Saturday, December 14, 2013
I didn't talk much about Trainer #12 because of a lot of non-spark thingies going on, but he was a pretty good guy. Very analytical (former computer programmer turned personal trainer) and helpful. A bit reserved, but he started to come out of his shell at the end of our time together.
We did a variety of things - heavy lifting, kick boxing, bo staff training, core work, and upper body stuff. I improved at all of those things. And I feel stronger.
Trainer #12 results
Starting stats: 10/7/13
Weight = 240
Sit and Reach: = 17
Push ups (military style 1 minute) = 21
Plank (full body) = 1 minute
Body fat % = 47.2
L Bicep = 14 3/4"
R Bicep = 15"
L Calf = 17"
R Calf = 17"
Hips = 51 1/2"
R Thigh = 25 1/2"
L Thigh = 25 1/2"
Bust (measured at fullest part) = 45"
Waist (at belly button) = 45
Ending Stats - 12/13/13
Weight = 240
Sit and Reach = 23
Push ups (military style 1 minute) = 25
Plank (full body) = 1 minute, 21 seconds
Body fat % = 46.7
L Bicep = 14"
R Bicep = 14"
L Calf = 17"
R Calf = 17"
Hips = 51"
R Thigh = 25"
L Thigh = 25"
Bust (measured at fullest part)= 46 1/4"
Waist (at belly button) = 46"
Not sure why the waist measurement went up, but things can fluctuate, and I am guessing that a bit of bloat is the reason. The bust result is probably because "the girls" are a bit more supported by the upper body muscle I've gained. My thighs have slimmed a bit. And I really like that my arms have trimmed down while still being strong!
Not wild and crazy spectacular results, but then again, I didn't put in the nutritional work to really get any over the top results. All in all, it's a win.
I've already put in my request for the next school session (BRING ON TRAINER #13!)
Still here - still moving forward... and NEVER EVER GONNA QUIT.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
It's almost the end of 2013. It's been a heck of a year emotionally (non-spark thingies). And as a result, I let it get in the way of my spark things. I haven't accomplished what I set out to do.
I'm mad at myself.
My thoughts, in no particular order:
I'm disappointed that I fiddled around with my eating... tried this, tried that... got no results.
Scratch that - I'm up about 20 pounds for the year. A poor result is still a result. I haven't gained every pound back that I started from (waaaayyyy back in Jan 2011). But I'm no longer any where near 1/2 way to goal either. Funny thing about this? I'm no where near the size I was either - so I know its muscle, because my clothes are still smaller. But I'm still not even close to where I want to be.
I am definitely an active person. I exercise regularly. A minimum of 5x a week of intense physical activity, for 45-60 minutes each session.
I'm also still morbidly obese. Not just obese, or overweight. MORBIDLY OBESE. Those two words scare the crap out of me.
So now what?
Short term plan: Get through the holidays. I'm not really tracking food, but I find myself very aware of what I'm eating, (even as I stuff it in-HA!). I'm aware and trying to make sure I eat a bit less, and choose wisely. I really like my sparkfriend MRS_EVA_K 's philosophy about the holidays and eating - check out her blog for more information if you are interested. Continue with my 86 challenge, even though it's not mathematically possible for me to finish it with my current schedule- let's just see how far I get though.
Long term plan: Keep up the exercising. Get my nutrition back on board. I'm going to check in with my doctor at the first of the year. And the nutritionist. I'm also going to be meeting with "head trainer guy" and talking to him about things - he is a great resource (and he's free). I also plan to get more involved in SPARKLAND. I am most successful when I use the resources here instead of just logging in, spinning the wheel, and reading a few blogs/articles. I will spending some time this December looking into teams, etc. Finding support. Obviously I can't do this on my own.
I've said it 100 times - IT'S TIME. It's time to start again. I will NEVER EVER give up!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
First, let me say that I am so thankful that I have my family and everyone is safe.
Yesterday I was involved in a robbery/hit & run incident. It was scary, but it also restored my faith in people a bit. Everyone was helpful and generous, staying with me to make sure things were handled and that I was safe and ok. Friends stepped in to make sure my daughter was picked up at school and that I had a ride home. Two friends even stayed with me after the fact - one distracting my daughter and one letting me decompress so my daughter wouldn't be scared by me being so emotional (yes, I cried after the fact. I am one of those people who handles a crisis, gets everything done, and then completely melts).
Friends, and even complete strangers stepped up and made sure things went as well as they could. Everyone was responsive and kind.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to see that people can be generous in spirit. I was losing faith in people. And thank you, Universe, for putting things into perspective. I'm healthy. I have family and friends that care for me. And most importantly, I am here.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone - I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on the good things that you have to be thankful for.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
On Thursdays I do Bo Staff Training with Trainer #12
Some of you asked what it was...
Here's what it should be:
Here's what I look like when I do it:
Sorry I don't know how to actually put the video IN the blog, but enjoy the links :)
I am only doing very beginner moves, to practice form - and I use a 12# bar/staff so that I can build endurance.
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