weekly update

My weight is back up…ugh!  The roller coaster of this is craziness!  I know part of it is eating…we had chocolate in the house this week…bad news.  But I also think part of it is muscle, because my body fat percentage is still low…and I can see definition of muscle.

EITHER WAY, my goal jeans are crazy crazy tight right now, and whether I need to lose the fat or the muscle (likely a combo)…it needs to be done.

My plan of action is to do 30-45 minutes of cardio 6 days a week and 30-45 minutes of weights or other exercise 6 days a week.

I am also going to follow the Quick and Clean Diet book by Dari Alexander for the next 2 weeks.  I think it will help me stay on track with clean eating.  When I do well with clean eating, my body notices.

And as always, I know that keeping my inside clean, as in spiritually, kindness, bettering myself as a person, is far more important than the vanity of the outside, so I have been trying to be better about longer devotional times, more genuine prayers and have been reading a bunch of awesome books that I will post about when I am finished.  I have about 10 going right now, a page at a time, so it will be awhile before they make it to the book review page, but we will get there.

Anyone who wants to can join me…we can keep each other accountable.

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I fit into my goal jeans this morning!  I am excited!  My weight hasn’t changed that much and I didn’t work out a ton on vacation, so I hope the reason isn’t because I lost muscle.  I guess only time will tell, but for the moment I am enjoying the small victory 🙂

My 2 favorite exercises at the moment

For simply targeting specific muscle areas, I have found 2 exercises that I love!!!!   As you know my general routine is HIIT, elliptical and weights.  These are ones I like for problem areas:

Cassey Ho inner thighs 5 minute challenge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJyZhOJ2Tag

and weighted oblique crunches which I found in Jim Stoppani’s 6 week shred

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jim-stoppani-six-week-shortcut-to-shred-day-1-chest-triceps-abs.html

I have done oblique crunches before, but adding weights and holding them overhead while doing it…wow…I am feeling it today!

Just thought I’d share  🙂

weekly update

Frustrated!  So SO so SO frustrated!

So…my calories have been on target.  My workouts have been on target.  My off days have been less off and fewer than normal.  I have lost body fat, BUT have gained weight!  Personal trainers out there…help!  I have been hungry and tired this week especially and my weight it up.

A couple things I am wondering…have I reached the hard to penetrate through plateau? …did my body get so used to my old lifting routine that my muscles drifted away a bit and now that I am on new workout programs they are bulking up and adding weight?  …previously I had backed off a bit on squats and leg press because they made my legs a bit bulkier, but they were toned…could my new leg routine be doing that?

I don’t know, but I am frustrated.  I say that knowing that my BMI is 20.2, and that is SO not bad.  I say that knowing that in the grand scheme of life, this is NO big deal.  I say that knowing that I am blessed to be able to eat and workout.  But I say that knowing I now have even more serious work to do to reach my goal.

So BMI is 20.2

BF% ranges but averages 17%  My lowest reading is 13.9%  Like that one!

Got my waist (natural bend) back to 23 inches…like that too!

My waist at BB…24.5 inches

My stomach below belly button…27 inches

Rest of my measurements remain pretty much the same.

Be back in a week, hopefully not as hungry or tired and hopefully less weight than more.  😛

Challenge and Accountablilty

This is not a New Year resolution.  I have been up and down on my weight goal for quite some time now.  The weight loss has been slow but I have added a lot of muscle, so…   Anyway, I am down to the last 5 pounds I want to lose (After this week it may be 7 pounds…weigh in Saturday).  Anyone want to join me in the last 5 pound challenge?  We could come up with some way to hold each other accountable in diet and exercise.  I would love to get 5 pounds off by February 1st…I know it is healthily possible.  I would love to have a partner in crime…hint hint hint.  Join me in the “fun”  😉

Weekly Update

More progress!  Woohoo!  My BMI is now down to 19.8.  It has taken so long but I am glad to see progress.  I know that I have lost a little muscle to achieve this, but I also know that I had to lose muscle and fat to achieve this.  I have not yet reached my goal, but am excited for the progress during such a season of food fests.  Because of the constant food temptations, I have not kept up all the healthy eating rules I should and I do need to be more disciplined.  BUT…progress is happening.  🙂  So the next goal is to keep the progress consistent and get back to healthy habits.  😉

weekly update

Confused…the scale has been a little crazy with me sick lately…severe ups and downs.  This morning my BMI is 20.4 which is the best it has been on this scale in quite a long time!  I have been watching my food intake, but I haven’t been able to workout to the same degree…so I do fear that it is all muscle loss and will spring right back when I am back to hard core lifting.  We will see.  But for today, I am 20.4 and holding on to it.  🙂

Weekly Update

Not too much has changed and a lot has changed.

My BMI is between 20.6 and 21 pending on what scale I use.

My body fat percent is between 15 and 24 pending on what method I use (5 out of the 6 methods put me under 17).

Weight is no less than it was in May.  However, my body fat percentage is less.

Both my weight and my body fat percentage are higher than they were a couple years ago…but I was also underweight and had about 2 % body fat…for real.

So changes…

I am accepting that it is good that the clothes I fit into when I was underweight don’t fit anymore … no matter how cute they were.

I am excited that even though the scale is higher than I like, my size is not too different…just trying to enjoy that the scale is showing some good muscle build up.

I thought I would lose weight while training for the half marathon, but I gained weight…I was training for that at the same time as I was doing Jamie Eason’s 12 week body building program…needless to say I was hungry all the time.  After that my body still thought it wanted lots of food even though I wasn’t working as hard.  Since then, I have slowly but surely decreased my eating (I still cheat and overeat at times), and though my weight isn’t different, it is surely healthier weight.  I am also beginning to let go of calorie counting…a little, but I believe it helps me to be healthier overall…not depriving myself of food allows me to not have as many crazy overeating days.  I am starting to decrease my training a bit, too.  I recently read that if you overtrain, you overeat, and the calories certainly don’t balance out in your favor.  I had myself in a crazy cycle of being so hungry from training that I would overeat and then feel the need to train some more…no more.  I want to have muscle and be a little more than just toned, but I don’t want the crazy regimen of continuous exercise.

So, some good changes being made…hopefully soon it will show on the scale, but for now I will be happy with the progress so far.

Weekly Update

As promised, I am here to report in…as suspected I am not quite back to where I started, which is frustrating, but of course, a result of my own choices.  The bad news is that I now have even more to lose, blah!  The good news is, my body fat percentage is basically the same, and I must have traded some flub for muscle because my clothes are actually fitting better.  I will take that.  🙂

I have been better about eating as a whole, but had a couple emotional eating binges.  Oh well, life happens.  And, really, I am much happier and energetic when I eat more.  😉

Will report again next week, hopefully with some changes in the right direction…

The Countdown

8 days until my first half marathon…

15 days until my first mini mudder event…

Nervous?  yes.

Excited?  yes.

Relieved?  yes.

The good news is: the shin splints I had early in training went away in little time.  Also, the arthritis flare up and the other knee issues are all manageable.  The good news is if I am not ready to do it now, I never will be.  The good news is, I only have one more practice long run left.  🙂  The good news is I am sick this weekend and not next weekend.

The bad news is: I am sick!  Blah.  It is no big deal, just a bit of sinus, fever, nausea (no doubt from the fever and sinus), etc.  I made yesterday my day off of running, but then today just running 3 miles was interesting.  My legs were pretty weak and my fever is low grade, so it kept fluctuating.  Oh well.  I am hopeful that I can shake it today and get a long run in tomorrow, but even if I can’t, as mentioned above, if I am not ready now, I never will be.

The in between news is: I am not sure of what “plan” I will do after all this is said and done.  I have been following a weight lifting program during my 1/2 marathon training and both come to an end about the same time.  Although my  body will be happy for a little break, I definitely want to keep up my endurance, as well as build up my strength.  Soo…a new schedule/plan will need to be developed.

It is weird how long you prepare for something and then it is over.  I always thought that with things like graduation or coming to the end of a school year as a teacher.  So much time and energy goes in…and then in a blink…it is done.  Thankfully we have memories of the journey.