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Stuck in the middle

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Its been a while since my last update so I figured I should post a blog. I am still actively trying to lose the 30 lbs I gained during my pregnancy over a year ago. I have had lots of up and downs over that time. Peaking at 210lb before knocking some sense into myself and working it back off again. I havent gotten below 189lbs the entire time though. I always get stuck at 190lb. And so I feel as though I have been stuck in the middle for what seems like an eternity.

I do try to focus on the positives of the past year and a half. I have managed to maintain my weight the entire time. I know that so many who have lost significant amounts of weight turn around and gain it right back. I am proud of myself for not doing so. I am proud that when I found myself sliding down the slippery slope I stopped and climbed back up to my middle ground.
For the past 3 months I have been very consistent with my exercise yet have made no progress scale wise. I am stronger and in better shape, but still stuck in the middle. I dont know if I just dont want it bad enough to try harder when it comes to my calorie intake or if i have just become comfortable in my middle rut.

I would really like to lose at least 15lbs before winter sets in. I am hoping with fall approaching I will break through my middle rut and make some progress.

  
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DANCINCAJUN1 7/27/2013 9:19PM

    you are doing great and have accomplished so very much .... sometimes it just takes time ... Roc
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MARIAJESTRADA 7/27/2013 8:49PM

    I didn't lose the baby fat until my baby was 3 years old. I took me about a year. I started by making small changes to my eating and activity levels. Now, I go to the gym regularly and am struggling to eat healthier. Anyway, hang in there and keep going.

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BECCAZEN7 7/27/2013 8:38PM

    Okay, I feel ya! My body likes to hold on to EVERY pound and I have to work really hard ALWAYS to lose anything. I just tweak my diet or exercise a bit and actually sometimes I have to eat MORE! Incredible as that seems - it actually works for me.
You will figure it out or you can just be satisfied with the extra 5 pounds.
Becca
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OOLALA53 7/27/2013 5:05PM

    I applaud you for recognizing the positives. You have already beat the odds.

We are confronted with media images of thin, and the few very thin weight losers, but these are truthfully the exceptions. It doesn't mean we might not be one of them some day, but it's a terrible burden to lay on every moment of our lives. If I may be so bold, instead of thinking that you want to lose more weight, think instead of how you might be willing to eat less in a rational, loving way. Is it possible that you are actually eating sanely most of the time and cutting more would demand an unnecessary obsession, or are you actually often giving in to those little urges that have you eat, but not truly enjoy the food and experience a following sense of contentment or vitality? What reasons besides losing weight would be important enough to justify eating less? Are you honestly consistently overeating, eating amounts that leave you lethargic, or are you getting legitimately hungry and feeding that hunger in a reasonable way? If you are, then you have to try to let yourself off the hook. If not, perhaps aim to refrain from only a few unnecessary bites for today, at least, and try the same thing tomorrow, etc.

There is life beyond this focus. Keep moving towards planning to have good foods available for the eating you know you will want to do each day, so that you are then free to give your attention to your other, bigger life, the one in between the meals. emoticon

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Jillian's Body Revolution

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

My son wakes up way too early which leads to me watching way too many infomercials. Recently ,after seeing it advertised several times, I decided to check out Jillian Michaels newest series entitled Body Revolution. I personally like her workout dvd's. I have pretty much tried all of them and began my weight loss journey 3 years ago by using the 30 day shred in my routine. I am currently on week 2 of phase 1. Here is my review thus far.

The thing that intrigued me the most about these workouts is that there are so many. There are 12 different workouts and 3 cardio workouts. I am hoping that the variety will keep me from getting bored. The program is made up of 3 phases. Each phase last 4 weeks and consists of 4 workouts and 1 cardio . You will need dumbbells and resistance bands for the workouts. The schedule is laid out like this.
Phase 1
weeks 1 and 2
day 1 workout 1
day 2 workout2
day 3 cardio
day 4 workout1
day 5 workout2
day 6 cardio
day 7 rest

The second part of phase 1 is the same switching out workout 1 and 2 with 3 and 4. This outline is repeated in phase 2 and 3 with 4 different workouts and different cardio in each of the remaining phases.

The workouts consist of a warm up, 4 circuits and a cool down. Each circuit is made up of 4 exercise repeated once with 1 minute of cardio in between. These workouts are only 25-30 mins and seem to fly by for me. Workouts 1 and 2 seem relatively easy and I am doing the advanced version of the exercise now in week 2. Even though I have enjoyed workout 1 and 2 the cardio workout sucks. Cardio 1 is 8 1 min intervals repeated 3 friggen times. 22 minutes felt like an hour for me. I substituted my second day of cardio with a gym workout. And unless I am just in a pinch I will continue to do so.

I cant really review the nutrition plan included with this because I didnt follow it. Its basically a 1200 cal plan with recipes that I cant afford to make. 250 cal brekfast, a 400 cal lunch, a 150 calorie snack and a 400 cal dinner. It says that the recipes are simple and easy to follow which seems to be true. I prefer to eat smaller meals more often so it just doesnt work for me.

SO all in all Body revolution is a thumbs up for me thus far. I have definitely found the time to fit the workouts into my schedule which is a godsend for me. Now if I can keep my eating in check I might just get the results I want from this 90 day plan. emoticon

  
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MOMFAN 2/11/2013 1:16PM

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TXMEMAW6 2/7/2013 9:46AM

    Thanks for the info. Very interesting.

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LABRATIAM 2/7/2013 6:53AM

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BIRKIE528 2/6/2013 5:31PM

    I was up early too--& saw the infomercial for it & wanted to get it....thanks for the review :)

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CHERBEAR7997 2/6/2013 1:46PM

    I am in wk 6 Phase 2 of Body Revolution and loving every min of it!!! So far at the end of wk 5, I had lost 5 inches & 5 lbs. I love the muscle definition!! Is on the top of my list of being one of my FAV
Keep it up girl you can do it!!!

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DANCINCAJUN1 2/6/2013 10:22AM

    emoticon Thanks for the information .... Rocie

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WALLINMW 2/6/2013 10:10AM

  Stay motivated!

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SFENNER 2/6/2013 10:10AM

    Any and all workouts are better than not working out. emoticon

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Motivator of the day

Sunday, January 27, 2013

This morning I discovered that I was motivator of the day again. My first thought was why me? Ive gained 40lbs back and still havent managed to lose it. Then I shook that nasty negativity out of my brain and had another thought, my glass half full thought. I have maintained a 90lb weight loss for almost 2 years now and through a pregnancy. I may have gained a bit back but I havent given up the fight.

Now for an update.I gained 15lbs over the holidays bringing my weight to 205lbs. During the day I was closer to 210 then 200. Thats when I felt it all slipping away and I had to act fast. I decided to dip into what little savings Ive managed to build and buy a used treadclimber. The treadclimber is what I used the first time and its what I will use again. And just like last time once I no longer need it I can sell it and recoup my money. I actually made a profit the first time so that would be a nice added bonus.

Its been 2 weeks since I brought it home. I had forgot how much i sweat when I use it. To me sweat signifies a great workout. Sometimes it is so hard to coordinate our family going to the gym and the treadclimber allows me to get great exercise without all the work. So far I have lost about 7lbs of my 15lb holiday gain. The real weight loss doesnt start for me until I reach 190lbs and start working on the baby weight.

Its a start thought and Im proud of myself for pushing forward. I have managed to stay fairly chocolate free. Chocolate free to me means no candy. Its a trigger for me. I wish I could have just 1 piece but then I would want more and more and more until thats all ive eaten for an entire day. Dont get me wrong ive had my battles over the past 2 weeks. I struggled with peanut butter for a couple of days. I ate it all and then just didnt buy anymore.

Im glad I am motivator today. Its what I needed to keep pushing forward.

A recent picture of me and my babies. Setting an example for them and making sure they have a healthly mommy is why I do this.

  
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EATVEGAN 1/28/2013 2:23AM

    My gosh, we could be twinnies, except I have grandchildren the age of yours and a great grandchild as well. I gained 16 lbs over the holidays and went to 205. I won't be back to losing really until 189. I've lost 5 of the 16 and just had a problem with crunchy peanut butter and hersheys w/almonds. Anyway, we're both headed back down so it's all good. This is the first of your blogs I've read, so I don't know, but you must be saying something that resonates with people. You seem real approachable and real to me, so that may be it. God bless you on your journey.

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WALKINGMAMMA 1/27/2013 10:08PM

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TXMEMAW6 1/27/2013 3:57PM

    Awesome that you've already lost 7 pounds. That's quite an accomplishment. Keep on keeping on and you'll reach your goal before you know it. You can do it!!!!

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DANCINCAJUN1 1/27/2013 10:12AM

    Always on your side and yes, you definitely deserve the prize as you really truly are motivating for us all ..... Roc
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BUSYGRANNY5 1/27/2013 9:27AM

    Your blog explains why you ARE the motivator of the day!!! Keep on keeping on!

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QUADCMOM 1/27/2013 9:05AM

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I've done the same thing. I had a 75 pound loss, reached in 2009. Then 2011 lost a dear friend and I have gained back almost 20 pounds from 2011 to now. About four weeks ago I put my foot down and got busy. I have lost 9 of those 20 and I'm PUSHING FORWARD. I added you as a friend. We can PUSH FORWARD together. Congratulations for being motivator of the day and for NEVER giving up.


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CYND59 1/27/2013 8:23AM

    Congrats!
That's for the words of wisdom. I too have gained some of the weight I lost but I am not giving up. I have claimed this year to be when I get the weight off and keep it off. emoticon

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Things are looking up

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Jason and I have made almost 2 weeks now. We have consistently gone to the gym and tried to control our eating. This is the longest I have made it since my son was born. Things are different this time. Instead of jumping in and going cold turkey on the things I like I have taken baby steps. Ive tried to keep busy and not eat when I am bored. It has taken me longer to lose this way but I haven't gained it all back 2 days later like in the past.

I am down 5lbs thus far weighing in at 194lbs. I would like to lose 7lbs more by Jan 1st putting me at 187lbs. A number i haven't seen since before I had my son. I am trying really hard to work this in to my life better. And hopefully I can keep it up. emoticon

  
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COOP9002 12/8/2012 1:00PM

    Sounds like you're on track. Best of luck on your journey.

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Small Steps

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Well we have made it 2 days thus far. Today is an off day from the gym so I have to try really hard to keep the eating in check. I had several comments on my previous blog stating that the gym isnt the only form of exercise I should look into. I appreciate the great comments and I do know that this is true.

I have many at home video options as well as a set of weights at my disposal that I use in addition to our gym. The gym is essential to our family though. After 2+ years my husband has found it is the only way he is successful. We go to our local ymca which benefits our children as well. My daughter loves it and my son so desperately needs the interaction with other people. With my mom in arizona it is the ONLY time I am free from both kids. Its my me time. I have found over the years that working out at home exclusively allows for too many distractions and excuses.

I have found that my attitude is a bit different this time around. I usually look at my "skinny" pictures with such longing and envy. But yesterday I looked through them and thought to myself " look how far I have come". I looked at them with excitement. In a way gaining a bit of weight was a blessing. I truly feel that I will appreciate it so much more the second time around. I still thought I was so fat at the time. A touch of body dis morphia after a lifetime of obesity.

Weight today was 196lbs, down 3lbs. I would like to be 185lbs by jan.1st. I Haven't been below 189lbs since before my son was born. My goal for this month is to simply keep going.

These are the pictures that inspire me to keep going.




My summer goal.

My ultimate inspiration to remind of how far I have come.


  
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DANCINCAJUN1 11/29/2012 11:22PM

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EATVEGAN 11/29/2012 11:00PM

    I like the gym, too. I use too many excuses to keep from going, even though I love it. I find my exercise intensity is far greater at the gym. I know when I exercise at home, I'm kind of shirking. I may put in the time, but the intensity is not there. You're doing great!

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JCRAFT6 11/28/2012 8:52AM

    Great idea. i have just started looking at how far I have come as well. It is a great motivator. Keep up the good work

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JEREMY723 11/28/2012 8:16AM

    That's a great way to look at your photos, and future! Have a great day emoticon

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