Friday, September 14, 2012
In three months, I'll be 43 years old. Physically I feel like I'm in best shape I have been in. I've been working out consistently for almost the whole year. While, I have worked out consistently for short periods of time, but this year I have been pretty dedicated.
I would like to say emotional/relationship was something more positive to report on; however, I can't. Dating just sort of sucks...ok just plain sucks
Ok, enough self-pity. Need to keep trying I guess. Tonight is a meet up event and will need to go (though I know, I'll try to talk myself out of it.)
Saturday, September 01, 2012
It's been awhile since I last blogged, but I've been very good about staying on track with going to the gym and weight. This morning I weighed 166.8 lbs...woohoo!!! My goal was to get to 165 by the end of August, which I didn't make, but what is one pound? I'm getting to the point that losing anything is getting more and more difficult.
I am happy with my progress so far, but would LOVE to get rid of my belly and love handles. It's just not that easy!
I have been begun to think about signing up for a yoga or pilates class to help strength my core and work with on my flexibility. It may take a little bit of convincing of myself to follow-through, because I get so nervous about doing things like this. On of my personal goals that I still to work on is that self confidence. I did buy two journals to start journaling things I'm grateful for and positive things that happened during the day. I'm using one journal to record these, and can't remember what I bought the other one for...LOL! I haven't been very consistent with my journaling though. But I've learned that it takes me some time to make something regular, for example the gym! This is the first time that I've been so consistent about going to the gym.
This entry has been a little confusing I'm sure, but I just wanted to recap things briefly. Overall things are going well....my weight is down and staying that way. Attending the gym on a consistent routine.
Areas I need/could still work on:
1. body mass index...still a little higher than I like
2. journaling...need to do it more
3. sign up for a yoga/pilates class...to work on core strength and flexibility
4. being more social....need to get out there if I plan on meeting someone
5. keeping house/yard clean....need to be more consistent about keeping it clean and organized at all times
I'm sure there is more I'll think of after I close this blog
6. Change my work out routine to focus on specific body parts
(chest, back, legs, shoulders, arms, abs) during a workout. The thought is to work on chest and back, abs at one gym visit and then legs and shoulders, abs at the next visit. Of course cardio would follow each session and then 1 hour cardio every third day. So my gym routine would be: Day 1: arms/legs/abs 30 minutes cardio, Day 2: chest/back/abs 30 minutes cardio, Day 3: 1 hour cardio, Repeat.
As you see 6. was after the last I closed the blog....It was exactly as I thought, as soon as I closed the blog I remembered my goal of scheduling body specific workouts!
Monday, July 02, 2012
This morning's weigh/measure has shown my dedication to the gym and healthy eating is paying off! I made my goal weight of 170 lbs by the end of June. I've been working out consistently since January (though I didn't start tracking it until February). I think one of my biggest motivation has been the wall calendar that I use to record on every day. Sparkpeople helps me keep points and motivated too.
I've set my new weight goal to 165 lbs by the August 31, 2012. Losing only 5 lbs over two months may seem low, but I really feel this is a realistic goal. I'm finding getting to and below 170 lbs is quite challenging. It's almost like my body wants to be above 170 lbs.
My work out sessions are going well. I'm making progress; able to lift more weight and loving my cardio! I wanted to change my strength training sessions from my current whole body workouts to target area workouts. I have the a list of excerises for my chest and back, but still need to find exercises that focus on legs, arms, and shoulders. While not having the exercises is a likely excuse, I know the biggest reason I haven't started the target area workouts is my fear of venturing into the free weight area of the gym. I see all the muscle guys lifting TONS with ease and am afraid what will I look like struggling to lift just the bar! I'm sure they won't even notice or care what I'm doing, but we all know the power of our wonderful self-talk (negative talk always seems so much stronger and easier). I will convince myself into starting soon, because I'm so ready to change up my work out.
I have been thinking about getting a personal trainer, but that isn't until 2013. The delay is because I want to see what I can achieve on my own first. And figure that working out for an entire calendar year should be long enough. The purpose/goal of working with a personal trainer will be to really work on my belly! It is shrinking but, boy, it just seems so saggy and jiggly! I also think a personal trainer will provide me with new exercises and achievable goals.
Well...this rambling has gone on long enough. I hope it makes sense. I'm sure when I reread it later, I'll find MANY mistakes and will be scratching my head thinking what am I trying to say...hehe
Happy 4th of July!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
So far in 2012, I've done a great job of reaching my goals and getting healthier. I have been getting to the gym almost daily and meeting my calorie goals on a pretty regular basis. In January I weighed 194 lbs at the yearly doctor's visit. (Though go over consistently on fiber intake....) This morning I weighed 174 lbs.
I have been running more and enjoy it! On track of achieving my goal of running a 5K every month (beginning in March). This month I've already met the goal, and scheduled to run a second one on this Saturday, and SERIOUSLY considering a third one on June 16th.
An area that I want to work on next is my weight lifting. By the end of June 2012, I want to change my weight lifting program to focus on specific areas each session; for example, chest & back one session and shoulders, arms & legs another session. Right now, I do what I call a "full body" workout. I do two excerises for chest, back, shoulders, legs, and arms every time I work out. I want to increase the number of excerises for each part, so I need to split the work out up. I need to find excerises that I can do at the gym by myself, since I work out alone. I want to see muscle growth and think these "focused" workouts should help with that.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Yesterday ended up really putting me to a mental test, I guess! And I hate to admit that I failed initially. When I got home from church, I couldn't park in my garage, because the neighbor who is moving out was blocking my garage. While turning around in the alley, I run over a bolt. Of course, I blamed him because if he hadn't been in the way, I wouldn't have had to turn around and none of this would have happened. To top it off, when I put the small doughnut spare on the car, it was flat! I had to pick up my nephew at the train station at 11:15 too! UGH!! Which frustrated me more, and of course, I blamed the neighbor again.
Thankfully, the neighbor on the other side let me borrow her car to go pick up my nephew and use it again this morning to take my tire to the repair shop this morning.
Once I realized and accepted that the bolt in the tire was just something that happened and wasn't anyone's fault. Remembering that sometimes unfortunate things just happen in life and my response to it will determine it's effect on my life.
The tire is being repaired and I should at work before noon today. Then to gym afterwards for my weight/strength training and 1/2 hour cardio. On another note...my weight is down, my waist measurement is down, my body fat index is also down....Yay!!!
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