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PeakFit Challenge: Week 6-7 completed (like a blur).

August 19, 2011 3 comments

The past two weeks was the worst of PFC I’ve done, but its not Michelle Dozois’ fault.  Its my stupid body and its stupid hormones.  I have to change the meds I’ve been taking and my body finally is starting to react to it.  What does that mean exactly?  Lots of fatigue and lack of sleep…and when that stuff got settled then life had some extra stuff to throw at me.  Let’s just say that my diet went down the wayside as a result.  At the end of week 6, I had managed to lose another 1.5lbs, but I seemed to negate all my gains in week 7.  I’m not sure if its really true since I’m fluctuating all over the place so we’ll see now that I have a little bit more control in the last week.  It’s a little upsetting to do so poorly so close to the end of the program, but it is what it is.  Its almost a little depressing the recap of the past two weeks because the fatigue and frustration prevented me from really enjoying the workouts… Read more…

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PeakFit Challenge: Week 5 Complete!

August 3, 2011 2 comments

So, this was my first week really trying to hit that 1300 calorie limit.  The end result was a 2.5 lb loss!  Did you read that correctly?  Two and a half freaking pounds.  As exciting as it is, it does sort of depress me that weight loss really comes down to diet in the end….but at least we know what the secret ingredient really is!  If you remember my post from last week, I also was trying to add my weighted gloves and do more yoga.  I failed at the yoga, but I blame a seriously hectic schedule.  It’s not going to clear up until the next week though so I have to take what I can get.

Now, I should mention that I didn’t hit 1300 calories every day.  Actually, I did a little less everyday.  The first day, I had a huge emotional fight with my husband which resulted in my eating 1800 calories.  The next day I was determined to do better and go down to 1600.  After that I pretty much hit 1300-1400 calories/ day.  I even got under 1300 calories one day (but barely under).  On the easier days, I supplemented with more walks around campus or the neighborhood with my dogs.  All in all, the culmination of consistent effort led to a now total of 4.5 lbs of weight loss in five weeks.  Not my best number ever, but it gives me hope for the end of the PFC rotation which is coming to a close very quickly. Read more…

PeakFit Challenge: Week 4 Completed!

July 25, 2011 3 comments

I’m a little disappointed this week.  I didn’t lose any weight so its only 2lbs in 4 weeks.  Fully aware that I have to be in more control of my diet, I’m still a little disheartened because on Nutella Monday, I had this horrid epiphany about my calories that day (I had been doing really well until I saw the jar) and have been trying to stay disciplined since.  I tell myself that it takes one day to knock out 7 days of consistent effort so not to feel too crappy about it, but as the first month of PFC closes, I’m really mad at myself — not at the program, at myself.  The last week just makes the hammer really hit the nail: it’s all about the diet.

Trying to take the more positive end, I do think my body is changing.  I’m pretty sure I lost about an inch around my waist (but when I started it was embarrassingly big) and I definitely think my butt is smaller and tighter.  I value having rest days because I realize my back doesn’t hurt or bother me as much during the week either.  In addition, I’ve started adding extra challenges like weighted gloves and increasing the weight I use during workouts.  The next month there’s a big shake up: only one rest day!  That should have some affect, right?

In other news, my husband dropped another 2 lbs.  Seriously?  Hi God, it’s me, and you’re clearly a man. Read more…

PeakFit Challenge: Week 3 Completed!

I lost another pound this week….so that makes 2 in the three weeks.  Not super impressive, but I’ll take it given my crappy eating.  It’s been a bit upsetting since my husband has managed to lose 8lbs in the same amount of time, but I shouldn’t be competing right?  I shouldn’t be thinking of lacing his food with craps of processed sugar and carbs, right?  I shouldn’t be thinking about putting his weakness (Dr. Pepper) all around the house, right?  Right?  RIGHT?!?

That aside, I am impressed with how I am able to maintain my weight despite all my indiscretions.  My husband did console me during my tantrums that I have started to take a shape that is more acceptable indicating that maybe if the scale is a lying bastardo and I am changing my body.  I like to refer to this process as “reorganizing” my body composition…but I would love to fit into that Vera Wang dress I have too.  Ok, ok, take the wins, and enjoy the fact that this past week — at least workout-wise — has been super fun with the introduction of new workouts.   Read more…

PeakFit Challenge: Week 2 completed!

I don’t have as exciting news like last week (a weight loss number).  I have a flat number — so I maintained.  Should I be happy?  Hell yes because my eating has been out of control.  I’ve been eating over 2000+ calories for a couple days in a row now…the long weekend which was extended longer at home for work on my thesis (so, it was really a weekend but one where I transferred my work from lab to home).  It’s a bit exciting to be eating so much more and not be gaining any weight though I will admit, I am completely feeling the chunk now in my third week.  Hopefully it will motivate me to have better control in the coming week.  Feeling chunky is a horrible feeling, but I’ll tell ya: completing the second week of PeakFit was challenging and brutal. Read more…

PeakFit Challenge: Week 1 Completed!

Now, don’t get super excited and invest money into a bouncy castle to celebrate, but I’ve lost a net of 1lb in my first week of PeakFit!

I know, you can sit down now.  I was excited too, but we all have to move on. Read more…

Out with the old, in with the new: my notebook had a heart attack

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment

I knew something was up last week.  My wonderful convertible tablet was acting weird, and I was afraid it was going to burn out chipset soon until I figured out the problem.  Because of my concerns, I asked my DH to find my flash drive so I could back up my data just as a precaution.  My notebook was pretty fast and had always done its job well with the exception of three incidents (where one was truly my dog’s fault for slobbering over my keyboard and shorting it).  Anyway, my DH found the flash drive quickly and I took my sweet time to back up my data for my dissertation.  I wasn’t too worried because I figured I’d fix the problem eventually.

Well, I didn’t.  In a second, the computer was dead not to be revived at all.

I actually was stunned for about 20 minutes.  I tried all the usual suspects to figure out what the problems were but there was nothing to be had.  All I could say was thank god that I actually did back up my data the night before after procrastinating on it so long.

Upset that I missed the Microsoft Store sale earlier that morning (because my notebook didn’t have the common sense to die on me before big sale items went OOS), I waited for the weekend to see what sales may pop out.  I was decided online between a highly rated Samsung (that seemed almost too much for me and I would have to wait until Tuesday), Lenovo Ideapad (without an optical drive and would have to wait a couple days), or something I could pick up at a B&M.  I ended up picking up a ThinkPad at a pretty cheap price (right around $650 after taxes) and have been setting it up throughout the day.  I have managed to get most of my applications on the machine as well as all my data.  I realized in the midst of it all…I’m incredibly boring.  I have no games or frills.  Just work.  Despite realizing this fact, I am utterly depressed with how unstylish (and thick!) my notebook is.  I’m glad to be gone with unnecessary buttons, but I do like shiny things.  And I’m still balking at the thickness.   Of the choices I saw, I was leaning towards the Ideapad (it was the lack of the optical drive and its delayed arrival was what stopped me) and now I find myself wanting it more because its so damned thin.  Oh well.  Such is life.  When you need something and are not willing to spend a crapton of money on it, you just have to compromise.

On the positive note, the computer is quite fast (i5 processor, not i7, but I doubt I need i7), barely heats up, and is incredibly quiet.  I counted three seconds from when I pop the lid from when the machine “wakes up.”  Absolutely can’t complain with that.  But I have to say, I hate the red trackball.  I hated it in 90s, and I still hate it.  My sister bemoans Thinkpads…but I think they’re still considered some of the best business laptops and I think I understand why: its really good at doing its tasks and its so boring that you don’t want to flick and take time away from your business!  Despite its thickness, its pretty light.  So, there are definitely good things about the computer and I’ll take that to heart.    But most importantly, I’m thankful I was able to afford a fast notebook at such a critical point in my degree!