Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
My goal for this vacation was that I needed to workout every day I was down there. The complex that they live on is a private golf course, so the roads were not busy at all with traffic; ideal for jogging. The community also had a clubhouse with a fitness center. I would be crazy if I didn't take advantage of it. I "jogged" 2 of the days, in the morning. It was brutally hot and muggy, even first thing in the morning, and my fragile new jogging style was not really ready for it. But I did complete each of the 2 days, so that was good. The other days I spent in the gym. The first day at the gym was a simple elliptical machine day. The last day, the day we flew home, I tried a workout recommended by Andrea, my SIL. That deserves a whole post to itself, I just need to say that my legs are still burning a whole 36 hours after the workout!
The other thing that you do on vacations is eat out a lot, which we did. I'm still watching my calories, and adjusted my diet accordingly, kinda. I'll explain... I'm not as extreme as those that you see on TV when ordering from a restaurant (hold this, no that, substitute this for that, etc.), but I did adjust my meal option. We went out to a cool fish restaurant, and I SO wanted the fried clam basket with fries. I was almost there for ordering, but I changed it to the shrimp tacos. The shrimp were grilled, not fried, and I didn't use any tarter sauce, which I would have if I have had ordered the clams. So that saved on a bunch of calories, and the tacos were excellent. I also tried to limit my portion size, we went to an Italian place, and I could have housed my pasta meal, but I saved some for lunch the next day. So baby steps in this category.
The overall results, which showed up on the scales today.... I was DOWN overall!! Only 0.2 lbs, but still, in the past I would have gained a bunch on a vacation like this. So the vacation was such a success. It proved I could go and have a great time with my family, eat out, exercise, and still meet all my goals even though I'm away from home. Good vacation indeed!
Monday, February 18, 2013
I have a brand new break through diet! It guarantees that you only consume half of what you have when you sit down to eat, so it naturally limits your caloric intake.
What is this miracle diet, you might ask?
I call it the Ellery Diet. Both Lindsay and I are on it, and it is working great!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Monday, December 17, 2012
So, how am I doing? I've lost 31.2 lbs. It doesn't seem like much, but it has made a major change in my life. I have much more energy, I workout (almost) every weekday morning. I don't find myself as winded as I once did when climbing the 3 flights of stairs to get to my office. And I find that working out is a little addicting, not wanting to go but NEEDING to go in the morning.
The last reason that it's a good time for an update is because of all the compliments that I've been getting. There have been lots of family functions in the past couple months, and everyone has been so positive with their support. I physically feel the positivity each time I workout. Lindsay is even getting in on the action, going to the gym at night when I get home. She is looking outstanding, if I do say so myself.
Now for the check in with my progress, since I now have to satisfy the engineer inside me with some good 'ole data analysis.
- 31.2 lbs / 16 weeks = 1.95 lbs/week
- My goal was 2 lbs/week, so I'm close
- 63 weeks left until I turn 40
- At my current rate, 1.95 lbs/week, I will achieve 180 lbs in 45.6 weeks (very accurate!)
So even though I feel horrible today, I have been making good progress, even if I'm horrible at providing updates! More frequent updates to come, I promise :) maybe next time with 3rd grade math (haha).
Monday, October 15, 2012
Today, I wanted to switch up my routine, so I worked out at work. While I was getting dressed, I realized I forgot my belt at home. So I went through the day without, and my jeans falling off me all day. If I weren't so proud of myself for shrinking put of my jeans, I would have been embarrassed. But I couldn't help but smile every time I had to hike up my pants.
For an update, I've lost over 20 lbs, even taking a week off of working out. My sis-in-law has reignited my workout focus, after she finished the Ironman triathlon.