Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Strength Training + Cardio = Addiction
My name is Sheila, and I'm a fitness-holic. WOW, I have over 4,000 fitness minutes this year. I had to blog about it because I am just amazed at myself. I have been at the Y 5-6 times a week for a couple months now. Last week I only got there 3 times and I thought I was slacking. Yet, when I told someone I "only got there 3 times last week", I was told that was better than most and to be happy with that. I guess I am :)
So back on this week, in looking at my schedule I will get there 5 times this week. I am very proud of my accomplishments this year. I find myself at work (I have a desk job) doing leg lifts and walking around the building more than ever, just because I get stir crazy now. The other day I said to my 11 year old daughter, "you have to get more cardio in your routine". She's a dancer, but dances just one night a week. The rest of the week she is like most pre-teens, sits on the couch and watches TV and moves when I tell her to, LOL. She said "Cardio? Who are you the Fitness Nazi?"
I guess I am. I want her to be addicted like me. I want everyone to be addicted like me. My nephew called to tell me he bought a new bike and I cheered! My friend told me he "dug his bike out last night" and I cheered again! I think I am rubbing off on some and I am excited for them!
And, the best part of this week: I signed up for the Lazy Man Trathlon at the Y. Starting June 1, I have six weeks to walk 26 miles, bike 113 miles and swim 2-1/2 miles. OMG what have I done? But, I did talk the pre-teen into doing it with me, she has to do 1/2 of what I do. So we are beginning training tonight. I went to the Y this morning and did strength training and Turbo Kick. Tonight we will be walking.
If someone told me a year ago I would be addicted to fitness, I would've laughed in their face. I weighed 194 pounds and smoked a pack of cigarettes every other day. Now I am at 170, soon to be 169 (I vow by Saturday) smoke-free for almost six months, and can actually finish my Body Step class and continue on with Body Pump.
I have biceps now. There are bumps where there used to be flab. Triceps still need a bit of work, but they'll get there. All in all I am feeling fit and fab.
Fitness Nazi? Yep, and proud of it!
Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I literally do not remember the last time I weighed in the 160's. It has to be at least 15 years, as I was in a size 16 when I got married in 1995. Less than two years before that, I was in a size 8. I doubled my size in two years after meeting my husband-to-be and let myself go from there after the wedding. Eye, yi, yi.
It continued on after that until I weighed in at 220 when my daughter was 2 years old in 2000. Size 22. When I separated from my husband in 2001, stress alone helped me drop 20 and I wasn't even trying. After my divorce was final in 2006, I planned a cruise vacation with my daughter, which helped me lose another 20. 177 was my weight, and I was able to get back into a size 16, tight. And then I said to myself "well, 20 pounds lost is nothing to sneeze at." I plateaued and gave up. By the end of 2009, I had gained some back and was once again creeping up on 200 pounds. 194 to be exact. So I made a pact with myself. To get healthy, NOT go on a "diet". I had quit smoking in November and I was determined I was not going to gain weight.
Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer. You name it, we have it running like wildfire through both sides of my family. Mostly my mother's side. My mother herself has congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and lymphedema. My dad, diabetes and high cholesterol. My brother passed away almost 5 years ago at the age of 52 from a stroke because he couldn't keep his high blood pressure under control. My sister's is controlled with medication. I was recently put on medication for my high cholesterol, but since eating healthy and working out I have been able to control it and go off the meds.
I am now in a "tight" size 14, have one more pound to lose and I'm at 169. One more pound to 25 pounds lost since January 1. The feeling is euphoric to say the least. I am feeling great, my clothes are fitting better if not too loose, and I have a lot more energy.
I am noticing little changes as well. My mood is better. My daughter notices that, LOL. My endurance is better. I used to huff and puff up the stairs, now I only huff. I started walking on the treadmill at 20 minutes, I now do 3 miles in 60 minutes on an off day. Other days I do fitness classes at the Y like Body Step and Body Pump. I am addicted to excersize now.
I am not the only one noticing, either and that feels wonderful, doesn't it? "Are you losing weight?" Why yes, I am and am loving it! A guy at work told me the other day my fingers were looking skinnier. LOL. Okay, I'll take it. A few more pounds and I will have to head to the Goodwill to buy a couple of outfits to fit. I've decided I really don't want to spend a lot of money on clothing until I reach my goal weight, hence the Goodwill.
So watch out, 160's, I'm coming for you and it's not going to be pretty.........or is it?
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Okay, I'm still at 1 pound lost in April in 10 days :( Can you tell it's bugging me? Then yesterday and today I slacked on not going to the Y. However, I did go for a bike ride with my daughter today. No small feat itself. I have not been on a bike for about 20 years give or take a year. A friend of mine gave me an old 10-speed last year and I rode it around my parking lot once. I didn't like the way my butt hurt riding it, lol.
So today we pumped up the tires on both of our bikes and got moving. I still don't like the way my butt hurts riding it :( I just don't like the seat. But if it gets her out exercising then I'll do it. Granted we did not ride for miles, but we went around the block a couple times and it's a start.
I have been doing good on my eating, except last night I had a Bloody Mary :( But I worked out all week up until yesterday so I don't think its that big of an issue. I am going to mix up the eating and the working out a bit this week to see where that takes me. A couple days at low end of calorie range, and on the days I have my heaviest workout days I'll eat at the higher end of my calorie range. Anything to get out of this plateau. I also recorded a few of Gilad's body sculpting videos on DVR a few days this week and plan to implement them into my workouts.
I have a few goals this week I am writing down and will accomplish if life doesn't get in the way too much.
1. Lose 2 pounds
2. Get to the Y 6 times
3. Do Body Pump 3 times
4. Do Body Step at least 4 times
5. Mix up cardio on days I don't do Body Step (gonna try to do Turbo Kick on Wed)
6. Water, water, water
7. Incorporate more protein into my diet
Whew, I think that about covers it for a week, anyway, lol.
Oh, and of course track my nutrition and fitness on SP every day, which I do anyway. But of course had to add my Spark peeps in there!
Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
"I want you to up your calorie intake by 80-100 per day."
I looked at my trainer like he had grown another head.
"What? Are you nuts?" I said.
I had just told him on Monday night that I had only lost 1 pound in the last two weeks. He was not particularly concerned, as he's always told me 1-2 pounds a week is the healthy way. Yes, that has been drilled into my head. But 1 pound in 2 weeks? I was a bit concerned.
So he asked how much I was working out and how much I was eating. I have been at the Y almost every day for forever it seems. Either with him, doing a class, walking the treadmill, strength training, etc. And when I can't get to the Y, I at least do some strength training at home and have been known to do a SP video or two.
Calculating my calories burned, it is anywhere from 2900-3500 calories a week. I am doing 1200-1500 calories a day, usually on the lower end of 1200, sometimes even a bit under that.
For him to tell me that he wanted me to up my calories by about 100 per day goes against everything I've taught myself. BUT it seems he knows more than me and tells me that I am burning more and my metabolism is slowing down for some reason.
So starting yesterday, I had 1384 calories. I don't even know if I can do this. I'm so used to my healthy eating, sometimes I'm just full and can't eat anymore. I guess I'm going to go against the grain and try this. There's no way I'm cutting back on my fitness, I love it too much.
But the last couple weeks I have seen good things happen. I measured myself and am down 18 inches since I started measuring in early February. Which means probably more have been lost since January 1. 21 pounds is nothing to sneeze at. I had my 5 month anniversary of not smoking. My mother, the nay-sayer, has noticed. Other people have noticed. I feel great, I don't huff and puff walking up stairs anymore. I love to exercise. If you would've told me 8 months ago I would've been a YMCA junkie, I would've laughed in your face. I am trying to get my 11 year old to eat healthy, which is not an easy thing considering she hates all fruits and veggies.
And here on SP, I have gotten several trophies. Consistency for March, 500 sparkpoints in March, 1000 fitness minutes for March and 2500 total points so far. I also crossed over 3000 fitness minutes since starting this journey! So I am taking what I can get and moving on to bigger and better things!
I don't know where I'm going, but I'm definitely on my way!
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Happy Easter all!
Well, I spent yesterday making food and desserts for today. Besides licking my fingers, I think I did pretty good. I didn't get cardio in, but I did do some strength training. I don't feel too bad about the cardio because I spent two hours at the Y on Friday doing Body Step and Body Pump.
I got up this morning and weighed and measured. I am down 21 pounds and 18 inches. I have some April goals I want to meet, which includes 6 pounds, so I have to make sure I stay on track. I am making dinner today for my parents, my daughter and my nephew and his family. BUT, here is our dinner menu.
Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Banana Pudding Dessert
My mother also has several bags of chocolate easter candy in the house for everyone else to enjoy. Chocolate is my downfall, chocolate is my enemy.
I have decided I'm going to have ham, my frozen steamed Green Giant veggie pack and a small serving of cole slaw. I had a healthy breakfast and will have a healthy lunch and make sure there are healthy snacks in between so that I do not overdo it at dinner. Maybe I will have a hard boiled egg for snack. We don't seem to have a shortage of them around here
As far as fitness goes, I plan to do the Spark People 10 min. kickboxing video twice, and a couple of other strength training videos today with the stability ball. It is nice enough outside where if I find the time, I am going to collect my daughter and then go for a walk
For the week ahead, I have plenty of fitness scheduled.
Monday - Strength training with my trainer and walk the treadmill
Tuesday - SP kickboxing video and strength training
Wednesday - Body Step and Body Pump
Thursday - Body Step and strength training
Friday - Body Step and Body Pump
Saturday - Strength training and walk the treadmill
The reason I'm entering it all onto my blog is that now I will hold myself accountable and DO IT.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings and hope you all have a great Easter!
Keep on sparking!
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