Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What's going on?

I haven't posted in a while, totally been busy with life.

Weight is holding steady, that's the important part. I'm still hitting the gym to meet with Dave and trying to get in some treadmill workouts. I need to step up my game though. I need to increase my cardio and try HARDER. Sometimes I feel guilty because I'm not trying hard enough. I have plenty of time and I know I need to do it.

My food choices haven't been the most amazing lately. I'm not eating all junk, but almost anything processed upsets my stomach. So I'm doing another fruit flush to finish flushing my stomach out, and then back to Jay Robb's absolutely nothing processed diet.

Last Saturday Jason and I had our engagement pictures. We'll see the results on Sunday!

I can't think of much else. I'm in the field tomorrow and want to grab a shower, so off I go!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Tognarelli Knees

So I'm not sure what it is.... but my mom, her sister, brother, and father all have had knee replacement surgery. There's still a few more brothers who haven't had their knee replaced, but I'm sure it's coming.
So as I began training with Dave, my concern was to strengthen my knees so I won't need new knees. But lately, the stress of my job (wearing steel toes), the walking on either gravel or standing around on asphalt, has aggravated my knees. My knees aren't as strong as they need to be to provide stability in boots on gravel. (The unbalance effect.)

So yesterday at PT, like usual, my knees started to bother me. Dave recommended I ice them. So here I am icing my knees. And I as recommended to my mother, I purchased bags of frozen peas too. Trainer Dave recommends I ice them everyday as preventative measures. The frozen peas do work much better.

So in other news, I gained 1-pound back from my weight loss. I can only be mad at myself! I didn't eat or measure or log my food like I should.

So my goals this week.
1) LOG everything. No Easter Candy! No Girl Scout Cookies! Dave has banned me from treats until my bridal shower, and then my wedding.
2) 40 minutes of daily activity. And icing my knees.

This excludes Tuesday. I'm going to UM-Rolla to give an evening presentation. I have PT on Monday and Thursday. Back to two nights a week!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A decade lost!

I finished the Jay Robb 3 Day Fruit Flush. I lost a total of 3.2 pounds in 3 days. I totally missed one aspect of the diet and didn't have a protein shake with dinner days 2 & 3! I learned a lot about my body and what it likes. It doesn't like to be hungry. I can't sleep if I'm hungry!

I'm actually really happy with the results and will probably do it again in a few weeks. The things I would change is to eat half a baked potato, not mix fruit (did that before I knew I couldn't), and make sure to get all the shakes in! Jason and I didn't wake until 11am in Sunday so we didn't drink all 4 shakes due to time. I would note that doing this on time change weekend wasn't a great idea, and having to bake potatoes the day we turned the heat off only warmed up our house that much more. As yummy as the fresh baked potato was, next time I'm just going to make all 3 (or 2) the same day. Only heat up the house once.

In all-star news, I have lost 11 pounds in the past 6.5 weeks! This is outstanding! I lost a Decade of weight! And I'm finally back under 200 pounds. Without JayRobb's new diet, I would still be stuck at 210. I have new motivation to keep losing weight AND keep it off! I love the "caveman" way. Most importantly, I need to remember that junk food upsets my stomach. Way too much. Must avoid all greasy foods.

Since I'm back in the groove of eating right, I need to make sure I get in lots of cardio!

The menu changed for the week. Jason had a meeting tonight and I had PT at 7pm. I had a protein shake.
Tomorrow night we're going to grill burgers. It'll be a nice treat - the meat. I haven't had meat in 4 days. :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Meal Planning

I would say that weight loss is about 25% exercise, 25% mental/emotional, and 50% food.

As I get back in the groove of my caveman like diet, I am starting to gather up meal ideas that aren't just "grill fish, steam broccoli". I mean, I'm really good at those.. and they are super healthy, I need to branch out more.

I have been following a couple different websites/blogs.
What's Cooking Chicago This is a great blog with lots of amazing recipes and most importantly, freezer recipes. Freezer recipes are the staple for any busy mom, or for some my friends, future moms! Most of her recipes are basic, nothing complicated. I've added this one of my meal planning coming up: Chicken Enchiladas

I also like to check in with Skinny Taste and her recipe files. She has lot of healthy recipes too.

So my top goal is to get back into meal planning.
S-M-T evil 3 Day Fruit Flush. (I mean wonderful/awesome!)
Wednesday - both Jason and I are in the field and I have PT at 7pm. So we're having breakfast for dinner. Eggs, toast (for jason), stuff like that.
Thursday - we're grilling! Fish and Steaks, and um.. steamed broccoli. :)
Friday - Unsure yet, I am going shopping with my friend Jessica. We'll probably hit Panera or something.
Saturday - Corned Beef & Cabbage, Crock Pot
Sunday - all of the above as leftovers. Or we might make a special "date night". Instead of going out to eat, we make a nice meal and sit at the table to eat it.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


A lot of people who are trying to lose weight have their ups and downs and restarts.

The first two weeks in the field I did awesome! I tried my hardest to stick to the diet and did a really good job. Then this week showed up. Since I was sick (a total of 4 crappy days), my diet went out the window. Which is probably the #1 reason I was actually sick. I'm still not sure if it was the diet or if is was an illness.

But yesterday was my restart! I've started the day with eggs and toast, an ab and arm workout courtesy of Dave, chicken noodle soup, a fat-flush shake (Jay Robb), and a lot of water. I ate more chicken soup for dinner, and had Chips & Salsa at the trivia night. I ate a few "bad" things, but very minimal, and taking chips & salsa was a great idea. You can munch on it and not get too full.

Today Jason and I started Jay Robb's 3-day Fat Flush. It's not easy. Jason keeps joking about a cheeseburger on Wednesday. Today was hard. It's protein shakes. Water-ed down protein shakes. Not a lot of flavor, but whatever, it's only 1 Day of these drinks. For dinner we had a nice salad and baked potato. The potato was amazing. Tomorrow and Tuesday we eat fruit during the day, and another salad and baked potato for dinner.

I already feel TONS better. Just eating an avocado was great! It's amazing how much you can miss eating healthy. I'm excited about being back on the right track for healthy meals. My body took a beating last week and it needs to be treated good this week.

In amazing news -- the last weeks of travel and torture has paid off! I have accumulated enough points for 4-6 free nights in San Francisco at the Radison Fisherman's Wharf! It was a small goal I had in mind these past few weeks. I want to go next January for my birthday. I don't know how long Jason and I will stay, but we'll figure that out later this year (like August.) I should add that my landlord/friend moved to San Fran this year. So I get to see him too!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

End of Travel

I cannot wait for this trip to be over. After Monday's horrific stomachache, I had another one Tuesday. By stomachache, I mean bathroom trips... It was awful. I don't know if maybe I had a stomach bug and it wasn't actually the deer sticks, or if it was something I ate. (Hotel breakfast?).

I got some gatorade last night after another tame dinner, and got a decent nights sleep. Today was awful. Not in terms of bathroom trips, but my energy level was shot. I had half a bagel with peanut butter for breakfast, and another gatorade. I managed to down some almonds, but I had to sit down at 11am and close my eyes for awhile and rest. I was just entirely wiped out. The only good thing that could possibly come out of the past few days? I sure hope I lost 5 pounds.

I do feel better this evening. We had McDonalds for lunch (there goes the possible weight loss!), and I feel much better. I've done my 6packMarch and extra planks.

I am still very worn down. It'll probably take a few extra days to get back to normal energy levels. Tomorrow is our LAST job site!!! Then on the way home. I'll have a couples weeks in the office (pending IDOT work), and Eric and I have go to one new AGRO site and collect groundwater samples. It'll just be a day trip, and we'll wait for a nice day. :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

6-pack Abs for March

I found this from Shrinking Jeans. It's an easy ab workout to do during March to help strengthen your abs. I shared it with a coworker and Jason and I are both doing it. It's a little tame for me though. I'm supposed to be doing 9 planks every other days (3 normal, 3 on each side), and 2 sets of 12 Knee Slaps (crunches). I'm supposed to add squats and push-ups too. But to do the March program EVERY night is the important part. My abs do hurt, but I also just gave them 50 knee slaps, 20 pushups, 9 planks, and 25 squats. I hate doing squats. I actually hate working out by myself. I wimp out and quit early.

The reason I have a trainer is to make me workout the full 30 minutes. To push me on doing longer planks. I'll be happy to get back to my 2-days a week with Dave. And I have so many plans to workout with Jason!

This is my last week in hotels. Breakfast today was a protein smoothie. Lunch was some deer sticks (Thanks Kory the driller!!) and a salad I made at home and brought with me. I had a slightly upset stomach (Thanks Deer Sticks), and we ate dinner at a restaurant next to the hotel. I had a char-boiled chicken breast, baked potato, and side salad. I also enjoyed their breadsticks. They won me over with the breadsticks. My stomach is feeling better since I put some basic bland food in it. I did my work out after eating (another great thing about eating light), and am all cleaned up and ready for bed.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hard Work

Losing weight is hard work. Really hard.

I read My Skinny Jeans Dream blog. This girl is absolutely amazing! She is a true inspiration reminding everyone how long and how hard this journey this. She's on the brink of her 100-pounds and almost to goal. She started WeightWatchers in August 2010 and begin her blog in April 2011.

My highest weight was right after college. I weighed around 240 or 250. I don't actually know what my highest weight was, I never weighed myself. I know I was up to a size 20 in clothes and wasn't happy about it. After college I did something normal people do. I slept 8 hours a night. I ate at normal times. (Or kinda.) I didn't have a "real" job so I moved in to the Lake condo and worked night audit at Tan-Tar-A. I ate 2-3 meals a day, I swam, I biked, I slept 8+ hours. My biggest contributor to the college weight gain was the 2am Blizzards in the computer lab. In general, the lack of sleep with a whole lot of extra food equaled a massive weight gain.

So in all, from 2003 to now, I do have 100 pounds to lose. I was down to 175 pounds in the summer of 2004 before I moved and started a stressful job. Since 2004, I've gained weight, lost weight, gained weight, lost weight.. and here I am today. I am finally happy to report that I'm holding steady around 201 right now. I'm really excited to get back from my last week of field work and get back on the Jay Robb Diet. I'm now doing 2 Weight Loss challenges. The Biggest Loser through a coworker, and another through the entire company.

In other news - I'm saving the environment one laundry load at a time. Or mostly my gas bill. I've started hanging up my laundry to dry (we have laundry lines in the basement) and then toss it in the dryer for 10 minutes to fluff it up. I've encouraged Jason to try it also. So far we've done 4 loads of laundry this weekend and only 40 minutes of dryer time. With the programmable thermostat, we've already cut our gas bill down, and I hope to cut it even more with limited use of the gas dryer.