Tuesday, May 26, 2009
God has a plan for everyone. It was time for me to follow God's plan to build my temple for Him. As long as I am doing this for Him, He will bless me with the knowledge and strength to accomplish my goals.
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,"
1 Cor. 6:19-20
I have always admired the guys that were toned and had the six pack stomach's. Last year I was subconsciously preparing myself for the most life changing experience of my life. I met this most AWESOME lady that has blessed my life more than she will every realize. Everyone on here will know her as "Whodaresbetrue." She kick-started my eating healthy, drinking more water, and exercise tips. She really knows how to get free information from those trainers during dinner dates, ROFL. JK darlin. I have taken what I have learned and customized it to me. I learned about calories, fiber, protein, carbs, sugars... So much information just boggling my mind. I have learned when you reach this point that you need to just get away from learning and apply it. Then go back and learn some more. Bits and pieces at a time. Before you know it, you have all the tools you need to be successfull in your health journey.
First, I learned how to lower my carbs. Which in-turn most of the time lowered the calories. Increasing my water intake from 32 oz./day to 64 oz./day was a big deal for me. I always felt that my body didn't need that much water. BTW, I am a very structured individual. I figured I could drink 32 oz. during the morning time. Then 32 oz. during the afternoon. Mission accomplished :) Now I am usually drinking from 80 to 96 oz./day. Just takes time and discipline. As far as eating habits go, I have discovered that I can make a lot of different foods with eggs and flaxseed. I have substituted white/wheat bread with making my own flaxseed bread. Egg recipe's are endless. During the last couple months of last year (2008) my body adjusted to new eating/drinking habits.
2009 was the start of my personal trainer career, LOL. I spend 90% of my time at home, sad but true. I work from home, why not exercise at home. I'm not a gym rat and I don't enjoy exercising. The benefits, accomplishments, and experiencing the transformation of my mind, body, and spirit is what drive's me. This experience was another rush of information just flooding my mind. What exercise program do I follow? What equipment do I need? What supplements do I need to take? How often do I exercise? What part of the day is best for me to exercise?
All of these questions just boggled my mind endlessly. My pastor and I had discussed last year to utilize our gym to exercise together. We agreed on exercising in the morning and following Billy Blanks Tae Bo. We didn't need any equipment really except for a mat at first. We were SIKED! We did this Tuesday - Friday for approx. 1 hr. Then we played basketball for an hr. I accumulated enough Tae Bo dvd's to last us the whole year. I knew we needed to alternate strength training and cardio days. There wasn't a so called beginner dvd. We just jumped in. The first couple weeks of Tae Bo was kind of difficult because we had to learn the routine. The first month kicked our butt.
Another flood of information was learning about supplements. Which one to take? When do I take them? How much do I take? Through my own research I came to the conclusion that Whey Protein, Creatine, and Glutamine, were the 3 main ingredients I needed. I don't have money trees growing in my yard, so I don't buy the highest quality supplements. At the same time, I did experience a huge difference between Walmart Body Fortress Whey and Optimum Nutrition. That being said, I don't buy the cheapest either. My body has reacted very positive to Optimum Nutrition products. The Whey and Glutamine have done great for me. I drink 8 oz. of Whey first thing in the morning. Depending on the flavor I will mix it with bananas, peanut butter, or oatmeal. I also take another 8 oz. before workout, after workout, and before I go to bed.
The Glutamine powder I did not like. Taste awful. So I take the pills. I take 2 in the morning and 2 before I go to bed.
I decided to take the Sci-Fit Kre-Alkalyn 1500 Creatine pills. I believe it helps me with my endurance during my workout. I don't experience any stomach problems with this product. I take 2 first thing in the morning and 2 before workout.
L-Carnitine is another supplement that is part of my ammunition. I really debated on this product. At first, I didn't think it was helping me at all. I took it for a while then stopped. After the first week of not taking it, I noticed that I had lost my focus during my workouts. So I started back to using it.
I also take my multi-vitamins every day. Also along with metabostart from naturesunshine.com
That's it for supplements.
Back to the workouts, February was a little easier. I changed up the dvd's for the month, but the moves were basically the same. God crossed my path with an individual that was selling a bowflex very cheap. That was my sign that I needed to move up to the next level of my exercising. After researching several exercising routines and advice, I decided to follow Kris Gethin 12 wk transformation challenge.
A couple weeks later I purchased a nice treadmill that I could run on. I had both of my ACL's replaced 2 yrs. ago and running on concrete just kills my knees. So why not add more exercising at home, LOL. For the next 8 wks, my mornings totally consist of exercising.
After 5 months, I can see my body transforming. It is encouraging when you finally reach this point in your journey. During the 5 months, I fell off the wagon just like everyone else does. My weight fluctuating between 170 to 166. I would be at 170 at the first of the week then 166 by friday. I would slack off a little bit on the weekend and here I go again on monday starting out at 170. So discouraging. I learned that the scales were not the only way I could notice my progress. I started logging my body measurements and taking pictures. This provided me the encouragement I needed. I was starting to get stressed out because of spending so much time exercising and not getting anything else done. I had to stop the Tae Bo and focus more on my strength training.
Once I planned out my diet, exercise program for the week, and figured out what supplements my body reacts positive too. Everything started coming together. God has provided me the knowledge and strength I needed to get this far. I have all the tools I need to continue with my transformation. I have been logging my weight, exercising program, and body measurements. I haven't started logging my diet yet. I do know that my diet is healthy. I don't know if it is providing me all the energy and nutrition that my body needs. That will be my next flood of information.
I still have a long journey in front of me, but I am encouraged and excited to experience it. Thank you God and "Whodaresbetrue" for all the knowledge, encouragement, and support through my health journey :) Luv ya both with all of my heart!