Monday, July 19, 2010

30 X 30: Week Two

Did y’all have a good week?  It’s been super hot here, so we’ve been indoors a lot, which has meant a lot of just sitting around, playing trains and discovering our toes.  Overall, in terms of 30 x 30, though, it was a successful week.  I’m feeling good, and seeing results!

Here’s a quick bullet point recap of the weeks highlights:

Random Tips that seem to help me:

  • Drink water out of a water bottle (any ol’ 20 0z.-er will do): it’s easier, somehow, to drain a couple of those, than to constantly have to keep track of and drain one of our kitchen glasses
  • Space out the treats: If I know one of my snacks for the day will be popped kettle corn, I dole out my 1 cup at the first taste, and then walk away.  I know I have the whole day to empty the cup, and I enjoy each single taste even more.  I’ve found this “mind game” works the same way with a pudding cup, a bowl of grapes, or even a 100 calorie pack of Chips Ahoy.
  • Keep MFP up at all times:  It is so easy to stay accountable and to input everything I eat if the site is already running.  No need to tell myself, “oh, I’ll remember this later.”  I eat it, I take the 60 seconds it requires to input the data.

Things I discovered:

  • There is a reason why it is recommended that you weigh yourself at the same time of day each time you step on a scale.  I normally weigh myself first thing in the morning – before I eat, and after I pump.  But “just to see,” I weighed myself on pizza night – after I’d eaten – about 8 pm.  Yeah.  It was not a pretty sight.  Lesson learned.
  • I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but I’ve rediscovered a love for it, in trying to find intriguing, healthful recipes that both Jim and I will like.  So far, herbed rice was a huge hit with Seth, and pork in orange sauce got thumbs up from both the adults.  Oh, and Martha White’s whole grain muffin mixes?  You can’t even tell that they’re whole grain.
  • Moreso than needing to drop the extra weight, I’ve learned the bigger issue is being out of shape.  Doing Level One, Day One of my workout DVD, 30 Day Shred (30DS), made it abundantly clear that I have lost ALL of the flexibility and strength from my cheerleading days.  Crunches weren’t too bad, but push ups?  Are you kidding me?  And let’s just say, carrying some of that extra weight around in the form of nursing D-cups does not make for a pretty jumping jack.
  • WalMart carries cute, affordable Danskin workout tops, shorts, and sports bras.  I got six outfits for about $25.

Favorite snacks of the week:

  • Kroger brand caramel flavored mini rice cakes
  • frozen white grapes
  • 3 squares of Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate with a quarter cup of dried cranberries – oh, yum!!!

Ways I know this is worth it, and working!:

  • Random “you’re looking great!” compliment in the bathroom at church, from someone who doesn’t know I’m on this journey
  • No visible panty lines in a particular pair of shorts that were just a little too tight even two weeks ago
  • Better sleep, when I’m sleeping.  Let’s face it, my workouts aren’t helping Erin sleep any better, so I’m still not getting an uninterrupted  night’s sleep.
  • My wedding rings are coming on and off with ease – whoo-hoo!

Weight loss:

  • This week: only 1 lb.  I’m disappointed, but I have to keep it in perspective.
  • Total: 5 lbs.
  • Pounds to go in Phase One: 11 lbs.


Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Keep it up, girl! I am so excited and inspired by you!!! Loving it...and thanks for sharing the journey. It is motivating me...and I needed it!!

Sara said...

One pound a week is a great pace, Mon. Keep it up, lady! Oh, and don't freak if your weight goes up when you ovulate. I easily go up a couple pounds for a few days every single freakin' time. It's maddening being a woman.

Push-up tip I learned from Angie's mom...hold a good-form plank position to exhaustion a couple times a day, pull your core in (as much as possible), flex your tush. It only takes about 30 seconds at a time to begin with & your pushup strength will noticbly improve pretty darn quick!

I'm proud of you!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

By the way...I quoted you in a recent blog post...=)

Blair@HeirtoBlair said...

Good job, woman!!

Kendra said...

Go Mon!!! I just learned the frozen grape trick too...yum! Will now have to check out the carmel rice cakes! Thanks for the tip =)

Mrs. Frogster said...

okay okay. so I admit I have been avoiding your 30x30 posts. they have been super convicting and filling me with guilt. it's just a little depressing that I am already past the 30 year mark and I haven't made much of an effort to get healthy.
so boo hoo me! I'm going to drag my derriere off this couch and get active. And hopefully not eat that cupcake sitting on the kitchen counter. yeah. one step at a time.
Thanks for the inspiration, Monica!

Jenn said...

Good job! Thanks for your updates and all your ideas. It's inspiring!

Denise said...

keep up the good work.

did i mention i did the shred last summer and lost only 3 lbs, but 4.25 inches in the first two weeks.
wish i could shred again (injured my back).

jumping jacks not only don't work well with a d cup (i know), but with a post baby bladder. YIKES!

Kimberly said...

Congrats! Keep up the good work. :)

Marlo said...

I haven't been able to keep up with your blog much but I saw this and wanted to encourage you too. The other day at the pool I was surrounded by gorgeous moms none over size 6. I was tempted to get discouraged but instead I'm trying to use it to motivate me. I'm using the net diary app on my ipod and I love it- similar to what you're doing- tracking those calories is such a huge part of it, I think.
Anyway....go Monica!
And I agree with whoever said it- 30 lbs. is a lofty goal in 90 days, so I hope you'll be happy with whatever you lose by your birthday. Slow progress about a lb. a week can be a good thing b/c you are making life changes you can stick with. (That's what I'm telling myself, at least.) :)