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Posted on Mar 14, 2011 in Pup Posts, Weigh Ins | 12 comments

Hjfshkfhjat (Weigh-in)

Yep. That about summarizes it this morning. Spring Forward, you fail. I am le tired! The frustration-verbalized that is the title of this post has a secondary reason, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

First things first, operation Vroom Vroom was a success! For those of you just catching up, after plateauing at ~199 pounds for the past few weeks, I decided to (re)commit to upping my exercise and hoping that it helps. I managed to get in 5 days of movin’ and groovin’ this past week, a Gretchen record! (In case you couldn’t tell, I haaaaaaaate to exercise, haha!) It broke down as such:

Monday: Ran (1 mile)
Tuesday: Ran (2 miles)
Wednesday: Easy Yoga + 30 Day Shred
Thursday: DEATH Yoga (Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior)
Friday: Nada
Saturday: Nada
Sunday: Ran and walked (2 miles total)

Again, this is like a world record in terms of consecutive days of exercising for me! I know that for you seasoned exercisers (aka people who are actually in shape) it might not seem like a lot, but this really is pretty impressive. Yesterday’s run/walk intended to be all run. Daxter and I were going to run to the dog park (it’s exactly 1 mile from my house), play for a bit, and then run back. But he had such a good time playing with the 10 bazillion dogs there that he was too pooped to keep up the pace on the way back! So we walked on the way home, but it was still good (it was a fairly hilly area.)

Daxter thinks he’s just one of the big guys (check out the Olde English Sheepdog!)

Okay, okay, enough shuffling my feet. Let’s get to the aforementioned secondary source of frustration this morning: Weigh-in time. I gotta get it over with eventually!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs.
Last Week’s Weight: 199.5 lbs.
This Week’s Weight: 199.2 lbs.
This Week’s Loss: -0.3 lbs.
Total Loss-to-Date: 46.8 lbs.


Why is this happening!? I totally upped my exercise for like the whole week, plus it was mostly cardio, and I still lost like an ice cube’s worth of weight. Auuuugh! I guess I did have a few lapses in eating judgement over the course of the week (chinese food and vegan pizza) but my overall calorie counts were point! GRAH!

I’m thinking that there may be something to the whole protein-fat-carb ratio thing with my diet. Now that I’m not consuming any animal products for Lent, I know that I really need to watch myself because it’s so easy for me to justify eating a lot quantity-wise just because there’s no meat. It’s that whole thing where just because something is healthy and nutritious it doesn’t mean I can gorge myself on it. I’m still learning what works for my body, after all.

Anyway, juice this morning:

And I might dip into a leftover slice of pizza (whole wheat thin crust, mushrooms, onions, and vegan cheese!) in a little bit as my morning snack. I had my first experience with vegan cheese last night, and I liked it! It doesn’t really taste like or have the same texture as regular cheese, but it still tasted good. Look at me, being all horizon-broadening!

Anyway, I don’t even have a question of the day for you guys today. All I know is that I’ve been stuck at 199 for over a MONTH now and I am sooooo over it. Granted, I’m still happy not to be in the 200s, but at this point it’s like, COME ON. I need to be FURTHER out of the 200s than this to really feel confident about it! Right now if I were to eat a big meal, I’d be back over that threshold without a doubt. Heeeeeeeeeelp!


  1. I am SO proud of you for exercising as many times last week as you did. You just have to keep it up and as you get in shape more, up the time/mileage. In general they say that you need at least 20 minutes of having your heart rate accelerated to gain the benefits of the cardo exercise. I also agree that you should examine your carb/protein/fat ratio to see if that is an issue- as you mentioned, being veggie makes it extremely easy to OD on carbohydrates. I monitor my ratios using dailyburn.com but you can do it on an excel spreadsheet, just google what the appropriate ratios are for what you are trying to achieve. Good luck!!

  2. hey gretchen, be proud of yourself for how far you’ve come. It is such a slow process, i know, but the alternatives are worse!! So, this person guest blogged on Anne’s blog and wrote about exercises for runners, last week or so, I went to the site and also found this info on protein/fat/carb ratios that I thought you might find helpful. Obviously lots of people might disagree w/ his stance but I feel like upping my protein has helped me lose weight, although i often have to work at getting even to 20%! http://brightnfit.com/college-fitness-diet-guide-nutrition-program-1/ You could do an experiment for a week or two of following this and see what happens?

    • Thanks for that article link! Yeah, I think that I may have to strive harder for the right ratio — but yeah, it’s really hard to get 50% protein when you aren’t eating meat! One more check in the “pro” column that I think my inner carnivore is happy to hear… hahahaha. I think your idea of experimenting for the week is a really good one. In general I do know I need to cut back my carb intake like whoaaaaaa.

  3. Gretchen! It’s not a failure just a break in success 🙂 You’re doing so well keep it up ladyface. I don’t know what kind of cheese you’re buying but I found out yesterday some soy cheeses have animal rennet in them! So be careful. I’m sure if it’s marked vegan it wouldn’t though. Also I reckon once exercise has become a habit (apparently it takes thirty days of consistency to form a habit) you’ll start not to mind it so much… even like it!

    Love from Straya x

    • SOPHIE! So wonderful to see you pop up here! And thank you for the encouragement (or at least the euphemism, hahaha!) I know that I have to be careful about just not getting discouraged (and about rennet too, apparently!) and maintaining the healthy habits I know that I need really learn. I have heard the thing about how it takes 3 – 4 weeks to really ingrain a habit too, so here’s hoping this is the start of something that sticks!

  4. it’s people like you who work as hard as you do that inspire me. I don’t have nearly as far to go but it’s been s a struggle and i think the work you have done is just wonderful. that said, try fruit fruit fruit. i myself am doing weight watchers and fruit doesn’t have any points but it also fills me up more than i ever remembered. citrus is big right now and i love apples, bananas and grapes too! best of luck, i love reading about your journey!

    • Thanks, Kate! Yes, it’s definitely been a struggle for me lately. I definitely have been trying to up my fresh fruit and veggie intake a lot lately. I guess my only concern with eating lots of fruit is that it’s still high in sugar? Fructose? But I mean, it’s all natural so it’s like on the one hand how could it be bad? But then I always hear the “sugar = evil!” arguments too. Confusing, right?!

  5. Big ups on the exercise bro! I still think you should take up breakdancing though. Then we can dance battle. Do you know how motivated you get to burn calories when somebody has just told you your style is wack and you’re a sucker-fool?

    Regarding the vegan overeating thing – it’s definitely a temptation. Are you familiar with Dean Ornish’s diet? It’s targeted at reversing diabetes and heart disease, but it’s good advice for everyone. He lays out all the foods that you should eat, and if you stick with those, you can eat as much as you want and still be on a good healthy track. In essence it’s a low-fat, unprocessed/whole-foods, vegan diet. It’s similar to diets advocated by T Colin Campbell, Neal Bernard, and host of other prominent doctors and nutritionists.

    Also I’ve only ever met one vegan cheese that I liked, and it was home-made. (My friend got these bacterial culture tablets and fermented some macademia nuts in his home kitchen – say whaaaaaaa). For curiosity, what brand did you get?

    • I’m not sure what brand the pizza place I ordered the ‘za from uses, but I just bought some Daiya brand “mozzerella” at the store yesterday so I’m anxious to test it out for myself. I didn’t even know that vegan cheese was home-make-able! Craaaazy! And no, I wasn’t previously familiar with Dean Ornish, but I’ve been doing some research since you mentioned it. I still have sooooooo muchhhhhhhh to leeeeeeeeearn!

  6. Keep up the good work, lady! You’re doing great!

    Just curious, do you do intervals during your workouts? I hate exercising for long periods of time, so I do shorter workouts with varying intensity intervals to get my heart rate really going. I feel like these types of workouts are pretty effective, more so than running a steady mile at an even pace. A good way to do this is to walk for 60 sec, then jog for 60 sec, then skip (or jog faster) for another 60 sec, and then repeat over and over until you reach the distance you want. If nothing else, it makes things interesting!

    • I don’t do interval training on a regular basis, but I have done it before. I agree, it definitely makes things more interesting than just plodding away at the same pace for 20 minutes! I’d always heard that interval training was more for working on speed rather than endurance though, which is what I guess I’m always trying to work on (impending 5K and all.) I might try doing it more regularly though – I just get soooooooo booooooooooored running, especially if I’m on a treadmill! I think I’ll give it another go next time!

  7. Hi Gretchen! First off great job with increasing the physical activity!! The more you do the more it will pay off, even if it takes a little while. I read through your comments so far and it looks like you are getting some really sound advice.
    I try to eat a fair amount of protein (upwards of 80g a day) because I weight train and am looking to put on lean muscle. I also find that protein fills me up and keeps me full longer then carbs so adding more protein allows me to eat less overall.
    I also agree with the idea to include interval training in your routine. Intervals help increase your cardiovascular strength and endurance, increase your V02 max and help your muscles use oxygen more efficiently. This will help with speed and endurance when running or doing other forms of cardio. If you want more information you could always research HIIT or Tabata training.
    Good luck and keep up the excellent work!

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