The end date of my Challenge is only
part of my journey to confidence, better health and fitness.
It has been a pleasure meeting many new
friends along the way and benefiting from the Awesome motivation of
I did not reach my goals as I
anticipated and I will not give any excuses.
I will take this as a learning
experience and use it to better understand what I need to do, in my
future, to succeed.
I am proud that to this day, I am still
alcohol free. As I overcome obstacles, I have noticed that I have
replaced my crutch with a love of sweets! This cannot continue! I
am fully aware that combining bad foods with working out has a
negative effect...My sweet tooth WILL lose!
Due to my work hours, my eating several
meals a day still suffers. I am right on track with the water
though, so HEY that's something! Lol
I had an awesome 12wks at the gym with
new limits reached and workouts that pushed these muscles! A special
thanks to my friend “Southern Athlete” for taking the time to
create a workout that indeed made changes to this body!
I have been soooo excited seeing the
changes happening! I am even more excited to experience what's
Thank you Dymatize for this Awesome
I woke this morning to see the sun shining bright. Since we've had dreary weather lately and there is the inevitable future of snow and dreary days...I took my cardio outdoors! It was a last minute decision as I was also having a difficult time deciding which body part to work out today.
I ended up going to the River Trail. Yes, the trail just last year I almost lost my life at. The water was way down today and the river seemed so calm compared to that evening.
I was continually amazed as the energy I felt today was unbelievable! The time passed fast and before I knew it I had already finished 3miles! The stamina I have built up over these months is proving to be beneficial to my well being.
As I finished, I stopped at the exact place where I fell in. I spent a few moments gathering my thoughts and reminded myself how very thankful I am to be given a second chance at life. A healthy/fit life.
I have been absent from blogging but not absent from the gym...That's a GREAT thing! I seem to go through phases of not doing enough of "Me" time and just feeling overwhelmed by day to day activities including work/home.
As we are nearing the end of our challenge I am feeling more confident and hopeful of my future. A future of what?! The strength to be alchol-free, the strength to put myself first and the commitment to a fit/healthy body.
I have made so many new friends in the fitness community and have proven to myself that even if there may seem to be lapses in support at home, there is always a constant support in the community. It means a lot.
I am finally starting to see the scale move this week as I am getting a hold of eating properly and often enough. The clothes are still growing on me and the belt needs yet more holes! Can you feel the smile?!!
It's been quite a few days since my last blog. Day to day life seems to have captured me and held me captive. I have been dealing with a lot of changes with work lately. Changes in staff as well. Although, it seems to be quiet on the "take-down" aspect it is still mentally challenging and leaving me exhausted by the end of the day.
I am enjoying my pass days (Mon/Tues) and have been keeping up with the gym. I woke up this morning and went to a doctor's appointment. When I got home, I gave myself a thousand reasons why I should stay home and just "relax" today. It's sooo dreary outside and we all know that I am extremely effected by lack of sunshine! Well, just the thought of not going to the gym created anxiety. I ended up taking my TSN supps, tied up my shoes and headed to the gym!! Although, I didn't have my normal energy, I had a good workout. I am soo proud that I didn't give in to my inner self today!
Tonight is our Trick or Treating night here in our town. I work tomorrow for the 2nd day (who has 2 trick or treat days?!!) I am not really worried about the candy aspect...except for my Reeses Peanut Butter Cup weakness. I am looking forward to the walking tonight...but not the cold weather!! Brrrr!
Slacker: This is what I felt like this weekend as I took a couple of days off from the gym and let the diet slack a bit.
Result: Very Hungry ALL the time! More tired than usual. Grumpy/Irritable wayyy easier.
Today it was awesome to get back to the gym. To get back to the routine. I made it a leg day so I could be excited to start the week. My weights were increased and I added an extra set due to awesome motivation! As I sit here and type I can feel my legs tightening up....AHhhhhh...love that feeling!!
I continually have a love/hate relationship with my scale. I realize that I shouldn't be on it every day..but it calls to me! Especially after a horrible weekend, I find that I must torture myself to see the damage done...3lbs gain, not as bad as I expected. My body seems to fluctuate greatly day to day. As I see the results in the mirror I am not as freaked out by the scale. My clothes are bagging and I need new underwear/bras! So, while undressed I feel better, I feel kind of frumpy in my clothes. I need to get my money tree to grow so I can go on a shopping spree!
I am enjoying my two days off of work, but will definitely be at the gym both days!! It seems I always end up writing about my diet struggles...but that's just it....It continues to be a struggle! I realized today, that it seems to revolve around $$..It can be sooo expensive to eat good. I need to just get some rice and chicken/veggies and make a big pot of it. Not eating with the clients for dinner is really difficult to get used to after 5yrs! I only packed a serving of oatmeal and a banana yesterday. I was starved within the first hour of work even though I ate a couple of hours before. That left the entire night left with no food and dinner hour at 9pm! I really have to figure out a way to fix this......
It's Saturday and my body feels like it needs a down day...I feel good, but need the relaxation for the mind & body. So I'm drinking my coffee, listening to music and updating stats and catching up on some reading.
My stats? I'm proud to say I'm doing great! Not huge decreases, but I know that means I'm doing it right. Of course, I wish it was a fast change..but this body has been out of shape and fat for a very long time! LOL
My goal for this next week is to really concentrate on the diet. Work has changed the policy for eating with the clients this week so I will not be eating with them any longer. This is a good thing since the company that provides the food is horrible and has wayyyyy to many carbs. But I didn't plan very well this week as I didn't pack extra food for work. I'm not very good at planning, but I've got to change that.
I'm excited for what this next week brings!
I was sooo thankful to have my supplements restocked and ready for me this morning!
I could not imagine a workout without my Cardio Igniter!!
I treated myself to Leg Day today...what a blast! Although, I had my very first experience having to wait on a machine at the end of my workout! I thought I was going to have an anxiety attack! I think I have been spoiled all this time never having to share. I have my music, my zone and no interference...What The?!! I tried really hard not to look impatient as I did squats while I waited. I was sooooo happy when it was finally my turn!! LOL
I am looking forward to my pillow tonight. A good night at work combined with a great work out today equals restful sleep....I hope!!
It was upper body...Ick! Although, this is not my typical favorite day at the gym and it's heartbreaking to be reminded of that gut...I am thankful that I succeeded. Feeling the pain and burn in those muscles as I finished the reps...I was indeed happy! My arms are feeling more muscled and strong. I can actually see the future of me not dreading this workout day so much.
I got to spend the afternoon with a friend today which is pretty much a miracle. Since I don't get out other than work and the grocery store. It was nice to have adult girl time. I also did my season change of hair color...Guess what color?! Red! Woot Woot! It's that time of year I always go darker..well, it's nice to change those gray highlights up a bit! LOL
Finishing the day with pumpkin carving with the kids...Day off was a success!!
An intense Leg Day....Need I say more?!
The only negative thing I can say about today's workout is that at the very end of my HIIT on the bike, my phone decided to suddenly shut off and restart...As you know, all of my workouts are music based and I log everything....Sooo sudden silence and everything erased...UGH!! 4minutes left and I almost quit, but decided against it. Sooo glad I finished!
I had the day off work today so I used the afternoon to rest and relax....much much needed! I'm spending the evening watching a movie with the kiddos and probably heading to bed early (which is before 2am)
Pure cardio today...Not sure if I have done that in a while. I started out on the bike with 1minute speed intervals, then stretched. Ventured downstairs to my little corner and set up two sets of steps...single and double. Then turned up the music and jammed with the alternate step ups, knee ups and skip ups. Returned to the upstairs area to finish off with the Elliptical forward and backward with speed intervals. For a finish...cool down on the treadmill followed by stretching..
Full of sweat and smiles...this workout was awesome!! Of course, using my Cardio Igniter and XAT-7 gave me that energy needed to succeed....This is the beginning of our 3rd week of the transformation...I am sooooo ready!!!