Yup, you saw that right. We leave for our cruise tomorrow, I can hardly believe it’s finally time! Believe it or not, I haven’t even started packing yet. I’ve been setting the odd thing aside, but the actual suitcase is still downstairs, guess I should get to that.
It’s also been about a month since we started our exercise program, and it feels like a milestone. I wish I would have weighed myself at the very beginning, but I didn’t have a scale. So the weight that you see is a little over two weeks old. I made an exception and weighed myself yesterday so I would know how I do while I’m away.
Weight (two weeks ago) 178lbs – Weight yesterday 170lbs. That’s 8 pounds in a little over two weeks!
Waist measurement (4 weeks ago) 41” – Today 37”! That’s 4 inches off my waist alone!
Chest 38″ – 36″
Hips 43″ – 41 1/2″
Butt 44″ – 42″
Thighs 26″ – 25″
Biceps 12 1/2″ – 12″
That’s a total of 11 inches off my body in four weeks…
I’ve got to say that it really hasn’t been easy, but the results are so worth it! I figure in total I’ve lost in the area of 10-15lbs all together and gained however much muscle. I’m wearing clothes I haven’t even looked at in years, and now that I’m on a roll I have no intentions of slacking off. I honestly don’t feel much need to. I will admit getting into class this week has been tough, but I think that has more to do with where my head is, rather than lack of motivation. I managed 5 work outs last week, and in 4 days this week I went in twice. It would have been more but with hair and doctor’s appointments I just didn’t have the time. Although the real test will be seeing how I do with all that amazing food around me while we’re on the boat. Our trainer has passed along an ‘at home’ workout that we can do while we’re away but I’m also told there will be classes on the ship. I will be happy with myself if I can maintain where I am, as there’s really no excuse for us to loose ground.
Multi Testing Mommy asked if I could post a sample menu of what I eat day to day. This has developed over the last few weeks and seems to be working for me.
-2-3 Eggs scrambled with green onion, onion powder, garlic powder, and a touch of salt. Lately I’ve been adding a tiny sprinkle of light cheese for taste.
-Real turkey breast from Sunterra on the way to work
-Every morning I take about 15 minutes and cut up a ton of fruit & veg that I snack on throughout the day (strawberries, cantaloupe, whole red pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, carrots)
Lunch (After work, about 3 o’clock)
This one is hard because I’m not at home so I usually go up to the food court (yikes) and grab something that is 100% protein. Bourbon chicken, or souvlaki, something like that, I realize there are hidden carbs in most of this stuff and I should try and bring something from home, but it’s a time issue. I will work on this when I get home.
-Chicken breast/steak/tornado’s etc with sauted broccoli and carrots, or a stir fry of mainly veg and chicken. I do cook up some carbs (rice, pasta etc) for the rest of the family, and if I do decide to have some I have very little.
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I did this absolute zero carb thing for about a week, but at the end of it I started getting really tired, really early and wondered if the complete lack of carbs was the culprit. Sure enough, I made myself some spaghetti with whole wheat noodles that night and the next day I was fine. So, I’ve started incorporating a very small amount of carbs in my last meal of the day and it seems to have worked itself out. The cravings are still minimal, and I have tons of energy now.
A couple of years back I lost a bunch of weight on one of those ‘programs.’ It didn’t last, but one thing I learned back then was that to loose weight you need to eat almost constantly. Sounds kind of like an oxy moron, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Small, frequent, and healthy meals are key to ramping up your metabolism. Another thing I learned is that your weight loss journey begins, and just about ends at the grocery store. Eat before you go, make a list of healthy foods for the week, and stick with it. When you’re at home and hungry, those sugary, crappy foods won’t be available to you.
My head is well and truly spinning with the amount of stuff I still have to do. I have one more work shift to force myself through before I can truly put my mind to nothing but our vacation, but my head is a little ahead of the game. Yesterdays shift was tough, today is going to be near impossible. Thankfully we don’t leave until late afternoon tomorrow, so I will have time to get stuff done.
With a typical Calgary spring flourish, it went from spring to winter overnight, and while I am thankful we didn’t get the 25cm of snow that was forecast it still did snow and it looks like it wants to stick around for a while. It’s cold and very ugly, and I’m glad I won’t be here for it! Hopefully by the time we get back this last hiccup of winter will be long gone. Although I have to remember this is Calgary and that is highly unlikely. Either way though, 2 days from now we’ll be in the sun and loving it!
I have no idea what our internet connection will be like out there, so you might not hear from me for a little while. I’ll make it up to everyone with lots of pictures though!!!
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