Challenge Accepted!


Week 2 of the glorious Unemployment challenge. Hrm.. yeah not sure about that name. I’ve been trying to think up a name for my crazy “goto the gym 5 days a week” thing. It might not need a name but I’m amused by giving it a name.. maybe the “stop Allison from being a lazy fat ass”.. lol maybe not. Either way I’m into the second week and I feel amazing.

Damn I love Mt Dew but that’s too much sugar for my right now…

Last week, we only got in 3 days (which is amazing since I stopped for like 2 months). Dan had a trip and then I had a nasty headache. I was suffering some with drawl since I quit soda again. This time it wasn’t hard to quit it. I saw a picture of the amount of sugar cubes in soda (and other foods) on Pintrest and I started tracking my sugar on Both were a crazy eye opener to how much sugar I was taking in. PCOS makes me process sugar poorly so controlling it is really important.

My routine has been weight training at home before lunch, then lunch, and then meet Tracey at the gym. At the Gym I get about 2 miles in 40 minutes. My Nike+ profile or MFP can show the exact numbers (pst feel free to add me as a friend on either) some days my Nike+ shut off and I had to shake the thing to show the accurate number. I’ve solved that by using airplane mode.

This week I’m thinking of changing it up. See at home my stuff is all body weight and using the 3 lb weights Tracey let me borrow. I’ve been doing high reps to make up for the less weight but It kind of hit me today that I should just get to the gym early and use the machines.

HAWKWARDI have to admit I’m nervous about that using the weight machines. Cardio equipment is one thing, you use it for large blocks of time and then wipe it down.  The weight machines you are constantly moving so spraying them down is kind of (h)awkward. So I did what I normally do and researched on the web. I’ll be bringing a towel and hopefully there early enough where the gym is kind of empty.

Over all I’m really happy about how this is going. We’re going to switch it up and start going later so we can get some time in on the machines starting next week and eventually work back up to working with the trainer again. I wasn’t able to keep up with him in the past and now I’m feeling much more confident. I finally have a handle on my breathing and next week I plan on stepping back up into a C25k program.

Oh! I’m also down to 213! I’m very excited to be past the 5 lbs road block that I’d been up against for the last 6 months.  As of now I’m down 7 lbs overall. I want to be under 210 lbs by the end of August and I think that is totally possible if I stay on track and away from soda.




As you may have guessed… I went a bit off the diet wagon recently. Not a whole lot, I was still eating smaller portions but I wasn’t resisting temptations and I also wasn’t exercising a whole lot.. at all really. I’d exercise but it would be during volunteering or house cleaning. I have a bunch of excuses; some legit (had a week long silent migraine that confined me to little movement in a dark room) and some of me just being lazy.

Suddenly, it’s the end of July and my plan to walk at least one 5k a week is down the drain. Since the 4th I’ve been on the treadmill once (and then I got the week long migraine). I’m a bit disappointed in myself. Before, when I was working, I would complain about not enough time. Now I have all day and I still can’t “find time”.

So today I’m jumping back on the wagon. In the mornings I’m going to get up with Dan and have breakfast and take a 1 mile walk on the treadmill. It’s not a lot but it’ll get me moving and that’s good. Then I can do what I want and if I don’t have an interview or something in the afternoon I want to put another mile in OR play my dancing game. I’m rediscovered them the other day when I was complaining about being bored. It got me moving and I played for like an hour and a half.

I’m also tracking my food again. This time without my body media device. I stopped being accountable for exercise and would say “of well that was my exercise” when it was my normal activity. If I find that I’m not seeing results again (since my PCOS is starting to become under control) maybe I’ll use it to help increase my activity. At that point I should get a heart rate monitor but the body media I already have and can be useful.

Don’t call it a come back..

A lot has happened!  From PCOS to being fired from my job, let’s play catch up.

First, I’m officially diagnosed with PCOS. I went to my Gyno and after some blood tests and ultrasounds (not the normal one!) it was officially confirmed. That’s good news, in a way, since we now have a treatment plan. I’m on Methformin and Yaz. It seems to be working and I’m only suffering some of the side effects, they are a bit TMI so I won’t share but that are easily managed with OTC stuff. I’ve seen some good progress with it.

After a month on the stuff I’ve broken my previous weight boundary and I am now down to 214lbs. This is exciting since I’d normally hit 215 and rubber band right back to 220. The even cooler news is this loss occurred during an extremely high stressful time that I wasn’t even working out. So Yay! I’ll but up with a lot of side effects to batter this PCOS beast if it means getting back to a manageable weight.


Fired!.png (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Second. I was fired from my job, which was a blessing in disguise.  It sucked horrible but in the larger scheme of things it a great thing. It sucks because now I am unemployed and I must figure out a way to pay my bills and take care of myself but it’s great because the position was not a good fit for me and I was not a good fit for the company. Originally, I was apprehensive about this job and unfortunately my fears were justified.  I was stressed to the breaking point and that wasn’t helping my weight loss OR my workout. I completely stopped working out shortly after Go Cincinnati.  I wasn’t working out and wasn’t losing any weight and had completely stopped my 5k progress. I’m hoping that I find a position with a company that can actually use my skills soon, but in the down time I’m stepping back up my workout routine and focusing on keeping busy to keep myself sharp.

The emblem of the Knights of Columbus

Third! I completed my first 5k! Yeah, after all that talk about how I stopped working out I went and participated in my hometown’s 4th of July 5k. I jogged the first quarter of a mile and then walked the rest. It was completely embarrassing and I took 15 minutes longer then the next person but I completed it in 1hour and 41 seconds. That’s not the worst of it.  It was at 8 in the morning the temperatures were already above 80 degrees. It felt like 90+ and the humidity was high. There were no water stations left by the time I got to them (except one guy who was packing up and ran inside for water for me) and my sis-in-law came back to finish it with me after she completed her in about 28 minutes. So… kind of pathetic, but I finished and I even jogged the last 0.11 miles, ha! Now, I have a really awful baseline, but better than that, I didn’t quit. I refused to give up. I felt like I was going to pass out and faint in that heat and those hills. Every step I was thinking about calling someone to get me, but I didn’t give up. I felt great about finishing and now 3 miles in an hour doesn’t sound so hard. With my extra time I think I’m going to walk at least 1 a week (on my treadmill in the A/C, lol). See my race here with Nike+..,

Go Cincinnati

Where did I leave off? Oh yes. Week one of 5k training down and I feel good.

This past weekend was the weekend of Go Cincinnati. For those that don’t know, a lot of people get together and go do projects all over the city for places that support the community. It was the brain child of a church in Mason called Crossroads. I’d like to stat right out that I’m not a member of their congregation, I’m not really a strong believe in organized religion. A friend invited me to the event and I’m glad she did. It was a lot of fun and hard work.

I was part of the group that was working in the Children’s Garden at Gorman Heritage Farm. We started just after 9am and went until just after noon. We cleaned out wood  chips so it could be replaced, we helped dig out a bed shaped flower box and move it, and then we spent some time with the animals of the farm. It was a really cool experience and we’ve decided to sign up to volunteer at the farm. I was sweeting my butt off but it was good work. I have a lot of picture on my twitter feed of the days events, and you can also check out all the projects on twitter with the hashtag #gocincy. Also here some news coverage!

We skipped the trainer because we were so wiped out. In fact the rest of the weekend was a bit of a wash as I was far too tired to do anything but my house hold chores and those didn’t get done since I was a horrible achy mess. We made up for it on Monday night though. Monday I usually have Belly Dancing, but it’s been tough to get too over the last few months with doctor’s appointments, stress, and it being on the other side of Cincy. I fell kind of ashamed saying that driving across little ol’ Cincinnati is a pain, since it’s such a small city. Seriously, I grew up in NJ next to New Brunswick. Cincy is like a slightly larger version but yeah… I’m getting soft!

So Instead of Belly Dancing we headed over to the Gym. I’m glad to report that I made it completely through my workout, all 30 minutes with giving up. Sure it was hard but it was good. I felt so great about it. Then we took a walk on the treadmill for about 30 or so minutes. I was so happy with myself. Going to the Gym with my friends really helps me push myself to try so much harder and stay longer.  I’m supposed to be starting week 2 with the couch to 5k program but I think I might spend another week at week one, but make myself walk faster and with an incline instead of going the minute on and minute off. I think I should hold off pushing myself until all the test results are back, or at least until I’ve seen the people at Good Samaritan.

Couch to 5k: Week one Complete

The day after the trainer was rough. I was still really tired and few of my muscles were sore, but not sore enough. You know that feeling right? When you had a great work out and you know the next days is going to be trouble because you won’t be able to move without groaning? I didn’t have any of that, I woke up the next morning and totally felt like I could head over to the gym and do that whole workout again.

That gives made me feel slightly disappointed in myself, I felt like I hadn’t pushed my muscles hard enough. I also realized that my muscles are still kind of there, but maybe my stamina and breathing might not be. I felt disappointed at first, thinking that I’d let myself wuss out and give up before I could really push myself. Then I remembered that feeling on not being able to breathe and the light headedness and I knew that wasn’t me just giving up. It was a legitimate need to stop and take a breather. So, my conclusion is that I pushed myself and my endurance but not my muscles, and I’m actually okay with that.

Halfway through last week Dan and I decided to change-up the routine so that I have the car at lunch, which means I can hit up the gym during the day. I was able to get to the gym only once, for a multitude of excuses, most importantly a doctor’s appointment. I’d been dreading and looking forward to this for months and I was not going to miss it. I even left work a bit early to make sure we had plenty of time to get there.

English: Jenny Craig, Inc. logo

English: Jenny Craig, Inc. logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was the appointment to see my General Practitioner and I had a list of questions I wanted to ask.  I explained my weight loss troubles, and while I don’t think he 100% believed me that I was doing everything right, he did agree that my weight was an issue. They took some blood, right there in the office, and I was given a referral to Good Samaritan Hospital Weight Loss Center. I made the appointment with them on the 29th early in the day and I’m kind of nervous about it.

Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati)

Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Samaritan is a good hospital and I’m glad that I’m finally going to someone “official”, not that Jenny Craigisn’t official but they are not medical staff. They don’t have doctorates and go to school to study nutrition or the problems involved with weight loss. They do surgery’s there but my insurance doesn’t cover it and I don’t think that’s right for me.  I have the ability to lose the weight without surgery and I should really exhaust all non-surgical options first.

I’m prepping for my meeting with the nutritionist by staying on my normal plan but I’m also being much more diligent about writing things down. I’ve slacked off a bit in the past two weeks when I was feeling like it didn’t matter, and I want to be able to print out the information from Body Media and say, “This is my intake and this is my deficit, and this is how I bust my ass. Why am I stuck at 220lbs?” I’m hoping that their solutions work or the solutions from my Gyno.

The great news about this week is I’ve completed week one of Run Your Butt Off‘s couch to 5k program. Next week I’ll be doing my normal 30 minute walk (maybe more) with 4 minutes walking and 1 minute of running. The running won’t be faster than the walking which sounds difficult. I’m excited to get back to running, walking is great but I love that feeling of that I get when I run.

30 minutes with a Trainer..

The trainer just about destroyed me. Well, not really. He did make me bust my butt and I did push myself to a feeling like I was about to pass out. That is horrible! Thinking about it now, a few days later, I don’t think I would have passed out. I think that was my body trying to find a way to get me to stop, that or I still don’t know how to breathe right.

My goal for the first session was to keep pushing myself and not give up. I wanted to get as far as I could through the first session, even if I was crying and throwing up. Yeah, I know that you don’t really want to push yourself that hard. That was more of a mental statement thing; I needed to make sure that I was setting my mind up to not accept failure or wussing out. In the end I was able to push myself to 25 minutes with the trainer, which I’m proud of. My next goal is the whole 30 minutes.

The routine was simple but challenging and reminded me of the “30 Day Shred” by Jillian Michaels. It was designed to continually work for 30 minutes with fewer breaks. The fewer breaks help keep your heart rate up, while the constant changing keeps your body from adjusting to the routine. We did lots of squats, chest presses on balls, lunges, more stuff with our arms, and this crab walk thing that killed me. So we’ve been tasked to do this the same way, roughly, through the week. He didn’t say exactly but I’m aiming for every other day, except for Friday which is my rest day.

I’ve been bad about following my RYBO book, so I’m 2 days behind my “first” week. If I can keep with my current plan, I’m hoping to hit Week 2 next week were I step up to Run/Walking. I’ll give you an update on how that goes as I progress.

Fridays and Trainers…

Hello Friday! I love Fridays.  Two days that I don’t have to go to the office. Two days that I get more activity and more face time with my friends. Fridays also mean that tomorrow is Gym day with Tracey! I love gym day. If I didn’t love playing video games and reading so much I might have been a gym rat… I’d also have to be less lazy. Heh.

This week while I was at work Tracey talked to the Gym people and met with the training staff; we decided it was affordable enough so we signed up. I meet with the trainer every week at 1:30 on Saturday. Dan will be joining us at the gym but not with the trainer. He plans on walking the treadmill for the hour or so we will be there. I got him to join me when I went on Sunday and he got a good 30 minutes of walking in. He agreed that joining me was a good idea and that his back felt good afterward. I’m super excited for the trainer but I know I’m going to be bemoaning that decision right after we start, ha.

The other thing I’m really excited about is a book my sis-in-law sent me. It’s called “Run Your Butt Off. It’s from the magazine Runner’s World and it’s basically a 5k program with more information and extra stuff. The extra stuff is that they took 16 people and had them do the program they want you to do and you get little tips and tricks that those people discovered, as well as advice, and other things. The book is about weight loss at its core but I found it a great reminder or things I’d forgotten about running. It really is for someone that hasn’t started running yet or just started. Not exactly for my level, but I’m not so far beyond is that I can’t make use of its tips and tools. I’m thinking of actually starting over and following the progress of the book, it’s a 12 week program and if I stuck with it I’m sure I’ll catch up fast enough.

As I said, it’s a couch to 5k program. They do the same things that everyone else says you should do. For example, they do the whole walk 3 minutes run/jog 1 minute and they step up every week until you are running a full 30 minutes. This is suggested by everyone so it’s nothing revolutionary but it is presented in a pretty cool way. The profiles and bits from the 16 test subjects are neat. I love the tidbits they provide. I don’t know what my current rotation is and I haven’t been tacking (which is probably the problem). So maybe starting over is a good idea, I’ll surely “catch up” quickly.

Another great thing about this about this book is that it’s not meant as a something to just read through and then remember or make notes and do later. The chapters are informative and interesting and are meant to be read as you go. Not as you run, obviously, but as you complete the steps. I’ve finished chapter one and have yet to move on too far, I did read a bit and the next chapter seems to be about moving up to the next level. Since I had not decided I didn’t move ahead. So far I’m enjoying the book, I’d recommend it, but only if that kind of thing motivates you.

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