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Of Snow and Shopping Lists

Published January 30, 2016 by Christa the Cupcake

Another week! A quick thing I’d like to mention is that this week (from last Saturday to today) I walked more than 10 MILES. It seems small when I type it out (or maybe that’s just me) but considering that uncomfortably recently I was literally moving around as little as I possibly could, 10 miles feels like a lot! And I say more than because on Tuesday I have no idea how much I walked because my phone (where I track this stuff) turned itself off and I didn’t realize it, so nothing got tracked. Also because I’m not counting general walking around like at the store or wherever, this is just in the time I’m sitting aside just for walking.

Anyway!

Once we get this all this snow over with, I have some shopping to do. I try not to go out much before a snow storm (or even the threat of a snow storm) because there are always 50 million people stocking up for the winter apocalypse at all of the stores. Also people seem to forget how to drive.

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Nothing I need to get is an emergency and I can totally get by without it until I can go shopping without worrying about my safety. I just want to get some different weights because the ones I have now are 5 pounds but they feel unnecessarily big, like just badly designed. It might just be because my hands are so small. Actually its almost definitely because my hands are so small. But I want to get ones that feel more comfortable when I hold them. And I want to get a yoga mat because doing yoga on the concrete basement floor is more difficult than I thought. And I want to get a scale. Once upon a time, I wrote a post about buying a scale but I never bought it. I wrote that post almost TWO YEARS AGO.
Last but not least I want to buy a few snacks that I won’t feel bad about eating, like some almonds or something.

So this post is short but I’ll be back next week! Enjoy your snow days if you’re in the Danger Zone!

Kind of Dreading Going Home

Published July 1, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting. I’ve been losing my head over my annual trip to visit my family. The planning is bad enough and trying to keep everyone happy is incredibly difficult (as arrogant as it sounds, they see me once a year and there’s not enough of me to go around, they all want me with them all the time, which is impossible).

But I’m mostly worried about the safety of my diet. I have really changed my whole lifestyle, little baby-steps at a time, and now for almost a month, I may as well be going back in time. The house will be stocked with soda and candy and junk food. I will seriously have to watch it, because it will be SO EASY to deviate from my plan.

As for exercise, I don’t even know, trying to do yoga in a teeny-tiny house filled with three other people and 2-full grown dogs is going to be next to impossible, and going for walks in the Missouri Summer heat and humidity will cause heat stroke, mainly because my body’s not used to it anymore. I’ll have to walk at night, and take my Grandpa’s old whoop-stick, in case I run into mean dogs or creepers (not the exploding kind). And obviously, I’ll still do my “couch” workouts with my Gatorade-bottle-weights, and if anyone has a problem with it, I’ll kick them out of the living room. I need the couch for the workout, sorry. o_o

For motivation, I’m bringing my skirt. This skirt is knee-length, black with little flowers. Its very gauzy and pretty, and I found it at a thrift store early last year and fell in love with it, discovered it didn’t fit me but I bought it anyway, and I’ve only recently been able to zip it up and wear it. I do not want to lose that.

Also, my last trip to the doctor told me I’ve lost 4 MORE pounds, which I’m pretty proud of, since its probably more because I have period water-weight (fun fact, my therapist literally walked into a wall because she was looking at me telling me she could tell I’d been losing weight and that I’m looking really pretty, like I felt really terrible but it was kind of cool in a way). I don’t want to gain that back either.

Wish me luck! I’ll try to make some little posts throughout the vacation, but I’ll be back full-time in August! ❤

This is the Reason You Shouldn’t Get Cocky

Published May 29, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

According to the CDC, more than 10,000 people receive treatment in the nation’s emergency departments each day for injuries sustained in SRE (sports, recreation, and exercise) activities.

I, dear readers, should have been part of that statistic the day before yesterday, but I wasn’t because unless I break a bone or have a life-threatening illness, I need to be bound, gagged, and dragged into the hospital. I hate them. So I’m sitting here with my leg propped up and pillows behind my back.

Remember how I was all excited about doing the lunges? And remember how I said I couldn’t make it past the 5-minute point of the workout video? Yeah, well, the next time I was doing it, I decided that stopping after I had met my limit wasn’t being careful or safe, oh no, I decided that it was just being lazy. So, I pushed myself past that nice, safe limit. I made it into the 8-minute area, and then I did something to my knee. I think I twisted it. Did I stop? Nope, not me. Not stupid me. So a little bit later, something tweaked on the left side of my back. Pride goes before a fall, I thought. And….then I fell down.

My knee is actually feeling better, it was just a little twist, but my back is a different story. We think that I pulled a bunch of muscles in my back and my left side. It probably hurts more than it should because of my regular back pain. Its too freaking hot for a heating pad, so I’m just dealing with it.

It will probably be better in a few days, but I’ve been banned from doing any workout that involves my torso for a week. I’m not sure what I can do. I’m just walking more for now. I was also forced to promise that I won’t push myself too far again. The popular opinion was that everyone would rather see me take a few more months to get to my goal-weight than see me in an operating room for surgery because I tore something or something.

When I am all better, I will remember this. I will not repeat my mistake. I would also rather get to my goal slower than be in an operating room. (See my aforementioned hatred of hospitals.)

I Can Do Lunges!

Published May 26, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

Well, not good ones. They’re kind of half-assed. But I think they still count. Not easy (maybe not even possible) to do a lunge correctly when you’re carrying around almost three hundred pounds and have like, no muscles! XD

I’m not writing a long post, because Memorial Day and barbeque. As a side note, do you think steak sauce (like A-1) is better for you than ketchup and mayo? I hope it is, because that’s what I put on my hamburger. :/

Anyway, yesterday I did some more yoga. Both videos I found on YouTube. One was basically for relaxing and stretching, so I did it first. It was a little bit of a workout on its own because…I guess because I don’t move much. >_>;
The other was supposed to be yoga for weight loss. And any skepticism I had towards yoga for weight loss vanished in about one minute. It was hard! I was so jealous of the woman doing the video, with her happy bouncing and spot-on lunging. Meanwhile, I’m trying to copy her, which is hard as-is but harder because I have no balance, which I mentioned before. So I’m sort-of lunging, not like she is, but I was doing my best, and I’m also all wobbly and my cat, Sweet Pea, is on her perch watching me like I’ve gone insane.

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This is Sweet Pea, in case you were wondering. You probably weren’t, but just in case.

Anyway, so long story short, I did the first video which was about 20 minutes, and I made it about 4 minutes into the other video before I stopped, crawled upstairs (not literally, but that probably would have been easier) and drank like a gallon of water. It was a bitch.

I did it again today, and this time I made it a whopping four-and-a-half minutes into the second video. It was still a bitch.

Every part of my body from the neck down, with the exception of my hands and feet, is a big ache. But I’m SO happy that it is! Because it means I’ve worked my muscles harder than I have in a longer time than I can really remember. And the videos, though the second one was really hard for me, were a lot of fun!
So I guess this is going to be my new habit. I think I’m gonna become a yoga girl. 🙂 And that’s much better than staying a couch potato. 😉

Happy Memorial Day, by the by. As an Air Force Brat (My father was not in the air force when I was a child, so I don’t count according to the other Brats, but my dad’s former drill sergeant said I still count because my dad still had a very military mind-set. Anyway…) and with my favorite uncle a Marine and a Vietnam vet, I humbly ask you to please respect our soldiers and the sacrifices they make in the name of freedom, even if you don’t agree with the wars they fight. Don’t forget that today is not just Obligatory BBQ Day; Its for THEM, our men and women in uniform.


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Today I Discovered Yoga

Published May 24, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

It was kind of a spur of the moment thing, and I really enjoy it.

For the record, yoga pants exist for a reason. Yoga is not easy or comfortable to do in jeans. I knew this, but I was sort of in a hurry and didn’t feel like searching for the one pair of yoga pants that I have, that I’ve owned for roughly 10 years and never done yoga in ever. O_O

It was a 20 minute YouTube video, and I only got to do 6 minutes because its dinner time, but I plan on finishing it later (not in jeans). 😉

Second Verse (Hopefully Not Exactly the Same as the First)

Published May 18, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

Alright, so, I think one thing we can all agree on is this: April (and at this point the majority of May) was a total disaster. I went into a weird shut-down mode. I have managed to not gain wait, which is good. But I all but stopped my workouts, which is very bad.
And as for the blog? Psh, forget about it. Virtually no updates; certainly nothing awesome to report. I almost literally forgot about it. I felt like I wasn’t worthy to write about this so-called “weight loss journey”, when I had effectively chloroformed my weight loss journey as it struggled, duck-taped it unto some garbage bags, and buried it alive.
I felt terrible about this. So terrible that I gave up, and I wasn’t coming back. This blog was going to rot, and I thought seriously that no one would care. 😦 But I couldn’t quite do it. Thankfully. All this time (trust me, it has seemed like a much longer amount of time than it really has been) my neglected blog has been rattling somewhere in the back of my head.

Long story short, today is the first anniversary (this has a point, I promise) of the day my fiance proposed to me, i.e. gave me my bling. For my anniversary present, my fiance has pushed me into getting back to my workouts, and mostly back to my blog. Because I enjoy it. I enjoy this.
And he knows it. And it really made him sad to see me not doing something I like because of the circular argument of: I can’t so I’m not, I’m not because I can’t. So thanks to him, here comes From Blimp to Bombshell v2. 🙂

During the hiatus, I really didn’t deviate from my diet much. But my exercising….well to be honest, there really wasn’t much exercising at all, like basically none. *pulls blanket over head*
So today, I did a lot of stretching. And then I found this YouTube video (which I will also add to the end of the post) and did it twice. I didn’t have weights, or rather I couldn’t find the weights, so I improvised with large-ish water-filled Gatorade bottles. 🙂
Today was a good day.
Compared to the last 1 1/2+ months, today was an excellent day! 😀


YouTube: Beginner Workout For Plus Size Women and Men by Scott Tousignant

 

Positive Cheating!

Published April 4, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

First off, know that I’m iron-deficient anemic, so when I’m on my period, I am really weak and tired from blood loss. Before I decided to start really taking this weight loss thing seriously, I didn’t ever do anything while I was having my period, because I’m always exhausted and also because exercise makes my period worse. But I feel like I just can’t do that anymore. I feel like I’m being lazy.

That may have been TMI. I’m sorry if it was, but it is relevant.

This particular Curse Week, I am in a double-whammy type of situation. Not only am I dealing with the normal misery (exhaustion, sometimes-almost-crippling pain, and I’m always hungry) but I’m also on a medication this week that makes me more tired, more hungry, more cramp-y, and it thins my blood, so I’m losing kind of huge amounts, which makes everything worse.

So all day, I feel like this:

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I attempted to do a real workout, but I made it only about 5 minutes before I felt like crawling into my bed and curling up to die.

Later though, in a (failed) attempt to occupy myself so that my cramps would get better because I wouldn’t be noticing how bad they were, I started cleaning.
I cleaned like a boss.

Seriously, like, you could probably eat off my bathroom floor right now.

Cleaning is a pretty good workout, but you’re not officially working out, so you don’t really notice. Positive cheating! WOO! onion-head-thumbs-up


So, I signed up for MyFitnessPal today, meaning that I’m officially totally keeping track. Yay!

My goal is to lose 1 pound per week, for now, and although I haven’t really figured the site out just yet, I seem to have come in under my calorie goal (goal is 1,960 calories per day, and I got 1,039 from food, and I burned 299 from exercise)!

And I also made it over my exercise goal. The goal is 103 calories burned per day (Yes, I’m purposely not setting the bar high, for now.) Today, I burned 299 calories. Even without doing a full workout-workout, I burned more calories than I usually do because of the cleaning!

So, I’m totally counting today as a victory, and now I’m going to eat a piece of dark chocolate (because I CAN, and guilt-free too!) and then I’m going to bed and passing out!

See you in the next post, and remember, anything you do burns some amount of calories. So if you didn’t make it to the gym, don’t beat yourself up over it, and vacuum your house instead! Not only do you burn a surprising (at least to me) amount of calories, but you also channel your frustration into a cleaner house, and you feel better! Today, I killed not two, but three birds with one stone, and you can too!*

*No birds were harmed in today’s activity or in the making of this post.

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