Tag: myfitnesspal

Weigh in Day 3: slow and steady

I usually try to have my treat/cheat meal on Friday or Saturday, AFTER weigh in day, but this week it happened to take place Thursday evening. Thursday also being the only day that I’ve felt hungry none stop in the past 3 weeks.  I ate a bit more than planned, but all healthy choices-except for my chicken brie and fig sandwich (minus skin) and yam fries (healthier right??? lol) it was so worth it for my cheat meal.   I still felt good about how I ate for the day.

but I was a little nervous that the meal, plus a few extra calories from extra snacks would completely ruin my weigh in.  Hopped on the scale this morning.

Last week: 159.8

This week: 157.4

That means I’m down 1.4 pounds this week, slow and steady the weight is disappearing, which is super especially after eating a cheat meal the 12 hours before.   This also means Steph has to put $50 extra on her credit card-  I have yet to hear her confirmation of completing this, but I’ll make sure that gets done!  Next week I will weigh in and do measurements. I didn’t post them, but I did take them at my starting weight.

I am feeling confident that I can keep this up until I’m back at my ideal weight.  I am hoping to get back to this weight by January 22 as that’s when I have a week off and head to the Bahamas for a friends wedding.  Thinking about wearing bathing suites for a week is motivation to get my butt moving almost every day.

I’m also looking forward to December to have more time to focus on fitness.  I picked up an extra 60 hours at my casual job this past month.  Often I work these extra shifts after my normal job which means I have a 14-16 hour day, or I’ll sometimes pick up an extra 12 hour shift on a Sunday- like I have coming up this Sunday.  This doesn’t leave a lot of time for workouts, so those days I really focus on my meals and sticking to what I’ve planned and packed to eat.   I think I have 1 extra shift in December so I will have more time to dedicate to my half marathon training and working out in general.

The plan for this week:

Friday: Workout with Laura (Laura being my roommate/trainer)

Saturday: Workout with Laura and short 3-4km run with Koda.

Sunday: I work 11-11, but have made plans with my old running buddy Jill to meet at 9am to attempt our old 6.whatever Km run. Then I’ll head to work.

Monday- I took a day off of work to book a bunch of doctors appointments, so once I’m done those for the day the plan is 8km run with Koda in the afternoon.

Tuesday- Work 15 hours, just get in the normal morning walk with Koda.

Wednesday- pack in a short run right after work before Volunteering at the Food Bank

Thursday- Haven’t decided yet, I have a basketball game, but I may be driving home a day early for the weekend.  I’m going see how I feel later in the week, might be a good day for another rest day.

Here’s to another busy and great weekend ahead.

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Weigh in day 1- who’s paying extra on the credit card?

Week one of the credit card payment bribe/bet is complete, as today is weigh in day.

If I don’t lose a pound I pay an extra $25 onto Stephs credit card, if I lose a pound she puts $50 onto it.  So who’s paying extra today????

It’s not going to be me!

Weighed in at: 159.8

Which means a total weight loss of: 2.6 pounds

This is awesome, considering I had two work days of 15 hours where I didn’t work out besides walking Koda before work and a few of my planned workouts weren’t as intense as i had planned.

I tried hard to stick to my meal planning and for the most part did very well.  Only one day this week I didn’t know how to input my meals into MyFitnessPal as I didn’t cook or know what was in the food at all.  I also feel like i’m not craving sugar as much.  2pm is still a hard time of day,  but that’s when I whip out a healthy snack like cottage cheese and fruit which curbs my sweet cravings.

Also got some workouts in at home but the pets sure like to make it hard to do any floor work (abs, stretching etc)

Koda and Bugsy “joining in” on some partner russian twists.

My plan for the next week: (I walk Koda Mon-Fri mornings so dog park or running with him is extra)

Friday- Training with Laura

Saturday- Training with Laura and short run with Koda

Sunday- Run with Koda

Monday- I work 15 hours no planned workout

Tuesday- Home gym workout, work and volunteering at the food bank that night so it will be a short workout.

Wednesday- Run with Koda after work.

Thursday- Gym night- decide what to do one there, see what’s busy or not.

My running goal for this week (since I’ve signed up for my next Half Marathon and will post soon about that) is to run 4-5km each run with Koda. Last week I was doing 3km to warm up to running again.

Looking forward to an active week!

 

 

How quick will I see changes?

I AM SORE.  My butt hurts, my legs are stiff, my arms are sore, but damn does it feel so good! It’s that kind of soreness that means your body has been pushed hard. I had a great weekend filled with exercise.  Just as I planned, the Saturday morning training session with my roommate was cancelled due to being locked out of the gym, but I made up for it with an evening run after work.

Sunday was busy, a few hours of raking leaves and cleaning up the yard for winter, another run with Koda and then my first game of indoor soccer in 12 years.  I literally had to dust off my cleats, which still fit.

One changed I’ve already seen in myself after JUST ONE WEEK is my energy level.  I’m not nearly as tired as I was, I’m more motivated to want to be active or even just to do things around the house and I can actually wake up when my alarm goes off (something I’ve only had trouble with when living a lazy lifestyle).  Obviously I would love to step on the scale this Friday and it magically be at my ideal weight, but that is something that will take a little more time than just one week.

Truly some changes happen quickly.  Maybe the change isn’t on the scale, but maybe you’re now drinking 8 glasses of water a day, getting 30 minutes of exercise a day or maybe you’re just feeling happier.  Really its up to you to be the judge of what changes you see, whether they be physical, mental or emotional.

Besides having more energy already, I’ve made a change in meal planning/grocery shopping and meal prepping.  I’ve been planning out the menu for 2 weeks at a time.  This includes breakfast, lunch, 2 snacks and dinner.  This even includes a few dinners out that were planned with friends.  We then go shopping for those 2 weeks of food in one go and  then prep breakfasts, snacks and some lunch’s on Sundays.  It’s already been so much easier to not have to worry about what to make or grab for lunch last minute.  This has also helped me stay within my calories (or just slightly over) for the day on myfitnesspal.  I want it to be Friday already to see if I’ve had any results on the scale yet. Also to see who’s going to be the first to make the extra credit card payment, time will tell.

icy walks and rolled ankles.

I missed blogging last week, completely lost track of the weekend.
What did I get up to last week you may be wondering? (Feb 17-23)
Fri- I can’t remember/didn’t put it into MFP
Sat- 60 min run
Sun-120 min run and 2 ball hockey games
Mon- rest
Tues- 20 min dog walk
Wed- nothing
Thurs- 40 min dog walk and 1.5hours at drop in ball hockey
This week felt like it was spring.  It was warm, all the snow was melting and ice was forming when it cooled off at night, which lead to a horrible week for running.  PURE icy walks everywhere.  I set out one day to run with Koda and it turned into a core building walk as we were both slipping and sliding.  I promptly went to the running room and bought spikes, which I’ve been meaning to do for a few years, but have yet to use them… too scared, just so much ice!
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This week I managed to fit in a fair amount of work out time even with an injury. (Feb 24-30)
Friday-45 minute dog walk
Sat-2.5 hours at drop in hockey
Sun-1 ball hockey game, I rolled my ankle at the end of the game 😦 had to miss game 2
Mon-nothing
Tues-nothing
wed-60min on the elliptical
Thurs-1.5 at drop in hockey
I weighed in last week and I am still at the same weight this week 146.8 (ok I’m actually up .2 but does that even count?)
I rested my stupid ankle Sunday night, Monday and Tues.  Wednesday I was going nuts so I went to the gym and used the elliptical for an hour.  Figured I wouldn’t run on my ankle just to give it more of rest.  I wasn’t planning on going to drop in this week but got a last-minute invite and figured why not.  The ankle is feeling pretty good and if it hurts I can always stop. I have been playing a ton of ball hockey, as I have mentioned, and love, love, love playing. If I could play every day I would. I’m building more confidence and skill each time I play.  At last nights drop in, I’ve only gone to this drop in twice, one of the guys that I played against last week made sure I was on his team.  He asked if I play, which I informed him of my Ladies Leagues, and he said “ya it shows, you’re good.  You know positions, cover for D” and maybe a few other things.  I said thank you, as I’m still always a little thrown off when I get complements, especially from people I don’t know very well.  Hoping to make it to drop in tomorrow and then I have 2 games on sunday!
I am off to the gym this morning though, so I better get off my butt and the computer before I get into a “I don’t feel like working out” stage.. hey it happens, even though I like working out!
Have a great weekend!

Ready, Set, May Goals

Aaaaaghg I haven’t written in a while.

so I was supposed to come up with some goals for the last two weeks of April after the wedding shiznet all calmed down, but I didn’t.  Not gonna lie I’ve been a little lazy.  Don’t’ get me wrong I’m still playing ball hockey (2x a week now), running ever few days, BUT I haven’t been doing much weight training and that’s when I start to notice my clothes fitting differently.  I’ve lost some muscle this month but I haven’t been eating as healthy as I normally do either.

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he’s just so cute lol

BUT nothing I can’t step up and fix right away.  I’ve come up with some new goals for MAY!

1) Run 115km in may- I’ve got 2 10k races in May, plus the weather is kind of almost, perfect to run outside (we got snow yesterday wtf?), more running buddies are coming out of the woodworks and asking me to run with them. Not that I don’t love to run alone especially now that Zombies Run! second addition is out.

Anywho more goals

2)Hit the Gym 2x a week- I haven’t been using my gym membership as frequently as I should.  When I go to the gym I always do weights, so if I go 2x a week I’m at least doing 1.5 hours of weights a week.

3)Meal Plan- This is also why I haven’t had the greatest month.  I have not been eating very well. I am going to meal plan for days when Ryan and I are home together and when I’m home alone so that I know, roughly, what my calories will be.  I also tend to eat less when it’s all planned out and I’m not munching out while.  I’m not home for dinner until friday this week, so that is when I’ll have my meal plan done for and post it on here.

 

Zombie challenge final results

The zombie challenge I took part in ended on March 31, but as I was alway in Mexico then Canmore and then jumped back into my busy work schedule I haven’t had time to post the final results for my team and myself. So here goes

Week 8 Results:

The winner of the FINAL challenge is……(drum roll please!)….

Team Emma!

Now this does not mean that Emma is still alive…

THE FINAL RESULTS
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You only stare at the girl for a second. The tears on her face mean nothing to you. You allow your primal instincts to take over as you turn your gaze back down to the woman beneath you. You snap your teeth at her and start to lower your mouth to her juicy shoulder.

Suddenly something hits the side of your head and you find yourself flipping sideways off the woman. You roll onto your back, confused and dazed. There is a man standing above you with a baseball bat. He swings it at you, hitting you repeatedly while your dinner squirms away and runs toward the fences with the little girl.

The man finally drops the bat by your side and dashes to the gates. You turn your head, and through a film of red, see that most of the humans have made it safely inside of the gates. The fence slides closed with a loud and secure clank.

YOU’VE LOST. But hopefully you’ve lost enough weight to make you feel better about it. 😉

 So this was a bit confusing at first, at least to me.  Team Emma came in 1st, 4 out of 8 weeks, 2nd 2 weeks, and 3rd 2 weeks.  That right there says just how hard my team worked.  But it wasn’t our weight loss/exercising that made us lose, it was the choices we made with the story line and what we chose for our zombie to do.   Regardless it was motivating and fun.  I also lost 6 pounds while on this challenge, though during my 2 weeks of holidays I gained 3 back due to slacking in the exercise department! oh well back to reality now.. .and a new challenge on Monday.  Will let you in on those details then!

Body Update

March 23 update
March 23-Dirty looking as I take the pictures firs thing in the morning… then hit the gym! I never know how to look in the photos smiling seems weird lol
before oct 2012
Back in October 2012
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These 3 photos (and the ones below) are my Start, mid and end when I worked with a personal trainer to get my butt into gear back in 2011.

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It’s been almost 2 years and I’m down 36lbs.  Weighing in at 146 this morning. I am determined, after I get back from my wedding in Mexico, to drop those last 6lbs to get to my goal of 140lbs and to surpass losing 40lbs. It’s still hard to believe that I’ve always been an athlete and I let myself put on so much weight.  I now feel like crap on days when I don’t work out now and  I am healthier now then I have ever been.  I have really enjoyed this zombie challenge I’ve been involved with the last 7 weeks as it has helped me stay on track and kick it up a bit.  I still have some chubs I’d love to get rid of all over my body, but damn I can’t wait to wear my little bikinis in mexico.

Thanks for all the encouraging words, advice and support. Having this blog (and jillandnikkidowork) has kept me accountable and motivated!!

Zombie Challenge #7, only 2 weeks left!

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You start to stumble away from the mass of zombies, eager to find a closer food source. But you suddenly stop and sniff at the air. You catch the most amazing aroma floating on the wind. It’s coming from the huge complex behind the fence. It’s better than anything you’ve ever smelled before in your life — there are dozens, no hundreds, of people inside the building. It’s like a giant buffet! You moan loudly and eagerly weave your way through the crowd.

A loud engine suddenly roars to life somewhere behind you. You glance over your shoulder just in time to see a huge yellow bus barreling toward you. The vehicle mows you over, flattening you to the pavement and breaking several bones.

Although you are really injured, you can smell the people on the bus. They are climbing off the vehicle and running toward the building. They smell so delicious you can’t help yourself. You drag your partially immobile body toward them. You roll to your side and reach your hand up, grabbing a lady by the arm. She screams and kicks at you but you manage to yank her to the ground. You are just about to enjoy your meal when someone yells at you to stop. Your head jerks up reflexively and you come eye to eye with a little girl with pig tails.

“That’s my momma!” she shrieks, huge tears rolling down her face.

Choice 1: Ignore the girl and eat her mom — you are a zombie after all.
Choice 2: Let the woman go.

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week!
Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 250 minutes/ week (I recommend 50 minutes/day, five days a week)
Strength: 315 Lying One-Arm Lateral Raises on EACH side (Lay on the couch or on the floor if you don’t have access to a bench.)
Agility: 315 Weaving Springs (Mark spots with squares of electrical tape or use objects like books or pots if you don’t have cones.)

Last weeks result were surprising for my team, Emma, we came in 3rd! WHAT? how could this be? I did a ton of extra strength/agility and cardio! I guess we had a ton of injured and sick people though.  Oh well 2 weeks left to try to win it all.

Zombie Challenge week 6 and change to March running goal

Sooooo guess which team came in 1st for week 5…

you guessed it, mine! Team EMMA!! seriously my team is really killing it.

 

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Challenge # 6You pounce on the man without a thought, jumping with your legs wide and slapping your hands together, catching his body in between your palms like a squashed bug. The guy screams and punches at you with his fists. But his blows barely even faze you — your hunger is too insatiable. You are about to sink your teeth into his arm when you feel a heavy boot collide with your side. The force of the kick knocks you off of the man and you find yourself staring up at his friends. You snarl at them and start to grab for them as well. But one of the men holds up a shiny object. The word gun flitters through your head just as he cocks it and blows a bullet straight through your gut. You stare at the hole in your midsection in awe. The man shoots again, this time the bullets catch you in the head.

Then everything starts to turn grey as you fall back onto the pavement. Although you are unconscious for the most part you hear the men talking excitedly. One of the guys pokes you with the tip of the gun but you are too weak to even open your eyes. They eventually leave, thinking you are dead.

You fight for consciousness for a few moments. Then you manage to sit up, crunching to the side. But you suddenly can’t remember why you are in the middle of the street — or why there is a giant bloody hole in your abdomen and head. Then you spot movement on the street up ahead. And your desire for fresh meat once again overtakes you. You manage to get back onto your feet and stumble after them.

After what feels like an eternity of walking, you hear grunts, growls and shouts. There is a large complex up ahead surrounded by tall gates. A mass of people are pressing up against the first fence, trying to push it down — and they are all zombies like you.

Choice 1: Join the group of zombies. You can smell an abundance of fresh meat inside – you’ve got to get that fence down!
Choice 2: Look around to see if there is a closer food source hiding somewhere nearby.

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week!
Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 200 minutes/ week
Strength: 270 Oblique Crunches on EACH side
Agility: 270 Seal Jumping Jacks (jump in, jump out = 1 rep)

 

I know I had set a running goal for 115km in March, but I’m going to have to give up/call it quits for this month.  I am still working out 5 days a week but my ball hockey and basketball team are both in play offs (which means up to 3 games a week, from the normal 1) I’m getting married in 3 weeks so let me tell you I am STRESSED the F out and trying to make sure everything is organized and of course nothing can ever go smoothly (if anyone ever tells you planning a wedding is fun, they’re a liar.  take my advice and ELOPE) and I was signed up last-minute for training at work on days off.  Ok I have a lot of other stuff going on as well but I think my list could be like 100 excuses/reasons why I can’t fit running in and I’ve listed off enough as is.

I figure, it’s ok because I need a bit of a break.  I’m still out running, but I do like to also use the elliptical or bike from time to time at the gym so as long as I’m still kicking my own ass at the gym in March I’ll get back to a running goal in April after my wedding and everything settles down a little bit.  My over all goal is my health and weight so I’m still doing what I need to be doing.

 

 

Zombie challenge week 5

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For challenge week 4, Team Emma (my team) came in 2nd.  That is 2 weeks of 1st and 2 weeks at 2nd…. we’re pretty damn great!
Challenge # 5

You unsteadily climb to your feet and shuffle toward the sounds. When you get to the end of the block you are excited to see several cars and motorcycles heading out of town. But that’s not really what gets you excited — it’s the pack of people you see following the procession of vehicles that’s got your stomach grumbling. They are like a juicy herd of cattle just waiting for you. You have no idea where they are all going but it doesn’t matter. You are so starving your stomach feels like it’s going to eat itself.

You stumble out onto the road, limping after the group. A discarded tire in the middle of the road almost trips you but you manage to jump over it, kicking your butt with both heels. The hop was a little too much for your decaying muscles and you find yourself sinking, lunging to one knee. But you push yourself back up to a standing position and continue limping toward the group.

Several people at the rear of the pack suddenly fall behind as they get involved in an intense conversation. You are only a few feet away — the group is so engrossed in their argument that they don’t even notice you approaching. One of the guys in the group suddenly stops and bends down to fiddle with something on his shoe. The people are still arguing — so much so that they don’t realize that their friend is no longer with them.

Choice 1: Immediately jump on the guy to satisfy your hunger.
Choice 2: Wait until the others are farther away before you attack.

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week!
Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 175 min/week (I recommend 35 min/day, 5 days a week)
Strength: 225 Cross Lunges (right lunge, left lunge = 1 rep)
Agility: 225 Double Leg Butt Kicks (Do one leg at a time if too hard)

Sorry I’ve been so slack about updating the challenge on Monday’s when I start them. I’ve been seriously busy! hardly have time to fit m y workouts in, and I’ll choose a workout over blogging most days, even though I really miss blogging when I do!
I have been loving this zombie challenge.  I’ve found it so motivating.  I will finally be updating my before and after photos the last week of March.  I feel soooo much better with all the running, strength/agility and paying closer attention to my calorie intake.
I finished “The Walking Dead” that was on netflicks so now I’m hoping they put the next season up soon! I do usually watch so  much TV alone and get into a series like that so I need to find a new series to watch while on the treadmill as I wont be running outside much for a while.  It is DEADLY icy.  I attempted a run a few days ago on paths that should be cleared by the city… no such luck, it was so icy I could hardly walk.  Home I went to the treadmill.
Any suggestions for netflicks TV series I should get into??  Right now we have the Canadian version.  Hoping to switch that soon.