Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Winter Solstice or what ever else you may practice! :)
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Seriously you guys, I can not wait to feel that warm ocean breeze, sand between my toes and a pina colada in my hand. We are very fortunate to be cruising on the Independence of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. This ship is INSANE! Not only does it have a gagillion pools, clubs and restaurants but it has one of the most beautiful gyms one can find on a cruise liner. I swear I am not just saying this because this is a weight loss blog but I really can't wait to workout on this vacation. Imagine walking around a track on the lido deck with nothing but the beautiful blue ocean as your backdrop. Sigh. They also offer yoga and pilates! I made a promise to myself that this vacation would be an active one. Relaxing but active which is why I have signed up to do Snuba on St. Thomas and Para Sailing on Labadee. So exciting!!!!
No on to more boring news, my eating has definitely suffered the past week and a half. The reason? No groceries and I don't plan on buying any before the trip. What would be the point since most of it would spoil before I returned? But guess what? On the ship they have every kind of fruit and vegetable you can imagine and I can't wait to consume them all. :) Since my funds are a little tight I have no plans to do any serious partying so this would be the perfect time to really detoxify my body and to soak up plenty of vitamins and minerals.
If I don't post before Christmas I hope that you all have a very healthy and happy holiday!!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
My official time for walking the 5k was: 55:23. Which beat my training time by almost 10 minutes! I guess it was the adrenaline and the people cheering us on. My mom and I finished together by running the last few feet and singing the Chariots of Fire theme song out loud. It ruled! Patherine was there cheering us on in her lovely blue Hello Kitty hat. Bless her!
I hope that more people will join us next year. It was loads of fun.
Must go now..... so sleepy.
Happy Turkey Day!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I am applying my previous goals to my daily routine and so far it seems to be working rather well. I am definitely getting more sleep now which has changed my mood dramatically. I am recording my calories and exercise on Sparkpeople. The only problem I had with it at first was when I plugged in my weight and how much I wanted to lose by a certain date it had me on a caloric intake of 1500 to 1700 daily. Well, I had a very difficult time keeping it less than 1800 and that was eating lots of fruits, veggies, lean protein and complex carbs. I spoke with my personal trainer friend and she about had a heart attack at how little they were recommending. With my height and activity level she suggested that I eat between 1800 on normal days and 2000 on active days. So that is what I am striving for. We will have to see how it goes.
The not eating after 7pm has proven to be a little more challenging than I would have liked. Sometimes I just don't get off from work and the gym until after 8pm and I don't want to mess up my metabolism by skipping dinner especially after a workout so when that happens I try to stick to light meals like salads and soups but I still notice a difference in that I don't sleep as well if I eat later. Especially since I am hitting the sack before 12am. I just went to the grocery store two days ago and spent over $100 buying nutritious foods so that I have plenty of wonderful options. Plus I have done some meal planning that will hopefully help curb my bad food choices and also keep some extra money in my pocket. :)
Still searching for an artistic outlet. I am looking on line and in the paper to see if something sticks out. I love photography but don't have a decent camera. I love to bake but that would kind of defeat the purpose of this blog. I would love to hear any suggestions of what I could do that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. My friends and I have a few plans to visit some of the amazing art galleries DC has to offer and I am sure I will find some inspiration there. I have been feeling a pull towards pottery but seem to be having difficulties locating a class in the winter time. Ahh, well.... no biggie. :)
I hope that everyone is doing well and that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I got on the scale last night at the gym before my Bodyjam class and was rather disheartened to see 321.2. That is a 6 pound gain over the past two months. While I stared down at the number being reflected back to me I made a promise to myself, I will not take this to heart. I have been having stop and start female issues for about 3 weeks now and that may have something to do with it. The day before I weighed I walked 5K as training for the Turkey Trot. Plus, I can see on my body where I have lost some inches. Heck, since I have been doing weight lifting classes it could be a muscle gain but a fat loss. I just don't know.
I do know that my eating patterns are my downfall. I will have three really great days and then a few social engagements later and I am right back where I started. So I think I am just going to have to suck it up and try the calorie tracking and food journaling on Spark People. If there is one thing that President Elect Obama has shown me it's that you can't ever give up and as my friend Adrienne says, "You gotta have a dream to make a dream come true." My dream is to be the best Olivia I can be and right now I am pretty good but I know that a better me is just around the corner. :)
I work best on a schedule but with my line of work I need to work around the clients availability. But I still control the quality of my life. I have been thinking about goals that I can work on to help keep me on a schedule and here are some of them:
- go to bed by 11:30 every night
- get up by 8am every morning ( Sundays are freebies)
- when working, exercise in the evenings
- when off, exercise in the mornings
- pack lunches and dinners (eating out is for social occasions)
- do not eat meals after 7pm (only post workout snacks)
- log calories and food journal before bed
- find and artistic outlet to replace emotional eating
I am sure I will come up with many more things to cover but one day at a time. This weekend is full of clients, laundry and the Green Festival on Sunday which I am super excited about! I look forward to the inspiration that I will find there. :)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
For starters I have been really sick the past 4 0r 5 days. It's that darn cold that everyone seems to be passing around to each other and I believe I got mine from my roommate. Thanks roomie! ;) So needless to say I haven't worked out since my boot camp session and am now just finally able to breath. The boot camp was pretty awesome. It was hard..... but awesome and I felt really good afterwards. I would love to do it again but will have to wait to see how the money situation goes. I do belong to a gym which I pay a pretty substantial amount for and can't really justify spending grocery money on another workout program when I can do something similar at the gym. Even though I really like working out with my homegirl, April. I guess we will just have to continue with the trades instead. :)
Well, this is my weigh in week. I am a little nervous since I haven't been able to work out in a while but I feel as if my food portions have been way better since I have been sick. The only way to know where I am is to get on that scale. SO I AM GOING TO DO IT! It has been really nice concentrating on my workouts and portions instead of "weight loss". It has taken the crazy, obsessive nature of weight loss out the equation. I am still getting compliments from people saying that I am "melting", especially on my back and bootie. So that is really nice to hear. And sometimes, on really good days, I can see it too.
I have been taking a fantastic daily vitamin that I got from the Vitamin Shoppe. It rocks the house! It's easier for your body to absorb since it comes from whole foods so you don't pee it all out just what your body doesn't use. So I credit that a lot to the fact that I am not eating as much in the portion way. My body is getting good nutrients from this vitamin so I don't crave as much either. It's awesome.
I have to step up my training for the Turkey Trot. The sickness has definitely put me behind schedule so this week it's about getting back on my workout track, eating health restoring foods and generally getting my health back in balance to survive the coming holiday season.
Oh, and this weeks healthy habit challenge is to get more fiber into your diet. I still plan on doing a liver detox but need to wait until this cold is completely out of my system since detoxing can sometimes cause you to get sick in the beginning stages. Once I am on that I will be eating a predominately vegetarian diet so that will ensure that I am getting plenty of fiber but until then up the fiber road I go!
Monday, October 20, 2008
I hope all of you out in blog land are kicking butt and taking names! :) I thought it would be a good time to update since it is the start of another week in Lyn's Habit A Week Challenge. This week it's eat a veggie or for those of us who already eat veggies it's about fitting at least one more per meal in there. I am actually really excited about this week's challenge. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love winter squashes, the holidays, the colors and the crisp touch to the air. In fact I find that I become more active in the colder months since it is usually hotter than seven hells here in ole Virginny during the summer months. I wont lie that I also enjoy lots of juicy and warming red wines this time of year. I have recently fallen in love with an Australian Shiraz that I have been trying to portion out discriminately but some nights are not as disciplined as others.
I have started my training for the Turkey Trot but I know I definitely need to up the intensity or I will be hurting on Thanksgiving Day! I am still doing my classes at the gym but am trying to train before that. Like today I went to a beautiful local park to walk what I hoped would be two miles but since the gnats were down right lynching me I had to stop at one. :( It's cool, treadmill here I come!
I am really excited about this weekend. It's the Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival! I am a very, very lucky girl for getting to see men in kilts on 3 different weekends in the last two months. *sigh* Plus I am getting a gorgeous desk for my massage office on Sunday. I can't wait to have my office reflect my business ethics and beliefs. I feel I will come across more professional if I have an actual place for clients to sit and fill out paperwork. :)
I feel as if I am in the most positive mind frame I have been in since starting this blog. I have been doing a lot of hard work in the mental department. Trying to get things to click and change up there so that those same changes will be reflected in my healthy and fit body. Next week will be my weigh in week. Since going to once a month I have been focusing more on having fun and doing fun activities to lose weight instead of the actual numbers. I have to be honest that I am starting to see small changes in my body here and there but my biggest change has been my attitude. Tomorrow my BFF and I are doing a boot camp style workout with our trainer friend. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous but I am also really excited because I want to see just what I am made of. :D
Until next time..... Be Happy!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Good lord where did the week go?! Business has picked up thank goodness and so has my social life. I went to an amazing wedding on Sunday and had all sorts of get togethers 3 days prior. My eating has been going so so but with this weekends celebration I did partake of waaaay too much vino. But my oh my was it delicious! I love going to weddings. It is always a joyous and fun occasion, at least the ones I have been to. :)
Last Thursday I went to a supplement seminar at the Vitamin Shoppe hosted by Dave Formen The Herbal Pharmacist. It was fascinating! He talked about his four pillars of health: diet, exercise, spirituality and supplementation. He definitely subscribes to some of the same beliefs that I hold on whole foods and spirituality. On and off for the past several weeks I have been waking up between 3 and 4am, usually hot and uncomfortable. Well guess what? According to Chinese Medical Theory that is your liver. It is where your body stores the energy of stress and it means that I need to do a liver detox. In fact I have decided to do a fall detox anyway. Something gentle that lasts about 4 weeks and that I can still eat and exercise on. I will just have to stick more to a vegetarian diet to make sure I am getting plenty of fiber.
I started training for the Turkey Trot yesterday. I had a fantastic workout! I plan on walking again tonight and then taking a Strive class at the gym. This fits in perfectly with Lyn's week two challenge! Which is to move more, well ladies I am definitely moving more! :)
Well, I am off to clean and organize and meet up with my homegirl Adrienne for some sushi. YUM!
Hope you are all having a magnificent week!
Monday, October 6, 2008
I also want to put out there that I never gave up. :) Even though I felt really frustrated, disgusted and angry, I never gave up. I had some much needed time to think and re-evaluate how I was approaching my weight loss. So here are some changes I and others have come up with:
- I will only weigh myself once a month. My dear friend April, who is an amazing personal trainer, suggested this and I think I will follow it.
- I am researching someone to talk to about my issues, a professional. My dearest and bestest friend Elisa suggested that maybe I should try to fix my food blocks upstairs before I start blaming my body.
- For the time being I will suspend recording what I eat on here. It stresses me more than anything else because I fear the judgement.
- I have decided to participate in Lyn's Healthy Habit a Week Challenge.
- I will focus more, for the time being, on my workouts than being on a "diet."
The first week of Lyn's Challenge is to drink more water. That is something I can definitely do. :) So there you have it. One baby step at a time.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
When will I effing find the combination for me?!?!?! When will it just click? Everyone I have read or known who has reached their goals had, at some point, a moment of clarity... a moment where it all seemed to finally click for them. I feel like I have been doing this forever. Oh wait! That's because I have been doing this forever. I have been on a "diet" since I was 8 years old. Why can't I just get out of my body's way? I know it has a voice but it's so buried under these heavy layers of fat that I can barely hear it.
I can work out. In fact I really love doing it. When I do it religiously I feel strong, confident and attractive. It's the food dang it! I don't seem to be getting it. WHY DO I HAVE THIS BLOCK?!
I want to be fit. I want to be healthy. I want to be beautiful. I want to be at peace with my body not at war with it.
I feel so lost right now.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
My eating has been pretty good. I am still tweaking the portion fundamentals since I have become more active. I feel a little like Goldilocks trying to find the amount that is "just right." Some days 3 meals is sufficient but others, especially really active ones, I need at least one or two filling snacks. I still get certain cravings like mad but am trying my hardest to work through them and if by the end of one or two days I still want something, I'll have it but in a much smaller portion than before. Like today... I have been craving coffee for about 4 days so I got a tall cafe au lait instead of a grande. That coffee tasted soooo good because it was a long awaited for treat not an everyday expectation. I need to make another trip to the grocery store and stock up... it's been a while.
I absolutely love this time of year. The clothes, food, hot apple cider, leaves changing and my most favoritest of holidays..... Halloween! It also signifies the beginning of "eating season" and I am going to try my best to keep active enough that I don't go overboard. There are so many fun activities this time of year; apple harvest festivals, Highland games, fall hiking, the turkey trot and this weekend a super cool activity is going on. Obama and Biden are coming to the University of Mary Washington on Saturday to speak about change and guess who's gonna be there? ME!!! I seriously live within walking distance to the campus and provided I get off work on time I will be there bright and early for the line up. So exciting!!
Signing off until next time. Ciao!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Fill a large pot with water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and a splash of oil, and bring the water to a boil. Add the orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well.
Meanwhile, place the shrimp on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread out in a single layer. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Don't overcook!
Add the shrimp to the orzo and then add the scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, onion, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight. If refrigerated, taste again for seasonings and bring back to room temperature before serving.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
I don't have another challenge lined up yet but I will be thinking of one. I am just really going to focus on lots of workouts and whole foods. Maybe if I take the pressure off I will do better. Wish me luck!
Breakfast: 1 cup cooked oatmeal, brown sugar, walnuts, 2% milk, water to drink
Lunch: hardee's 1/3lb thick burger, bacon cheddar fries, medium coke....... bad, bad, bad lunch choice! :(
Dinner: asian marinated wild sockeye salmon, brown rice, sauteed zucchini, glass of orange pineapple juice, water
Dessert: (post workout) greek yogurt with honey and almond slivers, 1 kiwi fruit, water
Breakfast: 1 cup cooked oatmeal with brown sugar, walnuts and 1% milk, water
Lunch: my mama's homemade pork bbq with coleslaw on two pieces or organic whole wheat bread, apple, water
Snack: small snack size bag of Frito's
Dinner: leftover salmon, brown rice and zucchini, orange pineapple juice and water
Dessert: still hungry, don't think I ate enough for all the physical activity I did today so I had a small bowl of Kashi H2H cereal and 1% milk.
Glass of Rose to relax. :)
Breakfast: bowl of Kashi H2H cereal, 1 % milk, water
Lunch: homemade bbq sandwich with coleslaw, water
Dinner: small chix breast baked with Newman's O&V dressing, carrots and celery with light ranch dipping sauce, brown rice, water
Dessert: 1 scoop each of strawberry ice cream and cookie dough ice cream
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tomorrow is full of many wonderful accomplishments. Business to dos, healthy grocery shopping (which will hopefully cut the crappy eating tendencies) and Zumba at the gym. Still on a high from not having gained anything over the past two months. So.... YAY!
Breakfast: 1 cup cooked oatmeal with brown sugar, walnuts and 2% milk, water
Snack: piece of home made banana bread, plum, water
Lunch: shrimp scampi leftovers, water
Dinner: 1 cup of egg noodles, 4 stroganoff meat balls, 1 glass of club soda with 1/2 cup of orange pineapple juice
Dessert: 1/2 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt with kashi mountain medley granola, water
Breakfast: Hardee's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit, small hash rounds, orange juice
Lunch: Qudoba queso chix burrito, lemon snapple iced tea
Dinner: (wedding) salad, 1 roll, 1/2 prime rib, 4 potatoes, 1 piece of wedding cake and too many drinks to count. I am drunky mcdrunk drunk and I am ashamed.
Breakfast: two pancakes with butter and maple syrup, 3 maple sausage patties, iced coffee with cream and sugar, water
Lunch/Dinner: (post workout) 3 veggie spring rolls, panang curry with chix, steamed white rice, water
Dessert: 3/4 club soda, 1/4 pineapple orange juice
Breakfast: 1 cup cooked oatmeal, brown sugar, walnuts, water
Lunch: left over panang curry with chix, white rice, water
Dinner: quizno's regular sized club sandwich, sun chips, lipton white tea
Dessert: chocolate chip cookie, water
Friday, September 5, 2008
Breakfast: Bob Evans, two scrambled eggs with cheese, 2 sausage links, home fries, 1 pancake with butter and syrup, water and hot tea with cream and sugar
Lunch: mix green salad with black beans, carrots, tomatoes, feta cheese, chix, water and raspberries
Dinner: small bowl of butternut squash soup from Trader Joe's, peanut butter and jelly sandwich on organic whole wheat bread, water
Dessert: bowl of watermelon
Breakfast: one cooked cup of whole oatmeal with a little bit of brown sugar, walnuts, 2% milk and dried cranberries, 80z of pineapple/orange juice and water
Lunch: egg salad on two pieces organic whole wheat bread, bowl of watermelon, water
Dinner: mixed green salad with avocado, tomatoes, carrots, black beans, feta cheese, baked chicken breast and Annie's Balsamic Dressing, water
Post workout snack: recovery shake with whey protein
Breakfast: kashi h2h cereal with 2% milk, water and a vitamin
Lunch: veggie quesadilla, newman's organic salsa, watermelon, water
Dinner: two fish soft tacos, way too many glasses of Rosado
Dessert: two pieces of banana nut bread
Breakfast: 1 cup cooked oatmeal with brown sugar, walnuts and 2% milk, water
Snack: piece of home made banana bread with salted butter on top, water
Lunch: shrimp scampi ( at home) with angel hair pasta, water
Dinner: 6 ounce sirloin steak with sauteed mushrooms, baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon, house salad with blue cheese on the side, 1 roll, 2 glasses of sweat tea
Some entries are not so hot but there is more good than bad and as we all know, this is a journey with many ups and downs but it's who you are in between that counts. :)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The one really positive thing about having a bad day is that you are usually blessed with an equally good one the next day. And I was. :)
Here's to a prosperous, harmonious and healthy week! CHEERS!
Monday, September 1, 2008
When it comes to food, food combining, portion control I am completely lost. Math has never been my best subject and the thought of trying to figure out what my calories need to be in order to support weight loss while working out and having a physical job like massage makes me want to scream. I don't really understand how many calories are in certain foods and how to calculate up or down for portion size. I have tried many times to "get it" but have only been met with failure in the past. Maybe someone can explain it to me in a way that makes since? Does anyone know of any websites or tools that help with this and I mean in layman's terms?
Please, only positive and helpful comments from now on. :)
To the first negative Nancy, if the words that I use upset you then please feel free to discontinue reading my blog. It's a free country in which I can write what I choose and you have the right to not read it. If you don't like my blog then just don't read it. It's really not necessary to leave me a comment to say that you don't like it or that my language offends you. Really, I wont be upset if you don't read. :)
To the second downer Dan, I don't need or appreciate your negative or judgemental comments about how much or what I eat. Obviously food is a gray area for me, one on which I am working but it is a process and nobody is perfect. I make mistakes, I eat things that are not good for me but I also eat things that are. That is why it is a CHALLENGE for me. I don't put down the ounces of what I eat because I don't measure, which maybe I should but that is my choice. The first step for me is to be honest about my mistakes and record them whether I want to or not because I am serious about becoming healthy but again, it is a work in progress. For someone who has a very physical job like myself and exercises I do need more fuel than the average Jane. And when I do make a not so healthy choice, believe me, I am beating myself up over it more than you ever could. So no thanks, I don't need help in that department.
I'm sorry that I even had a need to make this post and I am not trying to be negative myself. I receive far more supportive comments than not but felt it should be addressed.
Hey other weight loss bloggers, is this a problem for you too?
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Breakfast: two scrambled organic eggs with cheese, two pieces of organic whole wheat toast with butter and orange marmalade, water
Lunch: two garlic stuffed olives, spaghetti left overs, water, 3 pieces dark chocolate with almonds and raisins
Snack: colby cheese cubes, walnuts and dried cranberries
Dinner: doctored up amy's spinach and cheese pizza, added yellow squash, black beans and feta cheese, water, hard cider
Dessert: small heath bar blizzard from Dairy Queen
Breakfast: oatmeal with brown sugar, walnuts and dried cranberries, water
Lunch: rest of leftover amy's pizza, two garlic stuffed olives, kiwi, water
Snack: two homemade choc. chip cookies, glass of 2% milk
Dinner: a whole mess of stuff at my book club meeting
Breakfast: kashi h2h cereal with 2% milk, water
Lunch: amy's burrito with newman's mild garden salsa, 4 garlic stuffed olives, water
Snack: 3 homemade choc. chip cookies, glass of 2% milk
Dinner: big mixed green salad with garlic stuffed olives, feta cheese, carrots, dried cranberries, walnuts, black beans and Annie's organic balsamic salad dressing, water
Dessert: Fage 0% fat yogurt with almonds, honey and raspberries, hot red tea
Breakfast: whole wheat tortilla, peanut butter, banana, honey and water
Lunch: one fish taco, one shrimp taco, sprite
Snack: 1 scoop of mint chocolate chip icecream on a sugar cone
Dinner: volcano roll, philadelphia roll, shrimp tempura roll, salad, small saporo beer
Drink: three vodka and gingers
Breakfast: kashi h2h cereal with 2% milk, water
Lunch: Hardee's chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, biscuit with butter and marmalade, mac & cheese, water
Dinner: hotdog with ketchup, baked beans, chex mix, birthday cake, vanilla icecream, water, coke
Movie snack: Dr. Pepper
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Breakfast: slice of bacon, cheddar aspargus quiche, sliced strawberries, water
Snack: grande iced coffee with a shot of vanilla and cream
Lunch: tuna salad on organic whole wheat bread, avacado with black beans and olives salad, terra veggie chips, water
Snack: Dunkin Donuts small iced coffee with cream and sugar
Dinner: :( Pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, mac & cheese, biscuit with butter and jam, water.....DAMN YOU CRACKER BARREL!
Breakfast: bowl of Kashi cereal with 2% milk, water
Snack: banana, colby jack cheese cubes, water
Lunch: cheddar, asparagus, bacon quiche, olives, terra veggie chips, water
Snack: Amish canned pears and peaches
Dinner: Chipotle chix burrito bowl, fuse slenderize, snickers bar (hey, I started my monthly...what can I say)
Breakfast: whole wheat tortilla, natural chunky peanut butter, banana, water
Lunch: cheddar, bacon, asparagus quiche, canned peaches, water
Snack: olives stuffed with garlic
Dinner: quinoa spaghetti, newman's roasted red pepper and garlic tomato sauce, amish country sausage, fresh grated parm cheese, glass of chianti
Dessert: 3 pieces of dark chocolate with almonds and raisins
Sunday, August 24, 2008
My plan is to go to the gym tonight after I do a bunch of work at the office. So maybe I can workout through the craving. I didn't go to the gym the other day like I was supposed to so when I go tonight the scale and I will have a little chat. Maybe the number that appears will get my but in gear. Nothing like positive reinforcement. ;)
How was your weekend?
Breakfast: whole wheat tortilla, chunky all natural peanut butter, sliced banana, honey, hot green tea and water.
Lunch: tuna salad on organic whole wheat bread, olives, terra veggie chips, strawberries and grapes salad, water
Dinner: wild sockeye salmon, brown rice, roasted asparagus. water
Dessert: two scoops butter crunch ice cream with caramel sauce, whip cream and a cherry
Breakfast: whole wheat tortilla, chunky all natural peanut butter, sliced banana, honey and water
Snack: tall iced coffee with a shot of vanilla and cream
Lunch: piece of bacon, cheddar, asparagus quiche, strawberry and grape salad, water
Snack: Colby jack cheese cubes
Dinner: wild sockeye salmon, brown rice, sauteed zucchini, water
Dessert: waffle cone with a scoop of cookies n cream and rocky road ice cream
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Anywho, I have a new game plan. I most definitely lost focus for like the gazillionth time but I am ready to get back up with my fisty cuffs protecting my face and kick some major booty. I have started exercising more regularly.... gonna try for 4 days a week and I have decided what my next 21 day challenge is going to be. Are you ready? For 21 days straight I will eat at least 2 home cooked meals a day. I am gonna shoot for 3 but sometimes with my work schedule that isn't possible, however if I do eat out it will be healthy and fresh foods. NO FAST FOOD! The challenge starts tomorrow, 8/22/08.
I am super scared to get back on the scale but know I must suck it up, put my big girl panties on and do it. So gym, here I come. Scale, you and I have a date tomorrow in which you will gladly pay for everything and I wont be expected to put out.
I have just spent $150 on groceries at Ukrops ( a fancy, dancy grocery store) and am ready to feel good again. I am ready to feel proud of myself and strong. I am ready to reach my next 5 pound goal dang it! I am ready to find me.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
I just wanted to share with you what happened today at work. It was a really good work day. Not too many clients and not too few. It was a very Goldilocks kind of day. Everyone at the shop was in a good mood and I was really feeling my massage mojo. I had a client come in today whom I haven't seen in a few months. She is actually one of my favorite clients....she is just so damned cute! Well anyway, after my kick ass massage she came out to the front to pay and just as she was about to leave she turned and said, "Girl, you have lost weight! A lot of weight." Needless to say I was shocked and super pleased. I said that I have been trying and she said that she could tell because my face and upper body are much slimmer. And of course I started doing the whole, "No, I haven't really lost that much....." blah blah blah. Olivia just take the damn compliment and say thank you!! So I stopped myself and said, "Thank you. I have been working really hard." YES!!! God it felt good to hear an unexpected validation for my efforts. I have been flying high all day.
That's all. :)
Monday, July 28, 2008
So in a healthy celebration, my gurl Adrienne and I are going out for sushi. Good for you sushi....okay, maybe 1 shrimp tempura roll but everything else will be divine.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
What's the point of this post you may be asking yourself? The point is that I am starting fresh and new this minute. The one common fact about most weight loss success stories is that they would often lose focus in the beginning but that the point was to never give up. Just start again that very minute. Which is what I have decided to do....right now. I have put the ice cream away, am drinking a large glass of water and getting my game plan straight in my head.
Tomorrow I am starting my day by having a positivity meeting with two of the most amazing women I know while eating healthy and delicious food that is good for my body. Then I will head off to work to be a care provider for my clients. After that I will tra-la-la off to the gym to provide some much needed care for me. I may even get up the courage to get on the scale to see where I stand. Once I hit the grocery store I will start my next 21 day challenge of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.
I just need to remember to stay focused and never give up. Because I am worth it. :)
Friday, July 25, 2008
If, no, WHEN I reach my final goal I want the reward to be something so spectacular, so amazing, so unbelievably outrageous that I become addicted to the idea of actually achieving it. It has to be something that I already obsess about, dream about, ache for. So here is what I came up with:
When I reach my goal of 170 pounds I am going on a two week hiking trip through the Scottish Highlands! Now the question is: WHO'S COMIN' WITH ME?! :) Check out this site and this site to get an idea of what I am talking about.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I had decided about a week ago that I would make this my reward for the 21 Day Challenge.
I am so in love with this bathing suit that I am wearing it right now while I type this post.
" All right, Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my close up. "
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
7/13/08gym: 30 min elliptical, 2o min upper body weights, 10 min cool down and stretch
7/14/08gym: 30 min elliptical, 20 min core ball exercises, 10 min cool down and stretch
7/15/08gym: 30 min elliptical, 10 min cool down and stretch
7/16/08gym: 30 min elliptical, 10 min cool down and stretch ( I know it seems repetitive but that is all I have had time for the past week)
7/17/08gym: 30 min elliptical, 10 min cool down and stretch
7/18/08gym: 30 min elliptical, 10 min cool down and stretch DONE!!!!
I did it! I actually freakin did it! In fact I am a wee bit surprised that I didn't make an excuse to not go. I mean there were times when I desperately wanted to, when I had no time for anything else and all I wanted to do was take a nap I still went. I am really proud of myself. And yes I am actually a little teary eyed typing this.
I foresee my next challenge being a bit more "challenging" because it involves food. I have decided to do the 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily 21 day challenge. It is the perfect time of year to do it since the farmer's market is in full swing. I haven't decided on a day to start the challenge yet but I will definitely let you all know. I will also be doing a weigh in sometime next week on the day I feel the lightest. ;)
Thank you all so much for your incredible support and love. I think I would have given up on myself a few times if it hadn't been for you. I love you all!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
- To feel the kind of sexy that healthy and fit people seem to just radiate
- To be able to walk into any clothing store and make cute and sassy apparel purchases
- So that my lower back doesn't constantly hurt
- To do any adventure sport without being completely out of breath
- To feel confident in dating again
- So I can enjoy sex without being self conscious
- To attract an amazing man
- To fit comfortably in an airplane seat
- To look beautiful and graceful dancing
- To feel small and feminine (as much as I can at 5'10)
- So I can comfortably do Yoga
These are just a few I came up with and the closer I get to my goal, the more I hope to come up with so that I can continue to give myself that little extra push.
How about you?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
7/06/08gym: 30 min. elliptical, 20 min lower body strength training, 10 min cool down and stretch
7/07/08gym: 45 min elliptical, 20 min upper body strength training, 10 min core/ball training, 10 min cool down and stretch
7/08/08gym: 1 hour hip hop dance class
7/09/08gym: 30 min elliptical, 10 minute cool down and stretch
7/10/08gym: hour long hip hop dance class
7/11/08gym: 30 min elliptical, 30 min core ball exercises, 10 min cool down and stretch
This was an incredibly hard week to get through. I have heard that the second week of breaking or forming a habit is hardest but I had no idea how hard. Jeesh! So today officially starts my third and final week of the work out challenge and I am approaching it with mixed emotions. Equal parts excitement and dread.
My dear friend Elisa brought up a very interesting point the other day and suggested that I pick a special reward ( not one I already have listed for lbs lost) for the completion of this challenge. I told her I thought it was a great idea and then proceeded to go completely blank with what that prize should be.
So my questions for you dear readers are:
1.) What should my reward be for the completion of this challenge?
2.) What should my next challenge be?
I am trying to keep momentum and would like to continue challenging myself until my goal is reached. Maybe this one could be a food challenge. Like..... making sure I get 5 fruits and veggies every single day. Especially since this is the season of plenty.
Toodle-loo my little chick-a-dees!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I have really started feeling the aches and pains in my body as well. My left knee constantly twinges so I think I need a brace for workouts until I can get the majority of my weight off. Even though I am stretching like a crazy person my calves are on fire. In fact two nights ago I got a charlie horse in the right one. I haven't had one of those in years. Maybe my electrolytes are off or I need more potassium.....I don't know. If you all have any suggestions I would love to hear them.
Now, it's not all been bad. I have started to notice a difference in my clothes. My body seems toner, my skin looks much better... in fact sometimes it looks down right glowy! Plus my exercise high seems to last longer after each workout. Maybe I am starting to develop a habit. Hmmmmm.
How are the rest of you doing out there with your own challenges?
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I would like to point out that even though I had the hangoverest of hangovers today, I still managed to drag my sorry butt to the gym at 9pm tonight to do 30 min. of elliptical and 10 min. cool down and stretch. I AM WOMAN. HEAR ME ROAR!
6/28/08 gym: 30 minutes Elliptical, and 20 min lower body weights, 10 min cool down and stretch
6/29/08 gym: 30 min. Elliptical, 30 min. water weights
6/30/08 gym: 30 min. Elliptical, 40 min weights, crunches, push ups and cool down stretch
7/01/08 gym: hour long Hip Hop dance class
7/02/08 Gym: 30 min Elliptical, 10 min stretch and cool down
7/03/08 gym: hour long Hip Hop dance class
7/04/08 gym: 30 min elliptical, 15 min core workout, 10 min cool down and stretch
So in my desperation to try my darnedest to at least look stylish next to them I began BIG GIRL SWIMSUIT HUNT 2008. And this is what I found:
Isn't it just stunning?! It reminds me of a time when sirens of the silver screen came equipped with curves for days and those curves were celebrated if not coveted. So I am saving up my pennies so that I can, at least for one day, feel like Marilyn Monroe.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tonight I have my hour long hip hop class. Tomorrow the gym is open until 2pm so I can get my workout done in the morning and still have time to party. Saturday there is a new dance class I want to take called Zumba and Sunday can be whatever I want. So that will put me at day 9 and then I'll only have 12 days left!
*weeps quietly to herself*
Pray for me.
Any takers out there to doing their own 21 day challenge?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
and I couldn't resist picking up OPI's newest editions the Nic's Sticks paint-n-go nail lacquer in I'm Outta Here!
So, you like?
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Even though I weighed myself today instead of Tuesday (cause I haven't been to the gym since last Tuesday), I had a feeling that I would be able to record a loss. I tried to chill out about the whole weight loss thing and just concentrated on trying to eat right and even when I slipped I didn't beat myself up over it. I worked like a mad dog this week and I think that had something to do with it plus Aunt Flow went back home after an extremely annoying visit.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Until now. After a nice dose of self disappointment and condemnation something snapped. So I have decided to get over myself and get back to work. I owe a large part of this focus to the amazing weight loss blogs that I read and to the bestest friend a girl could ever have, Elisa. Who, btw, is also embracing her thin side. Yes, that's right folks, we are not fighting the fat, we are embracing our fit and healthy bodies. My fit and healthy body has been asleep like Rip Van Winkle since, well, forever. But Elisa knows what it feels like to be fit and healthy and full of energy because she got there. I find her such an amazing inspiration because when she is healthy and happy there is NOTHING IN THE WORLD that can stop her.
So here I go.....again. After I finish this post I am heading to the grocery store to stock up on all the healthy foods and beverages that my body wants but that I have been to mean to give it. With a stocked fridge it will be harder for me to rationalize quick, high fat and nutritionally empty foods. It may even help me save on the moolah front too. I know that I wont make it to the gym today but I will definitely be there tomorrow for hip hop dance class. I may even join my friend Adrienne for Pitayo before hand and then the dance class. I know, I am too crazy!
Be Good To Yourself. I know I am trying to.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
I honestly don't know where the week went. I had to work everyday last week except Sunday which was spent at my Dad's house for Father's Day and my step sisters bday. I think I was over there for over 8 hours and by 10pm last night I was so tired that I couldn't see straight.
So I took today off to catch up. I shopped, got an oil change, spent quality time with my best friend and made the most wonderful fruit salad. I have started to notice that my energy level has dramatically increased since I upped my workouts. I went to the gym 4 times last week even though my workload had tripled. I believe that my workouts were the main reason that I had the energy to get through last week. That and the fact that I have been upping my vitamin intake with Mona Vie. I am still working on my diet. Some days are better than others and overall I think last week was the best so far. I am going to try to top it with this week. I started off on the right foot today by having a very good food day.
My goal is to workout at least four days this week too. I may even get crazy and try for five. :) The temperature is supposed to be really nice the next few days so I may even have the opportunity to walk the track at my local park. I have a few social engagements later this week and this weekend so it will be a true test of my abilities to make good decisions in a setting that I can't control.
Today, while hanging out with Elisa, we went on line to look at all of the excursions we can do on the cruise. There are at least 3 that I really want to do that have weight restrictions of 250. I tried not to be discouraged because that means that I will need to lose over 75 pounds by December 13. Right now that seems impossible. Especially since I am only losing about 1-2 pounds a week. So I am gonna try.....that's all I really can do.
Well, the weekly weigh in is tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Okay, so I am still losing although not as much as I thought I would. Granted I did a lot of social things this past weekend and my control may not have been what it should have but I worked out A LOT. Shouldn't that at least show on the scale.....more than 1.1lbs worth?
It is abundantly clear that I really need to get this diet thing under control because I am really getting frustrated that I work so hard at the gym and then completely undo it at the table. So skinless chicken breasts and veggies, Here I Come! I am going to attempt a "no carbs after 3pm" thing. Please, pray for my will power.
Except for the pitiful weight loss my week has been going really well. I have been really busy with work which is a blessing since I need the heavier cash flow. Hopefully since I have been working so hard I will finally have the extra cash to go grocery shopping. My cupboards and fridge are pathetically bare. I have been eating out a lot more lately but I am trying to make healthier choices. Eating at locally owned restaurants instead of chains but if I do eat at a chain I try to stick to their healthier options. I don't always succeed but I try.
So let's see what my goals are for this week: exercise...check, no bad carbs after 3pm....check and more fruits and veggies....check!
See ya later alligator!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I love to work out, that is not my problem but when it comes to the diet I have absolutely no discipline. I love food. I love to cook and bake. I love discussing food and wine and anything involving the culinary arts. I love to watch the Food Network. My other blog has mostly links to other food blogs. I envy those people a lot. I envy people who can have a healthy love of food and wine and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. I want their carefree attitude about food and life in general.
I have traveled to Europe on three different occasions in my life, which is a whole different problem ( cause I haven't been able to travel there more.) I long for the European approach to the pleasures in life. They absolutely do not agonize over every little calorie or gram of fat. They don't apologize for making their meals an occasion to be celebrated and remembered. I also admire the flavors of the Orient and how Asia has raised their gastronomic adventures to an art form.
My major problem is that, on most occasions, I wait until I am ravenous to begin my quest for food. That usually leads me to make bad decisions and thus the cycle continues. I know that claiming to be super busy is only one of many excuses I use to give up on myself. I could make my meals ahead of time and freeze them portioned and everything. But do I? No. Do you want to know the reason why? Because I just don't want to have to deny myself something if I want it. I just want to be able to work out a lot, eat whatever I want and just lose weight. Alas that will just have to continue being my fantasy since we all know that's not how it works.
One of the things I am trying to change about myself is to be more pro-active. Since I have been hating on myself the past couple of days I decided to go to the gym on a Saturday night and swim. I watched two episodes of Biggest Loser reruns then I went to the grocery store and bought some skinless chicken breast, milk and kashi cereal. I already have potatoes, green beans and zucchini from my stop at the farmers market on Tuesday. So tomorrow I will have a healthy breakfast, choose wisely when I meet my friend for lunch at my favorite restaurant and then try to control myself at my friends going away party at Cheeseburger in Paradise. I love their mojitos! I WILL go to the gym tomorrow and then come home and make myself a healthy and nutritious dinner. Plus, I will blog about my day that evening so that I don't leave you all hanging about my progress.
For those of you out there struggling with the same problems, please leave me a comment on what you do to get yourself out of a slump.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I went to hip hop dance class tonight and thought I was gonna actually pass out. I think it was a combination of things, not enough water throughout the day, it was hotter than three hells in the room and Aunt Flow is seriously kicking my ass. The class was still fun but my near death experience was not ( insert eye roll due to over dramatizing here).
My goal for next Tuesday's weigh in is to increase my weight loss by 4 pounds. Yeah, that's right, I am gettin' crazy here and pushing for a 5 or 6 lb lost for next week.
My exercise goal is to work out at least4 days this week.
My food goal is to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Maybe by doing this I can stop focusing on what I want "to lose" and help me appreciate more of what I have gained. For instance tonight I have a date with the scale at my gym. Once that is through I will be enjoying a hip hop dance class. I am thankful that I belong to a gym that I actually like.
What are you grateful for?
Monday, June 2, 2008
So I finished up my work day and headed home to scrounge up a snack before a much needed shower. I was to meet some friends at Chipotle for dinner before seeing Sex and the City and I didn't want to run late but I also wanted to get rid of my low blood sugar headache. Isn't it amazing how a shower can make everything seem better? Needless to say the night drastically improved, the movie was awesome and it was great hanging out with my girls.
Sunday Aunt Flow came for a visit which prevented my sleeping in. Grrr.......
I did however have lunch with my friend David, who I hadn't spent time with in over 2 years. It was really awesome to catch up. He is getting married in the fall to a fantastic girl who keeps him in line. ;) We had Vietnamese food which I love but the restaurant wasn't very good. Oh well.
After that I came back to my apartment to meet up with my BFF so we could discuss what happened on Saturday. It was such a wonderful talk, emotional, but wonderful. I really love that girl to bits! :) After our heart to heart I was really hungry but unfortunately a huge thunderstorm blew in and cut off power for a while which was super annoying. All I really wanted was a Papa Johns sausage cheese pizza and a coke (emotional eater much?) but of course every pizza joint in town had lost their power as well. After an hour of trying to find some place that was open I finally ordered a Hawaiian pizza and Dr. Peppers for me and the roomie. I had decided to pick it up since it would take less time and I was uber hungry. Did you know that I still had to wait a half hour when I went to pick the dang thing up? Sigh.
I finally made it home, ate and began to relax. I cleaned up my room, got organized for Monday and then read a book. Today was much better than the previous days before. I was able to release some of the anger and emotions I had been storing the day before and now I feel pretty good. In all of my reflecting this weekend I came to the realization that I need two days off a week. I was really starting to get burned out and now I have more time for me and more time to focus on my health and my game plan.
I am intending that the next few posts will be happier ones. Who wants to read about a grumpy Gus all the time?
Oh yeah and there is that date I have with a scale tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Friday, May 30, 2008
I desperately need to go to the grocery store but am waiting till next week to find out how much money I can spend on food after rent and bills are paid. This sucks! I really want to eat fresh, healthy locally grown foods but being cash poor at the moment is making it incredibly hard. It didn't help either that I ate very little throughout the day so that after a full days work my body was ravenous. Again, not the best time to make food decisions. Couple that will the fact that I need to make my money stretch further and we are right back to square one. Buying high calorie, low nutrition food for under $7. THAT IS HOW I GOT THIS BIG IN THE FIRST FRIGGIN' PLACE! I WANT OUT OF THIS CYCLE! NOW!!
I get so frustrated sometimes with my lack of imagination when it comes to healthy cheap foods. I have champagne tastes on a beer budget. In this country that's not a good thing because everything fresh and nutritious costs the most. So what do I do? Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
I know that this post seems angry, cause it is, but I don't want that to be the tone of my blog. So I am going to suck it up, drink some water and try to get a good nights sleep so that I may start fresh and new tomorrow.
See ya then!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
So I rushed to the shower, cursing the whole time.....I hate being rushed in the morning. I usually get over heated and sweaty and I can't seem to cool down the rest of the day. It sucks. I get to work and begin my very long day of taking care of others and I can feel a tension headache coming on. As a massage therapist I should make it a point of getting a regular massage myself but it has been well over 3 months since I last had one. The pain and tension just kept building and building until finally, today, I couldn't take it anymore.
The reason I am giving you this much info is that since I felt so awful, I opted to get a 90 minute deep tissue massage instead of going to the gym. I wish that I had time to do both but the massage won out in the end.
My eating today was really good....until the evening. I had lunch around 1:30 and wasn't able to have dinner until 9pm. My massage did get out until 8:30pm so by that time I was ravenous and I think that we all know that when you are crazy hungry you don't make the best decisions. So I had Chinese food, which I really don't like but it was one of the only things open that late that wasn't drive thru.
So I am not going to beat myself up, I already paid someone to do that earlier. Instead I am going to get a great nights sleep, hit the gym tomorrow morning and then begin my day. Actually I will be beginning my day with a lovely facial. Jealous? ;)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Weight: 323.4 (gasp)
Age: 32 (sob)
BMI: 46.3 (good lord!)
Cruise weight: 260
End Goal Weight: 150
End BMI: 21.5
I damn near had an aneurysm when I got on the scale today. HOW?! Well it truly is time to buckle down and get healthy. I am starting to walk my talk. I have to lead by example for my clients since I am a massage therapist. People are always asking for advice for stretching, working out and what they can do food wise for there bodies in order to make them healthier. I can just imagine what they are thinking when I start to tell them how important water, healthy food, exercise and stretching is for them. "What does she know about it?"
Well, starting now I am speaking from experience!
Monday, May 26, 2008
I have been looking at a lot of weight loss blogs over the past few weeks trying to get ideas for what I would like to cover on this blog and what kind of system I will use. Then I started to over plan and over think and freak myself out. So I have decided to have a general guideline to follow with plenty of room for change and flexibility as needed.
I do have a few rules for myself that will hopefully help me stay sane and focused:
- Remember Olivia, this is a journey to health not a scary obsession with being thin.
- Approach this weight loss with a positive attitude, negativity has gotten you where you are which is why you need this blog.
- Hold myself accountable. I make the decisions as to what I eat, drink and how I move or don't move.
- Weigh myself only once a week.
- Do some sort of physical activity everyday. Extensive workouts at least 3 times a week.
- Take my measurements once a month.
- Come up with a non-food based reward system for achieved weight loss goals.
- Eat and prepare real food. No processed fake foods or sugar substitutes.
- Focus on well rounded total health such as; vitamins, meditation, body treatments and plenty of restful sleep.
- Most importantly: Have Fun! Enjoy this journey because this is your life NOW.
Since I do not own a scale and have no intentions of buying one I will be weighing myself at the gym which is yet another reason to get my butt there on the regular. I already have a tape measurer around here somewhere and as soon as I find it I will post my measurements.
See ya tomorrow!