Showing posts from March 15, 2009


Cheesy I know :) I am so on this whole fat loss thing! You have no idea!! I feel great and I feel motivated deep inside, if that makes any sense at all. I'm on top of the world. I haven't felt this convinced that I could lose weight since I weighed 225 lbs and had had enough. Maybe I've just reached that same point only much lighter now. All I know is that I took yesterday off because I just wanted to see how I would feel after Thursday. I felt great and was chomping at the bit to workout. I didn't. I woke up at 5 this morning (when I didn't have to get up that early) just because I wanted to get to it. I feel strong and powerful and I want to keep that feeling going. I am a little bit tired tonight and think I'm going to pass on the evening elliptical. I went for a one hour run/walk this morning and I did some weights with intervals this afternoon. I'm a little bit tired and leaning towards resting. That strength workout was brutal. I'm …

Body Bugg

I've been wearing the Body Bugg again recently. I wore it yesterday during all those workouts and I burned 2500 cals. I wore it today when I literally sat at a desk and read a book, and burned 1500. Interesting huh?? My 3 bouts of exercise burned 900 cals. Cool. And I took 15,000 steps yesterday. Today I took 4,000. I now see why I gained weight over the last 2 months since I lost my job. I spend way too much time on by ample butt.

I have felt absolutely fantastic all day today. In fact, I'm dying to workout. I had planned it like this; workout hard Thursday and rest on Friday. That would allow me to gauge how I will feel. Well, I feel awesome and want to workout. I'm going to refrain and hit it hard tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. Instead of working out I think I'll go look for some online auto insurance quotes. That should keep me busy. Right now it's time for some dinner.

Experiment successful

Okay, now that I have all the pieces (at least mentally) it's time to put them all in place and act. I did that yesterday. Today is the last day of school. Spring break here in Hawaii is 2 weeks long. Spring break for grad school is only 1 week, but that's only 2 nights a week. My point is that for the next 2 weeks I have nothing to do. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Once the last piece of the puzzle fell into place on Tuesday I felt energized and ready to really tackle this whole weight thing. I wanted to start right away but I figured I needed a good plan. So after some careful self analysis and looking through my old journals I have a plan of attack. I'm calling it, The Biggest Loser Home Edition.

For this event I will spend the next 2 weeks focusing on me. I'm going to eat right, workout a lot, and take this time to kind of get a jump start on my weight loss. My general plan is:

Mornings: Go for a run or a bike ride Afternoons: Strength training Evenings: …

The pieces finally fit.

Do you do puzzles? Any kind of puzzles; crosswords, jigsaw, anything. I love puzzles, I really, really do. I love looking at something that makes no sense and making sense of it. I think that's why I was so attracted to science. It generally takes logic and careful thought to solve a puzzle. I like that. But what I like best is that there is a point where you can see the answer. That magic moment when what a second before had been a confusing pile suddenly all makes sense. The light bulb goes on, you can see the answer and all you have to do is make it so. That's what has happened to me.

Tuesday afternoon's revelation was like a puzzle suddenly showing me the answer. You all don't realize how long I've struggled with that particular thing and what a huge accomplishment it is to conquer it. Now I know I have to pay attention, that particular battle is something I'll be fighting the rest of my life. But it's kind of like putting out a forest fir…

Connections made

I'm studying to be a high school teacher, I may have mentioned that once or 400 times :) One of the things that we really focus on and try to learn before we are thrown in front of 30 bored teenagers is classroom management. Techniques, tips, strategies to keep these kids under control, paying attention, and doing what you want them to. We read about them, talk about them, role play them, ad nausem. But, as I've discovered and discussed with my mentor teacher, until a situation actually arises that you have to manage with one of these techniques, you don't own it. It's just like learning anything new, until you actually practice what you learn it's not really yours.

You might be asking what this might possibly have to do with weight loss, eating right, exercise, or any of the above. I'm glad you asked. For years I've heard that you need to figure out why you want to eat the things you shouldn't be eating. Why are you wanting that triple fudge s…


Went well. I managed to get up at 4:30 this morning and got a workout in. It was only 30 minutes on the elliptical machine but it was more then I've done in a while. I had hoped to get a strength session in tonight but I didn't. No excuses, no rationalizations, none of that crap. I didn't get it done and that's all there is to it. I'll try again tomorrow. Food however was very good. I completely forgot to take photos of my food. Tomorrow I will go at it again and I will do better.

Okay, I am avoiding writing a paper by blogging. I had better get to it.

Tomorrow it begins

I've said this before and meant it each time. But this time there is something different. I have always looked at the positive side of things and that worked well for a while. This time I took some time and looked at the negative side. The things that were bothering me. The things that made being me not so fun. I've got a very long list, much more then I've written here, and most of it is stuff that really pisses me off. I weighed and measured today. My weight has not changed in 3 weeks but my bodyfat has gone up. Not a lot, but up. Interesting no??? It is to me. I've spent the day planning, shopping, and prepping. Failing to plan is planning to fail. So I'm planning to succeed. I'm also starting working out again. I'm torn about the morning workouts. I've done it for so long and thought it was working for me. But the last few weeks made me think that it might not be. But, I'm not sure if I'm just rationalizing because working…

The poop is high enough now...

Well, I've done it. I spent the last few days focusing on the negative aspects, the things I don't like and the list has gotten pretty long. But yesterday pushed it over the top completely.

I have blood sugar issues. I'm hypoglycemic but the doctors have never been able to prove it because they won't listen to me about when to run the test. They always do a fasting glucose and that's not when it bothers me. It effects me 2 1/2 - 3 hours after I eat sugar. Gee, just about how long it takes for my stomach to start breaking the food down and move it into my bloodstream. Coincidence????

Anyway, when I eat right and workout regularly my blood sugar becomes more stable. I will be able to have a little sugary treat and not turn into a pile of quivering mush in a couple of hours. Yesterday we had an afternoon wedding to go to. After I got home from my test and before we left I was a little hungry, so I had a bowl of cereal. Exactly 2 1/2 hours later, as we are driv…