Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In

I knew this was going to be a bad week and I was right.  Weighed in at 227.8 which is up 3.4 from last week.  Now time to get back on track and get back going in the right direction again.

It makes me sad to see that line going back up again especially since I was pretty consistent with the losing for the last month and a half.  Ah well, birthday week, shark week and parties galore happen - now if they could all not happen in the same week, that would be great...

Food -

I'll just say bad choices were made here.  F for not logging and not giving a crap this week.  And alcohol was a bit on the bad end too but I found some tasty discoveries. 

Very pleasantly surprised by this!  I'm glad I can't find it around here and it was a gift.  This was pint size.

Prickly Pear Margarita was delish
Exercise -

Wednesday - nothing (birthday day)
Thursday - 15 minute walk and then root canal
Friday - nothing
Saturday - nada
Sunday - zilch
Monday - 31 minute walk
Tuesday - 32 minute walk; 1 hour 47 minute tennis match

Exercise minutes - 566/1800.  There is no way I am going to hit this goal this month.  

F on the exercise front too.  I could have made time. I could have done SOMETHING on my birthday but I didn't and here I am owning up to it.  Thursday, I had a root canal done so I really didn't feel up to anything after that.   Friday at work we ended up having to pick up 7 users' pc equipment - monitors, battery backups, cpu's, printers, etc. so even though I didn't technically exercise on Friday, I still lifted and hauled a lot of things and then getting up and down off the floor repeatedly felt almost like a burpee.  And I did most of that since my co-worker is more out of shape than I am.  

The weekend was a blur.  We took our cat Loki to the vet (Bladder infection) and then went to see War of the Planet of the Apes and took Ollie to the park and then came home and vegged out.  We celebrated my aunts birthday on Sunday and my parents anniversary so that whole day was shot too and then Game of Thrones.  So just poor decisions all around.  I had fun though at least.  Just gotta get back in the right frame of mind for this week.  

I didn't really want/need a whole lot this year for my birthday so I really just asked for 2 things.  New shoes and a bluetooth wireless headphone set.  I scored both so I am very happy about that!

And here are some scenes from the rest of the week.

Post park we played a game of "Got your tongue" with Ollie.  He was not amused.

Tennis last night

New gym water bottle
I hope your week was better than mine!  Back to the grind this week though!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In - Birthday edition

Quickie post here.  It's been a busy week with being shorthanded at work and then just busy in general.   And today is my birthday as well so it's already been full of festivities and food already.  I definitely can't wait to get back to a more normal routine as soon as possible here.  But tomorrow will be a bit wonky too due to me getting a root canal.  Yay.  Best birthday present ever!  (not)

Anyways, to the task at hand.

Weighed in today at 224.4 which is a .2 pound gain.  I'll take it, seeing as July hasn't had the best start in terms of diet and exercise.  While it has been consistent, it just hasn't been off to as good of a start that I had last month.  It's always something I suppose but hopefully after tomorrow I can kick everything back into the proper gear and move on from there.

Food - 

So yea, still haven't meal prepped this week.  No real reason either other than just being too lazy.  We had a few items left over from last week so we ate those Monday and Tuesday and today has been nothing but eating out so far and then we are going out to dinner again tonight.  So this is normally where I'd just throw my hands up and just want to completely wait until Monday and start over - week be damned.  But, I am planning on at least making my main dish tonight a good one.  I'm planning on having the salmon for dinner.  The side dishes may not be as healthy but it's something I suppose.  And after tomorrow, we can get back to our normal eating routines and such.  And for the love of all that is holy, this weekend WE WILL PLAN AHEAD for food.  D- too because logging has been non-existent also.

Exercise -

Wednesday - 28 minutes walking
Thursday -  48 minutes walking
Friday - 45 minutes elliptical
Saturday - 11 minutes walking
Sunday - 34 minutes bicycling
Monday - 60 minutes walking
Tuesday - 31 minutes walking

380/1800  and I am woefully behind here.  I need to amp this up.  And also notice no weights either.  D- here too.  

So yea, not the best week but at least there was a bit of consistency going on.  

Here's some pics from the week:

Ollie and Loki

We saw Spider-Man and Chris still hates taking selfies

Doyle just asking to be drawn like one of those French Girls
Also... 4 more days until Game of Thrones comes back!  AHHHHH!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In

This is going to be a quickie post as I'm trying to squeeze this post on my lunch break.  Work has been stupid busy today and it completely feels like we have had two Mondays this week.


Anyway.   I am thrilled to report a loss of .8!  Thrilled because food has been bad this week.  Like no planning bad.  Which makes me remember that we really need to start having some food in the reserves for days or weeks like this.  

Food - 

F- for that.  Lack of grocery shopping.  Lack of meal planning.  Lack of logging.  Just bad all around.  If there was a bright spot in all this, I think I have a foothold on the whole stopping when I'm full mentality.  Since Sunday nights Chinese food fiasco, I was determined to not let the 4th of July holiday get the better of me.  There may have been more chips and dips than I planned but I balanced it out nicely and at plenty of fruit and veggies.  Chris also made the Buffalo Cauliflower again so I tried to use that to fill up with in lieu of chips.  I didn't go too overboard with the dessert either and it also helped that Mom's concoction had blueberries and strawberries in it.  So thats sort of a win (It also had pudding, angel food cake and whipped cream, but I'll just say that the fruit helped with the dessert balancing act).

Exercise -

This week was a decent effort but there are still areas I would like to improve on for sure.  I need to do a better job of getting in 2 more weight training sessions in but at the same time I'm ecstatic that I was able to swim this week.  Definitely wanting to keep that in the rotation for sure.  So I'm going to give myself a B-.  Still I was active but I felt like I could do more.

Wednesday - 37 minutes walking; 30 minutes swimming; 40 minutes weights
Thursday -  17 minutes walking
Friday - 15 minutes walking
Saturday - nothing
Sunday - 43 minutes walking
Monday - 34 minutes walking; 45 minutes elliptical

Here's some random pics from the last week!

A quick car fix that should have been a hour max, turned into the entire weekend.  Yay.  :(

Walking at the park!

And then exhausted after the park.

And sadly this was the only 2 pics we took on our Independence Day holiday!  But we had a wonderful time spent with family.  Dad bbq'ed and we just had a great time together playing trivia and visiting.  It was a good day and we successfully wore the dog out so that he slept through the fireworks!  In fact, he and I were both asleep by 9pm!

Hope you all had a wonderful and safe 4th of July!  We sure did!

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Recap

I had 3 main goals for June.  

1.  Water
2.  Diet
3.  Exercise

Water was better, but still not where it should be.  I'd say I'm averaging 60-70 oz per day.  I need to bump that up to 100 oz. 

Diet was definitely better.  Although of course there are things I can clean up a bit there, I do notice that I am eating far smaller portions and being really mindful of when I am full and when I need to stop eating.  Case in point, I stopped when I was full with Friday nights meal when normally I would have continued eating away.  And then last night, we opted for Chinese food and I devoured it.  I felt disgusting after and oh so full and went to bed cranky and bloated.  So yea, I guess it's still a learning curve but I do see improvement at least.

On exercise minutes, I finished at 1605/1000.   This was one area that I really picked the pace up so to speak.  I've managed to bring walking, weights, elliptical, cycling, tennis (naturally) and even swimming into the mix this month.  So all around a much better effort this month.

Our facebook group is walking to Mordor and I'm pleased to say that we are currently at Mile 552 (out of 1772 to actually get to Mt. Doom and if we want to go "there and back again" we have to get to 3,871 - see what I did there???)

And last but not least, I'm happy to report that I am down 6.2 pounds for the month!  I am thrilled to finally start seeing movement on the scale again!

Now for some things that I want to work on for July.  

1. Water - again get up to the 100oz per day!
2. Log My Food!  I need to remember to do this, especially on the weekend.  I know I basically eat the same thing time and again but I still need to log it and then complete the day out.
3. 1800 exercise minutes.  Going to try to get a bump in the exercise minutes this month and see if that goal will be attainable.  
4. Weights - 3 times per week.  I'm doing better on this but I am only averaging 2x now,  I would like to make this happen 3 times per week with no exceptions.
5. I'm not going to say that I want to lose x number of pounds but I DO want to weigh less than I did this month.  Setting a solid number is setting myself up for failure so I will just say that I want to lose weight this month.  And if it's as much or more than June, then I will be a very happy camper!

That's about it for now.  What are your goals for July?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Technology and weight training!

So Chris and I recently discovered something at Planet Fitness this week.  We kept noticing that all the machines had QR code scanners on each of them.  Lo and behold a little closer inspection on the machine had a website listed just under that code and on that website was a link to an app, LFConnect (Life Fitness is the brand of machines that this particular Planet Fitness uses).

Let me back up just a bit.  I have always bemoaned the fact that I never truly had a way to log all the weights that I was doing.  Sure MFP has a generic "strength" category under exercise but its nothing more than adding minutes and half the time I had no idea even what the names of these machines were that I was using.  Plus there was no way to put what I had these machines set at as far as seat and bar positions.  So I had to basically rely on memory with it which lead to me sitting at the machine and testing the weights and the seat height until it felt comfortable.  Fitbit is great, but all that counts is heart rate and calorie burn.  I was always wanting something to actually track and list out what weights I was using and recording the sets and reps.  

And now we have found this app.  It is super easy to use.  You basically open the app then click on the QR Scanner in the upper right hand corner.

From there, you just scan the machine that you are currently working on. 

Then from there, you can view a video of the machine and the proper workout from.  You also list your seat position and the bar position and that will record it.  And then you basically just do your sets.

After your sets are complete, you select the "Record Results" button (In the pic above).

 And then just add those totals in:

Viola, sets are recorded and the weight!  Then you can go and view a summary of what you did that day. 

Workout done!  Now I'm anxious to see if the YMCA has this as well.  They do have the Life Fitness machines, but I need to see if they have the QR codes also.

And then you get back to the car and eat all the cashews so that your wife doesn't get any.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In

Good morning, y'all!

It's been a decent week here.  Just plugging along but I'm happy to report that I'm down 1.4 this week bringing me to 225 on the nose.  Slowly but surely!  That brings me to a 6.2 pound loss for the month of June so far and a 8 pound loss altogether since restarting according to MFP!  (Side note, my all time high weight was 244.4 but I am starting anew as of mid May, 2017.)

Food -

Food this week has been decent.  I've noticed that I'm starting to eat much smaller portions and making better choices (Burgers with no bun, more veggies, etc).  But on the other hand, tracking in My Fitness Pal has been horrible.  I'm not sure why I can't ever remember to do this.  Maybe because I mainly eat the same thing day in and day out?  I am trying to do better this week though.  C- there

Exercise - 

A fairly solid week here, the only thing I wish I could have done a bit better was throwing more weight training in.  I'd like to do that at least 3x per week.  I also didn't get any elliptical in and I've been itching to throw swimming in the mix too.  But all in all, it was a steady week.

Wednesday - 15 minutes walking
Thursday - 25 minutes walking; 49 minutes weights
Friday - 72 minutes walking
Saturday - 40 minutes walking
Sunday - rest
Monday - 31 minutes walking; 2 hour 9 minute tennis match
Tuesday - 38 minutes walking

Giving myself a B with this.  

Exercise minutes for the month are at 1470/1000!  I blew my goal out of the water!  So I'm already starting to think about next month's goal and may aim for 1800 minutes. 

Here's a few activity pics from the week:

Thursday and I did not want to go but hubby asked, and I conceded.  I'm glad after the fact that I did it.

Friday morning drizzly walk

Ollie finally gets in on the action this week.  Thanks to the first dry day we've had.

Monday night's tennis match
So looking forward to trying to mix things up a bit this coming week.  Gotta get July off to a good start!  

How was your June?  Did you hit any goals that you had set?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Busy but productive weekend (and I met a professional tennis player!)

Good morning!

These weekends seem to fly by so quickly!  We did have a good one though and got more than a few things accomplished with equal parts relaxation thrown in for good measure.

Friday morning started off with a virtual walk at 5am with 2 of the ladies from our Facebook group.  We started texting each other promptly at 5 to make sure everyone was up.  It was great for accountability especially when it's been a struggle to get it done before work.  

The rest of Friday was just ok.  The work day drudged on and it was finally time to go home.  Chris grilled us some yummy steaks.  Can you guess which one was mine?  Needless to say, I couldn't eat all of mine so half of it went into a container for my lunch today.  I am very much looking forward to it too!  It was delicious!

Hint - I LOATHE Brussels sprouts
Saturday, we woke up to a storm (again!  It's been raining almost every day for 2 weeks).  Thankfully it blew through fairly quickly.  Around 10:30, poor Ollie was bouncing off the walls.  He knows when it's park day but I thought the ground would be too wet to take him.  Instead I opted for a walk with him at the same park on the paths and the sidewalk.  I figured there would be more shade there for both of us and also we can swing into the dog park area to get him some water.  So we took off and managed just shy of 2 miles.  It was brutally hot though.  We got home and he crashed for the remainder of the day.  Confession - so did I!  (Although I did manage to start cleaning and doing laundry). 

On Sunday, Chris had on his productive pants on.  He managed to finally put the knobs and handles on all of our kitchen cabinets and clean out his office.  He's had the itch lately to get back to writing again and in a pet-free safe zone.  So he set to work in tackling those projects.  It actually took him all day and he finally finished sometime after I went to bed.  So he was quite a busy guy yesterday.   He did have a little help from his brother on the desk hauling and assembly so that made that go a bit quicker.  Here's some before and after pics.

Most of the stuff that we had from storage was dumped here.  Took a while to organize everything!

And after!  You can actually see the floor that needs to be mopped now!

And also on Sunday was the day that I've been looking forward to all week long!  This past week in between Tropical Storms and just normal week craziness, our city (Baton Rouge) was hosting a Women's professional tennis tournament.  And because of all the stuff going on, I didn't get a chance to even follow this tournament so by the time I arrived and saw who the draw was, I started wigging out!  One of my favorite professional U.S. tennis players was in the finals - Nicole Gibbs!  She is currently ranked 124 in the world!

It was a great match and Gibbs ended up winning 6-3; 6-3!  And she was so very nice and grateful (and even though she complained about the humidity, as do we all in Louisiana.  I mean look at me and I was just sitting in the stands).  But all in all it was a wonderful match and I'm so happy that I got to see her play in person!  One pro marked off my tennis bucket list!

This was match point!

Oh god, why was I nervous talking and not smiling!  #Awkward
And to top it all off, she liked 2 of my posts on IG!  Squee!  

 All in all, I'd say it was a good weekend.  I won't even complain about the spotty sunburn I got while sitting out watching the match!  

How was everyone's weekend?  Do anything fun?