Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Week 5 day 3 - Couch to 5k

I completed this on Sunday!! I am so proud. 20 mins!!! Me? That couldn't run 1 minute at a time! I could have wept for joy. I really can't believe this programs works this well. Gosh I am so proud. I had to slow my speed down to 5.0 because of all I read (if you are doing this program I totally recommend this). Otherwise, I would have been unable to complete it.

Guys, I am a runner!

Did week 6, day 1 today. I thought it would be easier because it was back to intervals but the last 5 minute run was a killer. It might have been because I upped it to 5.2. Who knows. But I did it!

If i actually build up to 30 mins I will be so stoked.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Couch to 5K Update

I finished day 3 of week 4 in the couch to 5k yesterday. I am SO proud of myself because this was the hardest week and I am a bit scared of what is to come next week. Here's my review of the couch to 5k program.

Let me start from the beginning. The first week was pretty easy for me. I wasn't a runner at all but I did a lot of other types of cardio so I wasn't exactly a couch potato. I would get a bit tired during the last 2 or 3 runs but I completed the runs with no problem.

Week 2 reversed the run times with the walk times and in the last 2 or 3 runs I would find myself glancing at the time to see how much longer i had to run.

In week 3 you walk and run the same number of minutes. This also introduced the 3 minute run. I had to pick songs wisely so I stayed motivated throughout the 3 minutes. i found the 3 minute walk after was very necessary. I think this was the first week I didn't find it easy but it was doable.

Week 4. Ah, week 4. This week was a 3 minute and 5 minute run with minimal walking times in between. On day 1, I thought i would die. i had to slow down my pace  (from 5.5 to 5.2) on the last 5 minute run in order to complete it. When I was done, i felt like I would throw up like the contestants on the biggest loser. Honestly, this took everything out of me.

I didn't work out the next day because I was in the middle of moving and I really felt I needed to recover. On wednesday, I woke up and I was not mentally prepared to try it again so I decided to do it after work. Which I thankfully did not put off. It was hard too but actually not as bad as the first time. I still had to slow down for the last 5 minutes and I had to keep mentally motivating myself ("you can do it" "you're a gazelle" "imagine a lion is chasing you").  I didn't fell like throwing up after and I was quite proud.

Yesterday was a totally different story. I was actually looking forward to running. I completed the runs a lot easier than the last 2 times. I didn't have to slow my pace for the last  run and in fact I increased it for the last minute and a half.

I don't konw how I will fare next week because I hear there is a 20 min run in there but i have chosen to trust in the program. There is no way I could have done what I did yesterday 4 weeks ago so it is definitely making me better. Sometimes I really wonder if I will be able to run 30mins without stopping but we'll just have to make it to week 7/8.

Some tips

1. Run to music that motivates you (and is not too slow). I find some songs really motivate me to keep going. Sometimes I focus on the music instead of the time.
2. if you are running in a gym, run next to someone who is doing it easily. i find it motivating to look next to me and running at a 6.5 easily. I tell myself if they can do 6.5 for 30 mins straight, I should be able to do 5.5. for 5 mins
3. If you are running on a treadmill, cover up the time. You don't want to focus on what you have left. I use the zenlabs app on my ipod and it tells me when to run and walk...so I can focus on something else.

There you have it. I definitely recommend the couch to 5k so far. No significant weightloss yet but I can definitely see and improvement in my legs.

Let me know if you have specific questions in the comments.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Carbs WILL slow you down

Today I got an unexpected nutrition lesson.

I've been trying to focus on losing weight the entire month of July by exercising and counting calories. While i don't eliminate any food, counting calories has indirectly reduced how much carbohydrates I consume simply because their calorie content is high.

Today I went out for lunch with my coworkers and I ordered a 1/2 roasted chicken and some mashed potatoes. I took a bite, didn't like it (sugar in chicken? wtf?) and opted to get a chicken sandwich and some fries.

Normally, I'm not a fan of french fries but these were good. I ate the fries AND the sandwich which came on a very thick bun. I didn't really mind because even though it was high calorie, i wasn't really planning on eating anything else.

This was at noon. At 3.30 pm it was a struggle to stay awake. I drank some coffee in an attempt to stay alert at work. It didn't help. I got home from work at 6.30 and I was still very sleepy. I fought it for a bit and then gave in an took a nap. I woke up at 7.30 to go to zumba and it was a big struggle. Luckily, I convinced myself to go and that finally woke me up a bit. Throughout the class, I kept having to burp and that's when it hit me that i was STILL digesting the food I ate almost 8 hours ago!

That's crazy. If I eat a tuna sandwich on wheat bread, in 3 hours it's out of my system. This is something I'm going to research further. It makes sense how if you eat a lot of "bad" food you feel sluggish and not motivated to exercise.

If I hadn't been in the habit of working out, I probably wouldn't have forced myself to go because I was so tired.

I just feel...heavy. Talk about an incentive to eat light.

Anyone else notice something similar?

Monday Morning weigh-in


Down 1.4 lbs. It totally doesn't seem worth it for all the time I have been logging at the gym. It also annoys me that I was 191.8 on Friday. I wish I had taken measurements when i started because this is not really encouraging. For the whole month I lost about 3.5 lbs. And I worked out 3 times a day for half of that.


This can't all be about building muscle. I hope August is better. I'm tired of trying to get into the 180s.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Sometimes you just have to skip a day

I've been working out HARD. Maybe too hard. Who knows? All I know is that I have been tired and felt like my body needed time to rest. Yesterday was the first time in the week I only had to work out once a day. It was refreshing not to go to the gym after work. This morning I woke up for body pump and I was just.not.feeling.it.

I wanted to sleep. So I did. I feel MUCH better now. The good thing is, the habit is so in me that I feel bad about skipping it so I'll go in the evening. I still think that 24 hours of rest will be great for my body. Next month I'll adjust my schedule a bit and see if that will shift the lbs.

As much as I like going down in inches, it would be nice to be under 190 Someday...And maybe even weigh something normal.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Couch to 5K - Week 2.

Just a quick note to say I'm about to do week 2 of the C25K. I'm a little nervous because week 1 was pretty easy for me to complete and I'm not so sure how I will do with these slightly longer runs! Weighed in this morning. Still the same as yesterday :(. Will try to not check till at least Friday. I'll be back to update

#UPDATE: I survived it. The last 2 runs were not as inspired as the first ones but I did them without any problem. My right achilles tendon hurts though so have to look into taking care of that. I sprained my ankle 2 months ago (in ZUMBA!) so hopefully this is not a side effect. I didn't expect the 2 minute walk so that was a nice bonus and definitely let me recover.

Monday, July 23, 2012



up 0.6 pounds. Yet I worked pretty much everyday. In fact, on most days 3 times a day. Additionally, i was under my cals most days. Maybe I needed to eat more? Maybe this is a week of muscle building? Maybe travelling caused me to retain water?

It's annoying coz I know at some point in the week I was 190.4. It's like my body doesn't want to break 190.

Anyway, I'm still proud I accomplished my exercise goals. I came back home yesterday and was super tired but I still got in my couch to 5 k run. Week 1 completed!

Also, I saw pictures of myself from this weekend and at least I LOOK skinnier. i just have to trust that the weight will follow. So I'm looking for a big drop in the next 2 weeks or so.

Off to body pump now. Bikram is over so it's just twice a day from now on.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bikram - It IS mostly water

Most of you know I was close to 190 last week. I did about 3 or 4 days of bikram yoga and a couple days of zumba. I was also too tired to eat much. Aaaanyway, I went away for the weekend, and ate a little more than usual (i knew this was going to happen so I tried to be under my calories for the week). Ended up about 600 over for the week and weighed in on Tuesday at 193.6.

So, a 1 pound loss. Which shows me that most of the weight I lost was water from Bikram.


I am happy!! The bridesmaid dress still fits (didnt imagine the inches lost) AND my period came the day after weigh-in so I'm pretty sure there was some retention going on.

Anyway, today I went to the mall to try some size 10 dresses as motivation (since my BM dress can no longer serve that purpose) and some of them fit! Clearly I've lost some inches - yaay. I am sticking to my exercise regime. I have only missed 2 workouts so far (and I have multiple scheduled a day so I'm not too bothered about it) AND I also completed day 2 of couch25K.

Bikram is over after today (living social deal expires) and it is way too expensive for me to keep going. So unless another deal comes up in a different studio, it's just couch25K, Zumba and Body pump for me.

Remember, hard work is not EASY. We all know that but yet we don't.

Friday, July 13, 2012


I just wanted to take a moment to say, the bridesmaids dress I wanted to fit into by AUGUST fits already! Damn. It's onnly been a week and i've only lost 5 or so pounds... I guess bikram really does change your body shape. I thought it would take a while because it wasn't zipping around the mid-section/chest area and that's like the last place I usually lose weight.

Anyway, now I have to find another goal so I don't slack off. I'm kind of sad I never even got around to taking pictures of the dress.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


It is not the ability to make plans and draw up schedules and do it when convenient. It is the ability to do it when you REALLY don't feel like it. I am working on this as it is not a strength of mine.

Currently don't feel like going to bikram as I am slightly naseous and just not in the mood. But just talked myself into going because,

1. I have done 3 days straight, I'd like to do all 4.
2. I will be glad I did 2morow
3. I made a plan I want to stick to
4. Fit people and celebs are not in good hsape because they do it when they have time or in the mood. They have nice bodies because they put in work and work is not always fun.
5. I was 190.4 this morning.. it would be great to be under 190 by monday.
6. I am going away this weekend and it will be full of food and no exercise (planned that way) so I might as well get my exercise in now.

Okay, those are 6 great reasons. I will stop typing and head to class.

Planning works - Part 2

I know it's not groundbreaking news but today I weighed 190.2. So planning definitely works!! I planned out my exercise for the whole month...but not my eating. I'm tracking my food though.

And I HAVE been doing 2 classes a day - bikram and zumba. So part of that weightloss is probably a little water from the bikram. My zumba class is also not a typical one, it's pretty high impact.

Well, I'm loving this...and I'm ready to meet a goal for once. All I can say is that you have to be ready to be comfortable never being full and sometimes being a little hungry. 1450 is not a lot of calories.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Planning works

Well I'm about 6 days or so into my plan. I made an exercise schedule for the rest of the month and so far I've been sticking to it. I am basically doing bikram yoga and zumba every evening till today and then body pump on friday.

I hope to be able to add couch to 5k training next week as hopefully my ankle will be able to take it. I twisted it in zumba about 5 wks ago and I've been unable to exercise till this week.

Bikram has definitely helped it a lot. My goal is to be 191 next monday so hopefully I'll stay on plan and make it.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


It's sad the number of bloggers who make posts declaring "THIS IS IT". Sigh, I won't do  that now but I am ready to make serious progress. I dipped under 190 for a brief second but I'm back at my new "comfy" weight - 193-195.

I have a wedding in roughly 7 weeks and I want to weigh 175 (plus fit into my bm dress). I weighed 193.4 this morning so that means losing 18.4 lbs in 57 days. I started out at 196.4 on July 1st so I've lost 3lbs so far....

I'm going to call this 21.4 in 63 days.... Hmm maybe 22 in 2 (months) is catchier :) Will create a progress bar on the side to track.

I will post some pictures of the dress in a new post. The only good think is I am still in size 12s (although some of the smaller cut ones are a bit small).

So many of my friends are getting married and having babies... I want to be uber-sexy at least once before i get to that stage dammit!

Anyway, if anyone is still reading, I will try to be more frequent!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Golds Gym Membership

I finally joined a gym.

Golds gym to be precise. My building has a gym but it's pretty small and there have been a couple of times I've tried to work out and been faced with a line for the cardio equipment (summer is coming) and i ended up just no working out. So i bit the bullet and joined golds across the street. I can walk to it so it's convenient. Best of all, the gym class schedule is AMAZING. I'm not as happy about their plans though.

I had to pay an $80 enrollment fee and it's 40 bucks every 4 weeks (which is NOT the same as $40 bucks a week which they advertise *grrr*). The $80 bucks is because I wanted to be month to month. These gyms really scalp you though. They said I had to pay for the last month up front. Then the guy says to cancel, you have to let them know a month in advance. Then you get the last month free. I was like, "so you have to cancel two months in advance." He was like, no just a month. I was like "so if i cancelled march 31st...?" He was like "then April would be the last month they bill you, and you'd get June free."

I swear, these people are just crooks. How is the last month free? I paid for it already! And if I have to cancel in March for my membership to be over at the end of June, that's 2 months not 1! SMH

O well, it's precisely for these reasons I didn't want to be in a contract. Gyms are so unscrupulous. There is probably a market out there for someone to start a no-frills gym.

Bodypump at 6am tomorrow. I'm excited!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Embrace the Hunger

So these past few days have not been too good. I've let the stress of long hours working at a job I don't care that much for get to me and I stopped tracking and started eating even when I wasn't hungry.

Haven't stepped on the scale so don't know how bad the damage is but looking in the mirror I can see a difference. I can't keep saying I want something and then not put in the work. That's not how life works.

So much like my finances are on a tight leash, I have to put my weight on a tight leash. My twenties are on their last legs. I was blessed with a pretty good overall figure...so the least I could do is put in some effort  and keep it.

I bought a nice big planner and i have it posted on my wall (inspired from I used to be fat) and I'm just going to write weekly goals I can focus on. My brain thinks of a million things at once and I am going to try this week to be single minded (I wish I was one of those people that had tunnel vision). I was supposed to be 189 by Monday but I'm pretty sure that's a bust. So as long as I'm not up to 194/195 by Monday, 189 will be my goal for the next week.

All I'm saying is, I'm mentally preparing myself to embrace the hunger I know will come. No pain, no gain. I don't think actresses and athletes find training easy. I  read this one finance blog that was talking about how she saved money because she got used to a couple of things. It's hot in the summer... put on the ac? No. She just got used to sweating and then after a while, her body got used to it and she didn't get hot so easily.

Point is, I'm going to get used to being hungry....and then hopefully my body will get used to it to. Either way, I'm tired of trying to lose weight and I'm just going to do it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Back under 190

After my disastrous eating last week (and monday), I finally worked out yesterday. I have found that working out to shows I like is very efficient. Yesterday was the biggest loser and can I tell you, that is one of the best shows to work out to.

I walked for the entire thing (8 miles!). Burnt over 800 calories which is probably why I'm under 190 today. There is nothing more motivating than seeing these very large people running and being active. It makes me feel, if they can do it, so can I. They had this surfer chic who lost her arm as a teen but still became a professional surfer. Hold on, let me google her. Okay, her name is Bethany Hamilton. You should google her too.  It was very inspirational to listen to her and not corny in any way. Also she has a rocking body and you can tell she works for it.

It just reminded me about how you get what you put in. Hard work yields results all the time and i can't expect to get great results without inconveniencing my self. Weight loss is only going to be temporary till i get to where I want to be and then I can focus on other things.

Anyway, my goal is to be 185 by the end of the month. I would like to fit into size 10 clothes by April (I'm a 12 now). I think I fit into that once in my adult life and I had gotten to about 178 or so. So hopefully it's doable.

Side note: As I continue on this journey, I need to remember that i HAVE to work out. Not only because my body responds to it but also because 1400 calories is SO LITTLE for me. working out allows me to eat more ;)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Where did my mojo go?

Everyone's body responds differently to diet and exercise. My body is very receptive to exercise and I lose weight when I do that and am not to careful with my intake.

With just diet alone, I have to be VERY vigilant about what I eat. Which begs the question, why have I not worked out since Saturday morning? I moved so things have been a bit hectic. But I need to make time for it. I am promising that today after work I will head to the gym. Maybe if it's out here in cyberspace it will push me.

Side note: my stomach is definitely smaller. I had a milkshake and chicken burger yesterday afternoon and I was stuffed for HOURS!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The importance of grocery shopping.

So i dipped below 190 last week and today weighed in squarely at 191.4.

I'm not actually surprised as my eating has been pretty bad this week and my work schedule has not given me the time to work out.

I realized after looking at my loseit food journal what the problem was. So  y'all know that I gave up eating out for lent. I've done pretty well - only one slip-up. The thing is, I have run out of groceries and not gone to stock up. Every morning I tell myself that since I didn't make lunch, that means i'm just going to go without. Doesn't work. I end up filling up on the Dove hot chocolate in the kitchen at work (80 calories), the apple juice from the kitchen (170 cals) and the free chips (210 cals) and sometimes even the chips ahoy (270 cals). The kitchen in my office is the devil i tell you.

I have learned that it makes a huuuuuuuge difference when I prepare my own food because even though I bring snacks, the calorie content is a lot lower. I am going to recommit to eating better. I want to be 185 by the end of this month! I have told myself that once I get to 185 I will buy this dress from express.
The medium fits now and it's a lovely dress but I want to delay gratification a little bit.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Where are the succesful bloggers?

Yesterday I had an "i don't give a damn" day and blew my calories. Haven't totaled yet but I'm pretty sure I'm over by at least a 1000. That's what you get when you polish off a half packet of "le petit ecolier" and 3 sun chips (those things are very high calorie for being a "healthy" chip).

I kind of know why, I decided I was not going to eat out for lent and so I'm not allowed to buy food (healthy or not). I've been so busy at work that I end up feeling to lazy to cook or go grocery shopping. So i end up eating the free chips at work. Someone smack me.

Anyway, I started looking around for inspiration. I realized that for the past 2 years or so as I've been reading weight-loss blogs, no one I follow has been very successful. Even my weight loss (39lbs!) has been on the slow side. Mary is still about the same weight from when I started reading, Skinny nurse opted for WLS,  Crys keeps going back and forth. The list keeps going on and on. The ones that are doing well, I found at the end of their journey (ErikaCarbie girl). They have good tips (Especially Erika) but that's not what I want to read. I want to read about current fat/overweight people who are in the process of losing weight. So every week or so, they are talking about weight loss. Obviously some weeks there will be slip ups, but people who are trending down. I'm tired of reading people who lose 3 gain 5, lose 4, gain 3 and end up at the same place.

Ex-hot girl is the type of blog I like. She went from 220s to about 178ish where she is and is currently fighting for 145. I wish I found her blog closer to the beginning of her journey so I could have a buddy. If anyone has recommendations let me know. I know it was a commenter that introduced me to Erika's blog so I'm sure you know some.

It's more interesting to do this with someone

Sunday, March 11, 2012

All I can say is

Eating so few calories is hard without working out. That's why I like to exercise! So i can eat more.

Weigh-in tomorrow. Hope I stayed under 190!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

woooot wooot! Hello 180s


As the post gives away, I made my goal. On monday I weighed 189.8. Yep! Made it by .2lbs. I checked again today and yesterday to make sure it wasn't a fluke and today I was 189.2!

Yay. I am back at a weight I haven't been in like 4 years. I was stuck at 185 since after college so once I hit there that will be a milestone and everything under that is uncharted territory.

I'm doing this all with loseit. I made a commitment not to go over my calorie allotment (for the week) during lent and that meant sunday night i spent an hr and a half at the gym to counter the extra calories I ate. SMH. this week I don't want to HAVE to work out because work is so crazy I don't know when I'll have time to work out so i'm watching my calories carefully.

Unfortunately, my monthly friend is coming this weekend and I have been hungry all day. All i can say is thank goodness for diet dr. pepper. I don't drink soda but somehow I tasted this last week and I found out it's pretty much the same taste as the original so unfortunately i have started drinking it. What can i say? the bubbles fill me :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Work and Weightloss

For me, those 2 things do not go together well. My job can be uber stressful (in terms of long hours) and when I'm stressed, I snack. Actually, not really. It's just that sitting at a desk for 12+ hours makes you want to take breaks, and the only legitimate break you can take is going to the bathroom or going to the kitchen (because if you decided to surf the web for 5 minutes that WOULD be the time your boss walks by). Thus, I have to be really vigilant about sticking to my calories at work.

I haven't been super great this week. I was good Monday to Wed and Ok on Thursday (went over by 56) but yesterday was bad. The only good thing is I had a 500 calorie deficit from wednesday so  I shouldn't be TOO bad (haven't finished logging yesterday yet). I mentioned my lenten goal was to not eat out and to not go over my calories (i track weekly though). So gotta finish logging yesterday and see how much work I need to put into the gym this morning.


UPDATED TO ADD: just weighed in, I am 190.8. So i have to lose one pound by Monday. I am 780 cals over as of today so right now I'm off to the gym to try and burn about 400 cals before i go to work.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Where did I go

So much for my resolutions to post more often.

Quick and dirty update.

Weight: 193.

Finally back in a size 12 so i can shop in regular stores. WOOT!

I haven't done much to get below 190 but that's all changing this week. I made a commitment to stick to my calories for lent so we should see some progress in march. Can't wait till I hit 185 as that used to be my set weight for ages.

Owe you guys a picture. Coming soon.