Sunday, August 07, 2011
I had planned to go to the gym this morning, but because of festivities last night, I failed to get there. NOT an excuse, the alarm went off, and I turned it off. Just giving you all the info. Well, because I got up late (7am) I decided to enjoy coffee with the hubby, a rare event, while the kids were still in bed, an extremely rare event. When coffee talk was over and the kids were up and motivated, I decided to go for a 2.5 mile walk. Just as I got my Ipod on, the skies opened up and it poured. Ok, so I'll do the treadmill. I don't love it, especially in the summer. I do it ALL winter, so I avoid it at all costs when it's nice out. And, no, I had no intention of going to the gym, people would be there at this time of day. 20 minutes later the rain stopped and I thought I could go for a walk after all... NOPE! So hot and humid I didn't even make it around the block without wheezing. This is NOT good weather for my asthma.
Downstairs to the treadmill I went. I didn't just want to walk, I thought maybe I'd try running a little. Then I thought, I have new shoes, maybe that wouldn't be a good idea, I haven't even broken them in yet. I have a treadmill that came with Jillian Michael's iFit program. I haven't done that in a while, lets give it a whirl. Some of you have been friends of mine since the beginning, and you may remember my first experience. If not, check out the blog.
This time it was a very different experience. It was a great workout, actually better that I remember. She was going a bit too slow for me, it only went to 3.2, but the incline was fine between 5 and 7. It's a 20 minute program, so I decided to do it twice. I really enjoyed it! I actually got a better workout in then if I went for a walk. I love walking, but I definitely would NOT have sweat like I did with Jillian. See what she did to me?!? I hope everyone has a great week!
40 minutes with Jillian Michaels!!!
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
So I went to the gym to tonight for a free training session. I didn't have very high hopes because the last time I went, the guy (different trainer) spoke with me for about 7 minutes, weighed me and said "I charge $75 a session, are you interested?" Never put me on a machine or showed me anything. When I got there, this new guy seemed very nervous shuffling papers and not really making eye contact, which I hate. I was nervous being there and his silence wasn't helping.
He took me out to the gym and there wasn't anyone there, thank God. I work out at 4am for a reason! He said "why don't you hop on the elliptical and we'll get started." I told him I was happy with my cardio and I was really interested in ST and learning what I needed to do. By me saying that, it was like I threw off his whole "routine." He looked at me and looked at the elliptical and looked at me, and said "you don't want to get on the elliptical?" I could see he didn't know where to go with my defiance, so I quickly explained my weight loss, and AGAIN, I enjoy my cardio routine I need to work on ST. "So you don't want to get on the elliptical?" UGH!!! SO glad I came... "NO!" I told him the areas I want to work on (bat wings, stomach, not sure about my legs) and we finally got started.
He handed my a pair of 5lb weights, psshhh, whatever! He said, "you seem to be Ok with that, they aren't too heavy?" Um, NO! I explained that this is not my first trip around the block, I just need to know that I'm doing it right, and that I'm using the correct weights and doing enough reps. So then it was like a light bulb went off (finally) and he wanted to see exactly what I could do.
He handed me 15lb weights and we started doing bench presses, tricep kickbacks, rows, curls, etc., you can check out my "shared exercise log" to see exactly what we did. I used the cable cross machine, as well as a few others. Then we talked about how I wasn't sure about wanting to do anything else with my legs. The only exercise I do is bike, elliptical and walk. That's ALL leg work, and I'm not sure I want to do "extra" leg work. He said for me to tone my legs and not "bulk up" I should be doing squats, not machines. Cool, I do squats at Zumba, no problem. Well, apparently I've been doing them WAY wrong. He watched me do 2 and said, "put your weight on your heels, not the balls of your feet." HOLY CRAP, what a difference. I felt it immediately!
So at the end of the session, while I was wiping the sweat out of my eyes (nope, don't sweat that much while doing my own ST) we talked about his fee, and he can see me 3 times a week, he's here to motivate and keep me on track, blah, blah, blah. If I wasn't motivated, I wouldn't have gotten this far on my own, thanks! Then he asked what my fitness score was, which was the disaster I had with the first trainer. I quickly explained that fiasco, and he scheduled me for "another" fitness test next week, if I can walk. I'm telling you, those squats killed me!
So, what have I learned? I should be doing more free weights instead of machines. I can up the weight as I get more comfortable, but do more reps to burn more fat. If you do the exercises the correct way, it WILL hurt, lol!
I can't afford to meet with him 3 times a week, or even once a week. But when I go for the fitness test next week, I'm going to find out if I can meet with him once or twice a month, like a check in of sorts. To make sure I'm on target and change things up if I need to. If that's not something he's willing to do, that's fine I've already written down all the exercises, so I can do it ALL on my own.
I have to say this was a much better experience with a trainer. It started off a little rocky, but it was well worth the time. I'll let you know next week what my fitness level is and whether or not I'll have a trainer! Cross your fingers that my legs are no longer in a jello-like state so I can actually DO the fitness test! On to bigger and better things sparkfriends!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
We had a crazy, busy, awesome weekend! Friday, we went to Idlewild Park in Ligonier, Pa. It is, in my opinion, one of the best amusement parks for kids anywhere. It's not too big, it's pretty shaded, and most of the rides are completely kid friendly. It may not be Cedar Point caliber as far as rides, but it's VERY family friendly. I was so worried that the weather was going to ruin our fun, but the storm managed to stay away until we were actually done for the day. Mike and I talked about "this being the last ride, getting souvenirs and snacks, and we'll head out" just as the skies opened up and we got dumped on. SO lucky! It was, however, about 90 degrees with very little breeze, and we sweat just standing still. But, we didn't get rained on!
Not only did we get to visit the park, but we were very lucky that Santa was also on vacation and he was there at the park this week. So while we were visiting Storybook Forest, which is a walk through the woods that has a lot of your favorite storybook creatures scattered throughout, Raggedy Ann and Andy, The three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, etc., we got to stop at a workshop that Santa set up while he was visiting. The kids thought that it was awesome that Santa was on vaca, and came to Idlewild.
After Storybook Forest, we went to another part of the park that's filled with rope brides, and slides. The rope climb was HUGE, and I didn't think Jake was going to go, he's not very adventurous, but he jumped up there and started climbing. I was nervous about it that I sent hubby up with them. They had such a great time. I really wanted to go, but was scared I wouldn't make it to the top. It was really big, and the very end is almost straight up, at least it looks that way from the ground.
**OK, I tried to download 3 different pics of the rope thing, but apparently they're all "too big" for SP to download. Sorry no pic : (
We also got to see an "Extreme Circus" that had planted itself there for the week. I was excited to see the "Extreme Circus" and was surprised it only consisted of 4 acts. The first "extreme" act was a woman with "5 four legged, animals, doing things you've never seen" which turned into a lady with 5 poodles jumping through hoops and barrels, hmmmm... the second "death defying act" was a woman swinging herself around on a rope, meh... The third act was actually pretty cool with 2 VERY bendy woman doing contortionist type things and squeezing themselves into a super tiny box together. Katy thought that was "the coolest thing ever!" And the final "extreme act" was a trio of tight rope walkers, again, fun to watch, but not exactly "extreme." I think they need to work on marketing!
We went through the rest of the "kids park" and visited Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, Raccoon Lagoon, and finally ended up in the "adult" area of the park where hubby and I actually got to ride with the kids, lol! We had an awesome time and I recommend it to anyone in the area. They also have a water park, which we have not visited. You can check everything out at
Now, I know you all want to know about the redneck water slide. Or at least that's what my BiL calls it. My husband's family lives down in Clymer, Pa a little town in the backwoods, which is about a hour from Idlewild, so we decided to make a weekend of it, and spend time with Mike's family. The closest thing to the town, is IUP ( Indiana Univ. of Pa) which is where I went to college and met Mike. They told us that when we came down, we should bring the kids suits because they have a slip and slide, SWEET! That's great, we'll go over on Saturday, after spending all day at the park on Friday, the kids will enjoy some down time. When we got there, I was expecting the see a bright yellow "slip and slide" and instead we saw...
HOLY CRAP!!!! I've never seen anything like it. Black plastic sheeting with a hose laying on it. A far cry from the yellow slip and slide that we're used to. All I could do was laugh. The kids had a blast!!! For 2 hrs I watched them hurl themselves down the hill, going even faster when the used a pool ring. Then hubby joined in.
Then I decided that *I* HAD to do this. For once, I didn't care that there were other people there, that I looked bad in shorts, or that I had to eventually hoist myself off the ground. I wanted to have that kind of fun. I asked my SiL if I could borrow a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, which made her want to do it too.
My SiL Julie (in blue, who has lost 25lbs, WOOT! and me in the purple) watching and waiting...
After finally getting the courage, I threw myself down the hill and had a blast!!!
I did it 3 more times after that, never face first though, lol!
So we had a fantastic weekend, and as I mentioned in the title I overcame some barriers for myself...
The first, being a HUGE issue for me, wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts in public. I know how hot it would be at the park on Friday so I bought shorts (which haven't been on these legs in 11 yrs) and a sleeveless shirt (which has NEVER happened) and wore them to the park... where people could see me... and judge me... However, I didn't die of embarrassment, and was uber thankful I was wearing them when the temps hit the boiling point.
The second was that goofy water slide. I had to, again, wear (even shorter) shorts in public, and put myself into a situation that would have totally been out of the question a year ago. There would have been NO WAY I would have done this a year ago. Because that meant... shorts, wet clingy clothes, trying to get up off the ground gracefully, and in my mind, general embarrassment all around.
When all was said and done at the park and with that slide, I was actually pretty proud of myself and not embarrassed by any it. I guess you have to take growth in whatever form it comes. Even if it is a "redneck water slide!!!"
Monday, July 18, 2011
Monday nights are my weigh ins for my TOPS group. So every Monday night, after our meeting, I get to eat whatever I want without regard to nutritional value or calories. Tonight I decided I was going to Taco Bell. Then I changed my mind when I realized I have to go farther into town to get it, and I drive right past a McDonald's... so, chicken mcnuggets, here I come! I haven't had either in so long, it didn't matter, I was going to eat something greasy! Before I left for the meeting, hubby asked, if on the way home, I would stop at the store and get a couple of things. Sure, no problem, except he wanted double stuffed oreos and columbian coffee ice cream... ok... I've purchased these things before, but it's usually when I have a cart FULL of groceries, and no one is paying attention to the fatty buying ice cream and cookies. So, I decided that to distract from the junk, I would buy a melon baller. I know, weird, but I need one, and I thought MAYBE the checkout kid wouldn't notice the cookies and ice cream. WHY I thought he even cared, is beyond me. I almost felt compelled to explain that those were for my husband, not me. So after feeling horrible and super fat for buying that crap for my husband, I went to buy MY crap at McD's, mmmmm, something's wrong with THAT statement!
So I wasn't feeling so great about myself after the grocery store trip, only to go to McD's and have the punk a$$ 16 year old drive thru kid laughing at me for my food choice. Is that true? Probably not, but that's how I saw things tonight. Not only was the kid who took my order laughing at me, but so was the pimple faced kid who gave me my food. I'm sure the two where in cahoots! So I got my food, and drove away. I pulled out of the parking lot, stuck my hand in the bag to have a fry, or two (seriously, who DOESN'T do that) only to discover that dumb and dumber forgot them. OK, really!?! The way I was feeling about the whole thing, I should have driven away and forgotten it, however, being that this is the only night I eat "planned crap," I couldn't forget them. I turned around, the drive thru was packed so now I had to go inside with my fatness and beg for the fries that THEY forgot. Of course I stood there while 2 different employees walked right past me. Finally a manager came over, giggling, (dumb and dumber must have told her they purposefully forgot my fries so I'd have to come in) and asked to help me. I told her the 2 geniuses in the drive thru forgot my fries, she looked at one of them and giggled even louder. Again, REALLY?!?
For all I know they could have been totally high. I just felt really bad during the whole ordeal. Maybe it's a sign that I shouldn't be getting that garbage anyhow. Maybe it's just my psychoses, but I've never felt this way before about buying food. It was a really bad feeling, and I really don't want to feel like that anytime soon. To top it off, the fries were lukewarm and the nuggets weren't as good as I remember them. Maybe it is a sign...
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I haven't written a blog in a while but I've been reading a lot of them. Most of them seem to have a central theme... I'm stuck, I keep losing and gaining the same 5lbs, I'm working out more, and not losing an ounce... any of these sound familiar? It's usually followed by... I don't want to give up but I don't know what to do, I'm so tired of doing this without results, why is this getting so hard?... Hell yes this is hard! If it were easy, everyone would be thin, right? I "stopped" losing weight in January, and up until May, I kept gaining and losing the same 5lbs (where have I heard that?) And since May, my weight loss has been spotty at best. To be honest, I've become terrified of getting on the scale. This from someone who would weigh every day. I've been binging almost once a week, and I'm sick over it.
I know what to do and how to do it, but sometimes, I'm SO sick of doing it! I get that it's a new lifestyle that I'm learning, but weighing and measuring food, counting calories in vs out, and monitoring carbs, fats and protein can take its toll. Don't tell me that there hasn't been a time when you have just wanted to eat until you can't feel your face.
I've been doing it for over a year, I'm pretty sure I've learned SOMETHING by now! The one thing I've found MOST helpful, is logging in here every day for support, information, and the knowledge that I'm not the only one feeling this way. This hard enough to do, I can't imagine doing it on my own. Even when I'm feeling really crappy about my own journey, I can come here and find some inspiration in a blog or get some encouraging words from a friend.
It makes me sad, though, when I know I have friends that are struggling, and instead of putting a few words out there, asking for support, or just yelling about how hard this is, they completely disappear. I get that it's summer and everyone's busy, but when I drop by a page to see how everyone's doing, lately, it's been "I don't know, I really haven't had time to work on it." "not so good, the Holiday's really threw me off." Or, they just leave all together. We've all had friends who've just left without a word.
You've got to hang in there friends, this can be done. It isn't pretty, and it isn't instantaneous. It takes dedication, and hard work and if you can muster it, a positive attitude! We're here because we need help and support. We know what it takes to achieve our goals, we just have to stick with it. Ask for help and offer it to others, and we'll all make it to the other side.
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