Monday, July 21, 2014

Another Monday, Another Workout

Today's workout was Combat 60!

I had the countdown in my head every 15 minutes. Oh, there's still 45 minutes left? Oh, I'm only halfway done?! What, another 15 minutes?

But I kept with it. I gave it my all, and I worked hard.

I'm very much not in beach shape, but I'll still go out and show everyone my fleshy white belly at the Shore next week. I'm also determined to walk as many miles a day as I can while up there. I don't plan on downloading books to just sit back and read while there. Because if I have a backlog of books, I will read them and not run, jump, and be active. Nothing like the fresh air of The Shore to get you in the mood. Even when it is rainy and cold, sometimes.


Another Weekend Down

I'd say that this past weekend was actually a step in the right direction.

While I still changed my mind at the drop of a hat that I wanted brunch, or that I wanted to have chicken wings and ice cream, and then we needed to go to the movies! Note: all of these endeavours ended up with a number of calories taken in (big surprise).

The part of the weekend 'routine' that I changed was that I worked out at least once! Yes! I actually woke up on Saturday and did my full workout. Things went downhill with the brunch and then sushi feast (with dessert) before the show at the theatre my friend was performing in. Sunday wasn't much better. We went to go suit shopping for James and then didn't have a plan for late lunch and we were both hungry. We drove around aiming towards home and stopped at Pluckers, where I had boneless wings and fries. Then we went to get ice cream at the supremo local ice cream shop.

The food was a bit indulgent.

And I didn't do my workout yesterday.

However, while we were watching Battlestar Galactica at the house at the end of the night, instead of just chilling on the couch, I decided it would be a good chance to do some low-impact ab work, leg work, and work on some low-weight bicep and delt work. Every little bit counts, right?

Judging by my progress, I'm not going to make my weight for the dietbet. I keep getting close and then falling back.

I'm just going to put my bets into the scale at my parents' farmhouse giving me a more preferable weight. And the thought has crossed my mind to bring my scale with me, since we're taking a checked bag.


PS I still feel slimmer than I have been in a while.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tracking Images July 2014

It's been a number of months since I last took a tracking image.

Some days I feel pudgier, some days I feel slimmer.

And all the days I weigh a bit more than I did a year ago. So I figured it was time for some reality and to take tracking images. This way, I have a better idea of what the reality is of my shape/size in regards to other months.

Even though I'm about 10 pounds over what I weighed a year ago, I'm very nearly at the same shape that I was at a year ago. Yay! Granted, I'm still on a journey, not all of it is weight-based, but some of it is.

Progress is as progress does. I didn't work out today. I have lots of catching up to do tomorrow.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Half is Better Than None

I realized that since I didn't work out yesterday & tonight is Ladies of Craft Beer, that I needed to work out before I left the house.

This meant that I needed to finish by now so that I could sweat it out a bit before showering. So I did a half workout. 15 minutes of Combat 30.

I also have to get a copy of my key made to drop at the house & pick up the dog by 3 pm since people want to look at the house. I get it. It's a good house, so why wouldn't they want to see it? I guess I'm just still struggling with the mere concept of selling. At least it put a fire under me to clean up more than we have since James moved in?

Okay, time to hit the showers so I can get to the office on time.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014


When I post my workout results, I feel like I have more motivation to do the next one. Maybe it's seeing the time stamp tick up by a day and knowing that I have it my all. Maybe it's knowing that there are people who read this. Maybe it's because After a year and a half I've noticed that when I stop posting, I start packing on the pounds. 

There is something in the accountability to prove what I've been doing that keeps me on the right track. Even through my weekend struggles lately, I've been doing better than I do when I just don't post, don't track, and don't weigh. Each day works towards a goal. Each day makes it easier to say yes the next day.

HIIT: Power was on the schedule today. Those burpees with push-ups at the end kill me. And I stink at doing lunges properly (with the back knee bent at 90 degrees, too), and so I'm working on doing them with proper form even if I don't end up doing as many as the people on the video.


An Odd Milestone

Back in June, I told myself that I would refrain from buying clothing, decor, or accessories this summer. Mostly, it was because I tend to buy these things to fulfill a need to shop. But on the other hand, it was also because I'm unhappy with my size. I don't plan on being this size forever, and I already have clothes that are smaller than I am now. So why waste money on something I don't need?

I caved about 24 hours after I said I wouldn't buy any new clothing by buying a skirt and a pair of shorts for the summer.

And it's been exactly 1 month since I caved in.

I haven't bought anything since.

The next two weeks will be the difficult part for me because I tend to go a bit shop-happy right before vacation, and we're going on vacation soon. However, my goal is still to continue the clothing/accessory shopping hiatus until September. We're going through house selling and buying and frankly don't need new clothes.

I think my gameplan for not shopping before our trip is to pack early. We'll be gone for just over a week, and I want to pack as efficiently as possible, so packing clothes away now means that it will be extra-special when I get on vacation to wear it. Right?

Anyone else go on a self-mandated shopping hiatus?
Was it to curb a cycle of buying to feel better?
For financial reasons?


PS. I have also made it apply to new workout gear and programs. If I do end up buying anything fitness related, it will be because I fulfilled a challenge to myself like losing weight (even 0.1 pounds) over 8 consecutive weekends, or something.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cardio Monday

Monday means it's time to check in on Dietbet and hope that I didn't ruin it with my weekend.

Which means if I feel bad at my morning weigh in, then I workout after work & hope for the best. 

Today's workout on the books was Combat 60. Holy kicks batman!

Me before the workout:

And after an hour of throwin punches, kicks, and jumps:

I think it's time that James & I actually calibrated out Digifits because he ends up with almost twice the calorie burn in each workout and our heartrates are about the same through the whole thing. Plus we weigh about the same, or within 20 lbs of each other, now.