Monday, March 15, 2010
My new 'One Tooth' outfit! So cute and both the top and bottoms together were only $105 +tax! (Most pants alone at Lululemon cost that price!!!)
Here are the pearls I plan on wearing with my wedding dress! I plan on remodeling the long strand of pearls into either a 2 or 3 stranded collar! (Yes, I'm a crafty beeetch! LOL) I was thinking I might redo the bracelet too (to make it smaller and remove the navy stones in the middle) but then I got to thinking "something BLUE" ... so I figure I'll keep them! :)
Also, I weighed in today... my lowest in many weeks: 133.1!
SOOOOOO I might hit my goal (132) by my wedding day after all!
I LOVE WHEN THINGS WORK OUT!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Here is a quick picture of my new shoes; Sketchers: Pastellics! I freaking LOVE them!!! They are not only functional (light weight and fit my foot like a glove) but they are so freaking CUTE!!!
I originally thought Sketchers were nothing more then a cute shoe... but I decided to give them a try in the gym and was quite pleasantly surprised how GREAT they are as trainers too!
Recently on my shopping trip I bought a couple pairs of fitness Sketchers (feather light: D'lites), as well as another pair for walking to work. (Which, I might add, I paid the same price for ALL 3 PAIRS of shoes that I would for 1 pair of "running shoes" at the Running room!) I am SO GLAD I did because these shoes are the best things I've worn at the gym in ages! (My Nikes are really worn out and tired and my NewBalance trainers have never been very comfortable for my flat feet!)
I would not wear these shoes running though. So, when I went running on Saturday morning, I decided to try wearing an old pair of Nike's (Nike Air) that I have used for working out BACK IN THE DAY! (They have a new insole in them!) I figured they would be a better running shoe then my Nike SHOX which currently always cause me pain when I run.
Well, I can't say that I was totally wrong... but I did have knee pain at about 12 minutes in (right knee). (Since I walk for the first 2 minutes of my run, that's only after 10 minutes of running. BOO!) So, I guess I still REALLY need a few chiropractic adjustments to get my body in shape for running again. This week, I'll plan at least 2 visits (maybe 3... I do plan on running in the AM again starting this week since daylight savings time has finally arrived! Hellooo sunshine!)
I also found this store called "One Tooth" which sells clothes similar to LuluLemon except it's a little different style and the pants are HALF the price! So I splurged on a few new outfits... which I'll try to take pics of for you soon! The pants are too long so I need to wash them before I hem them!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
For the past 3 week ends (since Valentine's day!) I've been eating either a slice of birthday cake (which I've frozen from Collin's Birthday Cake *BTW... my mother in law makes THE BEST birthday cake!) or a single Crave cupcake (which I got from Collin for Valentine's Day! Just what I wanted/ er... NEEDED, right?)
Everything was going great, until this past weekend!
We took a road trip to Edmonton to attend my BFF's son's Birthday party! (He turned ONE years old... I felt FLATTERED that she even thought of me to send me an invitation!) And I figured "I've been indulging in cake for the past 2 weekends, how will this be any different?"
"How?" I ask... Well, when there are 7 kids under 5 years old running around and there are no set meal times... a girl has got to eat SOMETHING! My BFF decided to make her son his cake... OMG, it was divine! (and I'm a birthday cake connoisseur! LOL) So I ate 2 peices!
But it was SOOO GOOD! There were even sugar cookies surrounding the cake to make it look like a crown! Check it out!
SOOOO.... needless to say, I ended up going way overboard on the food that day... and then the next day, I ate a half a tub of sour dinosaurs candies!
WTF? you may ask! ... well, that day we went to visit Collin's ailing father. And like a dummy, I had not packed any meals to take with me! I get pretty hungry every 2 or 3 hours and by lunch time, I was FAMISHED! Those dinosaurs didn't stand a chance with me and my hunger, but luckily Collin saw what I was doing and asked me to go get some lunch! I went and got a Wendy's taco salad. (I love them without the sour cream or dressing... just chili, cheese, a few taco chips and lettuce. YUM!)
NUMBERS GEEK ALERT:
here's the plot of my weight over the past 3 months... as you can see, the last week has thrown me off track slightly (circled in cyan) even though I had a pretty decent weighin today. (134.4)
My wedding goal weight (I'm loosely using this number as my "carrot" so to speak) is 132.
Moral of this story...
NO MORE CAKE FOR ME UNTIL MY WEDDING CAKE!!!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Adding this move to Monday's workout is all it took for my abs to be screaming out "OMG" for the past 2 days! (What gives? My body is definitely having a very sporatic time with recovery after my workouts!)
However, there's this *sick* side of me that loves the pain! And knowing that I achieved this sort of muscle soreness (without a trainer, to boot!) somehow validates the workout even more! (Isn't that crazy? As we get more fit, our muscles should naturally recover quicker and more effieiently after exercise!!! *as long as the proper nutrition guidelines are followed as well!)
Collin even got a good workout in yesterday! This is what he did:
20minutes cardio (recumbent bike)
Super sets - 3 sets x15 reps
Chest press (25lbx2+bar) and Calf raises (15lbx2)
Bicep curls (12lbx2) and sumo squats (body weight)
Tricep extension (8lbs) and same elbow to knee crunches.
He was crying "No more, No more!" after his last set of abs! LOL Right now, I'm trying to slowly incorporate a few more leg exercises into his routine so that he can strengthen up his muscles and hopfully his knee pain improves. I had NO IDEA how poor his core strength was until we started to do this!
(I guess it's been so long since I've been that out of practice, it's hard for me to imagine NOT being able to finish one set of 15 basic crunches!)
This whole experience has been good for both of us! Collin knows he needs to get healthier not only for himself, but for his soon-to-be wife and kids! And helping Collin has really clued me in on just how POOR his fitness level really is! (I think I take fitness for granted, especially when the people I'm dealing with don't have an outward weight issue! ... and the fact that he can still beat me in a mountain bike race or hike faster then I ever can even without training!)
I hope I start to see improvements in his core strength, lower back pain and knee issues soon! Slow and steady! I think he's making huge progress...
NEXT ISSUE to tackle, his LOVE of BEER! LOL
Monday, March 08, 2010
... whatever that means to you... JUST DO IT!
Seriously, life is TOO SHORT and you really don't know what you've got until it's GONE!
Take my Father-in-Law... he's been fighting bone cancer and for 2 years has been undergoing treatments to control it and possibly kill it!?!
We went to see him this weekend and this was the first time since he's started his treatment that I've seen him look and behave like he's dying! He's barely holding it together... I know he's finally coming to terms with the sad reality that his days are numbered... it's really upsetting to see him in such a state! You want to help him, but at this point, there is nothing we can do for him! He's taking the last treatment option presented to him and it hasn't done anything except cause him more pain!
All he does all day (All he CAN DO) is sits in his special chair and watches TV! I know if he could, he'd be out working and making himself useful... but HE CAN'T physically do anything that he used to anymore! He's only 53 years old and he can barely walk around (with his walker) or get into his chair without pain (foot pain, hip pain, etc...)! The cancer has really sucked the life out of him... I can barely stand to think about it! I know this is really weighing heavily on Collin right now too! All I can do is try to be as positive of support for him as I can and talk or listen when he needs me!
So, for those of you who make excuses for why you can't get a workout in... think about the people who ONLY WISH they could get out of bed to pedal a bike or go for a walk care free! No matter what you current level of fitness is, USE IT to it's fullest potential and it will eventually reward you with a long life!
Take care of your body NOW, while you can... because once disease/illness sets in... it can be very hard to reverse! Think of your workouts and current good eating habits as an insurance plan on your life! It's worth all the effort and every dollar you invest in it!
Good habits now = happy, long, healthy life later on!!!
XOXO I love you all, Spark Friends!
Take Care of those you love (and most importantly, YOURSELF!)
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