Fitness updates

Okay so I started Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30: Week 3 yesterday and holy crap was that hard. I thought Week 2 was tough… geez. My legs were BURNING. Damn you Jillian! But I noticed that today I’m not even sore. That’s progress right? Does that mean I’m getting stronger? I hope so!

I have this goal for Thanksgiving that I will do a 5k Run To Feed The Hungry and a part of me feels like I need to go on the treadmill 3x a week to achieve that goal. Now I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again. I HATE the running long distance. I actually loathe it. But I have seen so many friends lose weight through running so I know that I will have to suck it up and do it. I think part of my dislike of it is that many people I know and some that are even heavier than me can run 3-5 miles and I can barely run 1 mile straight. It’s so frustrating. But to lose weight I have to run. What a catch 22. My bf says it’s because of my lung capacity and how much oxygen I am taking in because at about 0.5-0.7 miles I can barely breathe! I swear, one day I hope I can post a message that says “I just ran 2 miles straight!”

I have been working out 4-6 days a week but have I lost weight? I have no idea. I haven’t gone on the scale in a while. I’m actually scared to because I HATE seeing that number go up! I know I’ve gained some muscle but I don’t know how much fat I lost.

I probably won’t post this weekend so I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and see you next week!

Am I doing enough?

Okay here’s the deal (nothing good ever starts off with those four words lol). I stare at my body everyday looking to see if I see any physical changes. I look in the mirror before my workout and after my workout. You know what I see? Diddly-freaking-squat! I know… I know… it took me YEARS to gain this weight so I’m not going to lose it in a week, but I feel like I workout HARD and I want to see results! If you can’t tell I am a very impatient person. VERY impatient. I actually took a “before” picture, so I guess I can compare that with the way I look now to REALLY see a difference.

What I failed to do is take progress measurements before I started working out regularly. My clothes do fit a little bit more loosely now, so I probably lost inches and didn’t even know it! I will be taking measurements VERY soon. I need to know that what I am doing is working.

I also wonder if my 30 minute Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 workouts is enough to do 5 days a week to lose weight. I mean after I’m done with one workout I am breathing hard, my heart rate is high, and my body is totally exhausted. I feel like I get more tired doing her workouts than doing 30 minutes or more on the treadmill or elliptical. Plus she has you do strength workouts as well. Orrrrr… do I need to do both? Get on the treadmill/elliptical for 20-30 min and then do JM’s workouts? I think I’m going to try and do JM for a month or two and see where I am at. If I am literally not seeing any progress during that time then I will have to change something.

*sigh* Why is losing weight so damn hard and gaining weight is so EASY??! :(

Ripped in 30 – Week 2

So I started Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 – Week 2 and MAN is it hard. I was dripping sweat! And holy-core-workout-batman… she has you in the plank position maybe 30% of the video! I must say though that I did enjoy the workouts. And I bought 10lb weights to do the workouts before, but I think I need 5lb weights for some specific arm exercises. I’m slightly sore today, not as sore when I first did her workouts. Improvement!

And I chickened out yesterday. I didn’t go running on the treadmill before my workout. Why? Because I hate running, that’s why! I feel like 90% of running is a mental battle between “I can do this, keep going!” and “I want to give up and walk!” Plus I think I get a pretty good cardio workout with these videos. I’m breathing just as hard, or even harder, with JM videos than when I’m on the treadmill. I might be making excuses, but so what? As long as I am pushing myself to workout everyday that’s what matters right? :)

Oh! I also stepped on the scale this morning and I only gained 0.3 lbs! That doesn’t sound like a good thing, but after all the unhealthy eating I did this past week I think that is pretty good! I am still on track! I try not to go on the scale everyday, but it’s so hard! I like seeing progress!

Back on the grind!

Now that the weekend and Valentine’s Day is over I can get back to my workout routine and eating healthy. Unfortunately I missed my Fab Ab February workout yesterday, so I have DOUBLE to do today! Yikes!

My plan when I get home is to do a mile on the treadmill, Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 (Week 2), then Fab Ab Feb x 2! I hope I’m not overdoing it.

Let’s get to it!

Happy Valentines Day!

I am so blessed to have a boyfriend who loves me… because I would seriously loathe this day if I was alone! lol

This past weekend and today I haven’t been eating somewhat healthy. I haven’t eaten super crazy or anything and if I did eat unhealthy I did it in moderation.  Chinese food is on the table tonight because today is Valentine’s Day. Though I’ve been eating like crap, I have been doing my Fab Ab February workouts consistently in addition to other workouts and drinking a LOT of water. I hope to get back on my grind starting tomorrow. I am also going to try to run/walk for 20 minutes then do Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 – Week 2!

I hope everyone has an amazing day :)