And yet, today is not a work day; nor was yesterday or the day before.
My 5-week contract ended and as it stands right now for being hired — time will tell. The team of the 4 of us were all interviewed before leaving the company for various roles. Those roles are not now readily available but could become open job postings in mid April. Therefore, I have been a free non-working spirit for a total of 3-days. And, I start a new job tomorrow. The thing about the new job I start tomorrow; it ends tomorrow. Yeah, a 1-day gig but one that will keep me in the good graces of my agent who was so grateful to me for taking this last-minute role.
I also interview on Friday morning for a longer termed job in an administrative role. That said, the ball is still rolling and so… I’m happy to keep the money coming in.
Bodybugg, Personal Training and weight loss
I can’t keep up with my falling pants and jeans size but here’s the exciting low-down on that: Dropped 2-jean sizes and happy to have successfully shopped at The Loft yesterday with a purchase of 1-pair white jean, 1-pair light washed jeans and 1 gorgeous pair of black dress slacks. All size 14’s and Ann Taylor’s size limit IS size 14. That is the biggest size. That said, twas an honor to bring home 3- perfectly fitting pair.
However, after wearing one pair of the jeans out last night (out to dinner, with the price tag still on the inside back of the jeans) they did, as I had hoped they wouldn’t — they stretched out to large proportions in the legs. They are going back to the store. Yes, that’s tacky but I did ask if I could return them if they did indeed stretch out after wearing them. I wore the white ones briefly around the house and they too stretched out. Back to the store they go.
As for the black slacks — They are gorgeous and fit perfectly. And thank goodness I bought them — I’ll need them for the interview on Friday. If those stretch out — that’s easy to repair as pulling in inseams and such things is a simple task; as it is not sometimes, for jeans.
I’m sitting here at my desk in a Polo shirt. This is a big huge deal to me. I haven’t been able to look even reasonably attractive in a polo shirt and well, because they never fit. Too tight and too offensive. This one slid on and looks fantastic. No rolls no stomach (not nearly as much) and I look just above reasonably acceptable in this shirt. In fact, I’m going back for another one.
Summarizing: Two pant sizes down and falling still, 1 ‘tops’ size and a hell of a lot of back fat gone.
This girl is starting to feel somewhat normal in size and confidence.
The BodyBugg remains a great tool for me and my trainer to communicate with. I love syncing it about twice a day to see where I am with exercise. Yesterday I walked and walked and walked the mall with friend which yielded me 38-minutes of exercise and about 4000 steps of the 10000 steps required in my quota — just by going shopping!
Meeting goal is definitely about cardio and exercise but in instances like this; walking is walking and at the end of the day it is the steps you took — not how you took them; i.e., shopping or banging down on a treadmill. But sure, hard cardio is better for me than strolling in a mall. However, and still — soon after that shopping trip I found myself on a treadmill for 40-minutes as a requirement before my training session. Even with the few extra steps I take walking and ‘doing’ around the gym floor, my total steps yesterday totaled 13,494, So see! The mall strolling did count!!
I had a few down (lower exertion) days last week. My trainer texted me this past Saturday at 5:30 a.m.; just as I was dreading rolling out of bed for that 7:00 a.m. training and told me he had to cancel. He was sick. I don’t think I’ve ever heard such good news in my entire life!! Back to bed for me. For reasons which I cannot — honestly remember, I wasn’t able to get to the gym during the day. As the evening rolled closer and closer I still couldn’t seem to get it going.
Then, I had a family issue and even so, I knew I had to get to the gym to check in. My trainer would never know what exactly I did at the gym; just that I was there. The day turned out to become a very upsetting one and when I finally got to the gym — I had no shoes with me so I couldn’t work out. I did go in, check in, hit the ladies room and told the guy who looked at me weird as I headed for the front door that I had left my shoes in the car (and never to return that evening). Yup! I cheated.
But still, this is another case where I had been very active during the day and that activity did show up on the BB report in 31-minutes of time. And, that was close enough to cover it up — because “A” looks at the end of week report which gives weekly averages — he doesn’t go through every single days report. And heck yeah — I balanced that average yesterday with 3-miles on the books, 13,500 steps and 1-hour and 36-minutes of cardio. PLUS my training session.
The first clump on the activity expenditure report is me getting up and getting dressed, moving about, feeding the cat and constantly up and down my staircase. The next clumps of sporadic activity are me and my friend walking and shopping. The pause in the middle is lunch at noon (grilled salmon). The smaller clumps between 3:00 and 5:00 are me at home, once again getting ready for something; changing into gym clothes, up and down the stairs again and other preparedness preparation — the power in the neighborhood went down at 3:30 p.m. Still, I went to the gym and that clump should be obvious. The darker steady clump is straight cardio and the up and down activity with peaks is personal training. Standing still; even though exercising doesn’t give as much ‘drama’ on the visual readout — but trust me — that man tried to kill me yesterday!
The other peaks on the chart are fairly small. The clump between 8:00 and 9:00 is me fumbling around the house in the dark looking for clothes and a bag to take stuff to a friend’s house; to change clothes and head out to dinner. What else is there to do during a power outage — which by the way, ended at 12:30 a.m.
But I dunno – maybe I’m a geek but to be able to track my day and activity and whereabouts is nothing but fascinating.
My end of week reports still show too much fat consumption (it’s so hard!). I’m down to 21% intake from 33% or higher. Still, he wants me at 15% and that my friends, is rough — especially when salmon comes into play. I’m not eating anything I’m not supposed to be and fat is very little. For that 21% I do blame the salmon. But then again — what else can you do when your taken to an Asian Bistro (PF Changs?) but have the baked salmon???
12-official-lbs gone since 2/2 when I started training. However, since “A” was sick last Saturday, we did not have a weigh-in on ‘his’ scale. Still, my own scales reads differently but trends the same. On my home scale I took that loss number, upped it by 2-lbs and entered that number on the BodyBugg report. If that number is true; and it is certainly very close then I have lost 13.5-ish-lbs. By this Saturday we’ll expect to see another 2- or 3-lbs gone making that number around 15-lbs gone. AND adding that to the 10-lbs I lost before beginning with “A” — think 25-lbs total!
So much for that mini-vacation I thought I’d have this week before hitting the job market. My agent is too good and, as I noted, already has me working and interviewing. Today I had to do a drug screening for the day job — that kind of infuriates me since the wait there took a good chunk out of the day. But being a good sport will keep me on the agents amazing side.
At this moment..
I need to figure out how to use my time for the rest of this day. I do have to hit the gym for 1-hour but 5:00PM is not the time to do that. Planning on 7:30 – 8:30 or thereabouts so that I will miss the crowd; though its more about parking that equipment access. I don’t want to get home too late and DO want some quality me time before falling asleep. This means: Showered, clothes laid out, alarm clock set and me in bed by 9:30 p.m. all primed to watch TV (for a change) and fall into a deep sleep while watching it!
And then… Work tomorrow, gym (oh wait, tomorrow is a rest day!) and same scenario as this evening with some changes. I have a 10:00 a.m. interview and THANKFULLY I fit into the suit jacket and I have gorgeous new black slacks and a slimmer body. After the 10:00 a.m. interview I am free for the day — until Monday; if I get hired.
So yeah. Lots going on and lots of weight coming off.
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