Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I had two people tell me I looked like I'd lost more weight yesterday. One person sees me every day, the other person hadn't seen me in a year. I didn't think I'd lost so much that it was noticeable so I decided tonight that I would weigh myself on the Wii and see what it said.

I had actually gained 1.5 pounds since I last weighed 11 days ago. Not what I expected but not really a big deal either.

Still, the compliments are nice to hear. It's a good feeling to know that others think I look good enough to comment on it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Closing In

It's almost that time. School will be done within a week or two and then, according to my self-inflicted schedule, I should start incorporating a workout session into my day. Honestly, I've ended up having the time to do it even with school but I've been doing house renovations instead. We've still got enough projects needing done that I'm going to continue with renovations during my free time instead of exercising.

August 1st is the date I have chosen to go official with the exercise. I haven't decided yet which exercise I want to do but I'm leaning toward Hip Hop Abs because it's so freaking hot outside. In September, I want to start the The Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan, which should have me jogging 3 miles within 2 months - just in time for winter - I know, sometimes I'm not very logical. I would like to run the Powell Gardens 5K on September 10th but it looks like I'll be walking it instead (or whatever interval level I'm at on the Plan at that time). It will be my first 5K as an adult and I'm crossing my fingers that I can find some friends willing to crawl out of bed early enough to conquer it with me!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


All 7 of our tomato plants are plentiful with little green tomatoes! We've even gotten a few red ones from a few - YUM!

Both bell pepper plants have little pepper nubbins on them. One pepper fell off of one and we cracked it open only to find this caviar looking stuff inside. What is that? I really hope all the bells don't do that.

Both of the salsa pepper plants also have peppers dangling all over. I'm very pleased with my ignored gardening method :-)

When the temps get back down to the 80's, I'll throw some more lettuce seed, broccoli, and cauliflower to see how it goes in the front yard. I'm not sure the squirrels and rabbits will let it happen but it's worth a shot. I should probably plant some in a container too.

It would be ideal if I could grow enough lettuce and produce to never have to buy food for lunch but that's apparently a LOT of garden. The yield from one bell pepper plant is enough for 3-5 salads. The lettuce patch I planted earlier in the season was good for about 4 salads. But 4 days isn't enough time for the lettuce to grow to cutting height again. So maybe I'll try a rotation crop next season.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Ashley decided to weigh Max today so I went ahead and popped on to check my weight as well! Max and I lost 2.5 pounds each, LOL
I'm at 143 pounds now and within the Wii's suggested BMI. I haven't taken any measurements and don't plan to until I start working out again. I'm glad to see I'm still dropping some just from food changes. I had plateaued when I started working out previously. The plateau in combination with being heavier than I wanted resulted in a poor outlook toward changing my lifestyle. Now that I'm near my ideal weight, the plateau during workout 'season' won't be as discouraging. I can focus more on the changes in my physique and not be so concerned about my belly. :-)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cool breakfasts

Someone suggested salad for breakfast. I tried it and it was surprisingly filling! I didn't have any added protein - just leaves and veggies and a light drizzle of dressing. I learned later in the day that I probably shouldn't jump right into having 2 salads in one day. It's apparently too much fiber - I wasn't digesting some of the lettuce - so that's something I'll have to work up to.
Maybe to start with, I'll have a small salad for breakfast and my normal sized salad for lunch. Maybe a bowl of fruit with breakfast to help fill up.

I also considered blending fruit with greek yogurt and a splash of juice. The issue here is making time to do so. My mornings are always just-in-time or running late. I'll try making it the night before and see how that tastes having sat in the fridge over night. If that works then I'm golden!

For now though, I really need to suck it up and finish off my oatmeal. I'll be eating it in an air-conditioned office anyway so it shouldn't be the issue that it is. I think I'm just making excuses for my laziness.