Monday, August 6, 2012

The Cruel and Heartless Bitch... Her Name is Zumba

Today I started out my workout with a Zumba class. Harmless, right? Well... mostly. The class is for an hour and after 30 minutes of participation my butt was kicked. Granted today was my very first day of zumba and less than a week of working out... but wow. Luckily my dance skills (from several years of participation) helped me have an easy time with the moves but the intensity was something else.

I am looking forward to returning to the class on Wednesday but I am not going to overdo it or push myself too hard. I need to focus on losing weight and building stamina... not having a heart attack.

Well, since today was my Cardio and Weights day... full of zumba, belly dancing, yoga, the treadmill, and weights, tomorrow will be a nice relaxing  (well somewhat relaxing) day of aquatic exercise and laps in the pool.

I am also looking for a nutritionist or dietitian to help me with better foods to eat and how much calories to take in especially when working out so that I am not "starving" my body. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Week 1 Coming To A Close

Well I joined the gym on the 2nd and did my fitness analysis as well as started some fitness classes on the 3rd.

On Friday I started off with a morning Deep Water class which is basically treading water and using different motions. That class really kicked my butt and worked more than I thought. I am looking forward to doing that class again next week. After the water class, I was planning on heading to a step class, but my skin decided to fight getting my clothing on since I was wet. I will have to plan a bit better for next time. Since I didn't make the step class, I was lucky that I brought my knitting to keep me occupied for 45 minutes until my fitness analysis appointment.

The analysis was really easy, just a bit of cardio and gauging how much you can comfortably lift on a few machines and then seeing how many crunches you can comfortably do within a minute. The results were put into a computer and from there a resistance (weight) fitness plan is given to you. You are still responsible for your own cardio.

Yesterday, Saturday, I did my first resistance workout. The weights for the most part were pretty light and the reps were fairly easy but I did definitely feel it while I was working the different muscles. Other than that I did a half hour on the treadmill. I am not sure what it is about the elliptical but even on the lowest incline and resistance, it completely kills my hips. Right now I can only stand to do a few minutes of an elliptical because of that. Several years ago, I used to be able to use an elliptical without any problem.

After I came home I rode my new bike for about 30 minutes. I mapped my ride and I rode a total of 1.50 miles (0.75 one way). The bike definitely will take a bit to build up my endurance. The bike really worked my thighs and hips a lot. The other part that will take a bit to get used to will be the bike seat. It definitely puts pressure in part of my butt that makes it a bit uncomfortable. I really need to find some nice padded biking shorts that fits me.

One revelation is that while I am at the gym, I do enjoy my time. I am hoping that this only increases as time goes on. 

Other happy news is that with my meal plan of taking in around 1450 calories, with exercise this should help me to lose 1.5 lbs each week. And with the weight I am hoping to lose, according to the planner, I will be able to do that in about 70 weeks. That is about 1.5 years which is way ahead of my 5 year goal. I would personally be thrilled if I could lose 1/2 of my planned weight (about 55 lbs) in that time frame. I just need to work out daily and keep pushing myself.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Today's the Day!

Today, Monday, July 30th is the day that I am starting my diet and exercise program.

When I discussed with my friend last night that I was going to be doing a diet she was worried that I was going to go on one of the insane all juice/ diet pills/ or other wacky diet. I reassured her that no, I use the word diet as meaning that I will be watching what I eat and eating healthier. I need to be accountable for what I am putting into my body as well as what I am doing to get in better shape.

Wednesday I will be heading to the local YMCA to join up there. I am looking forward to working out and starting things slowly. I think I will start with some low impact and aqua aerobics. I have not exercised in years and the last time I walked long distances for exercise was when I was living in Chicago back in 2008 and 2009. At the local Y there is a program that you can register with that will give you a suggested workout based on your current health status and where you would like to get to.

I started using my Wii Fit a bit today and will be using the treadmill shortly. It is a start and I know the duration and amount will increase as my stamina increases.

Wish me luck.

Here are my three lovely pictures of how I look right now on 7/30/12


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Correcting Bad Habits

Some of my reasons for my weight are... I am an emotional eater, I am a grazer, and I tend to prefer sweet tasting things over anything else. 

These are three things that I need to work towards switching around to better my life.

Emotional Eating... 
When I am depressed, I eat. When I am bored, I eat. When I am lonely, I eat.
I did a catalog of all of the guys I have dated over the years. According to my calculations, I have been dating different guys for slightly longer that half of my life. I am currently 30 years old and my relationship lengths come to a total of 15 years and 3 months. Granted this also doesn't take into account the time between the relationships either. The 15.25 years are spread over 14 different guys. And 14 different relationships that ended horribly (finding out I was being cheated on, being abused either physically or mentally -were more common than not).

Now imagine if I gained 8 lbs for every relationship. 8 * 14= 112 lbs.
From my current 240 - 112 = 128 lbs. That is actually pretty close to my target weight.

I am picturing my weight coming off at a small increment of 8 lbs. Each 8 lbs lost brings me closer to my target and will also help me to heal by letting go of mental baggage even more. 

Grazing...
I tend to eat food that is easy to obtain. This may be candy in a bowl a table, an ice cream bar in the freezer, chocolate chips from a bag in the cabinet. (Yes, they are all sweets- see the last heading.) I have a tendency to just grab whatever is in its final state and does not need to be made. I need to get out of this habit and start by making myself food for each meal. I am working on building a meal plan and a shopping list for what I will be eating on a weekly basis. I MUST stick to this. Since I live in a house with other people, I cannot make them stop eating things that will be tempting or unhealthy to me, so I will just have to work that much harder to maintain a strong will.

Sweets...
The bane of any diet or person that is trying to get healthy. Sweets are the first thing I have a craving for. I need to turn this towards fruits and vegetables. I need to work with the others in my house to maybe have them hide the sweet goodies in their room, put them in lock down, or hide them somewhere. I need to retrain my taste-buds to like other foods and not go for sugary sweets.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Blog of My Weight Loss Journey

I am currently the heaviest I have been... I think in my entire life. Right now I weigh 240 and I am only 5'4" tall. This combination throws my BMI into the obese end of the pool. While I am not nearly as bad off as some people, I want to be at a healthy weight. I find myself saying, "I want to be thin/ skinny again" but that statement does not adequately describe just what I want to accomplish.

Some of my long term goals are:

  • I want to be at a healthy weight.
  • I want to be able to swim 30 laps in the pool and not feel tired.
  • I want to complete my first running 5k.
  • I want to be able to go on a 50 mile bike ride. 


Some more immediate and short term goals are:

  • I want to be able to walk up two flights of stairs without my heart trying to jump out of my chest or my lungs shutting down. 
  • I want to be able to swim one full lap (down and back) of a front crawl and backstroke in the pool without being exhausted.
  • I want to be able to walk at a 3.0 mph pace for 5 straight minutes and have the stamina for another 5 minutes.
  • I want to be able to do a 10 mile bike ride and still have the energy to do more. 


I personally understand that muscle does weigh more than fat, however muscle takes up less space than fat.


For that reason, I am not so focused on reaching a completely specific weight. I do have an approximate goal; but if I am feeling good, able to fit into the clothes that I want to, and am healthy... that is what is important. According to the BMI index for my height, a weight of between 120 and 130 is the normal/ healthy range. I am hoping to eventually get to around 130. That weight would mean a 110lb weight loss which is nearly half of my current body weight.

I also know that weight loss will definitely take time. It will take determination. It will take perseverance when things seem tough. I MUST stick with it. 


I also need to work towards changing my life. 
  • If things are close, I will get out and walk or ride my bike whenever possible. 
  • I will to eat right.
  • I will go to the gym everyday (unless my icky girly bit issue days keep me from that).
  • I will participate in fitness classes.
  • I will work with a personal trainer and learn how to use the different weight machines. 
  • I will keep track of everything I eat, how much I drink, and how much I exercise.


On August 1st (unless girly bit issues delay this goal), I will go to the local YMCA and join the gym.

Please wish me luck and check back to see my progress.