Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Keep Doing The Work!!

Well I did not go for a bike ride on Monday because my legs were so darn sore. I instead just worked at my second job for 3 hours.

Tuesday I did go for a run, but I could only run for a mile before my knee began to bark at me. I did run for 5 minutes straight before walking so that is a huge improvement.

For today I will do an arm strength training workout. I haven't decided if I want to follow a workout video or do my own. I might need to follow a video because I tend to over do it when i wing it on my own.

Eating has been fairly good. I am not tracking anymore because it is just so damn tedious. I have decided not to weigh myself again until October 1st.

So my biggest focus is on my workouts. I want to be strong and have plenty of endurance this ski season.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Feeling the Burn

I was feeling yucky on Friday. A feverblister has come up on my face and I know that means my body is needing rest. So I rested on Friday. Then on Saturday I thought I needed to make up for Friday. I did over 100 varieties of weighted squats and over 100 varieties of lunges. Then I decided to jump on the treadclimber for 30 minutes. Nearly two hours later I was spent from a damn good workout. I felt awesome and so proud of myself!!

Sunday morning I could barely walk let alone sit down on the toilet! So my planned run on Sunday did not happen. Lesson learned is making up for one day can screw up another one. I should not have over done it. I know next time to limit my strength training to probably half of what I did on Saturday. I will eventually get tot the point of what I did on Saturday as a normal workout, but not yet.

I do plan on biking after work today. I also have 3 running days on the books for this week. I have improved my time each time I have ran. I am hoping for under 14 minutes per mile tomorrow.

On the eating front, I did poorly this weekend due to being sore and sick feeling. So all easy and quick meals.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Staying Consistent

Well staying consistent is a great way to begin any weight loss journey. The consistency instills a long-term habit for most. There is always that percentage that it just doesn't work for. I feel that I fall into that not work for category at times. I have been consistent lately with my workouts and eating healthy. I have not splurged on cookies and junk food in months!

I know that my thyroid issue is really adhering my weight loss. I have to accept this right now and work on making myself feel good so I can remain consistent.

It is shattering at times when you have been so damn good for weeks and there is no change on the scale but the constant up and down that it does every week. I mean my weight begins at around 174 on Monday and I will go down to 172 and then up to 176 in that week, but by Monday I am back to 174. I really hate this thyroid problem but it is where I am in my life. Hind site is 20/20 and if I had only stuck with taking my meds prior to knee surgery and never took that Garcina Cambogia I would probably be at my idea weight of 145, but you know what I didn't and I am where I am today.

So it is time to stop measuring my progress by the scale!

It is time to measure my progress by my strength and ability to do more and improve upon those things.

For instance, my 2 days a week strength training - I need to increase my lifting weight every two weeks. I cannot remain at the same weight because I will not build more muscle that I need to help burn the extra fat. No more easy does it with 5 lbs but do the hard ones with 8 - 10 lbs and then increase every two weeks until my deadlifts and shoulder presses are with 20 lb weights.

Keep increasing my running time each week. I am right now at 14.35 minutes per mile. I need to get to 12.3 minutes per mile and then begin increasing my distance until I can run 5 miles.

Biking - I need to bike Round Valley on Saturday mornings and do no less than 2 hours. If it means looping Matt's Flats 2 to 3 times or even more until I feel confident enough to do the harder loop then I do it. 

I may never hit my magic number of 145, but I will be a damn healthy size 14!! That is what matters right now to me. Being healthy at the size I am now and hopefully with staying consistent with my workouts but pushing myself to achieve my workout goals I will lose weight. If I don't lose weight and can do all my workouts I will be healthy and will have had to lose some inches in the process.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mid-August Update

Since the last of July I haven't really given this 100%.  I have been given it 90% which is better than completely stopping. I am still trying to figure out the best diet for my body. I have cut out wheat bread and I have only had a tortilla and a few crackers this week. I did go out to eat too many times last week.

So again I am trying to make this work. I feel as if I am constant on my workouts. They are not as intense as they could be, but my knee has been inflamed lately. I'm not giving up on myself and my needed weight loss. I haven't yet came to an acceptance of my size and will keep trying.

I thought waking up early and having breakfast before work would be better....nope....I just cannot eat or wake up that early. My body is used to sleeping for so many hours a night and eating after 8 in the morning. So I'm going to switch back to eating breakfast at work, but what should I eat. Apparently the Vega Protein mix I love has hemp and other items in it that isn't good for my thyroid. So I am back to researching what is the best breakfast for people with hypothyroidism. I know I need high protein but without a stove that will be hard to hit for my breakfast during the week.

I do know that my body is still adjusting to the meds so it might take a few more weeks before whatever I do really shows. I have to accept this and stop worrying about how large I am and seeing the family in October this much overweight. It isn't as if they are all skinny and healthy so I just need to focus on what makes me feel good. I need to get out of my head and focus on the steps I am taking.

Speaking of steps, I have ran two Sundays in a row. They aren't the best pace time but I'm doing it. I'm just going to stick with this program and see where I am in a couple of months. Then I will tweak it if need be.

Now I'm off to research breakfasts for hypothyroidism. Yay so much fun.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Took a Hiatus from tracking

Yep I did it again! I took a week off from tracking my food. I think I didn't overindulge but I have no proof.

I feel as if I will never figure out what it will take for my body to lose weight!! I cut my calories down to as low as I can and I workout....I gain weight! I go to a more in between calorie intake and workout...I gain weight!! I am gaining and then losing the same 5 pounds over and over again!! I am very frustrated and just don't know what steps to take to make my body go into a losing phase. It just wants to stay in maintenance phase and I need it to gear over to losing phase!!

I will stick to trying to stay at an average 1300 calories per day. I will also keep to my workout schedule and listen to my body when it just cannot workout that day. Like yesterday, I could barely walk from the run I did on Sunday. Yes, I did an actual run! I overdid it because I listened to Keith on where and when to run, but I won't make that mistake again. I will try different locations to figure out which one will work for me, but I do know the rail trail isn't my running path!! I also know that I don't need a running partner. Although Keith is by far no running partner. He left me and only walked with me on our walk back home. He sucks as an exercise partner. So I will do my runs alone and at my own pace. I thought I would look stupid and feel stupid running...well, I might have looked stupid but I didn't feel stupid and that is what matters!! I plan on running on Thursday for one mile and one mile only. I will try an interval of 1/1 for this first mile and see how it works for me.

One thing I can say about running is that my whole body is sore from it!! The pounding is hard on the body but I think it will also be good. My knee is sore but I will use my knee sleeve on Thursday and see if that helps. I have to get my breathing down better as well.

So yeah, I didn't track for a week but maintained my weight and then I began tracking for the last 3 days and gained weight!! So very frustrating but I will get there!! I will reach my goal!!