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Hello my peeps!

Does anyone miss me? Remember me?

Well, here I am and gosh! I haven’t written a thing since May — 4-months ago!

I don’t have the time right now to write a great deal but I’ll be back. Below are a few things you may want to know…

I’m still getting personal training twice a week (since February)

I’ve lost ‘about’ 50-lbs — maybe a little more, or maybe an ounce or two less but certainly in the 50-lb range. I am no longer obese and my BMI is almost normal. My trainer has worked me so hard this past month that we just haven’t gotten around to the weighing and measuring.

I am wearing anywhere from size 8- to 12-jeans (brands matter on that one). I am wearing size M T-shirts and sweatshirts. size M for heaven’s sake.

I look and feel completely different! Completely, and how nice it is to get up in the morning and throw on ‘any old thing’ because everything fits (well, everything is new) and this makes life so much less complicated.

That’s me below. I’m not big on showing my face in blogs but I promise, it’s me. Maybe some of you will recognize the throw rug? No offense to anyone for any part of what I’m going to say; but I had no idea that back last January in the photo on the right — I looked like a biggest loser contestant — water bottle and all. I find it offense looking when people drag around a water bottle like an accessory. Especially large people. And there I am! A large person in a big short carrying a water bottle. :eyesrolling: But in all honesty — I never saw myself as being that big! — when I was that big. Big yes, not that big.

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Broken foot

I guess it’s healed. I saw the foot doc after the prescribed time and even though I had minimal clearance for using the treadmill and I was supposed to ween myself away from the cast shoe…. Trust me — I didn’t ween and I did use the treadmill – cautiously and as prescribed for no more than 30-minutes with short strides. And that lasted about a week.  I was due back at the ortho sometime around the 4th of July but I didn’t have time for it. Thinks seem A-OK and on my next hiatus I’ll drop in on the foot doc!  In fact, on the 4th of July, while on a StayCay in Coronado, CA I ran the sidewalk parallel to the beach. I ran and it felt fabulous!

But, now that i can run, I really don’t want to. LOL!

Still working!

I’m still a “temp-hopper” but consistency is good and I’ve been “temp-hopping” for 8-months now with very short breaks between jobs. The longest I’ve been on hiatus is 2-weeks.  At that time, after 2-weeks I got nervous and took the first job that came my way. The pay is on the lower scale but on average this year; of pay rates I am right in the ballpark of where I should be in wages — Oh, if only they paid my Insurance!

The cold hard fact is that I love temping. There is a certain type of freedom in it, in that you don’t (I don’t) get all stressed out about things like I used to in my higher pressure jobs. I take my work very seriously no matter what I’m doing but there is also that little bit of, “oh well’ attitude that I allow myself. That feels good – to not wear the burden of all that may or may not go wrong in the job (I mean, not that it would) but how can I express this? It’s just easier!

OK – gotta run. More to come and pictures too!

Stay tuned…

The dove egg, life in general and abs?

On a sad note…

I was SO sad about this; my little (the Dove’s) egg did hatch and I was so excited to the see the little one! At the time I saw the newborn (hatchee) the parent, this time the father’s watch was not on the egg for a few brief seconds. He flew away and came right back. While pappa was gone I saw the little one right there, alone, he flew back and then; this:

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I guess that “I” was part of this family and process since from the laying of the egg to the hatching, I have been literally at arm’s length from this nest. This adult bird KNEW that I was taking photos and videos. He knew he wanted to get back on top of the little one to protect him but he waited for me to take my pictures and even posed… Doesn’t he look like he knows he’s getting his photo taken?

(where the nest was… literally that close and I had the window open most of the time)

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It’s unusual I suppose for them to nest so close to humans.. but I guess mamma noticed that after she laid the egg so .. it was was it was and she and pappa would have to tolerate me.

This little guy was SO tiny and SO cute. It moved its tiny little wing  just barely and again, it was so cute!!!

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Sadly, as I feared — I almost knew it and when I thought about seeing the little fuzzy guy when I got home, I kept thinking… I hope the Raven’s don’t get this chick. They took the 2nd egg as it is, they’ve been circling the area since she laid the egg, and so on. And so… when I pulled up in my driveway there was broken geranium stems on the ground and the pot had fallen from the ledge. Obviously there was a bird fight because all the flowers from the geraniums were gone. The strangest thing; if the ravens wanted the baby then they forgot to get it. I found it’s little lifeless body in the dirt. I was SO upset.  Actually, I still am.

On the brighter side of this story; if there is one, there is a nest full of sparrows under the eves in my front courtyard. I saw their little heads popping up and down but I’d have to get onto a ladder to see them … and, probably fall of the ladder and break another foot, or arm or my head. Besides, I wasn’t bonding with those eggs.

Sigh..

On a happier note…

In my last post I wrote that I hoped to see 40-lbs lost at my weigh-in last Saturday April 27th.  Well, I DID!  And, this is me in those jeans I spoke of; the ones from Chico’s that no longer fit. I wore these over my workout leggings to show my Trainer my success. His big black face turned all big white eyes and he was nothing but big smiling white teeth and eyes. He was so happy and even shocked. He said to me; “This makes my day today complete“!

This is the photo he took 2-weeks ago from his cubicle.

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…and I took another one today because I didn’t think the first one quite showed the changes as well (lighting) and I wanted to take a photo without leggings on underneath. If the top looks weird, that’s just because I folded it up to show my tummy!

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In this new photo — I saw two new things that I haven’t seen yet. Not abs, nor do I want or need sculpted abs anyway, but I saw definition on the side. I also saw much narrower arms.  Of course, it’s rather possible that I am smaller now than on the 27th. LOL. I am however, 7.5-inches smaller in my middle, 2.5-inches smaller each leg and each bicep. 5-inches smaller in the chest and 2-inches smaller in the neck! And 41.5-lbs lighter!

Training and food

I’m struggling on this topic. [It must be that] I feel that if I can’t do my power-walking and I can’t do any even close to intense working out then I won’t be losing weight. But I go to the gym anyway and I’m sure to go during hours that I know my trainer is there — I need him to SEE me there, even though I know he checks up on my attendance anyway. Still, riding the recumbent bike at level 1 is far from challenging and motivating, although it IS very enjoyable to sit there and listen to great music and watch all the crazy things that people do on the TRX (trapez as I call it sometimes because that’s where all the boy monkey’s play. Those guys, they do anything to show off. I tried to get some photos of guys hanging upside down or curled up on the TRX, but with little luck thus far on the photo taking.

My trainer does most of his training here at the TRX station and the bikes are front row seats to this show! On the right is a guy in a green shirt. I was trying to capture him because he was doing all kinds of acrobatics!

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But, enjoying a nice 75-minute cycle ride is hardly helping with my weight loss efforts.

Or so I thought! The end result as of 3/27’s weigh-in and measuring, this turns out to not be the case. I had lost almost 4-lbs, and the change in my stomach and legs was astounding. The greatest losses during this transformation, yet.

So anyway, I’m half way to my goal weight which still seems inconceivable. But so did 41-lbs so … there I have it! Still, the halfway point will show a tremendous physical change and it’s teasing me into thinking I am done with the program and that I am at an acceptable weight. And.. that this gives me license to go outside of the boundaries. Food is the worst. I’m not eating enough vegetables, skipping meals and albeit small amounts of things that are not on the list.

I think even my trainer senses this … And he is riding me hard! HARD. On Thursday he asked me what I had eaten that day. I recited what I had eaten (fortunately all things on this list) and he said, and… and I said, ‘that’s all so far. (it was 7:00 PM). He said in a parental tone: Well you are no longer sending me photos of what you eat so I guess I have to believe you???

So I started sending photos again but it’s hard (to) when you have eaten something you are not supposed to. And that my friends — is what will keep me (get me) back on track!!! Also, when we train this Tuesday I will promise myself to try to get ZEN during the workouts. I have to. He’s working me hard and he doesn’t want to see that it’s hard. Doing a 2.5-minute plank (on knees because of foot) was so hard. I kept telling myself… get zen, you can do this… don’t let him see you suffer…. but when the body starts shaking … and he FINALLY starts counting down: 19, 18, 17… well jeez… at least I finally knew how much longer!

We did those twice. NO. He had ME do those twice.

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Gee.. that girl almost looks like me — face and hair maybe the rest of her too but my stomach isn’t that firm yet. It’s not.

And speaking of feet…

Hoping to ditch this after my Orthopedic (surgeon, of all things) appt. this Thursday!

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Day 1 – my triceps are sore

Done!

ON MY HRM: Total Calories: 451. Total time: 85.7-mins. Miles: 2.06

A day of determination… Step one: Breakfast morning starter; “the smoothie”

Making it…

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Taking it…

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Getting there….

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And finished … (and feet posing)!

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Day 1

Being at the gym felt great, and immediately; again like my second home! It was fortunate that I didn’t see “A”, my trainer friend and thankful that it appeared he wasn’t even there today, at least while I was. I can’t wait to see him but the longer it takes to run into him, the better I will look.

First day back on the proposed plan, and the one I used to follow. I fulfilled my obligation this morning to do a BodyPump class and then cardio on the Incline trainer — Jut a little bit out of order, but it’ done. I gotta tell ya — the calamities and missteps in this entire workout scenario; getting there and being there — and even leaving — are unbelievable.

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I wasn’t at the gym early enough to do the cardio warm up first; oh wait! Yes I was! I just had so many set backs at the gym before getting started. I didn’t arrive at the gym very prepared — but when I left for the gym it was that ‘defining’ moment when I said to myself, GO now or you’ll dismiss it. I went with the moment and I knew that everything that I needed was in the truck of the car. Most of it, as it turns out. I didn’t have my iPhone armband case and spent too much time looking for it. In retrospect, it turns out I don’t (really) need it. Also, I kept forgetting to take things I needed out of my locker, one by one I had to go back to the locker to get something, or put something back into it and the last straw was wearing my Flip Flops to Bodypump class. Lordy! But now that I think of it — this kind of absent-minded disorganization is normal for me! LOL.

BodyPump class. The latest updated version is 84  and it was great. Despite being away from the class for such a long time (2-months) and even though I left off at BodyPump v.83 — 84 is positively harder. I like this version. Infamously, by far the bicep track is the hardest. And I feel it today — course I could be feeling it from all of it — but being sore today feels good.

After BodyPump it was time for cardio! I hit the FreeMotion Incline trainer like it was yesterday! That is to say, I hadn’t lost any of my mojo at all and I worked it well for 30-minutes — not one second over. (First day back and I was kinda over it all).

FOOD

Thanks to burning 451-calories, by 5:00PM I had consumed a net of 27-calories. OOPS again! I needed to crash eat because according to my calorie counter — I had a total of 1350-calories to consume by midnight. That’s not a particular issue — I could go to McDonald’s and cure that  but…   that they had to be, um, healthy calories. I grilled a chicken breast and made some brown rice. Unfortunately the chicken was disgusting because it was slow grilled on a portable Baby Weber grill.

theweberThe grill is great for a few things but it doesn’t have the BTU power to sear and char. And it cooks soooo slowly. I didn’t want to replace all the unit pieces on my old REAL grill but it looks like I’m going to have to if I’m going to be doing any kind of serious grilling this spring — or even now.

So when it cooked the chicken breast so slowly, didn’t sear it and didn’t give it a spec of flavor, I didn’t eat the cut up chicken I had put into my ‘brown rice bowl”. I ended up eating just the rice and later a high fiber cereal. What can yado?

So anyways, the food will always be an issue unless I start planning. PLANNING. PlAnNiNg.

TODAY…

photo(4)I’d scheduled myself for cardio, TRX and resistance training. As expected, I am more sore today than realistically anticipated. I’m going to make today a full cardio day instead of adding TRX and resistance workout to the mix. Then, tomorrow (Tuesday) morning will be an exact replica of Monday with the exception that there is BodyPump classes at 6:00 and 9:30. While the 6:00 a.m. class is appealing in the ‘get it over with’ sense, the 9:30 class is more appealing in the ‘beauty sleep‘ sense. Therefore, if not one, the other!

Which ever way the wind blows, Scarlett will be there.

Today is supposed to be one of the hottest days on record, for this time of year  so it will be a great day for outdoor work and part of that work should be fixing up the old “real” grill. If I’m going to eat right from here on out — the grill will be stove. It is surprising that the coldest days on record for this area were just 15-days ago. Crazy! 30’s and 40’s to mid 80’s!

The most important thing: A well-planned plan A and a plan B

Prelude…

I saw this image below on my Facebook page as soon as I sat down with the best looking grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread!  I was tempted to spit out the bite I took … but no, “I’ll enjoy this one and … Scarlett O’Hara will about all of this tomorrow.

CLEAN EATING

I used to eat clean and as I recall I didn’t workout all that much while I was eating clean. Interesting. Food for thought. Literally!

The actual plan this week,
the obstacles and the patches for the obstacles.

Monday:

I have a date with my mom — another of those errands and shopping days. We had this date last Friday but something came up on her side and we didn’t do it.

THIS particular Monday is the drop dead start date for my fitness plan. To ease into it, I want to (still do) do the 30-minutes at least of Incline training. I also want to get back to the Les Mills BodyPump  class because: Even though my Trainer Friend told me that the classes are nice, and good and are good for ‘form’; and he didn’t come out and say it (he can’t) it’s 100% clear to me that he finds them on the foolish/faddish side.

That’s to be understood — he is a hard core personal trainer who likely feels as passionate about the classes and a runner feels about people who walk, or even stroll and call that a workout. Walking is exercise but even Jillian Michaels’ was quoted as saying: (something like) …anyone who parks at the back of the parking lot and feels they’re getting a workout because of the extra steps is kidding themselves. I won’t quote of course but the point being that there is serous and strenuous exercise that brings on solid result, and there is, just exercise.

“I” felt that after doing the bodypump classes for an extended amount of time that I did gain flexibility and I DID get a small version of a full body workout. The class is not to be slighted for the average workout-goer — there are plenty of good-looking bodies in that class so trainers should not be so quick to dismiss its validity. But yeah, daily dose of training and TRX, tossing medicine balls and such things — WILL bring better results faster.

And although, even at the end of the day, those of us who did serious hard-core exercise fall off the line too and fail. Quite possibly those who do the walking in the evenings might have less failure rate. LOL, but not LOL. I mean… well, you know!

So… Monday’s Obstacle & patch… I mapped out, that is re-mapped out the old schedule I had for BodyPump classes. The Monday class schedule is already a showstopper because the fist class is at 10:30 a.m. Now that could be used as an excuse to not hit the gym — but I know better than that! The plan for Monday is a trip to the gym at 8:30 a.m. for Cardio and stretching out my arms and legs on the TRX. Nothing hard-core on the TRX — just that. THEN plan to shower at the gym, dress, put on my face and head to mom’s. OR, over sleep and head directly to mom’s and do a longer and better workout around 10:00 PM. OR… a little of both!

On Tuesday I have a friend coming down for a visit — she’s not out-of-town but in a town that is a little bit far away. Likely we’ll shop and do lunch. She’s likely to arrive at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday’s obstacle and patch…  I have the opportunity to hit the 6:00 a.m. bodypump class instead of the 8:30 a.m. class. The advantage to taking the 6:00 a.m. class allows me the do the class AND the cardio after AND more time to get ready before the friend arrives.

For the rest of the week I should have no obstacles or deviations from the plan (thus far).

The base plan:

This week:

Monday – A.M. Cardio – 40-mins to 1-hour on the Incline Trainer.
Exception: Doing this late in the evening

Tuesday – 6:30 a.m. BodyPump + 30- 40-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer

Wednesday – 40-mins to 1-hour on the Incline Trainer

Thursday – 30-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer  Resistance Machines + TRX
(this is back to the normalcy I used to have)

Friday – 30-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer + 12:00 PM Bodypump class

Saturday – Possibly a day off –
OR: 30-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer  Resistance Machines + TRX

Sunday –  8:30 a.m. BodyPump + 30- 40-minutes of  cardio the Incline Trainer

Next week: repeat with changes (more stuff)!

And I’m dusting off my old fitness log. Below is a sampling from last year. You’ll note (as I have) that my cardio calorie burns is very low for the time and intensity invested in the cardio. I don’t go by the output from the machine display but rather from what is reported on my HRM watch from my HRM strap. Now, the HRM strap will also send the (Polar) information the cardio machine and even though the machines are said to be accurate and the incline trainers will burn 3- 5X the amount of calories burned (how they advertise), this is NOT the case. The algorithms on the machine are set to run 3x more and will output 3x more calories on the display but that cold hard fact is that you WILL NOT burn 3x the amount of calories and my HRM and my heart certainly tell that story.

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In a debate I had with the education & training manager at the company that produces the incline trainer used t my gym about this (nice guy, very helpful) he did indicate that the BEST actual measurement of calories burned comes directly from the HRM watch, not the machine display. Now this will make no difference in how I work out but when counting calories in and calories out —  it’s a slippery slope when the calories OUT are not logged properly — you may be way over eating, or way under eating and calories out/in are then incorrect. That said, I was concerned with how low my calorie burns were despite being IN ZONE for a strong part of my cardio.

Another nice and helpful man was the one at Sports Authority who was in an education program on … not gonna try to quote him but he was in a specialized program for sports medicine and cardiology…  Whatever.. he was he was quite knowledgeable. I was buying a new HRM because mine was old and I felt it wasn’t giving me good enough information and some of it I couldn’t seem to change — like age and weight because that would make a difference in the accuracy of the HRM output. The nice man told me that changing my weight would not make a difference but the AGE would! He told me that as we get older…. (yeah, yeah, yeah) it become harder and harder to reach a high volume of burned calories.

Well, that explains that but at 57 + change, I accept that and did keep moving forward with my program and I DID lose weight. A good deal of it.

Until the holidays! And even now, into the new year.

That’s all for now folks!

Much to do on this lazy day until it gets too dark to do them. That leaves me with about 2-hours! Man! I am just getting too relaxed these days. And, this is a good reason to get back into my gym clothes!