Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Here's a recap of my February goals and how I did towards them.
Drop to 177 pounds, a 5 pound loss.
I got to 178, one pound off. Actually, I dropped to 175 and then gained 3 pounds. I'm pretty sure a lot of that is water weight, though. Either way, I came out all right compared to where I wanted to be.
Do 1,000 fitness minutes.
1,333, to be exact.
Continue bootcamp strength training program.
I modified this one a bit by trying different videos, including ones with resistance bands. I kept to the rotation, so it totally counts. I just don't want my muscles to get too complacent!
Blog once a week.
Done and done.
Huddle with the Determination and Accountability Team every day.
Well, mostly. I skipped a day here and there when I barely had time for SP - but I neglected everything else on SP on those days, not singling out D&A. So close enough is good enough.
Participate in the monthly Determination and Accountability fitness and weigh-in challenge.
Make significant progress on an UFO.
I knitted and felted an oven mitt and potholder set that's been languishing for a long time.
Knit my grandpa's hat.
It's so cute and stripey!
Find a pattern and yarn for a wedding afghan.
A lovely lace pattern in washable eggplant-colored wool.
Read one book.
"Emma" by Jane Austen.
Wear a special garment for DH once.
Do a monthly goal check-in blog.
Here it is!
Type up my bucket list.
Posted it in a blog on February 13.
Burn CDs of wedding photos.
The CDs are ready to go to family birthday parties this month.
Overall I give myself an A for effort this month. The weight yo-yo is a little frustrating, but I know why it happened and I'm taking steps to fix it. I'm keeping it simple by tracking my food, eating more freggies, and upping the intensity of my cardio. That oughtta do the trick.
The bigger problem is that every time I hit a milestone I immediately backslide. Specifically, I eat poorly for a few days. That has got to stop. As fun as milestones are, repeating them isn't fun. I need to keep pushing every time I pass one.
This month I'm very proud of the progress I made on fitness. I pushed myself very hard and gotten out of my comfort zone. I'm working harder than ever and trying new things, which is very cool. And I'm appreciating how strong I really am. My overall fitness goal is for my physical strength to mirror my inner strength, and I'm getting closer all the time.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Summary: Consistency is awesome. I did either ST or cardio every day, and usually both. I've also really pushed my boundaries by doubling up my boot camp ST exercises and trying new things, like resistance bands, Vinyasa yoga, and new stretching routines. Yet I managed to gain 3 pounds last week alone, after consistently losing 2 pounds a week for 3-4 weeks. (I'm mostly blaming water weight - I did a super intense workout yesterday afternoon, followed by a salty dinner and a glass of wine. The fact that I drank a bajillion glasses of water today without needing a bajillion bathroom trips helps prove this theory. But I also seriously neglected my food tracking, and that obviously didn't help.)
Advice to self: Track everything you eat and focus on getting 5 freggies a day. Also, make sure you're doing sufficiently intense cardio.
Weekend After Action Report:
Two upper body videos with resistance bands on Friday (Coach Nicole's videos here on SP), lower body with resistance bands and crunchless core videos, also by Coach Nicole, on Saturday.
I set my bike in the stand and used it as a stationary bike for 25 minutes on both Friday and Saturday.
50 minutes of Vinyasa yoga, for which I am paying today with some serious DOMS. To the point where I can barely walk. So worth it to feel this strong!
Total fitness minutes: roughly 140
Monday, February 21, 2011
This weekend, MAKE ME BOLDER.
3'05" modified plank (hands and knees)
40 minutes Wii Fit
tons of walking at the mall
48 minute brisk walk
Days 6 and 7 of boot camp strength training
30 minutes of stretching
40 minutes Wii Fit
Day 2 of boot camp strength training
30 minutes of stretching
1. DH took pictures of me and Friday night I posted them as my baseline for this challenge.
2. I added fiber, sodium, and iron to my nutrition tracker.
3. I held a modified plank (knees and hands) for 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
4. I already have two abbreviated full body workouts that I don't use: a video for at home and a weight machine workout for the gym. So I'm going to stick with those. I haven't been using them because I've been doing the 7 day bootcamp videos instead.
5. I did 60 minutes of flexibility training, using SP's daily and advanced stretching routine.
6. Okay, so I went off the reservation for motivational maintenance. But it totally worked. Friday I went clothes shopping and bought a bunch of spring and summer clothes, mostly in 12s and mediums. That's down from a 16 and large at the beginning of this year, 7 short weeks ago. The rest of the weekend I washed all my clothes, including the stuff I brought up from the basement this week, and made room for them in my drawers by removing things that are now too big for me. This is the gift of motivation that will keep on giving: I'll feel great about myself and motivated to work hard every time I put on one of these items.
So where does the boldness come in?
I pushed myself with flexibility, doing things I didn't think I could do.
I chose some new recipes when planning meals for the week.
Oooh, clothes shopping. The pink leopard print skirt I bought for work and the pink front-zip dress I bought to wear to my grandpa's 80th birthday party are definitely bold. Particularly the pink dress: it shows off my cleavage nicely, and I plan to wear it with a teal cardi and brown sexy boots. Maybe even white fishnets, if I'm still feeling this bold in a couple of weeks. But that may be a bridge too far for rural Wisconsin.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
~*~ B2W Entry Template ~*~
MAKE ME fit and strong.
Current Weight: 177
1. Chest - 40.25"
2. Hips - 43"
3. Waist - 34.75
4. Thigh - 21.75
5. Upper arm - 12.5
Amount of time you can reasonably dedicate to exercise EACH DAY (oh yeah I went there): 45 minutes
Number of Rest Days needed per week (maximum): three
Is your goal for this challenge...
A) Lose weight
C) Lose inches
D) Prepare for a race
E) Surprise yourself
F) Get stronger
G) Start exercising
H) Exercise regularly
I) Break a plateau
J) Combination of these options: A, C, F
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) Oh yeah! I will do this tonight and post it on my SparkPage.
Do you have any physical restrictions due to injuries, babies, vampirism, living dead syndrome, severe laziness, etc?
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)
B) Core (abs/back)
C) Lower Body (legs/ass)
D) **** Total Body (all of above) ****
Which of these things are you excelling in the LEAST and which do you think is your BEST area?
B) **** Strength Training/Toning/Scuplting **** best
C) Weight Training (heavy weights)
D) **** Flexibility Training (stretching) **** worst
E) Agility Training
F) Speed Training
Do you have a goal outfit or an upcoming even that is motivating for you? Box of old Size 10s
Which kind of Motivation has seemed to work best for you in the past?
B) **** Verbal/Written ****
C) **** Your own progress ****
D) Combining with other activities (such as gardening, volunteering, babysitting, etc)
E) Other _____________
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