Losta New Stuff

First off…. I weighed myself again… and I’m 194 instead of 196.

So somehow within the past week I have gained a pound. I’m not sure how since I’ve eaten really well and been exercisings and whatnot…. I’m thinking it’s all the extra water that I’ve been drinking and stress….. I dunno.

Oh well… not the number I wated to see, but crap happens.

I’m a little worried. I’m going to be going back on birth control… one kid is enough thank you very much…. but I’m having this issue because I always gain weight while on birth control. For all of you who say that you don’t gain weight while on birth control, some people do…and I am one of them. It’s usually only  the first couple of months…. It’s typically just “water weight” according to the doctors…. So I’m hoping with me actually exercising (unlike the last time I was on BC) then I won’t gain any.

And next…. someone on CC messaged me after reading my blog….

My idea of doing my couch to 5K plan and just doubling it up isn’t a good idea. It makes quite a bit of sense after it was explained to me.

I was told that if I do it doubled like that it could actually delay my progress, who would have thought?!?!?! Not me! Lol.

But they made a very good point. If I do the regimine the way that it is written, I could keep pushing myself afterwards. They told me “wouldn’t you rather be able to run 4-5 miles come the time of your 5K?”

Makes perfect sense…. so I am going to be doing that. Actually doing the regimen like it is telling me…… then I can keep working past that point…. you know?

So to the person who messaged me….thanks!!!!!

I’ve been looking it up and I haven’t been able to find the right 5K here where I live. The one that I wrote about was for last year….dumb me…. so I’ve been trying to figure out what date this years is… Hopefully it doesn’t conflict with my school schedule, that would suck.

I have found one that is closest to me is about 20 miles away and on June 9th… Another I found actually starts at my college and this one is July 9th…. so we’ll see how it goes!!! I might do both.

But there is a 10K and 25K coming up in September. So I’m seriously considering doing that. Too determined? Who knows. But I’ll actually figure it out after I do the 5K and see how I’m doing.

But yeah…that’s all I wanted to update on

Tata-

Nicole

Couch to 5k

Ahhhh….yes….

JULY 5TH 2012!!!!

That is when the upcoming Firecracker 5K is coming to town. And I’m going to do it!!!!!!

I don’t know if it’s considered a marathon, but for me running 1/2 a mile is a marathon.

So yeah, I can jog about .25 miles…. not far at all….

3.1 miles.

I’ve looked up a couch to 5K thingie plan and I’m going to give it a go.

I’ve got about 17 weeks until the event…. so I’ve gotta get working on it

The workout plan I found intends for you to get to a 5K in 9 weeks. Going out 3 times a week for 9 weeks. So I’m thinking of just doubling the steps.

Like Week 1 is

Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes

3 times a week…. so if I figure if I do that for two weeks (6 times)….. get it?

I’m just going to do each week twice….I’ll be one week over….

Now if I go 4 times a week it’ll cut off a couple of weeks…. so we’ll se how it goes.

I’m probably going to start on a treadmill (GRRRRR) only because there is too much snow to actually go out and try to jog….

So we’ll see….

Wish me luck!!!!!

Now March!

I wanted to throw in my measurements that I took yesterday!!!!

Weight: 193
Chest: 39″
Waist: 33″
Lovehandles: 42″
Hips: 39.5″
Thighs together: 38″
Left Thigh: 26″
Right Thigh: 25.5″
Left Arm: 13″
Right Arm: 13″
BMI: 30.07
Pants: 10
Shirt: Large
Bra: 36C

I’m testing a theory.

I’ve realized that perhaps me not having a definite goal in mind…that perhaps I’m not making myself push towards something.

At this point I’ve got this whole mindset of “I don’t care when I lose the weight by…I just want to lose the weight.

Which, honestly, is good thinking…. in some senses. If I don’t have a goal (further than one week) then how can I expect myself to actually lose weight? Don’t get me wrong, I want to…. definitely want to…. but I think that if  I were to actually set monthly goals… then I might actually be more hard on myself to lose weight.

Because right now…it’s a case where eating bad foods isn’t really a thought in my mind. I just kind of hit this point where it’s all like…. “well at least I’ll lose weight”

Which hasn’t been working out for me these last month or so…. so I’m going to put some goals that have expiration dates on them. Even my goal poster… I just have “Hit 180 pounds” which is a great goal (not trying to be concieted) but as long as I git that goal I’ll be happy. I need to push myself a little bit more, just so that I’m not “fat” forever. You know?

So I think that I am going to do monthly goals.

Realistic goals. At this point I’m thinking 6 pounds a month. That is 1.5 pounds a week. Seems reasonable to me. Especially since I can healthily lose closer to 2 a week.

So this is kind of what I’m thinking for myself.

It’s going to be kind of strange at first because it’s going to be in 4 weekgroups…. so it isn’t going to be March 1st, April 1st, May 1st… that kind of thing… strictly going with Weeks…. I’m kind of 1/2 way through the week so my first week will be next week… got it???

March 7th –  191
April 4th –   185
May 2nd –   179
May 30 –    173
June 27 – 167

From here I’m only going to try to lose 4 pounds every 4 weeks (1 per week)

July 25 –    163
August 22nd  – 159
September 19  – 155
October 17th   – 151
November 14th – 147

So… right around November… I should hit my goal weight. Hopefully. It leaves room for weeks that I lose less than what I’m hoping….or weeks that I lose more.

So… I’m hoping to do really good.

I need to be accountable to what I’m putting into my mouth, and how much I am working out.

We’ll see how it goes.

February :(

Last day of February and the whole month I have lost a grand total of 2 pounds…

Kind of frustrating. It just goes to show that even if you have one or two back weeks, you could spend that same amount of time to try and fix it. It’s put me back 8ish pounds if I kept with the 2 pounds a week.

But it’s an unfortunate mistake on my part…. gotta just keep going.

It still sucks, I’m just soooo thankful that I don’t have a set “goal date”

I knew that it was going to be like this…. but there is nothing I can do about it except make sure I don’t make the same mistakes next month.

So… my goal for the end of next month is (drumroll please) to lose 6 pounds.

That’s about 1.5 pounds a week, and it’ll put me at 186, so I’ll get a chip by the end of next month (hopefully).

Breakfast Time

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Especially for losing weight.

I’m sure everyone has heard that before… I swear it’s the catch phrase for Special K cereal “Women who eat breakfast are thinner.”

Unfortunately for people like me who don’t have enough time to eat breakfast (i.e. hook me up to a coffee IV until 11:00, then it’s too late for breakfast) it’s true.

And there is an actual reason for it…. rather than going in to a whole scientifical smortagborg about enzymes and crap, here it is in plain english.

If you eat breakfast, you won’t be as hungry for lunch, and least likely to eat too much for lunch. AND you won’t feel this need to over eat to compensate for the missed meal.

That’s it….simple as that….

So I wanted to throw out a couple of tasty, low cal, and super easy/quick, breakfast ideas to you all.

1. Egg White wrap.
2 egg whites (32 cals)
1 whole wheat tortilla shell soft (140 cals)
1 Laughing cow cheese (35 cals)
Random veggies (I like onion, mushroom, and spinach) (20 cals)
~ Whisk your egg whites in a bowl with veggies until cooked

~ Spread laughing cow cheese on shell

~ After egg is cooked lay it ontop of the cheese – wrap it all up.

~ Spray cooking spray (0 cals) onto a pan, low heat, lay wrap on until crispy

It’s yummy and portable… only takes about 10 minutes to make… and comes in at about 230 calories!!!

2. Umpqua Oats
A HUGE yummy thing for those of you who like oatmeal!!!! There are so many good flavors!!! I really really like the “Not guilty” it’s got apples, blueberries, flax seed, and chia seeds, and of course oats. At only about 210 calories.

There are quite a few different ones… tomorrow morning I’m going to try out “Time Out” which is coconut, peanut butter, and chocolate…. at about 250 calories.

You actually have to order them from a website, unless you are lucky enough to have someplace around you that sells them. (I have a coffee shop in town that does)…. they are a little pricey unfortunately…about 3.25 per one.

But it’s definitely worth it. All you have to do it put boiling water in the bowl so it comes it up to the “fill line” and let it sit for 3-4 minutes.

Voila. I like adding a little sweetener and cinnamon to it.

3. Homemade Granola!!!

I found this one on a website, and had to try it out… YUMMY
http://www.fitsugar.com/Recipe-Low-Calorie-Low-fat-Granola-7570687

It’s a homemade granola, obviously… but it’s packed with flax seeds, pecans, fruits, and nummy spices…

It comes out to about 230 calories…

Now personally, I would take out the pecans, millet (whatever the heck that is) and the cherries…. and your looking at about 200 calories…… you don’t really have to fret about those 30 calories, but it’s great if you are adding the skim milk!!!!

Now it does take a little bit to actually bake up…. about 45 minutes total….

But it stores really well…. so it’s nothing to throw it in a bowl with some skim, or on top of some yogurt.

I’d add some fruit to these breakfasts (or double them up is always a bonus)… I like to eat about 350 cals for breakfast…. so whatever you feel you need to eat to reach your calorie intake goals.

So yeah… EAT BREAKFAST

Even if it’s just something like a couple of pieces of toast with peanut butter. Or some yogurt with granola and fruit. Something to get your day going!!!!!!

But I’m done rambling!!!!