Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Weekly Weigh-In and Progess to Date

I'm a little late aren't I?

Anyway, last week I had a gain of 0.8 lbs.  My first thought was water retention but I didn't dwell on it too long as I'd had many weeks of losses prior.  However, I am 2 days away from my next weigh-in and things aren't looking too good on the scale.  I've peeked for a few days and things look wonky.

Am I worried?

No.  You know why?  Because I switched up my exercise routine and it took me a few days to figure things out.  Also, this past week I was house sitting, attending birthday parties (yes multiple), and planning my first of many vacations coming up.  And with all that going on, I'm pretty sure I missed some food in my log, therefore my calorie count is probably not as accurate as it has been in the past.  And when that happens, things can go awry.  Again, I'm not worried.  I need to be more diligent counting and I will be.  And who knows, Friday could get here and things could be fine.

I leave for Vegas Saturday morning for our annual trip.  The casino I'm staying at has a gym and I have all intentions of using it as there are buffets in my future.  I'm not planning to stress this too much as this is my first get away in over a year and I really want to relax and enjoy myself.  I will admit that I'm a little nervous too.  I mean, a whole weekend in Sin City could really do some damage!

On the exercise front:  I've been biking and swimming, swimming and biking, and occasionally rowing.  I hurt my foot! Yeah, have NO IDEA what's going on with it but it's out of commission for any weight bearing exercises.  Here's the thing, this happened to me in June of 2010 and I let it completely shut me down.  I'm trying very, very hard not to let that happen this time.  So, I've been biking, swimming and rowing.  And it's BORING and it takes a LONG TIME to burn a decent amount of calories but I'm still doing it.  How's the elbow you ask?  Definitely getting better but it screams at me horribly if I use my arm too much.  So, I have to really watch anything with my arms.

I'm a mess.  I really am.  But I'm persevering.

Anyway, here's my progress since July 6:

There is a n/a for my legs because I forgot to measure them!!  

Day 1 8 30 60 90 150 TOTAL LOST
Waist 41 38.5 36.5 35.25 36 34.5 5.5
Chest 43 43 42 41.5 42 42 1
Left Arm 14 13.5 13.5 13 13.5 13 1
Neck n/a 13.5 13 13 13 13 0.5
Rib n/a 35 34.5 35 34 34 1
Belly Button n/a 42.5 40 37.25 38 37 5.5
Hip n/a 46 45 43 46 43 3
Left Leg-Knee n/a 19 18.5 19 18.75 n/a 0.25
Left Leg-Upper n/a 26.25 25.75 25.75 26 n/a 0.25


And my weight loss:

July 13: -3.8
July 20:  -0.6
July 27:  -1.2
August 3:  -1.2
August 10: -1.2
August 17:  +0.8
August 24: 

Today's Menu:
B:  2 eggs + 1 piece toast + Coffee/Cream
L:  Chicken Enchiladas + Rice Pilaf

Friday, August 10, 2012

p90x - Weekly Weigh In

I didn't get all of my workouts this week, but I've been so busy that I've been moving and shaking like it's my job so I think it all balanced out.  I got in 4 of my workouts.  3 were strictly cardio and the 4th was what I call my Super Saturday Workout.  Which is odd because I do it on Sunday.  I honestly don't know how that name came about.  In any case, it's a full upper body, lower body AND cardio workout so it usually lasts a couple of hours and burns some really insane calories.  I really, really wanted to get another day of strength training in but I'm happy nonetheless.

I lost another 1.2 pounds.  YEAH!!!  Apparently my body is just stuck on that number because that's 3 weeks in a row but you'll get no complaints from me.

As for inches, as of this morning another inch is gone from my waist and a half inch from my ribs.  I only got in those 2 quick measurements because I was running late for work.  I'm hoping to do another chart soon because the visual reminder is a great motivator.  I'll try to make that a weekend project.

I'm telling you, calories are the KEY.  I've been hitting my target EVERY WEEK and I'm finally having success.  The hard part is just finding your own individual calorie target!

Here's to another great week!

Today's Menu:

B:  Breakfast Burrito
S:  Apple
L:  Wild Salmon + Mint/Yogurt Sauce + Orzo
D:  I'm unfortunately out of food but I'm hoping for a salad of some sort.  It's too hot out to cook!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Continued p90x Weight Loss Results

I've had 2 weigh-ins since last I posted so lets get to that first.  My first weigh-in, I was down 1.2 pounds and my second weigh-in, I was down 1.2 pounds!

Words cannot explain how happy I am with these results.  If you've been following my p90x saga, you'll notice that I didn't do too well with any weight loss.  It seems the secret is simply counting calories and eating less.  I have been pretty strict with my caloric intake and extremely strict with my exercise.  I'm working out 6 days a week with double workouts occasionally.  I did start back with my strength training 2 weeks ago and so far so good.  Both upper and lower body did well.  I am NOT doing push-ups because I don't think I'm ready for that stress on my elbow yet.

I'm still on board with p90x but with a few tweaks.  Simply put, when the p90x schedule has me doing cardiox, kenpox, or core conditioning, I do some sort of cardio:  biking, running, swimming, walking, or one of the aforementioned videos.  And when p90x has me doing legs and back, I do ... well, legs and back cause it's an amazing workout.  And when they have me do an upper body workout I do an upper body workout of my own or one from p90x.  It all just depends if I feel like being indoors or not.

I've realized that p90x isn't some magic weight loss/get in shape system.  p90x is just one of many really great workout schedules/systems.  The magic happens when you actually put in the time and effort AND count your calories (eat less).  The working out is incredibly important but what really seals the deal is figuring out how many calories it takes to lose weight and I, hopefully, have figured that part out.

I still need to take some measurements so I will TRY to get to that tonight.

Today's menu:

B:  Rostini with Egg + Coffee + Creamer
L:  Cod + Ratatouille + Wild Rice
S:  Apple
D:  maybe a burrito?  I really have no idea.

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