Thursday, May 30, 2013

Gym time is fun time

OK, not literally "fun". I was grimacing and sweating and turning red and all those other things turn humans away from me. But it's OK! My arms are sore, and you know what?

I'm seeing progress.


Fito helps me to track my workouts in a super easy, clean, convenient format. It also [to the right] tracks the history and the PRs (Personal Records) for each workout.

I've increased my lat pulldowns by 20 lbs in 8 days. 

This is amazing to me. I started out doing 30 lbs with these and have now doubled that in less than a month. I started out with 50 lbs today and moved up to 60 for my second rep because it just felt too easy before. I made sure not to strain myself, but I need to challenge myself to be better with this stuff. So, maybe the weight has doubled even closer to 2 weeks. I've even gained 3 lbs, but I've still lost almost 6 inches in the last month.

I can't even believe the change that's happening. A colleague of mine saw me the other day and said "Well! There's a whole lot less of you walking around!". Upon seeing my confused face, she said that she can tell I'm losing weight. Hooray!

5.5 inches isn't a ton, but it's a start. Everyone has to start somewhere. I'm super excited that I've begun this journey, and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the amount of support and encouragement I've received in the last 30 days. It's definitely beyond anything I've ever expected. =)

How was your workout, friends? Do anything different today? Break any personal bests?

<3
A Redhead

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Seriously, fat kid?

Yeah so you know how I was all gunned up to go the gym today?

Even beyond that, I was psyching myself up to go alone, including looking up videos on dumbbell deadlifts.

But then I discovered…

I left my gym bag at home.


(sigh)
I'm so beyond irritated at myself right now….

I need some reeeeeee-breath-eeeeessst


Hi friends!

I'm not tired for the reasons Madeline Kahn is, but who doesn't love a Blazing Saddles reference in the morning? ;)

So it was a loooong weekend for the Memorial Day holiday. While Memorial Day is about remembering the sacrifice our troops have made for us, it's also become known as the day of BBQ and potato salad. I myself went to a cookout and was a little nervous about how I'd do with my newer eating habits.

I think I did good and not-as-good. Our friends made little sliders, so while I had a few, I didn't feel terrible about it. Plus I didn't load them up with condiments and toppings. I had ½ a grilled pineapple ring on each little slider, plus ½ a strip of bacon. So really it wasn't too bad. I did eat the bread, but you know what stuff happens. It is absolutely exhausting feeling guilty about what you've eaten. EXHAUSTING! So I just celebrated with my friends instead.

Now, I may have gone a little overboard on the cookies (sigh), but I had a tiny sliver of apple pie and a smaaallll spoon of vanilla ice cream. I'd say overall it still wasn't terribly bad, especially given that it was at a weird lunch/dinner time, so I had 1 eating time for 2 meals, technically. Did that make any sense?

Sorry, I may be distracted by more Blazing Saddles videos on YouTube.

Anywho. I'm back to my smaller portions and [hopefully] reduced sugar intake. I wanted to go to the gym on Monday, but it ended up not happening with our craaaazzzy long day. Then yesterday I intended to go but The Redhead got nooo sleep the night before. I don't function well on no sleep.

I basically looked like this yesterday:

Pretty sexy, really. Glad I got a guy locked in before he saw this….
So today, I am back at the gym! I'm pretty excited really. I haven't been since Friday, which bums me off and throws off my plan a little, but at least I'm getting back! The Bearded Wonder and I may be going to his gym on Saturday for an "active date". Mostly because I keep telling him I need to see some kickin' form for deadlifts since I don't think I'm doing them right… Harrumph.

How was your weekend, friends? Did you eat well, exercise, anything? 
Orrrrr
What was the worst thing you ate? :-) 

<3 
A Redhead