Wednesday, March 07, 2012
I met with my trainer this morning for the first time since September of 2011. I had a hard winter. My dad grew ill and we found out he had liver cancer in November. He died in February. I spent the majority of the winter in the lazyboy, with a blanket and my youngest child. Each night, the comfort of rocking in the chair with him, kept me from getting my workouts in and caring about what I was going to eat or not eat. I lost (or thought I'd lost) most of my strength. My muscle turned to marshmallow and I just sat in the chair and watched it happen. I felt guilty for wanting to be healthy and take care of myself when my dad was dying.
Slowly after his death, my desire to regain what I have lost is coming back. Today, I found I have only gained 3 lbs since September. This was huge for me. I can lose 3 lbs in like 2 weeks! The bad part of this is, my body composition went through a pretty big change. My body fat % went up, and my muscle mass is down. This lead to gaining several inches and losing the ability to rock at pushups. In September, I maxed out at 42 perfect toe pushups. Today, I did 23. Still not zero, so I don't totally suck.
It is time to level up! I joined a 6 week challenge as I have been feeling like I need something to kickstart some motivation. I add to my list of challenges, journaling my thoughts each day. I will run a 5k very soon to get a base time to build on. I will run 5ks in May and July as training runs, as my plan is to kick ass at a September 10k, which is a cancer fundraiser. I hope to raise enough money to get my dad's name on the Memory Wall.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I went to see my trainer this morning. Not as good of progress as I had hoped, weight loss-wise, but big strength gains.
My weight was up. I knew it was, I peaked this morning before I left home. I wasn't surprised, but felt rather ashamed that I had let myself fall back in to old eating patterns and let stress get the best of me. I beat myself up pretty bad about it on my way to my appointment, thought about cancelling and then forced myself to make a new beginning.
We did my weight and measurements, BP and pulse rate and body fat measurements. My weight was up, but I had lost inches in some areas. All in all my BF% maintained ok.
What was rather exciting to see was the gains that I made during the fitness assessment. I completed 34 perfect toe pushups (up 4 from last month), 60 curl ups in one minute (up from 49 last month) and I increased my flexibility by 1 inch. She showed me how my core strength measured on her chart and I was in a high percentile, so that made me feel good. She also showed me some exercises that I can do to gain flexibilty in my legs, as I have very tight hamstrings.
I am so glad I went to see her today. She really helped me realize that this is not an "all or nothing" game. It's life. You deal with the stressful, busy times. You move on when you screw up. You come up with a plan B and as a mother and a wife, you take time for yourself.
Some of the tips she gave me that I thought I would pass on to you busy people out there are:
1. Drink your water. I know we all know that, but I am not too busy to drink my water. I get my coffee chugged down no prob.
2. Get in a mini workout WHILE I cook supper. Interesting concept. I CAN do my bicep/tricep routine while I stir my pot of hotdish!
3. Plan for the week on grocery day. Put your lunches in separate bags with your name on it. Then you are assured that when you go to grab your healthy lunch, it will be there ready for you. I like this idea. I find when my grocery supply gets low, I grab not so good choices, so then I don't want to track and I end up with a bad day or three.
I am going back in 3 weeks instead of 4. I also get to stay to take her circuit training class. I am excited about that! I was hoping we could max out on the weight machines today, but I did not have time today.
Monday, June 06, 2011
because they are a fresh start, a new week, anything can happen! It's another chance to start over after the weekend. Why am I always starting over???
Anyway, here are my plans for the week...
Sunday-Fit Moms Class - All Buns. (Owie- )-High Carb
Monday - Biceps and Triceps and sprints - Low Carb
Tuesday - Early AM Core- Low Carb
Wednesday - Early Morning Run - High Carb
Thursday - Early AM - Back and Shoulders - Low Carb
Friday - Rest - Low Carb
Saturday - Rest - Low Carb
Sunday - FMFL #8 - High Carb
We started a 21 day challenge at Fit Moms last night. My goal for the 21 days, is to get my gallon of water each day, and to stop eating after supper every night~I can do it!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Honestly, I planned it all day, from the moment I woke up. I sat in anticipation at my desk, waiting for the hour to arrive when I could go to the convenience store and buy my lunch. I knew exactly what I was going to get. A turkey sandwich and some fruit (to bring back to my desk), and then the muffins, cookies, candy, whatever I felt looked good, were to eat in my car on the way back to work, so no one would see. I haven't done this for years. There was a time when I hit two convenience stores in a row, so I didn't have to buy it all in one store.
So, what triggered it? Is it this rainy, dreary, depressing weather? Is it because it's a boring day at work because of this rainy, dreary weather? Is it because it's been a rather stressful week with it being the first week of having kids home on summer vacation and I mentally couldn't take another day of being strong? Is it hormonal? Is it because I am completely out of groceries and I just decided, "screw it"? Does is matter??
What bothers me the most about this is that I had no intention of just fantisizing about it and not doing it. I did not pack my lunch today, for I knew it was going to happen. I was excited for it to happen. Is this normal? Has this happened to you?
Is this the end of the world? NO. Does this mean I will not get back on track tomorrow? NO. I'm truly curious who out there does this, even on a more regular basis? Stand up and be counted. Let's work this through.
Monday, May 23, 2011
It was a busy weekend! 10k race went great, had an awesome time with my great friend, Patty. Hubby and I went to the post race concert with my brother and his wife. Had so much fun! I let my eating slide for the end of last week thru yesterday, pretty much ate what I wanted and didn't stress over it. Went to alot of graduations yesterday, and let myself eat the cake.... BUT! I got home in time last night to prepare for today, got to bed early, set the alarm for 5:30 and got up to work out my biceps/triceps. I decided to leave my legs alone for a couple days, as they are still pretty sore from running and dancing. :) Scale's up quite a bit, going to pretend it's inflammation in my muscle and water weight from bad food. It'll come off!
Plan for the week....
Monday-Low carb, Biceps/Triceps
Tuesday-Low carb, shoulders/back
Wednesday-Low carb, core-HIIT
Thursday-High carb, Legs/Glutes
Friday-Low Carb, REST!
Saturday-Low Carb, Slow run, stretch
Sunday, Low Carb, FMFL #7 (ST-Cardio-Core)
Hope everyone has their plan ready for the week!
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