Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

I took from the depths of my closet the only pair of “skinny” pants I owned and they fit today.  I honestly don’t remember ever being able to wear them before but I must have fit in them for at least one day a few years ago.

Finding comfortable pants has always been tricky for me; this pair fits pretty good but hopefully they don’t fit for too long.

So now begins the dilemma; do I buy more pants now or try to get by with these until I lose more weight and need smaller yet?

fat clothes

I think I’ll have to break down and by a few things to get me by for a while. Besides between the JC Penney’s coupon and the Kohl’s cash I must be destined to shop this week!

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I actually managed to wear the pedometer without resetting it today!

I didn’t remember to put it on until I’d been up for a couple of hours but I kept track from about 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and clocked a surprising 18,119 steps.  I didn’t go out of my way to walk any more than usual.  In fact at the gym I didn’t even use the treadmill (and I missed out on my usual trip to the local grocery).  Can’t wait to see how many steps I take the rest of the week.

 

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So, I did it, I decided to actually diet.  That ugly word that I am sure I said over and over I didn’t need and wouldn’t do.  I’d been losing weight.  Actually I’d gone from the 222 pounds I started at in August  to about 208 pounds in February just by exercising and changing a few habits but I felt like I was in a rut so I decided to join Weight Watchers.

February 26th I went to my first meeting.  Weighing in at 207.6 pounds.  I’ve lost every week so far; in fact it tells me online that I am losing a little too fast.  I weighed in at 195 this past Tuesday!  So happy to get under that 200 mark;  I accomplished that on March 26th just a month after joining.

This weeks meeting was about monitoring activity; hence my pedometer experiment.  Today I did even worse with the pedometer ~ it’s still on the bathroom counter where I placed it last night.  Perhaps tomorrow I will try again to see how many steps I take in a day.

forget

I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted and I have so much to tell but I will start with the adventure of my pedometer the past couple of days.  Yesterday I purchased the cheapest one that walmart sells ~ I figured $5 wouldn’t matter if I didn’t like it or lost it right away.

So I put it on my waist as suggested and wore it for a while.  I don’t even remember how many steps it said I’d taken but it seemed off so I decide to count.  It was almost doubling my steps so I then clip it to my sock and try again.  Surprisingly it seemed to work pretty accurately that way ~ you’d think they would suggest this in the packaging!  I don’t know if it’s appropriate to use the pedometer this way but for $5 I am surprised it works at all.

Here in lies my difficulties; I keep resetting it.  Somewhere into several hundred steps today I decide to sit with my leg tucked under me; then I remember I am wearing the silly device!  Sure enough I’d reset it so I decide to sit like a lady again and try again.

lady like

I check it again after 7 hours or so of wearing and it was somewhere over 11,000 steps so I go back to work. After another hour or so I go about fixing the vacuum only to realize I am smashing my pedometer again and sure enough I have reset it!

ugh …. now to try to make it through tomorrow without resetting! Perhaps I will then know how many steps I’ve taken in a day!

Ah, it’s been a while since I last posted.  I’ve been working out; in fact I was on vacation last week and still worked out.  I have been trying some of the new exercises I see in magazines or online.  Some of them I really like; the main thing I need to work on is finding a good mix of exercises to do each day.  I don’t want to go in and do the same thing every day but having a good arsenal of different exercises is definitely helpful.

Today I started with a mile on the spinning bike; I’m getting my speed up; I think today it was somewhere in the 2 1/2 minute range.  I’ve gone faster but this was my first move so I didn’t want to over do yet.

I moved on to a half mile on the elliptical with varying resistance.

Next was a half mile on the treadmill; have I mentioned I hate the treadmill?  I started with a moderate walk, then I moved to the highest incline at a slow pace doing lunge steps for about a minute.  I returned to a walk; this time a bit more brisk.  After that 2 minutes running at a 10 – 10 1/2 minute mile pace.  I worked my way through a mixed up routine of walking, running,  and lunge steps until the 1/2 mile had passed; this took about 10 minutes even with the running bursts.

I pushed myself harder than I had in a few workouts.  I did some floor exercises next; I even threw in a couple of rounds of renegade rows with the kettlebells. My abs were screaming so I pushed my self to do a few more crunches, wiggle worms, and planks.

I then did some push ups and some incline sit ups.  At some point I even did some weight work on the arms.  Charles was about done working out but he said he had to do his 21’s first.  I didn’t know what they were so I did them with him.  I used 5 pound weights for standing bicep curls.  I kind of liked the move; I’ve got to add this one in to the mix too!

 

I keep seeing new exercises that I’d like to try but I am unsure of how to do them so I hesitate.  I don’t really know why.  I guess I am afraid of someone looking over and wondering what I am doing; there is something comforting about having the trainer walk through exercises with me that seems to negate any fears I have. When I try or think of trying on my own I am afraid I’ll screw it all up.  I don’t meet with Dustin again until the 5th of November so I am on my own till then.  I am good with this as sometimes I feel like my training days are a bit of a wasted workout.  I learn new things so it is definitely valuable but sometimes it goes so quickly I can’t put it into use on my own and I get unsure of my technique so I will skip those things that baffle me.

Anyway my latest magazines have some exercises I am dying to try so I think I will try to work on one or two of them.  I will post some techniques and such as I learn them.

Friday I have an  “assessment” at the gym;  I will get to see if I’ve made progress since my initial assessment in early September.  He took some measurements and my weight so we will see how much progress I’ve made so far.  I try not to get on the scale often; it really isn’t important to me to worry about that number.  I can see some progress now; if nothing else I can tell by my baggy underwear that things are changing.

I workout six days a week just about every week; no less than five anyway.  I try to mix up my workouts everyday.  I probably don’t focus on weights as much as I should but I do get a lot of cardio and general strength training in so I am getting stronger.

I am not dieting; I try to watch what I eat and make smart choices.  Portions are probably my biggest obstacle; I tend to over eat but I am working on that.  I don’t feel the need to deprive myself of something I want but I can eat less of it.  I also have this thing against artificial ingredients so I choose not to put the so-called “diet” foods into my body.  I or my husband do just about all of my cooking for every meal we eat so I can easily avoid the crap in prepackaged foods.

Anyway, I will post my results good or bad after I meet with Dustin Friday; I have a feeling if nothing else some inches will be gone!