Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Morning Weigh-In #32

Here we are again at a Monday and a weigh-in. They seem to be coming fast and furious now. This past week was a really good week eating and going back to the gym. For the past couple of weeks I've been languishing and actually gaining back a couple of pounds and sticking around 95 pounds lost. It's been frustrating but spurred me on to really work hard this past week.

Well, anyways, for this week I surpassed a pretty HUGE milestone for me and I BLEW past it!!!!!!!!! I didn't just get to 100 pounds lost....I got to 105.6 pounds lost which was 10.8 pounds last week. WOO-HOO!!!!!! It was very exciting getting on the scale this morning. It's a huge milestone to get to and I'm really glad to finally be past it and moving on to my next goal of more than 119 pounds lost. So, hopefully I can get there in the next month or so and just keep moving onward and upward.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


I guess it's just Saturday. Not really any thing to celebrate for me but if you all have something celebrate....get down with your bad self! Anyways, today was a nice day spent at home. I finished up a few things I needed to do around here and then rode my exercise bike for the first time in a little while. It's probably the first time in 4 weeks or so since I've gone to the gym and was a little lax with my exercising before that.

Riding the bike went really well though as I got to 13.04 miles in 45 minutes and could've kept going if I had wanted to. I was very happy with that outcome though and can tell that going to the gym has really helped me out. I didn't go to the gym on Friday like I had planned because the tendon or ligament behind each of my knees was....what's the word I'm looking for??? Hurtlikeamotherf'er! That'll work. I could walk just fine after the first few steps but getting up from being seated and then those first 4 or 5 steps was pretty awful. So instead of pushing my luck and possibly hurting myself more, thought that taking it easy was a good move.

I'm watching Duke play Virginia Tech right now. Go DUKE!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Whole Wheat...Whole Lotta Goodness

I had pasta for dinner tonight. I have pasta every Wednesday night....that's why I call Wednesday night "Pasta Night". I know with the carbs pasta isn't the best thing but in moderation it's not bad and I only have the one night a week. I really look forward to dinner on Wednesday because truth be told, I could probably eat pasta 3 or more nights a week. Hard to believe, I know! But it's true, I've seen me do it!

Anyways, tonight, the switch was totally made. I changed over to Whole Wheat Spaghetti. I had made a change to Whole Wheat (insert other pasta name here)s about 3 weeks ago but this was the first time for actual spaghetti. And let me tell you, it was delicious! I think I had tried it once before but not really given it a fair shot. This time though, I'm all in and I'm glad I've done it.

Last night I had a salmon fillet and it was pretty delicous too. The eating has been really great this week to go along with the increased exercising so I'm really hoping for a good weight loss number this week. I'm happier though and have been in a better mood so all the good stuff is working itself on that as well.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sore and Tired...But Feeling Good

I went to the gym after work today and did some treadmill work and some various weight machines. I'm still unsure with some of them so I'm a little leery to use them but I need to get past that. After work there are a lot of serious lifting guys there which kinda gets to me but after a little while I'll be alright. I just need to work at my pace and do everything I can and keep gaining strength and muscle and confidence. While the other two items I need, the last one is what I really need to develop more of. I feel WAY more confident than I did last July but I just need to let go of some hangups. I'm getting there though and I'm feeling more and more proud by the day now. I'm not going to say that I'm 100% out of the rut I was in but things are definitely pointed in the right direction again. I am a little sore and a little tired but it's a damn good sore and tired feeling.

Felt Better About My Day

After the disappointment of yesterday morning's weigh-in, I knew I had to do something. Well, I went to the gym and worked out to feel better about myself. And you know what???? It worked!!! I went and did the treadmill and then did some lifting and some legwork. Nothing major but just getting some muscles engaged again and easing into things. I'm going back again tonight after work and plan on keeping this going. For this week, I'm just going to do some things and not have too much of a plan but then I'm going to formulate what I'm going to really do. I know my mind will be working on it this week as I go and that's okay because I'll just be preparing even better.

For the last couple of weeks I also haven't been making up my meal "menu" for the week. I've been doing something where I write down in advance my meals and snacks for the week. I'm not sure why but I haven't done that for a couple of weeks. I think it helps me mentally though to have an idea of how my week is going to unfold. Little things like this start to add up and my mood is better this morning than it was yesterday morning and I'm ready for my day.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Morning Weigh-In #31

Alright, I'm officially in a rut. After the excitement of a couple weeks ago as I got near 100 pounds lost, the wheels have fallen off. This week I gained 2.4 pounds to put my total weight loss back to 94.8. (Sigh).

Over the last 2 weeks I haven't been working as hard. I haven't been eating as well. I haven't been as vigilant about doing the "right things". I know what these things are and I'm supremely disappointed in myself. The fight is still ongoing but I feel like I've been punching myself. I don't know why I'm doing that though. I haven't felt the best, I've been stressed with work, etc. These are all excuses I'm making for myself and I have to get passed those and rededicate myself to doing the right things and exercising again.

I'm disappointed this morning but I'm looking to turn it around and use it to fuel me in the right direction. I hate feeling like this and now I'm about 8 pounds off where I wanted to be at this point in 2011. I need to work to make that up. I just need to make that up.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hooker Boots

Today I went to see some 1st and 2nd graders play some basketball. Saw my little buddy Ryan play. He didn't make any baskets but he played some good defense and was totally trash-talking his opponent and telling him he wasn't going to get the ball. It was pretty sweet!

Ryan is my friend Kari's little boy. Ryan has a younger sister Lauren. Unlike the other little girls that were playing in the back as the boys played their game, she was not wearing tennis shoes. She said she couldn't find them but I asked her what she was wearing....she had on black knee-high boots...she said she was wearing her "hooker boots". I'm not exactly sure who taught her this but she doesn't really know what she's saying but it is really funny.

After that, we went out to the house they are building to look through it since it actually looks like a real house now. It's looking pretty good although it's muddy as all get-out out there.

Other than that, it was a pretty boring day although the weather has still been pretty great. I'm looking forward to having Monday off for President's Day but not my weigh-in. It was a stressful week and I ate a few things I shouldn't have so I think I'm going to be up from last week. I NEED to get to 100 lost but I just keep shooting myself in the foot. I need to rededicate myself to this endeavor and tighten this crap up. I need to do my exercising and I need to do better again with my eating.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Warm Days

It's been sort of a slow week. I wasn't feeling the best at the beginning of the week so that has thrown me off and had some stress with work but nothing too bad. It's just been a long week and I'm ready for it to be over so we can get to a 3-day weekend. I haven't been having the world's best eating week either so I'm not feeling too great about the weigh-in on Monday. There are still a few days left before it but I'm getting the feeling it isn't going to be my best week. I'm struggling but not giving up at all.

Today was pretty good though. There has been some great weather the last few days with temps being in the low to mid 60s. For mid-February, that's pretty sweet. This afternoon I went for a walk with Kari and Jeremy around downtown. It was pretty windy but it was really nice out. We walked all over and I found out that my socks were not good for what I was wearing....just another thing I have to remember.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday Morning Weigh-In #30

Sigh....quite disappointed in myself but not surprised. I had a bad weekend eating this past weekend. It's not that I ate a lot of bad things but I just ate a little more on some things than I should have. The whole week just had a weird feeling to it for me but I can't blame anything other than my own mind. For some reason, when I really want something and I WANTED to get to 100 pounds lost this week, I somewhat sabotage myself. Please don't be worried that I'm "giving up" or antyhing like that, just had a bad week overall and need to be soooooo much better than this.

This week I gained 0.4 pounds to change my total weight lost to 97.2 pounds. Now, I have 2.8 to lose to get to 100. I'm still going to get there and I'm going to get there soon but it's just been pushed back another week. I'm disappointed but will forge on and continue to build on my successes rather than my failures.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Team Is Smarter Than Your Team

There hasn't been alot going on this week which would explain the lack of posts. Last night though I took part in a Crime Stoppers Trivia Night with parts of my trivia team. Gayle, Teresa, Jeremy, Kim and myself took 2nd place. It was a spirited competition that a team from the Springfield Journal Register won for the second straight year. They were pretty impressive with 89 out of 100 and we finished with 84. We only had 5 members to their 10 so we kicked some butt too. My teammates really carried me though because I did not perform well until the last couple of rounds with Sports and Movie Quotes. Other than that, I didn't do very well.

I went to Gold's Gym two times this week and did some cardio work. Some light jogging and elliptical work. It was good and just sort of working my way up and going further and further. Doing what I can right now and over time I'll get stronger and better...which I guess is the whole idea of fitness. Hmmmmm....well I'll be, I may have stumbled on to something here.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What Night Is This?

I'm not sure why I keep thinking it's Wednesday. I kinda wish it was though since we'd be closer to the weekend. I went to the gym last night after work and am planning to go tomorrow as well. Just did some walking/jogging on the treadmill and a little bit of time on a "Natural Runner" machine. Trying to work my way up though and doing the best I can. I can't jog much right now but I guess you have to start somewhere. I'll get stronger, I know.

I'm really hoping to get to that 100 pounds lost this week. It would be really nice to get to that point. It's very exciting and will put me at losing 2/3 of a Dan. My friend Dan....hmmmmm, "friend"...okay, I'll go with that..haha....weighs 150 pounds so you can see where i'd have lost 2/3 of a Dan if I get to 100 pounds lost.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday Morning Weigh-In #29

Ever so close....on 2 things. The first was in last night's Super Bowl and winning my pool but you've heard me whine and moan about that enough. The second is closing in on 100 pounds lost. I'm getting there and although I'm still a little short, I'm getting closer and closer. I weighed in this morning with a weight loss of 3.4 pounds for the week to bring my 29-week total to 97.6 pounds. Only 2.4 pounds away from making that next huge goal.

Things are going really well though even though the last couple weeks have been frustrating because I haven't been feeling very well. I've felt pretty good this weekend although sleep did not come as easily as it has most of the week. I'm excited for this week and the possiblity of hitting 100 lost. I won't be "disappointed" if I don't hit it...but it would be REALLY nice to get that part in the rearview and being able to move on.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday - Late

Dangit! I came THIS close! I really needed the Steelers to fail on their 2-pt conversion at the end and that last Green Bay FG to have not happened. I came close at least to winning the pool I was in. I really didn't think anyone would pick more points than I did but someone did and congratulations to them on winning. Oh well, it was fun having the shot at it. Would've been nice to win that money though. Now I just need to hope for a good weigh-in tomorrow morning to lift my spirits.

Super Bowl Sunday - Early

Well, I got the email and this is what I need to win some cash: I need the Packers to win and the combined point total of the two teams to be 49-51 points. I had picked 51 and get some tiebreakers for underneath me but someone picked 52 so they have everything above me. Let's all hope this comes through for me. Once again, GO PACKERS & 49-51 POINTS!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

It's Been A Little While

I'm sure you've noticed that I haven't posted for a few days. I guess I should've posted on Wednesday since we did have the day off of work because of snow. We wound up with 11-12" of snow/ice. Made for quite a mess. I even shoveled a little bit to make a path to my car. It was cold and windy and snowy and messy.

Towards the end of Wednesday I started not feeling too well and wound up staying home from work on Thursday. Just felt like I'd been hit by a truck and extremely wiped out. Slept for quite a bit that day and just tried to rest. I did get a little mad that one of the guys plowing our parking lot pushed a bunch of snow back and destroyed the path to my car through the snow...dangit!

Felt better on Friday and went to work. I didn't feel great most of the day but as the day went on I did feel a little bit better. We had poker Friday night and I'm glad to say I wound up winning our 2nd game and our league pot so I came home with some extra cash. Pretty exciting since that was my first win since October 2009.

Saturday has been okay. Got my laundry done, got some groceries, went to the bank, etc. Just normal stuff. I'm feeling okay right now but I was feeling good at the beginning of the week so I'm not 100% that I'm fine from whatever crap it is that I have.

I'll have a post tomorrow about the Super Bowl and my chance to win some cash. There are tiebreakers that will come into play that I'll know more about tomorrow but I'll also say, Go Packers!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ummmmm.....I Think It's Snowing

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have Snowmageddon 2011!!! We got some ice last night and this afternoon it really began snowing pretty hardcore. We're supposed to get anywhere from 15-21" and probably have had about 7" so far so much more is on the way. And let me tell ya, there already seems like a LOT of snow out there. Work let out early at 2:00 but I had gotten permission from my boss to leave at 1:00. The roads were crap and I'm sure only got worse. Just have to see if work is open tomorrow since we're getting more snow, ice, snow and wind. Yes, I know I mentioned snow twice. Let's just hope the electicity holds out and I don't lose that. Dang, that would be pretty freakin cold.