Saturday, March 17, 2012
Flab Fighters is a class that I really enjoy taking at the Fitness Studio where I work out with some of my SP Friends, EBeams,TBeams and SkinnyRadle.
This class is 'sold' as "the heaviest 5 pounds will ever feel" - or something close. The instructor is usually Kim Rose, she also owns the Fitness Studio. Anyway, why am I tell you all of this? Well, because this is my blog and I want to! Ok, I'm being smart. First, I have been asked to blog about FF and second, because I have an idea that I will describe in my next blog.
Ok, so I love FF. It's usually at 5:30 or 6:30 in the evening which is my very favorite time to work out - I feel good at that time, I have energy. I like the energy of the instructor. I like that several people attend the classes consistently so I can work out with some of the same people each class. I don't really like to 'be the new kid' or know no one so there is a FF camaraderie of sorts that I like. But...my very favorite part of the class is this - the class changes every single time I attend!
You can go to one class and you'll walk in and be told - choose one heavy weight and a mat.
Or another class, pick a pair of light and a pair of medium weights and a mat. Or it might be a run-the-rack class where you use the heaviest weight you can until the muscle fails, then you drop down one weight and do that move until the muscle fails at that weight and the next weight down...you get the idea.
Or Kim might have stations set up for interval type training where you go from station to station...
Or it might be an active rest class where in between each weight lifting move we do a minute of some activity to keep the heart rate up; jumping jacks, frog jumps, mountain climbers, lunges, high knee raises, jump rope, etc.
Kim also has what she calls 'the smorgasbord of pushups' - that class will make you wish you'd chosen to stay home!
So, no matter when you go, even several classes in a row, you always get a different work out.
Let me share a few memorable moments from class:
*We are doing this move, on your hands and knees push up style, push your chest down toward the floor moving forward like you are going under a barbed-wire fence and then come back the same way-under the fence. This move is so hard, so awkward that I'll take the barbed-wire, no thanks to that move!!!
* Fitness instructors cannot always count, I'm not talking about intelligence here, I'm talking about motivation. Kim has been known to count, "5, 4, 3, 3, 3, 3...". Really?!?!
*We're laying on our mats, doing endless abdominal/oblique moves, Kim says, "Come on, how can you have a 6-pack if you give up now?" The gal next to me, SkinnyRadle's niece says, "Dang, I have a 6-pack in my fridge! For that I could have stayed home!"
*Kim loves this move, of course near the end of class when we are tired and muscles are failing, single leg raises. Easy enough, right? Except we are laying there, right leg in the air and she says, "Switch!" so the left leg is up, and she says, "Switch!" and the right leg is up again. Abs are burning but we're still keeping good form and then that Flab Fighting Hitler yells (she's small but trust me, she has a set of pipes on her!), "Switch! Switch! Switch! Switch! Switch! Switch!" AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!
But, I have to say, I've lost almost 16 inches since attending classes at the Studio. I really do like the "community" and I love all that I've learned about form and muscle use. I've even learned about cheating, because in cheating a muscle, using another to create the motion but not using the intended muscle, I've learned how my body has compensated for weaker muscles, using larger and stronger ones. So, there you have it, Flab Fighters!! I still love it!!
Monday, March 12, 2012
I told my DD this story about eternity, because eternity is such a big concept to fathom...if you have a rope that is a mile long, really any length that you imagine, and you take a ball point pen and you draw a line around that rope. That ball point pen line is your life on the rope of eternity. One ball point pen width in a whole rope!!!!
So, DD was at Winter Retreat this weekend, she told the counselor that story. A while later the counselor came back to DD and said, "Hey, remember your rope? And remember your ball point pen line around the rope? Well, God loves you as long as the rope and He wants you to wrap yourself in that rope. The ball point pen line is how much you can love God if you love Him with ALL of your being, ALL that you have."
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I don't have a lot to report but what I do have to say is quite exciting for me!
One of my greatest regrets is not having measurements from when I started my weight loss journey in Jan 2011. Finally, when I was frustrated with pounds lost in October 2011, I finally decided to take some measurements, a starting point if you will. By Jan 1, 2012 when I took my second set of measurements, I lost 7 inches but no pounds! Not bad, right?
So today I decided to measure again. Roomy clothes told me it was time to see what what up, or down as it were! From 1/1/12 to today 3/10/12, I've lost ANOTHER 8.75 inches! So, let's all do the math! That's 15.75 inches lost in 5 months! Wow! I'm shape shifting!
Oh, and here is the best part to me...I'm still wearing the same bras that I was in January 2011, the Girls are sticking with me through this journey! Yeah Girls! I've never had extra and my DH is completely against buying new Girls so I have to keep what I have!
I have blogs galore in my brain, I hope to blog more often and share what I'm thinking! Thank you all, so much, for your support on this journey of life. Thank you.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
For most of my life I've had problems with my guts. When I was 9 I had ulcers - I guess you could say I was a Type A personality before it was popular! At that time I went over a year eating a 'bland' diet. My blessed mom literally cooked me different food than what was served daily to my family. I got potatoes before they were gravied or spiced, I got veggies that had no sauce on them, meat was cooked without gravy, I seam to remember a lot of meatloaf. I had no soda (it was our tradition that we kids could have a tiny glass - I'd say 4 ounces - of 7-Up on Saturday night after dinner) for that same time.
As I grew older, I stressors of moving often, changing schools, of course classes in high school and college were difficult and I worried about tests and grades and friends and boys. Each of these stressors affected me the same way, my stomach hurt. I had a horrible but short - 5 year - failed marriage that took a huge toll on my guts. Until I was married to my beloved John, I didn't know that the pain I felt was not actually my stomach, it was my intestines.
In July 2009 I took myself to ER with a horrible pain in my right side, I thought I had appendicitis but I didn't. After several gross, nasty and disgusting tests later I was diagnosed with IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Once I started reading about it, all of the symptoms fit perfectly and I had a diagnosis that I believe to be true. I think making sure the diagnosis you are given and the symptoms you have all fits together for you. I believe if your doctor gives you a diagnosis and it doesn't "ring true" or you can't reconcile the diagnosis to your symptoms, then you probably need a second or third opinion...
So, I can honestly say that for most of my life, I've had pain in my stomach. I was little and I said all the time, "Mommy, I have a tummy ache." and she did the best she did with what she was told by the doctors. As an adult, I've seriously spent thousands of dollars on over the counter medications, on doctor visits, on diagnostic tests and prescription drugs that were supposed to help. Now I'm hoping that I know better and I can do better...
I think in the past weeks, thanks to a comment on SP by my friend CHUBRUB3, I started reading about Grok, primal or paleo eating...I've devoured a site called Mark's Daily Apple (.com) and have been turned onto a primal eating SP team and I've been listening to vlogs about eating, reading Sean Croxton and Wellness Underground information and I've started eating primal. I have cut out grains, I've stopped eating flour and sugar. I am feeling better. I won't tell you that I'm cured or that I'm feeling completely better and having no gut pain. But I can say that some of my bodily functions are closer to normal, I feel better, and I feel like I'm on the right track. Like I said before, I think that's important.
I'm continuing to read, I'm learning as I go. Every day I read more, learn more and I try something new. Today was grocery shopping and that was a real experience - we were looking for things we'd never even heard of - like almond butter and almond flour - found the butter, not the flour. I'll try to keep you all posted, I've learned I'm not a great blogger! I have lots to say but I'm not very organized in my thoughts!
Blessings, and I'd love to hear about anyone else who is eating this way or has tired it and abandoned it...I'm all ears, I'm definitely in a learning phase here. Thank you for reading and any comments! Karen
Thursday, February 02, 2012
My SIL's mom has a recurrence of breast cancer, very active non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the breast cancer has spread to her spine.
No radiation, 6 rounds of chemo. My SIL is coming home on Sunday, 1/5/12 but will return her mom's in Seattle for each round of chemo.
As my SIL says, "we covet your prayers"...my youngest niece (Micayla, age 6) wants her mommy home 'right now'.
Thank you all for your prayers, positive thoughts, etc. Blessings to each of you on your journey.
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