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INSANITY: Day 1 — Time to Drop the Baby Weight

In just a few more days, Jordan will be four months old!  Wow.  Of course, that means that I’ll be four months postpartum.

After a few months of healing and light dieting, I finally feel ready to kick my fitness goals into full gear.

So I’m starting up INSANITY.  Sixty days of intense workouts.  Here are my Day 1 Fit Test results — it kicked my ass:

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Weigh-In Wednesdays: Weeks 4 and 5

Let’s get right to it!

Would you look at that?  I know it may not be much, but -0.3 lbs is a big deal to this girl.

I must admit, the scale has only budged slightly because each weekend I cheat on dieting.  I don’t plan it, and I try to avoid it, but it always happens nevertheless.

Last weekend, for example, was Jamie’s birthday and we partied in Big Bear with big bowls of vegan spicy sushi bowls.

This week, work kept me super busy and I was very diligent with my dieting.  But then all of the long workdays made me tired.  And when I get tired, I get weak.  By Friday, my will power flew entirely out the window and I indulged.

Yes.  That’s right.  I made pizza.  From scratch.  (:  Continue reading

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Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 2

Last week was a major bummer — weight gain in week one??  Well, this week I was seriously worried that I’d end up gaining even more.

Yes, I made it to the gym twice this week and ran over three miles each time.  But… I also indulged a little.  I went out to a buffet for a friend’s birthday.  And Jamie and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with a yummy and completely uncountable dinner… twice.  Yes, that was a vegan sushi dinner on Sunday at Shojin and a warm and gooey vegan mac and cheese dinner on Tuesday.  So how do you think I did?  Continue reading

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Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 1

Friends, I weighed in yesterday to log my Week 1 progress!  This past week I’ve been a diet role model.  I counted calories every day except for the Super Bowl, when I snacked in moderation.  Plus, I exercised four times this week!  And I increased my water intake.  The results on the scale… well, they might surprise you. Continue reading

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90 Day Challenge – Day One

Day One, baby!  I’m all weighed in and ready to go.  Because today is Day One, I’ll keep this post short (:

Starting weight: 128.4.  A surprisingly low starting weight!  I thought I was 130.  I may have to modify my 10 pound challenge and make it a get-to-120-pounds challenge, but we’ll see how the first month goes.  If I get to 118.4, I’ll be at my high school weight!

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90 Day Challenge Redux

It’s that time again!  Remember when Jamie and I participated in a 90-day weight loss challenge back in January-March 2010?

Maybe my before and after pics will help you remember.

After challenging myself for 90 days to eat healthily, lose weight, and hit the gym almost every day for 90 days – I felt amazing!  I was in the best shape of my life!  I lost over 10 pounds!!  And yeah, I didn’t look too shabby, either.

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90 Day Challenge Results

The long-awaited results post is finally here!  Here is how the places went down:

Best Before/After Photo

  1. Random girl in bikini
  2. Jamie
  3. Me

Attendance + Participation

  1. Brad
  2. Me
  3. Jamie

Highest Percentage of Weight Lost

  1. Jamie (12.69%)
  2. Brad (12%)
  3. Me (11.67%)

Yey, right?  Well, not quite.  The girl giving away the prize money gave away the money for best photo first.  Then she proceeded to “disqualify” Jamie and me from winning the other two categories because of the rock-hard sound logic that we’d “already won.”  She ended up giving prize money away to three random people who hardly ever attended the 90 day challenge meetings, and to Brad and two other people who lost much less weight than Jamie or I did.  Even though Jamie should have won 1st place money in the weight loss category, he was only awarded the 2nd place money for his photo.

Luckily, because she arbitrarily decided that Brad should qualify only for the weight loss category (and not the attendance one) Brad was really nice about the whole mess and offered to trade Jamie for the 2nd place money out of fairness.  So,  basically, we only walked away with recognition that we’d won 2nd and 3rd in the photo category.  It was a super lame way to end the competition — watching people who attended meetings less and who lost much lower percentages of weight walk away with our titles and our money.

I was very frustrated with the whole situation last night, but Jamie and I (according to our original plan) used some of the prize money that we did win (over $300 between the two of us) to treat ourselves to some celebratory Midori sushi.  Given the fact that Jamie and I decided to give ourselves a competitive edge on the weigh in yesterday (ie I’d only eaten a spoonful of peanut butter all day), the first few bites I took of that albacore roll with sauteed onions were pure heaven.

One and a half specialty rolls,  five orders of sushi, and a handroll later — ouch.  My stomach!  This, of course, did not stop me from completing my own personal plan of topping off sushi with some dessert (read: M&M’s McFlurry).  I’m not gonna lie, as I lay in bed last night I felt sick, enduring stomach pains reminiscent of dorm eating circa 2nd year of college.

This morning I’m feeling quite good, though.  The challenge is over, I have a great reason to wash my hands of the whole thing, and I’m walking away a thinner, more muscular, stronger, fitter, and happier me.

Yes, I’m still moderately pissed about the whole giving-away-of-my-prize-money-and-pride-to-other-people-who-were-less-deserving crap, but that’s just the competitor in me that craves fairness.  Honestly, what kind of competition “disqualifies” you from winning in one category just because you’ve “already won” in another, unrelated one?  Just because we had two of the top three before and after photos does not mean that we weren’t also empirically two of the three top people who attended the most meetings AND two of the top three people who lost the highest percentage of weight.  Watching someone who lost only 5% of their total weight walk away with about $96 that should have been mine was frustrating, to say the least.  But, I can be happy knowing that the results should have played out as I’ve laid them out for you above — top three in all three categories, baby!

So, what now?

Well, for me, I’m very happy with how I’m looking lately.  Instead of driving my weight even lower, my plan is to maintain.  In fact, if I could swap out a little bit more of the fat for some muscle (thereby gaining weight but losing size) I’d be even happier.

I’m going to keep exercising regularly but I’m also increasing my daily caloric intake.  Caloriecount.com tells me that if I am 122 lbs and want to maintain 122 lbs that, with light activity (ie I work out regularly, but sit on my butt the rest of the day) I can eat 1,750 calories.  Holy crap!  That’s so many more calories than my weight loss caloric intake of between 1250 and 1380 calories.  It may take some getting used to before I feel comfortable eating that many calories in a day on a regular basis, and some meal-altering (I’m used to my schedule of bringing a 170-calorie turkey sandwich and a 195-calorie pb&j!).  This means I can expand my horizons!  Tuna sandwiches, subway footlongs, and (gulp) the occasional Chipotle burrito — here I come!

Must get ready for work, but get ready for some posts that are not all about the 90 day challenge.  But for one final plug, check out the final updated 90 Day Challenge tab above (or click here).


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