Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I've been busting my butt this month as a part of the "Getting HOT in August" challenge sparkteam. Had some victories this month, and some losses. Let's see what you think...
August 1st Weight- 148 August 31st weight-141
Waist August 1st- 31" Waist August 31st- 30.5"
Hips August 1st- 37" Hips August 31st- 36"
Thigh August 1st- 21" Thigh August 31st- 20.5
Upper arm August 1st-11.5" Upper arm August 31st-11.5"
I haven't had a 7 lb loss in one month since my first month on Sparkpeople. Part of me doesn't really believe it. My measurements didn't change that much, but my husband says he sees a difference. Maybe it's true that you are always your own worst critic.
I had some other goals non-weight related. I DID drink more water MOST days. I didn't cut down on my soda though. It's my Achilles Heel. Some people drink coffee in the morning, I wake up to a Diet Coke.
On the other hand I was super active this month, i went on a lot of walks with my son, ran 3 times a week, almost finished 30 Day Shred. I also really rededicated myself to strength training. Before I was using 30 Day Shred as my sole ST and I really don't think that is enough. Now I do lower body ST on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and upper body on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with Sunday off.
One other thing that I'm trying out is Clean Eating. Not so much that I ONLY eat clean foods, but I eat a lot MORE clean foods. I spent like 40 dollars on fresh fruits and veggies the other day and have been making some amazing meals that even my husband will eat (usually he shies away from anything that's green) I was also pretty psyched when I remembered that Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain store is about a 10 minute drive from my house. Planning on going there this weekend and stocking up on some grains and bread mixes. Yummy!
If anyone has some suggestions for good clean eating ideas, let me know. I'd love to hear them!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I got married in Sep. 2007 to a wonderful man named Joel (yes, my name is Joelle, Joel and Joelle, I know, it's horrendous) For our anniversary two years ago we were planning on renewing our vows (i know it seems weird after 2 years, but we had our reasons) and I bought this dress. Then of course, life happened, he lost his job, we got evicted from our apartment...blah blah woof woof....we didn't have the money to renew our vows.
After this I got pregnant, and gained a lot of weight. Seeing as the dress was a little snug when I bought it I knew fitting into again was no easy task. That was when I joined Sparkpeople. Since then I've lost 26 pounds, which is awesome, but i'm still probably 15 pounds away from being able to fit in it...now we finally have the money to renew our vows, but I refuse to buy a new dress! I better get a move on, because summer is almost over and I think it might be a little chilly to wear this one in the winter!
Monday, August 22, 2011
This weekend was great! I feel like I got so much done, and got to enjoy the beautiful weather with my family. Let me just start off by saying that this was the first 90+ degree day for the Portland Metro area since last August, and WOW did it feel hot. I'm not used to it! Last night my husband and I even moved our mattress into the living room because that's where the air conditioner was (he was complaining that it was too hot to sleep)
Friday night I went on a big grocery shopping trip for the first time in over a month. There is nothing like having money and walking into Winco to spend it. The world was my oyster! I get really excited when I get to buy stuff, regardless of what it is. Bought some healthy foods for myself and my son, and some not so healthy ones (Oreos, Fudge Grahams, Twinkies) for my husband. I know your asking me, "why don't you just get healthy foods for everyone?" My answer is, he asked for the goodies in particular, I'm not just going to IGNORE that (although I want to) At least I cook healthy dinners for us all!
Saturday was record high heat of 96 degrees in Portland, however, here in Oregon City it said 98. whew! I met my friend and her daughter for a playdate with my son. So cute! That afternoon I baked two kinds of goodies: Vegan No-bake Protein Bars (thanks to Fit-Whit for the recipe) for me
, and some awesome Peanut Butter cookies for the hubby. Yummy!
Sunday my family and I went to the local high school track and I ran. I meant to run 3 miles, but we left kind of late and it was getting really hot. Then my son started to get fussy, so I just did 2 miles. Later I got a good upper body ST workout in while watching True Blood. Good times! All in all it was an awesome weekend.
Hope everyone is having a great Monday!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Since I joined Sparkpeople I've always read about the importance of changing up your workout routine so that your body doesn't get used to it, or as a way of plateau busting. I haven't really hit a plateau, but who wants to go through that frustration? I never thought I would stick with something long enough for my body to get used to it but I've been running the same route (with a few exceptions) for like 2 months now. It is 3 miles and it takes me about 33 minutes.
The point is that I want to change it up BEFORE hitting a plateau. I tried running 4 miles, and while I can do it, it's really difficult to even find an area around here that I can go 4 miles without ending up somewhere where I'm afraid I can't make it home. Nothing would be more embarrassing than calling my husband to pick me up because I ran too far and can't make it back. I'm also wondering, if I just add distance, is that really enough of a change? From what I've read, people suggest cycling (but I don't have a bike) or swimming (I can't afford to pay 3.50 each time I go to the pool) so I feel like I don't really have that many options. Also I LOVE RUNNING.
Here is my plan. Instead of worrying about finishing in a certain time, I'm going to add some sprints followed by some walking. I think that if I run a 3.5 mile loop while jogging for 2 minutes, sprinting for 30 seconds, then walking for 30 seconds until I'm finished it should be enough of a change. Thoughts? Comments?
I also decided that doing 30 DS is not enough ST so I am going to start doing Butt Bible (from Exercise TV) Level 1 for arms and level 1 for legs on days that I don't run. I think I've mentioned this before but never actually did it yet (Oops!)
Darn, i just read over this blog and it sounds like "me, me, me" I usually try to incorporate some motivation and inspiration for anyone reading...unfortunately this didn't really turn out that way... :(
Hopefully my extreme determination is motivating for someone out there. i've firmly come to believe that with the right amount of motivation you can accomplish anything, and if I didn't have my friends on Sparkpeople I would have quit a long time ago. So my friends, you have helped me succeed.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Lately I've been battling my love/hate relationship with Jillian Michaels. While I was doing Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred, I was on a major "hating" phase. Level 2 has lots of planking...NOT my strong suit. It's hard on the arms! However, I persevered. Saturday I finally did day 10 of level 2, and yesterday I started level 3.
Now I'm LOVING Jillian. Level 3 (for me) is easier than level 2, and as much as I complained the whole time about level 2 being difficult (to my poor husband, bless his heart) I really see results. I've also realized that there is no shame in doing the easier moves. For instance, I can't do "jump lunges" unless, of course, I'm jump lunging my way to the hospital because I blew out my knee. Also, there are people that live under me, and for their sake as well as mine, i try not to jump too hard while doing things like that.
I am excited to finished 30 Day Shred so I can move onto something else for a while, but I might start it again in a month or two and see how much I've improved.
On a quick note, I finished my c25k training last week so now I'm just running for the hell of it. It feels weird not to be following a schedule or trying to run a particular amount of time. I ran my regular 3 mile loop yesterday, thinking of changing it up tomorrow and going somewhere new. It's also embarrassing to run by the same people house 3 times within 30 minutes. They're going to make a drinking game out of my running habits pretty soon...
Have a great week, y'all!
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