Thursday, August 14, 2014

Climbing to Better Heights! Round 2 1/2 week 2

I've rediscovered my love for the stair climber. Yesterday I hiked to the top of the Eiffel Tower, well at least according to the stair climber at the gym I did. It's fun to have silly motivations, but using landmarks as goals works for me. I also did a full round of weights and hopped on the elliptical for 35 minutes. Best part of all, my baby didn't cry the entire time she was in the childcare area playing with other babies! I was able to get a good nights sleep last night, so today I feel refreshed.

Weight: 157 lbs.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Back on Board! :) Round 2 1/2

AAAHHHHHHH!!! This summer has NOT gone the way I wanted it to. A 2 week house renovation turned into 6 weeks of sometimes guys showing up to work or not showing and having to wait around to see if they were coming because they wouldn't answer their phones. Anyway, some days people would be here from 730am until 7 pm. Needless to say, I ended up not getting my time to exercise and I've gotten soft again. GRRRR!!
Today I finally dragged myself and my kids back to the gym and managed to get a workout in inspite of my 1 1/2 year old crying on and off for the entire 2 hours. I'm just glad that they didn't come find me after 20 minutes like they have in the past. I plan on going 4 times a week and she WILL get used to it eventually.
Weight: 158
At least I didn't really gain weight, so I guess that's a small win! :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday's Weigh-in: Week 11 Stepping it up a notch!

Summer has really taken a toll on my attempts of exercising outside. Today it hit 92 degrees Fahrenheit, and although the humidity is only 60%, it's still kind of sticky. Needless to say, unless I'm riding my bike or my elliptical downstairs, I'm not getting as good a workout as usual. Today I decided to change that, so I joined the YMCA. I got a solid 2hr butt-kicking (going to hurt like heck tomorrow) kind of workout in while my kids enjoyed playing in the childcare. I AM SOOOO happy with the hard workout I got in, I could jump for joy, but I'm a little tired…lol. Anyway, when the weather's nice, I still plan on doing my 2 miles early in the morning with AJ and the girls, but for now, hitting the gym works! :) Besides it's nice to have 2 hours kid-free.
Today I weigh 157 lbs. My inches are the same, except my waist is now 31 inches. I'll take what I can get!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday's Weigh-in: Week 7: A Habit is formed

Well, I've officially gotten back into the habit of exercising regularly. I feel as though my day is incomplete without it, and even on the days that I REALLY don't want to exercise, I still feel as though I HAVE to do it, so onward I trudge. :) Since I haven't seen as much progress as I'd like so far, I've decided to add more exercise into the evening on some days. Starting last night, if I feel like watching a show or a movie after the kids are in bed, I make sure to hop on my elliptical or spin bike for at least 30 minutes of the show before I settle down and stretch out for the night. (I do shower too, in case you're concerned…lol).
Cheers to good habits!

Here's my breakdown:
Weight: 157 lbs.
Chest: 40 in.
Waist: 31 1/2 in. (down 3/4 inch)
Hips: 38 in. (down 1 inch)
Thighs: 22 in. (down 1 inch)

So, although my weight is about the same, if not a little heavier, I am down almost 3 inches in 2 weeks, which makes me smile!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday's Weigh-in: Week 5 (How to be happy) :)

Well, first things first… I didn't lose any weight, the scale still says 156 lbs., but that doesn't bother me too much because I feel myself slowly changing physically and it's great. :) I am more flexible- I can finally touch my toes again. I am stronger- I picked up my 4 year old (37lbs.) without thinking about it the other day and it didn't hurt. I have better endurance- I pushed my double-jogger up and down 2.5 miles of hilly terrain and still felt energized. More than that though, I'm feeling my body firm up, and my muscles are starting to tone. Best of all, I am feeling HAPPY most of the time, so I thought I'd share my basic recipe for happiness.
How BJ feels Happy
1. Rain or Shine - Exercise (Jog with the stroller, use my spin bike, run up and down my stairs 100 times, follow an exercise video, or just go for a walk on days that I'm sick,).
2. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. (When I get a good workout in before noon, I don't run into the insomnia problems I used to suffer from).
3. Drink LOTS of water (I don't drink my calories unless they're part of a smoothie which I make using whole fruits, vegetables and water).
4. Choose to eat healthy, but if I have to cheat with a treat, I only do so after I exercise. (This works great because after having put effort into burning calories, I don't normally want to ruin any hard work with something sugary.
5. Strive to eat just enough to feel satisfied, and not more. (I make a concerted effort to serve myself the portion I know I should eat, then thoroughly chew each bite, drink some water, wait 10 extra minutes, and I am good most of the time).
6. Spend time at the end of each evening reading something uplifting and reflecting on what I'm thankful for.

What makes YOU happy?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday's Weigh-in: Week 4 (So good to be Sore) :)

I am SORE!!! I worked out 5 times this week, and yesterday I added in 2 hours of yard work + Hula dancing. :) I also did really well with portion control this week. I'm going to figure out my measurements and I figure that even if my pounds aren't melting off, I can see some progress in inches. Today I weigh 156.0 I didn't quite make my goal of 155.8, but I'll take what I can get. I guess that means my goal for next week is 155.0. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday's Weigh-in Week 3: Meh

I got sick and didn't exercise as faithfully as I have been, only 2 times this week. Also, I was not as diligent with watching what I ate, because I didn't feel well and I really didn't care….lol. Anyway, the scale reflected my lack of effort… 157 lbs. Back to the grindstone this week. I think I want my goal to be 155.8. Here goes nothing! :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday's Weigh-in: Week 2

I'm happy to say that I did really well this week with my exercise. I exercised 4 times doing different things, and I made sure each time to include some basic strength training like planks, crunches, lunges, leg lifts and squats. I also made a conscious effort to not only watch the kind of food I was eating, but to watch the amount I was eating. The AMOUNT can be what's trickiest for some people. Let's say you're used to eating 2500 calories a day and then you suddenly try to drop down to 1600 calories, your body is definitely going to protest and you'll find it difficult to stick to fewer calories. Headaches, hunger pains, and fatigue will fight you until you can't take it anymore. To combat this, try keeping a food journal and calculating how many calories you're eating on a regular basis. Then slowly decrease the amount each week. I have been eating about 2300 calories, but from past experience I know that in order to be the size I like, I have to eat no more than 1600 calories a day and exercise on a regular basis. So, this week I focused on eating no more than 2100 calories, and I didn't suffer from the yucky side-effects mentioned above. When I stepped on the scale today, I was pleased to see that I've lost 2 pounds, and I currently weigh 156.6 lbs. Slow and steady baby, slow and steady. :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday's Weigh-in: Another Journey Begins

I worked really hard last year after giving birth to my daughter Diana, and December 2013, I was 144 lbs. and I could wear my favorite 4-6 size clothes again although my middle was still a little bit soft. HOWEVER, Christmas, New Years, buying a new house and moving to another state, and weaning my baby were NOT so good for my figure. I got on the scale today and sighed LOUDLY because over the past 4 months I have gained 14.6 lbs. I knew people in Hawaii who always said it wasn't fair that I was as skinny as I was, and that some people are born with amazing metabolisms. I am NOT one of those people. Even trying to mostly watch what I've been eating and doing some basic exercise, I have STILL gained weight and I am NOT happy about it. SOOOOOO, I'm making myself accountable to all of you once again, and beginning my new journey. This time, it'll be Goodbye Holiday, Moving, & Stress Blubber.
Starting weight: 158.6 lbs.
Size 8 clothes.