Sunday, August 19, 2012

Numbers Don't Lie!

Well my time with Killing it With Kilgore is almost over. I'm very sad by this realization. So let's focus on some good news. I ran my last timed mile on Saturday. To refresh your memory here is how my timed miles have improved.

May 14th my time was 12:51
June 11th my time was 11:06
Aug 18th my time was 10:08

That's right I shaved off almost one minute from my last timed mile and about 3 minutes off my original time!!!  *I didn't run a timed mile in July because Christy was on vacation.*
I'm thrilled with the progress I have made.

Here are some more numbers for you to measurements!

                MAY                                              AUGUST                    TOTAL INCHES LOST
Waist       40 1/2"                                           37 1/2"                                           3"
Hip          43"                                                 41"                                                 2"
Bust         43 1/2"                                          39 1/2"                                           4"   
Thigh       (L)21" (R)21 1/2"                         (L)18" (R)18 1/2"                          3"
Arms       (L)12 1/2" (R)12 1/2"                    (L)12" (R)12"                               1/2"

Of course the boobs are always the first to go (LOL) and I have to say I'm happier with my new size. I was a little disappointed in only losing a half inch on my arms but since they are more defined I happy. I'm not wearing tank tops YET but I am wearing shorter sleeved shirts...that's a start! I have been showing off my legs more =) I feel confident in a pair of shorts now!!

My starting weight was 180 pounds and now I weigh 163 pounds That's a total weight loss of 17 pounds!!! My goal was to lose 20 pounds, so I'm very happy with this number.

I have had trouble finding time to workout lately. To be honest, I'm not sure if I'm making excesses or if my reasons are legit. Either way...I have decided to join the YMCA!!! I'm going Monday morning to sign the family up. This is something I have wanted to do for years but have put it off do to my small fear of gym memberships. Now that I have a good start on a healthier lifestyle I'm ready to make gym visits a priority. By the way, Christy is so awesome that she is meeting me at the Y to show me around.

The main benefit for me joining the gym is child care.  I can get a good workout in while Cameron is playing with "his kids".  CUTE CAMERON SAYING: He refers to Christy's sons as "my boys" and the kids at church are "my kids" I think he maybe a little possessive. Okay, back to gym talk...I am looking forward to the classes and swimming but since the number one reason/excuse that I have for not getting in a good workout is Cameron; I'm looking forward to child care the most. I'm pretty sure I have blogged about Cameron hiding from me or going past his boundaries while I was working out outside. It's too stressful for me to deal with.

My last few workouts have involved Cameron. I have bench pressed him, done tons of leg workouts, and the one he likes the best but is super hard for me is push-up with him on my back. I can only do about 5 modified before I collapse. I do suggest if you have a young one at home try doing some fun moves with them, it's playtime for them and you can burn some calories.

Check back soon for before and after pics!
Please be patient as I try to get the nerve up to post them, LOL!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Obstacle Course

So I may be just a little excited that Christy is back from her vacation. I'm a little jealous too, she said the weather was around 75 to 80 degrees and they played outside all day long.  It's been 100 plus for weeks now here in Oklahoma. I'm use to the fact that summertime here means if you want to do anything outside you have to start early in the morning or wait until (later than I can stay up) night. So the hot weather has been added to my list of obstacles to overcome.

I did better at keeping up with my workouts. I woke up early on Monday and ran 1.25 miles, Tuesday I met up with Christy for a great workout. On Wednesday I waited until Cameron took his nap and did Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown, that I check out at the library. Took Thursday off but had a full day of house hunting with the mother-in-law and of course Cameron was with us. Friday I woke up early and did  a workout that I created. It was harder than I thought it would be but it felt good outside so I didn't mind. Oh, and while I was doing my warm-up run I kept having to pull my shorts up!! 

I went on a girls weekend, well actually half weekend trip. My friend picked me up late Friday afternoon and we headed to another friends house in Dallas. We had dinner and drinks. I felt like I ate pretty well. I had crab stuffed salmon with asparagus but it had a creamy sauce on it that I tried to avoid but it was so yummy I'm pretty sure I had more than I needed. Saturday we got up and went shopping.  I didn't want to buy too much since I'm still trying to lose weight so I just bought a skirt and a pair of capris. After a late lunch we headed back home.

I ended up having a few sodas on Saturday because I was so tired but later I realized that I was still tired and I had heartburn. Not a good choice! Also, I didn't prepared for our shopping trip by taking almonds or something to snack on. So for our late lunch I ate too much and too fast.I didn't eat dinner either because I was so full from lunch. I'm just glad that is not my normal eating schedule.

So I'm going to try to continue my workout plan of working out a least 4 day a week but I'm going to focus on my eating habits. I know that if I eat health I feel better but for some reason I don't always make the best choices when it comes to picking the right foods and drink. So aging...NO SODA'S and think before I eat. Oh and always have water and snacks with me. =)

Oh and on a side note...I'm loving the Olympics!! I think that is partially why I have been working out more. Those athletes are amazing! Just thought I would share.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Always Be Prepared

As I stated in my last blog...I have been busy the last few weeks getting ready for VBS at my church. Well last week was the big week and it wore me out! I only got in one workout during the last week but I did get a lot of exercise by running around the church, climbing ladders & moving tables.

Chad went out of town last week and I thought it would be easier to eat healthy while he was gone but I didn't make time to prepare a menu or go to the grocery store so I ended up eating out more than I wanted. I did have a friend that brought over dinner one night; spinach salad with steak and fresh blueberries with slice peaches for dessert. It was very yummy! I went to another friends house one night to work on a craft project and we ordered pizza and salad. I have to admit that I have been drinking a lot of soda the past week and half.  Over all it was not a good week as far as health and fitness goes.

Now that Chad's home and VBS is over I will try to be better prepared and focus on my health again.

On Sunday, July 22nd, I woke up at 5am so I could workout before going to church. I only had time to do half a workout since I needed to be at church early.  I also stayed after church to help take down some decorations so I was back to climbing ladders and carrying heavy stuff.

Today when I got up I started in on all the house work that had been neglected during my crazy, busy week. I also wanted to make sure that I drank plenty of water and NO SODA! So I made a pitcher of lemon water. I also made a menu and already went grocery shopping.

I planned on getting up early and run but after a horrible nights of sleep I made the bad choice of sleeping in instead of working out.  I've been doing a few moves here and there while I'm playing with Cameron and doing housework.

I'm sad that my time with Killing it with Killgore is almost over. I'm hoping I can lose a few more pounds in the next few weeks and maintain the weight loss after my time with Christy is done.

Monday, July 16, 2012

On My Own

I'm embarrassed at how long it's been since I've blogged. VBS has kind of taken over my life the last couple of weeks. So not only have I been busier than usual but Christy is on vacation so I don't have the extra encouragement to help stay on track.
I will try to think back to what I've been up too.

The week of July 1st-7th - I worked out upper body on Monday. Ran a mile and a half in 15 minutes on Wednesday.  Saturday I did an extremely hard workout that left me sore for about 3 days. (Check out my workouts at the bottom of the page.) Not bad for being on my own.

The week of July 8th-14th - I was very bad this week!! We had VBS workdays every day and I ended up taking over the Preschool Director position so my focus has not been on working out.
I did workout on Tuesday with Chad.  I felt like I didn't get a good workout because we were using the same equipment so I had to do a set and then wait for him to finish before I did my next set. I loved working out with him but I think we will have to do stations next time so we are not using the same equipment.
For the rest of the week I got my workout running all over the church, moving tables and climbing ladders. Not my idea workout but I was active.

I don't think I have lost any weight by not working out as hard and as often. I have been doing alright with my diet. I have been giving into my cravings more than in the past so I will have to stop that before it get's out of hand.

I did buy two new dresses, in a smaller size!!! One is even sleeveless. 

All in all, I miss Christy and hope that she get's back soon to help me get back on track!!


Monday, July 2nd

Ran half mile warm up

3 sets of 10 reps
Standing shoulder press
Chest press on ball
Stabilized Biceps curls
Triceps kickbacks

Alternating Supermans on floor (1 min)
Back extentions on ball (1 min)
Back extenstion legs only on ball (1 min)
Push-ups on ball (15)

Crunches on ball (25)
Side Crunches on ball (25 each)
Striaght leg (reverse) crunch (25)

Saturday July 7th

Ran half mile warm up

3 sets of 12 reps
Wall Squats
Glute kickbacks with 3lb weight in bend of knee
Calf raises with 5lb weights (20)
Squat jump-ups on curb

3 angled lunges with 5lb weights (10)
Leg side lifts with 8lb weights
Step ups with bicep curls 8lbs
Bow and Arrow with band (Love this one)

Plank for 30 seconds
Crazy Ivans (30 sec each side)

Ran half mile

Tuesday, July 10th

Ran half mile warm up

3 sets of 12 reps
Chest press on ball
Chest glys
Row with band
Tricep dips -

Superman on ball
Back extenstion on ball - legs only
Pushups on ball

Russian Twist
Abs - medicine ball hand off on stability ball

Ran half mile

Sunday, July 1, 2012

When Hunger Calls... WARNING: food pictures may cause cravings!

Since I have been eating healthier, I have really enjoyed coming up with new foods to eat. I have made some homemade pizzas that are awesome! From meatball and veggies to my own spin on my favorite - Hawaiian.  I used Boboli pizza crust, Prego veggie-smart pizza sauce and added, turkey lunch meat, pineapple chunks, onion slices and topped it off with mozzarella cheese. DELICIOUS!!

I have also made a yummy turkey sandwich on 100% whole wheat mini bagel. I started by spreading some cream cheese on the bagel and then simply added turkey and lettuce. I thought it look a little like a burger so I took a picture of it... It was very satisfying!
                                                         Simple Turkey Bagel Sandwich

One day I was craving a restaurant style salad but didn't want to go out so I checked to see what was in the fridge. I had spring salad mix, turkey lunch meat, blueberries, strawberries, and feta cheese. I put a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil on it and wallah! This was so good that I had it twice last week.
Turkey & Berry Salad

Dinner's at our house are a little tricky. At first I tried to eat what "my boys" wanted but smaller portions. That was not working so I tried having them eat what I wanted to eat and they didn't like that, so... I am now a short order cook =) I will fix steak for Chad, popcorn chicken for Cam and I will have baked Tilapia. If I fix different meat we have the same side, like a salad or sweet potatoes. Sometime we will have the same meat, say chicken, but I will make different sides or add veggies to my plate. I know a lot of people are totally against doing this but it works for my family.
Baked Tilapia with a Garden Salad

One thing Christy has taught me is to surround myself with healthy things/people. In order for me to continue my healthy eating habits I have started to read nutrition books and health magazines. My local library has a good selection of both so I check them out there instead of buying them. I can always make copies if I find something worth keeping.  I have also been watching the Olympic trials and seeing all those amazing athletes has helped me to stay motivated to continue with my journey to a healthy lifestyle. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Lake Time

Last weekend (June 22-24) was our annual family camp out at Lake Eufaula . We had a blast! I struggled with my diet, which is usual for me on weekends. When my family camps it is 3 to 4 families, each with camping trailers and maybe a few tents. The individual families fix there own breakfast and lunch and then we all get together for at dinner.
I woke up around 5:30am on Saturday and ate some fruit and drank water before my workout.  I created a workout that only needed my 8 pound medicine ball and one elastic band.
                                                            My morning workout view
I ran about a quarter of a mile to warm up.
 I did 12 reps of the following
- Squat jump-up on curb
- Pile squat picking up medicine ball
- Dead lifts with medicine ball
- Calf raises on curb with medicine ball
- Walking lunges with kick back
- Walking lunges with knee high
I did side steps and crossovers to get heart rate up
 I did 10 reps of the following
- Shoulder press with band
- Shoulder lateral raises with band
- Shoulder front raises with band
- Triceps kick backs with band
- Push-up on the ground
 I did 15 reps of the following
- Russian Twist with medicine ball
- Crazy Ivan
I ran about half mile to finish my workout.

I had originally planned on doing each set 3 times but since I decided to go tubing I figure I could put my muscles in motion and get a workout that way instead. 

I felt great after my workout and the rest of the family was waking up and making breakfast by the time I finished. For breakfast I had a biscuit with gravy and a half a piece of bacon. Then we went for a boat ride and I tubed for the first time in years. My dad has a pontoon boat so we don't go very fast but the water was choppy so I still got a good workout in. For lunch I had leftover spaghetti with meat sauce. I ate way too much especially since it was hot and I was being active. After waiting a LONG time for my food to settle we went for another ride on the tub and before we knew it, it was dinner time. Saturday night we had a fish fry for dinner. I had about 4 pieces of fish, some coleslaw, a hush-puppy, and a few fries. It was hot so I drank lots of water that day. Now, we were at the lake so I did have a few beers and I made the bad choice of indulging in a few sodas. And of course what is camping if you don't have a s'mores??? So even with my workout I still felt bad when I got home after having all the food and drinks that I have cut out of my diet lately. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Getting Back On Track

Why is it always harder to stay on track during the weekend? This past weekend was my own fault...or maybe I can blame whoever came up with silly "holidays" like Father's Day! So I wanted to do something nice for my hubby and that included making some brownies.  I really thought I could eat only one and walk away. WRONG!! I couldn't walk away. I ate one, then two and then I would walk away only to find myself heading back towards the pan later. My belly was hurting but I still wanted more.  Luckily my husband finally finished the small pan of brownies with a little help from our son. I'm still trying to figure out why, if it makes my tummy hurt, I would keep wanting more? That is something I may never understand. Sooo, don't come to my house anytime soon looking for brownies because I think it will be awhile before I make another batch. ;-)
I also had fast food cheeseburger and fries on Sunday after church. I have got to get better at planning Sunday lunch meals!I did pretty good on Saturday, we ended up eating dinner out because a quick trip to the store turned into going to the mall. I had a grilled chicken breast lettuce wrap, it came with some fruit that was in juice so I only had a few bites. Earlier that day I helped mow the yard so I felt pretty good until I got home to the brownies...

Christy came to my house around 8:30am to workout. She focused on upper body and man was I hurting when she left. She had me move quick between each set trying to keep my heart rate up. By the last circuit I was fatigued but felt great. Now, trying to wash and fix my hair afterwards was a little challenging. LOL! I was at the church shortly after our workout to help with VBS decorations. Since I got a little off my healthy eating during the weekend, I decided to take my lunch with me. We usually have a big spread of yummy but not so healthy food. Monday was something they call walking taco's. I had them for the first time last year and they are good but I opted for my turkey wrap and grapes instead. I was a little embarrassed for bringing my own food but they all know what I'm doing so I didn't mind too much. A lot of them commented on how good and healthy my wrap looked so that helped me enjoy it more.

Christy had sent me a workout to do on my own on Wednesday. I was planning on doing the workout in the morning before Cam's friend came over to play but Cam woke up with a bad headache and all plans had to change. I had to cancel the play date and I figured my workout would have to take a backseat as well. I sat on the couch with him until he was feeling better. Three to four hours later he was playing around a little but every time he would try to run he would cry and hold his head. I had sent Chad, my husband, a text to see if he would like me to wait on him to workout and he did so I waited until 5pm to workout. It was a quick workout focusing on core. Chad and I did a great job and had it knocked out in no time! Then it was time to fix dinner and relax.

Since Christy and I both have plans this weekend we moved Fat Blasting Friday to Thursday. I took a quick run up and down my street to get warmed up. I have to say, I felt great after my run and Christy was impressed with my time.
Focusing on lower body Christy gave me a few new moves to try. I'm always excited to try new things! Everything was going good until I did burpee's. See I have a "non-diagnosed heart condition" that causes my heart rate to be extremely high when doing any activity. Christy has noticed that when I put my hands over my head this condition worsens. I have noticed in my everyday life that if I get up too fast or bend over and get back up to quick I feel like I'm going to pass out. I believe this is due to low blood pressure. So with me having a high pulse rate and low blood pressure, we have determined that I can no longer do burpee's.
For those who don't know what a burpee is I'll try to explain in. You start by jumping up while you extend your arms overhead, after landing you put your hands on the ground and kick back your feet so you end up in the plank position, hold and then bring your feet to starting position (with a hop) and jump up repeating the move again.
I was having a hard time recovering from the second set so Christy had me take it slow and cut out burpee's. We had finished the first circuit and started circuit number two.  While I was doing the calf raises I keep loosing my balance, as Christy and I were talking about it I started to feel different. She said that my eyes looked like they were glazing over and my red cheeks turned white so she told me to go inside to get out of the heat. I felt like I was going to get sick but shortly after going inside I started feeling normal again. She decided that we would call it a day. She checked up on my later to see if I was doing better. I felt fine after I had lunch and drank some water. This is the first time I didn't get to complete a workout. Christy was excellent through the whole ordeal. I thought she asked great questions that helped me try to figure out what may have caused this to happen. I was ready to go back and try to finish the workout but Christy didn't want me to over due it and something happen after she left. She really is a great trainer!!