Archives for the month of: October, 2011

First, I strained my neck muscles.

Then, a horrible strain of strep throat felled me for a week.

A week to get back on my feet, physically.

Now I’m finally working all my muscles and trying to run a bit again. Oh, it’s hard. And cooking healthy is hard, because I’m terribly behind at work and at the gym, and I seem to need more sleep, and…I’ve been very selfish with my time.

I’m working seven-hour days at work, max. I’m not cooking dinner for the family and eating most of my meals in the car on my commutes. I go to the gym and just do what I can. And then I get up, and repeat.

So how’s it all going? With all the set-backs, I anticipated maintenance, at best. However….

Today I hit 85 pounds at weigh-in. Actually, 86.2 pounds, total.

I’m in between sizes for many of the clothes I try on. Some size 16s fit great. But some are a little too big. Yesterday, as I ran sprints on the treadmill, my XL pants kept falling down, over and over and over. As I repeatedly tug them up, risking injury and falling down and massive embarrassment, I realized I needed new pants, but knew a size large would be too small.

I’ve got to work very very hard to get out of these XLs and into Ls. From 16s into 14s.

These are sizes I haven’t seen since 10th grade, when a boy told me, “You’re beautiful, from the neck up.”

I can’t wait! Click here for the latest transformation pictures…

October 22, 2011


Have you ever gotten injured working out? Running a race? Hiking? Playing a game? Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you get injured. A twisted ankle. A pulled hamstring. A wrenched knee.

What do you do? Do you push through it? Certainly, you never see Sydney Bristow icing down, popping pain pills, crawling into her bed for a week.

Last Thursday I was learning my week’s routine with Trainer Paul. We’d moved out of stabilization exercises, into strength. I was showing good progress. We moved to the assisted pull-up machine, where I saw that I was set to do pull-ups with approximately 85 pounds. I couldn’t even do pull-ups when I was 85 pounds, so why I thought I could do them when I’m just starting out, I don’t know.

I strained. I grunted. I grit my teeth. I could tell by pull-up four Trainer Paul was helping me. I thought about saying I couldn’t do it, but I knew Sydney wouldn’t do that. Keep trying. And then, it happened.

Instant blinding headache at the back of my head, where my skull and spine meet.

Worst headache of my life, which is saying a lot for someone who gets migraines.

I muddled through the last three or four pull-ups and nearly fell off the machine when I was done. After I told Paul what was going on, I thought he’d say, “Oh, that’s pretty common. You…[insert injury here].” Instead, the look in his eyes was, “Oh, crap. What just happened.”

We moved on to the rest of the work out, headache subsiding but not going away. And it didn’t go away, not completely, for the days following. It moved around my head. Sometimes it was dull. Sometimes it throbbed. Sometimes it was all over and sometimes localized in one place.

Was it a ruptured aneurism? Well, I didn’t die in my sleep overnight. Was it a spinal injury? Was it a tumor?

I finally went to the doctor on Tuesday. Diagnoses: extreme muscle strain in my neck. Cause: Muscles not warmed up enough, doing too much, too fast. Prognosis: good. Treatment: 1,800 mg ibuprofren throughout the day, applied warmth, gentle stretching. A glass of wine the first night as a muscle relaxant. No upper body work for at least a week, and then ease into it gently.

The workout this week? Abs and legs. Crunches and lunges. Lots of lunges. They’re like vertical planks. Grrr.

And, I’ll have to cut back¬† on calories. I’ve eeked up on the scale this week, instead of eeking down. Have you been injured while in the midst of weight loss? Here’s a good article on what to do and how to deal with the mental part.


Today was my Weight Watchers weigh-in day; Thursday was measurement day with Trainer Paul.

Drumroll, please!

Pounds lost: 80.4
Body Fat: 36.1%

Pounds lost in one month: 10
Body Fat change: -1.1%

What did I do this month?

Nutritionally: I focused on Eating Clean, meaning small meals combining protein and complex carbohydrates.

Physically:  I started with a personal trainer (Trainer Paul) and focused on stability exercises. I also ran a 6k last weekend, so I worked on training for that a bit.