Showing posts with label body challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label body challenge. Show all posts

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Body Challenge Check-in #5

Whatever happened to the days that I lost weight and it stayed off?  I think I just realized I'm not 21 anymore. *chuckle*

Well, here I go again.  I'm starting back up as I haven't exercised since the end of August.  I didn't finish the Jillian Michael's 30-Day shred and I take full responsibility; I was lazy.  I would get home at the end of my long days and think "let me sit down for 10 minutes then I'll start."

Next thing I knew, it was two weeks later and I hadn't done a thing.  And now, two months have gone by and I'm feeling like those jeans that I was so happy to get back into are starting to become a tad bit too tight again.  Last thing I want to do is return to this so I'm taking action now. 

The reason why I started documenting this and sharing it with you all is because I knew I'd be held accountable. I need that because it's not that actual execution of it that's hard.  It's the staying motivated part that gets me.  I supposed that's why this is called a "challenge" though.

It's even more of a challenge because I have the ultimate snack lover as my future husband.  He tells me I need to practice self-control but my self-control begins and ends at the grocery store.  Its easy for me to walk down the isle featuring my favorite chocolate ridden goodies without even feeling tempted.  But once those Chips Ahoy and Ghirardelli are right in my kitchen, how can I say no?

As I've said before, I'm not a HUGE sweets and junk food junkie but anything with's pretty much a done deal. Chief knows this and I almost think he does that crap on purpose but again, I've got to hold myself accountable.  It's not like he's putting the chocolate in my hand or even offering it for that matter.  Just the mere act of buying it and bringing home, though, feels like an offer.

Last night, I went to the book store to pick up the Extreme Fat Smash Diet book by Dr. Ian Smith and I'm going to give it a go.  Now, I'm not big on these "fad" diet plans but I've been a witness to a friend of mine losing the amount of weight she wanted and getting toned in a short period of time.  Not only does this book show you how to safely rapidly drop the weight and get toned but it talks about how to maintain it as well.  I'm willing to at least give this a try.  My main focus here is health and fitness but I've got to lower my body fat percent significantly and build lean muscle or I will continue on this up and down ride.  I'm not up for it.

As it stands, here are my current measurements:

                Last Check In                                 Current                          Starting

Bust            34.25in.                                          35.25in.                                 36.5in. 
Waist             30in.                                            31.5in.                                   32.5in.
Hips            42.25in.                                            43in                                     43.5in.
Thighs        24.25in.                                           24.5in.                                     25in.
Starting Over

So today was Day 1 of the Fat Smash Diet which entails 60 minutes of cardio and 4 small meals. Successfully completely

Tomorrow (Day 2) will be kind of tricky as I must break up my execise into morning and evening and Chief and I must attend our weekly pre-marital class.  Since that takes up the whole evening, I will stay later at work and utilize the gym there. The bonus, I don't have to worry about picking up MJ from daycare as he'll be with my aunt until Tuesday evening.

We'll see how things go.  Wish me luck

Sorry for the dissertation.  I try to keep my posts short but it couldn't be helped this time. lol

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Body Challenge Check-In #4

On Vacation, Key West - July 2011
 Since my vacation began on July 8th, the gym has not seen me.  I said I'd workout on the ship but when it really came down to it, all I wanted to do was relax.  I did actually search out and find the gym on board though.  It was a beautiful facility with state of the art equipment, panoramic view of the ocean, offering spin, yoga & kickboxing classes.  It was wonderful but somehow I seemed to find that I liked the pina coladas, mojitos & sun-soaking much better.

On Vacation, Port of Miami - July 2011
 At my last check-in I'd reported my measurements and talked about how I should have been further along with this challenge but after I looked at the pics for that post and then looked back on the pics from my Reality Check post, I realized that I was doing an exceptional job.  I went from flab to almost fab in four months! Yes, I said almost.

My purpose was to begin a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising on a regular basis which would result in attaining an amazing, stallion-like body and then maintaining it.  I did meet one of my goals, though, which was to have a bikini-worthy body by the time my vacation came around.

On Vacation, South Beach Miami - July 2011
 I haven't gotten to the point where I want to maintain as yet and I'll admit I've been in serious vacation mode even after my vacation.  But play time is over.

I've taken my measurements--thank God I haven't gained anything--and all is still in tact.  Since I was only 3 weeks into the Jillian Michael's 30-Day shred program before my vacation began, I'm going to start fresh and beast it out from Sunday, August 7th (tomorrow) until September 7th.  Then I'll begin the Turbofire program by BeachBody immediately thereafter.  I expect that by the time I finish Turbofire I'll be an amazon. Score!

p.s. sorry two of the pics are dark, my honey isn't the best photographer...LOL

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Do I Really Want It? Do You Really Want It?

There are a myriad of reasons why people don't ever reach their goals--laziness, doubtful thoughts, fear, negative people around us; a lack of determination, the list goes on.  This is something I've spoken on before and over time, I'll speak on it more and more because it is something that is so important to me. The battle between "yes, I can and no, I can't".  I experience it everyday just as I'm sure many others do.

I'll tell you about my experience this week:

I was amped when I recieved my Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred DVD, because as you know, I'd become bored with my previous workout regimen.  To help keep me on my toes, Chief volunteered himself to be my coach and said that he'd do the workout with me for the full 30 days.  Let me tell you right now that he talked a good talk but when it cames time to workout, he only watched the DVD while I put in the work.  Coaching me all the way but nonetheless, he only watched. 

Today is Day 11 of using the DVD (I'm exercising everyday during the week and resting on the weekend).  I asked him if he was going to do the workout with me today although I knew what the answer was as he'd already become preoccupied with his newest tech gadget.  Just I'd presumed he answered, "Nah, you go ahead.  Not today."

As I stood in the middle of the living room, I heard the thought of not working out creeping up from the back of my mind.  I looked at Chief chilling in the armchair and then looked at the couch. It's comfy cushions calling me to take a load off as I stand clad in my work clothes--shoes already kicked off at the door.  I thought once, I thought twice, I said it outloud, "I should chill." 

And before I could even take one step toward the couch, I was making an about face headed to the room to change into my workout clothes. What happened?

I imagined myself as a more fit and in-shape me and the ultimate truth is that "chillin" on the couch--as cushy as it is--isn't going to get me there.   When I look at my current self, I see progress but I don't see the end.  I want results--not just the progress alone because it's easy to go south from here and I'm not even trying to go there.

It's far too easy to talk ourselves out of things that are good for us--things that we really want.  At times it has nothing to do with any outside influences and it all boils down to how bad we really want to see the change or meet our goals.  We continually think about how much we want to chill or how much we "don't feel like it" instead of how much we really want to "get there".

Instead of saying no, we must condition ourselves to say "yes":  "Yes, I'll work out today." "Yes, I'll make one, two or even three steps toward my goals today."  "Yes, I'll save that money instead of spending it right away." "Yes, I can and I am." 
My goals is fitness but now matter what your goal is at this time, if we really, really want it, we'll achieve it.  Really.

(Images sourced from Google)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Body Challenge Check-in #3

Current Stats: (This post was drafted & the pics were taken 5/16/11 but as of today, my measurements are the same as they were on that date.)

The Stats
Bust:   34.25in./ (Starting 36.5) actual back measurement
Waist: 30in. (Starting 32.5)
Hips: 42.25in. (Starting 43.5)
Thighs: 24.25in (Starting 25).

I am going to keep it consistent and wear the same thing in every check-in post so my progress is easier to  measure visually.
Top Left--I could grab double that amount at the start of the challenge; Top Right--My shorts are getting looser but I still have some work to do in the mid-section; Bottom Right--Obliques have a little definition, they're always the first to show when I start getting in shape; Bottom Left --no more rolls for me!

I should be further along in this body challenge but let me tell you first hand: I fell of the wagon for a few weeks. Between Easter, & MJ's Birthday, there were pies, cakes, pizza & baked macaroni and cheese every which way I looked.  I did my best to avoid most of the cakes but sweets aren't my weakness.  When it comes to pizza however, well, that's another story.  And as well when it came & the Thanksgiving-like smorgasbord for Easter, I went all in with absolutely no shame.

To make matters worse, I only exercised 5 times between Easter & the 14th of May--horrible.  But I got back on it on the 15th and took these pics before my workout to remind myself that even though I've made some progress I'm not at all where I'd like to be. No, not nearly.

Since then I've done only 30 minutes of cardio every other day with a circuit of light weight training & I've taken all that nonsense eating back down to a minimum.

Yesterday, I started the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred program.  With my cruise just 30 days away, this should prove to at least tighten my body up a little more than what I've got going on now.  I went grocery shopping over the weekend and stocked up preparing to do battle.  Strawberries, blueberries, nectarines, spinach, chicken breast & all kinds of other healthy goodies.

Right back down to business--no more games.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Body Challenge Check-in #2

Hi everyone!  It's time for another check-in for the "Beyonce Body Challenge".  I actually thought I'd done check-in #2 already but I suppose I was too happy about playing in my makeup and hair :-/.  My apologies for those interested in following my fitness journey.  I will give updates 1 to 2 times a month from here on out.  That's pretty reasonable, no?

On to it ----->

The picture below on the right was taken today (4/12/11) and the oh-so-embarassing picture on the left is from my Reality Check post which signified by body challenge kick-off.  My my, I'm so glad there aren't anymore dinner rolls on this here plate.

Up 'til today though, I haven't worked out since 4/6/11.  I assure you I'm not falling off but I've had a series of late days getting home as traffic caused me to get home a half hour to 45 minutes later than usual.  After 2.5 hours in traffic, the last thing I'm thinking about is the gym, let me tell ya. 

Anyway, I had a great work out today and I'm back in the full swing of things.  I'm down 11 lbs and completing 3 full miles in just 34 minutes on my peak performance days for cardio.  I'm not able to do that everyday but my goal is to knock that down to 28 minutes by the end of July.  Pray that the Lord be with me on that one!

I'm eating pretty much the same things that I showed in my previous check-in and I'm still loving it.  I was asked by a few people to share some recipes so I'll try to work those into my future posts as well.  I also stopped counting calories with the MyFitnessPal app because it was becoming quite tedious and an honest nuisance--especially because I cook from scratch. 

What I have been doing though is using plain old common sense by keeping my sugar intake low and not eating refined or enriched foods.  Now, as I stated in an earlier post, I've decided to try on the Tabata method--introduced to me by my brother but I'm not going to reveal my measurements quite yet.  I will share my progress chart with you though as I'm in the process of creating my Tabata method regimen post.  Once I get my progress sheet scanned, I'll be ready to share it with you all.

My vacation is drawing nearer and I'm going to start looking at what bathing suits I'm going to sport for that week.  I hope I can make it to a bikini-worthy body by then!  Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Body Challenge Check-in #1

I'm well on my way to getting the body that I want and the healthier lifestyle that I deserve.  When I programmed my goals in the My Fitness Pal App, it placed me on a 1400 calorie/day plan.   This way I can monitor what I eat and how many calories I take in and how many calories I burn during any given cardio activity.  It's a tedious job having to enter all that information each time but once an original meal or food is entered, it will automatically pop up if I have to enter it again.

 At the rate of this program I'm targeted to lose 2 pounds per week and then accompanied with cardio exercise that'll probably add an extra pound per week.  Now, as I said, my priority is not on weight loss, it's about physical fitness so while counting pounds isn't the focus, it is an integral part of my show in progress at this time.  As I build lean muscle, the weight loss will slow because as we already know, muscle weighs more than fat.

It's been 3 weeks since I've started the challenge and I've dropped 6 pounds so far.  My brother and sis-in-law came by over the weekend and they both noted that I've noticeably lost weight--how about that for a mood booster!  Although yesterday, I did eat 3 iced oatmeal cookies and it probably cost me that 6th pound but it sure was good going down! *smile*

Also what I'm not doing is dieting.  I'm still eating what I want but sensibly by keeping my sugar and carb intake lower than usual.  This means cutting back on the cookies (not usually a problem until  a week before "that time of the month") and leaving out the breads and pasta (my weakness) at times when it's possible.

I didn't take pics of most of my meals but here are a few that I took with my phone whenever it crossed my mind.

BBQ Chicken with Brown Rice and Mixed Veggies

Small Salad and Tomato Soup

Wheat Tortilla with Turkey Breast, Spinach, Romaine, Red peppers & Tomato

Veggie Stirfry with rice and Chicken Teriyaki

This was Chief's plate by the way, I only had one piece of fish, no rice and more veggies.  Same amount of shrimp though :-)

Also, I'll update you on how my back looks tonight...I forgot to take the pic yesterday.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Reality Check

I thought that taking my "before" pictures would be fun but as I type this, I'm not sure whether to laugh or to cry.  I'd cry for the shame I'm about to bring upon myself by posting these pictures but then again I guess I'd laugh and smile because this mere image is now only a temporary reality.

I'd cry for the fact that looking in the mirror everyday, I never saw the love handles ready to give birth to muffin top or the dimples taking up residence in my thighs.  All I saw when I looked in the mirror-- the only things I saw--were a yummie bustline and a fuller behind than I've ever had before.  I realize now that I'd ignored everything else that came along with my post-baby body.

Taking these pictures has definitely proved to give me a glimpse of what my body really looks like.  So I'll smile at the fact that now is the time to do something about it. So here's to my most recent reality check and in my most intimidating voice I'll say to you, "Don't be laughin!":

The Stats

Bust:  36.5in./36D
Waist: 32.5in.
Hips: 43.5in.
Thighs: 25in.
Weight: 185 (Normal weight for a woman my age/height = 140-167)
Height: 5'10" (Added to give you an idea of what a healthy weight SHOULD be for me)
BMI: 25.8 (Ideally, BMI is between 18.5 - 24.9)

The Starting Point

 This is the heaviest and most out of shape I've ever been in my life.  I started not to post the back view but I'm going for complete transparency here.  Maybe this will serve as inspiration for others that have been wanting to get out there to just do it.  I'm putting it all out there. (ie. "Don't be laughin!")

As you can see, my belly doesn't hang over the front but it's tipping the sides and ready to spill. My back..UGH! it speaks for itself.
And clearly I wouldn't be putting this out there if I wasn't going to handle my business.  I'm stepping outside of my comfort zone by showing these pics but I'm fed up and I'm not ashamed.  I'm ready to do something about it!

The Workout

Monday:  20-30 minutes cardio + squats, lunges and sit ups
Tuesday: 20 minutes light cardio + rest
Wednesday: 1 Hour Zumba Class
Thursday: 20 minute light cardio + rest
Friday: 20-30 minutes cardio + smash downs, push-ups and dumbbell curls 
Saturday & Sundays will be reserved for total rest. 

*I also plan to get my hands on Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred DVD but I'll order that after we've settled in to our new home.

The Diet Plan

This part will be pretty simple.  I'll increase my intake of fruits and veggies and cook more low calorie meals. Focus on complex carbs such as whole grains and oatmeal, etc.  No fried foods which I don't eat much of anyway.  And of course, no Chips Ahoy. 

I will however allow myself a "cheat" day but it's yet to be determined how I'll deal with those. 

So that's it  for now.   I will also make a post every once in a while logging my thoughts and/or activities on any particular day that I deem appropriate and of course update with pics.   This challenge is not so much about losing weigh (that would be a total fail anyway because I love to eat) but more about changing my diet and habits in order to lead a healthier lifestyle and get in--and stay--shape.  As I look to build lean muscle, I am more focuses on measurements as opposed to weight. Why?  Because muscle weighs more than fat.

The Problem Areas

Inner Thigh
Borderline Muffin Top
Oh yeah and those lil biscuits baking on my back..UGH!

Friday, January 28, 2011

The "Beyonce Body" Challenge

Perusing around on the internet yesterday, I came across this picture of Beyonce:


Look at those wait, look at those quads!  Ooh la-la! And those obliques?  Fugetaboutit!

She's no fitness model but she looks outstanding!  And while her body isn't super defined (which I actually find it unattractive when a woman has bulky muscles), she looks toned and still looks womanly which is the look that I like. So as I finish off the last of my Chips Ahoy cookies (literally), I'm vowing that in a few months I will be close to this if not dead on.

And I don't know how old or new this picture is because I don't keep up with celeb gossip and the like however, Beyonce and I are the same age.  And if I really wanted to get technical, I'd go so far as to say that she's exactly one year older than I.  So if she looks like that, guess what?  I shouldn't be looking like...well, I decline on showing you my bikini pic right now but the point is, my body doesn't look like anything close to that.

Granted she hasn't had a baby and I have.  She has personal trainers and nutrionists and I don't but that's still no excuse.  I have to focus on what I do have which is a very nice workout facility at my disposal for free and enough common sense to know about nutrition--oh, and my trusty dusty "MyFitnessPal" app for Android. 

So there you have it!  I'm going to start my body challenge on February 1. Why not right now, you ask?  Because I want to finish the rest of my Chips Ahoy, that's why.  Don't judge me. :-)

So starting February 1st, I will be posting pics of where I am now (if I'm not too ashamed) and a sample meal and workout plan for the week.

Wish me luck! I've going on a cruise this summer so I need to be looking RiiiiiiGHT!