Saturday, November 14, 2009
Today was suppose to be a rest day but I decided to go for a walk instead. Not sure how far or how fast I walked (I've now downloaded an app for my phone that will tell me) but I was out for about 50 minutes and then had a nice cool down with the dogs hitting a tennis ball for them.
I am wondering if I should be having days off or if I should just push through and work out 7 days a week. I know I'd see faster results, but I worry about straining the muscles. Like today for example, it was a day off but it's so nice I was drawn to go for a walk and enjoy the day. But now 2 hours after the walk, I'm stiff and achy - grabbing a nice relaxing bath with my own mix of bath salt/essential oils after dinner which will help with getting the muscles to relax and loosen up again but I still I wonder how much is too much...
My own mix ?,you ask. I realize I haven't told anyone here, I make handmade soap and other bath/beauty stuff, half as a hobby, half as a very small business. My fav things to make are of course the soaps, but also bath salts, lip balms, and the newest perfume.
Otherwise, nothing much else is new. I added a whey protein mix I picked up yesterday to my morning smoothie- it was gross! I had hoped it would add to the flavour of my smoothie but nope. So I'm still looking for one. I do like the Herbalife Wildberry mix so I may have to go to eBay and see what I can find.
I made the kids chocolate macaroons for school. I have had one (had to test them right?? LOL) but I haven't actually craved to eat them like I normally do so I'm real happy with that.
I've drank 1/2 my water requirements for today, that's a first! I have been keeping 2 metal water bottles in the fridge so that I have extremely cold water to drink at all times, otherwise I can't drink it. I just hate cool/warm water.
Making turkey burgers for dinner, the kids liked them last time. Everyone else will have it with a bun, I'm just having the burger on it's own with a salad tonight. I may even break it up and put it in the salad. After I input it into the nutrition tracker we'll see where my cals are. I know it will still be under the minimum so I'll be able to have some popcorn tonight with the kids while we watch "Up".
Enjoy the weekend everyone!
Friday, November 13, 2009
The first week has been put in, so out came the tape measure. I lost 1/2" off my belly area!!! For me this is hugh and to celebrate, I bought myself a little treat - Thinsation Cheesecake bars. There 100 calories and taste good. I had one and it helped that I was under my calories allowed and the one bar put me just over the minimum allowed.
I was feeling like I wasn't putting enough exercise in all week but I also didn't want to overdue it and wind up hurt and having to take time off. Gradually all week I've increased the time frame of my exercises. I went from 10-15 minutes to 20 minutes of TJ burn in the morning, then started adding in some fun time on the Wii doing the Fit disc, playing tennis for a few rounds, throwing in Raving Rabbids and hitting the dance floor, to 10 minutes with Jillian and her Ultimatum 2009 disc in the afternoon and then a walk right after school with the kids. Living out in what most would consider the country we don't have street lights so when it's dark, it's really dark.
Now going into week two the fridge is stocked with "the good stuff" as my kids call it. The cupboard looks a little bare but that's cause there isn't alot of pre-packaged stuff in there now. It will look fuller to when I get some containers to put the bulk supplies into.
I will admit I was bad this morning and skipped breakfast. I was in a rush and completely forgot about it. So while at the bulk store I picked up some almonds and after 15 of those I felt comfortable, not full but not having my stomach screaming at me while at my daughter's assembly at school. That's the last thing anyone needs to hear is my stomach...LOL But since being home I made a quick salad of lettuce, bean sprouts and some turkey breast slices to go with my water.
I'm going to try the Basic Balance Challenge exercises this afternoon. The cardio work is good but I need to get some muscle forming to. Time to change and get to it.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I've been doing so well for the last week when it comes to eating. I've been staying within my range, and working out every day even when I don't feel up to it. But today, I just can't seem to stay out of the fridge. At least what I've eaten hasn't been full out junk food - closest was the white bread. I haven't been able to eat all the protein I've been allotted maybe that has something to do with it.
On the bright side, I did the 20-minute burn with TJ this morning and then worked out with to the WiiFit for 30 minutes this afternoon. I've sweated my butt off and I'm ready for a walk later when the kids get home from school.
Even though I've struggled with the food side today, I've done my workouts and I'm feeling good. That's the main thing. I'm feeling good and am positive.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This blog will be an open diary for everyone to read. To highlight my accomplishments and my disappointments throughout this journey of becoming me again. Keep in mind I'm not a writer and I am not use to sharing my inner most thoughts with anyone; but if my blog helps one person along the way to their weight/life goals or to simply let them know they aren't alone, then any discomfort I may feel from time to time is worth it.
Before I had my kids, who are 18, 12 and 11 yrs, I was a size 12 - 140ish lbs. Now 18 yrs later at the age of 38, I'm a size 22 and weigh 250 lbs.
I've tried the yo-yo dieting, the videos, the gym without any success. Why??? Cause I never gave them 100%. It was more of a whim, hubby nagging...I can come up with a tonne of excuses as to why I never tried. The real reason, I didn't care. Didn't care about my health or my weight. I guess you could say I had given up on life. Well, maybe not where the gym is concerned. The gym made me realize I am VERY uncomfortable working out around others. I always have this feeling of being stared at and judged. I know, I'm sure some were but most weren't but it's not easy to work through and even when I lose the weight I know it will still be in the back of my mind if I decide to try the gym again.
But anyway, as of November 4, 2009 all that has started to change.
Why the change?? I'm ready. I'm ready to take charge of my life and get myself back to healthy. Not just weight wise, but nutritionally get back to healthy eating, and mentally have the love for life I use to have.
To do this will include:
* a fitness program that works for me. Right now that includes the Turbo Jam dvds, going for walks with my family and dogs, putting that Total Gym and Easy Glider equipment to use (guess I better dust them off first..LOL), and buying a treadmill. I love to walk, I always have, except in the winter - we get ALOT of snow and I hate the cold. So a treadmill will help immensely to get me moving during the day. I have a few shows I love to watch and I PVR them but I'm on the couch watching them either way or on the computer (like now..lol), with a treadmill I can watch and walk/run instead so I get more exercise in.
* get my eating back on track. I'm lucky that my kids have always had good eating habits. We're always complimented on how our kids will choose fruit/veggies over those bowls of chips and candies. And we have always made it so they had to try new foods. If they don't like it, that's fine, at least they tried it. So meals aren't a hugh issue. It's more getting back into the kitchen rather than just opening a package. So now it's a matter of cleaning out the cupboards and restocking with healthy alternatives and supplies. Sadly this will be a slow process as we can't really afford to just throw out or even give away the food but once it's out of the cupboard it won't be bought again. Now that being said I do have on HUGH pitfall...pop. I'm a cola junkie. This will be a big hurdle for me to get over. I know it won't happen over night but I hope to be free of this "addiction" by this time next year.
*mentally...this is where I spend time DOING things with my family, especially my kids and re-learn to enjoy life. Over the years I've lost my passion for gardening. I use to and still do love the outdoors. My hubby and I even when we were dating and until our 12 yr old was born, use to go hiking and mountain biking or at least biking on forested trails. For some reason we just stopped after he was born. We used the excuse that life got in the way but it's an excuse cause that WAS life for us on weekends. I honestly think we fell into a rut and we just never attempted to get out and now that rut has gotten us both to the state we are in today. We use to feel so relaxed and enjoyed our times out, there is just something peaceful about being out amongst Mother Nature at her best. And considering the area I live in, I have lots of that type of space to enjoy.
Now I'm not going to force MY changes on the family, except where meals are concerned to an extent. But I invite and will continue to invite my kids to go on walks with me and interact with them more will hopefully get their activity levels up, and let my husband see the changes in me and maybe he will get on board and attempt to get rid of his spare tire. But sshhh I didn't say a word! LOL
And speaking of enjoying, it's time for me to go TJ (Turbo Jam).
Have a good workout!
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