Weight Loss

Recovery Food & Fitness

by agirlandhermutt on March 3, 2015

When I was younger I remember my aunt talking about how she had a 5 lb safety zone. Her weight could fluctuate 5 lbs either way and she wouldn’t worry. Any more than that and she would start to pay a little more attention to what she was eating. I used to think that was so strange. Who cares about 5 lbs?! Uh. Apparently I do. I gained a little over 14 lbs while I was in the hospital. Since then I have had a really hard time losing the water weight and watching my actual weight because of my soft foods diet. Soft foods=Easy carbaholics meal. It should be no surprise that my weight is still sitting pretty at more than 5 lbs above my pre-hospital weight. Which, if we are being honest, was not my goal weight either.

Before my throat surgery, I had a knee surgery planned for 2/20. I had come up with a plan to keep my weight in check while my exercise/movement was limited. Fortunately I did this because I was able to adapt that plan to use for my unexpected surgery.


I mentioned in my high-low post that I joined Weight Watchers. I was doing the whole plan online with success, but I had a lot of questions and realized I missed that whole meeting aspect of the plan. I went to my first meeting last Thursday and REALLY liked the leader. I connected with her story and her approach to the plan. Plus, she lost significant amount of weight (125 lbs!). Don’t get me wrong. I KNOW how hard it is to lose 20 lbs, but I can connect much more to someone who has struggled with losing a significant amount of weight. Fortunately, I’m not in the boat where I have to lose 100+ lbs but I still have about 40 lbs I want to lose.

For those that are WW pros, then you will get me when I say that I have to track my points. I listened intently on the Simply Filling aspect of the plan (eat until satiated of power foods), but I don’t quite have that whole “just eat till satisfied” piece down quite yet. If I did I probably wouldn’t need WW. I have a ton of emotions, both good AND bad, going on and fun fact…I’m an emotional eater. Happy? Eat a good meal! Sad? Eat a good meal! Meh? Eat a good meal! See the trend?!

So for now I am going to track and really keep tabs on what I’m eating. Which is needed because the things that are on my “soft foods” list don’t include my beloved salads. I know not everything healthy and good for me doesn’t have to come in a salad bowl, but it sure does make things easier. Instead I eat smaller portions and hope that I can develop that “oh this is just too much for me!” type attitude that I usually roll my eyes at. 😉

The only downside of going to the meetings vs online is the $$$. Online is about $20/month and meetings are $45/month. Sigh. I really like the support and the materials that are given out in the meetings so I’m making it a goal to stick with the meetings until I lose at least 20 lbs. Once I hit that mark I can evaluate whether or not I want to switch my plan up.


Well. My fitness part of the plan is just a hot mess. My last time at the gym before getting sick was Friday, January 23rd. Even at that point I was so tired that it was hard for me to get through some of the classes at the gym. I had no idea what the problem was but looking back I know that my illness was already popping up at that point.

I got the go ahead from my Infectious Disease (Seriously?! Ridic that I have one of these) to go back to the gym on Thursday morning. I was so excited!

Working out makes me feel good. I like the way my body looks when working out. I like the way I feel when I work out. I like the routine of going to the gym. I just like it all.

I made my first outing by myself on Friday night to Target. I could finally drive and I was ready to just wonder around the store for however long I wanted. More than 1.5 hrs later I made my way back home and was pooped! I ended up taking a little cat nap.

On Saturday, the Husband and I had an outing to do some shopping and walking around in Boston. According to my little pedometer app we walked about 3.5 miles on Saturday. I was feeling it when I got home. I walked in the door, laid on my bed and then passed out for a good 4 hours. 4 HOURS!

Have meds, will shop! I busted out my medication right in front of Gucci. Classy!

Sunday I was ready to go back to the gym. My mom and husband convinced me to take it easy on my first day back. I figured I would hop on the treadmill and just take it from there.

*Hold on while I catch my breath from laughing at how naive I was.*

I got on and immediately pushed the speed up to 3.5 and incline up to 3.0. I almost killed myself. I got my crap together, lowered the speed to 3.0 and the incline to 1.0. THAT was pushing it. I have a ton of tightness near my incision on my neck and it is just hard to breathe deeply. I started to sweat and then my neck started to itch. It was just a TO DO. On the treadmill!

I walked for 38 minutes and got to 2.0 miles. I varied the speed and the incline the whole time just trying to find a happy pace that pushed me but didn’t make me feel like I was going to die.

*Return of the creepy gym bathroom selfie!*

Then I cried.

I’ve worked so hard to get to my fitness level. With my knee issues and know this, I just felt a little defeated.

I know, I know. Stick with it and I will get back to where I was! But ugh. I want easy! Is that bad to say? Oh well. It is the truth. I did the work already and I want to reap the benefits right now!

So the plan is…stop whining and keep going.

My goal is to just move, in any way possible, 4 days a week. I’m taking Monday off to just relax. I overdid it a little over the weekend. Then back to the gym on Tuesday for a little elliptical action.

I have some follow-up tests on Wednesday so I will just have to play it by ear the rest of the week. But 4 days will happen!


I’ll keep you posted on how this plan works out for me. It is super simple and I think that is what I need right now. Back to square one!

I’m keeping in mind that I need to be consistent and persistent. I WILL get through this and I will reach my goal. I can’t promise there won’t be some tears in there and some sarcastic comments. BUT I will get there.


A Week of Workouts: 7/21-7/27

by agirlandhermutt on July 28, 2014

Good morning! This past week was my first week in what seems like forever without a specific training plan. I definitely like the idea of scheduled workouts though so I’m going to stick with that. In a world of chaos, I like a little routine.


Workouts for the Week 7/21-7/27

Scheduled: Off! I’m even skipping Glute Camp. Sorry Paige!
Actual: Totally off night! And I went out to dinner with friends. There was wine. There was dessert. It was lovely. Proof below!

Scheduled: Glute Camp (Elliptical HIIT)
Actual: Glute Camp Bike HIIT. It felt good to be back to working out after the triathlon. I kept my bag close by just in case I decided that I wanted to get the heck out of there quickly. Fortunately I made it through with no problem!

Scheduled: Glute Camp & Spinning
Actual: Glute Camp & Spinning. A new spinning studio, Turnstyle Cycle, opened in Kendall Square a few weeks ago. I bought a package to try out their spinning and TRX classes. Wednesday was my first class. I’ll be doing a full review for you locals soon! Oh, they have Real Ryder bikes. We all know how I feel about those bikes. Swooon!

Scheduled: Glute Camp
Actual: Glute Camp & Yoga. Ugh….it felt so good to stretch! I need to get back into this more often. I was so tight and it felt like I had never done yoga before.

Scheduled: Glute Camp & Zumba!
Actual: Glute Camp & Zumba. The instructor on Friday night at my gym is FANTASTIC. For some reason the class isn’t as crowded as other nights and I love it. I have plenty of space to bebop around and not have to worry about my ponytail becoming a weapon.

Scheduled: Free day! Maybe a class? Maybe a bike ride? Maybe a beach day?!
Actual: Total Body Shred. Ugh. Horrible, horrible, horrible idea. My knee just can’t take this class right now.

Our workout was:
50 weighted squats
50 walking lunges
50 push-ups
250 scissor crunches

100 air squats
100 walking lunches

25 weighted squat jump press
25 shoulder press with right leg up
25 weighted squat jump press
25 shoulder press with left leg up

100 crunches with knees into chest
100 reverse crunches with knees into chest

And a few other crappy things that I am trying to forget. I wanted to die. I almost did die! No more. No bueno. Uh uh. Nope.

After that I just collapsed near the pool in my neighborhood. Like seriously just sprawled out.

I followed the pool up with a trip to the brewery with the BF for a beer. Well, technically a beer for him. I’m on a no alcohol kick for a bit to get ready for the wedding. WAHHHHHH. We will see how long this lasts. 😉

Free day! Yoga? Bike? We will see!
Actual: Part of Zumba. I’m not sure what the hell was wrong with me, but I decided to get up and go to Zumba after the mess of Saturday’s workout. I made it through 40 minutes before I had to ring the bell and call it a day. I was so tired that I couldn’t jump around like I normally do and just needed to sit down. I spent the rest of the day “running errands”, which is just really code for shopping! YIPPPEEE! I’m never too tired to shop. Just in case you were wondering.

Weekly Total of “Miles” for the #175byLaborDay challenge: 19!
Total Miles: 100!


Workout Schedule for 7/28-8/3

This week I’m starting back to Pure Barre on a regular basis! I signed up for the Bridal Package that is unlimited for 3 months. EEK! It starts Monday and I couldn’t be more excited. It also happens to be the last week of Glute Camp with YourTrainerPaige. I’ve loved the series so far and I’m excited to see what we are up to this week. My wedding dress allows my glutes to shine so I’m trying to get them in tip top shape!

So basically the schedule looks like this…

Monday-Friday: Pure Barre & Glute Camp
Saturday: Swimming!
Sunday: Yoga

Easy peasy!


See ya on Wednesday with an update on my July goals and my new August goals. I guess I should figure those out soon, huh?!

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Tri Training Recap: Week 8

by agirlandhermutt on June 23, 2014

This past week was the last week of the Tone It Up Bikini Series! I hit my 150 miles before Summer a week early and then…well, I just kind of lost a little steam. I’m not exactly sure what happened. At both work and home, I’ve been a little overwhelmed with the number of things I need to do. It isn’t really that much more than any other week, but when my triathlon is only 1 month out it just seems like more. Rather than buckle down last week, I just got worried about it? That seems counterproductive. And dumb. Like super dumb.

I made a pact with myself at the beginning of training that if I missed a workout or two, I wouldn’t beat myself up about it. However, totally slacking is not ok. I want to compete in the triathlon with no injuries and most importantly, not come in last. Seriously.

After a bit of fun in NYC (pics below!), I’m ready to tackle this last bit of training. Consistent and persistent. Let’s do this.


Week 8 Tri Training & Tone It Up Bikini Series

Scheduled: Off!
Actual: Off! I met up with my buddy, Megan, for a bite to eat after work. We sat in the patio area at Audubon Boston and had a lovely evening. After a super active weekend it was a much needed relaxation night.

Scheduled: Swim Lesson & Practice
Actual: Swim Lesson & Practice. Although not as much practice as I would have liked. The swim lanes are pretty busy when my class gets out. I just need to suck it up and wait for a lane to open!

: 50 min Bike; TIU Yoga & Abs
Actual: Nothing. I got home from work around 6:30 or so and was beat. I didn’t even think about doing any form of workout.

Scheduled: Swim Lesson & Practice; TIU Total Body 1 & 2
Actual: Swim Lesson & Practice.

: Pure Barre; 40 min Run
Actual: TIU Making Waves Cardio. The BF decided to take the whole day off before we left for NYC. I decided to skip Pure Barre and hit up the gym with him. It was a nice way to start the day!

Scheduled: I’ll be in NYC, but I will definitely do something!
Actual: Walk, walk, walk!

I even managed to mark one of my 34 While 34 items off of my list…Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!

I was in NYC for the Thrillist Best Day of Your Life event. Basically a day of bar/restaurant hopping!

Scheduled: ??? Maybe yoga?!
Actual: Just a bit of walking. I woke up with a horrible sore throat and some kind of allergy/cold thing. I had plans to meet up with my NYC friend, Meg, but had to cancel. I was super bummed because she always is involved in some amazing workouts. Sigh. Next time!

Weekly Total of “Miles” for the Tone It Up #150bysummer Challenge: 12!
Total Miles: 166!


Week 8 Triathlon Training

Monday- 5k Run
Tuesday- Pure Barre & Swim Lesson
Wednesday- Spinning & 10 min run
Thursday- Swim Lesson & Practice
Friday- Zumba
Saturday- Total Body Melt & Bike Ride
Sunday- Yoga

I can do this! I actually have to do this if I want to get through my triathlon in one piece with no tears. 😉


See ya later this week!