Sunday, June 01, 2014
Its been a good and hard month, I've had to fight myself when I feel lazy about working out, I have to fight myself and not think of Magnums new chocolate infinity ice cream, but I'm getting into a routine and improving everyday, and the numbers are improving. My muscle mass has increased to 20.3% and my body fat is down Weighed in last Wednesday at 312, and this afternoon a little higher for a mini BLC.
So far I have a set routine of going to the gym at least 4 times a week, I take walks on the weekend, jump on my trampoline, or go to Zumba. I'm working on having a set time each weekend when I say to myself "Girl go workout" and I just go.
The nutrition still needs a lot of work, I've been planning and packing meals, but there are meal times/days when I just want something else and I venture off the plan. My new goal will be to come up with ways of dealing with these situations. My mom says to focus and take 10 deep breath as if I'm in a Yoga class and if I still want to go off the plan then... Jamie (Spark Friend) does something similar, she holds off 10 minutes or so and if she still wants it, she has it in moderation, and 90% of the time the urge passes. Also, I've been drinking a big cup of water, to fight off the urges. What do you guys do? Need suggestions people!!!!
You know when you're on a challenge and you start running out of steam, well works been crazy, and the 12 week BLC just got me to rev my engines with the amazing race weekend challenge, love it . I have had some weird meals and soda this weekend, putting a stop to that one right now. I've been more active than I usually am on this weekend since I'm helping my neighbor move, not a good influence on my nutrition though.
I'm also doing a quick 4 week BL mini challenge, I bet 16 dollars on Dietbet, and Lord knows I want to cash in. Focus focus focus!!!!
Last but not least, my goal for the end of June is 301!!!!! I know for a fact that if I focus, and give it 100% I can surpass this. Eat healthy whole meals, track it all, and exercise, repeat!!!!!
Monday, May 05, 2014
It's been a while folks. I've struggled this past year, moved twice and almost flat out given up, but I've pushed little by little, and I'm finally back. The weight's back, but that's OK. I'm here to fight for my life and I'm going to learn how to crawl before I can walk again.
I'm starting things up by getting into a routine, and the BLC is the best at keeping me focused and in a set routine. I have a great group of gals in my team (Amber Amazon Warriors), who have just been extremely supportive.
Improve my consistency by tracking my meals at least 5 days a week, eating 8 or more freggies a day, improve towards my goal of working out 5-6 days a week, drop a jean size (Currently a 22w for regular 32" inseam boot cut jeans by pure energy at Target), blog at least once a month and last but not least, I will be shooting for 30 lbs.
The first weeks weekend challenge was to complete a fit test, and I'm proud of where I am. I started working out more consistently as of last week and I can already see improvements from a fit test I did 6 weeks ago.
6 weeks ago Today
Modified push ups 17 29
Crunches 16 23
1 Mile walk 20:00 15:36 (used the elliptical, my back was done after body pump)
3 min Step N/A 135 (Used the stairs in front of my apartment)
I did my fit test as part of the Reach the Beach challenge at the Y, and some other variables were tracked:
Body Fat: 57.3%
Waist 46 3/4"
Modified Plank 1:09
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I looked into the past at my official first attempt with Sparkpeople, October of 2011. I was new to the game and probably halfa**ed it, and that's why I quickly regained the weight I lost then, but I came out knowing that it was possible to achieve my goals.
After falling off the wagon sometime in November 2011, I hit reset in February 2012, I did everything from scratch, went back to the basics. I learnt that I had to drink at least 8 cups of water, but I also learnt why, I learnt that by fueling your body properly , you'd have more energy, and feel better. I followed the simple rules, and built a workout plan, and it all worked.
When Summer came around, I stuck to my workout plan, but was not as steadfast with Nutrition, I would be great on some weeks and let the next I wouldn't be. That led to a gain and lose cycle that I can only describe as shocking, but I refused to give up.
After my Summer vacation was over, I realized things had to change, for most of September and October I fought a battle of wills with myself, I would cave in during work weekends, after I'd put in so much work throughout the week.
Enough was Enough and I decided to place some checks at work that reminded me of all my hard work, I paid close attention to what I ate and worked, and the results quickly showed.
At the beginning of December, I started Insanity, it has improved my fitness level, but after the first week of losing weight and the next couple of weeks of nothing, I knew something was fishy, upon further investigation, I have come to realize that Insanity puts one through 5 days of HIIT workouts and 1 day of recovery and another day of rest, so eating 1300-1500 calories wouldn't cut it. Based on the Insanity calculations I should be eating 1900, and after updating my nutrition tracker appropriately, I am in the 1650 to 2000 calorie range.
I've been fighting it though, sometimes I hit my range and other times am way below, but I will strive to get to that range.
Looking back on the past 15 months, I see that I putting in all my effort helps me stay on track, getting involved in Challenges (BLC), especially keeps me motivated. Sticking to the basics: 8+ glasses of water (am at 20 on some days), 5+ freggie servings, staying within my caloric range and eating healthy whole foods, working out 3-6 days a week, and "Sticking to The Plan" at work and parties are the golden keys to achieving all my weight loss goals. I might be fighting it, but I know it's time to up those calories, like it or not. Paying the utmost attention to these characteristics, will place and keep me on the path to success.
Keeping all of them in mind, I have decided to set some goals for this month and year:
1. We try but the number on the scale still rules our minds most of the time, so in 2012 my weight goal is to go from 262 to 199.9, that's 62.1 lbs, approximately 5.2 lbs a month, it might not seem like much, but seeing the trends for the past 15 months, tell me this is what I should be aiming for. If more comes off then more comes off, but am aiming for 5.2 lbs every month.
2. With the weight release, there will also be some inch loss, I want to look a lot better in the dresses I uploaded on my last blog, but I also want to be wearing size 12/14 pants.
3. Track like my life depends on it, cause it does, portion control!!! and eat properly.
4. Exercise, no excuses, if I want my body to be at it's best, then I must exercise, Cardio and ST, ST 2 to 3 times a week.
5. Stay involved in the Spark community, give support, cause I know I would not be hear today if I didn't get any support from you all. .
Parting words: look back and learn.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
This was taken on the 23rd of December 2011, had on the most incredible pair of Spanx, but I can't imagine how I let myself get this far, I used to think I was okay like this, and looking back I'm horrified.
Just look at that, I don't even have a neck, had to add an extra hole to the belt on the dress, so i could wear the belt.
A year later and am still working on myself and learning new things, but thankfully there has been progress:
No spanx here, just underwear, and you can't see the stomach I had to work hard to get into those spanx that unsuccessfully covered my bulge. This year, you can actually see the belt, it was too big this time around and I had to add another hole to make it tighter.
It took me hours to get ready in 2011, but in 2012, I just threw this dress on with my morning makeup on, and no extra meddling with the hair. My self image is definitely improving.
The next dress is a figure hugging XL from Forever 21. I decided to brave it without the Spanx, although it's not as forgiving of my Spanxless attitude, but that gives me a goal for next year, to look better in this dress (get rid of as much bulge as is humanly possible) and the gold one by my birthday.
Now to find out my starting point after the Birthday/Christmas weekend, for once am hoping the cold I had worked in my favor (but the spirits....)
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The week was great until Friday, packed my meals to work and was on track with everything. Then Friday rolls in the door, I did the usual, packed my meals and ate well at work, but I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning at a friends place and ended up eating 3 slices of pizza, because I was hungry and it was available, talk about excuses. Come Saturday morning, I pay the price of my early morning snacking, had to work out as a bloated ball, believe me, doing something like Insanity while bloated is not fun, but I did it. 2 weeks down and still going strong. I hit the reset button on Saturday, had tons of fruits and vegetables, and cereal, just had to have some Fiber One.
This experience really was an eye opener, I know these situations might occur, but I've always had a hard time dealing with them, but this time I gave myself the much needed pep talk, a kick in the behind and jumped back in the saddle. Before I'd have spent a whole week eating badly before hitting reset, but why waste a week and undo all my hard work? Working out while bloated was really a good eye opener, I never want to go through that again. I know I will stumble, but I will and must stand up immediately.
The workouts with Shaun T are going great, it is Insanity, and it's hard, but I'm developing a fondness for it. One of my 2013 goals will be to make sure I get to day 64, the final fit test.
Off to making this week better than the last, and trying to get as close to my goal as is humanly possible.
Have a great week everyone.
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