13 minutes? I laugh at 13 minutes…

January 21, 2010

I got on the ‘mill last night with the intention of doing 13 minutes having done 12 the day before that and 11 the day before that and so on…

Well, I got on it and American Idol happened to be on.  A show I normally hate, but it’s in the audition phase, which is, in my opinion, the best part of the show.  So I was watching that while on the ‘mill and at one point I looked down and saw I’d done 7 minutes.  That made me happy since it meant I was more than half done.  When I looked down again?  13 min.  43 secs.  So I kept going and went on to 15 minutes.  So yay me!! 

The only negative from yesterday was that my step count was down.  I was 5506 for the count yesterday.  I keep trying to figure out what the difference was with those 500 steps and I think I figured it out.  I had said before how I pick hubs up at work at the end of the day and Heaven help me if there’s a mechanic in the restroom changing back to his street clothes.  Well, when I got there on Tuesday, lo and behold, much to my bladder’s chagrin, there was a mechanic who had just entered the restroom.  So I danced around and hopped around a bit and then I just started walking laps around an Audi A6 that was in the shop.  I don’t know how many times I walked around it to try to distract myself from impending disaster, but it was a good many.  So yeah, I’m thinking that’s where the extra steps on Tuesday came from.

Well, it’s totally time to start this work day, so here we go…  off to another fun filled day of insurance.   Bah!!

They’re totally mocking me…

January 20, 2010

One of our owners here is a chocoholic.  About once a week he brings in these yummy store-bought brownies.  Mother of God, are they ever delicious.  Last week wasn’t a problem.  Last week I wasn’t here, with you guys, doing this.   This week I am.  And maybe down the road, say on day 22 or 536, a brownie won’t kill me, but on Day 3???  Holy Danger Zone (cue “Danger Zone” from Top Gun).  

I am happy to say I only have 9 minutes left of this torture because the brownies are openly mocking me, but they will still be there tomorrow and I’m sure they’ll be just as ruthless and that same owner has said that he made a cake for his son’s birthday and he’ll bring in whatever is left tomorrow.  Seriously?  There will be yummy brownies AND homemade dark chocolate cake with milk chocolate and coconut icing in there tomorrow.   One of my coworkers tried to be helpful by saying, “Do you LIKE coconut?” like it was the worst tasting thing in the world, to which I replied with a very mournful, “Yeeeessssss…..”.   

I got all my water in and I’m looking at 2415 steps so far today.  So hard to get the step count up at work.   I tried going to the mailroom each time I had a piece of mail ready, but at some point I have to look at the productivity vs. getting in more steps ratio.  I’m getting paid to work, not to walk. 

I’m sitting right around 1000 calories so far today, but I don’t anticipate any big dinner, so I should be fine in that regard.  And once again all the water is down.

Gearing up for the 13 minutes on the ‘mill tonight.  Wish me luck.   I’ll post later I’m sure as TV SUCKS on Wednesday night.  

Amy

Day 3

January 20, 2010

I ended yesterday well.  I got on the ‘mill for 12 minutes and hopefully today will do 13.  I went on a 2nd time actually, just to up the step count.  I don’t know how long I was on for, maybe about 5 minutes.   But yesterday I did 6310 steps.  The main difference between yesterday and the day before, I think, is just the fact that I had the pedometer for the whole day.  With buying it during lunch on Monday, I missed half the day and I did try to estimate with walking into the office and then back out for lunch, but I missed all the extra steps.  The ones to the copier and to the mailroom and of course, to the restroom.   This does make me happy, though.  Finding an additional 3690 steps does not seem as daunting as finding 6000 more steps.  

I do need to get better at the calories.  I think I was over the 1700 by about 100 yesterday.  The simple process of me turning oxygen into carbon dioxide and doing absolutely nothing else burns 1835 calories a day.  Adding in the fact that I do more than just sleep 24 hours a day puts me around 2332 calories per day that I’m burning just by living life.  I’d like to eat around 1500 and get up to burning about 200 which will put me at a net deficit of over 1000 calories.  That’s where I’d like to be.   I’m not nearly at burning the 200 calories yet, but I’ll get there.

I think I’ve also realized I need to cut down on my sodium intake, because you can’t drink 64ozs of water a day and eat a lot of sodium or you just retain it, which is something I think I’m running into.  I thought my body just needed to adjust to the higher amount of water, which is probably part of what’s going on, but making food choices that just keep it in my body is probably not the best choice.  

I’m going to fill up my cup for the first time today and in a few minutes will make my half a peanut butter sandwich (I need to figure something else out for breakfast…  sodium…  which makes me so sad.  I’ll check the label, maybe it’s not as bad as I think, I’ll keep my fingers crossed on that). 

Have a wonderful day and as always, please say hello.  It really does make a difference.

Amy

I’m just not that creative…

January 19, 2010

Ok, so posting multiple times a day means many post titles, and seriously?  I’m just not that creative.   So sometimes I may just use a date or a time.  I hope you won’t think less of me.

At any rate, the work day is over.  I got in all my water and I’m sitting right around 1000 calories for today.  I’m not anticipating a big dinner, so I made sure to get a lunch that would stay with me for awhile.  

I’m so into doing this and wanting to get healthy that I can’t concentrate on work.  I totally just want to quit and focus on this full time.  Idiotic, I know, but it’s only day 2.  I’m sure I will feel differently on day 16…   or 4.  

I am happy to see people are coming to the site.  It does help to keep me accountable and honest.  But if you’re here, don’t lurk!!  I could use all the encouragement I can get! 

Amy

Ugh…

January 19, 2010

I have 5 minutes to drink my last 16ozs.   Really?  

I guess I’d better get to drinking.

UPDATE:  Did it.   I rock.   At water drinking.   So…  yeah.  Not overly useful, but you never know when I may have to drink fast or die.  It could happen.

Well, I woke up this morning…

January 19, 2010

So day 1 didn’t kill me.   Not that I thought it would, but I had my doubts.  I mean, I actually went on the treadmill 2 days in a row.  Certainly the world must be ending, right?   Apparently not.  I’m here and breathing and I’ve got my first round of water, ate my half of peanut butter on wheat sandwich and parked at the end of the lot again. 

The weight was up a bit this morning, which I totally expected given the sheer amount of H2O I have floating around in me.  It’ll be a couple days until my body adjusts to having this much water. 

It’s about time for work to get underway and I already have to run to the restroom (here’s to upping the step count!), so I better get going.   High hopes for a good day.  It’s only up to me. 

Amy

The day comes to a close…

January 18, 2010

I don’t know that I’ll always post 3 times in one day, but it is the first day so I feel drawn to blog.  I want to do this and I want to stay on point, so I feel like the more I touch base with this blog the better chance I have of doing that.

I’m currently at 3801 steps for the day.  That includes 11 minutes (one minute more th.an yesterday) on the treadmill.  So by the time I go to bed I’ll be right around 3900.  Totally not as bad as I thought.  I actually thought I wouldn’t break 800.  Parking at the other end of the parking lot worked out pretty well.  That alone was about 680 all on its own.  Then with the water…  well nothing ups the step count like running to the bathroom every 25 – 30 minutes. 

Speaking of water, I did get through all 64ozs that I wanted to get through, so I’m happy about that. 

Dinner was probably about 850 calories, so I’m within the 1700 that is my top calorie intake, but considerably over the 1200 calories I’d like to be closer to. 

All in all a fairly successful first day.  On to tomorrow.

Amy

Step Count & Water

January 18, 2010

The first two things I know I need to do is to increase my step count and my water intake.  I have a 16oz cup and I drank two of them before lunch and I plant to drink two of them this afternoon, but I need to finish them before 4 or else by the time I get to hub’s work to get him (we carpool) I’m about to burst and if there’s a mechanic in the bathroom changing back to his street clothes, I just about die. 

While I was at lunch I got a pedometer, which was more expensive than I thought it would be, but so far it’s amazingly accurate.  I want to work my way up to the recommended 10000 steps per day.  I know I’m nowhere near that now.  Not even close, I’d wager. 

What was for lunch?   Subway.  6 inch BLT with light mayo on a white roll.  I just wasn’t sure how it would taste on wheat and about 6ozs of Diet Coke, because I’ve never been the type to drink water with food. 

So all together I’ve had very close to 820 calories today.  I’ve already emailed the hub’s to see if we can do soup & salad bar tonight.  If so, that means I have about 600 calories to make myself a FANTASTIC salad and I don’t have to hold back on the extra goodies like some of the meats and cheeses they have on the salad bar at the place we go.   I’m really looking forward to it.

Well, work and my next 16ozs of water are calling my name, so I’d better get to them both.

Amy

In the beginning…

January 18, 2010

So today is day 1. 

Over the weekend to get ready I bought a new pair of sneakers after doing a ton of research and finding out that I supinate or underpronate.  My feet roll to the outside edge when I walk causing all kinds of pain.  I jumped feet first, no pun intended, into the internets and found what type of sneakers would be best for me and ended up with a pair of Nike Air Max. 

Also, my husband and I brought our treadmill up from the basement and it is now prominently displayed in our teeny tiny family room.   A sacrifice of appearance to be sure, but in a year and a half, not once did I go down to our basement to use it.  I walked on it last night for the first time.

That being said, I could only do 10 minutes.  I got off of it, both calves immediately cramped despite stretching and my husband came over and rubbed them.  And then I cried.  How did I ever get to this point?  

I’ve asked myself that so many times and it makes me feel horrible.  It makes me angry at myself and it makes me dislike myself so intensely because nobody did this to me but me.  So I’ve decided that question is off the table.  Starting today, Day 1, I will never ask that of myself again. 

The past is the past and there’s nothing I can do about it.  I’m moving forward.  Positively.  Oh, I know it’s not going to be easy and there will be times that I hate it.  But I’m doing it.   

This morning I parked in the farthest spot from my office and walked.  It wasn’t a huge difference, but it was maybe a tenth of a mile instead of 30 feet.  And this morning?  No TastyKake for breakfast.  I had half a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread and I have the first of 4 16oz cups of water on my desk. 

I’ll get there.  I’m ready for it.  

Amy