Monthly Archives: December 2010

So far so good.

I’ll admit that I haven’t been getting in 3 workouts a week, but I have been putting in 2 good ones, and I’m back on track with the metabolic circuits, so I’m not going to be mad at myself.

Tracking my food again on Livestrong is going well.  I’m using their calorie recommendation for losing 1 lbs per week, and not being upset if I go over, but aiming to keep myself at a reasonable level.  Mostly I’m just trying to get my macros back in line.  My carb ratio has been creeping up lately, so I’m working on bringing that back down.

I took today off work in order to get a bunch of things done to get ready for the holidays, so I was able to get in a nice long workout without having to worry about not getting home until 7:30 or later at night.

Today was the first time doing DLs again since I finally broke 100, and also my first time doing a full 3 sets of the super-duper set of 4 exercises in this phase.

I decided today to take a video of my last set of DLs in order to get a check on my form.  Since I workout on my own, and there are only mirrors in front of me, I’m never quite sure if I’m really doin’ it right, so I thought a video  would be a good idea.

So, here’s me deadlifting 105lbs and feeling good.  Before this I’d done warm-up sets at 45 and 65lbs, and then working sets at 95 and 100 lbs.  Each set was 6 reps.

Anyone have any form tips?  I’m always open to critique!

BOOYAH!

Who’s got 2 thumbs and deadlifted 100lbs?

This girl!!

Yeah, ok, so 100 lbs on a DL really isn’t that big of a deal, but it’s my first 3 digit number and it felt good. I think it was at the end of NROL4W that I finally started to get the hang of these, and since getting back over the bar I’ve consistently been increasing.

So far I’m doing well with this whole “no excuses” thing. Today my hamstrings were still killing me from Monday’s Romanian Deadlifts, but I still went to the gym! And, actually, they’re feeling much better now.

Oh, that’s why.

Part of what drove me to write yesterday’s post was the fact that I’ve been feeling like a fat bloated tub o’ lard all week.

My pants all felt insanely tight, I had little energy and was craving all sorts of not at all good for me foods.

Well, today showed me why.

You see, 3 weeks ago my husband and I made the decision to for me to make the move from hormonal birth control to the fertility awareness method (aka FAM, info gleamed via Taking Charge of Your Fertility and FertilityFriend.com).  My last few cycles on hormonal birth control (Nuva Ring for me) had really been throwing my body outta wack, and after having been on one form of hormonal birth control or another for 10+ years, it was time to make a change.

I’d heard so many stories about people’s bodies taking forever to regulate after quitting hormonal birth control that I was fully prepared to go at least a few months without Aunt Flow paying me a visit.  I’ve been getting into the habit of tamping every morning and while Fertility Friend says I ovulated, I figured that it’d take that away as the days went by.

Well, it turns out that the bloat and the emotional roller coaster I was on last week was just good old fashioned PMS (which regulated hormones have been sort of shielding me from for the past 10 years).  Today my body was kind enough to bring my monthly visitor, a mere 4 weeks after I finished with my last Nuva Ring.

Now, this is not to say that the plans I made yesterday are moot, because they’re not, I still fully intend on buckling down and doing this the right way, but I do feel better about myself today.  I feel like, ok, maybe I don’t suck so hard.  I never really thought I’d actually be happy to get my period, y’know?

Yes, I realize this may have been a touch TMI, but whatever, it’s my blog, I do what I want.  😛  Here, have a cookie.

A breakfast cookie that is.  I’m going to try these this week I think.

Anywho, that’s all.

Full Disclosure

the interest of complete and utter honesty, and in the hopes of some accountability, I might as well fess up.

I really suck at losing weight.

Lately I’ve been finding myself making excuses for not going to the gym. “I’m tired”, “I didn’t eat well today, so my workout will be crap”, “I don’t feel like it”. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been letting the whole clean eating thing slide and haven’t been great about meal planning and have been drinking far too much alcohol, and the scale is starting to creep back up.

When I weighed in at home this morning I was in the 179’s. I know I complain about being stuck at 177 all the time, but a move in the upward direction is way worse. I don’t even think I can blame this on gaining muscle either, since, well, I’ve only been at the gym twice a week for the last month or so.

So, I’m rededicating myself. The old me would have said “Well, it’s December now, just enjoy the holiday’s and start again in the new year” but the old me was fat. I don’t want to be the old me anymore.

Here’s my plan:

1. Start tracking on Livestrong again consistently. I’ve been doing this a bit for the last week or so, but not 100%. I had so much success with this when I started losing weight, that I need to buckle down and just do it.

2. Limit alcohol intake to weekends and only if it fits in my calories. I will allow myself to carry over unused calories to make this happen, but no more downing a bottle myself.

3. Enforce 3 gym workouts a week and 1 metabolic circuit a week. No excuses.

4. Be accountable. And this is sort of where the blog thing comes in. I have no idea if people check this on the regular, but if you do, I’m going to ask for your help. If you’re on Livestrong, add me as a friend and check in on me (http://www.livestrong.com/profile/aerayner/). If you don’t see me posting here for a few days, leave a comment or drop me an e-mail and tell me to get my butt in gear.

I’m not usually one to ask for help. If I have a problem, I figure it out myself. But clearly what I’ve been doing isn’t working.

So, help?