It's time to stop messing around and get serious about losing the weight. The time is now
and I am the person who has to do the work.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer Blowout Challenge

It appears that I only feel the need to post on this fitness blog once every two months or so.  That stops now.  Today starts a new weight loss challenge at the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans and I have joined. 

Nothing strikes more fear in my heart than weighing myself after I haven't done it for awhile.  Like a long while.  Like since the 4th of July!  Holy crap my friends.  It was ugly.  I mean really ugly.  I gained six pounds from the last time I weighed myself.  That is a number that will stay between me and the bathroom scale.

I have a love / hate relationship with summer.  I love the fact that I have my summer off from work.  I hate that I have no routine or schedule because I am off work all summer. 

My eating is so off.  I don't eat regular meals like I do during the school year.  When I work, I get up in the morning and eat breakfast while I get ready for school.  I pack a healthy lunch to take with me and I make a good dinner when I get home.  I pack healthy snacks to take with me too.

Today was a perfect example of how crappy I eat when I'm off.  I ate a package of Bel Vita breakfast biscuits at 8:00.  They are 230 calories.  With the exception of a diet coke, I didn't eat again till 3:00 when I ate a handful of bing cherries and a cheese stick.  To top it all off, I ate two pieces of pizza for dinner with a breadstick.  I am drinking a Bacardi and diet and a handful of pecans while I type this post.  Yep, pure crap eating!

Well, that all stops first thing tomorrow morning.  I have set some goals for this challenge and I intend to stick to them.  I will lose weight in this next six weeks and this is how I am going to do it!

1.  I will plans meals and I will eat three good meals a day. 

2.  I will do a better job of getting to exercise class.  I was going six days a week when I was in school.  Now, I'm lucky if I hit three days.  The one thing I have been consistent with this summer is the early morning outdoor yoga classes.  I love those.  My goal is to do no less than two classes, four days a week.

3.  I will walk every day.  No less than one mile, but I'd like it to be three or more.  We'll see how much time I have once I go back to work next week.

4.  I will do a much better job with drinking water.  This shouldn't be too hard considering my intake now is just about nonexistent.

5.  Last, but certainly not least.  I will get some decent sleep.  There is not a reason in the world that I need to be up doing stupid stuff till 12:00 or 1:00.  10:00 is the latest I will stay up, especially on a school night.

So, there you have it.  My plans for this challenge are pretty simple and straightforward.  I am just basically going to do things better.  I'll post again next Wednesday to let you know how I'm doing. 

Good luck on the challenge everyone!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Anybody for a litttle Summer Shred?

I write a series over at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans called The Older Sister.  It's geared toward the ladies there who aren't in their 20's and 30's anymore, but still includes everyone. 
 We are starting a summer challenge today.  We are doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.  I thought maybe we could all use a little help getting our summer body in kick butt form and Jillian is just the girl to help us. The challenge is simple (but hard!) 

We will begin June 1st and end June 30th. (Sorry for the last minute notice!)
Equipment needed for the DVD- hand weights. If you are new to exercising, you will want to start with 2 lb or 3 lb weights. Medium to high level of fitness, you will want 5 lb or 8 lb weights. I found that I used different weights depending on the exercise. Of course, you will need comfortable clothes to wear while you exercise and maybe a mat if you have hardwood/tile floors.
The DVD is only about 25 minutes long- that includes warm up AND cool down. However, the time in between the warm up and cool down is TOUGH and will have you dripping with sweat and wishing for a break. There is a warm up of a few minutes, then three circuits. Each circuit is made up of three minutes strength training, two minutes cardio and one minute ab work. No breaks, no stopping. It is AWESOME and painful, but it’s a good kind of pain. The painful feeling of accomplishment.
So, what do you say?  Who's with me?????

Monday, May 27, 2013

I Joined The Summer Walk Challenge

I love to walk!  It is one of my favorite forms of exercise.  So needless to say, I was excited when I read that Mel was having a summer walk challenge on her blog.  The premise is quite simple.  You sign up and commit to walk one mile every day for the next 39 days.  It starts today and goes through July 4.  Like I said----simple.

Who's going to join with me?  It's not too late.  I was so excited to get started today, I walked 3.95 miles.  Hmmmm, I wonder if that counts for four days?  Just kidding!  If you'd like to join, just click on the link and sign up.  I have BIG fitness plans for this summer and this challenge is one thing that will help.  I am in a weight loss challenge at the place where I workout and I really want to win.  Walking, classes, logging my food---I could win, right?

Summer Walk Challenge Banner

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Is Anybody Still Out There?

Life gets busy and I couldn't believe how long it's been since I lasted posted on this blog.  Two months is a long time. 

Good things have been going on though.  I recommitted to my health and fitness journey in January and I'm happy to say that it is going really well.  I found classes that I really love and I'm up to eight classes a week.  I signed up to walk the Indianapolis half marathon, so I'm doing training for that too.  My favorite thing is that other people are noticing that my body is changing.  I love that!

   Something really exciting happened.  I was chosen as a Fitbit ambassador! I am just beginning the process, so there isn’t much that I can tell you about it yet, but I am so excited. I love my Fitbit Zip and figured why not try. I responded on a whim, never expecting to be chosen. But….I was! I am so proud of myself. I keep taking these little steps out of my box and they keep making me happy. It’s a really good thing. At my age, stepping out of my box isn’t always easy, but I keep telling myself that it is important to try and look where it got me!

Another exciting thing happened yesterday.  Check out my Fitbit stats for the day.  I did a seven mile training walk, a zumba class, some shopping and chased all three grandkids around when they spent the night.  I'm a little sore today, but it is so worth it.
So, that's what has been going on with me lately.  How about you?  What's been going on with you guys?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Choosing the Best

Life is full of choices.  We make the choices.  We make good choices.  We make bad choices.  We make choices we regret.  We make choices that we are proud of.  The choices are up to us.

Sometimes, I make a choice that I am so happy with, I have to share it.  I made the choice to make 2013 my bitch.  I was going to have my way with her.  She was not getting a say in it.  2013 is going to be my year.  Period!

We are 27 days in to 2013 and so far, I am happy with this choice.  I have been weighing in and measuring every Sunday with my old fitness instructor.  To date, I am down three pounds and numerous inches. 

My new best friends are My Fitness Pal, yoga sculpt and zumba.  Next week, I am adding cardio circuit to the mix.  I'm still walking.  I start training for a half marathon the end of February. 

I am making good choices with my food and exercise.  I am trying to love myself for who I am, not for who I think I should be.  That is a task unto itself.  It's not easy, but I'm trying hard.

As the quote says, I choose to make the rest of my life, the best of my life.  Just watch me.  2013 you're mine!

Friday, January 18, 2013

On My Way

I saw this on Facebook this morning.   It reminded me so much myself.  .  
This journey I am on is so vast and so large sometimes, it takes my breath away.  I have some of the best days ever and then I have a day where it just overwhelms me.  I wrote a post over at Shrinking Jeans about my mantras as I get older, but keep plugging along on this journey.  This is definitely going to be one of those mantras.  It speaks to me for I am definitely on my way.

The first 17 days of January have been going really well.  My only slip up was when I didn't log in My Fitness Pal for a few days.  I am back on track now and have logged the last ten days in a row.  I find that logging my food and exercise keeps me all to honest with myself.  It's hard to deny something when it is staring you in the face.  It is keeping me accountable.

The exercise part of this has been fantastic.  I started going to an amazing new school and absolutely love the classes.  I got a three day a week membership this month to get my feet wet again and I'm already switching it next week to an unlimited pass.  I have been doing yoga and zumba and love it.  The days that I have zumba, I get over 15,000 steps on my Fitbit for the day.  The yoga class is hard and I am not the least bit good at it, but the instructor keeps saying it will come in time.  I don't know if that is really true, but it gives me hope that she says so.  Zumba is just good old fun.  It is a fast paced, heart thumping one hour workout that leaves me dripping in sweat and I couldn't be happier.  I love that class so much.  With my upgrade, next week I am adding two days of daybreak yoga before work and two unified aerobic classes.  I am pretty sure that unified aerobics is going to kick my butt.  It is kind of like a boot camp class.  You start with kick boxing, move into stations like box jumps, push ups or hula hooping!  You finish with a ten minute yoga session.  This going to be hard, but entertaining.  Can you even imagine me hula hooping?  I couldn't do it when I was ten.  How am I going to do it at 58?  The instructor says the hoops are weighted and that makes it easy.  Let's hope so.  I hate to look more foolish than I have to.

I weighed in and measured with my old fitness instructor last Sunday with a good friend.  She has offered to be our own personal Jillian, so to speak.  I wasn't thrilled about having it done, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  The hard part will be this Sunday when she has her caliper.  Even the word sounds scary.  It calculates body fat.  Yep...scary!

So, that's where I am at this first half of January.  Day 18 of the new year and I'm happy.
  To paraphrase the quote,

I'm not where I had been.
I'm not where I'm going.
But...I'm on my way!

Thank goodness!

Friday, January 4, 2013

I Got Some Goals!

I'm not quite sure how it happened that it is already time to be setting goals in the year 2013.  Didn't we just start 2012 like last month?  Somehow it seems like the older I get, the faster time goes and that is just not fair. I needed a pause button.  I needed to slow down and breath and set some reasonable goals for this challenge.  Here's what I came up with after some thought.

To be honest, I actually started thinking about goal setting for 2013 last month.  I decided that I wasn't getting any younger and if I was ever going to walk another half marathon, this probably ought to happen sooner than later.  So, in a moment of crazy, I signed myself up for the May 4 Indianapolis Mini Marathon.  I didn't go crazy all by myself.  I've enlisted two friends to do this with me.   

I knew that we were starting a New Year's challenge at the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, so I figured that would be a good start to my training for the mini.  My official training program for the mini will be starting in the middle of  February.  

My goals for this challenge are as follows.........

1.  Go Back To Exercise Classes.  This couldn't have worked out more perfectly for me.  There is a new place opening in town on the January 7.  The people who are opening the school are awesome and I'm going back with some of the girls from our old school.  I am so excited.  I am starting this month going three days a week.  Two zumba and one yoga class a week.  Next month, I am going to get an unlimited pass and go four days a week to six classes.  I will be adding unified aerobics to the mix then.  I will also be walking no less than five days a week.  It may be on the treadmill, but I will be walking. 

2.  Eat Breakfast Every Morning.  No excuses here.  I will eat a good  breakfast every morning.  I know that this is how I will get my metabolism going in the morning.  

3.  Weigh In and Measure Every Sunday.  I am weighing and measuring every Sunday with a good friend at our former instructors house.  She has offered to do this for us and we are taking her up on it. She will also be counseling us on what to eat.  She's the best!

4.  Bye Bye Diet Coke.  It's time we said our good byes.  I know it's awful for me.  The only exception to this will be if I have one of my beloved Bacardi and diets, but those will be few and far between anyway.  Water will be my new best friend.

5.  Get a Decent Nights Sleep.  I stay up way too late.  I always have and there is no good reason for it.  I will be in bed absolutely no later than 11:00 and I will shoot for 10:00.  I think if I just get in the hang of it, I'll actually like it.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.

So, that's the plan.  I think I can do this.  As a matter of fact, I know I can do this.  I have not set a goal weight because that always ends up stressing me out.  I will lose as much as I can and hopefully, it's all good!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013.....She's Going To Be My Bitch!!

Happy New Year!! 
I'm back.  I know it's been a few months, but I'm back and I'm ready to rock.  I have big plans for 2013.  She is not going to have her way with me.  It's going to be the other way around.

I have set some goals for myself.  The first is being involved with the new challenge over at the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans.  I've enlisted my walking buddy, Courtney to be my team partner.  We are the Warriors on Wabash.  We have a plan to do our very best and lose some weight.
The next goal I have is to not miss a day of Fab Ab's January
I am really excited to be going back to exercise classes with some of the girls I used to exercise with at a new place.  I'm going to start out the first month with yoga and zumba and continue walking.  After I work up some endurance in the first month, I plan to add the unified aerobics class to my agenda.  That is comparable to the old boot camp class I used to take.

My biggest goal to date is to walk the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in May with two friends.  I've walked it twice before, but the last time was in 2005.  I'm a whole lot older and not in as good a shape.  I can't change the older part, but we have a training plan and I can change the out of shape part.  I will do just that.  No excuses, just hard work to get me there.

Last, but not least, I'm not the only getting a makeover.  My house is going on a diet too.  Christie is running a Motivorganization Month and I'm all in. 

I have decided that 2013 is going to be my bitch.  I get closer to 60 all the time.  I have two years to get my act together and be the best me ever when I hit that milestone.  I can do it.  I will do it.  I really want to and it's about damn time.  I'll be talking all about it here.  Hope you'll check in from time to time and see how I'm doing.  I think I'll be amazing!