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Weight Loss Goals

Yay for Presents!

Yay for Presents!

Why hello there (again) :] I’m back – are you surprised? Yeah; I am too xD But I have stuff to say, and I haven’t been posting as often, so I wanted to get this up before I became un-motivated. Today I’m here to talk about weight loss goals/rewards in-depth. Yeah; you heard me. But Raeynn, you might say, you’ve already talked about this sort of carrot/rod tactic in an earlier post, which if you haven’t read you can view here. But anyway, yes I covered the basics …. But I realized in the video I made that talks about this topic, among others, I said that I had a goal that I was sort of meeting with a reward, and it was really vague, besides my excitement about the actual reward of course … So, I sat down today when I was probably supposed to be working, and I found a calendar … And planned out an exercise regiment of sorts using exercise programs that I have heard about online and on Television and etc. And then, I tried to set goals for myself – at first I wanted to set goals that had to do with my own weight loss, but then I decided that I didn’t like that idea; the amount of weight I lose isn’t a set in stone sort of thing – it’s very variable. So, if I don’t lose weight or something even when I am doing a workout faithfully, I wouldn’t get a reward of any kind. And I realized that that was a good way to DIS-courage myself. Not a smart thing to do. What I ended up doing was coming up with 20 goals that I want to meet; my main goals are weight loss/having a healthy BMI and waist size. Then, all of the other goals are rewards for doing workouts faithfully for certain periods of time, basically. I put all of them in the table below for easy reference:

Desired Goal Reward for Meeting
Weight = 186lbs Hair Growth Treatment System
Weight = 165lbs Supernatural Devil’s Snare Tattoo
Weight = 144lbs Perfumes: Dior Addict 2, Jasmin Noir, Viva La Juicy
Weight = 125lbs 1 week Vacation! (Idk where yet xD)
Waist = 29″ OR BMI = 20-25 New Corset!
Biking on Sundays for 1mo Good pair of sneakers for biking/exercise
Biking on Sundays for 3mo Contact Lenses
Biking on Sundays for 6mo Set of Hot Weather Under Armour
Biking on Sundays for 1yr
TapOUT XT: 10 Days Pink Ruffled Peacoat from Target
TapOUT XT: 1mo Gateway Notebook
TapOUT XT: 2mo New Workout: Insanity
Complete TapOUT XT Braces Consultation
Insanity: 2wk Workout DVDs: Brazilian Butt & PUMP IT UP
Insanity: 1mo More Epensive Hair Style/Braiding
Insanity: 2mo Make Up Haul!
Brazilian Butt Lift 3x/wk for 1mo New Exercise/Workout Clothes
30 Day Shred New Workout: Ripped in 30
Ripped in 30 Take a fitness Class ūüôā
PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout 3x/wk for 1mo Accessories Haul
TapOut XT 2: 10 Days
TapOut XT 2: 1 Month
TapOut XT 2: 2 Months
TapOut XT 2: 3 Months Clothing Haul

As you can see, in italics I have 4 weight goals. The way that I figured these goals out was I figured out what the target weight is for a 24 year old female that’s 5’2″ – and came up with a target weight of 125lbs, give or take. Ok, that’s cool – so I took my starting weight, which was 207lbs, and subtracted 125lbs, which got me 82lbs. That’s the total weight I needed to lose when I started TapOut XT. So, I split that into quarters and rounded up, so that every 21lbs I lose, I get a reward. As for what the rewards are, well, they are things that I really want right now – hell, a lot of the things on this table are things that I was already planning on buying for myself – I just won’t buy them if I don’t follow through with this workout system I’ve come up with. Which, it may be hard to tell myself no, but … I’m going to at least attempt to persevere. For example, I just heard about a hair treatment from JLovesMac1 on YouTube that she says helped her hair grow several inches, which I have been trying to do for years … But it’s expensive (of course) – basically any expensive thing I decided I wanted, I made an exercise reward. The next one is a tattoo that I have been literally agonizing over for years – I have wanted it since it was a thing on Supernatural. A tattoo of the anti-possession sigil on the outside of my right thigh, up near the hip. That’s the halfway point. The next one is one of 3 very expensive perfumes I’ve really been wanting as well – whichever one I want most at the time I meet this goal is the one I’ll buy. And finally, if I ever do make it down to 125lbs, I’m taking myself on vacation. I don’t know where, and I don’t know when, but I’m doing it. The last one in this section has to do with either my BMI or my waist size – what I really wanted to say here was waist size, but I have wide ribs, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the waist measurement I want … Currently my BMI is about 35, and the healthy range is from 20-25, so I need it to go down quite a bit in that department – but, if I get my waist to where I want it, or as small as it can go and still be healthy, then I’m buying myself a new corset because hopefully that means I’ll stay there so it’ll be a good investment xD

Next, in bold I have goals listed for consistently riding my bicycle, which I am going to start doing every Sunday starting February 3rd (I need to buy some cheap clothes from Walmart or something to keep myself warm because right now it’s snowing where I am xD) I really enjoy biking, and I usually ride on a path that spans about 15-20miles, and then turn around and come back. That helped me lose a lot of weight last summer, so I want to get back into it. All of the rewards in this category have to do with riding my bicycle except for the contact lenses – those are just something I’ve always really wanted. I had a really hard time last year trying to get them in when I tried to get contacts, but I’m going for round two this year! (I really want them xD … )

After that are the most numerous ones, and they are less expensive rewards that I really want for the most part. They are all goals for doing/completing workout regiments, because then even if I don’t lose weight, if I am consistently doing these workouts, at least I’ll feel like I’m getting something out of it … Though since I try to only eat 1200 calories/day or so, you would think there’d be no way for me to put on weight … But I digress. There are 6 workouts that I planned for in this table, and they are: TapOut XT, Insanity, Brazilian Butt Lift, 30 Day Shred, Ripped in 30, PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout, and TapOut XT 2. Each one is for different durations that I’ve planned out on a calendar so that they mesh nicely together – but they are the only ones I’ve really found that I wanted to do so far. I had been trying to plan different for a whole year, but I don’t have enough of them! I only have enough workouts to do a new one for their duration through the end of September. But that’s fine – I’m sure they’ll finish figuring out TapOut XT: II before then (because that’s really a thing that’s in the works, believe it or not!) and if not I’ll just start over from the beginning. Or something. (Edit: I actually got an email on the day I posted this that TapOut XT 2 was ready for pre-order, so I added it to the end of my schedule – so now it goes until December 22nd – so my workout regiment, if I can keep up with my schedule, will basically be my Christmas present to myself :3)

Anyway, if you want to see my workout schedule/regiment plan so far, I’ve got it below … in RAINBOWS! xD Otherwise, please skip to the bottom and watch my YouTube video! It talks about my coat and how I came to buy it, as well as my thoughts on drinking water during a workout, and a possible fix for that pesky leg band that likes to stick together … I’ll see you next post!

January 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 Start TapOut XT 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 TapOut XT: 10 Days 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

February 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 TapOut XT: 1 Month 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28

March 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 TapOut XT: 2 Months 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31TapOut XT: Complete/Start Insanity

April 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 Insanity: 2 Weeks 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 Insanity: 1 Month 29 30

May 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 Complete Insanity/Start Brazilian Butt Lift 3x/week 27 28 29 30 31

June 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 Complete: Brazilian Butt Lift/Start: 30 Day Shred

July 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 Complete 30 Day Shred

August 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 Start Ripped in 30 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

September 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 Start: PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout 3x/wk 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Complete PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout
29 Start TapOut XT 2 30

October 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 TapOut XT 2: 10 Days 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 TapOut XT 2: 1 Month 28 29 30 31

November 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 TapOut XT 2: 2 Months 25 26 27 28 29 30

December 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 Complete TapOut XT 2! 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

Check out my video – it talks a little about setting goals for yourself! :]


Head Up, Stay Strong – Fake a Smile, Move On

Hi Guys. ¬†It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post ¬†– I’ve got a TapOut XT update for you (sort of) and an explanation – but it’s about all the energy I have right now, so it’ll probably be a short post.

First off, as far as TapOut goes, I am very impressed with the system – but this is only a sort-of update, because I have to tell it to you straight; I haven’t been doing the work out religiously, or even really at all. ¬†I did for the first 2-3 weeks or so, and the results were great! ¬†Everything was tightening up, I lost 3.5lbs/week – in fact, from when I started counting calories and biking in the middle of the summer, to the point where I got TapOut and did the regiment for 3 weeks, I had lost 30 lbs! ¬†I felt good, and I was starting to look good, and I was really proud that I was losing the weight all on my own …

And then, I did the dumbest thing ever.

I went on a 4 day vacation.

Took a Friday and Monday off of work, and decided to go to visit a friend – I planned on being good. ¬†I brought TapOut and exercise clothes for 3 of the 4 days (Sunday would have been my resting day, so I didn’t need to exercise then) … Yeah; I did it the first morning – got up early, worked out, counted my calories for breakfast, took a shower – everything was off to a great start … And then throughout the first day, we hung out and went places, and I ended up eating things and forgetting to count calories, or not bothering to because we were busy. ¬†The second day, we woke up late and had plans, so I didn’t have time to work out or anything that morning. ¬†Didn’t count calories all day, and by the time I got back it was too late to work out and the television was being usurped by a younger sibling. ¬†Sunday was the rest day. ¬†And that just about broke it for me – after not doing it for two days, I just stopped bothering with it.

That was my first stupid mistake.

The next one was to weigh myself at the end of the week.

Because of the stuff I ate over the weekend, and then just never getting around to going back to exercising every day, when I weighed myself at the end of the week, instead of losing 3.5lbs I actually gained 2lbs back. ¬†Unsurprisingly, this depressed me – and when I get depressed, I don’t do anything to get out of my own way. ¬†^^;; I eat all sorts of bad stuff (and let me tell you, I suffered because my digestive tract was used to eating good, healthy stuff for months, and then I ate crap nonstop), I lay in bed – the only thing I really do is fullfil any obligations I have, such as going to work. ¬†And park myself either in my bed or in front of my computer and play video games.

Which is what I’ve been doing for the past however-long-it’s-been. ūüė¶

Until I kick this rut I’ve landed in, I don’t know when/how I’ll be motivated to get back on track – I haven’t weighed myself in as much time either, so I don’t even know where I’m at weight-wise, but I’m willing to bet that it’s pretty close to where I started, the thought of which depresses me further …

However, I recently got two very kind reviews/comments on my first blog post about TapOut XT, and they made me smile – I really did appreciate them. ¬†Maybe sometime soon I’ll get back on track – I keep thinking I’ll start counting calories at least, but that just keeps not happening … I haven’t been on My Fitness Pal in forever either, which makes me sad because I haven’t been getting those happy little “[Your Name] has logged in for Xdays in a row!” alerts …

Ah well; here’s to kicking myself in the butt, hopefully sometime soon.

Thank you again for your encouraging comments; it at least motivated me to get up and post here. ¬†Even though trust me, I didn’t feel like it … xD

Until next time (whenever that will be)


Tapout XT

Alright; so as promised, here is a blog post about Tapout XT.

Let me tell you, this workout is brutal – and I don’t even do the whole frigging thing.

Well, let’s back up – let’s talk about getting this box in the mail. ¬†I ordered it last week, and it came on Tuesday, so it took about 5 business days or so to get here, which was pretty awesome I thought. ¬†So, I get this cool black box in the mail, and I open it up – and this is what’s inside.

So much stuff!

There’s the DVD Collection, the bonus Strike Training DVD, the Nutrition Guide, the bonus 10 Day Jumpstart Nutrition Guide (which basically tells you to pack your diet FULL of protein), a Tapout XT Logo Decal, a Tapout XT Towel (which trust me, the commercial wasn’t lying – you need it), a small rubber-ish resistance band, a workout calendar … ¬†But, for $150+shipping, I would expect to get a box full of stuff. ¬†And there was the usual advertising about other products you could get from them – bands with more resistance, a spray-energy for before the work out to keep you energized – probably some more stuff I don’t remember too. ¬†On the back of the Work Out Calendar, there is a Fitness Guide – and actually, this is something I think is really cool. ¬†There is a chart so you can keep track of your progress! ¬†This is what it looks like:

Fitness Guide Chart

There’s a place for pictures, as well as places to record your weight, jean size, chest, bicep size, and waist size, and you record these measurements on the first day, after 10 days, after one month, two months, and three months, which is how long it¬†purportedly¬†takes for you to get ripped. ¬†Well, I mostly want some muscles, not to be ripped or anything, but I’ll take what I can get … Anyway, here’s my chart after I filled it out and everything:

You may notice that I added another category on my chart – the circumference of my thigh, which is 27″, as you can see above. ¬†I wanted to keep track of that, because one of my biggest problems with being over weight is how my thighs rub together and create that nasty chaffing when I wear a skirt unless I use ten-thousand square pounds of baby powder … So hopefully I’ll see some results there. ¬†I’ve spared you all my “Day One Photo” because no one wants to see that ^^;; ¬†But ya’ll get to see what I filled in: Weight = 188 (I rounded up; it’s actually 187.5), Jean size = 15 (or at least, I wear a size 15 pants, but actually those are a little big on me after I’ve lost this 25lbs) Chest = 44″ (and I would NOT mind at all if this shrank up a bit). bicep is 14″, which I don’t know if that’s good or bad, and my Waist, I was pleasantly surprised by – I’ve had a 38″ waist for the past like, 4 years or so, but when I measured it, it was actually 37″ now. ¬†I lost an inch! ¬†::insert happy dance here::

So, today is the second day that I have done this workout regiment; yesterday was Cross Core Combat, and today was Strength & Force Upper and Ultimate Abs. Let’s start with Cross Core Combat, since I did that one first.

It started off alright; I kept up with the whole warm up, and managed to get through just about everything for the first eight to ten minutes or so … And then it started getting pretty tough. ¬†By the time we got to pushups, I wasn’t doing so hot … To be fair, I already knew I couldn’t do a regular push-up – well, at least not too many. ¬†I did like, 3 real ones before I started doing all modified push-ups, which is basically putting your knees on the ground instead of your toes. ¬†But that wasn’t so bad. ¬†Also water breaks. I’ve never done a workout/exercise/aerobic video that gave you a water break before, and I’ve done quite a few. ¬†But this one has regularly spaced water breaks that are about 15 seconds long – long enough to pick up your bottle, unscrew the cap, drink, and put it down. ¬†The idea is, “it’s called a water break, not a water-stopage”, which I thought was clever the first time. ¬†But after hearing it about ten between today and yesterday, it’s lost it’s clever charm and has slipped into the realms of slightly annoying …

I digress; eventually, we got to a move called the HellCat. ¬†I didn’t even do one. ¬†I looked at the screen, did it in slow motion, carefully, and then saw the pace that the DVD wanted me to do them at, and said yeah, not happening. ¬†^^; ¬†That and the Grinder were the only two things on the tape that I didn’t at least attempt to do – and that’s because the Grinder consisted of a series of super-fast push-ups and these crazy hops … I don’t know how to explain it, but again saw what they wanted me to do, stared, and said yeah – you’re funny. ¬†I just did modified push ups the entire time that was going on on the DVD because I figured it was a good compromise. ¬†Then we did the cool down and that was that – 45 minutes later I was ready to collapse; not a bad run I guess.

However, I noticed today while I was at work; my body didn’t¬†hurt, which is good because I wouldn’t have been happy with that, and I might have had to re-think this whole work out thing. ¬†I am not in this to be in pain, that’s for sure … But I noticed that I could feel a dull sort of ache when I moved certain ways, like when I squatted to file in a low cabinet drawer, or stretched to reach something on a shelf – that kind of thing. ¬†Which I thought was interesting, and meant that my body had definitely felt the burn from yesterday.

Alright; now on to today – Strength & Force Upper and Ultimate Abs. ¬†And actually, though today every other move was some kind of push up that I did a modified version of, and I couldn’t do all of every move, Strength & Force Upper wasn’t as bad as the Cross Core Combat from yesterday, I thought. ¬†I even managed to do the Killer Move for today (¬†it was called the Kalensky Chops or something funky like that)¬†– whereas yesterday I didn’t even attempt it, today I actually kept up with the tape for two of the four sets, and finished at the same time as the tape with less reps on the last two. ¬†I was actually pretty proud of myself for it.

And then we got to Ultimate Abs. ¬†Now, I thought, prior to today, that because I can do a few hundred crunches without destroying myself, that I had a pretty good set of abs – obviously they’re covered in fat and not AMAZING, but when I went to this DVD after Strength and Force Upper not being so bad, I figured that this would be alright. ¬† Especially because Strength & Force Upper was almost an hour long work out, and Ultimate Abs was only something like 15 minutes. ¬†Yeah. ¬†It’s now 4 hours after doing this work out, and my abdomen still hurts when I sit up – I even slept for a couple hours! ¬†Ultimate Abs was brutal – I didn’t even do all of the reps for all of the moves we were supposed to do! ¬†I was totally shocked – and I’m especially shocked that I can still feel it so strongly …

So either my abs sucked more than I thought, or holy crap that was an intense 15 minutes.

Tomorrow is something called Plyo XT – I have no idea what that even means … And Sunday is Yoga XT. ¬†I don’t know how you can make Yoga into Extreme Training (that’s what the “XT” stands for) but I wouldn’t put it past this guy …

In the meantime, I’ll probably post some cooking/baking stuff and just give updates on my TapOut exploits – this will probably be the only TapOut-centric post until the 10 day mark, and then the 30, 60, and 90 days to see how I’m doing as far as my weight and the size of things … I was also considering making a YouTube channel to sort of track my TapOut XT progress – I recorded a video on my phone, but I haven’t done anything with it yet … So we’ll see if anything comes of that – I’ll keep you posted.

So, until next time, which will probably be about my rewards system, or maybe my Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge cake … (I can see y’all drooling … xD)


Working Up to Working Out …

No fun pictures today; I just wanted to give an update on my work out aspirations, and tell you how they’ve changed. ¬†This should be a fairly short post, but we all know how I like to write, (and ramble …), so that probably won’t be the case.

Alright; so my plan has always  been to take it slowly and work out in ten minute intervals twice a day every other day during the week.  Basically, a 10 minute bike ride before work, and a 10 minute bike ride after work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.   And Monday that went alright; rode my bike before I took my morning shower, and then after I got home and ate, rode my bike the same amount after I finished writing my blog post.

Guess how I felt Tuesday?

Now, I’ve worked out before – I know what that sort of uncomfortable burning sensation you get in the body parts you worked the day or two afterwards feels like. ¬†All in all, it doesn’t actually feel¬†bad, just tender – a little sore, but that is just evidence that you did the work. ¬†Yeah, well, when I went on that bicycle ride this morning, my legs were¬†screaming;¬†I thought the neighborhood watch was going to call the cops or something.

But seriously; I almost couldn’t finish the ride this morning – it was actually painful.

So, I decided that it was too much; I am so far out of shape that I can’t do 20 minutes of exercise a day yet. ¬†Notice that I used the conditional “yet” – I will get there. ¬†I am just cutting it down to biking once a day in the morning for 10 minutes, and seeing how that goes for the rest of this week.

And, before anyone says anything, yes, I’m super out of shape – but when I bike, I don’t let the wheels “cycle” either, unless I absolutely can’t pedal; I treat it like an exercise bike, and I pretend that if I don’t constantly pedal, it will stop moving. ¬†So, when I say 20 minutes of constant cardiovascular exercise, I mean 20 full minutes of my throat feeling raw and my lungs attempting to escape my chest while my legs attempt to fall off.

I have even clocked how far I ride my bicycle with the odometer on my car – it takes me 10 minutes to ride 1.8 miles. ¬†So I average about 10mph on my bicycle, which I don’t think is bad. ¬†Especially since it keeps my heart rate up constantly while I’m doing it.

The moral of this story is, if you’re starting out exercising, please don’t feel like you need to do EVERYTHING in the first week or else you’re going to fail. ¬†Take it in small steps – and, like me, if you feel like your body is telling you you’re doing to much,¬†tone it down.¬† The fat’s not going anywhere (unfortunately xD); it will wait for you to work it off. ¬†You don’t have to get rid of all of it RIGHT NOW.

That being said, my rice and steamed vegetables just finished, so I’m going to go eat. ūüôā

EDIT: Ok; so I lied – one picture. ¬†This is my dinner – steamed brown rice and mixed veggies, with sesame seeds for protein! ^-^ It’s really good – once again, pixelated cell phone picture – I really need to find my camera …

So, I had some of that vegan quiche I made last night for breakfast today. Verdict? ¬†It was alright; I had to heat it in the microwave because I got up a little late – it probably would have been better if I’d done it in the oven like I’d originally planned … But it was pretty good; it had a weird consistency (I’m still trying to get used to the texture of soy/soy products) and, as with all quiche, I had to add ketchup to get the full effect … I think if I make it again I’ll be less stingy with the onion, and maybe add two of them, and tomorrow I might top it with some of the vegan cheddar cheese I have … All in all, though it didn’t live up to Caz standards, it was still tasty; I’d make it again some time I think.

Today was also the day that I started my new calorie counting diet and exercise, so I got up this morning, ate breakfast, and went out in the freezing slush-rain, and rode my bicycle.  It was my plan to start out small; I was originally going to bike for half an hour in the mornings, but I saw several websites that said you should try to take it slowly when you first start exercising Рbreak it up into two or three intervals at 10-15 minutes a piece for a while until you build up the endurance to ride for longer.  I figured I could ride twice a day if I wanted to, but I really just assumed that I would have no problem riding 15 minutes, and anticipated just continuing on for another 15 to get it over with in the morning.

I have never been so WRONG in all my life.

I rode my bicycle for 11 minutes this morning and I thought my legs were going to fall off. ¬†Or somehow forcibly remove themselves from my body – I dunno. Either way I thought I was going to die or never walk again. ¬†So … there’s that.

Looks like I’m going to have to take it slow – 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon, and escalate it from there. ¬†I also did 10 minutes of yoga after my near death experience, which helped me feel like my throat and lungs were no longer on fire. ¬†So that was a plus; I’ll try to continue doing that as well to sort of offset the 10 minute cardio work out … I had no idea I was this out of shape.

The other thing I started today, as I mentioned, was my calorie counting diet – according to this website, in order for me to lose about 100lbs in a year (that’s roughly 2lbs/wk for 52weeks) I need to start this week eating 1257 calories/day. ¬†So far I’ve had about 950, after having a slice of quiche for breakfast, an apple as a snack this morning, and a pretty good sized salad for lunch. ¬†It’s about 5:30 now, and I’m still not hungry for my last 300ish calories, but I am sure I will be – I still have another 10 minute bike ride to go on.

Doesn’t it look good? ¬†It’s pictured here with an Italian Dressing that I made up from a Good Seasons Italian Dressing packet, but instead of adding oil to the water and vinegar mixture, I added the juice from one can of mandarin oranges. ¬†And let me tell you, with half the projected calories (160 vs. 90), it tastes pretty delicious. ¬†For the salad, this is what I used:

1/4cup Kale, pulled off the leaf so only the curly parts are left

1/4cup collared greens, sliced

1/2cup baby spinach leaves with the stems removed

1/2cup fresh mixed lettuce, roughly chopped

1/2 can mandarin oranges

Sliced strawberries

1/4cup toasted pecans

Sliced mini red, orange, and yellow bell (sweet) peppers

Here’s a close up of what the salad looked like; sorry for the picture quality – I had to take these in the evening (since I made this for my lunch the night before) and with my cell phone because for some reason I couldn’t find my camera.

As you can see, my pecans are a little well done – that’s what I get for putting this together while my quiche was in the oven; I forgot about taking the pecans off the heat in lieu of taking the quiche out of the oven before it burned …

Oh well; this salad was still really good, and choc full of nutrients.  Want another Fun Fact/Tip?

Collared Greens, ounce for ounce, have more calcium in them than milk.

So, if you get the chance, definitely check them out! ¬†They’re a little tough in a salad, which is why I only added a quarter of a cup and carefully sliced/shredded them, but they added a little more interesting texture, something between cabbage and lettuce, and it wasn’t bad in small quantities.

Alright; that’s all for now – I’m going to take a quick hour power nap and then get on the bicycle – and this time, I’m ready for the sleet! ¬†I bought a really cute rain jacket from Target on my way home from work! ūüôā

Counting Calories and Rewards

Alright; lots to cover here, in a short amount of space. ¬†(Well, I guess it’s actually really unlimited, but I have to cut myself off at some point or I’ll just ramble on endlessly …)

Two things I’m concerned with; not only do I need to exercise, and stick to my vegan diet, but I also need to watch my caloric intake. ¬†I was actually surprised with how many not so healthy things I can still eat – I mean, I can’t have that giant ice cream sundae with the fudge and sprinkles on top, but I can have a bag of Doritos and a two-liter of coke and get off scott-free. ¬†So … Alright, I’m going to level with you. ¬†I looked up how many calories I am supposed to eat per day in order to lose weight according to my gender/age/weight/height.

For a female that’s about 5’2″ and weighs 212lbs, that’s 1696 calories. ¬†Per day. ¬†Except Wednesday and Saturday; then I have to eat 2036 and 1866 calories respectively.

Holy crap, that’s a lot.

I jotted down what I remembered eating yesterday just to compare what I was eating to what I actually am supposed to eat, and I only had just a little over 1300 calories. ¬†Combining all three meals and snacks together By the time I looked that up this afternoon, I had only had 450calories. ¬†That’s it. ¬†450 calories.

My body must think I’m on a starvation diet or something. : / ¬†(Even though I always eat when I’m hungry …)

So I proceeded to eat 700 calories of my home made vegan macaroni and cheese (made with non-dairy soy cheese) with a glass of almond milk for dinner, and that bumped me up to 1200 calories or so … But I still have to eat so much more, and it’s already 7:00pm here … Gahhhhhh … Also, when it got down to the end and I didn’t think I could eat any more, I was sitting at my plate, shoveling the mac n cheese in, thinking to myself “I will loose weight I will loose weight I will loose weight” (Spoiler Alert: I ended up throwing out the last half a cup or so of the macaroni and cheese …)

That just seems so¬†wrong to me … xD


After those¬†shenanigans, I started looking around online under “how to start exercising”, and it has given me a few useful pages. ¬†A bunch of them suggest that you treat yourself to something if you manage to keep up your exercise regiment for a week or a month or whatever, and that reward can’t have anything to do with food. ¬†(Which makes excellent sense) Suggestions I saw were going to a spa for a day, going to the movies, planning a girls’ night with your friends, etc. ¬†However, every time I run into this, I see that it always explicitly says, “however, if you do NOT keep up your regiment, you have to refrain from your reward”.

I never really thought about it before, but this makes excellent sense. ¬†I mean, I can say “if I work out for a week, I’ll treat myself to a movie on Friday”, but if by the time Friday rolls around I only exercised once, I can always say “well, I exercised a little … and I really want to see this movie, so …” It basically take the consequence out of it. ¬†Which sort of completely undermines the whole non-food reward system.

So I decided that I’d set a few goals for myself and see how it goes.

If I can keep this up for two weeks, I will get my legs waxed. ¬†Now, I know what you’re thinking – wow, that just sounds like more torture; how is that a reward? And I don’t know – maybe it will be. ¬†But I’ve never had it done before, and I’ve heard you can go three to four weeks between waxes and not need to shave or anything; and that sounds really convenient to me. ¬†So I would give it a try. ¬†If I can do it for another two weeks (which would effectively be exercising and eating my normal calories for a full month), I’d get a pedicure! ¬†I love getting those – my mom has been getting her nails done by the same nail lady for years, and I don’t have acrylics, but I do like getting my feet massaged.

I’ll keep up the waxing unless I decided I can’t handle the pain if I keep exercising and dieting – and I figure if I keep up exercising and dieting for 3 months, I will cough up the money and join a gym.

That’s looking a little down the line though, so we’ll see about that …

Now to get my bicycle fixed so I can start exercising on Monday …

But first, I have to switch my laundry :3

Scales Suck …

Alright; so I started this blog because as of April 10, 2011, I decided to become a vegan. Entirely because of health reasons, which I’ll get into in a different post if people care. xD¬† Anyway, the decision was because of my body, not so much because of animal activisim, though if I can help¬†some mistreated livestock on the way that’s great too.¬† So far it has been going good – it was suggested to me about a week after I declared my veganism that I start a blog about it, and I’m not really one for blogging – I have literally no idea what to write here.¬† I don’t even read other people’s blogs usually – I just look at the pictures and sometimes reviews … But that’s about all.

So, what is the point of all this rambling?

Well, I was inspired to write today because I had my first physical in like, five years.¬† I remember I had to get one before going into my freshman year of college, and I’ve been to doctors since then, but none of them have done the basic, you know, eye test, hearing test, height, weight …

Well, the weight is where Ihad an issue.¬† I am overweight – I’ve always been a little overweight, and I’ve always been pretty alright with it because it wasn’t like, a crazy amount; aroud 50-60lbs, which is not good, but it’s not moving into morbidly obese territory.¬† I also don’t own a scale, so the only time I ever get weighed is at the doctor’s office.¬† Yeah, well¬†my attitude¬†changed today when the nurse said I weighed almost 100lbs more than I am supposed to for my height.

I nearly fell over.

Oh this will not do.

So, I’ve decided, since I’m starting a new job on Monday that’s only 29hrs/wk, I will have time to do other things, besides writing the novel I’ve been planning for probably forever, I’m going to start exercising.¬† So I have until Monday to figure out how that all is going to work.

I figured maybe I’d document diet and exercise stuff here, since I really want to do this as well.

Anyway … Yay for first blog post ever – let’s see if I actually post here regularly ^^;;