Friday, July 31, 2009
I highly doubt that my body went into Starvation Mode. I was consuming approx. 1500 to 1600 calories a day. Based on my activity level I am supposed to be consuing approx. 2000 cals a day.
If I were to add my calorie deficit to the calories loss from my cardio workout alone, I should have had a total deficit of 4400 calories which is equivalent to slightly over 1 lb, right?
But when I stepped on the scale this morning, my scale told me that my weight stayed exactly the same... at 126.6 lbs. What the hell????
Not only that, my Body Fat percentage increased by 0.04% which by the way works out to half a pound in fat... which also means that my Lean Muscle Mass decreased!
After all my freaking hard work ... I $#@%ING LOSS LEAN MUSCLE MASS AND %$#%ING INCREASED MY BODY FAT BY HALF A $#%@ING POUND???!!!!! WHAT THE $#%@???!!!!!!!!!
I wonder if having my monthly friend come visit has anything to do with the lack of weight loss and possibly fat gain.
Tom Venuto does not discuss this in his book .... duh, obviously! He's a guy and he doesn't have a monthly visitor. I know that in the past, I would gain about 1-3 lbs right around the time leading up to my period with a definite drop in weight right after my period.
So, this time I didn't gain the weight .... I was able to maintain ... which is good, right? But then how does the increase in Fat factor into this entire situation?
I'm soooooo confused!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Friday, July 24, 2009
So, this question goes out to all you Fashionistas. Please help my FFF (Fashion Forward Friend), who also happens to be my coworker, figure out what to wear.
Here's the scenario.
She's a Marketing Executive for our corporation. She's been invited to a Seattle Mariners game as a representative of our organization and will be in one of their Suites / Box with a slew of other high-ranking corporate executives. I've seen the list of people who will be in the suite with her and let's just say that I'm very impressed. So, my question is, what is she to wear?
Does she go casual, ie. Jeans? Or Business Dress? Or Summer attire, ie. Summery Type Dress? or Elegant Evening?
Whenever I'm in a Suite at the Canucks game, I'm pretty casual - Jeans, nice Tee, Cardigan - very J Crewish. But that's hockey for you.
But what would you wear to a Mariners' Game in a Suite?
I hope you can help. I've told my FFF that I would get back to her on Monday with all of your fantastic ideas and hopefully, she'll find the perfect outfit.
Please feel free to Chime-In! Thanks in Advance Fashionistas!
I spent the week doing the following:
1.) Eating as clean as I possibly can.
2.) Keeping my caloric intake to approx. 1700 calories per day.
3.) Keeping my cheat meal to Saturday night only.
4.) Maintaining my workout schedule; 45-50 minute Cardio workout 4 sessions a week plus another 4 sessions of resistance training.
Was it a tough week? Of course it was! But it was soooo worth it because of my results.
Here's my 1st true set of comparative results.
For Friday, July 24, 2009:
Weight: 126.6 lbs
Body Fat %: 25.4%
Lean Muscle Mass: 94.44 lbs
Body Fat Weight: 32.16 lbs
And here's how it compares to the previous week:
Weight: Loss 1.6 lbs.
Body Fat %: Loss 1% Body Fat
Lean Muscle Mass: Increase of 0.08 lbs (Whoooo Hoooo! Yes, the goal is to increase LMM!)
Body Fat Weight: Loss 1.68 lbs
When I first stepped on the scale and saw that my weight was 126.6 lbs, I was a little worried that I had lost lean muscle mass. But after doing the necessary calculation, I was thrilled to find out that I loss Body Fat and gained Lean Muscle Mass.
I'm soooo excited! ... and this was what I needed to help motivate me along.
So, here's a start to yet another week. My very short term goal is to lose another 2% body Fat - for a goal Body Fat percentage of 23.4% by the time we head to Whistler on August 13th.
If you have any questions about the program I'm on or would like to ask questions, please feel free to do so. I'd be happy to respond.
Have a great weekend all!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I know I haven't! And I really want to!!!
According to the J Crew website, this is the description of the Merino Evening Primrose Cardigan ... and by the way, there's no picture available.
Item Number: 18562 $88.00
We're loving the inky tones of this floral cardigan (our designers were inspired by a vintage print and had it recolored just for us). Spun from the finest whisper-weight Italian merino wool in a lofty 14-gauge knit. Fitted. Crewneck. Bracelet sleeves. Hits at hip. Import. Dry clean.
Doesn't it sound dreamy? Makes you want to run out and buy it? Doesn't it? Problem is... It's COMPLETELY SOLD OUT???!!! What the heck????!!!
Did I miss out on a really good thing? What did this cardigan look like anyway? Does anyone know? Did I really miss the ball on this one???? HELP!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I called to confirm my rate with Bell Mobility Canada today and was treated like I was a liar. Yes, a Liar. I have never been so insulted in my life ever!
Here's the Coles-Notes version:
Upon calling Customer Service, I was told that my monthly rate plan was $62.70 a month. I corrected them and told them, no that's wrong. It should be $47.70 per month as per the written quote by a Sales Rep at their store and my agreement.
The original Call-Center Rep I dealt with was very professional and tried to help me through the situation. Confident that I was 100% correct, I asked her to hold while I called the store directly to speak with the Salesperson who had sold me my contract.
When I called, I was told that the nice young man I had dealt with was no longer with the company. I then asked to speak with the Manager (whom I had also dealt with the day I signed my contract) and was told that he too was no longer at the store. The fine young man I spoke with over the phone told me that he would try to track down the Manager in question and have him call me.
I went back to my conversation with the CSR who desperately tried to fix the situation. She acted as a liaison between myself and her Supervisor, Rosie - Employee # 0121833, and at the end, she simply had to put her Supervisor on the phone for only Rosie could help me with my problem.
Until this point, I still had faith in Bell. Despite having been on the phone for over 90 minutes at this point, I honestly believed that I could get my problem fixed.
Rosie came on and I explained to her that I purchased my plan based on the quote provided by the Salesperson. I told her that I had a copy of the Agreement in front of me as well as a copy of the quote (to which the Salesperson had stapled his business card to). Rosie essentially didn't believe me. I told her that I wasn't making the quote up. My purchase was based on the quote and had I known that the quote was wrong and that my rate would be considerably higher, I certainly would not have gotten the plan. I told her that I had the quote right here in my hand - along with my Agreement.
Rosie basically told me that I could have written up the quote myself and that there was no proof that the Salesperson had written it up. Now Rosie, why in the world would I do that? Firstly, how would I know what your various plans are? Secondly, how would I know how much to quote on a plan? Thirdly, I have better things to do in this world than to make up a quote in an attempt to save myself $20 a month? If I was going to try to save myself some money, I would write the quote in such a way that the plan is essentially FREE!!!
I wrote up the quote myself? Come On Now!!! And you're the Senior Supervisor???!!!
So here's the plan I was originally quoted:
For $47.70 (not inclusive of taxes), I would get 250 daytime minutes + free evenings and weekends. I would also get Voicemail, Call Display, Unlimited Text and 500 MB of Data.
Despite the fact that I purchased the above plan on good faith, based on a written quote, Rosie, the Senior Customer Service Supervisor told me that she could not honor my rate.
Instead, for $48.70 ($1.00 more), she would offer me the same plan but instead of 500 MB of Data, my data package would now be 2MB. And... to rub salt into the wound, my new rate would be effective come August. She would NOT make that rate Retroactive.
Nice! Perfect Customer Service. In essence, the quote I received meant squat! The contract I signed, based on my quote, meant nothing. Bell could, in essence, go ahead and charge me for whatever they want to charge. Just great!
MR. CEO OF BELL MOBILITY CANADA, ARE YOU LISTENING HERE? THROUGH NO FAULT OF MY OWN, NOT ONLY AM I PAYING $1.00 MORE A MONTH, I HAVE NOW LOST 598 MB OF DATA!!!
NOW IS THAT FAIR????
Seeing that I've wasted 2 precious hours of my life, I decided to accept the plan. I had no fight left in me. Rosie changed my plan and my 2 hour call ended.
Not 5 minutes after I hung up the phone with Rosie (who really ought to return to Customer Service School, btw), the nice young man from the Bell Mobility Store called me. He located the problem.
He told me that there was a promotion on my phone at that time and that YES the plan did exist. Bell Mobility was offering a Data package with my phone. The Regular Data Package of $35 a month was available for $20.
ROSIE, I WAS NOT LYING AND I'M STILL NOT LYING!!!
However, there was a small problem. The young man told me that I was misquoted. My rate should have been $52.70 NOT $47.70. What happened was that the previous young man had given me my Corporate Discount when the Corporate Discount was not to be applied to the HTC phone programme.
Hey, I understand. We all make mistakes. PLEASE DON'T CALL ME A LIAR OR INSINUATE THAT I AM A LIAR!!! That's just down-right unprofessional!
Anyway, the nice young man said that he would speak with Customer Service to find out if they will continue to honor my rate for that's what I was quoted and what my decision to purchase was based on.
I respect that.
But as far as Mr. CEO of Bell Mobility Canada is concerned, this is what I have to say to you.
- I purchased my plan based on the quote provided. A misquote on the part of the Salesperson is no fault of mine. Hence, you need to honor the rate I was quoted.
- You need to retrain Rosie. She's brutal. I realize that she doesn't know me but please, your front-line people should give the benefit of the doubt to the Customer.
I realize that I'm only a number in your infinite customer service base. But I am a customer and I should be treated like a customer.
I highly doubt that Bell Mobility Canada will honor the rate quoted to me. After my experience today, I'm smart enough not to hold my breath on this one!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
As you know, I'm working on losing fat and am doing so on Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle program and was reading his blog today when I came across a most interesting article about why some people are able to lose the weight and never put it back on.
Until about 2 years ago, I've been a habitual yo-yo dieter. I'd lose the weight, put it back on, lose more weight, put more back on, again lose somemore weight and again, put somemore plus interest back on. It's been like that all my life.
Then 2 years ago, I made a decision. My decision was that I wanted to live. I wanted to live a healthy life, to be around to see my Kitty grow up. I was determined to change. And change I did. For the first time ever, I lost the weight and was able to keep it off for more than 3 months. I've kept the weight off for 2 years now and today, I'm all about getting rid of the fat so that I can be more cut.
When I was reading Tom Venuto's blog, the one thing that struck me was that he's right. It wasn't some magic diet I was on, it wasn't a special elliptical, it was me. It was my motivation that kept me going. The ultimate key to my past success was my ability to motivate myself and to take consistent action to change my habitual behavior.
It's been a tough 10 days since starting the program. In all honesty, I've cheated everyday with the exception of yesterday - but then something clicked yesterday and it was my first no-cheat day. It felt good... very good! Yesterday, my self-motivation kicked in.... and while it's easy to fall off, I intend on hanging on for the rough ride. I am the only person who dictates if I lose the fat or not. No one else can affect it. Only me!
It all makes sense. I am truly the captain of my own ship. Only I can accomplish what I want to accomplish. That said, I'd like to share Tom's article with you. It's a great read.
Ultimate Fitness Success
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I have to say that Kitty is pretty darn amazing - considering that she hates shopping but stayed right along side with me while I shopped. Needless to say, I still had to bribe her with Build-A-Bear, Lego, pretty bling from Forever 21 and of course, Ice Cream from Coldstone.
I snagged some amazing deals today, that's for sure. However, it should be noted that the sale section in both J Crew stores (U Village and Bellevue) were pretty much picked-over. There was very little in size 2, XS or S. Most items were Mediums and Larges. Very few XL.
Regardless, I still lucked out. By the way, the Retail Stores are still offering an additional 20% off Sale - thus making the purchases Final Sale. Here's what I purchased:
Floral Beach Straw Bag - I've been eyeing this bag for some time now. I'm such a sucker for anything with a flower on it and when I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. I am completely in-love with it!
I also purchased another skirt on a Charge Hold. Unfortunately I can't find a picture of it since it's a B & M item only but many of you are likely familiar with it. It's the Double Serge Bow Pencil Skirt in the Soft Pink. I LOOOOOVE the Soft Pink shade! I came soooo close to paying full price of $98 for it 3 weeks ago when I was in Seattle but changed my mind at the last minute. I'm glad I did for I was able to snag it for $49.99 less 20%.
Cafe Capris in Maize. I fell-in-love with this print the first time I laid eyes on them. But I have so many pairs of Cafe Capris that I could not justify paying full price for them. Luckily, I was able to find a pair of size 4 today. They are $88 regularly. They are on sale for $29.99 less 20%. Amazing, huh?
My final J Crew purchase today was the Tuxedo Front Cheetah Cami. Retails for $88. I got it for $29.99 less 20%. I almost didn't buy this because I could not find a size 2 anywhere - unbeknownst to me, one of the mannis had it on. They kindly brought it down for me and I was thrilled to have it.
I scored well today, don't you think?
Did you go to J Crew today? Did you capitalize on the additional 20% off? What did you buy? I'd love to hear about your purchases. I hope you will share.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
You have to set goals. Otherwise, how would you know that you’ve achieved what you’ve set out to achieve?
Isn’t that the truth!
In order to keep me focused on my Fat Loss journey, I have come up with the following goals:
Longer Term Goals:
- Attain body fat percentage of 18% by December 1, 2009
- Attain body fat percentage of 16% by February 6, 2010 – just in time for our next vacation!
- Maintain average body fat percentage of 18%.
Short Term Goals:
- Engage in 45 minutes of Cardio workouts 4 days a week.
- Engage in Weight-Resistance Training 3 days a week – focusing on 2 areas at a time, ie. Arms & Abs, or Arms and Legs.
- Rest 1 day a week
- Eat every 2 to 3 hours. Include lean protein with every meal.
- Stop eating by 7pm each evening (this one is going to be very tough – I know it already.. and that’s why it’s part of my goal!)
- Eat Breakfast within 2 hours of waiting up – particularly on weekends.
- Drink 72 oz of water everyday – particularly on weekends.
- Minimize Junk Food eating to 2 days a week only (and within limitation).
These are my goals. As far as the exercise portion goes, I’ve been bang-on. However, I keep blowing my goal of “Stop Eating by 7pm each evening”. I need to really work on that. My last goal of “minimize junk food eating to 2 days a week” is a very good goal for me as well. I’m a bit of a grazer. I’ll grab a couple of Cheezies while packing Kitty’s lunch or I’ll sneak a slice of cheese or a cookie or 2 or 3 while packing my lunch for the next day – so as you can see, this last goal is a good one for me.
I need to write down my goals otherwise, I will not be able to keep focused on my Fat Loss. After all, this FL thing is a long term goal and we all know how quickly long term goals can get blown if we’re not completely focused on it.
So there you go. These are my FL goals. Are you trying to lose some weight as well? Do you have any weight-loss goals?
Monday, July 6, 2009
So when Sohail of the jewelryrollshop.com contacted me and asked me to review one of her jewelry travel case designs, I jumped at it. Afterall, one simply cannot have too many Jewelry cases - particularly when I have so very many pieces! I absolutely LOVE the Jewelry Roll Shop's Silk Checkered Jewelry Roll in the Blue Jewel Tone colorway. I am absolutely amazed by the quality and workmanship of her designs. The case measures 7-1/2" wide by 12" tall opened and has 1 very large pocket plus 2 zippered pockets. It also has a strap for rings. Wanting to see how much I can pack in there, I found that I was able to comfortably fit 5 necklaces, 4 bracelets, 2 bangles, several pairs of earrings and 3 cocktail rings into this design.... which is simply perfect for when we go away on vacation!
This Jewelry Case is beautifully made. The workmanship is second-to-none. The case is made just as well, if not better than the J Crew jewelry case I own. However, since my J Crew case is rather boring - being a plain black case, I know that I'm going to really enjoy using this case so much more!
While exchanging emails with Sohail, I discovered some very interesting information about the history of the boutique company.
Jewelry Roll Shop was started by a husband who was looking for a small online business. His wife had a penchant for jewelry and traveled frequently so he found the perfect inspiration -- jewelry rolls and pouches that would be a jewelry box on the go.
What an ingenious Husband!!!
Their designs are beautiful yet so very affordable! They are perfect for brides, bridesmaids, travelers, party favors, birthday, anniversary and other special occasion gifts. Did you know that they offer FREE SHIPPING on every order? You certainly can't beat that!!! Please be sure to check out the Jewelry Roll Shop.
So here's our giveaway. Sohail and I have decided to team up for my first Summer Giveaway. Here's how you can Win!
- You get ONE entry by checking out the Jewelry Roll Shop and commenting on their pretty offerings;
- You get TWO entries for your comment and by being a follower;
- You get FOUR entries for commenting about this post on your blog and linking it back to this post.
This contest has a total of 4 possible entries.
This contest is open to all residents in the US and in Canada only. Sorry international entries are not accepted at this time. Please Enter by 6pm PST, Monday, July 13 for your chance to win a Silk Jewelry Roll or a Jewelry Pouch fom the Jewelry Roll Shop.
About 2 weeks ago, I found the most amazing pair of gold calf-length gladiators from NineWest - and decided to wear them to church. While they look adorable, they aggravated my Mortons-Neuroma and the 3rd and 4th toe on my left foot is all bunged up. As a result, I wasn't able to get my usual 30 minutes of cardio is on the elliptical.
Instead, of tossing in the towel, as I would normally do (since what's the point, right - as I couldn't get my cardio in), I decided to work on resistance-training instead. I worked on my abs and my legs.
I did 4 sets of 12 reps each of exercises for my abs - ranging from roll-ups, regular crunches, twisting crunches, planks, etc. I also did the same number of sets and reps for my legs - using mostly Pilates moves and traditional but well-proven methods to reduce bulk in the rear, hips and thighs.
I feel somewhat cheated for not having had the opportunity to sweat it out today. I tried - I got on the machine, went 3+ minutes and had to get off. I have a very high pain-tolerance, but still couldn't do it. I didn't want to cause any further damage so I had to let the cardio go today.
I soooo didn’t want to get out of bed this morning when my alarm clock went off at 5am. I turned it off and tried going back to sleep but my goal to lose the fat kept gnawing at me so at 5:15am, I finally threw back the covers, got changed and went downstairs for my workout.
Initially, I had decided to do both a Cardio and Resistance-Training combination but seeing that I had wasted 15 minutes procrastinating in bed and now didn’t quite have the time to do both, I decided to focus primarily on Cardio instead. Afterall, all I did yesterday was RT (Resistance Training).
So, 45 minutes of Cardio later and now sweating like a pig, I was feeling much better and certainly more accomplished. But I ask myself, why do I procrastinate? Crazy, isn’t it? I know I have to wake up and work out but yet, I continue to lie there wasting precious work-out time! Argh! Am I the only one? What is your secret to getting out of bed in the morning and work out? I find the getting out of bed part the hardest. Once I’m out of bed, it’s all good … but getting out of bed ….. that’s the challenge!!!
But back to the Cardio and Resistance Training part. One of the things I’ve learnt recently (and it’s really not rocket-science, so I don’t know why it hadn’t dawned on me until recently!) … is that, one cannot build muscles and burn fat at the same time.
That makes soooo much sense. Built muscles will burn fat but while working out, it’s certainly one or the other. During a workout, cardio won’t build muscles and lifting weights does not constitute a Cardio workout. In order to be the lean and trim hottie I want to be, I need both – cardio and resistance training. Unfortunately, until now, my focus has been on weight loss. There has been little to no emphasis on building muscles – until I started Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle (BTFFTM).
I honestly believe that I’m now on the right track. Tomorrow, I will share my short term and long term goals with you.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I did 45 minutes of cardio on the elliptical and then another 30 minutes of resistance training on my arms which consisted of 4 sets of 12 reps each of push-ups, curls, pushover, chest-fly, kick-backs, etc.
I'm not sore today - only because resistance training is something I normally do anyway - but instead of 2 sets of 12 reps, I've essentially doubled up my sets. As for the weights, I'm keeping them light - I'm using 5 lbs free weights. My goal is not to bulk but to tone - to burn the fat currently covering the muscles that are there already.
I also made a mental goal to only eat every 2-3 hours. I did good yesterday. Had a bowl of high-fiber cereal with Low-Fat Silk (Soymilk) and then shared a few pieces of Tuna and Salmon Sushi with Kitty as a snack, then had a salad with Shiitake Mushroom Dressing (from Urban Fare - man! that stuff is expensive - but soooooo good!) with one of my major downfalls Fat-Free Hot Dogs - no bun and for dinner, a low-fat Broccoli and Cheese Soup with a Flax-Seed Pita.
Then I kinda blew it by having a handful of Hawkin Cheezies (I LOVE those - mental note to self, must not buy those anymore!) and a No-Fat double fruitbar freezy.
I normally drink about 10 glasses of water at work but it's difficult at home - particularly when I'm on the run (grocery shopping, running errands, driving hubby to the airport, etc) so I only got in about 6 glasses. I'm going to work on getting more water today.
So, that's Day 1. Not great but not too bad. I won't beat myself up about the Hawkin Cheezies. I'll just make sure that I don't have any today, that's all.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I used to be fat.... we're talking 5'3" tall, 175 lbs, between a size 14 - 16 fat. My waist measured 38 inches for pete's sake! I was fat!
For those who've been following my blog, you'll realize that I'm no longer fat.
I know, I know, I've done great! I changed my lifestyle 2 years ago - actually 2 years less 3 days ago. I added lots of fruits and vegetables to my diet, reduced the amount of junk I eat and started working out (I've had lapses - but, that's okay) and because of this drastic change to my lifestyle, I lost 50 lbs.
At my lowest, I was 125 lbs. I currently weigh around 127 lbs and wear anywhere between a size 2 to 6 in J Crew clothing.
This should all make me so thrilled, right?
Yes and no. I'm thrilled that I lost the weight and have been able to keep it off ... but I'm not throughly satisfied. I am now at the stage where I want to lose fat. I don't care if I don't lose anymore weight but I want to tone. I want to be more defined - in my arms, my legs, my back and primarily my abs. Definitely my abs. Definitely!
That's what I've been obsession over for the last several weeks. So, for the heck of it, I thought that I would start sharing this journey with you.
I hope you'll come back and check out my progress as well as share in some of my fat-loss secrets. I hope to be posting some current pictures. Scary really - for me especially, but if I'm going to do this! I'm going to lose Fat! And...I'm going to be sure to succeed at it. So, wish me luck.
See you soon!