Happy Easter

This Easter I get to relax a little more than I normally do. The most I have done today is make deviled eggs. I have been off from workouts almost a week due to fighting pneumonia. It never seems to fail, I get going good in my routine and something tries to knock me down. Not this time though. I took my 6 month progress measurements on April 1 and I have shed 16.5" overall and dropped 8.49% body fat. I realize that may not be a lot compared to some people, but I only got really serious about my training and nutrition January 1 when I started my new training program. I was one of those people lifting moderate weights at an average rep range (12-15 reps), more cardio than I really needed. Now I lift 5-6 days a week and do interval training 2 days a week for 20-30 minutes. This has worked out perfectly for me since I really dislike cardio. I may throw in Zumba once in a while to break the cardio boredom mainly because it's fun. I'm working on setting up my basement with my heavy bag and speed bag to get back into boxing. Super great workout and the best way to beat stress. 

Tomorrow I plan on easing back into the gym and lifting but no cardio for a couple more weeks. Have a happy Easter everyone at Bodybuilding.com! 

March 31, 2012

Well, April is almost here and I have a lot of work to do to get into my gown for the formal coming up in May. I need to tighten up a bit. Monday will be day 1 of my trial with the Body Fortress Super Advanced NOS Blast. I have been reading mostly good reviews on the stuff and some not so good. I love the Body Fortress products so I'm excited to see how it does for me. I have also been reading that most people do not get the jitters or tingling feeling when using it so that's a plus for me. I'm already too jittery the way it is. Also, starting tomorrow, I'm doing max pushups daily to improve my pushups and doing chest workouts at least 2x each week in addition to the pushups. Okay, this is short, but I gotta run! 

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Another week gone

Wow! This week started off great.  I'm now down to 219 (lost 6 lbs. between yesterday and today) but not by my own accord.  Hubby and I took our kids out to eat at Chuckie Cheese last night and by the time we got home I was feeling so horrible.  The kids had a stomach bug a couple days ago and of course, the wonderful children they are, decided to share it with me.  Gotta really work on this sharing concept with them...I don't want them to share their germs with me.  I'm up and slowly moving around trying to gain back my strength, but now that I have managed to get back below 220, I am determined not to go back there and will continue to make better food choices from here on out to make sure that I continue to progress in the right direction.  Have had some good workouts this week so far, even though I had to skip yesterday.  I am going to go easy this evening and just use some resistance bands and not go at it with too much intensity.  Don't want to overdo it.  Slow and easy, but keep it consistent and I'm good to go. 

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End of Week 3

Week 3 is coming to an end and I have to say I have NOT been consistent with my workouts...well at least not the ones in the gym anyway.  4 days of moving....furniture, boxes, weights, fitness equipment....I was sore for a few days and feeling better now, but because all of the kitchen equipment was packed away (along with my protein powders, shakers, etc.) there was a lot of eating out over the weekend and half the week.  UGH! Good thing...I did NOT gain any weight.  Why?  Moving! I lifted, pushed, pulled, and climbed up and down stairs Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday! So, no weight gain and no weight loss isn't necessarily a good ordeal, but it's better than gaining.  So, now that it's the weekend, I can finish unpacking and finding my goodies and get settled in to knock out weeks 4-12!  Catching up on rest and trying to keep myself from getting sick from being inside and outside in the cold and the rain and from lack of sleep.  I'm doing well with that task now so I'm golden. 

I wish every one of the super stars who are working on this challenge or other personal challenges the best of luck.  No matter what life throws at you, it's all about getting up, brushing yourself off and continuing on with your goals.  Have a GREAT weekend!

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Still going for it!

Well, I'm into the second week of the transformation challenge and things are going very well. Down 3 lbs. from last week and feeling very motivated. Hitting the gym at work and love the fact that it's so small and there aren't many people there. I just found out that there is a heavy bag there that the guys hang up occasionally so I need to get them to hang it for me tomorrow so I can use it! Diet is looking better too. M1 - Jimmy Dean sausage breakfast bowl M2 - chicken and broccoli with whole wheat noodles and a little low fat cream of mushroom soup M3 - 1 c. Dannon lite n fit yogurt, 1/4 c. granola M4 - homemade chicken marsala with 2 small thin slices of toasted sour dough bread; small 2" square brownie and 1/2 c. strawberry banana sorbetto Today was my rest day since I'm moving this coming weekend and the weekend will be an active rest. Lots of lifting and walking and stairs. Had a great upper body workout yesterday. So, just keeping on schedule, doing the best I can and striving for better each day.

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Challenge Day 3

Day 3 down! I am still working on the diet, but it's slowly coming along. I need to get in more protein so will work on that tomorrow. Today wasn't too bad, but I know I can do better. M1 - 1 c. muesli cereal, 1 c. skim milk M2 - 1 part-skim string cheese stick M3 - 2 slices whole wheat bread with 2 Tbsp. peanut butter & 2 Tbsp. Blackberry jam; 1 string cheese M4 - 1 c. Dannon Lite & Fit yogurt with 1/4 c. granola and 1/2 medium banana M5 - Chicken sandwich; 1/2 c. mashed potatoes Workout (sets x reps x weight) Plie Squat w/kettlebell - 3x12x20 Kettlebell side split squat - 3x12x20 per side Deep Squat - 3x12x20 Straight Leg Deadlift - 3x12x20 Standing Calf Raise - 3x15x20 Gotta make myself get into the gym at work and familiarize myself with the equipment in there. I'm doing good this week, just need to get in more cardio. I'm not a cardio person. I would rather lift 6 days a week than to do cardio. The only cardio I like is boxing, kickboxing, dancing and volleyball. Okay time for bed. Hope everyone in the challenge is doing well!

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Transformation Challenge Day 1

Day 1 is in the bag pretty much. Need to get in my protein shake and I'm done for the day. I was originally going to start this challenge back in December, but there were many obstacles in the way that I needed to remove before starting so I could really focus on what I was doing. I'm in my final semester of my second Master's Degree so I am busy with work and school. But that doesn't mean that I can continue to put my health and fitness on the back burner. I'm not going to do that anymore. I have to find the "me" time that I deserve while balancing time for school, work and my husband and kids. It's not going to be easy, but I'm used to being busy and active at the same time. I have done it before and I will do it again. I almost reached my goals about 5-6 years ago. I know, that with dedication and determination I can do it again. I just completed the upper body workout from the plan with a little twist. I couldn't do the hyperextensions because my stability ball has gone flat from not using it in a while. But I added some additional ab work into the routine between sets. Today is a lighter weight day for me since we are in the process of moving and I could only get to the 10# weights, the 10# medicine ball and the 20# kettlebell. No cardio today either, but good thing is, I have access to the gym at work too and get paid to do PT 3 days a week for an hour while at work (I work at a military facility). I can't wait to get moved so I will have access to my heavy bag and speed bag again too (they are surrounded by boxes right now). Workout: (sets x reps x weight) Pushups (warmup) - 2 x15 Side/Front Dumbbell Raise - 3x12x10 Dumbbell Chest Press on floor - 3x15x10 Bent Over Dumbbell Tricep Extension - 3x12x10/side Bent Over Dumbbell Row - 3x15x10 Alternate Hammer Curl - 3x15x10/side Air Bike - 3x15 Abs - Crunches, knee ups, side bends, twists, figure 8 with kettlebell, around the world kettlebell - 1 set of 15 between sets (mixed up) M1 - 1 c. Special K cereal with 1/2 c. skim milk M2 - Special K bar M3 - 1 c. cereal with 1/2 c. skim milk M4 - 1/2 of a 6" sweet Italian roll topped with 2 Tbsp. pizza sauce, 1/4 c. low fat shredded cheese, 4 slices turkey pepperoni M5 - strawberry PB protein shake with 8 oz. skim milk, 2 scoops vanilla whey protein, 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter A little high on the carbs today, but did great for the energy.

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Good morning! This is my first official Body Blog.  I am not a big blogger, but I do believe this is a good way to reflect upon life, events, celebrations, goals, achievements, etc.  I'm not necessarily new to fitness.  I have been working out since March 2004 but have kind of fallen off the wagon and gained a lot of the weight back that I had once lost.  Starting tomorrow (since my family and I are getting ready to hit the road today) I'm going to be implementing a new routine and I hope that it's something that will keep me interested and have enough variety so that I don't get bored and quit.  That has been my problem lately.  The workouts I have tried were so repetitive and boring so this should be a good way to mix things up. I will be doing the Short Burst Fat Loss routine which was posted by Scott Mendelson & Eric Serrano on the main bb.com page.  To check it out go to
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/short_burst_fat_loss.htm.  I also will be alternating running and rollerblading, core work 2-3 times per week, and yoga for some flexibility work.  Like I said, I don't blog much, but I will make sure I post updates on my progress.  Have a great weekend!

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