Category Archives: Progress

So Many Posts, So Little Time…

Wow…I have a ton of posts I need to do but just haven’t made the time to do them. I haven’t really talked about my weight loss efforts lately, except for this whiny post, and I think that is affecting my scale. When I was blogging about my workouts and food every day I was losing pretty consistently. I stop talking about them and I stop losing weight. Definitely a correlation! I need to keep my task at hand as close to the forefront as possible to keep myself focused.

So…where were we? How about doing a quick view of my workouts for October.

Yeah, that’s a bit pathetic looking compared to September. However, I had a valid excuse. I had my 4th dilation and the doc told me to sit out for 7-10 days. That being said, I was still slightly inconsistent with my workouts after that too though. I joined a challenge set up by Juliann on Daily Mile to run 10 more miles in November than I did in October. Given that I ran 51 miles in September and only 29 in October, I think I can hit that number!

I also started a competition with Amy where we get points for working out, eating under our calorie goal and hitting 1 macro goal (mine is keeping carbs at or under 150). We also get bonus points if we hit all three in a day to help make up for the times where we weren’t so good! Yep, we also get deducted points when we fail to eat under calories or hit our macro of choice. Seeing as how this started yesterday, November 1st, I’m already negative in points! I knew that going in though because I never eat well at the quilt fest! The competition ends on Jan. 31st and the winner will get to pick the reward, which we haven’t decided on just yet! In February, we’ll be running the Hot Chocolate 5K. Amy wanted to do the 15K, but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to hold to the 15 minute pace minimum for that distance. So…I’m dragging her to the 5K!

Amy and Jeremy did the 5K Foam Fest with me in October. That was a blast. I still owe y’all a post about that one. They finally sent me the digital pictures (the company, not Amy and Jeremy!) so I’ll be writing that up pretty quick like. No…really…I will! 😀

Umm….what else….I’m sure I’m missing something but that’s ok. I’ll update this site as I go. You’ll be seeing a lot more posts about my weight loss efforts just because it’s something I need to do to keep myself accountable!

Have a great Friday!!

 

Football and Blocks

Last night was a rough night with Mike getting sick. I’m hoping this was just a one time bug similar to what I had a few months ago. He’s still feeling a little worse for wear, but hasn’t been sick again! He’s achy too, but part of that has to be from his 10 mile race yesterday.

He always spends Sunday’s watching football all day once we get home from church. I enjoof watching some teams but not all! He always has 3 tvs and a laptop running so he can keep up with all of them.

Today, I decided to set up my sewing machine in the front room so I could sew while he’s cheering his team on.

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This particular quilt is hard to get the blocks all lined up just right. There were about 14 different people who helped make some of the blocks so there is a lot of room for error! I was able to get 1/2 of the top put together. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the entire top done before the IQF so I can find a decent fabric for the backing.

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All in all I’m happy with how it looks, however it’s going to be a bear to quilt as there seems to be some warping.

Time Warp!

It’s just a jump to the left….

Hello My Lovelies! I’m so sorry I haven’t been around for the past month. Apparently, I’ve had my head in the clouds and have just lost all sense of time. How have things been going for y’all?

On the weight loss front, I’m still hanging around 188lbs. That’s probably because my eating hasn’t been the greatest. My exercise has been outstanding, if I do say so myself. Check this out, BAM:

My eating on the other hand, yeah…not so much. I have been struggling with getting my eating back under control after vacation and learning that I’m allergic to rice and lemons. Who’s allergic to rice and lemons?! Sigh…that’s alright though. I’ll keep pushing through! 😀 Seriously though, a month of not eating well (now, I didn’t go all hog wild either) is quite enough.

I am encouraged by the fact that I didn’t really gain any weight during my month long binge. Maybe one day I will be able to maintain my weight without logging everything I eat!

Let’s look at the self-improvement areas now. I mentioned that I am trying to better myself (better worker, wife, family member, all around human) and have made a list of virtues I want to uphold. Unfortunately, I’ve not been doing very good at keeping these in mind as I fly off the handle because someone doesn’t know how to drive. That being said, I need to read this list every morning until I have them emblazoned on my frontal lobe. I recently took FranklinCovey’s 5 Choices web conference and learned some interesting tidbits that may help me with this.

By working through the 5 Choices each day when looking at tasks, we can create a culture in the work place where we focus on the important, not just the urgent. This can also be beneficial in our personal life as well. For example, is one of your roles that of a “Spouse”? By identifying the role statement (e.g. As a Spouse, I will foster a closer relationship with my Husband through quality one-on-one time together) and creating actionable goals (e.g. Schedule 52 date nights this year) we can create a clear road map for being productive in that role/relationship. Once you’ve identified the actionable items, book them on your calendar and follow through.

Every decision of the day should run through the 5 Choices in order to continue the desired culture/environment. To learn more about this process, FranklinCovey offers the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity as an online web conference that lasts 1 day. It consists of three 90 minute sessions with an hour long break in between. You will be expected to participate in the group discussions and/or chat boxes. They will provide you with the tools, but it is up to you to follow through.

So, I am going to attempt to put the 5 Choices stuff in place this month and see if it makes any difference in my life. Not only will I be using this at work (which it is mainly about) but in my every day personal life. I need to take more time to connect with my friends and family. Life isn’t only about getting a paycheck!

Oh, and HAPPY FALL!! I’m so excited to have some cooler weather this morning. It was actually a little crisp and made me want to roll in the leaves except it was dewy and dark and who knows what else I would have been rolling in. O_O

Hello July!

Wow, I can’t believe this year is more than 1/2 over. Time is flying by. It’s been a while since I’ve updated my weight loss on the site. That’s because it wasn’t moving for the most part! This morning however, I weighed in at 188.1! Yes, Ladies and Gents, I am finally in the 180’s! That brings me to 60lbs lost in the past 2 years. I know a lot of people can lose that in 1 year, but I tend to bounce around a bit! I should probably do a new before and after picture. My last one was at the 50lb lost mark.

I’m on workout 6 (just 5 more workouts left) in NROLFW Stage 1. While I’m not upping my weight as much as I was at the beginning, I’m still steadily gaining strength!

  Start Today
Back Squat 45 115
Deadlift 95 145
Push Up 45% Regular
Seated Row 45 105
Step Up 55 80
Shoulder Press 15 22.5
Wide Grip Pull Down 40 90
Lunge 15 22.5

I’m happy with my numbers so far! I’ve also noticed that my body seems to be changing shape, which is awesome! In July, I cut back on my running. I used to run 3 days a week, but now I’m only running on Saturdays. While I am pleased with my progress (2 miles without stopping!) I have to admit that running is quite boring for me most of the time. So, when I started NROLFW I decided to change up my schedule. Now, I lift weights Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, try all sorts of new workouts on Tuesdays, and run on Saturdays. That gives me 2 days off during the week and has been fun so far. I enjoy trying new things on Tuesdays instead of just going out and running. Let’s look at my workouts for July. The first is the amount of time I spent working out. It went down a bit from May, but on par with the other months:

All workouts for June:

As you can see, I’m not slacking on the exercise! This is new for me. In the past, I would workout hard and diet which would lead to losing 40-50lbs. Then, I’d get tired of watching everything I ate and sweating, so I’d stop. Of course, at that point the weight all came back on and then some! This is the first time in my lift that I have been working out 3-5 times a week for the last 2 years. I don’t want to say that I’ve finally made exercise a habit for fear that I may relapse, but I am definitely more aware of how I feel when I do and when I don’t work out. That is enough to keep me going. If I stop working out for a week, there’s a good chance that I won’t workout again for a long time! It’s just easier to keep going than to stop and try to start again. The same is true in running. No matter how tired you are, it’s easier to push through it and keep running than drop to a walk and try to run again.

This past month I also started using My Fitness Pal. I was using the Lose It! app, but have found the support to be much better on MFP. I will do a review post of MFP coming up soon!

How was your June?!