Wednesday, July 29, 2009
It's been about 2 weeks of working out. I was able to do all my lunges...of course, I almost fell over. 4 laps of the cardio room equals about 80 lunges. Whew! I've been doing really well, though, if I do say so myself. I got on the scale. It said 126.6 and take away 3 pounds for clothes and shoes...that means 123.6! When I had my first assessment with Brianne, the scale said 129.5. That means 3 pounds less! Woot! Gotta keep at it. I'm really liking the 5-6 meals...I don't get nearly as hungry and I have less tendency to graze because I know that I only have to wait a little longer to eat.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I had my first workout with Brianne on Friday. She kicked my butt. First, we discovered how truly unbalance and uncoordinated I am on the bosu ball. Then, she made me do forward lunges until I fell over. That didn't take long--about 4 laps of the cardio room at the gym. I got nauseous and had to drink some orange juice. Apparently, to begin with, your body tries to burn the insulin stores instead of burning fat, so you have to keep your blood sugar up. Good to know.
Monday, after a weekend of hobbling around the house, I did 20 minutes on the eliptical machine and 20 minutes on the bike. Felt ok about it.
Tuesday, I did the workout Brianne laid out for me...except the lunges. I replaced them with leg presses. My body refused to let my knee touch the ground for lunges, so I improvised.
My legs are feeling better today, but I don't do the strength training again until tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll be able to lunge around the cardio room again.
I've been focusing on eating 5-6 small meals. I can already tell a difference in how I feel. And it's a huge difference of what's on my plate at dinner! I can even tell a little bit of difference in my stomach--not much, but enough that my husband noticed, too.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
It's been a very productive 2 years for me...except in terms of weight loss. I finally got pregnant and had a beautiful baby girl. Payton was born on August 1, 2008. Tom made it through a 15 month deployment in one piece. We've moved from Hawaii to Fort Lewis, WA. BUSY!
I'm not any heavier than I was before I got pregnant, and I'm thankful for that. However, I've had a severe lack of motivation. Tom and I joined a gym near our house.
Yesterday, I had an assessment with a personal trainer. I'm about 30% body fat and 126 pounds. I told her I'd like to get down to about 110-115. She gave me a lot of good information about diet. For me, since I'm Indo-European, I should eat a northern hemispheric diet--berries, potatoes, elk, bison, poultry, white fish, etc. Stay away from tropical fruit, corn, beef. She also explained why eating 5-6 small meals a day are important. She said that the body goes into a starvation mode after about 3 1/2 hours. She also said your liver is responsible for the hunger pains. The omentum (lining around the liver) on a person below about 26% body fat should be transparent if stretched out. This allows the nutrients to pass through and get sent off to where they need to go. If you're bigger than that, the omentum is covered with fat, which stops the nutrients. What does trickle through gets hoarded by your liver. Your body starts seeing the food that's not getting through as a foreign body. Your T cells start to check it out (taking away from the job they're supposed to be doing with your immune system) and orders your cells to store everything. Now, you've got fat. Your body views the fat on your arms, back, and legs as more dangerous because it's all food and nutrients that haven't been approved by your liver. What the liver is hoarding has been approved, so the body sees that as ok. So before you can get rid of the belly fat, you have to get rid of everything else first.
It was definitely a lesson and it was nice to know they WHYs of it all. Today is my first day focusing on eating the 5 small meals. 2 down, 3 to go. So far, so good.
Tomorrow, I have a full body workout with Brianne and she will apply everything she taught me yesterday to the workout. She wants me doing strength training about 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes. Also, cardio 4-5 times a week for 20-45 minutes. She said do NOT do more than 45 minutes of cardio unless you're specifically training for an athletic event, which I'm not. She's all about working smarter and not harder. I like that.
I'll try to post more, but I can't promise anything.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
I know I'm supposed to post at least once a week, but I've been slacking. Not a whole lot going on here. I'm not losing any weight. I'm not gaining any weight. I guess I can't complain too much. I'm still waiting to find out if I'm pregnant. I haven't been sleeping well lately, and I think a lot of that is my lack of exercise recently. Starting Monday, March 5th, it's back to the gym. Hardcore. I need to get back on the elliptical and start doing some strength training, too. I'm really not so concerned with the pounds. I couldn't care less what the scale says. I'm more concerned with the way I look. I used to love the way I looked naked. Now, not so much. My husband still loves me and is attracted, but I don't know why. It's time to get rid of this extra flab. Even if I am pregnant, there's no need to be flabby. I can still exercise and look good pregnant, and it will make it that much easier to lose the baby weight. It's on.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The past two weeks sucked. First, I was sick. That's never fun. Then I got 2 cases of really bad news. A very good friend of the family died at the age of 49. This man was one of the nicest people I ever knew and I loved him to death. Another friend of mine was involved in an accident on New Years. She was taken off life support on January 2. She was only 23 and left behind a 3 year old beautiful daughter.
We're still waiting to find out what the Army is doing. As far as we know, Tom will deploy between November and January. It's earlier than we originally thought, but that's ok. We've been incredibly lucky thus far. The worst we've experienced was his year in Korea without me. Iraq will be worse, but there's not much we can do about it. It's his job.
Speaking of jobs, I better get back to work.
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