Weigh In Wednesday: I’m gonna punch you

I didn’t have a good week. I’m not going to sugar coat it or ask you to pity me. I know I screwed up. I know I failed. I know what I did wrong.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I gained 1.2 pounds this week (could have been more, could have been less… my scale was wonky this morning).

Here’s why: I didn’t exercise as much and I made poor dietary choices. (Don’t judge, I just ordered a pizza and I don’t care. It’s been one of those weeks).

I’ll update my stats page when my blog stops being stupid. I’ve already lost this post once.

All day I wanted to punch someone/thing. Didn’t really matter who/what. I just wanted to punch something. So, I thought I would work out my aggression at the gym. Not so much. It wasn’t helping and so I got bored, went on an elliptical and the treadmill and BLAH. (after walking about a half mile to the gym in the snow). So I gave up and walked back home, all the while wanting to punch something. I really wish I had a punching bag. I need to do kickboxing again. Where are my wrist wraps?!?! Side note: when I got home I did some front jabs for a couple minutes. It helped, but didn’t substitute for punching something. Feel free to stop by, I’ll punch your face and feel a lot better.

Embarrassing gym moments

I’ve been asking my Twitter, Facebook and Dailymile friends to share their most embarrassing gym/working out moments for an upcoming article at FitMilwaukee.com. Do you have a funny story to share? Please let me know! If you’d like to be a part of this article but want to remain anonymous, that’s fine with me… just let me know.

And just because I can’t ask you to share without sharing myself… I’ll point you in the direction of two recent blog posts, dealing with farting at the gym and a wardrobe malfunction.

Feel free to use the Contact form or shoot me an e-mail (me-at-losingitwithoutlosingme.com).

FitMke: Get into the groove with #fitmkemix

Here’s a li’l taste of my latest post at FitMilwaukee. Head on over to read the entire article.

In case you haven’t noticed, Fit Milwaukee has become a huge movement in Milwaukee (have you seen the Facebook page? We have more than 550 members). Now, #fitmke has its own podcast!

The #fitmkemix is a collection of motivating, energizing (and sometimes relaxing) independent music from across the globe, all put together in a podcast to listen to while you work your bootay off. Think of the podcast as a radio show that you can download to your computer, iPod or other MP3 device.

The host and creator of #fitmkemix, Tracy Apps, is a Milwaukee graphic designer, web developer, photographer, drummer and social media addict who loves music. Apps says she started #fitmkemix to keep herself motivated by working out to good music. “I need a distraction to keep me going on that treadmill or elliptical.”

She is a fan of independent musicians, so Apps thought it seemed like a good fit to have a podcast with upbeat music highlighting lesser-known artists.

Because Apps is a drummer, she likes workout music with a good beat and chooses songs with a faster tempo. “I subconsciously will workout to the beat of a song,” says Apps.

Own a piece of me

Here’s your chance to “own” a li’l piece of me.

By now, you know I’m doing the Wine Country Half Marathon in July to raise money for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis research and awareness. I am on a quest to raise $3800, so here’s a fun little game. (By the way, if you’ve already donated $25 or more, send me an e-mail and claim your piece of me!)

I’m dedicating each mile of the race to someone with Crohn’s or Colitis. Three miles are already taken by my family members who I am racing for. If you donate $75 or more, you can own one of these miles for a friend or loved one. Initials are fine. My plan is to write the initials of these 13 individuals on my legs before the race as a reminder who I’m doing this for.

I’m also “auctioning” off body parts for the race. No, I won’t write your name on my body, but you can “own” that part of me for the race. All it takes to own a piece of me for the half marathon is a donation of $25 or more. Once you make the donation, send me an e-mail telling me which body part you want (keep it clean, please) and I’ll mark you down for it here.

To make your tax deductible donation, please visit my Active Giving page for more information.

Checking up, slowing down and a wardrobe malfunction

On Friday, I had a checkup with Dr. H. regarding my myriad of health issues. First, I talked with Nurse Debbie. I was bursting to tell her I lost almost 11 pounds. She was SOOO excited for me! She asked what I was doing and I said I was exercising and eating less. I made sure to point out that I’m not cutting anything completely from my diet, just eating smaller amounts of food. She agreed this is probably the best way for me to lose weight.

Pulse was good. Blood pressure was… (insert fanfare) 136/86. Still not great, but down from 149/92 in December! SCORE.

I also told Debbie about my plan to do a 5k in April and a half-marathon in July. I even told her about my breakthrough C25k moment last week. I also told her about something that happened during that run/walk that I didn’t share with y’all. I had a wardrobe malfunction. I was about 12 min into the intervals on the treadmill when I felt a li’l drafty. Figured it must be because I was running oh-so-fast. Then I did a “pants check.” Yep. Sure enough, my pants fell below my bootay. Luckily, I was wearing a long shirt and *hopefully* no one saw too much of my underwear. I quickly pulled my pants up. I hope I didn’t scar anyone for life. Nurse Debbie started laughing so hard her eyes began to water. She said she felt bad about laughing but it was too funny. I assured her I didn’t mind if she laughed… I’ve been laughing about it all week.

So then Dr. H. came in and we had a really good talk (20+ min) about everything. I told her about the 5k, half-marathon and this blog. She was so happy I’ve lost weight. “I’m impressed,” she said when she realized I had lost almost 11 pounds in just 6 weeks. Dr. H. laughed about the wardrobe malfunction and said she definitely thought I could walk a half marathon in July. YES!

Dr. H. was very happy to see my blood pressure had dropped and attributed that to my exercising. She said that hopefully in a few months, it will be back down to normal! I’m so happy I don’t have to go on meds!

I went to the lab to have some blood drawn to check my Thyroid levels and my TSH was down to 5.24 (from 10.2 in December). She upped my meds slightly and hopefully the increase will help regulate my levels enough that I don’t need to up them anymore. I started the higher dose Saturday and haven’t noticed a difference just yet. Soon, I hope! My iron counts were good, so I don’t have to increase that.

The results from the sleep apnea link test I took earlier this month came in last week. I wasn’t in the “normal” range, but I wasn’t in the “grossly abnormal” stage either. Basically, that means I have to do a sleep study at the hospital. THAT should be a blast. I hardly slept with the apnea link, I can’t imagine how I’ll sleep with even more stuff hooked up to me and a video camera watching me sleep. I just might make an obscene gesture or two, to make sure they’re paying attention.

I also talked with Dr. H. about my knee pain, telling her I think it’s just weak from not working out and maybe I aggravated some scar tissue from the surgery I had when I was 18. She said if the pain wasn’t stabbing/short, I was probably right. So I’m gonna work on strengthening my calves/quads/hamstrings plus hip abductors/adductors and hope that helps righty out. Acupuncture is actually helping quite a bit, so hopefully the combination of the above with the new brace I ordered I will be able to continue C25k training next week. I’ve decided that I’m taking this week off, and focusing on the strength training and will just do walking and/or biking for cardio.

Reminder:  I’m selling coffee to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis research!

Weigh In Wednesday: Milestone, achieved

First things first. I lost 1.4 pounds in the last week, bringing my total weight loss in 6 weeks to 10.6 pounds. Not too shabby. 🙂 I updated my inspiration board too! I was e-mailing with my mom about this today and she said to me, “Do you realize that you’ve lost 10% of the weight you wanted to lose?”

Holy crap. I totally have.

I’ve also lost 4% of my total body weight in 6 weeks.

10.6 pounds is the equivalent of:

  • 42 sticks of butter
  • 5 liters of soda
  • 7 dozen eggs
  • 3.2 chickens
  • a 6-pack of beer
  • a 12-pack of soda

In case you were wondering… 🙂

Now, on to even BIGGER NEWS!

I started Couch to 5k this week. If you’ve followed my dailymile training, you know I’ve been struggling. Today was different.

I ran y’all. I RAN. I ran 100% of the time I was supposed to. I F*cking RAN. This is HUGE. The last time I did C25K, I averaged my running “speed” at 3.7-4.0. This is walking for y’all, but was jogging for me. Today I ranged between 4.1-4.7!!! It wasn’t until I was in the last running leg that I realized what I had just done.

I started sobbing, while I was running, on the treadmill, at the gym, during peak time. It didn’t matter. I was running. I did a li’l stretching then decided to head home. I got to my car. I started crying. I got home. I walked in the door, told my sis and started sobbing for a good 5min! She gave me a much-needed hug and said she was proud of me. It meant the world to me.

I ran today.

Hells yeah.

I’m lactose intolerant, but I refuse to give up dairy

I know I’ve talked about my myriad of health problems before, but here’s one I don’t think I’ve mentioned. I’m lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is “the inability to metabolize lactose, because of a lack of the required enzyme lactase in the digestive system. It is estimated that 75% of adults worldwide show some decrease in lactase activity during adulthood” (Wikipedia).

Basically, when I consume lactose (milk, ice cream, custard, yogurt, cheese, sour cream, etc) I get sick. And not in a good way. I can usually tell within 20 minutes if something is going to make me sick. Yes, it comes on that fast. This ain’t no joking matter.

The biggest culprits (for me) are:

  • Milk: No cream in my coffee, no pudding, no heavy cream, no milk with dinner. Milk is lethal to my digestive system.
  • Ice cream/custard: I rarely crave ice cream, shakes, malts or custard anymore because I don’t want to deal with the repercussions. It’s that bad, people. I’m not one of those girls who wants to go get ice cream on a first date. Been there. Done that. It wasn’t pretty.
  • Yogurt: This one is in the “iffy” category for me. It’s really hit or miss. As long as I don’t have a huge portion of yogurt, I’m usually ok. Usually.
  • Cheese: Cheese is one of those things that it depends on the kind. The harder cheeses, like Parmesan, Asiago, Romano, etc don’t get me sick. If it’s in a small quantity, the softer cheeses (mozzarella, swiss, cheddar, etc) are ok.

How do I get around this, living in the dairy state?

Well, this is hard. I grew up around dairy. My grandfather was a dairy farmer. I love cheese.

I didn’t develop lactose intolerance until I was 20 or so. Apparently, this is very common to develop as a young adult. So I could enjoy all the ice cream, milk, cheese, pudding, custard, etc. that I wanted without the fear of, well, you know.

Now I try to eat dairy in moderation. I stopped drinking milk all together, and have drank Silk (soy milk) for years. If I’m really craving ice cream or custard, I make sure I’m going to be home for the night. Same thing goes for cheesecake.

I’ve used pills like lactaid in the past, but it’s a huge pain to carry those pills around just in case you want some ice cream. It’s a great excuse for not eating those fatty foods! “Sorry guys, I can’t get custard with you, I’m lactose intolerant.” If someone questions it, my response is, “Do you really want to know what happens if I have ice cream? Trust me, you’ll know it when you smell it.”

So, I try to limit the dairy intake and, of course, always know where the nearest bathroom is. 🙂

Milwaukee Businesses: Sponsor Team Challenge!

I will complete the 13.1-mile Wine Country Half Marathon on July 18, 2010, with Team Challenge to raise funds and awareness for research leading to improved treatment options and a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

I am looking for a few great Milwaukee-area businesses to be corporate sponsors:

  • GOLD $1000 sponsorship: Team Challenge will print your logo on all the singlets Team Challenge Wisconsin runners will wear at the half marathon, plus I’ll post your logo and a link to your business on both my fund raising site (http://tinyurl.com/napa2010) and blog (http://www.losingitwithoutlosingme.com).
  • SILVER $500 sponsorship: I will post your logo and a link to your business on both my fund raising site and blog.
  • BRONZE $250 sponsorship: I will post a link to your business on both my fund raising site and blog.

Besides my undying gratitude and the aforementioned logo/link business, I will of course be talking your business up on Twitter, Facebook and this blog. But, seriously, how cool would it be to have your logo on all the shirts the racers from Wisconsin wear?!

More than 80 cents per dollar raised by CCFA goes directly to research and patient support, and your contribution is tax deductible. Of course, your good wishes and positive vibes to sustain me in my training and your praise as I cross the finish line will also be graciously accepted. The CCFA received one of only six “A” ratings from the American Institute of Philanthropy, consistently meets the standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Allia

Thank you for your consideration!

Learn more by clicking here.

Review: AJ Bombers’ #fitmke menu items

It’s official, the Fit Milwaukee team asked me to be a regular contributor at the blog and I’m super excited. They even have my bio posted on the site. 🙂

I just wrote my second post, and this time it was a review! AJBombers has three #fitmke menu items and I tasted them all (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it). Here’s a sneak peek:

Baked ‘Shroom Burger: 475 calories*, $5.50

The Baked ‘Shroom Burger isn’t your typical burger offering. It’s a big ol’ Portobello mushroom topped with cheddar and munster cheese, lettuce and tomato. It’s also my favorite item on the AJBombers menu. The Baked Shroom is juicy, flavorful and a little on the messy side, so make sure you have some napkins handy. I cannot rave about this burger enough. I’ve never been a big mushroom person, but you can hardly tell you’re eating a giant mushroom instead of beef. The Baked ‘Shroom is very filling and sure to satisfy your taste buds.

For the full post, head on over to FitMilwaukee.com. Oh, and yes, I did use the phrase “Don’t butter my buns” in this post. You’ve been warned.

*Note: I paid for all of my meals and was not compensated in any way by AJBombers for this review.

Will to succeed

One of the things I know I will struggle with for awhile is thinking I’m fatter than I really am. Hell, my li’l description on this blog says “I’m not a skinny girl in a fat girl’s body. I’m a fat girl in a fat girl’s body.”

Today I was reading one of the many health/fitness/weight loss blogs in my RSS reader when I came across this post from For the Love of Skinny:

When I weighed in there was a new woman at the desk, and of course as soon as she saw my achievement of 70lbs she got all excited and said…can you guess…”OH MY GOD YOU MUST FEEL LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON!” Yeah I get this a LOT. That night though I just smiled and said “you know, not really” which my WW leader over heard and she came over to chat. We started talking about how it takes a while for you brain to catch up with your body. She told me about some study they did with like 100 woman of varying sizes that they put in a room and told them to stand in a long line from biggest to smallest. The women had to silently without help from each other find their spot in the line. In the end only a very small percentage of the women actually understood what size they were, some guessed too small, some to large. The women that were the most off were the ones who had lost a  significant amount of weight, these women were blind to their own size. I feel like that right now.

I can totally relate. When I’ve lost weight before, sure, I’ve been happy and felt better… but there was always a part of me that knew I’d never be completely happy with my outward appearance.

I’ve always tried to be the “I’m-so-happy-I-don’t-care-that-I’m-fat-and-love-to-make-jokes-about-how-fat-I-am” girl… but deep down I’m really the “I-hate-that-I’m-fat-but-don’t-know-where-to-start” kind of girl. Sure, I know what it takes to lose weight. If you don’t know, then, well, did you go to school? I always knew that eating healthy and exercising were the keys to success. You have to do both to be super successful. But it’s that turning point, that determination, that will to change that makes the biggest difference. After a decade of unhealthy choices, I’ve made the decision – no, the commitment- to change. I’m not TRYING to lose weight and get healthy. I AM LOSING WEIGHT AND GETTING HEALTHY.

Trying is attempting with the intent to fail.

Will + Determination = success.

Part of me fears I’ll always think I’m fat. Honestly, a li’l part of me always will, because once that’s in your mind, it’s hard to break. But I’m trying determined to change.