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Workout alone or with buddy?

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?


Final 5k of 2014 Complete!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Yesterday my husband and I did the Holiday Hustle 5k. I finished in 44 minutes. It was more uphill than I expected and I walked a lot more than planned. After running the first 3/4 of a mile I had to slow down because my breathing was so hard and I was having severe chest pains on my left side. Not sure if it's just from over exertion and feeling the blood pumping or if it's actually my heart going crazy. It was about 190 bpm at that point according to my heart rate monitor.

So 44 minutes isn't bad considering I felt that crappy. I really wanted to be below 40 minutes though. I'm trying to be proud of myself because I did zero training for this. In fact, I've done very little running at all this year. Whenever I try to run my foot starts to hurt.

I'm making a goal for 2015. I want to do a 5k in 35 minutes and I also want to invest in GOOD running shoes. A friend of mine told me about a store about 40 minutes away that actually has you run on a treadmill to see how you run to determine the right shoes for you.

Here is a picture of us. We had fun and dressed all crazy. I represented Firefly with my Jayne hat and my husband represented the Tigers!

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SUNSHINE99999 12/14/2014 5:12PM

  congrats and happy holidays. emoticon

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Proud, Inspired, but a little jealous

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.


December here I come!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

We have less than a month left of 2014. I cannot believe that this year has gone by so fast. So much has happened this year but one thing that has not happened for me was weightloss.

2014 is going to be the year of maintaining or even *gasp* the year of a small gain! I'm determined to make this year end up as maintaining and not gain. I started the year around 155-158. As of this morning I'm 164.8. Not a HUGE gain but considering I had wanted to be closer to 147-150 by this time, it's a failure.

I've had a lot of things going on this year which is why my weightloss efforts have been not as good as usual. I had a wonderful positive thing, I got married! I also had a lot of work drama from personnel issues that stressed me out to business loss, layoffs, pay cuts, and fear for my future employment. That right there is what really just sort of ruined my weightloss efforts.

Instead of taking my stress and worry out in workouts, I went the emotional eating route. I started caving into my cravings and instead of going to the gym I went home and escaped reality of my life by watching TV.

I've realized that this did nothing to help me. My job situation still sucks and watching TV doesn't help it. All it's done is make me feel sluggish and fat since I've gained weight. So it's time to be pro-active.

My husband and I just signed up for a 5k that is less than two weeks away. We do not plan to run all of it. We are just doing it to get out of the house and be active even if it's walking 3 miles. That's more than we usually do on a Saturday evening so it counts! A mile (or 3) is still a mile!

This weekend will be tough with eating out (birthday dinner Saturday and Sunday with both sets of parents for husbands bday) but I have my lunches planned and my workouts planned. Even with the holidays I WILL lose 5 pounds.

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JAROL7 12/3/2014 8:42AM

    Work your plan.

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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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ARNETTELEE 12/1/2014 1:22PM really depends on how the veggies are prepared! Give them another try!

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EVIE4NOW 12/1/2014 9:06AM

  You can sneak veggies into casseroles and spaghetti sauce quite easily. Shredded carrots, zucchini, onions, mushrooms all go into my pot. I do saute them first to insure they are cooked except in my spaghetti or lasagna sauces. I let those sauces simmer all day in a crock pot and let the flavors meld.

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LBMAMA2015 12/1/2014 8:54AM

    We are big fans of roasted veggies. I take any combination of vegetables for example carrots and zucchini, add cajun spice, garlic powder and a bunch of sweet white onion. Bake at 400 for 40 mins or so. The onions carmelize and sweeten the dish up.

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JAROL7 12/1/2014 8:52AM

    My wife and I are about 90% vegetarians. I forget to eat meat and I'm low on protein. But the best way to have veggies is STIR-FRY. Get a wok and have fun experimenting.

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