Saturday, February 25, 2012
Okay I'm gonna make a post because i'm just so excited.
My gym membership expires soon and i learned that it will be closed for the summer for big renovations. I thought i'd need another place to go because i have a goal to reach now! There's a girl at my job who talked to me about her gym, a women only center. I wasn't too psyched at first but i visited their website and it seems pretty nice, actually! A mother and her daughter are the owners.
The membership includes the usual strenght training + cardio machines, and you can have a new program by a coach every 6 to 8 weeks.
BUT! They also have a private pool for members! While it's not a big pool, it's long enough to make laps (about 12 meters) and as the opposite to my gym, where there was only one or two hours in the day where you could go swim (with a lot of other people..) there's only one or two hours in the day where the pool is reserved for classes! The rest of the time the pool is accessible for people to swim. YAY! .. Oh! And the gym has a sauna, free for members, anytime :)
Another thing that i'm really excited about is that with that kind of membership, you can assist all the "aerobic" classes you want! There's a fixed schedule and you just show up if you feel like it, no reservations and no deadlines. There is Zumba classes, pilates, power yoga, steps, other classes based on insanity and p90x, spinning and such. I think those classes will help me A LOT with this losing weight business!! I also think it's gonna be fun, for some reason. Not my usual cup of tea but i had good experiences ;)
What's also fun, you can have a private coach if you're into it and willing to pay an extra. You can have a body mass index analysis, massages, tanning.. and other services of that kind.
OUF! That's about it. I'm going tomorrow for the first time, i have a 7 day free pass to see if i like it and all. I'm gonna be really disapointed if i don't, but i kinda doubt it. I'm gonna try their pool and sauna while spying all over the place ;)
PS: And thank you all for your comments on my blog entries, really appreciated :) There should be a way to reply on this thing..
Friday, February 17, 2012
not much to say, I write this just because.. i'm still around, i dont just participate much lately. i could say the same for my journey :) i eat okay; no excess. i don't really exercice though, and i skipped last week's swimming class.. oops. didn't felt like going at. all. so i didn't. i's okay.. i'll go next week.
some weeks i'm most prepared than others, this week nothing is ready and i lack sleep and exercice. drink too much caffeine too (although for most people this is nothing, i dont take that much, just more than my usual) getting headaches. i'll take it easy for the rest of the month (by that what i really mean is to sleep and try to be back on track at a natural pace), i've been promised a day shift schedule for march, should really help me with everything, days are longer too, sun will be welcomed :)
i have a new *goal*! since being 130 by april seems pretty impossible by now, i decided to set a new date, 1st of august. i know im pretty comfortable and feel good with my body at 150 so i will have a nice summer anyway :) i feel that's a good date and to lose 1.4 pound per week seems like a healthy and realistic goal. i want to burn all that fat but also gain muscle, so yeah. that will require a lof of discipline and organisation, aye.
rough plan is to :
+ move all the time, at home, at work, whenever wherever!
+ continue going to the gym (strenght trainning, cardio), replace the machines i dont like by other things that won't make me dizzy.. start running for real.
+ have a meal plan, stick to it as much as possible.
+ sleep good.
i need to polish everything but that's bout it ;)
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Okay I gotta be honest, I haven't weight in at 162 in weeks.. So I changed my tracker back to 164, which is not dramatic.. I just thought I could go back in no time and it's not happening just yet. I wonder if i'll ever see it go down again, hehe! Some mornings I feel great and light-er, but the scale says otherwise. I barely listen to it, even though I know it's right. I don't really deserve it to go down anyway, that's not as if I was doing big efforts to improve my situation right now. I still give in every cravings, barely exercice, etc. At least I go to bed earlier and wake up earlier, too. It seems to help.
I swim once a week for about 45 minutes, I'd like to go more, like 2 or 3 times a week. It's doing good to my body. I'd also like to go more often to the gym but the time is so rare, there's just so many things to do.. most days don't even feel like they are mine. (I think it's wrong but it's temporary, i'm doing it for a cause.) The next 1-2 years need to be all about discipline and dedication. Paying back debts, losing the weight and getting in shape / healthy. That's all, but I KNOW it's a lot! Not easy to stay positive and motivated.. but right now (as in today, lol) I feel i'm solid.
Let it be a good month!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Not much to say.. I've been lacking good sleep since a week or two, so everything else is on the slow side. I barely function when I'm tired. :/ Not too motivated either.
I went to my first swimming class, it was interesting! I managed to arrive late but it wasn't too much of a trouble. Everybody in the class is at school to become policeman/woman, ... great :P I had to take more time than them to catch my breathe but other than that I think I was doing good.
Next pay day I think I'm gonna buy a mini trampoline! Looks like fun and it's not really expensive (around 60$). I've heard about it recently by Tosca Reno and Dr. Mercola. We'll see!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
For those of you who have no idea of what i'm talking about when i say "eat clean" and basically for me too, cause i like to read that again and again as a motivator. I did not write this, it's from the "eat clean" community, by the user URBANMOMMY. I think it sums pretty well the idea and will serve me as a reference guide, when needed.
1. Eat 5-6 small meals EVERY DAY! That means one meal every 2-3 hours. This is essential!
2. Do not skip meals. The blood sugar will plummet and you will grab the first thing you find to fill that hunger. Eat up!!
3. Lean protein (25 g) at each meal. Chicken breasts, tuna, salmon, tofu, pork tenderloin, bison, fat free dairy, whey or soy protein, etc.
4. Eat complex carbs with your protein. Together, carbs and protein are a potent force! Complex carbs: whole grains, veggies, and fruit.
5. Plan out your meals weekly (before you go grocery shopping); then plan out your meals daily. On Thursdays I plan out my weekly meals; then I hit the store on Friday, before the weekend attacks me. I'm trying to cook in bulk now: grill or bake several chicken breasts for the week; cook oatmeal in big batches; protein pancakes freeze well, etc. Then, every nite, I plan out my daily meals for the next day. See my page for details.
6. Drink 8-10 cups of water every day. I try to drink 500 ml (1 bottled water) with each meal. Seems to help me remember to drink up!
7. Use a cooler, if you can, to carry your meals. If you are on-the-go, a cooler will SAVE YOU!! Invest in some ziploc containers and cooler packs, and start packing! Everynite, load up the cooler with apples, almonds, yogurts, cottage cheese, cooked chicken and canned tuna, corn tortilla or whole wheat wraps, salads w/lemon juice, etc. You'll thank me, really!
8. Eat good fats everyday. Yeah!! Fats that come from fish (salmon, tuna), nuts, nut butter, flaxseed meal or oil are all excellent sources of Omega 3's and omega 6's. Make yourself eat them everyday in place of your butter or sat fats.
9. Include lots of veggies and fruit with your meals to fill you up.
10. Portion control is in the palm of your hand. Look down at your hand right now. There's a typical portion of food staring back at you. Get used to what it looks like. I also like to use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to measure my food. 1/2 c. of cooked oats, 1/2 c. of cooked brown rice, 1/2 c. chopped chicken...pretty much a palm -size.
11. 80/10/10. This is straight from Tosca Reno's book. Your ideal body is 80% nutrition, 10% training, and 10% genes. You WILL NOT achieve the body you want if you don't feed it what it needs, when it needs it.
Voilą, hope you enjoyed as i did :)
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