Friday, February 15, 2008

The Wife Weighs In...Week 20

Happy Friday, GHMIW fans!

What a week! I can’t believe it’s Friday already.

I need to be perfectly honest…I have been ravenous all week. My stomach has been growling from morning until night. In fact, I could eat my desk right now. I’ve been tracking my WW Points (thought I’d try something new) and having a heck of a time staying within my daily allotment. Goal for next week: fill up on more veggies.

I got to the gym four times this week. Yoga on Monday night, personal training session on Tuesday, cardio on Wednesday and this morning. I stayed home yesterday morning so that I could be with my darling husband and beautiful little girls on Valentine’s Day morning. We surprised them with books and special placemats and heart-shaped waffles with raspberries and whipped cream. They loved it and, from what I hear, they requested that breakfast as a “snack” all day long.

I enjoyed my training session with Stef, who is very positive and supportive. We didn’t get through the entire work-out in the one-hour session, so another session will be in order. My quads are still a little sore this morning from the lunges. When I saw Stef this morning I told her that I can still feel the fatigue in my muscles when I move my foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal. She was a little surprised and said I may want to decrease the number of lunges next time. Oh, thank goodness.

I am starting to see some new muscle definition in my arms, shoulders, and calves. It is also very easy to tell which clavicle I broke playing touch football in eight grade. I haven’t seen collarbones in quite a while…how nice.

‘Til next Friday!
Laura (a.k.a. Elle Tee Jay)

2/08/2008: 186.8 pounds
2/15/2008: 186.4 pounds (a loss of 0.4 pounds)
Total pounds lost: 42.0 pounds
Next goal: 182.0 pounds (4.4 pounds to go)

The Weigh-In Week 36

214.6! That's what it said on the scale this morning. A loss of .6

So close once again!!!

I am extremely happy with this small loss. Not so much because the loss is small, but I am under 215 for the first time in well over a decade. And being under 215 means I am no longer OBESE.

I know I said I needed to get to 214, but technically I just needed to get under 215.

A body mass index of 30 is considered Obese. A BMI between 25 to 29.9 is considered Overweight. I am at 29.9.

So I am excited, but I'm saving the celebration until I get under 214 since that was the original goal.

Once again Teresa is our big winner this week. Will not exactly big since there were only 9 votes, but definitely a winner. No prize but Teresa does win big congratulations! With an exclamation point even!

Have a great weekend everybody.

2/15: 214.6lbs
.6 pounds to go

Thursday, February 14, 2008


I almost forgot....


Share the love, not the chocolates!

Guess How Much I Weigh Contest - Week 36

As always it's going to be touch and go for tomorrow's weigh-in.

Step right up, step right up.
Guess how much I weigh and win a fabulous prize.

To Recap:
Every Thursday I give you my stats for the week and you guess what you think the scale will say on Friday morning. The winner is the first person who guesses my weight / weight loss for the week without going over or the person who is closest without going over. Go ahead and click on comments at the bottom of this post and leave your guess.

I will post the winner when I post my weight on Fri. morning. If we get ten or more guesses I will have a prize for the winner.

Stats for the week of February 11th.

Calories Consumed: From Friday morning through Wednesday. night I have consumed aprox. 13440 calories.

Calories Burned: From Friday morning through Wednesday night I have burned aprox. 22794 calories.

36% of my calories have come from fat.
13% of those calories came from Saturated Fats.

46% of my calories came from carbs.

16% of my calories came from protein.

Let the guessing begin. Good Luck!

2/14: 215.2lbs
1.2 pounds to go

p.s. Don't forget you can subscribe to the e-mail edition of Guess How Much I Weigh . Simply enter your e-mail address in the space to the right.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Body Fat

This whole time I have been basing my success at getting healthy on what the scale says and how far I can run.

As you can imagine I am pretty happy with both those indicators.

Last week I finally got around to taking some measurements and figuring out my body fat.

Now I am wishing I had been taking measurements all along. I had really good intentions of keeping track, honestly I did. But when you come home every night to two smiling balls of energy yelling "Daddy's home, daddy's home", you tend to forget those less important things until it's too late.

So according to this website, I have 24% body fat.

They say the average American male is at 22% body fat, top athletes are at 3 to 10% body fat and the healthy normal range for me should be 15%.

I know I shouldn't be surprised that I am so far above the healthy percentage, but I still am.

Having watched the numbers on the scale go down overtime, I have context for that success. This number is still arbitrary to me and because of that it feels really high. I

t makes me wonder what my body fat would have been at my heaviest.

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Perfect Weekend

Despite temps that dipped south of 30 degrees (when you count the wind chill) I had a nearly perfect weekend.

We carted the family up to my parents lake place for a little hibernation. Although we didn't hibernate nearly as much as the weather would have permitted.

It was a weekend full of good fun, good food and a lot of video games.

Best of all it was a very active weekend with some huge milestones.

My father and my brother-in-law and I went for a run on Saturday morning...when the wind chill was a measly 5 above. This was the first time I have run with my father in more than 6 months. Not only did I mange to keep up and finish another outdoor 5K, I did it faster than ever before.

We did 4.3 miles in 42 minutes. I had to take a 4 minute walk break at around 3.5 miles. Other than that I ran the whole way. My normal runs are around 3.9 miles in 45 minutes. A huge improvement. It helps that I was cold and motivated to show off in front of my dad.

We also packed up the whole family and hit the pool on Saturday. Again, a great way to stay active and I just love how much my little girls love the water. Oh, the hot tub felt pretty good after that run too.

As for the video games... there was no sitting around mashing buttons. We were Wii-ing it baby. Maybe not a great workout but still something active.

Turns out the only Wii game I am any good at is Tennis. My lovely wife and my sister kicked my butt at Boxing. My wife kicked my butt at Cow Racing. (Yes cow racing is an actually game.) My mother kicked everybody's butt at bowling.

Heck even my 80-year old grandma kicked my butt at bowling.

Maybe the best part of the weekend was the food. My lovely wife and sister and mother made some delicious meals this weekend that, while not being "diet" healthy, were made with our healthy lifestyles in mind. It made it so much easier to eat good this weekend knowing that everyone else was trying to do the same thing.

And we ate well too. Turns out it's not that hard to make great tasting meals that are also better for you meals. Says the guy who did no cooking this weekend.

I did gain 2.8 pounds over the weekend but according to my wife most of that is due to the sodium in the Chicken we had for dinner last night. I am betting the gain is gone by tomorrow.

214 here I come!

2/11: 215.2lbs
1.2 pounds to go.