Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Today started out so well and fell apart at the end. I went way over my calories. That in itself isn't to big of a deal because I do allow myself one day a week to go over, but I usually save that for Sundays because it's my lazy day. So now I'll have to really plan for Sunday and most likely cook even though it's normally my day off. Instead of wallowing over it, I reminded myself that I got a great workout in today and burned over 640 calories. I'm not saying that's an excuse, but I've decided to stop beating myself up over "mistakes." I planned out all of my meals for tomorrow and even with snacks included I'll be well within range!
Tomorrow is my off day from exercise, so I just have to do a quick SP video to stay on track with my Spring Into Shape Bootcamp plan! We might go mini golfing tomorrow so hopefully that'll be some extra exercise I can get in. If we don't, I might do 15 min of light cardio. Did I just say that? Yep, I think I did! Somewhere over the past couple of weeks I've become "ok" with exercise and that's something I NEVER thought I'd say. Working out almost every day has worked great for me mentally versus working out 3-4 times a week. I find that I don't have to argue with myself about doing it, I just DO IT! For those of you who know me, you know how much of a struggle exercise used to be and how much I used to hate it. Maybe it's Bootcamp that's changed me, maybe I've added enough variety, or maybe it's the results. I am becoming noticeably stronger. I can do jumping jacks longer, I can hold a plank, I don't get so winded, etc. Whatever it is I'm just happy something finally clicked for me. It was horrible knowing how good exercise is for me and dreading having to do it!
They say it takes 30 days or so to create a habit, so I'm hoping that by the end of the month this will be even more ingrained in me. Even after Bootcamp is over, I'm thinking I might still follow the plan with a few tweaks. I plan to do cardio 5 days a week (this includes ST because most of the cardio I do is total body and involves weight work) and short SP videos 3 days a week. I'm currently usin 5 lb weights and I think I'm ready to move up to 8 lbs. I do need some weight training gloves because I'm starting to develop minor callouses and that's no good! I think these are the ones I want!
They have Swarovski crystals on them and what girl doesn't love a little bling!?!?
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I've heard a lot of people grumbling about this rain we've been getting because it's interfering w/ them exercising outside. Thankfully I haven't had the problem because I don't normally exercise outside, like walking, so luckily this rain hasn't affected me in that way. But it was so dark and the sound of the rain this morning made it hard to wake up and stay awake! I'm still trying to get back on track with eating right and exercising consistently so I'm sticking to my exercise videos because I know I'm more prone to do them over anything else. Plus, I can burn more calories in less time if I just do a video.
So fa this week I've burned 1387 calories and worked out for 100 minutes! I'm on week 2 of the Spring Into Shape Bootcamo Challenge, which requires we do one pre-determined Spark video (none of which are more than 10 min. long) 7 days/week and 30 minutes of cardio 5 days/week. If it wasn't for that challenge, I would probably only be doing the bare minimum like 30 min of cardio 3-4 days/week with some ST thrown in. The Challenge runs a full four weeks so I'm going to try and stick with it the entire time. I'm hoping that after a month of exercise almost 7 days/week I can ease up on, but still stay committed to my routine.
I've been lucky enough to be able to combine the Bootcamp Challenge with the PAC (Personal Accountability Challenge) we're running on the San Antonio Team. This is the most consistent and persistent I've been in a really long time and I hope it sticks! There is this huge part of me that's scared I'll quit or miss a day and not be able to get back into the swing of things, like I have in the past, and ruin all my hard work. I gained 4 lbs during my last hiatus, which even though isn't that much and I am thankful for such a small number, I HATE having to re-lose weight I'd already lost. In my logical mind I know it took years to put on all this weight and it's going to take a while to get it off. But my 3-yr old mind sees others dropping pounds left and right and I think "Why not me?" I know, I know! This thinking is detrimental to my weight loss and a big portion of the reason I've quit in the past, but I'm determined to persevere! I really want to lose the weight for good and get healthy!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
So this was the first week of the May Challenge and things went great! I reached all of the goals I set for myself and that is in part thanks to the fact that I'm also doing the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge at the same time! I exercised a little over 220 minutes this week and burned almost 3000 calories! I lost 1 lb, which I am thrilled about! I am really proud of myself for reaching all my goals!! I can't wait to tackle next week!
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Today was Day 5 of the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge! So that means I needed to do today's video, plus 30 minutes of cardio. Reiko works a 1/2 day today and we plan on running errands this afternoon, so I knew I needed to get my workout in early or I wouldn't get it in at all. The old me would have procrastinated until it was to late, but not today! I got up, ate a yummy breakfast, did a little housework and got right to it! Today's video was a 12-minute pilates video and I did that no problem. As for the cardio, I've been trying new videos everyday for vareity and I found an INSANITY vid on YouTube. It is 20 min long and even though you can't see or really hear Shaun T, you can watch the class doing it to easily figure out what moves you're supposed to be doing. Let me just say, 5 minutes in and I wanted to die haha! It is hard and even the buff guy in front struggles, which says something! It's just so, well INSANE! If you've ever wanted to try it, but didn't want to pay for it, this is a good way to check it out! Here's the link:
That wasn't 30 minutes so I also did Coach Nicole's 8-min Athletic Intervals video and 2 minutes of kickboxing style punches and kicks. I feel good and I'm thrilled to be done with exercise for the day!
I've got some other videos I want to share with y'all but it will have to wait until tomorrow or Friday. I need to hop in the shower! Spark on!
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