Category Archives: Exercise

Bad Summer

This has not been a particularly healthy summer.

I’ve keep going from being extremely busy to having entire days when I have nothing to do.  When I have nothing to do, I sit around and eat all day and I don’t exercise enough.  When I’m busy, I don’t eat as much and I’m usually more active.  However, I do eat a lot more fast food because there’s no time to make anything healthy.  And as a result, I’ve gained weight.  Kind of a lot.  At least ten pounds, probably closer to 15.

Now, granted, some of that is muscle mass.  I went through a phase at the beginning of the month where I did tons of strength training exercises and I’ve definitely seen an increase in muscle in some parts of my body.  The rest, however, is flab.

So, I’m getting back on the wagon today (I say that a lot on this blog, don’t I?).  I’m going to weigh myself later and update my weight on Traineo.  I’m also going to start working out again and not eating everything in sight.  I’m excited and scared at the same time…

Face the Facts

I think I fear commitment.  I get off track with something (exercise) and am too scared to return because I’m afraid that I will have gained four pounds.  I stopped exercising for a week at the beginning of January (new semester began) and then I was afraid to weigh myself after that because I thought I had gained weight.  I kept exercising but wouldn’t weight myself until the beginning of February.  When I did weigh myself, the results were positive.  I had reached my first 5-pound loss milestone.

This week has been bad for me.  I’ve been kind of sick and I’ve been eating way too much and not exercising enough.  I’m afraid to step on the scale.  I set a goal to lose five more pounds in 30 more days (which will end in a week or two).  So far, I’ve only lost 2 or 3 pounds.  The first five were easy, but these are becoming more difficult.  I’m afriad that I’m not going to make my goal in time.

I’m jumping back on the wagon TODAY, but will it be enough time?!  I really hope so.

Good News. And Bad News.

Bad news first?

I kind of completely forgot about the rules that I made for myself the last time that I posted.  I’m not even kidding.  Completely got lost in the craziness of my life.  But luckily I haven’t really broken any of them yet (except for the new desserts business- screw that.  I need some incentives in my life so I’m forgetting that rule).  So hopefully I’ll remember these rules in the morning.

Good news:  I lost four pounds this week.  I’ve been working my ass of on Wii Fit.  Wii Fit is actually quite amazing; it has helped me to vary my exercises and has made working out very fun.  It’s an excellent motivator and I’m so thankful for it.  Plus, it’s nice to be able to weight myself accurately.  I’m trying to do at least thirty minutes every day, which I’ve been keeping up with (even though it’s only been three days).  Today I did my usual thirty minutes plus an extra thirty minutes of intense cardio.

2009 is going to be an awesome year.  Happy New Year!

Almost

It’s been almost five months since I’ve had a sip of soda.  I’ve had one cup of coffee from Starbucks.  I’ve had few potato chips.  I’ve barely been running since Halloween.  You see, I’d prefer not to freeze my ass off outside running in sub-freezing temperatures.  But, hey, that’s just me.  I wish I could drive to the gym, because I’d be there every morning if I had the ability to go there on my own.

I haven’t updated my Traineo widgets (see sidebar) in a few months.  I stopped counting calories religiously and measuring my workouts because I became obsessive with it.  I’m seriously looking forward to the spring so that I’ll have time to run again and I can do it without fear of going for a run and falling down and freezing to death like the old ladies in that commercial.

One of my resolutions for this year is to post here more often.  Nobody reads it, but it’s nice to have an anonymous blog to post on about this kind of private stuff.  I want to lose 20 lbs. this year.  I’m sure the cake that I just baked isn’t going to be very helpful in achieving my goal.  Oh, well.

Cravings

Right now, I desperately want:

  • A cold can of vanilla Pepsi.  I haven’t had any soda in almost a month.  I miss it, but it wasn’t too great of a challenge to give up.
  • Chicken nuggets from Chic-Fil-A.  No fast food in that long, either.  The only fast food that I will eat is Cool Wraps from Chic-Fil-A, an occasional salad from McDonalds, and sometimes those snack wraps from McDonalds (they’re not that bad).
  • To go running.  School is taking up all my time and I haven’t been running in forever.

A Challenge

It was hard sitting at the dinner table tonight and watching my family eat KFC while I ate a salad and some mashed potatoes, but now I am happy that I had my own meal.

If I were to have eaten with them, I would have had a biscut, two drumsticks (Original Style), mashed potatoes, and a soda. Here is nutrition information taken directly from the KFC website:

Serving Weight
(grams)
Calories Total Fat
(grams)
%DV Saturated Fat
(grams)
%DV Trans Fat
(grams)
Cholesterol
(milligrams)
%DV
340 610 32 48% 7 36% 4.5 130 43%
Sodium
(milligrams)
%DV Carbohydrates
(grams)
%DV Dietary Fiber
(grams)
%DV Sugars
(grams)
Protein
(grams)
Vitamin A
(%DV)
1940 81% 49 16% 2 9% 3 31 8%
Vitamin C
(%DV)
Calcium
(%DV)
Iron
(%DV)
2% 8% 25%

1940 mg of sodium? 610 calories? No thanks! Instead, I had a Caeser salad, iced tea, and mashed potatoes (from KFC). 480 calories total, and way less sodium, fat, cholesterol, and carbs.

Total calories today? 2070! 456 were burned due to exercise alone (I had some issues today with running). Go me!

Making Progress

The hotel that we were in had an awesome gym in it. We were away last night and this morning and we stayed in a pretty spiffy Sheraton.

Yesterday morning, I ran in my neighborhood. When we arrived last night, I had a really bad headache from all of the screaming children. I bought a bottle of Excedrin for $8.99 (yes, ridiculous) and headed off to the gym since exercise endorphins usually make my headaches go away. I ran an additional two miles last night and did a mile on the stationary bike. Viola, no headache!

This morning, I headed off to the gym on an empty stomach (bad decision). I managed to run a mile, but I was too hungry afterwards to continue. I headed back to our room, showered, and to my dismay the rest of our party was not ready to leave and clearly would not be ready for a while. The only food that we had in the room was a donut, so I had a sour cream donut. I felt like a cow.

No CalorieWe went to breakfast, and it was pretty hard to try and eat balanced. I had a bagel, diet iced tea, sausage patty, and a banana. I wanted home fries/hash browns and/or pancakes, but my whole “cutting out empty calories” plan prevented me from doing that. It was a pretty filling breakfast, which surprised me. I had lunch at Subway. Did anybody know that Subway served pizzas? I was disappointed to find out that it was basically a microwave pizza, but I still got it as well as a bottle of flavored water. I’m trying to find drinks with no calories whatsoever. Luckily, the diet green tea (see left) and flavored water were both that way (thank god). Hopefully, I’ll be able to find other beverages that are like that because I know already that I will not be able to drink the same thing for a long time. I need variety!

I’m proud to announce that, since I began my jogging program in May, I’ve lost ten pounds. My weight isn’t that important to me, though, because muscle mass throws that off. Instead, I prefer to rely on my body fat percentage. This is, however, a nice incentive. It’s nice to know that I’m making progress!