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Week 2 Weigh In

So as of yesterday (my weigh-in day) I’m up 3 pounds since last week’s weigh in. I was up 6 pounds on Monday morning, so I guess that’s the bright part of this weigh in.

No more free passes on “fun weekends.” Luckily (although not really since I love to travel), we don’t have any upcoming weddings/weekend getaways.


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Absence Makes the Scale Grow…er, Meaner?

As you may have (or more likely, may not have) noticed. I’ve been gone. On Friday M and I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to get to the airport for our 6:40 a.m. flight. M is not a morning person at all so he was not too happy with my decision to book that early flight. I booked it that early though for the sole purpose of getting to Texas in time to enjoy the full day. We were going to Texas for my friend’s wedding reception which was at a lake house/resort, so there ideally was plenty to do on Friday.

Our original itinerary looked like this:

(As an aside I find it incredibly interesting that IND-DTW and DTW-AUS are on nearly the same line.) The red and blue are the two different flights we were supposed to take. The black is the drive from Austin to the lakehouse.

Unfortunately, after a half hour or so at our gate, they announced a delay on our flight. Then a few minutes later, they announced our flight was cancelled.

To say we weren’t happy was an understatement. We proceeded to find out we were rescheduled to get to Austin at 11:37 p.m. That was not going to work for me. So I called an agent and this is what we ended up doing instead:

Yep, four flights. And into San Antonio and a longer drive. And a new rental car reservation.

Things could have gone wrong. Taking four flights was very risky, but we arrived in San Antonio at 4:45 p.m. We made it to the lakehouse by 7 p.m. Not exactly what we had planned, but I was glad we got to Texas at all after the day we had.

I learned something on this trip about my weightloss journey though: I have no self control when I’m traveling. I ate very badly on the trip, particularly in the airport. I am hopeful that my weight update tomorrow won’t be a gain, but I’m making no promises at this point.

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T-168, or Paper Flowers = Paper Cuts

Yesterday, I spent at least 5 hours working on paper flowers for the wedding. I know this isn’t the most conventional thing but I really like them. M was very skeptical after I made some a while ago (after seeing them on one of Mary’s blog) but this time around I did them with better paper and a bit more flair.

This is my first attempt at a centerpiece:

M’s opinion has vastly changed now that he’s seen a more complete centerpiece. He’s even help fold some petals 🙂

If you want to check out the tutorial on how to make these, go here. I might make my own tutorial at a later date that’s a bit more detailed on how I made my centerpieces. The above one is not the final version. We aren’t totally decided on it yet.

Randomly while I was at Michael’s, which I’ve been to three times this weekend, I saw a lady carrying The Big Book of Exercise. I saw someone comment on this book on a blog this past week, so I asked the lady if she had bought it at the Michael’s. I thought it was strange for Michael’s to sell such a thing, and there was a bookstore next door. But nope she said they did have the book, so I went back and found it. I did one of the beginner weight lifting things at the gym, which I really liked.

M and I met his family to see a show at Beef and Boards (dinner + local theater, essentially). Dinner was a buffet. I didn’t do the greatest, but I didn’t go completely overboard. I’m also continuing to do well on no drinking even though we still have miller lites in the fridge.

Daily Statistics

  • Exercise:
    • 20 minutes of weight lifting
  • Food:
    • Breakfast: Special K chocolate cereal and milk
    • Lunch: 3 hard tacos from Taco Bell (510 calories)
    • Dinner: roast beef, small sides of mashed potato and mac and cheese, salad, and split chocolate flourless cake with M
    • Total Calories: 1765 (with dinner at 1,000 – which is an estimate)

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T-170 or The Elliptical Stages

I started my second morning out with a trip to the gym for an hour of cardio. I started with what I wanted to be an attempt at one speedy mile on the treadmill. I warmed up for 6 minutes at 5 mph and then bumped it up to 7.5 mph to test my mile speed. After a .5 miles at or above 7.5 I couldn’t go any farther. I think I’m going to start giving myself a mile test every couple of weeks just to check out my speed.

After my 12 whole minutes on the treadmill, I headed on to the elliptical. I have had a rollercoaster relationship with the elliptical. Before I could run, I loved it. After I started running, I stopped using the elliptical because I thought “Why not use the treadmill if I’m in the gym?” (Obviously I had not fully learned to appreciate cross training yet). After that stage, I started training for triathlons, which meant that if I was “cross” training I was biking or swimming, not using the elliptical. The most recent stage was sadly the “I’m lucky if I get enough runs in let alone any cross training” stage. I’m proud to say that as of this week I’m back in the using the elliptical as much or probably more than the treadmill stage. Since I only plan to run 3 times a week for half marathon training, I’ll need a good place to log my cross training days. I’ll probably bike some but the elliptical is the best place for me to get long cardio time in because I like to do that before work and because I’ve discovered something awesome about the elliptical:


So today, I read and used the elliptical for 48 minutes. My latest read is The Imperfectionists which is interesting. I’m over a quarter of the way through the book and I think we are our 4th or 5th narrator – and by and large these narrators are not in the same place, time, or storyline. I’m sure it will all tie together at some point.

So overall, a good workout this a.m. My eats were right on track today.


Daily Statistics

  • Exercise:
    • Ran 12 minutes (1.1 miles)
    • Elliptical 48 minutes (4.6 miles) with some hill/interval training and one long uphill/downhill at the end.
  • Food:
    • Breakfast: Speak K Chocolate Delight + Milk
    • Lunch: Jimmy John’s #4 no sprouts
    • Dinner: Chicken Carbonara lean cuisine, broiled cauliflower, ice cream cone from McD’s (just 150 calories!)
    • Total Calories: 1427
    • I know it does not look like I’m on a diet with today’s eats, but what makes counting calories great is that I just have to stick to the goal, which is precisely what I did here today.
  • Weight: This will be updated weekly on my Wednesday posts (published Thursday during the day).

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T-171, or the Day I said No to a Beer

It’s not often that I say no to an opportunity to have a beer. In fact, more often than not I suggest drinking the beer. I’m a big fan of beer if you can’t tell. I know that doesn’t make me the most ladylike woman, but really I don’t care.

Sadly, beer has to go though. I’ve been liking beer too much these days. And you know, you never have just one beer.

So I’ve made a drastic decision – one I’ve flirted with before. I’m cutting out beer, mostly. I’ve went periods before where I haven’t drank at all, and by and large this will be no drinking, but there will be exceptions. I’m going to a wedding reception weekend next week, I may go to Vegas for a bachelorette party, and there may be other special occassions that I deem appropriate. But M and I have recently been drinking at least one if not multiple nights a week and I’m not going to be doing that any more.

And it all started last night. I arrived home around 8:15, having worked a full day and then attended a training session for 2 1/2 hours in an un-air conditioned room. Although that may not normally be a big deal in May, Indiana is currently experiencing unseasonably high temperatures so it was somewhere between 85 and 90 yesterday. To put it mildly, it was miserably hot in that room and an ice cold beer would have been a great way to cool down. So of course, when I got home and I walked up to our back porch, I discovered M drinking ice cold Miller Lites with our roommate P, who was drinking wine. They asked me to join them, so I hurried inside, ran upstairs to change, and came back to the fridge.

And then I stopped. I remembered that I had made this new commitment to myself and it wasn’t worth ruining over a silly beer. I grabbed a Sprite Zero and headed outside. And you know what? I still had a great conversation with M and P. Turns out, life will go and be enjoyable without beer.


Daily Statistics

  • Exercise:
    • Ran 30 minutes (2.8 miles) doing a modified version of this workout. I modified it by only going up to 7.0. I don’t think I could have made it to 8.0 yet and I only wanted to run for 30 minutes.
    • Elliptical 30 minutes (2.7 miles) on the interval training program.
  • Food:
    • Breakfast: bagel thin with one microwaved egg and 2% american cheese.
    • Lunch: Marie Callendar’s Sesame Chicken and a yogurt
    • Dinner: Bazbeaux catered our training – I had one piece of thin crust pizza, a salad, and a piece of cheese bread. Not great – but did not overdue it!
    • Total Calories: 1339 (this is probably low because I had to estimate the calories on dinner).
  • Weight: 187.5


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