Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A year ago, I was SO CLOSE to reaching my goal weight. My goal weight is 150; this time last year I weighed in at 153. Some would call it close enough. Some would say "hey, you got there, maintain it!" While I knew I was close and could technically call myself in maintenance mode, I just wanted to see that 150 on the scale. Just so I could say I did it.
Two weeks later, I weighed in at 147. I had reached my goal weight.
I promised myself that when I lost all 85 pounds I would NOT be one of the statistics of people who gain it all back. I would keep it off.
And in the past year, I have. To a point.
I say to a point because as of last week, my weight was around 155--not bad since my maintaining range is 150 +/- 5lbs, so 155 is the high end of my range.
Am I worried about being at the high end of my range? No. Why?
Because from Thanksgiving till practically end of January, I didn't follow a fitness routine very well. I probably exercised 5x in that 2 month span.
And no, it wasn't because of holidays or because I was eating too much, etc. etc. A lot of my SparkFriends know my husband has epilespy; during that time frame he had several grand mal seizures and countless partial seizures. They finally changed his meds and everything around New Years, but it took me awhile to get back into my routine after all that running around, hospital visits, etc.
I'm not saying my weight gain was caused by that. I'm saying I am proud of myself for maintaining so well during all that hecticness. Not to mention all the other things I was dealing with (end of semester for grad school, assessments due at work, ya know...my life haha)
I got back into a good routine end of January when I started P90X3. I have only missed 3 days of exercise since the last week of January, all for legitimate reasons: sick or injury. I am gaining muscle, certain areas of my body are toning again. My weight? Honestly I'm not too worried about it; the fact that my jeans still fit, some are even too big (I am ranging from a size 6-10 depending on jean cut/brand/etc).
I am healthy. I may not be in the healthy BMI zone now since I'm back up to 155 (150ish brings me to the high end of healthy BMI), but honestly I never even expected to reach a healthy BMI because I do have a lot of muscle built up from when I played basketball and did throwing for track and field. I'd rather have muscle and be above my healthy BMI zone, than to be a skinny toothpick.
During my year of maintenance, I have worked on pushing myself, which is why I started T-25 back in the fall, and now am doing P90X3. I have become a Beachbody coach and am also running a Facebook support/accountability/tip group for people who want to be healthier.
A lot of positives in this blog, eh? Well, I do have one thing I'm kind of fighting with...
What do I work on next?
I feel like I need some goals. Short term, long term...something to shoot for. I have my daily goals: drink 6+ cups of water, eat 3+ servings of freggies, drink my shakeology daily, exercise for at least 10mins a day (though I typically do either 25-30mins of high intensity, or 30-50mins of lower intensity).
So...what other goals could I work on? Remember, I am not allowed to run (for those who don't know, I had two knee surgeries in high school, was told I shouldn't run anymore...stopped running for a couple years but then started again senior year of college, only to be told a year later, from another doctor (whom I saw for knee pain....), that I really need to STOP or I'm going to mess my knees up more). I was working on running a 5K, but can no longer do that.
Monday, January 27, 2014
I started my new P90X3 workout yesterday. So far day 1 and 2 have been good workouts. I am looking forward to completing the program. I am, however, going to be alternating weeks. This week I am doing P90X3, next week I will be doing T25 (again). I know I get a little exercise ADHD sometimes so in order to try to avoid that, I will mix up these two programs.
One of my friends has asked me to help her with her healthy lifestyle change which is actually helping me stay on track, too.
Not a whole lot to really update with; I'm excited for this week cause I feel like I am finally getting back into the swing of things.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Hello Spark Friends!
I am working on getting back into a routine. Still working on figuring out what nights I have "Chris duty" (getting him to and from classes, other medical stuff, etc.) I *think* we have a schedule down now, so with that being said....
My Spring Semester (because I'm in school and so is he, so it'll change once classes change) Workout Schedule:
- T25 or P90X3 at home, plus basic ST moves
- Gym time, 20mins+ cardio and arms/core exercises
- T25 or P90X3 at home and/or FitClub for Beachbody
- JM or Wii Fitness game at home
- JM or Wii Fitness game at home
- Gym 20+mins cardio plus arm/core work and Linedancing
- Gym 20+mins, cardio plus arm/core workout....occasionally ZUMBA or Circuit Class
My nutrition has been on target through all of this so I'm not worried about that..
I drink my shakeology in the AM with toast and coffee
I have yogurt and granola/trail mix at lunch (M-F, weekends are leftovers)
Dinners are always different, but healthy 90% of the time... occasionally we go out to eat.
For those who maybe missed my blog about being a coach, I am now a beachbody coach! Here is my website for anyone who wants to check it out. Both T25 and P90X3 are on sale for the next week ! Contact me if you have any questions!
Monday, January 20, 2014
After starting the T25 program from Beachbody 4 months ago and continuing to drink Shakeology daily, I have decided to become a Beachbody coach!
Growing up, I was a large child which developed into obesity. I was always active in middle and high school; I played basketball and did track and field. Regardless, I was always heavy and climbing stairs was a nightmare for me (one of my most embarrasing features from then).
I got to college and had a few classes on the third floor of buildings, and my sophomore year dorm was on the third floor. It was embarrasing to take the elevator, so I would of course drag my large bum up the stairs only to be winded by the time I got to the top and I would try and hide my winded-ness by walking slowly into class. Ugh. Not the way I wanted to live my life.
So I decided to make changes in 2011. I went to the gym on a more consistent basis and ate more healthy food. The weight slowly started to come off. I kept working at it. It was not easy and I was in no way perfect through it all.
A year later I had lost about 40-45pounds. I was feeling great, but knew I still had a ways to go before I'd be comfortable. My goal was to lose 85 pounds.
I kept plugging away. Eating right, exercising (almost) daily. I was determined to make this work for me. I fell off the wagon more times than I can count. Similar situations that I'm sure others face: missed one workout, which led to missing a whole week. Ate one cookie, which led to eating a few more. Got sick, lost energy. The list of excuses is endless. What I focused on was making one good decision, which would lead to another, and then before I knew it I was making those good choices again on a regular basis. To me, it's OK if you make a mistake; it's about getitng back on track as quickly as possible.
In early 2013 I reached my weight loss goal! I was so excited that all my hard work had paid off, but I knew the journey wasn't over. I needed to maintain. And I wanted to push myself with new workouts, plans, and continue to make this healthy lifestyle a top priortiy for me.
I started going to FitClub sponsored by Beachbody and tried a ton of new programs! I loved that each week it was something new and I felt I was really challenging myself. I kept the weight off with FitClub and other exercise routines I followed (home DVDs, Wii games, etc.).
In the fall of 2013 I started my first challenge pack from Beachbody - Focus T25 with Shakeology. I had tried T25 at FitClub and loved how sweaty I got in a 25 minute routine! I knew this program would be great for me, with working full time and doing part time graduate courses.
I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much from Shakeology; I had tried other meal replacement shakes in the past with not much success. I figured it obviously didn't hurt to try it, especially since it came in the challenge pack.
I am SO glad I gave it a try! I instantly found benefits from it; improved energy and lowered hunger levels were immediately noticeable. Drinking Shakeology plus working out with T25 (and other home-gym routines) helped me continue to maintain my weight loss. I wasn't trying to lose weight, and I didn't, but my body was toning! My shirt size went down to a S (I was a M when I reached my weight loss goal) and my pants were flutuating between an 8 and 10 (10 was my ultimate goal, which I met). Again, my weight did not change, at least not much. I weigh in weekly and every now and then I'd see the scale go up a bit - but my clothes were still fitting great - so I didn't worry. I knew I was gaining muscle and that was more of what I wanted.
Present day: I have been maintaining my weight loss for almost a year and have been drinking Shakeology for 5 months and finished the T25 program. I have been so successful with Beachbody products that I knew I wanted to become a Beachbody coach. I want people to know my story, understand that it wasn't all an easy road, and that despite many challenges in my life, I got to where I am today. Still maintaining my weight, but my body has lost inches as I'm comfortably in a size 8 jeans for some brands (10 for others still, but again that was my ultimate goal so still good!) and still wearing small tshirts. I feel great and my body is looking better than it has in years.
I have started today as a Beachbody coach. I am going to be doing P90X3 next for my workout program and am looking forward to pushing my body more and seeing what happens.
If reading my story has inspired you to get off the couch, become more active, or find programs that can challenge you - contact me! I am excited to support people who want to lose weight, become healthy(healthier), become fit(ter), or any goals.
I plan to have a general life-update blog soon for all my SparkFriends, but I wanted to share this, too!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Round 24 of the BLC is starting on Wednesday with our first official weigh in! This is my third round with the Powerful Panthers and I am considered a MoM, master of maintanece, so my weigh ins don't actually count for the team. In between rounds I don't weigh in at all, I go by clothing size.
My body, despite not doing much exercise in the last month (lots of stress and not a lot of time), is still looking the same, even slimmer in some areas, and my pants/shirts all fit great. Whether the scale has moved, up, down, or stayed the same during the break doesn't really matter to me.
So, what are my goals for this round?
~*~ Maintain weight within my +/-5lbs range, with center being 150
If my weight is above 155 when I weigh in on Wed, I will work to bring it down again!
~*~ Stick to a workout routine
Between working, grad classes, and family drama (oy!) my life is very full right now, but I know fitness is important and I've come up with a routine that A fits my schedule and B fits the challenges for the BLC:
--Wed or Thurs is TNT (tone and tighten) for BLC; I will go to the gym on Wed after work every week
--Fri through Mon is the WEC (weekend challenge) which typically includes some form of exercise; I almost always go line dancing on Saturdays and will go to the gym on Sundays. Monday or Friday I will do a workout DVD at home
--Tues is LCW (last chance workout) so I will go to the gym for at least 30mins
I can't promise lots of fitness minutes each week, I'm expecting on average 150 mins each week, which with my schedule is all I can do, but it's better than nothing.
~*~ Chat with my team at least every other day (will be aiming for daily)
~*~ I'm going to work on increasing weight with the arm machines I use at the gym.
~*~ remind myself that it's participation not perfection...as long as I'm doing something, I'm doing my personal best.
All right,that's about all the time I have right now, need to work on homework today. Will chat later
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