Week 8: Die Show Muss Weitergehen (The Show Must Go On)

Guten Tag Everybody!

Another week has gone by already? Really? Time flies when you’re, um, going to college….so another week has gone by which means another set of aches and pains has popped up! (dun dun dun) This stupid ankle of mine doesn’t seem to want to heal! Well, to be fair, I haven’t really ALLOWED it to heal. When I first moved to college, I went from sitting on my butt all day to walking around all day. And, to say the least, my ankle (well, my everything) was NOT amused! It decided to throw a fit, swell up, all that fun stuff. Then for a while it was fine. Now it has come back with a VENGANCE. And you all know what that means, right?? Pills. Lots and lots of pills. All joking aside, Aleve really is my best friend right now. I decided to postpone my walking routine and went for a pleasant swim today instead. Not going to help me run in a marathon, but it’s better than nothing.

Majoring in Animal Science often means you have to work with animals. And today I helped out my fellow classmates by feeding the horses…..all  75 of them. Let me just say, you haven’t lived until you’ve done dangerous, exhausting, back-breaking ranch work. One of the pluses being you get a killer cardio workout. Throwing 100-pound bales of hay into the back of a tractor, climbing onto the back of the tractor, and throwing the hay in the horse’s stalls while trying NOT to fall off the back of the tractor…..well, let’s just say I can hardly move right now. All in the name of fitness, right?? Where’s that bottle of Aleve? Seriously, if anyone is trying to lose weight and get in shape, just go to (or go back to) college. It’s enough to turn any rollie pollie into a lean mean fitness machine.

At least the weather’s been descent. What a difference from 2 weeks ago. Here’s hoping those 100-degree days are done and over with. Pretty soon I’ll be complaining that it’s too cold. Never satisfied. That’s human nature for you! Next week is weigh-in and measure week! Kind of nervous. I feel I’ve been doing good, but I don’t feel like I’ve lost much weight. Oh well. It is what it is, right? All I can do is keep exercising, eat healthy, and hope for the best! Oh, and not eat my mom’s home baked cookies this weekend when I go to visit her! Ah temptation.

I’ve been checking out the Runner’s World website, and I came across this interesting article/topic about marathon training with your dog and whether or not dogs should be on a leash when you are running with them. I personally think if your dog is well behaved, and you’re on a trail that isn’t very busy and isn’t by a road, I think it should be okay to let your dog off leash. I know a lot of people disagree with this, and I can respect that. The problem is, a lot of people THINK their dog is good off leash..until a squirrel show up. I want to get people’s opinions on this. Do you run with your dog and do you let him/her off leash? Do you think it should be okay to do that? Why or why not? And for people who don’t have a dog: do you think other people should be allowed to have their dogs off leash when they are running?  Here is the article for anyone who is interested.

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-527–13609-0,00.html

Well, that’s all I got for this week. Guess I’m gonna have a change of plans due to this busted ankle. By the way, any tips on how to heal a busted ankle would be GREATLY appreciated. This is thatfatgermanchick saying thank you and gute nacht!

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Week 7: Es Ist Zu Heiss! (It’s Too Hot!)

Guten Tag Everybody!

Good news! I’m down to one bra extender instead of two! I know it might seem weird to be happy about something like that, but it really is a big accomplishment for me. I’ve also noticed my favorite tank top, which used to be tight on me, is now getting looser and I have officially dropped a pant size! (all together now: “oooooooh, ahhhhhhh”) I went from size 18 to size 16 pants. Yay! I can’t wait to see what I weigh on the 1st. Even though I feel I’ve been doing pretty good, I’m still nervous about getting on that scale (isn’t everybody?).

Oh ya…the whole “I’m going to start doing yoga three times a week” thing has quickly and swiftly gone down the toilet. I went to a yoga class at the rec center last week, and let me tell you: it downright sucked (excuse the French). Keep in mind that I used to do yoga years ago and I loved it. I hadn’t realized that this wasn’t just an ordinary yoga class, but a hatha yoga class. Apparently, that makes a difference as far as how strange the yogi (instructor) is. I mean, this guy was just bizarre! First of all, his pants were WAY too tight! I mean, let’s just say it left nothing to the imagination! And when this guy was leading the class through some breathing exercises, he was looking and acting like a crazed lunatic! He was sticking his tongue out, making weird noises, and doing stuff with his abdomen that I couldn’t even attempt to do. This class was too strange even for me. It wasn’t just the weirdness of the yogi, but everyone there seemed to have been going to that class for a long time. They looked like they knew what they were doing. And here I am on the floor twisted like a pretzel while everyone else is doing the “correct” pose. It was so embarrassing! I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I haven’t done yoga in so many years. Even though I’m losing weight, I’m still VERY much out of shape and have almost no strength to speak of. So I decided that once I’m a little bit more in shape (and I’ve done a little bit of weight lifting) I’ll give yoga another try. But not hatha yoga! Nope. Not for me!

Well, it has been hotter than hades out here on the central California coast. In the last week, it’s hasn’t been cooler than 85 degrees during the day and a couple of days it got past 90. What’s that you say? Go inside where there’s air conditioning? I laugh at you and find your suggestion humorous. I must say, San Luis Obispo is a beautiful place to live, has some great people, nice areas, etc. But if the city ever had a defect, it would be that these guys don’t believe in air conditioning! No joke! Very few places in the city actually have air conditioning, and if they do have it, they keep it to a cool 80 degrees. I mean, what is up with that?? I know, I know. They’re trying to conserve money and energy, but COME ON! I heard somebody say “Most places in San Luis Obispo don’t have air conditioning because it just doesn’t get that hot here in the summer.” Um, wanna bet?! Just two weeks ago it reached 103 degrees here! Is that not considered hot anymore? So needless to say, I’ve been on the sluggish side due to the heat and haven’t been exercising quite as much as I had wanted to. BUT they (as in the weather people) say the worst of it is over and that it is going to start getting cooler. Hooray! Hopefully they are telling the truth! And as soon as it cools down, I will have no excuse to not get in a good workout every day!

Although I really am enjoying my time out here, going to college, living in a new area, experiencing something new, etc, etc. I can’t help but feel homesick, as in, EXTREMELY homesick. I mean, who knew it was so freakin’ hard to leave home? Nobody ever talks about it! In movies you see kids go off to college, or see people move away from home and start a new adventure, and they always seem fine and dandy. You never see these characters bawling their eyes out screaming “I wanna go home!” (guilty). Can you guess what it is I miss the most? My family? yeah….Friends? I guess….To be honest, it’s actually Disneyland I miss the most (ya, I know, I’m strange, but let’s not beat a dead horse, shall we?). I know it sounds weird, but throughout my entire life I have never lived farther than 10 miles from Disneyland. I practically grew up there! Every night the Disneyland fireworks start at 9:30pm sharp. For almost 25 years, I could hear the “booms” of the fireworks going off and automatically knew it was 9:30 at night. I’ve gotta say, it’s weird not hearing those “booms” every night. It’s eerily quiet here at night! Not being close to Disneyland (and not being able to go whenever I feel like it) has left me with a severe case of homesickness. Fortunately there is a website that has a LIVE 24 hour Disneyland webcam that I look at (probably a little too often than I should) that makes me feel less homesick and more like I’m home again! And yes, you CAN watch the fireworks on the live cam every night! Here is the link if you are interested.

http://www.hojoanaheim.com/take-a-tour/webcam

Also, the fact that I will be at next year’s half marathon and that I will soon start training for that makes me feel better as well. It makes me feel like I have something to look forward too. That’s not to say I won’t be going back to Disneyland MUCH sooner than that! 😉

This week I’ve been focusing on just getting back into the groove of things. Meaning, I’ve started walking on the treadmill for an hour every day. Not much, but it’s a start. I’ll continue doing that through next week as well, and maybe add a little core exercise in there as well. So that’s the plan! This is thatfatgermanchick saying thank you and gute nacht!

Week 6: Hochschule Leben (College Life)

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Wow. All I can say is just: wow. You may be wondering why there’s a gigantic 4-week gap between my posts. Well, let me tell you….LIFE happened! And boy did it happen HARD! I have since moved away to college whereas my life has turned a full and complete 180 degrees. So if you’ll excuse the lack of posts, I’ve been busy trying to screw my head back onto my shoulders, with relative success.

But what a 4 weeks it’s been! I am happy to report that I had lost 12 pounds in the month of September! Quite a victory for someone who has been….well, um, “chubby” most of her adult life. So chubby in fact, that I’ve needed not one, but TWO bra extenders.

Embarrassing, right?? Having to wear 2 bra extenders is enough to suck any woman’s self-esteem right out the window. Of course, that’s part of why I wanted to start this blog. So that women who are struggling with their weight can read it and know that they’re not alone, and that they may be inspired to start losing weight themselves and know that it is most definitely possible. Oh, and since September 1st I have gone down 2 notches. One more notch and I will be able to rid myself of the white bra extender!

 So how did I do it you ask? Well, let me tell ya! When I was living back at home with my mom, I basically ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted (as I explained in my very first post). I was good about exercise, but only took about an hour out of my day to do it. The rest of the time was more or less spent in front of a computer screen. Here at college, I walk and ride my bike everywhere, all day long. I swear I feel like I’m in Europe! And let me tell you this place has some gnarly hills! I felt like I was going to die the first week!

For anyone who’s curious, the starving student diet really does work! As far as food goes, well, I just haven’t been eating very much of it at all. I know, I know, not the healthiest thing I can do but when you’re rushing from class to class, you’re lucky if you get part of a sandwich in ya. To be fair, the food that I AM eating is significantly (I mean like, 100%) better than what I ate at home. Breakfast usually consists of eggs and/or a “healthy” cereal, or if I’m late for class, a Kashi bar to go. For lunch I will usually have a tuna sandwich, and then dinner will be something like boneless, skinless chicken with a side of whole wheat pasta. My between-classes snack is usually a small handful of mixed nuts or apple slices with peanut butter. Not bad, huh? It’s better than eating at Olive Garden!

It’s taken me a little bit longer than I expected to “acclimate” to college. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and every other sense of the word. But I’m starting to feel like I’m getting the hang of things around here! This week I’ve started doing plank exercises to strengthen my core. I also plan on going to yoga 3 times a week, not so much for the flexibility or strength, but just to keep me SANE and to keep my mind a little more relaxed and focused. Then, next week, I’m going to start walking on the treadmill for an hour a day. And where do I plan to do my walking and yoga-ing? So glad you asked! Just a few months ago, my school opened up a brand new multi-million dollar recreation center that is free to students! You guys gotta check this place out! I mean, they got everything here! Check this out!

 

“Explore the 165,000 square feet of recreational space that includes three separate exercise areas filled with state of the art weight and cardio equipment, three fitness studios for group exercise classes, an indoor track, a lounge area and more. Over 200 students are staffed to operate the facility and support the variety of fitness and recreation programs that strive to promote lifelong healthy habits.”  Here is the link if you want to check out the rec center:

http://www.asi.calpoly.edu/recreation_center

With a great resource like this, I have ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE not to get in shape and start training for the Disneyland half! This is thatfatgermanchick saying thank you and gute nacht!