Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Well as I sit here waiting to say good bye to 2006 and hello to 2007, I had to think about what my goals for the new year should be. *Laughs* Like the other billion people out there making their lose weight in 2007 resolutions..I'm there to making my own. I feel like this is it. I did start my journey at the end of October. I managed to make it through Christmas with a 1 pound loss. Not great, but great considering most gain at this time of year, I have to take it as a positive.

So good bye 2006 and hello 2007. My goal is to be more active. To do an hour of cardio at least 3 days a week. This will consist of most Dance dance Revolution but I also have my eye on the Nintendo Wii. I think it has a lot of great potential to be weight loss friendly for most of us couch potatoes. I also plan to use Yourself fitness for the Xbox. I think it will be great in helping me figure out where I should be as far as my heart rate goes so I am exercising more effectively.

My other goal is the Get Ripped series by Jari love. Low weight high intensity I think is what I need at this weight. Later I will kick it up a notch and do the Body for Life challenge. Come summer I hope to do some walking around the park. I figure it isn't enough to make a resolution unless you have a plan. If I only manage two out of the four things I've planned, well then I'm still further ahead then I was one year ago today.

One day I will post before pictures and my work in progress pictures. I think once I have 12 weeks of Ripped in I will take pictures and post them.

In the mean time. Keep trying, keep believing. If you fall off, don't give up..get back on and keep on going.

May you all have a healthy, and happy, blessed year!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Dance Dance Revolution!

Ok if anyone has read my previous posts, you know any form of cardio is a boring chore to me. The most I have been doing is 20 minutes of Turbo Jam along with my trust Polar heart rate monitor. 20 minutes of Turbo burns about 170 calories. I am in my heart rate zone for burning fat for about 7-9 minutes of those 20 minutes. I suppose thats ok for a couch potato, but its not great. I have longed for something that I would actually love doing that would burn fat but that seemed like a long pipe dream. Until now..

I ran up on a girl who had lost 95 pounds doing Dance dance Revolution. If you don't know what this is..its a video game, thats right.. a video game! Well I am a self proclaimed geek anyway. So I told my son to bring his Xbox home (he'd left it at his girlfriends for the last 8 months and since mom bought wanted to use it :P) Anyway, he brought it home for me when he came home for college and his girl friend since her DDR games since she was busy with work and not using them anymore. I admit I was skeptical. I've seen videos of people doing DDR and at 207 pounds, I can't do that fancy jumping and footwork they do. Well there are different modes so I chose light and the slowest song I could find. I'd do it once or twice then sit down and say.. I don't believe this will do anything.. but after a few days I started to get a little better. That slow song I was getting a E on moved up to a D then a C then an A on to the elusive AA. Once I stopped thinking of it as exercises and just started enjoying the opened up a whole new world and way to work out for me.

Today for instance, along with my heart rate monitor that measures heart rate and calories, I was on DDR for 56 minutes. Try to get me to do any bodies aerobics for that long and i'd be read to shoot myself. But this was fun, the time flew and I really wasn't ready to get off but it was time to pick up my hubby. After 56 minutes I had burned 408 calories! This, from playing a game thats fun! I was in my target heart rate zone for 46 of those minutes. I had sweat pouring down my face and I completely loved it!

This isn't a chore, its fun and I could see myself doing it several times a day..not just an hour. I think I have finally found my niche. Finally I have found a form of cardio I absolutely love.

If your kids have an xbox or Ps2, and you hate cardio as I do. Give it a try. I think you might find the video game makers are on to something.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Let's Get Ripped!

Well a friend I met on the Sparkpeople boards told me about a video series called ripped. It actually uses low weights, high reps to burn fat and tone up without bulking. Its also on a rotation to keep your body from adapting. For example, you would follow the first Video Ripped for 20 workouts, then switch to Slim and Lean, the second video and so on..

The first video is about 50 minutes. You need dumbbells, or barbells, a mat and a step though you could probably get by without the step and the mat if your on carpet. The video solves a couple of problems for me. I've stated earlier I do like weights, but doing them by yourself can be boring. Doing it with the Dvd really helps solve the boredom problem. It also gets a total body work out in 50 minutes, so it saves you time. Before I'd spend 50 minutes on upper and the next day 50 on lower so this is great. And it works all my muscles to muscle failure which is a good thing.

Each video in the series gets a little more intense then the last, so your steadily building up endurance.

The other problem for me was before I used heavier weights and only lost 15 pounds of scale weight in a year. This made me reluctant to weight train before I lost a certain amount of scale weight. (Fat) But with the low weight high rep workout I decided to see how it works out. I really love this series.. If your interested in strength training, give Jari Love's Ripped series a try.

Monday, December 18, 2006

12/18 Weigh In

Well another Monday has rolled around. Last week I did 20 minute workout of Turbo Jam for 6 days. I still haven't incorporated weights in, but I found a Video, The Ripped series by Jari love that incorporates light weights with high reps. This is exactly the kind of workout I need at this level. Going to be starting that this week, although my workouts might get spasmadic with my handsome son coming home from college and my husband hanging around a few days off work. Can't wait to see my son, at the sametime I cannot wait til the hoildays are over.


Weight 207.8

Fat% 43.2%
BMI 35.6

Chest 44.5
Upper Abs 37
Waist 39
Lower Abs 42
Hips 43
L Thigh 25
R Thigh 24.5
L Arm 13
R Arm 13
Neck 15

3.5 Inches lost
Down almost 2 pounds.

Monday, December 11, 2006

12/11/2006 Weigh-In

Well its that time of the week again. As of today my scale shows 209.6. Getting closer to my first goal of 200. I started all of this October 14th at 226. This brings my grand total down to 16.4 pounds lost! Since my next weigh in will be past the 14th this is the week of my 2 month anniversary.

I also lost 4 inches overall body.

Yesterday was my off day. But with the heart rate monitor I was inspired to get up and burn off 170 calories in 18 minutes. I am getting my head together. If you read my earlier post you'd know I was anti exercise..yet my results were to slow and then I found Turbo Jam and liked it. The plan is to do 20 minute workout for about a month then switch to a different Turbo Jam tape with different moves to keep my body confused. We'll see. I'm 9 pounds from not only my first goal, but my first Platuea.

Still using the Bean also for stomach. I've only used it 3 days so far and I think I lost 1 inch off lower abs so far. Going to give it another week to see if I see all these results I'm suppose to have. I know it will work, I feel the burn in my abs big time. Just having a inkling of buyers remorse.. Not for the heart rate monitor though..that was worth every penny.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Heart Rate Monitor

Picked up a heart rate monitor today. I wanted something that would give me an idea of how many calories I'm burning.

So far today I did my 20 minute Turbo Jam workout and burned 167 calories. According to the monitor I was in my idea fat burning target rate zone for 7 of those 18 minutes. I'd love to test it on the 40 minute work out but the 20 minute is killing me lol. I just don't have that kind of endurance yet.

3 minutes of body flex burned 22 calories. Not bad for so little work and I didn't have do it at that.

I did 8 minute abs work out on the bean and burned 40 calories.

The monitor is a really great motivator and I'm glad I bought it. Now I can quit guess at how much I'm burning.

Today's total is about 229 calories for about 29 minutes work. I don't think thats bad at all for a beginner and completely out of shape person.

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Well I'm on my 3rd day doing Turbo Jam. I had done really good doing the Learn and Burn portion, which is the very basic beginners work out. The work out is oh about 16-17 minutes. Perfect for someone that is so completely out of shape.

I discovered a few things. I know you should wear gym shoes to work out, but on carpet, forget it. I just go barefoot.

I picked up the 30 minute Turbo Jam fat blaster. Its only 30 minutes and its a very good work out for body for life. The reason I say this is because you work out 3 minutes then for 1-2 minutes you work at 9-10 intensity. This is what she calls Turbo mode. There are about 4 of these spread out through the 30 minute work out. Hey its 30 minutes..not so bad..I hung in for the 17 minute work out.

Ha! That work out kicked my butt. Not to mention I just could not keep up with it. I'm so tired of being out of shape. For now, I'm going back to the 17 minute work out. At least doing that I was proud of myself for finishing it and felt like I had accomplished something.

If you haven't tried Turbo Jam, give it a try. All the glowing reviews everyone gives it is true. And this is coming from a person that completely hates cardio. Turbo Jam is the best work out i've ever tried as far as the teacher being really likable, and the music is really great. It makes you want to get up and move.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Added a few new Toys

Well not much to report this weigh in. I was up 1.5 pounds from last week with about a .5 inch loss. I think my progress since October 19th has been ok but could be better. I still want to do the Body for Life challenge...but I had issues of what cardio to do since I absolutely hate cardio.

Today I tried out the Turbo Jam learn and burn routine. I actually liked it. The music helps a lot. The teacher is motivational and not annoying..I figure if I give my all with this work out then move on to the 20 minute work out she has..that should cover my cardio.

I also picked up the Bean from walmart 48.99. The reason I got it was I've been wanting to try the stability balls..but I already know I wouldn't be very stable on one. The bean is the perfect compromise with its contoured shape. I've only did the ab work out so far, but my abs really felt the burn. So I have to give this one a thumbs up also.

The last thing stopping me from doing my body for life challenge is my weights. I had bought the rebook set but from memory I dont think that set will last me very long. A 40 pound set is more idea for me. I went to the local sporting goods store to take a look at what they had. Especially the bowflex select tech. My god they are huge! I did try them in the store..very smooth and easy to change the weights..but the set is a little over whelming. I'm still debating if that will be the set I go with.

The other I was thinking of was the Gofit SportBlock set Walmart sells. The 24 pound set sells for 59.99 and you can add another 24 pounds for another 39 dollars. giving you a 48 pound set. This is a good alternative but I can't find any reviews so I have no idea if they will hold up.

Anyway i'll make up my mind soon.

Good luck everyone!

Monday, November 20, 2006

11/20/2006 Weigh-In

Weight, as of 10/14/2006
226 pounds
Measurements as of 10/19/2006
Chest 47
upper abs 41
Waist 45
lower abs 46.5
Hips 45
L Thigh 25
R Thigh 25.5
L Arm 14 1/4
R Arm 14 1/4
Neck 15 1/2

Todays weigh in.
37.1 BMI

chest-- 44.5
upper abs-- 38.5
waist-- 40
lower abs-- 43.5
hips-- 44.5
l thigh-- 26
r thigh-- 25
l arm-- 13.5
r arm-- 13.5
neck-- 15.5

9 inches lost

This has been my biggest inch lost. My husband was off all last week and I only did body flex 3 times last week. I did the advance work out which is all of 9 minutes and this seems to have given me the best results. I lost an amazing 3 inches off my waist! 2 off my lower abs and 2 off my chest. I'm very happy with this weeks measurements and think I will continue the body flex advance for a while.

Last weeks measurements.
chest 46.5
upper abs-- 39.5
waist 43
lower abs 45.5
hips 45
l thigh 26
r thigh 26
l arm 13.5
r arm 13.5
neck 15.5

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Eating for Life

I'm in love with this cookbook! If I knew I could eat so well I would have ordered it a long time ago. It was worth every cent I paid for it. Even my husband loves the few things I've made so far.

Yesterday we had a ground turkey meatloaf with green beans and a portion of red skin mashed potatoes. Really filling and that meatloaf was very tasty! This morning I had a carrot cake muffin since I didn't have time to cook. It's also from the cookbook and you can use it for a meal replacement. If your use to eating muffins and donuts or bagels for breakfast, this is the way to go.

For lunch I made a ham egg and cheese melt. As you can see, these recipes are yummy. I don't start my challenge until Monday, but I can tell you.. I'm loving the food already. Even if I didn't pick up a single weight or do a single exercise, I could eat this way all the time. The book has given us so much variety in our diet.

A lot of the ingredients repeat, so once you have them all in your kitchen you can pretty much make anything in the book. My husband thought it was worth all the money I spent getting everything up I needed. He normally hates my cooking so after eating it for seven years he doesn't mind the extra I spent to give him some variety he actually likes. The main thing, it doesn't taste diet to him.

If you haven't purchased this book or you are thinking about it. Trust me, its completely worth it.

Monday, November 13, 2006

If only I had known...

I recently found the Body for life tracker site. The reason I quit my last diet in 2003 was because after a year I still weighed 191 down from 207. Which is not very motivating when you go work out faithfully for a year. Sure I went from a size 22 to a 16...but I still did the one thing I shouldn't. I relied on what the scale was telling me and I couldn't get over the fact the numbers weren't going down even the 1 pound a week most say is the average weight loss.

Well the tracker site has it where you can put in your measures and body fat percentages. So I did this and this is what it was telling me.

Comparing Challenge #1, Week #0 to Challenge #1, Week #8, Synergi started with a lean bodyweight of 97.5 lbs and 109.5 lbs of bodyfat. If Synergi's measurements are accurate, she currently has a lean bodyweight of 119.4 lbs and 71.6 lbs of bodyfat. This is a change of 21.9 lbs of muscle and 37.9 lbs of bodyfat if the measurements are correct. These figures are only as good as the accuracy of the weight and bodyfat measurements taken..

In truth the scale didn't move but I had lost nearly 40 pounds of fat and had packed on 20 pounds of muscles. I could cry now reading this but I won't. It's really motivated me. Using this site, i'll be able to see how much muscle i'm gaining so i'm pretty happy about that..

Today's Weigh In

Ok Speaking of the scale this is official weigh in today. On the new scale im down 3 pounds this week. The old scale has me down 4-5..hard to tell because it never stays zeroed out. My inch loss again hasn't been great I loss 3 more inches but I also moved up an inch in a couple spots so make 2...The spots I did loose is what surprising. 2 inches off the waist line woot! And I think an inch off the upper abs.

If you guys don't keep journals you should really think about it. I've been doing my Body Flex now for a month.. So I compared them with my last trip down diet lane.

Last time I started low carb at about 226 give or take. I got down to 207 this is with out any kind of exercise..

This time I started at 226 and only did body flex..

Todays results Low carb diet 2003
weight 217 207
chest 46.5 47
upper abs 39.5 38.5
waist 42 44.5
lower abs 45.5 45
thigh 26 (both) 26
arms 13.5 14

Just having those to compare shows im getting some toning doing body Flex.. Then in my journal I started the body for life strength trainning routine but stuck to my low carb diet. I must have got lazy in my journal but I tracked at least for two months my results.

Todays results / Low carb diet 9/4 2003 / to 12/4/2003
weight 217 / 207 / 198
chest 46.5 / 47 / 41.5
upper abs 39.5 / 38.5 / 35
waist 42 / 44.5 / 35.5
lower abs 45.5 / 45 / 40
thigh 26 (both) / 26 / 24
arms 13.5 / 14 / 12
hips 46.5 / 47.5 / 41

Not a whole lot of weight loss from september to december but boy did that routine suck me all in lol. I went from a 22 to a very comfortable size 16 in 8 weeks.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Body for Life Challenge

Silly me! I realized it was end of year and near time for the official Body for Life contest to start up. And you know what? I actually entered it! Me? Who has never seen a pair of abs on myself in her life!

But I got to thinking, yes dangerous I know. But why not. Someone has to win it. Its not even really about winning. It's a challenge and a goal to work towards win or lose.

In the meantime. I'm starting my first 12 week challenge soon. It would be nice if I could drop 20 before the official challenges start.

I will be spending the first 12 weeks at home using my free weights. If I survive the first challenge i'll see how i'm progressing and if I need to join the gym. Waiting to the join the gym in January is the best thing to do. They always have specials like two for one or some such and since I belonged to it for a year, I at least won't be intimadated by the buffed hunks walking around.

The Lazy Dieter

Thats probably what I should have called this blog. If anyones read any of my posts thats probably the impression I made. It's not that I'm lazy, it's more like I'm tired of failing. But aren't we all?

I have to thank Steve over at body performace for making me believe I could do it. That I could loose 70 pounds to find the inner goddess within. My official weigh in is monday but I confess I peeked yesterday and I was down another 3 pounds. If the weight stays off til monday it means I lost 10 pounds doing nothing but body flex and portion controlling. Pretty painless..

I did mention I like to weight train? At least I did the one time I tried it a couple of years ago. I did it a solid year and while i lost alot of inches and 2 or 3 sizes, I only lost 10-15 pounds for the whole year. Then we had a storm to make a long story short the entire city was out of power for a couple of weeks. We lost the neurtral to our house and ended up staying in a hotel for 3 weeks. No longer able to cook I gainned 10 of those precious 15 pounds I lost in under 2 weeks. Something that took me a year to loose. After that I was pretty devestated and I gave up.

By the way, I was using the body for life work out routine and was getting pretty good results. I however didn't follow the BFL diet. If any of you have read the book you know brown rice and dry pasta isn't going to make anyones day.

However! Now there is Eating for Life! I hear tell all the bland food is gone. The items are easy to fix, common ingrediants and it will work well with the portion controlling I was already doing. So I ordered the cookbook. I'm very excited that i'll have the diet to go with the workout.

I will be starting in about a week. I need to get my kitchen in order and I'm still waiting for the book to come.

Good luck to me and to everyone else who plans to give this a try.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Another weigh-in diaster.

I think I should have stuck to my original plan and weighed myself either every two weeks or once a month. After one week, I didn't loose a single pound, inch or fat percentage and it completely killed my motivation.

Of course I'm sure there will be many, many more days, weeks like this..Im taking in alot less calories then I was.. no reason why the weight shouldn't come off sooner or later.

Anyway, I think I will go have a good cry then get back to my Body Flex.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Novembers Goals.

Hello everyone.

Well now that its November I was sitting here debating what a good goal would be for the month. One goal is to make it through thanksgiving. I'm getting so use to portion controlling I don't think the food side of it will be a problem. I guess i'll eliminate the half pound of butter I use to base my turkey with this year. :) The desert side is another story. I think I will keep it light and not make a bakery this year.

Weight goals I'm to afraid to set one. I'd love to drop another 10 pounds to get closer to the 200 mark. Inch loss i'd like to loose a 3-4 off my waist. I have no idea if any of these are realistic goals, but I think its good to have small goals. If I don't make it this month they can carry over into December.

My birthday is also at the end of the month. So 10 pounds off would be a good present to myself. :)

Monday, October 30, 2006

Fat Loss Monitor

I was watching fit tv the other day. They were showing a few personal trainners in a well known gym franchise trainning these people to get fit before a class reunion. Anyway, aside from weighing them, they also used a body fat analyzer. I thought, neat, I need one of those.

I was thinking back to my previous weigh loss attempt with a year of weigh trainning. Even though I was smaller my scale barely moved one pound a month. Maybe if i'd had one of those analyzers I would have known even though the scale wasn't budging, I was really gainning muscle and loosing fat.

So I looked around and found one on Amazon for only 26.00 USD. This is the same one they were using on Fit-Tv. If its good enough for their personal trainers its good enough for me. Its called the Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor incase anyones interested. Its always good to have another way to gage progress besides the scale and measuring tape. So i'm very excited to have picked this up.

Next week when I get it in i'll do another weigh in along with my body fat composition.

First Official Weigh-In!

Well I finally got the nerve to officially weigh.
I started at 226 I now weigh in at 219. That is a 7 pound loss in 2 weeks! *cheers* So my portion controlling along with body flex is working. I've also lost about 4 so far so good.

Friday, October 27, 2006

First day using Body Flex

I picked up the old tapes on amazon that don't use the gym bar from 1993. I have to say, wow..I completely feel this work out, it had me huffing and puffing and I felt great after it was over. I think between Oxycise and Body Flex, I difianately like how I felt more after Body Flex. I'm tired yet I feel energized at the sametime.

Also, I was just getting a headache as I started and once the routine was over, so was the headache. Anything that makes me take less aspirin is a good thing to me.

I did slide and take some measurements, but I really wanted to wait 7 days from starting these breathing programs so i'm going to retake them on monday. I can tell you I have lost some weight and inches, so my portion controlling seems to be working.

I'm eating what I want, not what some diet is telling me I have to eat so im happy.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

OMG! Chronic Headaches

I suffer from chronic tension headaches. It starts in my neck, shoulders then moves up to my head. From there is changes from a tension headache to a migraine. I get these every single day. At first I took anywhere from 6 -8 aspirins per day. I know way to many. But this was the only thing that gave me relief.

I later discovered Omega3 fish oils. This is a natural blood thinner and antiinfammatory. Basically the samething asprin does but it won't kill my liver. Omega3 did an amazing job of getting rid of the tension that crept up in my shoulders and neck and just made me miserable daily. I still got the headache but thank god the tension part was gone.

After taking Omega3 I was able to cut my aspirin intake down to 2-3 a day. Still to many but a long way from 6-8 doses in a 24 hour period.

I imagine you all say what has any of this to do with my diet. Well I started trying a new herbal remedy this week to see if it helped with my headache. Then I realized my headache was lessened to the point I could take just 1 aspirin. So I was like wow I think its working.

Then something happened today. I had a big headache so I was about to go take my dose of aspirin for the day but I stopped to get the mail first. Well it was my body flex tapes. So anxious to check it out before I ran to pick up my husband, I popped it in.. Tried it out for maybe 5 minutes then I left. And then it dawned on me.. my headache was going away! And now I know why just this past week my headaches have been better. I started Oxycise this week.

I started taking the herbal drug last week, no difference but I thought i'd take it long enough to build it up in my system in hopes that it works. But since I did Oxycise this, I noticed my headaches werent' nearly so bad.. but doing Body Flex today my headache completely went a way.

This is a huge huge deal for me. I'm just sitting here waiting for the next one so I can test this out, but if the deep breathing helps my headaches.. then, aside from weightloss..I just found a reason to stick with the program and this has me very excited!

I completely hate taking drugs. Deep breathing for 15 minutes to keep from getting a headache is a life saver. I just pray this is really whats helping me but I believe this is it..

Drawing close to 2 weeks!

Well, i'm drawing close to the two week mark. This consisted of 2 days on the treadmill for 20 minutes and 20 minutes on the easy shaper the first week.

Week two, consists of nothing but Oxycise, 15 minutes for 3 days, but I plan to do it all five days of this week.

I'm still debating if I will weigh. Scales are evil, they either make you feel really good about your progress or down in the dumps at your failures. Frankly i'm a bit chicken to do measurements also... I feel really good about what i'm trying to do and I just don't want anything to discourage me before I give it all a fair chance.

I may measure and weigh next week or I might just measure. I'm still waiting for my Body Flex cd's and tapes to come in so i can see if I like that better then the Oxycise.

Anyone thinking of trying Body Flex, Home Shopping Network has the set on clearance for 7.18 regulary 39.85. I believe I paid 35.00 for my original set that I lost the tape for (and never did the workout) so that is a great deal. Grab one, they won't last long at that price. You get the 30 day return policy so if it doesn't work for you, send it back. But at 7 bucks, that is a great deal, to good to pass up.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Soda, is Evil!

So I talked to Steve, the personal trainner guy who's link you'll find to the right of my page. I told him I downed a 2 liter sprite every single day without fail. This added 800 calories on top of whatever I ate for the day.

He said wow! Thats a 80 pound weight gain in a year.

Now I knew it was probably soda that made me stay heavy because I really don't pack the food away often. I mean I have my moments as I'm sure everyone does. But day in and out, I eat very little. Hearing him say that my soda is what put 80 pounds on me was eye opening.

Remember I'm 5'4 and I weigh 226 subtract 80 from that and you get 146 which is pretty close to what I should weigh. Heck I can live with 146 or even 150 considering what I know now about weight trainning. At 150 I wouldn't be the same chubby teen I was in high school. I'd be smaller and look pretty fit.

For those that are drinking regular soda. Track how much your drinking in a day/week and add up the calories. Same with jucies that use sugar. You actually may not be to bad, as far as your eating could all be in what your drinking.

Atkins Diet

No, I'm not on it. I once tried it..well maybe twice. I mean, who doesn't like a diet that lets them have butter and cheese? The very first time I tried Atkins I dropped 20 pounds in 2 weeks. I was pretty geeked after that. But then the weight loss slowed way down and I lost interest.

For those that can stick with it, yes its a great diet. I for one don't see myself being that limited on carb intake the rest of my life. I've said in other posts, im cutting back on unnessary calorie intake but other then modifying some of the things I eat, i'm pretty much just controlling portions and seeing how that works out for me.

I'm 40 years old, at least for about another 5 weeks. I have been on all sorts of crazy diets dating back to a teenager in high school. I've starved myself, worked out like crazy and then that moment comes where you slipped for a month, gained ten pounds and you say screw it! I'll just stay a fat person and eat whatever I want.

Its time to sit back and think. What can you truly live with for the rest of your life. I couldn't live with atkins personally, but many can and kudos to them!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Why do we sabotage ourselves?

I was reading another board where someone mentioned all they have to do to keep the weight off is body flex for 15 minutes 4-5 times a week, yet she and many others still managed to fall off the wagon. Why is it we do this to ourselves. We see results, or we get on the scale and see 10 pounds gainned and we throw the towl back in.

15 minutes a day to permanate weight loss. Are we indeed just lazy? From personal experience I know im lazy. But i'm not sure if its lazyiness, or loss of interest or disappointment that i'll never beat the weight thing that hopping on the scale and seeing ten extra pounds just does me in.

2 years ago you couldn't have paid me to remember to take a supplement everyday. Now I take Omega3 without fail and have for the last 8 months or so because it made a huge difference in how I felt.

I am hoping I will see Body Flex the same way.. A supplement that not only helps me loose weight, but just make me over all feel better..

We shall see..

Monday, October 23, 2006


Well while im waiting for my new Body Flex tapes to come in I happened to already have Oxycise from a couple years ago. I had the level one work out as well as the tape that teaches you how to breath. So instead of doing nothing, I did my first 15 minute Oxycise tape today.

Today is one of those, that time of the month so i feel like crap anyway, so i can't comment on how I feel after doing it. I can say I smoke, and my smokes tasted like crap after doing the work out which is a good thing. I know the Body flex is suppose to help you stop smoking and now I can see why.

The two programs are very simular but the breathing is different for both. Oxycise seems more gentle but for some reason I find body flex easier. Not to say Oxycise isn't easy, I just find for me, it seemed easier. I'll know for sure once the tapes come in and I can do the whole 15 minute work out.

If you hate moving as far as jumping around, running/walking on treadmills, or following some plastic blonde bimbo with a freaky smile on her face telling you can do it! I'd suggest trying Blody Flex or Oxycise. Everyone can breath..if your 400 pounds and can barely move..this is a great way to start your weightloss journey. The best part is these two programs are suppose to burn more fat and calories then all other traditional exercises.

The excercises may get boring after while. But hell they all do in my opinion. But I can honestly say I don't hate doing these..I think its something I can stick with. I mean whats easier then breathing for 15 minutes a day. I suppose the true test will be next monday when I do measurements.

So next monday will be Oxycises chance.. and hopefully if the tapes are here, the monday after that will be Blody flex's chance to make a believer of me.

Here's hoping.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I gave Body Flex a try

Why not! I had it here sitting collecting dust from a year ago. I really followed her instructions and while I laughed at some of the faces she made.. I have to say Wow! After we were finished I felt really good, full of energy. The way you feel after you do traditional exercises once the worn out feeling passes and your full of energy. Except with body flex, I skipped over the worn out feeling.

I'm going to continue this. I've also ordered her old tapes since my tape is more instructional and I want the full work out tape. Last night I poured over tons of reviews on Body Flex on website and 85% of them were very positive. That many people can't be wrong and its a real eye opener to what burning fat really means.

I will keep a weekly tab once I get the real tapes on a week to week basis and go from there. But over all I love how it made me feel, it only takes 15 minutes and its certaintly something I can stick with because I didn't hate it like I hate walking on a treadmill or riding a bike in place.

Friday, October 20, 2006

The Diet Obsession Wagon

I want off...
Seriously! Why is it everytime one is determine to diet that is what they live and breath for months and months? Every waking moment is of what I'm going to eat, don't I loosing, is it working? I'm tired of it..

The sad truth come to a point you fall off your obsession. So why do it to begin with? I can't believe it took me 20 years of my life to come to this point. I'm going to eat. I'm going to eat what I like regardless if I should or shouldn't have it. The key that is different for me this time is two things..

Do I need it? Example: Butter... Recipe called for 2 tbsp and the calories were 200 for the butter. The food I was making yeilds 5 servings. Thus that butter was adding 40 extra calories to what I was going to eat..

Portion controlling..

Hunger pangs.. instead of saying uh oh.. im hungry, I now drink 16oz of water and wait 20 minutes. If i'm still hungry after that I will eat. I'm finding that sometimes i'm not hungry at all.. my body is thirsty. I read part of a book that said that your body begs for water in the same way it does food but we often mistake hunger pangs as needing food, when in fact we needed water.

I use to think I couldn't eat every 3-4 hours but as long as I have something quick I can throw together really quick, i'm finding its not hard at all. In fact I was thinking to myself that wow, 1400 calories is really a nice amount of food. As long as I continue to eat every 3 to 4 hours, hungry or not.. i'm not binging.. body is getting plenty of food and i'm now controlling the calories that come into it.

Take yesterday.. it was late night and I wasn't hungry but I only had eaten 1035 calories for the day. So I ate anyway. Its important to keep the calorie count up. If you starve yourself on 1200 a day..the moment you hit goal..(if you last that long on 1200 caloies..) You'll find once you begin to raise your calorie intake, you probably will start gaining again.

I wanted to eat between 1500-1600 calories.. but I keep falling short of that goal...but I think its ok since I go to bed not hungry, which is the most important thing to me.

I guess you can say my new obsession is portion sizes now.. and how I was adding unnecessary calories to my foods that I didn't need.

You need to eat to loose weight.

Sounds a lot like you need to spend money to make it.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bodyflex Anyone?

I bought the bodyflex gymbar and tape off QVC two years ago. I believe I did it only one time. If you've read my Road to Weightloss thread, you know I hate cardio exercises and that i'm doing the very minium because im trying to have a plan I know I can stick with.

My diet consists of mostly portion controls and eating more often then before. I also cut out fried foods and adding butter, which adds quite a few calories.

Anyway, I saw my bodyflex set while looking through my excercise things and I started reading the reviews over. I think i'm going to give it a try for a week and see if it really works.

Anyone else tried it? Post your results..

Starting Measurements

I actually started my so called diet last saturday. That was six days ago. Unfortunately, I didn't take measurements, so i'm doing that now. Its best to have both weight and measurements... Going a two week span with no weightloss and the frustration that could bring, might be off set by a loss of measurements.

Weight, as of 10/14/2006
226 pounds
Measurements as of 10/19/2006
Chest 47
upper abs 41
Waist 45
lower abs 46.5
Hips 45
L Thigh 25
R Thigh 25.5
L Arm 14 1/4
R Arm 14 1/4
Neck 15 1/2

Nothing like laying out the embaressing measurements for all to see. I'm not sure i'll weigh this week. I'm a little afraid to see if any of my current eating and portion controlling is working.

I'm currently digging through the house trying to find my old journal. I'm curious how my measurements 2 years ago stack up against them today at the same weight.

My goal is to add weight trainning later. But i'd like to see the scale move into the 180-190 range. Before when I did weight training my scale moved 9 pounds in a year. Even though I loss inches, I sabotaged myself, thinking I wasn't really loosing.

Weight trainning is wonderful for sucking it all in. I was 191 in a size 16. In highschool I was a size 16 at 160 pounds. So yes.. Weights can get you into smaller sizes way faster. Anyone leery of it, should give it a try. You'll be amazed at how it makes you look.

Not The Typical Diet Menu

Since i'm logging what I eat, i'm posting it here. I will continue to update and add to it til the end of the month. You may notice there is not alot of green in my diet and there probably never will be. I do take 2 maxium green suppliments. 2 Ultimate Omega3 suppliments, along with a few other suppliments. Hopefully this is enough to make up for the green I don't eat.

Ham sandwich, 1tps light mayo, 2 slices light bread, slice chesse 350-400 calories
Snack Ritz crackers 60 calories
Hamburger Helper1 cup 330
Hamburger helper1 cup 330
2 8oz cranberry juice light 80 calories
2 8oz ruby red light 80 calories
Crystal light16oz 10 calories
whip cream 25 calories WW carrot cake 80?
Total 1390

October 17th
Did about 17 minutes on treadmill About 18 minutes on easy shaper.
1 cup special k half cup milk 150 calories.
1 cup hamburger helper 330
1 ham and cheese sandwich 350-400 calories
8oz cranberry juice 40 calories
8oz ruby red grapefruit 40 calories
48oz water so far..
16oz crystal light 10 calories
6 town house crackers 60 calories
Rasin Bran and 1 cup of milk 290
Carrot cake and cool whip 105
Total 1435

Treadmill 20 minutes 1 mile 130 calories burned
3 pieces bacon 390
1 egg no oil 70 calories
8oz ruby red grapefruit juice 40
30 oz water so far
4oz turkey thigh 190 calories
2/3 cup julineen potatoes 100 calories no butter save 40 calories per portion.
1 cup coco 100 calories
Ham and Cheese sandwhich 300-400
16oz cranberry 80 calories
carrot cake cool whip 105

Im really sore today. Also I just felt the onset of shin splits yesterday. Thinking of laying off the treadmill today and maybe doing an exercise tape.I'm even thinking of breaking out the body flex tape. Does that really work? I'm skeptical, but you can't ignore all the reviews that are more for it then against it.

You'll notice my menus tend to repeat. I usually save dinner from the previous night and have it for lunch the next day. My ham sandwich is something quick to eat to give me the calories.I use 2 oz of ham and a teaspoon of light mayo instead of a tablepoon. Also light bread, which makes two slices equal to what one slice of regular comes to in calories.

1 ham sandwich, no cheese this time. 160 calories for 2oz of meat.
2 slices of light bread 80 calories
2/3 cup J potatoes 100 calories
4oz turkey 190 calories
8oz cranberry juice 40 calories
8 oz cranberry light 40 calories
8 oz ruby red grapfruit juice 40 calories
1/2 cup rice 100 calories
1 teaspoon can't believe its not butter 5 calories
4 oz turkey thigh 190 calories
Weight Watchers Carrot cake 80 calories
1 teaspoon coolwhip light 10 calories
3 oz chicken 100 calories
2 slices white bread 80 calories
I tbs light mayo 45 calories


chicken sandwich 175 calories
ham sandwich 215 calories
1 serving yogurt 90 calories
16oz cranberry light 80 calories
Jambayla 1 cup serving size 320
32oz water
16oz crystal light 10

Its the weekend, i've been slacking on cooking but trying to squeeze in food every few hours, I may just cook something anyway to get my calories up there.

Why I'm giving it another go..

His name is Steve, you'll find his link to the right of the page. He's a personal trainner who makes these fantastic video blogs on how to loose weight.

For instance, one of his video blogs mentioned the slim fast diet. The old ads of have a shake for breakfast, lunch and a sensible dinner. I think we all remember that ad. Well Steve goes on to point out that you could do the same thing with Sneakers bars. One for breakfast, one for lunch and a sensible dinner and you'd still loose weight.

This wonderful guy with his 1 minute video blog changed my entire outlook on how I thought about diets. He has over 50 blogs and they are very eye opening, I would encourage you guys to click on the link and visit his Body Performance site and check out Steve TV and the forums.

Is Quznois the Better Choice?

I've found you either hate them or really love them. I've yet to see anyone inbetween. Many may not know that Quznois will not publish any nutritional information on their website. Many won't eat there because of it. Many want to be able to make choices based on what that information gives them.

Come on people. I eat at Quznois maybe twice a year, usually within the same week because their subs are addictive to me. By the second one that week I say, ok going to give me a heart attack, I can't eat here anymore. Do I really need nutritional facts to tell me their subs are so loaded with triple meat and double cheese that one sandwich is probably my entire calories for the day?

Why won't they publish this info? Its simple. One look at a fact stating that sandwhich you want is in excess of 1500+ calories, will loose them way more business then the folks that won't eat there because they don't print the info freely.

I heard of a gal that went in weighing 121 eating two subs a week for a few weeks only to have shot up nearly 20 pounds.

Knowning this.. eat it at your own risk. Luckily they are so expensive, really helps me stay away from there.

MY Tools

I’ve been at this for about a week now. So far my tools are..
Measuring cup that also measures oz for liquids.

A food scale for weighing portions

My Easy Shaper by fittness quest

My Treadmill

My handweights

As of right now im not using my weights. I know if I use them I will start to tone up and it will be easier to burn fat. First I want to see if my insane eating style will actually work for me.
I have various work out tapes, from taebo to belly dancing. I might try the belly dancing. Taebo is something I know I won’t stick to so i’m going for what I will actually be willing to do this time around.

The Crazy Road to Weight Loss

I have come to realize recently that I cannot diet. Nor can I exercise an hour a day because I completely hate it. Now im not saying I wouldn’t, I have done this in the past for a year or so.. and I hated doing it. I’m sorry, exercise bores the snot out of me and im tired of pretending that while I might stick to it for a year, maybe two.. that I will stick to it the rest of my life. Not gonna happen so why pretend?

Probably my only saving grace is that I do like to weight train. Thank god i’m not a complete loss in the exercise department. So my goal is to cardio 20 minutes a day. Hey, that is something I can realistically do the rest of my life and I refuse to let my body get use to me working out 5 hours a day only so that the minute I cut it in half it says, uh oh..time to add up some pounds!
I also am not a health nut. I’m sorry, im going to be honest. How many people have tried a diet and said.. this isn’t bad. I can do this, I can get use to this? I’m one of those people. For me, what that translate to is, ok Syn, talk yourself into believing you can eat this way the rest of your life. I’ve decided I can’t. I’m not going to pretend anymore, im not going on anyone elses diets and making them richer.

I realize after thinking over things.. I eat far less at 226 then I did in highschool at 155ish. I use to bike ride as most kids did in the summer til I hit maybe 16 and thought I was to old for it. But other then going to school, I think the majority of my excercise came from going to malls with my friends. I still remember me and my best friend going and we told our parents to pick us up in 5 hours. Five hours! I can’t stay in a mall 5 minutes now before I want to run home.

I also realized that like most Americans, I am largely addicted to soda. I can down a 2 liter a day of regular Sprite. Thats 800 calories! So as of last friday October 13th, I jugged down my last soda. Not even doing diet soda, I just hate them.

I have divided up my drinks in various ways. Crystal Light ready made Ruby Red is my drink of choice. The whole bottle is 10 calories (2 servings) and I drink about 2 of those a day. Very good stuff if you guys have never tried it. I also drink about 40oz of water, 16oz of cranberry juice light at 80 calories. I drink the cranberry for the detox benefits. And I drink 8oz of the real ruby red light 40 calories, just for the simple fact it actually makes me feel good. So I have went from about 800 calories to 180 calories on just what I drink.

I plan to keep a log of what I eat. If your expecting Tofu and carrots, wrong place. I eat stuff like hamburger helper, ham and cheese sandwiches and I eat every 3.5-4 hours, never giving myself a chance to get hungry. I guess only time will tell if this diet will actually work for me.
If you look over to your right under previous posts, this is where all my new blog entries will land. Feel free to browse as I add and post whats working for you.