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Perfect 10 Challenge Update #6??

  • 1800 calories a day – 90% success on this.  Weekends, if i am lounging around the house, I seem to slack on the tracking but not necessarily on the eating.  Just too lazy to go find my book.  The of course there is the random crazy day, like today, where I was so busy at work all day long that although I was supposed to leave at 6:15, I didn’t leave until 7:30 and at that point I realized 2 things.  1. I was starving, having had lunch at 11 AM and nothing since and 2. I have only had 840 calories for the day and I was NOT going straight home.  In fact, I was 45 minutes late to a seminar on Raw Food. (more on that later, my brain needs to absorb some info).  Ultimately the bigger struggle remains in actually getting all my calories in this week.
  • Exercise daily, yes 7 days a week.  2 days can be really light, like an easy walk.  The focus for this next 10 weeks is the half marathon training.-Half marathon training is going great.  So far, I have not missed a run, although Thursday run did get cut a bit short due to black ice on my route, and while I intended to go back and finish in the evening, it just didn’t happen.(By the way, I managed to run one day this week before work!  Woot!…So not gonna do this every day, but I will support Esquire in his Nashville training and run “with” him one day a week in the morning.  On the other side, 7 days a week is not happening.  Soon though, I am still working on finding a trainer!
  • Burn 600 calories a day from exercise, based on the HRM readouts–  On my scheduled run days, not a problem!  Quite easy, in fact!  Still gotta work up to 7 days!
  • Drink 150 oz of water a day-Doing awful with this, this week. I am lucky if I get 96 oz in.
  • Acknowledge God and His place in my life in some deliberate fashion daily.  i.e pray, praise, worship, testify!– I really like this part of my goals!  It seems to be easier to stay focused on my tasks, when I have this going right!  Woot.  Woot. 🙂
  • Log my calories daily– see goal #1

Random facts.  I realized after I posted my update last week that I skipped this random new knowledge of me the prior two weeks so I now owe you 3 previously unknown factoids about me.  So, after consulting my “25 things you don’t know about me” list off Facebook, here they are.

1.  Ironically enough, I was born weighing 4 lbs.  I find it somewhat comical given my size today.  I am certain my mom never thought that her daughter who practically fell out of her cuz she was so small and wanted out into this world so quickly would one day be 300 lbs!

2.  I make really yummy chicken noodle soup.  My friends like me to make it for them when they are sick.  However, I never eat it myself.  When I am sick and want it, I am too sick to make it and I don’t want soup any other time.  Just not a soup eater.

3.  On the same note, when I cook, I don’t know how to cook small.   For example, when I make the above mentioned soup…I might be making soup for one, but it turns out to be enough for a family of 8!  I don’t measure my soup, I just add things until it tastes right and well, it keeps growing.  Plenty of people have been recipients of my soup in mass quantities.  One time I made so much I split it between 3 different sickos and they each got ALOT of soup!  This was the bonus of living in GR near Adam and Aaron.  When I made too much of anything, I could take extras over to them!  HAHA!  Not anymore…now I freeze it and eat it for weeks on end!

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Perfect 10 Challenge Update #6 And The Dr. Report

Well, here is my latest update!

  • 1800 calories a day (unless my Dr. changes this for me in February)- Partial success, except for the weekend and today!
  • Exercise daily, yes 7 days a week.  2 days can be really light, like an easy walk.  The focus for this next 10 weeks is the half marathon training.-Failure
  • Burn 600 calories a day from exercise, based on the HRM readouts-Failure
  • Drink 150 oz of water a day-might have to build my bladder back up to this one- Decently done, it remains to be tougher when I am on the teller line, but I am getting better.
  • Acknowledge God and His place in my life in some deliberate fashion daily.  i.e pray, praise, worship, testify!-Yowza’s, mega fail on this one this week!
  • Log my calories daily-except for the weekend, no problem
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    I went to the Dr. this week as scheduled for the routine exam and to review my plan with her and to see what her recommendations are for going forward.  Here are the results.

    1.  I discovered a new high weight for me.  I did not realize that in 2006 I weighed 368!  Yikes!!

    2.  She was quite impressed that I am running and is very pleased with my losses so far

    3.  The extended plateau could be something as simple as the fact that I do primarily cardio these days and need to mix in weights.  She recommended getting a trainer.  (wonder if insurance will cover that?)
    On the more complicated side, it could be thyroid issues or insulin resistance issues(prediabetic), both of which will be determined by the blood work she had done and both of which will be resolved with medication, if necessary.  I do not like this idea.  I have been somewhat pleased and grateful that thus far in my life, I have managed to NOT have to be on medications for things related to my weight nor have I suffered any physical disabilities due to my weight.  Regardless, I am not going to stress about this until I know for sure.  In the meantime, I am looking into training possibilities!

    4.  She thinks 1800 calories is not an issue and should not be messed with at this point.

    I was never so excited to go to a Dr before!  I continue to be excited and I will do what it takes to take care of myself, even take meds if necessary (grumble grumble snarl snarl). 

    Oh the best part, she sees no reason why I can’t do the half marathon!  She thought it kind of ridiculous in fact that I would ask her AFTER I started running whether I should run or not.  HAHA, I guess it is ridiculous!

    That is all for now, boring post, but necessary.  More news to come soon!

    Perfect 10 Update #5

    • 1800 calories a day (unless my Dr. changes this for me in February) SUCCESS-I think I did ok on the weekend but don’t have any proof for ya!
    • Exercise daily, yes 7 days a week.  2 days can be really light, like an easy walk.  The focus for this next 10 weeks is the half marathon training. FAIL
    • Burn 600 calories a day from exercise, based on the HRM readouts FAIL
    • Drink 150 oz of water a day-might have to build my bladder back up to this one FAIL
    • Acknowledge God and His place in my life in some deliberate fashion daily.  i.e pray, praise, worship, testify! Mostly not successful, but not sure I would call it a FAIL.
    • Log my calories daily SUCCESS…except for the weekend…it got away from me.

    No excuses.  I seemed to lack motivation this week.  Not motivation to try, but motivation to fight through the obstacles and challenges that presented themselves.  For example, up until this past week, (the prior 3 weeks) I was in training or working a different aspect of my job that entails me sitting in an office instead of in a teller station (work in a credit union).  It is FAR easier to fit in snacks  and my water/additional bathroom breaks, in that setting than it is on the teller line where we have one member after another, literally all day long.   Not impossible, but I am seeing it will take a more concerted and conscious effort so that I am not trying to cram in 96 oz of water between 7 and 11 PM.  As for exercise and calorie burn…I just need to MOVE MY BUTT!!!

    Perfect 10 Update #4

    • 1800 calories a day (unless my Dr. changes this for me in February) This continues to be a challenge.  I suppose there could be worse challenges in life than to NOT be able to get in 1800 calories a day, but this is stressing me out.  Last night I decided to change up my standard lunch of homemade stir fry (300 cals) and go for a tuna fish sandwich.  After making it all up and calculating calories I realized that this was going to be only 185 calories.  I was pissed, to say the least.  So, I made two.  However at lunch today, I couldn’t eat both!  I cannot eat like I used to.  I can’t pack it in!  Not a bad problem, just frustrating when I am making healthy choices…too well.  By the time I got home today and after eating the second sandwich on my way home, I still had over 800 calories left for dinner.  Ate mom’s spaghetti, that will cover it…I know I sound whiny.  Sorry about that.
    • Exercise daily, yes 7 days a week. 2 days can be really light, like an easy walk. The focus for this next 10 weeks is the half marathon training. Not at all.  My cold that I thought I kicked came back in force and has been wiping me out daily.  Not to mention my “Crazy Kate” style sleeplessness seems to have returned this past week so I have not been sleeping well/much either.  I have been having to force the light/computer off even if I simply lay there.
    • Burn 600 calories a day from exercise, based on the HRM readouts Ahem….read above
    • Drink 150 oz of water a day-might have to build my bladder back up to this one Still doing relatively well with this one.  Most days I have hit this, but if I came short it was only by about 20 oz or so.
    • Acknowledge God and His place in my life in some deliberate fashion daily. i.e pray, praise, worship, testify! If battling the slimy one counts, then yes…every day!  He has been relentless this week!
    • Log my calories daily Got this one down.

    Now something you don’t know about me.   I sing in my car…but not the normal way.  I have toy echo microphones in my car and as I drive down the road, particularly on road trips I use them to belt out tunes in my awful off key way that only I can ever truly enjoy!  I have to keep multiple mic’s in my car in case a passenger would like to sing with me…or in case my brother steals mine because his broke!

    Perfect 10 Update #3

    • 1800 calories a day (unless my Dr. changes this for me in February) This has actually been a challenge.  I have actually been under calories again this week and not for lack of trying.  Aaron got to see it first hand this weekend.  Last night I went over by 150, darn cannoli! and tonight, despite a potential calorie crisis and to the best of my knowledge I came in at about 2000.  I will write about the calorie crisis later, but trust me, coming in only 200 over was a feat!
    • Exercise daily, yes 7 days a week. 2 days can be really light, like an easy walk. The focus for this next 10 weeks is the half marathon training. Nope, did not do this.  For most of the week I was still recovering from my cold and yesterday and today I had some prior commitments.  This is proving tougher than I thought.  Either i am going to have to reduce this to 5 days a week or learn to tolerate early mornings enough to get it in before work.
    • Burn 600 calories a day from exercise, based on the HRM readouts Ahem….read above
    • Drink 150 oz of water a day-might have to build my bladder back up to this oneI have been so good with this.  Only 2 days did I fall short of this and only by 32 oz one day.  The other day I was short by 54.  My bladder has gotten used to this for the most part.
    • Acknowledge God and His place in my life in some deliberate fashion daily. i.e pray, praise, worship, testify!It is amazing how present I am to Him these last couple of weeks.  Nothing big or huge, just a greater consciousness and awareness.
    • Log my calories daily I am doing great with this so far.

    Results of all of this?  Down 4.1 this week!  If I can pull out a loss 3 weeks in a row then for sure I gotta be out of this gain/lose slump!

    Now for something new about me…I used to love canned spinach as a kid.  I think I may have been the only one of us kids to like it.  I would eat a whole can of it!  Now, I think it is the most disgusting thing ever!  It is slimy and salty and gross!!  Fresh spinach though, I love!

    Perfect 10-Update 2

    Wow, it is time for an update on this already.

    • 1800 calories a day (unless my Dr. changes this for me in February) Hmmm, well for the most part I did well.  Sunday I did not track at all.  In fact as far as calorie intake went it was probably quite dreadful.  We had a gathering at my aunt’s house that included her famous Christmas cookies.  She always brings them to our family Christmas, but because we didn’t have that big gathering yet this year, well, we didn’t get them.  I can finally say, Christmas has come and gone.  The rest of this week, I have been right on track for the most part, if not a little under each day.  but not too bad.
    • Exercise daily, yes 7 days a week.  2 days can be really light, like an easy walk.  The focus for this next 10 weeks is the half marathon training. This did not happen due to my cold.  I did try.  But when I did, I would dissolve in fits of horrific coughing that resulted in other gym goers giving me evil looks until I disinfected my machine and left.
    • Burn 600 calories a day from exercise, based on the HRM readouts See above.
    • Drink 150 oz of water a day-might have to build my bladder back up to this one This I did most days.  If I didn’t hit 150, I came pretty close.  The last 2 days I think I fell a little short, mainly because I went to bed really early.  Like RIGHT after I ate dinner!
    • Acknowledge God and His place in my life in some deliberate fashion daily.  i.e pray, praise, worship, testify! This has been cool because every morning, on my way in to work, there has been beautiful sunrises.  It has been awesome to start my day just grateful as I felt like God was painting a picture in the skies for me to see!
    • Log my calories daily Done,no problems here, except Sunday.

    I had some other thoughts, but cannot think of them right now, so they will have to have their own blog post when they come back around to my head.

    I hope you are all doing well on your Perfect 10!

    Oh yeah….lost 3.2 this week!

    See, I knew I was forgetting something!  Thanks Steve for the reminder to share something knew about myself!  I love to sing, but I am awful at it.  Ok, not all the time awful.  I can carry a tune in church, because there are others around me keeping me in tune.  Get me playing karaoke or Rock Band and it is torture for those around or just plain hilarious!  So to feed my love I sing in the car.  With echo mic’s.  Yes, I carry two echo mic’s in my car at all times to sing with as I drive around.  The second one is for passengers to join in if they want.  Try it!  It is hilarious to sing at people as you drive down the highway and have them totally slow down because they cannot believe their eyes!  Yes, it is going to be a fun road trip to TN in April.  WHo wants in my car?  hehee

    Perfect 10 – Update 1

    After one day on this 10 week mini plan, I am learning to embrace failure (again) and to see that it is not going to be perfect (again).

    Normally, I will not be posting daily updates,but per the rules of the challenge, this is how this first one will be.

    • 1800 calories a day (unless my Dr. changes this for me in February) I am at 1750 for the day
    • Exercise daily, yes 7 days a week.  2 days can be really light, like an easy walk.  The focus for this next 10 weeks is the half marathon training. None today, had a bunch of errands to do after work and did not get home until almost 9PM
    • Burn 600 calories a day from exercise, based on the HRM readouts See above
    • Drink 150 oz of water a day-might have to build my bladder back up to this one Holy Pete’s…as of right now I am on about 80 oz and I don’t think my bladder can handle any more!  I am definitely going to have to build up to this one AND figure out what this will look like at work.  Today, I raced off the teller line 3 times with a long line of members glaring at me so I could PEE!
    • Acknowledge God and His place in my life in some deliberate fashion daily.  i.e pray, praise, worship, testify! Not a problem!
    • Log my calories daily They are logged, on paper and in a nice neat journal!  No sticky notes today!

    Hmmm…now for something blogger world most likely wouldn’t already know about me.  When I laugh, like really really laugh hard, I am very silent and I stop breathing and turn dangerous shades of red.  It is true, ask anyone who has seen me laugh really hard.