Monday, February 3, 2014


Hey, get your mind out of the gutter! I'm talking about a quickie update. Don't know what YOU were thinking.

I am back to work and all is (mostly) well after the flu from hell. Yayyyyy. I also am up 2 lbs from last week due to an over-indulgent birthday dinner for my sister. I hit 214.6 that morning and the next day it was 216.6. Curse you roasted Greek potatoes in all your lemony goodness. It's still the same this morning. I had way more carbs than usual, so I'm thinking that's it. Back to plan, back to reality.

Now that I'm not coughing up my lungs, I think it's time to get back on the sweat train and start exercising regularly. Mmmm. Sweat train. Sounds like the least desirable mode of transportation ever.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's a good news bad news kinda post

Let's start with the bad news...I am sick. So there I was, feeling all smug and invincible, convinced my immune system was kicking ass, as everyone around me dropped like stuff that drops fast, when whammo! I got it. Fever, aches, chills, frigging annoying cough.

Boo and hoo.

I started to feel off on Saturday with a bit of a cough. I still went to the park with my fiancé and his kids for a picnic in the sunshine. It was a balmy 12 Celsius and nothing but blue skies, so who could resist? I rode the bike earlier that day, and no problem. I decided to do a few laps around the field and ended up coughing myself into some nice chest pain. I stopped running. I haven't exercised since. :(

The good news is I am down to 215.6. Couple pounds from last time. I'm sure at least one of those pounds is from my lack of eating the past three days.

One thing I realized over the weekend is that I don't think I'm in danger of and carb-rebound weight-gain. I've eaten carbs a few times now and my weight has stayed the same. I'm trying not to overdo it, but I had yorkshire pudding and cake with my late birthday dinner on Sunday (a feat possible thanks to the magic of Neocitron which knocked my fever down for a few hours), and the fam ordered pizza last night. No problemos. I could only eat 2 pieces though...which was amazing. I used to eat 4 without feeling really full. Gotta love stomach shrinkage!

Anyway, that's where I am. I still have this countdown clock in my head. I'm trying to figure if I can lose over 15 lbs more in a month and a half to be under 200 by Jamaica. That would be fine, indeed.

Here's hoping this cough will bugger off soon so I can try some more exercise!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Exercise Shmexercise.

So I'm still down about 10 lbs. It's definitely hit a wall since the thrill of seeing a pound a day leave my body (ok, it was water weight, but it still felt good!). Yesterday I ate a piece of banana bread- ooooh carbs! I thought maybe that would affect some water retention. It's funny, now that I think back, I was peeing like every hour after the third day or so on the low-carb plan. Now I know why! I'm much more back to normal now, so I guess all those lovely glycogens are happy to keep their water for now. Ah well.

That brings me to the thing I dread the most: exercise. Gah, it's the worst for me. Last time on this merry-go-round called weight-loss, I had a TON of people give me advice on exercise. Nice people. Well meaning people. But nothing they could say could help me like exercise. Oh, they said, just find something you like to do that's active and do that! Uh huh. What if there is really nothing I like to do? I only exercise because it is a good way to lose weight and to stay healthy. I suppose if you put a gun to my head and made me choose some sort of exercise that doesn't fill me with dread, I would say maybe walking. I don't hate walking. However, I do hate walking in the cold and the rain, which pretty much rules out the whole area of now- it being winter and all- for walking.

I haven't broken a sweat doing any type of the dreaded exercise yet, but I'd like to plan it out. I'm thinking I'll ride my recumbent bike to start. I like to do hand weights while I ride to give my heart rate a boost and work my upper body. I also have that arm workout video I want to try still. I used to do the 30 Day Shred, but lost the DVD. I replaced it with a similar Jillian DVD, but I didn't like it as much. I keep meaning to grab another copy when I'm out and about- I think it's still pretty popular. I did Jillian's killyourlegsohmygodplankingsucks workout the first time about 8 months into my weight-loss journey last time. It was in December, and I think I lost about 6 lbs in the 30 days. I think that's pretty good considering it was through Christmas feasting and I'd already lost 40 or more pounds.  It really helped develop my core and I got some nice leg definition from all the squats. Yup, I will check her out again for sure.

Wish me luck in my foray back into sweating and muscle pain...oh, and endorphins. I hope I get some of those!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jamaica, mon

(Before I get started, I posted my "WTF Happened" blog up here at the top to sort of tell people what happened when I fell off the blog-dar 3 years ago- sorry if the timeline is confusing!)

Did I mention I am going to Jamaica? In TWO MONTHS?!? It's only because I'm extremely lucky and have the best mom in the universe (no offense to your super moms, but, as in Highlander, there can be only one), and she is paying for my sister and I to go to my brother's wedding. The bitter in the bittersweetness of it all is that she just had a stroke over Christmas and isn't cleared to travel, so we will be going without her. Bitter bitterness, indeed. She's doing much better now, but she has blood clots- the cause of the stroke- and is on blood thinners that require her to get blood tests every three days. So on one hand, I'm excited to go to this amazing island, but on the other, no mom. I also have to leave my fiancé behind, so it will be my sister and I in a romantic tropical setting. The funny part is my brother booked a couples-only hotel, so you never know, we might even get mistaken for a creepy look-alike lesbian couple. NOT THAT I AM COMPLAINING. God, no. It's so cool we get to see my little brother get married.

Of course, heading to a tropical island does evoke a small amount of anxiety over having to expose more of my pasty flesh to the world. I have been telling myself for, oh...about six months now, that I need to get my ass in gear and lose some pounds before Jamaica. I had this little internal countdown going. If I start today, I'll have six months to lose weight! If I lose 8 lbs a month, that's almost 50 lbs! Yeah! Then it turned to, if I start today, I'll have four months to lose weight. I can lose 40 lbs in that time! Now I'm down to two months left. Not sure how much I can lose in that time, but I'm certainly going to do my best!

I'm still doing the low-carb, low-glycemic thing, and I love how I feel doing it. I think that low-GI might be the way to go for me, rather than low-carb. Although, I'm thinking they sort of amount to the same thing.

Pretty soon, I'll be off the restrictive Dr. Oz plan and I will start moving my ass with some exercise. My friend sent me this arm work out video that I'm keen to try.

I'm hoping I might get a few people reading my blog again. I'm trolling for new blogs to read since I realized that 90% of my old flogger buddies are all gone from bloggerland. Anyway, if you are joining me and have few spare moments, you can check out my old posts and see the skinny me that I want to be again! I miss that girl. Sigh.