Sunday, December 22, 2013

Maintaining. Meh.

In true Paula fashion, when I lose weight, I lose some focus. For others, it's the opposite, right? You're supercharged and looking forward to that next loss. Nah. "Not I," said the cat.

When I see 20+ pounds lost, in my mind, I know what I'm doing. Now, I can move on to putting out THIS fire, or managing THAT other catastrophe. Like, KNOWING that I know what to do to lose weight, at some point feels like enough.

Plus, I suck at multi-tasking. I prefer to focus on 1 thing, from start to finish. Doing too much, in my case, can lend to confusion, inferior quality and the desire to pull out my afro. It's not how I work, optimally. In a perfect world, I could just drop everything I am doing and am responsible for and go to the Biggest Loser ranch. I'd be a beast at this weight thing, if I didn't have to <<insert life stuff>>. But, that's not reality and I need to face that. I have a plan of setting more structure in my life, so that absolutely no matter what comes up - come hell or high water - I have set a standard for my wellness living. Dare I say, adopting a lifestyle? *clutches pearls*

So, I am maintaining weight (202-204 range). I have not significantly gained, nor lost in these last few weeks. I am especially excited about the not gaining part, though. This is because, with that same, 'I know what to do' mentality... in the past, it validated my pass to binge, stop working out completely, etc.. You know, 'cause I could always bounce back. Yeah. We see where that got me.

One thing that I am kind of glad about, is just recognizing these things. Not saving face, but being transparent in my thinking and challenge areas. And as of now, getting the courage to say yes, I make excuses. These reasons for my shortfalls appear valid; the stress, the multi-tasking ineptness, to me of course.  However, my excuses have become my standard. And as I'm typing this, I realize I need to step my game up and correct that. As I end this year, I will begin to challenge MY challenges. Create a new standard. Cease excuses. And start to get out of my own way.

~Paula

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Make Way for the Queen, Sirs! WEIGH-IN + WEEKLY RE-CAP!

The method...

I absolutely love this 3-1-2-1 plan! As someone who likes to eat sweets, a few fried things and have other flexibility in my intake, it surely works. Eating clean, and a little restrictive was cool - knowing that in just a few days, I could have a few things not on plan. I know it's like dangling a prize in someone's face - until they get to a finish line; but hey, whatever works. I know it's mental, and one day I won't even fathom "cheating," but I'm starting from scratch, people. And for someone who is not 'EAT CLEAN ALL DAY EVERY DAY, SON!' (never will be) it helps. I will be writing a complete review of this plan, after my initial 21 days.

The food...

So, I'm still dining out. Here's the thing... being social always translates to food. Why is that?! "Let's catch up, wanna grab lunch?" "I have something I want you to look over. Meet me for dinner, my treat."  My way to combat that is choosing better menu items, cleaner items.... and sometimes I fail. But, I scaled back. I've been packing my breakfast and some lunches and drinking all and even more of the water I set for myself. I know I can do better, but I'm definitely not disappointed.

Jason's Deli Salad Bar - Friday's Lunch
Jason's Deli Pot Roast Melt w/ Rippled Potato Chips - Friday's Lunch
Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness + Daily Greens Mix - Weekday Breakfast 
Boston's Fish Tacos and Sweet Potato Fries - Thursday's Lunch
Chipotle Chicken Salad - Saturday's Lunch  
Grocery Mini Haul - Sunday's Gatherings
Broccoli w/ Ranch, Graham Cracker Sticks w/ PB, Applesauce Cup, Mixed Berries, Green Smoothie and Chicken Noodle Soup - Tuesday's Breakfast/Lunch Pail Food Stuff 
Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie - Wednesday's PM Snack
Pepperidge Farm GingerMan Homestyle Cookies - Snacks


The workouts...

I killed in the weight room, this week. Okay, maybe it was minor assault. But, still. I was super nervous. Why? No darn clue. Well, I did feel like the fattest girl in the gym. It wasn't just in my head, I literally was. After getting past that - I had to let the guys taking up all the good weights know that the queen had arrived and to make way. They didn't. So, I spent the first day on the empty weight machines, instead. A great way to warm up. But, this week... I have my heart set on those free weights. Barbells. Dead lifting, squats... I'm getting excited just thinking about it. They will recognize me. I have weight gloves, they have to know I'm serious... this time.

Lat Pull Down Break Pic
Saturday's Snow Trek (1.5mi. / Pace: 17:16) I didn't fall once, whoot!

The weigh in...

- 2.2lbs for the week! 23.3lbs total!



Hope you all are well. Starting this blog has helped me to meet and even reconnect with some great peeps! Thanks for reading my ramblings. It's so appreciated!


~Paula

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A re-cap, WEIGH-IN, and new diet plan... walk into a barbell.

Down 4.6 more pounds! 21 total. 6.1 away from ONEDERLAND! But, enough about me...



I Kindled (do we say this?) The Biggest Loser trainer, Dolvett Quince's, '3-1-2-1 Diet.' It may appear as though I have a thing for fine, bald, Black men (hey, Dr. Ian!). But, it's merely a coincidence. Mind you, the Mr. is neither - but he's adorned (hey, honey!). Moving along...

So far, it's a great read. The approach is practical, yet innovative. Eat "clean" for 3 days, "cheat" for 1, go back to "clean" for 2 days, then "cheat" again. That was like the super, dumbed-down synopsis. You're welcome. In a sense, it helps someone starting off, or one who merely struggles with sticking to a diet. *clears throat* It also triggers the shock value of your body, keeping it guessing by switching up your routine. Which, in return, keeps that metab revved. So, I'm going to try it for a week and see how it rocks out.
Chilli was a fool, to not want him!
The food...

I've been a little all over the place, lately. Making healthy choices, here and there but got back to dining out too much. One dinner turned into a lunch, the next day and then a McDonald's breakfast. I'm reeling it in, though. Back to saving cals and moulah.

Thanksgiving Dinner; Candied Yams, Mac & Cheese (yes, the kind you cut), Greens w/ 'Hock, Stuffing and Turkey 

Max & Erma's Turkey Burger - Wednesday's Lunch

DiGorno Pepperoni Indy Pizza , Tea in a red wine glass, 'cause I'm fancy. - Monday's Dinner

Kashi Dark Almond Mocha Granola - Wednesday's AM Snack

Bolthouse Juices - 2nd Breakfast Item

Chic-Fil-A Chicken Tortilla Soup - Not Sunday's Dinner

Whole Grain Crackers + PB - Tuesday's Snack

Whole Grain Crackers + Applesauce - Sunday's Snack

Kroger Brown Rice, Cali Rolls - Monday's Dinner



The workout...

Aside from a few walks... low intensity, there hasn't been much on the workout front. There's something about an annual freeze over the city that keeps me grounded. I know, excuses... but, that's my past and...


and...


My gym bag is packed, and on the doorknob. I WILL be returning (after many months) to the weight room. This should be interesting. There may or may not be tears.




Happy December, y'all!

~Paula

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Out of control.

Casual Friday selfie, officially back in my 16/18s (from 18/20)!
Down 2 more pounds, yet I have been struggling. No, not with my diet or workout plan - but, with stress. If it's not a deadline looming over my head, it's a family crisis or a personal one. All of which lands on moi. As my dear friend says, "Keep me near the cross!" Whew!

When I feel like I control little, and am merely reacting to life's demands - I focus on what I do have pure control over. And you already know what I'm about to say... FOOD. An odd empowerment gesture, eh? Binge eating (actually defined as a loss of control) solves no problems. But, damn it if it doesn't, for a moment, feel as if it does. These past few weeks were different, however. I didn't stick strictly to "plan," (do I ever?) but I didn't let my wellness journey go by the wayside amidst the low-budget reality show I was going through.

I'm going to keep trucking. Because, in fact, I DO have pure control over something else; getting healthier and losing this weight!


*Twerksum'n*


The food...

Mini Grocery Haul = Produce, Snacks, Lunch + Breakfast Goods
I need more veggies. Or ways to slyly sneak them into my meals. Yes, I know I'm 28 and not 8 - but, I'm thinking about juicing for a bit. We'll see.

Also, daily, before I leave for work, I send myself an email; accessible on all of my devices to remind myself of when I need to eat and what. Weekly preparation wasn't working for me, the daily approach is much more suitable. It allows me to not have to deviate too much, if events or other plans arise.

Daily Format Screenshot

Cream of Wheat, Almond Milk, Strawberries - Monday's Breakfast

Sushi Rolls, Cucumber Slices - Monday's Lunch

Kiwi Fruit w/ Chopsticks (#missingforkstruggle) -Tuesday's Snack

Special K Protein Shake (French Vanilla), Globe Grapes - Wednesday's Breakfast

Campbell's Beef + Veggie Soup, Whole Grain Ritz Crackers - Wednesday's Lunch

Fruit Cup, Chix Ceasar Salad Wrap - Thursday's Lunch

The workout...

I told you the last time we chatted, that I was going to start the Supreme 90 Day workout. Yeah, about that... too advanced for my current physical abilities. I tried and will continue to modify until I can follow what they're doing. But, I darn near killed myself, and my cat - trying to do all that hopping around.

And update on returning to the gym = I walked over at lunch with a friend, to our corporate gym to make sure our accounts were still active. After so long, you have to re-apply to gain access. We made it. We hadn't totally been shunned. Going on Monday, after work to hit the weights. It's time.


120 stairs to my floor, at work. At least twice a day. Medic! Security! Beyoncé? 
Peace.

~Paula

Monday, November 4, 2013

Weigh-Day. Almost 15 pounds lost! I'm also nearing my first major goal; ONEderland!



Welp, this was truly 'one of those' weeks. Sparing a long, drawn out synopsis (mostly because I haven't slept in nearly 3 days, and my alarm is set for a 6am workout). Here's the deal:

The workout...

Workouts this week included walking during my lunch break - on days it didn't rain. I've been averaging a 20 minute pace, 30 minute duration. I took a break from the bike, but will be back to it this week. Oh, and I moved 16 boxes, this weekend. And helped hoist a couch and love seat. Needless to say; I feel like I was hit by a slow moving minivan. But, my calorie burn made it worth it. Ouch. I guess.




And... now that working out is getting to be a little easier for me - in my effort at least - I'm eager to challenge myself, a bit more. Starting this, tomorrow, with a friend. The Supreme 90-Day workout. Or, as I like to call it - The po' man's P90X. It still seems intense, so I'm going to modify when needed and see how I like it. Mind you, I bought this over a year ago; It was in my fitness DVD graveyard box, in the closet.Yes, the one in the back.


The food....

Nothing to see here. No, really... no pictures this week. But, I am proud to say, I stayed within my calorie goals for the week. It was tough, given that I love sweets and Halloween was being recognized EVERYWHERE. But no candy corn formed against me... prospered.

So yeah... looking forward to the week ahead. I'm home, and back to normalcy-ish. Have a great one, all!

~Paula

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Update: Quick, Dirty and Down 5 More Pounds!

This week, more solid effort was given. I stayed within caloric limits, met my distance goals (bike 15mi. / walk+jog 10mi.), and it's all starting to feel more like... normal? 

So, yeah... I am 214 pounds! I can feel my clothes fitting a little looser. My belly, BERTHA, is feeling less bloated. And my double chin, CANDY, is subtly receding. I have pep in my step (or maybe that's just the limp - from all these workouts). Meh. 

Well, I do hope to do so much more with this blog. I apologize for the once-per-week updates. I'll soon have more time to devote to it, once some things are settled regarding my schedule. But, in the meantime... make it a great week!

The food...
Gordon Biersch's Veggie Pizza - Wednesday's Lunch
Carrots & Ranch Dip - Monday's Mid-day Snack
Turkey Sausage, Eggs, Spinach, Cheddar Ciabatta - Wednesday's Breakfast

Turkey, Ranch, Lettuce, Tomato Panini - Thursday's Lunch

Broccoli & Ranch Dip - Tuesday's Mid-day Snack

Tortilla Chips + Salsa -  Friday's Mid-day Snack

The workout...





PM Walk - Downtown, Columbus
New and MUCH Needed, Bike Lights!
AM Ride - Scioto Audobon/Nature Center

Another, Day Ride / Water Break - Blacklick Woods


~Paula