tryingNtriing

Progress not Perfection.

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  • Name: tryingNtriing
  • City: Baton Rouge
  • Region: Louisiana
  • Country: United States

My Weight Loss

Height: 172.7cm
Start weight: 295.00lb
Current weight: 275.40lb
Goal weight: 150.00lb
Lost to date: 19.60lb
Remaining: 125.40lb

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Out da Loop

Its been 2 weeks since last post. Been trying to get back in swing of new semester. Teaching A&P I and II labs now also. So is always stressful when you have to do new material.

Exercise and food going well. Just completed 50 mile ride in New Orleans last Sunday. Longest ride so far. Rode with tri group along bike route for Ironman New Orleans. Not a very scenic route. Suppossed to be 56 miles but by time me and fellow slowbies reached group they had stopped short of turnaround because there was a porta-potty available at that spot and I couldn't convince any of the others to do to turn around with me. It was cold, dreary, overcast day. Started misting badly on way back. Had to take glasses off because was afraid I was gonna crash having to wipe glasses every 10 seconds. Got cooler as we were heading in also. We got lost .... well we weren't lost but a couple of the others thought we were. They thought we were on I-10 but we were on Hwy 47. But by that time of day the traffic was almost as busy as on I-10 and all of us slowbie/newbie peeps were nervous. So we used someone's iPhone to plot different course. Well ... I would have rather braved a short piece of highway than go through the bog we ended up going through. Ended up on this road that was covered in mud. mud flinging every where. Stuck in break, coating wheel, water bottle caked in mud, and later after ride we discovered we all had these lovely mud stripes up butts so it looked like we poo'd ourselves *sigh*! We stopped at gas station to regroup and figure course back and one of the girls pulled up to pump and used the windshield sponge to clean mud off - was too funny. I know the next person to use it cussed big time! In between all this one of the girls had a slow leak in front tire. Had to keep stopping to pump up. On the bike ... off the bike .... clip in ... clip out .... It was so insane we all had to just start laughing. Ended up having a great time and learning a lot! And went after and had some wonderful chinese food at Five Happiness on Carrolton in NOLA. Delish! Only chinese place I know of around me that still serves only to table - no buffet.

Started using recovery drink after intense exercise and also soaked in epsom salts after ride and did not have any of the muscle soreness I usually have for several days following something like that. WOOHOO!!! So I went and bought a baby formula container that lets you store 3 servings of formula and you can dispense it into bottles ... using that to hold 1 scoop of this protein recovery drink in each compartment. So can keep in car and have it ready to go.

Tired today. Was up late grading UGH! Need to decide what am doing today for exercise. Prob run and then if time swim.

Next event is Dirty Diva/Dirty Dude race this Sunday. 3 mile-ish race with obstacles and something about you have to finish carrying something hmmmmmmmmmm. Should be fun - variation from norm. Was thinking about dressing divalicious! Girlie knee socks, makeup, princess hat or tiara lol Will let ya know if I follow through or chicken out :o)

More later. Better go if gonna get workout in.

Casting for new series Louisiana ...

This was posted on our triathlon group website. Cool opportunity for right person! Pass it on if you know someone who might be interested.
 
The auditions will be Monday and Tuesday.

BAM CASTING, L.L.C., is currently seeking the following :

 

Do you believe you could be a 

PROFESSIONAL ATHELETE?

...if so, we would love to talk to you.  

We want to hear your story.

 

CASTING FOR:

Quest for G.  The Series

(This series is sponsored by Gatorade!)

 

This is a web series that is taking the everyday athletes who haven't had the opportunity to take their training to the next level and provide them with professional coaching and trainers to see if they can compete at an elite level.  16 talent will be selected and sent to Los Angeles, CA  for "Bootcamp" (1st training session).  From those 16, 8 will be selected to "star" in the series that will be housed in California.  This is a "true reality show/series" So it would run the length of a series - potentially 4 months. Production will take care of all expenses-travel, housing, meals, and training.  

 

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEONE TO BE TRAINED BY THE BEST & POTENTIALLY LIVE THEIR DREAMS AS A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE.

 

Our Judges for this project are:  Jackie Joyner Kersee - Track and field Olympian; Marvin Marinovich - Originator of the NFL combine; Mark Verstegen - Professional trainer.

 

 

We are looking for 16 ATHLETES in these categories:

Judo/Karate     Track & Field (all events)     Cycling     Basketball     Weightlifters

Tri-athletes/Pent-athletes     Iron man candidates     Swimmers     Boxers    Football  Tennis

 

CRITERIA TO MEET:

- Male and Female Athletes 18 - 35yrs. 

- Do you have an interesting story to tell and believe you are ready to be a professional athlete?

- Do you have raw talent - athletically gifted but haven't had the structure, training, or opportunity to help you reach your full potential.

- Are you willing to be on this show and go to L.A. for potentially four months of training?

- If chosen, you could possibly lose your NCAA status.

 

**You can be considered even if you may not participate in sports at all but are very athletic through your daily activity and have developed the skills necessary to compete...ie... a bike messenger who may be able to become an elite cyclist.  

 

IMMEDIATELY EMAIL US!

 Please email headshot/resume (NOT A HUGE FILE) and short description of your athletic ability or story to TARA & BRINKLEY tara@bamcastingla.com  AND bam@bamcastingla.com 

 
Brinkley A. Maginnis
Casting Director
BAM CASTING, L.L.C.
Business Email: bam@bamcastingla.com
 

CASTING FOR:

Quest for G.  The Series

(This series is sponsored by Gatorade!)

 

This is a web series that is taking the everyday athletes who haven't had the opportunity to take their training to the next level and provide them with professional coaching and trainers to see if they can compete at an elite level.  16 talent will be selected and sent to Los Angeles, CA  for "Bootcamp" (1st training session).  From those 16, 8 will be selected to "star" in the series that will be housed in California.  This is a "true reality show/series" So it would run the length of a series - potentially 4 months. Production will take care of all expenses-travel, housing, meals, and training.  

 

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEONE TO BE TRAINED BY THE BEST & POTENTIALLY LIVE THEIR DREAMS AS A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE.

 

Our Judges for this project are:  Jackie Joyner Kersee - Track and field Olympian; Marvin Marinovich - Originator of the NFL combine; Mark Verstegen - Professional trainer.

 

 

We are looking for 16 ATHLETES in these categories:

Judo/Karate     Track & Field (all events)     Cycling     Basketball     Weightlifters

Tri-athletes/Pent-athletes     Iron man candidates     Swimmers     Boxers    Football  Tennis

 

CRITERIA TO MEET:

- Male and Female Athletes 18 - 35yrs. 

- Do you have an interesting story to tell and believe you are ready to be a professional athlete?

- Do you have raw talent - athletically gifted but haven't had the structure, training, or opportunity to help you reach your full potential.

- Are you willing to be on this show and go to L.A. for potentially four months of training?

- If chosen, you could possibly lose your NCAA status.

 

**You can be considered even if you may not participate in sports at all but are very athletic through your daily activity and have developed the skills necessary to compete...ie... a bike messenger who may be able to become an elite cyclist.  

 

IMMEDIATELY EMAIL US!

 Please email headshot/resume (NOT A HUGE FILE) and short description of your athletic ability or story to TARA & BRINKLEY tara@bamcastingla.com  AND bam@bamcastingla.com 

 
Brinkley A. Maginnis
Casting Director
BAM CASTING, L.L.C.
Business Email: bam@bamcastingla.com

catching up...

Classes started back today. Usual 1st day chaos but no big surprises yet WHEW! I will try to catch up with your blogs ASAP. I usually blog from work as you all know how busy it is at home. Also my laptop has a lovely virus so until I bring it in can't use it and have to fight 14 year old to use other computer lol. And when use desktop at home usually have lots of nosey peeps hovering .. so will try to play catch up over next few days.

Seem to be back on track with food and exercise.

Have new POA (plan of action). It includes:

  • not beating my body to death! Which means I will listen to my body earlier and not be so darn hard headed!
  • more rest. If have to choose between getting in workout or getting in to bed on time I will choose sleep. Since I struggle enough with that as it is.
  • get back to more variety in workouts. The tri thing works great for me as long as I am doing all 3. This fall when I started with running group, I needed the days in between runs just for recovery so I ended up dropping the bike and swim. When I do all 3, I hardly have any problems with injuries. So back to the threesome .

That's it for now. Back to work! Hugs all!

Oh... and I survived the 32 mile bike ride in freezing cold yesterday WOOT!!! Only 1 zmpher *sigh* scraped knee (luckily right on top of old knee bike scar, big bruise on hip and bruise on chest from handlebar ... me and starts and gravel .. not a good mix :o(. But was great to get back out there!

YoYo!

I so need a wake up call or a good hard kick in the a$$! I keep yoyoing between 272 and 289. Lat weigh in I was 276 now am as of 2 days ago up to 282.6. Who knows what that will be in the morning. But am gonna weigh in again before I head out to boot camp class. Have already texted instructor to please kick my ass. So should be fun. But I feel I need it. I guess in my mind I feel I deserve it - deserve to be punished. Like what I am continuously doing to my body isn't punishment enough. Why do I dislike myself so much? I binged on candy I had bought to put in hub and son's stockings ... hub loves Andes mints and I don't like them but I ate the whle Fn bag anyway!?! Now how crazy is that? And then felt so disgusted and upset that I tried to purge. Prob heaved about half of it up. So not worth it. I end up with petechial hemorrhages all over my face when I do that. Really hard to cover that up with make up so i have to cover up as best as possible and hide out. I have been thinking a lot about what might have triggered me lately. There's lots. So here's a partial list:
  • I really don't like the time change because I do a lot of stuff in the late afternoon/early evening and when it is dark at 530 pm it is very depressing to me.
  • I loved Christmas timewhen my son was young but now no one seems to care about it much and no one wants to really participate and no one wants to help out with preparations. I guess I get tired of having to do all the shopping, hauling, wrapping, etc.
  • My house always seems to be a disaster. I feel like as soon as Iget one thing organized almost everything else goes to pot. I would love for it not to be a big ordeal in order to decorate for Christmas or any holiday.
  • I feel like I am in my marriage by myself and am very, very lonely.
  • I have lots of feelings of stress when it comes to being around my family at holidays - mostly my parents. I feel like e1 is on pins and needles waiting for either parent to say something rude or insensitive or downright cruel. So have prepared myself that I can always leave if it gets too much. Thanksgiving actually went ok but I was exhausted by the tme it was over because I was tense winting the whole time for something to happen. Pehaps Ineed to adjust my expectations - good and bad. I guess since I am 41 I should be used to my parents negativity by now. I got up at 3:30 am last Thursday to go with them as Dad was having a little surgical procedure and would not be able to drive home after. My mom has such a bad back that she hasn't driven in a few years. I did not mind at all and it went well on way there and until Dad went in for procedure. Then Mom started with all her negative gossiping about e1. I shut her down at each step and tried to doze and read my book. Then she wanted to go eat in cafeteria but was pissed that she had to walk so far (she has to use a cane and can't walk very fast at all). Then she was mad that she had to walk so far back. She refuses to get a scooter etc. And I don't want her to get dependent on one but there would be times like that and like when they go shopping etc that it would come in handy. After surg I picked them up to drive them home. And not only did I have a backseat driver with my dad but a front seat driver with my mom. OMG. I told them that if I had to drive them anywhere again I was going to gag and bag them both! My sis died laughing when I told her that. I say things like this to break the tension and it makes e1 laugh but it is still exhausting and wears on me.
  • Haven't been exercising much at all since foot flare up. Now am finding it hard to get back in the swing of things. A buddy called me and did meet her Sat morning for a short 2 mile run round LSU lakes. And glad to have boot camp tomorrow.
  • We are going to have a large tax bill next year so even though I have been preparing for it I am worried about it constantly. Hub says he is too but you would never know it as he never talks about it or seems to worry about it. And yeah, yeah I know he is a man yada yada but F that. And I am pissed that it is his fault we are in this mess but yet I am the one that has had to fix it. SO I am harboring HUGE resentments about that.
  • Everything seems to come to a head for me this time of year. I feel like all the demons I keep locking in the basement all got out and are playing tricks on me and taunting me.
  • I am already nervous about Half Ironman New Orleans. Already thinking about what all the fast, light, skinnies are going to be thinking about me doing the race .... and that is the LAST thing I need to be worrying about!
  • And did I mention that I a wayyyyyyyy overtired...
  • *SIGH*

If any of you made it through all that - bless you! For now I think I better try to get some sleep. Will weigh in again in the morning. Foun measuring tape as I want to take a new set of measurements and plan to take some pictures ... although I will not gross you all out by posting them.

OK that's about all the honesty I can take right now ... rambling over ...

Snow in Louisiana ... Whodathunkit?!?

Yesterday was 15th wedding anniversary and we woke to a beautiful white winter wonderland ... what a gift. Y'all have to remember we are not used to this. Usually if we get any snowflakes they melt before they hit the ground and certainly don't cover and stick around like what we had yesterday. So even though hub and I didn't go out and celebrate we had nice time staying warm at home and playing in snow. Instead of going out to eat hub made a shrimp and artichoke quiche that we had at a restaurant on our honeymoon all those years ago ....

 
Some pics of the snow...








 

 

But alas ..... all the snowmen are melting and temps should be in the 70s by tomorrow and we will probably all be wearing shorts come Christmas LOL but it was nice while it lasted!

The Good, the Bad and the Old ...

The Good and the Old: No more boot! Yippee! Is not a stress fracture in right foot is arthritis/inflammation. Sheesh. This getting older sucks and especially waiting until you're 39 to try to become an athlete sucks. But isn't gonna stop me just gonna tuck head down, grit teeth and forge on.
 
The Bad: Feel like I am starting all over again. Have to fight the ALL OR NOTHING mind set I usually have and start over with reasonable workouts. Luckily I have good friends who are aware of this tendency of mine who will help keep me in check.
 
If anyone has any ideas, remedies, suggestions for dealing with inflammation issues please let me know. I keep going from arthritis, to tendonitis to bursitis. Is very frustrating. So I would appreciate any suggestions or shared experiences.

Recipe Calorie Calculators

Hi all

I was trying to calculate calories for my tortilla soup recipe. I used the recipe calculator on Sparkpeople but wasn't very satisfied with it. I am looking for a way to do this other than the hard way LOL. Does anyone have any other sites they use for recipe calculations?

Thanks!

~Tater~

I got booted :o(

Not the kind on your car but the one on my right foot. Ugly eh? Why don't they come in red? Finally got in to see ortho doc. Still have to have MRI on Friday but he wanted to boot me so I would give it a bit of a rest. And worse thing is no running CR@P!!! Am not a happy camper right now. But I kinda figured it was coming. It just would have been nice if it hadn't taken 3 weeks just to get in to see him cause thats 3 weeks of recoup time wasted. Can still bike and swim just no walking without boot and no running etc. Glad I didn't sign up for Reindeer Run yet! So guess I can go to run to cheer on hub and son and just enjoy the activites and Christmas lights, etc. Need to get this taken care of so can start training for IMNO half IM in April.
 
Food good yesterday and so far today. Couldn't get logged onto daily plate yesterday - they were having issues *aren't we all*! So need to go log it in.
 
Went to see Australia with friend last night and OMG that Hugh Jackson Witwoooooooooooooooooooooo!

Like gag me with a spoon!

Started using My Daily Plate again to track food and nutrition.

Yesterday's totals (Dec. 1) Cal's: 1543, Fat 45g, Carbs 198g, Fiber 24g, Protein 87g.


 

= 13.6% F, 60% C, 26.4% P.


 

Obviously need to work on these percentages but felt great to on way to getting back on track.


 


 

Have appt with orthopaedic tomorrow ... finally. Have run a few times in last couple weeks anyway cause couldn't stand not running. Foot not as bad as it was before so not sure what he is going to say. Am sure he will want to order MRI or CAT as bone scan showed problem hot spot but not enough to say if due to stress fracture or inflammation. So who knows how much longer it will be until there is a diagnosis. Very frustrating. Don't like getting off track and then takes forever to get in to see anyone.


 


 

Tried out new sleep apnea mask last night. Will take a little getting used to as it is very different than last one. Had a few issues getting into a position where it didn't leak. Can't go to sleep if air is leaking out blowing into your eyes! But on good side I only got about 3+ hours sleep and woke feeling better after than pitiful amount of sleep than I have in a while WOOT!


 


 

Frustrated that I will not be able to do half marathon this Saturday since got sidelined with foot issue. So planning on doing the Reindeer Run 5k this Friday night and then showing up at BR Beach Marathon Sat morning to cheer on friends.


 


 

Then have plans to do a boot camp style workout with nephew this weekend. That should be fun!



 

On plus side had clean bathroom at work this morning. They had gotten so disgusting I would rather have gone to gas station! Several of us had complained but nothing had been done. So I took a wet paper towel and made a clean spot and then took picture (on right) and emailed to boss and she forwarded to head of housekeeping and VOILA! ... clean floors. Note the floors are a very light gray color *gag*! Those cell phone cameras come in handy! Got them to finally replace lights in parking lot after I shot picture coming out of my night class one night. All you could see on the picture was darkness and 1 lonely light. I know they probably want to take my phone away from me lol. Is a shame you have to resort to these tactics.
 
 
Off to a meeting *sigh*

Tater's trials and tribulations

frickin frackin
 
Eat more, exercise less = disaster! +3.8
 
Its done. Can't go back and change it - so have to go forward and change it.
 
Time for back to basics: journaling every crumb, scheduling workouts, talking with others ...
 
Am trying to find convenient way to journal food. Have tried written journal but that means I need to have it with me all the time. Have tried posting online but am not always at computer. And I need to be able to write it down instantly so that I am accountable for it. So I think I will text it into my phone and save it as a draft. That way I can update it continuously throughout the day and then email it to myself at end of day. Will try this and see. If I email it to self then I can copy and paste it into post. Will try to tie this in with using daily plate to track nutrition info.
 
Have become hooked on watching Biggest Loser Australia. Already watched the entire season 3 and am now at season 1. No idea why in this order is just how I clicked on them on youtube. Desperately looking for inspiration.
 
Going to sleep clinic plave to get new mask for apnea machine. Other one is irritating my nostrils so I end up pulling it off while I am sleeping. That's not good because then I end up "sleeping" like total crap and wake up feeling exhausted, like someone beat me up while I was sleeping and often wake with headaches. So hopefully new mask will do the trick as the machine helped tremendously at first. When I had apnea test done I stopped breathing on average of 71 times per hour. Sometimes for as long as 10 seconds. Can you say oxygen deprivation?!?
 
Thanksgiving was nice. Was worried about what remarks my mother might make especially since my niece has been getting into trouble but somehow she managed to not make any rude, uncaring, unkind remarks WOW! My dad has a Wii and so he had a blast playing with the grandkids. Its awesome for Dad as he has been more active with that Wii than anything in a long, long time! I bought him some Wii pajamas as part of his Christmas gift lol. Am dying to see a 6'4" 72 year old man playing video games in Wii pj's!
 
Hub and son went hunting this weekend. I spent weekend cleaning house, washing clothes, cleaning out pantry of junk food, cleaning out other cabinets, etc. Doesn't sound like much fun but was nice to be able to do it without interruption and on my own time. And I played movies and musicals at full blast with no one complaining lol.
 
Need to get to work. Have final exam to write MMWWWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA! And I just found out I get to move my office YEAH!!! I am a science person stuck in with the Liberal Arts people. No offense to the Artsy Fartsies - they are lovely people but ....... ;o)

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