Sunday, May 13, 2007
Inner thigh: 22"
OK, so the weight has stopped coming off and the inches seem not to be budging, but something must be happening because this is the first month that I looked in the mirror and was really proud of what I saw reflected back. I put on an old bikini that I always loved but had not fit in in almost 7 years and ... TA DAHHH! I couldn't believe it - it fit! Then, I pulled out my summer clothes and realized that NOTHING fit - it was all TOO BIG! So I went shopping and tried on a pair of the teeniest shorts I could find - VA VOOM! I can say that I am truly, truly happy with my appearance, despite not having reached my goal weight. My arms are cut, my abs are sculpted, my quads and hammies are developed, I'm so happy I could cry ... I've stopped logging my exercise and food on Spark People, because I haven't the time and I don't feel I need to anymore. The site has given me the tools to really evaluate what I eat on a daily basis and I truly have turned them into "Healthy Habits." I eat right and exercise every day so I don't feel the need to log it all the time.
This month, I've decided to start concentrating on my giant butt. I never cared about this part of my body before, but as the rest of me becomes buff, it's starting to bug me. I'm also going to begin working on my legs more.
I plan to reward myself with a brand new mountain bicycle this month.
As for my schedule, I've stopped stressing getting 8 hours of sleep. Some days I get 7; some I get 6. If I get less, I don't work out that morning - period. This has really helped my stress levels and I don't feel so pressured to rush right to bed as soon as I finish dinner. I can enjoy some time with my husband and laise about before hitting the hay. Still, we may consider moving next year, as my husband's daily commute is worse than mine. For now, though, we are going to enjoy another summer on the mountain in our new home.
*10-min. mile, 5% incline, 2 minutes
*17-min. mile, 5% incline, 2 minutes
*45 minutes: I walk up a very steep hill for about 3 blocks and then run; walk up another steep hill for about 1 block and then run again. Living on a mountain comes in very handy this way.
*Hammer curls: 15lbs, 2 sets, 8 reps
*Bicep curls: 15lbs, 2 sets, 12 reps
*Pushups: 2 sets, 12 reps/Incline on stability ball: 2 sets, 12 reps
*Chair dips: 2 sets, 12 reps
*Shoulder press: 10lbs, 2 sets, 15 reps
*Dumbbell lateral raises: 15lbs, 2 sets, 12 reps
*Hamstring flexion with ball: 2 sets, 15 reps
*Forward lunges with dumbell: 10lbs, 3 sets, 15 reps
*Step-up, leg extension: 2 sets, 12 reps
*Extended arm crunches: 50
*Straight leg raises: 15
*Plank: 30 secs, 2 x
*Reverse flys on ball: 10lbs, 2 sets, 15 reps
Still going well. I have trouble behaving come the weekend, but I'm still pretty good at not going overboard with fats and sugars. I do give in, but I do it in moderation. Still, I wish I did better and think that this is why the pounds have stopped coming off.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Inner Thigh: 22"
The new schedule is hellatious. I wake up, work out, drive, work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed. I have but 1 hour to relax and let my food digest and it's beginning to upset me. The weight is coming off at a snail's pace and I really fear that it's because I'm: A. not getting enough sleep and B. not giving myself enough time to digest dinner. My appetite, however, is insatiable. I am not really an emotional eater, but the past few weeks have seen ravenous hunger - we're talking stomach-gurgling, headache-forming HUNGER. I have upped my calorie intake and still (as I have always) eat very sensibly (high protein, med carbs, low, low fat, barely any sugar).
I wish my appetite was a result of pregnancy. But, alas, no such luck, yet.
April sucked and I feel depressed.
I am pretty much freed from this habit except when I drink. That may never change.
Exercise: I'm working on running steadily at a 3.0 incline and eventually up to a 5.0.
Treadmill: 20 minutes a day, 4 days per week
*10-min mile, 2.0 or 3.0 incline - 20 min
*20-min mile, 12.0 incline- 5 min (cool down)
Stair climbing: 10 minutes a day, 2-3 days per week
Just going up and down my stairs, alternating between skipping steps and running. Great for the hamstrings and calves.
Strength Train: 20-20 minutes every other day
Pushups: 10 regular! 2 sets
Crunches: 50 upper abs, 15 lower, 30-sec planks
Arms: 12-15 chair dips x2/12 lateral arm raise x2/12 shoulder press x2/12 curls x2
Legs: 15 wall squats with ball x2/12 lunges with 5lb dumbells x2/12 flexion hamstrings with ball x2
Ugh. Cravings have been out of control, but I AM controlling them. Bought lo-cal fudgesicles to ward off sugar cravings (which I NEVER used to have). I'm a salt junkie! Appetite has been ravenous.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Inner Thigh: 23
Brand new job, which adds an extra 30 minutes onto my commute. I have to rise at 4:30 a.m. to get 30 min. cardio in each day, but I'm doing it! Only trouble is, since it's about an hour and a half drive, I don't get home until about 7-8 p.m. That means, I have to make and eat dinner leaving barely enough time for my food digest before I have to be in bed. I have to be in bed no later than 9 p.m. if I want to get 7-8 hours of sleep. This is a HUGE challenge. I'm managing, but it's taking a lot to get used to. Doctor gave me an Ambien prescription so I'm not fighting each night to fall asleep when I have to.
It's no longer a demon, as I am not AVERAGING one per day as I was last month. Instead, I either have none, half or one, even when drinking. I'm kind of OK with this and not sure I will give that last one up.
Treadmill: 35 minutes, 6 days per week
*20-min mile, max incline - 5 min.
*An 11-min mile is normal now, which I keep up for about 15 min.
*Switch to a 10-min mile, which I can keep up for almost 10 min.
*Cool down: 5% incline, 20-min. mile - 5 min.
Stairs: 10 minutes, every other day
I go up my stairs, skipping steps for about 10 min. before hopping on the treadmill every other day to switch things up. This is REALLY hard & my calves are sore for days after. Good times!
Aeorbics: 20-30 minutes, weekends
Love my hip-hop aerobics DVD. Learning the routine & now it's much fun. I do this on the weekends.
Strength Train: 20-30 minutes, every other day
Pushups: 8 regular! 2 sets - No more modified push ups!
Crunches: 50 raised arm, 15 leg lifts (sooo hard), 12 reverse
Arms: Chair dips - 12 reps/2 sets, Dumbbell squats - 12 reps/2 sets
Back: Superman - 30 seconds/2 sets, Reverse crunches - 12 reps/2 sets
Going strong. Always bring my lunch, fight temptation and feel really good about eating so well. Still get very hungry some days, but I'm learning how to fix that.
Monday, February 05, 2007
I began my smoking cessation on Jan. 2. I've gone from a pack a day, to averaging 1 per day. Having trouble giving up the one I smoke at night and the 2 or 3 I smoke when drinking on the weekends. I bought a carton before the holidays and have less than a pack left. When that's gone, I give it up entirely.
Bought a treadmill on Jan. 8. Ran 4 days per week.
Warm Up: 10 min., 12% incline, 2.5
Run: 10 min. 5.0/5 min. 5.3/5 min. 5.5 (10-12 min mile)
Cool Down: 5 min. walk 3.0 + 10 min. stretching
Pushups: 3 regular/5 cheat push ups
Crunches: 20 raised arm, 15 toe touches, 30 obliques, 15 leg lifts
Began the Well Being Diet on Jan. 29. Includes meal plans reducing calories to 1300-1500.
Start Sparks diet plan on Feb. 12 (Gotta go food shopping for new menu plans).
Just signed up today, won't follow meal plans until next week, Feb. 12.
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