First MMM

My First Measuring Morning was a success!

Lost a quarter-inch to a half-inch on most of my extremities and also .4 pounds. I’m seeing more lines in my abs and my legs.

I win. And I’m going to keep going with Operation: Fit & Fierce.

Keep up with your health and fitness goals! You can get there–you just have to stick with it!

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Today will be a Gold Star Day!

Let’s face it … yesterday was not a Gold Star Day for me.

I tried to mentally talk myself into having a good OP day. That all went to to h-e-double-hockey-sticks  when I found out my business lunch was going to be at Cheesecake Factory and my boss wouldn’t take no for an answer on me eating some cheesecake.

When I wanted my second step to be knowing my Points+ values before eating, Cheesecake Factory is a horrible choice regardless. The lack of nutritional information for this restaurant is so daunting–you can’t get an accurate Points+ calculation at all. They even have a new Skinnylicious menu, so that’s what I stuck with. I tried their Skinnylicious Veggie Burger which came with mixed greens and their balsamic vinaigrette that I love. It wasn’t bad at all! I rather enjoyed it. Luckily when the time came for cheesecake, another one of my co-workers said she’d rather split one. Bonus. We split a Key Lime Cheesecake.

I know that lunch doesn’t seem like a bad thing all around–I made the best of what I could. But because I couldn’t control the situation and it was unexpected, that bothered me and put me in a funk that made me overindulge the rest of the day on crackers. Shame on me.

So today, I decided that it would be a good day–no matter what. I’m not the best at preparing or planning for meals. When I got home from work last night (at 11:15 p.m. mind you), I turned on one of my TV shows that I missed this week and prepared my menu for today.

  • Apple and Quaker instant oatmeal for breakfast.
  • Turkey and havarti cheese orowheat sandwich for lunch.
  • Romaine salad with olive oil, balsamic and chicken breast for dinner.
  • 2 mini light babybels, string cheese, edamame and grapefruit cups for snacks.

After I tracked it all last night too, and realized I had knocked out all my GHG’s and even had room to spare so I made a mental note to hit Starbucks for my favorite Skinny Peppermint Mocha to fill that spot this morning. My own little indulgence early in the day. And I still have a couple points leeway just in case my planned meals/snacks don’t keep me satisfied.

And this morning, I woke up refreshed and ready for a fantastic day. When I arrived at work, someone asked me how much coffee I’d really had since I was so amped.

It’s amazing what a little willpower and a positive attitude can do!

Now let’s see if I can manage a little activity somewhere in my 9 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. workday …

Hope you have a Gold Star Day! Rock it, okay? :)

What do you consider a Gold Star day?

A Wedding of a Weekend

I’m so exhausted from this weekend I could just collapse right now… 10+ hours on plane rides across the country over one weekend is pretty taxing.

Plan-wise, Friday was great. I was able to bend everything to limited white starches and stuff like that but have everything I wanted at the same time (like the key lime pie dessert at the rehearsal dinner–so delicious!). As far as working out goes, I managed to squeeze in a little strength training in the terminal since I was freezing and it was the only way to warm up since I had no blankets. Then clubbing that night allowed me to dance my heart out for a bit! Tracking was good too! So triple check!

The wedding day (Saturday) started even better even if it didn’t end that way… Only two check marks for the day. Woke up bright and early to go do an interval walk/run workout in the hotel’s fitness facility. I broke an amazing sweat before popping over to breakfast with the bride where oatmeal and a hard-boiled egg were my saviors. After that, it was time for all the bridesmaids to gather to get ready in a mass of hairspray and bobby pins. Let me just say that I haven’t felt so chic in my life! The side bun I had in my hair seemed only fitting for the runway… but it was pretty. The problem with getting ready and such led me to not eating much during the day. I will get to why it was a problem in just a little bit.

The wedding… was absolutely stunning! It almost didn’t happen since it was pouring buckets at our hotel and my bestie said there was no way she was going to be married inside a room. It was only windy at the beach but still worrisome. But seriously, right as she walked out from getting bride-ready–the sun came out! So the ceremony was wonderful. It was exactly how I had ever imagined a beach wedding would be. The bride was absolutely breathtaking and the groom recited vows that I wish someone will say about me one day. I was trying so hard not to cry but he broke me…

After the wedding, we all curtailed our tushes inside for cocktail hour… which is where the no food became a problem apparently. I wanted at least one good drink so I told the bar tender to make me the best thing he had (that didn’t contain tequila, that is) and it was one of the most delicious drinks I’ve ever had. The problem? It had about 5 different kinds of alcohol in it so I was buzzed after the first drink. Then my gay buddy wanted me to get another since he tried mine and said he wanted to drink one with me. Yep. A very bad idea on an empty stomach but I was oh-so compliant because it was oh-so yummy (and I was oh-so-prematurely buzzed).

As soon as dinner started, I downed pasta, a salad, wheat rolls, half of my chicken and a slice of chocolate wedding cake. When I reflect back on it, I actually didn’t eat that much because I didn’t finish anything except for the pasta and salad. It balanced since I hadn’t eaten much that day anyway. But then there was champagne for the toasts. Oh yeah, I forgot that there was a Pinot Noir as well. In my defense, I only drank that because no one was refilling water and I couldn’t find a pitcher to refill it myself so it was my only option–I was parched!

Let’s just say my head was spinning quite fast as we went into the after-party dance. My best friend was pleased when I told her that I did get drunk even if it wasn’t completely intentional (“That means the party was good then!” was what she said.) Had a good time with friends, puked a little, then passed out as soon as I got back to the hotel.

My roomie and I went on a 30 minute walk yesterday morning to scout out the area for breakfast, where I only ate a fraction of it because my stomach wasn’t feeling so hot which wasn’t helped by the flights soon after. Once I had some grease from Wendy’s and pepto in my system I felt much better.

All that and I’m down. Success! Makes me glad that I had a great week leading up to the wedding. Now I’m back and ready to go again! Must get to bed early tonight though…

I guess I’m an athlete for Halloween!

I’m looking back to September of ’09 right now where I bought my first scale. It measures weight as well as fat and water percentages in the body. The first time I recorded my weight, fat and water with my scale, I was 161 lbs with 32% body fat and 46% water. It was right after my summer in England and Ireland where I gained back about 10 pounds I had lost because of the nummy drinks and amazingly fresh food. But I digress… *daydreams about London*

ANYWAY! This morning, thinking it would be cool to check in on my fat percentage, I stepped on my scale for the first time in nearly two weeks (I know, I know… I’ll explain later). Completely different numbers blinked up at me.

Weight: 156.8 lbs
Water: 58%
Fat: 15%

Say what? That big of a drop in body fat in a little over a year? I’m wondering if the scale is completely accurate. I’m going to step on again tomorrow to see if its the same. Looking at a chart with fat percentages, 15 percent falls under the category of athlete (check out that page… it’s pretty fascinating. This is another good one.). I’m an athlete now?! Well… this year has been my most active in my entire life so maybe it’s right!

As for the weight… well, the weight of muscle is where WW fails, unfortunately. Seriously, a pound of fat is about the size of a fist, but a pound of muscle is about the size of your thumb. So the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn and the trimmer you will get… but the muscle weighs more than fat per square inch so it can be tricky when trying to “lose weight”. Yep, WW really fails there. No offense, but it’s true. Haha!

And I have gained quite a bit of muscle over the past couple months because of pole fitness. So right now, I’m not so concerned about the number on the scale so much as how my body feels and how I feel/look in my clothes. The inches I have lost are a lot of a better gauge than the scale lately. In fact, I’ve lost an additional half inch on both of my thighs as of this morning! (Woohoo!). That’s why I haven’t been getting on the scale because it’s not a good gauge of how my body feels and looks. Besides, I’m still Lifetime and relatively close to my WW goal weight so I have no qualms about it. I feel fantastic, so I’ll leave it at that.

It’s strange to think that I have the blood pressure and fat percentage of an athlete especially since I’ve never seen myself like that before this year… Now I love being active! It’s so fun and I love the rush that comes with it. Plus I do activities that engage muscles and leave me sore, sweaty, and with better definition in my body than ever before. And it keeps me sane through school and work. Who couldn’t love something that is so good for you in so many ways? :)

Trust me, I didn’t always feel this way… I remember when I wasn’t at school or work (sitting), I’d be on my bed, recording songs, reading, watching TV without much thought to being active. In fact, the idea of getting on the elliptical (now one of my favorites!) was a hindrance to my lazy enjoyment because work or school was so draining. Now it’s something I enjoy and actually gives me a boost to help get through my work! it took me little by little over the past two years to achieve this interest in fitness. Health is more than just eating right, you know.

Just a reminder… don’t always look at the number of pounds you weigh. Look at inches, fat percentages, waist to hip ratios, how you feel, and things like that. They can really bring the fact that you’re doing your body good down to earth for you. It makes it more real. Just keep working at it! Every little bit helps!

Have a great Halloween! Good luck with the treats! ;)

21+1 Good Things!

I’m the birthday girl so I can do whatever I please today! ;)
If you remember, I’m pretty superstitious when it comes to the number 22 so the face that I’m turning 22 is really weird for me (which is why I’m calling it 21+1)… in an effort to make it more bearable, I’m going to make a list of 22 good things that are in store for me this year! Ready, my good fellows? … Let’s begin!

1~ This year, I graduate from college.
2~ And… I’m stumped. HA! JK (not really… let me brainstorm). This year, I get to go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming with a fabulous friend for Christmas.
3~ This year, I will get my New Years Eve kiss, no matter what it takes.
4~ This year, I’m a bridesmaid in my BFF’s wedding (if we can find flights that Delta Skymiles will cover!)
5~ This year, I will move out of my parents house and get my own place.
6~ This year, I will move someplace out of state. *fingers crossed*
7~ This year, I have an amazing internship with a boss whose recommendation can likely get me a job anywhere I want.
8~ This year, I’m understanding sports better and better!
9~ This year, I’m going back to my music roots for my last semester of college.
10~ This year, I am still older than the drinking age limit.
11~ This year, I look forward to earning a steady income again (post-graduation, that is).
12~ This year, I’ll be that much wiser from my mistakes that I made up to this year.
13~ This year, the iPhone should be coming to Verizon Wireless at some point, and it is my full intent to get it.
14~ This year, I have a rocking purse to carry around with me (birthday gift)!
15~ This year, I won’t fall for anyone’s bull.
16~ (I’m scraping the barrel here…) This year, I may or may not fall in love. Either way, I will be happy with my life.
17~ This year, I’m a bridesmaid in my stepbrother’s wedding too!
18~ This year, I will be performing with two choirs (hopefully, if the U’s school of music allows me… still waiting on word, but it looks promising.)
19~ This year, I’m the most active and healthy that I have ever been!
20~ This year, Harry Potter 7 is being released in theatres! That’s most definitely reason to celebrate!
21~ This year, I will be happy just as I almost always am.
22~ I’ll only have to be 22 for one stupid year of my life. ;)

So… it was hard to make this list.
Happy birthday to me! Talk to you all later!

A Late Night Run

I thought it was fall break, so why do I have a mountain of homework?

A vast majority of last night was spent doing homework. I had been hoping to workout on getting home from work but that homework pile needed to go down. So I spent 4 hours on it. First object of 3… finito!

But then as soon as I finished, at 10:45 last night, I went downstairs and hopped on the treadmill. I ran for 30 minutes of the 42, that in itself is a victory. Not all consecutively, but 20 minutes of it was. (When can I run again? Next goal- 2 consecutive miles!)

The best part was when my brother got home from work at 11:30, came down and said, “What kind of crazy person would go for a run at 11:30 at night?” and I proudly said, “Me!” And it felt wonderful and totally gave me the best night’s sleep I have had in a few days. Cure maybe?

On another note, tomorrow is the day. To clarify, I’m just superstitious about the number 22… it’s the double twos that get me and it’s the only thing I’m superstitious about. With some people it’s the 666, 13, or something else, but for me it’s the double deuce. They have ever since I started playing the pokemon video games when I was 9. Why the correlation, I have no clue. I know I’m hyping it up to be some horrible thing, but I realize that won’t be the case. Already a good thing will happen… my mom has told me she is not going to get me a birthday cake, which is exactly what I wanted! I’ll gladly take the million dollar cookies that I caught her making this morning instead ;) Getting older is something I look forward to experiencing!

So activity… when do you find it works best for you? Everyone is different so I’m curious.

NSV’s Save the Week! (L4G W4 Results)

Here are the measurements from last week compared to this week:
Height- 5’9″
Weight- 155 lbs –> 155.6 lbs
Arms- 11 in –> 11 in
Hips- 41.25 in –> 41.5 in
Bust- 36 in –> 36 in
Waist- 26.5 in –> 27 in
Thighs- 22 in –> 22 in

So I’m up in a couple of areas this week, but I’m okay with that while silently hoping the increase in my hips and waist is from muscle… haha! But I know what I did wrong (and I did it for about three days). I’m glad I decided to change my goal weight to 154 to account for at least one pound of muscle that I know that I’ve gained from doing Pole Fitness. I think that is a good leeway to give myself for now. Anyway, if I hadn’t been as active I know it could have been a lot worse. But there are so many good things that happened this week that I don’t really care about these stupid numbers right now!

Despite blowing through my weeklies in Wyoming then coming home to one of those party bags of Pretzel M&M’s (Have I mentioned my addiction to those before?) which I helped my brother polish off… I think some really great things happened this week.

Numero Uno- I ran a full mile. Nix that, I ran over a mile! I still have a high from that! I wanted to run last night but deadlines mixed with a tension headache didn’t make it for a good time to do that. Someone mentioned running can be addictive and I’m already feeling that. =)

Numero Due– We went out for sushi last night, and I found out that it is completely plan friendly. One cup of miso soup, one salad with very little ginger dressing, some edamame, and 7 pieces of Playboy (4- my fave!), Mars (2), and Soft-shell crab rolls (1) and I was looking at an 8.5 point filling and scrumptious dinner. And to think I used to completely hate every kind of seafood… it’s nice to develop my palate!

Numero Tre- I had 29 AP’s despite 2 days being completely inactive, and one day without a legitimate workout (walking around campus a bit though). I may have eaten most of them, but that’s ok!

Numero Quattro- EVERYTHING was tracked!

Numero Cinque-
I GOT MY NEW WW Booklet! Haha… about time.

The numbers don’t matter right now because of this list. I feel like I had a good week despite some weak points. And now I have a whole new set of points to work with for this week! That’s another great thing to be happy about! =)

It’s my birthday week starting today. Tonight, I’m taking a group of friends to a lounge/bar. I’ll maybe have a drink or two but no more than that. I have a date and I don’t want to be out of control because I really like this guy and I don’t want to do anything stupid. Hehe…

Is it weird that I actually want to do well this week despite it being my birthday? Like I want to track everything even on my birthday and I’m telling people that I don’t want a cake. Or that I’m planning on attending a meeting on my birthday on Wednesday morning?

Well, I hope you all have a lovely times ten weekend! Isn’t it so crazy that we are into the second week of October already?!

Believe. Dream. Live.

When I was younger, I was not very active at all. I was the bookworm who would sit in the corner at recess, reading and writing. Those physical tests that were subjected to us in elementary through high school were something I dreaded. My attitude towards it changed gradually as I started to dance when I was 12. But I still hated those kinds of tests–I always did horribly.

The one thing I never thought I would do: run a whole mile. I remember being the very last person besides the kid who had awful asthma hitting the finish line. In high school it was a little better, but it’s still… not very good.

Heather (madtownmotzie) ran over one mile last week and she blogged about it. That inspired/challenged me to try. I’ve never been a runner but I’m active in other ways. In a way, I haven’t tried to run for an extended amount of time probably since high school. So, about four years?

And tonight I ran more than a mile, just like Heather! I did a five minute walking warm-up then ran a mile in just over ten minutes! I continued to run for about 3 more minutes, before walking for five before running a little faster for a couple of minutes before my cool down. Not my normal hour-long work out but I was sweating like a pig in after 25 minutes. Sweat works for me!

Doing this tonight reminded me of something I saw last weekend…

At my best friends new home in Wyoming, she has this decoration on her wall that I immediately fell in love with. This is what it said:

Believe.

Dream.

Live.

I really feel that it can apply to a journey like WeightWatchers. Believing that we can make a difference in our own lives and the way we choose to be healthier. We dream of reaching that goal weight and our other health objectives. But most of all, through our actions, we get to
live healthier, more active lives. In a way, it’s enriching for our lives. We’re adding extra quality years to spend with people we love and to dream of even more.

Now I want to run for even longer! ;)

What do you dream about achieving with your body aside from your goal weight?

Sore Out the Door! Almost!

My calves can’t seem to decide on their temperament today. But I’d like to thank everyone for their help on what to do last night! I really appreciate your suggestions!

Last night, I iced them at a few people’s suggestion. This morning, banana for breakfast along with some ibuprofen. The pain has been coming in waves today. When I walk, it hurts a little bit… but in general, they are doing much better than yesterday. YAY!

The weirdest part though is that when I had to run for about seven minutes to make it somewhere on time, my calves ceased to hurt for a while. Maybe activity would be good now? That’s signaling me that activity could help at this point. Well, I’m hoping anyway… The elliptical will be mine tonight while I watch Glee if the pain dwindles like it did when I was running. =D

For my activity last night, I decided to do a work out that would keep pressure off of my calves. It involved Jillian Michaels punches, an ab circuit that I made up on the fly, and modified push-ups, and I repeated it twice with the punches breaking up the circuits. A twenty-five minute workout followed by a stretch with no pressure on my calves… it was nice! I even broke a good sweat seven minutes in.

And now my abs are sore from that (I didn’t realize I worked them that hard!). Sore abs and semi-sore calves. Isn’t it great being active and having that kind of proof?

What is your favorite part of being active?

Lost & Found (L4G Week 3 Results)

I found a meeting! Well, I thought I found one close to home only to get there and have the place be empty… luckily there was a back up plan about 20 minutes away. I got there in time to WI but I basically missed the meeting. It’s ok though. Wanna know why?

I’m back in my Lifetime range! Like exactly! I’ve worked my booty off this week activity wise (27 APs before today and tomorrows activity) and eating was much better. Everything tracked and measured more accurately. But I’m sore like no other. That Jillian Michaels earlier in the week is still kicking my thighs and hips every time I walk… so without further ado! Drum roll!

b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-ch!

Here are the measurements from last week compared to this week:

Height- 5’9″
Weight- 156.6 lbs –> 155 (YAY! No more paying for me! Now let’s stay below this number… haha)
Arms- 11 in –> 11 in
Hips- 41.25 in –> 41.25 in
Bust- 36 in –> 36 in
Waist- 27 in –> 26.5 in
Thighs- 22 in –> 22 in

If I continue like this until the end of Lose for Good, I may be game for being really close to my original goal. We’ll see. ;) Off to make some breakfast!

After you have struggled with your program, what do you find helps motivate your focus to come back?