Monthly Archives: October 2006

Tale of the Scale, Week Two

Sorry, I’m a day late with this. I worked out for 1.5 hours yesterday, then ran errands. By the time I got home, I needed a nice long nap. So goes the time to blog.

Anyway, officially I lost another 1.5 pounds this week. That a total of 3.5 in two weeks.

Bet it would have more, except… I bought the spouser some Halloween hand-out candy (just incase he decided at the last moment to participate this year). It’s sitting hidden from him. Unfortunately it’s not hidden from me.

It’s calling my name.

“Just one tootsie roll can’t hurt.” it whispers… “

The Reese’s Peanut Butter cups look a bit smashed; surely you won’t hand those out…”

And so I probably would have had another half-pound loss… but those voices won’t shut up.

STEPS YESTERDAY? 6879 steps. But did I mention that 1.5 hour workout?


GOOD/BAD DECISION? Figuring that there would be desert at Pickles, I planned for the carbs and calories during the day. And plugged my ears to the siren song of Snickers..

Whatcha Doing Today? Meeting a friend for coffee; shampooing a chair, walking the dogs, doing 2 loads of laundry. And sewing.

Why I Need A Trainer

I never was much of one for exercise. Yeah, I’d do it when it when I had to.. but I’d always take the easy way out.

Today I went to the gym to work out. First stop: the treadmill. As soon as it started, I was bargaining with myself, trying to figure out how to shorten my time. I lasted 1.5 miles. (30 minutes).

Next, weight training upper body. Again. I know when it gets hard that’s the time it’s making a difference. If I quit at that point, the work won’t make any difference.

Still, I kept trying to quit.

Now a trainer won’t let me. A trainer pushes me to completion. A trainer won’t let me get lazy.

Now what does this say?? While I’m invested in losing weight and getting fitter, I’m not yet completely committed. It’s not an “anything I can do” proposition. I need to not only get physically stronger, I’ve got to get emotionally stronger.

And that’s a workout only for me.

GOOD/BAD DECISION? Good:extended the dog’s walk; two sessions of core exercises.
Whatcha Doing Today? working out, gardening, writing.


Tale of the Scale

This morning is my third session with Guido (we doubled up last week). We worked on the “core” exercises getting a couple new ones. I need to getting a schedule firmly set in my mind as to when I do core (every day), aerobic (5-6x a week) and weight training (2-3x a week).

My weight this morning: A-ha. Turns out I didn’t weigh myself accurately last week, knew it but didn’t mention it earlier. Starting weight: 158.5#. Today’s weight: 156.5#. I’m down 2 pounds. Guido says most of this can be attributed to eating 300 calories every three hours throughout the day.

Funny thing. It’s becoming a habit.

What’s my impression so far? I sweat more walking the treadmill than walking the dogs though it’s the same pace. Maybe it’s the lack of humidity outside vs. inside.

I feel stronger, firmer, better almost all day long after working out. This feeling is what will get me going back.

And a tip: push your shoulder blades together. Do it. Right now. Do you feel more centered, more upright, stronger? Try to remember to do this throughout the day.

GOOD/BAD DECISION? Good: Went for a 2nd walk in the evening. Bad: fat consumed was higher than goal. But it was good fat (mono-unsaturated).

Whatcha Doing Today? Workout, help the spouser shop for cars, do some prep work for sewing later this week.

Wednesday’s Way

Yes, it’s 2 days after my first workout, and I am still a little sore today. I knew I my muscles were soft, but not that soft!!

While driving home from a meeting I had a nice surprise. I’ve mentioned before that I listen to sports-talk radio while I drive, right? Yes, ofcourse I have. When we first moved to California, there was one show that I scheduled my life to listen to: Fitz and Brooks. Two young guys, neither from the Bay area, who know sports but approach their job with a light heart. Sprinkled among the scores and discussions of stratagy, there were songs from School House Rock and other odd trivia.

At one point, and for some reason I don’t recall, Fitz was let go by the radio station. Poor Rob Brooks was scheduled here and there..alone or with less than stellar partners. His last pairing with almost 2 years with Rick Barry. Barry was so bad that I chose not to listen to my fav boy, Rod.

Fitz and Brooks are back together!!! I am so happy. So expect me to driving or near my radio most weekday afternoons.

STEPS Wednesday? 9900 My bronchitis is slowing me down… I must get better!!
CALORIES WEDNESDAY? Consumed:1201/ burned:2131
GOOD/BAD DECISION? Took a second walk this evening when it was apparent that I hadn’t moved enough.
Whatcha Doing Thursday? I have my 2nd workout scheduled. Later, it’s mowing the lawn, gardening and all that fun “homeowner” stuff.

Post Workout #1

I was sore today!! I was sore in places that I didn’t think I worked. I’m guessing this is a good thing.

Unfortunately, I woke up way too early this morning (like 5 am).. and after running errands all morning, fell asleep right after lunch. A two hour nap helped my alertness, but left no time for a walk.

STEPS TUESDAY? A lousy 4766
CALORIES TUESDAY? Consumed:1199/ burned:1964/ difference: 764
Whatcha Doing Today? wednesday: a meeting in the morning, walk the dogs.

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The Work-Out day one

Unfortunately, I arrived a bit late for my first workout. An accident completely discombobulated the traffic near my house. Still, I arrived and got to work.

Now I thought for a moment that the long walk to the back of the club, down the stairs and through the locker room so I could pee would be enough warm up, but no… ten minutes on the treadmill started things off. Walking slowly at about 2.5 MPH and a slight incline. Walking on a treadmill is different than walking the sidewalks. Not better, worse or harder. Just different.

Then we played with stability exercises.

We started with what I thought was the yoga pose: Plank. But according to several websites I’m wrong. So anyway. Started on the floor, face down, balancing on my toes and lower arms, with the trunk suspended above the ground. Extend one leg, then tap the knee down to the floor. Do 20 reps, keeping the back straight. Rest for 5-10 seconds, then repeat with the other leg. Rest, and simply hold that pose for 20 seconds. Sounds easy. Ain’t.

Then I flipped over onto my back. A bridge pose variation (not so arched) and a similar kind of leg movement thing. This time, I extended one leg straight out, then tap the toe back down. Again 20 reps, rest and other side. And again, then the pose held for 20 seconds. Again, it ain’t as easy as it sounds.

We went onto balance work. Have I told you that I have poor balance? I do. Guido doesn’t care. If I touch my “free” foot down, the movement does not count and I have to do it again. Damn.

So we did a simple balance move: stand on one foot and raise and extend the other leg. Again 20 times (without falling down). Again rest and repeat. Fortunately he didn’t make me just stand there on each foot. (oops.. I bet he adds some variation of that in the future). Someday I may actually be able to do Tree Pose!!

We worked with a stability ball next. Rolling down from a standing position to a sitting position with the ball to help stabilize me. Here’s where having a trainer helps. I’ve always followed the directions you can find on websites and such, and my knees kill me. I get tension and pressure running across the knees under the cap. Guido adjusted my stance, and suddenly I wasn’t in pain. I could complete the set as designed.

Better yet, when I mentioned the really tight spot on my back (yeah, it hurts frequently), we started stretching the hamstring. You can stretch a muscle a whole lot more when someone else is stabilizing your knee and pushing the muscle through the stretch. All I had to do is say: push it a bit more… and stop right there. And breathe. Definately a good thing.

We did 2 sets of these in the time we had. And let me tell you, I felt it. I was weak and bit shaky at the end (and these were only 1/2 hour sessions.. not the normal 1 hour training sessions), like I had no blood sugar circulating. Hopefully this means my body was deciding to metabolize some of my extra fat cells.

Home to get some housework done. After eating lunch, the dogs and I took the Crest Walk, but shortened it a bit to the 2 mile variation. Still 2 hills… at 3.25 MPH. I’m feeling a bit sore… a good start.

STEPS Monday? 10,026.
CALORIES Monday? 1394 eaten/2436 burned/1043 extra burned (according to FitDay).
GOOD/BAD DECISION Monday? Pay attention to the whole picture.
Whatcha Doing Today? What? this wasn’t enough? If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for my annual “boob-smoosh” followed with a quick trip (hah!!) to StoneMountain and Daughter.

WorkOut #1

Today is the start of new phase. Last week I signed up for 24Hour Fitness’s Six week program. Today will be my first workout with Guido who aims to help me strengthen and stabilize my core muscles, and in doing so strengthen the whole me. A stronger me should be a fitter, thinner me. I figure if 60 is the new 40, then I’m 36. And this body isn’t.

So along with the exercises and my daily walking (which hasn’t been working enough), I’m back to watching what I eat and keeping track of that too. (I use FitDay to record this stuff). The bottom of the posts will show previous day’s steps (still), calories, and the good or bad choices I made that day.

And the ugly starting numbers:
Weight: 151#
Neck: 15.5″
Bicep: 12.5
Forearm: 11
Bust: 42.5 (I really would love to get back to my 36B size. A major hope.)
Waist: 36
Hips: 40
Thigh: 22.5
Calf: 14.5

GOOD DECISION/BAD DECISION? Good decision: starting. Bad decision: a whole bag of microwave popcorn.
Whatcha Doing Today? Work out, walk, design work.

The Next Six Weeks

When I was in Illinois, I made myself a pledge. Well, I made when I stepped on a scale near the half-way point and found that I had gained 10 pounds. It was all the bread and white potatoes and lack of fresh veggies, I know.

Anyway, I pledged when I returned home I was going to find a personal trainer and get serious about strengthening my body, gaining flexibility, and losing some weight. I would love to say I could do this on this own, but history says otherwise. I’ve been down this road alone for years with no success. So it’s trainer or accept my flabby, weak slightly over-weight self. But if 60 is the new 40, then I’m 36 and my body ain’t.

Anyway. While I was recovering the trip, I caught an ad on TV for a Six week program at 24 Hour Fitness. Six weeks with abbreviated trainer sessions and some diet counselling. I signed up. Do I expect to lose the 15# they promise in six weeks? No. Just being realistic. I want to lose a total of about 25#.. and it just seem unlikely that all of that could done in …what?.. 8-10 weeks?

Anyway, I’ve started by trying to work on their one diet recommendation: eat about 300 calories every 3 hours throughout the day until 3 hours before you go to bed. We’ll see how I do at this when I’m at PIQF today and tomorrow.

Whatcha Doing Today? Heading to PIQF where I’ll be working behind the scenes at the Fashion Show.
What’s on TV Tonight? Battlestar Gallactica (yeah, I’m Tivo’ing it).
Steps? 10, 123 on Thursday.

The Household Repairs.. Still waiting for the Third Shoe.

OK, the sink is repaired. Funny thing about the furnace… it baffles everyone. For 8 years we had a very quiet unit. They replace the motor with one that’s supposedly identical in size and power and suddenly we develop a noise that is attributed to too much air being pulled through the system. They think the noise is some kind of harmonic.

It can be fixed by installing a larger cold air return. But… if everything is the same except their motor, WHY???

Anyway, we’ve talked for 8 years about moving our cold air return, so we’ll probably go ahead and have the work done. I’m going to push for some consideration in the price because we’re doing this partly because of the noise issue.

Now, why would we be so interested in moving a cold air return? I mean, who thinks about these things?

When they built this house, they installed the cold air return OVER THE STEPS going up to the 2nd floor. Not the landing, not the hallway. The Steps. The spouser, fortunately, is 6’2″ with long arms. He can barely change the filter as it’s located now. And he doesn’t willingly do it often enough.

Hence, the likely move. We’ll have them enlarge the run to 18″ instead of the small 16″ run we have now. It will be lined to increase sound-proofing. And in the current opening over the stairs? I’d like them to install a whole-house fan. I had one in our last home and, like that one, this one could be quickly cooled down most days with the fan running. I might only need to run the AC maybe 3-4 days a year. The fan would be a lot more energy efficient, too.

OK. So the plumbing’s been addressed and the HVAC is in the works. Still waiting for the third shoe to drop.

Whatcha Doing Today? Long walk, cleaning, and design work.

What’s on TV Tonight? Grey’s Anatomy and ER. I am in the minority that does not think that Mer and Der are meant to be together.

Steps? I accidently cleared my pedometer yesterday. Today so far: 6874. Still 9 hours to make up the rest.

Home Repair Comments…

Gee, so other people have fun home maintainence stuff, too!!

Paula.. I’d SOO be replacing a fridge that hums so I can feel it. Sam, I live at the top of a hill right next to a major freeway. When there is a traffic problem early in the morning commute, the traffic helicopters hover behind and above my bedroom. Wakes me up about once or twice a month.

A new plumber showed up about noon and showed me how to undo the pipes. He then power augered his little heart out! First from the sink through the secondary line. Then (under the house) from the cleanout to the street. Still a clog. A second time through from the sink to the secondary line and finally we had clearance!

So let’s count… drain, furnace… oops that’s only two!! I’ll holds all bets placed on what the third malfunction will be: washer or dryer breakdown? garage door opener fail? wifi fail??

What’s on TV Tonight? Battlestar Galactica returns!!