Getting Hot for the Holidays

I’m thinking about joining weight watchers. Even with all the working out and counting calories I’ve been doing lately, my weight has been stagnant for, well, for as long as I can remember, and it’s really starting to bug me. And, I’m tired of feeling bad about myself. I want to get back to a single digit size and feeling like I look hot. But, I’m scared it won’t work. I always get scared about things like that. Plus, I’m kind of not sure how I feel about going to these meetings. Have any you done Weight Watchers? Did you like it? Tell me all about it and help me make up my mind!

Exercise Products

I’m on the hunt for additional exercise products that will give me a good workout at home but are portable and easy to store since I don’t have an exercise room yet. I’ve been doing aerobics, weight lifting and my stationary bike, but I’m always looking for something new to throw into the mix so I don’t get too bored and so my body doesn’t get too used to my routine.

Recently, I’ve been looking at different kinds DVDs to give my workouts a little more variety. I picked up a boot camp DVD a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. It’s really hard to find a really good exercise DVD, especially since I’m somewhat limited because of my arthritis. I can’t do squats because they cause my knees to swell and hurt, and pushups are hard too from the amount of time my knees are on the ground.

I’ve been looking at the XFLOWSION DVD set. It’s more expensive than other programs, but when you keep in mind that it comes with three DVDs, two guidebooks and two CDs, the cost doesn’t seem to be as bad. I’ve liked what I’ve seen by far. The program was developed by a trainer who works with celebrities, and each workout includes martial arts, power yoga and dance, all of which are good for working out. This kind of high intensity, 3-in-1 program is what I think I need to really rev up my metabolism, which seems to be my major weight loss block. So, I’m thinking about trying it out. Do any of you guys do home workouts? If so, what do you do?


Nips and Tucks

Let’s talk about plastic surgery. This has been on my mind a lot lately. I used to *never* be a fan of cosmetic surgery. I didn’t see any point in having my body altered like that. However, I’m beginning to have fewer reservations about it. I’ve been thinking for a while that I would like to have liposuction. I get *so* frustrated with working out consistently and seeing nothing in return besides weight gains. I’ve never had a flat stomach, and that’s the one thing I want. Like I’ve told Joe, I’ll take large hips and thighs if I could just have a flat stomach.

I’ve had a couple people I know have cosmetic surgery done, but they were both breast reduction surgeries. I don’t know anyone who’s had liposuction or a tummy tuck or anything like that. One thing that has spurred my thinking even more about this is that one of the local education foundations has liposuction as a silent auction prize at an upcoming fundraiser.

I toy with the idea, but I don’t know if I would actually go through with it. I’d have to really research the doctor performing it (although, there are several doctors who the djs on the radio station I listen to promote). It’s a big decision because it’s a big procedure.

What are your thoughts on plastic surgery? Would you have it done? If not, why? If so, what would you like to have done?

(somewhat) at peace

today marks 5 weeks since i went off the phentermine. i really didn’t think it had been that long. and, in that five weeks i have gained only 0.4 pounds, which is awesome. i was afraid i would gain most of it back by now. i lost 10 pounds on the phentermine, whcih is right on target since the recommendation for healthy weight loss is 0.5-1 pound a week, and now i’m still down 9. that’s good enough for me…for now. my doctor wants me to be off of it for 2-3 months before she puts me back on, and i’d like to do one more round to get down past 150. then, i think i’d be happy.

i’ve gotten back into the exercise routine here lately, even though sometimes my schedule makes it difficult. instead of riding the bike for 45 minutes, i’ve started doing aerobics and intervals on the bike, which joe and i think will boost my metabolism much more than just regular bike riding. hopefully i’ll start seeing the results of that soon.

i just hope i can put that off and *really* start gaining weight soon…for other reasons, of course.


i felt so good after my workout yesterday morning. now, i can barely move my arms.

i’m trying a new routine to try to increase my metabolism, and i’m using some aerobics/kickboxing shows and weight lifting programs i dvr’d on fittv. yesterday, i did 20 minutes of an upper body pyramid workout, which involves using three sets of weights and going up and down in weights doing various exercises.

after that, i did 20 minutes of kickboxing. i was wiped out afterward, but i felt good. then, i took a shower. i could barely lift my arms.

today, my muscles are hurting a lot. hopefully they’ll start feeling better tomorrow. i’m not too surprised, since i’ve never really worked this muscle group out before. it’ll just take time to get used to it.

run down

it has been a long, exhausting week. right now, i have a headache, and i’m fighting to stay awake. i can’t wait until 5 p.m.

here are some pictures and a short video clip from the debate on tuesday. it was great fun, and the candidates said we had them sweating. that’s funny because i didn’t even get to ask my toughest questions.

debate 3 crop

debate 1 crop

to add to the suckiness of this week, i’m not very pleased with my first week off the phentermine. i’m down 0.4 pounds from last week, but last week was during my tom, so i’m not really sure where i would have ended up otherwise. i’m trying not to get too bummed, but it’s hard. i’m going to wait and see what happens when i start my workout back up on monday. i want to exercise, but i’m scared since the last time i exercised regularly for more than six months my weight stayed the same. i’m going to reevaluate once we find out what happens with ttc this cycle.