Monday, April 30, 2012
Dudes. It's happened. I totally lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS.
I thought it was going to be another week or two before it happened but I popped up on the scale on Saturday and voila! 100 pounds lost! Holy crap!
I wish I could write out this big inspirational post about how amazing I feel and give you these magical words of encouragement but I'll spare you. Instead, all I can say is that to those who have a lot of weight to lose is: It's gonna be hard, some days it'll suck, it'll bring up emotional s**t that you didn't even realize you had but, in the end, it's SO worth it! So so so so so so so worth it!
I still have more to go but hitting those triple digits feels like a huge, one hundred pound weight has been lifted off my shoulders and the end is in sight.
You want it? Stop complaining and just go out there and DO IT! Stop making excuses about why you didn't do it or why you "can't" and just do what needs to be done. There will ALWAYS be something that gets in your way but it's your DESIRE, DETERMINATION and FOCUS that will get this weight off, even if it takes five years or five months. There's just no way around it. Stop focusing on the weight loss and focus on how you are going to be able to create a lifestyle that supports weight loss and a healthy weight maintenance. I eat the way I eat and work out when and where I work out because it works with my lifestyle and that's why this is working.
Now, I need to stop typing so I can get some work done and get my workout in for the day (TurboFire Fire 45 Class - my favourite)!!!
Friday, April 27, 2012
This week has been an active rest week for me. I've been plowing through the hybrid program of TurboFire/ChaLEAN Extreme for the last couple of months and I just have 7 weeks left! I'm not a person who enjoys dance for my workouts but Chalene's mix of kickboxing/plyo/HIIT/dance is perfect for me. It keeps me going and reminds me that workouts can also be FUN! I mean, I LOVE Jillian and her workouts kick my ass but I have more fun with Chalene workouts. She also inspires me to want to look super cute during a workout (but to leave it a mess)! Ha!
So although the program provided me with workouts from the series to do for the week, I thought it would be a good idea to take a break from it entirely and just do what other workouts I felt. I did do a TurboFire cardio workout on Monday but other than that I've gone back to Jillian (to get a sneak peak of what I have coming to me when I do Body Revolution at the end of June), a killer ab workout from Jackie Warner and today I did a Bob Harper workout that I forgot how much it kills me! So much for a "rest" week! LOL I literally shed a fear tears when it was done! I know I'll be feeling it this weekend and Monday's TurboFire workout is going to be quite interesting indeed!
Thanks to TurboFire I'm really into pushing myself to see what I can do as far as my fitness goes. I keep looking for workouts that aren't just effective for weight loss but which ones will help me to increase my fitness and strength. Yes, that probably means Insanity is coming to me in the near future! I already have P90X and P90X 2 in my repertoire to try, in fact, just about all the BeachBody videos are on my fitness to-do list. I have loved watching my body start to lean out due to TurboFire (thank you kicks and cross punches!) and I don't just want to work out, I want RESULTS. I want to see what I'm capable of, where my limits stretch to and how hard I can go.
Geez. Five years ago I asked myself "what if?" and since then I've never stopped asking it!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I MISS SPARKPEOPLE!!!!
I do! I really miss you guys and blogging regularly and I think I'd like to try and do at least a weekly update. I've been silent mostly because when I'm done work for the day I've been trying to turn the computer OFF but when the computer is actually on I feel like I should just be working so I'm definitely trying to come up with a balance here.
Things are going very well! The wedding is in just over five months (can you believe it?!) and we have all the important things booked and now it's just the details. I have an appointment to go wedding dress shopping for early June (I'm buying off the rack so I don't need to order it) and my bridesmaids an I are looking for their dresses at the end of May. I can't believe it's coming so soon, I feel like it was just yesterday when everyone was saying "Oh you have PLENTY of time!" Ha!
The best news, for me anyway, is that after about a year or so of stagnant weight loss and general weight loss blasť, I've been back in action for several months! I think I needed a break from running as I find that I do enjoy endurance racing but endurance racing does NOTHING for my weight loss. I also needed a change for a bit as my body was starting to suffer from some repetitive strain injuries.
My weight loss itself has admittedly been slow going, for months I was losing and gaining the same 2 - 3lbs (and I seem to be the only person alive who finds that my measurements don't seem to move AT ALL which is weird) but I've been trucking through it and am finally seeing some results! A lot of it, I think, was because for about five weeks I was aiming for about 1200 - 1250 calories per day and it turns out my body HATES having less than 1300 per day! Once I added an extra 100 - 200 calories into my day, the weight slowly started coming off. I can now proudly say that I am a mere 4.6lbs away from a 100 pound loss! This is my current goal right now, just to lose that 4.6lbs and create my big-time reward!
One of the other reasons the scale is starting to dip downwards is that I started a detox at the beginning of April! I decided to see a nutritionist at the end of March as one of my goals is to get my cholesterol under control. You MAY recall that several years ago my (old) doctor put me on meds for my cholesterol when it seemed to be getting WORSE even though I had lost weight, was eating cleaner and exercising on a daily basis. The issue is that I was never comfortable with him just tossing this medication to a 29 year old woman without really exhausting other possibilities. In the fall when I had my physical with my new doctor, I was completely up front with her about what happened when she was telling me my cholesterol was still high and she agreed to keep me off the meds for just a little while (she was reluctant to do so) and wrote me a prescription for an RD. I decided on a nutritionist/chinese medical practitioner that I had met at a networking event.
I tell ya, if you ever get a chance to see one, do it! She sat me down and asked me questions about not just my physical health but also my mental health for well over an hour! She was asking me health questions no doctor has ever asked me and when all was said and done she said all signs were pointing towards an under active thyroid. NEVER has a doctor even ASKED my about my thyroid and YES, there are thyroid issues in my family! So we've been working together to clean out my liver (which directly relates to the metabolism of the thyroid), get my thyroid more active and work on the tension she found in my nervous system.
This means that for the month of April I've been eating a mostly soy-free, dairy-free and gluten-free diet and I'm on a few supplements (nothing crazy). It's been a bit of a challenge but really only when I go out to eat as you can find dairy-free things but they usually have soy or gluten involved or you can find gluten-free items but they contain dairy! But this is good as it's been limiting our restaurant outings!
As for workouts, I've been on a handful of runs since January but I've decided that I'll only run when I'm feeling like it. As I've been mentioning since the fall, my focus now is on intensity and toning. I'm about a month away from ending my TurboFire/ChaLEAN Extreme Hybrid program which has been great! I've finally gotten a regular strength training routine going on and my fitness levels are MUCH higher. I've decided that when this finishes up I'm going to try Jillian Michaels new 90-day program, Body Revolution and that'll take me right up to two weeks before my wedding! I would LOVE to get 125lbs by the wedding so I'm going to work as hard as I can to get there. Even if I'm AROUND there come wedding time I'll be happy and, oddly enough, this is no longer a long shot! It's less than 30lbs away! It really seems so surreal to think that 125lbs is not far off anymore. I honestly can't wrap my brain around the fact that I'm so close. I honestly have no idea what my ideal weight is as I've never been thinner in my entire adult life so I'm just sort of going with the flow but I know that 125lbs for me being 5'3 is entirely realistic.
It's just really hard to wrap my head around the fact that I have LESS than 30lbs to go!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sooo...remember in my 2012 goals list I talked about having to force myself to get out from behind my computer to promote my business? Well, one of my sub-goals to do this was to attend a minimum of two networking events per month. I'm already apart of two women's networking groups (one is pretty active and the other isn't so I probably won't renew my membership to that one) but I know that traditional networking groups are the way to go when you're first starting up. The problem is that I'm TERRIFIED to go to a networking breakfast! LOL It's ridiculous and I know, but it freaks me out to be in a room with a lot of more established business owners! It really makes me feel vulnerable. That said, I'm being true to my word and have talked to a woman today about attending a popular networking event next Tuesday morning!
To break through my nervousness I've been reframing how I perceive the event. Instead of thinking that I'm not good enough or I'm too new to be in the presence of more established business owners, I'm working to see it as my opportunity to learn from more experienced business people who will help me to grow my business. Like having a group of mentors rather than a group of people who may be criticizing me.
I think reframing is the best possible thing a person can do when they're faced with a scary situation like this. Obviously the fears that I have are all in my head. I don't know ANYONE in this group yet I immediately assume they're all wildly successful and look down on anyone who's just starting out and/or not willing to help. So instead of assuming the worst, I'm going to reframe it as a great learning experience as well as a great excuse to get my butt out of the house!
So that's networking gig #1 for January. Sadly the other networking event I was actually looking forward to didn't work out as it conflicted with my schedule but I know there's a general networking mingler in February and if this other networking group works out I'll be doing that again next month!
In other news, I've set some fitness and nutrition goals for the next three months. I recently bought a FitBook (a popular food/fitness journal) to see if I want to affiliate with them through my business and I want to try it out before I decide. FitBook is geared towards a system of three month goals which you focus on until you finish the book. So, I've decided that my three goals for the next three months are:
1. Fitness: Work out 5x per week
2. Food: Focus on portion control at dinner
3. Other: Write in FitBook daily
I also have some "stats" goals, these are to lose 20lbs and perform 50 non-modified push-ups.
To hold me accountable, I am blogging about this on my non-SP blog www.lifestastyadventures.com starting today! I'll do this by blogging about which workout I did that day, posting a photo of what I ate for dinner and doing a push-up fitness test on a weekly basis to see where I'm at.
One incentive for this is getting fitted for my wedding dress. I'm not ordering a dress so I'm not going in right now to look, I'm waiting until about May. If I lose this 20lbs that puts me very close to my ultimate goal so that I wouldn't have much to take in if I drop another 10lbs or so by the wedding.
My big reward for achieving these goals is a new tattoo! I've had a new one in mind for over a year now and haven't gotten it yet so I thought this would be a great reward for all the hard work I'll have to do!
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