Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It's the last day of July!

Can't believe it's almost August! Braden is going to be 2 on Saturday ... unbelievable.

Just got done doing Fat Blaster. The last time I did this (in my first week) I was dieing and there was no way I could do any of the impact. I was kind of dreading doing it based on how that felt, but it was totally different today. I did most of the high impact stuff (though modestly) and was able to sufficiently recover during the box work and such. Still a challenge for me, but not nearly so impossible.

Kept track of my food yesterday at fitday.com. I think this is really going to help my progress because it will keep my accountable for what I am intaking. I also went to the store and loaded up on fresh fruits and veggies. I am not saying no treats, but I want the majority of my diet to be healthier. Overall I am feeling much more positive then I was yesterday!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Trying to not be discouraged

So not happy with my results this week. I put off an official weight in last week, because I knew it would be off from vacation. Well, it has pretty much stayed the same all week give or take .2 lbs. So, I told myself I would take measurements and surely would see some progress there. All of those numbers are higher as well, some of them are higher then my starting stats. The only thing that maintained was my waist. Ugh, I am trying REALLY hard to not put meaning on this. I have seen it happen to others and told them to ignore the numbers, but it is really hard when it is MY numbers going UP!

I am going to start keeping track of my food intake at fitday.com. I am going to watch my portion control and work on adding my veggies and fruit into my diet. I really didn't want to go down this road, but I think it is now necessary.

Numbers aside, I am feeling better physically. I have been the run/walk intervals with Aubrey and I am noticing much more endurance on my end. A few months ago we tried doing it for about 2 weeks, and I never tried to get past week one of C25K, because it was so hard. I now find myself easily running those 60 second intervals. Last week I did FS and FC which there is no way I could have done those on week 1. I am feeling my muscles developing again, especially in my arms. So, I know there are good things happening here and I just need to keep up the pace.

I am getting ready to do MBS, and am working hard to not pay attention to the numbers. I told myself going into this that it wasn't about the numbers, but man its hard!!!

Week 5 stats

Weight - up 3.4 pounds
measurements - to sad to share
Monday - MBS, 45 minutes
Tuesday - FB, 44.5 minutes
Wednesday - FS - 57 minutes
Thursday - FC, 57 minutes
Friday - MC, 47 minutes
Saturday - rest
Sunday - rest
Total minutes - 250.5 minutes

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Don't worry, I'm still here!

No blog yesterday, but that was mostly because I had a lot going on during the day. Didn't get my workout in early, but I did do some run/walk intervals with Aubrey last night. I had planned on using my ipod and listening to the Couch to 5K podcast, but my ipod wasn't charged. We were out for 30 minutes and did our own intervals. We had a blast but were quite tired when we got home! I don't know what we were thinking when we got this house at the TOP of the hill because we always start out downhill and coming home (when we're exhausted) it's all uphill!I was pretty sore yesterday from Tuesday's workout, so it was good to do something different.

Today I did FS. I was moaning at the end while doing some inner thigh lifts and Braden came over to help hold my leg up! It worked MUCH better that way!

No problems with the snacking last night. I have been thinking (but not wanting to REALLY think) that I need to work on my daytime eating now that I am really feeling like I have a handle on my nighttime snacking. By next Monday I want to have my next plan. I really am not wanting to count and keep track of everything, so I am trying to figure out what will work.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Happy Pioneer Day!

Whew, just got done doing all 57 minutes of Firm Cardio (FC)! I have been in the mood to get a nice long total body workout in and just wasn't up to it yesterday. Glad I could do it today! I did modify and cut out a few reps here and there so I could keep up.

I need to try to get an earlier start. When I began I was getting out of bed right after the alarm. Today, I didn't do my workout until after 10am. When I do it later, it just cuts into my day and with Braden being awake, well, let's just say he's a BIG helper! Of course tomorrow will be hard because we'll be up late tonight watching fireworks.

Snacking was good last night. I didn't stick to that rule 100% during vacation, so I thought it might make it hard getting back, but so far no problems.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Week 4 stats

Monday - BScS, 31 minutes
Tuesday - FC, 57 minutes
Wednesday - run/walk intervals, 30 minutes
Thursday - FS, 57 minutes, C25K week 1 30 minutes
Friday - C25K week 1 30 minutes
Saturday - REST
Sunday - REST
Total minutes - 235 minutes

Back to Reality

Got back yesterday afternoon from vacation. What a blast! It was so fun in Orcas Island and relaxing as well. The temperature was perfect (warmest day was a high of 80!) I am now suffocating in this triple digit weather. Man, if I could find a place to live that had 70-80 degree weather year round, I would so be there!

I am not doing an official weigh in until next week as I get back into the groove of things. I will count today as the beginning of my fourth week. I did BScB and intended to add on some floorwork, but that didn't happen because I was pretty pooped, so I decided to listen to my body. I know it will take a few days to get my body back into the rhythm of things. But luckily I didn't have to talk myself into the workout! I have been determined to prove to myself that vacation would not interrupt my mission!

Going into this vacation I really worked on my mindset and esteem about my body. You see, my cousins are all teeny weeny (one cousin was a WA Red Skins chearleader.) In the past (even weighing less) I have compared myself and ended up feeling horrible about myself. So I wanted to go into this trip with the healthy thinking I have been experiencing these last few weeks. And it worked! I was able to just be myself and enjoy being with everyone. Before I always felt like everyone was looking at my imperfections. This time I didn't experience that at all! They didn't do anything different, and I realize it is all in my mind. I can be happy and content or embarrassed and paranoid. I choose the first!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I'm outta here Thursday!

Okay so I got up and began doing Winsor's ABS but got a work call that I had to take care of. Now I have to do all the last minute things to get ready to leave this afternoon. So, I am not counting the workout (because I only did a few minutes) and my vacation officially starts now!

Oh, I do have to report on my weigh in. On the scale I have been using this past three weeks, it read a 6 pound total loss! I am so excited ... I had not dreamed of losing so much already, but I'm definitely not complaining!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wacky Wednesday!

Just got done doing MBS. I did this workout a week ago Monday (the 2nd of July) and I am amazed at the progress I have made this past week. Last week, I had to sit out some reps of the lunges, and I did it this week no problem with higher weights! I am definitely going to do my best to sneak in as much exercise over vacation as I can (lots of walks, sit ups before bed, etc.) because I want to continue to progress ... it's just so exciting!

I noticed the last two nights I had some really strong cravings, but I just remembered all the things I have been talking about here and realized how crappy I would feel if I gave in. Once I went through that in my mind, it didn't seem quite so bad.

I finally found my Taylor digital scale. It's about 5-6 pounds off (lower!) from the scale I've been using, so I'll have to make some adjustments to my stats. I like it so much better because it measures to the .2 pounds. The other one was the dial kind, so you kind of guess a little. I did step on both and I think I am going to be happy tomorrow at my official weigh in! Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Um, it's Tuesday?

Whew, my mind is so totally on vacation already! I had to really talk myself into getting out of bed and getting a workout in. I did Winsor's Maximum Burn Cardio which is about 37 minutes of very do-able cardio. Just what I needed! Now I have to discipline myself to get some housecleaning and work done.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Maniac Monday!

Whew, I just got doing Firm's Volume 1 (Body Sculpt Basics). One thing this tape is not is BASIC! It is the original Firm tape from 1986. Quite cheesy and some of the moves need to be modified for safety reasons, but it is such a killer workout that it is worth it. It's 60 minutes and the first half has you aerobically working all of your muscle groups (there are SO many lunges and plie squats) and just when you think it is over you get down on the floor and do the craziest leg work. I was groaning throughout much of this. Braden kept asking, "Ye K Mom?" and then give me a hug. He was very helpful!

I bought a yoga mat over the weekend so I begin to learn some of the yoga moves. That will be a nice change, I think.

Only three more days until we leave for Washington. I am so stoked, it's not even funny!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Thrilling Thursday!

Did all 57 minutes of Firm's Cardio Sculpt (CSc) even with my sister's three kids here this morning! I am noticing that my workouts while totally tough are not wiping me out afterwards like they have been. I feel like my muscles have been worked but I am not so SORE. I am also feeling that I am I've got a rhythm going. I have not had to talk myself into working out. What an amazing feeling!

No snacking last night and it was not a struggle. We went out to eat and I was feeling pretty full on the way home so I asked hubby to drop Aubrey and I off at the bottom of the hill and we walked home (about three blocks.) It was like my body needed to feel some movement.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Week 3 workout tracker

Week 3:
Thursday 7/5 - BSc 47.5 min, Yoga 10 min
Friday 7/6- CSc 57 min
Saturday 7/7 - REST
Sunday 7/8 - REST
Monday 7/9 - Vol. 1 - 60 min
Tuesday 7/10 - Winsor MBC 37 min
Wednesday 7/12 -
Thursday 7/13 -
(adding Thursday since the following week is vacation)
Total minutes for week: 211.5 min

Today I pulled out The Firm's Body Sculpt. It is a tough weights workout and really fries your legs. I actually felt like doing more when I finished, so I decided to pull out a beginners yoga DVD, since I have been wanting to learn yoga. It has four 25 minute routines that teach all of the basics. I only managed about 10 minutes because I was slipping all over the place. So, I need to go buy a yoga mat. Bummer, I was excited to do it!

I decided that yesterday would be a totally free day for the holiday which meant snacking would be okay. We always get kettle corn on the 4th to much on while we wait for fireworks. I have to say, my tummy still feels gross this morning! And I really didn't eat that much! I think my body is getting used to not having to digest while sleeping and it just doesn't like to have to try again!

Week 3 begins now!

Official weigh in and measurements today ... down another .5 lbs. The most surprising to me was that I lost almost 2 inches off my waist. I did know something was happening because I tried on some capris that 4 weeks ago I couldn't even begin to button up and I was able to button them up the other day! Still a little snug around the thighs, but another week or two and I will proudly be wearing them!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

It's a Terrific Tuesday!

Whew! Just got done doing the 20 minute Turbo Jam (TJ) workout and then I added Firm's Sculpted Buns, Hips and Thighs (SBHT) for 34 minutes. SBHT is all floor work and actually includes abs to. It is a nice change to lunges and standing leg presses but sure works those thigh and bun muscles!

I really struggled again with not snacking last night, but I did it! (Or rather DIDN'T do it!)

I will take a rest day tomorrow since we will have plans tomorrow. Depending on how I feel after my workout on Friday, I would like to do a workout on Saturday so I can get 5 workouts in this week. I want to listen to my body so I hope it's in tune with my mind this week! ;)

Got life jackets last night for the kids in preparation for our trip to Washington. I know I said this yesterday, but I am getting so excited! It is so time for a vacation!!! It's funny because another reason I am looking forward to this is to prove to myself that I can take a break from exercise during that week and hop right back into it when I get back. In the past when something comes up and interrupts my schedule I flounder and stop working out. But as I I have been saying from the beginning, I am NOT letting the past dictate my future!

Monday, July 2, 2007

I survived the weekend!

Had a great weekend with Taylor's family, did some four wheeling on Saturday (didn't know I could get sore from that, but I did!) I was good about no snacking after 8pm except for last night, but I'm back on track today!

I had to really talk myself into working out today. We didn't get home until midnight last night and so I just didn't feel like getting up this morning. So, workout was later than usual and I had to pause to get Braden some breakfast, but I did it! All 45 minutes of Maximum Body Shaping (MBS). This is definitely one of my go to videos. I can modify it up or down depending on what I need and it is such a good all body tape.

Finalized lodging plans with my family for for our vacation in a week and a half ... I am so excited. I will not plan on working out during that week but I plan on getting right back into things when I get back. I am getting so excited as we haven't had a reunion with this part of the family for years, and it will probably be my grandpa's last reunion.