Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Original Weight Goal

Current Weight: 160.0
Lost so far: 50.0
Pounds to go: 5.0

I have officially lost 50 pounds! You may remember that my original goal was 160 pounds and I'm so proud that I've hit it.  I revised it a few months ago to shoot for 155 and a 21% body fat (on my way) but this first goal is a number that I have not seen since 1998.  Yup, 15 years!

I went from here:

To here:

In 9 months I've gone from obese to fitter than I've been in 15 years. I can chase down the dog when it escapes out the front door and not have to use the car to catch her anymore. I can run alongside my kids while teaching them to ride their bikes. I can hike 10 miles and enjoy it. I'm going to do a 5K in a month. I am so stinkin' happy today.

Friday, September 21, 2012

That's Funny Right There

Enjoying a few laughs today, thought I'd share:

Read the first review about his "danglies looking like an elderly rastafarian".  I actually had tears on my face.

The mom and dad rap.  Mom is the bomb.

Cinnamon challenge.  My kids decided to try this after seeing the idea on Nickelodeon (iCarly?  not sure which show anymore...).  Anyway, they ended up in the backyard with the hose in their mouth trying to get it out and then we looked up videos online and found this one that was almost as funny.

And since her cinnamon challenge was so damned funny we watched a couple more of her videos and this one made us cry again.

Seen a good one lately?

Serratus Anterior. Who knew?

My sad tiny little muscles are hurting today, thanks to the physical therapist who I both love and hate. I really didn't know that there WAS a muscle there, that's how tiny it is, haha. Oh well, this time next month the serratus anterior is going to be awesome and I'll have to find a new muscle I didn't know I had.

PS. planks suck. Just sayin'

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Body Fat Goal

I made my first body fat % goal of 24%, which just slides me into the "fitness" category.  I just squeaked in at 23.99%, hehe, but I made it.  My next goal is to shoot for 20% which sounds like a lot but it's only a few pounds (155 pounds) so it is challenging but doable.  We're going hiking Thur and Fri morning on the usual 4 mile hike and on Saturday I have a 10 mile hike planned.  Somewhere I want to squeeze in trying out the p90x yoga that my physical therapist recommended so maybe I'll do that on Sunday?  Anyway, I'm doing my little celebratory dance today over my goal and I'll have to come up with a little reward of some kind.  Maybe some new jeans are in order?  Hmm...

Monday, September 17, 2012


Current Weight: 162.0
Lost so far: 48.0
Pounds to go: 7.0

I stalled a bit this week.  I've been going to physical therapy for my hip numbness and it turns out that my left hip (specifically the ilium) is tilted funny in comparison to my right, creating numbness as the sacroiliac joint pinches a nerve.  My biggest problem there is that I have no core strength, like really none, so we're focusing on that along with weekly adjustments to keep pushing that hip back where it goes.  Since I don't have much core strength my hips are not being properly supported when I run and it results in sideways force instead of mostly forward force like I want.  I'm hoping that as I strengthen those muscles it will have the added benefit of speeding up my running since I will stop wasting energy on so much sideways motion.

The only trouble with physical therapy is it really makes me sore when I'm adjusted.  She moves things around on Thursday and until Saturday morning I'm kinda useless, which puts a bit of a damper on things.  Not just the original hip but my other hip gets sore as it starts taking up the work it was supposed to do in the first place and my back and shoulders as well (my spine is also a tiny bit out of alignment and we're working on that as a secondary issue).  I just ache and then I feel whiny. 

This Sunday I did manage to get my butt out the door for a run but I just wasn't feeling it.  I went for 2 miles and called it good enough for the day.  Tonight I'm going to work on the core exercises and tomorrow I'll do Zumba and run again.  I just hope this achy crap is a faze that I can see the end of soon.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Progress Pics

Current Weight: 161.4
Lost so far: 48.6
Pounds to go: 6.4

Okay, so, I'm not quite at 160 yet but it's close enough that I'm gonna put this out there.  After my daughter was born, the photo on the left was taken.  On the right is me now.  In 2004 I was at my highest weight ever of 240 pounds.  This last Christmas I was 210 pounds.  Now, 8 months later, I'm almost 50 pounds under the Christmas weight, and *80* pounds under my highest ever weight.  In the second picture I have also just conquered a really hard hike that often included extremely steep angles up the hill.   I'm still working on the body fat percentage but I am so happy weight wise with where I am at.  It's exciting to see how far I've come and I really feel like we can do anything we want to do, if we *really* want to do it.

Monday, September 3, 2012

5K Practice

Current Weight: 162.6
Lost so far: 47.4
Pounds to go: 7.6

I did a 3 mile jog/walk this weekend to see how that 5K in October is gonna feel.  And...  I have a long way to go in order to be able to keep up a jog the whole way.  I finished in 40 minutes, so about 13:20 a mile on average.  I did it again on Sunday and next weekend I'll do it again.  In the meantime I will continue to do my one mile on Tues/Thur and hopefully between that, hikes, and Zumba I will be in a little better shape and ready to bring that time down a little.  That's the plan anyway, hehe.