Thursday, December 18, 2014
About 5 years ago when I first signed up for my gym membership at Planet Fitness it was with my best friend. I loved working out with her. It was a chance to spend time with her and get out of the house (during my bad relationship). It was our catch up and venting session with time on the treadmill built in. She moved out of state a year later and I went to working out by myself.
Then for a while a guy friend of mine who went to school to be a personal trainer worked out with me. That was great. I loved working out with him because he really pushed me and I felt like I got a great workout in. That stopped when he wanted payment in a different sort of way that I wouldn't give since I was in a new good committed relationship with my now husband.
So back to working out on my own I went. There have been other people here or there that I'd meet up with sometimes but I felt insecure with them. They are in much better shape and I felt like I couldn't keep up with them.
The past year or so I've been working out on my own. I go to the gym, I do my thing which is usually 30 minutes cardio 30 minutes weights and then go on my way. I go straight from work so that way I don't get home and then decide to not leave or get distracted by other things.
Recently I've had a few friends sign up for Planet Fitness but different locations and start posting ALL THE TIME on Facebook about them going. I rarely 'check in' or post on facebook when I do go but I did recently. All of a sudden I have about 3 people saying "Hey, let's workout together!"
A part of me wants to try it but a part of me is like ehh, I think I prefer on my own. Working out with a buddy is good because I feel like they hold you accountable and make sure you GET to the gym but once I'm there I'm prefer to be more solo.
What do you prefer? Do you like working out alone or with a buddy? When you do workout with a buddy, how do you do it? Do you take turns doing the same exercise or just go your separate way? In your opinion, what are the pro's and cons to it?
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I have a mutual friend/acquaintance that I've known for a few years that has lost a lot of weight recently. I met her through my husbands softball team and while we've never hung out just the two of us on our own, we've talked about it just never do. So I'm not super close with her but I know her well enough.
This past spring she and her fiance broke up. They had been living together for a while and she gained a ton of weight while they were together. I don't know the full details of their relationship but it does really remind me of what I went through with my ex. She told me how she ate to the point that she felt sick and could almost throw up. She ate her emotions, she ate to fill that emptiness inside of her that she was feeling.
Now that she's single, she's a lot happier and doing a lot more things. She has lost 40-50 pounds in probably 6 months or less. She said she eats normal portions now and during the summer she was playing on half a dozen softball teams and now she's in the gym going hard.
She posted pictures of her before/during and also pictures of her polar4 that shows calories burned in a workout. She is kicking butt! She burned over 800 calories and looks amazing. She is definitely much smaller than she was.
I look at her and I'm proud and I'm inspired. I went to the gym twice last week but haven't gone this week. Today for sure I'm going. I need to get back to it and seeing her results makes me want to see mine.
At the same time though I'm jealous. I need to remind myself that she started off about 240 or so and I'm at 165. Even at my highest I was about 180 maybe. The more weight you have to lose the easier it usually is to come off. I really only want to lose 15-20 pounds.
For some reason it's SOO hard for me to lose these last 15-20. I have no one to blame but myself. I cut out pop and cappuccinos and fast food every day. I made the big adjustments and lost 20 pounds. However, now it's the little things that I need to cut out that I'm not sure if I want to. A couple glasses of wine a week, I could cut out but I honestly don't want to. Dinner out with my husband once a week. These are things that are my 'cheat days' or my indulgences but how much more do I have to cut out to lose the weight I want to lose?
I wish I could lose as quickly as others. I wish it were that easy for me. My friend weighs more than me but she's also taller. I swear body size she looks much thinner. I know I need to get back to regular workouts. Once or twice a week is not cutting it. Maybe that will help me lose the pounds I want to lose.
Monday, December 01, 2014
I've never been a big fan of vegetables. It's the one area of my diet that I struggle with. My husband is the same way. We have been trying to eat more balanced though so we've been trying to incorporate some into our diet.
We tried mashed cauliflower and both hated it. We tried steamed asparagus and we tolerate it. I put a little bit of Parmesan cheese on it and it's not too bad. I grew up hating green beans but we always had canned. We tried fresh and realized those were pretty good.
This weekend we tried brussel sprouts. Holy hell, they were TERRIBLE! Definitely not a fan of those. We also did steamed broccoli and that was okay. I like raw broccoli with ranch so the steamed was okay.
What are your favorite veggies and what's your favorite way to make them? Oh and we love corn but corn isn't the best so we're looking for other things.
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