Monthly Archives: May 2014

Spin, Spin Sugar!

It’s been a while, but I didn’t have much new to report. For the past week I have been making a serious effort to get things back in order in both diet and exercise. Memorial Day weekend was a time of over-indulgence … so I pulled it together this short week. I did Zumba Tuesday, cardio and a lifting class Wednesday, and tried a cycling class yesterday. This morning – weight loss officially recorded! So happy to be back on track and getting closer to that ultimate goal. I am on the road next week, so it is going to be a challenge to stay on track, but I don’t want to lose this momentum. Only three weeks until Mexico!

Trying the spin class yesterday was a HUGE accomplishment in my book. It was certainly a hurdle I wasn’t sure I was ready to tackle … not to mention I decided to do it sort of on a whim. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising. I do many things on a whim! Anyway, I have always been VERY intimidated by cycling classes. I never felt fit enough to try it. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen in that dark room, but I definitely couldn’t see myself trying to stand up and sit down on that bike in a tiny room full of very fit people. I have avoided trying the class for years because I just didn’t think I would be able to do it and keep up.

Thankfully, yesterday the instructor was fantastic. I went in early and she helped me set up my bike. She was very encouraging, mentioning that she’s had a lot of new people in the last week. Only five other people joined the class, so it wasn’t packed – not sure if that was a plus or not, but I didn’t mind it. At the outset she said that cycling classes are great because you can totally modify things to go at your own pace and resistance. She also said that she would be surprised if I could keep up … and that I should not worry. So, off we went. And, I am really proud of the fact that I DID keep up throughout the class. The hardest track was the jumps toward the end of the class. I didn’t love the sitting and standing repeatedly so rapidly. Otherwise, I think I did really well. The instructor mentioned that she thought so too at the end!

So, fear = tackled. I am just so happy that I finally feel fit enough to try just about anything!

OH! And FitBit update: I am obsessed with that thing! I have reached 10,000 every single day! Soon I will up my goal to 12,500. Maybe that will be June’s challenge. I am on the road a lot, so we shall see!

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Making Time … Creating Habit

So far I have made 10,000+ steps every day without wearing the FitBIt while I am in the gym. I intend to keep that as the rule. I have been focusing a lot on cardio at the gym, mostly because Zumba fits best in my schedule. Today, however, I was able to catch an Rx class — Vida’s version of Group Power. Of course, I had walked over from work and had time to kill, so I got my 30 minutes of light cardio in before the class. I was careful not to push it too hard, since I hadn’t been in a while, but I definitely didn’t slack either. My arms and legs will all be sore tomorrow!

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The past two nights I have come home from the gym and then gone out for a walk through the neighborhood to reach my step goal for the day. The one thing I can say is that this extra activity is encouraging me to get out in the neighborhood a lot more. I am really appreciating that City Center is finally open – and the outdoor space is really cool. Last night there was even a duck in the fountain. The weather has been perfect to be outdoors. This FitBit experiment is not only benefiting me physically (at least I hope), but also mentally. These evening walks are a nice way to clear my head – just wandering around with nothing on my mind (but my step count)

Over the upcoming long weekend I plan to work on the next phase of this plan – meal planning. I have been counting calories religiously, but now it is time to step it up and do some planning and rely less on making healthy restaurant choices for lunch and more on things that I can prepare myself. I am not sure what that will look like. I won’t go paleo. I will definitely push more toward eating as clean as possible. We’ll see what else I work out.

In the meantime, I am exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open! Tomorrow is another day … 10,000 steps closer to reaching my ultimate weight goal.

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Very Active Weekend

Well, I did it! I hit 15,000 steps on Friday, as I had planned. While I didn’t actually get to the gym – I did walk to Logan Circle to pick up my race bib and then up to check out the new Trader Joe’s … and I had walked home from work. So, I definitely got the steps, miles and cardio in! Image

Saturday wasn’t as active as I had hoped – though I reached 10,000. I didn’t go to the gym. My day really got ahead of me and then I decided I didn’t want to wear myself out before the race on Sunday morning.

Sunday, however I overdid it! I ran the race – at an excellent pace for 10k! I was very pleased with that. I walked home from the race (another 1.5 miles) and took a quick shower. I didn’t have the FitBit on until I left the house again for my next adventure. I volunteered at a local urban/school farm! I spent 3 hours digging trenches, pulling weeds, creating beds and planting at the farm! Talk about a ton of physical labor! And a lot of fun! Then, I walked home! I reached my steps by 2:30 in the afternoon — and was lazy the rest of the day! My body needed a rest!

I am not 100 percent sure what my starting weight was last week, seems I wrote down two different things – but I did lose something last week! So, I am just going to be happy that there was a little move in the scale and will see what this week brings!

Success isn’t Achieved Overnight

I continue to remind myself every day that I won’t wake up tomorrow and be magically at my goal, but everything I do today gets me one step closer. While the scale may not be moving, I have to persist.

Having this FitBIt has rejuvenated my outlook. I am drinking at least 80 ounces of water every day, which means more steps taken just back and forth to the bathroom! I’ve been taking the stairs in the office – something I haven’t done in the 4 years we have been in that building. I walk a little extra when I go to lunch. I have been walking all the way home from work instead of taking the bus. When I haven’t reached my steps, I keep walking. I even walked the long way home from the gym.

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I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday but I reached my step goal – which means I was still more active than previous non-gym days. I feel very good about that. I didn’t go to the gym today either – there’s a nasty rain storm that is supposed to blow through and I didn’t want to get caught in it. I realize that’s just an excuse, but I did walk down to the grocery store just to reach my steps for the day. In fact, today I have already gone over 11,000. I am setting a goal to reach 15,000 tomorrow. It’s Friday and I have a lot of meetings at the office, so it may be difficult, but I think I will push myself to go a little further each Friday.

I am keeping to the goal of reaching the 10k without counting any work at the gym. I love that I can get bonus calories via LoseIt just for going above and beyond on steps. That’s a bonus on top of the workout calories I “gain” back. I am hoping that I can keep up this momentum. Just 36 days until we go to Mexico!

I know it isn’t a healthy habit, but I weigh myself every day. While I only record Friday morning weights, I like checking in each day and am not too hard on myself with the daily fluctuations. I am sure that I will get the Aria scale to go with my FitBit soon too. While the scale hasn’t really moved this week, I am hoping that there’s a little progress in tomorrow’s weight. I can say that I feel like my tummy has gotten a little smaller. I may just be imagining or willing myself to think that there’s been a change in the tummy, but I am pleased with just feeling a little better about it. I haven’t taken measurements in a while. I plan to do that around the end of the month. I am hoping there’s some progress.

Well, off to wander around my apartment a little bit more to add a few more steps for the day!

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FitBit: Day One

Well, I got my new toy! My new FitBit Flex is my latest scheme to help in knocking out the pounds I want to lose this year. Day one was a huge success. My initial goal is to reach the 10,000 step goal each day without counting the work I do in the gym. 

I found that the simplicity of the app and online dashboard are really easy for me to track my water intake – yesterday I made it to 100 ounces! With summer heat and humidity rapidly approaching, this will be very important! I also love that using the LoseIt app (premium upgrade version) works so well with the FitBit site. It adjusts my caloric allowances based on the actual calories I’m burning as tracked. Anything that is improving accuracy is a welcome bonus to this little experiment.

Yesterday I was so dedicated to reaching that 10,000 mark I walked five blocks out of my way home from the gym — and then paced my bedroom for the last 500 steps! The vibration of the FitBit scared me at first, but was a neat way to celebrate that I reached the goal. Day two is upon us and I am hoping I can reach the goal again! 

I am hoping the added activity will kick this booty into gear and drop more weight than what’s been happening at the status quo. The added awareness of activity during the day (or lack thereof) is worth the $100 I paid for this little gadget. I found myself getting up a little bit more throughout the day to add steps (and to pee from all the water I was drinking). Fingers crossed this is going to ramp up the progress as swimsuit season rapidly approaches. 37 days till Mexico!

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Sweet Potato, Kale and Quinoa Fritters

I know, I know. I haven’t done a great job at keeping this updated. I also haven’t done a great job of working out as hard as I have wanted to either. I am reaching a really frustrated point, where even in the good weeks the scale isn’t tipping. I am not happy about that at all. But, there’s nothing I can do but keep looking forward.

I have ordered (and will receive tonight) a FitBit, which I am hoping will be another tool to remind me to be active, measure calories burned, and a nice motivator to get things back on track. I have not been diligent this year, even borderline complacent, when it has come to diet and exercise so it is time to change that.

Last night I decided to use the food I already had in my house to try a new recipe, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I needed to use the huge bag of kale I had (which I always end up wasting a good portion of) and some sweet potatoes. So, to Pinterest I went! I started with this recipe from Yes, More Please and adapted a little – I didn’t make the dipping sauce. Instead of regular oil, I used coconut oil — which made the house smell delicious and also (I think) made them a little more healthy — or at least closer to paleo-compliant. The coconut also played REALLY well with the sweet potato. I served the cakes over a little mix of salsa, black beans and corn that I simmered while the cakes fried. While fried food isn’t the best way to get back on track – these little buggers were light in calories and delicious. I probably should have had some fruit with this (mostly for color on the plate), but I need to get to the store today.

I still need to do a little recap of the kickass Nike Women’s half marathon from a few weeks ago. Maybe I will do that this week.

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