Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 - My Year

I feel like I have started over about 100 that normal for weight loss? Probably but it doesn't really make me feel any better. I don't want to be another statistic but here I am again.

I started doing WW again (and I actually signed up for the program this time) on Jan 2nd. I signed up before then but my goal through the holidays was just to maintain and then I would start for real in the New Year. Last week was my first week on the plan and I found it to be extremely easy. I decided to focus on trying to get all my water in and to eat all my veggies and fruit. It was a bit of a different focus rather than just focusing on the weight aspect of it all. I think that focusing on what I HAD to eat and drink instead of what I SHOULDN'T eat or drink really helped to set my frame of mind. Once I got in all that I had to get in, there wasn't much room for the bad stuff. YAY. I hope that this week will go as well but I don't think that it started out as well. Yesterday I craved (and ate) a few little cookies that I had made. I will be sure to track the points but I need to be careful. I have a half marathon on Sunday so I will not be doing any strenuous exercise this week so I can rest up for that. I think that another part of the reason I was so successful last week was because I got in quite a few Activity Points. Those will be harder to come by this week...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Challenge

I finished my half marathon! YAY! And, since I think that anyone that reads this blog also reads my personal one, I will spare the stories twice. I am on to the next challenge.

I discovered that I really kept up with my running because I was training for a race. As you guys know, I have had issues losing weight and I thought that once I got on meds for the thyroid it would be a bit easier...well, it hasn't been. I think that if I am being 100% honest, I haven't eaten as good as I possibly could but I have definitely committed to working out. I like working out. I don't think that I ate horribly but I think that I can do better. So, now the problem comes that I am done with my half marathon and since it is about to get miserably cold in Ohio in a couple months and stay that way for a while, it appears that my chances of doing another half will have to wait until the spring. UGH. I would love to say that I am going to continue the running and I sincerely hope that I will but there is nothing like a looming race to keep you motivated. I am still going to do the Ghosts and Goblins race and I am sure the Turkey Trot and whatever they have for xmas here but a 5k seems like a warm up after yesterday's race. Hmm, what to do???

I have been saying for a REALLY long time that I wanted to start training with weights, but I just never started it. I think that I used the excuse that I didn't want to be sore for my long runs and then after I did my long runs, I was sore. It seemed like a vicious cycle and when you add in the travel, it was pretty easy to avoid. After seeing how I felt after some of the long runs (and after the long bike ride) I feel like I definitely need to add weights. I think that doing cardio will prepare the muscles you use to a certain point but I feel like adding in some weights will take me over that hump when the cardio training gives out. I have started to notice that my legs get tired long before my breathing does. I think that I am going to try to get to the gym to do it on the weekends but for now, I am going to start with Jillian's 30 shred. I have it all loaded into my work computer and all I have to do is fire it up every day. It is 20 mins and I can definitely find 20 mins every day (C might make fun of me on vacation but oh well). So, I am going to start with that on Tuesday and I am going to commit to doing it for 30 straight days. After that we will see what is next. I think that one of my coworkers is going to send me a copy of the Insanity workout and I think that might be 90 days so that gets me to the time I will be starting on the treadmill again for my spring half...maybe this can work.

If you have any other ideas to keep me motivated through the winter, feel free to share them...I sort of need defined goals (like completing the half or doing the shred for 30 days). If I don't have a schedule and a plan then I am likely to skip. I have yet to figure out how to make myself "just do it" without some end goal. I guess that is what I will work on next. First getting the weight training into my routine...yep, that is first.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Long time!

Ha! I feel like this blog has been all over the place. I guess that is how getting healthy really is though, huh.

Anyway, I am FINALLY down a few pounds. I got a new scale so I hope it is not just that but whatever it is, it has given me a little confidence boost. I still have a ways to go but at least I am on the right track. I think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that I have been running a few days a week. Say what you will about the boringness of running, but for me, it works. I think that it is the schedule, the routine, and the fact that I can do it in most hotels that keeps me going. I also think that it helps that I travel mostly alone and am able to run after work and then have dinner. I have my half marathon coming up in 3 weeks and I think that I will be ready :-) I am going to do a long run this Friday and maybe one more and then I will keep it to light running.

I haven't really been following any particular diet lately, just eating the foods that I know are healthy and trying not to overdo it. I probably eat less carbs in general than I used to but I am not all together avoiding anymore.

Yesterday I completed a 50 mile bike tour and I am pretty proud of myself. In the last 10 miles I was actually saying that I didn't think that I could do it and it was above my skill level. C was not a fan of the negative attitude. I tried to explain to him that I just do that and that I was still pedaling but he said I need to change it. I think that he might be right. In the final half mile he actually called me "crankypants" HA! Guess I need an attitude check. My body has never been so exhausted in my life...including the 3 marathons that I have done. I do think that I would have been fine if we had stopped at 40 but that last 10 was HARD. I look forward to doing more rides and I actually loved this course! I have improved my times over the "season" and I think that by next year this ride will be a breeze for me :-) The best part about it all is that my legs aren't even sore today!!! I can't believe it!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I am back.....

I took a little while off (which seems to be about the 4th time that I have done this).

After finding out about my thyroid I thought that I would lose weight easily but it just doesn't seem to be happening. I have stopped gaining so that is great news. Now I think that I am ready to start really trying to lose what I gained. I am also starting my training for my half marathon so hopefully that will help.

I find a "diet" right now to be really challenging. I know that the best diet for me is a low carb one in all likelihood if I want to lose weight since the weight has taken residence in my belly. I am fine with that at home but not so much on the road. I haven't eaten any meat on the road in 6 months and I have really cut down on processed foods. As a result, I have not been sick since late December....that is pretty freakin amazing since I get on at least 10 planes a month with sick people and I made it through flu season. I really don't want to get away from this eating lifestyle because it works for me all except for trying to lose weight. I decided that to kick start the weight loss (since I seem to be able to maintain with my current eating). I am going to allow myself to eat meat on the road until the end of August. Hopefully by then I can get a good head start on the weight loss and if I feel good about it then I will return to not eating meat that isn't organic. I still am not going to go wild with the meat but I do think that I will add it in if it is a choice between that and a carb. I plan to have healthy snacks (yogurt and nuts seem to work well for me). I need suggestions for items I can take in the airport and/or buy in individual packages at stores. They also have to be able to go through security (so no yogurt).

I also have decided to start keeping a food a real one where if I bite it, I write it. I am hoping that if I really follow this to the T then I might notice things that I snack on which I might forget about or little empty calories here or there. We will see.

I will try to post a little more often :-)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Part of the Mystery Solved??

I finally went to the doctor today and they took some more blood to see how my thyroid might have changed in the last 5 months. Long story short, I will have to be on meds, just not sure if I will have to be on them yet. I talked to the doctor and after going over my eating/exercising and such, she does think that my weight gain (and more importantly the fact that eating well doesn't make it go away) is related to my thyroid. For that reason only I hope they start me on meds soon .....I don't want to gain more and more and it to get really out of control. I will know on Thursday.

So, for now I have been researching ways to lose weight with hypthyroidism (which is what I have). Looks like a couple of my favorite veggies aren't the best (peas and corn) but with it being summer coming up I think there will be plenty to choose from. It also seems that a low carb diet is the way to go....which is fine at home but I am really worried about the road. no carbs and no meat means very little I can actually eat.

I am a little sad that I will probably be on meds the rest of my life, a little happy that I know I was not insane and there was a reason that doing more healthywise than I have ever done has not gotten results, and also a little motivated. Now that I know I am not alone it makes me feel like the steps I have taken to be healthy are good steps and they weren't for nothing. It gives me motivation to continue to eat well and to know that even if I am not losing weight, at least I am not gaining it (which would probably be the case if I wasn't so careful). I plan to continue to exercise and eat well, and I am going to add weight lifting. We will see what the doc says on Thursday when she gets my results.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Weigh In

Up .4. At this point I just feel like it is a joke. I work out 6 days a week and eat healthier than most people I know. I am sort of over it. It isn't like I am obese or anything, just chubby. I think that I need a break. I am going to continue to eat well because that is just what I eat now. Most of my meals are almost exclusively veggies except at night when I cook meat because Craig always wants meat.

I am going to the doctor tomorrow to talk them (finally) about my thyroid. I hope that will shed some light into why I am eating healthier than I was two years ago and I was losing weight then but am not now.

I have noticed that certain parts have changed. I think that my stomach is bigger but I feel like my actual waist line is smaller. Weird huh. I might try to take my measurements and see if those move.

I will be strict this week in one last effort before vacation, then I am going to enjoy my vacation and get back on the wagon when I get back.

I feel like I say the same thing every is getting old so I might stop posting for a while.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Well, I am finally home from my travels and down to the last 11 days before vacation. Not expecting to lose much weight before then but at least I am going to try to be really strict to get off a pound or two. We will see. I am sort of glad to be at home for a while to have some healthy eating for a while. I am so sick of not knowing what is going into my body and trying to pick the healthiest thing at a restaurant. Cooking at home is so much is so much yummier and it is so much better for me! I can't wait to enjoy it for the next few days!