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!