01 September 2012


In May I started a Facebook page for this blog. I didn't really use it much and thought I would keep it private, just for me. Then last weekend I started finding all these pages of people losing weight. I thought some of them were awesome. Then I discovered that I can use FB as either myself or this page. So I went around and started looking at some pages and started liking them. Well, I found a whole lot of inspiration and motivation. Now I remember what it was like in the heyday of blogging with this blog. I found so many people so supportive and ready to offer advice. A real community. I loved it. Then slowly people moved to FB and since there was all kinds of people on FB; friends, family, co-workers; I didn't feel comfortable talking about working out and weight loss all the time. So I didn't and just blogged here in relative obscurity. And while I'm a big one for saying I'm doing this for myself and don't need anyone's input or validation, it's nice to just be part of a community that is going through the same process. And while it's true, I don't need anyone's input or validation and I am doing this for myself, it's nice to see others are traveling the same path I am. In just the week I've done this I already feel much more motivated and inspired.

And this falls at a great time. It's September 1st. I love, love, love new beginnings. And the first of a month is a huge one. August was rough because it was adjusting back to school after 2 months off. That takes time. Also, I'm a lot more devoted to doing my best this year and that takes more time and energy. So I'm cutting myself some slack and declaring August my adjustment period. But now it's September and it's time to get serious.

During the month of August I have managed to maintain my weight. This in itself is a huge accomplishment because for almost 7 weeks my weight has remained the same. I have never done that before. Never. So that is really a huge accomplishment for me and I'm going to be very proud of it. For the month of September though, I want to step it up. Due to my being so tired, I haven't been working out as much as I would like to. So I'm going to set a goal of working out 3 times a week for the entire month of September. I also need to examine my food intake. I do really good during the day but I think I overdo it at night and that is why things are staying the same. Finally, I don't want to focus on the number on the scale. I want to focus on health and fitness. Right now I can't run a mile so I want to be able to run a mile by the end of the month. A 10 minute mile would be even better.

Goals for the month:

  1. Workout 3 times a week minimum (bike commuting does not count)
  2. Track my meals to see exactly what I'm eating when
  3. Weigh no more than once a week
  4. Run
I think those are reasonable goals. Nothing crazy, just basic common sense. I will check in every Saturday to see how it's going. Here's to a fabulous September. 

31 August 2012

Time for something new

After my run in with the lemon cake on Wednesday, I've been recovering slowly. I swear, if more people were aware of the way things affected their body, they would never eat half the stuff they do. What that lemon cake did to me is horrible and I don't want to have that happen any more.

Okay, on to bigger and better things. Tomorrow morning I get to try something I've been wanting to try for a long, long time. Crossfit. I am so excited. I'm nervous as all hell but I'm more excited. I've wanted to do Crossfit forever, but the only gym was in town and at times that just did not work for me. Now there is one right here in Kaneohe and I could not be more excited. So tomorrow I'm going for the intro class. I can not wait. I was supposed to go on Tuesday night but I decided not to because I did not want to spend the rest of the week at school sore. So I wisely decided to wait until Saturday of a long weekend. Tomorrow. I'm excited. They have these really cool t-shirts for sale, I'll have to remember to bring some money. They are really different. I'm sure it took them a while to find the best customized t-shirts because these are not like any I've seen before.

Okay, enough. I have things to do....

30 August 2012

Food as fuel - and that's all

It amazes me how I have to relearn things over and over and over.....

I've been really good with my eating and haven't had sweets for about 2 weeks. Well, let me qaulify that, I've had small pieces of sweets, and I mean small, close to bedtime once or twice. But that's it. Yesterday was a great day, I found out I got a raise first thing in the morning and it was all good from there on out. On my way home I was a little tired but nothing unusual. When I got home I found that Hubby had bought some lemon cake. Yum. Since I was happy and in a good mood I decided to have a piece. Old habits. Over the course of.the rest of the night i proceded to have 4 pieces. 4. 4. 4. Both before and after dinner. By 7pm I was exhausted. Wiped out. I could not keep my eyes open. It was horrible. Then this morning I overslept -which my or my not be related - and had a touch of diaherrea. Can it be,more obvious? I am firmly convinced that I got soooo incredibly tired because of that stupid cake. I'm convinced of it. After not having much sugar for a couple of weeks, suddenly I flood the system. And how does the system react - it wants to shut down. It makes perfect sense to me.
I was doing great until I started eating that damn cake. I've managed to wean myself off bread and milk because of the way my body reacts, I guess it's time to do the same with sweets.

This whole journey is really just a learning experience. For a long time I could eat indiscriminately and not suffer any consequences. Milk, bread (not sure if it's yeast or what), soy, now sweets, all of them mess with my gut and I don't like it. So it's time to finally and forever, step away from the cake.

26 August 2012

Good Day

Yesterday was an awesome day. I worked out hard - what constitutes hard at this fitness level anyway - and my eating was okay. Ended up having lunch at Ruby Tuesday's - completely unplanned - and split a burger with Hubby, and had a beer. But did not eat the rest of the day until dinner. Took Bella to training and walked the dogs. Felt great - awesome, awesome day. Ended up eating ~2000 cals but burned ~2700 so it all worked out in the end. I'm pleased.

Today is going to be similar. I need to workout, do laundry, clean a little, prep for next week - food and clothes, etc. Then we have to walk the dogs again - we have to. So it will be a fun filled day :) I need to clean this room. My desk is a disaster.

Now it's time to workout though....

Monsoon season has arrived

and we got our first rain yesterday. Actually, it's still raining a little this morning. It wasn't a lot of rain, but it was rain....