Tuesday, March 20, 2012
This morning I actually made it to boot camp; I tend to not go on Tuesdays, because the first part of my week is usually crazy busy. I needed it this time, so I made the effort, and man, am I glad I did.
First was boot camp... it was TOUGH today. Lots of running, lunges, squats. Even some pushups. Solid 45 minutes of cardio, total. Then, I took step... 30 minutes of OW.
I feel really great, though! This is why I like to go to my gym. The classes are great, and my classmates fun and supportive. If you can afford it, make room in the budget. Those group classes have made the difference for me. The social aspect has made it more motivating to go, and the friends I'm making are invaluable. I don't stress over looking silly, because I KNOW these people! It's not unusual for us to stand around talking about the tough things in our lives after class is over. That really helps.
I never thought I'd be a gym rat. And I found out something awesome... the gym that's really close to my house (like, literally can be walked to in 5 minutes, not even half a mile) just got bought by the people who own my current gym. So I'll be able to start going to that one, too, and it's much closer! No classes or anything, but I can get my strength in, or late-night treadmill runs if I like.
I think I've definitely gotten my investment out of this membership.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Both for my husband's sanity (literally) and my own need for rest, we're going to bed at 11 tonight. We've both gotten in the terrible habit of staying up late, and it's bad for his brain, and my energy levels.
So we're going to try and do what we've insisted we would for months now. I got a good walk in before bed, did Mission 3 of Zombies Run, so I'm ready for this, I think.
Tomorrow's a busy day. Getting up early so I can meet the guys who are building our storage shed. Hour and a half in the gym, then meetings, work, and blah.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Today has just been awesome from start to finish. My husband got up with the girls and let me sleep in a little bit. When I got up, we all got dressed, and went to church for the first time in months.
He actually paid attention and participated! Usually, he just stands there stiffly beside me while we're singing, and reads other stuff in the bible during the sermon.
Afterwards, we had a great lunch at our usual Mexican restaurant. It's so good to see my husband's appetite back. Getting him to eat anything has been a struggle lately. His meds are really helping.
This afternoon, I got to take a nap, and when I woke up, I made some chili, and he started a bonfire. We roasted hotdogs, and had a little outdoor picnic. The girls played in their tents, while we sat and watched. It was just wonderful.
On top of that, we found out that the house across from my father in law, which was owned by a distant relative that unfortunately lost it to the bank, has now come up for sale for $72,500. On 8 acres of land, double-wide.
We're really, seriously considering putting a bid in on it. It'll take a couple of months to get the down payment up if we go with an FHA loan, and get my credit card paid down to halfway so my credit's in better shape. Don't want more than 50% usage on revolving credit.
It's just been a great day. On top of that... I lost half a lb... not bad, given that I was SURE I'd gained 10 after all the eating out I did while my husband was in the hospital. I guess my eating habits are getting better.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Short entry today; it was my youngest child's 4th birthday, so we spent most of the day with her. I skipped the gym so we could go have fun! We bought her a new handheld video game thingy (mobiGo) with a couple of games, took her to a pizza buffet (and I don't want to think about how much I ate!) and made her favorite foods for dinner.
We had pancakes and sausage for dinner. :) I tried a new kind of sausage, chicken apple, at Kroger, and it was REALLY good! Only 150 calories, too. I also made pancakes, complete with rainbow sprinkles in a mickey mouse shape for the girls. :)
I skipped the birthday cake, though. Not because it's not good for me, but because I just don't care for it. Never really have.
Lots of dancing and snuggles. My baby is no longer a baby... she's a preschooler now!
No run tonight... but lots of kinky sex. (Wait... am I allowed to talk about that on Sparkpeople? )
Friday, March 16, 2012
I've been feeling a little down today, because while I'm making tons of great progress, my "I'm not pregnant, just fat" belly still persists. It's frustrating because I'm doing everything right; I know that I can't spot-reduce trouble zones, and I eat well. I'm steadily losing weight, even if the last couple of weeks has been tougher and I probably gained a couple of pounds with all the stress eating.
It's just that this gut is what people see when they see me. THey don't see the toned calves, the growing biceps, the strong forearms and narrower hips and shoulders.
They see the massive gut. They think "fat and lazy."
It's not true, but my patience is running thin. So today, I decided to finally share my before pictures, and my current (as of an hour ago) progress photos. Taking my progress photos has made me feel better, because *I* can see it!
This is me on September 8, 2011:
And this is me today, March 16, 2012.
I have muscle definition, especially in my calves and arms. My back looks so much better. I feel better. I just have to keep reminding myself that my faux-preggo gut WILL go away. It's not permanent, and it's also very susceptible to me eating. It swells when I eat. :)
Most importantly, I can see my feet.
I'd say I look a whole lot better.
I just. have to keep my eye on the prize. I CAN do this. I know I will. I'm doing it already. Little setbacks like the last week are still that; even after a week of eating out and not counting ANYTHING, I still look better than I did 6 months ago!
Although that laundry pile hasn't improved one bit... sigh.
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