Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Exercise Wagon

So the last two nights I've done no exercise at all.  I've been tired, sluggish, and stressed.  I've gotten off work, finish my daily studies for school, and wanted to do nothing other than kick back and relax.  I've used the sunburn as an excuse too telling myself that I didn't want to put a sports bra on over a bad burn.  Well I know they're excuses ... this is why I put "justifying bad behavior" as one of the challenges I have to overcome when I started this blog.  I find ways to talk myself into doing what I want to do instead of what I know I should do so that I don't have to feel bad about not doing it.  This has got to stop.  I may be eating ok but on the path I'm on now I won't get anywhere for yet another week.  I'm so fed up with myself right now.  I really need to kick myself in the ass and get moving.  But on that note I do have a question for everyone.

I was walking 3 miles a day and then I upped it spontaneously to wanting to do five miles a day.  Is it possible that I upped it too far too fast and that's partly responsible for why I'm getting nowhere?  Or am I just justifying again?  Should I maybe try to do four per day for awhile and see how it goes or should I just stop whining and do five?

8 glasses of water
1 cup of coffee w/creamer
1 leftover chicken cordon bleu
>>no ham
>>no honey mustard
1 serving chicken and black beans
2 Tbsps peanut butter
>>w/1 large pickle (ran out of baby ones)
Daily Caloric Intake: 917

Wii Walking: 1 hour = 4.25 miles (8,500 + steps)


  1. Damn girl!! I would say give your self a Fing break! 3miles is 3miles..How many people on here do you see doing 3miles? Do what works for you!

  2. I think you may have added too much too fast. Also - a sunburn is an injury to your skin - the largest organ of your body. It takes strength to heal and in addition to overdoing it a bit I really don't think you are whining at all. Get plenty of fluids and get the rest. It sounds to me like you are truly tired. Don't beat yourself up.

  3. You are doing a good job. Keep it up.

  4. One thing I've learned about walking: it doesn't tone or strengthen any muscles, it helps speed metabolism so you can burn more stored fat when you're not doing much. But when you do it at home and lift your legs extra high (I think you said you were doing that), you're toning and strengthening leg muscles ... building muscle can make it seem as if you're stalling (that's what my physical therapist and fitness trainer told me). Maybe that's what's happening to you.

    Have you taken measurements of your neck, upper and lower arms, wrist, chest, waist, hips, thighs, and calves? That's where you'll see the changes when the scale doesn't appear to be moving. Because the pictures show the changes in your size.

  5. It's possible you've hit another "overtraining" moment. You should slow down, maybe switch activities altogether, and focus on getting an extra 30-60min. sleep a night -- for a few weeks. If you upped your walking to 5 miles, I don't think that's a problem (per-se) but maybe you should take a few weeks off from "walking" and just do something different (but light)... it can still be walking, just not "walking". Go window-shopping for 30min a night, or go enjoy some outdoor activity that isn't overly-rigorous but isn't mere "walking", or maybe just go to your city rec-pool and doggy-paddle around for 30min. a night (not full-out exercise-swimming). Another thing that can really help is to seek out a masseuse and get a massage, followed by a good book and a relaxing atmosphere (music, scents, whatever) and just relax for 30min a night, maybe meditation... *anything* that's focused on your health (but in a relaxing way) and *anything* except whatever it is you usually do when you feel like being lazy.

    You see, that's the problem (patterns/habits)... it's not that you can't take a break to breathe and relax and rejuvenate... in fact you can and you *deserve* it and you *need* it. The problem is only that the common thing to do is to go back to your old patterns/habits. If you make sure you *don't* do that (which includes bad-eating binges), you can do almost anything fun & relaxing for 2 weeks and at the end you'll be rip-roaring to go again. Heck, go to a good bookstore, order a tea or a skinny-coffee and just lounge reading their books for an hour every night.

    The point is this: no one has a spine of steel or a constitution that never fails. Everyone needs a break from the mundane/routine/difficult. Whenever you start feeling like this, you owe yourself relief. The problem isn't the relief, per-se, but the human-nature to return to old habits in search for that relief. MAKE A NEW ROUTINE TO OBTAIN THAT RELIEF and you'll be certain in a few weeks to *want* to exercise hard again.

    Just try it.

  6. You are all amazing. Here I've been beating myself up and feeling like I'm letting everyone down and yet you have all showed nothing but support and consideration here this morning. Thank you for that.

    Brandon: Funny you should mention! I decided to walk last night, yes, but I decided to focus on time instead of miles. I told myself I would do one hour, with the Wii as a timer, and I would walk at a pace that I was comfortable doing without feeling like I was over-trying. When it was done I took a long soak in a hot bath with the newest book from my favorite author. It came out in February and I just haven't bothered to take the time to read it even though I've been wanting to so I finally kicked off a few chapters last night. After that I pampered myself a little more by scrubbing my feet really good to make them all soft again, and I drowned myself in lotion and moisturizer, and even sprayed on a little bit of scented body spray because that always makes me feel better and more relaxed. Snackers has picked up some night work doing restaurants so he left around 9:30 and I had the house to myself so after I got all clean and relaxed I fluffed all the pillows on the bed and turned in early. I'm pretty sure I was out almost immediately and I slept like a rock. I did wake up when he came home around 1:45 a.m. because Piper barked at him but when he came to bed he played with my hair until I fell back to sleep. I'm a little sore from walking but I feel a lot better, physically, than I have in awhile.

  7. P.s. re: trying something new. I have Dancing With the Stars DVD's that I've been dying to try. Mom and Dad gave me an old DVD player but I forgot the remote and it's one of those lameo's that doesn't work without one. Mom said she'd mail it to me but I think she forgot. Once I get that I would really like to trade in walking for awhile with dancing.

  8. You are trying to push yourself too far and it became overwhelming, which in turn made you lose your motivation. This happened to me when I tried Jillian Michael's 30 day shred. It was too much for me and it was too repeatative and boring. I did it for a couple of days but then I just completely gave up on working out AT ALL for like 3 weeks after that!

    I'm finally back in the game thanks to Zumba. (If you haven't tried it, I recommend it. It's simple moves, fun, and it goes by SUPER fast. I do the 20-minute express one.) Then there's also the 5 mile walking video with Leslie Sansone, so if you try walking with her it might make it a little more fun and motivating... I thought so. :) So far I've only gotten to the 2 mile mark though because of babysitting, but I'm gonna try for longer today!

    Just keep reminding yourself how this will pay off in the end... you got this girl!

  9. Oooooh Zumba, thanks for the reminder! I wanted to get Zumba for the Wii when it first came out but it was expensive and there weren't ANY used copies at GameStop so I figured I would just wait until I could get a used copy for less. The fact that I called four different GameStops in my area a month after the game came out and they didn't have a single used copy told me it's got to be good. But it's been several months now so I'd bet I can get my hands on one now. That will keep me entertained at least until I get the remote to the DVD player from my mom and can do Dancing With the Stars. I mean ... who wouldn't be motivated by Maks doing the Pasodoble right? Nummers. lol

  10. Gee ... but come to think of it Maks might be too distracting. LOL

  11. I really hate to say this, because I don't want to sound like one of those women who is trying to down play the really great job you have done at controling your calories... but... I really wonder if the fact you are eating so few calories a day is going to start to work against you. I know that simple physics will say fewer calories in than out, and boom weight comes off, and it does. But our bodies are not simple machines. When I decided to count calories I did some research and found that what is recommended is much higher than I though it was.
    Having said that, I have to say that you are doing really well, I really admire your determination, will power and stick-to-it-ness!
    I know you will reach your goal, just let it happen in whatever time it takes.