Category Archives: Weight Loss

Brutally Honest

I don’t know how we did it, but Jason and I managed to go out for our 2-mile run in the rain and cold. We are about one week out from our first 5K of the season, and the conditioning is also important for our trip in July.

Rain, wind, and run-whiped Laura.

One helpful tool in getting me out the door was my new toy: a Garmin Forerunner 305! I feel like such an athleteย  ๐Ÿ™‚ . The Garmin will give me great feedback on my workouts and I hope it will push me to challenge myself.

Despite the weather, I needed this run. I had a bit of a down day realizing that I’m not making progress towards my weight-loss goal. More specifically, I’ve made no progress ย  ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I’m contemplating some new reward-based strategies to help. And I need to start holding myself more accountable, so I’ll likely be turning to you all for help. I hope you won’t mind more posts about my food choices and workouts.

I want to have the absolute best time hiking through the Yosemite High Sierra Camps. I need to keep that sentiment in the forefront of my mind everyday…

One Good Decision Leads to Another

My week is off to a great start. I guess trying to look at things from a more positive perspective really helps ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yesterday, I managed to finally drag myself out of bed for a morning workout. I did my new Booty Barre DVD, and it literally kicked my booty! On the surface, the workout doesn’t appear to be too difficult…but that’s the surface view. It is super challenging! I was taking constant breaks and I may have cursed the TV a time or two ๐Ÿ˜ย  Despite the difficulty of the workout, I’m excited to take it on again!

In the spirit of one good decision leading to another, I was a healthy little eater yesterday and felt great as a result. I enjoyed my new favorite breakfast: oatmeal (Mom – If you’re reading this, yes, I did just say oatmeal ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ). I added some walnuts to my apple-cinnamon oatmeal and shared a nanner with my doggies.

Nanner moochers
Nanner Buddies

The whole healthy thing didn’t stop with breakfast. A mid-morning snack of an orange kept me going until lunch…for which I WALKED HOME! Granted, I live approximately a half a mile from work, but I have only walked to work or home for lunch a couple of times. It felt great to get out and enjoy the fresh air, a little sunshine, and a big salad topped off with spending time with the kids.

Carrots with hummus and grapefruit slices for a snack and English muffin pizzas for dinner capped off my good day.

Today was rainy and chilly, but Jason and I didn’t let that keep us from running this morning. Amazing? For us, yes! We just managed to get out and back between downpours. My legs were pretty tired after, so I opted to grab lunch on campus instead of walking home in the rain. I’m happy with my choice.

Gloomy Day on Campus

My morning run was followed by more healthy food choices: oatmeal and a banana for breakfast; an orange mid-morning; a veggie sandwich and chips for lunch (the chips being my one downfall); carrots with hummus again in the afternoon; and a naked vegetarian burrito from Qdoba for dinner.

Question of the Day:

What is one healthy thing you did for yourself today?

Backpacking for Divas 101: Conditioning Progress

Back at the beginning of December, I wrote my first “Backpacking for Divas” post about conditioning. As far as preparing for our High Sierra Camp experience, conditioning has been my focus through December and January. This period is coming to an end, and soon I’ll be moving on to the next phase in my prep: Learning.

So how have I progressed over the last couple months, and what have I learned?

  • Losing weight after age 30 is rough. I remember losing about 50 pounds in my mid to late 20’s. Wow, was that easy! Now it seems that no matter what I do, the weight just stays put. It’s unfortunate that I gained weight after the incredible loss I achieved, and I don’t blame anyone but myself. Now, I’m back to working hard to drop the 30 pounds I put back on over the last five years in order enjoy my High Sierra experience to the fullest.
  • Variety is key. To battle weight loss resistance and to keep myself engaged in my workouts, I have found variety to be important. Variety comes in the form of different types of workouts during the week – a little elliptical, some weights, pilates, and yoga. It also can be incorporated into an individual workout itself. I’m a big fan of intervals, and I have been doing more of them during my elliptical workouts. Keep it challenging and keep it interesting.
  • Legs, back, and core: make ’em strong! After our Adventure Hike in Yosemite last summer, I realized just how important leg strength is to hardcore hiking. I also discovered how important back and core strength is to hauling a backpack while doing it. To improve strength in all three areas, I’ve focused on the following:
    • Running and Elliptical workouts for my legs
    • Weight Training focused on my upper back/arm/shoulder muscles for upper body strength
    • Pilates and Yoga for core conditioning

Weight Loss Progress

So how did I do with my baby steps last week? There was a little good and a little bad. I challenged myself in the workouts I did, but I skipped working out several days. I wound up going over my calorie intake range everyday, but, on average, by less than the previous weeks (approximately 300 over vs. 500 over). Far from perfect, but taking it a day at a time.

So for this week…

  • Staying realistic, go over my calorie range by no more that 200 calories on days I go over
  • Skip no more than one schedule workout this week
    • Monday: Elliptical
    • Tuesday: David Kirsch Bootcamp
    • Wednesday: Elliptical
    • Thursday: Pilates
    • Friday: Elliptical
    • Saturday: David Kirsch Bootcamp
    • Sunday: Yoga
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