Day 15 – BFL (Monday)

•March 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’m getting rest but I’m going to bed too late at night and its catching up with me. I got up this morning with a scratchy throat (only 7 hrs of sleep!). My tutoring session drag on last night until 10:30pm — although I got so much out of it. I’m a lot less stressed when I understand my math assignments. This time the trade off was my sleep and now I feel like I’m fighting off a bug. My nanny had an emergency today so I filled in (again). At least I was able to sleep in 1 hr since I was doing the morning school drop with the kids. We actually had a pretty good (stress-free) morning together!

I’m realizing something about myself — I need exactly 8 hrs of sleep and nothing short of it! It never fails — every time I get less sleep I get a scratchy irritated throat and drippy nose. I believe that since this season of my life is so stressful that sleep must be my source of staying healthy! I really need to get a handle on getting to bed before 9pm and here I’m up again at 9:48 blogging and finishing my math homework! But, I’m almost done…just one more semester before graduation!!! Focus, focus, focus…

Mood: unsure: tired and a little discouraged (good morning, tiring afternoon)
Workout: missed Upper body today (yikes!)
urine: 5.5 pH
Sleep: 7 hrs (11pm-6am)
Today’s Meal:
07:00AM Meal 1: Green smoothie (1 1/2 c spinach, 1 mango, 1/4 tsp coconut oil, 1/2 c ice, 1/2 scoop whey protein powder (12 g)
08:30AM Meal 2: 4 Chickin-mini’s (Chik-fil-A), 16 oz water
10:30AM Meal 3: 1 orange (Cara Cara)
12:00PM Meal 4: Chicken salad sandwhich on 2 slices whole wheat with tomatoe, romaine and sprouts
03:00PM Meal 5: 1 Fuji apple (large!), 8 oz water
05:30PM Meal 6: Hummos, pita chips, 1 avocado (with celtic salt, pepper and 2 tbs apple cider vinegar), 8 oz water
No Meal 6 — not hungry (but I did drink 3 c green tea!)

Day 14 – BFL (Sunday)

•March 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today is supposed to be my ‘free day’ but since I had a popcorn yesterday I decided to swap the days. The morning I kinda hung out with the kids before church (second service). Finally I was able to arrange a tutoring session but it didn’t start until 8:30p-10pm…way late for me! But I have an amazing math tutor who really knows how to explain it. Well worth the dough$$$. Looks like I’m off to bed late again 😦 but looking forward to a new week –entering Week 3!

Mood: unsettled spirit (happy and sad)
Sleep: 8 hrs (11pm-7am)
urine: 5.5 pH
Workout: none scheduled ‘off’ day
Today’s Menu:
07:00AM Meal 1: Green smoothie: 1 1/2 c spinach, 1 mango, 1/4 tsp coconut oil, 1/2 c ice
09:00AM Meal 2: 1 Apple, 8 oz water
10:30AM Meal 3: 1 egg with spinach, onion on 2 slices of whole wheat berry toast, 8 oz water
01:30PM Meal 4: 1 c brown rice with stir-fried veggies, 8 oz water (En Bistro)
05:00PM Meal 5: 1/2 Veggie wrap (Wholefoods): lettuce, spinach, artichoke, tomatoe, olives, feta, 16 oz green tea
07:00PM Meal 6: 1/3 of a subway sub on wheat bread with lettuce and tomatoes, 8 oz water

Day 13 – BFL (Saturday)

•March 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The weather was beautiful today – upper 60’s! I was a little anxious early in the morning because I had a ton of homework to ‘catch’ up on. I arranged a sitter and spent most of my morning in Panera working on math. In the evening the kids went with dad out for a bit while mom went to a movie. I went to see Bounty Hunter (Jennifer Aniston) and it was pretty funny. I swapped my free day so I could order a small popcorn (without butter)…actually it tasted better without all the grease!

Mood: anxious, happy (love the weather!)
Sleep: 8 hrs (11pm-7am)
Urine: 6.0 pH
Workout: none today!
Today’s Menu:
07:00AM Meal 1: 1 scrambled egg with 1 slice whole wheat berry toast, 8 oz water
10:00AM Meal 2: 2 eggs, 1 slice white chedder melted on whole wheat grain bread (Panera), 2 c tea
01:00PM Meal 3: Vegan wrap (Wholefoods): lettuce, spinach, artichoke, feta, tomatoe, dark olives, 8 oz water
05:00PM Meal 4: Green smoothie: 1 1/2 c baby spinach, 1 mango, 1/4 tsp coconut oil, 1/2 c ice with 1/2 scoop of whey protein powder (12 g).
07:00PM Meal 5: 1/2 bag of small movie popcorn (no butter) — not really a meal rather a treat! , 8 oz water
No Meal 6 (not hungry)

Day 12 – BFL (Friday)

•March 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today my morning helper was off so I dropped the kids. We had a calm, pleasant morning together. After the drop I headed to the gym and had a great workout. I decided not to do cardio (to make up yesterday’s missed cardio session) because my muscles felt fatigued. I’m learning to listen to my body. Today, the Fitness Rep, Bobby at Snap Fitness took my measurements for me….thanks Bobby – you rock! So here they are:

Pam’s Measurements Taken (week 2) on 03-26-10:
Rt Tricep = 13 1/4″
Rt Forearm = 10″
Rt Thigh = 27  1/16″ (measured the widest part of thigh) and 22″ (measured just 7″ up above the knee cap)
Waist = 37″ (measured at the belly button)
Hips = 39 1/8″ (measured 4″ below belly button)
Rt Calf = 15 9/16″ (measured 12″ from the floor)
Chest = 38 1/16″ (across center of the breasts)
Neck = 13 1/8″
Shoulders = 44 7/16″

6.2 pH
Mood:  energetic (happy its FRIDAY!)
Sleep: 9 hrs (8:30pm-5:30am)
Workout: Lower body (Snap Fitness)
Today’s Menu:
06:30AM Meal 1: 1/2 c raspberries, 1/2 blackberries, 8 oz water
08:30AM Meal 2: Organic Morning O’s cereal with 1/4 c 2% milk, 1/4 sliced strawberries and 1 Cara-Cara orange (cross between grapefruit and orange)
11:30AM Meal 3: Green smoothie: 1 1/2 c baby spinach, 1 mango, 1/2 c ice, 1 scoop protein powder (24 gm protein)
02:00PM Meal 4: Turkey, cheese, spinach, onion crepe (Crepes-A-Go-Go), 1/2 c coffee
06:00PM Meal 5: 1/2 Spicy chicken wrap: lettuce, tomatoe, chicken (Chik-fil-A)
08:00PM Meal 6: 1/2 c Organic Morning O’s cereal with 1/4 cup 2%milk

Day 11 – BFL (Thursday)

•March 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today I broke down and had chocolate dessert! I was the guilty initiator of the dessert! I have got to find another alternative for those moments of weakness and keep my stash at work. I wonder if my body is missing some nutrient in chocolate becuase I had a strong craving for dark velvity chocolate. To make matters worse, I didn’t make the gym today either…yikes! Will do better tomorrow. In summary, this was partially due to my poor menu planning and rushing out the door this morning. I’m a little over-whelmed with my school work today that is getting further behind each day. Just 4 more weeks and it will be done – I must hang in there!!!

Mood:  happy
Urine: 6.0 pH
Sleep: 8 hrs (9pm-5am)
Workout: skipped my cardio today! Will make it up tomorrow!
Today’s Menu:
07:00AM Meal 1: Green Smoothie: 1 1/2 c baby spinach, 1 small mango, 1/4 tsp coconut oil, 1/2 c ice.
11:00AM Meal 2: Brocolli salad with garlic and celtic salt and 8 oz water
During the day drank 3 c of alkaline water
01:00PM Meal 3: BAD, BAD, BAD (Red, Hot & Blue with boss): ordered pulled chicken (no bread) (3oz), baked beans (1/2 c), and DESSERT (tasted great! couldn’t resist): circle chocolate cake with heated dark chocolate and 2 scoops of vanilla Blue Bell ice-cream
06:00PM Meal 4: Omlette (turkey, spinach, red onions) with 1 slice wheat toast, 8 oz water

Day 10 – BFL (Wednesday)

•March 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today was amazing! During my upper body workout I hit many 10’s!!! I used my new gym membership at Snap Fitness and weighed in without shoes. My weight today was 179 lbs (starting weight 10 days ago was 182lbs!!!). Hooray – I lost 3 lbs!

Mood: optimistic, cheerful!
Sleep: 8 hrs
Workout: upper body, cardio (20 min) on Cybex glider at Snap Fitness
Today’s Menu:
07:00AM Meal 1: Green Smoothie (16 oz): 1 1/2 c raw baby spinach, 1/2 mango, 1/c ice, 1/4 tsp coconut oil, 1 scoop protein powder (whey)(24 g protein) – 1 hr later 8 oz gree tea and 8 oz water
11:30AM Meal 2: 1/2 Tuna Wrap (tomatoe, lettuce) from Wholefoods, 8 oz water
03:00PM Meal 3: 1/3 c tomatoe soup, 1/2 grilled cheese on whole wheat, 4 oz water
04:30PM Meal 4: 1 apple
07:00PM Meal 5: Chilean Sea bass (3 oz) with lemon and butter, 1 c young broccoli with fresh garlic and celtic salt, 1/3 tomatoe, 4 oz water
No Meal 6: (Not hungry)

Day 9 – BFL (Tuesday)

•March 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today I’m happy to say I am back on schedule! After a dreadful migraine last night (and a missed lower body workout yesterday) I was a little discouraged at first. But I’ve stuck to the plan today and had a fantasic lower body workout just moments ago! I even hit a couple of 10’s!!! Usually I would panic and try to make up the missed workout but I think that catching up for lost time is a waste of time!  Instead I’m choosing to move forward and not sweat what’s behind me. Today I would have preferred making up the lost 20 minutes of cardio along with my workout today but there just wasn’t enough time because I had a meeting soon after the gym. No biggie…keep looking ahead!

Today’s Mood
: Optimistic, happy
Urine: 6.0
Sleep: 11pm-6am (7 hrs — migraine lasted from 6pm to 11pm!)
Workout: Lower Body (switched yesterday’s lower body w/o with cardio today)
Today’s Menu:
07:30AM Meal 1: 1 grapefruit, 1 c water
09:00AM Meal 2: 1 egg, 1/2 slice wheat toast, 2 c green tea
12:30PM  Meal 3: 1 slice turkey, 1 slice wheat bread, 1 tbs hummus, 1 c water
02:00PM Meal 4: 1 slice turkey, 1 slice wheat bread, 1 tbs hummus, 1 c water
05:00PM Meal 5 : Smoothie King: small banana shake with protein powder (30 gms)
07:00PM Meal 6: 1 tangerine, 1/2 c tomatoe soup, 1/2 grilled cheese (wheat), 1 c water

Day 8 – BFL (Monday)

•March 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

After Thursday’s drama at work (concerning my old boss) I was a little frazzled re-hashing the events. My new boss was back in town and I had to re-explain everything. I felt anxiety, chest pressure and a slight headache behind my left eye in particular starting around noon.

By 3pm, I was hungry, irritable and my head was pounding over my left eye. I assumed it was hunger and thirst so I stopped at Pho Grill and ordered rice noodles before heading home.

By 4:30pm, I took 2 Aleve to relieve the pain but it didn’t help. By 6pm I realized I was headed into a migraine with severe nausia. Unfortunately, I had already taken the Aleve and therefore couldn’t take my migraine meds. I had forgotten how bad migraines get because I haven’t had one for over a year! The migraine lasted between 6pm and 11pm when it finally subsided. I was in so much pain (without proper meds) that I almost went to the hospital but I was able to stick it out.

Urine: 6.0 pH
Mood: foggy headed, spacey, stressed with a headache
Sleep: 8 hrs (10pm-6am)
Workout: missed (lower body workout!)
Today’s Menu:
07:00AM Meal 1: green smoothie: 2 c raw baby spinach, 1/2 mango, 1/4 ice, 1 tsp coconut oil (forgot the protein powder!)
08:00AM Meal 2: 1 tangerine, 8 oz water
09:00AM Meal 3: 1 egg, 1 slice whole wheat toast
11:00AM Meal 4: 1/2 c cottage cheese, 1 tbs apple butter, 8 oz water
03:00PM Meal 5: 1/2 c rice noodles, cucumber, carrots, grilled chicken, 1 c jasmine tea
05:00PM Meal 6: 1 tangerine, 1 c water (not hungry — sick with headache)

Day 7 – BFL “Free Day” (Sunday)

•March 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today was supposed to be my free-day but I didn’t feel like I deserved it because I wasn’t as disciplined with my eating and workouts as I should have been. I didn’t deviate too much despite my free day…

Mood: optimistic, hopeful, energetic
Urine: 7.4 pH
Sleep: 8 hrs (11pm-7am)
Workout: none (day of rest)
Today’s Menu:
08:00AM Meal 1: Omlette: spinach, mushroom, onion, tomatoes, egg  beaters, 2 c coffee
afterwards: 1/2 c fruit (pineapple, honeydew)
12:00PM Meal 2: 1 orange, 6 jumbo shrimp with cocktail sauce
02:00PM Meal 3: rice noodles, cucumber, carrots, chicken grilled, 16 oz jasmine tea
05:00PM Meal 4: juiced: 1 head of romaine, 2 carrots, 2 apples and slice of ginger
06:00PM Meal 5: 1/2 c penne pasta with minced turkey, small salad
Meal 6: none (not hungry!)

Day 6 – BFL (Saturday)

•March 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Today I was tired when I woke up at 7am (which is late for me!) even though I got 8 hrs of sleep. When I looked back over my sleep records for the week I noticed that almost every day this week I went to bed later then what I usually do and it shows in my mood! I’m naturally just not a night owl and I love morning so I need to stick with 9pm to 5am since it works for my body!

Mood: a little slow getting started, but peaceful and happy!
Urine: 6.0
Sleep: 11pm-7am
Workout: upper body
09:00AM Meal 1: orange, 1 c water
10:00AM Meal 2: Wheat Crepe wtih: turkey, avocado, tomoatoe, egg and mushrooms (at Crepes-A-Go-Go) and 1 c coffe (with Nutella — bad!!!) followed by 1 wheat fruit crepe (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
12:00PM Meal 3: Green drink (juiced: 1 head romaine, 2 carrots, 1 beet, 2 apples)
02:00PM Meal 4: 1/3 Sub: Turkey, tomatoe, lettuce, olives on whole wheat (Subway)
03:00PM Meal 5: 1 slice whole-wheat berry bread with nuts with butter, 1 c water
08:00PM Meal 6: hummus, carrots and celery sticks
09:00 PM Meal 7:1/2 chicken wrap: lettuce, tomatoe, chicken, red cabbage (Chick-fil-A)

I had too many meals today and I recognize that I was a little stressed since today’s Ezekiel’s first play –The Emporer’s New Clothes. Today I broke down and purchased another gym membership at Snapfitness. I will try it for two weeks and if it works for me I will cancel my Fitness First membership! I’m not doing yoga anymore so no need to keep it since I can also work out at work (although its difficult to fit it in my schedule during the day).

Today I noticed that prior to my 3pm upper body workout, my upper body felt a little sore and fatigued from the last time I worked my upper body- almost five days ago!

This morning I took my first set of measurements — don’t know how accurate they are (it’s a little difficult to do them by yourself!).  But I will compare them to the ‘free’ measurement session at Snap Fitness. Can’t wait to get a baseline so I can re-measure in six weeks! Okay, so here they are…drum-roll please…

Pam’s Measurements on 03-20-10 (taken by herself) BFL (Week 1):
Rt Arm: 13.5″
Rt Thigh: 24″ (7″ up from knee cap)
Waist: 38.5″ (right across the belly button)
Hips: 40 1/2″ (measured 4″ below the low point on the belly button)
Rt Calf: 14 1/2″ (measured 12″ up from the floor)
Chest: 38 1/2″ (across center of breast)
Neck: 14″
Shoulders” 43 1/2″
Rt Forearm: 10 1/4″ (measured 2″ from elbow)

This afternoon, both Ezekiel and Myrriah asked for pool parties in June. I said it would depend on whether not mom felt comfortable in a bathing suit. Hmmm….we will just have to see! As I mentioned earlier in the week, I took my photos BUT I can’t seem to locate my 4GIG card that I took out of my camera…now that would be a problem because my swimsuit pics would be horribly embarrasing if somewhere looked at them. I have got to find it!!!