Week 39: Recap

Yeah, so, about that "downhill slope to one-derland."

Tomorrow is October 1. As of this morning's weigh-in, I did not meet my goal to get to 199 lbs by this date. 

I did, however, reach 205. That's a three-pound loss for the entire month of September, which seems pretty underwhelming after my big loss in August. Buuuut I'm still making progress. I'm getting closer and closer to reaching my goals. I can get under 200 in October. 

Yesterday, Anna and I did another crazy exercise challenge...


Yep. We went to a live Zumba class!

I've had it on my bucket list for years to go to a fitness class, but I've just never had the guts to do it. You know how those kinda classes are in exercise DVDs. It's always a bunch of midriff-baring, super-attractive women and a token gay guy doing the moves in perfect synch without producing the tiniest sweat droplet. That image always surfaces when I consider going to an exercise class, so naturally, I always talk myself out of it.

Well, I faced my fears yesterday and just did it. AND. I. FREAKING. LOVED. IT. It was the most fun I've had in ages. The other people in the class (who were slightly chubby middle-aged women and obese people like myself) set me at ease. Lora, the instructor was awesome, very friendly and laidback. The hour flew by, and by the end, I was pouring sweat. But so was everyone else.

Thankfully, it was nothing like this.


I'm excited to start a new month. I don't think I've mentioned it on here yet, but I'm doing my second 5K in October. It's Halloween-themed, so I'm taking costume suggestions! 

A Sunrise Hike


If you've been keeping up with my posts for the last few weeks, you've seen me bragging about how my best friend Anna and I have been meeting every weekday morning at 6 AM to exercise. Some days we go to the park, other days we go to the gym, and sometimes, we go to her place for Zumba or Just Dance battles. We like to mix it up. I, at least, fear that we're going to get bored and quit.

I've really been wanting to incorporate some kind of challenge event into our workouts, sort of Biggest Loser style. I want to do something different, something extra ambitious, at least once a month. I pitched the slightly crazy idea of going on a hike at a nearby state park, keeping our starting time at our usual 6 AM.

We've lived close to this beautiful, mountainous, trail-filled area our entire lives, been best friends for 15 years, and we've never gone hiking together. Anna was up for the idea, so yesterday, we got up extra early, left home while it was still black outside, and began our journey up the mountain.

When we reached the trail head, the sun had just begun to break through the darkness. So when we first entered the forest, beneath the shadows of the clustered trees, it was pretty dark. And spooky. We both felt like we'd ventured off into the Forbidden Forest from Harry Potter. But in minutes, the daylight grew brighter. Orange rays fell across our path.


We followed the trail for about forty minutes when we found this rock ledge a few steps off the path. We adventurously climbed it and found this:


A radiant sunrise. Silvery mist lingering above the mountains in the distance. One of the most breathtaking sights I've ever seen. That picture so doesn't do it justice. We sat down on the ledge, which will now be known as The Viewing Rock, and ate some of the crackers I'd put in my backpack. We sat together in awed silence, admiring the view. And of course, we took some pictures.

Anna and me enjoying our "emergency crackers" on The Viewing Rock

Anna glowing gorgeously in the sunlight

Me looking like a serious pro with my sweet backpack
We stayed there for a few minutes, then it was back to the trail. We blazed on through enchanted-looking forest, across creeks, even parts that made us think we'd been somehow magically transported to a rainforest.

To sum it up, we hiked for 5 hours total. We covered 11.06 miles. That's way more than we ever set out to do, more than we ever thought possible.

Just look at us. Getting so fit and strong and smexy.

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Week 36: Disappointment Ensues

I knew it would happen sooner or later. But I didn't expect it after a week of trying so hard.

My weight this morning was the same as last week's. 208. Zero pounds lost.

I'm trying really hard to not be discouraged. I've come so far already, I can't give up. I've lost thirty stinking pounds. I don't wanna throw that away.

But this week, I got up even earlier each morning to exercise with my friend, and I felt like our workouts were harder and more intense than last week. We actually incorporated jogging this week. Jogging. At 6 AM. Me!

I felt like that would really show up on the scale. And it didn't.

I know, I know. At least I didn't gain. And I'm probably losing inches. Or gaining muscle. Or all of the above. Plus, I had a higher than usual weigh-in last week (-3 lbs!), and that usually means a sucky follow-up weigh-in.

So, everything's not lost.


Well, of course that made me think of Coldplay.

And with Coldplay come positive thoughts. Especially since today, after my disappointing weigh-in, I turned to my acoustic guitar and sounded out "Yellow", a feat I've been attempting for I don't know how long. I've been trying unsuccessfully to figure out this one blasted chord in the chorus. Today I got it. I can play one of my favorite songs now. I know, no one cares that I can finally play what's considered an easy tune for beginner guitarists, but whatever. It brought a yellow ray of happiness into my sad little morning.

I am excited to admit my guitar skills are better. I'm learning lots of new songs, from an array of artists and genres. Johnny Cash. Mat Kearney. Adele. Randy Travis. Rihanna. ('Fraid so.) My finger calluses are back in business. One of my goals for 2012 was to practice guitar at least once a week. I've been doing it at least three times a week. And I'm just happy to see some improvement at last.

In other news, I started a new job this week.

 
Thursday was orientation. I'll be providing one-on-one client care for an in-home assisted living company. In addition to in-home services, they also send caregivers to sit with clients when they are being hospitalized and have no family to keep them company. Tonight, I'm working my first shift doing just that. It's third shift, 8 PM to 8 AM, which I have never done before. And I'm more than a little worried about that, because lately I've been in bed before 10. 

...

We'll see how that goes. I'm afraid I'll have to turn to caffeine and sugar to get me through it, once again trashing my system after I've kept it clean these past few months.

*weary sigh*

Really sorry about the mopey-iness in this post. Really. I just hope next week is better.

Week 35: Recap- 30 lbs Down

I had an awesome weigh-in this weekend: 208 lbs. That's a three pound loss since last week!

I met my August goal of getting below 210 and BEAT IT.

Boo yah.

Oh, and that unexpected extra pound? It brought my total weight loss so far to....

*drum roll*

30 POUNDS!

(Sorry about all the caps and bold letters and exclamation points and such. I'm quite excited.)

This means I'm less than ten pounds away from being below 200, which I haven't been since I was a teenager. Half a decade ago.

So that is the goal for September. To be 199 lbs or less by October 1.

Back in January, I would have thought it was impossible to get to 199 by the end of this year. But now? I've seen what I can do. And if I don't get lazy, I could hit 172 lbs by the end of December. I could. I did the math. (Like, seriously, I really did it.) Heck, I could be at my goal weight of 150 before next summer.

Whoa.

I'm 100% sure that a huge part of my success this week was due to the fact that I got up every single day at 5:30 AM, met my BFF for workouts 6:15 AM, then went to bed early at night. I managed to get in two flippin' hours of cardio every day before 9 AM, plus my usual light strength training. I loved all the extra energy and time I had to get stuff done after working out when I'd usually be sleeping. Plus, my body was ready for bed around 8 PM every night, so I was too sleepy to sit around in front of the TV/computer with the late night munchies like I usually do. It really eliminated the night time snacking, which is where I normally pack in the most calories.

I'm really proud of myself for sticking to that early morning routine this week. Getting up early for anything is really character for me, so it was a definite challenge. Knowing that my friend was waiting on me was a huge motivator. If I'd been planning to exercise alone, I probably would have turned off my alarm clock and gone back to sleep.