Sunday, July 24, 2011
Hey all. Man, I have so much catching up to do. Such a busy week for me that I really didn't spark much. I have to many people to get back to and if you are one of them I apologize.
So, my week could of had much more improvement with my ab workouts. I only got in 3 out of 5 and plan on getting in the fourth today. I, also, overindulged on friday on Lindt truffles. I swear they were so smooth and delectable I made love to them. Seriously, my hubby bought me a bag and I had half the bag on friday. Thinking I had rid myself of Lindt's for atleast a little while, my friend bought me a bag as a thank you for watching her son. It's okay. No temptation cause I am focused to look nice and trim as we are going away this upcoming WEdnesday to see my family. I also would like to drop another 1/2 pound by then.
What made my week so busy is that my friend had gone into the hospital for a c-section to have her second child. Her husband is out in Washington state on work and won't be back for 2 weeks. At first she wanted me there with her in the hospital, but realized the best place for her 2 year old was with us. My boys and him get along so well and he calls me mom sometimes. Too cute. So, I was mommy for 3 days to him. It was quite busy with just adding another child and being so young, but on top of it I was finishing up schooling for my oldest having him complete testing.
The problem with my workouts is that i leave them for the end of the day which works out best time wise, but by the end of the day I had nothing in me with the oppressive heat. It was atleast 5 degrees hottter in our apt. than it was outside. WE are on a second floor and the only air conditioner is in the bedroom. So, me and three little ones running around a 600 sq. ft. apt was interesting. We had loads of fun, but that is why I didn't get all my ab workouts in. I hate to say it and I might even try to get in 2 ab workouts today.
I surprisingly did lose 3/4 of a pound even after my little binge on Friday. COULDN'T believe it and figured I probably would have lost a little more if I hadn't. So in 5 weeks I have lost 5 3/4 lbs. So super encouraged.
I still haven't figured out how to do side by side comparison picturing. I went onto picnik.com like a friend suggested, but couldn't figure it out. Stupid me. I really didn't see an option for that though. So, I have to give you one photo at a time. I'm not sure I see a difference this week , but here they are.
End of week 1:
End of week 2:
Beginning side view:
End of week 1 side view:
End of week 2 side view:
Sunday, July 17, 2011
So this my 4th week with focusing on my big goal of losing 15lbs in 15 weeks. The first 2 weeks went well losing 1 3/4 lbs and then another 1 1/4 the following week. Last week i was discouraged not losing anything. WEll this week I lost 2 lbs. So patience and consistancy are my lesson learned here. I felt discouraged because I want to stay on track because I will be having the challenge of getting in workouts and great clean eating as we will be going away in a week and a half visiting my family. Well, that 2 lb loss this week was so encouraging. I also lost 2 1/8inches all over this week as well. For the sports bra sparkies team members, I lost 1/8 of an inch off my natural waist and 1 /2 inch off the thickest part of mylower abdomen. It's about 2 inches below my belly button.
This was a good week exercise wise even though I got the forbidden don't run from my physical therapist. I have to get an x-ray done to make sure I don't have a stress fracture from an old injury. I just get so much pain right in my shin bones when I run or do certain plyometric moves like "hot foot" for any of you that have done P90x. I slipped up on my eating the past 2 days, but it was nothing like I have been doing on a normal weekend. That is a big victory. The problem is that we had two cookouts this wkd and I made my smore bars. Oh my if you read my questionnaire you'll know that they are my weakness. I decided to not have any the fist night because I knew it wouldn't be good for me, but when they left and i was putting the food away I started to pick and it lead into eating a whole one. So, my hubby said just have one the next night with everyone so you are not tempted as you put things away. I did that, but I would like to say no to them as they stair me down next time.
I am still staying strong with my no stevia no truvia thing. Just trying to rid myself of anything that you cannot trust. I just worry that 5 years down the line they are going to have a study of them just like the whole splenda thing. I spent sooooooo many years consuming aspartame as a child and teenager just without the knowledge of how bad it really was. I didn't have a choice being diagnosed with diabetes at age 4. There was no studies going on back then about it and if there were my parents probablyhad no clue. So with the knowledge I have now about clean eating and art. sweeteners I rather rid my body of it and start over.
I think I am seeing a bit of a difference in my abs. I can tell you that this team is super helpful for my focusing on my ab workouts. There were a few nights I just didn't want to do as I was so tired, but I wanted to stay to my word of sticking with this challenge. I'm sure glad I did. I didn't have time to go on piknic.com to set up my beg. shots and the end of the weeks shots. So I will post them separately.
Beginning of the week:
End of first week:
I can atleast say the ab workout that I wrote up is a good one. I think my first rotation needs to be a bit more challenging. If you don't come out sweating it's not challenging enough. I broke a sweat with my first rotation, but I want to be screaming at the last circuit like I was with my second rotation.
So some fun stuff this friday. I came across a consignment shop. Yes, i love other people's clothes. lol. Okay for those who are weirded out by this I wash all the clothes first before I wear them. Someone else's trash is another one's treasure. Let me tell you I found some good treasures. I bought a nice sexy halter top, a cute little sundress, a little black strapped dress and a sweatshirt. I spent $11. AWESOME. So, I thought I would take a pic of 2 of my finds. I didn't take a pic fo the dresses as they pics did them no justice. I feel awesome in the first one. Oh so sexy.
All in all I am really thankful and happy that in 4 weeks I have lost 5 lbs. So according to my 15 week plan I have 10 pounds to go.
I hope you all have a great week and keep working those abs ladies and gents.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I'll just start off with some stats and pics for the start of Sports Bra Sparkies TEam. I will be doing my 5 x a week ab routine Monday through Friday as Sunday is chaotic for me.
So, I am starting with a natural waistline of 28 1/3 inches and at the thickest part of my abdomen just under my belly button 34 inches.
These pics I am a bit fluffy as I ate out and had some drinks the evening before.
Can't wait to lean out!
So, this past week was a week with so many exciting things and changes. I have been contemplating a triathlon that is going to be occurring on Sept. 24th. There were alot of obstacles in my mind to really be able to do this. Number one I don't have a bike. Number two how would I practice the discipline of swimming. Number 3 self- doubt. At times I would be so on fire about this and no doubt in the world and then other times the self doubt would be high. I still go back and forth. Number 4 I am dealing with some bad posterior tibia insufficiency and my therapist doesn't want me to run for a little while. Um, dont' think so. I do have some pain, but I just purchased some new sneakers with orthotic inserts to help. Gonna go for a run tomorrow to see how it feels and see how therapy goes this week as well.
So, as I was coming home from physical therapy Wednesday and passed a consignment shop that had road/mountain bikes for sale. They happened to have a women's bike for $18. I bought it immediately, so that take care of number one doubt! ha.
Well, for number 2 doubt I looked into our YMCA and I could actually get a membership for the year only paying $18 a month. So, right there would be my swimming practice. As this all unfolds a bit, I do realize that there are some time constraints, but I will say this. If I can't do the Sept. triathlon I WILL BE DOING ONE IN THE NEAR FUTURE! I am not going to entertain the thought of doing such an amazing thing and achievement over self-doubt or circumstances. I am not writing off that Sept. triathlon, but realizing between my tibia issues, waiting on being able to get a Y membership (a mula issue but only for a few weeks), etc...it just may not happen this time. I will do one just wait and see!
So, (wow, I use that word alot) this week was a bit frustrating. I did not lose any weight this week. I was frustrated because I felt as though with how well my eating was for the week and doing my workouts how can I not lose one stinking pound? Just have to let it go and keep doing what I am doing. I will not lie and say I feel like I need to grasp at change, but that is how I used to be. I know consistency and patience is what I need to focus on. This is about a lifestyle not just about weight loss. Weight loss and body transformation is the end result, but jumping from one thing to the next is a bad, old pattern I used to hold. On a weekly basis, clean eating and trying to give my best in my workouts and drinking a gallon of water a day is key. That is all I need to do and just be patient.
Still holding strong with laying off the Truvia. I did have one packet this week, but so much better than having 4-6 a day.
So 3 weeks down with 3 lbs lost and 12 weeks to go. I will be focusing more on really cutting down on my treats on my treat day. Now it's not an all out eating day, but it seems to turn into a grazing on a small level. The food is not clean though. So that is my downfall and not getting me closer to my goal.
Here's to a great week and a little update on my Mission Short shorts pics. The shorts are not as snug and fitting a little better. Here is what I wore on Saturday going to the movies and out for margaritas. This is one of the mission short shorts
Friday, July 08, 2011
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No, but I was almost going to be a Julie..Can't see me as a Julie. Sounds to prissy for me. ha
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Wow, it's been a while. Can't remember. I guess that's a good thing.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Generally, my handwriting is very nice, but I love my cursive.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Don't eat it much, but buffalo style turkey breast if I were to have it!
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yes, two active young boys to keep me on my tipsies!
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Well, not to sounds vain but yes. I am a very sensitive, compassionate person. I swear my mission in life is to make other's happy and laugh.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Um, I have to restrain myself not to most of the time. So, yes, all the time!
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yep, not sure why cuz the suckas are huge.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
I've always said yes, but I would rather skydive!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
OH man, a mix between raisin loaded bran which I never eat and honey bunches of oats! Never eat cereal.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
If they are going on the steps yes, if they are going in my closet no. lOL. I thought it said "unite". No, I don't untie my shoes.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Yikes, pb ripple with the chunks. I like pretty much any ice cream.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their body language.
15. RED OR PINK?
Okay you want a stupid answer here is a stupid answer. Red in the winter and pink in the summer. That's when those colors look best on me. don't honestly care though. lol
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My inability to truly treat myself the way I would others. I'm too hard on myself.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My grandpa that died 2 weeks before my eldest son was born.
18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
Probably figuring out what the Paul McKenna technique is...
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
navy blue with burgundy stripe through the thong ambercrombie flippers
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Grilled chicken, sweet potato (114g to be exact) and some green and red peppers
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
My kids fussing as they go to bed; my hubby on the phone in the other room; and my mind anxiously awaiting "my quiet" time.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Oh a nice blend of turquoise and lime green...
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
fresh cut grass, the soap suds in the shower after a sweaty workout, and my Aveeno facial lotion. oH sexy men's cologne
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Our jeweler...ha. I am having work done on my Grandmother's watch for her. She can't get out to have it done so i am taking care of it for her.
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Oh man that's a tough one. I love both, but if I had the chance to do one right now it would be a west coast trip
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
UFC BABY...ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!
27. HAIR COLOR?
Do I have to reveal the truth? Okay, light brown with highlights. What can't I pretend to be naturally blond?
28. EYE COLOR?
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
This is another tough one...Well of course my coffee, but more of a meal it would be a big toss up between pancakes/waffles or spaghetti and meatballs. Oops, I just drooled on the keyboard.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Oh I like intensity. I can't get my hubs to watch scary movies, but we go for thrillers atleast. The worst I have seen is Saw movies. They make me cringe, but i do like my happy endings like "Fifty first dates".
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
No, not red or pink, but it should be pink for the season. Okay, it's orange.
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Oh they both have such great qualities...Winter- skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, building snowforts and drinking hot cocoa and marshmallows; Summer-wardrobe is basically exercise clothes and a bikini (SIMPLE), the beautiful warm sun, getting my tan on, and bbqing although I bbq in the winter.
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
I love kissing. You can express yourself so much in a kiss speaking on a romantic level, but there is nothing more tender than my little boys cute kisses for their mama.
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Smore bars that I make. TO FLIPPIN DIE FOR! That's why I rarely make them. I become one.
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Depends on what type of each. I love me my P90x.
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
computer. I could live without a t.v.
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
"Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About" and of course M & F Hers and Fitness
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
A pic of my son when he was 1 y.o.
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
listening to the rain or a thunderstorm...da best!
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
I don't know cause the aliens wiped my memory after they abducted me...sorry corny. Okay, Bermuda I believe as I am a bit geographically challenged.
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I can flare both of my nostrils at the same time. Awesome, right? Okay I can also play the piano and sing. Not so special though.
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Long Island, New York
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Northeast Connecticut Don't be looking for me now, y'all hear?
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Well our APARTMENT is tan. I hope some day my house will be creamed colored with black trim and shutters.
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
White and with black trim I guess you can say. sounds kind of funny but it is.
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Yeah, I guess. Do you like hearing me ramble? lol
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Okay, so this is round 1 for me, but mostly round 2 for everyone else. I am a newbie to the team and can't wait. I am so undisciplined when it comes to working my abs unless I am doing a specific program. I have probably worked my abs 4 times in the last 6 weeks. I know bad! My abs come along more due to clean eating and losing weight. I still need the discipline in working my abs though. That is really why I joined the team and I DO WANT TO WIDDLE MY WAIST! I like my abs, but I would like to see them tighter and my waistline cinched in some. The ultimate goal is that when I'm gettin my groove on in the bedroom with my man I want to be tight like a tiger! TMI? Well, I"m an open book and that's my goal.
This is basically a plan I wrote up since I am cannot do Jillian's 6W6P or Abs for Life due to using my shoulder. I still don't have the okay to engage my shoulder in any moves yet. I am hoping in the next 3 weeks I can. That is why when I wrote out my plan for the second rotation (last 3 weeks of the challenge) I incorporated moves like planks. If I am still having shoulder issues I will just have to re-write my plan.
I will be incorporating P90x ab ripper X twice a week and 3 other days of my plan. I REALLY want any of your advice on doing more reps, a better exercise, etc.....There are alot of moves I am not doing in my plan as they are in the P90x ab ripper X.
Mondays: Ab ripper
30-45 min bike ride/20-30 minute run
Tuesdays: "My Abs"- rotation 1
Wednesdays: " My Abs" - rotation 2
Thursdays: Ab Ripper X
Fridays: "My Abs- rotation 1
35-45 min bike/ride
20-30 min run
Saturdays: HIIT Turbofire style/plyometric
"My Abs" Rotation 1 (Complete 3 rounds of the circuit)
Stability Ball (SB) crunches x 40
Rope Climb x 30 secs
Upright Oblique DB Twists 15-20 each side
SB exchanges x 15
Towel rollouts x 10 and hold the last one for 10 seconds.
"MY Abs" Rotation 2 (Complete 3 rounds of the circuit)
SB bicycle crunches x 30 hold last one for 10 secs
Double Crunch x 20
6 inch scissor cuts x 30 secs working up to 60 secs
Full leg extensions x 20
"My Abs" Rotation 1 (complete 3 rounds of the circuit)
Pelvic tilt crunches x 30
Jacknifes x 20 (favorite move)
High Side planks 20 each side
SB exchanges x 15 (favorite move)
"My Abs" Rotation 2 (Complete 3 rounds of the circuit)
Sb tucks x 20
Hanging Captian's Chair x 12-15
Rope Climbs x 30 secs.
Low Plank 90 secs working up to 3 minutes
So, PLEASE tell me what you think and if there is something I could do more challenging or etc.. I started off a little conservative as I have 3 circuits to go through each workout, but I figure I will tweek things as I go along!
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