Fit Challenge Week 7

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Here is to week 7!! I have stayed pretty much at the same weight as last week but the difference is I have started light strength training to couple with my Gazelle. When I was younger (geez that sounds like I am ancient), I used to do light weight lifting. Not only that but I used to help my dad in his tire shop to move tires, clean out the bays, and help load his truck…anything that my brother was not able to do I helped with. When I look back at my younger self I realize the one big thing that changed in my life was I no longer did as much strength training as I did when I was younger. I used lift dumbbells when I was not lifting tires :). It was a huge thing and I never realized how much. So in changing my lifestyle choices that include my eating and exercising, I am going to add some light strength training to my routine. I know adding this kind of exercise probably will not allow me to lose weight as quickly (muscle weighs more then fat) but I believe this is a better route to go especially as I am getting older. I need that extra protection in muscle mass to prevent major issues.

So here I am now. I am not excited about my weight but you know what I am not going to focus strictly on my number although it is important and I am going to lose the weight I want. I am going to focus instead on building my strength, endurance, and well being. Because my health is more important and the changes I make now will show the end results I want.

Fit Challenge week 7:

Height: 5′ 7″

Age: 38

Weight : 178.2

My bust: 38 in

My waist: 32 in

My Hips: 37 in

A little brag….

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Yes I know I should not brag and I have already posted an update about my progress but you know what I don’t care…lol!! I feel good today!! I accomplished two things today, so far….I had a breakthrough on my gazelle!! Before my trip I had been doing 20:00 mins and averaging 1.2 – 1.3 miles. Today going for 20 mins I hit 1.65 miles!! I was so happy!! I know it does not seem like a huge amount, but when you go from a point when you can hardly breathe at just a little over a mile and you are so close to 2 miles in the same length of time it feels like you just conquered the world. Ok that might be exaggerating but it is an amazing feeling!! The second thing I accomplished was the Camel Pose or the Ustrasana * in yoga. For those that do not do yoga this might not seem like too much considering awhile back I also was able to get into the Wheel pose or the Urdhva Dhanurasana .* The Camel pose was always harder for me because I have had issues with my shoulders. But this morning when I did my yoga I made the attempt and my back and shoulders released and I was able to go into it so easily. I was so happy!!! So I’m done with my brag today 😀

 

 

*The pictures came from http://www.Yogajournal.com.

Getting back on the wagon

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OK might not be the best time to say I am getting back on the wagon and continuing my journey to fitness considering we are going on a vacation next week. :O  But you know what….I have to put myself back on the right path sometime because there will always be something that comes up. Whether it be a trip, a get together, a night out, hanging out with the kids…etc. There will always be something no matter what you do. How you deal with it the day after is what matters. Does that mean after you have your fun that you are supposed to feel guilty afterwards and then go to extremes to say that you are making up for what you did? No! What it means is that you acknowledge the fact you made some not so wise choices and move on. It means you know that what you did was not good for you and that not necessarily won’t do it again but will be more attuned to what you are doing and might not do it exactly the same way.

So here we are starting almost at the beginning again. I have lost weight but no where near as much as I would like to. I will do it…here’s my stats to start all over again.

Fit Challenge week 1:

Height: 5′ 7″

Age: 38

Weight : 181.5

My bust: 38 in

My waist: 32 in

My Hips: 38 in

 

Along with the final goal above I am going to hold myself a little more accountable. I am going to set myself smaller goals during this time. This is to help me keep focused not only on the larger goal but to help me stay on track. This is where my Monthly check in will happen:

Goal weight by July 28, 2016:  176

 

As I said above, I am going on vacation next week…I might not be able to post my weekly check in but I will definitely be keeping up with everything. My next post will be in 2 weeks. Maybe I’ll have something good to show 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Start…Have to do this!!!

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As I have said in may posts in the last year, I am trying to get down to my ideal weight. Reality says my ideal weight is like 140 pounds. Where that is a possibility for me to do, it’s not exactly where I would feel comfortable…at least at this moment. That’s why I have set my goal at 150. That being said I have not reached the goal I wanted to. I could make every excuse in the book and I could say it’s because it’s genetic…etc. But I don’t believe that…not really. I know it was me being lazy and eating things I should not. I know it’s because I did not do the exercising I should have done. I know if I just keep my head straight I can do it. So starting today, I am resetting my goal timeframe. I am going to start again with a new year and possibilities. I realize this sounds like I am quitting but I am not. Let me say that again…I AM NOT QUITTING.

SO with everything I have just said I am posting my goals once again that I am setting for myself here:

  1. get weight down from 180 pounds to 150 pounds by June 16, 2017
  2. will make a full progress post every 4 months
  3. set monthly attainable goals
  4. post weekly to keep track
  5. eat better (limit junk food, no bread)
  6. drink more water
  7. exercise once every day (yoga, walking, strength exercises)

I know everyone here says well you are already, so you say, doing this. I know and I know that I have not been on track like I should. That is me and I will make this happen. I have to…that’s all I can say. Now I just have to keep reminding myself.

 

 

 

 

Week 40

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I’ll be honest, I really wanted to lose so much more weight than I have. I am sitting at week 40 and I have not moved much at all from my original weight. Is it because I haven’t tried? No I have tried. Is it because I don’t want to? No, because believe me I do. Have I changed at all? I think I have…just not in the way I wanted to. But like with everything, when you set out to do one thing or change another thing and you end up doing or changing something else. I really have not reached the goal I set myself so many months ago but I did change my kids’ outlook on their diet and exercise routines. I did learn to cook more things other than what we were eating. I did stop eating out like we used to. I have cut our consumption of soft drinks to almost none. With all this said, does this mean I am going to stop trying to reach my goal weight? Does this mean I am going to go back to old habits? Does this mean I am going to quit? The answer is a resounding NO!!

Anyway I still have 12 weeks to the end 😀

 

My age: 38

My height: 5′ 7″

My weight: 180.9 lbs

My bust: 38 in

My waist: 32 in

My Hips: 38 in

 

 

Week 28 – Really?!

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Ok I know I am a little late in posting this but I had a really long day yesterday and did not have a chance to do anything on here. Sorry all!!

Well needless to say I have been exercising more but again I am sort of stuck. My stats really did not change from last week. I am still doing everything I should be but I guess I just have to keep pushing. I wish I could see a the change on the outside that I feel on the inside. I know I no longer have issues with my running (I can breathe better) and I really don’t want to eat as much either (drinking more water). I feel the difference but I want to see the difference too!!! It will come I just have to be patient I guess.

 

Week 28:

My age: 38

My height: 5′ 7″

My weight: 183.2 lbs

My bust: 38 in

My waist: 34 in

My Hips: 39 in

Week 20 – Achievements or not

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Well here I am again. Each week I come and tell you what I have or have not done. This week is not too much different from the previous weeks except, I am improving my flexibility and being able to sleep a lot better at night. Maybe these are not big achievements or at least not what I was aiming for but you know something, as much as I try to center on one thing maybe I am losing sight of what I originally started out to do: To be healthy. Does this mean I am not trying to lose weight? No. Does it mean I am not trying to change bad habits? No. It means the more I think about it, the more I am starting to realize I am missing the small changes that are happening to help the big goal on its way. So with all this said, I am going to stop worrying so much about everything and just stay focused on the long term. But I am going to start paying more attention to all the little things that I have not been 🙂

 

Week 20 Stats:

My age: 38

My height: 5′ 7″

My weight: 179.6 lbs

My bust: 38 in

My waist: 34 in

My Hips: 39 in