Category Archives: Melisa

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!


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!

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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Race Expo Day!

I finally got my butt out of bed this morning and hit the treadmill for a little 3 mile run. With the race on Sunday, that’s all the plan called for. I pushed hard and ran my best 3 miles of the year, so I am happy about that. I am hoping that’s going to send me right into a PR on Sunday. 

I am going to head down to the race expo today to get that out of the way. Nike does their expo different, in that it is an “Expotique” and they don’t sell anything there. Most of the displays are Nike products. You can get a little swag by showing that you use their products and training plans, etc., see new gear, get fitted for sports bras and shoes. They also have makeover stations — the whole women’s marathon bit. I’m sure Nuun will be there so that we can try the different electrolyte water flavors and Luna bars. I love race expos, though this one is not quite the same experience. Image

I am also hoping they do the traditional wall with all the runners’ names on it – that’s probably one of the coolest things! It sorta makes it official when you see your name listed there with the other THOUSANDS of runners! I am getting excited for the race and am hoping for a really good day!