Weigh in, Shred, etc.

First, yesterday was weigh in day at WW. I gained 0.4, but I’ve been working out, and had homemade chinese on Tues night…hello sodium! I was feeling quite good yesterday. I tried on a beautiful, deep purple shirt that I bought about 1 1/2 years ago to wear to my cousin’s wedding. However, it was a bit tight when I bought it and I planned to lose before the wedding. To be honest, I can’t even remember if I ended up wearing it, but I wore once or twice since then, but it was quite snug. I probably shouldn’t have worn it. Anyway, it has been hanging on the end of our clothes rack looking ever-so-pretty, so yesterday I finally put it on…just to see….and man I think I did the happy dance. It FIT and is on the verge of almost being too big. It buttons down the front and that style doesn’t usually tend to be my friend. However, I have plenty of room in the stomach, which is always¬†tight. I was able to cross my arms without feeling like I would rip open the shoulders (remember Tommy Boy), and the cuffs that end just above my elbows had plenty of room. Did I mention I was excited? I even went downstairs to show mom and Dave. So, I put that back on the rack with plans to wear it soon. I proceeded to get dressed and put on a t-shirt (over long sleeves of course…brrr) that was quite tight this fall…and yippeee did another happy dance…it fight great. So, by the time I got to my meeting that tiny little gain didn’t bother me at all.

I whined the other day because I did level 3 of the Shred, well, I’ve done it 2 more times since and would have done it today, but ran out of time. It’s hard and I still do the “easier” option on most of the exercises and sometimes have to stop a bit before she does on the cardio, but for the most part I’m doing it. I still have a long way to go. Only 6 more days left in this challenge. I will continue to do the Shred at least a couple days a week, and would like to find some Pilates to do on the other days. At the moment I am thinking that I will continue to try to exercise at least 5 days a week.¬† I really am feeling much better and am noticing the difference it is making.

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What in the world…

was I thinking? I thought I would try out level 3 of the Shred today. WOWZA!!! She is brutal. But I guess that’s why it works. It was tough, but I was able to do a lot more today than I would have been able to do just 3 weeks ago. So, to me that is a great improvement. It will all be worth it when I’m looking and feeling much better. Just have to remind myself of that when I’m doing it.

Let’s see…she did , jumping lunges, traveling push ups, jumping jacks holding weights (I use 5lbs), several things using the plank, etc.

OY…I finally did it…

At this point, I’ve only had a couple people visit the site, but as of today….my weight and before picture are posted. It was silly how hard it was to put that stuff up there, especially since no one is even looking at this blog…lol! Maybe at some point there will be.

I am down 20.6 lbs. YAY! Still lots to go, but what a great start.

Weigh-in and shopping

Drum roll please…..today was weigh-in day at WW. And I’m going to leave you in suspense. I was hoping to lose…one pound would be AWESOME! However, I kept in mind that I ate at Hacienda twice (and had waaaaaaaay too many chips) and also gorged myself at Texas Roadhouse on my birthday. So, I stood on those scales…the number I saw looked good, but I couldn’t remember the number for last week (I know, crazy isn’t it?) Then the receptionist says “Congratulations”. I lost 2.8 lbs!!! Okay, okay, so obviously the Shred is working. Ugh…lol! Who knew that exercising could help? What a concept….lol! I guess I just have to learn things the hard way don’t I? So maybe I can do even better this week if I can eat like I should…

Now…on to the shopping. Not something I’m overly fond of…it’s no fun when you try things on and you just feel ginormous. I didn’t have much time so I raced into Target to check out some jeans (mine are finally feeling rather baggy)…but didn’t see very many. Well, at least not many that weren’t all worn and full of holes. But hey…some clearance racks. I found a few shirts and it was actually kinda fun to try them on…I could see the difference in how they fit. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have at least 30lbs that I plan to lose, BUT what an improvement already! I can really tell in my midsection. I think I am just over (a couple lbs) or maybe even a bit below what I weighed when I got pregnant with Daniel. Wow!

Needless to say, I’ve been feeling pretty good today, now to just continue that in the coming weeks. I know there will be setbacks, but I can do this!

Do I like the Shred??

No, yes, no, yes….you get the picture. I’m so proud of myself for doing it. It feels good to do it in the morning. In the midst of doing it…I don’t like it! Such a wimp when it comes to that stuff I guess. Actually, I don’t think it is the type of exercise I enjoy, but you know what…sometimes we have to do things we don’t like in order to see some improvement. I still hate jumping jacks, which just seems so silly when you look at some of the other exercises she has me doing. I do have to say that I am noticing improvement in how well I can do the exercise and my endurance. I still have a long way to go, but baby steps is what it’s all about.

Let’s see, it’s been a few days since I’ve posted. Since then, I have missed one day. My excuse? Or should I say excuseS! 1. It was Valentine’s Day 2. It was my birthday 3. I got up too late to squeeze it in before church 4. I overate at Texas Roadhouse in the afternoon and knew it would make me sick to do it then 5. My knees were a bit sore I’m sure I could come up with some more, but I think that will do.

My eating has not been very good this week. I’ve found too many reasons to splurge here and there. Time to get that back under control. Tomorrow is weigh-in day, so we’ll see what happens there.

Whew

Just barely got the Shred in today! I finally did it at 9:30/10pm. It was a rather amusing attempt since mom was watching Survivor downstairs. I brought the DVD up to our room. Couple of things to keep in mind…NO jumping (so didn’t do much of the cardio they did) or I may have ended up back on the 1st floor. LOL! The ceiling in this room is not even 7 feet and there is a dormer near where I was working out. Oh…and did I mention there is very little floor space in here? Oh well, it made for a different twist for a change. I still did all the other stuff and kept moving as much as possible during the cardio portions. It felt good to do it, and now it is just past 11 pm and I need to go to bed! And then…I’m gonna do this again in the morning.

I have to say that even though I’ve missed several days (this is Day 11 and I’ve missed 4 or so) I am already starting to notice that some of the exercises are getting easier to do. I noticed the push-ups tonight. Ick! I’ve never liked or been able to do those suckers. Of course I am still doing the girlie ones, but hey. I was able to do more tonight than usual.

It feels so good to be doing this! I’ve never been an athletic or very active person, but it feels good to be doing this. I am so thankful that I found this challenge!

Stupid Cold

I’m sick of being sick! Yes, I know, I’ve done plenty of whining about that already. I THINK I am finally starting to feel better though. I didn’t do the Shred yesterday or today, but the plan is to get to it tomorrow and stick to it. Yesterday I shoveled a bit and did some crunches and pushups. Today a bit more shoveling and ran errands so a bit of walking, but not much.

My weigh in was today and I lost 1.2 lbs this week! Yay. So the Shred must be helping at least a little bit…for the couple days that I managed to do it. Our challenge from WW this week is to find some ways to make our weight loss a priority. I feel like I have been doing fairly well at that already. I’m trying to make sure I set aside the time to do the DVD and to work on better eating habits.

It’s exciting to realize the ways that my thoughts about food are already starting to change. I still have a looong way to go, but I’m already feeling better about it.

Meal Kits

As you know, I’ve been doing the 30 Day Challenge. Today she has posted some info on some healthy meal kits. They sound really yummy and are pretty reasonably priced. Less than the drive-thru! Check them out here. I’m gonna have to check these out some more. It would be nice to have a few on hand for nights when I didn’t get something planned.

I hate jumping jacks

I don’t know why…I just do. Okay, well for one…I’m jiggly, but I’m working on that. And another reason? Bladder control. I’m sorry if that’s TMI, but it’s the truth. Alright, so I guess I DO know why I don’t like them.

Well, it is Day 8 of the 30 Day Challenge and I’ve done 5 of those 8 days. I’m starting to feel better. I was almost able to give 100% today, not quite, but getting closer. The cardio is about the most difficult right now since I am all stuffed up and coughing. It feels good to be getting the exercise though. And on those days that I wasn’t up to doing the DVD…I was actually a bit disappointed. That’s hard to believe…I’ve never been one to WANT to exercise, but I guess that goes to show that my attitudes are slowly changing.

Another bonus? I weighed myself this morning and I am down 3 lbs from when the challenge started! Yahoo! I would love to keep up that rate of loss, but realistically I probably won’t. Especially since I am starting to build some muscle as well.

Long week

I whined on my last post because I was feely kinda cruddy. But it got even worse. My sinuses were so tight that it hurt to do much of anything and I haven’t had much energy. Unfortunately, I haven’t done the Shred since Wed. I’m slooooooowly starting to feel better, so hopefully I will be able to get back to it tomorrow.

We had our family supper (my dad’s brothers and sister and kids) last night and I had several notice that I had lost some weight. YAY!!! Even my husband said he noticed more last night. I still have quite a ways to go, but it does feel good that people are starting to notice. Hopefully that will be an even bigger motivation to stick to WW and to the exercising!