Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Ok, today is my 36th Birthday! I can honestly say I have never been healthier or in better shape!
I reached my original goal of 125 lbs.
Next goal: consistency! I need to do some form of exercise every day. At least 30 minutes, that's it. Some days will obviously be more strenuous than others...that's ok! I plan on doing 3 days of strength...heavy lifting, 3 days of high intensity cardio, and one day of either fast walking, pilates, or belly dancing.
I really think if I can do this for the summer, and get the results I'm looking for, I may actually send my picture in to Oxygen Magazine. What have I got to lose! It gives me something to work toward...which I have found I desperately need! I need a challenge and that's what I'm shooting for! I really need to build up my upper body and tighten (and lift) my lower body. I'm going to post a picture each month to see if I'm making any progress.
In the words of the great SpongeBob Sqaure Pants...
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Ok, I finally got to 125 lbs on the scale. Now, the trick is to hold it there while losing a couple more pounds of fat, and gaining a couple of pounds of muscle. I would love for the fat to start disappearing off of my lower body and the muscle to build on my upper body. I know I can build that muscle, but we all know we can't spot reduce!!
So, I'm going to continue with my nutrition plan as is. I will also continue to do my Shred DVD 3 times/week and teach my class 2 days/week. I have incorporated many of the moves from Shred into my class so that we get those heart rates up. Once I'm done teaching (last class is May 22nd) I'm going to be taking some classes for me! I will also have more time to lift heavier.
15% Body Fat here I come!!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Ok, I've discovered that 40% Carbs is too low for me. I get weak, headaches, and tired. So, I'm shifting my nutrition to:
I'm going to try this for a couple of days and see if it helps. I went back to see what I was eating before, and that was my average anyway. So, just that extra 5% just might be the ticket!
Did Jillian's '30-day Shred' DVD, just level 1. Excellent 20 minute workout. It just reminded me that I really need to build up my upper body more! I'm weak!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Ok, finally got the book. I have my workouts planned out and can hopefully get them done at home by altering some of the moves. I think I can actually do lat pull-downs with a resistance band and weights if I put the band over a pipe in the ceiling. I'll let you know how that works out!
Here are my measurements to begin with:
Bust - 34.5
Chest - 27.5
Waist - 26.5
Hips - 36
Thighs - 23
Arms - 10
Weight - 126
Body Fat - 17-18% (measured myself with digital calipers...may not be very acurate)
I also did the fitness tests -
Push-ups - 10 /minute = Avg (need to improve this!)
Sit-ups - 33/minute = Excellent
Wall-sit - 90 secs+ = Excellent
Step-ups for 3 minutes - HR=70BPM = Excellent
So, I really need to improve my upper body strength. Just to get above average on the push-ups I need to be able to do at least22 push-ups/min. I just barely squeeked by to get average (10-21).
My nutritional breakdown will be
Carbs - 40%
Protein - 30%
Fat - 30%
and I need to try to keep my sodium around 1000 mg (this is a tough one for me!) It's tough to keep it around 2000 mg which is what I had been doing.
More to come...
Friday, April 04, 2008
...Jillian Michael's style, that is!
Ok, last month didn't work out so great. I started out strong, had the flu for a week, and then lost momentum after that!
So, here we are in April and I'm exactly where I was last month. I was starting to get comfortable where I was and was slacking. I'm pretty OK with my weight, but not thrilled with my muscle tone.
I was searching around Spark and found many people that have the book by Jillian Michael's - Making the Cut. The majority of them had good results and highly recommend it. I ordered it from Amazon yesterday and will be getting early next week (hopefully!) It's a 30 day, kick butt workout and eating program. Many people on Spark followed just the workout because so many of them already had a nutrition plan in place.
I will be starting my new program either on April 13th or 14th depending on how she has the workouts set up. That will be exactly 30 days to my B-day, which is the date of my original goal to get to 120 lbs. I'm not going to be stressing so much about what the scale says. I'm going to be more concerned about inches gained/lost and body fat percentage lost.
I will also post new before pictures and then finally have some after pictures when I'm done with her program. Let's hope we see a difference!!
More to come once I get the book!
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