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Monday, September 02, 2013

I can't believe it's been over 1 year since I've last written a blog post. It's been a year of no activity both online and physically. I ran a half marathon in May 2012 and that was it. After that, no gym, no running, no anything, and the proof is in the numbers. I gained over 10 lbs! Went on vacation with the family in VA Beach this past week. I managed to get in two 30 minute "runs" on the boardwalk while there. I said "run" because they were run/walks since I can no longer run 30 minutes straight because of de-training. We left yesterday while the Rock 'N Roll Virginia Beach Marathon was going on. I did manage to go to the expo and dream a bit. This morning I weighed myself and discovered that while on vacation I managed to put on 5 lbs. Sure, probably a tad of water retention for TOM, but 5 lbs is 5 lbs! Damn! I need to get my bum back in the game and am planning to do just that.

Started this morning with a healthy breakfast and will go food shopping this afternoon to prepare healthy meals for the whole family, because they deserve the best too.

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GLASSGIRL1027 9/3/2013 1:40PM

    It's great that you are recommitting to taking care of you! We all deserve to be healthy and fit!

Keep can do it!

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    I think you did great to only gain as much as you did. I have to really stay on plan or I pile it on. Welcome back to blogging! Glad to hear from you!

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WORTHEYMOM 9/2/2013 10:25AM

    been there - actually still there! I'm with ya sister! Running tonight too. We can do this!

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MASTERCARE 9/2/2013 9:40AM

    STELLA! Oh how I have missed you!

Always cheering you on!

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Losing momentum

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I gotta be honest. On Monday I wrote a blog about how my Phase I results were disappointing but that I wasn't giving up. Well that was a load of crap! I never followed through with any program or plan like this one. I had only missed 1 workout - well, before today, that is - the last strength video on week 1 because I had to rest before a half marathon I was doing on Sunday and the Saturday cardio workout, but I more than made up for it by running for over 2 hours on Sunday during the marathon.

This morning I woke up and stayed in bed a little, then got dressed and went to the living room, where I normally do my workouts, but instead of putting in the dvd, I layed down on the couch and watched the news. Then tonight I came home and was too tired to exercise. To be honest, I'm not sure this program's working.

Well, let me start from the beginning. I've struggled with getting the weight off for almost 4 years - when my youngest son was born. But I've been through phases off and on - being good, then not so much, even running two half marathons during this time. Then I decided to finally try one of these 90 day programs, and after much research between P90X, Insanity and Jillian Michaels, I decided to do JM. It seemed to be the easiest to follow - only 30 minutes each day, and I'm also a big fan having bought many of her dvd's.

The first week of the program I saw an almost 3 pound loss. OMG! Finally! I am getting somewhere! But then, only 1/2 pound the second week, another 1/2 pound the third, then a gain the fourth week that I attributed to TOM. But still kept on and even scheduled an appointment with an endocrinologist to see if there are any hormonal imbalances with me. I have a blotchy patch of skin in my forehead that I've had since pregnancy. I remember hearing in one of Jillian's podcasts that she had something similar and was never pregnant, so I decided to make an appointment. Doctor said there's nothing apparently wrong but ordered lots of blood work to check for thyroid and a bunch of other stuff. I'll have the blood work done on Saturday morning. He said it should take 1-2 weeks for results.

Anyway, just wanted to vent. I'll probably keep going, although today, I'll take a break. I'll do workout 5 tomorrow morning, then 6 on Saturday along with 30 minutes of cardio.

My husband said a friend from work offered to let him borrow the Insanity program. God knows I don't want to spend another $150 for another program. Maybe I'll give that a try!

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    Stick with it. I find that the best results are obtained by sticking with one program until the end. Consistency matters.

1/2 pound weight loss in a week is acceptable. Try not to have unrealistic expectations and you won't be disappointed.

Your hard work is making you healthier. The weight loss is a bonus.

You are doing great, don't let your motivation flag. You are in this for the long haul. It's a way of life, not a sprint.

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-AMANDA79- 6/1/2012 11:16AM

    Your skin thing sounds like melasma. Google it for more info. The most important thing is using sunscreen.

Don't give up. You are getting plenty of exercise, so you may take a closer look at your nutrition.


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MARATHONDAD 5/31/2012 11:12PM

    just remember it didn't take a few days to put the weight on it wont happen over night keep your head up and keep fighting

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MASTERCARE 5/31/2012 9:05PM

    Stela....I totally understand your disappointment and frustration.....just trust me...I do. Unless you are doing this program, no one really understands just how hard it truly is....and then not to see results?

I truly believe that you need your doctor results to know. I do. Maybe something is there to slow it down...don't know..and neither do you.

You truly are a rockstar in my opinion....why you do half marathons! I cannot even imagine..but you sure have my respect.

I am going to have you think about something....YOUR FOOD INTAKE and WHAT you are EATING. I am serious. You can be a workout machine..but it may be for naught if your eating plan is not up to par.

I say this, because you know I do half of what you do..but my eating is soooooooooooooo under control...I am losing.

The structure she sets forth is really sound and solid. I count points and I am always at my points or just under...and I am losing.

Please...don't give up...I know you won't..that is not in your nature. Take a breath and re evulate.

I am always in your corner....I am.....


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KAREN_NY 5/31/2012 8:16PM

    Until then, do something active & fun every day. It's good for the mojo!

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JMBR Phase I - disappointing results, but I'm not giving up!

Monday, May 28, 2012

So last week was the last one of Phase I. The results are disappointing, though. I usually weigh myself on Mondays and today stepped on the scale to reveal an almost 3 lb gain. Whaaaat? Yeah, gain as in MORE weight than last week. I'm going to assume it's water retention as it's that time of the month and won't count this current weight in the stats. I don't think it was a true gain.

I also said I would measure myself after the phase was over and I did last night. Here are those results:

Beginning: Phase I
Weight: 157.2 153.6
Waist: 37.5" 36"
Belly: 39" 37.5"
Thigh: 24" 23.5"
Arm: 13" 12.5"
Calf: 14.75" 14"

Today I start Half Marathon training again and am hoping that the added runs 4 times per week will result in some weight loss.

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    I hope the upcoming week gives you the results you have earned!!

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-AMANDA79- 5/28/2012 11:18AM

    I always gain right before TOM. Don't let it get you down.


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MARATHONDAD 5/28/2012 9:18AM

    dont go by the scale I dont even get on one. its how u feel and how your clothes fit

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MASTERCARE 5/28/2012 9:15AM

    Well teammate...I personally think you rocked it this past month. I do. Sometimes that scale does NOT show the whole picture. I have read mixed results as far as the weight loss is concern.

I love your attitude and KNOW Phase 2 will be you.

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Body Revolution - Week 3

Monday, May 21, 2012

Completed another week. emoticon I don't think I've ever lasted this long on a program without skipping a workout! Just skipped the very last one on week 1 because I was resting for my half marathon. I think I more than made up for it! emoticon emoticon

I'm not sure if I'm feeling stronger, like Jillian suggests I should be on the videos. I think this week was easier than last week but not sure if it's because I'm stronger or if I'm just familiar with the workout. Who knows!

I'm also not losing much weight. First week I lost 2.5 lbs, but second and third week only 1/2 lb each week. Total to date less than 4 lbs. I think a big part of it is the nutrition. Week 1 I totally had my A game. Weeks 2 & 3 not so much. There was Mother's Day, after all! lol I will measure myself on Sunday, though. I did before beginning the program and haven't since. Perhaps I'll be able to report lots of lost inches, although I'm really not seeing it in my clothes. We'll see!

Today I got a sandwich at Subway then went to the grocery store and got lots of stuff for salad plus grilled chicken and tuna. I think I'll alternate between the two. I have a refrigerator at work and keep the stuff there. Then I don't have to prepare the night before. Also takes a lot of the guesswork from deciding what to order for lunch, not to mention I spent about $20 for everything. That's about $5 per day. Heck of a lot cheaper than most meals out there.

I'm also thinking about signing up for another half marathon. A local one on September 23rd. That gives me 18 weeks to train, and since the mileage in the beginning's pretty low, it'll work great for extra cardio during the program. I'll run on the same days as the JMBR workouts and do some other form of cardio on Wednesdays and Saturdays, maybe even the Cardio DVD's with the program.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/22/2012 10:21AM

    Eating at Subway stalls me. Too much bread. I fix my own lunches at home too. Good job on the workouts.

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Body Revolution - week 2

Monday, May 14, 2012

Week 2 was OK. Nothing extraordinary to report, really. The workouts were kind of easy. I did the workouts 1 & 2 on their regularly scheduled days, and on the cardio days did my own thing instead of the cardio DVD. 35 minutes treadmill running on Wednesday and on Saturday 20 minutes on the elliptical and a 10 minute mile on the treadmill while the kids were at swim class. My gym opened up another spin class that coincides with the kids swim class, but the spin class is 55 minutes long while kids swim is 30 minutes! I think it would be incredibly rude for me to leave mid class to take care of my little guy while class is ongoing! Bummer!

Food kinda sucked, which showed on the scale. I only 0.4 lbs. I'll take it! A loss is a loss! Saturday went with the kids to a newly opened Dinosaur BBQ! While everything was delicious, I didn't dare find out how many calories I consumed! Surely too many. We had a late lunch - around 3:00 pm. I didn't eat dinner because I was still full! lol Then on Sunday was BBQ day again this time at my sisters for Mother's Day. While I ate a little bbq chicken and salad, I did indulge a bit too much on some Teramisu and mango ice cream!

Game plan this week is to follow Jillian's kickstart diet a little. I'm going to try and steer clear of the grains and carbs, but the dairy and fruit is too extreme, I think. I'm going to try and stick to a 1200-1500 calorie plan.

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    The BBQ sure sounded good and got me in the mood for some. LOL.

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WORTHEYMOM 5/15/2012 10:25AM

    grr - sorry the spin class and swimming didn't work out. darn it - love spin class but haven't been in a LONG time! I think it's time for me to kick it into gear! Love the idea of doing your own cardio. My running is my me time - I need more of it for sure! keep up the super work!

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