs as I could in 6th grade. I loved playing volleyball and basketball even if I wasn’t the fastest girl.

In 7th grade I broke my knee cap playing around at a friends house. I had to have surgery to take out the piece of my knee cap that broke, which put me in a knee brace for several months. I actually lost weight during this time because I was unable to get to the kitchen on my own. I remember being excited to wear a smaller size even though my knee was broken. This made the next few years difficult as I still wanted to be active. I tried to take up swing dancing in 8th grade, thinking  I could handle the exercise, but when I fell in front of the whole class I was reminded that it would not be as easy to be active.

Freshman year I tried out for the cheer leading squad, but I lived in a pretty high demand area and I did not make the cut; I was devastated. I was struggling on the inside because I wanted to be liked, I associated that with being thin. Everything I tried to do to be active was blowing up in my face. Not to mention the whole cheerleader popularity thing, I figured now I would never be in with the cool kids. So instead of trying to be with them I completely rebelled, I started hanging out with a different crowd. One that would go smoke behind the bleachers and made fun of the jocks and cheerleaders. I let it get to me, and I didn’t care what anyone thought. I started taking diet pills to lose the weight,  and at the time I thought it was the greatest thing ever. The weight came back when I stopped taking diet pills.

When I went to college was when the weight really came on. I had always fluctuated, and yes I was never 300 pounds but I was unhappy and unhealthy nevertheless. I partied and ate way to much food throughout my college life.  I worked on video production at school, so my last semester was lots of wrap parties and bars to celebrate new shows. I got up to 195lbs

When I graduated that year I wanted to make a change. I didn’t want to struggle finding clothes that fit and constantly feeling bad about myself. I remember I bought a pair of jeans in a size 14 that were snug, and that was when I decided I don’t want to be over weight anymore. I started calorie counting on my own and the first 15 pounds were coming off somewhat easily. The last 15 were a lot harder. I joined weight watchers to lose the last 15 and I was really close to getting to the weight I wanted to be, maybe the weight I wanted to be was crazy but I was close. I started triathlon training and now I am back to 15 pounds above where I want to be. but let me tell you I think I look a lot better now.

I know the last half of my journey is going to be a lot harder. I have been struggling for 2 years at this and I know it is going to take even longer. I am trying to focus on just being happy and healthy and let the rest fall into place. So far so good.

February 1, 2011

February goals

This month I want to focus on working out and losing weight. These are two things that can be easy or they can be difficult. It is really all in the mind. I am focusing on picturing myself smaller, and leaner. I have come a long way and I intend to keep up the fight to a fitter happier me. Here is a list of goals I have for February.

February Goals

  • Weigh 167 on March 1st
  • Make one new recipe a week, or die trying
  • Plan out weekly meals
  • Allow myself only 1 treat meal and 1 treat dessert a week
  • Go to a yoga class at least 1 time
  • Strength train 2-3 times a week
  • Check in weekly on my goals 🙂

I am very confident that I can accomplish this, I also plan to write more about my feelings and not worry so much about things. But those are life time goals that I will adjust as I go along. So far things are going great and I want to keep it that way. This week is already a little hectic with trying to do meal planning because it has been super busy. I plan to do my meal plans on Fridays for the next week so I can go to the grocery store sometime during the weekend, as well as make a fun recipe a weekend as well.

Work it Girl

Monday- Rest day (got a massage :P)

Tuesday- Swim with pushups

Wednesday- Run group with team- Run and core

Thursday- Swim in the early AM? maybe try to run instead…

Friday- Most likely a rest day since I am going to a concert Thursday, Go Ozzy!

Sat- Swim Run with the team

Sun- Bike/Run preview course for duathlon!

I am a little nervous about this duathlon on the 12th. I have never done a duathlon and I have never done this bike ride. I am trying to stay as confident as possible about it and just prepare for it as best I can. I know I will not fail and if I have to walk a little so be it. I am only worried about the hills but my friends have assured me that I can handle it. Lets hope for an amazing and empowering week!

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