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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Late weigh-in results

After almost a full week in the hospital with a blood clot I have to find my groove again. It's slow going but each day gets better. Last Friday I nervously weighed in. I thought after a week stuck in a tiny room, hooked to IV's that I was going to see a gain. I was pleasantly surprised.

I lost 1.6 lbs, bringing my total weight loss to 16.3 lbs. Yay! I'm excited. This brings my New Project # to 55! It's feeling manageable and I'm noticing a difference in my clothes. I'm wearing things I haven't fit in years and I'm pulling out clothes to donate that are now about to fall off of me. It's a great feeling!

Today's goal is to make it back into the gym. I've been very nervous about restarting my workouts. I was told it's safe to work out, as long as I don't fall, haha. But the mind plays games with "what ifs'"...I don't want to spend another day in the hospital but I can't live with fear ruling my life.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lifes detours

As I was getting excited about new workouts, trying new menus and making new goals, I hit a huge pothole. I bumped and jostled across it and now I'm letting things heal, literally.

I'm skipping last weeks weigh-in, again. On Friday I found myself spending all day at my doctors and the hospital. I was admitted and I'm still waiting to get the okay to go home. I finally found the cause of all my pain for the last 3 weeks and I'm on the mend.

I'm looking forward to getting back on the road and working on my new goals.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Biggest Loser Wii Review

I've been curious about this game since I first saw an advertisement. I'm addicted to the show, I enjoy their website and I love their cookbooks, when I use them.

Today I caved in and bought the game. I've used Wii Fitness and the Wii board. They can be fun.

The graphics weren't great but that's expected with the Wii. It's user friendly. Easy to set up a profile, entering weight and setting goals. You can pick between 4, 8 or 12 week challenges, I'm starting with 4 weeks. You pick a prior Biggest Loser contestant. I'm not sure if they are working with you or competing against you? You also choose your trainer, Bob or Jillian, naturally I choose Bob! You also enter your calorie intake each day, that will force me to keep track.

I tried it with the Wii board and it felt clumsy. I kept pushing it out of the way or grabbing it. Then I had to keep switching the Wii remote between hands, slowing the work out and frustrating me. Tomorrow I'll try it without the Wii Board.

The workout itself was basic: stepping, lunges, wood chopping etc. I modified the lunges for my knee. I worked up more of a sweat compared to other Wii fitness games or other videos.

They didn't cover proper body alignment in the game. That could make it easy for someone to get hurt. I would have liked reminders to keep your core tight, that wasn't mentioned.

I'll keep trying it and hopefully the game will make more sense how the challenges and eliminations function in the game. That confuses me. Can I be eliminated??????

Right now I'd give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Project #....

After last Friday's weigh-in my New Project # is... 56.6! I lost 4.6 lbs since my last weigh-in. I've lost 14.7 lbs so far, I'm hoping by Friday to push it past the 15 lb mark.

I'm still learning to adapt my workouts to accommodate my knee so I haven't been reaching my goal to work out each day. I have to give diet the credit for the weight loss. I'm making more efforts to watch any snacking and eat appropriate portions. It's the little changes I'm concentrating on because those become lifelong habits.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Dear Friend

So much of my weight problem is because I use to eat to soothe negative, painful feelings.

A dear friend of mine has been very supportive of my weight loss and exercise goals. Back in college we'd sometimes work out together, he was always pushing me. Challenging me.

Today, he lost a long battle with cancer. I am still feeling the shock. I know he'd not want me to deal with his death like I have so many others. He wouldn't want me covering the feelings with food. He'd want me to keep working on my goals. He'd want me to succeed.

I am dedicating the rest of my journey to get back in shape to him. Loren, you always pushed me to do better for myself. Thank you for always believing in me. I Love you. And I'll Miss you.

Fly Free Loren.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hot Chocolate: Good or Bad

It's no secret that I have a few vices with food. I have my favorites that I hardly think about when I eat them.

Its time to re-exam what I eat, uncover what are my "mindless automatic" food choices. It's time to determine what is good and what is bad. What can stay in my diet, what needs to be eliminated and what can be an occasional treat.

I love the fall, the crisp air, the cool nights and it's when I love to curl up with a mug of Hot Chocolate and a book.

The breakdown:

1 serving is 2 tablespoons of Nestle cocoa mix, I use a 10 oz mug. I also add half a serving of marshmallows.....ohhhhh this isn't looking good!

Calories: 130

Fat: 3g

Sodium: 190 mg

Total Carbs: 28g

Protein: 1g

Verdict: Not so good! It's going to become an occasional treat instead of nightly. I'll have to stop using the marshmallows, that will cut out 50 calories, 10mg of sodium and 12 carbs. It will still be a high carb treat. :-(

Monday, November 2, 2009

Missed weigh-in

I didn't make my Friday weigh-in. I spent most of the day at the ER. The weigh-in was no where on my mind. Then I spent the weekend doing nothing and on medications that are causing water retention. I am not going to weigh myself now! lol.

I'll be back to the weigh-in this Friday. I'm taking a free pass for last week.