On a Journey to Wellness

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Quick Non-Weigh In

My computer is in the shop so this update will be short and interesting since its coming from my phone. The week started off in a bit of shambles but got better toward the end. 

 Hips: 47.5 (-1.25 in) 
Waist: 45.5 (+0.25 in) 
Arm: 14.5 (-0.25 in) 
Thigh: 26.5 (+0.5 in) 
Calf: 16.5 (-0.5 in ) 

Now this week my measurements are all over the place. I suppose if I had taken measurements last week this would make more sense however I am happy to see a remarkable loss in the hip area which is the hardest to get rid of.

Achievement(s): Because I don't have all the data on me I'm going to have to guess on most of these but here goes.

Water: about 5/7 days.

Calories:  I was off in never land the first two days last week but I finally got back to it. Here it is.

Mon: ?
Tues: ?
Wed: 1600+
Thurs:  1795
Fri: 2035
Sat: 1925
Sun: 1795

Although I'm still unable to stay under my calorie limit I'm at least trying to stay under 2000 calories a day and over all this seemed successful.

Strength Training: I was actually able to get some arm work and some good crunches in twice last week which is better than the last couple of weeks.

Cardio: I honestly can't remember a lot of the things that I did for cardio last week but here we go

Mon: 4 mile run
Tues: ?
Wed: -
Thurs: 2 mile run
Fri: 4 mile hike and 2 mile jog
Sat: 6 mile hike
Sun: 20 minute hike

Besides Tuesday where I honestly cannot remember what I did that day the rest of the week was spent hiking with some running mixed in.

I still need to make more of an effort to run more and longer distances. I have less than a month before my 10k and I'm starting to freak out... which brings us to:

Goals: My goals this week are to run more. The weather is starting to get snowy again so I have to make more of an effort to go outside despite the cold winds, and wet and slipperiness. From there I need to make a specific chart for my water in take since most of it is just me guessing how much water I have left in my nalgene at the end of the day. From there I need to incorporate more stretching and be vigilant about my strength training.

Hiking was awesome last week and I will post new pictures when I get a chance. For now goodnight because today has been a looooooong day.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Non-Non Weigh In

I'm going to say it right now; I clocked out last week. I did not count calories. I did not notice my water in take and I did not pay attention to my activities (minus Monday where I ran 6 miles for the first time!)

Why did I clock out? Multiple reasons like:  There were two weddings, one chocolate filled holiday, a family reunion, job interviews and a snow covered week.

Does that mean that I just went crazy and binged like mad? Did I sleep all day and say "good riddance" to exercise?


I didn't get much of a chance to run last week like I had planned because it snowed and stormed a bit. Now if you've been reading this blog for a little while you will remember that I'm a Southern Californian and me and snow are rare acquaintances. I am not comfortable in it and I don't think it likes me very much.

I didn't over eat often (though I did indulge in more chocolate than I should.) And I tried to keep active despite not being able to go outside most of the week. Although I've been horrible when it comes to strength training.

Because of all the events that were happening and the bit of stress (not that much, but enough) I knew that I would go crazy worrying about every. little. thing I did or didn't do.

So to keep my sanity, I said "Not this week."

Does that mean I'm not going to count or keep track anymore? No. I'm still here. I'm back to schedule this week.

I will be counting again this week and I'm going to FINALLY start training for my 10k full force.

I want this lazy feeling to go away.

Let's make sure this week is better.

Good luck to all!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Non-Weigh In/ An epic race and familiar faces

Good Morning and Happy Monday! I've had a long eventful week, and at the same time a very lazy week. My numbers show that pretty well this morning.


Hips: 48.75 inches (+0.25 inches)
Waist: 45.25 inches (+0.25 inches)
Arm: 14.75 inches (same)
Thigh: 26 inches (same)
Calf: 17 inches (+0.5 inches)

I am sadly  not surprised at these numbers though I had hoped to maintain just a little more this week.


Achievement(s): Last week was very lazy food and exercise wise and yet it was very eventful otherwise. My results show that.

Water: I drank over 50 oz of water about 4/7 days the rest of the time I drank enough but I found myself pretty dehydrated.

Calories: I stopped and re-started counting throughout the week, although I tried my best to stay away from grains and try more paleo friendly varieties. I'm trying to slowly wean myself and it's going.. well slowly.

Monday: 1690
Tuesday: 1950
Wednesday: ?
Thursday: 2038
Friday: 1958
Saturday: ?
Sunday: 1683

Although it may seem like I didn't do too badly, the type of food I was eating, and the little things I might have added the days I didn't count pretty much added up. Gotta be more accountable.

Strength Training: The main strength training I might have done is using my muscles on Monday when I finally climbed our climbing tower. It was an amazing day and I definitely felt some muscles I didn't even knew I had. Other than that, on Saturday I decided to walk over to our archery range and practice my form. Let's just say I need a lot of work but it's not bad. My arms however really felt the pull I was giving them. LOL

Cardio: Lazy, lazy week. Most of the cardio I ended up getting was part of work, and very little was on my own.

Monday: I climbed a 60 foot tower.
Tuesday: Short uphill hike
Wednesday: -
Thursday: 3 mile hike and 30 minutes of cardio dancing
Friday: 3.1 mile jog and 1.5 hours of dancing
Saturday: 1 mile hike
Sunday: 2 mile fast walk

On Monday and Tuesday I was still tight and sore from the epic hike I had the weekend before. It limited my activities tremendously. On Wednesday, although no longer sore I had grown accustomed to being lazy and didn't end up doing anything. On Thursday we ended up having our long hike we have with the kids and it felt great. On Friday I FINALLY got off my ass and decided to go for a jog. It was slow and unsteady but it was done and I was glad I did it.

On Saturday I was lazy again but got up long enough to accompany my co-worker to do some trail blazing. He would bring the big loppers and cut branches from an old hiking trail we have near our camp. My job would be to follow him and get rid of all those cut branches. After a while I developed a nice tossing form. We ended up staying out until about dusk and had to figure out how to get off the hill, without a trail, in the dark. Nice!
On Sunday, oh Sunday, my co-workers had a race in Palm Springs. They were a relay team and it was awesome. I was not part of the relay team but I instantly assigned myself to be the cheerleader/ support group.

We got there right before 7 a.m. The start was there and there were tons and tons of people.

My co-worker who started the race was so fast I didn't get a chance to take a picture of him as he rode off so instead I took a picture of the giant troop of people going around the corner after the start. Crazy!

After the first relay tag exchange I suddenly see someone else zoom by that I recognize. "David, it's David!" An old family friend. I instantly call his wife and she's in Palm Springs too! Just around the corner from me. So I literally RUN to where she is and end up catching up with her as she helps the racers hydrate  in one of the water stations.
small world!

After running around like crazy the race ends and my co-workers won in their division! We wait and lounge in the grass while we wait to receive their first place prize. Here the overall male winner and female winner of the half marathon shake hands. What amazing people!

Although I wasn't running in this race, just being around this event, and meeting people, cheering and running in to old friends (who are an inspiration themselves) really got me pumped up. I will never regret getting off my ass and allowing myself to enter this world. I really love it. I love how happy people seem despite how tired they are. I love seeing how active people are, how healthy people look and how they bring their families with them. I love looking at all the different ages, sizes, and types of people at these events. I get a kick of their outfits and love it when they run with their baby strollers. It's amazing.

Now I have to start training so I can join in the next race; which brings us to....

Goals:  It's time to stop lazying around. I'm going to get stricter in my diet and start training for my 10k in March. I have never run that far. I want to start getting used to it and not kill myself during the race. When I talked to my old friend she reminded me of something, "It's not about the time or winning, it's about having fun and going for it." I completely agree. So I won't be worried about how fast or slow I am. I just want to run in this race and do a good job. I can do this! I have to start now... especially because I really want to do a half marathon in May. LOL

Have a great week!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Non-Weigh In

Happy Monday everyone!

I woke up this morning with incredibly tight calves and thighs and ONE sore arm oddly enough. All coming from the epic hiking adventure I had two days ago. All last week ended up being a hiking week so I'm not surprised I'm still sore days later.

Either way, let's start.


Hips: 48.5 inches (-0.5 inches)
Waist: 45 inches (-0.25 inches)
Arm: 14.75 inches (same)
Thigh: 26 inches (-0.75 inches)
Calf: 16.5 inches (-0.25 inches)

I can happily see that I managed to lose a few inch fractions throughout my body. I would hope that were the case after hiking 12 miles.  Which brings us to...

Achievement(s): My goals last week were to simply follow through on my goals. To log everything and just commit to my current goals before trying to make new ones. I think I did ok this week:

Water: I'm sure I drank enough water 5/7 days out of the week. It's not bad.

Calories: I did much better this week but I don't think I fell under my calories more than once this week. Last night was also a catastrophe with all the Superbowl Sunday festivities.

Monday: 1720
Tuesday: 1821
Wednesday: 1786
Thursday: 2039
Friday: 1730
Saturday: 1459
Sunday: 2448

So I stayed under 2000 calories most of the week except for Thursday and Sunday. Saturday I spent the whole day on the trails so even if I wanted to over indulge on food I couldn't unless I wanted to eat leaves and rocks. (I wonder how many calories there are in sand? LOL)

Strength Training: I did random work outs 2/7 days this week. Not bad but needs to get better.

Cardio: Last week can be summed up by the word: HIKING! I hiked more than I have in a while!

Monday: 8 mile hike
Tuesday: 30 minute hike and rock climbing
Wednesday: -
Thursday: 2 mile hike
Friday: 4 mile hike and 2 mile jog
Saturday: 12 mile hike
Sunday: recover from Saturday.

So I only worked out 5 out of 7 days last week I also did more intense hiking work outs. Like I mentioned I'm still recovering from my big hike two days later. Today I actually had an epic day and ended up climbing a 60 foot tower and then learning how to swing from 30 feet in the air!

But more on that next time. He he.


Goal(s): I'm going to try my best to start removing processed food and grains from my diet. I've been saying this for a while but now that I'm reading my Paleo book it gives me more motivation than before. From there I want to continue being accountable with my current goals.

Until next time. Have a great week!


Epic Hiking Adventure

Yesterday morning I woke up excited. I knew that by the end of the day I was going to be exhausted. I knew that by the end of the day I would be scratched up. By the end of the day I would be sore, dirty, gritty and achy. I didn't care because this morning I was going to go on an Epic Hike.

I live in the mountains above Palm Springs, in an area called Garner Valley. I've hiked around this area a bit and I've posted those adventures on this blog as I do them. Yesterday wasn't just any other hike. Yesterday was the long "knee pounding" hike that would take me, my co-worker and my boss (lol) from the mountains down to Palm Springs. An elevation loss of 6000 ft. 600 feet of rock, sand, and spiky bushes. Oh it sounded wonderful!

And so it begins.

The hike started up a gradual switchback incline to the top of the Pacific Crest Trail where we would meet our highest elevation before we started descending. Here is a picture of me at the highest point.

From there we went down one mile and reached Cedar Springs full of cedar and black oak trees. Beautiful.

Once we walked past Cedar Springs we had to re-find the trail because it wasn't clearly marked. Once we did we ended up in an open ridge. I couldn't get over how amazing the 360 degree view was. 

Once the ridge passed we noticed a post and a sign on the ground. The sign says "By Authority of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians." We reached reservation land.

We started switchbacking quite a bit and the whole way we could see Palm Springs in the background, reminding us where we were going, and how far we still had to go. 

Eventually we could see palm trees and the canyons!

When we saw an oasis ABOVE us we knew we were getting close. 

 We round a corner and we see civilization! Cars! I must have taken a step back when I saw people coming up our trail. We hadn't seen anyone for hours. LOL

 We make it down to the palms and I take my shoes off slowly and soak my feet in the cool water.

We made it!

Going on this hike was more than just a fun trip for me. It reminded me of how far I've come in my journey. How, although, I've worked in the field for a few years I never felt comfortable being active. I never really felt I was an equal to my 'more fit' partners. Today, although the first 2 miles were slower for me (I will never be able to hike fast uphill. It's just not going to happen.) The rest of the trip I was able to keep up and even lead part of the time. It was a wonderful experience. I was able to geek out a little bit and my access and love for landscapes didn't escape my eye nor my camera. LOL. These are the kind of adventures I love to take because they remind of how far I've come and how much more I have to go.
I love it!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's Time for..February Weigh In!

It is currently still dark outside. I woke up a minute ago and inhaled deeply knowing that today was the infamous Weigh In. So I climbed to the top of my closet-desk-thing, took down my scale, stripped down and stepped on.
Time to beat the weight like I beat this mtn peak this Monday!

Here are the results:

January 2012 Weigh In: 224.6
February 1st Weigh In: 219.4

That's a loss of 5.2 lbs in one month. Looking at that number I'm incredibly pleased but I know I also have to work harder. My 'slips' in calorie counts and my procrastination with strength training need to stop. I'm serious about training so that I can run/walk a marathon and enter a triathlon this year so I have to get cracking. I also finally re-cracked open my Paleo Diet book.

It's time to get more focused.

Thank you for all your wonderful support. Let's make this month the best yet!