Thursday, May 31, 2012

2nd Progress Pictures and Boot Camp Workout

Oy vey! It's that embarrassing time again where I temporarily lose sight of any sanity I possess and voluntarily post pictures of myself in my underwear to show you lovely readers my weight loss and toning progress.

It has been a slow and steady journey so far, but it is definitely working. I mentioned the other day that I've lost 4 lbs since starting boot camp and (more importantly) my food and nutrition journal. I received positive feedback last night from the staff at the gym about my eating habits thus far, so cheers to that! Even better, today is pay day so I can afford to go grocery shopping and get more fruits and veggies!

So let's get on with it, shall we? Here are a few progress pictures for you:


No it isn't anything dramatic, but it is progress and that is all I really care about at this point! I have a long way to go in my hips and lower belly area (don't we all?)
I also want to point out that I am getting a little muscle definition in my thighs (which are one of my biggest problem areas). I've been doing a lot of running for my 5k!

I will always have big thighs, but now they are beginning to look muscular rather than just straight fat and dimples! Ha! I don't mind them being big as long as they are solid.

Phew! Now that that's over with, I'd like to share Boot Camp #2 workout with everyone. It took about 35-40 minutes for me to complete this list, but I was also tied for the first person done. Today my arms are so exhausted from all of those burpees and push ups! In order to pick up my tumbler of water on my desk, I have to use both hands! I am also very sore in my calves, though thankfully my thighs are doing good!


1 lap around building
5 burpees
90 high knees
5 burpees
80 lateral jacks
5 burpees
70 speed skates
5 burpees
50 butt kicks
5 burpees
40 squat jumps
5 burpees
30 mountain climbers
5 burpees
20 jump lunges
5 burpees
10 super planks

In case you have never heard of a burpee, here is a video I did a while back, however last night she made us hit our chest all the way to the floor which is a little different from how I normally do them.


Are you going to try this at home?! Push yourself! Y'all can do ANYTHING!!!

I also wanted to mention that I MIGHT be instructing group fitness classes at my gym soon! I was asked if I'd be interested, so further discussion will happen next week! Super exciting!! I'll channel my inner Richard Simmons! COME ON LADIES!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tires and Treadmills

Well friends, day 1 of boot camp is COMPLETE and days later I'm still feeling it. This past Saturday was our first real session, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Here is a brief overview of what we accomplished:

Station 1:
20 air squats, 20 mountain climbers (repeat until station 4 is finished)


Station 2:
Get on the treadmill (DO NOT TURN ON) and push the belt until you are walking. Keep the belt moving until station 4 is finished. (This was the worst one for me. Serious burning in my calves)


Station 3:
10 squats with weighted bar, 20 jump ropes (repeat until station 4 is finished)

Station 4:
Running with tires. Run around the building and up to the road. Pick up a spare tire and run back. Drop off the tire and run to the road and back. Pick up the tire again, run to the road and drop it off, run back. (you could walk with the tire if needed)
After all of this was finished (35 minutes), we had a plank competition and did some ab exercises. I was super sweaty and happy all at the same time!

...then I woke up Sunday morning...and couldn't lift my legs enough to simply roll over in bed. That means it worked, right? Now it's Tuesday and I'm STILL walking like a wounded flamingo.

I have good news!! I've lost 4 lbs in a week! I've never lost that much weight so quickly EVER! I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm drinking a TON of water (we're talking 70-80oz a day) as well as eating every 2-3 hours. I have been meticulously tracking everything and have only gone over my allotted 1200 calories one day, which was Saturday and we were driving home from Jacksonville until 2 a.m. so I needed to eat.

I also had a big breakthrough this weekend. I went to the pool IN my swimsuit and didn't feel like I had to hide under a rock. That is a major accomplishment for me. It has been probably 2 years since I have been in a bikini. Granted, I was at a hotel pool in Jacksonville, FL with a bunch of little kids around me, but still!

Because Monday was a holiday, boot camp was rescheduled until Wednesday (thank goodness! I needed the rest), and I promise to keep all of your amazing readers up to date on what is happening.

Are you staying motivated? Have you reached any milestones, whether physical or mental? I'd love to hear! KEEP UP THE HARD WORK!

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beach Body Nutrition - Whole Grains

Happy Thursday friends! I hope you're all doing splendidly!

Before we get into the point of this post, I want to ask y'all again to please help me WIN the social media contest for boot camp!
It is so easy, and all you have to do is log in to Facebook and "like" my photo!
Here is the link! http://on.fb.me/JuxDFn
Yesterday evening I attended the first nutrition meeting for Beach Body Boot Camp. Although I think I have already read up on most of the nutrition information we will be learning, I wanted to make sure I was soaking up as much of this 6-week experience as possible, and who knows? I might end up learning some new tidbits of information!

Last night was all about switching from refined grains to whole grains. I made this switch around November of last year and haven't looked back since! To be honest, if you compare a box of white rice v. a box of brown rice, there isn't too drastic of a difference in terms of calories, sugars, etc... However, once you start comparing the minerals and nutrients, you'll notice that the refined white flour products have been stripped of these awesomely healthy benefits! Why would you want to deprive yourself of these things that are so good for you?!

But don't be fooled! A lot of products will design their packages to trick you into thinking you're eating a healthy whole-wheat option! Make sure you always check the ingredient list before purchasing and choose products that have 100% whole wheat flour as the FIRST ingredient!  Just because it's brown doesn't mean it's whole wheat and just because it says "100% wheat" doesn't mean it is WHOLE wheat!

If you're wary that you'll like the taste of whole grain foods, start slowly. You don't have to jump in head first and cut out every bit of refined grains within a 24-hour period! Start by making simple switches like using brown rice instead of white or mixing half whole wheat pasta and half white pasta and gradually using less and less white pasta until all you have left is the whole wheat! It's the same concept as weening a baby off a bottle.YOU CAN DO IT!!

As a side note, I came home last night to a great surprise in my mailbox! Somehow I got signed up to receive Whole Living magazine! I haven't gotten a chance to go through them yet, but if I find any great recipes, I'll be SURE to share them!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I NEED YOUR HELP TO WIN!

My Beach Body Boot Camp is having a social media contest! We each took a picture yesterday at day 1 of boot camp and the person with the most Facebook "likes" on their page by June 18th WINS!

PLEASE HELP ME WIN!

It takes 10 seconds! Just login to Facebook, go to this link and click "like" -- it is SO EASY and I will love you forever!!



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Boot Camp Beginnings!

**This is a long, brain-dump type of post**
Last night I headed to the gym after work for the first day of Beach Body Boot Camp!! It is a six week program I am participating in with hopes of stepping up my game in both weight-loss and body transformation.
How cute is the decor in our Group Fitness room? Beach Balls and Flip Flops!
The first session was very introductory. We were weighed-in (which yes, made me angry), took our "before" pictures, talked all about what we would be doing, set goals, and received our food and exercise journals. I am keeping track of EVERYTHING I eat and drink for the next 6 weeks. It has already helped me make good decisions! Since I know they will be checking our food journals every week (and there is a prize for the best kept journal), I don't want to write things down like "1 cupcake - 300 calories" or "Starbucks Frappucino - 250 calories." Last night after boot camp, I REALLY wanted a mocha Frappucino light (which is only 180 calories), but didn't want my super fit boot camp instructor to see it when she reviews my journal on Saturday...so I drove right by!


I have given myself 1200 calories a day, which is about right for me since I'm not very overweight in the first place (it's tough for me to lose since I don't have much to go). It may not sound like a lot, but honestly since I'm eating lower calorie foods in the first place, I'm not depriving myself of food at all. 

Back to Boot Camp. 
Although we mostly talked during this first session, we did do a push-up competition. Now, back in high school I was the queen of push ups. I mean full man-style, perfect form push-ups! I could do about 20 in a row and was very proud of it! It may not be tons, but for a girl who didn't really work out, I thought it was pretty impressive. Since then I have lost muscle and can only do about 5. Diana, our instructor, told us we would be doing bent-knee push ups (or girly push-ups) this time, but at week 5 we would be having another competition and it would be regular style push-ups. I sized up my competition and felt pretty confident I could win. 

Before starting, she made it VERY clear to NOT peel yourself off the floor like a snake, and rather to push straight up with your arms. She had us go all the way down, touch our chest to the floor, release our hands, then push back up. Once we started, I realized she wasn't having us compete for who can necessarily do the most, but who can do them the longest. I didn't pace myself very well and the women around me were going very slowly. One by one they dropped out and I was 1 of 4 left. I REALLY wanted to win and kept PERFECT form the entire time because I didn't want to get called out for "peeling" up. I pushed up one more time and got about halfway up when I PHYSICALLY could not do it anymore. I tried so hard, but my muscles wouldn't listen. So I stopped and looked at the 3 remaining ladies. AND THEY WERE ALL PEELING THEMSELVES OFF THE FLOOR!!!! The other girl was pushing herself up then literally falling back to the floor, which is totally not the point of a push-up. Oooo! I was so mad! I didn't say anything, but I did feel a little better when a girl who was out early on pointed to me and said "she was the only one doing them right!" -- Yes...yes I was. 

So let's just say that week 5? GAME ON!!!! I have my secret weapon...the 100 push-up challenge! This program helps you work up to being able to do 100 push ups! I haven't completed it, but last time I tried I got back up to about 17 at once. By week 5, I should be able to do 25. 

After Boot Camp, I went out and ran my week 5, run 1 of the Couch to 5k program. I wanted to get some cardio in, since all we did at the gym were the push ups and some stretching. It went great, but I definitely need a bigger area to run in so I'm not just running back and forth in my neighborhood 4 times. 

I feel motivated today and ready to tackle the world! Do you?! STAY MOTIVATED, FRIENDS!!


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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

When You Start Slipping

**I started writing this post last week and am just now finishing it!**
I've gotten my body to the point where I now don't particularly enjoy or crave (often) fast foods, I truly enjoy cooking healthy, and I feel gross when I do eat, for instance, McDonald's fries. I use to never give it a second thought and would blindly order a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and a medium fry without feeling any remorse.
I keep some of these in my desk drawer at work to nibble on a little
at a time if I feel hungry around 3 or 4 p.m.
However, a few weeks ago I ordered a french fry from said McDonald's and after I snarfed it down, I realized I felt terrible. Not just mentally terrible that I had made such an obviously poor health choice, but the skin on my face instantly felt greasy and my stomach was not very happy with me. I could feel the fries just sitting on top of my stomach refusing to digest.

Knowing that I now don't get the same satisfaction out of fast food or junk foods that I use to, I went about happily choosing fruits veggies, whole grains and even baking my own SKINNY version of fries when the craving came on (thank you Pinterest and Skinny Taste!)...

...but then there are those times when we start to slip again...

For me, those times generally only happen when I'm short on cash, which, in turn, means I'm short on groceries. I'm literally now to the point of only having rice, canned beans, some condiments, and popcorn at my house. There is nothing for me too cook and I'm low on cash since I'm saving for my skydiving trip this weekend (pictures will be shared, I promise), so I haven't gone shopping. So what happened? I ate junk food, fast food, and whatever my office had lying around the kitchen (since it's finals week for the students, that means donuts, sausage biscuits, chicken biscuits, etc...).
Healthy breakfast options at work
I can feel myself slipping and I'm giving into serious temptation. This morning, for example, rather than having a banana or apple from the bowl on the counter at work, I literally stared at a chocolate glazed donut for a full minute before giving in and devouring it. I kept looking at it while it taunted me and brainwashed me with its gooey chocolate icing. It screamed "EAT ME! YOUR DIET IS SCREWED THIS WEEK, ANYWAYS!!!"

So I did. And I felt good for about 5 minutes until I realized that although I hadn't been eating well all week, I just ruined another opportunity for me to veer myself back onto the right path.
My great lunch from yesterday - strawberries, rotini with some
melted ICBINB and some parm.

**This is where I picked up writing again today**

Here is what I say...if you feel yourself slipping back into old, unhealthy eating or exercise habits, stop right there!! Look in the mirror, stare into your soul and remind yourself why you started this journey in the first place. Was it to feel better in clothes? To be able to play more with your kids? To see what your body is capable of? Once you remember your reasons, ask yourself if those reasons are worth giving up. If you still want to achieve those things, then push through your rut and tell yourself that it WILL get better and put your mind to it!

I went out to the grocery store last night and was finally able to pick up some fruit and veggies. I made dinner for the first time in a week and it was so delicious! It also felt nice to know exactly what I'm eating again rather than not knowing exactly what kind of unhealthy ingredients a restaurant is putting in my meals.

Today I head back to the gym and next Monday I start Beach Body Boot Camp! I've got my goals in my head again and I'm feeling strong. I can do it!

I hope you're all staying positive and STAY MOTIVATED!


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Getting Bored and Switching It Up

Work has been terribly busy since my last post and I apologize for my absence. Hopefully it will be slowing down a tad and I can get us back to regularly scheduled programming.

Last night I signed myself up for a 6-week Beach Body Boot Camp at my gym. I think it is exactly what I need to get my motivation back up and running! I've been bored lately with my workouts and a little upset about the slow nature of my progress, so I need something to jump start my excitement again. I can't help it...I'm human and I like fast results, even if they're not realistic.

My Boot Camp starts on May 21st and it requires going to at least 2 1-hour boot camp classes a week (although I'll still be at the gym my normal 3-4 times) and a food diary. The woman who is teaching the class let me know last night she'll be pushing us hard for that 1-hour between running through the parking lot, strength training and cardio. I must say, I am very very excited. The end of this 6 weeks comes JUST before I leave for the beach with my family, so it couldn't be more perfect.

I've also started back doing Couch to 5k, a program I highly highly recommend to anyone who is interested in beginning running. It really starts you slow and eases you into being able to do a 30-minute 5k. Because I am not a complete beginner, I skipped to week 5, but due to a 4-day running vacation, I've had a little setback and am still working on being able to complete my 3rd week 5 run..

I couldn't be more proud of my momma, though. I had her start the Couch to 5k program (forced, is more the word for it) and told her that she and I would be running a 5k by ourselves one morning while we are at the beach...no excuses. She definitely was not excited when she started and reminded me over and over again that she is not good at running and has no real desire to run...I didn't like that answer and told her, well, too bad. She's now on week 3 and has already pushed herself past the limit she thought she was capable of achieving. I cannot wait to see how far she can go!!! Of course, she is also holding me accountable saying that if she's able to run a 5k by beach time, I better be able to also. The pressure is on!!

I challenge all of you to get out there and push yourself to try a new activity, or if you're having a tough time staying motivated, switch up your workout! Do something fun! Sign up for an interesting class and see what you're capable of! You can do anything and I firmly believe that.Pin It