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The Battles Continue: Negative Nance-hole vs. Positive Polly, Dove Dark vs. Energy Bite, Red vs. Black

Food: 2809

  • Honey Nut Cheerios w/ 1% milk, coffee, carmel macchiato sugar free creamer
  • apple, yoplait greek w/ fruit and granola.  2 clementines.
  • Turkey, Reduced Fat Swiss, Spinach, Cucumber, Mushroom and Cucumber Dill Greek Dressing on a Sun-dried Tomato & Basil tortilla with Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime and two baby energy bites
  • Spinach salad w/ almonds, strawberry, clementine, tofu and Cucumber Dill dressing
  • Natural Almond Butter, milk, banana, whey protein, chia seed and Hershey’s Special Dark smoothie/protein shake
  • Red Wine

Exercise:

  • 50 toe pushups
  • 50 situps (25 leg lifts, 25 cobras)
  • Reilly walk (short)
  • 2hr. Sweets practice
  • 1hr. scrimmage

After sitting down and writing all about being positive, I had a major Hulk Menace negativity slip.  😦  Oops.

Huge food success yesterday.  2800+ healthy calories.  I have decided to experiment with wraps, so yesterday I smashed myself a turkey-swiss spinach wrap.  I’ve never been good at rolling burritos and I always overfill my tacos.  These skills translate to wrap-ping, so I struggled and designed a cucumber-dill dressing disaster.  Oddly enough, after being refrigerated all day, it stayed together well.  And was filling.  Despite the lack of bread-stuffs.  I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, and have another for today. It kills me that 6 tortillas cost $3.59 and a loaf of bread is $1.99, though…

I brought clementines and energy bites to ward off the Dove Dark Chocolates (the stash of which Karen refilled yesterday.)  Success!  Those energy bites rock.  Remind me again why I didn’t make them the past few weeks?  I jammed on a spinach salad and a smoothie-shake (what’s the difference?) before practice yesterday.  Waaay more than enough, even for a 3hr. night.  I didn’t have a snack before scrimmage, or even afterwards.  Chia seeds keep your blood sugar regulated, and your tummy full.  Considering they were in everything I ate yesterday…  must be true.  🙂

Practice was… practice.  My backwards skating has improved tremendously the past week alone.  Misto hugely helped last Thursday.  When crossing over, she told me to keep my feet on the ground.  Aha!  I can still only do it going the correct direction, but yesterday I worked on the foot movement to cross the wrong direction and improved.  Baby steps.  At scrimmage…  well first I was pleased to have four refs.  Really.  It was such a relief seeing them all show up.  I’d have been happy with three, four was amazing! Yay.  I played… okay.  I fucked up a few times and did some good things as well.  But.  Positive Polly focuses on the things she did well, so…

  • I didn’t give up.  Jamming against a Sweets-Nona-Bijou-??? wall I pushed and pushed and fought and fought and got a high block and went to the box.  But Sweets said it wasn’t really a high block.  😀  Regardless: I didn’t give up.  I kept pushing and pushing and maybe I didn’t get through, but someday soon I will.
  • Cass jamming…  seconds on the jam clock.  I dropped back and nailed someone out of Cass’s way so she scored her points as time expired.  I’m not so good at the drop back (the clockwise “danger zone,” so to speak,) so this was pretty cool.
  • Last jam, power jam Menace.  I get out of the pack and look at the jam clock.  8 seconds to get back around and through again.  Fuuuck.  My instinct is to conserve energy, w/ 8 seconds I’m not getting around the track and back through… but I’ve seen She Who lap a pack and score in 8 seconds, so fuck it.  I sped up, got around the track, and with the help of an amazing offensive hit from Cass, scored my 5 points.  Fuck yeah!  … and that was the end of scrimmage.  😀

I’ve still got an Apex-Jumping mental block.  I think I have to skip practice tomorrow (we’re hosting a playoff basketball game.  They haven’t asked me to run the clock, perhaps due to the faux pas from Saturday… perhaps b/c they think I intuitively know to be here… not sure.) So maybe I’ll hit up Saturday Scrimmage and focus on my hops.  (My hops, my hops, my lovely lady hops?)

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I will triump, Dove Chocolates!

I will triump, Dove Chocolates!

My wonderful assistant Karen has restocked our chocolate stash. Dark for me, Milk for her.

What she and the chocolates don’t realize, though, is that I’ve armed myself against their charms. Bwahaahhaha.

Today, I brought my standard apple & greek yogurt w/ fruit and granola, but added clementines and energy bites to my lunch (which will be a wrap. I’m experimenting with wraps, now.)

The chocolates think they can tempt me, but they can’t! The will not! I will be victorious! I have peanut-buttery chocolate deliciousness in the form of Energy Bites in the fridge waiting for me for lunch.  Or when I reach for a chocolate.  Either way.  They’re there ready to be eaten.  Muhahahaha.

And when the energy bites are gone, Sprouts Yogurt Pretzels (Raspberry & Lemon) to the rescue!

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And when that’s gone, I will make Guilt Free Ice Cream from bananas!  Maybe throw in some chocolate chips or coconut or pineapple or something delicious.  Bwaaaaahahahahahaaha.

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Annnd… done. Results

Final Measurements:

  • Weight: 150.3  (too much cocktail shrimp and champagne at Dr. Borman’s last night…)
  • Chest: 38
  • Waist: 27.5
  • Thigh: 22
  • Bicep: 11 (flexed), 10 unflexed
  • Forearm: 8.75
  • Neck: 13.5

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Differences in Measurements from September 3:

  • Weight: -10.1 lbs.*
  • Chest: N/A
  • Waist: -3.5″
  • Hips: -1.0″
  • Thigh: -.5″
  • Calf: -.5″
  • Bicep: 1″*
  • Forearm: -.75″
  • Neck: -.5″

A couple of quick notes.  First–January 2012 and July/August 2012, I was weighing in closer to 165/166lbs.  So if you heard me say I’d lost 16lbs, that’s why.  I’m also unsure of that bicep measurement.  I don’t know if I flexed or not at the beginning, but I know my number bands are not fitting now, so I know my biceps are smaller… (I lost fat but didn’t gain muscle there–yet.)  3.5″ off my waist is totally BA, though!  And 10lbs!  Woot woot.

Moving forward.  I’m taking now til January 2 off-ish.  I will still exercise and try to eat healthier, but I’m not going to beat myself up over Holiday Treats.  Then January I want to do something else to continue to stay fit/tone up my arms and core (new goal: Michelle Obama arms and Bijou abs.)  Also to continue exercising outside of derby and eating healthy.  Yay.

Some other take-aways.  I started this TBT out more eating healthy than exercising more, and ended it more focused on exercise.  I’d really like a balance there, but it’s so hard to do both.  I love to cook and I have missed doing it these past few weeks (months.)  Hopefully over my Winter Break I will have time to cook healthy and exercise and moving forward in the new year to do both.

(Here are my before pictures:)


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Almost there…. almost… there… just a few seconds…

Food: 2093

  • Honey Nut Cheerios, 1% milk, banana, coffee, creamer
  • Greek yogurt w/ fruit and granola, apple
  • Greek yogurt Tuna on wheat w/ reduced fat swiss, cottage cheese, banana, VitaRain Sport
  • Triscuits w/ Garlic and Herb Alouette spreadable cheese, red wine

Exercise:

  • Reilly walk
  • Sweets Practice

Good practice tonight, but I didn’t feel like I skated that great, more kinda blah.  Tim wants me to skip spin class tomorrow so we can… you know… be wife-husbandly.  I feel like I can’t say no, but…  but…  two more days of TBT.  And then I have the next few weeks off of school.. and derby…  so…  yeah.  I wanna ask.  But then Saturday we’re going to my parent’s for dinner, so…  I just don’t know what to do.

Avoided a tray of cookies/fudge etc. AND a bucket full of bagels and cream cheese AND the Dove chocolates today.  Woot woot.  I’m hungry still after dinner.  😦 I will just go to bed soon so that I get over it.

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Suck on that, Cake Pops. Ha!

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Food: 2331

  • Honey Nut Cheerios w/ 1% milk, banana, coffee, sugar free pumpkin spice creamer
  • Apple, Greek Yogurt w/ Granola and fruit
  • Wheat bread w/ reduced fat swiss, tuna salad (w/ greek yogurt) sammie.  … four cake pops…
  • 1% cottage cheese, banana, Protein Chewy Bar
  • Imitation Crab meat, carrots, wine

Exercise:

  • Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater, only 4041 steps.  😦  Sad Day.

Oi.  So yesterday I got to school thinking I’d have time before basketball to take Reilly for a walk.  I was wrong.  As a result, I sat on my rear most of the day and didn’t get very many steps in at all.  😦

The cake pops called to me again at lunch.  OMFG they are soooo good.  On the bright side, I did figure out what flavor they were on the fourth one yesterday–amaretto.  With coconut in white chocolate rolled in almonds.  Holy heaven on earth.

Since I thought I’d be heading home prior to the basketball games, I also didn’t pack a dinner.  Which worked out.  Probably because of the cake pops.  I spread my lunch and snacks out through the day and made it til I got home, starving.  Managed to remind myself about the cake pops and eat moderately rather than ravish the pantry.  I passed on Tim’s first offer of a glass of wine, but realized I probably wouldn’t sleep w/o it and ended up having a small glass (for me–prolly still a large glass for anyone else.)

On the bright side…  managed to shed those vacation pounds!  Bam.  Weighed in at 149.6 this morning.  Still a few tenths heavier than my lightest, but sweet!  And Sweets practice tonight and Spin Class tomorrow and Speed/Off skates training Friday and Body Pump Saturday mean I’m probably ending this thing on a positive note.  Which makes these last two weeks of hell worth it.  (This all assumes I don’t completely fuck myself over at Dane’s party Friday night.)  I may have to do a final weigh/measure in on Friday instead of Sat/Sun.   We’ll see.

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Cake Pop Glory

Food: 1758

  • Turkey Sausage Muffin, Milk, Coffee, Sugar free Pumpkin Spice Creamer
  • Apple, Greek Yogurt w/ Nature Valley granola and fruit
  • Tim’s Chili, Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese, Fritos, VitarRain Sport, three Cake Pops
  • Carrots

Exercise:

  • Reilly Walk
  • Derby Practice

So I didn’t eat as much yesterday.  I think the protein in my breakfast kept me full through the morning, and then I was cognizant of the calories in my lunch.  Chili w/ fritos, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.  And three Cake Pops  (Colin’s mom sent Cake Pops as her Monday treat.  OMG.  Delicious.)  So I didn’t eat before practice, just carrots afterward.

Practice was meh.  Its a level-up week, so there were several girls new to Mondays.  Lots of standing around, and some basic drills.  I didn’t get much of a workout in.

Which really isn’t going to bode well for the four cake pops and 0 exercise I’m rocking today…  😦

In other news…  Blew and I are going to be Contenders Captains.  Yay!  And Rad Die…  … well.  *Blushes.*  Rad Die was asking me about my derby wife.  So I jokingly asked if that was a proposition, to which Die said “just wondering.”  So I told her all about my Feist E. One and… and…  and…  well Die said too bad and…  well then we talked some more and I asked if she was courting me and she said yes.  *BLUSHING PROFUSELY.*  o.m.g.  Don’t tell anyone.

Soo… needless to say I’m having a pretty good day.  😀

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Take that, Dove Chocolates. Suck my veggies!

Food: 2493/ 1717

  • Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Muffin w/ 1% milk
  • Luna bar, apple, greek yogurt w/ fruit & granola
  • White bread, swiss, ham sammie.  VitaRain Sport.  Yoplait Greek w/ fruit and granola.  Might Mango Naked smoothie.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs w/ white bread garlic toast and red wine.

Exercise:

  • Short Reilly walk
  • Spin Class w/ Leslie (lots of hills)

I don’t get it.  14,000+ steps yesterday and Spin Class and it still wants me to eat 1700 calories?  eff you again Fitbit.  Argh.  And I weighed in at 153 again this morning.  Boo.  I think I may have topped out (err… down?)  I think I might not care.  😦

I avoided the chocolate yesterday.  Not a single one.  VICTORY IS MINE.  Bwahahaha.  Suck that Dove.  Suck it hard.  (The verb “suck” has me visualizing that sweet delicious chocolate melting in my mouth… the way it crumbles when I bite into it… you thought I was going to say something else, didn’t you?  Naughty.)

Got home from work, browsed the pantry thinking Spaghetti and Meatballs, and then it had to be made.  I was craving it.  Could have been worse–I could have had cheese tortellini’s and meatballs.  Tim “made” it for me when I got home from Spin.  (He got everything started then I finished cooking it.)  He made Garlic Toast w/ buttered white bread and garlic salt.  Blech.  Double Blech.  I couldn’t handle the salt.  I ate both my pieces, granted, but ew.  I have even explained to him that we have a giant Costco thing of garlic in the frige as well as regular garlic seasoning instead of garlic “salt” for this purpose.  Alas, he is a man and seems to be lacking the gene to comprehend this statement.  But he made me dinner!  ❤

My tummy was bothering me.  Not like it was bothering me in August, like too much fiber bothering me.  Or maybe too much heavy food.  Anyway, I ate and drank slowly.  I thought for a minute I wouldn’t finish my wine.  But I did.  😉

So.  Dilemma.  Leslie’s teaching Spin tomorrow.  I *soooo* want to go.  Saturday’s are 1hr 15min “endurance” rides.  Plus its Leslie.  Last week, though, after “speed skating” Friday night… I barely handled Body Combat and Body Pump.  I don’t know if I can do it.  And I *do* need to be lifting.  Saturdays are my lifting days. But Leslie.  Spin. That would make my week look like this: Thursday: Spin.  Friday: Speed Skate/Off Skate.  Saturday: Spin.  Sunday: Bloody Sunday.  Monday: Derby.  Tuesday: off.  That’s a lot of cardio and a lot of legs.  Not advisable.  I think I’ll do it.

 

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Ouch.

Food: 2568/2598

  • Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Muffin, Coffee w/ Sugarfree Pumpkin Spice Creamer, banana
  • Luna Bar (Vanilla Almond)
  • Leafy greens, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, and tuna salad w/ greek yogurt, honey, red wine vinegar, and Pom dressing, Blue Machine Naked Smoothie w/ Nonfat greek yogurt
  • Almonds, banana, Dole fruit cup, 1% cottage cheese
  • Salmon filet, steamed broccoli, Lemon garlic herb wild rice, red wine.

Exercise:

  • 1 hr. Body Combat
  • 1 hr. Body Pump
  • 45mins Yoga (stretching)
  • Long Reilly walk

About 20 minutes into Cardio-Kickbocking, the past 24 hours flashed before my eyes: Yesterday–a long walk with Reilly, Speed Skating/Off Skates training, martini, sleep, breakfast sammie, Body Combat, Body Pump, Luna Bar, Reilly walk.

Holy Shit.  Tired.  Sore legs.  Ran into Leslie on my way to Body Combat.  She was teaching Spin today.  I was tempted, but as my semi-conscious self struggled to convince me I was too stiff/sore to go to class today,  a leg workout was out of the question.  Plus I had shorts on.  Shorts + Spin = Chaffage.  Ouch.  So I missed Leslie’s Endurance Cycle.  Unfortunate.  I’d love to see what she does with that extra 15 minutes.  Anyway.

So Body Combat.  Holy Eff am I terrible at it.  Yikes.  Jennifer, the instructor, asked if it was anyone’s first time.  It was my second.  So I kept my mouth shut.  Mistake.  I couldn’t see her/myself in the mirror where I was standing.  I get so confused in that class.  And this week we… like..  sword chopped the air.  Repeatedly.  Then held someone on the ground and punched them in the face.  It could have been worse.  It could have been a real person.  Or I could have been stomping on their face.  But still.  Somehow the act of holding my arm as if I were holding someone down and beating them to a pulp was repulsive to me.  I suppose I’ll go back a few times.  See if I “get” it eventually.  It is a good workout.  I’m thinking about trying Zumba.  Anyone?  Yes/no?

After Body Pump Jennifer stopped me and told me I had great legs.  😀  Asked if I ran.  I said no I play Roller Derby.  Then I blushed and walked out to my Yoga mat, and realized it’s probably actually the spinning…  anyway.  It was a really nice compliment.

So I’ve eaten 2500+ calories, and even on the 2000 calorie/day deficit, fitbit says I have not exceeded my caloric intake for the day.  Cool, right?  I should do this exercising business more.

In other news, I’m raging bitch PMSing, so I’ve been all grumpy all day.  Tim and I were hanging Christmas Lights. I hate Christmas.  I spent $100 on lights, and a) I didn’t get enough and b) Tim wants to exchange them *rolls eyes.*  He insisted we go to Lowe’s for more even though the originals were from Costco (farther away.)  Unfortunately, the new Lowe’s ones won’t plug into the Costco ones.  So Tim bought some adapter, but they don’t make the right adapter b/c the brand new Costco lates are “outdated,” so he also bought a file to file the plug down.  Sounds safe, eh?  Anyway, so I was irritated that he won’t listen to me, etc.  And then he was being bossy about the Christmas Tree so I may have said some things below the belt.  (I broke a light, and now a whole branch is out, and I was struggling to fix it, and when he kept telling me to leave it and hang ornaments I finally said “I have to fix it b/c you never fix anything.”  Which is true.  But apparently not appreciated.)  Boys.  Ugh.

Anyway, so.  Maybe one more glass of wine before bed.  But I’ll have a large glass of water first.  😀

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Mental Toughness–good for more than skating.

Food: 2572/2482

  • Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Muffin w/ coffee, Sugarfree Pumpkin Spice creamer, and a glass of milk.
  • Apple, Greek yogurt w/ fruit and granola, Naked Berry Blast, Luna Bar
  • VitaRain Sport, Ham and Reduced Fat Swiss on wheat with a banana and cottage cheese
  • Dove Dark Chocolate (just one!)
  • Leafy greens, cherry tomato, sugar snap pea, and imitation crab salad w/ light italian dressing
  • Dirty Martini

Exercise:

  • Long Reilly Walk
  • 1 hr Speed Skate Training
  • 25 mins agility circuits of death
  • 10 mins yoga stretching

I was counting my blessings yesterday because after practice I went for a drink with Tim and friends.  I had a dirty martini because it was a sports bar so I didn’t wanna be girly and order wine, but I also didn’t wanna drink a calorie loaded beer.  (There are 512 calories in 8oz vodka, btw, so that totally backfired.)  I drank my martini, then a large glass of water, then left when the wings, cheesy fries, nachos, etc arrived so as not to be tempted.  I was fine.  I may as well not have had anything to drink at all.  So I was driving home, through Highlands Ranch, in my workout clothes, at 11pm.

I saw him hiding out on a side street as I rounded the corner.  As soon as I saw him, I knew.  I was going to be pulled over.  I wasn’t speeding.  I wasn’t swerving.  I was driving perfectly.  Unfortunately, my driver’s side headlight is out.  I’ve been nagging Tim to fix it, but.  Well.  Men.  Ugh.  So he pulled me over.  My heart was racing.  I was panicing.  As I was fumbling through my “Insurance and Registration” folder from my glovebox, I did the same thing I did at the Sac City bout… without the Sith quote.  I said to myself: “Lindsay.  Relax.  You’re fine.  You’re not drunk.  And as long as you don’t look like you’re panicked, this is going to be a brief lecture about your headlight.  Relax.  If you look nervous, he’s getting the breathalizer out and then your’e fucked.  Calm.”

And I did.  And it was fine.  And I drove safely home.  I feel weird writing this.  I would never drive under the influence.  I’ve just heard stories about women and one drink, etc.  Plus… well.  If you eat healthy every day, then eat a loaded baked potato the day before a cholesterol test, you’re gonna have high cholesterol.  I think Blood-Alcohol measurements can be similarly distorted.  When Tim got home and we talked about it, he reassured me.  I was fine.  He even thought if I had been breathalized (which wouldn’t have happened anyway–I’d have told the SOB I wanted a blood test.  Which means they have to take you to a hospital which gives the alcohol time to burn out of your system. 😉 )  I would have been under both legal limits.  But I dunno.  That D.W.A.I. limit is pretty low.  Anyway, it was fucking close call and it was scary as shit.  And Pepa told me, and so did Titan and I know I need to get that thing fixed.  It’s just: the man’s the man, and that’s just the way it is.  Tim mows the lawn and takes care of the cars etc.  I go grocery shopping and buy his underwears.  Marriage is hard.  😉

The Speed Skating and Off Skates class last night was awesome.  I really don’t understand why it doesn’t count as a practice–not that it matters to me, but Dredna was there last night, and I know she’s tight on practices for the G&H bout next week.  Gaygan and Sweets are super cool.  They’re knowledgable and friendly and good at explaining things, easy to approach, they don’t judge, and well: they treat everyone equally.  Regardless of skill, attitude, whatever.  They’re good people.  I logged the activities into fitbit and it said I burned like 600+ calories last night.  I believe it.

I had one Dove Chocolate yesterday.  I was chatting with the night janitor, and gave him a few pieces, and “absentmindedly” grabbed one for myself.  (My conscience was screaming at me–“PUT THE CHOCOLATE DOWN!  DO NOT EAT THAT!” Until my tongue piped in with “sweet creamy glory…”  But when it was gone and I wasn’t satisfied, I did not grab another.  I had Sugarfree Pumpkin Spice creamer per Rowdy.  She had peppermint mocha the other day, so I scoured the grocery store creamer isles til I found the good sugarfree shit.  The first few sips tasted carboardy (consider–i’m comparing to Starbucks) but after that it was heaven.  So thanks, Rowds!  🙂  I packed a shit ton extra food in my lunch to avoid the chocolate.  It totally worked.  Jammed on that Luna bar when my assistant started eating Twix.  And water.  I had forgotten water Thursday.  Somehow that makes me less likely to eat.

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Going Big. Not Home.

Food: 1924

  • Stale Honey Nut Cheerios and 1% milk w/ Coffee and Creamer
  • Grapes, honeydew, pineapple, cantaloupe
  • Chicken and Swiss on Wheat w/ banana, apple, Fuze Slenderize
  • Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans, Flank Steak w/ A1

Exercise:

  • Short Reilly walk
  • Practice

Fitbit says I’m 400 calories over, so I’ll call it a win. 😉  I weighed in at 149.3 this morning, woot woot.  Pretty uneventful day.  It’s getting harder and harder to walk Reilly.  I like doing it and I don’t mind the cold, but… the dark.  Ick.

And the drive to practice.  OMG.  Usually if I leave at 4:45 I only hit a smidge of traffic on I-225 approaching Parker Road.  These days, I leave at 4:45, I hit traffic at Arapahoe & I-25 and sit in it until I pass Parker Road from 1-225.  Cat said she’s been taking E-470.  It already costs me about $6 to get to and from practice.  I’m not adding on another $3.  Ugh.

Ho J ran practice last night.  She did a great job.  She’s no Training Newbie, but in the past year I’ve never attended a Ho J practice.  She’s so sweet.  That’s all she wrote (for now.)

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