Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Arrgh

reinjured my gluteus muscle yesterday. Damn, I was just starting to feel strong!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Great workout and a small victory

After skipping a workout yesterday, I was determined to get to the gym early today. I was there at 6:15 so I had 45 minutes to burn some calories on the treadmill, and then the eliptical, and still have time to do a quick dynamic warm up and get my hands wrapped and ready to go.

Since we are concentrating on cardio (as if boxing isn't enough cardio- lol) I did a warm up drill where I would run on the spot while throwing 8 punches high, then 8 punches low, then run to the end on the gym - then had to do it again increasing the punches to two sets and the run to two lengths, and had to keep doing this until we got up to 10. This is a crazy hard exercise and by the time I am done, I am soaking wet and exhausted. So I get a 2 minute water break and its on to another set of hard punching and footwork exercise and finished it up with inclined plank (my feet are higher than my hands). My calorie burn for the 1hr 45 minute session was 1014calories. By 9:00 when I got I left for work, my calorie burn for the day was already 1500 calories, and my projected calorie burn for today is 3200 calories. That is insane!

So after a long day, I was pretty tired on my drive home and was craving chips and dip.... I never eat dip, so I don't even know where this was coming from.... I made up my mind that I had a big calorie burn and I would buy the chips and dip and be done with it...... I started thinking about it, and visualizing where I want to be in August and eventually talked myself out of it. Instead I bought all the fixings to make pita pizzas. I ate two of them which was a big splurge for me and ended up about 200 calories over my 1400 calorie limit for the day. I worked out how much the chips and dip would have been (lets face it I would have eaten the entire bag and the entire jar of dip) total calories for this 2400. This is a victory for me. Never have I even tried to talk myself out of a binge before.

Feeling pretty good today.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

plugging along



I feel like I have gotten into a grove food wise since the New Year. I am eating healthy and my daily caloric intake is right about 1400 calories. I am eating healthy food and an never hungry. I've even managed to eat out a few times and make healhy choices and stay within my daily calories.

Exercise wise, I am getting better, but am still trying to get over my back/hip injury. I am beginning to think that the "rip" I felt in my back a few weeks ago was the facia(sp) or scar tissue surrounding my muscles that have been inhibiting my pelvis from moving freely and causing it to torque. In the two weeks that I have been healing, I feel like my hips are finally looking more balanced. I will ask the chiropractor about my theory this morning when I go for my weekly appointment.

I have been wearing my bodybugg every day, and the minimum amount of calories I burn is about 2000. That is basically lying on the couch all day (which I did on Sunday)! If I do 1 hour of exercise and move around normally throughout the day I burn roughly 2700, and on the few days that I go all out with exercise (for me that is 2 hours at the gym with a 1 hour boxing/high cardio running session), I burn approx 3300 calories.

I am really paying attention to this because I can finally see that I have simply been eating too much in the past. If I can stick to the 1400 calories a day mark, I should be ablt to consistently lose 2 - 2.5 lbs a week and that is right on target for my August triathlon.... I am working on visualizing myself running across the finish line at 160 lbs - a strong, athlethic, healthy person.

I CAN DO THIS!!!!

Update: Went to the Chiro this morning and he once again worked his magic on my back and legs. He has confirmed that the pain I am feeling has nothing to do with the treatments and my body loosening up, it is a muscle tear in my gluteus minimus (I think that's what he called it) I have officially gotten my first sports injury and man is it a pain in the ass.... pa da dum! Another week of rest from doing any lateral movement and I should be good to go.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

On the mend




Went to the Chiropractor this morning. My back is feeling much better after my treatment. I am on the mend. I felt completely defeated after my injury on Monday..... I kept saying to myself "Happy Fucking New Year". In an effort to be more positive this year I decided to change my thinking to this being a set back. I am strong, and am doing what I need to do to get stronger, and I am completely focused on losing weight, which I believe will go a long way in alleviating the back pain.

I heard a quote today from a woman who lost a lot of weight (I think 400lbs) who said to "focus on the goal not the struggle". This is exaclty what I intend to do.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Party is Officially OVER

and back to work I go. I woke up this morning with quite a bit of pain in my lower body. My back is still tender, but rather than being a disc problem which I initially thought, this feels more like a strain in my glutes - Yeah I would think that might have something to do with the 75 squats I did yesterday. I did some stretching and used my foam roller a bit this morning and it is feeling better.

On the negative side I woke up at 4:45 this morning, totally ready to get my butt to the gym, but the pain was a little bit too much so I decided to forego it and went back to sleep for an hour. If I am feeling better, I will go tonight. I want to just do a light walk on the treadmill and maybe the eliptical for a bit to get a bit of a calorie burn.

Eating is right on track and my bodybugg tells me that on average, I am burning 1000 calories more than I am eating in a day, so that should equate to a 2 lb (fat) loss per week on the scale. Right on track.

I am also sending a daily quote to two of my friends to get/keep us motivated so I will post them to blog as well. Todays quote reminds me that this really is just an equation:

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sidelined before I even get started?

Bad day.... hit the gym early this morning for my personal training session. I was doing weights today, squats (with 65lbs on my shoulder)lunges, again with weights, and then deadlifts. Everything was going well until the last set of deadlifts, where I felt something pull in my lower back. I was devestaed, there seems to always be a setback for me!

Icing my back on and off today, and hoping that it feels better tomorrow. Arrrrrrgh I want to scream.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Go!

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

I was at a fantastic party last night. My aunt and uncle have been hosting a NYE party for as long as I can remember. Soca music is blaring..... the dancefloor is packed all night long, the atomosphere electric and there is soooooo much love and joy in the room. (see video clip below).

video

At midnight, amongst the kissing, and tooting of horns and screaming and clapping, I took a quick moment to reflect on 2011 and all of the amazing things that have happened and how much I have changed. This can be summed up perfectly in something my cousin said to me a few months ago when we met for lunch after not seeing each other for quite a few years. He told me that I am a completely different person that the shy, quiet, unconfident person that he knew. That was confirmation that the work that I have been doing IS WORKING! While celebrating the New Year, I also took a quick second to think about 2012 - This is going to be my year. It is in me to finish this and I will. As the first minutes of the New Year ticked away, I said to myself "today is the first day of the rest of your life"

AS of today, I will live with no more doubt about what I can or cannot achieve. Doubt is no longer an option. I will think like a average sized person, I will work out like an athlete, and will live my life as if I am at that place that I long to be(goal weight, "normal" )....... My body is just going to have to catch up to my mind.

Evening update:

tonights dinner: 3 oz chicken breast, 2 TBS tzaziki sauce, organic brown rice with greek spices, greek salad (tomato, cukes, yellow pepper, red onion) and a sprinkle of feta cheese with 1.5 TBSP low fat homemade greek dressing, and 6oz dry red wine. It was yummy.