Thursday, January 30, 2014
I want to take this quick blog to let you know about the DVD SparkPeople sent me to try out and review for the SparkNation!! :)
I was so excited when I was chosen to receive this DVD. I adore Coach Nicole and she always makes me feel great about myself, even when I can’t do a workout initially. I never beat myself up when she’s there motivating me.
The DVD is called 28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole. I know, I know. ‘Shelby, a Boot Camp workout, really?? That seems a little intense.’ Don’t worry, I was a little scurred, too. But knowing how Coach Nicole trains, I was up for the challenge.
When Day 1 came around, I was anticipating that workout all day while I was at work. I got home, got changed, sluffed off the makeup and threw in the DVD. Well, not really. I didn’t want it scratched. I gently placed the DVD into the DVD player. You are given the option of creating your own workout or sticking with the 28 Day Plan. I chose the latter. Coach Nicole knows me well enough to know what I need, I trust her. ;-)
HAHAHA. I am completely uncoordinated based on Day 1. I couldn’t get the footwork for some reason. I’m not sure if it was me, or if it was the video. I couldn’t seem to get a good grip on HOW she was making the moves look so fluid, so I sort of improvised and kept my body moving. The visuals weren’t as inspiring as I would have liked, just a basic almost-empty background. The assistants showing altered/simplified moves seemed pleasant, but not overly enthused to be there. I need to be pumped up! I like loud colors and louder music, so Day 1 just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Hoping it gets more poppin’ later on…or maybe I need to be more patient. It was just Day 1 after all...
Due to the passing of my grandfather (I was out of state without the DVD), I was unable to workout to the DVD like I had planned. And with the weather in Phoenix being so gorgeous, I've spent more time outdoors than cooped up in my apartment. I anxiously look forward to getting all 28 days in. I know it will be great!
(FYI – the DVD is available at Walmart and that members will get 250 SparkPoints for buying their DVD at Walmart, and will be entered to win a $500 Walmart gift card for purchasing before Jan. 31, 2014.)
Here is the link to purchase the DVD directly from SparkPeople: www.sparkpeople.com/28daybootcamp
*I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.*
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The number of SparkleLovelies who have joined me on this journey (as of this post).
The number of reasons I share what I share.
The number of friends who know exactly what I've gone through. Exactly what I am currently going through. And exactly what I will eventually go through.
The number that shows me that I am not alone.
This number on my Friends page is misleading. Some of these Lovelies no longer have active pages. I know some Sparkers have deleted inactive accounts from their Friends Lists.
I can't bring myself to do this task. I hold out hope that these friends will someday return. That someday soon, I will see their username in my Friend Feed saying, "I'M BACK!!!!"
Some Sparkers may find that having so many Lovelies on here makes it impersonal. I understand that mentality. I want you to know that I don't stockpile friendships in an attempt to be popular. And I certainly do not take you for granted. When you add me as a friend, it means something to me. I hope it means something to you, too.
For me, it means that I am here for you. When you need motivation. When you need a shoulder. When you need to know this process is not futile, that it can be successful. I am here.
I am here for all 1,159 of you.
The number of times I say thank you. Thank you for being an important part of my life. And thank you for allowing me the honor of being a part of yours.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
January 1st. The day millions of people resolve to go to the gym; to eat better; to be more active. How many times has this been you?
I know it's been me MANY a time. New Years' Resolutions seem to build up so much hope that one slip brings you down. And brings you down quickly.
No more New Years' resolutions for this gal. Mine is a New Years' Commitment...or Re-commitment, if you will...
I know I can do this. I've already done it. I've already won. What I need is a little kickstarter. I have the tools. I have the support. I have the friends (AKA you, my SparkleLovelies).
I had a weak moment last night. 'A' and I enjoyed some Chipotle for dinner. After, I was craving some Cold Stone ice cream. But I'm cheap so I wasn't going to pay full price. I went to their website and joined their little rewards club because they said they'd send an email for a BOGO within 24 hours. Had they sent it promptly, I would have made him go with me.
Luckily, it didn't arrive in my inbox until 2:00am. When I woke up this morning and saw it, it didn't look that appealing. I emailed 'A' at work letting him know that I didn't really want it anymore. He called me a liar (LOL!!). But we went back and forth for a little bit about how 2014 is going to be OUR year in many areas. Healthwise, he wants to burn some fat; I want to finally reach my goal weight.
After he called me a liar, I deleted the Cold Stone email AND emptied my recycle bin. Now, I can't get a BOGO. And I'm still too cheap to pay full price, so I'm good.
What an empowering feeling. I told him I didn't know how long my willpower (AKA ice cream avoidance) would last, but that I really am trying. He said he was proud of me and told me what a strong woman I am. That was enough right there.
And you know what? 2014 is going to be OUR year.
Cheers, my Lovelies!!
PS - here's us this past Sunday before the Niners/Cards game. Another sports rivalry of ours :)
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Sometimes we crash and burn. It sucks, but is usually inevitable.
I stressed so hard about fitting into that bridesmaid dress that, after the wedding, I let it all go. I didn't exercise for two weeks. I ate whatever I wanted.
How did that go for me, you ask? Well, I gained about 8 pounds.
'A' and I need to get our derrieres in gear for the Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Race in two weeks, but we haven't even really started. We've been eating out and lounging around when we should be cooking our own dinners and being active at night.
I flat out told him last night that I needed to stop. He commented about how he hadn't gained any weight this weekend. Jerk. I gained three pounds.
Last night, I cooked my healthy dinner: chicken breast with steamed veggies. And I went for a 3.5 mile walk/jog with 'A's mom and sisters. It felt good.
Two pounds down of that three I gained.
I need to continue this. I can't let myself fall back into my old ways. Finding the motivation again, which is great on so many levels.
I am excited for dinner again tonight. Gonna throw in a DVD workout, possibly a jog.
Enough is enough.
This gal is BACK!!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Routine can be boring. The same workouts, the same foods, the same la-di-da day in and day out can burn a gal out.
I have my normal foods - cereal for brekkie, sandwich for lunch, meat and veggies for dinner. And I have my normal workouts - usually morning jogs and after work DVD workouts.
But I noticed that these things have become boring. So boring that I hadn't been doing them like I should. First thought in the morning: "Jogging again? Blah..."
Then, with perfect timing, 'A' told me about a boxer at his gym who offered him free boxing cardio training sessions on Saturdays and got the okay for me to tag along. Said we could burn 1,000 calories in an hour. Sounds fun, right?
Saturday morning, I met 'A' at his place and we headed to Phoenix College, where this training happens. Met up with his boxer friend. After stretching, Boxer says, "Okay, run a mile at your own pace." When we finished that, he put a weight vest (25 lbs) on me and gave 'A' a 45 lb weight to carry so we could lunge up the bleachers. 22 steps. 4 times. OUCH.
Right after that, we walked over to a set of HUGE tires. I couldn't even budge it off the ground, so 'A' got to have that fun. I just did sets of one legged squats (with my opposite leg propped back against a tire).
Doing good, I thought. Doing good.
Now, push ups. Uh oh. Boxer does five. 'A' does 5. Shelby does 5. Then 10, 15, 20, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5. OH MY GOSH. OUCHHHHHHH!!!! I did modified push ups on the clay track, so my palms and knees are all shades of jacked up bruising, LoL.
Are we done yet?
No such luck.
Time to shadow box. Put boxing gloves on and follow Boxer who was wearing the pads on his hands. Sets of 15 boxing high, then to the side, then uppercuts, then to the sides again. Set of 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2.
I actually really enjoyed this. Who knew hitting someone could be so therapeutic? :)
That was the last event. We felt good for the rest of the day, knowing we would feel the brunt of it on Sunday, Oh yeah. Definitely.
I could barely move on Sunday. And my lack of activity had me hurting more. When we decided to go for a walk on Sunday evening, I was limping the entire way. 'A' pitied my pathetic butt so much that he offered me a piggyback ride, lol.
Monday was rough getting up, but I loosened up throughout the day at work.
This morning, I am feeling back to normal(ish), lol. I got up to jog at 5:30am. Felt good. I've been slacking on my water, and it seems that jogging always boosts my water intake throughout the entire day, so here's hoping it becomes routine again.
Even though Saturday had me couch ridden for most of Sunday, I'm looking forward to going again this weekend. I was told we're dropping the weights for our bleacher lunging and adding more shadow boxing. I'm stoked!!
Make this week count, my Lovelies!!
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