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Saturday, October 20, 2012
When I think about my journey and where I started and how I've progressed, it is still so absolutely surreal to me. I knew I was making the best decision I ever made when I hopped on the healthy train, but I had no idea where it would all lead to.
I knew I had to quit smoking so that was step one. Then I gradually added in exercise and started to change some food habits. I took it slow in the beginning and one step at a time which I think ultimately kept me interested and kept me from getting overwhelmed and quitting. I got some awesome stats from Quitnet.com that I wanted to share:
I quit Sept 15, 2009..
Time Smoke-Free: 1128 days, 11 hours, 40 minutes and 36 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 13542
Lifetime Saved: 3 months, 13 days, 10 hours
Money Saved: $4,399.20
I have tracked 35,439 fitness minutes into my SparkPeople fitness tracker since joining in Jan 2010. I know I've missed tracking a few of my workouts in there so I def have more than that, but heck! 35,439 min is really awesome to me!
Like I've said before, I never thought I'd be one to enjoy weight training because I fell into the trap believing weight training wasn't for women unless they were training for an event of some sort.. That is simply not true. Weight training is my favorite kind of workout now and I believe EVERYONE should incoorporate weight training into their workouts!
This week we did our maxes (4-6 reps of each exercise) and it's always awesome to see how much weight you can push and how far you've progressed in four short weeks! All the ladies in my group push so hard and it's just so great to be a part of that!!
My trainer busted out the camera on Thursday so I could share some pics here.
This is MY GRRR face! Arnolds, 35 lb dumbbells
All the way UP!
Fit wall push ups .. So freaking hard!
Decline chest press, 105 lbs
Tricep press down.. 110 lbs first set, 120 lbs second and third set
Froggie squats! squat low, jump, feet to butt!
This is what four weeks of progress looks like:
Whatever your goal, give it your all and make every effort to reach it. If you have to add more time to reach your goal, that's ok. Just keep striving to do your very best. We all have our "off" days, but each day is a new day.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I am so busy with life these days and my blog posts have been pretty far and few between.. I hate that because I know that I am missing out on documenting some milestones here and also know that I have readers that like updates too.
Hubby and I spent the end of September in Las Vegas celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary and lemme tell ya, we had the best of times! My hubby joked that we were wrapping up 6 years of celebration plus our honeymoon all into this one big blow out! We have never done anything extravagant for our anniversary and never got a honeymoon either so it was really cool to go out and just let loose, just the two of us. Kiddos hung out with Nana and PawPaw and, trust me, they all had a great time too! My kids were spoiled rotten by the time my parents got done with them!!
We spent time at the pool and also enjoyed some really great food and some time out on the town.. but the best part of it was when my hubby decided at the last minute to book us a couples massage!
Not only did we get a massage, but we were invited to hang out in the couples only area while waiting to be called back for our massage appointment. It was so fun to go back and change into a super cozy robe and slippers and then be taken to a room where my husband had room service bring up a bottle of champagne.. then we were taken to this room shown in the pic below.. Too.much.fun. The amazing fiber optic lighting above, the waterfall into the jacuzzi, the lighting.. Too perfect. My husband romanced the heck outta me :)
Our massages were really amazing as well. We both got deep tissue massages and though the pressure was pretty intense, I walked out of that room feeling quite refreshed! Once the massages were done, we were taken separately to Mens/Womens sides of the spa and were able to freshen up. I walked into the womens shower area.. there were about 10 different showers there and all had different shampoo/conditioner/body wash fragrants! It was tough to decide which shower to choose!!! I finally went with the Vanilla one. Something about Vanilla.. So we both got freshened up and got dressed up for dinner. The entire trip was so much fun and we both had the time of our lives!
*this is pic from internet.. not me and my husband.. just wanted to show the jaccuzi area*
Post-Vegas means I need extra recovery time! I got home last Tuesday afternoon and took Wednesday off and headed back to weight training on Thursday. Oh my goodness.. I did get through the workout and I actually had a lot more strength than I thought I would, but I still tired quickly. More rest over last weekend and then came out full throttle this week! Well, except for Monday. I caught some sort of crud and was down and out for the count most of the day. I laid around the entire day and then right before bedtime, I started to feel better and joined a group of awesome people doing a 7 Day Push Up Challenge ----> 100 push ups daily for 7 days.
Monday was Day 1 of the challenge and I completed all 100 push ups... 25 on my toes and the rest on my knees.. *ahem* THEY COUNT! It took quite a bit out of me, but I was determined to start Day 1 with everyone else. Day 2 - Day 5 have all been on my toes!!! This is a huge success! It wasn't that long ago that I coudn't do 10 push ups on my toes!
Holy freaking progress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stoked!
I also did some shopping recently.. finally. I hate to spend $ on clothes for myself, but decided I'd put it off long enough and tired of pulling and tugging on my jeans to stay up..
Vanity Premium Brand Jeans Size 26/33
My first ever pair of skinny jeans and tall boots!
Vanity Brand Size 26
f I ever thought I looked skinny, this would be the pic..
This is really me!?!?! I work hard and love the progress, but sometimes it's surreal!
I never in my lifetime thought I'd wear this size jean again!!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I blog here anewmejourney.blogspot.com/ I hope you'll come visit me !!!
I use so many different social sites, it's hard to keep up with them all and it has just become to difficult to also post my blog here.. So come visit my blog by clicking the link above!
I'm still keeping very active and have started weight training and I LOVE IT!!!! Our bodies are always so much stronger than we think! I never thought I'd be where I am in my journey, but HERE I AM!!!! Never looking back, always moving forward :)
Lots of pics on my blog too!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
My kiddos are back to school as of Monday which means it's pretty dang quiet around here and all the laundry, dusting, and cleaning is completely caught up and then some. I didn't really know what to do with myself on Monday and all the quietness so when a friend asked me to go hang out and work on our tans at the pool, I was very up for that! Then we got there and without our loud splashing kids, it was very different! Luckily, a few kids showed up not too long after we did and they created the kid noise we were used to hearing :)
Both of my kids had a wonderful first week of school and they both got really great teachers this year! We go 4 days/week and I absolutely LOVE that schedule for them... By Thursday, we're toast. It's nice to have 3 day weekends to catch up.
It's actually good gym-wise that the kiddos are back in school. I'm up getting them ready anyways so pushing the snooze button is not an option! And I can't lay there until the last minute and throw my gym clothes on and go.. So it's a win-win.
Monday was a 'tabata on steriods' crazy hard class!!! Instead of the normal 20 seconds on 10 seconds off, we went 50 seconds on 10 seconds off!!!!! We did 3 rounds of about 10-12 exercises following the 50 seconds on 10 seconds off. It was brutal.
Tuesday was kick the lawnmower day! It's a brand new mower that just likes to be stubborn towards me.. Well, I finally won and got the lawn mowed. I had to go over it twice and empty the mulch bag 5 times.. That was a def workout of the day.
Wednesday was PULL day in the weight room.
****** Warning: Bragging begins here.... *****
Started the weight training with some hamstring raises while holding a 25# plate and then it was pull up time!!! This is my 11th week working on pull ups. We are using a band that hangs from the bar and we put our foot in it to 'assist' us with pull ups. It's been really great to see progress. Last week, before using the band, trainer asked me to try a pull up without the band assistance.. COMPLETED ONE UNASSISTED PULL UP!! Omgosh, it's a big deal to me!!!! Literally hanging from the bar unable to pull myself up what-so-ever is where I began on pull ups. To be able to pull myself completely UP and get my chin OVER THE TOP OF THE BAR.. Amazing feeling!
Ok, back to this week, it's pull up time and trainer says "How many can you do this week without the band?"
I got on that bar and gave it all I had......
3 unassisted pull ups in a row !!!!!!!!!
That was one of the best feelings ever!! I have worked so hard and I strive to improve each week and sometimes I just don't see it, but this week I totally got the progression I was looking for! I finished the workout and left the gym that day with a huge smile on my face. One of my friends explained it this way: We, as girls, are told that pull ups are for boys and we will never be able to do them.
Ahem, we beg to differ!!! The chicks at the gym are ROCKING IT!!!! We're getting outside the box and it feels so good to be a part of that!
Today, I woke up so dang sore in my shoulders/back that I felt like the tin man needing his oil can. That's when I knew I'd really 'brung it' the day before! I love that next day soreness :) So it was a perfect day to head to Pilates class this morning and get in some good stretches.
Tomorrow, I tackle PUSH day in the weight room. Two words: TRX PUSHUPS. Feet up on a box, hands in the TRX, down as low as possible and push back up. Goal is to get chest even with hands. Super hard total body strength move. LOVE IT!!! The rest of the workout is awesome too, but it's the pushups that stand out to me.. like the pull ups stand out on the pull day.
I made a new headshot comparison.. I was blown away! I honestly don't remember being that person on the left.. Kinda like I blocked it out. I am soooo much happier and healthier now!! And lemme tell ya, this journey has had it's ups and downs and some days are better than others, but I wouldn't trade it for the world and will NEVER be that person on the left again. My family is worth it.. I am worth it. :)
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