Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Life

Yep it doesn't stop happening just because one decides to live a healthier lifestyle.
We are still surrounded by all the same unhealthy temptations as before so we have to learn how to co-exist with them.

My daughter visited 2 weeks ago. It was a wonderful visit with her and my grand daughter.
First temptation I gave in to: Going out to eat at Steak-N-Shake and ordering chicken strips and frenchfries drowned in cheese sauce.
second temptation I gave in to: Not doing my video on her second day here.
third temptation I gave in to: Staying up entirely too late and not getting enough sleep.

This past weekend was my preschoolers 3rd birthday.
First temptation: Birthday cake, ice cream and snacks
Second temptation: No exercise video Saturday.

Between my daughters visit and my sons birthday I was not eating real well. My weight went back up to 119. I refused to see 120 again and did well there.

Yesterday I got back on track. I ate fantastic. Only took in 1100 calories or so.
I did 32 minutes of circuit training exercises and felt fantastic. I went to bed at 7:30 and got 11 hours of sleep.
The first half of the night my muscles burned and I was so surprised because I only did level one of shred. I had been up to level 3 before my slack time and I didn't take all that much time off from exercising, just from shred.
I was able to complete shred with my 3 lb. weights and did the butterfly raises with my 5 lb weights. I'm so proud of this accomplishment. No more 1.5lb weights on level one for me.
I'm going to get chaLEAN and would love any input anyone has on this.
I restarted my shred challenge 30 days non-stop starting with level 1. I don't think I'll be on level 1 very long as I recently did complete that. Level 2 I do expect to be on for probably 6-8 days before starting level 3 then I'll do level 3 every other day alternating levels 1 and 2 in between. In addition I will be starting the power sculpt/ cardio max plan level 2...which is to do each of those videos on alternating days. I will take 2 days off per week from these two videos but will continue with the shred every day. I will not take 2 days off in a row though. I'm thinking sundays and wed or thursdays.
Sundays I go to the gym with a friend and like to use that as my "easy day"

eating: I just plan on staying within 1200-1500 calories per day concentrating on keeping my protein at close to half my carbs. I want low carbs but not very low. I do real well on a low carb diet but I'm wanting to stick to calories now.
I've been tracking my calcium intake and need to buy some supplements. I am sorely deficient there.

Monday, March 9, 2009

weekend

It really got me this time around. Add Daylight Savings Time on top of it and I'm exhausted. The time change always messes with me. Why don't we keep it a half hour behind what it is and call it even!!!! Mini Vent over.

My eating and exercise was atrocious this past weekend, and I'm having a hard time getting back into it......

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March Workout Plan

1: Shred level 2
2: Cardio Max
3: Shred Level 3 and Power Sculpt
4: Cardio Max and kick (15 minutes)
5: shred level 3 and power sculpt
6: Cardio Max and Billy Blanks Bootcamp

I will be going through days 3-6 throughout the month switching the shred levels after the 11th.
My goal is to do at least 30 minutes each and every day. I don't plan on any days off and have quit doing the shred every day as it's just as much strength as it is cardio. My strength training is now concentrated on every other day.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

continued

I completely forgot what direction I was going when I was trying to post the other night.
I know I mentioned my weight loss has slowed to a crawl.
COMPLETELY MY OWN FAULT.
First I took two days off from exercising in a row. Complete Mistake!!!!!!!!!
My butt muscles are so sore today after trying to get back into it.
Next.....I made peanut butter fudge last night, need I say more???

Even with all that I'm still not doing too terribly bad.
I am making many more healthier choices now than I ever have in the past.
I had pizza and jazzed up salad the other night where in the past I would have gone for only lots of pizza.
I ate oatmeal with apple chunks in it for breakfast this morning rather than filling up on that peanut butter fudge. Yes I did have some of that fudge too but I would have finished it off if I hadn't eaten the oatmeal.

Though I'm not losing right now I'm maintaining. I do need to stay careful to not let that weight start creeping back on. I will not weigh over 120 ever again!!! It's a vow I make to myself.
I'm at 118 now and look forward to the day I go below 113. Why 113???? That's where I quit last time I went on a low carb diet. I'm no longer following a low carb diet but I am planning on going below that 113 where I stopped before. Before I foolishly thought that if I just dropped the weight that I would be able to go back to old habits and not gain it back. Why on earth did I think that????? I gained it to begin with so should have known that there were changes within myself from my younger years. Yes when I was a teen I could eat all the junk in the world and not gain an ounce. Those days are past, and I now realize that though I didn't gain weight my choices then were definately not healthy and they set me up for this struggle I'm on today.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

so close yet......

so far away.
I'm close to my goal weight. I still have 14 lbs to go until I hit my lower goal. I still have 8 lbs to go for the month of March. It's a lot and I'm not sure if I'm going to hit the mark but I'm keeping the goal and not giving up on it until I have to.
It is possible to lose 8 lbs in a month.
My weight loss has slowed to a crawl. But I'm not discouraged by this fact because my eating habits have been less than stellar.
I'm still happy with the changes I've already made.
to be continued.....it's bedtime here.