Wednesday, December 15, 2010
hi there friends,
it's about time i had a blog entry. for some reason, i am losing it lately. i have been a tad under the weather.... not deathly ill, just have this lump of phlegm stuck in my throat that is not very nice to me and was running a fever. been getting tons and tons of sleep. been in bed by 8 every night for the past 3 nights. getting nearly 8-10 hours of sleep and still this nagging thing in my throat won't go away.
i should be happy that i do not have aches all over my body and stuff like that. and i am very grateful for that. but, this crappy feeling has kept me from the gym for 3 days so today i went even though i probably should not have. as i was driving to the gym, i was asking myself "what the heck am i doing?" but, alas, i kept on towards my destination. when i got there, i just sat in my car for a few minutes deciding weather or not to actually go in.... alas, yes, i crawled out of the car and went in and did my thing.
i did 45 minutes on the elliptical, albeit at a slower pace than normal. then i did my strength training stuff. used a 5lb weight on my abdominal bench... i think its time to move onto a 10 lb weight. perhaps by the end of the week i will reward myself with 5 lbs more on my ab bench. lol. i'll think of it as an early christmas present. lol.
so with all the weight i've lost (me and hubby) we have been told we need to redo our passports for our trip to europe next year. it's rather funny, but it is an added expense i'd rather do without, if you know what i mean. passports are not cheap!! i was going to go today to get my new pics taken at the AAA office, but after the gym my hair looked like crap so i just came home instead. it's way too cold out to go back out.... lol... have i mentioned i hate cold weather?
i see people i have not seen in a while and i have to actually tell them who i am. is that not strange? with both the hair change and the weight loss i look nothing like i did a year ago. i have 2 lbs to go until i hit the 150 lbs loss mark. my goal is before next wednesday when i get on the plane to florida for the holiday. i'm pretty sure i will make it.
i am so looking forward to getting on the plane and NOT NEEDING A SEAT BELT EXTENSION!!! i am going to literally JUMP FOR JOY!!
so, i'm really lost on what to get hubby for christmas. he doesn't really want anything and he doesn't really need anything. he is a simple fellow, meaning he is happy no matter what -- i have a tough time every year trying to figure it out but i usually come up with something. not so sure about this year though, but new cloths that fit are probably a good option.
well, thanks for stopping by. looking forward to an awesome new year in a few weeks. my plan is to reach 150 before my trip to europe in june. wish me luck!!
happy holidays to one and all!!
Monday, December 06, 2010
i am having difficulty with topics for blogs. for some reason, my creative juices are just not flowing!! i want to blog a lot more, but i don't want to be boring or repetitive either.
i was super surprised that i had a loss this week. my "friend" was with me the past few days and felt so bloated it wasn't even funny. so i was pleasantly surprised this morning to find my 1.7lb loss for the week.
this is a new week. i have 16 days to lose 7 more lbs.
on dec 28th of last year when i returned from florida i was 350lbs. my goal is to be down 150lbs on the 22nd BEFORE i leave to go to florida this year.
i am pretty positive that i can reach this goal. i'm thinking lots of fruits and veggies (fresh and low sodium of course) and hitting the gym and maybe stepping up my cardio and strength stuff. i am determined to meet this goal. i can practically taste it!
i've been working on this new 'ab crunch bench' that my gym just got. at first, i couldn't even do 1 crunch. a few days ago i did 40 and it didn't bother me in any way. i tried adding 10lbs to the bench --- couldn't even budge the thing! so, yesterday, i found a 5lb weight and added that to the bench and VOILA!! i managed to squeeze out 20 crunches with the added 5lbs! i was so excited. i won't do crunches again until wednesday... but my goal is 30 or more with the added weight.
i've also upped all my weights on my other machines too!! improvements are welcome!
i can also see muscles building in my arms but the one thing i want most of all is to get rid of my chicken arms (and legs too!) i just can't stand that floppy skin (and fat) hanging there. and no matter what i try, it seems like that stuff is here to stay. it is really depressing. if i hold my arms up -- they look wicked skinny, that is until you look at all the flab hanging underneath them. What's a girl to do with this?
now, i know there is absolutely no way to target fat loss from certain areas of the body but there has to be a way to dwindle it down so it is not so grotesque and depressing.
here are some stats for ya.
size 32/34 pants
size 4x shirt (32/34)
size 22 neck
trouble on stairs
size 18 pants
size large shirt (14/16)
size 13.5 neck
exercise minimum of 5 days a week
stairs easy, even without a railing
if i can do this ---- i can do anything!!! and so can you!!!
i hope by posting these numbers, it will help someone to realize that it can be done.
it takes belief in yourself. you need to believe that you deserve this. you need to believe that you can do it. you need to believe that you are WORTH IT!! you need to believe that NOTHING and NO ONE will stand in your way!
make this commitment to yourself. you are worth it.... AND MORE!
i believe we all have the ability to change our circumstances. no matter what our situation, if you believe in yourself -- YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN.
i did not always believe this when it came to my weight. everything else in my life i did believe it, but this was just one thing i could not tackle. i tried for years and years to lose this weight and i always failed. one day a light came on and i realized that this is no different. i CAN do this!! and so can YOU!!
i'm telling you... believing is the first step. yes, it takes commitment and determination, but if you do not believe it can happen -- then it won't.
you decide!! you decide that this is it! you decide you've had enough!
LET NOTHING STAND IN YOUR WAY.... TRUST ME, IT FEELS TOTALLY AWESOME!!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
ok, so here's the scoop
i've been working on crunches so i can build muscle in my midsection instead of all this flab.
my gym just got these kinda cool crunch benches. i will post a picture tomorrow after i take a picture. anyway.. the first time i tried it, about 3 weeks ago.... i barely did 5 and i was sore as all heck the following day...
i tried again about a week later and it was easier, but i wasn't sore at all and i managed 10 and was not sore at all.
i tried again, days later and did 20 and again, no soreness.
yesterday i went above and beyond... i did 20 and it actually felt good so i racked up 10 more thinking 'this is great, i think i have the hang of it!" and lo and behold, today, i am sore to the max! my abs are aching... lol, it feels kinda good, like i know i did something to strengthen myself.
i do leg presses too. and yesterday i did 40! i usually do 30 and heel raises as well. well yesterday i started with my normal 80lbs for the first set, then moved to 85 for 2 more sets and then did a 4th set at 90 lbs. let me tell you, between the abs and thighs and the glutes and my calves ---- i am aching all over.
so i didn't realize just how achy i was until i got to the gym tonight. my plan was to do my elliptical, then some minor strength stuff (basic stuff i do 4 times a week) and then maybe jump on the treadmill to wind down.
hahahahha, i was so sore after my elliptical i had no UMPH to do anything else. it was hilarious! it wasn't a killing kind of pain... more of a dull ACHE all over me. needless to say i went home and went out to dinner with my hubby and after that i felt lots better. only mildly achy now..
by tomorrow i should be as good as new and ready to do it all over again.... hahahaha, i have to build up more stamina!
so tell me. what new exercises have you gotten into that leave you feeling totally AWESOME but somewhat achy (achy because you know it is helping you --- not necessarily pain)? did you change what you did or keep on trekking on?
thanks for your input and friendship!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
this is traditionally the time of year everyone gives thanks...
myself, i am thankful for having the focus and drive i have had this year to make such a drastic improvement to my health. losing 138 lbs so far is no small achievement and i realize this.
i am also thankful for my family. i have a totally awesome hubby. he is the most caring person in the world -- yes, more than me!! he is amazing. i am always amazed that he chose to be with me. 23 years married!! and looking forward to the next 23.
i also have a fantastic son. although is a grown man now, 22 years old, he is a terrific kid to me. he graduates from 'the new england institute of art' in december and he is moving to florida to work with disney as a step towards his goal of film production and writing for television. i love him dearly.
i have several awesome brothers and sisters too! we all got together last saturday just for dinner, but those are times that i really cherish. we are all grown, i am the baby, and it is wonderful to stay in touch.
i have terrific friends as well. my best friend is nearly 10 years older than me but we have been called sisters - that's how close we are.
and of course, all my spark friends. without you to vent to and to encourage me, i never would have made it this far, that is for sure. this is a wonderful outlet for all of us to gather and support each other. it is certainly something worthy of our thanks.
both my hubby and i have decent jobs and we are not 'wanting' for anything. we are certainly blessed.
not sure how to turn thanksgiving into a healthy day though. turkey, stuffing, potatoes, turnip, carrots, GRAVY!! yummy stuff and i love all of it. moderation will be the key with me, but i am not sure i am THAT STRONG! and we won't even talk about desert.
here's the question: how do you turn thanksgiving into a healthy day? tips and recipes welcome!!
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