Today was the final weigh in and measurements for the Biggest Loser contest.  I ended up down 4.02%, 8.5 inches and .8% body fat.  Since others are still being assessed this evening, I won’t know results until at least tomorrow.  Without any interim reports, I have no idea if these are good numbers or not.  I suspect that out of 69 participants, only about 1/2 will participate in the final weigh ins.  Time will tell.

I was happy with the inches lost.  I was indifferent about the pounds since I knew how I was tracking there.  I was not happy with the % body fat change.

I know that the Ormon machine has lots of error variance etc, but I thought I would have lost more body fat.  My number is really high and hasn’t changed much after a ton of cardio and strength training.  I clearly need to take a better look at my diet and get a handle on this.

Generally, my exercise/activity is good, so I mostly need to look at my diet and make sure that I’m not over training.  Also, I haven’t been getting enough sleep (mostly due to our 15 month old) and that causes things to go out of whack as well.  I’m looking forward to summer produce and more local/fresh items to help with the diet end as well.

Today was supposed to be Monday spin with Beth.  After all of our storms last night, her house was flooded so Lori filled in.  She is the instructor on Wednesdays, so I have been to her class a few times.  He CD mix was “old” rock and it was fun music.

Next up – training with Chelsea tomorrow.

 Posted by at 8:57 PM
Feb 282011
 
Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal w/1c milk, 1 apple, 1T cashew butter, cinnamon, 1pk Equal|9
Lunch
orzo w/sauce, cheese, shrooms|8
ice cream w/heath|12
Afternoon Snack
cheese|3
Dinner
lasagna|9
Late Snack
Pepsi|4
Egg on toast|4
Total
49
 Posted by at 8:49 PM
 

Today was filled with lots of anticipation for the Biggest Loser final weigh in/measurements tomorrow at the JCC.  I’m pretty sure that I gained this week.  I just couldn’t get into it.  I had such high hopes at the beginning of the contest.  Then, the hopes were just gone.  I still think I could place depending on the numbers, how many do the final (required) weigh in, etc.  But, I don’t feel like I did my best every week.  I will also be very glad it’s over.  It was much more pressure than I had expected.  Once people start to notice that you are looking good… it’s extra hard.  It’s also even harder to explain.

I need to relax, eat better, workout a bit less and enjoy each day a bit more.  I’m hoping some nice weather and an attitude adjustment will propel me into some great weeks ahead.  The contest was just 8 weeks.  It will take many weeks to get to my long term weight goal.

I ended up staying home today.  No workout to discuss.

Next up: hopefully my hip will allow spinning in the morning.  I’m already packed up.  :-)

 Posted by at 8:03 PM
Feb 272011
 

Today was not good.  I’ve been “off” for too long.

Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal made w/1c milk, 1c peaches, cinnamon, cashew butter|10
crepes|12
(the crepes were early, the oats later - still too many points)
Morning Snack
Butterfinger|6
Lunch
corn|2
pulled chicken|4
Afternoon Snack
toast w/cashew butter|4
Dinner
Pierogies w/sauce, turkey pepperoni, shrooms|9
Total
47
 Posted by at 7:56 PM
 

Today was a planned day off.  Since I worked out every day this week, I needed a rest day.  I also managed to injure my hip.  I tripped in my kitchen.  It’s been really sore all day.  It’s kind of a hip-joint pain.  An injury would be the last thing I need right now.

I’m going to see how it feels tomorrow and maybe I can make a trip to the pool and do some extra stretching.  I’m hopeful this is a minor and temporary.

 Posted by at 9:47 PM
 

Today wasn’t the greatest day, but it was nice to have dinner out with the family.

Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal w/1c milk, 1c peaches, cinnamon, Equal, granola, cashew butter|12
Lunch
crepes w/cheese, cashew butter|14
Afternoon Snack
apple
Dinner
El Rio Grande Restaurant:
chip/queso|12
rice|3
chicken w/chorizo, sour cream, pineapple, cheese|12
Total
53
 Posted by at 9:45 PM
Feb 252011
 
Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal made w/1c milk, 1c peaches, 1pk Equal, 1/2 c granola, cinnamon|10
(I didn't use all of the granola, but snacked on it later)
Morning Snack
Z bar|4
Lunch
pasta w/pulled chicken|8
ice cream|10
Afternoon Snack
pretzel|6
Dinner
pretzel|6
corn|2
pulled chicken|4
Total
50
 Posted by at 10:06 PM
 

Today, it started snowing around 2am.  It kept snowing for hours.  We ended up with about 8 inches.  The JCC was still open and we enjoyed a rather empty center today.  During my workout, there were only about 10 people in the fitness center.  I generally don’t decide whether to stay home or not, we just always go.  If the schools are closed, we take the long way on main roads.  It hasn’t failed us yet.

I had a trainer appt at 9am.  Emily was running late, so I had a long warm up for 25 min on the elliptical.  Then, I had my strength workout.

  • lunges with 10lb plates (across the fitness center and back) – 2 sets
  • plank on ground (with pad) – 20 sec, 30 sec
  • hack squat (with 2 35lb plates) – 2 sets of 15
  • chest press – 25lbs 1 set of 15 single arm
  • chest press – 35 lbs 1 set of 12 double arm
  • barbell triceps skulls – 20lbs 2 sets of 15
  • high pull rope row – 90lbs 2 sets of 12
  • back extension (holding 20lb plate) – 2 sets of 20
  • wood chops side to side (holding 10lb medicine ball) – timed… maybe 45 sec
  • side cable pull (not sure the name for this one – using a d ring pulling from the cable machine to the side) – 35lbs 1 set of 15 (on each side)
  • press (not sure what to call this either) – 1 5lb dumbbell in each hand, doing a more neutral position press than a traditional shoulder press.  The dumbbells were more in front that to the sides.  1 set of 15 while marching

I felt good after the workout despite my lack of day off yesterday.  Tonight, I have the Friday exhaustion.  It’s been a long week.

 Posted by at 10:03 PM
 

I drank about 20 oz of water today.  I also drank tea.  I think I need to drink much more.  Fluids would probably help some of my other food issues.  Today was ok.

Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal w/1c milk, 1c peaches, cinnamon, 1pk Equal and 1/2c granola|10
Morning Snack
none
Lunch
2 eggs, 1 pieces of toast|8
taste of pulled chicken|2
Afternoon Snack
granola|2
graham crackers|4
Dinner
pasta w/sausage, peppers, cheese|12
taste of pulled chicken|2
Late Snack
Z bar|4
tea
Total
44
 Posted by at 9:40 PM
 

Today, I met Kimberly in person.  She’s the person in the videos on the new Star Trac treadmills at the JCC.  She conducted a 30 min treadmill class.  It was great!

I got the kids out the door early since the 9am class was first come first served.  There were 7 spots available in the class.  I warmed up on the elliptical for 15 min and then hopped on a treadmill about 5 til.  I did a 20 min workout and then had to start the program again before she arrived.  Apparently, they took her to breakfast after her first class and it took forever etc.  Anyway, our 9am class started at almost 9:30am.  It made me a bit rushed, but worked out ok.  I felt bad for the folks who had to leave at 9:30am.  They missed a great class.  We also were entered to win an Ipod if we took the class.  I haven’t heard of the winner yet.  Wish me luck!

So, today is normally my off day and I ended up with 15 elliptical, 55 treadmill.  I’m pooped.

 Posted by at 6:59 PM