October 2013 archive

Day 91 – Another Week in the Books

Tomorrow is another weigh in and I have to say that I’m pretty excited about this one.  I’ve worked really hard all week both with exercise and with my food logging.  I’ve stayed under my calories every single day (even with a road trip, which is a huge accomplishment for me!).   I’m really hoping to see at least a three pound loss.  I won’t be too torn up about any loss, but I’ve worked really hard for this one and I want the three pounds.

Cliff keeps warning me that when he first started working out five days a week he stayed stagnant for a couple weeks.  Luckily he was able to power through the plateau and it was well worth it.  He’s seen a dramatic loss since he upped his regimen.  I keep telling myself that I can deal with a gain as long as he keeps losing, but I don’t know what I would do without it.  It has really hit me lately just how hard this journey would be alone.  I’m lucky to have someone that’s so supportive and someone to share the ups and downs with.  I can’t say that I would have been able to have even made it this far without him.  I would like to think that I’m strong enough to have been able to, but I’m just not sure.

Today’s picture is of us at our largest.  Cliff has lost 200 pounds since this picture and I’ve lost 90.  Sometimes when you still have so far to go you forget how far you’ve already come.

“Why are you going to choose failure when success is an option?” ~ Jillian Michaels

Day 90 – Nice Little Getaway

We had a great time at the Gorge!  We hiked about three miles total, but the terrain was a lot rougher than anything I’ve done in the past.  The first trail that we took was a two mile loop that took us down to a wonderful waterfall and lots of sandstone arches and bridges.  It was such an amazing hike, but I’m really glad we started with that one because I would have never been able to end on that note.  After we finished that trail we headed over to Chimney Top where Cliff and I had gone back in 2010.  It has a phenomenal view of the Gorge.  The terrain was quite a bit lighter than the first trail, but it still had its own fair share of hills.  All in all I would say we got a pretty good workout in.  According to MFP, I burned about 1400 calories total.  It was definitely a big change from the elliptical.  However, I had thought that it would be much easier than it was.  Cliff and I have been working out at least three times a week for three months.  I had thought that by now I would be in much better shape.  I had to stop several times on the first trail and felt like I was going to die once we were finished.  I recuperated pretty quickly, but still needed to take about a two hour break before we were able to do the next trail.  I know that it’s silly to expect to just be in fantastic shape overnight, but I certainly expected to be in better shape than that.

I guess it’s time to pick up my pace at the gym.

We ended the day with a drive through the whole park and took Sarah and Cliff through the Nada tunnel (they had never seen it).  Once we had reached the end of the park we stopped for pizza at Miguel’s Pizza and Rock Climbing.

All I can say is that someone at that pizza place is making a fortune.  We waited in line for almost half an hour and then waited another half hour before they were ready.  I stuck with veggies and chicken on mine, but I honestly wasn’t impressed.  I had budgeted for four slices, which sounds like a ton, but after all the hiking and the rest of my calories for the day, it still left me with over 1,000 calories for the day.  I only ate two slices and threw the rest away.  Instead I indulged in a dark chocolate granola bar and a PowerAde.

After dinner the four of us hung out at the hotel and played Cards Against Humanity until I could barely hold my eyes open…

Which was 10PM.

I’m such a thrill seeker!

We stayed at the same hotel that Cliff and I stayed in last time, but unfortunately they’ve replaced the beds and they aren’t nearly as comfortable as they used to be.  However, I still slept like a baby and wide awake at 7AM and packing up the car.  We stopped at a little diner near the hotel and had breakfast, but again I wasn’t impressed.  I ordered a 2 egg ham and cheese omelet and wheat toast.  I only ate about half of it, which is great since we didn’t work out today, so I’m kind of glad it sucked.  Then it was time to hit the road and come back to civilization.

As much as I love living in the city, it was definitely nice to get away and be completely unplugged for 24 hours.  Oh!  Did I forget to mention that?  Yep, no cell phone service and no internet.

I have no idea how we survived.

I think the next time I get the hiking bug I’m going to see about going to Gatlinburg for a few days.  I’ve only ever done stupid touristy stuff when I’ve gone down there and I would like to get out and actually see the park this time.  One day I would love to make my way out west to Pike’s Peak.  My mom says it’s the most beautiful thing she’s ever seen.  Maybe well have to take a Mother’s Day trip out there once I lose all my weight.  >.~

After getting home it was time to spend the rest of the day doing responsible stuffs.  I finished all my User Support homework and went to the grocery while Cliff cleaned the house and cooked dinner.  Now it’s time to spend the rest of my evening playing video games guilt free!

Day 88 – Officially a gym regular

Cliff and I logged our first week of going to the gym 5 days in a row.  I only felt slightly rushed and that was only on the days that I had class afterwards.  All in all I’m pretty happy with how the week went.  I certainly feel it today though…

Tomorrow we’re headed out into the wilderness to get our active juices flowing.  We’re going to Red River Gorge with a few friends to spend the day hiking.  We’ll more than likely wind up spending the night at a little hole in the wall place that Cliff and I found a few years ago.  It was the best night’s sleep I’ve ever had.  Literally.  I talk about it all the time.  All.the.time.  It’s nothing fancy, just some little motel called Campton Parkway Inn in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest, but that’s the soundest I’ve ever slept and I can’t wait to go back.

With that being said, I doubt that I will have a decent enough signal to post anything tomorrow.  Southern Kentucky isn’t known for its large number of wi-fi hotspots.  I’m sure I’ll have more than enough to post on Sunday when we get back.  I’m actually considering adding a picture gallery because I know I’ll have a ton and won’t be able to pick just one.

Now it’s time to hit the sack.  6:30AM comes early.

Especially on a Saturday.

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