Update: Quick, Dirty and Down 5 More Pounds!

Sunday, October 27, 2013
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


How Paula Got her Groove Back.

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Whoot! I'm down 5.2 pounds, this week! Too soon for cockiness, but, I really think I'm back in this thing.I know, I know... I've been in, for a while. But this week, the scale is finally boasting a number I can agree with.

For a second, I began to doubt my ability. My weekly weigh-ins weren't impressive, and I was dog tired of working out, even with my meager efforts. And don't get me started on my will to cut back on certain foods and/or dining establishments. <insert ugly cry face>

The food...
I did not stick entirely to my calorie goals, this week. I stayed near or slightly above my set highest range. There was definitely some Chipotle, BBQ brisket, sweet potato pie and gourmet ice cream. But, there were also more veggies, fruits and workouts; providing what I like to call, "balance." It makes sense, if you don't think about it.

Despite what I ate, I TRACKED IT ALL! If I'm having a bad day (nutritionally), I'm one to ignore it and move on. And by 'move on,' I mean not writing it down as if it were all in my imagination. Or, physical evidence that could be used against me in a court of law. Alas, no more. At the moment, I am using and loving MyFitnessPal.com. Holding myself accountable for everything I put into my mouth. Pause/Pineapples.

Vietnamese Chicken, Rice, Salad w/ Vinaigrette
Steak Escape Sausage, Egg, Cheese Biscuit w/ Orange Juice - Friday's Breakfast

Cream of Wheat w/ Almond Milk, Sugar + Mixed  Berries - Monday's Breakfast

Mid-week grocery haul; produce re-up. 

The workout...
Here's where I'm starting to get excited. I worked out, or at least completed some type of extra activity EVERY DAY this week. Sunday, I'm going to take the bike out again so it's not yet captured, but here's a glimpse:

I am aching. Things are still popping. I'm pretty sure I broke in my new sports bras, after only 1 use. But, I'm moving. The goal, this upcoming week, is to keep going. That's it. I will eventually focus in on speed, distance and intensity.

Waiting on a friend (whom overslept) for a 6am bike ride! Had to ride dolo. SMH
AM downtown bike ride view. Park Arch with AEP building lit pink!
YOU get a pedometer, AND you get a pedometer! Box in work break room.
Columbus Marathon prep; go-carts, tents and trash bins for the expected 18k runners/walkers.
PM Jog/Walk view, sunset - Friday

I am off to enjoy this chilly, yet sunny day; grabbing groceries for the week and taking Goosey for a spin - while someone just literally texted me asking what time I was free to ride. Fool me once, SMH.

Make it a great week, all!


Checking In.

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Dang. This comeback is tough. In these last few weeks, I have realized that I am certifiably out of shape. I mean, I knew it... but when you try to walk up 5 flights of stairs, and in between consciousness breaths... wonder whether the person you settled to take custody of your cat, in the event of a tragedy, was the best choice - it's gotten entirely real. It has to be done, though. The pain, the fatigue, the sweat and tears (oh yeah, Sistah Gurl cries) is the result of my actions.

The workout...
I know that this go-round, I want to enlist the help of physical activities that I actually enjoy. One thing I have found a love for is riding my bike! Inspired by a good friend, who rides... I finally got my own. Never mind the fact that said bike fits into the backseat of my car (#petiteproblems). After that first week of insurmountable discomfort o_O, my body started to adjust. And, I believe I can still have children.

"Goosey" x  Rich St. Bridge x Downtown Columbus, Ohio.

I also need to make my way over to our free corporate gym to make sure my badge still works. I live in Ohio, and Winters can be so unkind. So, for days when biking, walking or jogging is not an option - I can literally cross a street to work out at that full-faceted fitness facility. Free weight options are crazy, too. But, we'll get to that when I'm mentally prepared to hit the weight room, again.

The food...
I give myself points for making better choices, this week. For instance, for dinner tonight, I had a Chipotle Bowl. BUT, I totally opted out of adding sour cream and did not get chips. Saved quite a few hundred calories, and I still enjoyed! I have also been reintroducing fresh fruits and veggies to my meals. Oddly, I actually missed it! I'm eating plums at work, asking them... 'why did I ever forsake you?'

Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl (veggies, cheese, chix, white rice) - Sunday's Dinner

Garden Veggie Salad from work cafeteria - Wednesday's Lunch

Cream of Wheat (Almond Milk Vanilla, 2tbs Sugar), Plum - Monday's Breakfast

Cucumbers, Baby Carrots and Ranch Cup - Thursday's Snack

Fruit, Special K French Vanilla Protein Shake - Tuesday's Breakfast

The summary...
I am losing weight. 2.4lbs total, 1.2lbs, this week. But, not nearly as much, nor as quickly as I know I can - so it's muting my excitement. While I am elated it's not a gain, which has been my trend all year, I need to do better. Specifically, I need to do both - eat right and exercise!

Until next week, peeps, let's make it a great one!


Starting Anew.

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Today, I start over. Today, I stick to it. Today, I commit to win... for ME!


What is Project | Paula?

It is an online journal, chronicling my journey to achieving and maintaining my weight loss, fitness and health goals! As with any project, one must research, plan, assess and streamline methods, brainstorm, adjust, measure and relentlessly stay aligned with the mission. I will use the same approach. So, get ready for random thoughts and rants - in the form of blog posts, weekly weigh-ins, an occasional vlog, grocery hauls, meals, workout scenery, and me. All summed up to amazing, mind-blowing excitement! Or not. No promises, people.

What is the plan?

I respect the philosophies presented by Dr. Ian Smith (author of The Fat Smash Diet, The Shred Diet, i.e.). I am also intrigued by Paleo eating, CrossFit, pole dancing, BeachBody's Insanity, aerial fabrics fitness, running  and... well... it's safe to say I have not settled on any single meal, nor workout plan. And honestly, I doubt I ever will. I get bored easily. And I don't care much for strict rules. But for now, my approach will be the following, basic platform; tracking everything, calorie counting and staying active! Simple enough, right?

Daily goals | Diet
  • 1,500 calories
  • 100oz of water
  • At least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Cooking, and packing lunches; dining out limited to 2x a week 
Daily goals | Fitness
  • Minimum 1 hour of exercise, weight lifting, biking, walk/jogging 5x a week

What does success look like?

I am still trying to figure this out. I, of course have a weight goal; 120-130lb range. Which has been my goal since forever and a day. But, aside from the scale... I want to be stronger. I want to possess the physical strength necessary to run a full marathon or walk in heels. Most importantly, success looks like consistency. And, ultimately, success looks like long-term maintenance.

What is so different about this time?

I could go on an exhaustive tangent about how I'm different now. I'm older. I'm wiser. I'm happier. I'm more informed. Still not taller, but you get the point. The real difference, is that there is none.  I will still face the same challenges, as before - even some new ones. But, instead of running away and into the loving arms of a bag of yummy, greasy, salty Classic Lays chips, I'll handle it (word to Olivia Pope) appropriately and keep my healthy-minded cool.

Here we go...