Friday, May 25, 2012
So this big & beautiful girl cheered on her friends son at his scrimmage game last night. After the game was over she and i walked the track (0.25 miles), walked the stadium stairs (55 steps up...55 steps down) 5 times (10 total for 550 stairs), and walked the track another lap for 0.25 miles (we had to leave because they closed up the stadium). SO...this big girl that has been walking for HOURS on any given day got her @ss kicked by those stairs! After the second trip up the stairs i had that not-so-friendly visitor that we all get from time to time. You know the one? The one that feels like they are clawing their way out of your abdomen and no amount of poking at your ribs or bending over can get rid of! DANG! I had a great sweat! So we are now on the lookout for places where we can incorporate walking up and down stairs on our walks.
This is me BEFORE we went walking and stair climbing!
I love this angle! Why can't everywhere i walk i look this good? I mean HELLO - barely a double chin in sight!
Tonight i am in the gym. I will be lifting heavier weights so wish me luck!
Tomorrow i am out walking. During my walk tomorrow (Saturday) i want to walk/jog the 3.14 miles. I'm hoping i don't die!
Sunday, i'm aiming for a personal best. The most i've ever walked at a solid time is 6.28 miles. My goal for Sunday is to walk 8 miles. It's been a while since i've pushed myself just to see what i can do. I'm currently looking up parks and places in my area to see if i can find a location to add stairs and hills to that walk. I don't want just a straight normal walk. I'll take my camera to take pics of the journey.
So this morning i got up and did some batch cooking for the weekend. I took the recipe from a fellow Spark buddy and tweaked it just a little. All that is it is 10 servings of chicken breast, juice from 3 large oranges and 3 limes, peppers, onions, paprika and various spices. Tonight i'll cook my rice and steam the veggies. It'll give me 10 meals and allow me no excuses as to why i would need to eat out.
Ok, so remember that DRESS i've been talking about? You know, the bridesmaid dress that i cannot zip up all the way...here it is:
See how it doesn't zip all the way? Well...this looks worse because i didn't have somewhere there to help me zip it up further, but you get the point.
Here are my Mid-May pics that i failed to post...not much difference from my mid-April pics...
Can you tell that i'm not shy about taking pictures? I'm hoping to see a difference in my mid-June pics.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I had to do some soul searching yesterday. I've been so frustrated over the "plateau" of mine. I've been sitting right about 280 since the beginning of April. I workout like a dog, i eat around 1600avg calories a day...why wasn't i losing weight.
I reached out to 4 women - each with their own goals, accomplishments and success stories.
I reached out to Yoovie - I love this girl because she tells it like it is and she doesn't take anyone's crap! She's who she is - love it or leave it. I'll admit, i'm often too scared to comment on her blogs because she responds to them and i would hate to set her off.
I reached out to Callikia - this girl has lost a GREAT amount of weight, has plateau'd at around 300lbs and is still kicking @ss regardless of that arch enemy - the scale.
I reached out to my Sister-in-law who is a personal trainer - this girl has helped so many women lose weight. I've seen her in action and ONCE...yes, only once did i allow myself to have a training session with her. My body ached for days after that 30 minute session. OMG! She should be illegal!
And i reached out to my friend that is getting married in August - you know, the one i have to wear the dress for? She currently working out and has dropped about 40lbs. She bought her dress a size 10...she is barely fitting into a size 12 right now. But she's working with a trainer and i wanted to know what she was doing that worked.
So after these 4 wonderful ladies took time out of their busy days to answer a few questions i had, here's the consensus...
1) I'm not eating enough - especially for what i was doing
2) the workouts I was doing, along with the calorie amount i was consuming, i was killing my metabolism.
3) I don't need to complete hours of cardio every day. I need to make my cardio, an hour a day, count for me. I need to interval train. Whether that's my changing my routes so i do more hills (hills and flats), or jog every few minutes between walking minutes. I need high intensity intervals!
4) My ST sucked! All i was doing was conditioning my "muscles" for endurance - garbage stuff. I need to lift heavier weights for fewer reps. If i can do 8 or 10 reps and not struggle for the last few of them - my weight isn't heavy enough.
5) I need to rest my body. I currently do not do this. I work the same muscles everyday. So on the days i ST, the next day i will not - i will allow those muscles to rest and recover. It's in the rest and recovery time that the muscles actually build up.
6) Heavier weights will NOT bulk me up and make me look like She-Hulk.
These women rock!
So i did a core/upper body workout earlier today...
floor crunches 100
oblique crunches 100
reverse crunches 60
arm curls (10lb weights - i don't have heavier at home) 60
Reverse Flys (4lb weights - ok so i need to up the weight here...i have 5 and 10lb weights i can use) 30
Arm Extensions (10lb weights) 60
Tonight i will complete my cardio: I'll be with a friend at her sons scrimmage game so we are walking the track around the field and in between (when we reach the stairs) we'll run up and down the stadium stairs. I've NEVER done this so we'll see how it goes.
I've been over weight for as long as i can remember. I've tried so many diets and it's failed. I even went to an orientation for a gastric type surgery - but I wasn't going for it once i understood what foods and drinks i would need to give up to be successful. So now it's just about eating what's healthy and working out at a healthy rate. It should be SIMPLE! But it's really not. I thought for so long that it was all about the math...calories consumed minus calories burned. But there's so much more to this equation. Like, what's the minimum number our bodies need to be healthy? We should not go below this number - other wise we are robbing ourselves. I was eating 1600 calories and burning 1100 calories on some given days and i was frustrated that i wasn't losing weight. It's because i wasn't eating enough to sustain my body. And weight lifting helps so much to slender your body! OMG i thought i would just turn into She-Hulk but i am so wrong.
This is definitely a learning process...
Yesterday when i was discussing all of this with my friend, i mentioned to her how i cry because i'm terrified i won't fit into the bridesmaid dress for her wedding. She returned with a "I don't fit into my wedding dress yet either." She bought a size 10 but she's barely a size 12 now.
So all i can do is change what i'm doing to see if this works. i won't give up. I won't stop eating right. I won't stop working out. I will simply change what isn't working.
This is still me...big and going strong!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
1) My goal was to complete 6.2 miles last night. I DID NOT think that i would have burned 1205 in those two hours. So when i saw that i decided that i needed to eat just a bit more. Here's the problem...i was sooooo exhausted and full after dinner (chicken breast with broccoli and cauliflower) that i just couldn't eat another bite.
2) It felt GREAT to be able to have walked the 6.28 miles! When i was walking i kept having that conversation with myself, "should i just do 3.1 miles? I can just stop after 3 laps or 4.8miles...That's a great walk, right? I'm tired and want to go home. It's ok that i stop right?" But instead i ignored that conversation with myself and kept moving.
So here's the deal...even though i burned a lot i didn't eat enough to cover the loss. So I KNEW i shouldn't have lost weight this morning - i mean that's been my problem these last few weeks, right? But i was down - just 0.4lbs. I'll take it, but i know i can't do these long high calorie workouts often. AND If i do, i need to eat more throughout the day.
So even though i haven't lost many pounds this month so far, i have lost inches. In fact i just came from Lane Bryant, i'm on my lunch break, and i needed to purchase new work pants. All of mine are in 26-24's. So i tried on the 24's...too big. The 22's fit perfectly! WOOOT WOOOT! I'm ecstatic!
My tops are still in the 22/24 range. I mean the 18/20's fit, but i don't enjoy all of my rolls showing. But soon...i can tell!
walk 3.1 miles outside
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