Friday, June 03, 2011
Getting up a few minutes early to do bootcamp really changes the direction of my day. Most videos are 10 minutes or less and only 1 or 2 of them are 12 minutes. Each day a different part of the body is worked. This is making the most difference in my fitness routine, more than when I was going to the gym 4, 5, or 6 times a week! I do need to do more cardio.
I've been afraid ever since I embarked on the 5k Your Way Spark Challenge. I hurt my back due to muscle stiffness caused by weather changes (weather has been really weird in LA--hot, then rainy and cold, windy, sunny, and repeating this strange unpredictable weather throughout this spring) and improper form and lack of stretching. I stretch but I guess since running was so new and my body was not used to it I needed to do some special runners stretches.
I've abandoned spinning, Zumba (because of all the twisting and turning), dancing, and running because of my injury but I want to get back to more intense cardio. Something has got to burn this extra belly fat! And although I love walking and feel I am making a difference I think I need to up the intensity. I hate the elliptical and the last time I did it I reinjured my back in April. Now it's June and I need to do something more. I've always been lazy with cardio. I don't like getting sweaty and doing repetetive exercises bore me. I have friends that can spend an hour on the treadmill, and my dad has lost 70 pounds mostly on the elliptical and strength training (WINEGUY53). I enjoy exercises like yoga, pilates, Zumba, spinning because they are challenging, unpredictable, keep the mind engages and although can be tough workouts they are interesting and keep me focused. I'm just afraid to push myself. I don't want to hurt my back again. I know that swimming can be very therapeutic. I had a shoulder injury last year and a personal trainer recommended swimming to rehabilitate my shoulder. Problem is I am not going to the gym--membership is on hold because of my back injury and my dad's pool is still too cold (no heater) at this time of year. Community pools kind of gross me out. There is a park near my house that charges only $2 admission or the YMCA, but I'm kind of a germaphobe...and I am squeamish about using pools that are open to the general public or are not maintained... I know, I'm probably being silly.
I just texted a friend to ask if she'll go swimming with me. She loves it and does it for fun and exercise. let's see if we can do some swimming. I know that would be a great form of cardio that is challenging and not boring!
Let's see...I also LOVE Zumba. I have the DVDs. Chiropractor told me not to do it because of the turning. He was afraid I'd hurt my back again. But I think I'll ask him today if it's ok to start doing some dancing. Bailemos....
So, getting up a few minutes early, even 10 or 15, has allowed me to create a streak, give me more motivation to do more exercise and has allowed me to stay healthy, happy and positive. SP bootcamps are awesome! So, Spark friends, if you are having trouble getting those long workouts in, are not feeling motivated or are looking for a place to start or continue or just mix things up, I recommend bootcamp. I did the "Spring Into Shape" challenge but there are more: the Official 28 Day Challenge, Sweatsuit to Swimsuit and Swimsuit. I wish there was one specifically tailored to summer...since it's summer and I want a challenge. This June (wow, it's June already??) I'm gong to get into bikini shape (this takes a lot of faith because my tummy has always been my weak spot and I'm a mom who gained A LOT of weight during pregancy--55 lbs), celebrate my 31st birthday--woo hoo!--and maintain and improve my fitness level and healthy eating habits I've gotten since joining SP!
Monday, May 30, 2011
So, spark friends, I have a confession. I've been eating more...closer to 2000 calories a day (I've been really hungry? bored? busy? stressed?) and I have not been exercising. Last week was busy and I didn't make the time to do bootcamp or even walk during my break at school.
So, today I did cardio kickboxing and crunchless abs videos from SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes
s_articles.asp?id=1425 and I feel great.
If you haven't tried bootcamp, give it a try! If you have, what do you think?
So, I am struggling with staying in my calorie range and also with getting exercise in. Maintenance isn't easy. I love SP because it keeps me on track. Otherwise, I'd be lost.
Thank you, SP and thank you Spark friends!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
So I'm officially in maintenance mode. What I had feared, dreaded, and almost wished wasn't comnig is here and I'm doing great....well, I'm not perfect, but who is? I'm still tracking, blogging, interacting with SP and making friends. What could be better?
I am so relieved that since I reached my goal, I haven't given up on my routine. In the past, I've made that mistake and gained the weight back, lost motivation to keep going. Now, my goals are different. But my focus is the same. I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE! I'm so grateful for the support, information, trackers, and friends that make this site so amazing. I would never be where I am now--full of optimism, motivated, energized (not all the time, of course), and when I have struggles, I log in, read the message boards, try to support other members and I leave feeling happy, hopeful and uplifted.
THANK YOU SPARK FRIENDS!!!!
I cannot express how grateful I am. My life, my outlook, my level of fitness has never felt like this. I've lost weight in the past but now I have the support, the motivation, the tools to keep me on track. Sure, I have bad days. I have days where I am not motivated to work out or I eat way more than I should or I eat junk (and feel physically sick afterward), but with SP I know that I am not a failure. I know that I haven't blown my "diet" because I'm not on a diet. I am eating healthier than ever before--cooking, buying fresh fruits and veggies, and tracking everything!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
First week of maintenance and I did ok. I'm still sparking. That's a good sign. I didn't, as I've done in the past, quit since I reached my goal.
I still feel a bit of disappointment with my current state. This week of bootcamp I exercised only 3 out of 7 days. I did not do cardio, unless you count 10 min of walking once this week. I feel kind of down. My first two weeks of bootcamp I was really motivated to stay on track. The daily videos kept me exercising every day. If I missed a day, I'd double up the next day.
I am still recovering from hurting my lower back at the end of March.
I feel a little unmotivated--yes, I know that if I start exercising I'll feel better.
My diet has been good. I've been cooking more. I have tried new Spark recipes and am eating more fruits and veggies than ever before.
I've done pilates twice this week.
I'm still on SP and know that it'll help me get back on track.
Summer is coming and I'm looking forward to being more active and spending time with my daughter...walking, swimming, going to the park. I want to take her to some classes--gymnastics and swimming--at the YMCA. I'm going to spend time with friends. A friend that I met recently at work wants to start doing Zumba and maybe we can do it together (while our daughters play!). I'm looking forward to some early morning walks at the park with another friend. Another new friend is renting a moon bounce and having friends over next weekend to have a bounce party--that should burn some calories!
I guess I'm just tired and feeling a little low. I want to workout more. I'm still afraid of re-injuring myself. I'm much better but the back is very sensitive!
I have a lot to look forward to. I think I need to wake up early and do some cardio bootcamp, and pilates! That'll be a great way to start the day!
Tomorrow will be better!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I am home today. Went out for happy hour last night and I ate and drank too much. The food was light--pita crackers, bufala cheese, heirloom tomato sauce, and pepperoni, the culprit of my food poisoning...
I also spent way too much money...the first place I went with my friend was cheap, relatively. $5 wine. But it was on an empty stomach. HH was at 6pm and I hadn't eaten since lunch...12:30 pm...
Not good combo. The food choices weren't healthy so we went across the street...Toscana...and shared a karaf of wine (the best deal on the menu at $24!) and pita crackers. Somehow the bill was $50!!!!! I was not paying attention to the prices. My friend ordered and I was completely shocked when the bill came. My friend generously left the tip (and paid the entire bill at the previous place, Tavern--where Obama dined when he was in LA--surprisingly that was the cheaper of the two places!) but I did not feel I got a good value for my money. And the food made me sick! I think it was the pepperoni.
I am letting the restaurant know about this.
But...I am also realizing I made some poor decisions. Going to the restaurant on an empty stomach, drinking a glass of wine without eating anything, letting my judgment be so impaired that I didn't pay attention to what I was ordering or the prices, and continuing to drink after I already felt the effects of the wine.
I am regretting yesterday. Definitely a learning experience.
My friend is fit and healthy and exercises regularly and is in great shape. I think Happy Hour is her only vice. She is trying to lose a couple pounds or get in even better shape (she looks totally amazing) and I think the extra calories from HH are her downfall, what's holding her back from reaching her goal and being her best. Other than that she is one of the fittest people I know.
She joined SP....LENNACE. She is an amazing friend, talented singer and songwriter.
I reached my goal weight but I am far from done tracking, blogging, sparking. I am at a point that I am happy with my progress but I have a lot to learn. I am not going to beat myself up...just learn from this...maybe suggest that we do something active next time she wants to hang out. HH is not the best thing for me calorie wise and I definitely don't feel my best.
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