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The Current Workout Situation

Happy Thursday Night! I’m pretty pumped that its almost the weekend….one work day to go.

Maybe you’ve noticed that one thing has been missing around here…..workout posts. Err…..or maybe any mention of workouts.

I feel like its time to confess. I haven’t completed a workout in weeks. Sadly, I can’t even remember the last time I worked out. That’s bad.

You know, I had these grand intentions of having a super active pregnancy. Running all the way up until delivery, walking everyday…never having any trouble getting in a sweat session. Then I was sick….with morning sickness. Every. Single. Day. It’s hard to find the energy to run when you have used up all your energy puking.

I did the best I could! I ran when I could. I even wrote this post for For Two Fitness with my Top Tips for Running During Pregnancy!  Please click over & read it! I’m really proud of it. They also have super cute workout clothes for expecting mamas.

By the time I felt better, good enough to run again, my body had already started to change to make room for the baby. My knees were hurting. It took me longer to catch my breath. Things jiggled…and it was painful!

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In October (at approximately 25 weeks), I completed the Home Sweet Home Virtual 5k held by my friend Sarah at Losing Weight & Having Fun. It was so hard! I thought I’d be able to do at least do walk/run intervals but I couldn’t. I had to walk. It was totally unexpected. It felt like I couldn’t breathe when I would run. Walking the 5k was fun, especially, since I convinced Blake to do it with me but I was still a little disappointed that running was so tough.

After that things went downhill….or rather just flat. Now that I think about it…that might have been my last workout. I’m a little bit shocked that its been so long! Just over two months. Yikes.

Deep down I know that its just an excuse. I could have, should have, really needed to push through it but I didn’t. But I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I mean, what good would that do anyway?

I am however, getting really anxious and excited to get back into the groove of things after the baby comes! I plan to bundle her up and go for walks as soon as I’m recovered. I know it will be tough to start from over from an endurance and fitness standpoint but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I don’t have a plan (yet). I’m just going to take it one day at time and see where things go.

I feel extremely confident about returning to my old running and workout habits post baby. It will be a whole new experience with having to balance motherhood with work and working out, but I can do it. I’m looking forward to do it!

 

 

Gym Membership or No Gym Membership?

Is a gym membership a necessity?

For the life of me, I can’t figure out if I should keep my gym membership or not…

I’ve had a membership at South Campus Athletic Club for 3 or 4 months now but I’ve been really debating if I really NEED it. Since becoming pregnant, I’ve struggled to get the gym as much as I’d like to, sometimes I’m sick or tired or just plain lazy. And the truth is, I lost all the weight without the gym.

Its best to make a pros & cons list:

PROSI enjoy the group exercise classes.
Treadmill usage in the heat/cold
Bigger variety of weights

CONSCan’t usually get the classes due to the schedule/work.
Its overcrowded.
I don’t really know what to do with all the equipment.
It costs $45/month.
Not using it as often as I’d like

 

The biggest con for me, is the cost. Its not easy for to spend $45 each month. I’m a huge worrier especially when it comes to money and bills. Obviously, its not the biggest bill ever, but it feels like a lot when I feel like I don’t really need it. I could workout at home. I have plenty of DVDs, several sets of hand weights, even a punching bag!

My gut says cancel my membership, I just worry about the winter when its icy, and yucky outside. I don’t feel comfortable running when there is ice because I am very clumsy. I’ve fallen plenty of times on run with only my feet in the way.

What do you guys think? Do you have a gym membership?

 

Picking A Workout Plan

YES! Another week is nearly over! I’m pumped for the weekend, its my mother-in-laws birthday so I will watching people golf. Then Sunday we are going hiking again, yippee!

So let’s talk about picking a workout plan…

Finding a workout plan can be quite daunting. A quick Google search will bring up hundreds of results…all claiming to be the best. They are all different! Its seriously overwhelming.

The key to picking a workout plan is picking one you enjoy that will get you the results you want. That’s right the number one key to picking the perfect workout plan is to find you enjoy. The fact is that you if HATE the plan you most likely won’t stick to it.

When looking for a workout plan you want to keep in mind 4 areas for improvement: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, and flexibility. Basically, you want your lungs to be strong and you want strong muscles that can work for a long time that are stretchy! (Please keep in mind I am no expert, if you would like an expert’s advice… see a doctor or trainer!)

Personally, I’ve always struggled to hit all four areas. I tend to be higher on the cardio side than anything. It comes with being a runner, but lately I’ve been trying to focus on the weight lifting. Still lacking in flexibility…so I need to step it up there.

There are plenty of place to find good quality workout plans, your local library or bookstore will have a good selection. Health and fitness magazines from the grocery store plus there tons of them online. You can also use a set of DVDs like the Insanity program or Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution. Or you could have one personally tailored for you by a personal trainer.

One of my newest favorite websites for finding workout plans is www.BodyBuilding.com. This place is amazing! There is so many plans to choose from and they have a ton of information. Every workout plan is accompanied by video clips for each move, nutrition plans, and even supplement (vitamins, protein and things of that nature) information if that’s something interests you. They also offer a little quiz based on your personal information to help narrow things down.

I recently decided to step up my weight program to try and build some guns muscles. The first program I picked was not the best one for me. It had a lot of moves that require a lot of different machines and truth be told it was a pain! One, I don’t have a workout partner so I felt unsure about doing things that require a spotter and secondly, my gym is very busy. I was spending a lot of time waiting for machines. Not cool. My first thought was to just substitute things so that it was more accessible for me.

However, while I was researching I found a new plan! Its perfect! It doesn’t have junk that hate…like burpees or box jumps. Its well rounded -3 days of weight training, 2 days of full cardio, and 2 days of rest/yoga. It also includes extra cardio on two of the weight days which I really like because it gives me the extra calorie burn. Here’s a link to the plan.

I’m really happy with my new plan. It uses all the different cardio machines (bikes, treadmills, elliptical, Stairmaster) so its not the same thing everyday. Today I used the spin bike for 40 minutes and it was killer! I was soaked…if the plan hadn’t specific to use the bike I would have just run like I always do. This plan uses a few machines but it also uses dumbbells which are easy to access and I can even do it at home if I can’t get to the gym.

The last tip I have for you is- don’t be afraid to try something else. If you are currently spending hours on the elliptical but not happy with it try Zumba or Spinning. Keep trying until you find something you really like. You have to try new things until you find the one that works for you. Feeling stuck into a workout plan is the worst! I always have to keep my workouts fresh.

And that’s all I have tonight! See ya later!

 

May Goals

It’s a fresh month! I love the start of a new month because it feels like a new start.

I really need a fresh start right now. I really need to focus and buckle down on my weight loss goals and get to my goal weight! I’ve been in the same weight range for months. Since February to be exact, its good news that I’m not gaining weight. I’ve fluctuated a little bit within about 5 lbs either direction of 182 lbs. However, I would like to get down to a healthy weight according to the BMI scale which is around 160 lbs for woman of 5 feet 7 inches.

I know I can do this, I’ve already lost 50 lbs, I know I can lose 20 more. If you follow me on MyFitnessPal, you know that a few days ago, I said the time to lose this weight is NOW. Fortunately, Ashley at Coffee Cake and Cardio posted a 7 Week Weight Loss Challenge so I jumped on board for a little extra social aspect to this game.

The best way for me to stay on track is to set a few goals this month and keep myself accountable.

May Goals:
-Keep food in check on the weekends, the weekends are not an excuse to overeat.
-Get in 5 minimum workouts each week.
-Blog daily. (Also a part of my plan to make the most of each day!)
-No soda. I recently started drink soda again on occasion…NO More.
-Enjoy the outdoors more! Hiking last weekend was a blast! I want to do something like it every weekend.

So that the plan! Lots of plan lately, but that what helps me to succeed! Now its time to fold my one load of laundry and read a little bit.

Successful January!

January 2013 rocked! I totally kicked butt this month! I had zero days where I went totally crazy and ate and ate and ate! ZERO! That’s huge. Like monumentally.

This morning I weight 183.2 pounds, with a loss of 7.4 for the whole month.

Wow!

That’s a good month for me. Like it took me 12 months to lose 30 pounds last year… So as you can see I really kicked butt. In total inches I lost about 7 inches. Mostly from my belly, hips, and chest! I lost an inch in my hips, which is so exciting because I’ve been wearing a belt with a few pairs of my size 8 jeans, maybe, just maybe, I will fit in to a 6 soon. That will be a great day!

As for February 2013… I’m ready to kill it!

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The How and Why…
– I mentioned the 28 Day Blog Challenge yesterday, everyday this month I will be making some changes to the blog to help improve it!

– I’m getting closer and closer to my goal weight. Officially on the BMI chart my ideal weight is 160 which still feels so far away, so I’m working towards 5 pound chunks. At each five pound increment, I’d like to access where my I’m at how I feel, if I want to lose more and then finally settle on a happy weight for me and my body. Another 5 lbs in February is perfect to help me reach these goals, of course no complaints if I lose more!

-I’d like to get to the point where I do some yoga, even just a short flow on most days of the week, so I need to start building be habit slowly. I set reminders in my phone for every Monday and Wednesday to do some yoga. This will help me start the habit!

-I don’t think I will have any problem sticking with the insanity schedule, but it important enough to me that I want to include it on the list!

-Somedays I drink 100 oz of water, other days I only get about 30 oz. I think tracking will help me stay consistent and get more water on average!

That’s it! What are your February goals? Anything exciting planned this month?

Eat, Sweat, and Blog Challenge Info

Hello All!

This morning I started the day with a classic breakfast!

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One egg, two egg whites, spinach, mushrooms, and cheese. Plus toast with raspberry jam. All of a sudden I started adding Tapito to my eggs, I like it! And that jam isn’t approved on the Elite program, but B’s Grandma made it and its the best.

Then I headed off to work. I should have packed my self 3 meals to go, but I only took two, oops.

My second meal today was protein shake.

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It was so thick and creamy! One cup of frozen mixed berries, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, a banana, 1 cup of non-fat milk, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and ice! The only problem is the dang seeds in the berries, I hate those!

For my third meal I had 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and half a pb&j. Forgot to photograph it! Boo.

I also cheated a little a lot and had a latte. I made sure it had a cup of milk, it could be included in one of my meals, it’s just the sugar I’m to avoid.

As soon as I got home I started my workout, tonight I took before and after workout pictures, just for fun!

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Thank goodness I workout at home where wearing clothing is somewhat optional. I get so hot and sweaty that I just wear short and sport bra. Never would happen in public!

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My hair gets so fuzzy when I sweat! Tonight’s workout was tough, of course. Tomorrow I will take my rest day.

In other news, I ordered my Sweat Pink tank tonight! I ordered an extra large because it said they run small, I hope it fits! I’m thinking about hosting a fun walk with some of my friends. Like we can get together, go for a walk, and I’ll have some healthy snack plus maybe some prizes. Wouldn’t that be fun? I wish all of YOU could come! I’ll have to do a fun giveaway too!

I also signed up for Katy’s 28-Day Blog Challenge! Starting tomorrow, she will give ideas to help improve my blog. I’m still learning about all the behind the scenes blogging stuff, so this will be nice!

I’m excited to get started tomorrow, plus I will be posting my January stats and new goals for February!

 

Great News!

I have tons of good news!

Let’s start with the biggest and best… I’m now a Sweat Pink Ambassador!Photobucket

Welcome to the Sweat Pink™ movement, where tough and girly come together at last. Sweat Pink™ is all about sharing the joy that comes from living a healthy lifestyle. It’s a celebration of hard work and well-earned rewards. Our pink shoelaces are a proud demonstration of all we’ve achieved, and all we plan to become.

I’m super excited! I’m working on getting my bio up on the site, but I’m so stoked that I couldn’t wait to share. I totally can’t wait to meet my new Sweat Pink sisters! I’ll definitely be sharing everything with you guys.

Next!

I finished the first week of Insanity workouts! How did that happen? I swear I just started this yesterday, I’ve even double triple checked the schedule to make sure I didn’t miss one. Tomorrow is my scheduled rest day, but I’m thinking about moving ahead one day and then having my rest day on Friday. Fridays are the hardest days for me to get a workout in, I can’t do them after work because I have to get up early on Saturdays. Working out too close to bed keeps me up for hours. I haven’t decided which day will be my rest day.

More good news…the scale moved! Finally! Two weeks of nothing, then it finally dropped. I’m so relived. Stay tuned on the 1st for my January results and February goals! I’m looking forward to that post.

Lastly, my birthday is in 6 weeks and here in Washington that means I have to renew my Driver’s License. I got a notice in the mail today. No one really loves doing that…. but I’m kind of looking forward to it! For the very first time I will be able to tell them a weight I’m proud to say aloud! No need to lie. Feels good! Even if I’m the only one that cares.

Well good night friends, I’ll be back in the morning!