The Holidays

Well, we are right smack in the middle of the holidays, and I bet you are thinking, “Gee, she hasn’t posted in a while.  I bet she fell off the wagon HARD!” Well, you would be wrong – I have made it through so far with my new-found lifestyle intact. It made for an interesting Thanksgiving, but I plan on trying some new recipes that I found to spice up Christmas a little bit. I am really enjoying the winter squash that is in season now, although I miss all of the summer vegetables tremendously. I’m not sure that I’ve eaten this many navel oranges….ever, but they sure are delicious.

Lately my weight loss has slowed, but I have had a busy few weeks. My oldest daughter got really, really sick and I had to take her to the hospital twice in one weekend. My other daughter has gotten sick twice. The end of the semester was crazy. Through it all I stayed on my Paleo diet, although I think that my meat to vegetable ratio has suffered. I think that I’m eating WAY too much meat now and not enough vegetables, but I haven’t gotten off the wagon by any means. I am trying to figure out how to tweak what I am doing so that I am back where I need to be. I ate a huge salad today and I hope to be able to do that every day. I found out today that my garlic-infused olive oil tastes really good with red wine vinegar. I have been craving some Garden Fresh Meatballs in the last twenty-four hours, so I will probably make some of those this weekend. I know that I’m still losing inches, but it has definitely slowed down. It isn’t a bad thing, but since I’m in the middle of a month-long break from school this is the perfect time for me to get things back going. I haven’t been to the gym since my daughter got sick, so I’m going to get started going back tomorrow night. I may try to sneak in some Power 90 workouts too. I’ve really started missing those workouts for some reason. I think that part of me knows that I can do much better at those workouts now, and wants to see just how much better I can do. But maybe sometime. Not now.

Well, this has been a very rambly post, and it is definitely time for me to end it here. I hope to check back in after the beginning of the year, if not sooner!

Getting It Together

So I’ve been doing well with my diet for about two months now. I’ve only had two cheat days – one last Friday and one in May. My boyfriend and I went to the beach, where he asked me to marry him. And so, since we are getting married in two years, at the beach, I need to start getting really serious about getting into shape.

I said something to my trainer about being bored with P90, the same two workouts over and over and over and over again. It gets old quick. And he recommended that I try a different program. And so I have started the Master Series today, in the hopes that I won’t get bored and it will keep me engaged long enough to accomplish something.

I have also started doing Balintawak training with my boyfriend on the nights of the week that he is home. It is very low-impact, and very fun. I have fun, anyway. I wish we had some more drills to work on, though. We work on the same ones over and over again. The only thing we have to work on with them is speed. Hopefully we will be working on that soon.

I’m tired, though. Sometimes I think that this is probably how people in boot camp feel. I have been trying to take it a little easy at work, since I’m doing so many workouts, and so far it isn’t too bad. I’m hoping I can hold out, though. I’m trying not to go too hard on the workouts, since I’m not used to doing them.

And so that is how things are going so far. I will check back soon and we will see how it is going from here.

Progress

Well, today is the end of my first thirty days of Power 90. So I had to take my measurements today. While I haven’t lost any weight (I knew I hadn’t before I took my measurements) I have lost 14.5 inches, mostly from my thighs. This is incredibly awesome, and a real, tangible sign that all of this hard work is paying off. It is even a sign that my diet isn’t causing a lot of stress or making me unhealthy. Although, due to the numbers I plugged into the body fat calculator, my BF% has actually gone up. I don’t get that, but I’m chalking it up as a fluke, because I have lost so many inches at this point. And I can’t wait to see what I will lose in the next thirty days! From what I hear, 30-60 and 60-90 are golden because I have just spent thirty days stoking my metabolism.

I am trying to do some research to find out what system I want to use next. I had been going to do P90X after this, but I have heard so many people talk about the different systems out there, and I want to take a look at them. I may post my opinions at a later date!

Progress!

Today I finished my second week of Power 90, and it felt really good. I’m really proud of myself right now, not only for finishing two weeks, but also for not overdoing it and getting sick. I haven’t been sick yet. I can tell that I’m getting stronger because the exercises aren’t quite as hard for me to do, either. I was able to get through more of the sweat video without pausing as often, and I added the third round of the strength circuit in the middle of this week. So all in all, it is going extremely well.

I found a 5K in October that I am going to try to run. It means that I will start training in June, and that means that I will have plenty of time to get myself in shape to be able to handle the training. Especially since things are going so well with my workouts right now, I should be in great shape to train in June. And the training will be on top of whatever program I am doing in June, so that will be a great addition to my workout routine.

So as far as my plans go as far as my regular workout, I am planning on doing 1-2 for as long as it takes until I can do all of the exercises at full intensity and feel like I’m not getting any more benefits. It may happen sooner than I think, but that is the plan. After that happens, I will move on to 3-4. When I start doing 3-4, I will order 5-6 so that I have it for when I can do 3-4 at full intensity and feel like I’m not getting anything out of it. When I move on to 5-6 I’m going to order P90X so I can start on it when I get to the full intensity point with 5-6. And I am going to keep progressing through that system the same way.

On top of all of this, my boyfriend and I just ordered a Total Gym, so I will have that to supplement my workouts as well. I’m actually pretty glad that we got it because it has a way to do pullups. I was trying to figure out how I was going to do pullups when I make it to the P90X because a door attachment won’t work in this house. That will help me out a lot.

So those are my plans, and my path to achieve them. I have a lot that I want to accomplish, but I have a clear path. I also have plenty of motivation. I kind of blew my diet on Saturday, and stayed up really late, so I didn’t want to get up on Sunday and do my workout, but I did, and I was so glad that I did. I knew that if I didn’t, it would throw me off and I would quit. I felt so much better after I did my workout, and I was proud of myself for getting up and doing it. After all, being part of a team, Team Never Fail Again at that, should give me the motivation to do what I need to do!

Starting Over on the Right Foot

I started doing Power 90 again yesterday. I spent a lot of time online researching how many calories I should eat to lose weight, and how many calories I was usually consuming on this diet, among other things. I got a friend request from a different coach on the beach body website, and his profile prompted me to switch coaches. So far it has been a pretty good decision. This coach seems to be more active on the website and even has a thread on the forum. He has built everyone that he coaches into a team, and he has given them a name: Team “Never Fail Again”. It is very exciting and motivating and I have already gotten the advice to work out every day, even if I don’t work out at 100%. Good advice, and I will take it. Which means that I will work out tomorrow!

I have been staying within my recommended calorie range (as far as I know, I haven’t really checked today). I am excited and I really feel like if I weigh too often I will fail, so I think that I am going to take it easy and maybe weigh once every two weeks with Anitra. I REALLY don’t want to fail!

New Blog Site, New Goals

Just moved everything over here from blogger, so that I have everything in one place.

So the last post I did was in June? Well, I found out in AUGUST that I had contracted pneumonia shortly after that post. Needless to say, I quit doing the low-carb and the exercise because I was feeling so bad. I had lost about 15 pounds.

I’ve gained it all back, sad to say. But I did quit smoking around the same time that I found out that I had pneumonia. I’m ready to try exercising again. I’m doing the Power 90 program again, but this time I am modifying the schedule so that I don’t get burnt out again. I will continue to modify the schedule as I see fit until I get into good enough shape to do it how Mr. Horton intended it to be done. I am also back on the low carb. This time, I am going to allow myself to make mistakes. I actually did cheat yesterday, a little bit, but its okay. It will happen. I’m not perfect, and I’m not going to set myself up for failure by counting every carby substance that makes its way through my mouth a failure. At the same time, I am going to watch my carbs and my portion sizes. But I figure a sweet treat every now and then will probably be good for me, since that is the one thing that I crave the most, and the one thing that gets me every time. I don’t want to fail, because I have three very specific goals in mind.

The first one is, obviously, to lose weight. I am 100 pounds over my recommended weight right now, and that needs to change for SO many reasons. Anyone who has read any of this blog knows that my boyfriend is diabetic. I think my grandma died of diabetes too, but I’m not sure about that. So I think it runs in my family, and I know it runs in my boyfriend’s family. It is something that I worry about, and I have educated myself pretty well on it. The low carb diet will help in a myriad of ways when it comes to my health.

The next two goals are fitness based. I would like to be able to run a 5K marathon, and I would like to be able to enroll in and participate in a Krav Maga class. If anyone has seen a Krav Maga class, you know that it is extremely challenging and requires a lot of strength and endurance. I definitely have a long way to go before I can handle that class, but I want to get there, and I’m going to try hard.

So I started working out again on the 7th. I worked out on the 7th, 8th, and 9th. By the 10th, I was exhausted and had to take a day off. That is why I am modifying the schedule, because it is obvious to me that I can’t handle the schedule as it stands. But I am going to do what I can and get through it.

Stats as of today:

Weight:225, BF:72.9% , BMI:43.9

How It’s Going

Well, its been a long time doing low carb – I can’t even keep up any more. But it is going so well. And I am getting ready to start on my third week of working out. I’m not sure how much weight I’ve lost, but my clothes are getting very loose, which is awesome. I’m still not feeling deprived and I haven’t had the urge to cheat. I was pretty hungry today between lunch and dinner, but I brushed that aside. At some point I am going to have to start worrying about calories. I haven’t worried about it too much so far, especially since my clothes have been feeling better on me.

My workouts have been going great. I have done two weeks and I can really tell. Today while I was on a field trip I actually jogged! It has been so long since I have felt comfortable – or able – to do that. My ultimate goals are to get into good enough shape that I can do Combat Hapkido, and after I get through that I’m going to move on to Krav Maga. I am very excited about the whole thing because now I have something that I’m working towards.

Unfortunately I can’t fit into my capri pants that I just “grew out of”.  But that is coming. That is mini-goal #1. I can’t wait to accomplish it. And in fifteen more days I can weigh and measure myself again, and see what kind of progress I am making.