Kicking Butt And Taking Names Today

Since I’ve started on this new life long journey of mine, Saturdays have always been my Zumba day. I work out hard Monday through Friday, and so on Saturday I still workout hard, but I make sure that it’s got a bit of fun involved. I can’t say enough about Zumba, it really is fun, and I know I’m burning calories along with the fun. It’s an hour of my day that feels nothing like an hour has passed when it’s over. I can’t say that about my other workouts. Trust me an hour of Ballet Beautiful feels like death, an hour on the treadmill gets tedious, all of my countless yoga sessions although great can be exhausting, but Zumba never makes me feel that way. I’m always smiling through it and when it’s over yes I’m a bit tired and ready for something to bring the sugar level back to normal, but I’m usually shocked in that an hour has already passed.

Today, I decided after my normal hour Zumba session, that I’d give this 30 minute Zumba workout a try. What was the worse that could happen, I’d have to stop part way through.  30 more minutes of activity wasn’t going to kill me and if I burn a few more calories in the meantime all the better. Well, I survived the extra 30 minutes and had a blast while doing it. I of course was completely shocked when my wrist with my Fitbit on it started vibrating only 10 minutes into the 30 minute session.  Holy Crow! I’ve been up for all of 2 hours and I’ve already reached my daily step goal. SCORE! I call that amazing. I finished the 30 minute session and still was wearing a smile after. So, let’s recap an extra 30 minutes of cardio, step goal met, calories burned, and still smiling.  I’m going to say this little experiment was a success. I think I may have to repeat this double dose of Zumba again.

It’s just noon here in Wyoming and I’m already over 8,000 steps. Today, I think just may be the day that I get that elusive 15,000 step badge from Fitbit. See later on today is the holiday parade, and I already was planning on going. But, now I’m thinking I’ll head down earlier, park a decent amount away from the festivities, do a lap or 2 around town, and then find my spot for optimal parade viewing. It’s a plan, and I’ll stick with it, and if I don’t reach the goal by the end of the parade my treadmill is waiting here at home for me. I’m getting 15,000 steps today! I’ve decided I want it and today is the day to get it.

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday.

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I Did It!

Today was the last day of my Learn 2 Run workout program. Today, is also the day that I ran for 10 minutes straight without stopping. I’m so proud of myself, if even a month ago someone was to say in a few weeks you’ll be able to run for 10 minutes, I would have laughed, and said, “Yeah, Okay.”  But, I did it, not only did I do it, but I was able to breathe still, there was no gasping for air, bending at the waist hands on knees after, and I didn’t feel like my heart was going to jump right out of my chest. Yes, I was sweating, breathing a little harder, and my heart was definitely beating a bit faster, but nothing like I used to experience after just seconds of running, yet alone minutes. I’m so happy that I’ve stuck with this program, and was able to prove to myself, yes you can do it.

Through this program I’ve been able to give up the negative voices in my head, that would tell me it’s too hard, it’s not worth it, you can’t do it, because today I proved them wrong.

I know I still have a long way to go, because well I’m running nowhere near a 10 minute mile, but that’s ok, because I’ve now ran for 10 minutes and can start working on the speed thing. I’ve already got the plan in place, and I will be starting the program over again at Week 4 and increasing my speed at which I run by .5mph. And, yes this will take some time to reach 6mph to get that elusive 10 minute mile, but that’s okay.  The only person I’m competing with is myself. So every time I make it to the last day of Week 8 and have made that 10 minute run, I’ve just bested my personal best.

I never thought I’d be a runner, I just felt I couldn’t do it, but after today I know that I can and will be one. Practice, hard work, and dedication is all it takes. And, well now I have those 3 things. I’m so glad that I’ve decided to make this lifestyle change and embark on this journey to healthier, fitter me. It’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done.  The things I’ve already accomplished are mind-blowing, and every day I find a new reason to be proud of myself.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope your day was filled with family, friends, and great food.

I stuck to my plan fairly well today. I had some carrots and hummus as appetizers and then stuck to my food choices that I had planned on, although I had for got about the latkes, so I had 2 of them, they were baked rather than fried so, not too horrible. I also got in my workout, and went 2,500 steps over my daily goal. So all in all it was a good day.

But, even sticking with my plan I do feel a little something like this:

Happy Hanukkah

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah

And, tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I’ve created a plan for myself to keep the complete overeating and indulging to a minimum.

First, my workouts. I will be torturing myself again by doing Ballet Beautiful’s 1 hour total body workout, followed by yoga. I also will be hitting the treadmill for an hour broken up into 20 minute sessions.  These sessions will be occurring while I’m making the yumminess that I will be taking over to the Wolfpack’s Thanksgivukkah feast.  By adding the hour of treadmill time in I should be able to get my daily step goal in, as well as burn some extra calories.

I’ve planned and well have been telling myself over and over again that I will stick to one serving of each food that I am eating, and also will watch the “serving” I put on my plate.

I think I’very prepared myself as best I can for tomorrow, and if I do overindulge it won’t be the end of the world, I’m just planning on not.

Happy Hanukkah to all of you who celebrate.

Ballerinas Are Bad Ass

Last week I finished up week 6 of KettleWorx, and I wanted a bit of a change for strengthening and toning my muscles.  I have been dabbling in Barre classes here and there and really enjoy them, well when they are finished that is.  I’ve found a Barre workout on YouTube, that I’ve done a few times as well that I enjoy.  It works great for when I’m traveling, I can just pull it up on my laptop or iPad and work along with it.

I had been really interested in the Ballet Beautiful workout program that Natalie Portman worked with the creator, while getting ready for Black Swan.  I had been looking into buying the DVD’s, when I decided to check out Amazon, to see if they were available cheaper than on the actual site.  Well, I’m glad I did, because both Ballet Beautiful Classical 60 minute workout and the Ballet Beautiful Full Body Workout DVD’s are on Amazon Prime Instant Video.  SCORE!  First if you don’t have Amazon Prime, get it I don’t know what you are waiting for, and second I can get these videos for free anytime I want.

Today, was the day I scheduled my first workout with the Ballet Beautiful 60 minute full body Classical workout.  Can we say that it may have been the longest, worst hour of my life.  HOLY CROW!  I had watched the video the other day, so that I would know what to expect in the workout, and it didn’t look to difficult, although I felt like she was in a bridge position for an entirely way too long amount of time.  Well, guess what folks I think I was about 5 minutes into the workout and boy could I feel the burn.  WOW!  And, as for being in that bridge position for way too long, I was right.  My butt, hips, and thighs are definitely feeling it.  Throughout the entire workout I could feel the burn, and had to push myself through.  I definitely stuck to any modifications that were given and I’m a little worried at how my legs are going to feel in the morning, but the workout was totally worth it.  Every muscle that was said to be working, definitely was, because I felt it.

This workout is great because its low impact, and no weight except your own bodyweight is used.  I love this fact, because I will be traveling at Christmas time, and its nice to know that I will need to grab my iPad or laptop, and an hour of time to get this workout in.  I won’t need to concern myself with other equipment to complete this.

If you are looking for a low impact workout that works your whole body, and that you can feel working, you might want to check this out.  It’s pretty hardcore though.  If I wasn’t as motivated as I am to push myself to get fit, lean, and healthy, I probably only would have done a portion of the workout, but I can do it, and I need to push myself no more excuses.

Planning Ahead

This week has a true challenge ahead, not just for me but anyone on weight loss/healthier self journey.  It’s called Thanksgiving, or overindulged till you can’t move and then do it again.  I’m currently trying to plan what I will be eating on this day where we eat way to much, and consume more calories in a day then we normally do all week.

I’ve been doing pretty good with creating a plan, and then sticking to it.  So, I think that is what I will be doing for Thanksgiving this year.  I don’t know what foods will be there other than the ones that I will be bringing.  I’m going over to a friend’s house, as the husband is away for work.  I know there will be turkey, which I won’t eat, vegetarian up in this place.  There also will be a Tofurky, due to vegans joining the party.  Vegans sweet I might be able to eat some food, oh wait throw in no gluten, and I may be in trouble again.  I’m not even sure I can have Tofurky I’ll have to look that up, I’m not sure if that contains gluten or not.

So after being invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the Wolfpack house, I immediately went on over to my friend Pinterest and found 3 recipes that I can make gluten-free and vegan.  Score!  I’ll be making a cornbread stuffing, since I love stuffing and will want to devour some, a sweet potato casserole, because who doesn’t love that, and an apple crisp.  I’ll be making those 3 dishes to bring with me, ensuring that not only do I get to eat some of my favorite foods, but there will be something for the vegans as well.  I’m sure that there will be other side dishes that I can eat as well.

But, with the thought of all of the food that will be available for the eating, I’m not going to lie, I’m a little freaked out about it.  I mean I’ve been doing awesome with my food choices and not overindulging, I’m just hoping I can keep it up.  That’s why I am going to make a plan, I know that I will eat the foods that I am bringing and then will budget in calories for other items that may be offered that are something that I can eat.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to stick to the plan, stay within my food goals, and if not well Friday will be another day.

Plus, I’m preparing myself I have 3 more days till the event so I think I can get myself mentally prepared for the day by then.

How about you, how are you planning to avoid the overindulgence that is the holiday and stick with your goals?

Weekly Recap 6

This week, was another positive week, even with the added stress of putting the house on the market. I haven’t been as motivated some days, but still met my daily goals.

I’ve made positive choices this week, usually when I’m stressed I eat more than I should and the food choices I make are not the best, but this week I’ve made good choices and haven’t slid into old habits.

And, now for the stats

  • 59,712 steps taken
  • 8,676 daily average steps
  • 19,859 calories burned
  • 2,878 daily average calories burned
  • 26.13 miles
  • 3.81 daily miles average
  • 5 hours and 15 minutes of highly active activity
  • 47 daily average of active minutes
  • Best active day yet, Wednesday with 99 minutes
  • 8,107 weekly calorie deficit
  • 3.8 pounds lost

My steps were down this week, but still exceeded my goals, but the active time is something I’m very proud of. As long as that continues to go up and I reach my daily goals I am happy with the progress I am making.

Today starts week 6 of this journey and I’ve increased my daily goals. 8,000 steps, and 3 miles a day.  Which this shouldn’t be too difficult for me, as I’m already averaging that, but there were definitely days this past week were I didn’t reach those goals, so it will be work on some days.

Here’s to a great week 6, and looking forward to a rewarding week 7.

String Cheese

My new go to snack is light string cheese. I’ve always liked string cheese, but now it’s become my go to. This fact is for many reasons:

  • It’s easily portable
  • It taste yummy
  • Has only 50 calories
  • Protein, and as a vegetarian this is a great thing I find I don’t always get enough protein in my daily diet
  • And, let’s face it, it’s fun to eat, I can make a string cheese last a good 10 minutes, by peeling and peeling to the thinnest string I can get. And, well after playing with my food for 10 minutes, I’m not going to be looking for something else to eat as soon as I finish the last bite.
  • Who doesn’t like playing with their food from time to time.

String cheese definitely finds its way into my cart on nearly a weekly basis.

How about you any snack that you use as your go to?

I Love My Treadmill

Seriously, I am in love with my treadmill. I spend an awful lot of time on it every day. Okay, not a lot of time. I don’t think that it’s been more than an hour in one day, but still I use it everyday.

The best thing I did was make the decision to put it in the bedroom.  I mean it is literally the first thing I see when I wake up.  So it’s pretty hard to ignore it and not use it. I have plenty of room in my house to put the thing anywhere, but I wanted in the bedroom for 2 reasons the first being what I’ve already stated its in my face first thing in the morning, and second I wanted to be able to watch television while doing it. Because, let’s face it time on the treadmill can get quite boring and tedious. Add in some of my favorite shows, and I’ve killed 2 birds with one stone so to speak. I’m going to watch my shows anyway, so I might as well get some exercise in while doing so.

I am really, really loving my treadmill right now because I live in Wyoming, and Holy Crowbar Batman, it’s cold out. There is no way I’d motivate myself to go out and run in this weather, and not to mention there is also currently snow on the ground. Yeah, the treadmill purchase definitely well worth the money.

A Bit Stressed

I’m a bit stressed.  The husband and I have put our house on the market, and well last night we had people come look at it.  Which, this is a good thing since it’s not even listed on MLS yet, it’s just from signs being in the yard.  Anyway, I ran home from work last night, vacuumed the house, did a quick mop, loaded the dogs in the car and headed out, so that they could look at the house.  I of course have major anxiety about strangers being in my house, while I’m not there, and well yes they have a realtor with them, but I don’t know them either.  Then of course I came home and nearly lost my marbles.  I had left the outside lights on so that I could see when I got home, they of course turned all of those lights off, but left several other lights in the house on.  I also have several doors in the house closed, so as to keep the dogs out, so that I can keep the vacuuming down to a minimum, you guessed it all left wide open.  But, the thing that sent me way over the edge was the clumps of dried mud that were left all over my house.  Are you serious!?  People come on, this is my home, I live here, it’s not like you are coming into a house that no one lives in.  I keep my house clean, and not only that, but I vacuumed right before you came in, and now I have to do it again because you tracked mud all over.  Yeah, I’m going to need Valium or Xanax to get through this experience.  I know that when my husband and I were looking at homes, we were not disrespectful, and made sure the house was left the way in which we found it.

And, now let’s talk about my poor dogs.  My older dog, Bonnie, lost her marbles when we came home.  She immediately knew someone had been in the house, and raced into the room that they left the lights on barking and growling.  She was not impressed by strangers being in our house while we were out.  It took her about an hour to calm down.  I think she’s going to need some Xanax as well.  Our younger dog ran around terrified because she knew Bonnie was flipping out.

I told my husband I need to move out in order to get through this selling the house thing, well either that or be highly medicated.  Ughhhh!

Anyway, I am proud of myself for a couple of reasons, one I am an emotional eater, and when I’m stressed out I reach for the chocolate.  However, I have not done that, I’ve continued to stick to my plan, and am dealing with the stress by just being more active.  Today I’ve done 30 minutes of Kettlebells, 20 minutes of Yoga, 25 minutes on the treadmill, and 45 minutes of shoveling snow.  And, speaking of shoveling snow, my normal response to snow is it’ll melt, I’m not dealing with it.  However, since people may be coming to look at the house at anytime, I knew I needed to keep the house looking good.  So I went out shoveled the walkway, driveway, and all of the sidewalks.  We do have a snowblower but it was only 2 inches, and well the snowblower is heavy and really hard for me to use.  It probably would have been a bit faster to use it rather than shoveling by hand, but it’s okay because I got my heart rate up and some steps and a bit of a workout in.  Of course if there were several more inches on the ground I’d be using the snowblower.  Either way it’s an improvement over how I used to react to snow.

Here’s hoping I can start dealing with people being in my house, and that I continue to find positive ways to deal with the stress, and don’t revert back to the negative coping skills I’ve used in the past.