Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Well, it's been a while since I blogged or was very active on sparkpeople, but thankfully that doesn't mean I have let myself go. Things got pretty hectic when I was doing the Livefit Program through the holidays but now I am finding more time to breathe.
2012 has started off wonderfully! Quite unintentionally, I jumped into following a vegan diet starting January 1st. I read the book, "The Kind Diet" by Alicia Silverstone, and the book convinced me this was something I could do and needed to do for my health, the planet and the animals. I have never been much of an animal person. I appreciate baby animals, but once they get bigger all I think about is how much fur and slobber and poop they are leaving on me and my things. That being said, the practice of factory farming is despicable and unacceptable and I won't support it any longer.
Following a vegan diet has been unexpectedly easy for me. I have found substitutes for most of the things I would want to eat if I wasn't following a vegan diet and haven't had many cravings for things I can't eat. I am eating much more of a variety of food then I ever did before. I used to eat mostly the same thing every day, but in order to be successful at eating vegan I picked up several vegan cookbooks and try a few things from them every week. I also look around on the internet for ideas for food. Going vegan has developed my love of cooking even more. A year ago you would not have caught me cooking. The microwave was my best friend. The farthest I went with cooking was boiling water for pasta. Now I cook all the time. I started when I began eating clean in September, and now combined with eating vegan, I am a cooking machine. I love looking through my cookbooks and going grocery shopping. Luckily my boyfriend decided to go along with me on this vegan adventure so it has been very easy to be successful. My other two roommates are even planning on making the switch soon!
I have been stuck in the 150-155 range since the fall basically. I think right toward the end of the Livefit program in the beginning of December I might have gotten to 148 again like I was at the end of June, but that quicly disappeared through the holiday season. Although I haven't been losing the last 10-15 pounds I am wishing to lose, I have kept up with keeping my body pretty fit. I have been doing strength/interval training at least 3 times a week, although definitely not at the intensity I was doing during the Livefit program. I haven't been doing workout DVDs or running, although I plan to start soon, like April. I am doing an interval/weight training program from Oxygen magazine right now which will end on March 18th for me. I also started doing Bikram Yoga which I love! I bought a Groupon for a month of unlimited classes. I have been 3 times since Friday. My goal is to go about every other day. I hope to gain flexibility, have less anxiety and detox my body through it. Working out in 105 degree temperatures is very challenging, but I feel awesome when I am done! I hope I can find another cheap yoga class, or at least a good DVD when the month is over. I am also doing an abs challenge with the Sports Bra Sparkies team, which has me doing 5-10 minutes of core work 5 days a week. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it is on top of the other two things. I am looking forward to running outside at least 3 days a week come April and nicer weather, and I think I might have to do a Jillian Michaels grab bag challenge before bikini season begins because I am missing her and no she can get me in great shape!
Well, that's it for now. Things are good. :)
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Well, I finally finished Phase 2 today. It actually took 6 weeks instead of 4, but that's ok. Around the end of Week 7 we had a snow storm and the power was out for a week. During that time I did not exercise and went out to eat every day since nothing could be cooked or refrigerated. When power was restored I got right back on track. Joanna (JOIE501) and I decided to repeat Week 7 then do Week 8 before moving onto Phase 3.
Here are my results for Phase 2:
End of Phase 1: 153.2
End of Phase 2: 149.6 (Lost 3.6 pounds this phase)
Waist: 33.5 down to 32 down to 31.5
Hips: 43.5 down to 41.5 down to 41
Thighs: 24.5 down to 23.5
Calves: 14.5 down to 14 up to 14.25
Arm: 12.75 down to 12.5 up to 12.75
Under Armpits: 35.5 to 34
My measurements for Phase 2 are not as impressive as Phase 1. I went up a quarter inch in arms and calves probably due to muscle gain, I stayed the same in my thighs and under my armpits, and I only lost a half inch in my waist and hips. Hopefully I will see more shrinkage in Phase 3.
I am loving all this muscle definition that I am getting! I can't wait to post after pics in 4 weeks when I am done with the program. Hopefully the progress will be visible. I am also loving clean eating. I love the food, and I love eating every 3 hours. I am rarely starving because of it, and I rarely feel deprived. After the program is done I plan to continue with clean eating. Right now I am just doing the program's version of clean eating which is more restrictive than regular clean eating, so I am looking forward to adding things in when I am finished, like cheese and dark chocolate. My plan when I am finished is to clean eat 90% of the time and keep a careful eye on my calorie range at the same time. I will probably do at least three days of heavy strength training because I don't want to lose my muscle I worked hard for, and I will return to Jillian Michaels videos because I miss her! I'll probably go to a Zumba class now and then for fun, and once spring comes I will also get back into running outside. My ultimate goal would be to reach 135, but if I can get to and maintain 140-145 and fit into my size 6 jeans I will be very happy.
If all goes according to plan, I will be finished with the Livefit Program on December 16th. Phase 3 starts tomorrow, and it is going to be ridiculous. Continued heavy lifting, but with HIIT mixed in, like plyometrics between sets. Then, to top off it off, 30 minutes of sprints on the treadmill (30 seconds on, 30 seconds off) 4 times a week for the first two weeks of Phase 3. Then the last two weeks it is back to cardio. Also, during the last 3 weeks you are suppose to carb cycle. We will see how that goes. If I have enough money at that time I will just try to follow Jamie's food plan exactly to help me carb cycle. If I don't have the money for that food, I will just continue to eat the way I am eating and not worry about it. I am suppose to be at the gym 6 days a week, but will more likely make it 4-5 days a week, so Joanna and I will either double up or forgo some exercises. I am at peace with doing this because I have seen so much progress even when I can't do everything perfectly and if I tried to follow it to a T I would be an insane person who wasn't enjoying my life.
Wednesday is the last weigh in of the Biggest Loser Contest at my school. At the moment I am in the lead but other people are close so it is anyone's game! I really hope I win because I need the money. I think it's around $250! I am staying very much on track this weekend because of it. Unfortunately this week is my period. What awful timing! I can still do it though! Wish me luck.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Yay! It's all downhill from here! Or rather uphill, lol. Although I didn't do an update last week after the first week of phase 2, it has been going well. Joanna and I are making it work at the gym. Even if we can't get to the gym all six days, we are doubling up to get all the moves in. I finally missed something this week, and that was one of the four sessions of cardio. We meant to do it Friday night, but we were lifting weights until 9pm and then the gym was closing so we didn't have time to get 30 minutes in on the treadmill. I gave myself a pass though, because I did a Zumbathon this morning for 2 and a half hours this morning. This week only 3 sessions of cardio are on the program, and I already did one. Eating is going good too. I'm eating less than I was the first phase, but I am not dying of hunger. I weighed in this morning at 151.6, my lowest since the end of the school year so I am happy. One more week until my Halloween party! It would be nice to weigh 149.9 by Saturday, but I feel pretty confident about wearing my mermaid costume already so hopefully I will feel even better in a week. I just have to make sure I don't eat things that make me look and feel bloaty on Saturday! Any suggestions about what to eat or what to stay away from that day or the day before? I will definitely post pics of me in costume if I get any good ones. Can't wait till the weekend!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday I finished Phase 1 of Jamie Eason's Livefit Program. It was 4 weeks long. Each week there was no cardio and 4 days of strength training. I also ate clean (99% of the time) and ate 5-6 meals a day every 3 hours. The first 3 weeks I did not count calories, but last week I made sure to stay between 1400 and 1600. These are my first Phase results:
Weight loss: down 10 pounds 163.2 to 153.2
Waist: 33.5 down to 32
Hips: 43.5 down to 41.5
Thighs: 24.5 down to 23.5
Calves: 14.5 down to 14
Arm: 12.75 down to 12.5
Under Armpits: 35.5 to 34
I am very happy with these results and can't wait to see what Phase 2 brings. Phase 2 will be for the next four weeks. There will be 4-6 strength training days a week depending on what I can fit in and 4 days of cardio a week for 30 minutes each. I'm hoping to see at least 5 more pounds of weight loss and another inch off the waist, hips and thighs. Clean eating during the last week of this Phase will be difficult as I it covers Halloween and my birthday. I will indulge a little, but I should be ok. Last night I went out to eat for the first time in 4 weeks because Gary and I had a Groupon for a restaurant that was about to expire. I decided I would go and eat whatever I felt like as long as I wasn't feeling stuffed. We shared several dishes including a side salad, miso soup, sushi, chicken stir fry, chicken fried rice, spring rolls, gyoza, and I had a cherry martini. That seems like a ton of food when I write it, but I wasn't stuffed by the end. The food was decent, although salty. Didn't really enjoy the martini so I could have passed on that. I will probably eat out a handful more times while doing this program, but my goal is not to feel bad about that. I enjoy eating out, and as long as it's only occasionally and not part of a binge of overeating crap for several days, then I should still continue to make progress. I can't believe I haven't had ice cream in 4 weeks! That is some kind of record for me. Haven't even had skinny cow or other diet ice creams because they aren't on the clean eating list. Sundaes are not something I will go without for the rest of my life, but I think I can manage to complete the program (Dec. 3rd) without one. I will however, be having ice cream cake for my birthday on November 2 :) Well, time to go for my 30 minute run, then I will be hitting the gym later with Joanna (JOIE501) to do our strength training!
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Yippee! On a roll. After that little weight gain bump in the road last week, I'm happy to report that I am on the way back down, losing three pounds from last Sunday. The funny thing is, I freaked out midweek because I figured out I was eating between 1800-2200 calories a day, so I revamped my meal plan so I am between 1400 and 1600 a day. I didn't start that till today though and even though I continued to eat that high amount last week I still lost. Looking forward to what the new calorie range will do for me!
This is the last week of Phase 1. I am suppose to do 5 days of lifting, just like last week. I actually ended up having to double up one of the days so I only lifted on four days, combining a legs and shoulders/abs day. We will see if I have to do that again this week or if I will be able to fit the 5 days in. I don't mine doubling up one day of the week. Next week, starting Phase 2 is when it is going to get crazy and I am suppose to be lifting 6 days a week and doing cardio for 30 minutes afterwards 4 times a week. I cannot wait to add the cardio! I will probably be doing Zumba for 2 of the days, and running the other 2 days. I am missing my Jillian Michaels big time though, so I may try to incorporate her somehow, especially when I get to Phase 3. The schedule in Phase 2 might just get too crazy for me sometimes to get it all in, but my focus will be to eat clean in my new calorie range, get the 4 days of cardio in, and do each muscle group at least once a week, minimum of 4 days with some doubling up maybe. Of course, I will try to do it perfectly, but won't stress, because I think I will still see great results.
I'm excited about my meal plan this week. For breakfast I am having pumpkin protein pancakes or a fabulous new recipe I tried last week, Oatmeal Banana Bake. I almost had a big fail with it this morning. I bake it in the oven and it came out looking beautiful. I placed it on top of the stove on one of the heaters, not realizing my boyfriend had forgotten to turn it off after he had made his egg scramble. It sat there for about 5 minutes on medium high before I heard a loud crack and realized what was happening. The ceramic dish had cracked and my oatmeal bake was burning on the bottom! Luckily I was able to salvage most of it. Snacks will be homemade pumpkin and lemon bars, or Quest or Think Thin Bars. Lunch will be chili or turkey burgers and salad, Dinner will be fish in foil, chicken stir fry, or the turkey burgers. I will be trying Quinoa for the first time this week, and recommendations on how to prepare it? I want to do something basic with it to start off, where I only really need to add spices or something. I really have no clue. Last meal of the day when I get to it will be greek yogurt with some truvia mixed in.
Anyway, feeling energized and I know I will rock October and rock the mermaid costume on the 29th!
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