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Sunday, April 08, 2012

I hadn't realized how long it had been since I gave you guys an update!

Things have been going amazingly well. After my last post my weight ended up going up quite a bit (even though I was still working out and eating very well) out of frustration I decided to talk to my boss and see if she had any advice. I showed her my food and work out logs and she said my food log was PERFECT. She suggested I started lifting, and so it began.

I started working with her in the weight room doing what I like to call 'meathead lifting'. We get pretty intense and it is absolutely amazing. I spend 3 days in the weight room working either the chest, back, or legs for about an hour.

A few weeks in she suggested I start working with another one of our instructors, dan. Dan ended up being one of the best fitness partners I've ever worked with. We do some crazy work outs but also know how/when to get eachother to take it easy, take a cheat day, ect. Between Dan and my boss, Sanna, I have two of the best work out partners I could ask for.

It took awhile for changes to start and of course there was a bit of weight gain at first. However, this last month (especially after i quite the xc team) things have really taken off. I dropped about 5 pounds and can tell an insane difference in the muscle tonage. Abs are starting to show and over all i am so much more toned.

The hardest part for me right now is to figure out my eating. Since i'm not at home alot I try to make my meal plans ahead of time so I know what to bring with me but with lifting I've had to eat quite a bit more than I did a few months ago. I haven't quite figured out the adjustments (or how to pay for all this food lol) but I'm working on it.

My cardio habits have changed a bit. I hate to admit it but I am a bit less focused on running. Partially because my knee still gives me trouble if I push the mileage or run everyday, but also because I know that the cross training will also help me get some crazy results. I am also kicking it into high gear to get ready to instruct different classes this summer.

Eating wise- not a whole lot has changed. I've been eating more due to the changes in metabolism. The main thing that has changed is my views of cheat days. I won't go too in depth because this is getting pretty long. For years I've always seen cheat days as a bad thing, but now I'm learning that they are actually good for you. Think of it like working out. You stress your body to make it stronger right? same goes for food. Stressing your system with some unhealthy, or food you don't eat very often, will help keep that metabolism high. It will also keep you from going crazy. I noticed that between the lifting and actually having cheat days I've been getting some crazy awesome results.

In summery, my weight is still up from where it was last year, but honestly, that's ok with me. I know that I am fitter and healthier than I've ever been. I would still like to see a few more changes but those will come with time, and for the time being, I am in love with my fitness life.

the lady guns. (about one month in)

Abs are starting to show. =]

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TRACKGAL13 4/8/2012 8:45PM

    Your weightlifting regimen literally sounds solid!! In order to keep your muscles and metabolism guessing it is good to switch up your exercises! Weightlifting, biking, swimming, and yoga are all great non-impact exercises to keep you toned (and gives your knees a rest). I'm happy to hear that you are starting to get into a routine that you like and that is getting you results...I am always here for you!! I'm working again on losing 10 lbs, slowly but surely!! Reading your blogs keeps me motivated :)


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NEPTUNE1939 4/8/2012 12:59PM

    You're off to a great start. I'm into strength training also and there are some good sites on the net that may interest you in adjusting your nutrition.

Don't lose interest like many; your new life style has some challenges especially when it comes to nutrition. There is no such thing as one size fits all. It took me awhile to adjust food intake. Have a great Easter, Earl

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new plan.

Monday, January 30, 2012

I started a new eating/work out plan for this semester. I wanted to try something different with my eating and decided to experiment with some guidelines. It's been about a week but so far so good. I had to detour from it a bit this week end since i had the fitness conference and everything going on. But no worries I still ate pretty healthy!

i'm looking into getting my group exercise certification. Since I'm not certified the work shop I went do doesn't really count for anything except my own benefit. As long as i get my certification within the next 6 months it'll count towards a renewal or something along those lines.

I updated my page so my current work out goals are posted there. If anyone has any questions about my current eating guide lines feel free to ask. I didn't see the point in writing the out since i'm sure not all of you care to read the details.

starting at 135 and 20% body fat (i have alot of muscle). my goal: 125 and at least 15% before the end of the semester.

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ICHBINDOOF 1/30/2012 1:19PM

    thank you guys for your comments and support- it really means alot. i don't always post but i'll be sure to let you guys know how i'm doing over the next months.

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TRACKGAL13 1/30/2012 9:24AM

    Wow that sounds like an awesome plan! 15% body fat you're gong to have washboard abs for sure! Good luck and keep us updated. Yes I model just for fun and or for a little extra money. Sometimes photographers want to update their portfolios and they give me the pictures for free; I do that often, or sometimes people pay me to do a 2 hour-3 hour shooot.

You're so motivating I can't wait to hear/see any results you will have with your new plan!


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BAMBI31311 1/30/2012 12:32AM

  Well done, good luck.

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LATTELEE 1/30/2012 12:30AM

  Good luck to you.

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fitness instructor update.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

i've been doing well so far. my intake was a bit higher than usual yesterday but nothing to worry about, especially since i worked out quite a bit extra yesterday. work outs have been great. knee is being a bit stiff but as long as i keep up on my PT i should be fine.

My gym is having a special this week so all of my classes are free.

Yesterday i ended up with 20 people in my kick boxing class! It was amazing. It's seriously the coolest feeling being up there in front of everyone and instructing the class. I felt so confident and well prepared and that made the class even more fun to teach. It was so amazing seeing all those people working out with me and everyone really seemed to enjoy it too- which is the best part. some people came up afterward and were really sad that my class won't be continuing (since i have to go back to school) i'm hoping this raised enough interest to get me a kick boxing class this summer.

I ended up with about 15 people in my yoga class tonight. That's the biggest class I've had for yoga. I had written the work out about an hour before class and was aiming for something somewhat easier since i knew i'd have beginners. The work out was a bit harder than i had anticipated but everyone did really well with it and even though it was a bit hard everyone said they loved the class and the challenge of the work out. I did however have two ladies who were a bit unhappy. this one lady who had never done yoga before and her friend who used to practice yoga when she was alot younger came up after class and decided to share some words of wisdom. first they were criticizing that i didn't cue breathing and then went on to criticize that i teach more of a power yoga than the hatha yoga they were expecting. i don't think it would have upset me so much but they acted like they knew more than me and that because i'm 20 i can't be a good teacher. they acted like i asked them for advice and that they were doing me such a favor and saving me from some unknown embarrassment. my opinion is- if you've never taught the class shut your mouth. especially for yoga. i really have no problem taking criticism and i guess the reason this bothers me so much is because they haven't really done yoga (they don't really know what they are talking about) and they have no idea what it's like to teach or write work outs that suit the needs of the class.

in my defense... i was cueing some of the breathing however there are just times where you don't cue breathing- especially in a beginner class. my class wasn't advertised as hatha, power or anything else. it was simply put as 'yoga'. my class is a combination of hatha and power yoga but leans more towards power yoga and i don't think there's anything wrong or anything to defend there. it is what is it- if you don't like it don't take the class...

both of them said they'd be back on thursday- which somewhat irritates me. My boss was talking to me about it and was pretty irritated too. she said she loves the way i teach the class and doesn't want me to change a thing. so i guess maybe i'll just explain at the beginning of the class that since it's a beginner class we don't focus on the different ways of breathing and that i will cue some of the important inhales/exhales.

anyway- I got an email back from the organizer of the work shop i was talking about possibly going to and i ended up getting a spot in it. I'm really excited. I really want to learn everything i can about teaching every kind of group fitness class. i'm so passionate about this.

i was thinking about eventually getting certified for yoga- but i'm having second thoughts. i'd much rather spend my time learning the cardio/toning class. I guess i'm just annoyed with how picky yoga people are and i'm not so sure i want to go down that road. but i guess only time will tell.

sorry this got alot longer than i had anticipated!


paying the price?

Sunday, January 08, 2012

i've been doing good work out wise and for the most part did well eating too. i messed up a bit last night due to going into work at the last minute and went out for lunch with the family so that got me a bit off track but honestly didn't do too much damage.

i know i'm doing good and i'm being really healthy but i'm mentally having trouble. i feel like i'm not making any progress and to be honest i haven't seen any change in weight, body fat, or measurements in months. i really don't know what's going on or why. i eat healthy and work out. i log all my intakes/outtakes on sparkpeople and what i am doing should result in weight loss but why hasn't it? i would still work out the same even if i never lost another pound but even so, this just isn't right that i'm not getting anywhere. it makes no sense. even after revamping my meal plan (several times) and work outs (i know i've kept running in there but i have changed the work outs within running and switched around other things, kick boxing yoga, swimming ect...) there is still no difference. i'm putting in all this careful hard work with the intentions to lose but nothing ever happens. i have no intentions of giving up, but what gives?

i must be slipping up enough someplace- but the question is where... i don't see any possibilities. i know i go out once in awhile but even still i do make sure to stay healthy and usually stay right around weight loss intakes- at worst i hit an intake that should maintain (doesn't happen often though). maybe years of trying to get my body to let go of weight has caught up with me- the only possibility left is that i guess i'm paying the price for my past history with my eating disordered habits and exercise bulimia...

nevertheless, I will keep doing what i do, and keep looking for things to tweak, i'm sure eventually i will find that one thing i'm missing and will finally see my goals. it has to happen one way or another right? part of me is ashamed to post this- i'd hate for anyone to think less or me or to think i don't work hard enough.

i was pretty much at my goal- knee injury happened- i gained 10 pounds and now i can't get anywhere no matter how hard i try. the worst thing is i don't feel fit enough to be a fitness instructor- and that makes it so hard to deal with this no progress zone...


new year- new you.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

was finally able to catch up on my work out log.

this year i ran a total of 1965 miles and worked out a total of 440 hours.
not to bad for having a knee injury for 6+ months. =]

lets aim for at least 2500 miles and 500 hours in 2012.
additionally- lets get back down to 120-125.

what's your fitness goal for the new year?

training plan for the next few weeks:

1. 40-50 miles/week (lower due to kick boxing)
2. kick boxing 5 days/week
3. yoga 2-3 days/week
4 abs/PT 3 days/week

i would really like to be running a few more miles than that but with kick boxing so much more over the next few weeks i figured i'd better take it easy on my knee- it really shouldn't be a problem but i can tell it's not as strong as it was before.

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ICHBINDOOF 1/30/2012 1:17PM

    thanks bambi. i wanted to comment back on your page but i guess you don't have a page, so I wanted to answer you back on here and just say thanks for the comments/suport. i like staying as active as possible as a runner and an instructor it's really important to stay in tip top shape!!

hope you are doing well with your goals and such =]

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BAMBI31311 1/30/2012 12:34AM

  You are extremely active, like an athlete (perhaps you are - I haven't read all your blogs). Good luck.

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