Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Merry Christmas to Me (Early) & Fit Friday # 8

This pasted weekend my children had their first all-niter at my in laws house. I have been nervous about them being away from me for awhile now, so my in laws decided that an early Christmas gift would help keep my mind on the right track. And can I just say that it worked!!!

It just so happened that my father in law read my family blog where I participated in a Christmas tag and one of the questions was...

21. What do you want for Christmas? New Running Shoes, some new clothes (since I’ve lost some weight). I would LOVE a Wii but it’s just WAY too expensive (especially since I want wii fit too).


Now on a bad note. I spent the last 12 hours bowing down to the porcelain throne. My children had the stomack flu first and then I came down with it (and I can't believe that my precious children had to go through this). This week I also started taking my kids to the Y, which was great, but not so great when the pick up a bug. (It was either there or the church nursery.) But at least it only lasted 24 hours!
Anyway...I got on the scale this morning and it still said 133 lbs - so no lose, no gain.

Here was my workout routine for the week:

Monday: Lifted at the YMCA and did 1 mile of cardio

Tuesday: Ran 2 miles in the morning, and lifted at the YMCA in the evening

Wednesday: 1 hour of Wii fit while my children were sleeping

Thursday: Making the Cut Book Workout Day 25

Friday: Recovering from the Stomach flu.

Now go check out all the other ladies at It's Almost Naptime and see how they did at Gettin' Hot for the Holidays.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fit Friday Week #7

As I said a few days ago in another post, on Thanksgiving I actually saw 133 lbs on the scale. But since I pigged out over Thanksgiving along with going to the gym and lifting pretty hard it went up to 135 lbs. Well this morning I saw 133 again for the first time since Thanksgiving!!! Three more pounds before Christmas!!!

Here was my schedule for the week:
Monday: Making the Cut Book workout
Tuesday: Making the Cut Book workout
Wednesday: Ran 2 miles in the morning - went to the Y in the evening with Hubbie
Thursday: Ran 2 miles
Friday: 30 Day Shred Level 3

Now if I could just stop eating the sweets that have been lingering in my house!!!

As Missy talked about organizing her pantry, I started organizing my closet - because there really no need for me to have three different sizes of clothing in there - right!!! Well I came across a pair of pants that I bought two months after having my daughter because I couldn't fit into anything. It's kind of hard to tell in the pictures but I can actually pull them off and on without unbuttoning and unzipping them. Just look at how they fit me now!!

To see how the other ladies did a Gettin' Hot of the Holiday take a quick visit to It's Almost Naptime

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What Does "Toning" Really Mean?

I have been absent for the past week, but for good reason. Of course for Thanksgiving, but also because my whole family has been fighting off what seems to be the never-ending cold.

On Thanksgiving day I actually saw 133 lbs on the scale and I was ecstatic! Then Friday after Thanksgiving my in laws wanted to watch the kiddos for the day so I decided to actually go to the Y and lift the heavier weights that I don't have access to at my home. I lifted and did cardio spurts in between, but I lifted pretty heavy on my legs. Upon leaving I felt fabulous, but 24 hours later was a completely different story. My legs haven't been that sore in a really long time, and then to top it all off I hopped on the scale - a BIG NO NO! It read 135! How on earth could I have gained 2 lbs in two days??? Then I read this article of Jillian's and it clicked. I was actually building up my muscle - which weighs more. And on top of that I wasn't giving my muscles the time they needed to recover. Take a look at the article. I found it really helpful.

What Does "Toning" Really Mean?

Let me just give a little clarification regarding the word "toning." The word has nothing to do with the size of a particular muscle; it refers rather to making a muscle lean by burning intramuscular fat, and conditioning the muscle for better performance.

You can't actually build muscle mass unless you're eating more calories than you're burning, but you can "tone" a muscle to make it leaner. To tone your muscles, you should plan to do weight training four days a week, working each muscle group twice a week, with two days of rest after training a particular muscle group.

For example, try:
Monday: Chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, upper abs, obliques

Tuesday: Back, biceps, hamstrings, glutes, lower abs
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, upper abs, obliques
Friday: Back, biceps, hamstrings, glutes, lower abs
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Cardio

Remember, exercise is the architect, but recovery is the builder. You have to give your body adequate recovery time to heal itself and grow stronger. If you work out too often without resting, you'll just continue to break your muscles down.

(Michaels, 2008)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fit Friday Week 5

This week was just like every other week for me workout wise, and I did well on diet too except for having more chocolate than I normally do. I will be blaming that on my lack of will power and my lovely "monthly" woman thing!

My workout schedule for the week:

Monday: Making the Cut Book workout Day 15
Tuesday: Making the Cut Book workout Day 16
Wednesday: Off Day
Thurday: Cardio Day (Interval run 4 miles)
Friday: Combination workout with Days 17 & 18

As for the scale... I lost another pound!!! That brings me to 134 lbs with the loss of 21 lbs. 4 more pounds to go before Christmas!

I strongly believe that anyone can lose weight by doing their own thing at home. I've actually posted about this topic before. Even thought I have lost 21 lbs my body is still not near as toned as I would like it to be. My three areas of concern are my buttock, legs (thighs), and the sides of my torso (AKA my muffin top). I know my legs and buttock need to be worked with heavier weights other than what I have at home and I'm not sure as to what I need to do about my sides - or even if it will ever change (without having surgery) after having two children. So... my husband and I decided to try to go to the gym together every Tuesday and Thurday evening.

We are doing this for many reasons. I listed my reasons above, but even though he works out almost every evening he feels like his workouts are rushed in order to get to work before the mad traffic rush. As for our children, I think they need to go to a child care besides our church nursery and their Nanny and Papa. And they need to learn to interact with other children without me standing beside them. So even though it's two days a week, I will be lifting pretty hard and then doing other things from home on the other three (Like running on the treadmill). I'm not sure when we will be starting this, but I know my body needs a change!

Well I'm anxious to see how all the other ladies did this week at Gettin' Hot of the Holidays. If you are too check them out at It's Almost Naptime.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fit Friday Week 4

Drum Roll Please....... I got on the scale this morning and I lost a lb!!! This brings me to my goal weight of 135 lbs. Below is my starting weight and my measurements along with my measurements midway at 145 lbs, and then my measurements as of this morning (I highly recommend doing this!) But I will have you know that I didn't get this idea to take my measurements until I was a month into the program. I started the program in June and took my measurements in July after I had already lost 7 lbs - so they could actually be better than this:

Starting (July) ; Midway (September) ; Present (November)

Weight: 155 ; 145 ; 135
Bust: 38 ; 36 1/2 ; 35
Chest: 36 ; 35 ; 34 1/2
Waist: 36 ; 34 ; 33
Hips: 41 ; 39 3/4 ; 38
Right Thigh: 26 ; 24 3/4 ; 23 1/2
Left Thigh: 25 1/2 ; 24 ; 23
Right Arm: 12 1/2 ; 11 3/4 ; 11
Left Arm: 12 ; 11 1/4 ; 10 1/2

Here was my workout schedule for the week:
Monday: Making the Cut (Day 8); Evening Yoga workout
Tuesday: Making the Cut (Day 9)
Wednesday: Treadmill Interval Run (2.5 Miles)
Thursday: Family Funeral - Day off
Friday: Making the Cut (Combine workout of Days 8 & 9)

Now as I stated last week (via the conversation I had with my husband) I would really like to lose another 5 lbs to get down to 130 lbs. I don't think this is far fetched, do you??? The bad thing is, it's NOT going to be easy. If it took three weeks of busting my tush to lose the 1 lbs to get to 135, what on earth am I going to have to do to lose the extra 5?!? Any suggestions?
Now, to see how all the other ladies did this week, go check them out at It's Almost Naptime. They are all Gettin' Hot for the Holidays too!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Filling Up the Healthy Way

As you all probably know by now, I am a HUGE advocate of Jillian Michael's Making the Cut. I feel that it's a very feasable program and I can do a lot of it from home. (What I can't do from home I tweak so that I still work the same muscle group).

I signed up for Jillian's newsletter a while back on her website and really enjoy reading some of the tips. Here is one that she wrote about recently:

If you think you're suffering from a food addiction, the first step is to make sure you're eating correctly for your metabolic type. (You can find this out by taking the "What to Eat" quiz on my site!) This will help a lot. If you're certain that you are eating as you should for your metabolic type and you still feel hungry all the time, here are some tricks to make you feel more full so you don't derail your progress:

Drink tons of water. When you feel as if you're starving, pour yourself a huge glass of water or grab a bottle of flavored seltzer — it will help quell the urge to snack, and some of those fruit-flavored waters can even satisfy a sweet tooth.

Sleep! There are two hormones that regulate our appetite, both of which are directly affected by how much sleep we get: leptin and ghrelin. Together, these hormones work in a kind of "checks and balances" system to control feelings of hunger and fullness. Getting the right amount of shut-eye will help curb your appetite.

Examine your hunger. The next time you feel really hungry between meals, consider the last time you ate. If it was less than three to four hours earlier, your stomach isn't growling, and you're not weak or tired, it's likely that you're emotionally unsatisfied rather than genuinely physically hungry.

Think about what, besides eating, soothes you. Steer yourself toward positive feelings of self-worth, and you will pick activities and behaviors that inherently contradict self-loathing and self-destructiveness.

Don't panic. You can and will lose weight. Even if you're eating more than the meal plan calorie allowance, you can still lose — it just might take a little longer. Exercise is crucial. Working out harder and more often will help burn those extra calories you might take in if you have a bad day.

Do NOT beat yourself up! You can do this. One slip up is one slip up, and if this is to be a lifestyle change you can't expect to be perfect 100 percent of the time. Believe in yourself, and get back on the wagon tomorrow.

(Michaels, 2008)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fit Friday Week 3

I have been trying my hardest to shed off one stinkin' pound to reach my goal of 135. I even bumped up the weights that I used during some exercises and them saw the scale go up - which totally freaked me out on Wednesday. I obviously was building muscle, and if you don't know muscle weighs more than fat, but again I freaked out. So here is what I did to give my muscles a bit of a break...

Monday: Making the Cut Book Workout #1 (with increased weight); Evening run with Maximus - 1 Mile
Tuesday: Making the Cut Book Workout # 2 (with increased weight)
Wednesday: Day off - But freaked out!!! Evening run with Maximus - 1 mile
Thurday: Ran 2.25 miles on the treadmill in 20 minutes in the morning, and in the evening I ran another mile.
Friday: Making the Cut Book Workout # 1

It doesn't help that I have eaten some Halloween candy, and I've been preparing for my son's 3rd Birthday party this weekend. I had to experiment with something new, so I made Red Velvet Cake balls from Bakerella - and OH MY GOSH!!! Today I have to make them again, along with a Triple Chocolate cake that I'm decorating like Bob the Tomato from Veggie Tales. So Yikes!!! Wish me luck over the weekend, because I'm going to need it!!

Also, the other evening I had a conversation with my husband, Kris. It went kind of like this...

Sarah: Why can't I get off the last stinkin' 6 pounds?!? I'm busting my butt!!

Kris: Hold on, I thought it was one pound? Why 6?

Sarah: Well, 6 pounds would get me to the weight I was when we got married.

Kris: So your goal weight really isn't a goal weight - it's a "pre" goal weight?!?

Sarah: Pretty much.

Kris: Why can't you just look at how far you've come? And you of all people know that the last few pounds are the hardest, so don't beat yourself up!

Can I just say how much I love this guy who always brings things in perspective for me. Of course after we had this little conversation I had to go and say "Why does it look like I've lost 19 pounds in my face and not my butt???" Honestly, you can really tell that I've lost weight in my face. Just check out the pictures below!

The top two pictures were taken in Phoenix in June, and the bottom picture was taken on Mother's Day.

Here is a picture of my face now - Can you tell a difference?

Be sure and check our how the other ladies did on Getting Hot for Holidays at It's Almost Naptime!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Guess Who's Losing Weight With Me???

Well if you're guess was my husband, your wrong. The man works out every morning and he just has to look at the scale to drop 5 pounds. It honestly makes me sick.

The answer is Maximus - AKA Mooser Bear! Our 35 lb Beagle who should be around 25-30 lbs. He is 5 years old and has gradually gotten heavier with each child that came into our house. He has struggled with depression since prior to having my Babies, he was my baby who soon turned to be just my dog. I love him dearly, but he has got to lose some weight.

I've been running him every other day - which surprisingly he has run the whole time! We have also cut back on food. Max used to clean the floors after each meal getting what the kids dropped, but that's not the case anymore. It dog food and dog food only!

Here are some pictures of what Maximus looked like prior to me having children (Isn't it beginning to look like he gained sympothy weight?!?) But there is no reason he should weigh as much as my 3 year old son!

Below are two pictures of what he looks like now. It's kind of hard to tell how heavy he is because he's sitting. And trust me, obedience isn't his thing!

Good Luck Maximus on getting Hot for the Holidays!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Fit Friday Week # 2

This week I finished Making the Cut for the fourth time. I will be starting it again from the Beginning on Monday. Here is what my workout week looked like:

Monday: Making The Cut Book Workout Day 29
Tuesday: Making The Cut Book Workout Day 30 followed by 15 minute sprints on the treadmill
Wednesday: Off Day
Thursday: Making The Cut Book Workout Day 29
Friday: Making The Cut Book Workout Day 30 (this time upping the weights that I used)

I usually do pretty well on the diet. I eat a lot of the same meals through out the week. But on Monday I took the kiddos to my husband's work for their trick or treating on their floor at Edward Jones. For a 3 and 1 year old they got WAY too much candy, and I have eaten two pieces of it. Two Almond Joy bars to be exact because no one else in my family likes coconut!

Then to top it all off my husband was having a cookie contest at work. My husband has mastered the chocolate chip cookie - it's amazing, but there is one major problem... I have some serious issues with cookie dough. On my family blog I just recently participated in Missy's at It's Almost Naptime event with having our husband write 7 random things about us. Well here was my husband's #5 answer about me:

Sarah's Kryptonite is "Cookie Dough." She and I both have a sweet tooth, but this is Sarah's greatest weakness. She has a hard time resisting fresh chocolate chip cookie dough. She can fight the urge to eat the finished product but during the making of my chocolate chip cookies she enjoys a spoonful of the dough here and there. Here...and there. Here...and there. Here... and there (you get the point).

By the way... He got first place in that contest. Yes mam, they are that good!!!

I didn't do too terribly bad. And something that I do every week is give myself one free meal and one free dessert. I feel that this helps me to stay focused on my diet during the week, but since I had all that cookie dough I didn't get my free meal!

I have to say that I expected the scale to say what it did this morning since I lost 2 lbs in two weeks. Like I have stated before I have been doing this since June and now my body is getting too comfortable with what I'm doing, so it's slowing down in the weight loss area. So, I got on and the scale read 136 meaning that I didn't lose, nor did I gain. But I was really hoping to reach my goal of 135. Next week is a new week!

Also, a lot of you have commented on my abs. I have the outer definition, but I also want you to know that I can pinch two inches of skin and fat that still lays over them. Sometimes pictures can be a bit deceiving.

Did anyone watch Oprah yesterday. I TiVo'd it because the Biggest Loser people were on there. It showed the one and only female winner 6 months after winning and she still weighs 128 after previously weighing 234. My only question is where did all her "flab" go. For example, I have had two children maxing out at 182 with both of them. I can pinch all this extra skin that probably will never go away. So where was hers after weighing 234? She was in the skinny jeans and flattering top with absolutely NO muffin top! What in the world!!! But hey, I have to give her kudos for looking fabulous!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fab Ab Moves

This week is my last week through Making the Cut (for the fourth time). I did another book workout today (Day 30), and plan on doing Day 29 & 30 again on Thursday and Friday. Honestly I didn't feel like today's workout was hard enough for me, so I ran sprints for 15 minutes after my 40 minute workout. Afterwards I was wondering what in the world I thinking!!!

I love learning different moves, so today I wanted to share some great ab workouts. Here are some of my favorite "Ab" moves to do. Two of these moves target your obliques (the side ab muscles).

This is a form of the side plank position. Lay on your side propping yourself onto one forearm. Using your core strength push yourself up into a straight line (Pictured in the second picture). Slowly lower yourself into starting position and repeat.

This too also works the obliques. As you can see in the picture I like to put my feel up against a wall. This helps me to stay balanced so that I can concentrate on my abs. Lay with your side on the body ball. Let your body kind of hang over a bit. Put your arms behind your head (this makes it harder). Using your side muscles pull yourself up. Hold for a count and lower yourself back down to starting position & Repeat.

This is what they call a Pike Crunch. Lay with your abdomen on the ball and slowly roll yourself forward until you feet and ankles are on top of the ball. (Your body should be in push up position with your feet on the body ball). By contracting your abs, slowly bring your knees into your chest. Hold for a count and bring them back to starting position - Repeat.

Hope you're having a Fab Ab day!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fit Friday Week 1

We completed our first week of getting "Hot of the Holidays". Here is was my workout routine for the week:

Monday: I did a cardio day because I had a 9-1:00 meeting to attend. (I normally work from my home). I ended up doing 25 minutes of 1 minute sprints at 9 mph, and then walked for 1.5 minutes.

Tuesday: I did a book workout from Making the Cut. These workouts are circuits which consist of strength training and cardio boosts, followed by abs.

Wednesday: Off Day

Thursday: Another Making the Cut workout

Friday: Making the Cut workout

I don't usually have big diet issues. Trust me I'm not perfect, and sure I splurge. For example, two days this week I had a hersey kiss after lunch, but I did limit it to just one. My son also always give me one side of his OREO (the side without the icing) - who can resist your 3 year child sharing with you! My biggest issue is my coffee drinking. I have two large cups a day with flavored creamer and a no-calorie sweetner. I have also been trying to cut back on the Diet soda. I usually have one a day, but I'm now allowing myself one every-other-day.

Here is what I try to do each day. I tend to eat 5 small meals a day. I have a good carb with protein in each of these. I eat veggies with lunch and dinner, and my snack usually include fruit. I don't go more than 4 hours without eating, and I have a late evening snack around 9:00. By doing this I feel that it keep my metabolism going and feuled to burn more calories.

The Weigh In:

Before I say this I wanted to remind you all that I have a 4 month head start on your guys. I started working out and losing weight the second week in June. This is very doable for you all, and I know how important a support system is when trying to lose weight.

I stepped on the scale this morning and weighed 136. I lost 1 lb this week. This brings me to a total of 19 lbs. Again, my goal was to lose between 20-25 lbs. I am almost there, but I know the last pounds are the hardest to get off, so I have some work cut out for me.

Pictures Below:

Here is a Very short video of my son. He came up to me and said, "Mommy I'm working out!" He started breathing really hard and then said, "Mommy sounds like this!" You might have to turn up the volume to hear him. Funny how kiddos pick up on certain things!


Here are a few pictures of my workout today. Again, I've been doing these workouts (which are different every day) since June - and trust me, it never get any easier. On Thurday I pushed myself so hard on the Sprints (Treadmill at a 10% incline, running at 6 mph) I actually thought I was going to pass out.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I'm a Jungle Gym

I realized that after yesterday's post. I made working out from home sound pretty easy. Don't get me wrong some days I can work out with very few interruptions. But that is not usually the case with two little Monkeys running around. Today was NOT one of those days.

When one monkey saw me doing my ab workout on the floor she ran at me full speed and plopped on my belly. Then when the other monkey say her, he decided it would be fun too. Soon I had both little monkeys climbing on me like I was a jungle gym. The pictures are blurry because I was trying to take the picture on my back with them two all over me.

They are the sweetest little monkeys who completely adore each other! I will forever be their jungle gym!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Working Out From Home

I have posted before about working out from home. Take a look at the older post to see what equipment I used from home

This is my fifth time through Making the Cut. This is a program that is definitly designed to do in a gym, but I have tweaked some of the exercises so that I can still get the benefits from them in my very own home.

Below is a picture of a girl in the gym doing a lat pulldown. I don't have this kind of equipment at home, so the second picture is what I do to work the same muscle group.

I take my resistance band and put in around the top of my front door. I put my hands where the give me enough resistance for a good workout and I pull downward.

This next picture is of a man on a seated row machine. You can do rows with dumbells, but the seated rows works the muscle group from a different angle. The second picture is how I made my very own seated row...

I put my resistance band around the base of my treadmil and sat back to where the resistance band would be tight enough to pull. I then pull with my arms close to my sides.

This is a great buns and hamstring workout from a step. They are called one-legged pelvic thrusts. Place one foot on the step while the other leg is straight up in the air.

Step 1

Push through the heal of the foot on the step and lifting your pelvis towards the ceiling & tightening your glutes. Hold for a count and go back to the starting position.

Step 2

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fit Fridays

I am joining a group of ladies from It's Almost Naptime to get "Hot For the Holidays". Like I have said in previous posts, to me, it's about being healthy again. I have been on this journey since June when I saw myself in some vacation pictures. At that point I had already been trying to get off the baby weight from having my second (and last) child in September 2007. Nothing was happening, so I knew I had to take it up a whole new level. I started doing Jillian Michaels' Making the Cut I currently weigh 137 lbs. I have already lost a total of 18 lbs. My goal is to lose 20-25 lbs and be around 130 lbs. I feel that this is a very healthy weight for me, and a very feasible goal to accomplish. I have hit a major plateau (I only lost 1 lb in a month) and I feel that by doing this with all of you I will be able to push through this and continue to lose the weight.

I plan on continuing the program that I've been doing, but I tend to change things up to have variety. I have already posted a lot on the workouts that I do, so you can glance through them if you wish.
Here are some before pictures. These are the pictures that I literally cried over when I saw.

Here are some "now" photos. I took top one about a month ago, and I took the bottom one a couple of weeks ago when I could finally get into a pair of jeans I wore right after I got married.

I look forward to joining you all in Getting Fit For the Holidays!! I wish you all the best!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Soda or No Soda

As I mentioned in a previous post I have been hearing a lot of bad things about drinking diet soda. Regular soda is generally bad for you due to the sugar and acid in it. Diet soda also has the acid that depletes important nutrients from you body, but it also has artificial sweetners that can harm you as well.

In February there was a study done on rats to see what artificial sweeteners would do. It actually increased their appetites and made them gain weight. There are reasons behind this that you can read about in the link that I will provide.

In the end they are not sure if this does the same thing in humans. They say that artificial sweeteners play tricks on the body so that it doesn't know how many calories it consumes. I read a ton of articles on this, but I felt that the Wikipedia one summed it all up pretty well, and included a list of beverages at the bottom to tell you which soda has which artificial sweetener.

I just have one problem... I not only drink Diet soda, but I put artificial sweetener in my coffee as well. I can give up soda, but giving up coffee will be like pulling teeth for me!!!

Any suggestions???

Here is the link to the article on Wikipedia:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Weigh In

Well I really didn't want to weigh in today because of going away for an extended weekend with little exercise and not-so-healthy food.

Drum Roll Please...........

137 is what the scale read this morning. I actually lost 1 lb. I haven't lost any weight in a month now and it was getting a bit frustrating! This brings my weight loss to 18 lbs.

Here are three reasons why this might have happened:
  1. We did a TON of walking (pumpkin patch - where I jumped in a hopper with my kiddos, an air show, and then I ran one day I was there).
  2. Another thing that I think may have played a role in this is that I didn't have one diet soda while I was there. Here, I at least have one every other day, sometimes every day. But I never go over 1 can of soda per day. I LOVE Diet Dr Pepper and Coke Zero.
  3. I'm beginning to wonder if I shocked my body a bit by eating the not-so-healthy food while I was there. Sure I cheat, but I really cheated!

So, since I weighed in this morning I've been researching about Diet Soda. What do you all think about it? I will most likely be posting something about this. But I would still love to hear every one's opinion. Care to share?

Monday, October 13, 2008

I'm Back!!

Well I'm back from my weekend get-away anyway! My family and I went to Dallas, TX over the weekend to visit my parents and brother. We left Thursday evening, and arrived back home at 9:30 this morning.

Before I left I tried to get in as many workouts as I could without overwhelming my body. I ended up doing Making the Cut book workouts on Monday & Tuesday. Wednesday I ran for 30 minutes (3.25 Miles). Thursday I did another book workout.

While I was gone I had every intention of working out - besides me running through the airport pushing a double stroller that is hard to steer with an extra 55 pounds on it. I even packed workout clothes. So yesterday afternoon, while my kiddos were napping, I put on those workout clothes and running shoes. I ran about 1.5 miles through my parent's subdivision (which is beautiful!) I am so used to running on the treadmill, so it was actually hard for me and I had to really push myself. I'm really glad that I did it because I felt great afterwards!

As for eating... well that's just a whole new ball game. For some reason I couldn't keep my hands off the sweets!!!! I did eat healthier options whenever possible (chicken instead of a hamburger, chicken breast deli sandwich on whole wheat with Fat free ranch). I also tried to fill up on veggies as much as I could, because I knew this would help me to not over eat and stay full longer. Also, my water intake wasn't near what it normally is - I blame this on not having my water bottle. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't go anywhere without my nalgene water bottle, and anyone who flies on the airlines knows that you can't get it through security!!! I tried to make it as best as I could without it.

I will be weighing in tomorrow whether I want to or not. I haven't worked out today since we got in town this morning, so I may try to run a little later when the kiddos get up from their naps. I will let you all know how it goes!! Hopefully I will be posting a little more frequently now. This last month has been complete chaos for me. Now it's time to get back into my normal routine!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Weighing In

Well I did wiegh in, but I wasn't very happy doing it. I haven't lost anything in over two weeks. It's been fluctuating between 138-141. Granted my life style hasn't helped me in any way this last month.

I've done my workouts religiously every morning, but I know that I could have pushed myself harder instead of just doing them to just do them. Also, I have had family in town every week since September 12, and now I will be leaving to go visit my parents in Dallas on Thursday. I'm exhausted, but see family has been fun! But as we know when you have family get togethers you tend to not eat so well. I've eaten pretty well, but my sweet tooth sometimes gets the best of me.

So, now that I've plateaued and I'm so close to my goal weight of being between 130-135, I'm getting really frustrated. Needless to say, when I got on the scale and saw 139 this morning I chose to do Day 9 book workout from Making the Cut. I not only did it once, but I also went back and did two of the circuits again. In doing this I almost made myself sick - literally! I'm ready to crank it up a knotch and get the last bit of my weight off.

Since I will be leaving town on Thursday evening I plan on having a cardio day, which is my normal day off. I'm choosing cardio because I feel that my muscles need the time to recover from the last two days of Book workouts Day 8 & 9. Then I plan on doing another book workout on Thursday before hopping on an airplane. I will try to workout at my parents house, but I'm not sure how much I will be able to do. We will see!

Also, I'm going to beg you all for your encouragment. You all have been a blessing to me and you hold me accountable - which I LOVE!! But it's getting a lot harder for me, so I will desperately need the reinforcements pushing me along the way. I've been going at this rate for 4 months now and I'm beginning to get burned out, so that even makes it harder for me to push myself. So, again I will need the extra back up and I'm now holding my readers accountable for their support!! Thank you all!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Lets Get Ready to Rumble....

It all started with a nice & friendly photo

The first photo is a glimpse of the first night we wrestled. This is pretty much what it looked like, because Dani started it by jumping on my back trying to pry the ball out of my hand. She did not succeed at this attempt. The second photo is of the second night when I took off after her to pry the ball out of her hand in which I did succeed! Score: 2 Sarah - 0 Dani

Here we were taking a nice friendly photo and what does Dani do, well... She starts trying to get the ball back.

Here my very precious son is yelling for his Mommy. "Mommy, Mommy" As you can tell his Uncle Doug had to hold him back from protecting me. It wasn't until I looked up and told him that Mommy was alright that he started yelling, "Go, Go Mommy!"

Here is starts to get serious and we were ready to rumble, but No...

Doug steps in because he's afraid to see his wife go down AGAIN for the third time. Weak I say, Weak!

So after he takes off the ball that he pried out of a girls hand - he takes off with that smirk on his face. And my husband then decides to step in. We are all four fighting over one stinkin' ball - four very competitive people = not a good situation.

This is what the outcome was. No ball, but we know who remains on top!!!

My sweet, sweet son tried to break us all up. Here he is making sure that everyone was just having fun, and that's exactly what we did.
All said and done - I got some great workouts in by wrestling, and I've never laughed so much in my life. Thanks for a wonderful surprise Doug and Dani, along with a fabulous week. We love you and miss you guys already!