Sunday, August 25, 2013
I can't believe it. Tomorrow, both myself and my girls will start back to school. It has been a lovely break, and I'm actually looking forward to getting back to a normal schedule.
Some summer highlights for me:
*Lots of wonderful time with my girls - hiking, lazing out, baking - all good!
*I went on several out of town trips, but I worked out on each one. I never went more than 2 pounds above my goal weight, and I'm actually UNDER right now.
*I became a certified turbo kick instructor!! It is official now, I've got the certificate and everything!
*I went to Jamaica and lived "not in a resort." My girls were exposed to a 3rd world country, but with an eye to what it means to be a spoiled american. We all learned a lot.
*My husband and I are loving the fact that the girls get along better as they are older, and we can leave them on their own and have some "couple time" on trips and at home.
*I've had to walk both of my girls through upsetting friend stuff. Man, it is harder to watch them go through it than it was to go through it myself when I was their age (and that SUCKED!)
*We got new next door neighbors, and they seems LOVELY. That is a big deal, quality of life-wise. It is so important to be around good people. (I'm giving them a welcome to the hood party today!)
All in all, a great summer. It was fun, but busy, with a lot of growth and change. I know all the busy-ness means I'm not always present here, but I'm still sparking, and I will continue to check in when I'm able.
Now, I'm off to host my second pool party in two days, and then I'll probably hit the hay early so I can be ready for the big day tomorrow!
Hope everyone is doing well!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I'm practically a certified Turbo Kick instructor. I don't have the official paperwork yet, but my instructor already told me that I passed. It has been a crazy week, so I haven't had the chance to post about it yet, but it was an amazing experience. I'm so glad I did it!
Last Saturday, I took a flight from Austin to Dallas, and met one of my besties. We went to our hotel, and did a Turbo Kick workout DVD together in the workout room of the Hyatt. It was a great room, it was right on the pool deck, but I kicked and punched in my workout bra in all my glory. I was pretty confident that the darkened windows were keeping all the sun worshippers from seeing me.
I was wrong. About halfway through the workout, the lovely hotel employee who had checked us in came bearing gifts of bottled water. She told us she was so impressed with our workout. Oh my. :)
We had a great night, but stayed up a bit too late and wound up going to the training a bit tired. We met some amazing people, learned a lot, and kickboxed for HOURS. I improved my technique so much, and I felt thrilled. There was only one point during a workout where I felt like I couldn't keep going, but then a song came on that reminded me of my daughter, and I got back in gear. It was amazing!
I was the OLDEST participant in the training, and the only person who didn't regularly take Turbo Kick classes in a gym. The instructor (during my practical exam) told me that she was amazed at how well I executed my punches and kicks given that I'd never had input from a live teacher. I felt pretty proud - 43 year old me, keeping up with a bunch of college kids during over 8 hours of high intensity physical exercise.
We ended the day with one hour of kickboxing in the DARK - we all got glow sticks to wrap around our hands and feet, and worked it in the dark. It looked amazing and was completely exhilarating. I can't believe I did it!
I hit my fitbit record of steps - over 25,000 in one day, and I was sore for about two days after, but no matter. I set a fitness goal, and I dooded it. YEE-AHH!!!
This is me, my instructor Melissa, and my bestie after HOURS of kickboxing. The photo is grainy (I think) because our classmate who took it was shaking as much as we were by the day's end.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
I love sparkpeople, and I love blogging, but since I've been in maintenance, I don't do it very much. There doesn't seem to be as much to say; I bounce around two pounds in each direction, but I don't stress about it too much.
This week, however, I have something NEW to report, and it is BIG!!!
This Sunday, I'm going to become a certified TurboKick instructor!!!!! I'll probably never teach a class, but that isn't the point. I want more workout videos from Chalene Johnson (because I lOVE her!!!) and by taking the 8 hour class, and passing both the written and the practical exams, I can purchase new workouts regularly.
I've only done one turbokick class in a club, because I use videos and do it at home exclusively, so this is a big deal. I have to punch and kick and get my sweat on in front of a ton of strangers in a town I don't live in. Then I have to get evaluated... wait, maybe I don't want to go.
Just kidding! I'm totally doing this thing!
When I started doing the turbo jam/fire videos and visiting sparkpeople, I was overweight, and could barely do the moves. I didn't own a sportsbra, and I had converse lowtops as my only athletic shoes. Less than two years later, I'm maintaining a healthy weight, and I can kick and jump like a crazy person. I'm about to add certified instructor of my favorite workout to that list.
I'm pretty pleased.
Please send power vibes my way this Sunday. I've never worked out for so many hours straight, and I am going to need my sparkpeeps behind me!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I've really been away too long. I've been so busy that I've not been checking in as much as I should / used to.
Today is my one year maintenance anniversary, and I felt I should write. So many changes have happened since I started my spark journey, and though the changes keep coming, I sort of feel silly posting like I used to, since I'm mostly just hanging in. I'm doing a pretty good job of maintaining now, so there isn't a lot to report on a daily basis.
I have become a fitbit afficionado - I find that if I do 12 floors and 10,000 steps a day, I can maintain easily. I only have to track if I fail to meet those goals for too many days. I can't recommend this little dealybobber enough - the website, the emails, the auto sync with sparkpeople, it all makes keeping up with my fitness goals a lot of fun.
I send you all my very best - I'll be back soon with some exciting news. I just want to save something for another day!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
When I originally started on SP, I was in the overweight range in terms of BMI. I randomly picked a goal of 125, which at 5' 2" puts me at a 22.9 BMI. That weight is in the healthy range, but closer to the high end than to the low end. According to the BMI calculators, at my height, I will not fall into the "underweight" category until I hit 103 pounds.
103 pounds? I can't even imagine myself at that weight. I'm pretty dang sure I don't aspire to be that tiny, I don't even know if I could get there with these boobs I sport. But...
I have no idea what a good goal is. Now that I'm back down to 125, I'm wondering what I should do. I struggle with maintenance, so perhaps aiming for lower would give me more of a buffer zone? I'd love some advice. I know the "just do what makes you feel healthy" is a good thought, but I've not been under 120 as an adult, so I have no idea if I'd feel healthy or not.
At 125, I still have lots of ab and thigh adipose, but that may just be the way I'm built. I'm fine with that - I feel pretty fit and attractive, but I would like thoughts on what my real "fighting weight" should be.
Any thoughts, my wonderful sparkpeeps?
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