Saturday, August 28, 2010

Back from the Dead!

Not me, my internet modem. It decided that I play too much World of Warcraft and read too many blogs so it crapped out on me. I can't talk long, I'm at work, but I thought that I would let you all know that I am alive and well. Weight is at a stand still and I feel all bloaty (TOM today...yay...). Eating could be a lot better for me but I am working on it.

In other news, I had my tongue pierced last night! I got my venoms done:

Not me, but I figured not everyone would know what I meant by "venoms"

It hurt so freaking bad!! It takes the cake as my most painful piercing, hands down. Today, ice chips and Advil are my best friends. I sound like an idiot too so I'm trying not to talk to too many people!

Take it easy everyone, I'll check in again soon!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's all in the Jeans

So, a couple of you may remember a post I made several months ago about my favorite pair of jeans. They were a gray, size 18, "Sweetheart" cut from Old Navy that I bought last September before school started and over the course of the following months, the months I refer to as my "yoga pant phase" in which I exclusively wore yoga/exercise stretchy pants (even though there was no exercise going on), I managed to put on 10-20 pounds without even being aware of doing so. One day I put on these Sweetheart jeans and they no longer fit. To say the least, I was devastated but once I started losing weight again, I pulled them out of the closet and they fit. I was so happy I balled like a child. They didn't fit perfectly and I had some muffin top going on, but I could do them up. Previously, there was a good 3-5 inch gap and even laying back on my bed, they would not even budge over my mondo hips.

The picture of the momentous occasion
I got a new pair of jeans recently , size 18, in a dark wash called "The Flirt" from Old Navy again (I really love Old Navy jeans, they are the only kind that I don't wear holes in the inner thigh) and I really love them, but the waist was too big when I bought them and the thighs had a bit of room to them, but I loved the cut and the colour and they were super comfy so I bought them anyways. Now, after I wear them a while, they  stretch out like jeans do and if I were not wearing a belt, they would slide right down my butt!

I went out today and bought a new pair of jeans in the same colour and same style, except in a 16. I tried them on in the dressing room and...hold your breath...

They didn't fit. BUT they didn't fit by only about an inch to two inches and they were comfortable through the leg and thigh, they were just a bit small in the waist. And I bought them. I know that they WILL fit me soon. My eating has been way better than it was a few weeks ago and I am fitting in my workouts better, too!

I am making a goal for myself, and goals are something that I rarely set, let alone give a time line too, but here we go. I'm announcing it to the world and you can help keep me accountable! My goal is to have these jeans fit me by September 18 2010. I'm going to hang these jeans up on my closet door where I can see them everyday and try them on occasionally to keep track of my progress.

What am I going to do to reach my goal?
  • No junk food in the house! As long as I don't see it, I don't want it but it's difficult because there are 4 other people in my house to bring it in! But I won't go looking for it.
  • I will regulate my sleep schedule by deciding on a bed time and setting an alarm for the morning. I wanted to go to a spin class this morning before work but because I was up too late last night, I slept in and missed it!
  • I will give it my all in my workouts with Nathan and push myself in cardio!
  • And finally, the holy grail of weight loss success: I will track my food intake. I've been really really bad about this for the past...2 months. I was in the habit and then I just fell out of it, but tonight I'm going to buy myself a brand-spanking-new food journal and hopefully it will encourage me to keep better track.
I'm opening it up to you all, an unofficial jean challenge. Do you have a pair of jeans sitting in your closet that you are dying to get into again? Are you between sizes and really want to to get down into the size you want? Try them on, see how far you have to go (but don't forget how far you've already come!) and take a picture. God knows, it may not be pretty right now but use it as a reference. If you do, leave me a comment and let me know about it! I want to know how it goes for you!

Much love~

PS: Today I even bought skinny jeans. Like, really cute, black, tight skinny jeans. Again, very comfortable, I bought them in an 18 because they are super low rise and they would sit at a wider area of my hips and I'm sure they are more cotton/spandex than denim and they will probably shrink when I wash them! Another monumental occasion!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Today is kind of like my Friday...

Today is my fifth straight day at work, woe is me! I'm kidding, I love my job, but I am looking forward to having a day off. My plan for this morning was to go to spin class at 9:30am but....I ended up sleeping until 11:30. Needless to say, spin class was finished by then. I've been to a few different classes taught by a couple different trainers and I'm really enjoying it. My mom has been to a few with me but I know she's not crazy about them so I don't know how much longer she is going to continue with them.

Well, I went a whole 6 sentences without talking about my trainer Nathan, who I have a crazy crush on (I totally had a dream about him last night but I'm taking the details of it with me to the grave). So, continuing my story from Wednesday, we talked to his manager and got everything squared away. It wasn't actually as big of a deal as I thought it was going to be. I really thought that I was going to have to haggle my heart out and complain but nothing of the sort happened. I get to continue paying my original rate for the next chunk of sessions I bought, but if I buy more again after, I'm going to have to pay the higher rate. I can deal with that. When I was talking to Nathan, he told me that he saw his old manager Mark, the guy that tried to convince me to find a new trainer at my home gym, when he was with a client at my gym and he considered saying something to him along the lines of "I really don't appreciate how you're trying to steal my clients" but he thought better of it, and I'm glad. There is no sense causing drama over such a little thing and he should know that as long as he is a person trainer (and I can afford it), I'll stick with him. He also said that Mark reminds him of a "used car salesman" which totally makes sense to me, and it was that kind of feeling I was getting from him over the phone.

My eating has been getting (mostly) on track the last week and a bit. I was struggling with certain crunchy, salty snacks late at night but I am mastering my impulses and exercising control. Back to chicken and salad for me! Because I am working at the largest mall in British Columbia, it is so convenient to buy dinner at the food court before work. I thought that I was being really good because I was going to Quizno's, which I WRONGLY ASSUMED was on par with Subway. The sandwich was great, of course, but after a few days I thought that I would check online to see the nutrition page and give myself further praise for being a good girl and not going next door to New York Fries. Well, I was in for quite a shock. A medium veggie sandwich was 750 CALORIES!! My jaw hit the floor. I couldn't believe it and I just couldn't figure out where all the calories were coming from! Well, they were from the cheese, the sause and the bread. A whopping 750 calories. I guess I'm going to have to start packing my dinner instead!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Another week, another weigh in

Wednesday weigh in day! Here we go:

Last week: 224.8 lbs
This week: 222.1 lbs
Difference: -2.7 lbs
Activity Mins: 240 mins (240 quality mins)

Body fat last week: 39.9%
Body fat this week: 39.7%
Difference: -0.2%

Overall, not a bad week. I'm still recovering from getting home from vacation and getting back into the swing of things. I started going to a spin class at my gym and I went twice last week. I really enjoyed it, more than I though I would. I worked up a good sweat and pushed my limits.

It was my birthday yesterday and I was really depressed all day. I don't like thinking about how I'm getting older for a few reasons. I was in an alright mood in the morning and then I went and worked out with my trainer Nathan in the early afternoon, and I really enjoyed seeing him. The new gym that he is working at is HUGE. The women's change room is as big as the weight room at my gym! It's a really nice, new gym, but the layout is a little strange. Anyways, I did my work out with him but at the end of it, he told me that there was some kind of change happening with the prices for personal training. He had told me this before when we were at my gym before he was transferred but he said that he would continue to do it for the price that I was originally paying. Well I think that his new manager has an issue with that, but Nathan and I are going to have a meeting with his manager on Thursday to discuss the prices and stuff and figure out what is going to work. Again, I was in an alright mood until I got home and told my mom about all this and we ended up having an argument about money and then my grandmother, who lives with us, told me that she doesn't want me driving her car to work any more for no other reason than "because". If she had given me a proper reason, I would have been fine with it, but her "because I said so" just grates on my nerves.

To make the training thing even more of an issue, my dad has started working with a rehabilitation trainer to work on his back and his knees at my gym. Well, without knowing the whole story about what is happening with Nathan and I, my dad mentioned to his trainer that he was worried that this new manager at Nathan's new gym was trying to take advantage of me and was going to get me to pay more, and that Nathan was involved in this and had told me that I HAD to follow him to his new gym. Well, his trainer, Sarah, told her manager, who called me and said that if I wanted to find a new trainer at my original gym, that he would set up as many free consultations I needed in order to find a new trainer AND he would honor my old rate, regardless of which trainer I chose in the end. He even offered to train me himself, and I think his rate is twice what I was paying with Nathan. The whole conversation felt off to me and I got a really strange vibe from him. I felt like he was trying to manipulate me and play up my dad's confusion over the situation by telling me that my dad was "really concerned" about me travelling out of my way to stay with Nathan. I pretty much just wanted out of this conversation because I don't totally know what is happening with Nathan in regards to pricing, that is what the meeting with his new manager tomorrow is going to establish as I have to purchase more sessions next week if I want to continue working with a trainer. I sent Nathan a text message to tell him what was happening because I assumed that he would want to know that his old boss was trying to get me back at Delta with a new trainer.

Me: Your old boss called me about finding a different trainer with them in Delta. I thought it was odd and that you might want to know.
Nathan: Alright thanks.
**Here I'm assuming he called his old manager because I got this next a few minutes later**
Nathan: Apparently is was just to make sure you knew that was an option and that I wasn't forcing you to come [to Langely]
Me: Yeah he said that, my dad mentioned to Sarah that "Lanley jacked up the prices on me" but my dad didn't know the whole story.
Nathan: Weird. You know that isn't the case though.
Me: Yeah I know. I told Mark, you and I were talking to your manager Thursday. Today has been a f*cking gong show since I got home.
Nathan: Lol crazy.
Me: Ergh, not in a good way :S
Nathan: No it doesn't sound that way. Lol sorry for the confusion.
Me: No worries, it's not your fault.
Nathan: Everything is always my fault, ask my woman.
Me: Ha, well if you're so keen to take the dad just practically stuck his foot in his mouth.
Nathan: Lol
Me: But I told [your old manager] that I didn't know the full details about pricing and I would find out Thursday, & if I changed my mind I'd let him know.
Nathan: Alright, either way we'll get you set up Thursday.
Me: Sounds good, but just so you know, I'm not likely to change my mind. The drive wasn't too bad :P
Nathan: I'm not worried.

Do I realise that I may not be staying with Nathan for the right reasons? Absolutely, but does that mean that Nathan is not a good trainer? We work well together and he knows me and how I work out. He knows that I'm going to bitch and complain, but in the end, I'll do it, and he knows how to push me. But at the same time, he understands my limits and what I can accomplish. At least now that I know how keen the Delta club is to have me back, I can use that when I talk to the Langley manager when we talk prices.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

100th Post!

So much to say in this post! For starters, it is my 100th post since I started this blog! Hooray! I am back from vacation now and I'm having difficulty shaking the lazy feeling that accompanies you when you spend a week sleeping in and hanging out reading on a beach. I'm just so very hard-done-by, I know, but please don't feel too sorry for me.

It is Wednesday which means it is weigh in day. The week I was away, I didn't eat too much, but everything I ate had little to no nutritional benefit. We rented a cottage and bought our own food but there wasn't a whole lot of green stuff. It may have been easier on me if we were going out for lunches and dinners and whatnot at restaurants because then I could have ordered healthy things that I wanted or felt like having for dinner. I few times I though to myself, "Hey, I feel like a spinach salad with some tuna. Oh but wait, there is no spinach or tuna...I guess I'll chow down on some cheese and crackers."

Last weigh in: 219.9 lbs (July 21st)
This week: 224.8 lbs
Difference: +4.9 lbs
Exercise: 120 mins (60 quality mins)

Body fat: 39.9%

Funny thing is, when I stand I often put my hands on my hips and I could feel that my waist was smaller so I didn't think that I had gained THAT much. I anticipated a few pounds, 2 or 3, but not almost 5 pounds in a week. My mom and I were talking last night and she said that she gained 4 lbs and she weighs about 155 lbs or so. I weighed myself when we got home on Saturday, and I weighed 226.7 or so and I'm glad to see that the number is going down more now that I am home. Also, Sunday night I got my period (which I was not expecting) so I'm a little bloated from that too and I think that at least a little of the weight I gained is water from all the sodium and processed things that I ate last week. I have a million excuses!

Getting back into the swing of normal life, I went and worked out with my trainer Nathan yesterday. How I missed him! Unfortunately, right off the bat he says to me, "So I have some news." The first thing that I can think is that he got another job. His carreer ambition is to be a police officer actually, but he told me months ago that he doesn't apply for that until April or so. Then he tells me that he is being transfered to another Fitness World, 30-40 mins away. He had applied to share his time between my current gym and the one out there, because he lives an hour away from my location and this other location is going to be easier and faster for him to get to, but they fully transferred him out there. When he told me that he was going to working at another location I just about cried, but I held it together. So my options are to follow him out there and train there with him twice a week like I would be at my current gym, find a new trainer, or use my final 3 work outs with Nathan and not continue with personal training. I don't really want to find a new trainer because I work well with Nathan and I like that he knows me, what I'm capable of, where I started with him and he knows how hard to push me. I can't really see continuing with training if it's not with him so I guess that means that I'm going to be making the drive out. He is going to be at my location until the end of the week and starting Monday he will be out at the other location full-time. I'll be working out with him again on Thursday this week and then hopefully Tuesday, depending on my schedule, I'll drive out and see him again. Tuesday is actually my birthday and he said that he'll do a free session with me as a birthday gift from him and because I am going to be following him out there.

I've been kind of lacking in the exercise department as of late, even before I went away, but last night my mom and dad both signed up at my gym! Hopefully that gives me a kick start to go more often with them as motivation. I'm really proud of my dad for doing this, even if he is only doing it for my mom. He has never been a gym member for as long as I have been alive and he is about 260 lbs. As a bonus for me, because I referred two people, I get 6 months free and the girl who signed up my parents gave us all 3 months of spin classes for free. I've seen them doing spin and I thought that it looked *fun* and I've wanted to try it but I knew that it was extra and I just hadn't gotten around to talking to one of the membership reps about it because they do give out free trials. 3 months of spinning is $99+tax and if I end up really liking it, I may spend the money to do it. Have any of you tried spinning? Did you like it?

Until next time, have a great rest of the week!