Friday, February 27, 2009

Gettin' Fine in '09: Week 3

Hey ladies... I didn't forget, I've just been pretty busy today.

So how have your weeks gone? Any major struggles? Any major accomplishments? I would to hear about all of it.

As of this morning I'm exactly the same: 132 lbs. Sure I get frustrated, but I know that I'm staying healthy and keeping my head up. These last 2 1/2 months have been challenging for me since the scale hasn't budged, but I know that I'm not giving up. And if this is where my body needs to be right now then this is where it needs to be!

Here is what I did this week. I've been wearing my personal trainer watch, so I know how many calories I burn during certain activities.

Saturday: 1 hr spin class (Burned 950 calories)
Sunday: I worked out with my best friend who asked me to help her out. We did interval sessions of cardio mixed with strength moves. (Burned 650 Calories)
Monday: 1 hr zumba class (Burned 600 Calories)
Tuesday: Off Day - Yes, I finally gave my body some rest!
Wednesday: 1 hr spin class (Burned 900 Calories)
Thursday: 1 hr spin class (Burned 1000 Calories)
Friday: 45 min spin class (Burned 800 Calories), 30 min weight loss yoga (Burned 250 Calories)

I usually eat 1300-1400 calories a day, so as you can tell by my calories burned why I get frustrated when I haven't seen the scale moves since November. But it was brought to my attention today by my husband and a good friend that I might not be eating enough and my body is in "Starvation" mode. Kris, my husband, reminded me of an episode of the Biggest Loser where Jillian Michaels jumped all over a contestant for not eating enough calories and forcing their body into starvation mode, which causes it to hold onto weight instead of losing it.

There is a current contestant on the Biggest Loser, Mike, who is the youngest at 18 years old. Bob Harper just talked to him a couple weeks ago about not eating enough. Mike stated that he has the mentality that eating less = losing weight, which is kind of the mentality that I have. This obviously isn't the case. Once Bob helped Mike's eating habits he dropped over 10 lbs in one week. So, needless to say, I'm beginning to think that I need to eat a bit more. More whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and veggies!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Mindless Eating

I have to say that I am one that falls into the "mindless eating" category. In the past 6 months I have really been trying to pay closer attention to this. I'll ask myself... "Am I really hungry for that?" "Is it just to 'comfort' me?" "Is this the healthiest thing to eat if I'm hungry?"

There are also times where I've eaten something and then can't even remember if it taked good to me? And then I get frustrated with myself saying, "Why did I just eat that???"

Are you a mindless eater?

Jillian Michaels' Newletter, that gets sent to me via email, has some great tips on mindless eating. Here is what she had to say about it.

Curb Mindless Eating

Okay, you've all heard the term "grazing" — you know, picking at food throughout the day instead of (or in addition to) eating regular meals. This constant, indiscriminate eating — especially when you're focused on another task, such as talking on the phone or watching TV — is the downfall of many a committed dieter, but it doesn't have to be.

If you're piling on pounds because you eat when you're distracted or bored, rather than when you're actually hungry, try the following tactics to break the habit.

To curb daytime grazing:
  • Don't eat while you're standing up, in the car, or on the go or when you don't have time for a full, proper meal. If you sit down at mealtime and pay attention to every bite, you will be more relaxed, you'll notice when you're satisfied so that you won't overeat — and you'll actually enjoy your food!
  • Don't skip meals. I mean it. You might think you're saving yourself calories, but it will only leave you famished and more likely to consume extra calories later on to feel full.

To curb nighttime grazing:

  • Why do most people graze at night? Because they're bored. If you've been thinking about taking up knitting, crossword puzzles, Ping-Pong, or some other hobby that will keep your brain busy in the evening, now is the time to do it.
  • Brush your teeth. Food never seems quite as appealing when you have that fresh, minty toothpaste taste in your mouth.
  • Try a cup of hot tea; the warm liquid in your stomach can help you feel satiated.
(Michaels, 2009)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Gettin' Fine in '09 Week 2

This week I was coming off of my birthday and Valentines Day weekend, which I splurged on quite a bit I must say! So this week, my goal was to burn off all the chocolate cake I ate!

Here was my workout for the week. * I started wearing my new trainer watch on Wednesday, which tells me how many calories I burn (you have to program it so that it knows your weight and heart rate ranges).

Sunday: Bob Harper's Weight Loss Yoga (35 minutes)

Monday: Zumba Interval Class (1 hr)

Tuesday: Ran 2.5 Miles

Wednesday: Spin Class (1 hr - Burned 1200 Calories)

Thursday: Spin Class (1 hr - Burned 1150 Calories)

Friday: I'm getting ready to run 2 miles. I'll post the calories burned once I'm done.

Everything seemed to go downhill after Monday though. In Zumba class we did one whole song on biceps. I felt great while doing them, sure it was hard, but the whole time I kept my form. It wasn't until the next day that I noticed that I couldn't straighten my arm all the way, and on top of all that my left foot was hurting me pretty bad. I went to a friend, who's actually a chiropractor, and he told me that I may possibly be developing a stress fracture in my foot and that I might I strained a tendon in my right arm. Why, oh why, does it all happen at once??? He told me to rest the foot for a few days to see what would happen, but that I could do spinning classes because they are "low impact". I guess the real test is when I run here in a minute!

I LOVE the personal trainer watch my hubbie got me, but I couldn't help but think... "If I'm burning that many calories in a 1 hour class - three times a week, then why in the world am I NOT losing these last two pounds!!!" You have to burn 3200 calories to lose one pound - so what in the world am I doing wrong! Here goes the mental games that my mind plays on me. My mind is my worst enemy. But speaking of getting the mental side in check. Go see Sandy's post at God Speaks Today. It's her Fitness Friday post and she ALWAYS has great information.

Enough of my belly-achin'... So, how did all you ladies do??? Be sure and update your blogs letting us know & leave me a comment telling me you did so. Sometimes the Blog Roll takes a while to update. Hope you all have great weekends!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Birthday...

My birthday was this past Friday. My husband planned a wonderful day with friends and family, and he also got me these wonderful gifts. I didn't even ask for anything, so I thought he did really well. We saw the protein water mixture while watching the Biggest Loser, and I've been looking at the trainer watches for a while now. The acai energy drink was just a bonus (my husband said it was on sale). I also got flip flops and aloe socks (I'm completed addicted to them) from my mother, and a new Beth Moore study that I haven't done yet. I LOVE Beth Moore!

As you can tell, I didn't hesitate on diving into that Chocolate cake that my wonderful Mother in law made me! It was well worth it!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Gettin' Fine in '09: Week 1

Hello ladies. So far there are 5 people who are doing this challenge with us. Spread the word, so that others may want to join in with us! I've created a button (or badge) on the left sidebar if you want to snag it.

Well, let me start by telling you a little about myself - even though it's all over this blog :)
I am 29 years old (as of today actually). I'm a mother of two. My son is 3 years old, and my daughter is 17 months old. I have a Bachelors in Nursing and a Masters in Elementary Education, but I have chosen to stay at home with my kids - kind of! I actually work part time from my home while my kiddos are napping.

I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I tried not to "worry" to much about it when I was pregnant, but it wasn't until I saw myself in a photo last summer while on a family vacation that I knew I had to get my body back. I was told by Doctors to not have anymore children, so I knew that it was time to conquer myself back!

In June I started doing Jillian Michaels Making the Cut. It says that it's a "30-Day" fitness plan, but I actually did it for 8 months straight! Yep, I liked it that much. I did it all from my home, up until January when I started going to the Y. I have lost 23 lbs. (The last 2 lbs are being stubborn little boogers!) I started at 155 lbs and I'm currently 132 lbs. * My measurements are a few posts back if you care to take a look!

I'm not competing against you in the Challenge, I'm merely here to coach you in having a healthier and more fit life style - all while having fun blogging about it! I'm actually a VERY competitive person. There is only one other worse than me and I'm married to him!

My three temptations: Hum... How in the world can I only pick three??? I'm going to have to say Flavored Coffee creamer - I can't drink it without it, CHOCOLATE (honestly semi-sweet chocolate chips are my favorite), and Cookie dough (or brownie batter)! As you can tell I'm big on the sweets!

Here was my workout for the week:

Monday: 1 hour Zumba Interval Class at the Y
Tuesday: Weight lifted on my arms (for the arm exercise post), ran around the neighborhood twice pushing my kids in a stroller.
Wednesday: 1 hour Spin Class, evening yoga
Thursday: 1 hour Spin Class
Friday: Bob Harper Weight Loss yoga video

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a healthier weekend than last weekend... but it's going to be hard with my birthday and Valentine's Day. I have a husband who plans a great birthday bash, which usually involves good food!

So how did you all do??? Leave me a comment, and then check out the other ladies on the Gettin' Fine in '09 Roll Call. (Left Sidebar).

If you all are having a hard time getting motivated go check out Sandy at God Speak's Today. Actually, I recommend taking at look at her Fitness Friday every week (Her button's in my sidebar). She's an amazing writer who I was introduced to recently. I love how spiritual, inspiring, informative, and honest she is. Every time I read her post, I'm saying, "Yes, Yes, exactly". It's as if she takes the words right out of my mouth... of course she words them a whole lot better. I'm obviously not doing her enough justice, so go take a look for yourself!

I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Arm Exercises

There was someone at Fitness Friday who asked about arm exercises. Sometimes there are so hard to describe, to this morning I took photos while I was working out. If you don't know exactly what I'm doing feel free to ask in the comments section and I will try my best to help you out. *Please excuse my dear in headlights facial expressions. When I'm lifting I tend to concentrate too hard :)


Below is a demonstration of a basic Bicep curls. I'm showing you a side and front view:

This is another bicep workout, but it's called hammer curls. Turn the dumbbells so that they are up and down and then curl them. Again and side and front view:

This exercise is working the upper arms and shoulders (Deltoids).

Same thing goes for this one, it just works the muscle in a different way (more the front upper arm):

This is a lateral shoulder raise:

This is a basic shoulder press:

Triceps are one of the hardest muscle groups to train, so don't be discouraged if you don't see changes right away.

Below I'm demonstrating "kick back". You can either do them one arm at a time (which I recommend), or both arms together:

This is an overhead tricep press. Again you can do one arm at a time, or both together:

These are dips! You can do the on a bench, chair, or even on the floor. The further out your feet are the harder. And, the higher your feet are the harder. I have to say that these are my favorite:

What people don't know about push ups is that your not just working your chest muscles, but that you're working all of the arm muscles too.
Below are three different push ups you can do:
The first is what you hear called the "girl" push up - there is absolutely nothing wrong with dropping to your knees!
The second is the standard push up.
The third is the most difficult one of placing your feet on something like a body ball, bench, or stool.


Get creative with a resistance band! I put it over the top of a door to do lat pull downs, and around the base of my treadmill to do cable rows. Below I'm doing bicep curls in the first picture, and shoulder presses in the second.

Here I'm doing over head tricep presses:

Again, feel free to ask me if you don't understand how I'm doing an exercise. I really hope this helps you all! Good luck!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Beating the Bloat... Kind of...

Right around this time of the month I really feel bloated (if you know what I mean). I hate seeing water weight on the scale, but I know that it's almost inevitable! I read this article today from Jillian Michaels that they send me via email and thought I would share it with you. She right when she says that their is sodium in EVERYTHING! Even diet soda has sodium! I found that I really like Mrs. Dash seasonings and marinades - I just used the Mesquite Grill marinade tonight for dinner! Yum!

Beat the Bloat

You know sodium best as table salt, but salt and sodium are hidden in all kinds of products, including packaged foods, fast foods, frozen foods, canned foods, and condiments, to name a few.

When you eat sodium, the excess sodium is deposited just beneath the skin where it attracts water, which is retained in your cells. This makes you look puffy and feel bloated.

You don't have to make yourself crazy over this, because there is sodium in everything! But here are a few tips:

Read labels to check the sodium content of what you're eating.
Replace processed foods with fresh.
Avoid prepackaged and canned foods.
Be wary of salt-laden condiments and use very little soy sauce, mustard, and table salt.

Go easy on dairy, and avoid processed meat (hot dogs, jerky, bologna, corned beef), anything pickled (pickles, capers, sauerkraut), relish, ketchup, and butter.

Here are some sodium-free substitutes you can use instead: Here are some sodium-free substitutes you can use instead: garlic, lemon, olive oil, vinegar, pepper, basil, cayenne, chili powder, cilantro, cumin, curry, dill, garlic powder, ginger, lemon, lime, mint, onion powder, oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme.

Michaels, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Who Wants to Get Fine in '09 ???

Hey ladies. First of all I just want to say thank for your joining me on this journey. I have been on this journey since June, and now I'm making it my lifestyle. It can be done... I'm not saying that it's always easy, but that's where you all come in. Throughout this whole process I thrive on accountability and encouragement, whether it's from a friend, my husband, or even seeing old pictures of myself.

I really got into the accountability thing when I joined Missy at It's Almost Naptime for Gettin' Hot for the Holidays. I loved seeing everyone's progress or even hearing about their struggles because it helped to understand that I'm not alone in this. I wish I could write or be as funny as little Miss Missy, but I can't, so I will try my best to pick up where she left off on helping all of us get fit and healthy! Let's just start by announcing the winner of Gettin' Hot for the Holiday... Drum roll please....

With a loss of 12 lbs (which is amazing by the way), Jenn at Life In Return is a winner of a gift card. Since our Finale, which was the First week in January, Jenn has lost a grand total of 19 lbs. She is doing an amazing job. But I can't forget the one that was right on her heels! Leslie at Under Construction also did awesome! She lost a total of 11 lbs - like I said it was close! Great job ladies!

So here's the deal. I am almost to my goal weight of 130 lbs. I've been trying to get my last 2 lbs off for the last two months now. I would love to get them off, but I don't just want to see myself succeed, I want to see you all succeed too! I love the health and fitness world. I would like to say that I know a lot about it, but there is just way too much out there and of course it's always changing. I would like to help coach you, answer your questions, and get healthy right along with you. If I can't answer a question right away, I will do my best to research it and answer as best as I can.

If you would like to join me in this 12 week challenge, which I've dubbed Gettin' Fine in '09 leave a comment and let me know. Leave your blog address so that I can begin a blog roll on the sidebar so that anyone who comes to look can see what you've updated - that is unless you would rather me use Mr. Linky like Missy did. Let me know what you all prefer.

This is just the "joining" week. Here is what I want you to do for next Friday (Week 1):

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
2. Post your weight loss goals.
3. Take measurements and pictures.
4. List your top 3 temptations.

*If you're not comfortable with posting your measurements and pictures I still recommend taking them just for yourself! You would be amazed at the satisfaction you get from looking at the old you... ironic, I know!

I will post throughout the week, but our official "Weigh In's" will be every Friday. Feel free to drop in anytime. I look forward to getting to know all of you! The winner will take home a $10.00 gift card! I know it's not much, but hey it's an incentive!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What Our Society Does to Us!

I've been debating on posting about this for awhile now. Can I just say that I am discourage by what our society portrays to be the "ideal" body. It seems like once a month (sometimes more often) we hear about a celebrity in the news that has either gained a few pounds, or has lost too much weight. Jennifer Aniston's dealt with it, so has Keira Knightly, Kate Hudson, Oprah, Britney Spears... and on and on! Just recently (as I'm sure you've heard) Jessica Simpson has been bashed hard in the media for putting on a few pounds. By no means do I think that she deserves this - No one does, I don't care if their a celebrity or not, they are still human and have feelings.

No one stays at their "peak" (best body form) forever. Even Jillian Michaels says this. So, just because someone puts on a few pounds doesn't dub them as "Fat" or overweight. The goes beyond frustration for me, and I just wanted to share my feelings about it with all of you.

Care to share how you feel about this topic? Let me know by commenting!

Below is a picture of Jessica when she was preparing for the Dukes of Hazard movie. She looks fabulous.

Below is a more recent picture of Jessica after one of her performances. She still looks fabulous.

Obviously weight is a topic that sells. Her picture is now on every magazine known to man kind.