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Monday, March 8, 2010: 123.6 lb, gain 0.2, 1.4 lb to goal

I’m surprised I didn’t gain more!  I was away all of last week and in full vacation mode (read: I didn’t care about what I ate).

Next weigh date: Monday, March 15, 2010.

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Beck Diet Solution: Weigh-In

Today’s weight: 123.4 lb, lost 0.4, 1.2 lb to goal

I weighed myself this morning instead of Monday because I won’t be home tomorrow.  I also completed my goal of doing Tracy Anderson’s Method Mat Workout DVD for the month of February.  I’ll write up a post about the DVD too.  

 Overall, I’m pleased with my weight.  I’m going to get my wedding dress fitted this week and I’m feeling good about it.  This week will be a challenge for me as I’m staying with my parents.  It may make for an interesting post to write about being home and eating right.  Let’s put it this way, I expect to gain weight on this trip. 

Next weigh date: Monday, March 8, 2010.

Today’s weight: 123.8 lbs, gain 0.4, 1.6 lbs to goal

How did I know I was going gain weight this week?  Maybe because this seems to happen every two weeks.  I’m glad it wasn’t any higher.  I had two work lunches last week.  Also, Mike made me a milk chocolate cake with amaretto cream for Valentine’s Day last Sunday.  I knew it wasn’t health conscious after seeing the amount of chocolate and heavy cream he used.  It was yummy!  I ate a slice on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and last night.  I had to throw the remaining quarter out this morning – I can’t have another week of cake inhalation and expect it not to bite me in the ass (literally).

This week I have one work lunch.  Mike is away so most temptations will be kept away too.  This is my final week testing Tracy Anderson’s Method Mat Workout DVD.  Next week I’m at home in Alberta doing some high-anxiety wedding planning (including a dress fitting) so this week needs to be a good one.

Late last year I committed to trying Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred exercise DVD for…well, 30 days.  I had tried this DVD before and couldn’t stick with it.  During the holidays I read on article on Oprah.com about Paige Williams 60-day committment to bikram yoga (http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Paige-Williams-60-Day-Makeover).  It got me thinking that I needed to commit to some form of exercise too.  So with the New Year around the corner, on December 31st I embarked on this experience. 

The DVD is actually called the 30-Day Shred and it wasn’t until after I finished my committment (yes, I finished) and I was putting the DVD back in it’s case when I saw the cute little promise at the top “Lose 20 pounds in 30 days.”  Really.  Since I was at the end of my journey, I knew that was a bit of a stretch.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Allow me to go back to the beginning…

The 30-Day Shred is a workout of three circuits, each circuit has 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abdominal work.  Jillian Michael’s (of The Biggest Loser fame) claims that this is the best combination for getting rid of useless pounds in a short workout (the entire thing, warm-up to cool-down is about 27 minutes).  Michael’s uses a combination of moves to work as many muscles as possible.  For example, you may be doing lunges and bicep curls at the same time.  Or, you may be balancing on one leg, holding your other knee up at a 90 degree angle and kicking out while simultaneously pushing your dumbells up above your head (kind of like a military press).  Sound complicated?  It can be.  I must not have good hand-eye coordination because there were some moves I couldn’t follow very well.  There were other moves I simply hated from the get-go like jumping jacks.  There are three 30-minute levels (workouts) in total, each level harder than the previous.

To track my progress, I weighed myself at the start and again at the finish.  I also whipped out the measuring tape and took some measurements of my bicep, chest, waist, hips and thigh.  I used a calendar to mark off each day that I worked out, which was a great motivational tool (especially as I had it in sight while working out).  I set my alarm early each morning (4:45 am) and plodded downstairs to the basement to do the DVD.  For the first few days I was so sore, I didn’t think I could go any further.  In the past, this is where I would have stopped.  This time, I plowed through and after a few more days, the soreness went away.  I did skip one day.  But since I started a day early (December 31st), I had a day banked.  I needed that skip day, I was exhausted.

There were some advantages and disadvantages of the DVD.  It packs a lot of different moves into a 27 min workout, I was sweating buckets every time.  Michael’s clearly describes the proper form for each move, which is great for avoiding injury and working the appropriate muscles.  It was still very challenging after 30 days, I only got as far as Level 2.  With the stretching done during the cool down I noticed that my flexibility improved, which was great.  I lost 2″ in total, which I didn’t expect.  I had gained weight during the holidays, I think the DVD helped me get back on track but I didn’t lose as much weight as I was hoping for, only 1.2 lbs.  The “30-Day” part of the DVD’s title is just a gimmick, there is nothing special about it.  In fact, a day of rest once a week would have been good.  Speaking of rest, there are no breaks between moves or between circuits.  It was very hard to keep my middle finger from drifting towards the sky when we went from one move to the next without so much as a sip of water.  I found Michael’s voice to be irritating at times, her hard-knuckle style and constant chatter got to me.  After the initial soreness went away, I didn’t feel sore again, even after moving up to Level 2 (although I may not have been pushing myself hard).  In the end, I’m glad I stuck with it for 30-Days and I was really glad it was over.  If I never do another jumping jack I’ll be happy.

I’m not sure when or if I’ll pick ever up the DVD again.  By taking my measurements before and after I was able to see that the workouts did some good even if my weight didn’t move far. For a 27 minute workout it’s hard to do much better.  For the month of February, I’m trying The Tracy Anderson Method Mat Workout.  More on that later.

Beck Diet Solution: Weigh-In

Today’s weight: 123.4 lbs, lost 1.2, 1.2 lbs to goal

I’m really at a loss for words.  I feel like I’ve been here so many times before in the last 29 weeks that I’ve run out of new or different things to say.  Again, I’m happy that my weight is trending downwards.  Is it too much to hope that it will do the same next week?  I stuck to my diet plan and it payed off.  I know that if I stick to my plan again this week, I stand a good chance of succeeding.

Next weigh date: Monday, February 22, 2010

Next post will be about Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred exercise DVD.

Today’s weight: 124.6 lbs, gain 0.8, 2.4 lbs to goal

It looks like I’m back on the roller coaster (I don’t think I was ever off of it).  I was surprised by the weight gain.  I “felt” thinner this past week.  In retrospect I should have known better.  I did not keep track of my daily food intake on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday.  I didn’t care at the beginning of the week.  I was a bit hormonal and just didn’t care.  With Sunday being Superbowl Sunday, I whipped up a batch of chili and a loaf of bread.  Downed it (with Mike’s help) and then proceeded to graze on some fudge that I had made before Christmas and was storing in the freezer.  Damn fudge.

So after that sad realization I have to say that I deserve the weight gain.  I’m not upset and I’m glad that it wasn’t worse.

I wrote about alcohol a little while back (Nov 8/09) and my terrible lack of control at a Halloween Party.  I chided myself for giving into peer pressure and vowed to have better control the next time the opportunity arose.  After that post was published one of the comments I received asked that I share any strategy that I might uncover on my quest.

Since that post, I’ve been to four functions where alcohol was present.  In all but one instance, I either had one drink or did not drink at all.  In the one instance, I had three. 

How did I stay in control in 75% of those situations?  I don’t know.  The one time I told myself I was only going to have one, I had three.  Alternatively, last week I went to a working lunch with my boss, my other boss, and a rep from one of our suppliers.  Everyone ordered alcohol and then they turned to me.  I had no idea we were going to have alcohol at lunch!  Talk about peer pressure!  It’s probably OK to drink during a work lunch if your boss does.  I had very little time to think about it as all eyes were on me.  The  image that came to mind was of my face pancaked to my desk.  So I ordered a Diet Coke.  I wanted to be productive for the rest of the work day (NERD!)…and responsible (BROWN NOSER!).  

My strategy du jour is not have one beforehand.   It seems I can respond better without it.  I’m sure this topic will come up again and I will be eating these words.

Have a good day.