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Weigh-In Wednesday: Week Two

15 Aug

Okay.  It’s the end of the second/beginning of the third week of my self-proclaimed 33 by 33 challenge.  And in all honesty, it’s been a bittersweet week.  Let’s get down to business, and then I’ll explain.

The verdict:


Yup.  I lost three pounds, bringing my two-week total to -6.4.  Pretty awesome.  Here’s where the “bad” news comes in.

I haven’t worked out all week, and I’ve barely eaten.  This has not been a choice; in fact, it’s killing me to just lay around.  I’ve been suffering from a migraine for over a week now.  I’ve gone to the doctor, had some blood work, and just yesterday had a CT scan.

I don’t know if any of you suffer from migraines, but I’ve NEVER had one like this.  One day, there’s an ice pick in my face, the light makes me feel like Vampire Bill, and all I want to (or even can) do is sleep.  The next day, it’s a dull ache with the dizzies – the sober drunk girl.  And on and on and on.  I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night because of it.  I’ve been even more forgetful than usual because of it.  I’ve got more unexplained bruises than normal because of it.  This just sucks.

Trying to look on the bright side, I’m glad this is happening BEFORE school starts back up because I don’t think I’d last a day with all those loud teenagers.  Eeeeek!  I’m sad that the end of my summer is less than sensational.  I don’t know.  Hopefully my doctor will have some answers today.

So, my weekly weigh-in post has turned into an “I have a migraine” rant.  So back to the skinny.  I’ve got 26.6 pounds left to lose, and I’ve got 18 weeks to do it. I should add that I bought two new pairs of pants in a size smaller than I have previously worn, and I’m in a whole new weight decade (that’s what I call each ten pounds).


Weigh-In Wednesday: Week One

8 Aug

Ok.  So, I’ve been committed to my 33 by 33 plan for a whole week now.  This morning I stepped on the scale, and the result was:

– 3.4 lbs

Yup.  I have lost 3.4 lbs in my first week!  That means I only have 30 more to go!!!  Hahaha.  I worked out five out of the seven days, drank lots and lots of water, and was more mindful of what I put in my face to eat.  I’ve been going back and forth all week with the idea of cutting out gluten because I had done some research about it and fibromyalgia.  Apparently going gluten-free can help reduce the pain and fatigue that comes along with FMS.  I’m all for anything that will make me feel better.  This week I definitely cut down on the gluten, and there were some days where I didn’t have any at all.  We’ll see how it goes.

But, all in all, it was  a successful week.  I feel good about my accomplishments.  If I keep this up, I will definitely meet my final goal!

Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred…

19 May

…is insane.

This video has been a part of my always-growing collection of workout DVDs for years.  I have tried it at least five times, never making it past DAY 5, but nonetheless, I keep going back.

Maybe it’s the promise that I can potentially lose 20 pounds in 30 days.  Maybe it’s the challenge of seeing if I can actually make it to the second workout because up until this point, I never have.  Maybe it’s because I HATE Jillian Michaels and refuse to let her win.

Whatever the reason, and because a friend of mine has recently started her 30 Day Shred, I decided to give it yet another try.  It couldn’t hurt, right?  I just laughed out loud at that sentence, because here I am, 20 minutes after finishing DAY 1 and my arms are still shaking, and I need an ice pack for my knee.

But, I’m determined.  I mapped out my 30 days.  Weighed myself this morning and took “before” photos.  And I’m trying to convince myself that I can do anything for 10 days (small victories).  Let’s see if I live to tell the tale of the first round before I start thinking of DAY 20 and DAY 30.  I think I’ll have to convince my aching body of that more than I will my mind.  Sheesh.  This is going hurt.

I’ll fill you all in at the next milestone:  DAY 10.  Anyone else out there trying the 30 Day Shred?  Tips?  Sympathies?  Anything?

An Interval Workout That I Actually Like

14 May

I firmly believe that I am the reason publishers line the checkout lanes at the grocery store with magazines.  I’m constantly picking the latest issues of Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, and more, but I especially love the Prevention Guides.  Not Prevention Magazine itself, but the special issues that boast tricks to sleeping better and shedding 10 pounds with a brand new walking routine.  Oh, yes.  I get sucked in.  Just like I used to get sucked in with the dieting and exercising infomercials.  The original Power 90, Kathy Smith’s Body Makeover, and The Firm super high step that is supposed to help my butt get more firm are all taking up valuable real estate in my living room.  I keep telling myself some day…

But back to the Prevention Guides.  This one is my FAVORITE by far:

This was on newsstands, or in my case the checkout lane at the market, in the early part of 2010.  There are a number of wonderful things in this issue, but one of my most favorite parts is the Belly-Blasting Intervals workout.  It is an equipment-free routine that alternates 20 seconds of vigorous activity with 40 second recovery bouts.  The great thing about this workout is that you can do all 30 minutes, or stop at 20, or even 10.  You can make it fit YOUR life.

Belly Blasting Interval

It’s easy to modify this workout, so don’t freak out if the high intensity intervals seem crazy or unmanageable.  For the Claps, I don’t hop, but rather just raise my knee as high as possible.  You can alter all of the moves if you need to so that the workout works for you.  When I do this workout, I set my phone up next to the television.  Using the timer on the phone, I can keep track of the intervals AND watch the news or something as well.  This issue also has an awesome 6-minute interval workout that I guarantee will have you sweating.  These moves are brought to you by Tracey Mallett, author of Sexy in 6.

6 Minute Intervals

Enjoy these workouts, and let me know of any changes you make to them, or if you have an interval workout that you really like!

Weekly Weigh-in

20 Apr

I’m gonna get real with you all today.  Last week when I weighed in on my normal day, I found that I gained about four pounds.  I had gone from 185 to 189.  Yes.  That’s right.  I just told the world how much I weigh.  Well, that’s just not acceptable.  I had gotten down to 184 (that was when I finally got to move marbles), and that’s the lowest the scale has been in a while.

April Vacation saved me.  Sleeping in, walking every morning, and making good food choices helped me get back down to 185.  This was exactly what I needed to get back on track.  I feel good.  Sure, I’m sore, but I know it’s worth it.  I know that I can keep this momentum going and I’m SURE that next week when I weigh in, I’ll be moving marbles.