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It’s a Brand New Day

This past week has been kind of crazy…I will say the past week and half.. After working dilligently since January 1st–working out 4-5 days a week, I took the week of Valentine’s Day off–most of the week. I worked out maybe 1 or 2 days that week…and laughed as I ran on the treadmill watching the Biggest Loser as they talked about how you can’t make holidays an excuse. But anyway–outside of taking a break from exercise and my diet, I got sick. Even though I was sick, I still managed to get in 4 days of exercise. I also switched things up–since my half-marathon is 2 weeks away (then it was 4 weeks away). I decided for the last month I’d try to run 3 days a week and do JM 30 Day Shred 2 days a week, starting back over at level 1 using 5lbs dumbbells. I’ve done at least 4 days of exercise for the past 2 weeks. I’m now running 5 miles like it’s 1 mile (which feels FABULOUS!). And I’m finally starting to see some definition in my biceps and shoulders (mostly), if not little places here and there, like my butt feels firmer and my abs are pretty tight.

BUUUUUTTTT….even with all the diligence and eating mostly healthy to the best of my ability and working out…I STILL haven’t lost a pound and with the weight training, while I AM starting to tone, I’m not losing inches either. I can physically see the change, like I can feel the indention between my biceps and shoulders, but I feel like none of the fat on my body is going away…it actually has started to become kinda saggy & flabs like loose skin. It’s actually REALLY weird. I’ve never really heard of this happening, except on people who lose weight so quickly that the body doesn’t have time to react or people who were extremely overweight & lost a significant amount of weight…but why is it happening on me?

It’s making me somewhat discouraged, but I keep trying to tell myself to keep, keeping on. I’m starting month 3 and tired of weighing 200lbs. 2 years ago, I got down to 191…I don’t get why I can’t get my body back down to that…It’s like 200lbs has a brick wall on it that will take me a DRILL to get through…So, guess what? I’m trying a drill! I’m going back to what worked for me before last time I was in a plateau–a fat-burner…NO, it’s probably not the “healthiest” way to lose weight, but last time I did it, I lost 30lbs & I’ve kept that off BECAUSE I continue to workout and watch my diet (most days of the week). I went to the vitamin shop yesterday and talked to the lady. She knows me and my family, so I semi-trusted her advice. I told her that I’m in a plateau, that I run regularly, and have been doing a light weight training program since Jan. She suggested Fireball Liqui-fusion paired with CLA. And that I only use them for about 12-16 weeks…well the Fireball. The CLA I can continue taking. She also suggested pairing it with L-carnitine, which was recommended to me before. So, you know what??? I’m going to try it. This is my drill.

I took my first dose of all three today. I woke up early and got my workout in (Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and Level 2 of Yoga Meltdown). I took a Fireball pill & l-carnitine dose before my workout, and then took a CLA with my breakfast & lunch. I DO feel more energetic and ESPECIALLY more awake (granted that could also be a result of starting my day off with a workout), but we shall see how I feel towards the end of the day, which is usually when I start getting tired. It’s 3:30 and I’m still pretty awake. And by 1pm, I already had my 8 glasses of water down! :0) (and sitting here sad that I’m out of water & have already bought 2 waters from the vending machine, plus what I already had in my water bottle). I plan on having a healthy dinner tonight–like grilled chicken and veggies or something of the sort…fish. The fireball I was told to only take 6 days a week, so I won’t be taking it Sundays. I’m not sure which day I’ve decided to be my “fat” day yet, but it too, will probably be Sundays. I am going to work on eating healthier on Saturdays, even through my 12 hour shifts, and go a little more lax on Sundays. Or maybe switch it up, since I don’t eat the best on nights my boyfriend and I go out to dinner.

I can only hope that it helps, but again, at this point, I’m a little desperate, and desperate times call for desperate measures. I’m only trying to get these last 15-20lbs off of me…nothing more really (can’t loose TOO much of my curves). It’s just an attempt. After my half-marathon, I’ll be switching and start lifting 3 days a week and only running 2. I’ll probably do yoga on 2 of my strength training days, and spinning or kickboxing on the other day. But we shall see. I’m just going to keep on, keeping on.

Just wanted to send a quick update… Maybe I’ll be updating soon with pictures of my slimming figure???

**Only Time Will Tell**

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So…I had a whole entry typed, but the wordpress app for iPhone SUCKS! It shut down randomly and didn’t auto-save. So, I’m pretty annoyed right now because don’t really remember completely what I typed. I had it set to auto-save, but for some reason it didnt. What happened to my local draft? I should at least have 1/2 of the entry since I had been typing it for almost an hour! The app just keeps crashing on me. But I’m going to have to write about this tomorrow because now I’m not even in the mood to deal with this. And REWRITE everything I just had written. Maybe if the mood suits me later on tonight, I’ll write it, or tomorrow during my planning period. Until then, I’m out.

 

[Day 11] LIFE Hit Me

So, I haven’t updated my blog in a while because I haven’t been working out since last week and it’s because I’ve been pretty stressful lately. I lost my job and it really took a toll on me because I NEVER expected that to come. I’ve been a pretty good employee since I started working (meaning, I’ve never heard anything BUT good things about my work ethic), that I was SUPER surprised by the news. I AM a substitute teacher in my local county, but with the way that was going I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get consistent enough days because I hadn’t been on the schedule in a while.

12 hours prior to hearing about the loss of my job, my boyfriend and I broke up–so it was just a tough 12 hours. I spent the weekend cocooned in my room, eventually going out to dinner with a friend who HIGHLY encouraged that I break out of my nest. Getting out for dinner on Saturday night opened me up to spending Sunday with my sorority sisters at AIDS Walk-Atlanta. I figured it would be good exercise, walking a 5K…It was social exercise as well–so I was able to be with my sisters and talk about life, all while getting some exercise. That night, my (now ex) called and we made amends and agreed we’d at least be friends (so I DEFINITELY felt better about that aspected come Monday).

I had anticipated working out ALL this week, even more so because I wanted to out of the shock of the boyfriend/job loss, but somehow Monday became a MAD HOUSE of applying for jobs and calling schools trying to get back on their Active sub lists, and studying for my nurse entrance exam that I have coming up in 3 weeks. So, by the time I finished all that, I was too tired to workout. I was called to sub on Tuesday, but after waking up early to find out that I was cancelled, I went back to sleep and didn’t find the motivation to get up and workout…Then, Wed through Friday I subbed, but decided to take care of some other things after school…like Wednesday, I applied for some jobs, Thursday, I had a last minute interview to one of the jobs I applied to…and Today I GOT THE JOB I APPLIED/INTERVIEWED FOR!!!!! It was quick-I know, but I’m SUPER excited. It’s only seasonal work, but maybe if I’m a good enough employee, they’ll keep me on after the season. I’m just THANKFUL to get the extra hours and happy that it happened so soon considering the circumstances of just a week ago! But the bonus is, I’m at least covered until the end of January and this gives me some time to get my nursing school stuff together and time for looking for another nursing assistant job…and WITH THAT…Get me back on track with working out! 🙂

So, tonight I did 37 minutes of Wii Fit…I would have done more, but I was SUPER exhausted by the end of it. I guess that’s what happens when you haven’t worked out in a week! Tomorrow I’m going to try to get up, go for a walk, and then continue with the rest of my day. I need to get back to drinking my 8 glasses of water, taking my multivitamin and multi-mineral and eating right/logging my calories. I gotta see if I can get this gym membership I JUST opened cancelled, but we shall see how it goes! I’ve only had my membership for a little over a month, but I did ask for a month-to-month membership. My new job and subbing job are in different cities from my gym. So I’m going to see what can be done with it and just hold off on the gym membership thing for a little while. It’s going to be tough, but I’ll have to improvise with walking and running outside, Wii Fit exercise, and 30 Day Shred DVD.

If I stick with it, I can still maintain my weight and maybe even lose some. We shall see how it goes. I know things are going to pick up soon with working two jobs. But I’m going to make the most of it!

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!