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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

SHSC Week 4 Update!

Starting weight: 268
Week 3 weight: 258
Amount lost/gained THIS week: -2

So I lost another pound of that dreadful chili/salt/period weight. If I keep this up I'll have a good loss next week because my period will be over, I've been exercising on the HealthRider and I'm feeling good physically, more active and such. Today I will do a 20 minute walking video and play a bit with my puppy girl in spite of the rain, work, get some chores done and life should be good.

I'm sensitive today, I'm trying to control my feelings a bit, I'm defensive and easily hurt. I'm tired and have tons to do, I need to go back and do the flylady system with my 15 minute timer, I bet I'll get more done.

Have I ever mentioned that my legs/thighs hurt every single day when I wake up. I think my bed is doing this, I think it's too hard but the weird part is I'll sleep on my right side and the left side hurts??? What's that about. The pain goes away as I wake up and walk around for the most part, some days it takes a bit longer but once I'm up and moving I'm usually ok within the hour. The pain is so bad sometimes I could cry. I think its because the bed is on the floor (on a box spring on the floor) I thought for sure once I started losing some poundage that it would hurt less but it doesn't. I'm evening wondering if it isn't my back that hurts and somehow makes it feel like it's my legs.

I just ate whole wheat bread (toasted) with smart balance butter/margarine with some applesauce for breakfast. My grandmother used to eat that and I just introduced it to hubby who loves it too. On SBD I think I'm only allowed applesauce once a week, I'm going to recheck this information.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

HYC Check in

Alright I'm down 2 pounds from yesterday so I'm 259 I'll take anything in the 250's. I'd like to say right up front my goal for the end of May is to be in the 230's anywhere from 230 to 239.9 and I'll be happy. Also in May I will be getting my tiny nosed pierced, that's something I've wanted for a long time and I think it would look good on me, though my mother would surely disagree.

I've come up with some conclusions concerning my gain, I believe it was water retention due to the salt in the cans, because I don't believe I could have possibly eaten 6 pounds worth of chili that would be 21000 calories in one day. Yesterday I peed and peed all day long, plus my fingers felt a bit swollen so I'm guessing that hubby was right and that the chili has too much salt. I may have to resort to doing it fresh but there will be no chili in the house for a month after this batch. I didn't eat chili at all yesterday, I had chicken salad and egg salad yesterday. I was tempted but I thought twice about it and decided not to. Today I started my period so that too explains the giant weight gain. Now I have logically explained to myself why the scale jumped up so I feel better. If I don't do that, I will think all sorts of negative thoughts about myself and I can't have that.

I worked out on the Healthrider and have been looking up information on it and found the booklet so that I can benefit the most from it. I'm really excited about this because it seems so doable. When I got on this morning I had no watch on so I figured I'd count 100 moves before I'd stop, as I progressed I was thinking hmm, this is easy, I don't know if this will work and as I'm thinking that I'm running out of breath and end up doing only 55 reps. I feel a bit silly the machine is out on our front porch and yes I do live in the country but cars drive by anyway and well I do have a neighbor across the road who might be able to see me. But hey who cares, they will see me lose weight is what they'll see. I then took my puppy girl and we walked around the house 2 times. I will take her out again later this afternoon and this evening, each of my puppy walks will proceed with an attempt at 100 plus moves on the Healthrider. Oh I found out mine does have room to add weights on it so that's great but I think for now my weight should do the trick.

I've got a sinus headache to the point that my teeth hurt, ugh but hey things could be worse.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Introducing My "New" Healthrider Glider

So that exercise bike thingy I got is called a Healthrider glider and from some of the reviews I've read its perfect for a beginner like myself. It offers a rowing like experience and is a full body workout. I've read both good and bad reviews and I will judge for myself, I can't help but think I can't go wrong with this, especially since I paid $1.00 for it.

It's now sitting on the front porch, I'll be asking my neighbor to bring it up once I clean my office out. I want to bring it in the office so I can watch a video while doing it or something like that. Though I've read I won't be able to do more then a few minutes at first. I have to say, I've tried it and it seems easy enough. Here's a picture of one similar to mine (this is not my Ebay ad).

Here are some of the benefits of owning one that I have found online:
  • Low-impact total body workout system with easy-to-use electronic display
  • Unique fitness action uses your body weight as resistance
  • Patented linkage system generates resistance using your body weight
  • Display tracks your elapsed time, stroke count, reps, and calories burned
  • Wide rotating handlebars and dual pedal positions; lifetime frame warranty
  • Will help lose weight and feel great by exercising 20 minutes a day three times a week
Does mine do all this, I hope so. However the new version comes with a DVD, mine doesn't and I can't add weights (if memory serves me right) but at my weight I can use my body as resistance so that's good. I do have a counter but I don't know if it works, worse comes to worse I'll workout to music. Anyway I should have a personal review of this by next the end of May, let's see what fab results I will have working out on this beauty. I'm excited.

That's it for now!


The Chili Experiment

I went grocery shopping on Saturday and made the mistake of walking down the canned bean aisle. It's quite interesting that when I walked down that aisle the same thing that used to happen to me when I walked down the bakery aisle happened with the beans. Instantly as soon as I saw the can that read "chili beans" I had a craving. My craving was intense, my logic told me I could make a batch of it and eat it every day this week and not have to cook. It seemed like a win-win situation. I hesitated for a second because I had remembered staying at 265 the whole time I had chili not 2 weeks ago. But I reasoned with myself that the time before that I had lost weight therefore chili had no influence on my weight.

Now let's go back a bit, on Saturday morning I weighed in at 256, yes that's right a number I had not seen in 3 years. I was ecstatic so you can imagine my brain thinking but will the chili affect this number. The answer to that is yes. First allow me to admit to the world that my chili portions are off, I reason with myself that I can eat a bit more of chili (2 portions per portion) because it's fibrous and healthy for me (I'm a recovering alcoholic, I'm good at fooling myself). So when I weighed in this morning at the scale read 261 I wanted to cry. That's 6 pounds. Ok it's 3 pounds from the other weigh-in but it's in the plus and I still want to cry. Now I will start my period probably today which probably isn't helping the scale. Side note here hubby ended up making it for me this time because I had to go out and its so weird, the first words that came out of my mouth after I tasted his version was "it's salty" I never tasted salt before and hubby always told me to use fresh as opposed to canned because of the salt but time is of the essence is Sassle land. My feet and fingers feel a bit swollen today (the salt) so another reason that this batch of chili will be the last batch for a month at least.

So I'm going to do an experiment. I will put the remaining chili in the freezer and eat other food on the South Beach Diet plan. I bet that on my Wednesday Sizzling Hot Summer Challenge Weigh-in there will be a loss. I'm hoping to find the 256 or less but I'll take anything under what I am now.

I also found a good reason for weighing everyday, if I didn't weigh myself this morning I wouldn't have known about the gain and I wouldn't have tried a solution like not eating a gallon of chili a day, yes I am exaggerating but not by much (half a gallon?) but had I not weighed myself today I wouldn't have known and not hated myself but I would have continued eating the chili and probably weigh more. Who knows really, I must remember I am exactly where I'm supposed to be. I should just go with the flow, what I'm doing is working for me, I'm aware, I'm making a change, all is good and I love myself. A little positive self talk never hurt anyone.

Today I start to exercise again, yes I said it. I Sassle will exercise and get myself into high gear for the summer so I can feel so much more confident with toner arms, flatter stomach and a nicer bum. I'm committed to this change in my life and exercise is an important ingredient. I bought an exercise machine thingy that's good for the butt at a garage sale on Friday, it cost $1 and I couldn't fit it in the car so I'm hoping they didn't throw it out, I will be pissed since I've asked hubby since Saturday to come with me to pick it up, there have been many reasons and excuses I've had enough already, we must go today to pick it up.

I've got a busy day but it's not too crazy so I won't complain. I plan on taking a picture of my exercise machine thingy once we pick it up and show you guys.

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