Wednesday, October 01, 2008
ahhh... October 1st...
so, i haven't been on sparkpeople very often lately, so i figured, first day of a new month, let me post some updates...
i got my body fat percentage measured. my trainer measured it using that caliper thing. 26.7%. he said to be super fit for a 24 year old woman, i should be at 20-21%. he said that means i would need to lose about 9.9lbs. of fat. wow. then he said if i train hard, and optimize, i could do it in 8 weeks. DOUBLE WOW. but here's the deal, i was training, like i said before, focusing more on lifting and eating more protein than i ever have in my life, and i found that i felt really bulky. i'm going to miami for a week from october 16th thru the 23rd. i really don't want to feel bulky laying on a beach in miami... OR walking down the aisle in the bridesmaid dress. soooo, i decided to make my diet my main focus and make sure i'm eating clean, and still working out 5-6 days a week, but not focus so much on gaining muscle. once i get back from miami, i'm going to start lifting hard again, but right now, it just doesn't feel right. ya know, i was kind of bummed about the body fat percentage, but i said to myself, imagine what it musta been when you were 58lbs. heavier... yikes. so i thought, well, i'm really not THAT far off from being super fit then... 9.9 lbs. PLEASE. if i've lost 58, i can do another 9.9. it's prolly going to be a lil difficult, but my trainer is going to be reviewing my food journal and seeing what i need to change in order to speed it up. i'm pretty pumped. another update, i have a new boyfriend. we worked together for about a year and a half and were friends, but after i dumped my ex-boyfriend 2 months ago, he gave his notice at work, and we've been dating. he's coming to miami with me, which i'm really excited about. it's early in the relationship, but i haven't felt this happy in years. towards the end of this month, after we get back from vacation, i know i'm going to be really emotional tho, so i'll need some support. he's leaving for Navy boot camp on November 4th. that's 2 months away from my birthday. just thinking about it now gets me all upset. he'll be at boot camp for 2 months or something like that. i'm already planning to focus all my emotional energy in to my workouts. i said to him, imagine if you come home from boot camp and your girl is down to 20% body fat. he's like, you're nuts! lol. he makes me smile so much. anyway... i'm talking wayyyy too much. i hope all of you are doing well. sorry i haven't been on a lot lately, i will try to make time :)
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Felt like writing a quick blog... let you guys know what's new...
So i've been working out at the gym, and i couldn't be happier that i bought a one year membership. :) i've been feeling a bit bulky because i'm lifting more, and eating more protein than i ever have before in my life. i talked to my trainer about it and he said to think about it like this... you still have some fat on you. you lift and your muscles grow, so they get bigger. meanwhile, you have this layer of fat on top of the growing muscle... OF COURSE YOU FEEL BULKY! haha. made perfect sense. he told me to keep lifting and eating more protein, and keeping my diet clean while still working in cardio 5-6 days a week, and that pretty soon, that layer of fat is going to burn right off. said i have to give my muscles some time to do their thing.... so again, patience is key! but at this point in the game, i feel fortunate that i've learned to be patient while giving it all i've got during every workout. as long as i stay focused and eat clean and put in the hard work, i know i'll see the results that i want so badly to see.
Despite feeling bulky tho, the scale has remained at 140, which is cool with me.
I also fit into a size 4 pants the other day. they were a lil snug, so i didn't buy them, but i mean, that's definitely the first time i fit into a size 4 in my life. haha. i'm not a size 4, i know this, but i DID fit in them. lol.
Another cool thing that i noticed recently is that the stretch marks on my hips seem to be fading... they're not as deep or visible. they're definitely MUCH less noticeable than they were a couple months ago. AND the cellulite on the back of my legs seems to be fading as well. LOVING THIS! hahahaha. noticing changes in my body and it's very, VERY exciting!
Anyway, September starts in a few days, and i can't wait. i'm stoked to put in some hard work all month long! KICK IT UP A NOTCH!!!
Monday, August 18, 2008
my body is SO sore. i gotta make sure i get some good rest tonight because this past week at the gym, holy cow, has been pretty intense. i've been lifting more than i ever have, increasing my protein intake, being very disciplined... and it feels RIGHT... it's just my muscles are sore. my trainer is so full of cool information and he made me start a journal, which, believe it or not... i've never done. mentally, i usually keep tabs on what i've ate all day, but he wants a journal of everything that goes in my mouth and what i do for exercise. he trained me for 2 hours yesterday. next sunday we're going to do that body fat percentage measurement thing and i gotta admit, even after losing 58 lbs, i'm a little bit scared to see what it'll say. i don't want to cry. LOL. but he said we're going to use it as a tool to see where i'm at and to help me stay motivated on my journey to where i want to be. good stuff. also, something that made me feel really good the other day was that as i was leaving the gym, the gym owner was like, hey..you're really dedicated. and i was like, yea. he's like, you're in here everyday sweatin it out... i said, yea, gotta. he's like, you look good. you don't have to work so hard. i was like, ehhh... lol thank you.. and i told him about how i used to be really overweight and gave him the rundown. he says, you must be SO proud of yourself. i said, yea. yea, i am. lol.
anyway, i just wanted to share that. it made me feel pretty good. i've gotta get ready for work. a little less than 2 weeks left in this month... let's make it count!
Monday, August 11, 2008
okay, so two years ago, back in august of 2006, i said i wanted to get down to 140.
back then i was 198.
and i'm SO proud to say, that on 08/10/08, i met that goal.
i'm down 58 lbs. and feeling freakin FANTASTIC!
i really have never felt this lean, or proud, in my life, and what a feeling it is!
my new short term goal is to be between 135-140.
my long term goal is to possibly become a fitness model and personal trainer.
oh, and just a lil update...
boyfriend and i are no longer together as of this past thursday. it was more my decision, which i feel like a complete jerk about, because i feel like noone understands why i didn't want to be with him, but i don't need to justify myself. so whatever, converting my emotion into motivation which only drives me more at the gym...
ahh yessss... that's right... I JOINED A GYM. for the first time in over 6 years, i'm working out in a public gym. it was a lil nerve-wracking walking in to buy a membership, but after getting in a workout, all the nerves went out the window. if people thought i was obsessed before, they have NO IDEAAA. i can't tell you how PUMPED i am to be working out at this awesome gym. this gym, by the way, is pretty sweet. lemme tell you, it's very spacious. all new equipment. sauna and showers in the locker room. a massage therapy area. a salon where you can get your hair/nails done. a retail area where they sell some shirts, protein, supplements, etc. tanning. they have spinning, yoga, and kickboxing classes. ( i'm wicked excited to take a spinning class because i've always wanted to, and never have.) there are personal trainers. there's yea... a lot. haha. today when i went, i made friends with this guy and he trained me for like an hour. we did tris and shoulders. he told me he'd help me out anytime, to bring a journal and we'd come up with a training program for me, and if i ever had a question about anything to ask him. he's actually the inventor of the arc trainer machine. i was so gracious that he took time to help me out and teach me some new workouts. for free! i had a great workout and i know i'm gonna be sore tomorrow... but i LOVE it! haha. so from this point on, i'm focusing on weight training more than i ever have before. i'm focusing on gaining lean muscle and definition. again, i'm not going to be a slave to the scale. if it goes up a few pounds, but i've lost a pants size, i'm okay with that, because i know muscle weighs more than fat. i want to see what i can scuplt my body into. i want to get to the point where i'm so fit that people are like, DAMNNN her body is sickkk! hahahaha. i want to be the healthiest, happiest person i can be. sooo BIG THANKS to all you supportive sparkers out there! keep it going... we've still got more than half of august to make things happen!
Friday, August 01, 2008
so holy moley, it's august 1st! what the?!?! so, i've gotta share... from last friday, up to and including today, i did 27 miles. i had set a personal goal of 25 miles for this week and went right past it! ;o)
so i'm currently at 141. i've been focusing on eating clean and changing up my workouts... been increasing the amount of cardio i do, and also increasing the amount of weight that i'm lifting... and i feel really healthy. as most of you know, i work out in my home gym. well, on wednesday, i went to a small local gym, and i got a really good workout in. it felt great to be in a gym and not working out in the 3rd bay of my garage. lol. there's another gym right down the road that's going to be opening up next saturday, so i'm going to check them out and get a membership at which i ever gym i like more. i think joining a gym right now is exactly what i need to get my body to where i want it to be. i'm getting really close. i've also been reading a lot on bodybuilding.com and i never thought to train my lower body as hard i train my upper... and now i'm wicked excited to start doing it. i keep thinking about the transformation i want to make on my legs and butt. i'm really a lil TOO excited about that. lol. anyway, i hope all of you had a successful july, and that you're ready to push it to the limit in august... i know i am!!!
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