Friday, July 01, 2011

Just Checking In

Current Weight: 145.6 lbs
Goal Weight (by 1/11/12): 135 lbs
Weight to Lose: 10.6 lbs

I'm getting there, slowly but surely! Checking my last blogged weight, I've lost 3 lbs in 3 weeks. That's the average I'm really hoping for, based on the amount of exercise I do and the calories I consume. I actually only lost about a half pound this week, but considering the fact that I spent last weekend in Reno devouring buffet food, beer, and free drinks in the casino... that's not too bad! I was sort of expecting a slight increase, actually.

I've tacked on some extra exercise to my daily routine. I try and wake up early with Ryan during the week and ride the little stationary bike in the living room for 15-20 minutes while my coffee is brewing. Then, every time I visit the restroom (and no one else is in there), I try and smash out 20 squats or lunges and 5-10 push ups against the sink counter. Just a little something extra. Plus my 20 minute walk around the block before I grab lunch. So I'm attributing my recent push towards my weight goal to these few things.

I have, however, been getting pretty bad side cramps lately. I'm taking the advice of one of my Zumba instructors and changing my shoes to see if that helps. They might just be too worn out! I'm also getting ca-ra-zy muscle cramping in my left shin. That would be the leg that suffered through my sciatica... related? I don't know. But the last 2 weeks have included some *awesome* calf twitches and when I try and stand on my tip toe, the muscle actually seizes up and gets stuck there for 30 sec! Last week it happened when I got in the car to drive home from the gym. I drive a stick, so when I started up the car, my muscle seized up right then and there. I didn't think I'd be able to drive home - it was really scary! I basically had to force it back into normal state, scootch my seat up real close to the steering wheel, and drive without pointing my toe (and my fingers crossed) the whole way home.

Needless to say, I toned it down this week with the morning workout and the walking... but only the walking ebcause it rained one day this week. The other 4 days, I've walked. With different shoes. So far, my leg hasn't seized up since Wednesday, and that was only for a moment. I hope that I get better just by changing my shoes! I know I'm not over-exerting myslef or anything... it's not like I'm training 6 hours a day or something.

Nothing exciting happening in the food area of life. Although, Ryan made these puppies last night with a little side salad. Yummy! I found the recipe on my new fave food blog I mentioned before and got the cupcake recipe from. I dipped mine in a little combo of some non-fat plain Greek yogurt, some chopped up fresh dill from my patio garden, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a squirt of whole-grain mustard. It worked really nicely to cool off the buffalo chicken.

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