Sunday, August 21, 2011
I came across some photos on me from February of 2010 at a point I was ready to get serious. I am not quite sure off hand how heavy I was. If anything I was about 143-144 pounds. That is a bit scrumptious for my 5ft. 3 1/2 frame. Looking at these photos though it makes me realize how far I have come. I have definitely had my ups and downs along the way which if you know me is about every few months. That I am still working on. About every 3 months my all or nothing attitude comes awake and devastates my success. It never keeps me down for long, but I always move forward and get right back into focus.
I would have to say that the biggest thing I have learned which I was not quite aware of was the term "clean eating". Now, i have always been a pretty healthy eater, but not clean per se. That HAS BEEN THE KEY TO CHANGE FOR ME! I can have a really bad eating week, but my body adapts almost immediately from getting right back to my clean eating. My body responds so much more to finding it's groove with clean eating. I have always had a tight core (of course with my love pad -belly pooch), but it has really shown it's true colors since clean eating. It was May of last year that I was introduced to clean eating and within a 3 months and P90x I had a six pack. So that tells me that it was really the clean eating that makes the difference. Before I could do abs all day long and 7 days a week, but would not get the results I do now. That is where clean eating has come in.
So I am still not quite where I want to be, but I am very satisfied. l can't do a whole heck of alot with genetics, but I surely can do my best to change what I can. Of course having two c-sections which I didn't want left me with things I can't change. Good battle scars though! ha
So here are some pics of me along the way. My last side picture is me a few weeks ago after some bad eating, but it still shows a difference.
This blog is a good reminder to me to keep trying and never give up even when there are major hiccups along the road. I am getting over a major hiccup right now, but I am grounded enough to know how to pick myself back up and get going.
After a week of bad eating
My hardest side to show, but I'm learning to accept this view of myself.
A better view of myself, but just had to add one for "just feeling good".
So here's to concistency and keeping focused along the way. Everyday is a new day so make today your best!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My hubby and I about 2 weeks ago went down with the kiddos to visit family in Pa. , but we were offered TIME ALONE! Woowee! So, the history buff my hubby is really wanted to see Gettysburg. I have been saying since we were married that he would be in a historic dream going there. I have been there as a child.
So, we left my kids at my parents house and headed out about 2 hours to stay over and visit Gettysburg. We had alot of fun just touring the historic ground my foot and car the first day and walking around the main town of Gettysburg. I love historic buildings and their architecture. So, that was really nice and some unique "free" museums.
That intersted my hubby a bit more. I like stuff like that, but the natural fun side in me can only take so much. Maybe i have ADD or something. lol. It was just nice walking around the town (quite spaced out) without interuption and doing what we want aside from kids.
So the first day we were there was very packed just visiting the Gettysburg site, touring around and such. Just nice and relaxing. I researched alot of hotels as I wanted something CLEAN ( I can't stand hotels.....GERMS!) and something just nice for your money's worth as well. I finally found a sweet deal. I found a suite with a king bed with a jacuzzi in the room, fitness center, 24 hour coffee bar (OH YES) and an outside pool. It was all for $139. WE unfortunately couldn't use the pool as the weather was not condusive to that, but everything was used quite well. lol.
We found a really beautiful winery before we went out to dinner. It was such a gorgeous setting. We took an "reach your arm out" picture, but it doesn't really show how beautiful it was.
So, after some wine tasting I was practically toast. We headed over to a really neat restaurant that had a brewery in the basement that you could view. I am your typical wine and mixed drink girl (mostly wine) and my hubby is your typical beer guy, but we don't drink all that much. This place was really neat and I think we both overdid it. ha. So arriving at the restaurant a bit tipsy from wine tasting I decided to get a margharita. I told myself to not even touch it until I ate first so I didn't ungracefully get smashed. I done well, folks, well almost. I thought I was until it was time to leave and I started getting quite giddy as we were leaving. Here is a pic of me being stupid waiting for my husband to use the bathroom and you can see the brewery part int he background.
Afterwards, it was so nice. We took a nice long walk downtown just having fun and laughing. WE ran into a couple and thy took a pic of us outside this cigar shop. I have no qualms smoking a cigar but will never touch a cigarette. Not sure why but there is just something about smoking a cigar. Well, I probably do it about 4 times a year and always split it with my hubby. I'm not that hardcore. I was getting quite a few looks. ha
The next day was fun and interesting to say the least. WE took a horseback tour for two hours riding through the battlefied. It was quite humorous riding these horses even though I had experience as a child. These animals have quite the personalities as my horse and my hubby's horse we at odds with eachtoher. I kept laughing. The tour was quite amazing until I started getting signs of being allergic to the horse. I swear I have the worst luck. I am only allergic to long haired cats, but who knew ....a horse! Well, my throat started to get itchy and my skin started a bit. WEll with high humidity and out with no coverage from the sun sweating it made it worse. I was just PRAYING it wouldn't effect my eyes until the tour was done. Thank God it heald off. I know once it gets to my eyes in done for. Let me tell you, I felt like a fly. lol. seriously after the tour my hubby wanted to go back and take pics of Little Round Top before we had to head back home and I told him the only way is if I wore my glasses. I kept laughing at myself cause I kept tripping over rocks cause my eyes were swelling up. At this point, it was time for Benedryl. It's your only hope in a situation like this. For some reason I don't remember much after that....hmmmmm? Benedryl, man's best friend.
So we had loads of fun and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Here are a few more pics to end the day:
This is little round top
Looking across at Devil's Den
MOnument on top of Little Round Top
Inside the monument
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Hey guys. I really have been so busy and have not updated anything here. Life for the past 2 weeks has been super chaotic. I was barely home last week. So by the middle of the week I was burning myself out. I was trying to keep up with my normal schedule and workout schedule. I started to make bad food choices. I have not weighed myself, but I can totally tell in my abs. They are like a flluffer nutter. I know through making good food choices this week and just getting back into my usual schedule I will start seeing the fluff come down. OH I hate seeing progress slip away. ONly temporary though.
So, I started up P90x yesterday. I am completely modifying it though due to my shoulder and trying to get pregnant. My husband and I have , well let's say, not been preventing for the past year or so on and off. We haven't been pursuing it aggressively like watching for signs of ovulation, etc....but I have realized that it has been my workouts that have prevented us from getting pregnant. I had no trouble getting pregnant the last 3 times and through reading up I realized it was my exericse intensity and duration that is probably the biggest contributor. I am not getting any younger at 32 so we decided this is really the time.
So the way I have modified P90x is by only doing 30 min of the ST workouts and then finishing up with a moderate walk on teh treadmill. I don't feel like you get enough cardio wtih p90x doing the classic version so that is how I am altering the program to suit me. With plyometrics, I only allow myself to do about 35 minutes of due to the intensity of it. It's really important I don't exceed 60 min of exercise a day. It's really mentally hard to back off. I like a challenge and I love pushing hard. So this is all new to me. So, we'll see how it goes.
Also, this morning I did my plyometric workout in my sports bra. AT first i felt pretty good about it, but half way through I wanted to throw a shirt on. Part of it is that I am coming off the insecure thoughts after a few bad days of eating, but I don't look that much different. I know it's my mindset and I felt like I needed to work through that and just keep the shirt off. So I thought I would psot a pic. So by the end of the week I hope my abs are not looking as fluffy as they do now. I only say this cause 2 weeks ago they were looking really good before we went away and this past week of not good food choices.. It will come, but thank you all for your awesome encouragement! So here's my abs rolling out of bed. ha
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.
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