Relief with Aleve

I am a big advocate of Advil or its cheap generic ibuprofen. Great for headaches, cramps, etc.
Well, we have Aleve at work and I took one a bit ago for my knee. It is amazing how much better my knee feels.

I have been taking it easy on the knee. I did the boring stationary bike yesterday with a brace on each knee. My right knee is slightly sore since I have been relying on it more. But today it feels fine. So I am just taking it one day at a time.

******UPDATE******

TOTAL BUMMER

I was excited to go to WW today for weigh-in. I was sure I had lost more weight. My pants are even looser this week than last. Curt even said “you look thinner than last week” over IM.

But alas I had lost no weight, but also I had not gained any. So maybe I gained muscle, maybe I was retaining water. Who knows! Even though I know it is a good sign that I didn’t gain any I was still bummed.

And next week I can’t go because I have a lunch to attend.

Yummy lunch

My friend Alex came over to our hood to hang out and do girl things with me. We had lunch at Oliveto’s.

We shared a salad and a delicious pizza. We also tried a really nice wine. (Lunch was my splurge for the week. I have been pretty on track with eating. And this meal wasn’t too over the top.)

Ahhh … my knee

I am already injured. I think I am too old for this exercise stuff.

Anyway, my left knee was bothering me a bit while walking/running yesterday. (But the other day my foot was bothering me and I kept on trucking and it was fine later on.)

After my workout last night my knee was hurtin’ a little. Well, when I woke up this morning it was stiff. It is feeling better now–still bothering me a bit. So no gym workout today. But I will do some walking and stretching this weekend.

2.8

So my weight loss had been on a little hiatus recently. I would lose a little, gain a little, lose a little, etc. It was getting frustrating because I wasn’t going anywhere. I reevaluated and decided I needed to start tracking my food again. (And I recently was overindulging in the food dept. Gotta stop that!)

At weigh-in today I was down 2.8 pounds from last week for a total of 22 pounds lost! Just 7.6 pounds to go. I can see the light!!!!

Plus I have been exercising a little more rigorously. Doing more of the walking/running. I am still only averaging about 3 workouts a week. I would like to be at 4 a week. But I am slowly working toward that.

I can’t wait to be able to go shopping soon for some new pants!

Running, I must be nuts!

I started running. Yesterday.

I had been fast walking for about 4 weeks. So I told myself April was when I started running.
It wasn’t as bad as I thought. I still felt a little akward while running. I am not exactly the most graceful and coordinated person.

But I started out walking for 5 mins. Then I would run for a minute, walk for 2, run for a minute, etc. The last 3 minutes I walked. I was all sweaty and gross. But I felt good afterward.

My goal is to eventually run the whole 30 minutes. Once I am better I will run sans treadmill. There is a beautiful path along the Bay right near work. So eventually I will take my running out there. For now it is the good ol’ treadmill.

9 pounds to go

I think these last 9 pounds are gonna be a little harder to lose. But I know I can do it.

Curt and I are going to Hawaii in about 10 days and I AM gonna have as many drinks with little umbrellas in them as I want. I still will eat whatever I want–but I won’t stuff myself. So no points in Hawaii–just some wise choices when it comes to some of the things I eat.

I recently started working out, too. I was determined to be toned for Hawaii–ain’t gonna happen. But hey, I am 20 pounds lighter than I was 3 1/2 months ago.

I have been better about my water intake. WW has a honkin mug with a straw and one mug is 4 servings of water. WW recommends 6 servings a day. So I try to have at least 6, but usually go with 8 a day. Problem is I have to go to the bathroom like every 10 minutes it seems! (The link of the mug I found is on eBay. The prices for the mugs on eBay are a total rip-off!)

Off to the bathroom again … (TMI, huh?)

Meet Hungry Girl


Meet Hungry Girl.

She maintains a blog all about food. She writes about some cool stuff. I just found her today through my Yahoo!

Today I was reading about Little Light Lies, food that says it is light, but it ain’t. She also wrote about healthier options at Fast Food restaurants.

She also linked up to a 1 point fettucine recipe. She gives the nutritional information, which is great for someone like me who is counting points.

What a compliment!

I went grocery shopping this morning. I got ID’d for the beer I bought. After the cashier looked at my ID she told me that my face is much thinner in person. I thanked her for the compliment and told her I had lost about 15 pounds.

15 pounds baby!

So last week was a sad week, I had gained a little weight at my Weight Watchers weigh-in. (Musta been all that beer I had in Phoenix.)

But today at my WW weigh-in I lost and made my first WW goal.

I have 9 pounds to go for my goal–and that is my new WW goal. Once I do I will go on a maintenance plan and then become a lifetime member.

And this morning I thought my pants were much looser.

9.6

I started Weight Watchers on October 18, and since then I have lost 9.6 pounds. Woo-hoo! I only have to lose 6 more pounds to make it to my goal that WW has set for me. I personally would like to lose 15 more pounds.

And I found out today that if you get to your WW weight goal by the end of your program (ours is 16 weeks) you get free membership for life!

So now the exercising part must really get going. I hadn’t gotten into it since we were getting ready to move and then we moved over the weekend. Once our place is more organized I can really get back into my cardio with Maya. The good thing is I have a great neighborhood to walk around in. I plan on doing some exploring this weekend.