Sunday, December 12, 2010

BFL: Week 1 Complete

Okay so I'm going to have to admit I'm not sure I really should count this week as my first week of the challenge, but I'm going to anyway. I may not have done everything perfectly, or even close to perfectly, but I already feel a ton better because I'm thinking about what I'm eating and about being more active.

Overall I did extremely well with food this week. I used Tuesday (my cookie swap) as my free day and made the decision to eat well all day and just splurge a little during my swap. That splurge included only three cookies and then I took all the leftovers to work to get rid of them. The rest of the week I only slipped (purposely) a couple of times including eating a piece of my sopapilla cheesecake last night and a bowl of loaded baked potato soup (with bacon) on Friday night for dinner group.

It's amazing how even after only six days my eating habits are already beginning to change and when I go to eat cookie it just doesn't taste good or I don't want a second at least. And when I eat a meal, I really just want a small portion rather than to indulge.

Other than getting up with Afton on Monday morning I didn't do any of the planned BFL workouts. In fact the only other workouts I did were some intense volleyball on Monday and Wednesday night (2 hours each time).

Overall analysis:
I lost 3.5 lbs this week. And like I said before, this week already had me feeling much better without even including the workouts. So let's see how a week of workouts + good eating goes.

Next week's goal:
Complete at least 5 of the 6 workouts. I'd love to do all six but my cardio on Sat is probably not realistic since I have a vball tournament starting at 9AM.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Upper Body Workout 1

I got up at 6 this morning, drank some water, and got ready for my upper body workout with Afton. I walked out the door to go downstairs to meet her and realized I'd forgotten my keys. Richie wouldn't wake up so I went ahead with the workout and got keys from the front desk after. He still wasn't awake.

Overall the workout was fine, but I realized something. Not only am I weak physically, I'm weak mentally, which is probably why I quit things so easily. Trying to help me out - I really do appreciate it - Afton gave me a couple of pointers on my form. All of the pointers were useful and helped but inside I was annoyed and thinking, "I'm here aren't I. Just let me do this." That's a terrible way to think about things, but I tend to think about a lot of things that way too often. I'm not sure if it's pride or really just me being too sensitive about certain things, but it's another thing I'm going to work on during this challenge. I have to be able to take criticism, especially constructive criticism, or I'll never get anywhere in life. Because I'm not always or ever going to be perfect.

But I did it. Only like 6000 more upper body workouts to go. I thought about putting my actual workouts here, but I just don't think anyone cares. And this is more for me to write what I'm thinking and feeling as I go through the challenge. My way to keep motivating myself to keep moving forward. But in case you do care, here goes...

Chest - dumbbell flys + dumbbell press
Shoulders - military press + front raises
Back - Upright rows + Lat Pulldown
Triceps - Dips (killer by the way) + Tricep kickbacks
Biceps - Hammer Curls + Bicep Curls

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Body for Life Challenge - Starting Out

I'm starting a 12-week Body for Life challenge with my friend Afton tomorrow. I'm really good at starting new things but never finishing them. I'm hoping that with Afton at my side AND Hawaii in the near future I'll be able to get through this one. People don't really want to read about my everyday triumphs and failures in the challenge so I'm going to track my progress here instead of my real blog. Starting with today - here are my goals for the challenge. I'll give a progress report at the end of week 1.

So here go my goals for my program:
  1. Lose 10 lbs - if I didn't include this one, I would be lying.
  2. Create and stick to a workout routine for 12 weeks.
  3. Lose 2 inches from my chest and at least one from my waist.
  4. Put on an outfit - any outfit in my closet - and feel good.
  5. Fit easily into my size 4 jeans.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Family Goals

They gave me a gift card at work about three months ago that I surprisingly haven't used yet. I decided yesterday, since I miss my family already, that when I hit my weight goal again I can use the bonus to buy a plane ticket to get visit my family again. So here goes nothing. As of Tuesday when I got back from my trip I was 10 lbs away from my goal. Today I'm seven pounds away. I'm going to make it because there's nothing more motivating than hanging out with my family - especially if I can take Richie with me this time.

Friday, February 26, 2010

It's Been a While

I've been neglecting this blog horribly, not because I have nothing to say but because well it's just hard to split things between three or four blogs. But my half marathon training is actually going fairly well. I'm been doing a lot more cross and strength training than before for my workout competition - I'm determined to win this month!!! But I actually have been running some too. I ran six on Tuesday while I watched Duplicity, and it was great.

So I'm thinking I should actually start using this blog again for what it was made for. I've been looking for a great way to track my workouts and what better way than free-form writing? So here goes again. This week has been great so far.

Monday: 60 minutes of volleyball then 45 minute The Firm Hi-Def Sculpt (strength DVD)
Tuesday: 6 mile run + 1 mile walk
Wednesday: 45 minute SYTYCD Cardio Funk DVD (dancing DVD - so much fun!!!)
Thursday: 30 minute Self Bikini Ready DVD (arms/abs) + 30 minute pilates DVD

I'm planning to run a long run on Saturday and maybe a short easy run tomorrow. Seven weeks to go until I die in the altitude in SLC. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Looking Ahead to #8

I'm on day 20 of my no sweets month, and I'm doing great. I have definitely noticed that I don't need to snack as much during the day and don't crave things all night long without the sweets. I may just keep going and try and decrease my sweets intake after this month is over. But I really really really want a chocolate milkshake on Februay 1st.

I finished half-marathon #7 this weekend and had a great time. I'm already looking forward to #8 in Salt Lake in April. I'm really enjoying these get together with friends and family weekends. Now if I could just pick out a good marathon... that'll be for next month.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


I'm on day 10 of my no sweets month and doing great, still no real cravings at all. Apparently next month I need to give up salty treats and go back to the sweets.

I think I probably chose sweets because I knew it was doable, and I like doable a whole lot more than I like something that scares me or takes me out of my comfort zone. This weekend is going to take me out of my comfort zone. I'm running half marathon #7 next weekend and I'll admit it- I'm scared. Really scared. This is the least amount of training I've ever done for a half-marathon and my seven-miler didn't go great last week.

We'll see how it goes but I have a feeling the butterflies are going to be accompanying me to my pasta dinner Saturday. I'm just not going to think about it until then.