Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How To Lose 2 Pounds A Week

How to lose 2 pounds a week. Brought to you by howcast!

Howcast is a fancy little Youtube channel that teaches you how to do just about anything. This is a helpful little video and gives you the basics.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Hey Folks! So I had a pretty decent weigh in on Sunday. I lost a total of 3.6 pounds. That brought me up to a grand total of 20.2 pounds lost! I feel like I am right on track. I have lost more than the recommended 2 pounds per week, but I don't feel like I am losing out of control. I owe a lot of my success to my fiance because he is my motivator and he keeps me exercising. We have been trying out new exercises since the start of our weight loss journey. We were working out 6 days a week, but this week is our vacation so we haven't been as good. Here are some of the exercises I have been doing.

  • Playing Catch with a Baseball (I got my first mitt)
  • Passing Drills with a Soccer Ball
  • Walking/Jogging Around the Lake or Track
  • Playing Tennis (or at least trying to play)
  • Power 90 Workout DVD (we tried P90X, hella hard!)
  • Yoga
We have gotten into the routine of doing the Power 90 workout and then going to the track. I will usually walk half a lap then jog half a lap and repeat that for 6 to 8 laps, 1.5-2 miles. Mike usually runs that 1.5-2 miles and laps me a couple of times. I don't mind as long as I have my iPod. I have a great Workout Playlist. My current workout favorite songs are anything by Lady Gaga. She wouldn't normally be my favorite musician, but she has some great pump you up music. Next time I will post my top ten workout songs. We will be going to Lake Del Valle in Livermore today to canoe or row a boat. Maybe we'll even ride horses.

During my normal weight loss browsing I found two interesting things. After writing about Men Vs. Women weight loss I found this book by Weight Watchers called She Loses, He Loses: The Truth about Men, Women, and Weight Loss. I ordered it on Amazon and I should get it early next week. I will review it for you once I'm done with it. The other interesting thing was a handy little thing called a snack widget. You put into it what you are craving and it suggest better alternatives. I tried to embed it here but for some reason it doesn't like the code so click here or go to

Well I hope you see less of me next time (my weight watchers leader always says, I hope to see less of you all next week!)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Keeping the ball rolling

Or should I say keeping the fat rolling off of me. Last week I wasn't able to post my weight loss because I had an eye infection and I couldn't even look at a computer. I am better, not 100% but better.

SO last week I lost a total of 3 pounds!! That brings me to a weight loss of 16.6 pounds since I started weight watchers. If I don't say so myself that is pretty darn good. My fiance Mike is also losing weight. He at first was counting points and tracking what he ate, but since he is such a tall guy he had a lot of extra points that he wasn't eating at the end of everyday. so he stopped counting and tracking and he's still losing weight. Lucky men, they always lose weight way faster then us women. It is true! I did a little research and here are some of the reasons that men lose weight faster than women.

  • They have naturally faster metabolisms: The truth is that men have evolutionarily more muscle than women and muscle burns fat. The more muscle the more fat burned. They don't even have to do any work, with more muscle you burn more calories while at rest.
  • Women have a disadvantage. They have a tendency to store more fat because of a wonderful little horomone called estrogen. It all goes back to those caveman breeder days, estrogen keeps women from losing fat so that they can more easily get pregnant.
  • Women also have smaller lungs than men. This can make the same workout for a man harder for a woman.
  • Men have less body fat than women. Men don't have huge globes of fat growing out of their chest. Well some may... but with a man and a woman that are both at around the same weight and physical fitness, the woman is going to have a higher % of body fat. In women the normal body fat % is 25% while in a man it is anywhere between 18 and 22%.
  • Where our fat is stored is also a big factor. Men mostly store the fat they gain around organs, which can be dangerous for things such as heart disease, however that fat is easier to lose. Women's fat is normally store subcutaneously, which means under the skin. One word, Cellulite! This type of fat can be harder to lose.
But this is not an excuse to just give up and say I'll never lose as much as Mr. Boyfriend, or Mr. Husband! This is just to let you women out there know. You are not alone and it's not all your fault! Don't let it get you down! I won't! I will be going in to Weight Watchers in about 30 min to weigh in. Lets see how much weight I lost since last week. Wish me luck!
BeforeBefore Side view
Here are some official "Before" pictures, just like they have them on all those weight loss tapes and gimmicks. Can't wait to put up some after shots!