Saturday, February 23, 2013
What better way to spend a snowy, cold day at home by breaking a sweat with a Sparkpeople fitness DVD. I especially like Total Body Sculpting with Coach Nicole. Get your workout clothes on, find your dumb bells, and have that bottle of water handy, because Coach Nicole is going to warm you up and work you out!! It's an overall total body workout that incorporates strength training and cardio while providing a lot of fun at the same time. It's clear, precise and easy to follow. Best of all... you always have the option to modify your workout to challenge yourself and meet your particular fitness needs. It's up to you and your own personal trainer... Coach Nicole.
There are several options in choosing your workout. The first one is choosing a Coach Nicole custom workout. Basically this takes you through a daily and weekly fitness program from Beginner to Advanced. This is great for someone who is new to a fitness program and perhaps would benefit from a structured program. It advances you gradually and challenges you as your fitness level improves. Hey...what better than to let someone else use their expertise to plan your workout and maximize your results.
The other option is to choose your own workout from a 69 minute total body workout divided into 5 different sections consisting of: (1)Warm-up (2)Barre Body Blast (3) Body Weight Burn (4) Sizzle-Sculpt Circuit and (5) Cool down.
After a gradual warm up, the Barre Body Blast incorporates Yoga, Pilates, and Ballet Barre. I find this section very interesting and quite challenging. I do a lot of Pliet squats at the gym but this puts a whole new spin on them. I had no idea there were so many different ways to do this type of squat and believe this will optimize my results. This whole section gradually increases intensity by providing intervals that include strength training and short cardio bursts.
The Body Weight Burn section essentially uses cardio and strength training to combine for the ultimate total body workout produced by using your body weight and a set of dumb bells. It works to get your heart rate up, keep it up, and burn calories.
Lastly the Sizzle Sculpt Circuit is a great option to tone your body at home. I am huge into strength training but am many times strapped for time. I like this because I don't have to spend endless hours at the gym lifting weights to get the desired results. I've lost 118 lbs and needless to say...I've got a lot of toning to do. This is the perfect DVD for those who want to take their body sculpting to the next level..I'm ready. How about you??
Of course last but not least the Cool Down. Coach Nicole always warms you up and cools you down in a safe and professional manner. I really appreciate this. Throughout the DVD, you are always given the option to modify the workout so that so that it is the safest possible for you and your fitness level.
Now I'm going to share a huge benefit that I feel I have received from this particular fitness video. As an older adult (57 years young) I feel that perhaps I should be paying more attention to my balance. Yes..BALANCE. I found this DVD really challenged and improved my balance, particularly the Ballet Barre section. After doing this video consistently I can see a definite improvement in my flexibility and balance. I think this is very beneficial to improve my health, keep me safe, and protect me from falls as I become older!
So...are you ready to take a chance friends? If you want to burn calories, tone up, and have fun..this video is for you. I don't think it will disappoint. It is currently available at Amazon and Target.com. but hurry... if you order before February 28 at Target.com you will receive 250 Sparkpoints.
Peace out friends...get your fitness on and take care!!
*** "I received this DVD for free from Sparkpeople but did not receive any form of payment for my review"
Saturday, January 05, 2013
2012... A year ago I sat here thinking this could possibly be the best year of my life. I felt incredibly good! The changes I had made the past couple of years had taken hold, and I found my life had finally shifted to that of a predominately healthy and active lifestyle. I had regained my self-confidence, and felt strong and in control of my life.! Little did I know, 2012 would turn out to be the saddest and most challenging year I had experienced in all my life.
In 2012 I would come to know devastating loss, yet through the experience, I would receive unpredictable blessings. In March I lost my beloved Mother, after a seemingly sudden illness. Sitting by her bedside as she lay dying, I had enormous guilt! I spent more time with her the last 6 weeks of her life than I had spent with her the previous 2 years. I had been so preoccupied with MY health, MY well being, MY workouts, MY nutrition, that I ignored all else. The loss was difficult! Yet it was during this time, when the hard decisions were to me made, that I bonded with my siblings. We all found an unbelievable strength, deep down, that we didn't know existed. Today...we are united and our bonds are stronger, a true blessing!!
In April... I went through my second surgical breast biopsy. I was feeling better than I had felt my entire life, & again a black cloud was hanging over my head. It messed with my mind. Even though the results were good(benign), it'll still be another nine months before I could possibly be given the all clear. But what doesn't kill you makes you stronger-right? Hopefully Sept. 2013 will give me the results I have been waiting for!
Today, I have the tools to deal with life situations. I find that now, instead of grabbing a bag of chips when adversity strikes, I grab my MP3 player and go out for a walk/run! Instead of reaching for a candy bar , I grab a weight and lift it overhead. Instead of driving to the fast food joint, I drive to the gym! And instead of feeling sorry for myself, I feel grateful for this site, and for all my friends. I am proud of my dedication and hard work, and want nothing more than to share my success through motivation & inspiration!
I look at the pictures, and it amazes me how far I have come! But I know my work is not done. Becoming stagnant in my workouts, and complacent with my progress, would surely be a death sentence for me. My success in weight maintenance is contingent on: focusing on my goals, working my current fitness/nutrition programs, and improving upon them on a DAILY basis!
So...here are the goals I would like to achieve in 2013:
** Learn to LET IT GO. There are truly things we cannot change and cannot control. Kick guilt out the door...it is out of my hands. I can only control my choices. I will not let the past adversely affect the future!
** RELAX...don't sweat the small stuff! I need to prioritize what is really important and what really doesn't matter. Does my house really need to be spotless?? Do I have to get all the laundry done before I can sit down for a rest? I guess I need to understand that EVERYTHING does not have to be done to perfection this very moment. Enjoy life...progress, not perfection!
** Watch portions. I generally eat pretty healthy, but I find that I often get too many calories from "Healthy foods". When the scale starts creeping up...this is usually the culprit in my case!! Watch it!!
** Specialized strength training. I currently do 3 general strength training sessions a week, either machines or free weights. I'd like to possibly go to 4 sessions a week...and be more specific in nature. I prefer free weights so maybe..1 day legs, 1 day arms, 1 day back/ abs, and 1 day chest /shoulders. It's attainable!
**2500 fitness minutes per month. I feel like need to take the minutes to the next level. This should be a challenge considering time constraints when working! Adding an extra strength training session per week and 15 extra cardio minutes per day would make this goal possible!
** Take on a 10K...I've done 5K's but I know I could do a 10K. I'd have to walk/run it. I do run as much as I can, but I'm not a hardcore runner nor do I aspire to be. I want to take it a bit easy on the old joints as I get some good sweating in!!
That's it friends..no lofty, major life changes. I made my major changes in 2010!! I'm on the right track...I just need to keep chugging along. Consistency has always been key to me. It doesn't matter how long it takes me to finish the race....as long as I finish!!
Good luck to you in reaching your goals. Let's own 2013..Shall we??
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Hi spark buddies....
It's been awhile since I have ventured into blogland. Lately there is something that has really been bothering me and I need your collective thoughts on the subject!! My scale is being MEAN to me and I don't like it!! I don't believe the numbers on the scale are an accurate representation of how fit a person is!!
As you know I have lost a considerable amount of weight, and have been a yo-yo dieter the better part of my adult life. Therein lies the problem. I feel it is necessary for me to keep an eyeball on the numbers to keep from once again gaining back all my weight, and possibly more! I have done this so many times..I'm sick of it!
Recently the numbers on my scale have started to gradually increase. When I first met my weight loss goal over a year ago, I settled in weighing about 115 lbs. and stayed there for awhile. In my mind I looked pretty scrawny at that weight with not a lot of muscle mass, but i had just in the 6 months prior to that, begun a strength training regimen! It took awhile to see results!
These days my weight consistently stays around 120 lbs.....an increase of 5 lbs. I am approaching 2 years of strength training workouts 3 times per week! When I look in the mirror these days, I see a very fit looking person with much more muscle definition than I had when I started! I am dedicated to fitness and I eat healthy most of the time...none of that has changed! My clothes size has also stayed the same! The only difference...the number on my scale is increasing!
So... I need your take on this. I feel like I am gaining muscle mass and possibly need to get off the scale. Tell me this is what is going on! What can I do to be sure I am not gaining my unhealthy weight back as I have many times?? Should I blow the scale of totally? (this scares me)! The last time I blew off the scale totally, I ended up weighing 225+ lbs. I fear that if I continue to gain, I will freak out (I'm close to that point now)! Or...should I just continue as I have, maintaining my healthy habits and not worry about my increasing weight.
I appreciate your insight....this has really been bothering me lately!! I hate that the number on the scale has so much dominance over me. It actually ruins my day if I don't like the number that pops up when I weigh in! That is just so sad! Fear is very powerful....I just know I can control many things, but have yet to discover the secret of defeating the power of the numbers on a stupid scale! It's a fine line between controlling those numbers and letting them get out of control!
Thanks for your help! As always, I appreciate all of the support, hugs, and prayers you continue to give me!! So what do you think????
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Good Easter Morning Sparkfriends...
Most of you have been with me the past 7 weeks as I have traveled a most challenging journey. I have experienced a roller coaster of emotions, going from frustrated, to hopeful, to happy, sad, and ultimately relief at the passing of my Mom.
There is one piece of the puzzle that I haven't shared with you...one incident that happened on the day of her death that was so incredible and I will never forget it! I wanted to wait until I had the time to share the moment in a blog so I could fully devote the attention to the "Letter" that it fully deserved!
Here goes: On March 26 a few hours after Mom's passing, we all gathered as a family at her house to support each other and decide where to go from there. We had all been discussing her funeral, the obituary, and her memorial, when we decided to into her room to look for her Mother's ring...that's when we found the letter. On her desk was an envelope that was unsealed and on it was written "To be opened upon my death", in my Mom's handwriting. Now , my Mom went into the hospital very suddenly for what we thought was a short stay, so the letter had to be written days or weeks before her sickness set in. It gave me goosebumps.
We decided to read the letter privately with just the 6 siblings present. It was heartwarming, sad in parts and comforting in others.....here is the jest of it. When I quote Mom it is loosely as I don't have a copy of the letter yet but will be receiving one as it is precious and we all want to keep it close in our memories!
*** She did not want a picture with her obituary! This made me chuckle...my brothers and sisters were surprised. Not me...she spent most of her adult life dodging the camera and hated having her picture taken. She thought her photos were terrible..I wish I had more photos of her now.
***She wanted her memorial to be to the Friends of Father Philip Allen memorial. This supported seminarians and she loved Father Allen...no surprise here.
*** She wanted to be buried in a size 20 gray dress that she had worn to some of the grand-children's weddings. Now it was hard to honor this request. When my Mom passed she maybe weighed 120 lbs...hardly a size 20. When we looked at the dress it had a stain on it that could not be removed. Mom prearranged her funeral...she had done this many years prior. She picked out a pretty dark blue casket with light blue interior but next to the gray dress it looked like civil war colors. We buried Mom in a pretty cream colored outfit, but secretly tucked into the foot of the casket and unknown to all but her family, the grey dress lie.. to be buried with her forever. We felt like we honored her request.
***She wanted my niece Laura to sing. She is a very talented singer who many times has sung at weddings and funerals. She sang the Ave' Maria before the funeral and it was stunning! I don't know how she held it together.
That was all the requests that Mom had and all of them were honored, but it was the rest of the letter that brought tears to our eyes and left me feeling sad that I had no clue what was going through my Mom's head in the months prior to her death!
Mom told us she loved each and every one of us and that a day didn't go by that she didn't pray for us! She said she would continue to pray for us after her death and that she "believed in the power of prayer!" She then apologized and hoped that she "hadn't been a burden" and said if there were any hard feelings..."she was truly sorry"!
Oh my goodness....the sadness I felt when I heard this. It was so comforting to me to know she loved us and prayed for us everyday..and would continue to do so after her death, but so sad that she thought she was a burden! If anything..we were the burden. She was widowed at 37 years of age and raised 6 kids from 7 to 17 years of age...how amazing. She did all of this alone...with no family to help her. If I did anything to imply that I thought she was a burden...I am so sorry! I sat in the hospital day after day and heard doctors say how frail and weak Mom was....how wrong they were! Physically yes... but they knew nothing of this amazing woman's spirit, her dedication to her family, her unselfishness and fortitude. A burden...Never!!
The letter we found is priceless....I find myself thinking of it often! I believe it was written around Christmas when Mom shared with another lady, that she was "tired and ready to go". The many years of suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, I believe, took it's toll. For whatever reason she wrote the letter, I just wished I could have told her some things before her death, rather than learn how she felt after. I have hope in knowing that she is smiling down on me from heaven, and she knows how much she is truly loved and how our hearts will miss her forever.
Thanks Mom for all your sacrifices...love you!!
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