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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Day 32- The Bitch in Me

I have been a PMS'ing somebody! I'm sitting at work, giving everybody the mean eye when they come into my cube...it got to the point that my supervisor & a product manager asked me was I okay...the product manager asked me twice. I told them both that I'd be alright (wanted add "when you leave me the fuck alone!).

Breakfast was some stove cooked oatmeal. I gotta admit, I fucked it up. As much as I can cook and like to cook, you'd think oatmeal will be a cinch for me. Not when you forgot to add milk & butter. Needless to say, I couldn't eat all of it. It tasted like it looked- mushy cereal. Lunch was leftover meatloaf, a sliver of cabbage and a couple of forkfuls of potatoes. Dinner was chicken salad on multigrain bread. I can't stress enough how good this bread is. I get it from Ukrop's, and it has all kinds of chunks in it. The only downside is it's fresh bread, and will go stale or mold in a few days (not like the shelf bread that has a little longer life). I'm the only one in the house that eats it, and I can't see eating an entire loaf in three days...I can't pay Cam to eat something that looks like.

Exercise was 4/15 weights (triceps & biceps), and phase 1 Pilates. I'm scheduled to include phase 2 next week. I hope I can live through it. I did an analysis of my exercise over the past month, and I did okay! Out of 30 days, I did 17 of actual exercise (I decided against including dancing- though I should have) and walked 16 miles! I'll find out Saturday if I've lost any weight, but I know I'm losing inches.

Overall, besides being a bitch, I'm feeling good. I've forgotten to take my Weight Smarts, so I've got to get back in stride with that again.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Day 31- Back in Stride....Feelin' Fine

Monday marked the month anniversary of my health & fitness overhaul. I have to admit that I've made quite a few changes in the way that I exercise, and I really believe that it will show some progress in the long run.

I'm shooting for a 12/13 week exercise program that started on the 14th, so all in all I'll have 4 months in. I'm planning on working out 7 days a week...that's EVERYDAY! I'm giving myself the option to lay off on Saturdays, but I'll still have 6 days to put in. It's not as hard as it seems:

Mondays: Pilates; weights (chest & back)
Tuesdays: Walk/Run 2 miles; weights (shoulders & abs)
Wednesdays: Pilates; weights (triceps & biceps)
Thursday: Walk/Run 2 miles; weights (quads & hams)
Fridays: calistenics (butt & calves)
Saturdays: ab work
Sundays: aerobic class and/or elliptical workout.

DID I MENTION THAT AMERICAN FAMILY HAS FREE FAMILY SUNDAYS!!! Downside is it's only between 1 & 4...those motherfuckers REALLY think they are doing something with that shitty 3 hour window, but I'm gonna milk that baby to my benefit.

I should see some definate improvements by the end (May). After that, I'll cut back to 3 (more intense) days a week to maintain.

Breakfast was an orange, lunch was leftover coconut shrimp (4 of them), dinner was a bacon ranch salad from Mickey D's.

I did the 2 mile walk/run with Tonya, Anthony & John, and wore a sweat bag on....and my ass was sweating HARD. I ran 2 laps, y'all...1 full lap each time. Sounds small, but you gotta remember that I couldn't run at all in the beginning. I'm so proud of myself, my son told me how proud he was of me, too. That means a lot to me, to have him support me like that, and I told him it did. He still laughs at me when I put my workout gear on for Pilates, but he's a goofball anyway so I expect that from him.

Overall, I'm feeling great! A couple of people mentioned that they can see a difference in my appearance. I personally don't see it, but I can tell that my legs are getting smaller. I want to really work my calves & thighs, 'cause the rate I'm going, I'll end up looking like "The Tick"...full upper body, puny lower body.

Days 25 - 30: So bad, but oh so goooood!

Due to my vacation & inability to post updates from my home computer, this blog has gotten WAY behind!

I'll try to play catch up, please bear with me. This post is the days I missed, the next post will be for yesterday.

Wednesday (16th) was a blur...I ATTEMPTED to do Pilates on Wednesday, but only got through a little more than half of the phase 1 workout. That shit really is hard. I can't remember what I ate, but I ate sensibly.

Thursday (17th) was also a blur...I remember eating a bacon ranch salad with grilled chicken for dinner. I was supposed to go on my walk/run, but waiting for that mechanic again, I couldn't...I did Pilates instead and actually finished the phase 1 workout. I'll try to work up to doing the phase 1 & 2, but I'll take it slow for now.

Friday (18th) I started my vacation. I indulged in a wonderfully greasy, diarrhea inducing cheesesteak omelet from Waffle House for breakfast. Since I ate a late breakfast, I skipped lunch...or spent lunch on the toilet. Dinner, we all went to Friday's and I ate like a ravenous bitch...a mozzerella stick, chicken quesadillas, grilled chicken meal and a hefty slice of vanilla bean cheesecake. I was bad Friday, but it felt GOOOOOD!

I managed to walk the 2 miles before I went to dinner...didn't do any running 'cause I wanted my shins to heal a bit.

Saturday (19th) I ate at Denny's for breakfast...a few bites of pancakes, a meat lover's scramble, a bite or two of toast...and yes it was gooood! Skipped lunch again, went with the crew to a "new" restaurant in Petersburg called Snoopy's. I wondered outloud if Charles Schultz (RIP) would have a problem with them using his mascot as their mascot. Ate a cheesesteak on texas toast, some fresh fries and it was goooood!

I did weights, concentrating on triceps & biceps.

Sunday (20th) I skipped breakfast accidently 'cause I was busy running around to prepare dinner. Dinner was a wonderful meatloaf that I cooked, with smashed potatoes, cabbage (compliments of mom) and rolls from Golden Corral. And it was goooood!

Did the phase 1 Pilates, and I did weights, this time concentrating on my chest & back.

Monday (21st), I ate cereal for breakfast, 3 chicken wings & corn on the cob for lunch- dinner was coconut shrimp, two cheddar bay biscuits, and I won't count those nasty ass veggies Red Lobster tried to pass off on me as "the new way to cook them". Fuck that; half raw broccoli IS NOT al-dente...save that "al-dente" shit for pasta, and steam the broccoli like you know how you're supposed to!

I did phase 1 workout of Pilates, and weights (chest & back).

Overall, I felt good but guilty. I ate so much crap that I should not have, but it was gooood! So when I go weigh in this Saturday, and have gained more weight, at least I'll know why this time....I would have earned the pounds fair & square.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Day 24- Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

Did I mention that I have walked away from a cupcake AND a slice of strawberry cake???

For those that really know me, they know what an amazing feat this is 'cause I love desserts....I can never say no to a good sweet.

Breakfast was dry granola cereal. Lunch was a bacon ranch salad with grilled chicken from McDonald's. Dinner was chicken strips & collard greens. I'm more disciplined than I gave myself credit for!

I went on a walk/run with Anthony, Todd & Tonya...Marcus stopped by & did a lap with me (only one lap because he wasn't prepared...but he will be on Thursday). I did the 2 miles, and actually ran 1 full lap, and about 3 alternating half laps for a total of about 2.5 laps. I'm big on seeing progress, and I can see my running ability increasing. Of course, the saying "no pain, no gain" applies here, because I have developed shin splints. I know I need to get some shoes, but when I ran, those bad boys were killing me. I want to go to Runner Bill's in Richmond, as I heard that is THE store for running...he can custom fit me. I learned (via the internet) that I overpronate because I have flat feet, and arch/heel support will prevent injuries. I noticed that as I alternated between walking & running, the pain was slowly decreasing, but because my dumb ass forgot to put on my sports bra, my titties were hurting....so, though I could have reasonably ran more, I couldn't because "Helga & Olga" hurt too much. Geesh!

Overall, I feel good when I walk/run. I'd like to do more of it, and plan on increasing over time. I'm enjoying the new fitness journal, as it is giving me a clear view of my goals, duration & plan. I might get down to my target size after all.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Day 23- A Rebel, an Outlaw, a Gangsta.

I'm still not over the fact that I haven't loss any weight. A.T. reminded me that I could have loss inches & gained muscle....perhaps, but I'm not convinced. I got an even better diet & fitness journal to track more details about my get in shape plan....and I have already deviated from it. I'm

I skipped breakfast again, lunch was a hearty helping of leftover chicken, brown rice & broccoli. Dinner was 1 wing, 1 potato skin, 1 hot buttered roll that riveled sex and shrimp alfredo. This dinner was at O'Charleys on Valentine's Day, by the time we got back, it was almost 8:30 and I didn't feel like exercising.

Overall, I'm still feeling shitty. I'm starting to get rebellious about my eating; why should I care if I'm not going to get the results that I want...I feel as though I'm wasting my time.

Sure I sound like a whiney, cry-baby bitch, but I'm being real about how I'm feeling. I guess I'll get over it soon.

Also, I didn't get the bonus that I was anticipating at work...they suck. AGAIN, I'm still pissed about the no-weight loss...it sucks. The BCBGirls shoes that I wanted isn't available in my size...that sucks. I'm the only one that has been sticking to the blog entry...y'all suck.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Days 20, 21 and 22- Lights Getting Dimmer; Party's Almost Over

What a fucked up weekend....

Friday: I skipped breakfast accidently. For lunch had a VERY tasty chicken salad sandwich on multi-grain bread. This bread actually had chunks of stuff in it, like sunflower seed, and these tiny yellow balls...I'm guessing they were flax seeds. Dinner was a nasty ass chicken caesar wrap from Chic-Fil-A.

I tried to jump rope, but couldn't get my shit together to do it. First off, I was doing it in jeans and a Tshirt like a dumbass, then, my sneakers kept coming untied and hanging up in the rope. Needless to say, I got down to the last 45 seconds of a 5 minute session and quit. I AM NOT A QUITTER, but I quit that shit 'cause I was frustrated.

Saturday: I had a fruit cup from Chic-Fil-A for breakfast; ate 8 (that's right) 8 TACOS FOR LUNCH...skipped dinner as a result of. Why did you eat 8 tacos you may ask? Because I weighed myself that morning and actually GAINED a pound!

GAINED A POUND OVER TWO WEEKS WORTH OF DIETING & EXERCISE!!!!! What the Fuck?!!!! I don't know what happened or what I did wrong. Anthony told me go to another scale, because it doesn't sound right. I agree, because all that low portion & carb cutting shit I did should have shown SOMETHING on the scale. I was so discouraged & depressed, I reverted to my old habit of eating & shopping. I went to Target to get a scale, but got a Pilates DVD instead. I'm going to replace my in-home calistenics on Mondays & Wednesdays with Pilates, and do them on Saturday (OR Sunday) instead.

I power walked 2 miles in the mall, and thought I was gonna run over the "Striders" that were there. Though I felt a little out of place & guilty about zooming past them, I'd do it again, 'cause I can look at different things & be distracted while I walk, versus thinking about nothing but finishing when I'm at the track.

Sunday: Ate a bowl of Banana Nut Bread cereal (has whole grain flakes) for breakfast, ate a chili-cheese dog & a few fries for lunch (snacked on a White Chocolate, Macadamia cookie 'cause I'm still reeling from my weigh-in, and Tonya forced me); had chicken with brown rice & broccoli for dinner.

I tried the Pilates, and yes that shit is hard. I got through halfway & stopped because my hip (that's right, my hip) was cramping up on me. But I'm gonna conquer this

Overall, I felt discouraged because of my weigh in. I'm not going to stop because I'm too determined to let it get me down...plus the 2 pairs of shoes from Nine West helped ease the pain.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Day 19- That Induction Crap is Finally Over

My South Beach induction officially ends today...I weigh in tommorrow. I REALLY hope that I have lost some good poundage, if not, I'll probably drown myself in Sugar-Free pudding. Actually, I'm going to continue with dieting to gain discipline & control.

For breakfast, I ate boiled eggs & canadian bacon. Do you know how fed up I am of candian bacon? Lunch was some greasy crabcakes, ceasar salad & tasty marinated mixed veggies. Dinner was a slice of turkey & chicken pattie.

I was supposed to do home calistenics, but because I had to wait around for a late ass mechanic (again), I didn't.

Overall, I was feeling bitchy yesterday. PMS? Maybe. Hunger? Perhaps, but not really. Plus, I felt tired when I got home from work...blah!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Day 18- Almost There (thank God for that)

Guess what, Gay Eskimos!

Tommorrow is the last day of the induction! (that's a shame that I'm excited). Dieting will be easier now that I have more choices. The induction bores the hell out of me...I hate eating the same things over & over (because most of what's allowable, I hate; what I like is few & far between). Anthony & A.T. have been telling me that it's about lifestyle change and not dieting....I agree, but I think that the induction gave me discipline and knowledge (I had to put some thought into my meals). I cheated here & there (drank a couple of sodas, mixed drinks & fried foods), but not that often.

I drank a cup of cocoa, with marshmallows for breakfast...I couldn't take that sugar-free mud anymore. For lunch, I had popcorn shrimp, fish, a tiny piece of pork rib & a can of Pepsi. Dinner was Lisa's Super Bowl leftovers- 7 meatballs, 3 hot wings & 2 ribs...you can say that I picked over that 'cause I only ate the lean meat from the wings & ribs.

I did my walk/run for 2 miles and wore a sweat bag...and I'm proud to say that I can run a full lap now! Remember when I started I could only do the curve of the track...progress is in clear view. Also, I'm progressing from a brisk walk, to more of that power/speed walk pace.

Overall, I feel good. I'm still doing the Weight Smart pills and not breaking into tiny sweats. I want to buy some light weights for my home calistenics....Target here I come!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Day 17- Why Do I Feel Fat?

Greetings, Gay Eskimos!

I'm approaching the end of my 2 week South Beach induction, and I need to decide what I'm gonna do afterwards. I want to do a South Beach / low calorie fusion type deal until I can get my eating under control. I've been skipping breakfast because I'm fed up with eggs, but after the induction, I can do fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, granola & such (good carbs).

For breakfast, I drank cocoa with no sugar and it tasted just like fresh mud...don't worry about how I know what fresh mud tastes like. Lunch was shrimp, fish and string beans from Captain D's. Dinner was coconut shrimp and 3 Cosmopolitans.

I know, I know...no alcohol while on the diet. But peer pressure is a bitch!

Yes, I blame you Tonya.

Yes, I blame you Angie.

Yes, I blame you Lisa.

I didn't exercise, but I cut a little rug with an amazingly tall white guy at the Tobacco Company. Let's see, I had on heels which makes me about 6 feet, and I came to his chin or nose, can't remember- so he was a good 6'4 - 6'5. Climb-able indeed. I would count the dancing, but I didn't do that much- though I did sweat a bit. So I must make it up.

Overall, I'm feeling good. No one said anything about the mall walk on Saturday, and Saturday is my 2 week weigh-in (crossing fingers). The induction claims to help you loose between 8 - 13 pounds, but I've been feeling fat lately. I just came off my period last Thursday, so I shouldn't be bloated.

I really want to get back in gear with my walk/runs...maybe twice a week. And I want to start doing the home-calistenics again. And I want to jump rope on my lunch break.

I'll try this:
Home Calistenics- Mon., Wed.
Walk/Run- Tues., Thurs.
Jump Rope- Fri.

You heard it here first, y'all. And I encourage you guys to pledge an exercise schedule. I'll do what I can to help you develop one (based on your goals & obstacles), and keep you motivated.

And remember, you're the only Gay Eskimo in our tribe.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Day 16- Let the Truth Be Known!

Okay, we don't need no hater-ations in this dancerie!

SOME people are attempting to sabbotage my efforts with liquor and Super Bowl food, but being the determined lioness I am, I'm spinning that shit to my benefit:

YES, I did take home some hot wings (and it won't 10), ribs & meatballs....but I'm going to eat them sparingly over the next day. SO THERE!

YES, I did indulge in a alcoholic beverage or two, but I sweated that shit out. TAKE THAT!

LOL...you guys crack me the hell up.

I took a nice vacation day yesterday, and spent it running around like a happy ass gerbil. I skipped breakfast accidently (messing around with my mom); had some of the driest popcorn chicken known to man for lunch; ate a salad from McDonald's for dinner.

I didn't exercise, but does spending hours at Home Depot, Walmart (yuck) and Target count? If not, I'll make up for it.

Overall, I'm still feeling good and taking the One-A-Day WeightSmarts (Target in Chester had them on clearance y'all- $4.18 for 70 tablets). We're hitting the Tobacco Company tonight for the Fat Tuesday celebration...I pray to Fat Burn gods that I don't overdo anything.

Wanna reschedule the mall walk for this Saturday????

Monday, February 07, 2005

Days 13, 14 and 15:- Shook It Fast, and Watched Myself

Happy Monday, y'all!

Let's play catch up!

I celebrated my one week anniversary of South Beach on Friday. What did I do to celebrate? I'd rather not say...just read between the lines as this story is writtten....

Friday: Ham & egg scramble was rather tasty, lunch was a medley of chinese chicken entrees, and dinner was chicken strips from Wendy's. We went to the Hyperlink, and I had some wonderful libations.....totally against the diet, but shit, I needed it.

Exercise was dancing the night away at the Hyperlink, and I count it as exercise because I sweated like a pig on July 4th.

Saturday: I can't remember what was for breakfast, but I know it had something to do with an egg. Lunch was chicken strips & collard greens. Dinner was sardines.

We were supposed to go walking at the mall at 9 a.m., but due to the previous night's adventures, we didn't go. My calves were hurting something fierce....

....BUT I WENT WALKING AT THE TRACK @ 1:00!!!!!! That's right sugar consumers, I went on a 2-mile walk/run with Anthony, John & my son. My legs were really hurting afterwards, but I felt great.

Sunday: Breakfast was boiled eggs & canadian bacon. Lunch was chicken & vegetable soup. Dinner was a little bit of this, a little bit of that...it was all meat, but wasn't S.B. friendly.

Since it was Super Bowl Sunday, I did some serious ass-shaking the entire evening and part of the night. I sweated even worse than Friday (had sweat pouring down my forehead & arms); my legs were hurting to the point that I could barely walk (however, a gracious gentleman gave me a wonderful hot-oil massage) and yes, I'm counting it as exercise.

Overall: It was a long weekend, but a good one. I started taking One-A-Day Weight Smarts to supplement my diet, and I don't know what to think of them, except that I break out into tiny sweats for no reason now.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Day Twelve- Bored Shitless

Don't forget about the mall walk Saturday at 9 a.m.

Breakfast was a tasty ham & egg scramble, with a sprinkle of cheese. Lunch was leftover chili. Dinner was steak diane w/broccoli- the steak was DELICIOUS (of course I made it), and I fixed smashed potatoes and dinner rolls for my son, and only had a handful of broccoli. My mouth was watering as I was smashing that potato and took the rolls out of the oven...so all I had to look forward to was the broccoli. Would you believe that critter wanted my broccoli, too? I couldn't get mad, as I know that he eats alot- so I shared the broccoli with him, and I was still hungry and that's why I ate 3 pieces of steak.

I didn't exercise much- Anthony reminded me to walk around with my stomach sucked in, and I made a conscious effort the entire day! I used to do that long ago, but stopped...now I'm trying to make it habit again. At home, I did 50 crunches, and the first 25 made my stomach muscle cramp so bad I thought about taking a pregnancy test! I did some bullshit stretching and boxing warmup...that was it.

Overall, I really need to step up my in-home cardio. I think I get bored too quick, or just not motivated enough to get going.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Day Eleven- A Rumble in the Jungle

Quick note, gals! Don't forget to snack throughout the day to augment your small portion diet, if it applies to you. If not, you'll be a ravenous bitch by the end of the day...trust me, I know. Angie, beware of that cycling/spinning class...they make your ass bone hurt, trust me, I know. I think a thick folded towel should help.

I WAS gonna post pictures of the in-house calistenics that I was doing, but Tonya keeps distracting me, and I said fuckit. Therefore, they won't be posted until maybe Monday.

On with my entry:

Yesterday was really bad for me. I skipped breakfast 'cause I was running late for work, and was fed up with boiled eggs. By the time 10a rolled around, I was damn near in tears. I didn't eat lunch until almost 2p, it was broiled shrimp, crabcake and string beans....I don't even remember chewing-just swallowing. Dinner was 2 bowls of chili, and I was stuffed.

I didn't exercise 'cause I was tied up with waiting for the no-show cable repair guy, and the late-ass mechanic. I was planning on doing the 4/12 calistenics, but by the time I digested all that chili, I said fuckit. I actually felt guilty for not exercising. I'm gonna do some ab work tonight (cruches and *gasp* six inches), and maybe eight warm inches afterwards.


Overall, I felt okay with the exception of some hell-a-ceous gas that developed the night before. It's that kinda gas that interupts your thought patterns, and god forbid if you're in your cube. If I let it out, it would permeate throughout the entire office and get me fired. Anthony said to expect that with healthy eating & exercising...I will become the master of the butt-trumpet.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Day Ten- The Egg & I

First off, I'd like to say "Welcome" to my cousin, Lisa. She joined us yesterday. Lisa, if you don't mind, would you list your goals and concerns in your next post? We serve as a support group, and in order for us to do so, we need to know what you're looking to accomplish or what you're having problems with.

I was SO hungry yesterday. Why? Because I refused to eat another stupid egg for breakfast. So I did green tea instead. And for lunch, I had cabbage and 1 1/2 pieces of small barbecue chicken breast....and it was nasty. Dinner was grilled chicken salad from McDonald's. Did the water the entire day as usual.

Let me tell you about the exercise. I went to the VSU track with Anthony & Fanecha, and walk/ran 2, that's right, 2 miles! That damn Fanecha, RAN 2 miles and WALKED 1 1/2! Who'd have thought that she could run with all that ass for as long as she did. But, she was in the army for a few years, and she has a VERY physical job loading product for Pepsi. My legs felt rubbery by the time I was done, but I felt great.

Overall, I feel good with the exception of being on my period. I hate my period...love to see it for the first day, but after "confirmation", I'm ready for that bitch to go away. I've noticed that since I changed my diet, I feel better physically, and exercise makes me feel even better.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Day Nine- Enough is Enough!!!!

5{each Diet is something! All is okay except for the breakfast limitations. I'm so fucking sick of eating eggs, that I'm just gonna drink green tea for breakfast instead, or at least alternate.

Teressa (or whoever is interested) this is a link for the plan

South Beach Guidelines

I ate 2 boiled eggs & canadian bacon for breakfast (surprise!); chicken strips for lunch; snacked on a bag of Doritos; and ate baked salmon w/ steamed broccoli for dinner.

I worked like Kizzy's daughter, setting up a 10x20 tradeshow booth in a hot ass room...lift that hay! tote that bale! Because of that, I didn't exercise.

Overall, I was tired as shit, 'cause Sunday, not only did I do some intense & vigorous "speed cleaning", I went for a brisk walk. Went to bed at about 11:30 (anybody that knows me, knows I'm in the bed around 9:30, 9:45). So when I woke up Monday morning, I felt great, but then began to loose steam around 9 a.m....AND had to set up that god-awful booth.

Add that with starting my period. Not a huge deal for me, but nonetheless, I hate being on it.