Friday, May 13, 2011
So a few days ago a mom that I know from MOMS Club posted on my Facebook page that she thought she saw me at a grocery store the other day and asked if I was there @ that particular store @ that particular time. I replied that I was. Well, last night she replied back with this: "OK, so you look amazing!! Skinny Minnie! I didn't think you had a twin - but whatever you're doing is working!! :-)" . I have not seen this women face-to-face in about 2 years. She only sees whatever pictures I post of myself on Facebook, and usually that is just a head shot or far away shot. So, I guess the loss I have achieved so far is noticeable. The only place it is noticeable to me is on my sides and maybe a little bit around my waist. When I've measured with a tape measure it still reads the same as when I started working out. I will take a new measurement at the end of this month to see if there is a significant difference.
Today I feel 80% better than yesterday. I'm not great, but have more energy and in a much better mood. Instead of doing the Intermediate Level 2 workout on my elliptical today, I switched it up and did Target Tone 1, which I hate because it makes you pedal backwards....I hate that! But I did it. I did not burn as many calories, but my number of rotations was higher. I also did a bonus video for the bootcamp which I really enjoyed http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes
s_articles.asp?id=1256 . Tomorrow I will do the elliptical for 30 minutes, the Day 7 bootcamp video and my 2nd bonus video for the week. Hoping I feel okay tomorrow because I'm getting my exercise mojo back....finally!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
So. This has not been my week. It started out well, but started going down hill Tuesday and continues. It's that time of month. My IBS is acting up; I feel bloated & gassy. My allergies, mostly my eyes, have been bothering me, which held me back from exercising yesterday. I laid down yesterday & today for a small nap because I haven't been sleeping well and the night before last my 4 yr old had me up 1/2 the night because her allergies were bothering her (and she is my child who doesn't have allergies! That's how bad the pollen is around here.)
All that said, I did not want to fall even more behind on my Spring Into Spring Challenge. So I forced myself to get on the elliptical for 30 minutes and then did 2 of the bootcamp videos to make up for yesterday....all before dinner. I'm not 100%, but my stomach is feeling better. I truly think the exercising and floor exercises help my stomach. So I have to do cardio tomorrow & Saturday, along with 2 videos each day in order to stay on track with bootcamp. I am up to it as long as my body is up for it.
Sorry for theTMI-too much information in this blog post, but I'm so fed up with it and am trying to get the exercising to aide in my feeling well. The problem lies in not feeling well enough to exercise to begin with.
Friday, May 06, 2011
Today was odd. I did 4 loads of laundry, changed all the bed sheets, folded laundry (not all is put away yet), and then I started to feel lazy this afternoon and got lost on the computer. The time I should have been on the elliptical, I was online. I did make myself do the bootcamp video and was kind of relieved it was only 6 minutes long. As the day went on I felt more and more guilty that I did not get on the elliptical for some cardio. I could've just vegged out and did some more online vegging. But what I did instead was get on the elliptical at 7:30pm and did my highest #'s to date (beating my highest number from this past Sunday!) So my new number to beat is 1679 revolutions/590 calories burned. I felt the burn with the bootcamp video and the elliptical workout. So I am more than satisfied that I did not bow out and skip the cardio today. Tomorrow is the last day of week 1 of the Spring Into Shape BootCamp Challenge.......1 week down, 3 more to go!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
I just finished my elliptical & Day 5 SparkPeople 12-Minute Pilates Abs Video. That video was tough! It just makes me realize that when I do sit-ups and ab exercises on my own, I do not push as hard as when I do a video w/Coach Nicole! I felt the burn with those pilates ab exercises! As for doing 'planks', I hate them. I hated them when I did the 28-Day BootCamp Challenge and I hate them with this Spring Into Shape BootCamp Challange. If I find something too daunting I always try it first and then do the modified version she usually shows.
I had to push myself to exercise today. Honestly, I just wanted to get it out of the way. I felt guilty from yesterday because my walk with the dog didn't seem to push me as hard as when I do the elliptical. So since my 8 yr old is at school and my 4 yr old is at my Mom's house, I figured get my workout in before other things take over my attention. So that is what I did. Tomorrow I will finally do the Day 1 Video as my cardio, then I will be back on track.
Now, as for the rest of the day, my husband is getting out of work early so we can go look for the back-splash tile for our kitchen. We've finally picked out the cabinet color, countertop and flooring. All that is left is the backsplash tile. Yeah! Hopefully this will be chosen today and then we will just have to wait for all the materials until our remodeler can start the project. Our current kitchen cabinets are dark and from 1978. We bought our home in 2000 and waited this long to remodel the kitchen due to all the other renovations we needed to do (roof, windows, flooring, etc.) Also remodeling with babies is not fun, so now our kids are at an okay age for this to take place.
That's all for now. I hope everyone has a great day! It's quite a soggy/rainy one here today, but accomplishing things are on my agenda for the day!
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Wow! What a nice walk I had with my dog this afternoon. The three most surprising things to me were that my allergies were not bothering me, I did not feel winded and that my legs felt 'strong' when I was walking. I probably could have walked more but it's about 80 degrees and my dog was panting pretty hard (he'll be 12 in Fall and I do not want to push him over his limit, especially on a warm day). I did wear my pedometer (which I am not sure is working properly), but it recorded 1,151 steps. I went to this website: www.walk4life.com/customerservice/fo
rms_stridelength.aspx and figured out my stride (I did 16 steps in 30 ft). The stride came out to be 1'11" per the sites figures. So I plugged that stride length & # of steps from my pedometer and it totaled .4 miles. I walked for 35 minutes from 6th to 1st Street in a big square. Not sure if this is right. I could have sworn when I recorded this once before it was a mile.
"Average walking pace is around 3-4 miles per hour. Given that your range is pretty wide, you should budget a half-hour or so each way, a bit more if you're planning on taking it easy (like if it's a hot day) or if you're particularly short. (Short people = short legs = slower walking pace)." askville.amazon.com/long-walk
I found this daunting statement "The fact is, a 150-pound person burns less than 100 calories on a leisurely half-hour walk." here: findarticles.com/p/articles/m
So, I did not get in the elliptical, but a small walk. And I did the bootcamp video. It was a busy day, so I am okay with what I did accomplish.
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