Tuesday, April 02, 2013
I worked out pretty hard before my wedding this past December. I didn't lose that much weight; I was still around 155, but I felt great and it was a wonderful wedding. I was one of those chubby brides, but I was healthy and getting in shape.
I used to work out during lunch breaks because the gym was literally a 2 minute drive, and it was an AMAZING gym: Lifetime Athletic. Now I've moved to where my husband lives (PA) and the only gym nearby is a Planet Fitness. I was so spoiled at Lifetime Athletic. Sigh...
But no excuses! I have gotten so lazy after the wedding, starting from the honeymoon of course (so much good fooooood), but I don't want to be one of those people that just lets myself go after I get married. I owe it to myself and my body to keep healthy and fit.
I've struggled with my weight my whole life, and it's frustrating, but at some point I just have to accept that I will probably struggle with it my whole life. Well, not probably; I will, period. And that's ok.
There are some benefits to struggling with my weight; I try to eat healthier, which I think if I were naturally thin, I would not do. My natural inclination is to eat junk food and fast food, but since i'm overweight, I do try to eat healthfully. Also, I used to be a bit vain in high school when I was down to my lowest weight and cared alot about how I looked (granted I was in High School, who didn't care at that point?). But struggling with my weight has helped me keep in perspective that God loves me, thinner or fatter. My husband loves me, thinner or fatter. But I must love my body and care for it; and loving it doesn't always mean accepting it as it is; it means to continually strive for greater health and fitness, greater endurance and strength.
So here's to the continual journey and struggle through life; I continually move to the next chapter, and with each one I grow stronger and better. :)
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Last night's cardio was Insanity: Cardio Recovery. It was "recovery" in terms of not alot of jumping and dynamic cardio, but there was alot of lunge/squat work and BOY did that burn! One thing I have always loved about my body is that I have strong legs (ie thicker legs... haha), but while I used to wish now and then that I had thin twiggy legs like skinny girls or models, I am happy with my legs because they are very defined with muscle and I joke to myself that if I were ever in a risky situation, at least I can kick hard with my strong legs!
One thing I would tell my high school self if I went back in time would be that our bodies are fully functional, fully capable, natural machines. Our bodies are so much more than something to just look at; that should be the least of things! So what if you're not great to look at? That's a model and movie star's job! Leave it to them! I don't want that job and its demands. I want a powerful body that can exercise to the max, lift heavy things, cook, clean, play, carry kids, my dog, etc!
Heads up everyone! Strong is the new skinny!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Very sore today after Insanity: Cardio Power & Resistance last night, but I feel AWESOME! I realize now that I like feeling that good sore after a great workout; hopefully this can fuel me to be more consistent this time around.
I keep thinking it's Wednesday today, so I was getting excited for the Piloxing class I signed up for to start, but it's Tuesday, and on the Insanity calendar that calls for Cardio Recovery. That will be good, since I am feeling pretty sore and I want to let my muscles heal without fully removing my cardio.
Anybody else love the Fitness tab on Pinterest? I love all the motivational posters. I put one up on my fridge this morning that says "you don't always get what you wish for, but you get what you work for" with a picture of this super-ripped girl. Woohoo! I don't want to be a skinny minny, I want to be STRONG and have MUSCLES!
Today i'm feeling like another poster I saw, you can either be sore or sorry tomorrow. Yesterday I chose sore!
Keep up the great work everyone!
Monday, February 13, 2012
So I promised to do 1 session of Insanity this weekend, and as I was lying in bed yesterday after an afternoon nap (that ended around 7... haha) I was thinking to myself "man... I said i'd do Insanity at least once this weekend, but I haven't. Oh well..."; but then I remembered that I had gotten a new sports bra that I had yet to try on, so that teeny tiny bit of motivation made me get up, change, and I ended up doing the Plyometric Circuit workout on Insanity.
Woohoo! Praise God for giving me the energy; this is not normal for me. I'd usually just go "eh... oh well, I guess I won't do it". My legs are slightly sore today but I made sure to stretch more before bed last night around 1am, so it's not too bad.
I promise I will do another Insanity workout tonite! Tomorrow is my first Piloxing class; should be fun!
Here's to a healthy week of "I Cans"! We can all do it; just push a little harder everyday!
Friday, February 10, 2012
I always have a hard time finding cardio exercises I like to do. When I lived in the city I loved cardio boxing; so much fun! Since i've moved i'm having a hard time finding a studio that offers that. Still, I signed up for a Piloxing class (this will be new for me! Never tried Piloxing) that starts next week, and i'm pretty excited! I'd still like to add more cardio in my routine though.
The main issue is just getting myself to get OFF my butt in the evenings to do something. I have the whole Insanity box set; just need to DO IT ALREADY. ARRRGH. So frustrated with my laziness, yet to lazy to do anything about my frustration.... sigh.
I promise all you sparkers, that I will do 1 session of Insanity by the end of this weekend!
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