My First 30 Days Up Tomorrow

ChaLEAN Extreme

ChaLEAN Extreme

My first 30 days are up tomorrow and I am anxious to see how I’ve done.  I have been working hard at staying on track with my workout and eating goals, but I am worried that my hard work will not show on the scale.  Or on the measuring tape.  I already did lose a few inches, but the pounds have been so stubborn and I haven’t lost an inch since I started.  I actually gained a pound or two!

My Mat and Handweights

My Mat and Handweights

I will also have my daughter take new pictures of me in the various poses I did for the first set of pictures.  I hate looking at them, but without proof in a picture it is really hard to see progress.  Pictures have always been difficult for me since I don’t feel comfortable with having my picture taken, but perhaps it’s because I know I don’t look my best.  My hair is a mess, my double chin is showing, or I have acne on my chin.  There’s usually something I can find fault with.

But I am so over feeling I have to be perfect in every shot.  I am who I am, take me or leave me.  What you see is what you get.  I am a work in progress and working towards a better me.  Not perfect, but better. (At least take the double chin and acne away…I can deal with a bad hair day!)


I feel bad that I haven’t been updating and posting lately.  Life has gotten in the way, and not in a good way.  I’ve been bogged down with a lot of unimportant issues and have now decided to clean up, organize, and move forward.

The IIN classes are going great, although I am a module behind.  There will be time next week to catch up and get back on track.

My 90 Day Challenge is also progressing, albeit a bit slowly, but I am still losing pounds and inches and feeling better than before.  My depression issues have lifted and even though I am not bursting with energy each day, I definitely feel better.


Weekly Updates

I finally managed to get to Target and buy a new scale. This time I avoided one that reads body fat. Got a Weight Watchers model that will do the job just fine.  And why is it whenever I want to take a picture the dog follows me?

Jasper and the new scale

Jasper and the new scale

I am thankfully down another pound this week to 212.5. Losing a bit slowly, but the scale is heading in the proper direction. Time to find a way to move fast enough to work up a sweat that doesn’t involve my feet. Need to burn more calories so I can shed a bit more quickly.  Might try the stationary bike as long as I can get a bit more flexion in my right foot.

Of course the handweights are a good start, but that seems to be my problem with them.  Starting.  Ugh!  They are just in the other room and I am heading in there now to pump some iron!

Resting on the Total Gym

Resting on the Total Gym

Ok, I admit I wanted to nap on it too, but I did grab the handweights and used them in my room.

Weekly Updates

Well, it has been two weeks since I started the Body By Vi Challenge, and I am not sure how much weight I have lost, but I have shrunk by 4 7/8 inches already!  My darn scale has definitely gone off the deep end this time.  My scale shows body fat as well as weight and I was sure it had died when it told me I had gone from 70% body fat to 50% body fat in 2 days.  I know I need to lose some fat but I am sure I haven’t gotten to 70% yet!!!

Once I saw it was freaking out on me I decided to just take measurements.  That was much better.  My losses come in the bust (of course) and then my waist, abdomen and hips have all decreased in just 2 weeks.  Quite pleased indeed with my inches lost and will be buying a new and improved scale tomorrow.  So far so good on my 90 Day Challenge.

I want to increase physical activity but the foot is quite swollen and painful today.  May have overdone it the past few days with walking the dog and moving about on it.  Going to take it easy for the next few days and see if the swelling lets up.

90 Day Challenge Begins Now!

There are 90 days left in this year we call 2012.  And I need to make it count.  Hate waiting to the last minute, but I’ve always worked well under pressure.

My ankle is improving quickly and I can now “walk” on it using the boot on the injured foot and the crutches.  Still not a true definition of walking, yet I keep trying to go a little further or straighten my leg out a little bit more each day.  Having problems more with the muscles and tendons protesting being stretched after being on vacation for so long.  The actual ankle is no longer the problem.

My Total Gym

My Total Gym

I decided to finally do something about it instead of talking about it.  Actions speak louder than words, so the Total Gym has come out of retirement in the basement and now resides in my living room.  A rather empty living room since we were planning on renovating about the time of my accident, and all that space is now home to the home gym.

Assorted Handweights

Assorted Handweights

Only did a few stretches last night without the boot on.  Tried getting the right leg to flatten completely against the foot rest, but I’m not there yet.  Trying again tonight.

I have also begun the Body By Vi 90 Day Challenge to help with the weight loss side.  Check out my link here for more info and I will be posting weekly updates as I progress in the Challenge.  I was thinking of doing a short video a few times per week.  Is this something anyone would watch?  Was thinking a normal person with weight to lose, no time to spare, and a life to run may somehow connect with all those other normal folks out there.  Still thinking about it since I am a bit camera-shy, yet maybe sharing with others will make it easier for me to stick to it.

Weekly Update

I know this is very late for a supposed Monday post, and I truly have no excuse outside of being extremely busy getting ready for vacation.  And finishing a tutoring session of a straight week with a student from France here on summer vacation with an online English course to get completed.  And their lake house is a 45 minute ride away, each way!  (But the pay was excellent!)

So this week is 224.0.  I had a loss of just 0.2 pounds.  Not too pleased with the tiny loss, but will still accept it for what it is, a loss.

I made my mileage this past week, rode the bike a few times, and ate healthy most of the week.  Not too sure if the stress of the upcoming 10 day camping vacation did me in, or perhaps too much coffee in trying to stay awake to get everything done.

The Compound Effect and tracking.

The tracking notebook. Have one in green and yellow.

Trying to follow the Compound Effect advice and just track for 7 days, and I mean track everything!  Every bite, every sip, every taste, and of course every meal.  Darren Hardy claims this is the one free step that every one can make to change an area of their life they want to work on.  And since my healthy eating and exercise are vital to me, the little notebook must stay with me at all times.

No more missing a meal, or a snack.  If I want to change a habit, I need to know where to make those adjustments.  And boy will this be tough on vacation week, but I’ll be honest and do it anyway.  Promise! (I might even show a page or two so I’d better be conscious of what goes into my mouth.)

Weekly Update (But It’s Also a Downdate)

The grand total for this week is 224.2, down 1.6 from last week.  I am quite pleased that I have once again made my goal of 1.5 pounds per week and continue working hard at it.

This week has seen me walking and biking each day.  The Blackstone Valley Bike Path has seen me twice per day on both Monday and Tuesday, in the morning for my walk and back again in the early evening for a 4 mile bike ride.  I wasn’t sure how I’d feel after the first 4 mile ride, but except for a numb and slightly sore butt for a little while, it actually wasn’t that bad at all.  And riding with the breeze cooling you off just feels so darn good.

This week has seen my slow return to running for the first time in nearly 5 months.  Since the path has half-mile markers to use as a guideline, I have chosen to walk out to the one mile marker and then jog as long as I can until I can run all the way back.  I used the fourth black tar patch, which is even with the start of the fence, as my marker the first day and the second day I went to the same previous spot and jogged another 5 fenceposts past.  This was a total of 48 seconds the second day.

48 seconds may not be much, but as long as it increases each time, then I am making progress.  And I can’t ask for more than that right now.