Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A friend & I were talking this weekend about feeling comfortable enough to run in a sports bra & shorts this summer, like some of the ladies who we saw running on the trails we run on. Some of these ladies had great bodies & some not so great, but the confidence they displayed was very inspiring.
So, along with incorporating the Eat Clean lifestyle, I bought a new strength training program from Beachbody.com. It's called Body Beast. At first, I said no because it looked like it was for mainly guys who are trying build muscle mass & bulk up. Also, it could be a little intimidating after looking at the infomercial with these huge guys. However, on one of the many fitness Facebook pages I'm currently on, I saw a lady who started using this product & her arms look amazing. Then, I asked my Beachbody coach if he heard of any ladies who used this workout? It comes to find out that his secretary is using it & she loves it. So, I decided to get it. Thus far, I've been doing it for three days and definitely feel it. With this program, I have to lift heavy during the lower reps & lifting a little lighter during the higher reps. It's called Super Sets. The trainer who the other guys call Beast is so funny and enjoyable on the eyes (Ladies if you know what I'm saying)! LOL! Right now, I can say I'm enjoying myself despite the fact that this workout is designed for guys who want to get pumped up (my SNL Arnold Schwarzenegger impression).
Now, I've reached my goal and I've been maintaining between 134.8 to 135.5 pounds for almost a month. However, I want to tone up my body and continue to lower my body fat, which is currently 32.3%. I read an article that for a woman over 40 with 23% to 30% is considered good to excellent. I would like to make this range my goal as I continue with my running, strength training & eating clean.
I'm going to really work on eating lean proteins (135-200 grams) as I want to decrease my body fat, but increase my muscle mass. This is not going to be an easy feat, but I'm going to give it the best that I've got. In addition, I want to see how amazing can I get my body in these upcoming months. It took 11 months to lose 47 pounds. Now, let's see how many months will it take to create muscle definition & decrease my body fat to my goal range.
This year, I've learned that I can do anything if I put forth the time & effort. I'm so worth the sacrifice & discipline. I'm loving the path I'm on as it pertains to my health. So, I'm giving myself 6 months to really focus & be committed to becoming more toned. This is right around my 45th birthday. I want to see if I can be in better shape in my 40s than I was in my 20s (I'm already in better shape than my 30s). Here I go! Operation Tone Up in full effect.
Monday, November 18, 2013
My running group showcased me on our Facebook page. One of the Ambassador's even wants to tell my story to other BGR groups. This is such an honor. I told the ladies about my weight loss journey as well as my running journey. I hope to continue to motivate and encourage others. You just never know whose life you're impacting.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Eat Clean is still going on. But I want to speak on my workouts today. This morning, I ran/walked with a newbie from my running group. We ended up doing 1.84 miles. Next week, she will be starting week #4 of her training. I'm loving her dedication & enthusiasm. It's so contagious. Despite it being really cold in the morning hours, I hold myself accountable to continue to help her out in achieving the goal of running a 5K. With this enthusiasm, she's actually going to her first 5K using the app we're using to train her. She's so excited because this is her first & it's in her hometown. One of her family members noticed on Facebook that she started running & told her about the race. She decided to do it. The app will help her because that week she will increase both distance & time. I told her to call or text me after the race in order for me to know how she did. I know she's going to do just fine because she has been working really hard at being consistent.
Then, this evening, my other running buddy wanted to do hill intervals. I think she's trying to kill me because she wanted us to do 10 hills. Yikes! Well, I'm almost always up for a challenge. However, after that 8th set, I wanted to call it a night & my buddy ended up getting a leg cramp. But, the beast in me came out & I ended up doing 10. The entire run was 4.65 miles with 10 hill intervals.
Now my butt is feeling those hills. Tomorrow morning, strength training.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Well, not too much to tell today, but I did my virtual run this morning.
This morning's workout felt really good. I'm going to have to keep my workouts in the morning from now on with the exception of running with my running buddy or my running group in the evenings. I know if I ask or schedule a run with someone, I'm going to show up. For example, I'm doing hill intervals after work with running buddy. But, if on my own after work, it's not going to happen. For some reason, I get lazy after work when I don't schedule something with someone else. So, workouts have to be in the morning.
Now unto another interesting topic about muscle versus fat. I hate when someone says muscle weighs more than fat. No matter how you put it, a pound is a pound, period! See the below picture.
My goal is not to only try my best to eat better, but to tone up as well. Tomorrow morning, I will be doing strength training as well as a walk/run with my running newbie. So, I better get ready for bed. Good Night All!
Here's today's menu:
Turkey burger on a whole wheat bun
Chocolate protein drink
Popcorn (because my stomach was feeling a little queasy from my vitamins)
Homemade corn muffin
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