Saturday, March 31, 2012

Week 14, and April Challenge

So I figure that tomorrow is a new month and I'm going to attempt a 30-day challenge. Same as the 21-day challenge that I failed at after getting myself injured. My rules?

1. Stay within calorie limit all 30 days. 
2. Track all food. 
3. No alcohol.
4. Minimum of 150 fitness minutes a week, though I'd like to reach 200 if possible.

Shouldn't be too hard, right? It's been cold here again, but I think it's supposed to get warm again soon, and warm weather always makes it way easier to eat right.

Menu plan and exercise plan for week 14: 

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad
Exercise: Jog, 40 mins

Veggie Pad Thai
Exercise: Cardio kickbox, 25 mins

Zesty Garlic Chicken Wraps
Exercise: Rest day

Exercise: Gold's Gym Cardio Workout, 40 mins

Farmer's Market Potato Salad
Exercise: Cardio blast, 30 mins

Jimmy John's vegetarian sub
Rest day

Leftovers or frozen
Exercise: step aerobics, 63 minutes

Total: 198 minutes

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wow, this is ridiculous.

The universe does not want me to exercise. SO FRUSTRATED!

My ankles were finally starting to feel better. Weren't great on Monday, the day after the long hike, but I had a rest day Tuesday and figured I'd be fine to work out on Wednesday as planned. 

Now, I am sick. UGH! Cold, flu, sore throat, something along those lines. I've missed the last two days of work. Yesterday I thought I would be ok, after some Dayquil and coffee and ibuprofen, but I woke up this morning and I feel like death. I was really congested yesterday, now I've got a throat on fire. A couple of my coworkers have something similar.

I've been lying on my couch for the last couple days, when I'm not sleeping (which has been a LOT… mostly because I keep waking up and having a restless sleep.) I've watched… 12 or 13 episodes of Gossip Girl on Netflix instant today.

I am BORED and annoyed. Sure, lounging around the house is more fun than work any day, even while ill, but missing work makes me really anxious (and apparently there's some huge drama I've missed) and I hate using my earned time this way. 

The only upside is that I also haven't had much of an appetite, so I've been going under my calories. Probably a good thing since I'm practically not moving at all today. Yesterday when I was feeling better-ish I went to Target (to get more Dayquil) and ended up there for about an hour and felt okay. (I had to get a friend a birthday present too.) I thought I'd get off easy, but no such luck. I'm hoping to feel better enough tomorrow to go to work, at least, even if I don't have the chance to work out (which I won't, actually, because I have to go hang out with my dad's after work, if I feel well enough.) 

It's a good thing I got my minimum of 150 fitness minutes in all on Sunday, that's for sure. But, ugh. I just get so discouraged when I can't work out, it depresses me. My apartment also desperately needs to be cleaned, especially because my landlord is coming this weekend to try to fix some stuff (I somehow managed to lock this closet door in my apartment that nobody has a key to, and he's been trying to get it open for a month now!) 

I'm hoping all of this won't hurt my weight loss efforts, but hey, shit happens. I just wish that it was briefer… between this and my achilles tendons it's made every workout either impossible or painful. Sigh.

Sorry, just needed to whine. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Start of week... 13?

I had a great weekend! One of the best I've had in a while. Partly due to the fact that it was a 3-day weekend and that I had a couple friends in town, but it just felt so good to be happy. Friday I got to go see my favorite artist of all time, Dar Williams. I went with my mom, as we're both huge fans. I've liked her since I was a little kid. We actually ran into her on the street before the show and chatted briefly. I've met her before, but i was still shaking afterwards. 

I also got to see the Hunger Games on Friday during the day when the theaters weren't crazy. (I'll admit it, I love those books. Well, the first one anyway.)  

Yesterday I got to hang out with some friends I haven't seen in a while, and today we went to Devil's Lake and had a picnic (my homemade rosemary chicken salad from Cooking Light, with baguette and carrots and greens and eggplant garlic spread, mmm)  and did a ton of hiking. We meant to go on a a short-ish hike that is fairly challenging but do-able. We ended up getting lost on the way down, however… which meant that our shortish hike turned into a 2.5 hour hike. We got SO lost! I have no idea how many miles we ended up going, but I burned over 1,100 calories according to my heart rate monitor. Crazy! 

Also in a good mood because I weighed in at my lowest weight today for a total of 17.4 total pounds lost. I'm glad those two bad days didn't catch up to me. 

I also got the news that a couple of my friends from Minneapolis are going to come visit me over Memorial Day, and I'm really excited for that even though it's two months away. One of them has visited me here in Madison before but the other hasn't, so I'm excited to see them. I might take them to Devil's Lake to go hiking, we'll see.

I am still having a little trouble with my achilles tendons and whatever is wrong with my left ankle, and I anticipate being fairly sore tomorrow after all that uphill hiking. Some of it was REALLY tough - like climbing up rocks tough. I think it's mostly high-impact stuff like jumping jacks and jump rope that are hurting me. We'll see.

I ended up going over my calories by a couple hundred today, but I'm totally okay with it because I was legitimately hungry - all that hiking made me starving and tired!

I'm pretty exhausted so I'm just going to post my menu/exercise plan. I'm switching back to doing Sundays as the start of the week rather than Saturdays, because that's the way SparkPeople does it and it's easier to keep track of my weekly minutes.  Plus it just makes more sense to start on Sundays.

Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos (Linked the recipe because it's delicious. I'm not a big fan of fish, except in sushi, but I love these tacos!)
Exercise: Hiking (150 minutes)

Barbecued tofu sandwiches with bell peppers and onions (I normally make these with tempeh but the store didn't have any)
Exercise: Cardio blast, 40 minutes (I may skip this since I already reached my minutes goal for the week, but if I'm not too sore, I'm going to do it)

Exercise: Rest day (if I skip Monday's workout due to soreness, I'll do it Tuesday - I'm eager to try out that new DVD)!

Baked potato with broccoli
Exercise: walk/jog, 40 minutes (the one day this week it's supposed to be nice out!)

Pinto Bean Nachos - one of my old staples. I add bell peppers while cooking, and top with tomatoes and avocado.
Exercise: Carido kickbox, 25 mins (if my feet are feeling better by then… this is the workout I first started having major problems with)

Jimmy John's vegetarian sub
Exercise: rest day (I'll be with my dad)

Orange-chipotle glazed tofu with brown rice and whatever veggies I have leftover
Exercise: Step aerobics, 63 minutes

All the recipes I'm making this week are quick and simple. Sometimes I get in moods where I just want to try new things, some complicated, but with the warm weather I just don't have the patience to mess around in the kitchen for too long, plus I don't really feel like eating anything super heavy. So some stuff (the fish tacos, the pinto bean nachos, baked potato) are just my staple meals I go to when I don't feel like doing a whole lot. 

Back to work tomorrow and I'm bummed. Mondays are a good day for me though, which is really nice. I get to sit in my office and not deal with clients (except for on the phone, but even then, not a whole lot) and catch up on all the work I didn't get to the prior week. It makes getting back into the swing of things a little easier.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Injured and irritated

How did I kill my 21-day challenge so early?!

I managed to injure myself and I'm really upset about it. I was having some pain in my achilles tendons after my hour-long step aerobics on Sunday, but I figured I was fine. Then I did cardio kickboxing on Monday, and I KNEW something was really wrong with my left foot, but I pushed through it and I shouldn't have. It was a really weird feeling I had in my ankle, on the left side, not just a basic ache but a really odd, stinging, very painful tingly sensation. It was really, really bad when I was doing jumping jacks (of which there are 150 in my cardio kickbox, so...) and jump rope (also about 150). After my workout I iced it, which seemed to help. I kept waking up in the night and it was really awful... I took 800mg of ibuprofen which helped a lot but when I got up in the morning it was so bad I could barely walk. I work next to a CVS so I got myself an ankle support, and that combined with ibuprofen has kept the pain mostly at bay - I can walk normally and everything, it's just that if I bend it in a certain way it hurts, and the support keeps me from doing that.

Tuesday was a planned rest day anyway, but I was super, unjustifiably upset that I'd hurt myself, and I'd had a rough day at work (Tuesdays are the hardest work day for us, won't go into all the boring reasons as to why). So what did I do? Went over my calories by a ton. I figured, what's the point, I can't even work out for the rest of the week, so I've already screwed up my challenge. Sound logic, right? I could've just eaten at the lower end of my calorie range and rested, but instead I just lost it. I don't know why it's so hard to connect the logical part of my brain with decision-making skills.

Wednesday I had planned to do a 40-minute workout but I was too tired and my ankle hurt too much so I missed it. Sigh. I didn't go crazy like I did on Tuesday but I was just feeling crappy (most likely due to eating too much the day before!) and I didn't track my food. Stupid.

Back to sane decisions today. I know two bad days won't ruin me. Tracking calories, eating on the lower side of my range to try to help balance out the two days I did terribly.  To make up for my missed workout, I did my hardest DVD, the hour-long step aerobics again. So I did end up cracking the 150-minute mark already this week. I am still considered about my ankles, though. I probably shouldn't have done that workout. I wore my ankle support on my left leg, but I am having a different issue with my right foot... past my achilles tendon... sigh. The summer after my senior year of college I got REALLY bad tendonitis in my right foot, which I think I acquired by walking 3 miles a day in flip-flops. Idiotic... I worked only a mile and a half away so I'd walk to and from there usually with my coworker, but I love wearing comfy skirts in summer and I can't wear that with tennis shoes and instead of just changing shoes I just walked in flip-flops. That put me out of commission for like 2 weeks, I was limping like crazy.

It surprises me how much it upset me that I didn't think I could work out. I just don't feel like I'm far enough into my progress to have a long rest like this. The ibuprofen got me through the workout today, and it feels okay now, but I do worry about tomorrow and how much it might hurt. I'm supposed to go to Devil's Lake on Saturday and hike, and I'm going to be BEYOND bummed out if I can't do that. It's supposed to rain on Saturday, but... I realllllly want to go.

 My endurance is really improving though... I keep burning fewer and fewer calories each time I do the step aerobics. My legs are stronger - they don't shake when I'm doing the harder jumping-on-one-leg moves. My heart rate only got up to 171 at its highest, and I burned 565 calories when just last Sunday I burned over 600 doing the same workout. I worked about half in zone 2 and half in zone 3, when normally this workout had me in zone 3 at least 75% of the time, if not completely OUT of zone. So although I'm annoyed that I'm burning fewer calories doing the same work, it does mean I'm getting better at it. Sign to change it up, I know.

I think I'd be okay just walking, but I never, ever feel like that is a "workout", I don't feel like it ever gets my heart rate into the range I want it. I don't think running would be a great idea on this foot, though. Trying to think of some upper-body cardio I could do like my Gold's Gym boxing, but the reason I burn so many calories during that workout is because of the footwork - your feet are constantly shuffling.

So I feel a bit defeated. I think hiking would be okay, the only time it's really painful is if I'm jumping around.

On the plus side, my friend is coming into town tonight for the weekend and should be here in about ten minutes, and I think I get to go see the Hunger Games tomorrow (yes, I'm a fan of a young adult novel), and I have the day off tomorrow, and hopefully I can make it to Devil's Lake.

Gah. I'm going to continue my 21-day challenge and... you know, I think I'll do it again in April, cuz I've been feeling really good up until this week. I am seriously so much happier when I'm doing well, even if I'm not losing weight.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Week 12

Done with week one of my 21 day challenge and I'm happy to say I've met all my goals. Stayed in calories every day, worked out 160-something minutes this week, and no alcohol to sabotage my efforts (even yesterday on St. Patrick's day!)

The only thing I did was go a little off track with my exercise. I skipped a 50-minute workout yesterday. I have quite a few excuses for this, but none of them really matter. I just didn't make time - I was really busy. I could have fit it in if I tried, but I didn't. The important thing is I did meet my goal of at least 150 minutes of exercise. I did indeed go running again and wow, that killed me! Yesterday I basically went on a shopping spree (hence the lack of time!) which was foolish but cathartic. I really can't afford it, but I desperately needed some new clothes for spring/summer (Old Navy is amazing right now, by the way. I got eleven items - 2 dresses, a skirt, a pair of shorts, several tops, a scarf, and earrings for $114.) I also went to Target and ended up buying a cheap chair and side table for my patio. My "patio" is actually this really tiny hunk of concrete directly outside my patio doors, and it's so small that the chair doesn't even FIT on it! Anyway, it makes me happy. Bought a top there as well and a cami.  I also went to Trader Joe's and in addition to my groceries bought some potted daffodils and a potted herb garden (with rosemary, sage, and thyme... I'm excited about this because my very favorite chicken salad recipe I make uses fresh rosemary). AND I went to the craft store and managed to drop like $60 there. Sigh. I am really going to have to pinch pennies majorly now that I managed to blow all that money! I am going to have to start going to the really crappy but really cheap grocery store again. I can't keep affording Trader Joe's and Metcalfe's which is too bad because I really hate shopping at the crappy one. Their produce is really hit and miss... usually miss. And it is just stressful because everyone in the world shops there. They do have EVERYTHING though. 

I also didn't stick to my meal plan though I did stay within my calorie goals each day. I ended up having more leftovers than I expected and the day that I went on my run I didn't end up getting home til almost 8:00 so I heated up a Lean Cuisine (which I know are horrible for you, but I keep them around in case of emergencies! Luckily I ate a TON of broccoli with it and I'm hoping that helps balance it out some :))

So was the first week of the challenge worth it? Definitely. Well, at least I hope so. I managed to lose another pound, for a total of 16.4 lbs lost... though that is based on my weigh-in yesterday, and when I weighed in today I was 2 lbs heavier than yesterday (blaming it on my heavy salt intake - had sushi for lunch!) I'm sort of learning to ignore the scale most days. Of course, I'm still thrilled when I reach a new low weight. 

The weather here is still spectacular. At 81 degrees, it actually feels *too hot* for me to run. Amazing! Instead I stayed indoors and did my hour-long step aerobics workout, burning 600 calories according to my heart rate monitor. It felt really easy today in comparison to how it usually feels. It's the first time I've noticed a difference in my stamina this year. I love that! I did all the advanced moves which I haven't been able to do in a year or so. I've also been doing it on the lowest step height, and I'm going to need to increase that next time, I think. Don't get me wrong, it still was hard and I was sweating like CRAZY and now I'm exhausted, but it felt easier than it usually does. I think it's the running - which has been getting my heart rate up almost to the 190s, which is when I slow the hell down - getting only to the mid-170s at my highest exertion feels way more comfortable. I also noticed that my starting heart rate was way lower today... good sign :)

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to get more creative, hence the trip to the craft store. I bought some canvas and made this, which is for work (the letters are the initials of the agency.) My officemate and I have been meaning to decorate since we got the office a month ago, and she's been bringing in photographs and I think my other coworker is going to bring in some of her art (she has an MFA) so I wanted to contribute. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, since I'm not a crafty person and my first attempt was an epic failure. It's essentially just a painted canvas, some photo mats, and scrapbook paper. It was supposed to be way bigger but, as mentioned, I screwed up the first canvas. It was supposed to be a bigger painting with the same mats/scrapbook paper in the upper left corner. This works too, though. 

Here's my menu plan and exercise plan for the week. I ended up not wanting to make the curry I was supposed to make last night (some of the veggies I needed went bad before I could make it) so I ended up making something else... so now my meal plans are starting on Saturdays again instead of Sundays.

Dinner: Cheeseburgers (96% extra-lean ground beef, provolone, greens, tomato, ketchup, mustard) with roasted green beans
Workout: Didn't do it!

Dinner: Almond-crusted chicken with broccoli 
Workout: Step aerobics (63 minutes)

Dinner: Portobello and red bell pepper sandwiches with brussels sprouts
Workout: Cardio kickbox (25 minutes)

Dinner: Blackened chicken salad with guacamole (greens, avocado mixed with tomato and red onion and garlic and lime, bell pepper, leftover veggies)
Workout: Rest Day

Dinner: Leftovers
Workout: SparkPeople Cardio Blast (I just got this DVD for free in the mail because I won it on the SparkPoints wheel! I don't know how challenging it is yet, but I'm aiming for 40 minutes… if it's too hard I'll make it up some other way!)

Dinner: Chili-glazed tofu over asparagus and carrots and brown rice
Workout: Wii Fit Gold's Gym boxing (40 minutes)

Dinner: Probably out with my mom - we're going to a Dar Williams concert and will likely go somewhere for dinner beforehand!
Workout: Rest day

Total workout minutes: 168

Hope everyone is doing well!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

no real damage

Day 4 of my 21-day challenge and I feel pretty fantastic. Have stuck very well to my exercise/food/no alcohol plan.

First of all, I managed to lose the little weight that I'd gained while housesitting, so I'm now at my lowest weight of the year with 15.4 lbs gone. SparkPeople gave me a handy little graph that charts my progress line with a goal line, and I'm about six pounds heavier than my goal line right now. I'm a-okay with that, though. I would've hoped that I would have lost more than 15.4 pounds in two and a half months, but hey, give all my fuckups I'm grateful!

I cannot get enough of this weather! It gives me so much more energy. We're having near record highs and sunshine and it's gorgeous. Supposed to storm on Friday and Saturday but next week is looking pretty great too.

Daylight Savings Time has also helped me out quite a bit. Being able to leave work and still have a couple hours of sun is amazing. It makes me feel like I have a life outside of work. As much as I hated losing a weekend hour, I'm definitely all right with it.

Today was a rest day for me exercise-wise and it actually almost bummed me out! I found myself dancing around my kitchen a little while I heated up dinner. Since it was the nicest day out we've had all year, I felt obligated to go outside, but I really wanted to get started on some spring cleaning so I just opened my patio doors and my windows and enjoyed the sun and breeze. I'm scheduled to do a Wii workout tomorrow night (Gold's Gym cardio boxing) which is actually one of my more fun and cathartic workouts, but if it's nice out I might go for a walk/jog instead. I really have to keep that up if I want to get anywhere with it, which I do. I would LOVE to run a 5K someday. I don't think it would be super far off, the route I do now for my walk/jog is longer than 5K, it's just that I walk more than I run. If the route were flat and not hilly I think I could totally run a 5K.

A while back I did make myself a Couch-to-5K type podcast (I found a site where you can download an audio track that interrupts your music when it's time to walk and run, which you can use a program to lay over an MP3) but, I don't know, it just wasn't doing it for me. Maybe I'll try again.

One thing I'd like to work on is being creative. I'm hoping to get to the craft store this weekend and maybe get some more canvas. I want to make some stuff for my office at work. But mostly, I wish I could work on my stupid book! I've been writing it a couple years now and I'm just stuck and have been for a long time. The thought of even opening it makes me tired.

I think I'll go to bed early tonight...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Week 11, and my 21-day challenge

All right. Time to get my ass in gear. These last two weeks have been so ridiculous on my part! Screw up after screw up. So I'm trying something new, to re-invigorate myself, as I feel like I've hit a large rut. I haven't weighed myself in a while because I've been staying at my mom's, as mentioned. I've dealt with so much stress the past couple weeks, and it's time to face it head on instead of hiding.

Work is a big thing, as always. I am finally getting used to my new role, but it is leaving every single one of the people on my team completely, utterly exhausted. I have never seen us so zombie-like! I hadn't thought it was possible to work harder than we already were, but it feels like double-time now. I've never, ever had a workload that was possible to keep up with (luckily my bosses have always been understanding of this and know that I have always done the work that should be done by two full-time people rather than one, so I always get positive feedback) and it's been frustrating to just NEVER be caught up, ever. I'm not helping this by staying up super late, drinking alcohol which screws with my sleep, and drinking way too much caffeine to combat the exhaustion. I've been staying at my mom's, as mentioned, to cat-sit, and it's been really hard to not have my Wii or my aerobics step. This means that the workouts I planned to do are not the ones that I actually LIKE to do. I ended up skipping much of those. I still squeezed in 150 or so fitness minutes, but the food I ate defeated all of that, really.

On the positive side, I've been way more social the past couple weeks than I have been previously, which makes me happy, but it also means going out for food and drinks. I went out to eat FIVE times in one week -- out for sushi with one of my best friends and her fiance, then the same night went to Chile's and then a club (drinks) with my friend Jeff who I haven't seen in a long time, with my dad to Applebee's on Thursday night, with my coworkers to a bar on Friday night (drinks + mozzarella sticks + French fries), and to a Mexican restaurant with my friend (fajitas and margaritas) last night. WOW! I picked decent options for sushi and Applebees and Chile's (really no excuse as all the nutritional info was available) but again, pretty much defeated the purpose when paired with alcohol which I'm sure had more calories than the food itself!

I then, as mentioned, had computer troubles and it ended up costing me a grand total of $920 to fix it. UGH! Total ripoff. I have SparkPeople on my phone but it was really hard for me to track. It was such a pain to try to manually enter all these foods on my phone and I just got frustrated and basically gave up.

I moved most of my stuff back into my condo today as my mom comes back from Florida tomorrow. It will be SO nice to be back in my own place with all my stuff. I've been really anxious/depressed here, probably because I grew up in this place (always hard to go home, isn't it?) I've stopped there a couple times to pick stuff up but haven't spent any extended time there in a long time.

I think I let myself slack off a LOT after I'd seen that I'd lost 15 lbs. I also haven't been able to hold myself accountable because I haven't weighed in in forever since I don't have a scale here. March is also a really difficult month for me (won't go into detail since this is such a public blog, but I tend to be a lot more emotional/stressed out in March). Part of me was thinking about starting some new goals starting April 1st, but then I thought, why wait til then? I don't want to suffer through March. I want to be proactive and I want to fight it.

I have 21 days before April begins. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit. So starting today, I am making myself my own little challenge. It isn't a whole lot different than my general goals, but I want to stick with these pretty strictly for at LEAST 21 days and I want to note the differences I feel.

My 21-Day Spring Challenge
1. Stick within my calorie range every single day for 21 days. Often I let myself slack 1 or 2 days a week and then I really am just taking two steps back because I go too overboard rather than just allowing myself to go a couple hundred calories over.
2. Work out at least 150 minutes per week for the next 3 weeks. My absolute minimum has been 90 minutes, which is pretty sad, so I'm upping it by an hour. I think this goal should be pretty easy for me, as I've been very consistent in doing my minimum of 90 minutes/week and I usually hit 150 minutes anyway.
3. Not a drop of alcohol. It's really derailing my efforts! I usually have a few drinks a week, typically at my dad's or with my friends. I'm just going to pass on this for a while. I think it will make me feel a lot better emotionally. Hangovers are NOT my friends! Even if I don't drink much and am not hungover, I still feel sluggish, and I know that alcohol is pretty much just poison.

That's it. Not hard, right? I just want to be CONSISTENT.

I do have positive things to look forward to, too. I get March 23rd off, and I have a friend coming in from out of town who will be staying with me for the weekend. I'm going to a Dar Williams concert the night of the 23rd, which will be amazing (she's my favorite artist, and it's been a couple years since I've seen her live.) I'm really looking forward to that already!

One thing that has made this sooo much easier is that the weather is perfect. Generally Wisconsin doesn't even start to get a glimpse of spring until late April, but we're having some BEAUTIFUL weather here. We had a mild winter to begin with but it really feels like spring. As I write this, I'm sitting in front of the open window, it's 66 degrees and sunny. I just got done with a walk/jog that lasted almost an hour and I burned 680 calories! This is the third time I've gone walking/jogging this week, but I went a lot further than usual this time (I think). The whole route is only 3.6 miles, but it is HILLY. I jog when going downhill and on some flat surfaces and then I walk all the uphills and most flat surfaces. I used to be able to do this in about 40 minutes but now I'm up to 52 minutes. Oh well. I blame the hills :)

My only problem with running is that even though I stretch a lot and cool down, I still end up so ridiculously sore and I end up having to take a couple days off of working out. I know I just have to get used to it again.

So here is my menu plan for this week as well as my workout plan. I'm eating more meat this week than I usually do because I had a couple recipes I really wanted to try!

Dinner: Broccoli, bell pepper, and flank steak stir fry
Workout: Jog, 53 minutes total

Dinner: Blackened chicken with mixed greens, shredded cheese, sliced red onion, broccoli, bell pepper
Workout: Frontside (circuit training DVD), 45 minutes

Dinner: Wild Mushroom, Flank Steak, and Poblano Tacos
Workout: Cardio kickbox (25 minutes high-intensity cardio)

Dinner: Vegan samosa wraps
Workout: Rest day

Dinner: Leftovers or something frozen
Workout: Wii boxing (Gold's Gym workout) for at least 40 minutes

Dinner: Jimmy John's vegetarian sub
Workout: Rest day

Dinner: Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry
Workout: Backside (circuit training DVD), 50 minutes

Total workout minutes: 218 (3.6 hours)

I might not weigh myself for a while... I'm nervous about how much weight I gained while living here!
Hope everyone is doing well.

Monday, March 5, 2012


I'm alive, but sadly can't do my weekly post right now. My stupid computer broke randomly and thy can't seem to tell me what's wrong with it, so now Apple is charging me $870 to fix it (before even knowing what's fully wrong with it... Apparently.) so quick update from my phone. It's probably for the best as I had a shitty week... Probably the worst since the beginning of the year. My moods are out of control and I've been a bit of an anxious wreck. I'm living at my moms while she is in Florida for two weeks because she has a ton of pets that need constant attention. I just don't like being in the house I grew up in, it's weird. I don't think I stayed within my calories hardly any days and although I hit my absolute minimum of weekly fitness minutes ( my bare minimum is 90 mins and I barely eked by with 110... I like to aim for at least 200!) I skipped like two or three workouts and I'm pretty disappointed in myself.

Work has gotten even more stressful as usual... I keep getting more and more tasks on my plate and I can't say no. I have a lot to say about the current management but since this is public I'll save that for venting to my coworkers :)

Getting tired of trying to type on the touch screen. Hopefully I'll get my computer back soon... I love the spark people app on my phone but it's not cutting it for me!