March 21, 2011

the good. the bad. the ugly.

The good news?  When I weighed myself Saturday morning, my total pounds lost was 5.2.

The bad news?  I uh, indulged in two delicious dinners this weekend.

The ugly?  I still decided I NEEDED pizza tonight.  (I did limit myself to two pieces, and I did NOT go over my calorie limit for the day)

We were at my parents house this weekend, and didn't head back until this afternoon, so I haven't had a chance to weigh myself.  I'm a little nervous about what the scale will say in the morning.  I've got six more days to meet my goal, so hopefully I can get it done!

This morning I did week four day one of C25K.  There is an added seven minutes of running (jogging) from last week.  I won't lie, it was tough.  But I didn't die (on the stamina end of things anyway).  I did get to run outside this morning which was amazing.  I'm not sure I could have made it through the run on the treadmill.  I don't think I was moving quite as fast, but hey.  Running on the actual road instead of the treadmill is tougher, not to mention there were actually some hills.  Nothing huge by any means, but a heck of a lot more incline than I was using inside.  Hopefully I'll be able to finish out this week running outside as well.

The running has become a little more tough thanks to the fact that my knees are KILLING ME!  They are completely fine while I'm walking, but then when I start jogging, all of the tendons or ligaments in my knees feel like they are frozen and bruised.  Usually halfway through the workout the pain subsides, but apparently the five minute warm up walk isn't really doing me much good in the knee department.  Any suggestions on how to get the knees ready to go?

As far as my goals from last week went (consuming more water and watching my sodium)… well I didn't do very well.  I definitely didn't drink any more water than I usually do.  Oops.  I did pay more attention to where my sodium was coming from, which a lot of it is in the packaged lunch meat I've been getting from sandwiches.  I also LOVE soup, which generally has a lot of sodium as well.

For this week I am going to keep those two goals in mind, while also trying to add a wee bit of strength training in to my routine.  At least some ab exercises.  I need to do something!  Also, eat more veggies.  Why are those so tough to squeeze in?

Has anyone else out there recently decided to change their habits for the better?  How's it going?  Make sure to check out McFatty Monday's over at Heir to Blair


Joi said...

D and I are trying to get in the workout mode again! I'm inspired by your activity!

Erin said...

The ONLY way I ever get veggies in is if they are basically in the meal - like kale lasagna, homemade soups, chicken pot pie. That's pretty much all the meals we ever eat lately, because Annie eats that much better than just plain veggies.

Ashley said...

Make yourself eat your veggies first, even for breakfast! We love scrambled egg whites with whole wheat toast and tomatoes--so eat your tomatoe firt :)--or juice! We do that with Lilly. We add spinach or kale to her orange juice (we use a juicer) and you can't even tell!

Jorden and Kristin said...

Good for you! maybe make some fruit and veggie smoothies? My mom used to make us a green smoothie every morning (celery, spinach or kale, green apples, banana, water, and peas) it has to be super cold though! :)

As for your knees, try some gentle squats? or some lunges? Something along those lines that will help stretch your knees before you work them hard!

Keep it up!

Meredith said...

We do a green smoothie most mornings--strawberries, banana, spinach, and some skim milk.

Also, I don't think that the pizza is ugly at all--as long as you stayed within your calorie limits for the day, I think it's totally fine to eat pizza every once in awhile!

Jenny said...

I'm really inspired by you, Ashley! Maybe I need to get off my butt & do the C25K...
Anyway, my husband has Meniere's disease, and can eat hardly ANY sodium. So we've had to cut out a TON! I'm not a cook by any means, but I got this cookbook ( and that has helped us a ton. The recipes use easy to find stuff (and no, I'm not paid to promote that book or anything). Basically we stay away from pre-packaged stuff, and canned anything. When the urge to have pizza strikes, I make my own! You can get pizza crust yeast that doesn't need to rise, and just omit the salt.
Good luck, and keep holding yourself accountable on here - it's holding ME accountable too! =)

Julieanne said...

I also love soup, but I make mine so I can use very little sodium. In know that you don't like to cook, but what I do is I just cut up a bunch of veggies and throw them in a pot with chicken stock. Let it simmer until the veggies are done. Then I let it cool and portion it out into zip-lock baggies. I put the baggies into the freezer so that they are ready whenever I want them. I take them to work like a microwave meal. I just take them out of the bag and heat in a bowl. Couldn't be easier or healthier. Plus, you can seriously control the sodium issue, especially with some low sodium chicken stock. Below is my recipe for cabbage soup that I love. Only like 67 calories and super healthy for you.

6 cups chicken broth
2 carrots
1 bell pepper
1/2 c. chopped celery
2 zucchini
16 oz diced tomatoes
1 onion
1/2 tsp garlic
4 cups cabbage
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
seasonings to taste

chop all ingredients into bite sized pieces and cook until veggies are tender.

Anonymous said...

Hey! this is really off topic...but I have been reading your blog for awhile...makes me smile :)and just looked at the pics of your house and LOVE the color that your kitchen is...I am about to paint my kitchen and would love it if you could tell me the color!! (if you remember)


Me said...

You're doing great!! Congrats on making your goal!