Monday, June 29, 2009

First Love Never Dies

I LOOOVVVEE the retro dance class of Fitness First. I'm a self-confessed retro fanatic. I love dancing and attending the retro dance class gives me the chance to dance to my heart's content. It gave me the chance to dance to the beat of Buttercup, The Boss, Single Ladies, and yes, that theme from the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire sung by Pussycat Dolls. (Bear with me, I know the title but I don't know how to spell it.)

But, before I was a member of Fitness First, I became a lifetime member of Slimmers World. Slimmers World did not have retro dance classes, but they had step aerobics classes. And before I became crazy for retro, I was head-over-heels in love with step aero. So in love, in fact, that I would wake up at 7am on a Sunday and travel from our house in Antipolo to SM Megamall, just to catch the 8:30 am step aero class.

For years, I have missed that great love, and the first thing that I asked when I became a member of Fitness First is, "May step aero classes ba kayo?" Luckily, they did have 2 step moves (that's how they call it in Fitness First) classes on Saturday and Sunday. I tried attending those classes a few times and I almost gave up. I couldn't follow the steps and it seemed like I have lost my step grooves.

So, did I give up? Almost. In one of the Saturday classes, the step aero teacher asked me, "Is this your first time?", to which I replied, "No, this is my third time in your class but I never once finished a class". Then, she said, "Try to finish this one". It was hard but I was encouraged by her words. So, with much difficulty and struggle, I did finish the class and promised to go back for more.

Last Saturday, I went to the same class, and for the first time after a loooong time, I was able to finish the class and actually enjoyed it. And just like that, everything came back to me. I fell in love with step aero all over again. For sure, in the next Saturdays to come, I will be at the gym attending back-to-back classes of retro and step moves.

I guess it's true, first love never dies. :-)

Freedom Day

I know it's been more than 3 weeks, but yesterday, I celebrated my own freedom day.

Yesterday, I cleared my closet and removed all my "fat clothes". I went through my wardrobe, piece by piece, to weed out my now oversized pieces of clothing. I haven't been wearing these clothes for a couple of months now since I lost a lot of weight.

Recently, I have been buying new clothes that fit my new body better. I needed room for these new clothes. Thus, a closet clean-up was necessary.

The activity proved to be quite liberating. I felt both sentimental and relieved to see my old double-XLs go out of the closet into a big suitcase that seemed like Pandora's box for me... hoping that I never have to open it again.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Checking My Progress: Weeks 16 to 20

The last five weeks have been quite tough for me. As mentioned in my previous blog, I have been experiencing the dreaded “P” word – plateau. I was able to lose a few pounds on the 2nd and 3rd week, but I gained back half of what I lost on the 4th and was not able to lose it again as of writing.

Here’s my weekly progress from weeks 16 to 20:

Week 15: 162 pounds (Reference)
Week 16: 162 pounds = lost 0 pound
Week 17: 160 pounds = lost 2 pounds
Week 18: 158 pounds = lost 2 pounds
Week 19: 160 pounds = gained 2 pounds
Week 20: 160 pounds = lost 0 pound

Total pounds lost from weeks 16 to 20: 2 pounds

Total pounds lost in 20 weeks: 24 pounds

Vital stats reference (week 1): 39.5 - 39 - 42
Vital statistics from week 10: 37.5 - 35.5 - 40
Vital statistics at week 20: 37.5 – 35 – 39

Total inches lost from day 1: 9 inches

I only have 23 weeks to lose 26 pounds to meet my weight loss goal within my target deadline. I have to work harder from this point on.

The "P" Word

Everybody who's into a fitness program and trying to lose weight dreads one word, and it starts with a P.

Plateau is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "a stable period". In fitness terms, what it actually means is that this is that stage in your fitness program when, no matter how often or how hard you exercise and no matter how strict you are keeping your diet, you still are not losing any pound for a relatively long period (say, a month or more).

Plateau is good when you've reached your target weight and you are in your maintainance stage. I have only lost 50% of my target weight loss. Plateau is not good for me.

Plateau happens. I heard it so many times from people who's been there or are still there. I knew it would happen to me (as it did so many times before), but I was never really ready for it. I'm trying my best to beat it but for the last 3 weeks, I have not been successful.

I guess, this is one of the challenges I must face in trying to lose weight. Wish me luck 'cause I really need it at this point.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

When Work Gets in the Way

I miss the gym. I missed my most-loved group exercise: retro dance. I miss dancing, sweating and watching the scale go lower as I lose more pounds each week.

I haven't been to the gym since Thursday last week. It's been 5 days and it's killing me! I want to go sooooo bad, but I can't. I have to finish a project at work --a big project and a huge pain in the a**.

I abhor moments like this. When work is eating more time from my life than it should. It's taking away my time to be with my daughter. It's taking away my own personal time to take care of myself.

A similar thing happened to me a few weeks back. I was barely able to go to the gym for almost two weeks. The end result? I gained 2 pounds! It took me a week to lose those 2 pounds that I gained. It's a definite setback to my goal. I mean, I could have lost 30 pounds by now if not for that setback!

I am scheduled for a weigh in with my nutritionist tomorrow. I will cancel. I just know I didn't lose any weight this week. I'll have to work doubly hard starting Thursday and hopefully catch up from my program.

I hate this. I absolutely hate this.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Got cake. Will eat.

I had one wish for my birthday: to eat Alex Franco's famous prune cake. I know I deserved it after losing 26 pounds. So, I did, and boy, was it delicious!

I had 3 slices, just 3. I had to stop myself from drooling everytime I would open our refrigerator. I mean, who could say no to this:

If you're wondering, yes, I talked to my nutritionist about the cake. I just told her. I said, "Ness, on my birthday, I'm going to eat cake". She said, "Okay, one slice wouldn't hurt". One slice my ass! :-)

Now, I have to tell people in our house to finish the entire piece, or else I would have to lock the refrigerator. :-)

I'd probably be stuck in the gym for 5 straight days to burn the calories from the cake. But it's all worth it!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Halfway There!

It's 2 days before my birthday and I have good news. As of today, I have already lost 26 pounds. That's more than 50% of my goal! 26 pounds down, 24 to go!

And since I was able to meet my goal of losing 25 pounds before my birthday, I am going to celebrate my 31st birthday with the best cake I've ever tasted in my entire life, Alex Franco's prune cake. I simply can't wait!

Monday, June 1, 2009

9 Days to Go!

I'll be 31 years old in 9 days. 31! Whew! Time flies by so fast. I have just one wish on my birthday: that I meet my goal of losing 50 pounds before December of this year, maybe even more!

So far, I've lost 22 pounds. I've got 28 pounds to go.

To celebrate my birthday, I'll be eating a special cake, one that I cannot resist and one that I seldom have... Alex Franco's cake. Just one slice for my birthday. It's my gift to myself and a reward for being a good girl since February. That isn't asking for too much, is it?

I'll probably buy a new dress again too! I'll be attending a wedding on the 26th and I gotta look my best. Hopefully, by then, I've lost 50% of my weight loss goal. Let's cross our fingers.