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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 37 (Tuesday)

So today I did a workout at home.  Did 30 mins on the bike trainer and then had a chest day.  I did push myself to do 20s on the chest press and did 5 sets so I am happy about that.  Did my warm up set as 15s :).  I am trying to push my weight up more and challenge myself.  Tomorrow is legs :).  I really need to figure out a better eating strategy.  When we don't make a menu it just messes me up :(.  Ok well not much else new going on.  Wearing my prepregnancy work pants, although a little snug it makes me work that much harder :).  I will be a success story!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Day 36 (Monday) Start of Week 6

Today was a good day.  Well except being super tired from the baby being up all night.  I did get a coffee this morning but needed something to get me going.  That held me over until workout/lunch time.  I did back and cardio today.  It was a good day :).  I feel like I am not lifting enough.  So tomorrow I am going to go through my old logs and see what the highest weight I did was and start there.  I need to be lifting heavier and I feel like I am just lifting what is comfortable.  I did the elliptical for 30 mins and burned 303 calories and went 2.2 miles ;).  Then this evening I jumped in the pool did 1000 yards (20 laps) in 40 mins and called it a night.  Not sure on calories burned there.  I did ok with eating too.  2 eggs for breakfast, coffee and fresh raspberries for a mid morning snack, salad with dressing and croutons with left over chicken for lunch and a luna bar before I swam.  Dinner was 3/4 of a chicken asiago sandwich from Wendy's, a small lemonade and a small fry.  I don't upsize.  One thing I noticed is my attitude is finally starting to change.  It used to be that while I knew I shouldn't eat out I still wanted it.  Tonight I didn't want it and knew I shouldn't.  I still did :( but I was fairly weak and didn't want to wait another 45 mins to eat.  Body needed fuel.  It was crap though and I hope to not do that again soon.  I like the change in my attitude towards eating out though.  Anyway the inspiration from today comes from Pinterest of course and reminds me of my spouse who is super supportive and I am thankful to have him on the same page with me.  Makes this whole process easier when you get healthy together.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 35 (Sunday)

Well the end of the week ended a lot worse than it started but ya know I didn't put on the pounds I lost and I needed a break, my body needed the break.  So next week we are gonna hit it hard and get er done. Next week marks the halfway point.  Wow halfway through this program already.  That is just crazy talk right there.  In 7 weeks I will have to figure out something else to do.  I guess I better order that weight lifting book New Rules of Lifting for Women.  I have heard its a good read.  Even thought about getting it for my ipad and reading at work and on the way to work.  I also know I need to start ramping up my training for the STP after this program so that will play a factor in what program I pick.  I will keep weight lifting in the routine but I have to include my bike more than I am.  I need to do more than 30 mins...  That is a problem for another night though.  For today I am loving the picture from pinterest.  See you tomorrow.  Sleep well it helps you lose weight.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Day 34 (Saturday)

Well dang it another workout missed grrrrr.  This was no ones fault but my own.  I let the day slip away and we didn't eat dinner until almost 730.  I can't workout at 830 at night :( or I won't sleep.  Soooo I failed this week in making my 6 workout days this week.  I will workout tomorrow even though as a general rule I don't usually workout Sunday.  But this week I missed two days.  It happens and I just have to keep on working out.  In the grand scheme of things two missed workouts won't derail me that much.  If I keep missing workouts it will mess me up.  But next week is going to be AMAZING I am sure of it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day 33 (Friday)

I give... I just can't do it tonight.  I will have to take an extra day of rest this week.  Thankfully I have a medical appointment next week and they can get this figured out soon because missing a workout for such a stupid reason every month is going to suck.  Anyway tomorrow if the weather is nice perhaps I can go for a bike ride outside.  No matter what a workout will be done tomorrow even if its on the trainer and upstairs.  I will probably do today's shoulder cardio tomorrow instead of legs since legs are harder to do at home.  It really throws me off missing a work out.  But I hurt all over :(.  The reason I picked the picture I did today is because I have become addicted to working out and lifting weights and tonight I am not fulfilling my addiction :).  I hope I don't get all cranky haha.  I am glad that I love it so much.  Makes working out something I look forward to and not something I dread.  You should never feel like its a chore.  Working out should be fun and enjoyable.  Find something you love.  I am going to make my goals, all of them.  Today I even had a friend ask if I had lost weight :).  Now that is a great feeling.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 32 (Thursday)

Well I didn't want to.  Seems the theme this week.  Starting my cycle doesn't help my motivation that's for sure.  But if you want to change you can't do the same thing you have always done.  You must do different to be different.  I got on the bike.  I told myself I would do at least 15-20 mins.  I did 30 mins.  My back is achy and crampy but I still did 30 mins!  Then I wasn't up for doing weights.  I am just tuckered out.  But I did some hammer curls, ya know just a couple which turned into the whole set of exercises for today.  Well the ones I could do or modify at least.  There were a couple that I couldn't do but I did most.  I also did not do the ab section but ya know I will catch those so no worries ;).

Source: tumblr.com via Jessi on Pinterest

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 31 (Wednesday)

Legs day wohoo!  Not really.  Legs days are hard :).  I couldn't do everything being at home, a leg press is hard to come by haha.  But I did all that I could.  I will do the leg press tomorrow during my arms workout.  No cardio tonight.  I wanted to swim but it just wasn't in the cards and that is ok.  I got a good sweat on during my legs session.  Tomorrow I will hit the eliptical and get it done or will I run... It's hard to say for sure.  Plie squats do work some inner thigh muscles which is good, those thighs need to stop being so close :).  Anyway got my workout done and that is what counts, with good form and good weight. My motivation picture tonight is pretty much how I felt. I just had to do it even though I am tired and did not want to work out. But one skipped workout turns into another, and another and before you know it your totally off track.

Moving on down and another 5K in my future

So I have to say that adding cardio back in has really kick started my weight loss again.  I like seeing the numbers moving down on the scale.  I was 176.5 this morning.  I will take it :).  I hope to get a swim in tonight but it depends on the kids (since my oldest is/was sick).  I just have to keep being consistent and stick to it.  I will have the body I want and will have earned every double take :).  I will surprise people that I have had three kids and have a rockin body.  I will set a great example for my kids to live a healthy life and not a junk food one without physical activity.  I signed up for the March Fourth 5k here in Seattle.  Both for me to do another 5K and to support a good friend in her efforts to raise money for LLS.  I am excited.  I need to start running a bit again so I can do a decent time on the run.  March 4th Fun Run! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 30 (Tuesday)

Today I was home all day.  Been happening alot lately with the kids getting sick and snow days.  But I still got my workout on!  Did chest, abs and cardio today.  Rode the bike for 30 min and it felt great.  I am getting back into the swing of riding again.  Last week when I got on the bike I was dieing the whole time.  This time felt more like rainbows shooting from my feet the whole time :).  I love that phrase.  Anyway it was a good workout.  I was up all last night with a sick baby and taking care of two sick kids today I am super tired *yawn so I did break down and get a soda :( but hey this momma needed a pick me up :).  I am off tomorrow so I hope to get the house picked up and rest some.  We shall see.  Legs tomorrow with no cardio :).  Although if I can I will swim hahaha.

Day 29 (Monday)

So things are different in phase 2.  We add cardio back in for one.  And for two we don't have the double days like we used to.  Monday I did back and cardio.  Since I tweeked my back over the weekend I tried not to push to much but enough so I got a good workout.  Needless to say my back was killing by the time I got home Monday night, hence why this is being typed on Tuesday.  It was rough starting the cardio but I find if I have the right music it just flies by.  And its nice to be adding it back in.  I just feel like it helps.  I am praying it helps!  Overall I felt great afterwards.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday, Rest day

Today is my rest day.  Today is a day just for me to relax... but not working out is killing me haha.  Its been 4 weeks of working out 5-6 days a week.  Its been 4 weeks of living fit.  Its 1/3 of the way through my program and on my way to a better more fit me.  Did good with food today.  Dumped out the rest of my soda that I didn't finish yesterday.  Threw away the half a cupcake the kids didn't eat.  Had a yummy dinner for shrimp scampi on wheat noodles, lamb chops and caesar salad.  It was a great dinner.  Tomorrow starts phase 2 and a new 4 weeks of amazing me :).  Jury duty this week.  I hope it doesn't mess me up to bad for working out and eating right.  I hope it doesn't last to long LOL.  I have gotten to spend lots of time with my sweet baby girl and that has been great.  Lots of snuggles ;).  I'm doing this for them as much for me so I can be a good roll model for them.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 27 (Saturday)

I did 6 workouts this week.  I got cardio in on three days ;).  I had a great week for working out.  And its true you are only one workout away from a good mood.  I was super cranky before my workout and feel great afterwards :).  I didn't get on the bike like I planned tonight but I got my shoulder and ab workout done and really tried to push myself.  Next week will be another great week I know it.  Goal for next week.  No soda, not one!  And again do all my workouts.  I am really proud of myself.  Despite what my lying inner voice says :).  Food kind of sucked today I had a sizzlin apple pie at applebees.  Like I said.  Baby steps.  I just have to take it one day at a time and keep trying.

Source: google.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lets talk food...

So lets talk about food.  Lets be realistic and realize that no I have not changed everything about my eating overnight.  The reality is that most people won't/can't.  I have developed habits.  Eating out, crappy food habits.  Chips were a daily staple with lunch.  Soda too for that matter.  So Chris and I started by eating Paleo.  That was our first step into real non processed foods.  And you know it made a big difference.  We felt better and started losing some weight.  Him more than me.  It is hard to be strict with, I will be honest about that.  I know alot of people can go cold turkey but that just isn't for me.  I get all cranky :).  So we started slow.  Eating more salads and veggies.  Cutting out the grains and carbs.  Cutting out processed foods as much as we could.  In the beginning we ate out alot more.  Cheat meals were more frequent.  I have been working out and eating better for about 6 weeks (give or take).  I no longer eat chips at lunch or any meal for that matter and don't miss them.  I have cut back my soda from 1 a day, full calories to cherry coke zero each day, to only every couple days.  See how I am cutting back rather than going cold turkey?  I don't eat grains at dinner.  I try to limit them to only at breakfast and then usually a bowl of cream of wheat.  Cuz who doesn't love that stuff.  I do add 1 small spoonful of sugar, but who doesn't, haha.  ITs all about the baby steps.  If I get a hankering to go out we hit Subway instead of Taco Bell or Wendy's.  Although sometimes I miss those Wendy's Chicken sandwiches.  But the more I say no the easier it's getting.  I have made great improvements to my diet and I am very proud of myself.  Yes I can do better, yes I am working towards that goal.  But when I cut to much to fast I get all cranky and that just won't do either.  So hang in there and stick to it.  IF I can change so can you.  Love water too now.

Day 26 (Friday)

Today was legs.  I had to figure out how to get the best legs workout I could at home.... so I did the 30 Day Shred level 1 which focus's more on legs than the other two levels.  I didn't worry as much about the weights which tended to focus on shoulders for two reasons.  Reason one, I am doing shoulders and abs tomorrow and reason two my main focus was on legs and pushing them.  I kept up with the advanced girl on everything :).  I am so proud.  I really pushed myself.  I tried to do single leg deadlifts after but became very dizzy so decided it was best to sit for a bit :(.  But I knocked out my workout and for sure burnt some calories.  It is good to get it done.  Even tried to really push some of the non leg stuff that was for chest that I just did yesterday.  It was rough doing pushups LOL.  Tomorrow is my last workout for phase 1 and the week!  Next week I start phase 2, BRING IT!!!

I get all my motivation pictures from pinterest :), it really has helped to keep me going.  I look everyday and as dumb as it seems, these stupid sayings really help me push and keep at it.  Mini pep talks everyday.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 25 (Thursday)

Well this week has been a workout at home week since getting to the gym or anywhere for that matter is not going to happen.  Today was chest and triceps and let me say my arms are weak after that work out.  I tried to push myself.  I won't change if I don't push myself.  I am proud that I did so.  Tomorrow I am going to do the 30 day shred in place of my legs work out however its a great leg workout with squats, forward lunges, side lunges, jumping jacks, jump rope, etc.  So it will give them a good workout and I just have to push myself :).  I am going to try to stick with the advance girl instead of the just starting girl :).  Food was ok today... artichoke would have been better without the mayonnaise, cherry coke zero would have been better as water and egg salad sandwich probably not my best option.... however it was better than eating out which is what I wanted to do and it could have been worse :).  Just have to keep on.  I was down two pounds this morning to 178.3 go me.  So something seems to be working.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Day 24 (Wednesday)

So this week I am a day behind in my workouts and it kind of gets confusing LOL.  But I did back and biceps today, what I could since I am home with snow.  I got on my bike for 30 mins and it felt great.  I need to ensure I am doing that more.  I slacked off over the holidays.  Gotta get back to it.  Posted progress pictures yesterday.  I don't see a huge change but I am hopeful that putting cardio back in at least 4 days a week along with weights 6 days a week is going to make a huge difference and in phase 2 I am going to drop some weight.  Well that is the hope anyway :).

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

updated pictures

I know there has been a change but I don't really see it :(.  I just have to keep going though.  Another few months can make a world of difference.  This is only 5 pounds and an inch gone so I just need to be patient with myself.  Dec 17-Jan 17.

Day 23 (Tuesday)

It was a legs day.  I got it done!  I have to say it was a rough day emotionally.  My weight isn't going down and that can be disheartening at times.  But I just have to keep at it and it will come off.  Slowly but surely.  I was planning to do pictures and measurements on Sunday but since Chris is having surgery Friday so its better to do it tonight.  Lost an inch around my hips and waist.  Gained an inch in the chest :( and .5 in in my bicep :).  Overall good stats.  Just need to keep plugging along.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 22 (Monday)

Going to do shoulders and Abs that should have been done last week since I am behind.  I slept in then went grocery shopping.  Had Chicken and Gnocchi soup, Salad and a couple bread sticks for lunch at Olive Garden.  It was yummy on this snowy winter day, warm soup.  For the challenge with my sister I will minus 2 points since I didn't eat breakfast and ate out for lunch.  Dinner is going to be garlic shrimp scampi with wheat spaghetti noodles.  Workout with Chris after dinner and then enjoy the rest of my night.  I plan to ride my bike for 30-60 mins.  I will post what I actually did later.  Chris is doing great he is down to 214 as of this morning.  I am still sitting at 180.5.  Next Sunday I will be taking a progress picture and doing measurements.  I am really excited to see what progress I have made.  Then I will start phase 2.  It's crazy to think I am in my last week of phase 1 already.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Starting Monday

A little friendly competition can go a long way.  My sister and I have agreed to do an 8 week fitness challenge.  We get 25 points a week and we lose points for each thing we miss.  So if I miss a workout I lose a point or if I make an unhealthy food choice I lose a point.  At the end of each week we will tally everything up.  At the end of the 8 weeks the winner gets a new piece of workout clothing.  Nothing to spendy :).  Its going to be a lot of fun.  I will probably try to keep a running tally here just fore accountability.  I am entering week 4 of my Live Fit program.  I must say I feel good.  Missed two work outs this week due to being sick.  I am still sick but I won't miss anymore workouts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day 17 (Wednesday)

Today was back and bicep day.  Put up some good weight.  I can tell that I am getting stronger.  I am starting to really feel more comfortable in the gym than the first week.  I didn't swim today but I did the elliptical for 15 mins.  My legs are hurting something fierce today.  Going up stairs is very painful :).  Its a good kind of pain though.  The kind that comes from a good workout.  HAHA!  Food was ok today.  I found that I was super hungry all day.  I had chicken noodle soup for the simple fact that I have a terrible cold and it is kicking my butt.  But the workout is getting done!  Out of town tomorrow and Friday at least.  I hope to get some sort of workout in.

Source: tumblr.com via Jessi on Pinterest

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 16 (Tuesday)

Today was a legs day!  I did such a good job at working them that walking out of the gym was tough LOL.  Going upstairs was brutal.  Had a great lunch, chicken caesar salad.  Had a fabulous dinner stuffed pork chops from the Paleoparents.com website.  Link included for your tasting.  With the exception of the fact that I am getting yet another cold :( I feel great.  Hopefully with a good night sleep tonight I can start to get better.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Day 15 (Monday)

So today should have been legs.  But baby girl got sick and I have to leave work early which means no gym time.  So I had to do something at home.  Chest and tri's are the easiest to do at home so I did Wednesday in stead of Monday :).  It will all work out.  I will be offline from Wednesday night through most of the weekend but will update when I get back or earlier if I can.  I am traveling so it will be a good test of my willpower to still workout.  Might have to do some insanity with my sister but the point is more to get a workout in than to miss it completely.  Note to self icky food isn't worth it.  I had some and then worked out and man am I paying for it.  Bleh!!  When will I learn?  My triceps already hurt so tomorrow is going to be interesting.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Day 10, 11, 12 (Thurs, Fri, Sat)

Well got busy with family and didn't blog Thursday, or Friday.  My bad :).  Thursday was shoulders and abs and the last workout for the week.  It also means I am starting another phase of the training.  Monday will be the start of the muscle building portion of the training.  It lasts 6 weeks :).  I am super excited about it.  I will do 5 days of strength training.  Went grocery shopping today and am all set for the week.  Just need to stick to it and not worry about the day to day scale changes or lack of changes.  2 more weeks of phase one and then we move to phase 2 where we add some cardio back in.  Although I have been including cardio here and there when I can.  Friday I went to the pool and swam for an hour and did 36 laps which is 1 mile.  Go me.  It really seems to help my legs work out all the soreness.  All in all a good ending to the week.  Well except the binge fest I had on Friday with my kids.  Movie night with junk food :(.  But ya know one night won't kill me, its the every night that got me here and I really needed some kid time.  Made a menu for this week which will for sure help me stay on track.  We are having pecan crusted salmon tomorrow night for dinner :).  Yummy.  I will find the recipe online if I can and share.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day 10 (Wednesday)

I did legs today and really tried to push myself more.  I was sweating :).  I did more weight on all my lifts than last week.  It was great feeling.  I think next week I will try to push more :).  Eating was ok.  The salad was fairly gross.  I am at a loss.  I love salad but dressing is bleh to me lately.  Even my favorites aren't tasting good.  My taste buds must be changing.  I am so proud of myself.  Down into the 170's :).  I am almost at the 20 pound mark for my first goal.  That is amazing to me.  And I have barely started this weight training routine.  I can't wait to see how the rest of the 12 weeks go.  Tomorrow is the last day of week 2.  Then only 10 weeks left.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Day 9 (Tuesday)

Did back and biceps today.  Did more today on most of them than last week.  Which is good :).  I did a 5 min warm up on the stationary bike then after did 20 mins walking and went 1 mile.  I am going to try to do this more and just my body moving.  Running will come.  If felt good to get the workout done though and even better to make progress.  Eating was good.  Made good choices.  Grilled chicken instead of breaded and no fries at dinner :).  The pumpkin protein bars are yummy.  I highly recommend them.

Or at least to impress Chris!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 8 start of week 2 (Monday)

Well we are starting week 2.  It was rough to get started because I don't feel 100% today but I got it done and that makes me feel good.  Did the workout at home but from here on out most will be done at the gym on base.  Its not so bad once you get used to it.  Eating hasn't been great today mostly becuase I haven't eaten enough.  I haven't tried my protein bars.  Gee that is a lot of things I haven't done.  But I have worked out and I am sticking to it so I will see results :).  Only 3 more weeks until a progress picture.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Day 7 (Sunday)

Last rest day of the week.  Made some of the Pumpkin Protein Bar for this week to try out.  They smell great :).  Tomorrow is chest and tri's and that is exciting too.  Can't wait to get moving again.  Although having today off has been good since I have felt in a funk today.