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May 21st, 2012

Weekend #1

I know my title makes no sense to the normal brain, but for me this was the first weekend I have actually TRIED to control myself in terms of food and exercise in a very long time. Like, genuinely tried. Not "Oh, I was good the first half of Friday, LOL REST OF WEEKEND FAIL." And it was extra difficult, because I was out of town with much more limited resources than I have when I'm home.

But I am super stoked to report that I planned, tracked, and even exercised while I was in Jacksonville. Whaaaaaaaat!? Craziness, I know. But I'm determined to meet my six-week goal, and if I have to be a pain in the ass to do it, well...sorry, world. I'll break down my weekend as best I can...

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FRIDAY

I did really well - used the 3 APP I'd earned on my Thursday run as well as 4 WAPP, but a Saturday morning with 45 WAPP still in my bank is a big victory for me at this point. I made some great decisions on the way up to Jax. Josh and I stopped at Publix to pick up some flowers for his mom, and I grabbed a Chobani Greek yogurt, some crab (well, krab, hah) sticks, and a banana to have for dinner. Mrs. Haupt had also stocked up on a nice bowl of fruit, which was so great. I nursed that the entire weekend, as well as a few La Croix sparkling fruit waters instead of extra wine.

Speaking of, I also only had one glass of white wine Friday night. Normally when I go up to Jax, I'll have two or three minimum the first night, because the Haupts do love their wine (well, Josh and his mom do, at least). Hooray Friday!

SATURDAY

I came prepared for breakfast. I had packed a packet of lower-sugar oatmeal, so I had that with some coffee (I even brought Stevia packets...what has come over me?), almonds (which I also brought, which was unnecessary since they had the same kind at the house), and a banana. For lunch, we actually ended up going to Bahama Breeze and not Mimi's as originally planned. Buttt I shared a crab stack appetizer (3 PP for 1/2!) and got a salad with romaine, grilled chicken, fruit, avocado (and they didn't skimp, either, yay), and vinaigrette on the side, which I counted as 12 PP. I did have one mini cupcake from Sweet. How could I not? The only other location aside from the one next to my house is in that shopping center. Luckily, the quality was up to par with Orlando's location. ;p

Josh and I were supposed to get up Sunday and run, but I know us and I knew we wouldn't. It was so hot this weekend, and I knew I'd want to sleep in. Plus, my hair needed a serious wash ASAP, so I asked Mrs. Haupt if I could use her treadmill and she said sure, and showed me all the functions and everything. So I got my 2.5-mile/30-minute run in, and did 150 crunches afterward too. My upper abs hurt a lot today (and yesterday, for that matter), but it's the good kind of hurt. :p

For dinner, the guys cooked a really yummy shrimp dish, with gnocchi and a creamy delicious sauce. I had a bite or two, but Josh was amazing and made sure I had 3 oz. of seasoned grilled shrimp, plain, for me. He also made scallops but made mine without the sauce he'd concocted. Best boyfriend ever - I'm very grateful he is so supportive. Not sure what I'd do without him! I also made that maple-balsamic Brussels sprouts dish, and everyone loved it, which was great to hear! I had a couple glasses of wine and a tiny slice of key-lime pie as well, so not the BEST day, but I was very mindful and it could've been much worse. Plus, I exercised, so I didn't feel too bad. I definitely enjoyed every bite/sip.

SUNDAY

Sunday was a little bit worse than it should've been, considering, but I still only went over by 6 PP for the entire day - and that was after eating out twice. We went to Mellow Mushroom for lunch, and I got a huge salad that only came out to 8 PP for the whole thing. For dinner I had Taco Bell - 8 PP again, for two Fresco chicken soft tacos, which are my go-to food there. I snacked a little more than I should've, but I'll take it.

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So right now I have 18 WAPP left. After my strength training tonight and run tomorrow, I should have 25 WAPP left. My goal for Wednesday is to leave the rest of them untouched. I am really hoping for a 2-lb. loss this week, but we'll see whether the scale agrees. Regardless, I'm proud of how I handled this weekend, and very grateful for the willpower I somehow dug up from the depths of my crazy.

As mentioned, I have started incorporating strength exercises back into my routine. It's only been one day, so I don't deserve any credit yet, but I think I am going to focus on core and arms during my non-running gym days (likely Mondays once my marathon training starts and I'm doing long runs on Saturdays instead of Sundays, like it is now). I find that my endurance increases so much when my core is strong, so I want to make sure I get those exercises in. I will need them sooner rather than later. I can't believe training starts in less than three weeks. Lord. I better start mentally preparing myself now.

My shin started acting up a little bit after the treadmill run in Jax. Luckily the pain subsided fairly quickly and wasn't too severe to begin with, but my KT tape came in Saturday (yay), so I bandaged my shin up again last night. I'll probably wear the tape for a few days and bring a couple pieces with me to Denver just in case. I know Yurani will be kicking my ass with running and hiking, which I desperately need, so I have to come prepared. I leave Wednesday night. I told her she needs to whip my ass into shape so I come back to Florida under 130 lbs., and she said, "Let's do it." She is super active and does WW as well, so I'm grateful for this trip in even more ways than being able to see her and Benson (her baby). ♥ Can't wait. Maybe I can even get through the plane ride without knocking back two vodka Coke Zeroes this time. We shall see.

I'll end this entry with some great news about my brother. He called me late Saturday evening, but I didn't pick up because I was asleep. Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., he calls me again just as I'm opening my eyes. Now, my brother is not a morning person. You think I'M not a morning person? I pale in comparison to this kid. He will sleep until 2 p.m. without batting an eyelash. But no, he calls me at 9:30 (which is 8:30 his time, mind you, in New Orleans).

Me: "WTF are you doing awake?"
Bobby: "I just got back from my 2-mile walk."
Me: "...WTF are you doing awake."
Bobby: "IDK, I feel motivated."

It was really cool to hear that. Made me smile a TON that my brother was not only getting up early after what I'm sure was a busy night at work (he's a chef), but that he was doing it to EXERCISE. To many of us, a walk isn't a really big deal, but it is a HUGE deal for my family and for my brother in particular, and I know he is really pushing the walls of his comfort zone to do something different with his life. He told me he got the scale I sent and weighed himself, and that is goal is to get down 78 lbs. I told him that's great, but maybe he could make a smaller goal at first (28 lbs.), then go from there.

He also told me he only had one meal Saturday, and I was like NO, BAD, EAT THREE MEALS, haha. I explained about metabolism, and how his body needs three square meals...how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, etc. He was talking about going to breakfast with my mom, so I texted him a list of "BFF" menu words (egg white omelet with veggies, fresh fruit, plain oatmeal, turkey bacon, water, etc.) and a list of "enemy" words (cheesy, hash, country-fried, hollandaise, loaded, etc.). They actually ended up going to Applebee's and he got a Weight Watchers dish and water. Progress! He is off today so I'll probably give him a call and see how's he doing, but I don't want to nag - he has to make the effort.

I'm still not holding my breath though. Not because I don't believe in him (I think it is pretty clear that I do), but because a.) I don't want to jinx it (main reason), and b.) I know it takes time to really adapt to a new lifestyle and know that you have the power to make such a huge change. But I'm extremely proud of him, and I will say I have never heard him talk like this before. He is smart and capable, and I hope this is a sign that he truly realizes that he has all the power in the world to be whatever he wants to be, physically and mentally. In the meantime, I will work on not being the nagging older sister, and instead be a reference tool for him. Hope I can do that well.

My LJ buddy Becca (beccakicksbutt) and I are going to be text buddies for some added accountability! I sent her my workout schedule, so we are going to nag each other every day to make sure we're staying on track. Any extra motivation/push will only help.

This post has gotten long and cray cray enough. Hope you all had as fulfilling a weekend as I did!

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