Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I'm Back !!!!!!

Due to the requests of many people who wanted me to continue blogging, I'm starting again.  In the coming days I'm going to explain why I stopped blogging, apologize to those whose question/emails I never answered (and I feel horrible about), discuss what made me decide to blog again, keep you updated on my Breast Cancer 3-Day training walks and the big walk, and keep you up to the minute on what's going on with me because I'm what inquiring minds WANT to know : ) 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Final Stats

In 4 weeks I lost.... (and don't want to find)

20.4 lbs
3.6% body fat
3.3% BMI
15.5 total inches
     4 inches off chest
     5 inches off belly
     3 inches off hips
     1 inch off calves
     2 inches off arms
     0.5 inches off thighs

I'm going to make a shirt that says "I left my ass in Utah".  I'm going to keep blogging about the rest of my weight loss, so this won't be my last post.

Here is an "after" pic.  This is me singing karaoke with Eric from the Biggest Loser on my last night.  That is one funny fella'!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 28

Goodbye Fitness Ridge.  I'll see ya later.

I just got home from the airport and have to work in the morning, so this will be the shortest post yet.  I'll write tomorrow with my stats, etc.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 27

I'm done!  I can't believe this is already over.  It seems like just yesterday I walked in here freaking out.  Today was a very busy day.

I was determined to beat my time on the stop sign hike for my last time.  I always get hot half way up, so I didn't where a sweatshirt, just a t-shirt, and I almost froze to death until I warmed up.  I had on mittens and a headband/ear cover so I'm sure I looked silly.  I pushed so hard on the bottom part that by the time I got to the big incline I didn't think I had anything left.  I ended up shaving another minute and a half off.  So, if I remember correctly, my first hike was 1 hr 32 min and today it was 1 hr 7 min.

After lunch I had a hair appointment to do something with the mess on top of my head.  Between the chlorine, sun, and 2 inches of roots, I was a mess.  I was nervous about getting my hair done by a new person, but figured it couldn't look any worse.  It ended up looking awesome, I love it.  After that I had an appointment for a manicure.

Dinner was nice because I was thinking about my first dinner here and how different I felt.  It was sad though that so many of my friends were already gone, it just didn't seem right.  I was also sad that I've made a few really good friends in just the last couple of days and now have to leave.  After they showed the DVD for the week, they passed the mic around and I was very emotional again.  I didn't think it would be so hard to leave.  Once graduation was over everyone was getting pictures and saying goodbye.  Next, we started karaoke.  No one will believe this, but I actually got up and sang.  I figured, "What the hell!!", I've sure done harder things than that this month.  I got to sing with Erik (Biggest Loser winner) and I laughed most of the time and wasn't able to sing.  He is so funny.  Seth (also from BL) sang a few times and that boy is NOT shy.  Those two are so funny.

Now I'm in my room trying to pack.  I've thrown everything into a pile that needs to be put in my suitcase and just realized the dresser is still full.  I see another over-the-weight-limit fee in my future.

I'm going to have to put off answering the other questions another night.  Sorry, but I can hardly keep my eyes open.

To the gospel choir peeps... "Freedom is coming, oh yes I know!!"  : ) !!!

Tomorrow is my check out (weigh in).  I'm so nervous, but so excited too.  I'll post my results tomorrow night.  Keep your fingers crossed.  I'll also post some pictures after I see my family.  I want them to see me first.

7:00 am - Breakfast
8:00 am - Hike
11:15 am - Freedom

Breakfast - Fruit parfait
Lunch - Tacos
Dinner - Chicken and rice
Dessert - Chocolate covered banana

Calories Consumed - 1200
Calories Burned - 3798
Calorie Deficit - 2598
Steps Walked - 20,068

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day 26

This is going to be a short one because nothing much happened today and I am BEAT!  I've got to get to bed at a decent time so I can beat my time tomorrow.

I did the stop sign hike again, but I only walked to mini, my legs just wouldn't move.  After that we had stretch class and then after lunch 2 of my favorite people here, Dirk and Jim, left.  I got to meet their wives and say goodbye to them, so that was good.  The afternoon classes just weren't the same without them, and the hike tomorrow will definitely not be the same with them gone.

Cardio disco jam class was FUN today.  All the guys were in it, Seth, Erik, Doug, and Ephriam.  At the end, John had just the boys dancing and it was HILARIOUS.  Some people recorded it, so when I get a copy I'll post it.

After dinner, some of us just hung out, saying how we can't believe its already over.  I can't believe tomorrow is my last day!

When I post tomorrow night, I'll answer the questions about blisters, and the questions about what to bring and stuff.  I can hardly keep my eyes open.

7:00 am - Breakfast
8:00 am - Hike
11:15 am - Stretch
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:45 pm - Lecture (increase your income *calorie bank*)
2:30 pm - Total toning
3:30 pm - Cardio disco jam
4:30 pm - Pool
5:30 pm - Dinner

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Potato and broccoli soup, Sloppy Joe's
Dinner - Salmon burger
Dessert - Lemon pie

Calories Consumed - 1200
Calories Burned - 3581
Calorie Deficit - 2381
Steps Walked - 22,709

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 25

Today went by fast, fast, fast.

I went on the stop sign hike today, trying to burn more calories. I walked up to mini with Mike and Erik, and Mike kept going while Erik and I walked back down. I waited for the rest of the group that I always walk back to campus with. That might have been the last time I take that walk back with that group and I'm a little sad about it. Today was also the last treading and ball works class I'll have.

During open gym today, I worked in the pool. I had the WHOLE thing to myself and it was great. But then went right into swim class. Treading was a great workout as usual and ball works was a killer, with John, as usual. After dinner we had a lecture about meal planning once we're home. That was pretty interesting.

I had two more "made my day" moments today. First, one of the guys that has been here the same amount of time as me came up and sat with me and told me that I have lost a "shit load" of weight. I asked "really?". And he said yes, he can totally tell. YAY! The second was while I was getting on a bike for treading class, the girl next to me said "Oh no Sara, don't make me look bad... you go so fast"!!! I just can't get over the stuff people are saying to me :) I also got up to 118 rpm's on level 8.

Tomorrow is the last full day... I'm sad.

7:00 am - Breakfast
8:00 am - Hike
11:15 am - Walk back
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:45 pm - Open gym, swimming
2:30 pm - Pool
3:30 pm - Treading
4:30 pm - Ball works
5:30 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm - Lecture - Meal planning

Breakfast - Fruit smoothie, Fruit, English muffin
Lunch - Mushroom soup, Turkey sandwich
Dinner - Stuffed peppers
Dessert - Fruit skewers

Calories Consumed - 1200
Calories Burned - 4417
Calorie Deficit - 3217
Steps Walked - 28,243

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 24

Today we had really nasty rainy weather, again.  Also, my feet were a mess.  Open blisters, and soreness, and shin splints.  So I decided to not do the hike and just do open gym.  Since so many people did the gym because of the rain, they made it into a class and it whooped us.  We did something like a half hour of mountain (we also did later), half hour of intervals, half hour of weight circuits, and half hour of abs/legs/stretch.  It was brutal, but worth it.

Today was the usual tough Wednesday with Kickboxing AND Mountain.  We didn't have to do pool if we didn't want to because of the weather, but I did.  There were only about 6 or 8 of us in the pool.  It was nice.

We had another field trip today.  Paige, the Program Director took us to the grocery store to teach us how to shop the perimeter of a store and only go down an aisle is you need something from that aisle.  She showed us how to just shop for a couple days.  Healthy people only buy enough for a meal or two.  She said it is NOT a good idea to make a 4 serving meal and say you'll heat up the rest for lunch because realistically you'll eat another serving that night.  Use the butcher and get exact portions for just one or two meals.  Use prepackaged veggies and fruit.  She showed us how all butters are bad, even the ones that seem good.  She said butter is butter is butter.  Same with sausage, its sausage, it still has salt and fat in it.  She showed us different breads that say all the right things in their title but then the bread is 100 per slice.  That's 200 calories before you even put anything on it.  Then she showed us better bread that is 80 calories for BOTH slices.  So she proved you have to read the labels.

We had our yummy cafe salad today.  It just looks like a bowl with a tortilla in it as a bowl filled with lettuce, but hidden inside is tomato stuff, guac, black beans, chicken, rice.... its SO good.

Then we went to Target. I had to get my weekly $50 in blister paraphernalia.

Unfortunately my daily calories DOES include my resting rate, but still, I'm happy with it.

I had no interaction with the stop sign today because I didn't go on the hike. If I do that hike tomorrow, I'm sure we'll have some things to discuss.

So many people have been telling me to keep blogging after I leave. I think my boring life of working from home would not be very entertaining. I guess I could keep blogging about the rest of my weight loss journey.

7:00 am - Breakfast
8:00 am - Open gym
11:15 am - Circuit
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - Shipping trip
2:30 pm - Mountain
3:30 pm - Pool
4:30 pm - Kick boxing
5:30 pm - Dinner

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Beet soup,  BBQ chicken pizza
Dinner - Cafe salad
Dessert - Coconut sorbet

Calories Consumed - 1097
Calories Burned - 3943
Calorie Deficit - 2846
Steps Walked - 10,920