Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Checking In - Power 90 Day 4

A few things I have noticed after 4 days of Power 90:

1. I'm amazed that the cardio seems to be more difficult overall than the sculpt workout since most of what I have been doing for exercise is running/cardio.

2. This is especially true at the beginning of the cardio workout. There are a ton of different leg lifts and my legs are screaming by the end of this.

3. Tony Horton cracks me up.  Seriously, he is kinda might get old, but right it is still funny!

4. The beginning of the cardio workout has some power yoga moves which includes some planks and then lowering yourself to the ground. This was almost impossible for me on day two because my triceps were so sore from the first day of sculpt. This was not the case was much easier.

5. Abs are definitely my downfall and will be the hardest thing for me to do the entire 90 days, I'm almost sure of it. That said, I was able to complete much more of the ab portion today than I was two days ago!

Still loving these videos, but already curious what Phase 3 and 4 will bring.

Eating right is my biggest hang-up with losing weight. That said, I have done very good this week avoiding sweets like doughnuts, cupcakes, tootsie rolls and ice cream treats. I usually crave these things and pig out once my kids are in bed at night, but this week, nothing. No cravings, no wanting to pig out...just another sign that I'm truly in the game this time. Now to make sure I don't fizzle out like I have done every time in the past!

I'm actually having some trouble getting enough calories in a day!  Here is my report for today.  Must find a healthy 200 calorie snack, quick!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Power 90 - 2 days in

Welp, two days into the Power 90, and I just have to say I am awesome...(said in the voice of Barney in How I Met your Mother).  I was really scared that this was going to be too difficult for me, but I guess I am in better shape than I thought I was.  Granted, I was sore after Day 1, which is the strength workout, I will be sore again tomorrow after the cardio and abs workout.  But I did it!!  I didn't to every single rep, and sometimes I had to do the modified version...mostly because it involved jumping, which my shins don't appreciate very much....but I did it!!  Also, in week 1 they tell you to take it easy, learn the moves, and don't try to kill yourself, or you will get too sore to continue or get discouraged.

And on top of that, I have had two great days of eating in a row.  Along with my Power 90 DVDs came some great information about eating right and it even has a few basic recipies!  I spent a good hour or two cooking up tons of chicken cutting, chopping and shredding it to prepare for this week and the weeks to come by freezing some of the chicken.

And finally, for amazing fact number 3....I have prepared not just my lunch for tomorrow, but also my breakfast...TWO DAYS IN A ROW!!!  I never do this.  But folks, I mean business this time around.  We are going to KICK those last 35 pounds....

As promised here is my "before" picture for the Power90.  I can't believe I am sharing this awful, full-bodied, non-gut sucking, tight fitting exercise clothes picture on this blog....I can only imagine what I would have looked like in something like this at my heaviest weight....but goes....

Ew.  Can wait to start seeing results from Power 90 and watching what I eat!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Aiming for a Cure 5k Race

I ran my first 5k since June yesterday.  I ran this same race last year. I signed up last year because they said it was a flat course.  However, the day of the race, I found out that whoever decided that was a flat course was blind and riding in a car when they said it!  It was far from flat.  I went back this year because it is for a great cause.  They raise money to help local children who are battling cancer.  

The morning didn't start out the best when was I running late and then when I got there I found out that my online registration apparently didn't go through, so I became a "day of" registrant and got stuck with the regular t-shirt instead of the one I paid $5 extra for.  It was a really cool shirt, but I was there for the cause, not the shirt, so I considered it an extra $5 donation.

So the race began.  Some how I found myself at the front of the starting line, which isn't really where I wanted to be, because I am not the die-hard runner that the people at the front are, and lots of people passed me, which was just fine with me.  I was doing pretty good and had a pretty good pace going.  At one point at the beginning I found myself being that goal person.  You know, that person you see and think "I'm in better shape than her, if she can run, so can I...there is no way that short, pudgy chick can beat me"   I'm pretty sure I was that person to the girl in front of me.  But that's ok....I've had that goal person that I just had to beat in a race too.  Funny thing is, about 5 minutes later, I passed her and never saw her again.... Take that taller, less pudgy chick!

The man that is the emcee of the race, or whatever you call that guy, said something last year before the race that has stuck with me all year long and I especially kept it in mind yesterday.  You see, last year he ran the race for the first time and he said every time it got hard, and he wanted to quit, he would just keep these children in mind that are fighting cancer, how much pain they are going through, and do it for them.  You can push through the pain...if they can, so can you.  Keeping that mantra in mind, I ran all the way to the turn around at the half way point....up 2 large hills and one or two smaller ones.  Then after running back up the first hill, I started making to start of the next hill then walk up the hill.  Then run to the water station....yummmm...water...that hit the spot.  Ok keep running....walking up the next hill....running....sheesh, that sun is HOT...walk until that sign up that another water station, sweet! run to the water station and walk while drinking....CRAP! not a water station, just some people trying to convince their kids to get back in the stroller....end is near, walk up the hill then run to the finish.....getting close...I can see the clock...40 minutes...WHAT? I thought I was doing so well.....

I finished in 40:40 according to the chipped timing.  I was surprised at how disappointed I felt.  I didn't have a real goal going into it.  I beat my last race time by about a minute or so.  I should be proud, right?  But I have done so much better.  And I felt like I was going at a pretty.  Granted I might have added a little distance to my race by maybe taking a wrong turn...some people were going left and some were going right...I'm not sure which was correct.  Maybe if I would have gone the other way I would have been under 40 minutes. Wish they would have marked that spot so people knew which way to go.

Once I got home and finished moping I went online and found the results from last year.  I finished in 43:36 so I beat my course time by almost 3 minutes.  That made me feel a little better.

So that was my race.  Considering doing the local color run in October, we'll see.  If I don't do that one, I have one more race in October.  Hopefully I can beat my time again, but we'll see.  I'm starting Power 90 tomorrow, which is supposed to be done 6 days a week, so I won't have time to run, although some of the videos are cardio.  If I don't beat my time, there is always next year.  Power 90 is much more important to me right now, and takes priority.

Tomorrow, I will be taking and post my before pictures for Power 90.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Longest Plateau Ever!

I've got to be going on about 6 months of no weight loss.  If I would have stuck to my exercise and calorie goals perfectly I would be at my goal weight by now.  Did I really expect to be perfect? No.  But I would have thought I could have been close by now, not stuck at the half way mark.  I really want to lose this weight, but apparently I like food more.  I have no will power when it comes to food.  I can do really good for a few days - a week tops - and then it all comes crashing down.  

Luckily I have been much more consistent with exercising.  Far from perfect, but so much better than eating right.  The exercise is the only thing that has helped me to maintain the weight loss that I have accomplished.

So what now? Where do I go from here? I don't know what the answer is. I can try to eat better. I can try to be more aware of what I'm eating.  Do I really need it? Am I really hungry? Is this good for me? Is it worth ruining the calories burned while running today?

I'm at a point where I'm considering some of the weight loss supplements, but I know that is only temporary.  What happens when I quit taking them? I really want to be able to do this the natural way, so I can lose it and keep it off.  I have about 35 more pounds to go, but right now, I'd be ecstatic with 10.

My plan?  I ordered the Power90 exercise DVDs.  I can't wait to get them.  I'm hoping that program is the kick-start I need.  It comes with an eating plan and all of that, but I'm sure I won't follow the eating plan to the T, although I haven't seen it yet.  But it has some butt-kicking strength training DVDs to tone up and burn the fat.  I'm hoping to get some running in too, but I'll have to wait and see because I'm not sure what the workout schedule is for the DVDs.