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My muscles have forgotten...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ever since I had my baby, I have been neglecting the strength training aspect of my fitness routine. I'm not sure why, but all I do is cardio. So of course, my muscles don't know what the heck they're doing anymore.

So yesterday I went to the gym and ran into the guy who runs the circuit training program at the gym. The program is pretty cool - and it is available every weekday morning. The idea is to do a combination of cardio and ST. You do each exercise for a minute, then switch to something else. There is at least one personal trainer there who tells you what exercise to do next , sets the machine's weight for you, and makes sure you are doing the exercise properly. The trainers also have you work with free weights, BOSUs, exercise balls, step benches, etc. etc.

I used to do this often before I got pregnant, and for the first/second semesters of my pregnancy. I stopped going as I got further along in my pregnancy because I wanted to be careful with what types of exercises I was doing. And I also seemed to hit it during the busy times, when the trainers did not have a lot of time to give each person, so the buzzer would go off and I would still be standing there waiting to find out what to do next. That got annoying too, so that is another reason I stopped going.

Well, the guy in charge remembers me, and whenever he sees me around the gym he asks when I am coming back. I always promise him that I will but I usually don't make it in the hours they have it available. So yesterday I ran into him again, and ran out of excuses! LOL. "When are you coming back? You have to keep those muscles working." I said maybe today I will go. "Good, there is a new trainer up there and he is great." I said OK and went up there to check it out. The guy was working with someone else and seemed busy (did not even look my way), so I decided to hop on the elliptical to warm up and then evaluate whether I wanted to stay on the elliptical or head over to the circuit.. After 15 minutes, I saw my friend approach me, and I knew I wasn't getting out of this one. :) So I told him I was warming up and would be right over.

Long story short...this new trainer was AMAZING. I realized that I truly did not know what I was doing on the machines in terms of proper form and how to give your muscles the most effective workout. (I admit I am not a weight machine girl, preferring instead to work with tools such as hand weights, jump ropes, barbells, rsesistance bands, etc.) And I realized how out of practice my muscles are. I can keep up with cardio, but when it comes to pushups, planks, etc. etc., not so much. I was excited to come back and work with this trainer again because I got such a great workout...but then he told me he was going to stop doing the circuit training thing soon and just be a "floater" for whoever needs personal training sessions. A personal trainer is not a luxury we can justify spending extra money on right now. Bummer... He offers a free half-hour session, so I may just go for that. But as for regular sessions, most likely I will stick to Body Pump or the circuit training (because it's like working with a trainer anyway).

I never thought I needed a personal trainer. Thought I was doing fine on my own. But after yesterday, I feel like it would be very beneficial. If only I had the extra money...

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DNJEN471 7/27/2010 12:48AM

    Trainers are awesome if you can afford them. They are so expensive though! I wish I had my own little Jillian to whip me into shape when I start to slide. Ah, well... we have each-other, right? LOL. I think the reason strength training is a bit harder, you can't take babes with you. With cardio- you can pack her in the stroller and just roll. You can't really do that while lifting weights :)

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SPARKNMOM 7/25/2010 10:54PM

    Good for you for DOING it!! I'm betting those muscles will be remembering very soon. A personal trainer would be super cool. I've not ever had one, but know it would be so beneficial. Keep up the training....

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Feelin' like an exercise newbie all over again...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

OMG I am SO sore! I think I really overdid it on Monday. First I went to Body Pump class at noon. I used to go to Body Pump all the time, but I haven't been in probably about a year. It just doesn't seem to fit into my schedule but I have been meaning to go. Monday morning I had to take the peanut to the doctor, which is right next door to the gym, and afterwards I decided to take my chances and stop in for a workout, hoping she would be good in the child care room and not cranky after her shots. (Turns out she fell asleep in there...PERFECT!) So anyway, that night we went back for our usual Monday family gym night workout. They just launched a new release of Body Combat. I don't know if it was because I was tired from my workout earlier in the day, if I just had unusually low energy, if it was too hot in the room or what, but this workout was INSANE. I could barely keep up. HAHA. But I got through it and it felt great. But the downside is, my entire body was sore yesterday and feels the same today. Two workouts in one day equal no workouts the next two days. Not so good. But oh well. I am going back tomorrow and will see how tough that new Combat release truly was.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 7/22/2010 12:18PM

    I'm definitely not an exercise newbie and those two classes in the same day STILL sound like one heck of a workout. Glad you were able to find a new way to sneak gym time into your day! Nap time workouts sound like a great plan! =D

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DNJEN471 7/21/2010 3:48PM

    Sounds like you may have done a little too much. I have found that when I push to hard, I can't workout the next day- which doesn't really make it worth it to me. I would rather be able to work out everyday, then push really hard for just one.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/21/2010 3:27PM

    I do back-to-back Pump and Combat sometimes - will probably do that tonight actually. It's pretty hardcore! Especially in summer...somehow with all that extra heat and humidity and sweat, everything feels a lot harder. We just had the new releases I assume yours are the same as about that balance track?? I am awful at it!!

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PALOMINOGIRL3 7/21/2010 12:45PM

    You and your workouts are very inspirational! TWO in one day? You're a maniac! (The kind of maniac I'd like to be.)
Keep up the great work!

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CARTOONB 7/21/2010 12:23PM

    Both classes sound like fun. Maybe not in the same day, but fun anyway. Hope you enjoy the combat class!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/21/2010 10:29AM

    "Pump"? "Combat"? Those sound like they'd hurt. I'll stick to swimming. LOL

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NICOLE12-01 7/21/2010 8:37AM

    WOW! That body combat sounds intense! Keep up the great work though! I'm sure your muscles are screaming now, but they'll give in eventually! Hopefully the more you move around today, the more you'll losen up!

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KLUVSTFORMERS 7/21/2010 8:21AM

    LOL been there done that, but im a nut because i made myseld even sorer by still working i said im a nut. keep up the good work!!

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Losing some steam

Friday, July 16, 2010

I feel like I am losing steam with my healthy lifestyle right now. Thankfully, it is always on my mind. I read my Spark e-mails and my Jillian Michaels daily e-newsletters. I think about the gym. I do my best to prepare healthy-ish meals at home.

But here's the thing. I don't know why, but I have been terrible about tracking my food and measuring out my portions. And if I want a treat, I will have it. And maybe another. For instance, I have been slowly polishing off Laila's leftover birthday cake from last weekend. But the worst of it is, I have barely made it to the gym for the past 2 weeks. We went on vacation last week, and this week I have not gone since Monday.

Recently I met another mommy around here and we have been meeting every day for walks. So...I have been doing a lot of walking but that to me is not a workout because we are not walking fast enough. The other hurdle is naptime. The gym's child care closes at 1 p.m. and does not reopen till 5. I always have to choose between giving her a morning nap or going to the gym and hoping she will sleep in the stroller on the way there or back. With the exception of Monday nights, which we have proclaimed family gym night, it does not work out for us to go there after 5. When DH gets home, we go for a family walk, then it's time to feed the baby and put her to bed. On Monday nights she goes to bed late (8:30 or close to 9), but we do not want to do this every day. So, if I miss the morning childcare window, I just do not go to the gym at all. top it off, our DVD player hasn't been working well. It will play a DVD, then it would stop out of the blue. DH put it away and hooked up the portable DVD player to the TV. That one did the same thing! Weird. So that means I cannot do my exercise DVDs.

I know there is a way around everything , and I have to figure out how to do a better job of fitting exercise into my day. My life is so different now than it was when I first joined Spark. I had a lot of time to devote to fitness, trying out new recipes, etc. etc. However, I know millions of other members here are busy too, with jobs, family, school, etc. etc. If they can do it, so can I.

I want to lost those last baby pounds. And continue to be someone who makes exercise and healthy eating a priority. I am just struggling a little bit right now.

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SIMPLEJOYS 7/20/2010 12:10AM

  Oh Mila...I have deemed this summer, the "SUMMER OF CAKE". It's been quite ridiculous. Of course, I don't have to eat's CAKE! :) hahaha

I haven't exercised since last Wednesday - and it was not until today that I felt guilty. Things are looking up! Tomorrow, I walk with my SP buddy and I'm going to hop on my bike. I also haven't been tracking my food - I've just been in an apathetic, removed state. No more.

I can't remember if you have a desktop - but the 10 min. SP videos are a pretty good backup plan when the dvd player (or disk) is on the fritz. DO IT! I will if you will!


HUGS, Toots!


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    I can't offer advice because I waited til my baby was 11. You're doing GREAT! On the days you can't workout, focus on food... and I don't mean birthday cake.



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SPARKNMOM 7/18/2010 11:08PM

    My oldest children were 6 when I began my healthy you're way ahead of me! I struggle daily with the exercise component. That's why I'm thin and healthy, but not toned. I'm not exactly happy about that, but at the moment, priorities are such that I don't beat myself up because I'm so inconsistent with that piece. I seem to do well nutritionally, and that seems "good enough" for now.

Some moms do it all. I don't neglect myself - I take special care to eat on plan - but I also don't stress myself out. I'm sure you'll find where you're happy spot is regarding exercise. I'm doing so poorly w/ exercise at the moment that I'd be GLAD to have another mommy come slow walk with me LOL!! Enjoy the ADULT time :)

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BCGIRL74 7/16/2010 10:18AM

    Hi Tweety
I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling right now. I know that you'll find ways around these new challenges. You haven't given up which means you're in this to win!
P.S. Throw out that leftover matter how good it is!

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DNJEN471 7/16/2010 10:15AM

    Oh honey- that is life as a mommy. It is a daily struggle. Trying to choose between nap time and gym time. Trying to choose between jogging on your own or walking with your new friend. It's difficult- but not impossible. That is my new philosophy. I am going to find a way. That certainly does not mean that every day is going to be perfect. I had to do my strength training in our office at 11pm the other night- but that's life. We work around our little ones schedule- for now they run the show :) It will change soon enough. Until then, just be patient and flexible. As to the left over birthday cake- throw it out.... that way you won't eat it emoticon

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TORNADO40 7/16/2010 8:27AM

    When I had my daughter I use to exercise while she napped, but I did not belong to a gym and just exercised on my own. How about holding her and putting on some fast dance music and dancing around with her? It could be fun and give you some exercise. I think there must be some other exercises out there to do with your child. How about picking up the pace of the walk with the other mommy? It would be good for both of you.

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Belated veggie week update and other ramblings...

Friday, July 09, 2010

Hi everyone! I've been absent for a few days. DH and I went on vacation - our first one since the baby was born!! This was the first time I was away from her for any extended amount of time. I survived!! LOL! Daily photos and phone calls with the grandparents helped a lot.

It rained a lot in Florida, but we didn't mind because it was not hot. While it was 100 degrees and up here, it was 85 where we were. We went to the Sting concert (and it did not rain for that) and we even made it to the beach a couple times. It was a very nice vacation with friends. Tuesday was our wedding anniversary. 8 years! WOO HOO!!

Tomorrow is my Little One's first birthday! I still can't believe it - it seems like the time went by in the blink of an eye. We spent a lot of this week reminiscing about our wedding 8 years ago and my hospital stay a year ago, culminating with the most precious gift anyone could ask for - our baby girl. My life is richer and more fulfilling than it has ever been.

In other my rush to pack and get ready for the trip, I neglected to blog about the veggie week experiment. We survived that too - and it was kind of fun. I made a cheese lasagna, DH made some cheese enchiladas, and one night I made this yummy red lentil curry, which I highly recommend:

We also had a scramble with potatoes, and a dish made with Somen noodles.
Our last day as vegetarians was also our first day of vacation. We ate some nachos and quesadillas for lunch, and dinner was a thin-crust veggie pizza at Macaroni Grill. I wish I could say that my vegetarian week was a low-cal week, but I can't. I relied too much on pasta and cheese because I wasn't sure what else to eat to round out the veggies in my meals. If I do this again, I will do a lot more research in advance so I can prepare some non-pasta meals. All in all, I am proud of us, especially hubby, for rocking this challenge. On to the next one! What should my next challenge be? :)

Have a great weekend!

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SPARKNMOM 7/12/2010 3:03PM

    Sounds like a fabulous vacation!! I love how you spent time reminiscing and sharing like that :)

WTG on the veggie week!! It's not a lifestyle for me, but I can definitely see the benefits and and am so proud of you for having a successful week-long run of it!! And kudos to hubby as well for being a good sport :)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 7/10/2010 1:00PM

    Glad you had a good vacation! And congrats on completing your veggie week!

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DNJEN471 7/10/2010 12:16PM

    Congrats on making it through your veggie week. You sound like me my first week being veg. There are lots of meat subs out there. It does take research and a willingness to try new things :) Happy Bday to your babes! Time does fly!

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    I offer you a veggie challenge. Try to be like me. Eat 4.5 cups of non-starchy veggies (that means not potatoes) every day, as wide a variety as possible. You won't want the pasta. Believe me.

How was Sting. I *heart* Sting!


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Veggie week in progress, plus my 5K update

Monday, June 28, 2010

Hello Sparkfriends! I have missed you... I fell off the Spark train for a little while there when I went away for a week with the baby while the house was being painted. I ate at restaurants every day and did not track my food. I logged in to Spark some days and just read my daily e-mails. Sometimes it's good to have a little break like that though. A few things have happened since my last blog:

- I ran another race! A 5k! I guess I am doing things backwards, because my first official race ever was a 10K. But the 10K was in the spring, so much cooler and more comfortable. I am glad this one was only a 5K, because the by the time I finished it was HOT. My time was 35:05. Not the fastest but I am proud of myself nonetheless. I didn't really train beforehand, and again my goal was to run the entire thing without stopping to walk, and I did! This was a small race put together at the school my MIL worked for before she retired. It was to benefit one of the teachers who taught at the school, who lost her leg after a bout with a nasty flu virus. The race was to raise money for a prosthesis for her. There were maybe 300 participants. It was fun and a good cause. The run was through a neighborhood with hills. I started out with my husband but after the first minute I couldn't even see him anymore. I took it at my own slow-ish pace without caring about speed. I knew if I started out too fast I would burn out very quickly. Even though there were lots of people in front of me, there were many behind me as well. There were times when I was kind of by myself, with a couple of other runners scattered around me. A few people who lived in the neighborhood stood outside their homes to watch us pass by and gave us water or cheered us on. Someone even sprayed us with water guns to cool us down. LOL. It feels great to have another race under my belt! Looking forward to signing up for the next one.

-In other news, I started my vegetarian week on Friday. Why Friday? Because by then we desperately needed to go to the grocery store and were out of meat anyway. So when we went shopping, we simply didn't buy any meat. So far it's been going well. Noodles with beans, sundried tomatoes and pasta sauce Friday night. Saturday night I made lasagna. Hubby made yummy enchiladas last night. I also plan to make a red curry with lentils that I found on a while ago. I have made it before and it's very good. I want to make sure I am not eating too many carbs this week though. I love carbs, but there should be a healthy balance. It's so easy to just fall back on pasta but I have to make sure to include some protein as well. SO....we shall see how the rest of the week goes. Hubby, who is a total carnivore, is actually on board with this!! Only because it's temporary. It's a fun little challenge for both of us.

-I recently bought a new bathing suit for our upcoming trip to Florida. It's been quite a few years since I shopped for a new bathing suit. Pre-weight loss but also pre-baby. For my trip to Israel in 2008, I just wore a smaller suit that I already had. But now that I have a huge scar all the way up and down my belly, I wanted to find something else. Talk about eye opening. When you don't have a full-length mirror at home, you can kind of live in denial. Hello saddlebags! Hello dimples! (I love the dimples on my cheeks, dimples elsewhere - not so much.) I weigh the same (I hover b/w 121 and 123 most days) but it seems like my fat has redistributed. It has left my boobs and made its way to my tummy, thighs and butt. Yikes! But there is no point in being upset. This body gave me a beautiful baby. I am at a decent weight. I can work harder to trim down by eating better and exercising even more. It is up to me. But for now, I will wear my new bathing suit with no hangups, enjoy the beach or pool, and live in the moment.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 6/30/2010 12:35AM

    Congrats on a great 5K! Quite the impressive run, considering your level of training going into it.

Keep updating us on this veggie week! I'm enjoying hearing about this experiment. =D

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SPARKNMOM 6/29/2010 2:01PM

    Congrats on the race!! Good time :)

Oh, yes...the post-baby body. Oh my....lets just say that there's a reason this body does well with denim and push-up bras :)

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    That's a good time on a 5K. I think I might be able to keep up with you, so we should plan one sometime.

I like your attitude about the bathing suit.

Do we get to see before and after pics of the house?

Don't forget to share favourite veggie recipes.

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MOM2ACAT 6/28/2010 7:48PM

    emoticon on the race! emoticon

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SIMPLEJOYS 6/28/2010 9:59AM

  Thanks for posting about the 5K, Mila! It inspires me to hang in there!

My daughter loves the veggie bacon strips. A couple of those on a (B)LT are quite delicious! Our local tomatoes aren't in yet...but I'm waiting...


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NICOLE12-01 6/28/2010 8:51AM

    Congratulations on finishing another race! Sounds like you had a great time! I did the same first race was a 10K (actually, my first 2), and I'm thinking about doing a 5K soon. I think it will be a good distance in the middle of summer, and I don't want to be training so hard.

I hope you post updates on your vegetarian eats! Sounds like a great experiment! Feel free to pass any recipes along that you find extra yummy!

Bathing suit season freaks everyone out...even those who we believe to be in the best of shape. They have just as many "flaws" as we do. I say wear a bathing suit with pride, because you are fit and beautiful!!!! :)

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DNJEN471 6/28/2010 8:15AM

    Congrats on doing another race! Also on trying out the veg lifestyle!

I love that you are so positive. You're right! Your body did a very amazing thing so just enjoy and have a good time!

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ASTER2606 6/28/2010 8:03AM

    Sounds like your veg week is going well. I was wondering how that was going and how you were doing in general. Congrats on finishing the 5K. I've been largely absent from Spark too for different reasons. We had a two night kayaking trip and only checked the weather forecast from iPhones once, we've been madly doing yardwork when it's not raining because the weeds have been out of control and we'll soon have a new project that will leave us less time for the yard. I've finally caught up with the few pounds I gained over the winter, but I haven't had any NEW weight loss.

Have a great day!


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