I'd set my goal for this year at 35, 000 fitness minutes--and saw the other day that I'd gone past them-last year had been 30, 000 so I ambitiously set it at the 35k for 2013--how cool is that! And two months to go--so I still have some Zumbaing, walking and sprinting (and my beloved heavy weightlifting)to go!
And something else this week that made me geek out--it was today actually--when I was doing those evil Tabata sprints with sideways, incline and backwards treadmill when the woman next to me who was doing incline treadmill told me that I was the only person besides her who did Tabata sprints and she was a bodybuilder training for shows--I told her that I'd been unfit for a long time and showed her my pics and she congratulated me--what a happy HAPPY thing to hear!
And to show that the muscle building is happening--these pics are almost a year apart as you can see by the Christmas tree, and on today--long live sprints heavy weights and healthy(vegan)eating! Stay blessed Sparkfriends!!
I do have to say that my quest to gain muscle is going well--of course my lower half is still my (not!)favorite part but I have been faithfully doing my squats and sprints. (And sideways treadmill which is still fun!!!!) But a longtime friend and coworker who came back to work with us this week gave me the happiest compliment (after saying how good my chili smelled and begged for the recipe) when I was standing at our desk: "Look at those leg muscles! You are doing great!" I was wearing my jeans and could not stop smiling after--I was the woman who was very very unhealthy when I had last seen her (five years ago, way too long)and to get such support meant the world to me!
So all of the weighted squats...sideways treadmill..sprints...and vegan diet is still doing this almost 44 year old good! Life is beautiful!!
It's not always about the weight loss or the muscle building--I got my first completely fasted cholesterol test this morning(boy was THAT hard I had my smoothie ready to go afterwards)! This was after walking 2 miles to my job where the tests were conducted and my mood was pretty cranky--but the results were more than worth it:
Total cholesterol: 144
HDL: 52 (women should be above 50 mg/dl (
Triglycerides: 61 (less than 150 is optimal)
Blood sugar(fasting): 81
It wasn't so long ago that steak, butter and cream were part of my daily meals, and even then my ch0lesterol was 167. And to get such great readings shows that even consuming coconut oil daily(yummm!!)and my exercise regimen has benefited me greatly--family history of diabetes and heart disease does not have to be my story! I am blessed!!!
I made it through my first Labor Day with my primarily rabid carnivore family--I can honestly say the ribs and hot dogs and hamburgers were not tempting in the least as I happily ate my beloved stirfry at our family reunion. However....my sister and niece simply HAD to have some of it and nearly ate ALL of my General Tso's tofu--the audacity! But then again..baby steps, baby steps. I'm glad they appreciated it....now they can cook it for themselves! Leave my food alone!
But we did find a lot of old pics too along with a few current ones of my kids--and me at 17 with my autographed book from Davy Jones! YAY!! And in case anyone thinks that a vegan can't build muscle...yes we can!