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Showing posts with label My Food Diary (MFD). Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MFD: Weekend Challenge III: FAIL!

This post was copied from my forum entry on My Food Diary (MFD) where I journal my daily thoughts/feelings about weight-loss.  Although this blog is suppose to do that, MFD is more of my diary and I wanted to include my entire journey in one place.
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Wow... that Challenge blew!

Didn't make either of my goals but still got in some serious exercise.

10/22: 75 min elliptical and -66 cal deficit (which means no deficit; 66 OVER)
10/23: 53 min elliptical and -167 cal deficit
10/24: 115 min hike and 508 cal deficit

TOTALS: 
243/250 exercise minutes
275/1500 calorie deficit

Friday

The day was pretty much perfect... until it wasn't. :(
I had my entire day planned out: meals and exercise.  When the boyfriend picked me from work, we went home like normal and I got changed into my workout clothes.  He then tells me that he took the night off of work (which I'm super happy about!) but that threw a wrench in my plans.  I told him no matter what, I HAVE to get in my workout... which I did.  But then my friend texted me.

See, the boyfriend works at a restaurant and my friend so happened to be eating there on Friday night. So she texted me that she didn't see my boyfriend working and I told her he took the night off.  So she asked if we wanted to go out later... you know, grab a few drinks have a late night dinner.  So I said yes since I never see her anymore.

We went to this cute little French restaurant. The boyfriend and I ordered dinner (I had the yummiest grilled fish with shrimp and beet salad) since we didn't eat yet but my friend ordered the restaurant's famed cheese and salami platter.  That's all I have to say about that right?  That alone killed any hope of a calorie deficit.  :(

Saturday
Buffet wedding lunch with hardly anything healthy... pesto pasta, white rice, Caesar salad soaked with dressing, sauteed veggies swimming in butter, garlic mashed potatoes, prime rib, and fried fish.  And of course chocolate wedding that wasn't even yummy, but I ate it all anyway.  GREAT!

Dinner out with my family landed us at a Japanese restaurant, so nothing super unhealthy but still not the best.  I made the best choices I could but after logging everything into MFD, I came out with a 2200 calorie day.

THE GOOD NEWS: After I got home from dinner, I rested a bit and jumped on the elliptical at 9:30 at night! :)

Sunday
Felt really bloated and disgusting from the previous couple of days so went on a nice long hike all by myself.  It was nice to just be out there in nature and in my own thoughts but kinda scary too.

Anyway, had a really good day except for choosing fried spring rolls at dinner tonight but you win some and you lose some.

Here's to a much better week!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

MFD: Weigh-in and nothing!

This post was copied from my forum entry on My Food Diary (MFD) where I journal my daily thoughts/feelings about weight-loss.  Although this blog is suppose to do that, MFD is more of my diary and I wanted to include my entire journey in one place.
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Starting weight: 176.4
Last week weight: 150.0
Current weight: 150.0
Current loss: 0.0

TOTAL LOSS: -26.40
On the weight-loss front, NADA! Which is pretty amazing since I pulled a 3,224 calorie deficit last week. To be honest I'm not surprised because once I jumped on the scale at the gym, I felt like I had actually gained weight. :(.  But luckily that wasn't the case.
Anyway, thanks to my friend Jay, I've looked over more of my MFD charts and think I know the culprit: sodium. It has been off the charts this week! I need to tame that down and hopefully the scale will start moving again.

These are just some of the charts that MFD can create and it's nothing interesting to share with the blog world, but wanted them here for my reference:


Monday, October 11, 2010

MFD: Weekend Challenge update

WHAT A WEEKEND!

Had so much to do but when the boyfriend and I got up on Saturday morning, we completely changed our minds and did non-planned things all weekend.

Saturday we got up early to take the dogs walking... a good hour-long power walk in the morning sun get's everyone tired and sweaty. After the walk, the puppers were happy to lay around the house for the rest of the day while the boyfriend and I ran errands. COSTCO RUN!! I fricken love Costco! Stocked up on so much good food: whole wheat bread, fresh fruits and veggies, frozen fruits and veggies, milk, eggs, yogurt, healthy tv dinners, and best of all WORKOUT CLOTHES!!! My local Costco had my favorite favorite Nike shorts on sale for under $18. This suckers normally run about $25 each on sale, so I picked up two. They also had Nike workout tank tops on sale and I picked up three of those.





It's funny how buying workout clothes is more exciting to me than buying regular, going-out clothes. Loves it! :)

Sunday I woke up early again to take the puppies for a short jog. Our short (30 minute max) jog turned out to be a longer (60+ minutes) jog/walk and it was amazing! Got home before 9:30 then got ready to spend the day with my mom. She had to go to Costco so while there I picked up more workout clothes. Then we headed out to lunch and tried a new Mexican place that just opened up.

Grilled Cajun fish tacos Baha style, no cheese/sour cream, and cajun white/black beans are so good!! And good for you according to MFD. :)

Got home pretty early and jumped on the elliptical while I caught up on the newest season of The Biggest Loser. Don't get me wrong, I think the show represents something good (the fact that as a country, we really need to start taking our health seriously) but is it now a requirement to be obese AND have a heart-felt, tear-jerking story to be on TBL?

Anyway, we ended the evening last night with a dinner of bell peppers, onions, and some chicken sausage I picked up at Costco. Best/most simple/cheapest/healthiest meal ever! The sausage is low fat and low sodium so for a big plate of peppers and onions and one huge chicken sausage, it's only 175 cals!  Have a side of whole wheat pasta to round out the meal and it's perfect!


 And the whole point of this post was to update you on my Weekend Challenges.  Well I did good:

261/250 exercise minutes
1038/1000 calorie deficit

The calories could have been higher and I barley made it yesterday.  If it weren't for my double workouts yesterday, my deficit would have been much less.  Next weekend (and probably every weekend after that) I'll be doing these Challenges so feel free to join in.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

MFD: Rough day but well needed

This post was copied from my forum entry on My Food Diary (MFD) where I journal my daily thoughts/feelings about weight-loss.  Although this blog is suppose to do that, MFD is more of my diary and I wanted to include my entire journey in one place.
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Rough day yesterday and I won't go into details but lets just say I'm so OVER my current job! I found out something that's been going on at work and it's just time for me to get the hell outta there.

I've been looking and applying for other jobs since last month so hopefully I can find something comparable (salary-wise).

Also I lost my necklace yesterday that had two rings on it: one from my boyfriend when we first started dating and another from my parents. :(

I was so stressed out by the end of the day, I was ecstatic when my friend called to see if I wanted to go out and grab dinner and a drink. So I did. I had a burger, fries and two beers... not the best choices in the world for weight-loss but awesome for relieving stress and keeping me sane! :)

To make up for yesterday I already have all my meals planned out today so I'll be back on track in no time.

Who is this?!

If you were to meet me right now you'd think I was a totally new person than who I was a month ago.  Something has rekindled my desire to lose the weight (again!) and as much as I hate talking all big and saying stuff like "I'm back and can't wait to do this" than completely flaking out a few days later...

I truly am back!

I have been consistent with exercise and eating for the last month and my body is finally responding to the healthy changes... I'm down 5 lbs from my heaviest since I gained the weight back.  And I'm not gonna lie. I still don't like exercise as much as I used to but I know what needs to be done and it's just a matter of time before my body starts liking it again... RIGHT?!

And I can't remember if it was ever mentioned here but since we're being honest lets just get it all out there.  Since May I have gained a total of: 20 lbs!!  Yup, 20 extra pounds in 5 months on my short 5'0" frame is a very visible difference and I hate it.  Hate it like I've never hated anything before.

So my official re-starting weight is 155.  But right now I'm at 150.2 so moving in the right direction!

Last month I was so bitter and disgusted with myself for letting my weight get that high but today I can't wait till I hit the gym or bust out a workout dvd... again, not cause I like it, but I know that's the only thing that works.

So I've gone back to true basics and started using the wonderful world of My Food Diary again.  I have no idea how I found it back in 2008 but it has been the BEST food tracking website I have come across (I've tried many paid and free sites).  And yes it has a monthly fee of $9 but seriously,  I'll skip my daily Starbucks three times a month to have the money to pay for it!  It's much more than just a food tracker... it tracks totals for sodium, saturated fat, protein, sugar, fiber, etc. for a really well balanced eating style.  Right now they have a 7 day free trial (and no, I don't work for them or make any type of commission. I'm just one weight-loser trying to spread the word) so check it out if you're interested.

So this blog should be getting updated more often because I will be posting my daily diary/journaling from MFD here, just to keep my entire journey in one place.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I'm Challenging YOU!

Yes, YOU reading this right now! In exactly a week, on September 17th, I will be making my one-year anniversary with this healthy lifestyle and in anticipation of it, I will be having a Non-celebration Celebration!
I will be celebrating, not myself, but all of you guys, who have been an encouragement and support system for me and anyone else who struggles with their weight or fitness. You guys make it happen and you're the inspiration to me!

On that day, instead of a usual celebration day that consists of eating out and taking it easy, I am planning to be spot-on with my diet and exercise and I want YOU to join me. For the weekend following the 17th (Sept. 18 - 20) I want all of us to be able to log a combined total of at least 365 miles of exercise! Yup, you read that right...

365 miles of exercise!

I know we can do this!

I'm throwing this challenge out to all my blog followers, Facebook friends, OFB members, GAG members, MFD members, and anyone else who you think would want to take on this challenge. If a friend works out with you, count their miles too!

So how is this going to work?

Just workout like you normally do (maybe even a bit more) and come back and log your miles for the weekend on my September 17th post. That's it! Even if you're just starting out and only walk half a mile, log it and let me know because 365 miles is a lot so every little bit counts! Doing an exercise that doesn't give you mileage? Let me know how many minutes you work out and I'll log it as 15 minutes = 1 mile.

As the time gets closer to the 17th I will be putting out reminders in my daily posts but be sure to check back on Thursday for the official start of the Non-celebration Celebration!

Friday, August 7, 2009

No more counting calories!


Counting calories has gotten me to where I am today... 35 lbs. lighter and 4 sizes smaller. Sure, the first month or two of tracking were the hardest and counting calories was like the most tedious thing in the world, but it works! For me, it's almost been a year since I started tracking my daily caloric intake and it's actually become a part of my lifestyle. If someone told me that counting calories for the rest of my life would give me my dream body, I probably could do it... But 'could do it' is different than 'would do it'.

When I first started out losing weight, I knew I wouldn't want to count calories for the rest of my life so I thought now would be good time to see how well I do without logging my food into a calorie counter. I'm still going to write down what I eat everyday but after a couple of days of not counting the calories as I eat them, I'll log them into MFD to see how on it (or off it) I am.

It just so happens that my PT wants me to do this too!

Because he knows I'm working hard at the gym, he thinks I may be under estimating my calorie intake on days I eat out or burn off a lot of calories, because my fat-loss has come to a screeching halt.

Besides possibly logging my food incorrectly, I figured this is good practice to see how well I do with my guesstimated portion sizes. Will be back tomorrow to report how well I did with the calorie estimations.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Playing Catch Up w/ my blog

WOW... so much to catch up on. Though I haven't been here, you can bet I've been pushing play and brining it with P90X! But my diet has been crap for some of the days (I'll explain later). Here's a recap of my exercises the past several days:

Sunday, day 32/90: Kenpo X Core Synergistic and HIIT

Monday, day 33/90: Legs and Back Rest day

Tuesday, day 34/90: Rest Day Legs and Back and elliptical

Wednesday, day 35/90: Took my exercise outside and walked

I did a lot of switching around the last several days because of schedule conflicts and slight knee pain. I tweaked my knee a little bending down to feed my dog but it's nothing major. One or two days of rest and it's completely better now. So when I first started P90X, it was my plan to eliminate Yoga X except for Recovery weeks, but think I want to bring it back. I have been doing DOUBLES but have been switching between Cardio X, Kenpo, Core Synergistic, elliptical or running, but think I may want to rotate between Yoga X too. I know the Doubles version of P90X is suppose to incorporate a cardio routine at the opposite time of the weight-lifting routine, but may start to incorporate all the other exercises into my AM routine. And I am being careful and timing everything so the same muscle group isn't worked two days in a row and so far I feel good doing it.

Right now, I've been really struggling with my nutrition. For some reason, I have become less motivated for both diet and exercise, but have kept on track with the exercise. Diet is much harder. I keep making up excuses to why I can eat crap and I hate it! I hate how it makes me feel after I eat it (both physically and emotionally) and I tend to beat myself up for a day or two after. This past Sunday I had a wedding reception which was my cheat meal for the week but I think this is where it started (and everything from mashed potatoes to creme brulee to cheesecake didn't help either! At least I passed on the wedding cake.) Monday I ended up snacking on things at work that I normally don't eat and later that night I ended up eating a bowl of cereal right before bed. Tuesday I went out to lunch with my boyfriend and had another bowl of cereal right before bed. Not so much because I was hungry but because I just wanted to eat it. I have to say that I did refuse ice cream when we went grocery shopping yesterday and even though I was complaining that I really wanted some last night (and my boyfriend was willing to drive out and get some) I said NO.

I don't know what's going on. I think it's my body's way of telling me it needs something that it's not getting whether it's more protein, fat, carbs, or even just more food. Will need to really take a look at what I'm eating and try to figure it out. I track all my food and nutrients daily with an on-line food journal (myfooddiary.com) but need to start paying closer attention to my diet and maybe start to tweak it.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

What I have done up to this point


I started losing weight back in September of 2008 by changing the way I eat and adding in exercise. This post will be a quick recap of what I have done since then to accomplish my current weight-loss status:

Sept. '08-Oct. '08 - When I made the decision to get fit again, the very first thing I did was look for a good workout dvd. I knew I wouldn't be comfortable going to a gym so I researched a bit and decided on Jillian Michaels' "30 Day Shred" dvd. I also bought an elliptical and these two items were the first steps for me. As far as diet, MFD really put my eating habits into perspective and I learned how to choose healthier items to eat. Since I wanted this to be a life change, I took things one at a time... worked on increasing my water intake and when I could do that daily without even thinking about it, I moved on to something else like adding a fruit or veggie in at every meal. I worked slowly and one change at a time because I wanted to make these changes permanent and last a lifetime.

Nov. '08-Jan. '09 - The HOLIDAY SEASON!!!! During these months, my boyfriend and I decided to make hiking a weekly thing and we've kept it up even to today. I was still continuing with "30 Day Shred" and the elliptical and actually bought another one of Jillian's sets, "The Biggest Winner" series and was rotating through the dvd's three to four times a week. In Nov. my boyfriend and I signed up for our first 13K, The Great Aloha Run, so we also started to run. I used a modified version of the "Learn to Run" program to get me going and it worked out great. I also bought the Beach Body workout program P90X but didn't start it because I wanted to lose a little more weight first. Diet wise I was still making my little changes and incorporating a lot more whole and clean foods and cutting out all fast-food. Now I was also using a food scale and measuring cups for all the food I ate. I know most people hate doing this, but if was neccessary for me so I could learn portion control. At the end of these three months, I was down 20 lbs. from when I started. **First time I have ever lost weight during the holiday season!**

Feb. '09-today - February 16 was the date of the 13K and we ran and complete it in 1:45 minutes... 13 minute miles which isn't bad at all! In Feb. I also started a different Beach Body program, ChaLean Extreme (CLX). I bought this one and used this before P90X because CLX is geared as a weight-loss program, where P90X is not. I am currently in my last month of CLX and totally love this program because of the results that I have gotten (check out my review in a future post), but I can't wait to start P90X! Scheduled start date is May 7, 2009. I also decided to try the "100 Push-Up Challenge" and I am on my last week of that, but no where near reaching 100 push ups. I can currently do 23 standard push-ups (standard TOE push-ups! No girlie push-ups for me!) which is a huge difference from the 5 that I could do when I started the program. I'm still continuing with weekly runs and hikes. Diet wise I have changed it up and I am trying to follow a 40 carb/30 protein/20 fat ratio diet. Incorporating a lot more lean protein and cutting out some of the carbs has given me more energy and I really like that.

Of course my journey so far has been much more than I have written but this was a brief description of where I have come from in the last 7 months. I've had to deal with a lot of people who think I'm crazy for trying to lose 55+ lbs., either because they don't think I can do it or because they don't think it's possible, but these are the people who push me to strive for more. I am a huge competitor and I am stubborn so I feed off of comments like these. On the flip side, there have been so many other people who praise me and think it's absolutely wonderful that I can do this. I've even had people call me an inspiration because they see me as proof that "normal" people can lose weight.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My First Blog!

So I finally decided to start a personal blog about my weight-loss journey, to let others know a little about me - where I've come from, what I'm doing now, what has or has not worked for me - and hopefully be an inspiration to someone else.

A little about me:
As far back as I can remember I was always active. I grew up several blocks away from the beach so every weekend my family would ride our bikes down to the beach and make a day of it, ending it with dinner and a sunset. In elementary school, I was "one of the boys" and sports was my life! Kickball, dodge ball, basketball, volleyball, four-squares even just tag... if it involved roughing it up with the boys and running around, I was there! Once I hit the fourth grade (the youngest you could be to try out for the school sports teams) I was the first in line for basketball and volleyball tryouts. I made it on both teams every year till I was a senior in high school. I even played soccer for 5 years at the same time.

My senior year in high school was all about taking it easy and relaxing and this is where my troubles started.

I decided to not play sports that year (2000) and luckily I was able to maintain my weight at 115 lbs. without really doing anything... until I hit college. Between going to classes to study Marine Biology and Hawaiian Studies and working a couple of jobs, my weight started to get out of control. I didn't really realize it until about 2004 and I still cannot remember what brought it to my attention. By then I had already gained about 30 lbs from high school, putting me at about 150 lbs. Even though I realized I gained a lot of weight, I didn't change any of my behaviors. Sure I tried diets here and there, but nothing really stuck or worked. This went on for the next several years until September of 2008. I was weighing in at about 176 lbs. and
THAT WAS MY WAKE UP CALL! I refused to reach the 180's so I decided right then and there that I needed to change something.

On September 17, 2008, I came across My Food Diary (MFD), read about it and decided to give it a try. I've done the Weight Watchers thing before and I hated keeping track of points not because it was tedious, but because I didn't know how to calculate them when I went to the grocery store. Since MFD was all calorie based I figured I could do it. I signed up and made a promise to myself that I would at least stick it out until the end of the year - no matter what! Well, 7 months and 30 pounds later, here I am. I've come to learn that this is not a "diet" and rather a lifestyle change and I can't believe how easy it has been to get healthy and fit again. Today, I'm kicking myself in the butt for not doing it sooner!

Friday, April 3, 2009

MFD entry 55

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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April 3, 2009
Just completed Lean circuit 1 and I can't believe how sore I am... only one hour after I exercised! I thought it was going to be a repeat kind of like the Burn circuit (combining upper and lower body moves at the same time) but NOOOOOO WAAAYYYYY!!! Lean circuit 1 focused on only two upper body parts: biceps and triceps. It combined it with different lower body exercises, but my arms were so tired. The exercises just alternated between biceps and tris for almost 10 sets!

I thought I was going to miss lifting heavy in the Push phase, but I'm so looking forward to this new Lean phase. Throw in a stricter diet and I think I can see amazing results!
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Okay so I starting my last month of CLX and I already scheduled all my workouts for P90X. I CANNOT WAIT TO START!!! Right now I'm scheduled to start on May 7. After experiencing all phases on the CLX program, I decided I'm going to change up my P90X program a little.

In CLX, the first and third phases you lift heavy enough to fatigue by 10 - 12 reps and the second phase you lift heavier to fatigue at 6 - 8 reps. I really like this idea. Well I know in P90X you have the option to lift 8 - 10 reps to bulk and 12 - 15 reps to lean out. I think for phase 2 of P90X I'm going to lift to 8 reps but phase one and three I'll take it all the way to 12 - 15.

That way I kind of alternate between leaning out and adding some serious muscle.

I CAN'T WAIT!

I CAN'T WAIT!

(I still love CLX, don't get me wrong!)
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Update on my weight:

Current weight (04/03/09): 143.4
Starting weight (09/17/08): 176.4
Goal weight: 120ish

TOTAL LOST: 33.00

Thursday, April 2, 2009

MFD entry 54

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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April 2, 2009
60-day ChaLean Extreme update:

What can I say? I LOVE this program. When I first started it, I was a little skeptical and unmotivated but I promised myself I would give it my all for at least three months - just one round of CLX. When I started to get to week 3 and 4 of the program and it was obvious I had gotten stronger, that's when I realized I really liked it. I posted my 30 day measurements and was stunned to see all the negative numbers despite the scale barely moving. Besides my weekly weigh-ins on Fridays, I don't take any other measurements until the start of the month. I had to resist the urge to take my measurements sooner than day 60 this past month because I was so excited to know how I was doing. The scale did move down a bit more than the first phase of the program, but I do think it's because I upped my aerobic exercise a little by trying to take daily walks before I hit the weights in the evening. Again, my diet in the Push phase could have used some major help... way too much carbs and not enough protein... so I'm really looking to "bringing it" during the Lean phase. This is the phase that you're suppose to see the most results in so I'm hoping it holds true to me.

I start the Lean phase today and I was so excited to get getting earlier this week that I wanted to wake up early today to sample Lean circuit 1. But I was so tired last night there was no way I could get up an hour earlier to exercise. I cleared my schedule for tonight and can't wait to try the Lean phase... from what I've heard, it's a whole different world of muscle exhaustion and I can't wait! :)
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On a side note, over the past several days I have been analyzing my charts off of MFD as well as some of my own charts since November, trying to find a pattern or correlation between: my Friday weekly weigh-ins vs. diet vs. exercise vs. type of exercise vs. daily gross calories vs. daily net calories vs. carb % vs. fat % vs. protein %. After spending several days looking over charts, putting all this information into one chart in excel and color coding each section based on the amount of weight I lost that week... NOTHING! There is absolutely no direct correlation between these things. A couple of weeks in December I ate between 1100 - 1350 net calories and I had only lost like half a pound for both those weeks. Jump to a couple of weeks in January and I ate at 1200 - 1600 net calories and dropped 2 pounds for each of those weeks! BUT, I had the complete opposite weeks as well... ate 1200 - 1600 and didn't lose anything.

It really just goes to show that there is nothing terribly scientific about losing weight and getting healthy... just eating properly and maintaining an active lifestyle really is the "magic pill" everyone is looking for. In fact last night my boyfriend and I were talking before bed and he told me that what I'm doing with this whole weight-loss journey and lifestyle change is truly amazing (this is the first time he's said anything like this about my weight-loss... it made me feel so good). He doesn't think he'd ever have the dedication and discipline to do something like this. He's not overweight at all, but he's always wanted to build and put on some muscle mass, but never has been able to do it because he gives up a month or two into the program*. Anyway, I told him that looking back at the last 7 months, I can't believe how far I've come and the type of progress I've made... sure there's been ups and downs and a lot of hard work and frustration went into losing the first 30 pounds, but looking back, it seemed fairly "easy". Just need to take one day at a time and just realize that what I do today will make a difference tomorrow. I really felt like kicking myself in the behind for not doing this sooner in my life!

This time around, I really feel like I am making a lifestyle change and I get excited just planning out my exercises for the week! If I have a weekend or a couple days were I don't get active, I start getting antsy and need to schedule in a workout... I LOVE THIS FEELING! :)

Just need to keep on keeping on!

*This morning my boyfriend said he's really going to think about lifting weights again... I've inspired him to and he can see the progress I've made and now believes that it is possible for anyone (plus, I have the ChaLean Extreme program and P90X sitting at home already, so why not?!). The one thing he's never changed his entire life was his diet so we both knew that's probably the reason why he didn't see results all the other times he's tried to workout. I told him if he seriously wants to start, that will give me huge motivation to start eating "like an athlete". My diet has been lacking throughout the CLX program... I eat relatively healthy, but not the right %'s of fat/carbs/protein. If he starts lifting too, then I can make sure all our meals are optimal muscle-building meals. Will keep you posted!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MFD entry 53

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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March 31, 2009
Starting weight (09/17/08): 176.4
Current weight (03/27/09): 143.8
TOTAL LOST: 32.6 lbs.
GOAL WEIGHT: 120ish

Today I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts and it was titled "Reverse to Move Forward". It basically talked about reversing everything you have done to get yourself to an unhealthy weight, in order to get yourself back to a healthy weight. In other words, if you used to eat only ice cream, cheeseburgers and pizza to get "fat", then do the exact reverse or opposite to get "skinny".

It was a very simple concept but for some reason it really hit home for me. When it was put into that perspective for me, it really made it sound so simple to get my life back on track with eating right and exercising. With that said, I have committed to redo my diet since I have been complaining so much recently that the scale is moving so slowly... well DUH... I already knew it was because I was being a little too lax with my diet! I just didn't really make a commitment to get it back on track. I have sworn off all of the "good" ice cream in my freezer but will finish off the "healthy" 100-calorie cups I have... one a day ONLY... and preferably one every other day.

Here's to making a healthier me!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

MFD entry 52

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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March 25, 2009
So today I started my last week in the Push phase of CLX. I really gotta say that I'm going to miss lifting heavy (or going home:)). I was suppose to start Push 1 yesterday, but got lazy and felt like I needed a rest day so I took the day off. The thing is, this week is so busy and my schedule is so tight that of all weeks to stay on track with my exercise plans, this was the week to do it. I had CLX planned for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. So to make up for it...

... I got up an hour earlier this morning and got in a workout before I went to work!!!! This is HUGE for me! I have a hard time getting up at 6:45, but for me to make myself wake up an hour earlier to EXERCISE?!?!? I think that's so awesome! I've come so far from where I used to be 6 months ago! 6 months ago I wouldn't want to exercise even if it were to save my life, but now I can't wait to get out there and start moving. :)

Anyway, it felt awesome to exercise in the morning. I woke up early only one other time to get in an exercise, but that was on the weekend and it wasn't super early. Right now I'm at work and I feel so awake and energized just from my CLX workout. I might want to make this a regular thing.


Gotta love that!

Monday, March 23, 2009

MFD entry 51

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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March 23, 2009
Starting weight (09/17/08): 176.4
Current weight (03/20/09): 145.8
TOTAL LOST: 30.6 lbs.
GOAL WEIGHT: 120ish
Forgot to post my weigh-in this past Friday. Slowly but surely the scale is moving. :)
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This week is going to be pretty busy for me... but in a good way. We have a state holiday this Thursday, so I took off on Friday to make it a nice long 4-day weekend so I'm hoping the weather stays a little clear so I can get outside on some hikes. My boyfriend also took off on Friday, he usually works nights, so we'll have the entire day to spend together. We have completely opposite schedules so we NEVER have time together. His off days are my work days and vice versa so it will be a nice break.

This week we also celebrate our three-year anniversary! :) So that means a nice dinner with wine, appetizers, main meal, and dessert. We're going out to our favorite restaurant and I'll probably splurge as far as diet wise since it happens almost never. I'm hoping the four-days off will get me some good exercise also to help make up for the extra calories.

I'm already making sure I eat "good" up until we go out so it should be okay... and if not, I'm not going to worry about it. Just going to enjoy my time with the best guy there is!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

MFD entry 50

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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March 19, 2009
So although the scale is still moving s-l-o-w-l-y, I've had a hard time getting back on track with eating correct. I still eat relatively good, but over the past month I've eaten out a lot more than normal... averaging about 2x a week. But I don't think eating out is the culprit. I'm almost certain it's ice cream! !!

I LOVE the stuff, and have been fairly good at keeping it out of my apartment, but recently my boyfriend has been buying it since he's missed it so much. He'll always buy what he wants and then he'll buy a "healthy" version for me, whether it's Healthy Choice, non-fat, low sugar, or whatever, but still!!! I have absolutely no will-power when it comes to ice cream. :( It's so sad because I have been able to cut out all the other unhealthy things I love (cheese! pizza! hamburgers!).

I wish I could find a good balance, like limiting myself to only half a cup a day or something, but I can't even do that. It's so weird that this is THE only thing I haven't been able to shake. I'm going to go back to not having it in my apartment and hopefully the weight will start to drop more consistently.

:( grrrrrrr.....

4 lbs in the last two months is NOT that good for me!! Two months ago I could do that in two and a half weeks. It may have something to do with my weight-lifting also, but still.

I may have to rethink using the scale for a while just go based on my measurments. With the ChaLean program, I take measurments ever 30 days and the first 30 days were pretty impressive, even though the scale didn't move much. I take my 60 day measurments in two weeks so I hope the inches are still coming off. We'll see!

Friday, March 13, 2009

MFD entry 49

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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March 13, 2009
Starting weight (09/17/08): 176.4
Current weight (03/13/09): 146.2
TOTAL LOST: 30.2 lbs.
GOAL WEIGHT: 120ish

YEA!! So the scale started moving again. I do believe it has something to do with eating more calories and cutting back a little on my exercise. I think my body was getting used to things for the past 6 months so it's a good thing I changed it up.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

MFD entry 48

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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March 12, 2009
When I first started MFD back in September, I also signed up for the 100 push-up challenge but stopped after about a month. I just lost the motivation to do them and wasn't held accountable by anyone...

... fast forward to today and not only am I pumped to crank them out, I have an awesome group on MFD that made it a challenge for all of us to do. So the group keeps me accountable. And because I can be quite competitive, I'll be sure to not let my team members down. We're only on week 2 but I have a really good feeling about it this time around.

The first time I did the push-up challenge, I did them on my knees and got out about 15 for my first try. This time around, I was able to do 5 on my toes! That might not sound like a big deal, but I could barely get one out back in September. Every other day, three days a week, you do a 5 sets of a certain amount of push-ups and the last set is always your max. Today is week 2 day 2 and my max is 8 push-ups (let me remind you this is my last set so previous to maxing out, I'm already doing over 20 push-ups). I think it's so amazing how my body has gotten stronger in such a little time! :) At the end of this week, and every two weeks, I'll be doing another max test to see what my real max number of consecutive push-ups are. Will report back...

Oh, the makers of the 100 push-ups challenge also has a 200 sit-ups challenge which I'm doing also and will do my initial test tomorrow to see where I start in the program. :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

MFD entry 47

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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March 9, 2009
Starting weight (09/17/08): 176.4
Current weight (03/09/09): 149.2
TOTAL LOST: 27.2
GOAL WEIGHT: 120ish
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So I'm torn... on one had, I promised to ignore the number on the scale until May (end of the ChaLean program), but on the other hand, I have to weigh-in every Friday for couple of groups I belong to on MFD therefore I need to jump on the scale. Although I'm expecting my weight to fluctuate every month in the CLX program it's hard to see that number on the scale. Since starting CLX on Feb. 2, I've only lost about 2 lbs., HOWEVER, I've lost inches in all the right places. :) I made the decision to ignore the scale because of all the "lies" it tells, but knowing that my weight-loss has come to a halt is hard to deal with (even with the inches gone). The first two weeks or so were fine, but this is week 6 and the scale just isn't moving. I've been stuck in the 149.0 range FOREVER! Last week Friday I weighed in at 147.6, however I believe that may have been a fluke... I've been back at 149 all weekend and today.

Last week I started to cut back on cardio a lot (from 6 days to 2) and I've been upping my NET calorie intake to 1300-1400 calories which is about 200-300 extra calories a day (for anyone doing the math, yes, that does put me at a normal NET calorie intake of about 1100. For me, 1000-1100 was my magic range to lose 1 lb. a week). So we'll see if that helps break this plateau.

On another note, I feel absolutely fantastic doing the CLX program! I'm in my second week of the Push phase and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these heavy weights with low reps! I still have a lot more fat to lose, but I kid you not the definition in my arms and legs are incredible (for a fat person, anyway :)). My legs have always been more toned then the rest of the my body, but now I can see the muscle definition without a doubt. My arms have slendered down quite a bit since started MFD, but with ChaLean, they are starting to get some mean definition. I do believe that I put on muscle a little faster than most females because even when I was playing sports in high school, I would have the same definition as my other team members who spent their extra time in the gym lifting weights. Also, just starting the CLX program was a big surprise to me because of how much I could lift. According to the CLX guide book, as a beginner I should have been starting with 5 - 10 pounds of weight but I started with 10 - 25 pounds. In the Push phase I'm using 15 - 35 pounds and love it!

Anyway, another big reason why I know the weight is coming off so slowly now is my diet. For the month of Feb. I've eaten pretty good, and always in my "to lose" calorie range, however I think I need to give my diet a revamp since I'm doing the CLX program. I finally went through the food guide this weekend and planned out my shopping list so I hope that brings me back on track too.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

MFD entry 46

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
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March 4, 2009
Just completed Push circuit 1 last night and LOVED it!!! I'm feeling the burn today which I thought was weird since I didn't hurt at all in the Burn phase. I guess the heavier weights make a big difference. I've realized how much stronger my dominant arm is because with the exercises I can do up to the 8 reps you're suppose to do on my right arm, but my left arm can barely make it to 6 reps. So to let my arms "catch up" with each other, I'm doing 5 reps on the right side and max out at 6 or 7 on the left side. I'll do this for maybe the first week or two and then see how things feel.