Saturday, October 27, 2012

Too Much? Or Just Right?

Hey everyone!  It's it a cold and rainy day in NE Ohio.  I guess we'll be getting a bit of Hurricane Sandy early next week.  I hope it isn't too bad.  It's definitely putting a damper on any outdoor activities.  This is when I'm happy I have a gym membership because weather will never be a factor in my workout.  Plus, I'm a creature of habit, and I like to plan ahead and get my workout done ASAP - which means the earlier the better.  I usually hit the gym around 10:30 am.  However, this quarter I do have three afternoon classes.  It hasn't present any problems because I enjoy classes very much.  I like working out with others because it keeps me motivated to move my ass and not slack off.  Sixty minutes or more at least 6 days a week.  So what does my workout schedule look like?  Many have asked what I've been up too, so I'll tell you what I did this past week.
  • Sunday - Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Work Out #2 (20 min) and Zumba Wii (51 min)
  • Monday - Elliptical Warm Up (22 min) and Kick 45 class (kickboxing aerobics 45 min)
  • Tuesday - Elliptical Warm Up (30 min) and Metabolic Conditioning (or Baby Cross Fit 30 min)
  • Wednesday - Kettlebell Class (45 min) and Elliptical (30 min)
  • Thursday - Elliptical Warm Up (24 min) and Zumba (45 min)
  • Friday - Day Off (Thank GOD!!)
  • Saturday - Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Work Out #2 (20 min)
Yeah, that's what it looks like.  Some people say that's way too much.  I don't think so.  Folks need to realize that I have to lose a hellacious amount of weight.  I'm not like that crazy looking chick on that Nutri-System commerical that scares the hell out of me every time she starts her spastic salsa routine (if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about.  That chicks is spooky and awkward!).  I need to loose close to 200 pounds...not 40.  And, in order to lose that much, you got to put in a lot work. That means I attempt to get in 60 minutes of intense exercise each day.  I like to have a good sweat going before I enter my exercise classes -hence the elliptical pre-work.  I seek out classes that are challenging and keep my heart rate elevated.  I'm looking for maximum calorie burn and hard muscle work.  It's required in order to get the results I need.
 
So, it's true that this may be too much for that crazy lady on Nutri-System.  But, not for me.  It works.  And, it also hurts.  I do take a day off here and there, and have light days (take Friday and today for an example).  Rest is required in order for me to keep going, and keep my body and joints healthy.  When my hip hurts, I cut the running out.  When my knee aches, I take a day off or do light work.  But, I keep moving, and I keep motivated.  I listen to my music on my new buddy. It's nice being able to move my arms not having to worry about getting my arms tangled in my headphone cords or my iPhone falling off the elliptical (Otterboxes work wonders).  Keeping your arms moving on the elliptical builds core stability.  Music keeps me moving, and my exercise playlist rocks.  Thanks to all who have contributed to it.  Feel free to keep sending me your favorite songs.  I love discovering and adding new music that keeps my hype.
So, to answer the question... Too Much?  Hell no, I'd say it's just right.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Rolling Along...

Hey!  How's it going out there?  Another week has come and gone.  I swear time is moving super fast.  I blink and Saturday is here again.  This week went well.  I don't know if I've mentioned this earlier, but I decided to give up diet carbonated drinks.  I feel I need to focus on getting more water in me so I decided to remove diet pop and replace it with water.  I've been doing this for over two weeks now, and I thought it would be really hard, but it wasn't.  I wondered if my body would go through some weird adjustment phase, but I was fine, and I feel fine now.  I still crave them from time to time, but it isn't bad. 
YUM YUM! Just as good as a real burger.
I'm also dabbling a bit in vegetarianism.  I haven't made any decisions yet.  If anything, I will incorporate more veggie items and less meat. I've never been a big steak or chicken person.  I do enjoy eating ground beef and turkey.  I sampled the Vegetarian Black Bean burger at Max and Erma's last weekend, and it was SO DELICIOUS!  It truly rivals a regular cheeseburger, and that's saying a lot since I adore them.  Cheeseburgers are my fav!  The burger has guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, and a nice green salad.  Very healthy and very delicious.  That was my very first veggie burger I ever ate.  I was so impressed that I contacted one of my very good friends, who happens to be Vegetarian, and I asked for some veggie alternatives.

I went shopping and picked up Boca Spicy Chick'n Patties and Morningstar Veggie Black Bean Patties based on her recommendations.  The Boca patties where a huge hit with my entire family.  They want to try the black bean burgers next week so we'll definitely be adding some guacamole and pico to the menu.  If you haven't added avocados to your diet, I highly recommend it.  It's one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat, and it tastes fantastic. 
 
So, as you can see by my moodie, I feel like I'm hitting the nail right on the head lately. I was very leery when deciding to use this moodie for the week because you never know when Murphy (or his law) will pop up and push me back a bit.  But, I went ahead with it because it's truly how I feel.  I'm still making great progress.  I'm seeing amazing changes in my body, and my endurance continues to increase.  I really feel that the kettle bell class I'm taking on Wednesday is making an ENORMOUS impact.  Each week we move faster and learn more skills.  Eventually, our instruction will just shout of moves, and we will do them without a demonstration.

I also discovered that the Metabolic Conditioning class (also led by my kettle bell instructor) is Cross Fit inspired. I can't believe I'm even attempting some of the circuits she has for us.  I can't believe I can do these moves.  This past week's circuit was 25 squats with a 12 lb medicine ball.  As you come out of the squat, you toss the ball in the air, catch it, and go back into the squat.  After squats, 25 burpees, which are the bane of my existence.  I can barely do 5 in a row.  After burpees, 25 push ups.  OUCH!  We have to complete as many circuits as we can in 20 minutes.  I got through 2.  I love it.  I hate it. I feel exhilarated when I'm finished because I've accomplished something that I thought I could never do.  I never thought I could work out with that much intensity.  Now I can see how Cross Fit can be addicting.  It's a very quick workout with amazing results.  I may Crawl on the way out the studio room, but I will do it with a smile on my face.  Until next week folks...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cheaters Never Prosper

Hey bloggers!  Another week has come and gone.  It seems that time is just flying by.   I can't believe that it's almost been a year since I started my new life.  I've had some hiccups - ups and downs.  I'm just happy that I made the conscious decision to stick with this and not deviate.  It used to be easy to give up and say, "I don't want to do this anymore."  But, I'm not that person anymore.  I don't want to be obese and unhealthy.  I'm living a full, active life, accomplishing goals, and doing things I though I never could, and I'm much happier for it.

This week was...interesting to say the least.  I decided to do something this week that I haven't done in a very long time.  I didn't know what would happen, but what the hell, right?  You only live once.  So, what did I do?  I CHEATED.

Cheated?  What do you mean you cheated?  Well, I don't really like the word "cheat."  Cheating signifies that I did something wrong and dishonest.  I didn't fake a hole-in-one in mini golf.  I didn't count cards playing blackjack.  I didn't stack my UNO cards.  I supposedly cheated in my "diet."  I ate a few items that I usually tend to stay away from - considering that I have been counting calories and eating in moderation.  However, this week I did quite a bit of eating...that some would say was cheating.

Well, let me tell you. I did not cheat because I'm not on a "diet."  I'm not low carb, or no fat, or South Beach, or Atkins, or any of those other popular ones.  I'm eating what I want...as long as it is within my calorie goal for the day.  I consider my calorie goal like a checkbook that I must withdrawal to zero every day.  As long as I have the calories in the bank, I can eat it.  I make good, healthy choices and consider where I'm going and what I may eat.  If I want something that may cause a larger withdrawal from the bank, I make allowances so I won't go overdraw.

Right now, my calorie limit is 1,200.  It will never go below 1,200 because my body will not function properly on such low fuel.  As a matter of fact, depending on how the next few weeks go, I may need to increase that number. In order for optimal metabolic burn, you MUST eat.  Depriving yourself of food just slows your metabolism and weight lost comes to a halt.

It's a very tricky equation.  But, exercising is the key.  Whatever calories I burn in exercising is a deposit in the calorie bank.  So, if I burn 500 calories in a work out, I can now eat 1,700 calories instead of 1,200.  Don't worry.  My doctor is well aware of what I'm doing, and he placed the 1,200 limit.  So, I will always follow his instruction.

So, what did I eat?  Well, Monday was the Cavs first preseason game (we won!).  I ate at Quaker Steak and Lube.  I had 1/2 a chicken wrap, 2 hot wings, and some cheese fries.  I did not eat all the fries.  Not a big fan of the cheese sauce.  I did devour a carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting.  YUM!  Tuesday I had a homemade cheeseburger.  No fries.  That wasn't too bad.  Wednesday, I ate an entire Panera Cinnamon roll.  YIKES!  I usually split those in half, but I don't know what came over me.

To be honest, I'm lucky I didn't gain this week.  I actually lost enough to post new pictures.  I don't know if I'll ever have another one of those weeks again.  I take 'em one at a time.  However,  I do know that when I go back to the Quicken Loans Arena for another game, I will have another cupcake.  It does have carrots in it.  That's not cheating. :)  And, it was Bad




Saturday, October 6, 2012

Change Up

Hey readers!  I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far.  Mine has been pretty awesome.  As you know, today was the American Diabetes Association Step Out.  I had a great time with my friends, who also happen to be my co-workers and work out buddies.  We killed that 4 mile walk - which actually ended up being 3.59 miles.  We even took the healthy detour, which took us down into the flats in Cleveland.  That also means a hefty downhill and uphill walk, and I smoked them both.  Considering that we were walking with hundreds of people, we were able to make good time and got done under an hour. 
 
 We even made a pit stop at the Cleveland Cavaliers Team Shop.  I needed some new slim gear to wear to the games this year.  It felt great to be able to buy a ladies jersey with my favorite player's name and number.  I've never had that experience before.  I'm even happy to be able to go to the games this year.  I used to worry about having to go through turnstiles and even sitting in the seats in the arena.  I would avoid going to games because  I was afraid that I would get stuck or wouldn't be able to get through the turnstiles or sit in the seats.  It feels great knowing I can go to many places I love that I used to avoid before.  Losing weight have given me freedom to pursue many things that I've always wanted to do.
 
Speaking of being able to do new things, I finally reached a major walking/jogging goal.  I was able to complete 4.02 miles in one hour this past Tuesday.  I have never sweat like that in my LIFE!  It was exhilarating.  I was so pumped from that run that I even decided to add a Jillian's 30-day shred session when I got home later that day.  Crazy.. but I was feeling it.  I also felt like I needed to give my body a little shock this week.  I've been bouncing about lately so it was time to change things up a bit.  Jillian is definitely making a difference.  When I first tried that DVD, it was very difficult... and it's only 20 MINUTES.  Now, it's getting better, but still tough.  And I haven't even attempted workouts 2 or 3 yet.
 
I'm definitely going to add walk/jog/run intervals back into my workouts.  The weather is getting cooler out so I won't be able to exercise outside on Saturdays.  I need to make sure to keep my runs in during the winter so I can keep training and getting my body accustomed to running.  I want to have a really good time for the 10K that's coming in May.
 
All in all... it was a good week.  My first kettlebell class with a certified trainer was awesome.  We had an assessment up front - which was really challenging.  Then we began the workout portion.  The format was 45 seconds on, 15 second rest for each exercise with the kettlebell.  We will be doing many different exercises working all parts of the body and using various weights.  I'm loving all of it. Great workout... and great sweat.  My fat was in hysterics this week I tell ya!
 
So, I'm going to be working real hard to get that goal of 30 pounds by the end of 2012.  I want those Tiffany charms bad, and I'm only going to get them if I reach my second milestone at the end of the year.  It's going to be hard since I've been up and down lately, but I'm going to make it.  I am determined.  I WILL make it happen.  I'm a Go Getta.  I get what's mine!