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Starting Again

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Just as I starting working out with a trainer last fall, I was medically retired from the Air Force. One week after I stopped working, I started going to school full-time. I continued to work out with my trainer through October, seeing the loss in inches but not in pounds. With every intention of continuing I promptly started to let school override the gym. After the new year, I was declared disabled, to include my own decals for the primo parking spots. I have yet to use them. My new doctor also decided that he wanted to give it a go at trying to fix my busted foot. So for three months I wasn't allowed to work out at all, he wanted complete immobilization of my left foot. So, yesterday was my first day back in the gym. Today I went grocery shopping and picked up healthy food for me to eat while studying in the mornings while the kids are at school. I am trying to plan healthier meals for dinners and am still working on what to eat for lunch, since it is just me at home by myself. I am bound and determined to get this weight off of me, I hate how I look when I see myself. When I picture myself, I am the skinny woman prior to my injury, then I open my eyes and shatter the illusion. With luck I can do this and get the weight off again.


Thoughts for the Day

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I have been actively working out for a month solid now. I haven't seen any changes on the scale, but that is normal for me due to my thyroid. I have seen improvements when I am working out at the gym and with my trainer. I can now jog for a minute at a time, two if I hold onto something. Yes, it still hurts, but I can do it.

With all of that said, I figured now was the time to step it up a notch. No I am not talking excersize intensity or duration, I do that weekly. I am talking about bringing my lifestyle changes home with me. So starting this weekend, I am planning on a family outing every Saturday. The boys, as well as hubby, need to do something other than play on the computer every weekend. For this Saturday I am planning on hitting the farmer's market, now that it is open again, and then heading out for a hike. I already have the trail picked out. While the weather is hot, I am planning on events in the mountains or foothills. As the temps start to drop, I will plan on events closer to the house until it is too cold. My goal for this winter is to finally learn and to go snowshoeing. My Mom even said that I could have hers since she has no need for them in Roswell, NM.

I am hoping that these changes will bring a positive influence to my family and give the boys memories of a lifetime.

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CHOESCH 8/4/2010 12:56PM

    Your boys will love the activities and you will too. I love the Farmer's Market - it is always such a great experience. Getting out in the sunshine and fresh air will do wonders for the whole family. Make sure you blog and let us know how it goes. Have a great Wednesday and a wonderful week!

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Staying Motivated

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Despite being sick mid-week, last week, I finished the week strong. Senior Lottery at my University for prime parking spots came out, and I was one of the lucky ones. Once I found my new spot, all I could hear was my personal trainer, Greg, saying great spot! You see, my University is built on the side of a mountain, and my spot is at the very top right next to the football stadium. Greg's happy face was inserted when I saw all of the stairs that that I would have to take to get to my classes, and again back up again to go home. So, to say the least Friday I got in my inaugural university workout. Thank you school for assisting in my lifestyle changes.

Yesterday, was my first day back into the gym itself from a weekend of festivities at my High School reunion back home. Yes, I am old enough to have graduated 20 years ago. Normally, I would go back slowly, but decided to really challenge myself. Running has been an issue since the three surgeries so yesterday I tried something new. I chose the treadmill as my instrument of torture and proceeding in the following workout. Warm-up, 2 minutes @ 2.5 mph. 3 minutes @ 3.5mph walking, 1 min @ 5mph assisted jogging, 1 min @ 4.5mph unassisted jogging repeat back to walking. I did this entire workout for 30 minutes, then cooled off for 5 minutes. Assisted jogging was me putting my hands on the treadmill bars to help take the weight off my foot. Unassisted jogging was simply jogging on the treadmill. Hey not bad when you consider that ever step I take with that foot hurts.

I am thinking twice about what I put into my body everyday. Yes, there are days when I just want to go forget it, but I keep on, keeping on. I try to limit the carbs, push the proteins, and then add in fruits and veggies where I find them. My drink of choice is ice-ice cold water. With luck with all of the changes, I will start seeing the results on the scale besides just in my clothes and on the tape measurement.

I can and will do this for me first, and then my family.


One Month In with Personal Trainer

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I started out strong with my blogs and got side-tracked. But I am happy to report that the blogs were the only thing to suffer. I had my first progress check with my personal trainer last week. Okay, I was not happy with the numbers, but that is just me. The great side of things is where the scale is not showing a change, my BMI showed a great change. Greg's response to all of this, time to kick it up a notch. OMG did he ever. For those that know my medical history, you already know that I tore my achilles tendon 2.5 years ago, had three surgeries on it last year, and it is still no where near 100% yet. Greg's response, he wants me to kick the treadmill up to 4mph and start trying to jog. Okay, first minute I can do it, second minute nothing but pain. Then I drop it down to a walk for three minutes and repeat. Greg is just going to have to be happy with that for the time being.

So, every session he finds a new and different way to kick my butt around and across the gym. The first two weeks were tough, I will not lie. Now when he says good job, I am shocked that it is over so soon. No, he didn't reduce my time, I am just doing better with each challenge and they are all challenges. I left the gym last night looking as if I had just taken a shower with my clothes on!

What I have I learned so far? First, I can do anything as long as I am open to the challenge. My biggest lesson so far is in how I am eating. I am learning first hand that you have to eat. I am one of those "fat chicks" not because of what I eat but because I simply do not eat. An average caloric day for me is around 1100 calories. Only 600 short of where I am suppose to be. So, I am having to retrain my brain into eating when I am not hungry. So far that has been my biggest challenge, but I am starting to see results in both my clothes and on the scale. Lets just hope that I can keep this up until my next progress check!

Just to fill people in, my blog suffered due to me getting some life changing news two weeks ago today. I am being medically retired from the Air Force after 19 years. It is a full retirement as far as benefits and pay go. So that is a good thing. It just took me a while to wrap my head around it. So, in 17 days I trade in my title as an Air Force Airman for Air Force Retiree. My plans for the future are to go to college full-time to finish my degree in Education, starting 23 Aug. I have planned my day so that I have gym time already scheduled in to each day. With the stress of the job gone, I am hoping to really start losing weight.

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CHOESCH 7/29/2010 12:52PM

    Wow! Congrats on so many things - you are accomplishing a lot and you are sticking to it even though it is hard. I am impressed with your future plans - I'm sure this change will be hard but you are moving forward and continuing to improve yourself. You are amazing! Thanks for sharing your example and your determination - it helps me to stay on track!

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Week #2

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I started last week blogging about my new workout routine and my new personal trainer. I have not stopped working out, just got caught up in life, so couldn't post. Anyways, this past Thursday (after spending the morning in the hospital with my son), I was back at the gym for session #2 with Greg. As excited as I was for the first session, I can honestly say that I wasn't as excited for the second session. I did have the attitude of how hard can it be, I work legs all of the time. Please do not tell Greg that I had that attitude, he will just go harder next time and I am here to tell you his workouts are no joke. By the time I finished my leg workout, my legs didn't want to cooperate while I did my cool-down cardio routine. To top everything off, I had a cub scout hike scheduled for Friday! Yes, I did make it through the hike in one piece.

So yesterday was the beginning of week 2 of 12 with Greg, and today is session #3. I will be honest. I remember all too well how hard last week's session was and how long I was sore afterwards. So, I am looking forward to the workout this afternoon, and am trying to make sure that my protein intake is high as well as drinking as much water as possible beforehand. I know that he is going to kick my butt the entire time that I am at the gym today. But lets face it, if I didn't allow myself to get so far out of shape and overwieght, his workout might have been even harder! So, I am going to keep telling myself that I am improving myself and getting better by the day. Besides, I am tired of see what I see everytime I look at myself in the mirror.

I do know that after wieghing myself yesterday, I need to start logging in what I eat over the weekend. I think I binged all day Sunday. Not good.

Keep drinking your water!!!

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CHOESCH 7/13/2010 4:55PM

    I'm impressed that you have a personal trainer - I would love to do that! Of course it really helps to have someone that you are accountable to and to realize that you are spending money to follow through on the training. Way to go!

I laughed at the Cub Scout hike - I went on a few of those in my day too! LOL! Good for you working out and hiking too. Those pounds should start to melt off of you with all of that activity.

Logging your food is a wonderful idea another way that we become accountable. You are going to be successful because you have the right mindset - you know that you are worth the effort!

I am going to add you as a friend - hope that is okay.
Have a great day - even though it is so HOT!

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