Updates

Hello world!

I apologize I have not been posting much lately. Major things are happening in my life.

First, I am down to 229 lbs from my original 247! I had started to implement 20 min spurts of cardio into my week a few times.

Second, I have just not taken very many photos lately, BUT I did find a slew of old photos that i will be sharing with you shortly.

Third,  I am dropping the ball on cooking but will try to get back into the groove of things tonight with steak fajitas!

Fourth, for my anniversary, I received an electronic drum kit. Photos coming soon!…and maybe a recording =)  I have wasting all of my time with this for two weeks.

Fifth, and probably the biggest news is that I applied to my first graduate program. The larger part of this news is that the program does not begin in Fall 2017. Instead it begins in Fall 2016 — in August. Thus, I have been scrambling to get all of my materials together for that. I am super excited and I hope I am accepted but if not, I may apply to another school for this fall. If all of that falls through, I will continue on my original plan to apply foe programs in Fall 2017. The advantage to the Fall 2016 program I applied to is that it is accelerated. It means that I could graduate at the same time my spouse will graduate. =) It means that we will have to probably live apart for four months. =( It means that we can talk about having kids two years sooner than we imagined. =) It allows us to make a plan sooner rather than later in my spouses career.

All in all, major things happening with me!

 

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Fitness Challenge Kick Off

I began a fitness challenge. I did not look ahead so, I have no idea what to expect. I am actually doing three challenges at once. Each are intended for 30 days. I am hoping that the challenge will take me from 236 to as close as I can get to  226 or lower — in a healthy manner. The three challenges are basically, abs, legs, and arms.

I am still using my FitBit to count steps as well (my low impact cardio for the time being) and, I will continue to use to to count calories. My goal is not to deprive myself of the necessary calories I need. My goal is to eat 1000 less than I burn. If I burn more, I can eat more. My absolute minimum caloric intake goal is 2000. I am trying to eat at least 2500 a day though. Of course, all the while, I will continue to eat food primarily at home…and food that is good for you.

My future goals:

At 226 lbs: Continue the 30 day fitness challenges at a higher level. Continue walking.

At 215 lbs: Continue fitness challenges at a higher level. Ramp up cardio by implementing the Couch to 5K program.

At 200 lbs: Continue Couch to 5k program. Replace fitness challenges with light crossfit routines.

At 185 lbs: Reassess goals and situation to determine what I am actually looking for..muscles/strength? running endurance? weight loss? Healthy body?

 

18,480 Steps

Sooo many steps today. We went on two extensive walks. First one was more of a hike!

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I have definitely lost a few pounds using the FitBit. This happened the last time I used it also. As long as you are logging your food, you can’t lose!….I mean…you DO lose…but in a good way, haha!

In case you were wondering, we ate breakfast around 11am: left over fajita meat and vegetables scrambled with eggs. Then, we had raisins, a banana, almonds, and a cranberry, chia seed bar for lunch on the trails. Once we finished hiking today, we pulled right into a Burger King and had an ice cream cone. For dinner, we had Caesar salad, chicken and rice leftovers, and a bowl of strawberries.

10,849 Steps

Today I spent my lunch walking on the treadmill and reading my GRE prep book…and then I ate my lunch while I worked.

Mental notes for if I do that again:
-bring deodorant to work
-bring a towel
-bring another shirt
-bring shorts

The break helped me get a good amount of steps in. I also noticed that FitBit added a new feature to my phone app when I updated the software today. It probably came out ages ago but my automatic updates are turned off on purpose for my apps. It now logs your hourly steps to see if you can achieve 250 an hour. I like it.

Tonight’s final count: 10,849

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Let’s see if I can fix the sleeping tomorrow night.

11,756 Steps

11,756: Today’s step count…with the treadmill assist after work for 30 min (while reading my GRE book of course). I also climbed 13 flights of stairs which is actually unsurprising given the building I work in now.

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Today is the first day in a long time that I wore my FitBit. Last time I wore it, I lost about 15 pounds. It only helps you lose weight if you log the food though so, I am trying to do that also.

A sad realization today: I drank zero glasses of water…

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I used to wear it to bed because it would tell me how much sleep I got and how often Inwas interrupted. I will wear it tonight to see how my sleep is these days.