Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday - Exercise & Diet

Well I started out the day with a book workout (Day 2) even though my body was even more sore than it was yesterday. The part of the workout that was a killer for me was running at a 10% incline at 5.5 mph for 1 minute after 3 of the circuits.

I skipped my 2 mile run because tomorrow my husband and I are getting four yards (truck loads) of pea gravel to fill in our kiddos playset area. That should be fun!!! (I'm trying to be positive).

I know that my posts have pretty much been the same lately because I have myself in a set routine with working out. I've been debating on what to post about when good friend, Sara, over at Weighing in gave me the idea of a diet log. This should show you the flaws in my diet, and I welcome any advise or even criticism - so comment away! Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast: A Chocolate EAS Carb Control Protein Bar with one cup of coffee (flavored creamer & Sweet N Low)

Prior to meeting my friends and their kiddos at playdate I stopped by McDonald's for my kiddos (Not myself). I ended up eating 3 fries.

Lunch: A Morning Star Veggie Burger on Two pieces of low carb whole wheat bread with Fat Free Mayo and Mustard. Side salad with fat free mozzarella, 6 chopped almonds, and Balsamic Vinegar.

1 1/2 Cups Coffee with flavored creamer and sweet-n-low

I usually eat a snack but I didn't today because I didn't eat lunch until 2:30.

Dinner: Pasta dish that I created - whole wheat barilla spaghetti, light spaghetti sauce, lentils, extra lean ground taco meat, fat free mozzarella with another side salad with fat free cheese and balsamic vinegar. 1/2 of my son's chocolate chip cookie dunked in milk.

Snack: Protein shake

Water Intake: So far I have had (4) 32 oz water bottles. I usually drink another 32 oz in the middle of the night. (I know... I'm a fish!)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Carb Wars

I'm going to start today off by saying that I did my DVD workout this morning and I plan on doing my usual run this evening. I'm a little sore from shoveling rock in my kiddos swing set area and from the batting cages yesterday, but it makes me feel like I did something good!

I wanted to post about something a little different today, so I decided to post of Good Carbs Vs Bad Carbs. By no means am I an expert on this, but both the Body For Life and Making the Cut plans are adamant on eating Good carbs versus eating the empty bad carbs. They recommend whole wheat, whole grain items, veggies, and some fruits. Nothing that you eat should say "Enriched" on it or it's a processed carb turned bad! These are what they classify as a "Bad" carb. Which is most cookies, breads, chips, desserts, pastas, etc. I recommend looking at the labels on products just to see how much stuff is enriched - it will blow you away!

Here are a few of my favorite items to eat that are all "Good" carbs: Whole wheat bread (I use Healthy Life), La Tortilla Factory tortillas (LOVE them), Whole wheat pita bread, Whole wheat english muffins, Whole grain wasa crackers, Kashi Go Lean Cereal, Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal, Spaghetti Squash, broccoli, apples, bananas, Barilla Whole Wheat Pasta (there are all types of pasta and it's actually a good source of protein and fiber as well).

These are the main carbs in my diet right now. Now, on the other hand I don't want to mislead you all in to thinking that my diet is "perfect". I think I do a decent job of keeping things in check, but there are days that I can't keep my fingers off of stuff. For example, frozen chocolate chips (that my husband doesn't use for those unbelievable cookies he makes), bites of my kiddos desserts (half of an Oreo - the half without the icing, my son calls it "Mommy's cookie"), my coffee - not the coffee itself but the flavored creamer that I put in it! This list of things is all "Bad" carbs that I need to get out of my diet. I would rather give up the chocolate chips before my coffee. Heaven forbid someone try to take my coffee away from me... I just might bite their hand off. And that would be a "Bad" carb, which doesn't really go into my diet!! HA!

If there are any questions on the items that I listed on where to get them, or any questions on good carbs Vs bad carbs fill free to ask and I can answer them as best as I can.

*Snack of the Day: 2 Huge chocolate chip cookies... NO, NO, NO
I mean... 20 unsalted Almonds or cashew.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Going Down Swinging

Today was an off day for me, but I met up with an old friend of mine that I hadn't seen in almost three years. She and I played competitive fast pitch softball together and our team traveled all over. We also play high school softball together and boy did we ever have some great times together.

We were both asked to play in a softball reunion game in late September. I wasn't so sure about it because I haven't played fast pitch in over 10 years now. She talked me into it, and as a result we went to the batting cages tonight. I just knew that it was going to be ugly! We had 6 tokens each and we debated on what speed to hit first. Our options were pretty limited because there was only one speed for fast softball, and that was "Fast". Baseball on the other hand had slow (45 mph), medium(55 mph), fast (65 mph), and very fast. We chose to start with slow baseball because it was one step slower than fast softball. My first time up I only hit one stinking ball (it was humiliating). Second time up I bunted a few just to get the timing down and then actually started hitting the ball - Yay! Third time, I began to get tired but was actually hitting a whole lot better. So... then we moved on to the fast softball! I can at least say that I did better then expected, but I was still disappointed. The second time though ended up being a little better. On my last token I chose to go back to slow baseball and lets just say that I hit them out of the park. I couldn't believe it!

As you can tell I never mention how my friend did... Well she just had a baby three months ago, and she hasn't missed a beat. She wasn't rusty in the least - it was actually quite sickening. She said that she wasn't doing very good, but her not doing very good sure looked great to me!! She was awesome.

Anyway, we had a great time together and we are planning on doing it again before the big game. I honestly think that I'm going to be sore in the morning from swing the bat that many times. So, actually I did get in a fun short workout today. And hey, I went down swinging!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday - Another New Beginning

Well today I started the Making the Cut book all over again. This will be my 3rd time going through the book. The very first time I went through the book with no variations (I lost 7 lbs), and the second time I did two DVD workouts and two Book workouts each week (I lost another 7 lbs). This time I'm still doing a variation: Monday's - DVD, Tuesday's - Book, Wednesday's - Off day, Thursday's - DVD, Friday's - Book, Saturday's & Sunday's - Off Days. On the days that I workout I will also be doing my usual 20 minute (2 mile) interval run. We'll see how this will work out for me.

So today was Day 1 from the book. I have to say that I have come along way. I recall the very first time I did this workout and literally thought I as going to die!!! This time I actually increased the weight that I used and made some exercises more challenging. It honestly shows me what progress that I've been making and that I'm getting a lot stronger. But no matter how many times I go through these workouts I still hate some of the exercises (for example, Mountain Climbers). I'm just glad that tomorrow will be an off day for me.

*Snack of the Day: One small apple with 1 Tbs of Natural Peanut Butter.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bad Case of the Mondays

I honestly dreaded this weigh in for many different reasons:
  1. I lost 2 lbs last week. (Which has never happened before).
  2. I hate weighing in on Mondays because over the weekend because I give myself a cheat meal and dessert. And honestly, I don't stick to my diet as good as I do during the week for some reason.
  3. I have not been feeling my best. My allergies are really bad right now and I just feel kind of BLAH!
  4. (*ATTENTION* If you're a male reader I would not read this last reason!!!) Well, I'm in the midst of PMS, so here comes the pimples, bloating, water weight gain, etc. (Sorry to be so specific!)

Needless to say, I still weighed in. I weighed 141. I lost 1 lb since last week, which gives me a total of losing 14 lbs all together.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Finale

Today I did the final book workout in Making The Cut (Day 30). I have to say that to me it seemed easier than yesterdays, but it was still a killer. There were a TON of lunges in today's workout! It also calls for something Jillian Michaels calls "Swing Kicks". Their not really hard to do, but I have a really bad hip and I had to stop after doing 10 of them because it was popping so bad. I just did front kick instead.

Being that it's Friday and I have the next two days off, I will be doing my interval run this evening. Although, I believe we will be finishing off the swingset for my kiddos if the weather permits. Lets keep our fingers crossed!

*Snack of the Day: 2 Multi Grain Wasa Crackers with 1 Tbs of Natural Peanut Butter & 1 tsp of sugar free jelly.

PS: I have found the Wasa crackers in two different stores. (Which I'm sure their in a health food store - but that's expensive). Our local grocery store (Schnucks) sells then right in front of the deli counter. I have also found them at Target in the cracker isle for a whole $1.00 less than the grocery store.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pike Push-Ups & Pike Crunches

Yesterday was an "off" day for me - so I took the day completely off (notice there was no post).

Today on the other hand was a book workout day for me from Making The Cut (Day 29). This is my second time through the book (with a few variations), but after doing this workout I soon remembered just how hard the last week was. This workout killed me!!! Of course, it doesn't help that I have one child who wants to use all my equipment (especially my big body ball) and one who wants to use me as her own personal jungle gym.

The things in the workout that I had to push myself through were the Pike Push-ups (Push ups with your feet on a body ball), and Pike Crunches (Push up position with your feet on the body ball, slowly roll your knees into your chest using you abs, and then go back to starting position). All this in more, wrapping up the workout with 100 Bicycle crunches!! And even though I feel totally spent, I plan on doing my usual run this evening!

PS: I have been watching the Olympics (Which I adore Michael Phelps by the way!), but can I just say that I would love the body of a track and field star. Yes, I know that some of them are way to muscular, but I love the toned look. Kind of like Jessica Biel.

*Snack of the Day: EAS Carb Control Bar

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

DVD Workout

I forgot to post about my workout yesterday, but it was the same as every other Monday. It was Level 2 from the 30 Day Shred DVD and a 20 Minute (2 Mile) interval run in the early evening. It was the dreaded Monday workout after having two days off!

Today I did Level 3 from the 30 Day Shred DVD and for some reason the last circuit killed me (Traveling Push-ups & plank rows with leg lifts, followed by jumping squats and rock star jumps, and finally abs). I think my arms are still recovering from all the dirt shoveling and wheelbarreling I did on Friday. (Check our Friday - Gettin' Dirty for all the details). My plan is to do my usual run again this evening.

*Snack of the Day: Low Carb/Fat Free yogurt with 10 unsalted almonds

Monday, August 18, 2008

Weighing In

Lets just start today's post by telling you all what I splurged on this weekend. Here goes:

Saturday I had one of my son's donut holes, 1 slice of sausage pizza, chips and salsa (a friend gave me his salsa recipe and I'm addicted to it), and 1 of my husband's fabulous chololate chip cookies & a little bit of cookie dough. (Yes, he made them again, but he did ask me first!) Other then those things, I made it through the day eating other healthier options.

On Sunday, I had two more cookies, and our normal Sunday after church tradition of Taco Bell (which really isn't all that bad for you if you get the right thing), with more chips and salsa.

With this being said...I dreaded getting on the scale for the weigh in this morning. I weighed myself again first thing after waking up (or being woke up by my son.) I couldn't believe my eyes... 142 lbs. Remember my starting weight was 155, so that gives me a loss of 13 lbs. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed and hope that it wasn't water weight after working in the yard so much this weekend. I guess we'll get the answer at next weeks weigh in.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday Soreness

I just want to say that it could be a whole lot worse! I'm not as sore as I thought I was going to be... but I'm still sore. When one of my kiddos got up in the middle of the night I recall taking that first step out of bed and growning in the process. My shoulders, lats (the muscles that surround your shoulder blades), and my lower back are the areas that took it the hardest yesterday. Of course it didn't help that the 40 minute Making The Cut workout that I did was a big lat workout. Again, I know I'm not the smartest!

Well, I have already gotten out there again today and laid the black weed covering. That was actually a piece of cake compared to yesterday. And as I'm typing this my husband, one of our good friends, and my in-laws (that arrived unexpectedly - which worked out wonderfully) are all outside putting the swingset together. I have been inside feeding and playing with my kids along with our good friends daughter. Right now they are all sound asleep, which leaves me bringing beverages out to the workers, cleaning house, and finally typing this!

Tomorrow will be a day of rest for me. Which my body really needs. So, I'm not sure if I will post or not. We will see how the day unfolds.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday - Gettin' Dirty

Well I started out today with a 40 minute book workout from Making The Cut (Day 22). Shortly after that I got the kiddos ready to go over to their Grandparents house for the day so I could do some work outside. (Thank you Nanny and Papa).

We have bought our kids a wooden swingset, but the only problem is that the yard is not level. So I'm about to tell about our NEVER-ENDING project. We have been leveling an area of the yard for the last four weeks now. My husband and some wonderful friends put up a wooden retaining wall, and once it was done I was anxious to fill the area around the inside with the fill dirt. Knowing that my husband wasn't going to take a day off work for this and that he tends to procrastinate a bit (Sorry baby - you know I love you!) I figured I would do it myself. We only needed some around the back walls, so I didn't think it was going to take a whole lot (boy was I wrong). The friends that have been so kind in helping us were going out of town, but they still allowed us to use there very handy truck (thank you my dear friends). We picked it up on Thursday night and once the kiddos were gone this morning I hopped in it and took off for some dirt.

I not only unloaded 1 yard of dirt, but 2 1/2 yards of dirt all by myself. If you don't know what a yard is, it's a full truck bed full of dirt. I loaded it into the wheelbarrel and rolled it through our fence door and into the play area. One yard took anywhere from 10-12 wheelbarrels full. My husband got home and finished off unloading the dirt while I leveled it in the play area. Thank goodness he arrived when he did because my back muscles were SCREAMING at me. Needless to say, I was outside doing this for about 8 hours today after I did a 40 minute workout. No, I'm not the smartest! Here it is three hours after I finished and there are muscles that are tight and sore that I didn't even know existed. And just think, tomorrow I get to get out there and lay the black weed covering down before they start putting the swingset together!!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday - Book Workout

Today I did a 40 minute book workout. (Day 21 of Making The Cut to be exact). It was a little different than usual because it started out with a full circuit of cardio. There is just something about the book workouts that really makes me feel like I'm working my body out HARD. (And I'm kind of crazy...but I LOVE it.) I'm one of those people who likes to feel sore the next day, because it means that I got a really good workout. If I'm not sore than I didn't work myself hard enough.

I've been noticing that I can do more than what I used to be able to. For example, when I started the program the second week of June, I could only do about 5-8 real push-ups (NOT girl push-ups). I can now do over 20 without rest. This makes me feel really good, but now I'm going to have to start lifting more weight while doing the same exercises. We'll see how that goes!

I will be doing my 20 (2 mile) interval run again later. And tomorrow will be another book workout with a run in the evening.

*Snack of the Day: 20 Unsalted Almonds (You can also eat unsalted cashews)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Working Out From Home

Being that today is an "off" day for me I decided to post on working out from home. Prior to beginning the program Making The Cut I was going to the YMCA 2 to 3 times a week. No matter how many classes I took or how much I worked out on my own I wasn't losing any weight or inches and I became VERY frustrated.

After our Phoenix vacation I began the program from my home. I have two small children, so this was easier for me to do rather than finding childcare for them, or even taking them to the childcare at the Y. Jillian's program is structured for someone to do the workouts at the gym, but I have enough equipment to do things from my home. Also there are some exercises that I can't do because I don't have a certain machine, but I do another exercise that works the same exact muscle. For example: The book calls for Leg Extentions, but instead I do squats holding hand weights.

Here is a list of the equipment that I have at home & that I use on this program:

Body Ball
Hand weights (5 lbs, 8 lbs, 15 lbs)
Step (Like in an aerobics class), but you can also use a sturdy stool
Resistance Band

I am a firm believer that you can accomplish goals from your very home! Yes, a gym can be very helpful, but for people like me with small kiddos it can sometimes be more challenging. Feel free to ask me how I change up certain exercises in the book in order to make them work for me at home.

There are also many DVD that you can utilize. Jillian actually has two different DVD's. I just happen to use the 30 Day Shred DVD and really like it. I'm always up for a good challenge.

*Snack of the Day: 1 Small Apple with 1 Tbs of Natural Peanut Butter

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Today's Workout & Diet Patrol

Today I did level 3 of Jillians 30 Day Shred DVD. (I will do my usual run later in the day). I was highly unmotivated this morning and dreaded working out, but once it was over I felt pretty good and glad that I made myself do it. My legs were sore from my run yesterday. Instead of doing my usual 20 minute interval run on the treadmill I pushed the kiddos in the double stroller up to the park to meet a good friend and her children. Keep in mind that I had 35 lbs in the front of the stroller and 19 lbs in the back. I hadn't done this in a while and was surprised that I made it running the whole way there. This means that I've built up a little more stamina.

On the way back is another story because it was mostly up hill. I took two short breaks and pushed myself the rest of the way. This is probably why the back of my legs (hamstrings) are pretty sore. It probaly doesn't help that I didn't stretch afterwards. (Which I haven't always been a big "stretcher" but I've been doing it alot more lately).

The hardest part for me during the workout today was proably the jumping lunges again. There is something about them that just kills my legs. They start burning so bad (which tells me I'm doing something right) but it's just hard to push through all the burning! In the end my legs feel like jello.

Well, my husband thinks I should confess my diet slip-up yesterday. I want you all to know that nothing about trying to lose weight is easy for me. I have to basically kill myself to get results and I have this mentality of when I put my mind to something I try my hardest to stick with it, sometimes to the point of obsessive complusiveness.

Anyway, my husband is not big on cooking, but there are two things that he is unbelievable at making and that is Chocolate Oreo Shakes, and Chocolate Chip Cookies. The past two weeks he's on this Chocolate Chip Cookie tangent. He usually makes them over the weekend so that I can have some as my "free" dessert, but this hasn't been the case on the last two times he's made them. Therefore, I had to show some restraint (which wasn't much). My temptation is the cookie dough - I LOVE it! Well on Sunday night (around 8:00) he decided he was going to make some cookies. He made just a few and froze the rest of the dough (BIG mistake). I have enough will power to not eat the cookies sitting in a container on our counter, but I do NOT possess enough will power to stay out of the frozen cookie dough in the freezer. So, when he got home from work I confessed to him that I got into the cookie dough. His first comment was, "Well I think you need to put that on your blog." As if he was punishing me! The bottom line is, if he would just stop making them we wouldn't be having this problem, now would we!?!

*Snack of the Day: Low Carb / Fat Free Yogurt with 10 unsalted Almonds

Monday, August 11, 2008

Workout Partner

Just Look at those Abs (His..not mine!)

I just might have the cutest workout partner ever! This was just this morning during my workout. I had a little somebody who wanted to do exactly what Mommy was doing. Here we are doing bicycle crunches together. He is one strong little boy - he can hold the plank position FOREVER. And boy can he do a mean push-up!

I am all about accountability. That's one of the reasons for me doing this blog, so that you all can hold me accountable for the things that I'm suppose to be doing! My great friend Sara has a great workout partner. Back in college one of my close friends and I would go the YMCA every morning before our classes. It was awesome to have someone there with me. It actually make you push yourself harder.

In saying this, I not saying that you can't workout and lose weight on your own - because that is exactly what I'm doing now. I will soon be posting a section on just how you can manage working out at home rather than going to the gym.

This morning I got up and did my usual 25 minute DVD workout. I had my moments during the workout, but afterwards I felt like I could have pushed myself harder. So, needless to say I will be running later this evening.

*Snack of the day: Two Multi grain Wasa crackers with 1 Tbs of Natural Peanut Butter with 1 tsp of Sugar free jelly.

The Weigh In

This morning I got on the scale first thing wearing exactly the same thing as I usually do. My weight was 143. I lost 1 lb since last week. Yes, I was hoping for more but it's still a loss! I lose weight very slowly - which is sometimes very frustrating. The only thing that helps me is that I have read that people who lose weight slowly (1-2 lbs a week) will tend to keep the weight off. If you lose weight very rapidly you will tend to put the weight right back on.

As long as I see the scale moving or inches decreasing I'm excited and my hard work is paying off.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Reunion Update & Favorite Snack

Well, some of you know that I've been working hard to get into shape for my husband's 10 year high school reunion. I'm halfway to my goal and will continue to work hard. Here is a picture before the reunion. I orignally planned to wear a black dress, but changed my mind last minute. I'm glad that I did or I would have been really overdressed. We ended up having a great time, but I really don't know why I was so nervous about it. It was good to see old faces.

Being that Sunday's are a day of rest for me. I decided to share one of my favorite snacks with you. Being that the diet doesn't allow to have any sweets, a chocolate protein shake taste just as good to me. Some of you might cringe at the thought of a protein shake, but I honestly don't think it's that bad. I buy them by the bulk at Sam, but I've also seen them at Target & Walmart. You can get Strawberry, Vanilla, & Chocolate. I prefer the Chocolate. They are EAS AdvantEDGE (Carb Control). It has 110 Calories, 3 g of Fat, 4 g of carbs, and 17 g of Protein. Which is really good compared to most protein shakes. I drink it around 8:30 in the evening and it helps to control those last evening cravings. Both programs (Making The Cut & Body For Life) recommend these shakes.

In the future I plan on sharing more of my favorite foods and snacks. And I would love hearing some of your favorites, so feel free to share in the comments section.


Sorry this post is late, yesterday was a busy day for me. Well when I got up my plan was to run, but noticed that the grass was getting rather tall. So at 8:00 I got out there and mowed. We have a walk-out so our side yards are pretty slopped, which is a good workout when pushing a mower up hill in wet flip-flops. (Yes, I know, someday I will cut my toe off wearing flip-flops). Yesterday was also the last day of me eating no carbs (YEAH!!!) I'm really hoping that this will help me to have more energy this week.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Wiped Out!

Today, despite feeling completely wiped out, I did a 40 minute book workout from Making the Cut . I thought I was really going to have to push myself in order to get through it, but once I started it wasn't all that bad.

For the past two weeks I have been doing two-a-day workouts. I do either a DVD workout or Book workout in the morning, and then in the early evening I do a 20 minute (2 Mile) interval run. I think that today it has all finally caught up with me. I don't feel like I've given my body the proper resting time that it needed, so I'm praying that it doesn't cause havic on my body. Since my body is plain exhausted, and sore in places I didn't know existed, I will not be running tonight, but will run tomorrow morning instead (which is usually a day off). It will be my last workout before going to my husband's reunion!!

I know that a lot of my exhaustion this week stems from my change in diet for this week only. I normally eat "good carbs" at breakfast and lunch, sometimes dinner with protein. Well, in Making the Cut, Jillian gives tips on how to look really good to special occassions. I thought that my husband's reunion was a special occassion, so decided to try it. It has you drink, 100oz of water a day (which I do anyway), eating 6 egg whites for breakfast, protein and veggies for lunch & dinner. After before dinner a protein snack (Example: 20 Unsalted Almonds) So really it's not much of a change, it just take out all the carbs & salt in your diet. Since I started this on Monday I can tell a HUGE difference in my energy level. By the time 6:00 rolls around I'm ready for bed. This is why I feel that it is important to eat the right carbs. Don't get me wrong...there is a HUGE difference between a good carb & bad carb. I strongly feel that the body gets it's fuel from good carb sources which is where you get your energy from. I plan on resuming my normal diet on Sunday. I just hope by doing all this it doesn't give me false hope when I get on the scale Monday morning. We will see!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'm Gonna Hate Myself For Doing This...

I am a VERY modest person. I used to wear a bikini (which feels like an eternity ago), but I can almost bet that I will NEVER wear one again. So needless to say, the pictures are pretty graphic of me in workout shorts and a sports bra - So brace yourself! By doing this, my goal is to see how much my body changes over time. (Granted that it has changed a lot since the beginning of June).

Yeah! Another workout completed, and I was feeling STRONG!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Off Day

Today was an off day for me. I usually do two intense days of DVD workouts, take a day off, then do two intense 40 minute workouts from the Making The Cut book followed by two days off.

Taking the days off are highly needed. For example when you are lifting weights and doing strength training - you know on those last few reps how bad your muscles are burning? Well you're tearing down those muscle fibers. It's on your days off that your muscles build themselves up even stronger than before. This is why it is so critical to give your body the rest time that it needs.

Needless to say, just to get my heart pumping and burn a few extra calories I chose to do a 20 minute (2 Mile) run. Normally I do take my "Off" days completely off, but my husband's 10 year high school reunion is this weekend so I'm trying to look as "fit" as possible.

Tomorrow I am doing a book workout (40 minutes), and then in the evening a 20 minute interval run. (This is my plan anyway!)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Jumping Lunges - UHHHH!

Today I did the DVD again and did the hardest level. There is one circuit that you do traveling push-ups and then go into squats with shoulder press holding dumbbells (I did 8 lbs). My shoulders were on FIRE, it was really hard to do the second set of traveling push-ups. On the second circuit we did jumping lunges (I had never done them before starting her program). I can't even begin to explain how my legs felt. It's almost beyond pain and yet I still have to strive to do one after another.

Level 3 of the DVD is also harder because the cardio sections involve working large muscle group at the same time. Such as jump squats, or something she calls butt kicks (it's like jogging, but trying to kick yourself in the rear with the heals of your feet).

Today I also did my usual 20 minute run on the treadmil at interval speeds. I followed it up with some abs workout on a body ball, along with a one minute plank.

My body is feeling pretty spent right now. I'm just glad that tomorrow is an off day for working out. I'll probably post something on my diet.

Mondays Workout

Yesterday I did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD. This DVD is broken down into three 20 minute workouts with three different intensity levels. I did the first 10 minutes of the lowest intensity one and then did the full medium level workout. These workouts are three different circuits that start with strength & weights then it goes straight into cardio and finishes with abs. Again you go through this three different times with different exercises each time.

In the evening before preparing my family dinner I have been doing a 20 minute session on the treadmill. I start out walking at 4mph for the first minute and then every minute I increase the speed until I reach 7 mph. Once I stay there for a full minute I bump it back down to 5.5 mph for a minute and do it all over again. I do this for 20 minutes. On the last minute I sprint at 8 mph (sometimes at 9 mph if I'm feeling good). Then I finish with walking for a couple minutes just to cool down.

Weighing In

This is the post that I have dreaded the most. When I started Making the Cut I weighed 155 lbs. I now weigh 144 lbs. My Goal weight is 135 (I would LOVE 130, but I'm not going to push it), so I am over half-way there. I have taken measurements of my whole body and have lost to about 1 in - 1.5 in in every area that I measured. I will share these measurements later on. I'm just too lazy to go and get them right now. For those of you who want to know my height I am 5'31/2". So really my goals are very realistic for my body type and height, now I just have to reach them!
I will be weighing myself every Monday morning and posting it to see if I've made any progress.

Where I'm at Today

These pictures were taken just a few weeks ago at a dear friends wedding. There not all that good, but it's all that I have being that I'm the one that is usually behind the camera.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Making The Cut

I started Jillian Michaels' Making the Cut (30 Day) program the second week in June (After seeing our Phoenix vacation photos). This program is made for those who are trying to get off the last stubborn 10-20 lbs. By the end of June I had lost 7 lbs. I remember this because we were getting ready for another vacation and I was worried about gaining it all back. (I actually maintained!)
Here it is the beginning of August and I have lost 11 lbs. I'm pretty happy with that!! My goal is to lose 20, so I'm more than half-way there.
Jillian's workout is based on circuits (Six of them to be exact). You do some lifting (sometimes doing two muscle groups at once), and you go from one exercise to the other without have any kind of break in between. At the end of every circuit there is a minute of cardio, and then you only get 30 seconds of rest before going to the next circuit. It's exhausting, but it keeps your heart-rate where it needs to be. And obviously this is working for me.
I will be posting on my exercise and diet almost everyday to keep everybody updated!

Diets & Desperation

I am one of those that will try anything and everything to lost weight. I have tried weight loss pills, herbs, LA weight loss, and even Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers helped me get some of the baby weight off, but once I plateaued I was basically eating nothing, which I know slows your metabolism way down. I'm not saying that these things don't work for people, they just weren't working for me. There are two other diets that I have tried that I didn't mention and that's because they are the only two that have actually really worked for me. They are: Body for Life by Bill Phillips, and Making The Cut by Jillian Michaels.

These plans are a way of life and are very similar in comparison. They teach you what to eat and what not to eat. Good Carbs VS Bad Carbs. How long to each between each meals, etc. I have eaten more on the two plans than I have ever eaten before. It goes to show that by eating the right things, and eating frequently can very much speed up your metabolism.

The other aspect of these plans are exercise, and I don't just mean lifting some weights, I mean LIFTING some weights and massive cardio. They work you out like you have never been worked out before. For example, before starting Jillian's Making The Cut (30 Day) program I was running 2 miles a day and doing some weight training every-other day, along with going to Zumba classes twice a week. When I started the program in June, the first day I did her workout I thought I was going to pass out and even vomited (keep in mind that I was home with my two children). Sorry to be so graphic, but I wanted you to know the intensity of her work outs. Of course it's easy to quit since your doing all this on your own, but in my mind I act like she is right there with me telling me "5 more - you got this!" And I muster up enough strength to do those 5 more.

Pictures That Did Me In

Easter Sunday

In April visiting my parents. (Just look at those legs and rear!)

June 7. Sharing our 5 year anniversary with D & D (their one year anniversary)

June at our Phoenix vacation.
All of these pictures were taken between April and June of this year. When I saw some of these pictures I cried (literally). I was so upset with not being able to get the baby weight off. I was running 2 miles everyday and watching what I was eating but nothing was happening. I was never more frustrated. It was actually on our Phoenix vacation that I began reading Jillian Michaels' Making The Cut.

Body Image

My whole life I have struggled with my body image. Even when I was my skinniest I wasn't satisfied. It all started when I was in high school and I can pin-point why my issues started (but I prefer not to share). I am still working on these issues but I have come a long way. I have done things to my body that I am NOT proud of (things that I will not share either). This is why I am doing it the healthy way, and this is also why I need the support from everyone reading this.

One of my pet-peaves is how our society portrays what we should or shouldn't look like. This is why the there is a rise in eating disorders amongst teens and college students. Would we all like to look like the celebrities - shoot yeah! But do I want to have surgery or pay the big bucks to have the personal chef and trainer - No way! I don't want my children to grow up having the same struggles that I did. I want them to be happy with who they are and the person that God created them to be. This is also what I wish for myself and I am slowly but surely getting there.

The Past (and Hopefully the Future)

These are all pictures of when my husband and I were in Hawaii around our 1 year anniversary. (2004). Wouldn't you know that my husband looks exactly the same *sigh*. This is where I want to be. I wasn't as skinny as I was on our wedding day, but I still was tone. I don't want to have too unrealistic goals for myself, so I'm aiming for this!

The Pregnancies

Above I am nine months pregnant with my son in 2005

Here I am nine months pregnant with my daughter.
With my son I gain 35 pounds, and with my daughter I gained 30. With both children my weight when I went into the hospital was 182. I'm showing you this just so you can see where by body has been, and soon I will post some pictures of where I want my body to be and where I am currently at.

The Reason

Hello everyone. I'm glad you can join me on this journey on becoming healthier and more fit. I hope that I can inspire you while you at the same time are inspiring me. There are so many reasons for doing this that I don't think that I can narrow it down to one, but I'm going to give it a shot!

In 2005 I had a gorgeous baby boy, and in 2007 I had a beautiful baby girl. Needless to say that I was basically pregnant for three years because I never really got my body back from the first pregnancy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming my children for the way I look and I want you all to know that I wouldn't change having them for ANYTHING. They are my world and I enjoy every minute of them. I just feel that since I am done having children that it's time to gain control over my own life and body again. And I want to do it in a healthy way.

I look forward to making this journey with you all beside me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!