“Fall Into Shape” Reflection

Starting Stats from 28 Days Ago:
Weight: 147.5
Waist: 35
Hips: 40

Stats As Of Today:
Weight: 145.2
Waist: 34
Hips: 39

Before I go over my goals and my reflections on them I do have to say that I did nothing this week. Monday is a rest day and Tuesday I totally forgot I had a thing I had to stay at school for, so I didn’t get in my yoga. Wednesday night I got home and was so tired and felt like my body was trying not to get sick (which I realized I had been feeling that way for about a week) so I called in sick for the next day to let myself rest. Thursday I did absolutely nothing the whole day but lie around and sleep. Friday I was feeling a little better but still very tired, so I decided to let my body rest and do what it needed to do. Same thing with yesterday and today. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that if my body is tired and feeling “sick”, whether or not I have symptoms, I need to emoticon and let it do it’s thing.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the goals I initially set:

Track my food 24 out of the 28 days – I was being very good about only allowing myself one day where I didn’t track. This week hasn’t been the greatest because when I’m sick I’m not worried about tracking my food so much as I am with finding something to eat that is going to make me feel better.

Do cardio (a.k.a. run) 3 times a week – Did great with this and I definitely had a breakthrough with my running last Sunday. I didn’t work out this entire week so I know that’s going to set me back a bit but I’ll get back to the cardio on Wednesday.

Strength train/do yoga 2 times a week. This will be challenging as the yoga classes at my gym are all messed up because of renovations. I’m also going to try out a water class which is both cardio and strength. I’m a bit nervous about it, but we’ll give it a shot. – I actually didn’t give either of those classes a shot. I did try Pilates and loved it, but HATE the time. What I did was I found my ST card I got at the YMCA when I had my free training session. I made myself some workout cards to add to my little ring of cards full of workouts to keep in my gym back. I also wrote down some SP ST workouts and will try to do one short ST session at the end of each cardio session. If that means I only stay at the gym for 15-20 minutes longer, then super. As far as yoga went, I did some home yoga, but I definitely love my classes better. They’re a lot more intense and something about being in a room full of people doing yoga makes me want to try harder.

Run the SP Trick or Trot virtual 5K – Ummm… emoticon So that was this past week when I’ve been out of commission and I COMPLETELY forgot about it. But I can run a personal 5K some other time. emoticon

Post one blog a week with my progress/stats as well as one extra blog a week about other challenges and/or experiences. – emoticon

My goal is to lose 4-5 pounds at the end of the 28 days. I will take my stats on the first day and each week following. – Not as much of a weight loss as I had hoped, but still very good. I did learn over these past 28 weeks that it’s not the working out that I struggle with – I do plenty of that. It’s the foods that’s my weakness, especially the sweet stuff. That’s why I posted my motivational poster on my fridge. I need a reminder each time I find myself wanting food! I’m also really focusing on the fact that it takes time for you to feel full after you eat and that you don’t actually need to be FULL all the time. It’s OK to feel a little hungry, and I’m trying to make drinking be the first thing I do when I’m “hungry”. If I’m still hungry after I’ve had a drink and tried to not think about food for a while, then I take it for real hunger and let myself have a snack. I’ve noticed that I’ve actually been eating snacks less at school because of that, so that’s a good thing!

I also wanted to find an elliptical or set up my treadmill, but I did neither of those things. I realized that my treadmill was going to take up a lot of room, be loud, and probably not get used that often. Once I got to thinking about it I realized I honestly don’t watch TV that often and when I do let myself sit around and catch up on my shows on Hulu, that’s OK. Allowing myself to take a break is perfectly acceptable.

I’d say all in all I had a pretty successful four weeks. This coming week is going to be tough because I will be out of town from Friday to Tuesday for a conference. Last year I had every intention of using the hotel gym, but I didn’t. Good news in order to get from my hotel to the conference site I have to walk quite a few blocks, and I did that a couple times a day. The annoying thing is that my hotel room will most likely not have a fridge. Last year I assumed it would and it didn’t, so I had to keep the food I brought in the big industrial fridge by the hotel kitchen. So inconvenient. I ended up eating out for every meal which was alright because the school paid for it, but definitely not good for my waist. I called today to see if I could get a room with a fridge and they couldn’t guarantee it, so I’m going to bring some stuff that is more resilient without refrigeration and will keep it in a cooler and keep putting ice in it. I’ll also do some research of the places to eat and perhaps limit myself to once a day or a couple times the whole time I’m there. I’ll find a way to make it work. I just don’t want once weekend to set me back to where I was four weeks ago. What a waste of time that would be!

Oh, I also made that motivational poster I was talking about!  I was having a hard time loading all the images here, so here’s a link from my SP blog.  http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569001



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A rough start to my final week

A little embarrassing given how well I’ve been doing, but I need to be frank with myself…

So, Saturday I didn’t eat the greatest. Sunday I had good intentions but ended up snacking a bit at the end of the day even thought I wasn’t hungry. I’m suddenly getting a sweet tooth for EVERYTHING. Yesterday at school I fell into the sweet trap when there were cupcakes in the teacher’s lounge (I ate more than one) and a student gave me a cake pop. i also found the candy basket that I forgot I had for my students and ate way too many Hershey Kisses (I don’t even like them!).

Today didn’t start out the greatest when I didn’t eat breakfast at home. I attempted to make a smoothie which took forever because, first of all, I froze bananas WITH the peel on, so it took forever to get the peel off (DUH!!!) and my blender is a piece of poop so it took about 10 minutes to finally get the smoothie smooth. By the time I finished all that I was running so late that I was thankful for the fact that I had a portable breakfast that I could take in the car, but by the time I got around to eating it more than an hour had passed since I woke up. If I don’t eat soon after I wake up I start feeling woozy. On top of that I’m adjusting to new medicine that is making me feel dizzy and emotional. I got to school and felt like I was going to fall over and the smoothie just wasn’t cutting it, so I started eating pretzel rods that I found in the teacher’s lounge. Later that evening I once again fell into the sweet tooth trap with handfuls of candy corn from the lounge and by finishing off the Hershey Kisses in my basket. Yikes!

I like to say in my head that I couldn’t control what I was doing. I don’t like to take responsibility for making silly choices. But the fact of the matter is that I DO have control. I chose to eat the candy corn. I chose to eat the cupcakes and the kisses. I chose to consume over 2000 calories today. Thank God I made myself face it by tracking all the junk I ate today. I chose to do all of this and my weight showed it today. To add to everything today I didn’t get in my yoga workout. I forgot that I had to stay in school today for Show Off Night and I didn’t get home until 8ish. When I got home I chose to do laundry so I have clean workout clothes tomorrow, to unload the dishwasher, to prepare my food for tomorrow, and to blog about today (a.k.a. holding myself accountable and being honest with myself) over getting in even a short yoga workout.

I’m not writing all of this to whine and complain about my choices. I’m writing simply to be honest with myself and say “Hey, Tamara, you haven’t been making the smartest choices. Get it together, girl!” As soon as I click “Post Blog Entry” I’m going to print out some pictures that remind me of my rewards and goals and I’m going to tape them on my refrigerator. Picture to come…

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“Fall Into Shape” Week 4

Weekly Stats:

Last Week’s Weight: 147.6
This Morning’s Weight: 145.4
Lowest Weight This Week: 145.4

Going into this last week of my boot camp with a pretty good start. I haven’t seen the 145s in a long time so that was very pleasing to me! I want to start out by talking about my run today. It was really cold out but I put on two pairs of pants and a tank top under my long sleeved shirt. I should have put on two long sleeved shirts since I was pretty chilly and the wind kept blowing right through to my arms, but after the first 15 minutes I warmed up. emoticon I was running around my neighbourhood, which is always challenging because there are some pretty intense hills, but I felt awesome and wanted to go and go. I felt like I was running faster than usual and my HR was quite elevated at some points because of the hills, but if it got too high I would stop and walk for 20 seconds to get it back down to a manageable place. I went a different route than usual and had no idea how far I was going. My usual route is 2 miles, but when I came back to my apartment and mapped my route I had gone 3 miles total including my walking warm-up and cool-down. Calculating my pace I found that I had run about 5.3 mph and a pace of 11:20 min/mile as opposed to my usual 12 min/mile. Holy moly! emoticon But I felt awesome! I guess all that running is paying off, especially starting to add some hill and interval workouts and being sure I get out for an outdoor run once a week.

I do need to figure something out for my Saturdays. I didn’t make it to the muscle class that I had thought of going to because I was SOOO tired yesterday morning. Didn’t go to Pilates either because of the time. Last night I came up with some shorter strength workouts using dumbells, mats, or the machines at the gym, and I’m going to try to do one of those each time I go to the gym for a run. I have a pretty intense yoga video and a Pilates video as well as 30 Day Shred and some other strength based videos, so if I can’t go to a class I can still get in some quality ST. Saturday may end up turning into another rest day for me or an optional day, which is fine by me. I’m still getting plenty of workout time and calorie burning throughout the week.

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Goals and Rewards

Rewards work. I see it every day in my classroom. Students are motivated to behave and do well if they know there is a possibility of a reward – even something as small as a sticker. They’ll work even harder to reach a long-term goal, like getting to go to the treasure box at the end of the week. Who says adults can’t be motivated to make positive choices in the same way? No stickers here, but I’m getting some rewards set up for myself to keep me motivated even when I’m going through the frustrating times like this past week.

145 – Scarf
142.5 – Earrings
140 – Teavana tea
137.5 – Kitchen gadget
135 – Something for my apartment (from Anthropologie?)
132.5 – A new cookbook
130 – Tom’s or some other fun type of sneaker

Not sure what to put for the last one. Any ideas? As an added bonus my boyfriend has kindly offered to treat me to dinner if I make it down to 140 before he leaves to go back to school after Christmas break. That’s sometime in early January. I have the best boyfriend. emoticon

I’m also going to make a motivational poster and let myself write a compliment for each pound I lose. I’m also making myself a little raffle drawing with little things I can do for each pound lost. For example, home pedicure, allowing myself a special treat (within reason, obviously emoticon)…and that’s all I can think of right now. Once again, any ideas? emoticon

The final thing is that i keep thinking about getting a Garmin but I don’t want to spend the money unless I really get into long distances, so I said that once I participate in a 10K race, I can let myself buy a Garmin. Woohoo! emoticon

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“Fall Into Shape” Week 3

This week has been a frustrating one.

Weekly Stats:

Last Week’s Weight: 146.8
This Morning’s Weight: 147.6
Lowest Weight This Week: 146

In order to understand why this is frustrating, let’s take a look at last week’s stats:
Last week’s weight: 147.5
Weight this morning: 146.8
Lowest weight of the week 146

For starters, I haven’t been able to break 146 this entire week. Ahhh! Granted it is that TOM for me (sort of…I just started a new pill and although I was spotting I never really ended up starting) and that always makes me a little heavier. Also deserving an explanation is why my weight this morning is a pound and a half higher than what is was yesterday morning and higher than it was when I started this thing. I went to my aunt’s/cousin’s house yesterday. Now, my family isn’t very healthy when it comes to eating and for some reason when I’m around my family I always find myself binging. I had planned on allowing one day a week where I wouldn’t worry about tracking so that if I were going out or eating dinner with someone I wouldn’t have to feel completely guilty about not really being able to track what I’m eating or going over a little bit, but yesterday was completely disgusting. We had spaghetti for dinner and I had a side salad, but they served Texas toast. The kind you get in a box from a freezer. I had two and a half pieces. I NEVER eat food like that, but when I do it’s like crack. I have one little bite and I can’t stop. I was full and I couldn’t stop. But it didn’t stop there. Before dinner I had a million Starbursts, and after dinner my cousin opened a bag of chips. Well, needless to say I had many handfuls, and on top of that I had not one, but TWO slices of the margarita pie I brought to share with them. It’s so embarrassing having to write all this down. And the thing that I hate is that this happens EVERY TIME I’m with my family. I was thinking of bringing my own dinner yesterday so I could have some control over what I was eating, but I didn’t want to be rude, but I also could have just said no to everything. I feel so guilty and embarrassed about it that I’m actually sitting here crying.

I know that it’s just a matter of looking at the situation, admitting it happened, and moving on doing my business as usual, which is what will happen, but I just don’t know why I let this happen in the first place. I feel like I have total control over myself in my own environment, but when I go back to my old environment it’s like I mentally haven’t trained myself to have that same control. Ugh! emoticon

Aside from that this has just been a busy week so I never had time to sit down and blog a mid-week report, but everything was as usual. I got in all my workouts for this week. I need to figure something out with Saturdays though. I really like Pilates, but I had the perfect Saturday morning routine. I get up early, go to Panera and eat breakfast, go do my grocery shopping at Whole Foods, then come home and get a bunch of stuff done. Before noon I’ve usually accomplished so much. But if I have to go to a class at 10:00 and get out at 11:00, I haven’t really gotten anything done before noon. I HATE that. (I seem to be hating a lot of things this morning. emoticon) This is part of the reason why I stopped my Saturday morning yoga class. I hated that by the time I got out it was 12:30 and half my day was gone. So I think next week I’m going to try to Muscle class at 7:45. I’m not a fan of Muscle classes, and I usually get up around 7:30, but I think this might be a better option so I’ll give it a go.

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“Fall Into Shape” Week 2

Weekly Stats:

Last week’s weight: 147.5
Weight this morning: 146.8
Lowest weight of the week 146
(If I go down below 146 I’ll be seeing numbers I haven’t seen in a long time!)

At the moment I can’t find my tape measure so I won’t be having any waist or hip measurements. I accomplished all my goals this week except for setting up my treadmill. As I mentioned in a past blog, I had a really tough time doing yoga on Tuesday because I was so tired and felt like poo (I think it was my flu shot) but I made myself start with at least 20 minutes and only did really easy stretching yoga. Today I also had a hard time getting myself going for my run. I usually run first thing in the morning on Sundays so I can get it done, but I had to go to church this morning to be a representative for a welcome breakfast, so my schedule got all mixed up. On top of that I’m PMSing so I’m a bit more tired than usual and kind of grumpy, so I just didn’t want to run! But I made myself run around my neighbourhood. I ran entirely too hard. For some reason I always run faster when I’m outside and don’t have the treadmill to pace me and then it’s almost too much. I’m not very good at pacing myself. On top of that there are some pretty decent hills around here. But I had a really good run and was in a much better mood afterward.

I have most of my meals prepared for the week. I just need to make my mac and cheese on Tuesday. I’ve been craving mac and cheese, so I found a recipe on Spark Recipes and decided to add some mixed frozen veggies. Yum! Also on the menu for this week I have eggplant parm, bean stew, and omelets.

My schedule this week is going to stay the same. I tried out the Pilates class and really like it. It was tough and I’m really sore today. My abs, shoulders, and back are all hurting when I move, but that’s a good thing. emoticon

Yesterday I tracked my food the whole day but made a note that I stopped tracking toward the end of the night. I went to the NC State Fair and had some treats there. Don’t worry, I didn’t have any deep fried twinkies or anything crazy like that. Just the thought of it was disgusting! I did kind of want to try a deep fried Reese’s cup just to see what that would taste like. I was thinking of splitting one with a friend, but I got a frozen banana instead. Yes it’s dipped in chocolate and covered in peanuts, but it’s a once-a-year thing and at least has some nutritional value. Bananas and peanuts are both good for you! emoticon Other than that I got some corn on the cob and sweet potato fries. Yumm! Not to mention, we parked a mile and a half from the fair and walked there and back…PLUS all the walking we did around the fair itself.

I noticed this week that my appetite is incredible. Once I start teaching again and spending my entire day bouncing around on my feet, I feel like I’m constantly starving. Also, after tracking all my workouts, SP kicked my nutrition range up into the 1400-1700s range. MUCH better.


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Food Friday!

A peak at my meals that I’ve been eating this week.


Parfait of Vanilla Greek Yogurt, Strawberries, and Granola


Organic Pancakes, Maple Syrup, and Grapes

Lunches and Dinners:

I forgot to take a picture of my delicious salad!  Whoops.

Spicy Tempeh and Broccoli, from Veganomicon

Lentil, Guac, and Sour Cream Taco.  All I did for this was cook lentils and add a packet of taco mix in the last few minutes of cooking.

And my favourite of the week…Portabello Reuben!


Chocolate Walnut Biscotti (supposed to be hazelnuts but I didn’t have any)

I attempted to make sweet potato chips for a snack, but they sliced with one side thicker than the other and all of them got burnt!

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