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Posted on Feb 29, 2012 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss, Working Out | 35 comments

Leap Day (Weigh-in)

Hidee ho there, neighborinos! Happy Leap Day! Yes, today is indeed that fabled day that comes only once every four years. According to a rather UN-progressive Irish legend, this is the one day that women are allowed to propose to their men. And according to the radio hosts on HOT 99.5, calories don’t count today, hahaha! Also, please allow me to wish an extra special happy birthday to those of you whose birthdays fall on February 29th!

Here’s a Leap Year tip for you: don’t watch this movie. It was not good.

So I’ve been doing pretty well with my Lenten resolution to exercise for at least 30 minutes, 5x a week. Admittedly, my workouts have been pretty light to start out with: a bit of cardio, some stretching, some light resistance training, etc. Yesterday, however, I had my first real session with my personal trainer at my new gym, and literally got my ass handed to me. I swear, just trying to sit down on the toilet this morning was the most painful experience of my life.

I am sore. The sad part is that I’m sure most of you would look at what I actually accomplished yesterday and roll your eyes, but for me? Daaaaaaamn. I can’t remember exactly how many reps I did, but I did 3 sets of everything after a 5 minute elliptical warm up. I’m sure I’m making up the names for most of these exercises, seeing as how I don’t really know what I’m talking about. But this is how I’ll remember them, so it works! Ahahaha.

weight training

As you can see, we focused on legs, chest, and shoulders yesterday (with just a couple of ab exercises) and man, do I feel it today. Still, being sore like this kind of makes me feel awesome. I mean, it points out how ridiculously out of shape I am, but it also makes me feel like I really accomplished something, y’know? I really feel like throwing real, tangible weight training into my exercise goal is going to help me a lot. Not only is it more interesting than just, uh, running, but I just really like the idea of getting toned and fit (even if all those toned muscles are still sitting under a nice little layer of jelly, ahaha). I also simply want to get stronger. I mean, I know I’ll always be a fragile, delicate special snowflake, but I like the idea of being able to lift a 50 lb kettlebell too! (Sidebar: how does one use kettlebells? I plan on forcing my trainer to teach me since they seem to be all the rage right now.)

Hopefully even just the past week of actual exercise is already paying off. Let’s go ahead and see, shall we?

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 191.4 lbs
This Weigh-in: 190.1 lbs
Difference: -1.3 lbs

Whoo-hoo! Another pound gone, and I’m almost back in the 180s! I honestly couldn’t be happier, especially considering I gained like 6 temporary pounds from all my Harry Potter World debauchery (byebye, butterbeer belly!). I’ve been doing pretty well with my eating lately, so with the regular exercise worked in and whatnot, I have high hopes for the next couple of months! Hopefully this trend will continue, and I’ll be back to my pre-holiday weight and will be hitting new weight loss milestones before we know it!

Tally hooooooo!


  1. Whoa, that loos like quite a workout. Nice job! 🙂

    I have totally been there with the can’t bear to sit on the toilet thing! 🙂

  2. awful movie, but beautiful man

    • This is true. And he does have an Irish accent so… maybe it’s not a TOTAL loss. 😉

  3. How do you use kettlebells? Well you swing them around like a badass MOFO, that’s how! 🙂 Actually, don’t. It’s pretty easy to injure yourself if you don’t use good form. Search on YouTube for some videos on how to do swings, deadlifts, and Turkish Getups. That’s a good place to start. 🙂

      • I love them because I see it on my list and I’m like, “Oh what? 2? That’s nothing. I can do 2 of anything!” And then they proceed to KICK MY ASS.

  4. You are supposed to feel like you just got run over by a mack truck after your first training session. I couldn’t walk for 1.5 days and couldn’t handle stairs for a week.

    Also I like Leap Year, and I’m not ashamed to say it.

  5. I love that painful feeling you get after starting a new workout. Hurts so good.

  6. That was quite a workout! And although it is painful it feels good I bet. Congrats on your weight loss!

    You’re inspiring me to go back to the gym so thank you!

  7. I love your positive energy. Way to go with keeping up with your Lent vow. I’m still going strong with no red meat!

    Congrats on the pound gone 🙂

  8. Congrats on both your weight loss and keeping up with lent. This no fried foods is harder than I thought it would be.

    • Well, we’re only in the second week of Lent, so we’ll have to see how it continues to go, hahahaha. Still, I’m certainly trying to be optimistic!

      • It is week two, but hey optimism can take us a good ways! I am hoping it is a habit and one that will stick with me long after Lent. Emily — glad to know I am not the only one who gave up fried food!!

    • I also gave up all fried foods. It’s harder than you think it will be!

  9. Way to go on your weight loss week! My dad was a leap year baby. We turned 13 together in the same year! Ah, memories!

    • That is the cutest thing ever.

  10. Reminds me of my first day back at ballet after a year’s break when I was a teenager. It took me, like, five minutes just to get out of bed!

    But you stay strong, girlfriend, and you will prevail! Besides, all that weight training will make your body burn fat more efficiently, leading to faster weight loss, right?

    • Just another aspect of this all that I’m hoping for!!

  11. WOW good for you! you should be very proud of your hard work. I love getting personal trainers, the first day with them is always the worst…it gets easier, I promise! You’re an inspiration, keep up the hard work.

  12. It’s funny to say this now because my fitness goals have drastically changed, but when I first started working out, strength training was my favorite! I could see myself getting stronger really quickly and it was so motivating to be able to up my weights, plus the soreness will always tell you that you worked hard. I think you might end up surprising yourself and start to enjoy exercise! Good work lady!

  13. Haha- when I saw the photo for Leap Year, I thought “I wonder if that’s good?” Then I saw your caption below. 🙂
    Anyway GOOD FOR YOU with the workout! I know that horrible feeling when if kills to sit down on the toilet- let alone wipe! Yipes! It will get better though and you know it will pay off!
    Good job rockin’ the weight loss too. Onward and downward, right?! 🙂

  14. Hurts so good right? I agree that feeling sore after a workout (good sore, not “ouch i pulled something” sore) really makes you feel like you accomplished something. Keep it up!!

  15. Way to go Gretchen! Are those your shoes in the picture? I’m wondering what kind they are.

    • They sure are! They’re Brooks — I’m not 100% sure which model though, haha.

  16. Fantastic!

    Hey Gretchen …. every pound lost is a bit of happiness! Been there already …. so that is how I view it. Always nice to glide into your jeans easy! A great feeling + a sense of accomplishment.

    Today I was craving a donut …. something naughty. Instead = 2 cuties! Love em.

    Surprised you didn’t like Leap Year w/Amy. The acting was wonderful. Just seeing all the gorgeous countryside was worth viewing. Obviously, I don’t get out enough! Ha.

  17. Congrats Gretchen! You are doing your thang!

    Your pics are simple yet creative. I’m really enjoying your blog.

  18. So you might have heard this a million times, but lifting will help you lose more weight that straight cardio. You need to built fat burning muscle in order to slim down. 🙂 I have a pretty awesome workout routine (Jamie Eason’s Livefit Trainer), that really works wonders and kicks your butt a the same time. Maybe you wanna try that? I am starting Day one today (again), I had to stop because it was getting hard to fit in the trainer and training for a half marathon. But I think I can fit in the shorter workouts that they have in the beginning of the trainer, then pick it up after my half in 2 weeks!

  19. congrats on the 1lb gone!!! thats awesome!!


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