Friday, December 2, 2011

A little update (& good news)!

The last time I posted was about 2 weeks ago about my frustrations with a 29-lb gain over the past year. Right after I posted that, I gained another pound. I was SO frustrated.

I was participating in Zumba classes about 5x a week and strength training about 2x a week. Since my schedule is kind of hectic working three jobs while finishing up my Associates degree, I decided mornings were probably a better time for getting in consistent strength training workouts. I've been doing well with getting up in the mornings to work out. I'm consistently getting up at 4:30am about 4 days a week now for 5am training and also doing a not-as-early 7am training on Saturdays.

It's working.

I caught sight of my tummy in the mirror after Thanksgiving dinner & thought it looked tighter. On Thanksgiving. After dinner. (That still throws me for a loop.) That weekend, I found that I'd lost 3.3 lbs since my last weigh in!

Now here comes the great news!

I'd found Tone It Up a few months ago and I had been interested in trying their diet plan since day 1. I was glued to their free tips, tricks, workouts, and youtube channel (especially the "We Love Food Fridays" videos). It's basically a clean eating lifestyle that also takes into account when you eat & what combination of foods you eat at certain times of the day. I had seen so many success stories tweeted by ladies who were on the plan. It inspired me. I really wanted it, but I knew we couldn't afford it any time in the near future. When I saw they were running a Cyber Monday deal (including $50 of free gear), I tweeted that it was on my Christmas list. So as an early Christmas present, my mom bought me the Tone It Up Fat Burning System Diet Plan!

I started the initial 7 Day Slim Down yesterday, and so far I LOVE it! I'm eating 5 small meals a day & I'm eating really healthy, nutrient dense foods. It's a lower caloric intake than I'm used to, so I'm still adjusting to feeling a little hungry occasionally, but other than that, I have no complaints!

In case you're wondering, here's what Day 1 looked like:
AM workout: cardio + core (45 min)
During AM workout: Zico pineapple coconut water
Breakfast: spinach, tomatoes, & mushrooms scrambled w/egg whites + coffee w/Truvia
Snack: grapefruit
Lunch: baby spinach & arugula salad mix w/chicken & balsamic vinegar + pear
Snack: Think Thin Brownie Crunch bar
Dinner: salmon w/mushrooms & kale chips
PM workout: walking (2.5 hrs)
Post-workout: plain Greek yogurt w/raspberries & Truvia

Like I said, I really really love it so far. I'm excited to see my results at the end of the week!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Facing the Truth

About year ago, I weighed 189 lbs. I had lost 61 lbs from my original 250-lb frame. I was happier, had more energy, and was more confident in myself.

Lately, my clothes haven't been fitting as well. I'm more lethargic. I'm self-conscious rather than confident. I knew I had been on a plateau for about a year. I knew I had gained back some weight. I guess I was in denial about just how much weight I had gained. When I finally decided to do the math today, I figured out I've gained back 29 lbs since I started my weight loss journey. I'm tipping the scale at 218 lbs. No, I'm not back to square 1, but I have gained back almost HALF of the weight I had lost. No wonder I've been miserable. Frankly, I'm disgusted with myself for letting a little "plateau" turn into a 29-lb gain over the course of a year.

I've recently been blessed with a job at a personal training studio. I'm giving my time to helping the office side of things, and as an employee, I have access to unlimited classes. I've been trying out the TRX and Zumba classes a few times a week. I absolutely LOVE it. I am so blessed to have access to as much free fitness activity as I can stand. I can't do all the work by fitness alone.

I know that weight loss is about 30% fitness and 70% diet. So now, I've got to get my eating habits back in control. I'm not able to afford Weight Watchers any more, so I'm currently scoping out my options for what other affordable programs that are available. In the meantime, I'm trying to make good choices and eat smaller portions. I've set a lofty goal of losing 20-25 lbs by Christmas. I will post about my plan of action when I've gotten everything settled.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Facing the Scale {3}



Starting weight: 250 pounds

Last week’s weight: 206 pounds

This week’s weight: 207 pounds

"When you fail to plan, you plan to fail." So, so true. I gained another pound this week. Most of the problem was not having a meal plan this week. And almost no exercise.

Successes:

  • I did get one walk in this week.

Struggles:

  • Not having a plan in place.

Non-Scale Victories:

  • I worked on my list of goals for next month to get me back in focus.

Focus for the new week:

  • Discipline. Just do it.
  • Tracking, tracking, tracking.
  • Working out more often and consistently.
  • Reining in my eating before I get too far off track.
  • Getting a loss next week.

How did your week go?

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Facing the Scale {2}



Starting weight: 250 pounds

Last week’s weight: 205.3 pounds

This week’s weight: 206 pounds

I did gain a little bit this week. I also meant to post this on Sunday. Oops. There's a lot that contributed to this gain. Mainly - stress and being busy all the time. We're still in a financial crisis at this point in time. We can't really afford much at all. We're learning to cope with an extremely limited income. Thankfully, my husband's new job is amazing, and he just got his first paycheck this week.

Another contributing factor for the gain is the day before I weighed in, we went to a wedding. They had a hot dog buffet, chips, and the most delicious cupcakes in town for their wedding cake.

Successes:

  • I tracked on My Fitness Pal - 6 out of 7 days.
  • I did a fairly good job keeping up with my meal plan, for the most part.

Struggles:

  • I kind of fell apart with tracking after the day of the wedding, as did my food choices. I did make some fantastic triple chocolate fudge cupcakes with caramel buttercream, caramel drizzle, and heath bar crumbles. And I may or may not have consumed too many to count.
  • I found it difficult to get almost any workout in. I only went walking twice.
  • I never made a meal plan for this week! I'm paying for that now. Eek!

Non-Scale Victories:

  • We did move the treadmill into the living room! Now all I need is some TV shows on dvd to watch while I walk!

Focus for the new week:

  • Discipline. Just do it.
  • Tracking, tracking, tracking. My Fitness Pal told me I haven't logged in for 3 days now.
  • Working out more often and consistently.
  • Reining in my eating before I get too far off track.
  • Trying to stay positive, even though I'm fairly positive this week will be a gain as well.

How did your week go?

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Recipe: Whole Wheat Orange Pancakes with Raspberry Syrup

I love love love this recipe! These pancakes are delicious. The syrup is even better!
What's even better is they are healthy, and they are packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, calcium, iron, and folic acid! Plus, they have lots of fiber and protein!



Orange Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce
*adapted by me from Betty Crocker Cookbook for Women

Makes 8 servings (two 4-inch pancakes with 2 generous Tbsp syrup each)

Ingredients




Pancakes:
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups fat-free (skim) milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons Splenda no calorie sweetener
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons grated orange peel (I use the whole orange)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt




Syrup:
1 1/2 Tablespoons Splenda Sugar Blend
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2/3 cups orange juice
12 oz frozen raspberries, unsweetened
1 Tbsp light corn syrup

Directions

1. In 1-quart saucepan, mix Splenda Sugar Blend and the cornstarch. Wisk in orange juice, raspberries, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat.

2. Heat greased (with cooking spray) griddle or 12-inch skillet over medium heat or to 375 degrees F.

3. In large bowl, beat eggs with wire wisk until well beaten. Beat in remaining pancake ingredients until just smooth.

4. For each pancake, pour an even 1/4 cup batter from cup or pitcher onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbly on top, puffed and dry around edges. Turn and cook other sides 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with syrup.

For each serving, there are (rounded):
203 calories
2 g fat
40 g carbs
8 g fiber
8 g protein



Full stats:



I really hope you make these and enjoy them as much as I do!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Menu Plan Monday {2}


Image source.

I did fairly well with my meal plan last week. I switched things around as needed, but in general it was so nice not to have to stop and think about what I would eat. Having a plan really helps!

Here's mine for this week:

Monday
Breakfast: homemade egg McMuffin, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds, grapes
Lunch: spinach salad, split pea soup with chopped ham
Snack: celery w/peanut butter, kiwi fruit
Dinner: fried rice, pineapple

Tuesday
Breakfast: cheese & turkey bacon omelet, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds, apple
Lunch: tuna sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, spinach salad
Snack: chocolate peanut butter protein shake
Dinner: honey bbq chicken, baked potatoes, green beans

Wednesday
Breakfast: whole wheat orange pancakes w/raspberry syrup, coffee
Snack: turkey, spinach, & avocado sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, yogurt
Lunch: chicken & broccoli stir fry
Snack: celery w/peanut butter, kiwi fruit
Dinner: leftovers

Thursday
Breakfast: homemade egg McMuffin, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds, apple
Lunch: turkey, spinach, & avocado sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, veggie soup
Snack: celery w/peanut butter, kiwi fruit
Dinner: Wedding!

Friday
Breakfast: whole wheat orange pancakes w/raspberry syrup, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds, grapes
Lunch: leftovers
Snack: celery w/peanut butter, kiwi fruit
Dinner: lentil burgers, salad

Saturday
Breakfast: whole wheat orange pancakes w/raspberry syrup, coffee
Snack: yogurt, grapefruit
Lunch: BLT's
Snack: chocolate peanut butter protein shake
Dinner: leftovers

What's your meal plan? Any new recipes?



Facing the Scale {1}



Starting weight: 250 pounds

Last week’s weight: 208.3 pounds

This week’s weight: 205.3 pounds

I lost exactly 3 pounds this week! It was a tough week. I’m trying to re-learn how I used to eat when I was losing weight for the wedding. I’ve now lost a total of 44.7 pounds!

Successes:

  • I tracked every day on My Fitness Pal to the best of my ability. It definitely helped me to make smarter choices, even if I had an occasional indulgence.
  • I did a fairly good job keeping up with my meal plan. I mostly used it as a guideline, switching things around to fit my schedule.

Struggles:

  • I went to bed hungry a lot. It was really hard to fall asleep when all I could think about was my growling tummy, even if I had a protein-packed dinner.
  • I didn’t get the chance to do scheduled workouts this week. I need to make this part of my regular routine.
  • I hosted a bachelorette party on Friday night. It was definitely fun, but the food was lacking nutritionally.

Non-Scale Victories:

  • I stayed within my calorie total almost every day.
  • I was able to squeeze into my old jeans for the party instead of wearing the ones that fit but make me feel frumpy.
  • For most of my exercise I did things that had a purpose to them, like housecleaning the day before the party, walking around the mall with a friend, and dancing in the club when we went out (not my usual thing).

Focus for the new week:

  • Tracking, tracking, tracking. This still isn’t a habit again, and it needs to be.
  • Moving the treadmill into the living room to be in front of the TV. I think it will help to see it every day instead of it hiding in the spare room.
  • Eating more veggies. I’ve got the fruit part down; now it’s those leafy greens that I need.

And just since it’s been a while, here are some before and in-progress pictures, just for fun.

Here I am two years ago at 250 pounds (September 2009):

And this was taken just a few weeks ago:

How did your week go?

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Menu Plan Monday {1}

One of my September Goals is to plan out my meals every week. This week, I didn't put a whole lot of thought into it. I pulled my resources from Spark People and my Biggest Loser books to throw something together. In the future, I want to do a more detailed plan (which has worked well for me in the past).

Here's the rest of the week's plan:

Tuesday
Breakfast: hard boiled egg, Kashi cereal w/milk, coffee
Snack: Greek yogurt, raspberries, honey, granola
Lunch: tuna sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, peach
Snack: chocolate peanut butter protein shake
Dinner: honey bbq chicken, spinach salad

Wednesday
Breakfast: hard boiled egg, 1 slice whole wheat toast w/peanut butter, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds
Lunch: split pea soup, 1/2 grilled chicken breast, apple
Snack: peach, sliced ham
Dinner: petite sirloin steak, small baked potato, spinach salad

Thursday
Breakfast: egg mug, 1 slice whole wheat toast w/peanut butter, coffee
Snack: Greek yogurt, raspberries, honey, granola
Lunch: vegetarian fried rice, pineapple
Snack: celery w/peanut butter
Dinner: chicken alfredo w/whole wheat pasta, Caesar salad

Friday
Breakfast: homemade egg McMuffin, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds
Lunch: tuna sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, apple
Snack: celery w/peanut butter
Dinner: lentil burgers, grapes

Saturday
Breakfast: cheese omelet, coffee
Snack: turkey apple salad w/raspberry vinaigrette
Lunch: homemade cheese pizza, grapes
Snack: chocolate peanut butter protein shake
Dinner: salmon, homemade glaze, brown rice, pineapple, salad


September Goals

Hello there. I just looked at the last time I blogged. It's been about 3 months. Ouch. A lot can happen in 3 months.

Let's see, in the past 3 months...
We suffered through our second miscarriage.
My sister-in-law experienced a miscarriage.
I finished my school semester.
We celebrated our one-year anniversary.
I took a 10-week summer math class (and passed with flying colors).
My husband got laid off from his job.
My husband got a new job (which he starts tomorrow).


Lots of stressful things have happened. I haven't made time for myself or for my health. I went on and off the wagon several times. I'm tired of it. I'm going to try again. This time, I want to finish.

Here's a list of my goals for September:
  • Lose 8-10 lbs this month
  • Do the 30 Day Shred 5 days a week
  • Walk on my treadmill or outside 3 days a week
  • Get back to meal planning every week
  • Track my eating & my exercise on My Fitness Pal every day
  • Blog at least 2 times a week to start
I've definitely eaten far too many cupcakes, treats, and just junk in general lately. It's going to take a lot of discipline to get back in the habit of doing things right. Pray for me. It's going to be a bumpy ride. I promise to share the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

If I haven't been blogging, I probably haven't been on the wagon...

See that title? It's true. If I'm not blogging at least once a week, I probably am not sticking with my plan. :/

So I finished my first month of P90X. And then I decided I was bored with it and wanted to try something new. I will post pictures at the end of this post.

I decided to go back to my Weight Watchers meetings. I am loving being back! This was my "first week" and I found it very difficult to track everything that I ate. It will be a work in progress, I guess. I did see a loss on the scale this week, though. 1.4 lbs are gone! That's something to celebrate! :)

Oh, and I tried a new recipe this week. Kale chips. They were soooo delicious! I will post the recipe with pictures soon.

Okay, and now for the progress pictures:

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Overall, I lost a few inches, but my weight stayed the same by the end of the month. I'm happy to be going back to my WW meetings. :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Article: 5 Biggest Fitness Mistakes

I found this article through the Yahoo featured stories this morning. Every bit of it is SO TRUE.
This article comes from Bill Phillips of Men's Health magazine. (Original article found here.) Just because it's from Men's Health does NOT mean it doesn't apply to women! I think mistake #2 is especially important for us women to consider!

Read on...

Mistake #1: Not Lifting Weights
You’ve no doubt been told that aerobic exercise is the key to losing your gut, but weight training is actually more valuable. Three reasons:

1. Lifting protects your muscle. When people diet without lifting weights, research shows that 75 percent of their weight loss is from fat and 25 percent is muscle. That 25 percent may reduce your scale weight, but it doesn’t do a lot for your reflection in the mirror. However, if you weight train as you diet, your weight loss is more likely to be 100 percent fat. Think of it in terms of liposuction: The whole point is to simply remove unattractive flab, right? That’s exactly what you should demand from your workout.

2. Lifting boosts your metabolism. Your muscles need energy to repair and upgrade your muscle fibers after each resistance-training workout. For instance, a University of Wisconsin study found that when people performed a total-body workout comprised of just three big-muscle exercises, their metabolisms were elevated for 39 hours afterward. What’s more, they also burned a greater percentage of their calories from fat during this time, compared with those who weren’t hitting the weights.

3. Lifting torches calories. It’s considered common knowledge that jogging burns more calories than weight training. Turns out, when scientists at the University of Southern Maine used an advanced method to estimate energy expenditure during exercise, they found that weight training burns as many as 71 percent more calories than originally thought. The researchers calculated that performing just one circuit of eight exercises—which takes about 8 minutes—can expend 159 to 231 calories. That’s about the same as running at a 6-minute mile pace for the same duration.

Mistake #2: Not Lifting Enough Weight
Ladies, we’re especially talking to you on this one. Your goal is to challenge your muscles, not just go through the motions. For instance, if you can lift a weight 15 times, it’s not going to do your muscles much good to lift it for only 8 repetitions. A good way to gauge if a weight is appropriate: Note the point at which you start to struggle. Let’s say you’re doing 10 repetitions. If all 10 seem easy, then the weight you’re using is too light. However, if you start to struggle on your tenth repetition, you’ve chosen the correct poundage.

Mistake #3: Not Working the Lower Body Enough
To cut inches from your waist, make sure you’re working the muscles below your belt. In a Syracuse University study, people burned more calories the day after they did lower-body resistance training than the day after they worked their upper body. “Leg muscles—like your quads and glutes—generally have more muscle mass than those of your chest and arms,” says study author Kyle Hackney, Ph.D. (c), C.S.C.S. “Work more muscle during your exercise session, and your body has to expend more energy to repair and upgrade them later.” So the best approach, of course, is to hit every muscle each workout.

Mistake #4: Not Eating Right
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. After all, you can eat 1,000-calorie fast food burger in just 5 minutes, but it’ll take you more than an hour to burn that many calories with physical activity. So make sure you’re not using exercise as an excuse to eat whatever you want. You may even find that regular workouts help you better follow a smart eating plan. Case in point: University of Pittsburgh researchers studied 169 overweight adults for 2 years and found that the participants who didn’t follow a 3-hour-a-week training plan ate more than their allotted 1,500 calories a day. The reverse was also true—sneaking snacks sabotaged their workouts. The study authors say it’s likely that both actions are a reminder to stay on track, reinforcing your weight-loss goal and drive.

Mistake #5: Skipping Workouts
We’re all busy, but that’s usually just a lame excuse. After all, plenty of people find time to exercise. And when was the last time you heard someone say they regretted their workout? Probably never, and here’s why: U.K. researchers found that workers were 15 percent more productive on the days they made time to exercise compared to days they skipped their workout. They were also 15 percent more tolerant of their coworkers. Now, consider for a moment what these numbers mean to you: On days you exercise, you can—theoretically at least—accomplish in an eight-hour day what normally would take you nine hours and 12 minutes. Or you’d still work nine hours, but get more done, leaving you feeling less stressed and happier with your job, another perk that the workers reported on the days they exercised.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Update on Win, Lose, or Blog competition

I mentioned in this post that I applied to be a contestant for Win, Lose, or Blog. Well, I obviously didn't get selected. (I would have announced it on here if I had!)

Since their Biggest Loser competition started, I've lost 6.4 lbs. That's 0.6 lbs away from my 4-month plateau/gain. It's also a 3.3% weight loss.

WLB posted the current standings for their Biggest Loser competition. I just figured out that if I had been selected, I would currently be standing in 5th place (out of 8 contestants). Not bad. Not bad at all!

I'm pretty stoked to almost be back to my pre-plateau weight again. Woo hoo!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

I am LOVING the P90X lean program! Love love love!!! I can see my body shrinking. I can feel my clothes fitting better. I can also feel myself getting stronger. It's awesome!

For a refresher, this is what my phase 1 weekly schedule looks like:
Tuesday - Core Synergistics
Wednesday - Cardio X
Thursday - Ab Ripper X, Shoulders & Arms
Friday - Yoga X
Saturday - Ab Ripper X, Legs & Back
Sunday - Kenpo X
Monday - Rest or X Stretch

I'm currently on Day 9. I'm 1/10th of the way through the program, and still going strong!

One of the keys to my success is getting up early to do my workout first thing in the morning. The only way I've been able to keep that up is through lots (and LOTS) of prayer, as well as getting to bed early. It's 9:31 pm as I write this, and as soon as I hit "publish" I'm off to bed!

Another key to success this time is that I turn off the music from the DVDs and play my own motivating music.

Here are a few songs on my workout playlist:
"Stronger" - Mandisa (always my warm up)
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" - Whitney Houston
"The More" - downhere
"Burnin' Up" - Jonas Brothers
"Conga" - Gloria Estefan
"Let's Get Loud" - Jennifer Lopez
"Supermassive Black Hole" - Muse
"Any Way You Want It" - Journey
"I'm Reading a Book" - Julian Smith (the end is my favorite)
And a large hodgepodge of Anberlin and *NSYNC


I like to keep it interesting. :)


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Plateau No More

Remember how I said I was slightly addicted to ice cream? I didn't buy it this week. For one, it's not in our budget right now. But secondly, I don't need to eat ice cream every day. So I had a small bowl at my parents house, and then we went out to ice cream last night (I forgot we had planned it).

This past week, I took the time to plan my meals. I did my best to stick with my plan, and I was "good" with my eating most of the week. I did bake cookies for my biology class on Thursday, and I had pizza and ice cream with my family last night. The key is to treat yourself in moderation.

I haven't missed a day yet this week since I took on the P90X challenge with my friend.
(Yes, I even did Yoga!!!) I've successfully gotten up at 5am each day to workout. Today is a little different due to the fact that we got in at 2am from picking my sister up from the airport. But I am going to continue with my workouts even though it's the weekend.

Yoga pose - Royal Dancer
(photo credit)

I forgot how addicting exercise can be! When I got home from school early this week, I tried to figure out how I would spend my extra hour of time, and all I could think of was wanting to work out some more! I am definitely headed in the right direction.

I love having the accountability of this challenge! I feel pushed and motivated to eat right and complete my workouts every day now! I think it's safe to say that I'm on my way out of my plateau! I've been at a standstill with my weight loss since last November. I bounced around the same 5-7 lbs for 4 months before I finally gave up.

This week, I lost 3.4 lbs!!!!!!

What??? That's awesome! Even with pizza and double ice cream last night? Yup.
It's amazing to see what consistency and hard work can do!

I know this won't be the same every week, but it was so encouraging to say goodbye to the 190's this morning when I stepped on the scale!

I've only got 0.7 lbs until I'm back at my pre-plateau weight.
I've lost a total of 62.9 lbs since my weight loss journey began!

Here are some upcoming milestones, to put it into perspective:
2.1 lbs until I hit 65 lbs
7.1 lbs until I hit 70 lbs
12.1 lbs until I hit 75 lbs

Wow!! Yay!! I'm so excited to continue on!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Okay, so I lied.....

...but I was really lying to myself.

I had set a goal of completing the full 90 days before my 1 year anniversary on June 25. So it was for that reason and that reason alone that I had resolved to "push forward" anyway. I thought about how I would feel after finishing.

Yeah, I finished P90X, but I only did 5 workouts in the first two weeks.

I didn't feel like I would be as proud of myself to say I technically "completed" it by my goal deadline.

Enter Janelle - one of my closest friends from high school and still a dear friend to this day. Here she is with me on my wedding day!

(left - me, right - Janelle)

While preparing to begin my week 3 workout, Janelle texted me asking questions about P90X. We talked for a while and ultimately decided to challenge each other to complete P90X together (even though we live 5 1/2 hours away from each other). We're not competing for any prizes or racing for highest percentage of weight loss. We're simply working together to achieve a common goal - a healthier lifestyle.

So I decided I would, in fact, start over. But this time, I have accountability. We're texting each other when we finish our workouts. It feels great to say, "I did it!"

As an added bonus, I just figured out that this only puts me past my original goal by 1 week. Not bad. Not bad at all. :)

BRING IT!!!

P.S. Day 1 and 2 are complete!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

P90X Week 2 review

Hey, I remembered to post this on the weekend! Yay me!

P90X week 2 went very similarly to week 1. This time I only got 2 workouts in. At this point, I would likely start over. But that's the exact reason I've never completed P90X.

If I keep starting over because I haven't been perfect, I'll never finish. Why? Because life isn't perfect.

"We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it."
{Proverbs 16:9}

Normally, I wouldn't use the Message version of the bible. Too many people see it as a translation, not an interpretation. However, there are times when it hits spot on.

So this week, I'll plan to head into every day with a new outlook. I CAN do it, and I don't need to start over.

P.S. I lost 0.8 lbs this week. It's still a loss!


Thursday, March 31, 2011

P90X Week 1 review

I really should have posted this on Saturday......

This is not my first attempt at P90X. I've made it through the first round four times. Every time before, I went with the classic program. This time, I've decided to take the lean route. The lean program is more focused on cardio than on strength training. Don't mistake me by thinking that means it's all cardio and no weight lifting. That's not the case at all.

So here's what my schedule looks like for weeks 1-3:
Tuesday - Core Synergisitcs
Wednesday - Cardio X
Thursday - Ab Ripper X, Shoulders & Arms
Friday - Yoga X
Saturday - Ab Ripper X, Legs & Back
Sunday - Kenpo X
Monday - Rest or Stretch X

For every workout I complete, I'm putting a shiny gold star sticker on my workout schedule calendar, which is on the fridge door. If I get all 6 stars for the week, my husband has to think of a creative, non-food reward for me. I think it's a pretty good deal. =)

Week 1 got 3 out of 6 stars (or 4 out of 7 if you count the rest day... haha). My husband was out of town for the weekend, so I sort of lost motivation when I got to the Yoga dvd. It's 90 minutes long, so it's my least favorite dvd. I did get lots of other exercise over the weekend, though (rearranging furniture, walking around in Ikea, etc.).

I also attempted to start tracking my food intake more carefully. I post my meal plan for the day, along with the WW Points calculations on the Getting In Shape board on The Knot. It's what helped me stick with regular meal planning when I was getting ready for my wedding, so I figured it would be a good place to continue that. The girls on there are very supportive and motivating!

In other news, it has occurred to me that I may have a slight addiction to ice cream. I know that if I want the best results possible, I should try to eat a cleaner diet. As someone said, "Abs are made in the kitchen!" I'm working at getting better at planning healthier, more balanced meals for us. I think my problem lies in my sweet tooth. Hmm... more thoughts on that later, I guess.

Anyway, even with only doing half the workouts for the week and only attempting to track my meals, I actually had a pretty good week on the scale. I'm down 2.2 lbs from last week! That puts me at a little less than 5 lbs to go to my previous lowest weight! Woo hoo!

On to week 2!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

enough is enough!

I've decided!

So, I've been frustrated with the fact that I've plateaued since Weight Watchers switched to their new PointsPlus plan in November. Slowly since then, I had kind of given up on my weight loss. I just thought, "This is as good as it will get for me."

Well, Monday I found myself driving home from school eating a Payday bar, where all of a sudden it hit me. WHAT WAS I DOING?!? A candy bar?? Sure, it was just a candy bar. But not to me. To me it was the culmination of a long-overdue smack in the face/kick in the butt.

I got home and weighed myself the next morning. 193.5.

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That's a 7-lb gain from where I was. That's 7 lbs in the wrong direction. Not good.

I want to nip this in the bud! I NEVER want to go back to the old habits, the old me. The old me was unhappy, self-conscious, and always brought down by comparing herself to others. The old me never felt worthy or good enough for anyone. By the grace of Jesus am I now a woman who is happy, confident, worthy, and good enough.

I'm pumped and motivated again!

Here are my NEW before pictures!
(my face is red in the first set because I just finished a workout... haha!)












(ugh.... that swimsuit back shot is NOT attractive!!!)


I'm trying to set up as many avenues for success as I can. I've written down some goals and a workout schedule for the next three months, which will be my 1-year anniversary (June 25).
I've also switched to WW etools for the next three months, so that's a big change for me - not having my meeting there to help me.

I've applied to be a contestant on Win, Lose, or Blog, which is a 7-week weight loss competition through blogging. They'll announce the contestants on March 28th, and their 4th season of this competition will start on April 1st. I hope I get chosen, but even if I don't, I'm in this till the end!




I just wanted to share a few inspiring quotes from one of my favorite shows - The Biggest Loser.

The first one comes from Courtney. I love her drive and her enthusiasm!


"What I want to say to all those average women of America is that I've lost almost 200 lbs and you can do this. You can lose this weight just like I have. Just one step, one day at a time, one choice at a time - and you will get there." - Courtney (Biggest Loser, season 11, week 11)


This next one comes from Olivia and her encouraging husband.


"You know sometimes you approach a wall and you know this is the point for me where I usually give up. You know, in the past when I've plateaued before, I've just kinda given up... it's the time where, 'This is as good as it gets for me.'" - Olivia (Biggest Loser, season 11, week 12)

"Well, I just know how strong you are... Be strong for you. Be strong! You are strong! When you see the wall, just look at that wall! You don't turn away from it! And keep going and you say, 'You are not going to win over me! I am going to win!' That is who you are! Because I know the end of the story, and I know that you make it. I know you better than anyone else." - Olivia's husband



Amen, right? Those words from Olivia's husband sound like they could have come from the mouth of Jesus. I hope you are encouraged by this as much as I am!

Thanks for reading!