Tuesday, September 20, 2011
everyone's got them
They tend to come about during the most inopportune times too: when you are overtired, overstressed, overworked.......just done over like a big hot mess!
I'm not just talking about me in particular this time around....I've noticed hubby working like a dog and his old habit of snacking late at night while working come back a few times, here and there, on occassion. First, I noticed the cake box gone from the top of the fridge....he "confessed" that he had a bad night, and I just told him I noticed...and he immediately knew that he had to reign in the demon before it got out of control. Now add last night's Monday Night Football guys gathering with the cheese dip, wings and donuts....and the poor guy never stood a chance to get back in the saddle like he wanted to! He will though....all it takes is a few days of calm and he is right back into the swingof things - - well, that is what MY plan for him is....and because we share a brain, I know that it is his plan too.
My personal demons have reared their ugly head as well...except instead of eating - I am yelling and just a big ol' beeeotch to everyone I love (I don't think PMS helped the situation either - this month was a bad month in that respect). Me & hubby, who rarely argue or fight, had a great yell-fest that wound up being a good stress reliever for both of us....funny how that happened. But still....who likes yelling???? I sure as heck don't want to be like this all the time, so a conscious effort is being put forth on my part to make a decision and live by those decisions - whether or not people like them or not.....if they do not like them, well, then they can step up to the plate themselves and take on the role that I had chosen to take on. Note the word "chosen".....I did not say "thrust upon" even though it really is the way it is...when noone steps up, I fill in like a good little girl so that everyone is happy. Ha - you might be wondering what it is I am venting about.....what do you think? my one volunteer organization: Cub Scouts, of course! Making a conscious effort to just make a decision and live with any 'haters' that come with it is somewhat liberating. If they don't like it - then they can take over the next campout.
Anyway....those are the gremlins that are bouncing around our house lately.....I wish they would just leave. The good news is that I can see a light at the end of the tunnel - either Thursday...or Sunday morning....one is the rain-decision to go camping on Thurs...the other is the day we come home on Sun if we DO go camping in a slight drizzle.
This too shall pass.....in the meantime, I am going to do my best to make the best of an annoying situation.
Now - onward and upward....going to get my walk in and then tackle the next thing on my list: to make a list of camping stuff!! What's the saying? "A boy scout is always prepared!"
Monday, September 19, 2011
Yeah, it's a day early, but meh, does it matter?
Ooopsie, I didn't weigh myself today...I think it is 132 - got the TOM...is that TMI? lol
But I DID try on the dress again...looser around the hips and after contorting like a contortionist in a side-show...I got the zipper zipped up again. That zipper really is a pain!
It's fun playing dressup like this every week! So much so that I tried on some dresses that I have in contention for my 20th reunion after Thanksgiving. A few I have worn before, so I already know what to look for in fitting better....and thank heavens they all fit -- and they fit better too!!! I don't know why I have this fear of things not fitting....must be the inner-fat-chick rearing her ugly head again....but she shut up pretty darned fast today! Let me tell you that!
I really don't know which dress I am going to use....or maybe I'll just go out and get a new one! All are very nice....a basic black sheath dress, an off the shoulder kimono-inspired sheath-type dress (that one needs a hem and this one I am not very confident in...yet), and a snug pencil skirt dress with a blousy A-symmetrical satin houndstooth top attached (that one needs a new belt).....decisions, decisions, decisions! So far, the simple black sheath is #1 on the list....my legs are smokin' and it is just classy looking.
Anyway, back to the walking update!
I really have been stressed lately - and under the weather as well. I did NOT get all of the days of walking in like I wanted for a few reasons (here you go - confession time): I had to work and then go to various scout recruiting functions at the elementary schools...then there was work and a Knights of Columbus doowop dinner dance (I danced, so there was some cardio) and then there was the scout car wash on Sunday where, you guessed it - I washed cars for 2 hours! So it's not like I didn't get exercise in! LoL Just not what I planned to do!
Anyway - I felt pretty good today after finally getting a really good night's sleep - I didn't feel good enough to go walking outside any great distance, but rather I did a LS video and it felt really good to get back to it!! After doing a large variety of exercised the last few days, I could totally feel which muscles needed some attention, and which ones could have used more rest!
On a non-scale sort-of victory...I had a few people at work ask me if I was doing something different....so I answered honestly and said I was doing Leslie Sansone and trying to walk outside more...yadda yadda yadda. So in turn, I asked them what they thought changed? Well, one sticks out in my head - she said I looked really toned! Ha! Imagine that! So I asked where did she see that? (Location on the planet, not my body) She said she saw me walking the other day and she noticed how toned I was....(flashback in my head going on: when and what was I wearing?? only 2 times walking and one was without sleeves - so there ya go!) Giving credit to LS on this one!!! I really haven't done any serious armwork until now with these videos! Too funny!!!! So see....they do work arms as well as the heart and legs!
Doing the arms with the video today was different as well....Felt more powerful in general, more in control of my whole body movements. Hmmm....empowered?? Yup, a little bit.
Now off I go to the rest of the day..."Supermom" is my hat today, lots to do to get things righted after a cookoo weekend.....later I get to put on "Scout leader" hat and do another school visit & then tomorrow I have to get ready for a Friday cub-scout family camping trip....praying for no rain!!!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
So Leslie and I have been meeting pretty consistently for the last week! 5 out of 7 days is a record for me! LoL and today I will be getting my workout in too...my sneakers are ON baby!
The majority of the workouts have been a brisk intermediate 2 mile workout that lasts 30 minutes....on one ambitious day, I did another 1 mile in 20 minutes video...and I was wiped!
Last week I was 135.3 and that bridesmaid dress was barely getting zipped up by myself...let's face it, it was not going up the last 2 inches and was a bit tight when and if I got it...not to mention the back spillage....thus the experiment was born!
This week...after watching my nutrition and faithfully tracking and doing Leslie's walking workout, I weighed in at 132.1. Yesterday the dress zipped up all the way without any help at all....in fact it fit pretty much the way it did when I was 130. I know, I know...oooooo 2 pounds. I get it, but as this experiment goes, that is pretty neat because I was NOT working out at the time of the wedding and I was definitely stress eating and bloated when I was 130. Just sayin'.
Now...on to week 2!
What I hope for:
- to be consistent for another week....the videos are comforting to do at this point - I know what to expect on 2 of them...and I know I sweat like the bajeezuz (more than the treadmill) so I know I am burning calories.
- to maybe see some more tone in my arms/chest/back area...if not tighten the under arm back area....the videos really do work the arms - it's what you put into it and I am giving it 100% to see a change happen...we shall see.
- to make the back of the dress fit even better. I'm not going for this dress to fall off either - just to fit bettter on a more fit body.
As a side note: It is official.....my 20th high school reunion is set for the day after Thanksgiving! I am totally going. So far 3 out of the 4 hs besties are going (fingers crossed) and I have to say, my bff Steph looks fantastic! and she is doing triathalons now! and kicking butt and taking names too!!! So proud of her!
I have a few dresses to pick from in my closet - all were like the bridesmaid dress size though...and now that I am doing this, it is just an added bonus and goal to strive for..to feel good in the dress - whichever one I wear!
Ok all!! Back to work!
Friday, September 09, 2011
So I have decided to come up with my own experiment for the month of Sept. I use the term "experiment" because this will entail a bit of logging that I usually do not do on a daily basis.
My last blog was about a Leslie Sansone video that I tried out on the free fitness on-demand section from my tv provider. Free is good & the video worked me harder than I have been, so I have decided to make this experiment happen.
Spark will call this a challenge...I like experiment better...because with an experiment, there are serious trials and errors...and since I am more of the scientific brain-type....so experiment it is!
Ok - on to the details! If I get too bogged down in the specifics, I think I will go nuts, so here is just what I am planning off the top of my head.
- on my exercise days I will do her videos...changing things up here and there since there are a few different ones to choose from I won't get bored (I increased my days as well...should be interesting)
-push myself to the max when doing them...to get max benefits....I mean, she is doing this a lot and looks great, so I WILL be channeling the woman as much as possible.
-in the back of my head, I can totally see being able to do this when I am 60 - so this is right up my alley in terms of long-term health and weight-loss/maintenance....which is what I am really going for....running is great, but I'm very practical about long-term exercise sustainablility
- try on one piece of clothing (that recent bridesmaid dress) and see how my body changes while wearing it - week to week. I have to go put it on now...hoping it fits since I gained a few pounds since the wedding. It's a good starting point nonetheless.
- try to get the kids doing this with me...ambitious...very very ambitious, but really, I am thinking about the winter months and we need to be more active as a whole...hoping they can do this simple video and have fun with me at the same time :)
- prove that a simple in-home video is the way to go, especially if one is terrified of the gym or cannot afford it (both for me), is terrified of video's (like I am/was), is feeling like there is nothing out there for them that they can do, is feeling like they have to pay for videos (which 9 times out of 10 never get used and collect dust - totally guilty on this one)
-things I would like to see tone up: arms, back shoulders (yes, from a walking video! LoL) and I would also like to see how my core reacts too - will the waistline shrink? toneup more?? Hmmmm......
So far, in comparison with my usual treadmill workout that I have done forever, I can tell you this:
- I sweat more
- I definitely use more muscle groups that ever before
- my heart rate is definitely higher and sustained longer than when I do some of my treadmill workouts - which I thought were AOK, until I did this video.
- I don't have to think anymore...maybe that is a good thing for an overactive brain :)
I know this is not knew, but since I have this little thing in my head, I figured I'd make it official. There are a lot of people who are also shy about joining Sparkgroups or just starting out, so maybe if someone like that sees this, it will give them a different perspective on the whole working out thing. As many of you know, I'm in this for the looooooong haul and I want to teach people to be moderate and purposeful for their lifetime, and in the end, see results they might not have thought could happen with just a simple video.....whether you are 334 pounds or if you are 134 pounds...change can happen in a month with a simple walking video.
Am I being to ambitious to think that I will be very surprised in how I look by the end of the month? I mean, c'mon, it's not like I am tackling P90X here (props going out to all who do though! Goodness gracious! Mad credit to you guys! but again...it's a video...I am a self proclaimed video-phobe...maybe I will work up to that level! LoL) But am I being too ambitious to expect major changes? I don't know, but really, this is worth a shot to keep me more consistent, especially during this crazy time of year. Speaking of which, why am I doing this now? It IS the crazy time of the year! LOL Maybe - just maybe - I will also be less stressed.
If you want...feel free to join me, especially if you happen to find the free on-demand walking stuff....and let me know how you are doing!
OK - Here is a P.S./edit - that bridesmaid dress in the pic on my page....OK I tried it on. Originally back in May, it fit like a glove - literally! Let's just say it had no room to spare. I got it zipped up back then, but it was when my exercise was waning off & not perked up a bit - and I weighed 130 or so. A mushy 130. Today, the fit of the dress IS tighter, and I can get it zipped up mostly & with some dificulty by myself, but realy if I had to wear it for a night, well I would be uncomfortable. Ick.
So I am starting this more around 134-135 - my upper maintenance range, and I would LIKE to get back down to the 130 mark...just because this is what maintenance is about....when you creep up into that upper range, you have to reassess and get back on the band wagon to cease the bad habits from creeping back in (why oh why do they always have to peek in and ruin a good thing?!?!) Anywhoooo - this is where we are starting.
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