myjourneyfromfattofit

July 16, 2011

Alternate protein sources…..

So today it was raining like the heavens opened up and I might need to think about building an arc…..I spent the day being totally lazy and contemplating skipping my run, even though I currently have the availability of a treadmill to use so weather is really no excuse……anyhoo while I was busy being lazy today I was thinking about alternate protein sources because A) I am poor B) I am getting sick of eating nothing but chicken…….I loathe fish….I try to eat it then it gets wasted because no matter what kind of fish no matter how it’s seasoned I still can’t bring myself to eat it…..the only type of fish I can handle is albacore tuna (the white tuna) and at 2.99 a can it’s far too rich for this student’s diet most days….how sad is that? Tuna is a luxury lol…….I rarely eat red meat…..although I could happily eat a nice slice of bbq’d moo alas I can not afford much of that either…..extra lean ground beef in the smallest butcher pack they sell usually runs about $4.00 so also not a regular option……I’m on the fence about tofu…..some I like some not so much……so most of the time my protein comes from chicken because I can buy a box of boneless skin-less for what amounts to about $1.30 a piece…..soooo the fact that I eat chicken at least 5 days a week is starting to make meals a snore…….Even with my stellar cluinary skills!……Eggs are even cheaper but I already eat those for breakfast almost every single day, and I despise eggs LOL…pork is out of the question I really do not like the taste…..sooooo once again thinking about alternate protein sources on the cheap 🙂

I was thinking beans etc….then it stopped raining and I really really had no more excuses not to run so I got dressed and off I went……I was getting into the beats and still trying to think up meals with protein other than chicken……when BLAMO! something flew in my MOUTH!!!!!!! I came dangerously close to it becoming part of my bubble gum! I spit it out….well rather I tried to spit it out….anyone who knows me knows that I do not have the ability to spit at all…..last time the need arose and I tried I ended up spitting on myself LOL…….anyway I ended up having to fish said black fly out of my mouth with my finger…..again anyone who knows me knows how traumatic this is! I hate bugs….any kind of bugs…..but the little ones are the worst…..they are sneaky….they buzz around your face and then dive bomb your ears!…..they flit around your eyes then swoop into your mouth!….disgusting…..I have a wicked gag reflex sooooo needless to say I began to gag…..picture me running down a residential street gagging and people staring like what’s up with this freak? haha!……at one point I actually had to stop running because I was in full dry heave hell…….all for a stupid little black fly!  This was NOT the alternate source of protein I had in mind!

From now on I’m stickin’ to chicken 😛

July 3, 2011

Week 8

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 7:09 pm

Well I started week 8 of my 10 week run program yesterday.  It is difficult, yet not difficult all at the same time…….my body is adjusting to running again and even with the increases in time every week I am getting used to the feeling and getting my stride earlier in my intervals.  I am able to catch my breath faster and the whole asthma thing is not really bothering me much except on humid days….then it feels like a troll is sitting on my chest while I run…which is awesome.  I have actually been able to start paying better attention to my form while running now….making sure I am not holding my arms to close to my chest so as not to close my chest and make breathing harder…….proper foot placement as I run instead of just thinking oh God one foot in front of the other till the bell dings…..now it’s more like only 2 songs to go till the bell dings 😉

I have mixed emotions.  On the one hand I am super excited that I am almost to the end of this program…..I am a runner again and I LOOOOVVVVEEEE that, it makes me feel so very free and it makes me so aware of my own body.  On the other hand, I am almost at the end of this goal…..it makes me anxious…..it makes me sad…..

crazy you say…….enjoy your success you say……I am…..but I am sad….I need big goals to be motivated and to stay motivated……I still am working on the weight-loss goal, that one will keep me busy for quite a time yet, however I feel like I am losing something the closer I get to my running goal. I like to challenge myself, and the more fit I get, the more fit I want to be.

I want to inspire people……I want to motivate others….to show that the only things that are impossible are the things you tell yourself you can’t do……I like to think big…….so I thought up my next running goal…….10k…yuppers that’s what I will be training for next……10 kilometers! YIKES! I have never run that far…..not even for chocolate!  In my previous life as a semi-fit, kinda chubby, yet muscular chick I only ever ran 5k and felt like that was an accomplishment.  Now not so much…..now I feel like I want to keep reaching……so 10k it will be.  i have a secret goal of running a marathon with my bestie sometime next year…..but that is still so big it’s scary so it stays in the dark recesses of my brain for now and remains secret or I’ll be too scared and give up……so for now the next big goal is 10k.  I’ll be finished my 5k plan in 2 weeks and then will maintain that until august.  In the meantime I will hunt for the right 10k training plan for me and when I find it I will post it on here for anyone else that wants to follow.

I’m a little scared…..a lot excited…..kinda like the first time a cute boy leans in for a kiss…..clammy hands……butterflies in my stomach…….little tingles all over……..and a smile from ear to ear! Can’t wait to get to 10k 😉

June 25, 2011

Back in the saddle

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 11:31 am

well it’s been a bit of an absence and let me tell you it’s quite nice to not have pain shooting down my leg any more!  I spent about a week and a half not being able to stand upright or lie down or sit without pain. Could barely walk couldn’t put weight on one side of my body  taking muscle relaxers like candy…….I had to stop all physical activity and I have to say it just about killed me……I was going stir crazy…..however I am smart enough to know that if you do not take care of your injury it will just get worse…..soooo I spent my time sleeping on my yoga mat on the floor and passing out on muscle relaxers lol

well I am finally….FINALLLYYYYY back to exercise! yeehaw! I can not tell you how much I have missed activity since I had to stop it all.  So I’m back running , I just finished up week 6 of the program i posted on here previously and let me tell you it was sheer torture trying to do that after a week and a half of totally sedentary life – I could barely keep from checking my timer every 10 seconds….the mantra in my head was just for this song…just get through this song….I don’t think I even heard the song…..but get through it I did and the second run of the week was a little easier…..of course these were both on treadmill….a nice way to ease back in after nadda for so long……then run three this week was on pavement…..i felt like my legs were weighed down…..it was sooo much harder of course but I completed it….albeit at a snail’s pace but done without stopping non the less…..so yay me!  i feel great today very happy that i am back on track …..even slept better…..tomorrow I start week 7!  just a couple of weeks away from finishing this program and being able to run 5k again! It feels so great to be able to say that I am a runner again!  my next goal starting in august will be to continue training up to 10k!

well I would love to keep writing but I’m starved to death…tummy is rumbling loudly and must go make a frittatta to satisfy 🙂

ohh on a side note am now down 33 pounds! hope to lose 15 more in the next 5 weeks but we will see what happens – healthy first then pounds

June 9, 2011

I am Bulletproof

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 8:05 pm

Well it has been a hectic week to say the least.  I had to move out of the place I have been staying because I just could not tolerate having to wear my flip-flops into the filthy black shower, wiping my flat mates menstrual blood off the toilet seat so I could use it, and lying awake until 4am every other night thinking up ways to make her incessantly barking dog into a nice quiet puppy rug.  I found another place on the very last day I had available to move or stay stuck in hell and pay my rent – what a relief!  So move I did – in record time I might add!  Also got a text from my scumbag ex to tell me not to worry if I see his car in my neighbourhood – he is just dating my next door neighbour now! no big deal – just 30 days after we break up -can we say afraid to be alone much?  LMAO – talk about pathetic – low-class – trash –  but mission accomplished it hurt – just enough to block him on every electronic means of communication and change my cell number – and hey if the old toothless hag next door wants my sloppy seconds – and he is happy with the town bike – well hell who am I to stand in the way of true love? LOL

so what is a girl to do? turn to chocolate and LOTS of it you say….mmmmm….good idea….no, no NOOOO bad bad idea, I’m like a junkie with a big ‘ol bag of heroin for chocolate, once i start I’ll do anything to get my next fix – best for all just not to start….omg what to do so i don’t run to the store and buy up every bit of chocolately goodness in site?

ohhh right today is run day……hmm it’s raining……eat a yogurt, sure this is just as good as chocolate yeah really it is…..dammit rain stopped……gaawwwwddd……lace ’em up……stuff your ears with little white buds……turn it up…..waaayyyy up…….listen to La Roux bulletproof

 

Been there, done that, messed around
I’m having fun don’t put me down,
I’ll never let you sweep me off my feet,
I won’t let you in again, the messages I’ve tried to send,
my informations’ just not going in,
burnin’ bridges shore to shore, I’ll break away from something more,
I’m not to not to love until it’s cheap,
been there, done that, messed around,
I’m having fun don’t put me down,
I’ll never let you sweep me off my feet,

Chorus:
This time baby,
I’ll be,
Bulletproof x2

I won’t let you turn around,
and tell me now I’m much too proud,
to walk away from something when it’s dead,
do do do your dirty words come out to play when you are heard,
there’s certain things that should be left unsaid,
tick tick tick tick on the watch and life’s too short for me to stop,
Oh baby, your time is running out,
I won’t let you turn around,
and tell me now I’m much too proud,
All you do is fill me up with doubt,

Chorus:
This time baby I’ll be bulletproof x2
This time baby I’ll be bulletproof x2
This time I’ll be bulletproof x2
This time maybe I’ll be bulletproof x2
This time baby I’ll be bulletproof x2

 

……and run until your legs feel like lead…….aaahhh much better 🙂

 

June 3, 2011

First outdoor run

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 7:33 pm

Well last night after work I decided to run outdoors.  I have been running on a treadmill for the last 2 weeks and had intended to continue for at least the next 2 weeks.  However as I said in a previous post I have been upping my speed much more than I expected when running on the treadmill lately and kind of felt like it might just be time to take on the hard pavement.

so off I went.  into the great wide open, or at least through the suburban sprawl that is my neighbourhood (yes that is spelled right – I’m Canadian we spell “our” NOT “or”)   😛  anyway off I went – at first meh no big deal, I don’t need no stinkin treadmill – treadmills are for babies – 2nd interval – breathing laboured,exercise induced asthma in full swing, wind in my face like a big cold hand pushing me backwards – put the music up louder and suck it up princess – 3rd interval getting my stride, this is allllllright! – 4th interval – wind, tornado, monsoon, can’t breathe, walk break, walk backwards to catch my breath, 5th interval God help me I’m almost speed walking instead of running, wind is like a brick wall, legs full of lactic acid, feel like lead, where’s that damned egg from the commercials when you need a little push??……ooohhhhh 6th interval downhill!!! yehaw! easy peasy chicken pot pie! 7th interval – last one! raining – awesome – now cold AND wet – DONE! cool down walk home, rain stops, throw in an extra interval for good measure – tomorrow is week 4 and time increases again heaven help me…found a trail nearby think i will try that – nice soft gravel instead of unforgiving pavement……

knees ache slightly today, a little from the first outdoor run and a little from the cold rainy weather and my arthritis….tiniest feeling of shin splints so need to do even more exercises and stretches before next outdoor run…..dreaming of smooth, toned, muscular runners legs *sigh*

May 30, 2011

progress update

Filed under: Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 8:36 pm

well I measured myself this morning and I am down a half inch in the waist, legs, and hips! Yippee! Alsodown one more pound so to date am now down 25 pounds! yeehaw!!!  I was quite excited by that because I have not been feeling like there was going to be any measurable progress as of yet.  Yesterday I started week three of my running program and shockingly I actually did not have difficulty completing this – I actually had to increase the speed on the treadmill because my feet kept hitting the guard thing-y at the front (yes thing-y is the techincal term for it :P).  In about a week or so God willing the weather will actually start behaving more like it should here I will be running out of doors and not on a treadmill any longer which will make it more difficult – but I hope that my progress by then will be far enough along that it does not cripple me – I am still a skinny chick running in a fat chick’s body for now and my arthritic knees are none to fond of this new activity – i’m sure they will be thrilled when I add in pavement to the mix instead of a nice cushy treadmill.  My run yesterday was a bit of a chore because I had forgotten to charge my mp3 and it pooped out midway through the very first song – so note to self – always charge your music!

I’m still doing the 30 day challenge as well – on day 13 today – AND have been attempting to do push ups on my swiss ball – that is comedic to say the least! I am currently doing them with my legs on the ball and hands on floor to push up – I hope to graduate to hands on ball push ups – but I do not have the core strength yet and keep rolling off onto the floor 🙂

run again tomorrow – week 3 – day 2 ( each level is performed 3 x’s a week) I haven’t decided if I will do pilates or yoga afterwards but it will be one or the other – oh yes and how could I forget I have also started a shoulder routine from this months oxygen magazine which I complete twice weekly so that will be either tomorrow or perhaps on day 3 run.

hmm kinda sounds like a lot doesn’t it? it’s not really though – the runs are only 20min intervals with run/walk right now – the 30 challenge is either 30 or 40 min and the yoga/pilates are also only 30 min, the shoulder exercises take about 10 min – so really it’s not that much activity overall. 

that’s all for me today – anyone else seeing or feeling  any results you care to share so far?

May 28, 2011

Running is my love

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 6:08 pm

I tell you I am soooo very happy to be back on track and working this running program – I forgot how free and happy running makes me feel.  Now don’t get me wrong it’s not walk in the park at this point in my program – however, it still does make me feel extraordinarily happy.  Even family and friends have been commenting on how much happier I seem/sound when I speak with them on the phone or Skype or whatever.

So this week was week one of the run program.  I did my first run on Monday and it was not as difficult as I had anticipated, but my poor knees were no so happy with me, and I have the proper footwear AND I ran indoors on a treadmill – by the next evening my knees and everything else was fine – a sign that perhaps I could work a little harder next time – sooooo I got the brilliant idea into my head to skip ahead to week 2 – so on weds I ran week 2’s schedule – and guess what – it was not so hard either! yippeeeeee!  Now I did not want to skip to week 3 and risk an injury so i stuck with week 2 on friday and tomorrow I am on to week 3! can I get a whoop whoop?! 

Now I am still within my own personal limits – I will not push myself so hard that I create an injury where there doesn’t need to be one – but I do believe in pushing those limits as far as possible in order to surpass them and find new limits – I also decided that I am going to run every other day instead of only 3 days a week – this is still safe as I have a rest day in between each and every run – and it gets me an extra 2-3 runs a month which will also help me reach my ultimate goal of marathon with my bestie that much sooner!  I’m so fired up and excited about this I can’t even put it in words here – I am a runner – I love love looooove running – it makes me feel so alive and so fit – I will never give up this feeling for anything or anyone ever again!

I am still also doing the 30 challenge – however at this point I am not doing those exercises on a day that I run – I will in the future do both – but again I am not going to push myself past my current limits – I want to improve not injure myself – so having said that – the days I am not running i am doing that challenge – so it seems it will be a longer than 30 day challenge now 🙂  On the days that I am running I will be doing some upper body work with hand weights or yoga/Pilates – so hopefully in the next few weeks I will start to see some real changes in my body – but either way this stuff makes me feel awesome so I ‘ll be keepin on even if I don’t lose a pound.

anyway – just a little update for y’all – how is everyone following on doing in your own challenges?

May 21, 2011

10 weeks to 5k run program

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek! — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 3:26 pm

Learn to Run!

Begin each session with a 5 minute warm up of brisk walking. This is not included in the time totals below.

Week One

You only run Tues., Thurs. and Sat. All other days are rest recovery days. You will run 1 minute/walk 2 minutes and repeat 7 times. Your total run will be 7 minutes. Total time is 21 minutes.

Week Two

Run 1 minute/walk 1 minute-repeat 10 times. Total run is 10 minutes. Total time is 20 minutes.

Week Three

Run 2 minutes/walk 1 minutes-repeat 7 times. Total run is 14 minutes. Total time is 21 minutes.

Week Four

Run 2 minutes/walk 1 minute-repeat 8 times. Total run is 16 minutes. Total time is 24 minutes.

Week Five

Run 4 minutes/walk 1 minute-repeat 4 times. Total run is 16 minutes. Total time is 20 minutes.

Week Six

Run 6 minutes/walk 1 minute-repeat 3 times. Total run is 18 minutes. Total time is 21 minutes.

Week Seven

Run 7 minutes/walk 1 minute-repeat 3 times. Total run is 21 minutes. Total time is 24 minutes.

Week Eight

Run 8 minutes/walk 1 minute-repeat 3 times. Total run is 24 minutes. Total time is 27 minutes.

Week Nine

Run 10 minutes/walk 1 minute-repeat 3 times. Total run is 30 minutes. Total time 33 minutes.

Week Ten

Repeat week nine + Run 5 minutes/walk 1 minute once.  Total run is 35 minutes. Total Time 34

Tips for Running without injury:

  • Keep your shoulders down and back
  • Place your head in neutral position without looking up or down, and relax the neck muscles
  • Keep arms moving in a straight line, to minimize side to side movement. This wastes energy.
  • Avoid bouncing. Run forward, not up and down.

 ***Once again please note i am NOT a professional or a doctor – this is simply the program I follow – NOT a suggestion that you do the same.  If you choose to follow this program please consult your certified, licenced health professional FIRST. thank you and good luck!

Week One Done!

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 3:21 pm

Phew! I made it through week one of my 30 day Challenge that I have given myself! barely! LOL  I have to say that I have eaten perfectly clean – as in 100% clean until last night – I had a movie fest and ate some smart pop and lied to myself that it was ok (I paid for the chemical ingestion this morning!) my bad.  other than that one item my fuel has been literally perfect.   I have kept up with the daily exercises in the 30 day routine from exercise tv (see my previous post for link).  Although I did have to juggle the days off and work out days because I was quite sore for a couple of days.  I also had added in a yoga workout and a brisk 90 minute walk on one day.  So I’m feeling pretty good about my level of activity this week.  I am starting my 10 week running program in addition to the 30 day challenge exercises as of tomorrow.  I was going to start running today – however it is snowing here – oh yeah you read right – it’s snowing in Newfoundland on May 21st! That unfortunately is nothing major here – it snow well past when you think it should on a regular basis here in this part of Canada – I loathe it but I have to live here for now so what can ya do?  soooo tomorrow for my first run.  I am adding a separate post for my 10 week running program if anyone reading would like to follow along with this as well.

Things are moving along nicely and I can’t wait to start week 2 of the challenge as the exercises get a little more intense and a little longer!  Anyone out there who has taken up the challenge with me – please post comments along the way to let me know how you are progressing and what you think of the challenge as well.  happy days!

May 15, 2011

My 30 Day Challenge

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 11:36 am

I have been floundering lately in my workouts.  I have been letting the issues in my personal life, (breaking up with the man in my life, school etc. etc.) get in the way of my health and fitness goals.  Since moving away for my internship I have been able to get my eating about 95% clean.  However, the exercise thing not so much.  I started telling myself that because I am constantly moving for most of the day at my internship that I am exercising.  While I am active it is certainly not real exercise.  Friday night I decided to make very bad food choices, and most of Saturday I paid dearly for it.  My stomach was not happy to say the least, I had a headache all day, I was so thirsty I could not get enough to drink and just felt generally lethargic.  Although I did force myself to do a 30 min. yoga dvd I have, I also ate some of the leftover bad food from Friday night – mistake-a-mundo! Big, HUGE mistake, I once again made myself sick.  I became the definition of insanity incarnate.  Keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result ~ insane!  I am putting my foot down and will not (at least for the next 30 days) make bad food choices, I will treat my body how it should be treated with whole healthy foods.  If I am craving a treat I will make myself a clean treat not go out and purchase a processed pre-packaged piece of garbage that will only serve to sabotage my goals.  So I am not saying I will not “cheat” so to speak, but if I do it will be a homemade clean wholesome version.

Soooo, I have been debating joining the local YMCA, if I could get them to give me a membership I can afford.  However, I have re-evaluated this decision.  I really am on a shoe-string budget for the next 3 months and I don’t want to spend money that I don’t absolutely need to.  Back at square one.  What to do about working out?  I know that I need to in order to continue on the path to reaching my fitness goals.  But what to do for free? Without having to join a gym or purchase a lot of equipment to use at home?  I began surfing around the net and came across a site called ExerciseTv.  They have a mountain of videos that you can purchase and download for minimal fees, as well as a plethora of free online videos.  Score!  I found a 30 day program  called the “Sexy Summer Body Workout”  There is a downloadable printable form that allows you to track how much of the workout you are able to complete each day.  This way you can track your progress and see in a concrete form that you are improving.  Also for me this will help keep me accountable to myself – I do not wish to see a blank day unless it is a rest day.

The videos in this plan are broken up into a 20 minute cardio, then a 10 minute abs section one day then a different set of exercies the next day.  As the weeks progress the exercises increase to 40 minutes.  There are rest days incorporated into the program.  you do not need much equipment for this program at all, a couple of 5-1- lb hand weights and maybe a mat for floor work if you dont want to be on a bare floor or your carpet.

This morning was day 1.  Let me tell you that after 20 minutes I was a little out of breath and definately sweating.  These exercises are no walk in the park.  I love it! I will definately be able to work out at home with this program!

I’m fired up! day 1 down 29 more to go!  I will post any progress in my weight and measurements along the way.  If anyone would like to follow along or perhaps even try this 30 day challenge with me I would love it!

Here is the link to the site and the page the 30 day plan is located on:   http://www.exercisetv.tv/workout-plans/

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