Saturday, July 10, 2010
I'm not sure of all the words to that song, but I know that I am striving day by day to get to the best me yet!
This week started on a low since I worked productively on cardio and eating to discover that I didn't meet my June goal in losing 10 lbs, as I had hoped. I realized I was so focused on the scale numbers, whereas I should have been focused on the way I feel, and that I am making progress into healthy eating and revving up my metabolism with cardio.
What did I discover? Well, with the SPARK support of friends such as LAMOURA, she opened my eyes to zigzagging my calories. That was a new concept so I explored that which confirmed the suspicions that, while I was improving in cardio, I was also in starvation mode. It didn't feel like it because I felt full all the time. I was once such a bad carbaholic junkie thriving on the second helpings of Olive Garden's bread basket while waiting for a cream-filled pasta dish or that ex-large bag of popcorn with layers of butter that me and my significant other would share when we'd go out to a movie. Did I mention the large Dr. Pepper I'd drink while I was enjoying the popcorn? Yea, that's what caused the extra pounds to creep up within the past couple of years. It was not the baby fat from my youngest of four children and seventeen-year-old son, sorry to say.
So, I revisited my weekly meal plans from June to determine where I lost weight, the cardio I did, and decided where I could make improvements such as switching dinners to breakfast or vice-versa. Then, I had to force myself to eat more even when the extra 100 grams of protein that I'm not used to eating kicked in whereas my cravings for sweets and bad carbs such as bread, has diminished. Yes! It has gone away. Even cravings for chocolate. So much so that when I go shopping with my significant other, I used to toss in a Mr. Goodbar, peanut M & M's, or even a Payday or a Dr. Pepper as the cashier was checking each item, yet he was focused on the bill, and I was emptying the basket.
I began eating up to 1400 calories two days in a row, and on the 3rd day, I kick it up to 1680 calories to feed by cardio workout and strength exercises. It worked. Thanks to LAMOURA's advice, to my SPARK's friends for encouragement and inspiration, I have lost 3.4 pounds this week. That is good, but what is better is I am now in a size 10 shorts. Yea...!
So, I still have WORK ahead of me since the godparents' dresses have been ordered and my dress is a size eight. There are still 3 more weeks until that Sweet Sixteen event, the first target for me, to achieve. I'm not so concerned about the weight now. I just don't want my upper thighs to rub when I wear that beautiful madrina dress that has been selected for me. I don't want to have to be making trips to the bathroom to sprinkle baby powder from time to time from the sweat because I will surely enjoy the event and the music. I simply love to dance, and I'd like to get a workout then too!
THANKS SPARKS FRIENDS......I couldn't have achieved this had I been in a dark hole without any direction, inspiration, motivation, or exhuberation. miles of smiles to all
Monday, July 05, 2010
I'm working at increasing my calorie intake since I've added TURBO JAM and increased by walking/jogging daily routine by adding 15 minutes to my 60 minute morning routine. By eating 90 grams of protein, I think the protein is suppressing my appetite because I get really full by dinner, that I haven't been able to get in the full 1200 calories. Since researching the relevance of utilizing the proper amount of calories to support weight loss due to the increase of cardio, I've decided to splurge on the 5th to add calories. I think I'm going to rest also since I've really been going at it steadily. I dropped 1 lb early in the week and hoped to drop 2 more lbs by Saturday's weigh-in since Thursday was when I decided to increase the cardio in order to reach my 10 lb weigh loss for the month of June.
I'll continue workin' at it, all the while learning what works best for my body, increase motivation in eating healthy, building and toning muscles to be excitedly proud of, and especially having a BETTER OUTLOOK on life with a rejuvenated self-esteem that had been slumped and spoiled before challenging myself with the SPARK family when I joined June 14.
My fitness challenge goal for July is to acquire 2000 fitness minutes, and to lose 15 lbs by the end of this month when my in-laws' family gathers for a sweet sixteen celebration. My goal is to look especially hot to my boyfriend in a smokin' hot red or black dress. I'm doin' it all for me, however, I look forward to seeing the glow in my boyfriend's eyes when he sees me for the first time at a new weight and in a new dress, and with smokin' hot curves.
This is my ultimate July goal!
Sunday, July 04, 2010
On Wednesday of last week, I was flabbergasted at how the pounds were dropping. Since my goal for June was to lose ten pounds, I knew I had nothing to worry about because I added Turbo Jam to my daily cardio, and I increase my walks/jogs by 15 minutes, for a total of 75 minutes daily. I followed my meal plans, even though I simply couldn't get the total 1200 calories in; however, I surely got in the proper amount of proteins. It's the carbs that I simply couldn't add, since I got so full, even with six meals. Of course, I'm drinking two liters of water daily, and it's now consistent. I guess my body is adjusting to the new muscle definition. Although, I did take my measurements for the week and, unfortunately, there was no decrease there either. At any rate, I'm going to forge ahead with the turbo workouts and get them in. I'm committed to my team for that. In addition, I have fitness minutes to keep up with. I have to meet my goal of 2,000 fitness minutes for July. The pounds will drop eventually, as well as the inches.
I will look forward to next week's weigh in and measurements for now so that I can enjoy a beautiful afternoon with family, friends, and guests as we put up our hot dog/hamburger stand at the park. I get to be the cashier as the others cook, grill, and serve it up. How exciting!
In addition, I got a camera and downloaded pics since I really was getting jealous of the visuals of Sparklers and their accomplishments in taking control of the weight, health, and fitness goals. I wanted to be a part of that too! (I might even have more noticeable curves next week after this weeks Turbos.)
HAPPY 4TH and Freedom to all!
And a special shout out to our military as we continue to have freedoms that most dream of experiencing, yet Americans do, have, and live it everyday. Thanks soldiers!!! and to the wives that share their men with our country. You deserve the best ladies!!!
Friday, July 02, 2010
Guess it's been working very well now. I'm on track! Yes indeed. With the cardio workouts I've been adding consistently for the past 3 weeks, I have finally gotten rid of the muffin top. It's gone! Today, I tried on a pair of shorts, one size smaller than my daily size, and they fit. They fit snug, and best of all, there was only a slight muffin on those. So, I've decided that July will be my month for challenging my level of cardio. I should be into those shorts by Wednesday of next week! Guess I'll have a cottage cheese snack with iced tea since I've given up the muffins. miles of smiles......
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I was out jogging this morning and listened to that song on my ipod being sung, "Beautiful girls, all over the world....they have nothing on you, baby...nothing on you!" As I am jogging and feeling the drops of sweat pour down my forehead, down my back, and under my chin, I'm realizing I am on my way to being a beautiful girl... and that is a wonderful feeling. I set a timer before I set out for my jog for 60 minutes. I knew I had to stay out there for 60. When that song comes on, I'm singing along with it and getting a beautiful feeling upon me. It nearly feels like a glow of light surrounds me...it was surreal. This tells me that I'm more closer than I think. "What a feeling! Keep believin..." Remember Donna Summer?
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