Finally! An Update!

Well hello there WordPress world!  Its been a while since my last post.  Since the holidays its been busy and went thru a bit of a lull with my workouts and diet.  Getting sick with the flu a couple times didnt help that either, haha.

But anyways, the last month and a half or so i’ve been back on track with working out, and my diet is coming along.  One thing that has been holding me back still is that i get horrible heartburn.  Like…lasting 6-12 hours heartburn.  The last week it hasnt been nearly as bad, just like annoying indigestion, but it still throws me off my game.  Basically i just need to watch what i eat, but it still varies day by day.  One day i can have rice with brocolli and chicken and be fine…but then the next day if i have the same thing it’ll make my stomach angry.  Thats a good way to put it…angry stomach syndrome, haha!

I had a good workout tonight though.  Usually i dont workout on Monday’s, its my normal grocery shopping day.  But i have some frozen meals in the freezer still so i dont have to worry about that until later this week.  But regardless…my abs are already feeling sore, definitely worked those out pretty hard today.  Legs too, my hamstrings are getting sore too.  I had my protein shake, but didnt go in the sauna as its raining here in Norcal and the mix of a small hot room and cold wet rain once outside would not feel to happy.  

Anyways…just wanted to give a little bit of an update.  As far as my weight and measurements go, i’ve lost another 4 lbs since the end of January, i’ve lost a total of 9 inches off my waist, and i can not only feel myself getting stronger, but i can see the physical changes/results from my hard work and that is further motivating me.

Until next time (which should hopefully be alot sooner than this post from my last post in November!) ttyl!

P.S.  I thank my boyfriend, Hernan, for keeping on reminding me these last few weeks to update my blog.  Without you i wouldnt have the courage and motivation to work on myself or to write about it.  ❤ Love you baby, forever and always.

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Thanksgiving Update

So i’ve had this post sitting as a draft now for three days.  Day 1, i couldnt figure out what i wanted to write…days 2 & 3, our internet was being very wonky.  Now i can finally sit down for a few minutes and type out this latest update.  🙂

Workouts have been going pretty good, last week i went hard on the workouts and was doing pretty good…pushed thru my mind telling me to quit which i am very proud of being able to do, which is something i’ve struggled with alot since i’ve started.  Just stay focused.  Yesterdays workout, that was my problem…i couldnt stay focused.  I had moments where i was focused and did really well, but when i was not doing as well as i know i can do, i wasn’t focused.  Not that i was nessesarily thinking about something else, but my mind was just not in my workout.

One thing i was very proud of being able to do in my workout yesterday, and this is where i was focused the entire time, was doing burpee lifts.  My trainer had me lift the bosu ball over my head, then (while still holding it) throw it down on the ground, then jump down into a push up position and do a regular push up, then jump my legs forward and back up into the lift.  I did a total of 15 of these!  If i take away any positive from my workout yesterday that was it.  🙂  Just the fact that i was able to do a regular pushup is a feat in itself!  I’ve only done women’s pushups up thru yesterday.

Overall though, i feel like i’m getting to that mental roadblock at the end of my first 3 months of workouts.  3 months is ALWAYS where i have quit in the past, and in the past i have never gone as hard as i’ve been going these past 3 months, so i am surprised i have actually made it this far already.  I just need to push past my mind wanting to give up, because my body, and my feelings are far from ready to give up at this point.  I’ve come too far already to give up, and i would regret and hate myself if i gave up at this point.  I can not go back to where i used to be.  I’m not even close to where i want to be, but i know it will take time.  I need to be (and i am) thankful for how far i have come so far, and just build on that day to day.

Especially with Thanksgiving being tomorrow, i still need to keep on track with my workouts and eating healthy.  Tomorrows dinner will be very good, which i am making btw.  I’m making spicy turkey loaf with mashed potatoes, corn & green beans, homestyle stuffing and cranberry jelly sauce.  With a pumpkin swirl cheesecake for dessert.  Its all about moderation!  As long as i eat well early in the day (and dont starve myself out in preparation for dinner), and keep my portions controlled at dinner, i will be ok i think 😉  Also going out for a walk around the neighborhood before and/or after will help too.

I will also, on my gym off days, will be doing some exercises with my new resistance bands that i got yesterday.  I need to look up a good routine i can do at home with these.  I did a few this morning based off the workout poster that came with the bands, mainly to stretch out my muscles.

Anywhos…i think this post is long enough now…if you’ve been able to read this far 😉
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Eat heartily but healthy!!!

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November 24 photo update

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Ugh…regretting that pizza

I am regretting eating that pizza tonight. I have heartburn and i feel bloated. I need to eat clean…..simple as that.

Its not all fun and games

This week has been a very rollercoaster week.  I dont even want to say its been a hectic week…because hectic weeks i can handle and still be emotionally in tact.  But this week…was a rollercoaster of a week.  There is always going to be the one tiny little thing that makes you just snap basically.  The piece of straw that breaks the camels back.  The pea under the matress…uhhh….i cant think of any more metaphors…but i think you get the idea.

Anyways…emotionally its been a wild week.  But going to the gym, working out all of the frustrations physically by lifting weights and tiring myself out is what got me thru it all.  Especially yesterday (Thursday). 

Thursday’s workout felt liberating.  I was focused, despite how the rest of the day had been going, and i kicked that workouts ass 😉  It was arm/upper body day, and boy am i sore today!  I’ve definitely grown to enjoy the pain/soreness.  I know it means progress, which means results!

Next week i’m also going to (hopefully) go to the new BodyPump class that is being offered at the gym i go to.  Its an hour of weight training mixed with cardio, and it looks fun.  I got the thumbs up from my trainer too.  I think it’ll really help me get to the next level of progress, and it’ll get me in the gym for a third (or even fourth) day of the week.

Anywhos…i think that’ll be all for now.  No gym for me tomorrow; going to take another rest day, but i will do my stretches and some core exercises.  But i have to take both of my kitties to the vet tomorrow morning at 10.  One for her annual checkup, and the other is having an issue with his leg/knee joint popping out of place.  So hopefully that will all go well.

 

The right kind of addiction

This last week has been pretty good.  Got in 3 workouts with my trainer this week since we had to miss a workout the week prior.  Had a bit of a ‘am i getting sick’ scare, so spent 2 days drinking tea, alot of water, taking coldeeze so i could ward off any potential flu/cold that may have been trying to incapacitate me.  Luckily it seems i won that fight 🙂  

Workouts this week went pretty good.  Tuesday we had to cut short due to me overheating and we were thinking i might’ve been getting sick.  But for what i did do on that workout, i was in total beast mode!  lol.  I was really upset not being able to finish the full hour, but a half an hour of tearing it up is nothing to shake a stick at either.  My next workouts were on Thursday and Friday.  Thursday was leg day….i am STILL feeling the soreness a full 4 days later.  But what can i say, i do love leg day 🙂  Friday was back and arms, which was a very good workout as well.  Took a good steady pace.  I can feel myself progressing.  Weights are being increased.  Intensity is being increased.  But none of it will matter unless i put my mind into it.  Which seems to be my biggest holdback now.

I know that i can physically do my workouts…but when i just drop like a fly, its because my mind gives up.  I really am working damn hard to get in to that focused frame of mind to where i just dont even think…i just do.  I have moments of that intense focus, but i cant seem to harness it yet.  So for me, at this point, that is my biggest challenge.

This week i’ll be back on with my 2 trainer workouts on tuesday and thursday.  And at least one other workout on my own…but i really want to increase my workouts to 4 total days a week.  2 trainer days, 2 personal days.  Gosh, am i really getting addicted to this?  I think i am 😉 but it is the best kind of addiction though.  And i dont plan on ever giving it up.

The challenge of waking up Early

So for the last several days i’ve been getting myself in the habit of waking up early, around 6am. Which since the time change, thats been going really well.
So last night i decided i was finally in the habit enough to go for a jog in the early morning, which is what i’ve been working myself up to doing.
Well, this morning…..slept RIGHT THRU my early alarm! I still woke up with some time, but not enough time to get my running gear on and go out for a decent jog. I’m not letting it get me down though. Tomorrow is another day and i will just try my best to not sleep thru my alarm, and get up and going.
At least instead of my jog i did get 15 minutes of core exercises and a bit of yoga in. Just to stretch and work some muscles. I do exercises throughout my day at work too, usually pushups, chair squats, and going for a walk around the warehouse.
I also have a workout tonight with my trainer. Last week was a bit of a dud week after Tuesday. Just too busy and schedules werent compatible to get a second workout in with my trainer. Not to mention on Saturday i lost just all motivation and did absolutely nothing. I’m grateful though that my boyfriend kept me eating healthier food, despite my major junk food cravings. Gosh i love him 🙂 ❤
Anyways, i think this’ll be it for now. I know i havent made a big update post in a while…so i guess consider this part 1? Part 2 i’ll try to post later tonight after my workout.

November 3 – Photo Update

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16lbs total lost
Can now fit into pants I couldn’t fit into a year ago.

Ok, headed to the gym now!

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Monday is here again

Oh monday…its always a love/hate relationship with you, haha.  It means the beginning of a new week, new workouts….but it is Monday, which means back to work.
I wish that it was still the weekend, then again dont we all wish that?

Anyways, i had a pretty good weekend.  Saturday i slept in, which was nice.  Spent the rest of the day just hanging around, being lazy at my boyfriends house.  Though we did go and see the movie Gravity, which was really good. (My boyfriend was/is in the doghouse…so he needed to start to make it up to me).  In the evening went up to our friends place in Santa Rosa, had a couple drinks, played some games, watched movies…had a pretty good time.  Sunday (yesterday) i was able to wake up a bit earlier than i did saturday, though still not as early as i like (why is it that i just cant wake up early on the weekends…hmmm), but was able to get to the gym at a decent time.  Did my cardio workout, which was intense!  But it felt really good, and today i’ve got a nice dull soreness in my legs.  Went back home afterwards, showered, then went over to my boyfriends house, we went and did some shopping, got cat food, got starbucks coffee, then went back home and spent the rest of the day watching movies and relaxing.  OH, and i baked a cake which was

So anyways, today is a rest day for me, tomorrow i have a workout with my trainer after work.  Rest days are always so long and tedious 😉
Ok, gotta get ready for work now, i’ll try and post again later or tomorrow!

The cake i baked on Sunday. Devils Food Chocolate & White Cake marble with buttercream frosting.

Today’s workout – Cardio Day!

– 15 minutes start in Sauna

– 10 minutes on treadmill alternating between walking and running every other minute

– 10 minutes on the row machine

– 10 minutes on the stairmaster

– finish with another 15 minutes in the sauna

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