I weighed in again today, with not much change. I am exactly the same weight as last week, 134.8, but the body fat went from 31 to 29%! I don’t know if I’ve seen it that low. If I have, it has been like 10 years! So that was kind of cool :) I’ll wait to see if that one sticks before I call that goal met. It has been bouncing around 30 and 31 for a couple of months now. I also did my measurements since it is close to the end of the month. I am down another inch overall.
YTD loss: 17.4 pounds, 8.5% body fat, 11.25 inches.
I have really been trying to eat to hunger this week, save my nightly treats. I know that is going to be a hard habit to break. But I’m contemplating it. That’s the first step, right? Well maybe I can improve this coming week. We’ll see. If I don’t stop eating ice cream every night maybe I can just make the portions a little smaller.
I did all of my planned workouts this week! Well, I skipped a run on Tuesday but I made up for it on Friday. As for weights, I have been doing squats and more squats. I’m itching to get back to deadlifts and pull-ups, but I don’t know when that will be. A while, I’m sure. Anyway, I ran on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Sunday was 4 miles and the rest were 2 and 3 miles. I did add one more run day so from now on I will be running 4 days a week.
So I’m still going really slow and steady. But according to all of my numbers I am not really losing any muscle which has been the main goal all along! And every pound I have lost has just stayed gone. I haven’t been able to do that since the first time I lost weight. I just kept losing for about a year, but then I started to gain it back. So yes, the goals are losing fat and keeping it off, and I am doing it!! It feels great.
Posted by Lauren on September 27, 2015
First of all the weigh-in. I was gaining small amounts of weight over the last three weeks but today that changed! I really focused this week on the 3-4 meals only, and reigned it it at dinner/treat time. My portions got a lot smaller this week for sure. And I just kept on doing my thing otherwise. It paid off because today I’m 136.6 and 30.5% body fat! That’s the lowest this year on both. I am so close to getting under both 135 and 30%! Those are what I have my eye on now. Hopefully either or both will happen soon!
Also, I don’t really care too much about this one, but I think my BMI is normal now too vs. overweight. So there’s that too :)
I worked all day but I still ran after I got home. I wanted to go outside but the sky was threatening thunder and lighting so I just went on the treadmill. I watched an episode of Sense8 while I ran for about a half an hour. That show is so weird!
TTBA phase 2, workout #7. This was leg focused. I didn’t really feel like I worked that hard, but when I was done I was wiped! I seriously hate single leg split squats, but I know they must be doing a good thing lol
TTBA phase 2, workout #8. Mixed grip chin ups again. I tried to grip really hard and this time it was a little bit better. I am still pretty bad at them.
I got out for an early morning run. I was so tired! But I survived. I did 3.1 in 30 minutes. I also found out that my Fitbit One is shorting me on distance. I checked the miles on Dailymile, and it was off by more than half a mile! I think my Fitbit Surge gives me extra distance lol
Strength again, workout #9. I am getting better at the trap bar deadlifts! That 50 pounds on a 75 pound bar are getting a tiny bit easier?!
Workout#10. I used my smaller resistance band for all of my pull ups. Normally I switch, but I just did as many reps as I could on each set, which was only 3 for the last 4 sets.
I wasn’t sure if I would be able to run today, so I got in a run on Saturday. It was a pretty great one! I did 3.63 miles for a 9:03 pace!! The route I run in the mornings has two long-ish hills, so if I do an out and back I have 3 uphills. Sometimes it is tough! So runs like these are very pleasing to me :)
Posted by Lauren on August 5, 2015
Weighed in again today. The pounds are up a little bit to 138.4 (lowest this month was 137.2), but the body fat% is holding at 31. I also measured since I do that monthly. I am down overall 1 inch, coming from my lower body, and since the first of the year I am down 8.5 inches.
I haven’t been really caring too much about what I ate this week, and I know I was overeating ice cream and treats, big time. I don’t have a good reason, my period did come and that was part of it but I was really overdoing it for whatever reason. I think I have moved past that! We also went camping and while I tried to just stick to 3-4 meals, the overeating treats happened there too. Oh well. I am moving on!! Not going to dwell on it, just going to try and do better. The past few days have been much better too.
As I said we went camping in the Uintas at Mirror Lake this weekend, so my workouts didn’t really happen as planned. I wanted to do more running while up there but it just wasn’t happening this time. I’ve done 3+ mile runs there before, but the altitude wasn’t letting me this time. So I didn’t push it! We mostly fished and just relaxed.
I went for a 3 mile run before we started packing up to go. I went on the parkway trail for a quick in and out. I did 3.29 in 29:51 – making for a 9:04 pace!!
I did a loop around the lake. I wanted to do more but I had gotten a late start and I didn’t want to keep the family waiting too long for breakfast. I thought it was longer around the lake, honestly! I ran for about 20 minutes and 1.5 miles. It was tough.
TTBA phase 2, workout #5. I should have done weights on Monday and Tuesday, so it was extra hard after taking those days off again.
Workout #6. I have been taking a stab at TRX pushups and I am SO sore two days later!! I totally suck at them but I’m going to keep doing it. This one also includes a lot of pull-ups. I am using two different assistance bands, so I do them with the thinner band until I can’t anymore and then switch back to the thicker one. I got about half of them in with the thinner band. I feel like I am regressing here. Oh well.
That’s all she wrote. I skipped 2 days this week, but I wasn’t just sitting around so who cares? Camping is full of lifting and doing. I always feel worn out from it too lol And it was worth skipping workouts :) I’ll share some pictures in my next post!
Posted by Lauren on August 2, 2015
Friday was my final workout in phase 1 of Train to be Awesome!! I’m well on my way to completing the whole program! I started it back in April, took a month off due to being sick and then being really fatigued in May, started back up in June and I am finally done now. Now I will do a deload week and then get back at it, starting phase 2. It will be fun to switch up exercises. I was starting to get a little bored. So phase 2 will probably take me another 8 weeks and then I retest markers to see how much progress I made.
It’s kind of funny though, I was so excited to be done, and then really soon after I was over it. Kind of a let down lol. No big fanfare, just time to move on. It IS a big deal though, seeing how I have never finished any program or even part of a program before. I always just quit. So I am pretty proud of myself for sticking with it this long. I still have phase 2 to go, and then I am going to do the next part which is actually a separate part of the program. So after phase 2 I will have really finished a workout program!!
I also weighed in today. I’m at 137.2 and 31.5% body fat. That’s down 2.4 pounds and .5% body fat from last week! Just to show how slow the body fat% moves, it had been 32 for more than a month with no change. I’m getting really close to getting it under 30% now! It will take a few more months, I’m sure, but that is my next goal.
So for the whole year so far I am down 15 pounds and 6% body fat. I won’t measure until the beginning of August so I don’t know about that part, but I imagine I will only be down another inch or so (currently sitting at -7.5).
I keep thinking I would like to work more on the lean habits. Eating 3-4 meals, mastering hunger, eating just enough. But what I am doing right now seems to be working, so I guess I don’t have that much motivation to change lol. I am not eating all day long, and I do try to just eat meals while waiting for hunger. It just always feels like my meals are stretched out at work, and then I have a big dinner with treats every night. Last night I skipped dinner and just went right for the ice cream and m&m’s! Well, after a big bowl of cereal with milk. It was a stressful (and fun) Free Slurpee Day. Anyway about the habits, I guess I will keep trying but not stress about it. The point is to wait for hunger and then eat, without snacking and I am mostly doing that. I could try harder though. I’ll put a little more focus into it this week and see what happens.
Today I was planning on going for a run and then going to work for just a little while, but the run doesn’t sound that great. I’m tired!! It’s been a long week, month, whatever. Maybe I will and maybe I won’t.
Posted by Lauren on July 12, 2015
Last post March 3rd! Yes, I’m a little behind. I just don’t know what to do with this blog anymore. And I know that budget posts are not that exciting :lol: I feel pretty busy and when I think about blogging, half of the time I don’t know what to say, and if I say it who will care anyway?!
I have been busy. Work is slightly starting to pick up, but not enough for me to get excited at all about it. My days are just filled with working out, work, and then dinner and some web-surfing.
I did read a book though! I haven’t read an actual book in forever. It was called Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry and I quite enjoyed it. I picked up another from the library and started it, but I realized it was last in a big series – 10 books – so I quit reading it after 2 chapters. So next time I go to the library I’ll get another book, or read one here that I haven’t yet.
Active life is still the same. I am going to do the last workout of the Beginner Blast-off in Train to be Awesome today! Then I will do a reload week and then get on with the next phase. I’ve been trying to run on days when I’m not lifting and that’s going well too. I’m just doing lower miles, kind of following a 15k training plan. I’m not getting injured, well, I did fall yesterday morning but I think I’m okay!
And of course there is the weight loss department. I am keeping track of stuff but not weighing/checking in very often. In March I did weigh more than I wanted to and I realized I didn’t really like it. So in April I’m not going to weigh or measure at all. It will be a little hard, but I’ve made up my mind and so that’s that. Anyway, the March results were pretty good. I lost 2.6 pounds, 1% body fat (according to my scale), and .5 inches. Not bad for eating what I want, which includes ice cream, pizza, frozen yogurt, you name it. I’ve been eating it. And I’m not counting a thing or excluding anything. It’s really brainless, and I love that part. Am I losing very slowly? Sure am. This year so far I am down about 7 pounds. In 3 months that doesn’t sound like a lot. But I’ll repeat myself and say that I am absolutely sure that this time I am truly working on making sustainable habit changes, and this slow weight loss is going to stick! The only downside is that it is so easy, that that in itself makes it harder than anything I’ve ever done :lol: It is always more exciting to start some stupid new diet plan or count calories and calculate everything I will do. Now I just eat I what I want and move my body. There is no calorie goal, no burn goal, not even a weight goal or an end date. I’m just changing my life, for life, and it is hard to give the energy I was using up on all of that crap to something else. It is definitely a process.
Anyway, that’s that for now!
Posted by Lauren on April 1, 2015
With health and stuff. I am still back and forth on the weighing thing, but for now I guess I don’t really care if I do or don’t. I am trying to not weigh most days. But I am going to for sure check in at the beginning of the month, with weight and measurements and pictures. So, since December 1st I am down 2.75 inches, and since January 1st I am down 4.6 pounds. That averages out to be .5 pounds per week. Pretty much what I was planning on. Is it painfully slow sometimes? Yes! But, I am confident that this time around I am going to be able to keep it off.
Workouts have been good. Today I finished workout #15 of 24 from Train to be Awesome. Only 9 more left! I could probably keep going with the beginner program, but I really just want to move on to something different, not that I’m bored or not liking it. I do like it. The workouts are taking me about 1 hour and 10 minutes, including warm up time. I take as much rest as I need and do 1-2 warm up sets. Today I was able to squat with 90# on the machine, and I did quite a few pull-ups with one knee in the resistance band. I’ve also been trying barbell hip thrusts, not much on the bar, only 30#. I tried that today and I think I can work my way up pretty quickly.
I missed being on a running schedule so I’m going to try a 10k training program. It goes for 10 weeks and has minimal mileage so I don’t think it will interfere with strength training. I’ll just do the runs on my off days from weights. I do my first 2 mile run tomorrow morning. We are supposed to get a big storm tonight so I hope it doesn’t ice all over!
So yeah, losing a little fat, gaining a little muscle (hopefully :lol), all while doing my best to chill out and eating exactly what I want to. Including ice cream, almost daily. Also chocolate, pizza, bread every day – and veggies, fruit, fish, nuts. Nothing is off limits, I’m just eating when I’m hungry and trying not to eat too much. Eating what I really want keeps me from feeling deprived or like I need to rebel, so I don’t end up overdosing on m&ms. Novel idea.
Posted by Lauren on March 2, 2015
We went way over again! We spent $278.26. Here’s what we bought:
- Organic avocados $2.00
- Organic bananas $2.51
- Blackberries $4.00
- Red cabbage $4.22 – paid way too much for this lol
- Carrots $6.05
- Celery $3.29 – Costco
- Cucumber $1.18
- Garlic $1.38
- Ginger $.65
- Kiwano melon $5.99 – we didn’t even end up eating this before it went bad, stupid
- Big bag of romaine $4.58
- Onions $2.45
- Bell peppers $5.49
- Potatoes $2.19
- Power greens $4.49
- Snap peas $6.29 – Costco
- Yams $10.99 – Costco
- Sliced cheese $8.79
- Ham shanks $19.51 – 4 big ones
- Coffee $31.98 – lol we bought 2 big bags at Costco
- Cottage Cheese $2.79
- Heavy cream $4.99
- Ice cream $15.47 – stocking up I guess!
- 1/2 gallon milk $3.19
- Yogurt $6.49 – Costco
- Chicken breasts $7.27
- Bacon $14.69 – Costco
- Eggs $3.99
- Frozen salmon $29.79
- Brown rice syrup $6.39
- Coconut $5.04
- Ground ginger $5.79
- Honey $20.98 – K bought one at Costco and I thought it was not for the house, so I bought another!
- Tabasco $3.99
- Tortillas $5.19
I really want to do better. I keep forgetting that a new week starts on Sunday so we just go shopping on Saturday. I guess it doesn’t matter, we just need to do better with only getting what we need and having a plan. I didn’t really have a plan this week, and I still don’t. We will just try to use up what we have before we go shopping again.
So the total that we spent this month is a whopping $966.45. Per week that is $241.61. I think that is way too much and we can do a lot better! I am really going to be a stickler and we aren’t buying anything that isn’t on the shopping list, and I am going to plan out meals and stick to it.
Posted by Lauren on February 1, 2015
We went way overboard this week, spending $343.08! This is including a missing receipt that someone held on to too long, so now it gets added into this week. Annoying. We were also buying stuff for my birthday, and I guess I just disregarded the budget – obviously!
Here’s what we bought:
- Organic bananas $1.90
- Bell peppers $14.76
- Broccoli $3.32
- Brussels sprouts $8.58
- Organic carrots $2.12
- Cauliflower $3.49
- Celery $3.29
- Cilantro $.99
- Cucumbers $1.18
- Garlic $1.38
- Grapefruit $4.00 – on sale for 4/$1!
- Organic green beans $3.99
- Green onions $1.98
- Habaneros $.78
- Chives $1.50
- Organic romaine $1.99
- Mushrooms $2.35
- Onions $.97
- Parsley $.79
- Yams $1.17
- Butter $15.98
- Cheddar cheese $9.79
- Heavy cream $4.29
- 2 half gallons milk $4.00
- Mozzarella $5.99
- String cheese $10.89
- Fage yogurt $6.49
- Pancetta $8.45 – ended up tossing these both, I left one from Caputo’s downstairs instead of going in the fridge lol The other smelled too funky. Oh well.
- Pastrami $16.99
- Pepperoni $9.58
- Baby back ribs $8.73
- Picante sausages $8.15
- Wild boar salami $13.63
- Baking powder $2.65
- Various flours, a lot of them $26.65
- Coconut extract $5.49
- Organic shredded coconut $3.99
- Spices $14.64 – this included crystallized ginger, expensive but yummy!
- Cornmeal $2.99
- Coconut cream $11.97 – this was for my birthday cake, we bought extra
- Dried figs $2.56
- Guacamole (Costco) $10.99
- Orange juice $1.34
- Masa harina $1.99
- Olive oil from Caputo’s $19.99
- Organic oats $7.66
- Pasta from Caputo’s $27.36
- Polenta from Caputo’s $5.75
- Roasted red peppers $4.99
- Sweetened condensed milk $3.58
- Crushed tomatoes $4.99
Whew! Going to have to really try and do better to make up for that, and it will take at least a month. My goal for this coming week is to be under $125. We already spent close to that for the week, so there is not really any wiggle room. We’ll just have to make it work with what we have!
Posted by Lauren on January 26, 2015
I turned 38 today, this is getting way too close to 40! It’s really weird thinking that I am that old. I don’t feel that old!
We celebrated my birthday last night. I made this really good bolognese, these pepperoni garlic knots, and my daughter made a delicious coconut cake. I don’t think I have ever had coconut cake before last night, but it is definitely a winner!! It was all so yummy.
Pepperoni garlic knots
And that is really all there is to say about that.
I am late on the budget post, but honestly we went way over. Embarrassingly so. I will post it anyway, and try to recover in the next month – it may take that long!!
Posted by Lauren on January 25, 2015
I know I said last week was week 2, it just seemed weird since the first one was only counting 3 days, so this is week 2. Again. There will be no more week 2s! We spent $90.78. We were trying to keep it down to redeem the fact that we went way over last week. It didn’t quite work, but we tried! And we did do okay. What we bought:
- Organic bananas $2.15
- Bell peppers $3.38
- Cucumbers $1.00
- Garlic $1.28
- Ginger $1.30
- Green onions $.79
- Thyme $2.99
- Organic kale $1.50
- Organic romaine $1.79
- Limes $1.00
- Onion $5.4
- 5# bag russet potatoes $1.18
- Radishes $.99
- Tomatoes $2.64
- 2 1/2 dozen eggs $3.99
- Baking soda $.99
- Cinnamon sticks (Costco) $6.39
- Sugar (Costco) $9.99
- Chow mein noodles $1.69
- Molasses $3.69
- Pecans (Costco) $12.99
- Fresh apple juice 1/2 gallon $7.99
- Tortillas $4.89
- Peanut butter $3.79
- Cotija cheese $389
- Sour cream $3.19
- Guacamole $4.67
We made some really yummy things this week too! We tried the Lemon Glazed Turkey Meatballs and they were awesome!
I also did the crispy beef, which was just ok though, I put too much lime in the marinade. We also tried the Colombian roast chicken legs which we all liked, but would cook a bit differently if we did it again. I ended up marinating them all day and then cooking at 400 for about an hour, that was too long! They were still tasty. Last night we had some Mahi Mahi tacos that were pretty great too.
Truthfully, we are needing to go to the store! But I want to wait until tomorrow so we don’t add anymore to this week’s spending. Here’s what I’m kind of planning for next week:
Posole-ish soup with potatoes
BBQ chicken or pork to use up some bbq sauce I bought
Beefy macaroni and cheese
Black bean and sweet potato tacos
Probably more mahi mahi and some cheesy broccoli quinoa
An onion and broccoli or kale quiche
And for my birthday I am going to make this Spaghetti Bolognese!
Posted by Lauren on January 17, 2015