Thursday, March 18, 2010
After great success with the 28 Day Challenge of kicking the sugar habit (I am still sugar free), I decided yesterday to start my own 28 day work out challenge.
My daily rules are:
1) 30 minutes of cardio
2) Strength training
3) Core work
I've listed my menu of options for work outs on a previous blog and have made copies of those options to put in my car, home, reading book, office and gym bag. I can't go anywhere without seeing that list . . . HA!
Yesterday was a great first day of the challenge! I know this will instill great work out habits for me and I'm ready for this challenge.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The current plan is not getting me where I want to go so I'm changing things up a bit. I can't keep ramming my head into a brick wall and wonder why I have a headache .... HA!
Change up my work out routines. No more "rest" days . . .
I'll be honest here, I don't work out hard enough to have rest days, so I must get it moving 7 days a week.
Talk to Dr. Kalish about what is and isn't happening with my body. Explore options and do as he prescribes and take whatever tests he recommends. An appointment shall be set for next week.
Continue to eat healthy by eating the colors of the rainbow and drink water, water, water.
I must get back to my old sleeping habits. I used to sleep 9 hours a night - I truly need that much and lately I've only been getting 8 to 8.5. I can feel a difference.
Cardio - on any given day I will do a combination of any of the following, as long as it totals a minimum of 30 minutes per work out:
Step Class (30 Min.)
Belly Dancing Class (60 Min.)
Stair Step Machine
Bike Riding - outdoors
Strength Training - 3 sets 15 reps & when possible 7 to 8 lbs weight - once they get too easy I add another set or more reps. Some of these I'll do everyday but I must do a combination of at least 3 days a week:
Situps (50 a day, everyday)
Squats/Plie Squats (50 a day, everyday)
Dumbbell Hammer Curls
Dumbbell Side Bends (50 a day, everyday)
Push ups on Knees
Tricep Extensions (overhead)
Wall Push ups
Okay, that's it for now. I'll print and post this plan of action at the house and at the office.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Captured on film and asking myself, REALLY?!
Last night I picked up a batch of photo's from a trip I took in July 2008 . . . I know, I know - talk about taking forever to get them developed (I'll spare you the long story of why). Anyway, the photo's were great - many were of my snorkeling adventures and climbing a waterfall. Yup, that's right, I snorkeled (love that activity) AND I climbed a waterfall (what an amazing and difficult adventure).
As a side note: I did these activities at probably 225 lbs+, weight has never stopped me from going on an adventure!
Anyway, I found myself completely ah struck by one of the photo's I am in - I sat and studied it for a good amount of time. All I could think was, I look awesome - I don't look like that anymore - but I looked awesome there. What's the difference? What happened? Where did that chick go? Did you leave her at the waterfall?
Well the thing is, I weighed about 10 lbs less (it makes a difference), I was tan, very tan (yes, I fake baked before my tropical adventures - I won't do it again) and I was on vacation - rested and having a fabulous time. SERIOUSLY, I miss that chick. She was a hottie ...
I found a new resolve last night, get back at it - find that hottie - set her free! She's in there waiting to get out and flaunt her curves. I had almost given up hope on the gym situation, I was disappointed in last nights step class, it was clear the instructor did not want to be there. I pushed forward and completed ALL of my work out & pushed through class though but left feeling it was time to say good-bye.
So, this blog wasn't really inspired by that photo, it was inspired by being captured on film at the dinner party I hosted on Saturday night. I scanned the digital camera and saw a couple of photo's of myself and thought, "AHHHH, no way, WTH!?" I did not look like that hottie climbing a waterfall - not even close.
Enough! I'm done with the self pity, being upset about the scale, and not being my own cheerleader. I need to take action or sit down and shut up. I'm putting together my work out routines TODAY, calling Dr. Kalish's office to set my appointment, setting rules for myself that include more sleep and getting this show on the road.
Being captured on film is just what I needed. I shall be that hottie again!
Update after post:
I viewed the photo's again from the dinner party (Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww) and YES, I've got some work to do! I'm ready, able and starting in 40 minutes.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Spring has sprung here in Alameda, CA and I love it. Although today I have spring fever and have been wishing all day that I can escape from the confines of the office walls. I walked to work and then back & forth to the house for lunch . . . it was perfect out. Spring is my most favorite time of year!!!
We finally bought gas for the grill over the weekend so it's grilling time. I love grilling proteins and veggies . . . delicious! Plus, I find it easier to cook in bulk on the grill, which makes lunches a breeze.
We, my husband and I, hosted a dinner party at the house on Saturday night for 6 guests. I had appetizers that I couldn't really eat, for many reasons, but I did that on purpose . . . I didn't want the temptations - it worked. For the main, I grilled chicken breasts (no bones or skin) and Tri-tip, it was fabulous. I also fixed fresh green beans with sweet onions and Jamaican Rice. Dessert this year really had me puzzled . . . I finally choose to do a apple crisp. What I did differently though was cut back on the sugar, added more spices and made individual servings. It was perfect! Everyone loved the individual desserts, not only because they were yummy but because they were portion controlled. I loved it because there was only one left over at the end of the night. YES!! We had wine, sparkling wine and plenty of sparkling water available. This year we consumed more sparkling water than any other beverage . . . A+!
Although I did choose to eat sugar the night of the dinner party, I didn't sweat it and the next day just went back to my no sugar way of life. I had the best of both worlds and didn't think twice. Living without constant sugar in my diet has really been fabulous.
I'm still stuck in a work out rut . . . I keep hoping for some direction but not sure where to turn for that. SIGH. I'm going to put together a work out schedule that can be mixed up over time so I don't get used to it and hope that helps. Suggestions are welcome!
The gym is boring at this point and I only go for my step classes. I've even talked to my husband about giving him the membership and I'll go it alone outside the gym. We're still discussing this option.
Lately I have felt compelled to start running. REALLY? I haven't seriously run since my high school days when I was in sports year around but I feel the need to try. First stop, buying some running shoes.
My body rebelled against me for two days this week. I could barely walk and felt like sleeping a lot. It took a bit to get back on track and I'm still wondering what the heck happened.
I've decided to set up the consultation with a Dr. Kalish. That will involve swallowing hard and paying a hefty consult fee but I feel like I need to do it. GULP. I'm hoping he can help me find the key to furthering my quest to be healthy and at a more reasonable weight. I'm seriously tired of not loosing weight.
I love my new belly dance class and will continue to go and go and go!
I can now do 50 sit ups without feeling like I'm going to die.
I continue to be frustrated with my lack of weight loss but will never give up!
I'm in this to win this and failure is not an option.
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