Monthly Archives: June 2012

Favorite Work Out Moves?

I get by with a little help from my friends =]

I get by with a little help from my friends =]

Hey everyone! Today I want to ask (if anyone is reading even) what are some of your favorite work out moves? Lately I find myself doing the same things over and over. Not that it isn’t working, but I think me AND my body are starting to get bored with it. Yes I’ve upped both the weight and reps. But I still wish I knew more. Being a poor college student limits me to not ever seeing a trainer and making it up on my own. With the help of the internet this very unfit girl taught herself to workout. So here I am trying to do it again.

A sample work out of mine goes something like this:

I ALWAYS stretch and warm up before. It helps prevent injury and increases flexibility. My body will appreciate me later.

*Pick 2 of the following groups then cardio at the end*

ARMS/BACK

  • bicep curls 15reps(3X)
  • triceps dip 20reps(3X)
  • weighted “row” single arm at a time  15reps (3X)
  • push ups 50reps (3X)
  • triceps extensions 15reps (3X)
  • laying triceps extension 10 reps (3X)

LEGS/Butt

  • Squats 15reps(3X)
  • squat jump 10reps (3X)
  • squat holds 10reps(2X)
  • weighted walking lunges, in each hand 3 times around the track (3X) *At my gym that’s a mile of lunges*
  • calf lifts 50reps (2X)
  • wall sit 2 minutes (up to 5X)

ABS/OBLIQUES

  • crunches 50reps (3X)
  • side crunches each side 50reps (3X) *each crunch you can pull up your knees to make it harder*
  • balance ball sit ups 20reps (3X)
  • leg lifts each side 50reps (2X)*Lift with your side!*
  • Russian twists with medicine ball 20 counts on one side (4reps)
  • plank 1 minute (3X)

To finish I do at minimum 30minutes of running. But try to do an hour or so of walk/running or 3-5miles. Whatever happens first and depending on my mood, as well as how much “bad” food I want to eat.

Finish with a 5 minute cool down and stretching. Your body will be a lot happier if you do this later.

So what do you do? What work outs do you enjoy or work best for you? Would love to hear from anyone and everyone!

*Side Note: I am in no way shape or form a personal trainer or a fitness expert. If you try any of these it is at your own risk. Plus if you had to sue someone, it would be wise to pick someone with money, which wouldn’t be me.*

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The 30lb mark!

Hey everyone! So I’ve stepped on the scale the past few days and it made some drastic drops from 210lbs. I waited two days just to make sure it wasn’t just water weight shifting but I am in fact 204.6lbs!(pictures at the bottom) I’m so excited. I am 4.6lbs away from reaching my goal I wanted to hit before end of this summer. Who knew it would be this easy!? And all done the healthy and safe way! Okay, in reality it wasn’t easy but it is in fact doable. If I can do this, anyone can.

A running note, I am finally getting back into the swing of things and fighting off food cravings. However, its been on a treadmill. For some reason, running outside is super hard for me. Which worries me a little about my 5K. Oh well. It’ll all be okay eventually, right?

On a life note, I’m doing good. Having a hard time coming back to reality this week. Tonight is my first go group(like a small group) with the church! Also going grocery shopping. Me and a friend I met last year are getting closer which is nice. Trying to eat better, and have been really doing well with R(My guy).In addition I found this recipe for gluten free/sugar free cookie dough dip, and it actually looks good! This girl has this website full of healthy/better options for desserts. I will let you know how it goes!

Please check out her blog! I haven’t made anything yet, but this is the one I WANT to make.

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/27/new-recipe-sugar-free-cookie-dough-dip/

Hope you’re all doing great!

-B

Peak Weight: 235lbs

Start Weight: 225lbs

Current Weight:204.4lbs

Weight loss so far: 30.6lbs

Here are some pictures literally exactly a year a part from each other. I cropped up to the chin so you can see how the weight has left my face too. This is scary for me, so please be kind. =P

After: Summer 2012, roughly 205.5lbs

After: Summer 2012, roughly 205.5lbs

Before: Summer 2011, roughly 235lbs

Before: Summer 2011, roughly 235lbs

Guess who is back?!

I’m back!

Hey everyone!

I am finally home from camp. This place has meant the world to me. I have no idea where I would be without the people I have met there. Without them I can pretty much say I would not be the person I am today. I’m on such a camp high. I’m so so sad its over.

I am unpacked and showered(Yay!) While unpacking I saw the scale and out of curiosity I had to just do it. I weighed myself and I was 210lbs(ugh!) A bit disappointing but I have been eating like poop and not running. Oh well, that will all stop tomorrow and I can’t wait! I’ve missed it, but those runs are going to be pretty hard. Ew.

Its weird I am actually excited to start working out again. I’m going to weight myself again tomorrow morning before church just to see what my water weight is doing. Thanks to the weather I was downing it like no other, but I was also sweating. I tend to be heavier at night anyway. Oh well. Hope you’re well and having a blessed week!

-B

SHOOT! Weight loss tips

Hey friends!

So my scale is broke. Darn it! I have to go buy another one =( Why but college be so expensive?! But I am off to leave for a summer camp I work every year. Be back in a week. 

My concerns are eating healthy without being able to take the time and prepare my own food. To count all the calories. I know I can still rock oatmeal and breakfast. Thank goodness. So that should help some. Then salads at dinner and smaller portions. Do any of you have tips for this situation? We have planed meals and in a mess hall but I really really don’t want this to be the reason I mess up. And I can’t even track it! ugh. I’m so nervous. Help weight loss friends!

TMI

So this post is going to be a little TMI. That means too much information, just to be clear for some of you.  Nothing too graphic, and its not the focus…just..well. If you’re still reading great!

So my running slump has been killing me. Just very disheartening honestly. Since I felt like I was finally making progress. I finally caved after 4 bad runs in a row. I also needed to give my ankle and shin a break. The bruising is coming in quite nicely. I’ll add pictures at the end if any of you care to see the aftermath of being klutzy. But I swam and did abs and arms at the gym this morning. Eating better, since last night was kinda horrible. But I was talking to my roommate. She is a gorgeous in shape exercise science major who has always a runner, so I figure she might have some insight. But apparently the hardest time for a woman to run is the week she is ovulating. Or about the week or 2 before she starts her period(all depends). I did some online reading and a lot of posts actually agree with her. This was really nice to hear since I was just about done with running. So I’m just going to let it be for a bit and work out other ways. Plus my ankle will appreciate it.

On another note, I’ve had a rough patch with my guy and we are working on it, but things have become harder. He is being a bit distant and honestly…this time I didn’t earn it. =( But we are still together working things out. Why are relationships so hard?

Last night I realized though how much I really do emotionally eat. I never really considered myself an emotional eater, more someone who just binges too much and doesn’t know when to quit. In addition to not eating healthy things. But yesterday, after eating out(poorly might I add) I got home and said no more eating tonight. (It was pas 12am anyway)But I found myself binge eating after really bad cravings for salt and chocolate.Yay goldfish crackers and puppy chow.  This craving came almost directly after a really emotional confrontation with my guy. Lately its happened a few times, when something is overwhelming more than anything and I find myself wanting to eat. Not because I’m hungry, I just want to eat a lot. But after I finished I just felt disappointed in myself and sadder. This also could be a combination of PMS, but I just was kind of disgusted with myself this morning. Usually I enjoy weighing myself,ups and downs, but today I avoided it knowing bad numbers would be there and I didn’t want to see it.

On a happier note, these next two nights in a row a few of my friends are coming to visit! I can’t wait ^.^ I’m so blessed with wonderful people in my life. This visiting is just what I need. =] Working all day and then I get to go home soon!

Also I’m prepping to work the summer camp for a week. I’ve attended growing up and now I counsel. Its crazy chaos, but I love it. Can’t wait!

Hope you’re all well and doing better on your diets than I am!

 

-B

Running slump

Just a quick update

Its seems I have hit a running slump. I tried running on a treadmill and got hurt. Ironic that they are “safer”. But out of perseverance the next day I decided to to try it again, and it worked really well. It had been so hot here that I decided to go a few days in a row. I also thought, hey, this way I can keep a consistent pace too. But I tried running outside yesterday and it SUCKED. I only managed to to run for a solid 15minutes before my legs just couldn’t anymore. Even slowly I couldn’t. So I’m starting my running schedule back up and starting more in the middle with 15minutes of running then walk then run 15 more kinda deal. I just NEED to be able to run by august and the 5K I already signed up for. Concerning. Oh well.

Just an update. Thanks for reading.

-B

Weighing In On Weigh-In Frequency: What Pop Culture Says And What I Say.

Weighing In On Weigh-In Frequency: What Pop Culture Says And What I Say.

To Weigh, or not to weigh: that is the question.

Over the years I’ve read my fair share of weight loss articles and exercise magazines. Contrary to popular belief MANY overweight people think about dieting and working out often, if not all the time. But one of the big topics is how frequent you should weigh yourself. I’ve read statements ranging from same time every day, once every other day, once a week to extremes like once a month.

One of the most popular concepts is to weigh yourself once a week. Otherwise hide that scale under the sink and do NOT even think about taking a passing glance at it until next week’s weigh-in! Now go for a run! Just kidding,  this focus is for people who might get discouraged easily by a small weight gain or only a small amount of weight lost. It focuses on keeping people positive about their weight loss goals and allows them to see the full 2lbs lost a week instead of .3 over a day or so. Personally I get excited over .1lbs lost because that is .1lbs I don’t have anymore. This once a week thought, is to help people keep in sight that you are only supposed to lose 2-3lbs of weight the healthy way per week and ultimately keep them from giving up and staying on track.(Hopefully!)

Most articles also often suggest weighing yourself at the same time every weigh-in, no matter what the frequency.The reasoning is by keeping a consistent weigh-in time it helps combat the fact that your body’s weight shifts throughout the day due to things such as stress, eating, sweating, and water weight .If you weigh yourself at 10am every morning the idea is that your weight -if your diet is pretty consistent- should be roughly the same giving you the same starting and stopping point. Allowing you to have a more realistic idea of your weight loss.

One last big tip magazines suggest is if you have a “cheater day”(We all have them and you SHOULD enjoy them! There isn’t anything peanut butter-chocolate in this world that I don’t enjoy)  The thought it to wait a few days to weigh-in. Let your body readjust from your cheater day and give you time to make up for it with exercise and a correction in diet later.

Personally, I am an outlier in all this.Shocker! The fat girl not fitting in with what beauty magazines say. There’s an ironic headliner. I keep my scale in the bathroom and when I first started I thought, I will avoid a scale like the bubonic plague except for once a week to help me keep positive. However, that was just too hard for me. I don’t know about you, but I was too curious about where I was sitting and how I reacted to eating better. I accidentally/luckily purchased a scale to the tenth place (0.1) which allows me to see small changes in my weight.(I highly suggest it) So I decided that I was allowed to weigh myself but only if I was in the bathroom anyway(More intensive to drink water anyone???) and that unless if was a full week later, I was not allowed to get upset about any real changes in my weight.Notice, however, I was allowed to be excited =P

This fact alone I think is why I am being so successful this time. That and the whole actually-working-out thing. But seriously, when I weigh myself and see a small loss I get so excited that I want to continue. It gives me the boost I need to keep making healthy choices through the day. If I see a slight gain after a night I splurged and ate 5 cheese sticks(and no, I do not feel guilty) instead of the originally planned 2, it allows me to take a step back and think, “Hey, I didn’t do the best, but now I have to work out just a bit longer and eat better today”. Instead of being upset about the gain I just try to combat it and mentally rev myself up for earning those 3 extra cheese sticks and possibly another later.(In addition to peanut butter I love cheese too)

My point is that what works for magazines or the “average person” might not be what works best for you. Note what all 3 of these ideas given earlier have in common; they are assuming if a massive weight loss doesn’t happen, or god forbid a gain the person in question will become negative and give up. It’s true that sometimes what the scale reads  is disappointing. If you’re truly starting your weight loss/maintenance journey you NEED to change your attitude from I can’t do this, it is too hard, to GOODBYE .1lbs! Whoohoo! Its going to be a long hard road, but who said you can’t make the choice to be excited about getting healthy? When did the expectation become that we must hate working out and results should be instantaneous? Why can’t I be happy that I now can run 3 miles if I havent lost weight? Is any of this making sense?

Ultimately it is up to what works best for you, try different things out. Your perspective is everything, and if only seeing .2lbs of loss is going to turn you off from achieving your goals, then by all means don’t weigh yourself often. But if seeing the small changes encourages you, weight yourself more! Remember, it’s not just all about the numbers. Happy weight loss everybody!

-B

Peak Weight: 235lbs

Start Weight: 225lbs

Current Weight:208.4lbs

Weight loss so far: 26.6lbs

The following is just my thoughts on when to weigh yourself. I am in no way shape or form a medical doctor, certified dietitian, or personal trainer. Not that weighing yourself really has to do with that. But just protecting myself.

Turning 21

So my 21st Birthday weekend. Wrning:scattered writing ahead. Just trying to fit it all in.

It was great! A bit of a let down at points but amazing overall. Jess came up to see me for the weekend so that was nice. I’ve felt really let down by a lot of friends lately. My surprises actually started friday on the 1st where my guy sent me flowers and a teddy bear. Whom I cuddle and sleep with every night now. THE BEAR YOU DIRTY MINDED PEOPLE! ha. Worked a lot that day and finally got my hours up to 20+ or so. The next morning woke up. Kinda waited on my friend Laurel to meet me for breakfast. She backed out and kept me waiting. Almost missed my 90 minute facial appointment at a veda downtown. Luckily they moved in to 1230 for me. It was super nice and relaxing. Laurel ended up reshedualing. On the way home Jess called and got to the dorm! Her, Laurel, and I all went to eat at this Chinese place.Yum! I didn’t eat the best, but I definitely hadn’t been doing horrible.Then ice cream which laurel bough(thanks!) Later went to applebees. I went with her my friend Kayla(whom I love as well!) Marie and Alex my “brother”. Cassie (another brother) showed up last minute as a surprise. Marie bought my dinner. (thank you) and Steven and Randall showed up last minute as we were leaving. I accidentally spilled salad and it got all over my jeans. So we had to pack up and go back to school to change. Changed. and FINALLY the night started. Headed downtown me Jess and Kayla with Steven and Randall in tow. However, Steven called and said he got a call from his GF Meg. UGH. She was cry and said she needed him when they were on a  break and choose my birthday of all nights to reconcile. Lame. Damn me being  good friend. I really like Randall…but I’m so in the friend zone. He could never like a girl like me. But them not going actually ended up being for the better. It was super crowded so going out the few of us was perfect. Me and the 2 girls decided on going downtown to Mojo’s a dueling piano bar with a dance floor and bar upstairs. Oh my god was it fun and super cheap! $3 dollar cover charge(which Jess paid for later thanks!). I didn’t actually drink because I honestly didn’t want to. Wasn’t in the mood and a little sad about my friends not really coming through for me on my birthday. 21 of all birthdays to be let down on, kinda sucks. Oh well. But we mixed it up going from upstairs to downstairs. On the way out I actually saw my boss.I had a blast honestly. Walking home stranger kinda bothered us trying to hit on Jess. I can’t help but wonder, maybe if I was thin and pretty I would have gotten hit on that night. Kayla got asked to dance and so did the collective but I’m pretty sure he meant them. I know this is not living up to the title but I felt low. Its an attempt at confidence. No sucking at it. Oh well. On the upside I did manage to run once. Sunday ran two times. Monday I took a break. I’m starting to wonder if these brooks adrenalines are actually whats starting to hurt my knee. Went to church sunday and it felt great. I made the choice that I want to get more involved. I marked the “I’m interested in a go group” and “learn about mission trips” boxes. Both trying to make me more accountable about church and all. Tomorrow is my very first big. 20 minute run. I don’t know if I can really do this. I’m terrified. But I will try my best. Lord help me.

Peak Weight: 235lbs

Start Weight: 225lbs

Current Weight:211.8lbs

Weight loss so far: 23.2lbs

-B

21

So today,

I am officially 21! I can legally drive a car, vote, and drink. I cannot, however, rent a car by myself yet without it being extremely over priced. If at all. Write more later on the party. Need to get my day started!

 

-B