Monday, April 15, 2013

Project Lose Weight Part 5, 6 - I lost count - and some other stuff

So I haven't posted on here to update my exercise regime.

But most of you follow me on Instagram, and I've posted there, although boring posts, just a photo of my blurry legs or the screen of the treadmill or elliptical, it is keeping me accountable.

And then I went on vacation and gained 5 pounds and have not exercised in 2 weeks.

Back at it this week, mos def.

Yesterday, we took a bike ride on a semi new (mostly flat) trail near our house. Avery's helmet from last year did not fit so she had to wear mine, even though it was too big, I figured it would cut down on the judgey looks I would get from other parents I zoomed by. Because I thought it I rode fast enough, they wouldn't be able to see the helmet flopping around over her eyes. Notreallyjustkidding.

Our entire jaunt was 9 miles, and I could have probably ridden farther, but I wanted Ryan to want to ride with me again so we turned around at 4.5 miles. It was a beautiful day and just felt good to be outside in the sunshine.

Actually, our entire weekend was pretty nice and we were outside whenever we could be.

When we were inside, we went shopping with Gigi (Ryan's mom) and I organized Avery's closet (and my own) taking out all the clothes that 1. do not fit her anymore and 2. she will just never wear. I put all her clean clothes from vacation away and got it all organized to soothe my OCD.

Also, as I was going through my clothes, I found some dresses that I had not worn in years, and really, I forgot I had. It was a NSV (non-scale victory) for me to try them on and they fit! Hallelujah! On Saturday, when we were shopping with Gigi, we went into The Gap since they were having a sale and I bought the dress on right for $15 in a size smaller than I usually do. Double Hallelujah - one for the sale/$15 dress and one for a size smaller. This morning, I got dressed in my clothes I had set out the night before and I was little leary since I had not worn these pants in a while and horizontal stripes, need I say more? Low and behold, the pants went on with ease and when I cautiously checked myself in the mirror in our powder room before I headed out the door to work, I was shocked to not see the "normal" muffin top/spare tire bulge, especially since I am wearing a striped shirt sure to accentuate all flaws and insecurities. So I had to snap a picture just to be sure my eyes weren't deceiving me - and we all know our selfies are a true vision of how others really  see us. I wish. Or maybe I don't, because I have taken - and posted - some heinous looking selfies.

But anyway, I'll share this picture with you fine readers as I internally fight with myself to NOT post on IG.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

"But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,
"Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!"
"No hurry!" said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

- Lewis Carroll

Yes, we did go on vacation and I plan to post a little about that and I have so many other things I want/need to write about, I am just having a hard time finishing an articulate thought - and making time for myself to write. It is always a little rough for me to get back into the daily routine after having time off and no schedule. Boo-hoo, poor me. 

Happy Monday!


Monday, April 1, 2013

No Pain, No Gain


Apparently so.

Today, when I walk or breathe or move at all I look like I am 100 years old. Just the thought of moving makes my muscle throb.

Saturday I was feeling particularly motivated and took my first BodyPump class and then finished it up with Wk 3, Day 2 of C25K.

I am paying for it now. Stairs are excruciating. Picking up Avery is a new form of torture. On a good note though, my lower back isn't bothering me very much.

Don't get me wrong, I really liked the BodyPump class. My BFF(since we were 7) teaches it, except this class she just came and took it along side of me. And good thing she was there or I would have been really lost. It was a new routine for her but all throughout the hour long class, she kept saying, "Oh, this is hard" and "this is the hard part" which for me, the novice, was not very comforting to have an instructor saying it is hard. But I made it through and am (barely) living to tell about it.

Yesterday, I was not only thankful for the Resurrection, but for my mom's hot tub  where I could soak my aching body. And it was Avery's first time in a hot tub and she LOVED it. We only stayed in for 30 minutes, after Googling any info on toddlers in hot tubs.

It was cold and rainy yesterday, but that didn't stop us. The water was warm and she loved that she could stand and jump off the seat.

I would like to report that I was able to run both 3 minutes intervals on Week 3, day 2. That felt good.

And I decided that since I am not seeing the scale move as fast I want. I am only going to weigh myself  every couple days but I am going to start measuring myself because I know that sometimes I may not lose POUNDS but I could be losing inches. I will take any type of motivation I can get.

Good news. I brought down my summer clothes bins last night and attempted to try on my shorts. Shorts that did not fit me last year. At all. Like barely buttoned, camel toe, FUPA showing nastiness.

This time around? I got every pair on, no problem. There are 2 white pairs (because I am on the never ending search for flattering white shorts in a size over 10 - feel free to laugh) that didn't pass the test but that didn't get me down. I seriously almost cried tears of joy every time I slid another pair of shorts on and buttoned/zipped them with ease. It was just the boost I needed to get my sore body to the gym today and get through Week 3, day 3.

So my friends, hope you had a lovely Easter and remember it's April Fool's day so don't let your guard down.