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PGH – 5/26/14

I have to workout this week.  I went to all you can eat on Saturday and today and will be going again on Thursday.

Huh, say what!?!

At lunch today, the bosses encouraged gluttony to ensure they got their money’s worth.  I must admit I obliged.  We went to a new restaurant so I felt “compelled” to try out things I haven’t tried before.

When I came home, I put on my workout clothes and pulled out Ripped in 30.

OMG I am so out of shape.

I am already sore and I was following the “beginner” workout.


PGH – 1/14/13


Fallen (Source)

Oh how the mighty has fallen. 😦

The last time I did level 1, it was not this hard.

I started strong.  Half way through the second set I started to feel it.  My body said, “GIRL are you sure we need to do this?”  I started to feel weak and then I realized the pre-workout bar that I usually have at work, I did not eat. 😦

Well just like that I “gained” back 200 calories as I had already put it in my food diary. 🙂

I struggled but I finished. 🙂

I feel shaky  😦  But I’m very glad I did it.

I am going to get my mojo back! 🙂

I am still losing weight.  I am down almost 13 pounds since I started this journey. 🙂

Dinner tonight was supposed to be more split pea soup but since I had it for lunch and I expended lots of energy I switched it up a bit.

Monday: chicken strips, broccoli and sidekicks
Tuesday: split pea soup
Wednesday: pork tenderloin, broccoli and mashed potatoes
Thursday: leftovers
Friday: frozen pizza
Saturday: fish sticks and home-made French fries (I have some potatoes I need to use up)
Sunday: salmon and either rice or potatoes

I think that menu should stick. 😉


The time is now

I spent most of today lamenting the fact that I have gotten lazy. 😦  It’s been 3.5 weeks since I last exercised.  Way too long.

So I am going to do what I always do, play mind games to get myself where I need to be.

I ate more snacks than usual which will force me to exercise in order to be able to eat a decent dinner.

I am slowly psyching myself up to get it done.

In half an hour I will be doing level 1 of Ripped in 30.

There I said it now I will go live it!

PGH – 12/18/12

I am still working out.  The past 2 weeks it’s been 4 days instead of 5. 😦  But at least I am still moving. 🙂

I am back to week 3 of Ripped in 30.

I still can’t do all of the advance moves. 😦  It is better than before.  My endurance is up. 🙂

Yesterday’s weigh in was … still a decrease in pounds … even if it was only 0.2 lb. 😉

I am no longer driven by weight loss.  I want to be stronger.

After I complete week 4 of Ripped in 30 next week, I am going to up my weights from 5 pounds to 8.  Right now the 5s are not as challenging as they once were.  This is very encouraging. 🙂

The only thing that is troubling me a little is my right knee.  I find that when I curl up on the couch for too long it starts to ache.  Occasionally it hurts while walk.  A friend told me I should flex my gluts and it would help.  I tried it and it works.  She thinks I need to stretch my IT band.  I have tried but it hurts so I stop.

Don’t laugh.

I need to get more vigilant about massaging my muscles with my foam roller, especially the parts that really hurt.


PGH Update – 12/4/12

What did 4 weeks of Ripped in 30 do for me?

Well on the weight loss front, not so much. 😦  My last 4 weigh-ins have been about the same.  It’s official, I have plateaued. 😦  It’s a little frustrating especially since I spent the last 4 weeks with Jillian kicking my tail.

My co-worker says my body has gotten used to my new lifestyle and as such is comfortable or something to that effect.  Either way I am not impressed.  She says just keep at it and something will give … My cousins tell me to eat less or workout longer and change will happen. Neither of those are particularly appealing right now.

The news is better for my measurements.  I’ve lost at least half an inch everywhere except my upper thigh, which lost nothing.   Grand total 4.5 inches lost.

I do feel stronger and more physically fit.  This was evident by yesterday’s level 1 workout.  Much better than the last time I did it.  I still am not at the advanced level yet but I am not getting as winded as soon as before. 🙂

I will keep at it.

It’s got to get easier, right?

RIT – Day 20

20 down … 0 to go!!!!

WHOO HOOOO!!!!!!!!! I’ve slayed the workout monkey.

I must confess, I came home later than normal today and was not feeling to work out.  In fact I thought I would put it off until tomorrow. BUT Diva nagged me to go get it done.  I’m glad I did.

I over-ate at lunch.  All you can eat sushi is such a tempting beast.  I think I will have to decline moving forward.  I swear I was waddling when I left the restaurant.  I was so full.

Now that I have reached the end of this challenge I am grateful.  Grateful that it’s over 😉 and grateful that I stuck with it. 🙂

Tomorrow I will take my measurements and see if there are any changes.

My plan is to continue exercising.  I will be starting back at level 1.  I’m not sure that I will work out 5 days in a row, but that is my current schedule so I will try to stick with it.  I can’t promise that I will be blogging about it daily.



RIT – Day 19

19 down … 1 to go.

19 down …

19 down …

I’m going to take a minute to let that one sink in.

I’m feeling stronger and a little bit leaner. 🙂

Tomorrow I will have my all you can eat sushi lunch and enjoy it.  Then I will come home and bring my “A+” game for my last workout.

RIT – Day 18

18 down … 2 more to go.

I can’t believe this challenge is almost done.  It seems like it was just yesterday that those numbers were reversed.

Today’s workout seemed easier than yesterday’s.

With only 2 more days to go on this quest I have been pondering what to do next.

I’m leaning towards starting over again at level 1.  I want to see if going through this hell challenge made a big difference.  I know it’s made a difference but I would like to see if it’s real not imagined.

Maybe this time around I can follow along with the advance instructor. 😉


RIT 17 – Day 17

17 down … 3 more to go.

Chaturanga push ups … this is the exercise that either breaks me or makes me.


This is what I am working up to.  Right now I do these on my knees.  And. It’s. Still. Hard. 😦  My arms feel like wet noodles right now.

Today at work we had Thanksgiving dinner for lunch; fried turkey, stuffing, cheesy potato something, cranberry sauce, gravy and salad.  I was doing really well until my co-worker brought out her homemade carrot cake with made from scratch cream cheese frosting.

Yummmm cream cheese frosting.

Okay, so I wasn’t doing quite so well.  I inhaled copious amounts of fried turkey skin … some with salt.  So good.  The cake just put me over the top, but it was worth it.

There is talk of another trip to the all you can eat sushi place on Friday … have mercy.

RIT – Day 16

16 down … 4 more to go.

The scale … the scale *shakes fist* is not my friend.

This morning’s weigh in was 1 pound more than last week.  Must have been the all you can eat sushi!!! 😦

I honestly don’t know what happened.  I have been below my calories with the exception of last Tuesday.  Oh well.  I will just carry on.

Level 4,  day 1 was horrible.  I am not sure if it was the sadness of the weight gain or the tiredness from Diva’s 6 am alarm going off, but it was not my best effort.  I could make more excuses but I won’t.  I did not put my best foot forward.

I’m going to shake it off.  Tomorrow is another opportunity to bring my “A” game.

In spite of my lesser effort my body still hurts.


I am starting to see some muscles. 🙂

In unrelated news, today my village lost its idiot … I mean mayor.  I am not a Rob Ford fan.  He lost me when he refused to attend the Gay Pride parade.  I understand that he may not approve of the lifestyle but he is the mayor of a metropolitan city.  And his job is to support ALL its citizens.