Archive for March, 2014

Food Poisoning, Ugh.

I got food poisoning and missed out on a free session another trainer I met had offered me. Waah! He was also going to do my baseline measurements. Oh well, maybe I can do them myself.

Meanwhile, I have picked up the class schedule and plan to try some of them out this week! I’ve never tried Zumba and I’m looking forward to it!

I Did It

Yep! I went to the gym. I planned on going to the 9:45 Zumba class but when I got there I learned that it had been cancelled. Not wanting to leave without doing something I asked if I could get the free assessment they offer to new members. Turns out the “assessment” was actually a personal training session with weigh-in, body fat analysis and BMI. I was hoping for measurements instead of the personal training hard sell but it was cool. We worked out for an hour and let me tell you, it was hard work! I am so out of shape. The good news is it won’t take much to see a vast improvement. Here are my miserable numbers:

Weight: 158
BMI: 25
Percentage of body fat: 36%

Awful. Really awful. Like off the charts awful. A BMI of 25 for my height is considered overweight and he showed me on the chart that someone in the 36% body fat range is considered to be in “extremely poor” shape. Wow. It was very useful information though; I left the gym and bought some more produce to juice and salad fixings. I plan to eat salads for many, many meals. I love them and they can be super healthy so it’s all good. I’m feeling pretty confident that starting today things are going to start to improve.

Ok, So I Didn’t Work Out But..

I got a little, teensy weensy bit closer to doing so! I actually put on gym clothes this morning – but then things got busy.

I woke up and it was snowing! What is up with that? It’s March, people! Anyway, after cleaning off my car I dropped my daughter off at spring break camp ar0und 9:00. Then I drove to my ophthalmologist appointment. My vision has changed a bit but the more worrisome piece of information was he said my blood vessels looked curvy and asked me if I had high blood pressure. I didn’t think so but if your eye exam indicates you might I’ll just assume that I do. That means less salt, more exercise, reduce stress, healthier foods and less caffeine. As if I wasn’t already trying to do these for the past year .. but there’s nothing like the looming threat of heart attack or stoke to make you more motivated.

After the eye exam I had and appointment with a psychologist to go over my daughter’s testing. It was very helpful to hear what she had to say, even if it was a 2.5 hour consultĀ  at $250.oo/hr. Ouch! Yeah, that hurt but I am working on reducing stress so (amazingly) I didn’t freak out about it. And I didn’t scarf down a pint of ice cream after leaving her office! Yay me. So, though I didn’t get to the gym (these two appointments with travel time took almost six hours) it could have been a lot worse.

Here’s what we had for dinner:photo-20

– homemade black bean and pumpkin soup
– sweet potatoes baked with honey, coconut oil and pumpkin pie spice (she put hers on her salad)
– romaine with vinaigrette, additional olive oil and avocado
– nitrate-free chicken apple sausage
(and she also had an organic pear and some water–see the core on the left?)

What did you eat for dinner? Am I the only one who tries to prepare homemade meals instead of relying heavily on processed foods?

Damn It.

Can you guess? Right! I didn’t go to the gym. Well, that’s actually not completely true. I did go to the gym. I parked and walked inside and picked up a schedule. I saw there was a 9:30am Zumba class and planned to go. But then when the time rolled around I decided I didn’t want to go. Totally lame and no excuse at all. I did weigh myself though (at home) and Lord knows I should have hauled my fat 158.2 ass to the gym but I did not!!! šŸ˜¦ Maybe tomorrow. Have you ever tried Zumba? Is it fun? Is it good exercise?

Pray for Me

Why? I am going to hit the gym every day this week. I am on vacation and my kid is in school so I have NO EXCUSE! And why the prayers? Because I haven’t been in almost a year. It’s going to be brutal but I must do it. I ate so much junk these past few days and I realized I haven’t made any headway since I started this blog. That is a crying shame.

I’ll check in tomorrow and let you know how it went. And as an added plus – I will have someone there to weigh me and take my measurements for someĀ  embarrassing motivating baseline data.

Aches and Pains and Gym Memberships

Okay, here is another shitty thing about getting older: aches and pains. I have mentioned my hip pain but I also get these stabbing pains in my left knee and foot every now and then. I have no idea why. Trust me, it’s not because I am some sort of endurance athlete or anything. LOL. Can you get knee pain from being to sedentary? Yeah, that would be me.

I really need to go to the gym. Would you believe I joined a gym in October and I have not been one time? That is pathetic and a huge waste of money. Lazy and wasteful and stupid. That’s like a $240 donation to LA Fitness. I have no excuse for my this except I have no time!
I am going to give myself til the end of the month to figure out what to do with that membership. By then I will know if we plan to stay in the area (depending on the admissions results of the schools where I applied for my daughter). If she doesn’t get in anywhere we will have to move. If love it, I will continue it til we move (if we move) but if it sucks then I probably won’t go back so why even act like I will and waste the money? It’s good I have vacation next week; I’m going to force myself to go every day.

Do you go to the gym every day? Do you love it?

Alrighty Then..

Yeah, that was a low moment. Rereading my last post is depressing. It’s all true, though today I don’t feel so down about my situation. I’m still huge and soon to be unemployed but I had a date last week and I have a date this week. Progress! And I just got my Visa bill in the mail and I honestly thought I owed around $12,000Ā  (I pay online without looking at the bill) but it was only $3,064.40. Seriously, I had no idea. I was so excited I immediately logged on to the computer and paid an additional $1500 this month. OMG it’s nearly paid off; I am thrilled. So, I may not have a job come June but I also won’t have any consumer debt as my American Express already has a zero balance. Yeah!

Now the food thing is a different story. Well Lent has helped a lot! I am not eating sugar or red meat or drinking alcohol and that is definitely saving me calories. I am also on a fresh squeezed grapefruit kick which is filling and delicious as well as being low-calorie. I’m also fasting occasionally which is also helpful. I’m making very sloooooowww progress but it’s progress nonetheless.

Now if I can just get to the measurements and pictures..