Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weighing In - 07/22/2014

Previous weight: 167.4
Today's weight: 167.4

This week's result: +/- 0.0lbs!

Hey, what's up, Maintenance? Nice to see you, old buddy!

Hooray! I'm proud of my lack of change this week, especially because I wasn't trying to lose. That's not so much the case this current week, but I DO have a birthday on Friday... so....

I'm on the serious track, so I can do a little indulging on my day. I'm trying to get back into weight loss mode, which means that treats are not something that come about every single day. They're reserved for special occasions, and they're intentional choices, not just something I do. Some weeks, like ones with special occasions, will be for maintenance. That's probably the case this week.

I've never been a huge Birthday Person, so having a birthday this week shouldn't throw me for too much of a loop. My family and I aren't too close, so there won't be a bunch of celebrating. We're doing a combo birthday/wedding anniversary dinner on Sunday for both me and my sister and brother-in-law, and I lucked out by having a reunion party scheduled on the night of my birthday, which will draw together a big group of friends for backyard karaoke, passively in honor of me without being in honor of me. That's my favorite way to be "in the spotlight," you know, by not being in it really at all.

The weather is supposed to be grand, so I'm trying to plan a few active outings. Maybe a trip to the beach while the sun is high, some inline skating, perhaps steal a dog and take to the river bluffs dog park for a hike. I'd love to get a mani/pedi, as that's something I treat myself to once or twice per year.

What sort of things do you like to do for yourself on your birthday that aren't cake related?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hottest Day Off.

It's 90 some degrees in Minneapolis, with about 99% humidity. It is THIS day I chose to take my maiden voyage on my early-birthday-present set of inline skates.

You see, I never had Rollerblades growing up, despite living in the state in which they were created and even MODELING FOR THEIR CATALOG.

This winter, in a fit of stir-crazy boredom, we set off to the roller rink with the kiddo and his adorable friend. I chose to use inline skates instead of roller skates since the kiddos were new to rollerskating, I figured I should do something I'd never done too.

Turns out it's mostly like ice skating, which is great, because I (sort of) know how to do that with my adult body. I HAD A BLAST, and Manpanion took note, which is why he surprised me with a pair of skates for my upcoming birthday on Friday! He is so good at doing things that make me smile.

We found an awesome pair of basically brand new K2 skates at Play It Again Sports in St. Paul for a steal. Here's me modeling them the way I modeled for the Rollerblade catalog in the early 90s. 

Today, I went for my inaugural ride. It was hot, and I was very nervous. Inline skating is... not very cool. I mean, I live in the #1 bicycle city. I rode a skateboard as a kid. I understand the stigma of the rollerbladers. However, I have a massive hero-crush on the groups of speed skaters who are always woooooshing down the Greenway in close groups. They're flying, and it's amazing. They're also always ripped. This is my training plan to get a little closer to speed skating. 

Inline skating is a bit harder in the real world. There are cracks, there are pebbles and debris. There are other people snickering at you. 

My first roadblock was to figure out how to get from my house down to the Greenway. I didn't really understand how to use the stopper on the skates. I mean... I understood it in theory, but I'd never tried it. I needed to transport myself 2 blocks to the entry point for the trail, which is a 45 degree angle. I could have walked over and put the skates on once I was down there... but then what do I do with my shoes? It's too hot for a backpack, guys. 

I decided to just GO FOR IT. 

I laced up, I ratcheted up, I stood up. I tightened my nerdy wrist guards to protect my working hands because they earn all my money for me, and I took off. I was confident, I didn't wobble, and I made it down that stupid descent. I only skated 1.5 miles, and it was a short but sweet workout. Endomondo seems to think I burned 176 calories in those 16 minutes, so that's pretty rad. I had a great time too. 

I also took my car share HourCar out this morning and did some grocery shopping. I've been eating out a lot lately because I've been avoiding food preparation. Because today was going to be insanely hot and I was going to keep the AC running (reserved only for Excessive Heat Warnings from the Weather Channel), I knew today would be a good day to do a little prep work. I made a dozen hard boiled eggs. I chopped, diced and juiced my way to a black bean and pepper salad. I washed and spun the spinach. I DID ALL THE THINGS. 

It's been a struggle keeping up with things lately. I've been attempting to be more sociable and more of a yes-girl, so weight loss hasn't been at the fore front of my mind. I'm trying to maintain balance. 

Happiness right alongside the routine. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weighing In - 07/08/2014

Previous weight:  167.0
Today's weight:  167.4

This week's result: +0.4lbs

OK! I am where I am. I had an incredible weekend and managed to gain LESS THAN HALF A POUND. There were G&Ts, pie, cookies and fabulous home-cooked meals. I was active, but not forcibly so. These are great things.

However, I am still acutely aware that I am carrying more weight than I want to be hauling around, and as I keep getting older, that weight isn't settling in the areas where I want it to go. To make a long story short, I have a belly. I've really never had a belly before. Even at my highest weight, I wasn't a flappy belly sort of gal, but now that I'm in my 30s, things seem to be softening up. Oh metabolism, you little rascal.

This morning I got up, hopped on the scale, recorded my weight without judgement, had a cup of coffee and suited up to get outside and get some intentional exercise in. I decided to restart Couch to 5k via their helpful app, and after my 2+ miles were up, I switched over to the 7 Minute Workout. Even though this was all accomplished in less than an hour, I still felt like a rockstar for getting up, getting out and moving. I washed my sheets and towels, folded them outside in the sun, and enjoyed a leisurely and well deserved shower.

Today I'm celebrating TWO 7 minute workout days, my awesomely motivated morning, iced coffee treat, and an evening at my new job making money and new friends.

Tomorrow, I'm going to get up and do it all over again. While c25k means "off-days," tomorrow I can do stair runs on the Greenway for cardio, my 7 minute workout, and if I'm still feeling motivated - a supersets strength training workout. Thursday's workout will be a bike ride and an outdoor disco dance party with my boys. A good week ahead!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Long Weekends in Summer.


A very lovely weekend, indeed. Manpanion, kiddo and I headed up to their family cabin in Nisswa, MN. It's quite beautiful there, and even if it weren't, I was elated to have 3 days off in a row. IN A ROW, you guys. Now that I have 2 jobs and school, there's little time for things like... well... this:

However, when you gather a bunch of people in one place, there tends to be a lot of eating. And there was pie. And chocolate. And cookies. I don't expect that I've maintained or lost any weight this week, but I also cannot honestly say that I've tried. 

Instead, I had fun. 

I picked strawberries right off the ground. 

I swam and splashed. 

I saw a heron. 

I went out on the paddleboard. A lot. 

A butterfly wanted to be my friend. 

I had to work on Sunday, so I had to leave the cabin life behind a little early. The time to get back on track is here, and while I wasn't feeling very motivated this morning, I did decide to do the 7 Minute Workout (made easy by this app but there are several others available). 

7 minutes is really not a proper workout, but SCIENCE says this is a good daily routine. I like SCIENCE, and I like shortcuts. I also fully intend to go for a long walk today, and get out on my bike as well. It's very clear to me that exercise and activity are not difficult for me, though I'm not motivated to be an all-star athlete or anything, it's the intentional food choices. Or rather, unintentional food choices. I need to stop eating crap. 

Sounds simple enough. Now how do I do that?