Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Here are the results of my 12-week boot camp. (9/22/09 - 12/8/09)
I lost 12 lbs in 12 wks.! The first 6 weeks I was in a major plateau that I just recently broke through. My fun chart reveals that losing 12 pounds = a Bald Eagle. I've lost a Bald Eagle!!!! I can't imagine carrying an eagle around on my shoulders!! LOL.
I lost 3.75 inches off of my waist!
I lost 0.5 inches off of my hips!
My waist to hip ratio went down -0.06! From 0.95 to 0.89. This number is important because for women you want to be at 0.86 or less - anything above that places you at significantly increased health risk of disease. So I am almost down to "healthy" here!
My BMI went down almost 2 points!!! It went from 42.6 to 40.17. Yes, this still has me in the obese category as it is above 30 pts., but I sure don't feel obese! I know I'm on my way to a healthier me!
Strength: I went from only being able to do 10 push ups (correctly, and I don't think I truly did them correctly at the beginning) to being able to do 13! Also when the PTs tested me my strength in my abdominal muscles was way up! I need to work on my gluts.
Last time I ran 10 and a half laps in 12 minutes, less than a mile. I actually walked most of the way, only being able to run the first two laps and then each subsequent lap either walking or walking a half a lap, running a half lap. My VO2 score was 21.
This time I ran the entire 12 minutes!!! I need to repeat that - I did NOT STOP! I ran the whole thing! My goal was to be able to run 6 laps in a row, but instead I did the whole thing! I ran 12 and a half laps total - a little OVER a mile! My VO2 score went up to 24.7. My VO2 score is poor, but before I wasn't even on the chart. Now I'm at least on the chart!
I have gone down a size in my jeans! I am able to wear my skinny jeans now and also some other pants that I never thought I'd be able to wear again. I have a pile of my "fat" clothes ready to donate as the pants are literally falling off of me!
TOTAL pounds lost on my journey: 40
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
I AM SO MOTIVATED FOR THE NEW YEAR!!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet." ~James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet
I have a wonderful life. I have a loving husband of ten years, two beautiful, healthy daughters, I’ve achieved a 40 lb. weight loss so far, I have a supportive family and network of friends. What more could I want?
Just like George Bailey from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” I sometimes get thinking that I deserve a better, bigger, more Wonderful life than I already have. The same good old stuff starts to look old after a while. Sometimes, if left to my own devices, I can find so many things to complain and worry about. I think all of us can. We don’t like our boss, our job, our car, our life. If only I were just 20 pounds lighter, 3 sizes smaller, or $100,000 richer. If I were out of debt or made more money. If my hair were longer, if my eyes were brighter..if, if, if, if, if. But what about what IS? Even in the rain, God made the day perfect. Why not just enjoy it.
Matthew 6:26-34 says:
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
Just like the diamond stones in my ring, sometimes life just needs a little polishing. I am getting out my cloth, counting my blessings, and thanking the Lord for all He has given me.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 ESV)
100 Reasons to be Thankful, Even in Hard Times (from the Spiritual Woman blog, available online at: http://spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com
To compile this list, she asked people (young and old) what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving. This is the list. What are you thankful for?
I am thankful for . . .
1. The health of my family.
2. Taking naps on the couch or in the backyard.
3. Driving the scenic route.
4. Community events open to the public.
5. My (flawed) relationships with God and my family, both immediate and extended. Flawed relationships are much better than none at all!
6. My wife and I have grown together and I am constantly grateful and impressed as she matures.
7. The Word of God.
8. Brief and productive meetings.
9. Quilts and blankets, to keep me warm.
10. My wonderful family and for my best friend, who has always been there with quiet support, encouragement, and words of wisdom, through thick and thin since the day we met.
11. The incredible diversity of people on this planet.
12. Co-workers who don't mind switching their days off to help you out.
14. Dirty dishes because it means we have eaten. Thank you for baby giggles; they keep me sane.
15. That God made me.
16. Teddy bears.
17. The feel of a child’s hand in mine.
18. Waking up when you need to even when the alarm doesn't go off.
20. The day being silent now that it's over for the little ones.
21. Movies and CDs being available at libraries.
22. The convenience of e-mail.
23. Wrinkle-free clothing.
24. Christmas lights.
25. Friends who care about me enough to tell me when I am being stupid.
26. Our Veterans.
27. Books, because I can experience the world, learn new things, laugh, cry and connect without ever leaving my couch.
28. My job, especially in this economy.
29. Religious leaders.
31. A cup of hot cocoa on a cold day.
32. Family and friends; love them all!
33. The smell of homemade desserts baking in the oven.
34. Listening to beautiful music.
35. Friends meeting over a cup of tea; a fire in the hearth; a friendly game of Scrabble.
36. My kids, who can always make me laugh.
37. Being friends with my parents.
38. Every member of my family, especially for my mom who is a constant source of support, encouragement and friendship.
39. Enjoyable conversation between friends.
41. My family, have a job, having health insurance, and being loved as much as I am.
42. My health, even if I complain about certain aches and pains!
43. My family, my fiancé and being able to go to college.
44. Having a roof over my head.
45. Finding a dollar in an old coat you haven't worn in years.
46. Enjoyable hobbies and pursuits in life.
47. The forgiveness of God.
48. Schools and colleges.
49. A dictionary & thesaurus, both within arms reach.
50. Repairing an object yourself and having it come out perfectly.
51. Hot showers after a hard day of work to ease away the stress of the day.
52. The express line at the grocery store.
53. The generosity of strangers.
54. “Chick Flicks” vs. “Action Movies” and explaining why yours is more
enjoyable to the "other team".
55. Tossed aside treasures at tag sales or wherever they may be found.
57. Good role-models we can point to for children to aspire to emulate.
58. Indoor plumbing - imagine life without it.
59. Date nights.
60. Inspiring words that lift our souls in times of crisis.
61. Youth and amateur sports leagues to both watch and play in.
62. People who obey traffic regulations.
63. The trials and losses in my life for they have helped me become a stronger and better person!
64. Our favorite instructors and teachers.
65. People who enjoy reading what we write.
67. Hidden places that you can sneak away to.
68. Health care workers.
69. Internet Maps and GPS devices.
70. Lucky old coins and favorite treasures, both precious and humble.
71. The spring that will come after the winter.
72. All those who came before us great and small have a story to tell. That
is what history is all about. So I am thankful to be able to know and learn
73. Old libraries and their treasures which lay hidden and wait to be
74. People with interesting personalities who make the world better or at
the very least, more interesting.
75. Brothers and sisters.
76. Word processing software.
77. Sitting in an open field on a crystal clear night and enjoying the
celestial display above.
78. Our furry four-legged friends who have chosen to live their lives with us.
79. Being able to sit at a computer and just watch music videos when we are
supposed to be working.
80. Sunrises, sunsets, ocean waves, hidden forests, mossy rocks and mountain
streams and all the other wonderments of nature.
81. Our Guardian Angels who stay with us even when we try to refuse their help.
82. A child’s laughter.
83. The wisdom of elders.
84. Works of art.
85. Those perfect parking places which sometimes we are lucky enough to get.
86. The creative minds of others and what they share with us all.
87. Photos, for capturing a moment in time.
88. Relaxing periods of quiet during a busy day.
89. To live in a free country.
90. Bookmarks! No need to fold pages!
92. Social Networking sites. I've always wanted to know what people I
haven't seen since grade school are up to.
93. Sweaters, hats, scarves and gloves.
94. Search engine searches that actually turn up useful results.
95. Good listeners.
97. Hand-written letters.
98. Bread, the universal side to any meal.
99. Buy one, get two free sales.
100. People who commit their lives to protecting and preserving our cities,
states and country.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I just completed a mini-triathlon at my gym. Me! I am so proud of myself! It was a grueling 2 hours, but totally worth it. First we did 30 minutes spinning and did lots of jumps and stood a lot. I pushed myself to the max.
Then we did 15 minutes non-stop around the track. I only had to walk a lap or two.
Lastly, we did 45 minutes in the pool, jogging, running, squats, weights, etc. I actually lapped all of the other girls in my boot camp and the teacher said I kicked butt. Of course I did - I'm weightless in the water! I imagine what I will be able to do once I lose this weight and it inspires me.
My instructor asked me how much weight I have lost and said that she could totally tell a difference from the start of boot camp. That was a huge compliment for me.
I am so motivated, excited, and in love with my progress right now. Although I haven't seen it on the scale lately as I've been in a major plateau, I know I am making great strides. My clothes are looser, things fit me that haven't in years, and I'm going to leave this plateau in the dust!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I woke up this morning and was feeling like sleeping in. It has been raining here in Chicago for at least a week straight and the wind was howling, the covers were warm, I was cuddling with my two daughters and my husband...it was tempting to sleep in.
I actually made the decision to NOT go to my Saturday morning boot camp class. I figured it's Halloween, who else is going to be there, blah, blah. So I consciously decided I wasn't going, bummed around, didn't take a shower and was going to settle in with some coffee and stay in my pj's a while longer.
At 8:30, the time I would typically start getting my shoes on to go, I had this urge inside of myself to get up and GO. I rushed around, threw on my workout clothes and got into the car to get there. I know I was a little shocked myself.
I get there and I had an amazing workout! It was difficult, yes, it always is, but I was there and doing it! My teacher that has been sick the past few weeks had returned and she took me aside toward the end of the workout and said "Way to push it, you have really improved since a few weeks ago." I was so proud of myself! I AM so proud of myself.
Also, during class, we had to do an exercise where you have your back against the wall and you sit down, as if you are in a chair. I did this the best out of the class, the teacher (who is not known for her kindness) said she was very impressed with me and couldn't believe how it looked like I was sitting in a chair when I wasn't. She also said I had good "form" throughout the class.
I have noticed the difference in my home workouts as well since starting Boot Camp. I do Leslie Sansone workouts and usually doing 1 mile is hard, the 2nd very difficult. The other day I breezed through 2 miles and would have done a third if I had time.
So while the scale has been staying the same lately, I know I am losing inches and gaining strength. I can't wait to see how much further I can push myself physically and mentally.
A strong woman knows her limits and knows how to push through them!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Since starting Mommy Boot Camp toward the end of September I have been working really hard. I feel thinner and have lost about 5 lbs. My clothes have been fitting looser, especially my jeans. They literally fall down as I walk up the stairs in my home. So today I glanced at my pile of jeans and saw my "skinny jeans" which I haven't been able to wear since before my 3 yr. old daughter, Lucy, was born.
I thought, what the heck? I tried them on, thinking they wouldn't go over my rear, but they did. Then I pulled them up to my waist. And guess what? They buttoned!!! They are a bit snug, but they fit! I wore them to work today as well! When I get home I'm going to take a picture of me with them on!
I'm bringing "skinny" back, yeah!!!
Update: Here's the pictures of me in my skinny jeans!
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