Happy Leap Year… er… Day?

Today we get an extra day! And it’s one day before we start Mad Abs March! It consists of side planks (ugh I hate those…), crunches, and pushups. My pushups have actually gotten a lot better. I’ve been doing a lot of strength training with Jillian Michaels’ workouts and weight lifting at the gym on weekends. Surprisingly pushups aren’t so bad anymore. I use to HATE doing them! My arms were like twigs lol Losing weight helps make pushups easier as well. Side planks on the other hand are difficult. But this is the perfect opportunity to help me strengthen my core.

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[edit] I’ve been getting a lot of questions as to what a side plank is. So here are some pictures!

Option 1

This is just balancing yourself on your forearm and the side of your feet. No movement here. Pretty basic.

Option 2

This requires you to balance yourself on your hand instead of your forearm. I’m not sure if this move is easier or harder than option 1. Anyone want to chime in on this?

 

Option 3

This move is similar to Option 1, but you are moving your hips so they touch the floor then back up to plank position. This is tough, so you can start here or work up to this one.

Option 4

This is another option you can do. Starting off in plank position with forearm, use your other arm and move it in front of you (or underneath you like in the picture) and back up to the sky again.

Option 5

For those who are having a REALLY difficult time with side planks, you can put one knee down until you are strong enough to hold yourself up on your own.

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I would like to thank everyone who is coming to my site!! It is nice to receive and give encouragement and it really does keep me motivated! Losing weight and staying in shape is a LIFE change and is definitely not easy! Gotta keep moving!

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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??! 😦

Sore Weekend.

So the boyfriend had to take his car in for scheduled maintenance this past Saturday so we decided to go to the gym across the street while we waited for his car. I went on the Elliptical for over an hour then we did leg press and free weights. What we did with free weights was basically bench press. You lay down on the bench, bring the weights down so your arms are parallel with your chest (like bench pressing), then you bring them up and have the weights touch. We did 3 sets of 10 reps.

I did this exercise with 20lb. weights. And OH…MY…GOD. My pecs were SO sore the entire weekend! In fact they are still slightly sore. I thought that by me doing 2 weeks of planks and pushups almost daily that I would be able to handle this, uh… no? Even though I was in pain the entire weekend I kind of liked it. It means I worked hard and pushed myself. Go me!

I feel like I am stuck in this limbo of 175-178 lbs. and I think that is because I need to do more cardio. Now I am going to have to force myself to get on the treadmill tonight after work before I do my Jillian Michaels workout.

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 🙂