Category Archives: My hot bod

16 pounds!

I only have 16 pounds to go to my goal weight! I weighed in at 136 this morning! Yes, it’s 2 hours later, and I’m still overjoyed about it. I’d been stuck fluctuating between 138 and 141 for a couple of months, so to finally get past that fluctuation is sweet!

So now I’m 17 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. Woo!

When I first met Frank in person, I weighed somewhere around 130. When I won the t-shirt babe contest I was around 125. My immediate goal is 120, though I won’t lie–I have a further goal of 115. But 120 would make me so happy.

Heck, 136 makes me ecstatic. At 120, I’ll give birth to a litter of kittens.

proud of myself

This is the third week in a row that I’ve left the house in my car to go exercise 3 days a week. And I plan to make it 4 this week. See, when we were in Florida, we had a Curves 2 blocks away, and that was too far for me to go to work out. I lasted about 2 months there. I’m just utterly bored by gyms and other such places. I feel overwhelmed by the equipment and weird working out around all the other people and silly because I’m always really slow and jiggly.

Now I actually look forward to my workout, and the half-hour (!) drive doesn’t bother me. Having to leave the house by 9 a.m. is a bit of a killer, but I’m getting used to it. I drive an hour total for an hour’s workout, and I’m loving it. Maybe it’s because I get to take Buttercup, and she’s always with me. I’m working out with other moms and their babies, and I leave sweaty and tired. It’s at a set time every day (so I can’t just keep saying, “Oh, I’ll do it next hour. Oh, I’ll do it this evening.”), and I think that helps.

I think I might actually stick with it!

Cankles

I have them. And I wish I could blame pregnancy, but I’ve kind of always had them. I have my dad’s legs, see. Maybe even his exact legs. Pop-Eye shins, zero definition in the cankle area. It’s embarrassing, but whatevs. Nothing I can do about them (I’ve tried hard), so I just live knowing that Hillary Clinton and I have a very unappealing trait in common. I could be Secretary of State someday.

Anyway, so my mom came to visit, and we were over at my in-laws’ for dinner one evening. I was sitting on a barstool and had one leg resting up on the next barstool (my feet hurt from carrying the weight of my cankles through the zoo all day). My mom saw my cankle and said, “Sarah. Your ankles are so swollen! You need to make sure to tell your doctor how swollen they are.” And then my mother-in-law checked to make sure I wasn’t pitting, and my mom was put at ease that I wasn’t all full of edema. “Um, mom, that’s how they always look. I have major cankles.”

She looked really surprised. And she wasn’t just doing that passive-aggressive thing that some moms do to point out your faults. I didn’t get them from her, and I hardly ever wear shorts or skirts, so she just didn’t realize about my hideous cankles.

I hope Buttercup doesn’t get them.

weight

Pre-PG weight: 153.1
Current weight: 152.8

I’m not trying to lose weight, but I haven’t been as hungry as before… I’m sure that will change in the next trimester, so for now, I’m thankful that I didn’t put on the typical 2-3 in the first trimester. Especially since I’ve gained quite a bit in my boobs. Seriously, those girls have gone crazy.

We Can Wiirk It Out, 11/10 edition

151.9!!! 151.9!!! Only 1.9 away from a huge hurdle! Yes, I’m a little overly excited about it, but this is a big one for me.

Aaaaaanyway.

If you want to join in, here’s the deal. I’ll post every week (or, um, week and a half, two weeks, once a month–whatevs, just roll with it) (who knows which day?), and you can join in in the comments, or send me a link to your post on your blog, and I’ll link back to it. Here’s what we’re posting:

Positives:
Something healthy you’ve done for yourself this week, food-wise
How many days you exercised this week, and you can detail what you did for exercise if you wish
Any bonus healthy things you did for yourself
How much you lost this week (If you gained, you can include that in the negatives section, unless your goal is to gain weight)

Neutral:
Current weight (if you wish to share it)
Goal weight (if you wish to share it)
Number of pounds you’d like to lose or gain

Negatives:
How much you gained this week.
Something bad you did to your body this week. Only list one thing, let’s not focus on the negatives.

Something you want to improve for next week (besides weight):

Okay, here’s mine for this week.

Positives:
*Healthy, foodwise: Um… none come to mind.
*Exercise: Um… not much in the last week or so. But before I got sick, I was exercising 4-5 times a week. Yesterday was my first day back, and since I’m feeling fine, I’ll keep going today. I started my 2nd 30-day challenge over, since I’d been out of it for so long. But I’m not giving myself too hard a time about it, because I’m back on the horse.
*Bonus healthy: I managed to lose weight while sick and not drinking water, not exercising. Ok, that’s not healthy.
*Lost almost a pound!! (That’s since the last WCWIO update, like a month ago.)

Neutral:
*Current weight: 151.9!!
*Total weight loss so far (optional field): 8.1 lbs.
*Goal weight: 120
*I would like to lose 31.9 pounds and look like I did in my t-shirt babe pictures.

Negatives:
*Do I even need to say Halloween candy? Blow Pops, you own me, and you know it, you minxy sweets.
*Didn’t exercise or drink my water last week.

Something I want to improve for next week:
*Get back to my walking and exercise routines. Drink my water. Juice.

We Can Wiirk It Out, 10/12

If you want to join in, here’s the deal. I’ll post every week (or, um, week and a half, two weeks, once a month–whatevs, just roll with it) (who knows which day?), and you can join in in the comments, or send me a link to your post on your blog, and I’ll link back to it. Here’s what we’re posting:

Positives:
Something healthy you’ve done for yourself this week, food-wise
How many days you exercised this week, and you can detail what you did for exercise if you wish
Any bonus healthy things you did for yourself
How much you lost this week (If you gained, you can include that in the negatives section, unless your goal is to gain weight)

Neutral:
Current weight (if you wish to share it)
Goal weight (if you wish to share it)
Number of pounds you’d like to lose or gain

Negatives:
How much you gained this week.
Something bad you did to your body this week. Only list one thing, let’s not focus on the negatives.

Something you want to improve for next week (besides weight):

Okay, here’s mine for this week.

Positives:
*I’ve still been doing the small meals thing, except sometimes on weekends. Also, I’m drinking so much water. Minimum 8 glasses (4 bottles) per day, usually more.
*I finished the 30 Day Challenge on the EA Sports Active for Wii on Friday, and yesterday I started the 30 Day Challenge again, only this time I’m doing it on high intensity, also known as murder-your-lungs intensity. I’ve been working out minimum 4 days a week, usually 5. Plus walking Rowdi everyday (except Sunday).
*Bonus healthy: I’ve been working on my novel a lot. I know that doesn’t sound healthy, but I start to stress over it when I’m not writing it, like it’s this big thing I have sitting out there needing to be done. So now I’m writing, and I’m really enjoying myself, and the stress level is so low.
*Lost 2 pounds!! (That’s since the last WCWIO update, like three weeks ago.)

Neutral:
*Current weight: 152.8!! Almost to the 140s! I’m so happy about this.
*Total weight loss so far (optional field): 7.2 lbs.
*Goal weight: 120
*I would like to lose 32.8 pounds and look like I did in my t-shirt babe pictures.

Negatives:
*It turns out that eating those Habanero Doritos on our Washington trip set me on a serious Doritos kick. So I’ve been craving them and eating them. Also, Reese’s peanut butter cups. I need to really work on this. I’m burning all those calories working out and then eating junk! And yes, if you’re wondering, the peanut butter cups are worth it. The Doritos are not, because I haven’t found the Habanero ones since Washington, and really, all other Doritos are boring. Why am I even eating them? No clue. (Salt craving.)

Something I want to improve for next week:

*I haven’t juiced in forever, and I have all the stuff. So I just need to juice. I love the juice I make, I feel fantastic when I juice, so I really need to do this.

What I’m doing to lose weight

My ma asked in the comments to this post for advice on losing weight, since I’m doing something right. Ma, I don’t know what will work for you, and it will be different for everyone, but here’s what’s doing it for me:

1) I read Rachel Lucas’s post on smoking (I can’t find it on her site now, so it may be down?) and her post about her trip to Auschwitz, and those two posts really hit me hard. They helped me get my mind in the right place, set priorities. I made this a priority.

2) I prayed really hard. I still pray about it. It’s on my prayer list.

3) I decided I’m not only tired of being fat, I’m tired of talking about being tired of being fat.

4) I retired and gave myself a lot more time in the day, so now I don’t have the “I don’t have time” excuse, even though I could have made time before.

5) We got EA Sports Active for the Wii. Great workout program. Including the journal that it has me keeping, it takes about 45 minutes, 5 days a week. You work out two days, then have a rest day, then 2, then rest. We’re doing the 30 Day Challenge, both of us, and when we finish that, I’ll either start the challenge again on high intensity (right now I do medium intensity), or Frank and I will work out together on the preset workouts every day. The Wii is now $200, and I think EA Sports Active is $60-ish.

5) I started drinking a ton of water. Like 10 glasses a day. Minimum 8. This was always hard for me before. But once I decided to quit complaining and just do something about it, then it just became part of my day. Must. Have. Water.

6) I started doing the 5-6 small meals a day thing. For two reasons. First, Sizzle (sister) had mentioned that Brizzle (brother) is doing that and has dropped a lot of weight, and since we’ve got those common genes, I figure what worked for him will probably work for me. Second, the EA Sports Active has me journal every day about what I eat, what I drink, how much sleep I get, how many servings of veggies I have, what other activities I do outside of the EA Sports workout program, and it tells me while I’m journaling that 5-6 small meals a day is much better than 3 meals (or 2, as I was doing). The best thing about doing small meals: I don’t get hungry. I start eating around 10 in the morning (I should start at 8 when I get up, but I don’t start until 10). I give myself a small meal, and when I’m done, I don’t eat more. (This has also helped me with #5, because every time I eat, I drink at least one tall glass [2 8-oz glasses] of water.) And I don’t feel like I’m missing out, because I get to eat again in 2.5-3 hours. And since I don’t get hungry, I don’t overeat. I don’t get full. I just eat a small amount when it’s time and then eat again when it’s time again.

7) I make a pot of vegetable soup at the beginning of every week. This helps if you love vegetables as much as I do. I add different spices each time, different vegetables. I eat this for several of my small meals. But I need to add in a handful of nuts or something when I do this, because the small meals are supposed to include carbs, fat, and protein.

8) Frank started working out too with the EA Sports. So we do it on the same days and he’s really good about making sure we both do it. It helps when you have someone else involved.

So that’s what I’m doing that’s working for me. I also walk Rowdi for 30 to 50 minutes every day, but when I was doing that alone, it wasn’t doing it. I’ve lost 6.1 pounds and counting. My goal is 40.

Wooooooo!

153.9. I don’t have time for a full update right now, but I needed to post that weight. It’s my lowest in a very long time. Work it, girl.

We Can Wiirk It Out, 9/19

Okay, so I haven’t updated in a couple of weeks, busy and all that. But I just weighed in and decided I don’t want to wait until Monday to post!

If you want to join in, here’s the deal. I’ll post every week (or, um, week and a half, two weeks) (who knows which day?), and you can join in in the comments, or send me a link to your post on your blog, and I’ll link back to it. Here’s what we’re posting:

Positives:
Something healthy you’ve done for yourself this week, food-wise
How many days you exercised this week, and you can detail what you did for exercise if you wish
Any bonus healthy things you did for yourself
How much you lost this week (If you gained, you can include that in the negatives section, unless your goal is to gain weight)

Neutral:
Current weight (if you wish to share it)
Goal weight (if you wish to share it)
Number of pounds you’d like to lose or gain

Negatives:
How much you gained this week.
Something bad you did to your body this week. Only list one thing, let’s not focus on the negatives.

Something you want to improve for next week (besides weight):

Okay, here’s mine for this week.

Positives:
*Monday I started eating 5-6 small meals every day instead of 2 or 3 big ones. I love it. I get to eat all the time, and I never actually feel hungry. I just look at the clock and decide it’s time to eat. I’m going to stick with this, at least for a while. I also made a big pot of fat-free vegetable soup Monday morning, and it’s helped tremendously, just having it on hand for when it’s time to eat and I need something fast.
*We got the EA Sports Active “game” for Wii. We started doing it last Friday, and we’re both doing the 30-day challenge. I’ve done my workout every day (except last Saturday and this Wednesday–rest days), and it’s a killer workout. That’s in addition to walking the dog every day. Oh, and I hiked 8 miles in the rain forest Monday before last… I’ve been good on the physical activity.
*Bonus healthy: Have been drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday.
*Lost 1.9 pounds!! (That’s since the last WCWIO update.)

Neutral:
*Current weight: 154.8. I’m so happy to be in the lower half of the 150s. That means I’m getting close to the 140s. Sweet!
*Goal weight: 120
*I would like to lose 34.8 pounds and look like I did in my t-shirt babe pictures.

Negatives:
*I found Toro Habanero Doritos (formerly known as Fiery Habanero) during our trip to Washington, and I bought two bags and ate every bit. (They weren’t full-sized bags.) I’m sticking this in the negatives, but it was 100% worth it.

Something I want to improve for next week:
I want to replace one meal a day with juice. I haven’t juiced in a couple of weeks.

We Can Wiirk It Out

If you want to join in, here’s the deal. I’ll post every week (or, um, week and a half) (who knows which day?), and you can join in in the comments, or send me a link to your post on your blog, and I’ll link back to it. Here’s what we’re posting:

Positives:
Something healthy you’ve done for yourself this week, food-wise
How many days you exercised this week, and you can detail what you did for exercise if you wish
Any bonus healthy things you did for yourself
How much you lost this week (If you gained, you can include that in the negatives section, unless your goal is to gain weight)

Neutral:
Current weight (if you wish to share it)
Goal weight (if you wish to share it)
Number of pounds you’d like to lose or gain

Negatives:
How much you gained this week.
Something bad you did to your body this week. Only list one thing, let’s not focus on the negatives.

Something you want to improve for next week (besides weight):

Okay, here’s mine for this week.

Positives:
I made salmon twice this week–grilled with Old Bay, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and salt. And I ate salad twice.
I walked for 40 minutes four days, 30 minutes 2 days, 15 minutes 1 day, 50 minutes 1 day. Also whitewater rafted for three hours last Saturday.
Bonus healthy: Avoided gluten, juiced once.
Lost 0.0 pounds. Also gained 0.0 pounds.

Neutral:
Current weight: 156.7
Goal weight: 120.
I would like to lose 36.7 pounds and look like I did in my t-shirt babe pictures.

Negatives:
Ate a large order of McDonald’s french fries at the mall Saturday.

Something I want to improve for next week:
I want to juice at least four times. I notice something in my face after I juice. My face looks less puffy, and one of my chins gets smaller. It’s nice and makes me think I’m doing something right.
I also want to walk 7 days. That’s not really necessary for my exercise plan, but Rowdi needs to walk every day.

Remember We Can Wiirk It Out?

I’m starting it up again. If you want to join in, here’s the deal. I’ll post every week (who knows which day?), and you can join in in the comments, or send me a link to your post on your blog, and I’ll link back to it. Here’s what I’m thinking we’ll post about:

Positives:
Something healthy you’ve done for yourself this week, food-wise
How many days you exercised this week, and you can detail what you did for exercise if you wish
Any bonus healthy things you did for yourself
How much you lost this week (If you gained, you can include that in the negatives section, unless your goal is to gain weight)

Neutral:
Current weight (if you wish to share it)
Goal weight (if you wish to share it)
Number of pounds you’d like to lose or gain

Negatives:
How much you gained this week.
Something bad you did to your body this week. Only list one thing, let’s not focus on the negatives.

Something you want to improve for next week (besides weight):

Okay, I’ll start.

Positives:
I juiced veggies twice this week.
I walked for an hour Friday and Monday, half an hour Tuesday, and an hour today. So 4 days walking.
Bonus healthy: I avoided gluten. ;-)
I don’t know how much I lost this week, because today was my first weigh-in in three months. But I’ve lost 2.6 pounds in the last three months. With moving (and all the pizza and fast food we ate during the move) and changing careers, I call that a WIN.

Neutral:
Current weight: 156.7
Goal weight: 120.
I would like to lose 36.7 pounds and look like I did in my t-shirt babe pictures.

Negatives:
I baked with Crisco, ate the petits fours, and continue to eat the cake scraps.

Something I want to improve for next week:
I want to juice at least four times. I notice something in my face after I juice. My face looks less puffy, and one of my chins gets smaller. It’s nice and makes me think I’m doing something right.
I also want to walk 7 days. That’s not really necessary for my exercise plan, but Rowdi needs to walk every day.

Phew!

I had a case of mild panic this morning when I remembered that I had nothing to wear to Laura’s wedding. And even though we probably won’t be at the reception — we were going to go eat somewhere else and come back for the cake cutting and all that, but it is likely to snow, so the earlier we head back to the cities, the better — people will look at me at some point during the wedding. And I don’t want to be conspicuously underdressed in jeans and a t-shirt, because I want all eyes on Laura when they light the unity candle (I think that’s when I’m singing). So I went shopping this morning. For Christmas presents and something to wear. When I was walking through J.C. Penney, I saw all the little teeny dresses, loved the material, hated the skankiness. But the dress material reminded me that I have a perfectly cromulent ankle-length black dress, the dress I wore to our rehearsal dinner.

Still, I was slightly anxious. See… the dress is from three years ago. A classic, classy style, so it’s not like I’m wearing legwarmers and jellies… but have I gained weight or lost weight since the wedding? With the celiac thing, it’s been a nightmare roller coaster, though I’ve been down most of the last several months. I wasn’t weighing myself back in the wedding days, and I think I look fatter in my wedding pictures than I do now, but pictures are deceiving, and my soul is often crushed by that little thing we call the scale.

Aaaaaaanyway. I got home from my unsuccessful shopping venture and quickly put on the long black dress. My worry was that it would be too tight, but it is definitely looser than before, and while I will appreciate the help of the support hose in flattering my figure, they are not necessary in order to squeeze my thighs and backside into the dress. It flows rather nicely.

Go me.

Losing weight: Now mandatory

Don’t worry, this isn’t about the government intruding even more into your life. Wait until January for that! No, I’m singing in Elle‘s wedding in December (December follows the gorge-fest known as Thanksgiving), and that means people are going to look at me at least once (“where’s that awful noise coming from?”) during the wedding. So 1) I need something to wear, and it needs to coordinate with Elle’s wedding colors, because I don’t want to clash; 2) I must look good.

I eat very well. I’m gluten-free and cow’s milk-free, and almost everything we eat is fresh. We walk for an hour with the dog every morning, so I am getting exercise. So I’m thinking I’m going to have to exercise even more.

I hate exercise except in the form of hiking, and that’s not exactly an every day activity. I don’t do gyms. When I’m working 9 hour days, cooking every night, and walking, I don’t have a whole hour for the Wii Fit… Suggestions? Should I start running with Rowdi for an hour instead of walking? Frank won’t like me very much if I make him run so I can look pretty. But that’s not a real factor in the decision — we’re already married, so he doesn’t have to like me. ;-)

We Can Wiirk It Out

Yes, so the last time I posted an update here was before Independence Day. I was white water rafting that day, and the next week, I forgot to post about it. The following week, Wii Fit and I had a bit of a falling out. See, when we first set it up, our weight would fluctuate several pounds every day. Up then down, then up, then down. I was happy just watching the progression show my weight slightly lower on my down days than the previous down days, slightly lower on my up days from my previous up days. I had lost 6.8 pounds.

Frank hated the weight fluctuations, saw them as a big, nasty flaw in the Wii Fit. I was like, whatevs, I’m losing weight, and I can look at the graph and see how it’s going. But no, Frank researched it. He learned that if your Wii Fit is on carpet, you need to have the extenders on the feet, and we weren’t using the extenders. So he put the extenders on, and my weight jumped by ten pounds. I’ve gotta tell you, that was crushing. I did the calculations and realized I had started my Wii Fit workouts in the 160s, which is enough to put me in a deep depression in which I would only eat Fiery Habaneros and Jennie’s macaroons for weeks on end, and I was no longer working my way through the 140s, but I was back in the 150s. That was too much for me to take. So I stopped working out. If we’d had the extenders on the balance board in the first place, I think I could have just handled it and started working hard to get back down to non-cow weight. But having the feeling of being only 20-something pounds away from my goal, and then having that feeling taken away — too much. That day when the balance board said, “You’ve gained weight. Try to think about the reasons for that,” I said, “Because you’re stupid!” I cried and couldn’t even look at the Wii Fit for a couple of weeks. Yep, a stupid piece of plastic and an animated balance board broke my spirit for a while.

I started back up a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t really get into it. I would work out Mondays and Tuesdays, then get all sad and not work out the rest of the week. Last week I worked late several days, and when I work late, there’s very little chance I’ll exercise. This week has been much better. So far I’ve worked out every day since Monday. And yesterday was great, because I have unlocked the Free Step extended edition, which means I can do free step aerobics for twenty minutes, change the channel, and watch the Olympics while I’m working out. And once I’ve done twenty minutes of aerobics, I’m free to do balance games and yoga. I’m staying away from the strength exercises and about half of the yoga poses right now, because my pinched nerve in my low back is seriously aggravated at the moment.

No weight update, though I will tell you my Wii Fit age is 23 right now. Yeah, the little balance board shouts at me, “That’s obese!” and then tells me my fit age is 23. Whatevs. Every time it says, “That’s obese!” you can guess what I shout. “YOU’RE OBESE! SHUT UP!”

Anyway, I’m not even weighing right now. I’m almost back to “That’s overweight,” and when I get there, I’ll start looking at my weight again. I can’t do it right now though.

p.s. If you’re posting about exercise and/or weight loss, post a link in the comments or email me, and I’ll include it in the main post.

We Can Wiirk It Out, update 4

Okie dokie. Today I did my Wiirkout in the evening.

Weight: 144.6
BMI: 27.3
Weight lost: 6.8 lbs!!! Because I’m awesome!
15.6 pounds to goal.
Wii Fit Age: 33

I feel pretty good about that. Only five more pounds, and I’m below 140! I haven’t seen below 140 since roughly… late 2005, early 2006?

*Nightfly makes excuses for his upcoming love handles. Ok, fine, move into your house, but no time for unpacking! You get with the program.
*Susan is still at awesome BMI and weight. Go Susan!

And that’s the update. If you want to join in, leave a comment or a link to your post.

Wiirk it, yo!

We Can Wiirk It Out, update 3

What can I say? I was visiting national parks on Friday (thank you, Teddy Roosevelt).

Anyway, today my weight is 146.7. That’s a total loss of… carry the one… 4.8 pounds? I did that in my head, so it may be wrong. No change in eating habits over the last three weeks, just Wii Fit, plus some hiking thrown in for good measure. I’m 16 or 17 pounds from my goal and moving along nicely. BMI: 27.something. Wii Fit Age today: 34. I was actually 29 at one point last week.

Good news! I did the Tree pose in yoga today without falling. My foot was even above the knee for at least two seconds. Go me!

My favorite yoga poses, the ones I do every day, are the Half-Moon, Palm Tree, Warrior, and that one where you lie flat on your back and twist one knee over your body. Oh, I unlocked the last yoga pose, the Shoulder Stand. Hahahahahaha. I get as far as sticking my toes straight up in the air, and then I’m supposed to slowly roll my legs over my body behind my head. Even if I get a running start, I can’t do that one. So I skip steps two, three, and four and basically just lie there with my legs in the air. And the trainer (whose hair is getting longer, have you noticed?) tells me I’m doing a great job and so flexible. If she only knew!

I am addicted to the ski jump. Also love the tilt board balance game (haven’t gotten past level seven) and the balance bubble. I’m into the Advanced Step aerobics now, but I have to admit, it’s hard. I get confused, and I’m just now to the point where it doesn’t tell me to watch the feet of the other Miis if I don’t understand the pretty diagrams. Finally got past that part.

*No update from Tha ‘Fly. I’m sure he was exercising like crazy.
*Susan’s update from Monday. Check you out with your super-healthy BMI!

If I missed anyone’s update, let me know, or link yourself in the comments, or comment and tell us all about it.

Great job, y’all!

Fiit Club

The first rule of Fiit Club is you don’t talk about Fiit Club. The second rule of Fiit Club is you don’t talk about Fiit Club.

Yeah, so Fiit Club probably doesn’t fit for a name for the super-awesome, non-exclusive, public Wii Fit club that approximately… carry the one… two people have joined me in. Ack, ending a sentence in a preposition, I should be shot.

Anyway, still looking for a geeky name and for more peeps for this coolest of non-gyms. So far, Susan is in, and Tha ‘Fly, while he doesn’t own a Wii Fit (why?), is going to do the progress-tracking part of it. And I’m in. I declare myself President, because it was my idea, and because I’m awesome. But according to me, almost everything that doesn’t suck is awesome, so y’all don’t feel bad.

Alright, here are my results for Week One(TM):

Beginning BMI: 28.6 or 28.7, I don’t remember.
Today’s BMI: 28.06. Wahoo! I’m less “overweight” than I was on Monday.
Beginning weight: 151.5
Today’s weight: 150.4
Total weight loss: 1.1 pounds (I told y’all it was lying)
# of times I’ve wanted to smash the creepy electronic balance board’s voice’s face (yes, I’ve decided that the voice has a face, even when the animated balance board isn’t waggling at you on-screen) for saying “Step on” and then giving an “Oh!” of surprise after I step on (“Oh! It hurts when you stand on me! I wasn’t ready for such girth! I should have braced myself!”): 415

So that’s the update for this week. LOL, after seeing Nightfly’s post about his results, we have an official name. We Can Wiirk it Out. (That is subject to change if someone comes up with something involving Sci-Fi TV.) I imagine that since Susan just got her Wii Fit yesterday, she may not have results until next week.

Now. More people must join, because at current, we only have enough bodies for President, Vice President, and Secretary. We still need enough people to add the offices of Treasurer, Historian, Librarian, Audit Committee Chair, Gun Chief, Watcher, Slayer, and Warmonger. Personally, I want double duty as President and Slayer.

Not only is the Wii Fit kicking my butt, it’s also a big fat liar.

Down 2.5 pounds my foot!

So here’s how the weigh-ins have gone with Wii Fit. Before I start, let me just say that I threw out my bathroom scale something like two years ago, because 1) after stepping off the thing, I was always seized by a strong desire to off myself and 2) I can’t *not* weigh myself every day if there is a scale in the house, and I know that it is so very, very bad to weigh every day.

Okay, so day 1, I did my Wiirkout in the evening. Weighed in at 151.5. Cool, happy that my starting point is just over 150 rather than just over 160 — let me tell you, the day a weigh-in nurse first told me my weight was 162 and therefore I had finally passed yet another 10-pound benchmark? I think I stayed in bed for three days eating Totino’s pizzas and Oreo cookies with a side of gravy after hearing that. Anyway, 151.5. I was wearing my khaki bermuda shorts, Dave Matthews Band firedancer tank top, and socks. No shoes.

Day 2, I got up and got started. I was wearing my khaki bermuda shorts, DMB tank, socks, and running shoes (after doing the jogging module the first day, I realized I absolutely must wear shoes for this except during yoga). Took off the same amount (2 pounds) for light clothing (Wii asks you at the weigh-in how heavy your clothes are — one day I’m going to put zero and see if the little animated balance board makes a pass at me), resisted the temptation to say heavy clothing (4 pounds) because of the shoes, though that would have been perfectly fair. Wii said my weight was something like 150. Before the balance board even told me, I said, “Well, that’s to be expected. You weigh more later in the day.” But still. I’d added about 2 pounds of shoes.

Well, I didn’t have time to finish my workout in the morning (only got in 27 minutes), so I decided to get back on the Wii Fit when I got home. So around 6:30 p.m. yesterday, I started up again. I had stopped the Body Test after the weigh-in yesterday morning, because I wanted to get in the whole workout before I had to shower for work, so I went back to the Body Test. I figured I should do the balance tests and all that (I tend to lean right). To get to that point, you have to weigh in again. Weight this time (near the end of the day) was 148. Yeah, right. 3.5 pounds already? Auction off that beach house in Arizona to someone else, because this biddy ain’t buying. But still, I’m just so happy it isn’t telling me that it’s just joking, I’m really over 160 again. Oh, and I was wearing heavier clothes (pajama pants and t-shirt) plus my running shoes. I should have been up from my morning weight, because of that whole fluctuation thing, but I wasn’t.

I’m trying not to get excited about progress, because I know it’s impossible for me to have lost any weight yet after two workouts, but whatevs.

So this morning I weighed in. Just a hair below 149. Tcha! As if. Bermuda shorts, DMB tank, socks, running shoes, and even my sparkly bandana this morning.

I’m not really focusing on the daily weight, though. In fact, I wish they had me weigh in only once a week or every two weeks; it’s more meaningful that way. I think what I’m going to do is update y’all on my weight every Friday (remind me if I don’t) so we can see a bigger picture of any progress going on.

What I am focusing on is how my body feels. I’m sore. I was sore yesterday morning, and today, my butt feels like someone took a hammer to it. So it’s gotta be working, right?

WII FIT CHALLENGE

Now. Tha ‘Fly mentioned that he wants to track his daily progress, too, and from the comments I’ve received, I know several of you have the Wii Fit. So I’m thinking we have like a Wii Fit Club (but y’all come up with a way cooler name than that, preferably something geeky). Anyone who wants to be included, email me or comment here, and every Friday I’ll post all of our results as you send them in (pounds lost — you don’t have to mention your starting weight, but you are welcome to). I’m not thinking of it as a contest, but more of a dorky club meant to encourage each other. You who aren’t participating can make super-awesome supportive comments, too. So I’m thinking we would start this Friday (you can say your weight, how long you’ve been Wiirking out, total weight lost since you started Wii Fit, how far you are from your goal, BMI improvement, as much or as little as you want to include). Every Friday I’ll do an update with everyone’s stats.

So here are the questions:
1) Who’s in?
2) Suggestions for the cool, geeky name for our non-exclusive club (anyone can join at any time, no need to catch up)?

The Wii is trying to kill me

It will likely succeed.

The Wii Fit was waiting for us on the porch in a big, red, smiling Target box when we got home. I quickly claimed first use.

Frank wanted to see how everything works, so even though I told him he would need to leave the room, he stuck around for my weigh-in. I’ve gotta say, I cheered a little. As in woo-hooed. Weight: First, an aside. I remember that right after my gluten challenge last June, I weighed in at 162. A whopper. I think I lost down to 156 within a couple of months, but then I plateaued, see-sawed, whatever. I know I went up and down because my pants would get tighter and looser (and the pants I bought only three months ago now require a belt so I don’t look like a hip young rapper). Boobs get bigger, boobs get smaller. You chicks know the drill (maybe some of you men know it, too). Anyway, the only thing that has changed in the last year is my diet. If you read here ever, you know I switched to coconut and sometimes palm oils for cooking (extra-v, unrefined), olive oil for raw food. We don’t do much packaged food (though I did eat a lot of Amy’s Organics food when I first started my job because I was adjusting to having to get up before ten); I make almost everything fresh. No gluten, obviously. When I went back on dairy for those two months or so, I know the weight went right back up, but I’ve noticed it slowly declining again P.D. (post-dairy). Fruit with dinner almost every single night. Pork is rarely consumed, stuff like that. Anyway, you get it. We don’t have very many bad eating habits. Unless you count that on my menu for the week, I have brownies listed as a breakfast food.

Ok, so back to my weight. 151.5. Wahoo! BMI? Eeeegad. 28.6.

Wii Fit wouldn’t let me set my goal for more than 22 pounds, so my goal is to lose 22 pounds in three months. I think I can do it. I’ve been steadily losing about a half pound a month (by my estimation) with no exercise, so I think I can do it.

I did the workout. Thirty minutes (which took about an hour because I did the demo on everything that had one) made me pretty tired. I did fine on the balance stuff, strength training, aerobics.

Yoga kicked my butt. Actually, one yoga pose kicked my butt. The Tree. Dude, seriously? I might be able to do that if I shave off some fat, take off all my clothes, and lie on my back. I couldn’t even get past step one. Grab your ankle, pull your foot up to touch the opposite thigh, leave it there. Ok, first of all? My foot doesn’t stick to my thigh. Maybe if I try double-sided tape. And then, THEN! You have to let go of the foot. And the foot is supposed to stay on the thigh. Hahahaha. Maybe I’ll videotape myself trying just that part. And then you’re supposed to — get this mularkey — raise your arms in that yoga way above your head, streeeeeetch your back, and reach for the sky! While your foot is supposed to still be touching your thigh. At the end of that one, the trainer says to me, “You put your foot down once during the exercise, now, didn’t you?” Um, once? Did you miss the other minute and fifty-nine of that? I was a Weeble.

Anyway, I suspect I’ll be crawling tomorrow, since I did thirty minutes of actual activity. I will update you on my progress.

I’m scared

Today we will receive a package in the mail. A rather frightening package. Yes, peeps. Today we get the Wii Fit.

The scary part? Learning my weight and BMI. I haven’t been weighed since roughly… carry the one… a year ago. I mean, I’m almost positive I’ve lost weight. I know I’ve lost girth. But I am a woman, and as such, I’m automatically assuming that I’ll have gained twenty pounds since my last weigh-in.

So as soon as we get home, I’ll be taking the Wii Fit for a test drive. I think the most painful part will be finding out my stats (for which I will make Frank leave the room, but I can’t keep my own secrets, so I’ll end up telling him — not that he cares). After that, I’m hoping it gives me a good workout.

weight update

Because I know y’all want to know. The good news is that I am in all but one pair of my skinny jeans. It sounds so good when I say it out loud, but the one pair of my skinny jeans I’m not in is my one pair in single digits — oh, and I finally gave up on the skinny jeans I had bought when I bought my hold-out Paris Blues and gave all of those to Essay last Christmas. So it’s really not as exciting as it sounds, since my Paris Blues are from the giant set of awesome clothes I bought in 2003 and 2004, and most of those are gone. But my now-considered-skinny jeans I bought in 2005 when I gave up on the previous jeans do, yes, now fit. Some of them even fit comfortably!

I don’t know why, but I wasn’t that worried about the holidays packing on the pounds for me, I guess because I haven’t gained any weight since about July, when I cut out dairy (after having already cut the gluten). And I actually have not gained any weight — at least that’s what my clothes tell me. I don’t actually know what my weight is, because I refuse to keep a scale. Oh, that reminds me. My insane husband who must enjoy living in complete misery actually suggested we get a scale. Yeah, okay, why don’t I just put my weight obsession on the neurotic level while we’re at it? Sign me up for those diet patches that don’t work! BTW, he didn’t mention the scale for my weight loss — it’s because the poor boy needs to gain weight and has a hard time doing it.

Anyway, I suppose when I get a new doctor, I’ll tell y’all the number. But for now I give you that I have only the Paris Blues with which to contend. I will prevail!

I Wiied a lot yesterday

Yesterday morning , we decided to do our Wii Fitness ages again. Frank was 38, and I was 34. So I aged seven years in one day.

After that, I decided to play one of the tennis training games… And I was quickly addicted. I bowled, I played tennis, I played baseball. I didn’t golf, and I didn’t box. Anyway, I must have played a couple hours (at least) yesterday. And I worked up a pretty good sweat and tired out my arms. I got a little bit of leg work but not much. This morning? My shoulders and upper arms were soooo sore. Also, my thighs were, surprisingly, a little sore.

I’ve bowled and played tennis for about an hour this morning. Frank and I just did our fitness ages. Frank got all boxing minigames and was 22! I, however, got the tennis one with the moving wall (not my best tennis game), the home runs one (I suck at that one), and the tennis returning one (it’s one of my best games). Even with the last one to balance me out, I was 63! Clearly I need more practice.

Anyway, I’m planning to start Wiiing every day. If nothing else, it will work out my arms and make my whole body sweat a little. Couple that with three to four mile walks every day once we get to Idaho, and I’ll be getting a decent amount of exercise!

Be not afraid. . . I do NOT have the baby bug!

This may be a sensitive post for some, as it is about babies, so continue reading at your own risk.

I definitely don’t have the baby bug… yet. I am finding them cuter and cuter every day, though. Is that a sign of anything? It seems like everyone is having babies or wanting babies these days, and I’ve kinda been feeling like an outsider until recently. I was looking at Helen’s pictures and reading the posts about birthing her babies, and I turned to Frank and said, “I wanna have a baaaaaby.” He looked at me and asked if I was serious. And he was grinning! Grinning! What the hay? I wasn’t telling him we should go shopping for baby bedding and curtains and brightly colored paints (oh, heck no, there will be no turquoise or pink rooms in our house) or anything like that; I was just making a comment because I was all teary-eyed over Helen’s Nick and Nora. Of course, I suspect he’ll be fine with putting a bun in my oven as soon as we’re settled in Idaho — he’s made comments as such before.

I mean, we’ve talked about the fact that we’d like to start having babies not too long after we get to Idaho… because, you know… I’m thirty-one. I am getting awful ripe for baby-bearing. All of my pregnancies, should I be able to conceive, will be high-risk as it is because of the epilepsy (and I’ll have to get off my seizure meds). And at least one baby (if we have three, or have two and adopt one, or have one and adopt two – ack! Did I give in to his wish for three babies? When did that happen?) will be an even higher risk pregnancy, because I’m hoping the babies will be two or three years apart.

We’d really prefer that our financial situation is stable and good before I get all large with child and we start looking at the crib bedding and mobiles. It would be nice to not have to worry about how we’re going to afford the college tuition savings, the clothing, the food, and even the kids furniture. But you know what they say. If you plan kids for when you think you’re financially ready, you’ll just never have them. I have a feeling that with me getting on in age like apples that need to be stewed instead of served raw, my age is going to be the biggest factor. We can only wait so long to get started…

look! new hair!

Sue took about five inches off. I could have made myself a little fufu dog to carry around in my purse from all the hair that came off. I love my new length — it was almost to my waist, heavy, and mousy. I also love all the pretty colors Sue put in it. The darkest color you see is the natural one.

Oh, and yes. That’s a giant zit in the middle of my forehead.
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long overdue

I get to have my hair done today! It’s almost to my waist, and my highlights are waaaaay grown out. I’m getting it cut to my collarbone and getting the highlights overhauled. I’d show y’all the before picture if it weren’t so embarrassing. I just may post an after picture, though, depending on how it looks…

weight update!

I know, you’re all so excited. I weighed at Publix again a few days ago. Wet hair, hair clip, heavy shoes, heavy clothes… I’ve lost another 1.5 pounds from when I weighed a couple weeks before that. So it is coming off slowly (the gluten-free lifestyle isn’t a miracle burner of calories and fat), but it is coming off (and hopefully staying off). Wahoo!

i have lost weight!

I’m not sure what my total is right now, because I weighed at Publix on the ginormous scale a couple of weeks ago and haven’t weighed since, but since going gluten-free again, I had lost six pounds as of a couple of weeks ago. I think it started coming off more slowly this time around because I was still doing dairy off and on trying to pinpoint things. Now I am off dairy completely (as of about a week ago), at least until I’m all healed up (then I’ll try again and see if I can handle cream and yogurt).

Figuring out what food was killing me has been the best weight loss program ever! I did Weight Watchers, chromium picolinate (early early college), exercise, low carb, high carb, Slim Fast, weight training, running, walking, all of it. Well, not all of it. I never tried the shakes you make yourself like Muscle Milk. But going gluten-free is the only thing that has worked for me in several years. It’s all about getting rid of the poison.

i told y’all i’m not hungry

My lunch every day this week (because this is oh-so-exciting blog material):

  • One avocado sprinkled w/ garlic powder and kosher salt.
  • About half a cup of hearts of palm, cut in chunks.
  • Fruit, usually pears.
  • 365 Black Cherry soda (so good).

Yeah. That’s what I’ve been eating for lunch. Because it’s all I’m hungry for. And some days I’m forgetting to eat dinner. Yesterday, I did eat a packaged Indian dish I bought at the health food store (not Amy’s, this one was not in the freezer section and was labeled completely GF and not manufactured in a facility that also makes wheat products). No wonder I’m losing weight. I’m definitely doing that. I don’t own a scale, but I have tightened my belt two loops since getting off gluten, and my shirts are fitting looser. I still have a long way to go, but the swelling came out of my face immediately, my boobs disappeared right away, and now my stomach is starting to flatten. I suspect my arms will start to deflate next. My legs and butt will be the most stubborn. As always. Cheeky buttocks.

Pun intended, of course.

ahem: not for you to see!

In an email conversation with Dave in Texas…[edited so the capitalization is consistent throughout]

SARAHK: BTW, we recorded ourselves doing karaoke the other night. Don’t freak when you see how fat I am. But as soon as we get the right firewire, we’re posting it.
DAVE IN TEXAS: Don’t fret about your body dear. It’s temporary. Lucky for us we don’t have to wear this skin forever. And I look forward to seeing it.
SARAHK: My body? Frank will be mad. Haha, just kidding. I know what you meant.
DAVE IN TEXAS: I did word that badly didn’t I?

Yes. Oh, and about that karaoke. We have to get a different firewire cord that will feed into one of our laptops, because the desktop is out of commission (busted monitor), but we did record a lot of songs the other night and will post them on the interwebs soon. Some of them are pretty good, some of them are pretty bad, and some of them are pretty funny. A list of songs:

  • My Heart Will Go On (me)
  • A surprise that I won’t even tell you, it’s too good (Frank)
  • I Am the Walrus (Frank)
  • A Broken Wing (me) (not very good)
  • Alone (me) (not very good)
  • Ring of Fire (Frank)
  • Magic Carpet Ride (Frank)
  • Angel (me) (this was my best one)
  • Amish Paradish (Frank)
  • Before Your Love (me)
  • outtakes

We definitely need to pick up some new karaoke CDs so I can stop singing the same songs over and over. We need Carrie Underwood, new Kelly Clarkson, more Heart, more Martina, more showtunes, “Jackson” by Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash. We need good duets.

I absolutely cannot believe I’m drawing attention to this

Reasons I cannot believe it?
1) It is truly awful. Though I do have to give myself credit for acting chops I didn’t know I had. Those are real tears at the end I managed to drum up.
2) It’s a terrible song. The only reason we ever sing it is because we (usually) sound good on it, and I like the melody. Um, not this time.
3) I’m very careful not to post recent pictures of myself unless they somehow leave out my multiple chins, stomach fat rolls, and puffy arms. This video showcases all of that, and I was wearing a shirt that should have at least covered the fat rolls. It was loose on me when standing, so… I should just never ever sit down until I lose my gluten weight.
4) The only good part of the video is that Minerva manages to stick around for the whole thing and doesn’t slash our faces off and run away in protest.

Oh, and wRitErsbLock is not nearly as bad as we are. And she’s way better than Britney. I only wish we had “Stronger” by Britney in our karaoke list, because I can totally emulate the Mickey Mouse Britney voice for that song. But it does tend to make me want to put on zebra stripes and dance around a chair in the middle of a lightning storm, so the world is probably better off for it.

Ok, no more stalling.

doctor

So I see the new gastro tomorrow. His website says he has a particular interest in gut motility disorders. I’m hopeful.

I also see the endocrinologist.

I think it’s wrong to be weighed on doctors’ scales twice in one day. Maybe at the endo’s, I’ll just tell them what the gastro’s scale said and tell them to write that down on their little humiliating sheet.

BTW, I weighed at Publix early this week, and the big scale there said 150, which would bring total weight loss to 12 pounds. And that was in the afternoon. I’m skeptical about that, even though I was able to get into my size 8 lavender suit pants (not zipped, no, but on all the way — I’ll take it), and even though the belt I bought in December has to be tightened all the way and is still too loose and the jeans are still falling down. They’re such cute jeans, too. Don’t get me wrong, they don’t fall in the butt and thigh area. Just the waist. But that’s cool, because that means I can now wear this and carry my P99 on my person, and my purse won’t be so heavy. Excellent.