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T25 Alpha: Week One

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Week one down! I wasn't able to exercise every day because of my schedule, so I combined workouts. My favorite part about this program (so far) is that the workouts really fly by; it's only 25 minutes and I still sweat!

Monday: Run 60mins in the rain (Army PT, hooah!---freaking awesome at the end!)
T25 (Cardio)/ 25mins

Wednesday: Speed 1.0/ 25mins
Total Body Circuit/ 25mins (I SWEAT BIG TIME)

Saturday: Ab Intervals/ 25mins
Lower Focus/ 25mins (GREAT muscle-burner!)
Cardio/ 25mins

I really like that I can feel the workout days later, but I'm still motivated to do the next video. The intensity is great and I don't feel like the presenters are talking down to you. In fact, they're motivating and you can tell that they're getting a workout, too. I wonder if they heat the room or they do a workout before they tape the video because they're sweating a lot, but what matters is that I'M getting a workout, right? ;)

EDIT** Sunday's Stretch workout was really nice, and I could feel the stretches working! Felt pretty darn good that night and getting up the next morning.


2014 Health & Fitness Goals

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Experts say that if you write down your goals, making sure to be specific and checking in on them frequently, you are more likely to accomplish them. Well I was getting a little tired of my schlump-y self yesterday for not having written my goals down in September at the start of this course, so I decided to put some numbers to paper and this is the result. I hope that they're attainable in the allotted time I've given myself, but I also know that I work harder given a deadline. ;)

Next 30 Days:
Phase dairy out of my diet (goodbye to cheese... :''''( )
Lose an inch off of every body part with regular cardio (5-6 days a week), weight lifting (2-3 days a week), and clean eating (24/7)!
Weight: 142
Get an official diagnosis on whether or not I have PCOS
Drink 40oz of water/day instead of sipping on coffee during class
Floss daily

Next 45 Days:
Finish my master's thesis
Submit graduation intent (again)
Donate old clothing (too big, too small, haven't worn in years) before moving house

This Year, I WILL:
Have sexy arms for my brother's wedding in May
Reach my goal weight of 130
Body Fat: 23%
Do 200 consecutive sit-ups
Do 60 consecutive push-ups
Do 5 consecutive pull-ups
Run for 10 miles without walking at any point by August 31st
Learn to love myself for who I am and not what I could or "should" be


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MONICA_W 1/6/2014 11:44PM

    Those are some serious goals! I'd love to be able to do 5 pull-ups... or even 1! Even at my fittest I was still doing assisted pull-ups. Flossing - yes!!! I set a floss goal many years ago and am a habitual flosser now... I really notice when I don't floss, it's too gross, I have to. Fuzzy teeth, bleh. emoticon

Wishing you all the best!

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KRISTALOVELY 1/6/2014 2:47PM

    I like how you categorized your goals into short, mid, and long term. I'm going to do this on my own blog. Thanks for the idea! Also, I always hear differing opinions on dairy. What's your opinion on it?

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FATHINSN 1/2/2014 9:12PM

    Sounds like attainable goals, hope you have good plan for them :D
Good luck!

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Barely Treading

Saturday, December 07, 2013

I've barely maintained my resolution to keep my motto "If I don't buy it, I can't eat it". Between Tuesday and this morning, I ate an entire jar of Jif hazelnut spread ( was really good). I feel like I haven't gotten a good workout in for two or three weeks (haven't done much at all).

Wednesday was a really rough day for some reason and I was extremely moody. I decided to punch in some of my "random" symptoms to confirm a suspicion and hopefully I will know more by the end of this coming week. I suspect that I have PCOS, and while that shouldn't mean a massive lifestyle change, it means that I have to be more careful about what I eat, when I eat, and how much exercise I get. It may also explain what appears to be the cyclical depression I've been dealing with over the last decade.

Fingers crossed that I get this figured out so I can move on, grab some motivation, meet my goals, and be HAPPY!


Downward slide

Monday, May 06, 2013

Last week was truly the roughest week I've had in a long time when it comes to eating properly. I'd eat one food that wasn't a good idea when I was relaxing/celebrating with friends and it slid into a day of feeling down and trying to recover. I did okay with keeping a mentality of working hard during my workout sessions, but having moved back home temporarily and realizing just how poorly they eat, I had very little options to supplement that workout. Well, that stops today. I make the decisions about what goes into my body and as kind as family are, they will need to realize just how far I've come by eating healthfully and even they can't stop me!

I make the decisions and I'm going to stick with 'em! Now, where are those lima beans...?

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JOANNHUNT 5/6/2013 9:58AM

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If I don't buy it, I can't eat it!

Monday, April 29, 2013

I've decided to adopt the motto: "If I don't buy it, I can't eat it", and thereby gain back the awful flub I've been successful in losing over the lat 5 years (has it really been 5 years??)

Well, apparently that motto has really paid off in the last month. I was getting really concerned with my weight, as the Army has a height and weight standard that I must maintain, but since my return from BCT, I hadn't had to worry about it at all. Well, over Christmas break, I gained 5-ish pounds and was nearing my max weight according to military standards and I was terrified, not only that I'd have to be taped and someone would have to see my in my undies, but also that I had let things get that far.

Now, let me clarify somewhat: this semester I've been taking a total body sculpting/cardio class twice a week and I'd noticed the change in my body (mostly my arms--which was the hope as I'm my sister's maid of honor in a sleeveless dress....), so my weight was bound to fluctuate a bit. I know I'm healthier and in better shape than previously, but I was really concerned about the actual number on the scale.

Last week, just before my last APFT as a cadet, I weighed in at 145, having dropped that Christmas weight! It might have been due to my healthy eating habits (YEA MOTTO!!) or it may have been due to the stress of finishing my MA and dealing with a crazy bridesmaid on top of everything else life throws at you, but I did it. I still have a ways to go to reach my goal weight and body fat indicator, not to mention my preferred level of fitness, but I felt like it was all worth it and will continue to be worth it as I strive to develop a better body image and sense of self-worth.

Mil Ball: Everything from the neck up is courtesy of a friend of mine, but I still think I'm smokin' hot. :P

Forgive the sunburn/tan line; I tried to fix it, but you can still see it....

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FATHINSN 5/2/2013 10:40PM

    So true! Which is why our family very seldom buy soda drinks and chips and as long as those not at home, we can stay away from eating them :D

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DWROBERGE 4/30/2013 2:19AM

    Keep focused for success. You can do it. Gof or it.

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TXPATRIOT 4/29/2013 10:25PM

    Congrats! And yes, you looked very pretty for your military ball!

Thank you for your service!

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FRENCHKONEXION 4/29/2013 10:05PM

    I love your confidence and your will! One day, I hope I can feel / exude the same! Keep it up! :)

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MYBULLDOGS 4/29/2013 9:48PM


my sister lost 105 lbs age 63 walking 15000 steps a day

i lost 44 pounds at age 61 by giving up grain and sugar products.

neither one of us has had a relapse in over a year


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SCRAPBECCA 4/29/2013 9:45PM

    emoticon emoticon You look great!

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RESPONSIBLE4ME 4/29/2013 9:38PM

    Great pic. You're so pretty. And though I'm not in the army, I can relate to a lot of what you said in your blog about fear and motivation. It sounds like you're headed in a positive direction. Keep it up!

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