Sunday, January 31, 2010
Completed the boot camp challenge! There is something to be said about consistency. First, I would like to thank my spark fitness buddy, Lori an amazing
inspiration. We checked in with other throughout the month and I certainly didn't want to tell her I didn't get my workout done. No way! This effort frequently found me at the gym at midnight. I met a few other midnight work out folks, also nurses getting off work at 11:30pm, looking for balance and spread the spark while there.
I did lose 3 lbs and 3 inches, I am happy about that! I knew my clothes were fitting better and I knew the flab had decreased significantly. Not a six pack, not flat - but there is definitely some definition in the abdominal area. I haven't seen this in a number of years, my oldest is 30 years young. I am thrilled!
Goals for February, consistently track food, get 8 hours of sleep and continue the workouts consistently.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Consistency has always been an issue. Why, because I could tell my DH I don't have time to fit exercise in and because he loves me he would agree. (He is a smart man.) But, now he sees how happy I am that I have not broken my streak for three weeks. I have always loved to workout, well when I had time. I just didn't put me first, ever. Now I see the importance!
That is what the boot camp challenge has been all about, consistency. Yes, I am a wife, mother, grandmother and I hold down a RN position which I more often than not work 48 hours each week and various shifts. But of all these things I have to put me first so I can be the best for all the rest!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Putting the vision collage together has been a painful process. I completed this process many years ago and sure enough, I was able to accomplish those goals. What do I want to be when I grow up, again? At >50, really hadn't given it much thought, until now.
My primary and utmost goal is to strengthen my faith. I want to have a closer relationship with the Supreme Being.
My inspiration is Ernestine Shephard, she is awesome. She discovered a healthy lifestyle later in life as did I. She is now a trainer at the tender age of 72-73. The woman looks amazing. I would love to teach, I thought a Zumba instructor, but the DD was home from university and offered yoga as an alternative.
This one is tough to even admit let alone correct, but my self esteem needs to escalate. It has taken some significant blows over the years, tough childhood, an abusive marriage and so on. I work daily at not bringing this forward, but I need to work on dropping the baggage.
Ok, I am still working on the collage and it may be a work in progress.
I have to get my cardio and BC in before my nap and work from 3 PM - 3:30 AM then will hit the gym after I get off. So don't expect to hear from me too early tomorrow. I will be
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I seemed to have reached my plateau, again. This is the annoying thing about weight loss. This is when I usually lose my motivation, but not this time!
I love walking and jogging, could do it forever - many miles. But the thing is, my body has figured that out and is now in need of something different. In the past I always thought it wanted more, but that comes into play with how much time is available. Obviously, I couldn't do too much more. So I have been reading up on interval training or simply turning up the intensity for short burst of time. I feel confident of doing this on the treadmill or the elliptical because they are machines I can program to do this activity. But walking or jogging on my own, my resolve might weaken.
So, I have totally changed up my not gym days with pilates. Did you know this was cardio, I didn't? I found out it most definitely is a cardio workout. Well, here's hoping for better results.
Wish me luck.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Yesterday was a good day, walking 5 miles in 30 degree weather on ice covered snow, hoping not to fall and break something. We have a different sense of fun, now with both of us being >50. As we walked in a park neither of us had ever been to before, where the pathes were totally covered hoping only to not get lost.
On one of our signature walks, again in a park we knew nothing about called "Hell Hollow". If this gives you a chuckle, just wait it gets better. I think on this day we started out about 1 PM. It was autumn, leaves had fallen off the trees, once again, not a noticable trail. We walked and talked about the beauty of nature and the crunching of various colors of leaves under foot. We chose this park because it boosted some 692 steps down into the "Hollow". Not sure if that is the exact number now or not, but we are both into fitness and so yea!
We walked down the steps and back up the steps then down again, before we could make it back up we opted to walk around "Hell". There was a creek running through "Hell" that we had to climb over rocks and pull along on tree branches to cross. We crossed over twice in different spots and then figured it was time to head out or back to civilization. We continue walking, talking and laughing about our current situations or childhood memories. We were having a great time. I will also add here that we never saw another sole the whole time we were in "Hell Hollow".
Obviously, the creek twisted and turned, not that we were aware of this, nor were we paying any attention. About three hours later - "shouldn't we have gotten back to the steps by now?" We check our watches and it seemed that it was getting darker, but we were in "Hell" in a "Hollow" it wasn't exposed to the sunlight.
We together came to the conclusion that since we had come down the steps, that we should be able to climb up the side of the ravene and be somewhere near the parking lot. Did I mention how many steps we came down? This was quite the incline. Did I mention that the ground was covered with leaves? Maybe I didn't mention how heavily wooded this area was, thus all the leaves? So, now we start uphill, well, by the time we both had slid down on our butts in the mud a couple of times we decided this was not going to be our best option.
We finally threw in the towel (we would have liked to have had one to dry off our muddy butts, LOL) and found an area where my cell phone had signal and called 911 who contacted the troopers to come and direct us out via cell phone signal. We never told our DH's about this, but just know that crazy runs in the family.
We still think that was our best walk/hike ever - we did 15 miles that day!
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