Tuesday, October 6, 2009

5.5 Miles, Chest/Triceps/Shoulders Work Out and Weight Chat

Monday was a Monday. Blah. My alarm didn’t go off (meaning user error; I set it but didn’t turn it on) so, needless to say, I was late getting to work and arrived with less-than-clean hair. Grrr. That’s okay though, because I worked, walked 4 miles during lunch (4 mph; incline between 2 and 0; burned 290 calories), worked, then after work walked .25 miles (4 mph; incline 0), ran .75 miles (6.3 mph – 7.3 mph; incline 0), then walked another .25 miles taking me to 5.5 miles for the day. Then I did this chest, triceps, shoulders workout:


The afternoon workout burned 341 calories, taking my total calories burned to 631 calories. Not too shabby! I left the gym and went STRAIGHT to the grocery store as my lazy bum never went yesterday. I got a few items for this week’s meal plans and two 12-packs (diet pepsi for me; diet mountain dew for Austin). I got home, had pesto...

and realized… dun dun dun.. I left the 12-packs in the cart – DANG! There goes $10. Although my mom was like whatevs, go up to Kroger and tell them you left them there. So I may try that after the gym today. Have you ever left items paid for at the store? Grrr.

Anywho, after dinner I got my gym clothes/lunchbox together, showered (finally washed that nappy hair), and got in bed with enough time to watch Gossip Girl and part of Castle (passed out!). Not too bad! Only kind of blah thing – my weight was at 119.5. BLAH. And today it was at 120 – DOUBLE blah. I’ve got to get this under control. I really feel best in my clothes at 115. 110 was too low (didn’t fill out my pants; skirts hung; blah), but at 120 I feel a little bloated if you will?? I dunno. I’m going to be diligent this month about wearing my HRM and really seeing what’s going on with calories in/calories out and if/when it affects my weight. I’d love to figure this out – quickly! (i.e. before Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas come rolling around with their yummy treats, gravy-laden mashed potatoes and cheesy casseroles!). This chart makes me nervous….



Do you see where it’s heading??! Help Me! So there’s my weight-related rant of the month. I ended the day at 1,804 calories, 230 carbs, 51 fat grams and 103 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

This may be a broad, slightly ridiculous, very each-to-their-own question (yes, I’m a hedger) but what do you do when you find your weight higher than desired? Any help would be mucho appreciated!

I'm off to bed - will post today's dealio tomorrow - kinda slow day though!!

26 comments:

Pam said...

What a bummer that you left your 12 packs in the cart. UGH.

The pesto looks tasty.

sd said...

I love your blog - though this is the first comment I've posted!
I find weight maintenance is hard!! So, what I do (and this seems to work for me) is to add up all my calories for the week, then subtract all my calories burned for working out, then divide by 7 to get a net calorie intake. I track this week by week, so that if I am losing/gaining/maintaining I know where my calories/exercise need to be to either continue or alter what I'm doing. I hope this helps!

angieinatlanta said...

Whenever I need to get back to my "happy weight," I focus on lot on my weekend eats. I think we all have a tendency to cut loose on the weekends and splurge a bit here and there. When I rein in my weekend eating habits, I always drop a few pounds.

And it helps me to switch up my workout routine when I feel unhappy with my weight. I'll try kickboxing or spinning to jumpstart getting back into my jeans!

Meredith said...

I love all your workout pictures. Where do you get those from? Thanks I am trying to learn more about strength training and those pictures would be a great tool for me to use.

redhead75 said...

First off i'm jealous you eat what you do and stay as small as you do ;) I never have a second thing to say and that drives my hubs crazy because I also say first off LOL!

How much water do you drink? I have recently upped my water w/ no extra cardio because of the groin and i've lost 1.6 lbs.

prettyface said...

I left some paid for pee pads of Brady's at PetSmart not too long ago--I called and spoke to the guy that checked me out, so luckily I wasn't out $25 bucks! Those things are expensive!!

I've been so bad with my eating lately (I say BAD, but its not clean...you know what I mean), so the holidays aren't scaring me...YET. It is soooo hard for me, though...A few years ago when I had lost a good amount of weight, when the holidays came around I somehow gained 5 lbs....the good news is, it fell of quickly after the holidays were over....so don't worry. You'll be fine....

Will you be back down to south AL at all for the holidays? It'd be so fun to hang out for a second or two :)

dailygoods said...

i've been having the same thing happen to me too. lbs are slowly gaining and i want to bring them back down a few. i'm goign to have to pay more attention to my diet and be more active. it's difficult, but i need to pin things down. :)

Mica said...

I do both of those things: set my alarm but forget to turn it on AND leave stuff behind at the grocery store. Ugh.

My weight has been a little higher than I want since training for the marathon. I'm okay with it because I've asked so much of my body--a few extra pounds is no big deal. However, otherwise, I usually try to eat a somewhat more regimented diet for a few days. (Like something repetitive for lunch) I also drink a lot of water.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I left stuff in the grocery cart before, but I have never gone back. But I should have! You should definitely go back!

When my weight is slowly going back up, I look at my overall activity level and my calories (But I don't keep track of calories like you do, so I just see if I can cut out anything, and usually it's extra liquid calories...).

I sometimes find that my non-exercise activity drops a lot in the fall and winter and it makes a difference. In the summer, I am always outside, playing with the toddler, walking everywhere, etc. While I still get in my time at the gym in the fall, I don't get all the other activity. So I try to add stairs, etc. back into my days...

Abby said...

Maybe drop your calorie intake (for like a week?) like you did before when you were trying to lose weight? Those days of like 1250-1550? You were so successful then, it's bound to work again! Good luck!

Katie said...

Seems like you've been doing a lot more strength training than you used to... you could be putting on some lean muscle mass, while staying the same size, thus the increase on the scale?

Therese said...

We just did that last week! The hubbie had the receipt for the things we left at Wal-Mart and went back and got them. Hey we paid right?

I would try looking at your sodium intake. Jarred sauces, processed meats, etc can have a lot of sodium and really cause you to hold on to extra bloat. Other than that you might want to try mixing up your cardio to shock your body. Maybe a spin class? It probably has gotten really used to the walking and it isn't brurning the fat like it used to.

Hope that helps!

Melinda said...

I actually was doing terrible & eating an unhealthy late night snack AFTER dinner. Then I started only allowing myself to have something healthy such as a cup of hot tea or some apples with pb- my weight has finally started dropping off. I also started adding in more raw foods- I was eating too many grains & not enough veggies. It's just finding your weakness and tweaking it. I think you are doing awesome on your weight- you are such an inspiration :)

Jennifer said...

well when i am not at my desired weight...although i must add u look fabulous~ i try to eat lighter at night time.. as in more protein less fat and carbs.. i agree with the previous post that with the cals you eat and still so small!! u must have a great working metabolism!! i have to keep my cals lower than 1800-2000 in order to see results.. and remember you body is trying to find its happy weight too.. its all a trial and error game and a life long one too.. im sure you will be the time thnaksgiving rolls around have reached your goal weight~ its only 4 more lbs!
ps love ure ST workouts i print them out..keep posting them!:)

fitlizzio said...

just keep in mind that you just started picking up the weight training in the last two months.. you may not be putting on fat, but rather muscle. Just be your best judge and see what you look like...also, after a weight session, your muscles retain a little water, so that may be the bloated feeling you are getting. i wouldn't worry about it too much! :)

Meganerd said...

I'm sorry about the sodas!!! I've left stuff at the store and they have no problem giving you more, just bring the receipt and you should be fine!

About the weight question...when I notice my pants getting snug, I usually am much more aware of "little tastes" of stuff that add up, like while cooking, trying my boyfriends dinner, etc. I also cut out extra sugar, and focus on eating more fruit/veggies/ non processed foods.

However with all the weight training you do, your body is probably putting on muscle weight. I gained 10 lbs or so when I started weight lifting, but my clothes felt the exact same. Not to freak you out, lol.

Aggie said...

My weight is always higher than desired! :)

I know what works for me though...I have to really eat "clean", meaning lots of fruit, and for dinners fish and veggies. I almost instantly see a difference on the scale the next day. I tend to retain water when I eat anything too salty too, like last night I had a stir fry with soy sauce and was up on the scale this morning although it was totally healthy. Anyway, I feel your pain...hang in there.

biz319 said...

I am steeling your chest/triceps and shoulder workout - love the charts with pictures! :D

I've done that with pop before, so I am extra careful and I always check my receipt - I recently got charged 1.99 a pound for tomatoes when I bought the tomatoes at .49 cents a pound!

SLJ said...

I agree with some others on here... you may not be gaining "bad" weight, it may be muscle! Maybe try and have your body fat % taken (I think you did this when you tried out a trainer) and compare your number now to before since you weren't doing strength training then?? Currently I'm about 3 pounds from my wedding weight and 9 pounds from my goal and I think my problem is I'm not eating as clean as I was and I'm indulging just a little too much. So I'm really trying to eat clean food that will satisfy me!

Thinspired said...

Try not to worry too much--I think our weight goes in cycles like everything else. You are so good about tracking your eats and keeping up with your exercise. I am sure this is just temporary! As you know, I've had a 10-lb re-gain since getting to my lowest weight. It sucks, so I understand. Just remember that you are in no hurry, you have plenty of time to get back to your goal :)

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that muscle does weigh more than fat. With the weight training you've been doing, you have likely gained some muscle weight which is good! More muscle means higher metabolism and a stronger body. So stick with it, you're doing great!

Abby said...

Maybe drop your calorie intake (for like a week?) like you did before when you were trying to lose weight? Those days of like 1250-1550? You were so successful then, it's bound to work again! Good luck!

angieinatlanta said...

Whenever I need to get back to my "happy weight," I focus on lot on my weekend eats. I think we all have a tendency to cut loose on the weekends and splurge a bit here and there. When I rein in my weekend eating habits, I always drop a few pounds.

And it helps me to switch up my workout routine when I feel unhappy with my weight. I'll try kickboxing or spinning to jumpstart getting back into my jeans!

sd said...

I love your blog - though this is the first comment I've posted!
I find weight maintenance is hard!! So, what I do (and this seems to work for me) is to add up all my calories for the week, then subtract all my calories burned for working out, then divide by 7 to get a net calorie intake. I track this week by week, so that if I am losing/gaining/maintaining I know where my calories/exercise need to be to either continue or alter what I'm doing. I hope this helps!

Pam said...

What a bummer that you left your 12 packs in the cart. UGH.

The pesto looks tasty.

Mica said...

I do both of those things: set my alarm but forget to turn it on AND leave stuff behind at the grocery store. Ugh.

My weight has been a little higher than I want since training for the marathon. I'm okay with it because I've asked so much of my body--a few extra pounds is no big deal. However, otherwise, I usually try to eat a somewhat more regimented diet for a few days. (Like something repetitive for lunch) I also drink a lot of water.