I am a sore loser!

Hello everyone! Here I am … first let me wish you all a “Happy Valentine’s Day” … I am still thinking about healthy treats I can make for hubby so we can enjoy them together… I ordered my 100%birch (USA made) Xylitol yesterday on amazon… (xylitol is a natural sweetener that is plan approved and does not affect your glycemic index, there are two kinds… corn based which is GMO and birch which is good and the one that we will be using) so… anyway… I ordered it and I will be getting it in about 5-8 days… so… obviously I can’t use it to bake… Stevia has too much of a weird (and very bitter) aftertaste for me especially when baking so … I can’t think of anything else to make! We’ll see.

So… yes… I am a sore loser… it turns out that yesterday I got back on my rowing machine… it had been abandoned for a long time and yesterday started back at it… I could only manage 5 minutes! (INCREDIBLE! ONLY 5! I was up to 1 hour before!) but at least I am doing it again… I am soooo sore from just 5 minutes of rowing! This morning I hesitantly weighed myself just because I am weighing every week… I lost 3.1 pounds! it is awesome! I am so excited about it! Thank God!!! I hope everything will continue to go in the right direction… as you know I have gained almost 20 pounds of the 50 I had originally lost… I was sad to have reached 190 pounds again… and today I am 187! It’s a lot but I am going down… so I am happy to be a loser! AGAIN! I can keep losing like this every week! LOL! 🙂

So that’s it… I just wanted to share that with you… have to go because my breakfast is waiting for me!

The Thin Lady Inside

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Not in the morning…

Hello! Well… yesterday I didn’t get to run in the morning, because hubby had to leave much earlier, he has Bible Study on Tuesday mornings, at 6 a.m. so he leaves around 5:40, so yesterday I had a friend over for coffee in the morning and I made a cake, I made a “Honey Bee Cake” and then just to go with it I made a brown sugar whipped cream. I had a bite from a thin slice that I gave to my littlest one… then after my friend was gone I made lunch, did dishes, etc… you know, the “normal” (and most basic) stuff around the house, I then got on my rowing machine and did 30 minutes of rowing, but in the evening I got to go running with my friend, again, we started walking, to warm up, we walked 1.5 miles and then ran the same distance back, I felt like I was suffocating! I was panting, getting lots of air in but felt like no oxygen at all… It was hard but I did it… this morning it was harder to get up to run, it feels like “I just did that!” because I pretty much just did! I went running last night so… it was hard to get myself out of bed to do it all over again, I couldn’t run the same amount, I think we only ran 1 mile today, although we still went the whole same distance walking, this time I didn’t feel like I was asphyxiating, just my legs weren’t responding as I wanted.

So… let’s see how I did yesterday with numbers:

12645 steps taken

5.89 miles traveled

2724 calories burned

1,467 total calorie intake

Calorie Deficit = 1257 calories… and they all go towards my weight loss efforts! Again… I hope I see some results on the scale too! But I am not going to obsess on that when I am already seeing results in my strength and just how I feel… but scale and measuring tape would help too! Yesterday I got on the scale and it showed +1.1 pounds! Yes … I gained weight! again! I am at 179 pounds and I am hoping it’s just a fluctuation, from that big dinner I had on Sunday but something that will soon go away because otherwise it doesn’t make any sense.

The Thin Lady Inside

Getting the gist of it…

Hello everybody! Here I am … yesterday was a good day… here are my “stats”

Activity:

11291 steps taken (out of a daily goal of 10,000)
5.17 miles traveled (out of a daily goal of 5 miles)
2726 calories burned (out of a daily goal of 2,184)

I ate a total of 1,604 so… 2726 calories burned – 1,604 total calorie intake = 1,122 calories that go for my weight loss!

I added a protein bar for my diet and guess what? I spent a total of 50 minutes on the rowing machine! I am definitely getting the gist of this! I did it in 2 sessions of 20 minutes and 1 extra session of 10 minutes, I do about 215 “rows” per 10 minutes. so it was about 1,075 total “rows” in the day.

My morning run was very enjoyable, like I mentioned yesterday, I walked most of it because my legs were just refusing to cooperate. I actually got too warm with the clothes I wore to run so I got home and took most clothes off because it was too hot but all of a sudden I started literally shaking from how cold I got and I couldn’t stop the “shivering” so I laid in the couch and covered myself with blankets… I fell asleep actually… I think it’s a reaction from the things I am doing… I think this is what I’ve been needing to “shock my system” … After that I was fine the rest of the day.

The Thin Lady Inside

Yeah! Go! Go! GOOOOO!

So… after my overeating yesterday, I mean… yes I overate but I didn’t go overboard… I mean… I did… But not with “too bad stuff” it was fish and rice and more rice and more rice… (rice is such a struggle for me! LOL!) I had my little moment of “desolation” and feeling totally frustrated… and don’t get me wrong… I am still not very happy about not being able to “cross this bump” that keeps me at 179-182 pounds and I admit feeling lost at times when it comes to weight loss… I was doing so good in the beginning and right now I feel like “I don’t know how to do it” because my body is not responding like I expect it to… but regardless of that I am very optimistic and choosing to see the positive in all this…

Today I got up at 5:10 (I actually woke up since 3:30) and met my friend half-way from her home and my home (so, about 5 minutes away for me) and we ran/walked for 1 hour. We burned about 400 calories and it felt great to start the day that way! It was still dark when we met (5:40 a.m.) and it was cold outside (Texas cold might not seem as cold for people in the North but trust me… it can be “colder” even if the thermometer doesn’t show it!) Here, where I live it’s cold and humid… so even my hubby who was born and raised in Wisconsin, used to temperatures below zero, snow, frost and fleet, he complains that he had never felt so cold regardless of coats, hats and jackets! So this morning it was 42 degrees and I don’t have sweat pants for running (because cold weather doesn’t really last long it seems like a waste to buy those! LOL!) So I was wearing long shorts, a thin shirt and a not very thick jacket on top, I was freezing! I was refusing to come out of my car when my friend parked next to me… I even yelled “go away” and made her laugh! LOL! But it was really good! I am not running like I was before though! It was so hard! So we ran/walked the whole time and then towards the end it was all walk! I was back home a little before 7 and hubby was almost ready to leave for work.  I took a hot bath because I felt like MY SPINE (I am not kidding) was cold! I will have to find something else to wear tomorrow! But I feel full of energy and I look forward to rowing for at least 20 mins. today!

A fellow blogger and someone I see almost like a “mentor” for me, shadowrun, asked me about the things I eat…. maybe there’s something I am “missing in that area” but I don’t know… I think I eat pretty healthy (except for the times when I binge, which thankfully doesn’t happen often), but when I follow the “myfitnesspal” I usually eat less than the carbs for the day based on their recommendations and eat more protein than they suggest (not crazy more though) I eat lean meats, lots and lots of vegetables, there’s always some fruit and good whole grains, legumes, nuts, etc…. I eat avocado as well (in moderation) but I do eat very healthy, I think… and I am always checking sugar contents… if there’s anything I know I can definitely change is my sodium intake… I don’t even know how that is but I am sure is high and that never helps people who are trying to lose weight… but can I really blame it “all” on that? gaining pounds and not being able to lose at all? I mean… I drink lots of water…. at least 10 cups a day… so… I wonder… I KNOW real quickly when I am retaining water, I feel it in my hands and my legs particularly but I haven’t felt like that at all lately… so I am not sure…

Anyway! Today is a great day… now here some pics…

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Waiting for my friend, it was so dark!

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42 degrees but it felt like it was freezing!

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It was great to get to see the sunrise!

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Breakfast!

The Thin Lady Inside

Changing nightly treat

Hi everybody! Well… I enjoyed my 90 calorie Fiber One Brownies for quite a bit, if you’ve been reading this journal for a while you know that I would have one of those brownies every night, just to have something sweet and chocolatey to look forward to during the day and also to not feel deprived as hubby has this “tradition” of having coffee and dessert at night… well.. I did enjoy my brownies, nothing close to the real deal though, but it was a very good help even to carry in my purse when going to some “get together” where I knew there would be food and desserts I would just get my brownie out and not feel “left out” … Well… I got tired of the brownies… so I was looking for other options and I came across the Nonni’s Biscotti Decadence (Chocolate of course) and I bought an 8 count box…

I am so happy I did, it was definitely a good switch, each individually wrapped biscotti has 100 calories (My limit for my nightly treat is 100 calories), it is really good! at least I loved it! of course it’s not for anybody who is not only counting calories but in some Atkins Diet… because it’s not a great source of protein (only 2 grams) and it does have quite a big amount of sugar (9 grams) and a total of 16g of Carbs. I am still looking for “the perfect treat” … not because of flavor but because I am looking for more protein and less sugar/carbs for the night… even yogurts, ice creams and stuff that are “light” or packed with protein I’ve found them to have quite a big amount of sugars or their serving size is just “too small” for the amount of calories… sp for now… this delicious biscotti for only 100 calories is pretty good!

Now to my numbers, I must admit I’ve been on the higher side of my recommended calorie intake for the day… so yesterday I decided to re-visit the “lower numbers” because it seems that’s the place where my body does lose weight … so yesterday I ate a total of 1280 calories and exercised for 20 minutes (10 mins. in the morning, 10 mins. in the afternoon) on my rower… I am pretty sore but it feels great, a friend and I will start running early (too early) in the mornings, so, we’ll see how that goes! That’s it for now… Happy weekend everyone!

The Thin Lady Inside

Ice Cream for Dinner

Hello everybody! Just want to give a quick recommendation…

HEB Creamy Creations Light Ice Cream Churn Style (I actually didn’t know it was light when I bought it for the girls or even when I tasted it)  I got the chocolate milk flavor and oh my goodness! It is YUMMY! only 110 calories per 1/2 cup… I had like 1 and a half cups last night for dinner! YUM! for some reason I was craving ice cream… so talk about indulging AND staying within my calorie range! YUMMY!

Rowing is getting a bit easier… I still do 10 mins. but I don’t take as many breaks in between and I do more reps… like yesterday I did 204 reps in the 10 mins. it feels good! Today I’ve already done 10 mins. I am planning on doing 10 more minutes later! It is a great exercise because it is both cardio and strength training. I am planning on resting the weekends and only doing cardio those days! 🙂

So… good report….

The Thin Lady Inside

Row, Row, Row your boat

Hello people! Here I am just to give a quick update…

So… yesterday was a good day… I ate 1200 calories and exercised for 10 mins. on my rowing machine… I should do some other exercises but since I am still coming out of the diseases going around in this house all the month of February I am taking it easy LOL! …

Rowing is actually getting to be fun, if I think about it as if I was really “rowing” … so I even think of the song “Row, Row, Row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily… ” well… you get the idea… I am excited to hopefully start feeling stronger soon!

Yesterday I didn’t get to watch the biggest loser and I was very bummed out but I had choir rehearsal at church, today I looked for the full episode, found it and was so thrilled to have done that… even if you don’t watch the Biggest Loser YOU HAVE TO SEE the last part of it… when you see who gets eliminated and the transformation of that person! WOW! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! it’s incredible… you can watch the whole thing here:

Biggest Loser, “Face your Fear” Full Episode, Air Date: 02/25/2013

Ok, I think that’s it for now… my back is hurting from the rowing… I feel it! But not “bad hurting” it’s actually “good hurting” 🙂

The Thin Lady Inside