Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday

Good morning everyone!

Today's weigh in has me at 226.4 and that is down 1.4 from last week!  I'm thrilled about that since exercise was a bit sporadic this week but food choices were decent.

Food - I'm going to give myself a D- here because I completely flaked out on tracking for most of the week.  I think I may have logged 3 out of 7 days so that's not good.  In my defense, I meal prepped for the better part of last week and the meals were pretty much the exact same each day except for dinner.  

Exercise -  I had higher hopes for exercise this week.  We had fully intended on getting a bike ride in and going to the gym Saturday.  We got dressed and ready to go and Chris's bike had a flat.  And naturally we couldn't find any of our flat repair kits.  So off to the store he goes.  By the time he got home and got it fixed it started raining.  So, yea we *could* have gone to the gym still but it just didn't happen.  Sunday was all day long Fathers day festivities.  Giving myself a C-

Wednesday - 32 minutes walking
Thursday - 2 hour 30 minute tennis match; 48 minutes walking
Friday - Nothing
Saturday - Nothing
Sunday - Nothing
Monday - 31 minutes walking
Tuesday - Nothing

Exercise minutes are at 1083/1000 so I hit my goal there!


So we have a tropical storm bearing down on us here in Louisiana.  And I'm more than a little nervous.  We don't expect it to get as bad as the August flood but it seems that just about any time we get rain, my nerves get on edge.  It's supposed to make landfall early tomorrow morning but we are already starting to get rain bands in off and on.  It's gonna be a soggy few days so I think I may try some more of those fitness blender videos, especially if we can't get out on the roads.  I'm still at work today though.  We will just have to play everything by ear I suppose!

Anyway, here's some pics from the last week.

Tough loss Thursday night but I burned the hell out of some calories at least

Ollie met a Direwolf at the Vet on Saturday 

These two....

Ollie Vs. Pretzel.  on Father's Day

And Chris is getting fitted for glasses.  After 45 years of not wearing them, he is the now proud owner of bifocals.
How was your week?  Do anything fun or exciting?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In

Morning everyone!

I weighed in this morning at 228 even, which brings me down 1.2 pounds from last week.  I am completely shocked at this because a) we ate really late last night due to a late start at my tennis match and b) T.O.M. is knocking on the door - sorry t.m.i....

So needless to say I'm very pleased with that number.

Lets see how the rest of the week stacked up.

Food - 

Food was ok-ish but not great.  I tracked, sporadically.   Half the time I log my food but then forget to go back and complete the day.  But our food choices were a lot better this week and we did a considerable amount of meal planning.  So I'm going to give myself a solid B here.

Exercise - 

Wednesday - 64 minutes walking, 10 minutes running (and failing at C25K thanks to shin splints), 21 minutes elliptical
Thursday - 72 minutes walking; 27 minutes doing a Fitness Blender youtube workout
Friday - 32 minutes walking
Saturday - 13 minutes walking
Sunday - 25 minutes elliptical; 35 minutes weights
Monday - 56 minutes walking
Tuesday - 37 minutes walking; 111 minutes tennis match

Total exercise minutes 821/1000!!!!  I should hit my goal easily by next week!  

Last night we had our 2nd Mixed Doubles tennis match of the season and it was looking very iffy at first that it would even happen.  We have been having so much rain lately!  When I arrived at the tennis complex, it started drizzling yet again.  It wasn't raining very hard though and no lightening in the area so our captain and the other teams captain decided to give it a try.  If the rain got worse, we would postpone the matches.  

Thankfully we were able to play though.  It continued to drizzle through the whole first set and finally stopped after that.  But then it got hot and humid.  I sweated buckets and burned a ton of calories.  Even better is that we won!  My partner and I came from behind in the first set to win 7-5; 6-2!  It was nice to win for a change.  I love playing with the ladies, but I really love playing mixed doubles (men/women).  It's so much fun with the different pace of playing with the men who hit hard vs. the women who are usually more strategic with their shots.  It's a really cool dynamic and I love it.  

Hope everyone has a great week!  We are hoping to get some bike riding in soon if the weather decides to cooperate!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekend recap

These weekends sure feel like they are getting shorter and shorter!  You practically just blink and here it is Monday morning.  And just like Garfield and the Boomtown Rats, "I don't like Mondays".

Ah well.  I had high hopes for getting up and hitting the gym this morning before work but sleep won out.  I did manage to get to work early enough to get a 22 minute walk in at least and hopefully I can get my walks done on my breaks today too.

The weekend was pretty low-key which is just the way I like them.  We did a few house things - went to Lowe's, grocery shopped and planned our meals out for the week.  We also found our long-lost dishes from my aunt's storage unit.  We had previously been to the storage unit on 3 separate trips searching high and low for those dishes and we managed to find them.  I'm also mostly caught up on laundry.  Being all exercise-y is a truly wonderful thing but when you and your husband both are doing it, the laundry seems to be never-ending.

We wanted to get something active in this weekend though and originally planned to ride our bikes on Saturday but with all the errands that we did (and dog park goings to), that just didn't happen.  It's been really raining a lot here lately so we haven't had a chance to get as many rides in as we would like.  Chris did mention that he wants to maybe ride his bike to and from the gym.  It's mostly a bike route with a few areas near a crowded road. I'm definitely not ready for that challenge but he decided to do it Sunday.  We knew the weather was going to start getting worse throughout the day so we figured that was our best time to do it was mid-morning.  

Now I am a nervous wreck about riding our bikes on the road.  We have a small stretch (maybe .25 of a mile) outside of our street to go down a heavily traveled road to get to fairly large neighborhood and when we ride that I have about 13 heart attacks until we get to the turn off.  So naturally when Chris used to ride his bike back and forth to work several days a week, I would practically need a Valium each time.  Needless to say, Sunday was practically the same.  He told me the route that he was planning while I finished up the load of laundry and then I would leave to meet him at the gym.  My plan was elliptical and the full weights that I've been neglecting forever.  

Chris took off and I waited about 20 minutes and then left.

I made my arrival at the gym and hopped onto my elliptical.  I got as close as I could to the tvs that had a dog show and the French Open tennis women's final and (naturally) the window so I could watch for Chris to get there.

He finally got there so I could breathe a sigh of relief.

I finished my cardio while he rested for a bit (7.5 miles one way for him) and then we both went to the weights area.

He mainly did arms and upper body while I did the whole kit and kaboodle.  I was just about done when he said he would start back for home.  After about 10 more minutes, I was finished too so I figured I could still make it home before he did so I could grab the shower first.  

On my way back, suddenly a storm popped up.  

So here I am in near panic driving up and down the street that Chris said he would be on trying to desperately find him.  After about 5 minutes of near hysteria, my phone rings.  He was on a totally different street and under a business's over-hang safe and sound.  He said he was fine and that he would wait the rain out (and it did stop just as soon as it started) so he would continue on until he got home.  After about 5 minutes of him assuring me that it was ok, I finally relented and went home too get that shower.

And about 30 minutes later, he made it home.

Just a little soggy.

So the lesson here is to verify the weather before you leave the house.  

The rest of the day was a lot less eventful.   :)  

Here's a few pictures from the rest of the weekend.

Dog park fun!

Dog park makes for sleepy puppies!

And Ollie wants to land a starring role on House of Cards
Last week we were also challenged to do a Fitness Blender workout from Mary at Runs to Get Waisted.  And that "low impact" surely wouldn't be a problem.  Ha!  I am so out of shape it's not even funny.   Even Ollie was laughing at my struggles.

I will definitely do this again.  It was fun and could potentially be a nice little warm up exercise complete with stretching (once I get more used to it though).

Anyway, hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!  Back to the grind!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In

Ah yes, the return of the Wednesday weigh in.  The most dreaded post of the week.  

I was a little worried going into today's weigh in since we had Chinese food on Sunday and my water the last few days has not been quite as good as it should have been.  But I was surprised when I got on the scale and it read 229.2   I'm down 2 lbs since last week!  I'll take it!

As I mentioned in my previous post, it's been a great week as far as exercise and tracking has been going.  Water consumption is definitely better than before but that is still something I need to work on.

Here is the exercise break down:

Thursday - 69 minutes walking
Friday - 30 minutes C25K; 17 minutes walking
Saturday - 31 minutes walking
Sunday - 54 minutes biking
Monday - 30 minutes C25K; 43 minutes walking 
Tuesday - 16 minutes walking

I've amped up the walking significantly here lately and have been trying to take advantage of my 2 daily walk breaks and have attempted to get to work early to squeeze in another 10 minutes if I can.  Now to get weight training back into the fold.  The plan is to go to the gym this afternoon for another round of C25K and weights.  I've got hubby and some friends to text me later and make sure that I actually go.  Hey, you gotta do what you got to do!

And here is a Miles to Mordor update for our facebook group.  As of right now we are at mile 81 and we are on a forest path on the way towards Bree.   We are trucking along nicely!

And finally Monthly Exercise Minutes are at 316/1000!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Better than yesterday (or last week)

June has gotten off to a great start!

I've been fairly diligent with my tracking in My Fitness Pal, even when it's not perfect.  Also, I have inadvertently been on an exercise streak.

It honestly was not my intent, but it's been raining so frequently lately that when the sun came out briefly on Sunday, I asked Chris if he wanted to ride our bikes before the rain came back.  He surprised me by saying yes before I could change my mind!.  (Sunday's are typically our do-nothing-but-stay-in-jammies day).

In other news, I restarted C25K for the zillionth time.  I did Day 1 on Friday and this morning before work, I repeated Day 1, just to start the week fresh.  And at least now that I'm back at the Y, I have a back up indoor track that I can go to for bad weather also.   Time will tell (and Louisiana humidity) as to how this will go.  I wouldn't mind sticking to the full plan again another time around.  I just felt like I was actively losing weight and more fit in general when I was running 3 times per week.

Water also has been much better already too.  I'm probably not quite to the "rule" of drinking half your body weight in ounces per day but I'm averaging about 80oz and even on the weekends.  That is a success in my book.

So I'd definitely give myself an A+ so far this month!

Oh also, exercise minutes are at 268/1000.


And now for some random stuff that's been going on.

We gave the Buffalo Cauliflower another try.  And while this isn't the best picture, it came out far more delicious than the first time around.  It was lot more crispier and it even tasted better.  This is such a vast difference in what we would normally snack on during the weekends.  And it looks a little burnt because the original recipe was for a regular oven and we have a convection one. So we will just need to eyeball the cauliflower a bit closer to make sure it isn't overdone.

And a couple of random pics after our bike ride yesterday.

After the bike ride, I attempted to do a challenge that Anna posted to our facebook group.  The punches part went ok, but when it came down to the crunches part... well puppy attack!

I had to end up locking myself in the closet and away from all the animals to finish it up but I did it.  Between the post-bike ride, and the workout, I was a hot mess afterward.

Our facebook group also started a new challenge where we are "Walking to Mordor" and back again.  The total mileage is 3,871 and we have until the end of August.  We are counting running, biking, elliptical-ing, walking, and general exercise - (for example: 15 minutes aerobics = 1 mile).  It's been a fun little challenge so far!  I found a website where you can actually retrace the events in the book near where you are mileage wise.  That site can be found here.  

I guess I'll wrap this up!  How are your June goals going so far?