Recalculating my Route

I’m not giving up.  Just like my GPS says when I make a wrong turn, “Recalculating…”

I exited the 100 Day route a little less than half way in.  Let’s not talk about where I “would have” been had I stuck to it.  Instead, we’re going to pick myself up, dust myself off and begin again.

It’s not a total loss.  I’m two weeks into the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution workout program.  I have been pretty good on the food intake – not perfect.

Super serious attention to detail now.

Diet plan – check!  I’m giving up all extra sugars – (bye bye yummy pre-flavored greek yogurt – boo!)  I’m incorporating more protein shakes into my daily plan.  More nutritious and filling than I manage on my own.

Exercise plan – check!  Jillian Michaels, some jogging, walking program via my FitBit at work.

Fitness Pals – CHECK!  I have several people in my life now keeping me honest.  (You all know who you are, and thanks!)

So – who’s with me?  Who’s up for another 100 days of focused attention?  The bonus is, if we start now, we’ll be DONE before the year-end Holiday Season!

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Knee Killer

I love, love, love my Insanity workouts.  In three short weeks I’ve seen a marked improvement in my endurance, flexibility and stamina.

I have about 30 pounds to lose before I can embark on my next big fitness goal – marathon training.  I have my sights set on completing a full marathon before the end of 2015.

The results from Insanity are immediate.  And, why I enjoy it so much.  From one workout to the next, I can do more reps than the day before and my heart rate recovers faster.

But, oh my knees!  Ouch!knees

I noticed it after the second week.  Stiffness and soreness, especially going up and down stairs.

I laid off the high jumps, then double- and triple-checked my form to be sure I was not hyper-extending my knees.  But damn – more pain.

So, I took Week 3 off and did some yoga and other less intense workouts.  And, of course my weight loss came to a screeching halt.

I came back on Week 4, picking up where I left off with the Week 3 schedule,  now doing Insanity on carpet, not hardwood and barefoot, no shoes.

The soreness and stiffness seems to be improving, but still there.

So far, 5 pounds lost – 25 more to go.  I’ve been able to successfully stay away from the cookies and cake and candy.  (Thank you again Hostess for shutting down the supply of Twinkies and Ho-Hos)

I plan for my second 4 weeks to net more like 10 pounds so I can be at the half-way point.  But, if it’s another 5 pounds with improvements to cardio stamina, I’ll take it!

 

 

OMG……is that really MY ass?

I’ve always hated the way I look in pictures, which is why there are few photos of me out there in the world.   So, what I see in the mirror is my guide.

The mirror doesn’t lie.  But, it also doesn’t tell the whole truth.

A photo does. 

Is that really MY ass in this photo?

Wow.  You just don’t think about how much extra you carry around.  It creeps up slowly and you get used to it.  But, before you know it, it’s just there. And, well, not very flattering to find on Facebook six months later.

It’s time to get really serious about tightening up my bottom line … for real.

I started an 8-week Insanity fitness routine today that I’m melding together with the Yoga Body Diet.  It’s going to be tough, I’m not hard wired for endurance and regular fitness routines.  I’d rather read a book or watch a movie.

As the old saying goes, nothing worth having comes easy.  I’ll remember that at 6 am while I’m cursing at Shaun T on my DVD player.

As long as I can post a smaller booty pic in six months, the Insanity will be worth it!

Wish me luck….

and Namaste!

….about weight loss

My story is familiar.  Menopause arrived and overtook my life and my waistline.

This year, I decided it was time to fight back!

While progress is positive elsewhere, my weight loss efforts suffered. I believe my scale actually said “OUCH!” earlier this week.

Despite best efforts to jog over the summer and shed the extra weight, I gained.  Early morning temps 10-15 degrees above average with 90% humidity pose challenges to a novice runner carrying an extra 30+ lbs.

So, in a burst of true insanity, I tried the Insanity workout program.  I thought the privacy of my own living room would be just what I needed.  My house has no A/C.  Now there’s some insanity!

Then, I signed my slightly overweight dog up for a “Wag More Weigh Less” program. The regular group walks were great fun.  Even more fun were the after-walk stops at the Ale House that offered a dog-friendly patio.

Now, I’m down to a mere handful of clothes that fit well enough to wear to work.  It’s more than refusing to replace the wardrobe – it’s about health and wellness.  Honestly, I feel like crap.

Research shows that a proper diet and regular exercise is the hallmark of a healthy life.  I’ve read that folks who do this actually FEEL GOOD.

My burning question is:  Just how long does it take for one to FEEL GOOD?

I started following a basic proper nutrition and daily walking program on Monday.

I’m hungry.

I’m sore.

I’m tired.

Oh, and the scale mocks me.  I gained another pound.