Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

I wonder how many blog posts, Facebook status updates, Tweets and whatever else out there that are claiming what I am going to claim right now - New Year, New Me!  I'm pretty sure I have said that before and I have done pretty well once, long ago.

But now I have lost a lot of that progress and gained back about half of what I have lost.  I've tried many things, many different workout programs that work for a while and then I stop for a number of different reasons.  So, I decided for now to go back to what worked the best and what I was able to stick with the longest - running.

Although I do have some loftier goals this year.  Yesterday I started the Couch to 10k program.  I ran in a marathon relay in September and it was the most amazing experience ever!  I ran a 5k leg and was pretty slow, but I knew I would be going in.  I would love to run a longer leg this year if they invite me to run again!  I started last night.

Right now I'm starting slow - getting back into an exercise routine.  Running 3 days a week.  Then I'm planning to add on strength training 3 days a week.  I found a pretty awesome routine in a health and fitness magazine I get through work called a dumbbell complex. You can find an example here. 

I know what I eat is important too, but right now I've decided to mostly focus on exercise and not so much about food.  I'll tackle that one down the road a little more.  I need to get back into the exercise routine first.  And I have chosen running and the dumbbell workout because I can do both of them at home or at work - one excuse I am able to eliminate!

So, Happy New Year everyone!  Be safe and enjoy!

Here's to a happy and healthy 2014!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pregnant

Nope, I'm not pregnant.  But, I answered my front door with my exercise clothes on today and the guy asked me when the baby was due.  Um...he was due about 3.5 years ago!

Do I blame the guy? Nope.  I made the same observation two days ago when I took my day 1 (Take 20ish) picture in the same workout clothes.

Was it upsetting? Yep.  But maybe it was a good thing.  Maybe that is what I needed to hear to keep myself on track better.

I decided to start TurboFire again on Sunday night.  I've got my first 3 days in!! I also got a 2 mile run in today.  I signed up for a 5k on Saturday, although I don't think I will have a very good time.  Its ok though - it is for a good cause and I do it every year.

I am also signed up for a marathon relay in September.  My leg is only 3.3 miles, but considering my pace is about 15 mins/mile - I have lots of work to do before now and then!

Eating has been ok.  I've had a few down moments this week, but I have had more good food choices than bad - so I'm taking that as a win for this week.

Tomorrow will be an off day because I won't be able to exercise and I have a meeting with God only knows what kind of yummy hor d'oeuvres for dinner.

Monday, February 11, 2013

What do I have against 30 days???

I hit my 30 day mark for the Power 90 program last week.  This is the second time I have hit that point.  The first time I fell off the wagon and didn't get back on.  This time was almost the same thing.  My older son got a stomach bug this weekend and it threw my whole schedule off cleaning up his mess, quarantining him to the basement (where I usually exercise) and just generally freaking out about the stomach bug and its infectious ways (I don't do these illnesses very well).

I stopped tracking what I was eating, I didn't exercise Sunday....I was already 3/4 of the way off the wagon! 

I realized that today and got off my butt and got back to my Power90.  I cannot let myself fall off the wagon again.  If I skipped one more day, I just know it would be all over again.  Until the next time, 6 months down the road I start all over again.  I will NOT let that happen this time.  I worked too hard in the first 30 days to let it all go to crap again.

Back up at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow and back to tracking my food.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Power 90 - Day 30 complete

Last time I was doing Power 90, I fizzled out at 30 days.  I took a "day off" that turned into months off instead.  This time around I was determined not to do that.  Tuesday was my 30 day mark and I'm still going strong.  I did take a break Thursday night, but was right back at it this morning.  So far I have lost 1.5 pounds and 4 inches.  Not much, but the intensity picks up now that I have moved to the next set of DVDs.

That being said however, being good at eating has started to be a struggle this week.  I get tired of thinking about, tracking, and planning every little thing that goes into my mouth.  This is where the binges come from.  Today I am on the verge of a binge.  I've been down to the cafe at work twice this week, never a good thing.  I have picked semi-healthy things, avoided the chips and cookies, but I don't need to go down there.  I bring my lunch every day.  After my lunch today I still wanted more, so I ate my almonds.  Then I started to get tired and bored of working so I wanted to snack some more. So I made a 100 calorie snack bag of popcorn.  At home I ate a big ol' helping of whole wheat pasta....and I really want to eat more.  Will I?  Maybe....probably.  We are allowed cheat days once and a while right?  I just need to keep it to today and then go back on the straight and narrow again.

I'm in a challenge on Facebook and one of the rules is no weighing yourself for the whole month of February.  I have to say...it is killing me!!!  But I haven't cheated yet other than to record my 30 stats for Power 90.

I'm also on Week 2 of the Couch to 5k program.  Still loving it, but still can't wait to get back outside.  Right now I'm reading my homework as I run.  Sounds exciting, right?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hello there dress pants...

Still not seeing much movement in the scale, but that has been put away for the month of February according to the rules of a challenge I'm in on Facebook (with the exception of my 30 day check-in for my Power90 program).

However, I was able to wear a pair of dress pants that I haven't been able to wear since before the holidays!  I've tried them on a number of times but they were just too tight to wear to work all day.  So there is progress, finally a small victory!

I started the couch to 5k program again this last week, running during my lunch hours on my non-cardio days for Power 90.  I feel great and am so glad to be running again.  Can't wait for it to warm up so I can get back outside! My first 5k will be in April and I'm hoping to actually run the whole thing, something I have yet to accomplish since I started running.

I also have to say I feel pretty good about a few of my accomplishments this week.  I have stayed right at my calorie goal all week, and have really be able to cut out most of my bad snacking.  This includes ignoring two, yes I said TWO King Cakes we got at work this week from a law firm in Louisiana.  I didn't even sneak one little bite.

My biceps are awesome.  Yep, I said it.  Even my mother-in-law was impressed.  I can now do 8 pushups on my toes, for two rounds.

Moving on to the 3/4 DVDs next week, taking it to the next level. Hoping to see next level results too :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Frustrated

I will complete 3 weeks of Power 90 today and the scale has not budged. Sigh....  I know I shouldn't focus on the scale and it is about how I feel, but I can't help but be frustrated.  It makes me wonder what I'm doing wrong.  I'm not eating perfectly, but I am making a pretty good effort. I feel like my clothes are fitting better, but then when I don't see the scale going down I wonder if it is all in my head.

I make it a little more difficult for myself each time.  I'm up to 8 and 10 pound weights during the strength exercises and a few push ups on my toes instead of my knees.  I've added more of the arm movements and jumping to the cardio exercises. 

I've cut my calories for the day back to 1500, instead of 1800...maybe that will help. I have been planning my menus every week and have done pretty good with eating the lunch I brought instead of going to the cafeteria.  I've also cut out a lot (not all) of my bad snacking when I am at home.  

Maybe I need to add running into the program too.  Not sure where the heck I would find the time to do that though.  I do want to start running again though. My first 5k of the year is coming up in April and I haven't been running for a long time.  I would really like to actually run an entire 5k this year.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Two weeks down!

Two weeks of Power 90 down...that is 2 weeks of early morning workouts, followed by a full day of work, being mommy and finding time for my ethics homework.  Phew!!  I'm exhausted just typing all of that out again!  But it is still worth it to come home after a long day of work and know that at least that part of my day is done.

The scale hasn't moved down yet, but I still have a lot of work to do on my eating.  I will be good for a day or two and then I have a couple of not to good days.  My goal this week is to continue to log everything that goes into my mouth, and only have 2 cheat days.  One step at a time. Next week I'll cut down to 1 cheat day and maybe one extra cheat meal.  As soon as I decide I'm going to eat healthy, I can't think about anything other than all of that yummy food I want to eat. Am I the only one with this issue? Is this a sign of a food addict? Or just human nature that as soon as you are told you can't have something, you want it?

Maybe if I had someone to clean my house, cook my meals and take care of my children part time...
Who am I kidding, there are plenty are people that are just as busy or busier than I am, what am I whining about?

I once had a goal that I would be my drivers license weight by the time I had to renew my license.  That is this April.  Unless some kind of miracle happens, that will not happen.  I would have to lose 38 pounds.  I just don't that that is a reasonable goal in 3 months.  I'm a little disappointed, but what can I do? It is no ones fault but my own.  I can  meet my goal weight by my 10th Anniversary in August.  So that is my new goal.  Look better than I did when I got married 10 years ago.  Maybe I could even fit into my high school prom dress.  Ok...that might be pushing it LOL.

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Year, New Me

I wonder how many people have a similar title or theme to their blogs this time of year.  This is not a New Years Resolution to me though.  This is a start to a new me.  I did not get back into a workout routine after my last post. In fact I basically quit all workouts and healthy eating.  So in addition to some wonderful Christmas gifts given to me by other, I also gave myself 10 pounds back :\

But I'm back...again.  Last week I started Power 90 over again.  And this time I made sure I had time for it everyday by getting up at 5:30 AM to get my workout in before the rest of life happens for the day.  I even got up at 6:30 on Saturday and got my exercise in before  my last Christmas celebration with my dad, brother and our families.  5:30 is hard, I'm not going to lie.  I usually have issues getting out of bed just to make it to work in time.  BUT, knowing the rest of the day that I am done with my workout and I can go to bed as soon as my kids do has been enough to keep getting my butt out of bed everyday.

After a week of Power90, I'm already feeling stronger during my workouts.  Especially the strength videos.  I'm improving so much on my push ups and my chair dips.

This week I want to focus more on my diet.  I am recording everything I put into my mouth on MyFitnessPal. This in turn makes me think a little more before I put things into my mouth.  I even passed up one of my fav dinners tonight - Kraft Mac & Cheese - for a healthy potato soup.

My first reward to myself will be a new haircut.  I have been growing my hair out for a while, but I'm ready to go back to short hair.  But no haircut until I've lost 10 pounds...or at least 5...not sure I can hold out for 10....