Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Being Sick STINKS!!

I have been sick for the past few days... starting with allergies to some crap that found it's way into my chest. Being sick STINKS! I have not had any energy to get my workouts in... but my eating has been down due to not feeling well... so I am hoping to still pull out a loss this week.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Weight Loss Yoga?

This morning I was up at O'dark-thirty to bring my mother to the airport. She had been visiting since early last week from Connecticut. Having had only 4 hours of sleep I had dreams of bringing her to the airport, bidding our good-byes, and then heading back home for more restful sleep. However, I was A-W-A-K-E!

Since it was early and I did feel the need for a nice stretch I thought I would finally break out my Biggest Loser: Yoga for Weight Loss DVD. It had been sitting on a hutch in our front entry way for months! I knew my husband would appreciate the the fact that it was moved, and possibly used!!

Well, I am a B-I-G Biggest Loser fan, can't wait for the new season. I only live like 4 houses from my favorite contestant from last year... but have yet to meet her! (someday I will run into her when I am running... I am sure of it :) ) Anyway... I love Bob! Yes, he's the trainer if I had to pick I would... I need that emotional aspect of the training he has to offer... although I am certain Jillian would KICK MY A@@!

This DVD is sure to please!! You can customise your workouts so that you can do as much or as little as you like... they have from beginner to advanced... and let me tell you I did the beginner (Level 1 with a warm up/cool-down) and it was 30 minutes of pure sweat! I awoken many muscles who haven't seen a quiver in a looong time! Currently I am feeling like a big bowl of jello, sweaty jello! I have done yoga before, with no real heavy sweat. Mostly, it was great source of stretching... and yes some muscle burn... but Bob has you really work it! He motivates you through out the DVD... and I finished it!! WOOHOO!

I feel soo good in fact... I plan on going for my C25K work out when the girls wake up... yup I am even awake before my children, the ones that rise with the sun!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Just another Monday!!

Monday's are the "start to the week", they are the days we put off to start our diets or exercise when the weekend hits. Since joining Operation Fat Blaster my Mondays are completely different then they used to be. I would sleep in a little due to working late the night before... get up and putz around the house with whatever cleaning, laundry or other domestic chores that had been neglected over the weekend... then around noon I would shower, and just lay around and relax. Mondays have been my Sundays lately...

Now, with this life change... no matter how tired I am I get up... and get moving. Get things in order... and figure out my day! Plan when I can do my errands, plan food for the day for both me and my family... and plan my exercise. I have noticed that if I plan my exercise... it actually gets done. I remember years and years ago when I was in WW for who knows what time, a leader said you need to schedule yourself in the following areas: Me time (relaxation), Workout time, Play time, and spiritual time (whatever fits your beliefs). She said you need to write them in your daily schedule like you would a Dr's appointment or an important event in your life.

At the time I thought this lady was crazy, I seriously thought... if I can't figure out when to do those things without "scheduling" them then there is a problem. Yes, I was right there is a problem. When you don't have things on your "to-do" lists or schedules things tend to fall into the cracks of life. Life takes a hold of you and well you will put the things that you feel are least important to the back of the line. HELLO SISTER... your HEALTH is the most important... being healthy, living a healthy life... are things that are way more important than folding socks!

I have been diligent at not putting myself last. In this journey to finding my running feet, and learning to love myself a little more each day... I have realized that if I don't take care of myself who will? Sure, my husband loves me, and will do anything for me... but he can't make me realize for myself how very wonderful and special I am! He can remind me when I need it... Encourage me when I am down... but ultimately it's all up to me! So my schedule is FULL with the very things I thought were mundane and ridiculous to schedule... yup... she was right!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oh what a week!

Well this week has been crazy!! I worked the weekend like usual... only to get home and sleep 5 hours so that we can head down to Milwaukee to the State Fair. This is a yearly event for us!!!
I was soo sore from work the night before as we had been very busy and I don't remember stopping all night... I logged a crazy 14998 steps in my shift!

The fair was great, the girls had a great time! I also had a great time! This year was the first year that I wasn't overly obsessed about the food. The food is one of the main reasons we enjoy going to the fair... eating whatever we want!! I can't even think about all the fair food I have eaten over the years with reckless abandon!

This year I managed to eat the things I like while sharing most everything I ate with my husband and or children... this allowed me to taste all the foods I wanted without wreaking complete havoc on my new lifestyle! I did however eat my chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick all by myself... it's the one thing I look forward to every year!

There are many changes happening to me and in me this time around... I sure hope that I am able to keep with this and overcome the biggest obstacle of my life! For the first time I don't feel overwhelmed... I am not saying it's been easy by any means... but I am enjoying the healthier side of life right now!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Second of Three... Way out of my Comfort Zone!!

WOW! Okay, so as mentioned in my previous post running in general was something I dreamed of doing (when I got skinny enough to do it) Well since I won't just wake up to be 175lbs... I am going to have to start now! I managed my second day of training OUTSIDE! Yes, the kids enjoyed their snack and leapsters in the job stroller thingy while I sweated out my sins!

So, normally I like to completely keep myself covered. Oversized shirts... loose pants, if I could put a bag over my head I would... Well I went with capri workout pants... and a tank top. Yes, these pasty arms saw the light of day for the neighborhood to see!

I was a little out of my element at first... then I got into my groove...

Another day, another big step towards acceptance of myself... all of myself!! It felt good to sweat, and breathe the air outside...

I am thinking I need to get some spanexish type pants or something... because I feel I am "flapping" a little to much... Anyone know any online site to get plus size workout clothing... You would think that they would cater to the plus sized active person... but well it's harder to find than you think! Seriously!

Monday, August 3, 2009

First of Three - Outside my Comfort Zone...

Well today I did something I knew I would eventually have to do seeing as I want to run a 5K, I ran outside. Yes, outside... in public, for others eyes to see. Totally freaking me out!

I loaded up the kids in the bike trailer/stroller thingy, got the dog hooked up with this harness and leash... and got my new podcasts uploaded to my iPod. I was ready to go...

All I could do was think... hey, what if people see me run... with all this fat! Duh... I am fat whether or not I run, running will make me less fat so I talked myself down off the ledge and we set out on our journey.

Surprising it was much hotter than I had thought, man we weren't down two houses and I was sweating buckets (a sign of a good work out, and a girl who has no heat tolerance). We did complete our whole training session, 38 minutes of C25K!! I managed to do it outside, feeling the sun, sweat, and breeze it was a beautiful thing! I had wobbly legs when I returned to my house... the kids had a great time and the dog was plain tired, he laid on the garage floor waiting for us to get our act together to go inside.

It was a wonderful morning!