Monday, March 07, 2011
Bear with me today as I a lot of times write to think...or is it the other way around? These past few months have been interesting to say the least. My oldest "panda" and I are back in school full time and this time I was determined to keep my healthy lifestyle in part of my schedule.
I created a vision / motivation wall. Finally. I put it together and I really like the way it came together. I will have to steal one of my kid's camera's and take a pic of it. But here's a faded, blurry one from my phone....
I'm hoping to really add to it the with Bay to Breakers race and whatnot. Make it like a scrapbook as well as a motivation poster...
My niece is engaged. She's hoping to get into shape before next year and so I am doing Slim in 6 with her. We try to hold each other accountable. It's been a lot more fun that I thought. I was afraid that...well, I dunno...I feel awkward working out in front of people and over the last year I think I have really overcome that. If she wants to work out, great otherwise I try not to use it as an excuse to get out of it..
Last Friday her, Panda and I all worked in our hour workout...the house smells like a sweat factory hubby says, but we do it. I went to go get my phone downstairs and do a quick jog. Train for the Bay to Breakers. I was soooo happy that I started singing "1,2,3, 4, 5" in "Electric Company" format ya know...with the pinballs and colors and what not?
Well, anyway stair number 3 got counted for "3,4" and so when I got to stair 5...well, I had already counted it in my head and missed it....long story short I fell and I couldn't get up.
A week later with a swollen, bruised foot (I didn't even know the bottoms of our feet could bruise..hmm) I do the crunches with the girls, but mostly am couch bound. With that one can do a LOT of thinking.
I know everyone has stress and let me tell you...i don't like drama. at all.
I have a question that seems to plague the ever loving daylights out of me. One of the things I've been learning with weight loss, health, and overall general life is to rid yourself of all negative influences. Whether it be dark people or ... anyways. I wonder how this works when you have been married to one for umteen years?!?
Yeah. I bet those experts don't take THAT one into consideration. **scratches head**
I thank goodness for my girls and my friends daily. I signed up for the Bay to Breakers. My very first race. It's their 100th one and I thought this would be a good one to start with.
"he" freeeeaked out. I mean, like "why are you doing this to me?!" freaked out. Angry. "you can't even walk a mile what the hell are you doing?!" freaked out.
We won't even get into the lack of support when I mentioned the hotel. Now we just don't even talk about it. at all.
I think I figured out why I like to work out in private.....
but my girls....they all stepped up with their money and said "we'll walk it with you. We believe in you." as well as my oldest's guy friend. It was just what I needed. So, I may not be running...but with the support of my girls and Zack, we be trekking it :o) I think my first run will actually be next month. I am doing a Deaf Event Run for my ASL class. well, if my foot heals enough...LOL May just do their facepainting ...
Food. That's tricky. I'm starving sitting on this couch! LOL
Well, going to try and sleep. I have to somehow get a challenge going for my team. I really really need additional team leaders for support. I may just delagate a few whether they like it or not :o)
Hey, did you know crutches burn a major load of calories? Good, cuz I always look like I'm gonna pass out when I am getting where I need to go....
Ooooooh! I just ordered my Shakeology :o) Healthiest shake eva!! I really have to get my webpage up for that.....OH...hubby wants to do a competition for his BBQ this May. Have to schedule that in somewhere....and I got Rev Abs coming soon....
Working on my six pack baby!
Wow....there's a lot of confetti in my mind...at least it's on paper now some of it. There's still a lot of sorting to do.. LOL
Monday, February 14, 2011
Balls to the Wall Template!!
MAKE ME _"Slender"_.
Current Weight: 194
1. Chest (under boob) 38.5
2. Arms 14 (is it good they are getting bigger? ..yes, right?)
3. Hola Hips Hippo! 46.5
4.Thunderin Thighs 26
5. Witherin Waistline 38.5 (yes, bigger than chest)
Amount of time you can reasonably dedicate to exercise EACH DAY (oh yeah I went there):
**I will come rain, sleet, or snow (ha ha ..I live in Cali ha ha) spend ONE HOUR each day. I will I will I will!!!**
Number of Rest Days needed per week (maximum):
**As I have a goal for a wedding I really don't want a rest day...That and I know I will slack if I even take ONE day...therefore, from here til April 1st I will avoid "rest" days and will beg the support of my team if I do take one..."*
Is your goal for this challenge...
A) Lose weight **YES**
B) Maintain **NO!!**
C) Lose inches **YES**
D) Prepare for a race **sorta, I'm walking the race w/my kids**
E) Surprise yourself **more like convince myself**
F) Get stronger **eh, just comes with territory, doesn't it?**
G) Start exercising
H) Exercise regularly **YES!! Consistency: I am so bad to it**
I) Break a plateau **again....those darn 190s**
J) Combination of these options: **noted above**
Do you have the balls to take a new before pic or use one you already have? (If using one you already have- please note the weight on the pic) **DO I POST ON TEAM PAGE?? WHERE DO YOU WANT ME TO OWN THIS?? **
Do you have any physical restrictions due to injuries, babies, vampirism, living dead syndrome, severe laziness, etc? **LIVING DEAD SYNDROME?? AWESOME..NO, BLIND/DEAF..WHICH MEANS NO BALANCE...I MAY HIT A FEW TREES, FALL ON A FEW CURBS, BUT, I WILL EVENTUALLY EFFIN PREVAIL!!!**
Which muscle group do you want to start with? (I will definitely be paying attention to these- so be honest)
A) Upper Body (back/arms/shoulders/chest) **I've been currenlty working on this which I think is why my arms increased an inch....they aren't "gunny" yet, which I am hoping for"
B) Core (abs/back) "THIS is my main goal I think for this challenge. I think if I can get the waist/core down the rest will follow...is that good logic or chick logic? .Wait, chick logic IS good logoic!!!"*
C) Lower Body (legs/ass)**I do have a HUGE arse...but waist 1st**
D) Total Body (all of above) **I kept trying to do this and I really think I should go to baby steps or something...what do y'all think?**
Which of these things are you excelling in the LEAST and which do you think is your BEST area?
A) Cardio. **videos..pretty good...my most consistent so far**
B) Strength Training/Toning/Scuplting **My weakest for sure, mainly due to utter confusion and loss of what to do, I do SOME light ST in videos with resistance bands**
C) Weight Training (heavy weights) **wwhhhhuuuuuuaaaat?!**
D) Flexibility Training (stretching) **did we not discuss the lack of balance? Now, I'm wondering really where my weakness is....hmmmm"
E) Agility Training **??**
F) Speed Training **HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA**
Do you have a goal outfit or an upcoming even that is motivating for you? **Wedding April 5, Bay to Breakers 12K May 15th"*
Which kind of Motivation has seemed to work best for you in the past? **I hope I say this right, but someone doing this with me. Like one member of AB and I would "workout" evrery morning" together. Made me feel guilty if I didn't...so, I guess.that. I think that's why we all love this team so much :o)**
C) Your own progress
D) Combining with other activities (such as gardening, volunteering, babysitting, etc)
E) Other **see above! LOL**
Let's nail these boobs to the wall!!! Oh wait, "Balls to the Wall"....HUBBY COME"ERE!!!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Let's see how I did...or didn't...no...did. or will do.
Dare, De-clutter, De-stress, & Determined
Cupid’s arrow for the week: You’ve made it this far!!!! You’ve worked your tail off for the past 4 weeks and are going to finish the CUPID challenge strong and DETERMINED!!! Show me how you are going to finish this challenge with the wind to your back and carry it on through the rest of the
1. DARE – What’s holding you back? What are you afraid of? I DARE you to dare yourself to do ONE thing this week that you are uncomfortable doing. Is it trying a new food? Going vegetarian all week long? Trying a new class at the gym? YOU figure it out. DARE yourself and take it on!!!!
So many so many have I! Let's see...Oh! I know. My niece has been wanting to work out with me and I've always been very uncomfortable working out with people. My DARE is to let my fears down and to INSPIRE!!
2. De-Clutter – How do you expect to make forward progress when you have clutter in your way? Be it your home, your office, your car, your gym bag, your purse, your fridge….DE-CLUTTER and start fresh. Start that Spring cleaning early!!
I am taking this one literally and decluttering my home, my mind, and my fridge of bad foods...
3. De-stress – So, you have that gift basket full of bath salts, relaxing music, and candles and still have yet to use it. You will this week. Pick one day/night where you take one hour to De-stress yourself however you can. An hour of meditation, yoga, busting a$$ on the treadmill, or soaking in a hot tub with a glass of wine. Make the effort and do it. You need it!!! Let yourself recharge.
ooooooooooh, this one sounds uuuuber nice....will have to get back to you on this one...ooooooooh
4. Determined – How are you going to continue on with this energy after this challenge is over? You have to be determined. Write down 3 goals that you are determined to accomplish before St. Patty’s day and post them to your template.
1. Working out with niece for six weeks starting TODAY!!
2. Running 3 days a week as I entered the Bay to Breakers 100th 12K..GASP!
3. Look good for Kim's wedding in April :o)
I CAN DO THIS I CAN DO THIS I WILL DO THIS!!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Ah, what a week! I went out yesterday and bought myself a let of workout pants that draw moisture away from the body. going to put them on in about 2 minutes and go running to Target which is about 3-4 miles away. I figure that kind of jog/walk will have earned me a Starbucks (see how this works) and I will either A) call someone to pick me up in the frigid weather or hike my happy arse back home. Probably the latter as I'm feeling pretty good (thus far)
We are going to look at a house tonight. It's way bigger than I want, but, it's owner financing and we either do that or rent with the slumlords of California for another year. Sighs. VA and lenders want ONE more year under our belt since we lost our house in Washington. Go figure...I don't know if I want to settle for that big ol house or make my family wait. I may just make them wait rather than settle. I dunno. It will be fun to look at anyways. I LOVE LOVE looking at houses and ya know what? It's over there by Target...maybe I'll be on my 2nd cup of... what? I said "maybe"
My biggest goal for the month of January is to lose 8 pounds. Goiing to do my vision collage: TODAY. My plan of attack and rewards: TODAY and put the decorations laying on the couch away: TODAY...and maybe some laundry. TOMORROW....
Ok, Ok, enough of "going to"...now to go do!!!
Week 1 - "C" -, Compile, Canvass and Communicate
Cupid's Arrow for the Week: ....
...In the land of Spark, the Cherubescent Cupid, who would normally be Cheerily Crooning and Climbing up Clouds with youthful Candor, found himself unbuttoning his Corduroys and Cringing his Creased eyelids in weary reCollection of the overConsumption of the holiday season. Cram that damn scale under the bed, he thought. "Christen the new year with more Carrot Cake!" Cupid pulled a Corona out of his Classy Coach bag. (Yeah huh, he did.) Catastrophe began its Conquest. Cupid's Colon began to Counter- Consipire him and Collapse. "Crap." (hehe) Cupid was in need of Counsel, and in Communication with his other Celestial Cherubs, began to Consider Commencing better bodily Comfort. First thing's first, Condense the Crud. No more Corpulence inducing junk. But what next? Can you help a Confused and Cheetos dust Crusted Cupid find his way back on track?
1. Set a Credible example.
COMPILE a list of your goals. This could be easy if you have already been chatting on the 2011 charters, dreams, etc thread and have some ideas. Maybe you have a Bucket List of things you want to do before x age. Maybe you have New Year's Resolutions. Perhaps you want to focus on the big picture. The little picture. Whatever you want - Compile a list. Even if it is your goals and objectives for this challenge.
Hmmm...my biggest goal for the year is actually not weight related but time management. Weight wise (no, not health wise..WEIGHT!! Let's be real, right?) I want to lose lots of pounds and lots of sizes...starting with 8-10 in January and maybe one size?
2. Do some research.
CANVASS a few or as many areas of your life as you'd like (family + relationships, work + school, hobbies + lifestyle, finances + daily life, health, etc) and make a list of all the pros and cons in those areas that are affecting your goals.
Let's see....time management is nothing but cons...(well, at the moment) I'm learning tho through Chalean 30 day challenge...learning to create the "proper" ultimate to do lists and such...it seems to be helping, other than the list doesn't clean my house. It turns out, I have to do that!!
Family support: Pro: It's nice they are coming around, enjoying the hype of the new year con: it doesn't last. LOL
School: Pros: pretty obvious...hoping to get a degree in pathology/speech therapy Cons: time constraints make it easy to slack on everything else.
3. Blow into Cupid's horn and declare yo'selves.
COMMUNICATE an action plan - draw a flow chart, create a vision board, write a manifesta, write a letter to yourself or someone or some people else who you have something to say to. Declare yourself. Post it here, post a picture on the team page or on your sparkpage and a memo in this thread for the rest of us (and Cupid) to go see, or write a paragraph to check in and describe what you did if you'd like to keep the details private.
It is on my to do list to get my vision board done TODAY!! I will also post this template as a blog to declare myself.
Hey! The week's not over yet!!!!
COMPILE - new and quick workout activities that you could do on the go, in the office, while sitting, in a public bathroom, etc that require little to no equipment, in a pinch. Little things add up.
I will learn to do crunches while watching the tele this week. I normally stink at them because I hate counting, but, I think if I just "do" them and not count...well, we can figure out the rest later...right?
CANVASS - spark people, the net, barnes and noble fitness book section, spy on people in the gym and see what they're doing and report back to the team 1-2 NEW ideas you got from your gumshoeing that you had never thought of before.
I see what you are doing here! I shall report back as my mission initiates & proceeds :o) Oh! Oh! I know, I will watch my daughter dance (ballet) tonight and I will canvass various fitness gyms to check out memberships. There, I reported. LOL
COMMUNICATE - get some index cards and draw stick figures doing the activities - make your own exercise deck, get creative, put glitter glue around the edges and stickers, jazz them up. Punch a hole in the corner and put them on a clasp ring, or in a coupon organizer, or tie your extra gym hairband around them and keep them in your desk, pocketbook, coatpocket. Hide them around your house in places you normally go like the kitchen cabinet, the bottom of the laundry basket, under the hand soap in the bathroom, and do the activities on them whenever you come across them.
I am actually making a schedule of exercises this week with lovely little stickers to indicate achievement. Then after my "program" of 6, 9, 12 weeks I will reward myself with the goodies. Will post pics with my collage. Is that right?
CAREBEAR BONUSSSSSSSSSS - What other power "C" words can you Choose and Customize to your plan? Contribute some here. Cheer on your teammates. "...Celebrate and live yo' life." Consult a friend if you need inspiration. Crap Creeping up? Chair it for now and move on to the next good thing.
My "C" words are Commit to finish, Cheer my fellow mates, Care enough about myself to do this, Complete what I start, and Calculate better what I eat/drink.
COME on! CUPID STARTS NOW!!!
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