Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sunday in Pictures

I live in the great state of New Hampshire and yes we were hit with the Halloween Storm. Luckily I still had power unlike almost 400,000 others in the state, but I did not have internet access until today.

So I thought I would show you some pictures of Snow in October for those people to live in decidely warmer climates. Nashua received 8-10 inches, not terrible by nor-east standards but terrible when leaves are still on the trees.

The pool roof.

One of many downed branches, actually this is half the tree. I really should not have been standing under it to take the photo.

My apartment is the second row. The two middles ones are my living room, as you can see I hadn't closed the storm windows yet.

More downed trees...

Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekly Check In

Physical Check In:
This week's weigh in is finally a minus. Woohoo!! Granted I didn't lose much but at least I lost something. It isn't ideal because I am shooting for 2 lbs per weeks, but I am not giving up. Lets hope November is better. Don't forget next week is picture day. Not that you'll see any difference with so little weight loss.

Starting Weight: 271 lbs
Current Weight: 255.6lbs
Goal Weight 169 lbs

Mental Check In:

I attribute the small amount of weight loss I had this week to swimming, I feel it gives my body the workout it needs and the mental adjustment I need too. In case you hadn't noticed, I was not blogging daily because the last few weeks have been awful for me. I had a bunch of interviews at the beginning of the month and was hoping to have a new job by the end of the month. Not only did I not get a job, but all the interviews dried up and I can't find anything new to apply for that fits my skills.

That leaves me with applying for retail positions. I actually like working retail it's fun but the pay is lousy. Let hope I get some holiday work to help pay for Christmas. In the meantime I think this guy's T-shirt says it all.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Swimming and app-ilicous repeat

So yesterday I went swimming for the first time in three weeks and today's workout on the treadmill was much better than it has been for three weeks. I believe swimming makes all the difference for me. Let's hope it reflects on the scale tomorrow.

Remember the Ab workout app I showed you a few weeks ago. Well this month I downloaded an app for my arms. This months workout is heavily cardio oriented so I decided to add in a quick upper body work out twice a week.

This app has a 5, 7.5 and 10 minute option like the Ab workout. It is all free weight and body weight exercises so you don't need more than a pair of dumbbells or even soup cans for beginners. It offers overhead press, biceps curls, triceps extension, bent over row, front raises, bridge dips, push-ups, and side plank.

Bottom line: Overall I think it is a great light weight workout for cardio focused people, but not meant for those of you who prefer weight training.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Check in 10/21/2011

Physical Check in:

Ah Friday! I haven't been looking forward to this weeks weigh in because I have yet again hit that time of the month. So I thought for sure I would have gained weight, but I again stayed exactly the same.

Perhaps this means I actually lost weight and when the bloat is gone it will reflect that.

Starting Weight: 271lbs
Current Weight: 256.8lbs
Goals Weight: 169lbs

Mental Check in:

While I am hopeful next week will reflect a weight loss, the fact that I have been at the exact same weigh for three weeks is really depressing me. On a happy note the pool FINALLY reopened today. It was closed for 3 weeks. Hmmm...3 weeks seems to be the theme. Tomorrow I am doing some volunteering so I will be swapping out my swim plans for a hike but YES to swimming on Sunday! Hallelujah.

Check out this great photo of the Great Bay in Greenland, NH. I didn't include it in my last post but wanted you to see it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunday in Pictures - Two Days Late

I am a little behind in blogging but the goods news is that I am caught up in eating. I seem to be in a binge free, high exercise zone this week. This Sunday I went to the Great Bay Discovery Center and Estuary. They are all about preserving the marshes and bay that dumps into the Atlantic Ocean. It provides an important food source for Osprey, Owls, Blue Heron and even Bald Eagles. None of which I actually got to see, but that's OK. Here are some photos.

A photo of the bay during low tide.

This is Actually in the parking lot. I just love these little bushes they grow wild all over NH and early in the fall season you actually see each leaf get striped like a rainbow. The tips are Green the a bit further up it goes yellow, then orange, then red. This late in the season has almost no green.

This is a wigwam, Native Americans in New England didn't live in teepees. Wigwams use flexible branches to form an igloo shape then covered in birch bark or straw.

The path is entirely wood because the water rise and recedes in the marshes, and wetlands with the tides.

At the very beginning of the path they have a some "boats" for the kids to play on. This is a replica of a lobster boat, but mostly I love the name. The Nerr Miss -
Somehow seems to sum up my life.