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A little success goes a long way

So last Monday I started the Body for Life 12 week program.  I can feel  a difference already.  I used to be afraid of weights and the big machines at the gym before doing BFL in 2003. I find I really enjoy weights and feeling stronger.  I like the “ache” that I get when I work out and the feeling of accomplishment.  It’s encouraging. I will admit, taking the before pictures was a bit depressing but I like the results I’ve seen in only a week.  I have lost several inches when doing my measurements and my clothes are already feeling looser.  It’s a good change for me so far.  I’m going to ride this one out the entire 12 weeks!

The best part of it is the free day.  No exercise and eat whatever you want.  Now that’s my kind of plan!  It felt freeing to be able to eat the delicious cupcakes at the baby shower I gave without any guilt.  I had a few rolos and some Jelly Bellys and it was all ok.  I even got my “dirty” food in – a bean and cheese burrito from one of the “berto’s” out here.  It makes it so much easier to really focus on doing well when you know you have permission to eat whatever in just a few days.  I’m still working on getting enough water in but the equal carb  (mostly complex carbs and fruit) to protein in 6 meals a day – two of those with vegetables- is working for me.  It worked for me before so I know it can work for me again.  If nothing else, it’s renewed my enthusiasm and motivated me to succeed.

I also like the exercise regimen.  Upper body one day, cardio the next, lower body the following body and cardio the next.  Cardio is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout.  It’s tough but feels so good and only takes 20 minutes!  I can do that.  The upper and lower body workouts take about 50 minutes.

It seems many of us on this blog are a bit stuck and trying to find our way out of the hole we probably put ourselves in.  Everyone that I’ve read so far has a way they plan to get out.  I love that about you all.

If you are “stuck”, consider giving this a try… bodyforlife

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The start of something new

I’ve got so many balls up in the air, I forgot today was Monday!  A good evening to you all!

I started Body for Life today.  I’m going to be feeling it tomorrow!  Got my upper body workout done and it was a doozy!  Everything I ate was good, but I didn’t get enough meals in.  I also need more water tomorrow, but not a bad day.  I feel good about this plan because I know the workouts I’m doing will definitely be changing me.  It did before…it can’t not.  It’s a lot to commit to, but I’ve finally decided I’m worth it.

My sweet husband cheered me on while I finished up my exercises tonight.  He made a beautiful BFL meal for me too.  I love that man!  I am working on plans for tomorrow and the rest of the week because waiting for things to calm down around here would have me waiting indefinitely…

I need to weigh in tomorrow – didn’t happen today, and I need to take measurements, so I can marvel at the change.  Optimistic…

Getting Back on Track

I’ve found that I am excellent at maintaining my current weight…since that’s NOT what I’ve been trying to do, I am changing things up.

I did Body for Life several years ago and had a rockin’ body, if I may say so myself.  That was the beginning of my decline. In 2004 I had elective surgery on my knee because of troubles I had found at the gym.  It was done while remodeling our kitchen so I was set up in the front room with my machines and had wonderful friends bring us food. Boy that’s a long recovery! After knee surgery, during the summer of that year, I broke my wrist getting out of the way of a HUGE spider and had a cast on all the way above my elbow because of where the break was. I had that cast on forever too – because of the kind of break it was. The following year, just before summer, I broke my ankle while playing capture the flag at an Awana camp. We went to the ER, got me fixed with a temporary cast and some really good meds, and went back up to camp since we were running the show. The next summer, I found out I had Mono and that troubled me for quite a long time – you have to keep to yourself, and don’t have the energy to do anything anyway…boy was I depressed.  Food was such a comforting companion for me.

Well, I’ve been fine for a few years now, and have yet to get my rear in gear completely.  I have begun running and know that is something I want to keep doing, but have had some issues with my “good” ankle.  I had an MRI recently and found I have sinus tarsi syndrome and tendonitis.  My ortho doc, actually I really don’t want to claim him as mine, he told me I was old and needed to change my activities to something more suited to my age.  What!  I’m too old to run!? I’m 40!  You suck!! He did an injection for the sinus tarsi and I did get a Rx for some physical therapy out of him and a Rx for some running orthotics and plan to never go back.  Fortunately my chiropractor is on my team.  He told me I was too old for sprints but I should be able to run until I want to stop.  I’ve been back to see him numerous times and feel we’re making progress.  He’s also helping me with my hip – IT band is tight.  We’re fixing me one piece at a time.

Unfortunately this has put me in a bit of a tailspin emotionally as well as some fun personal things going on at home.  I was also sick with a cold and didn’t want to whine about it all last week so I kept my trap shut.  Wise!  So…this week has been a regrouping week.  I’ve determined I need to reevaluate what I’m doing and do something I’ve had success with.  We’re fixing the room where our Bowflex is in and I will be using it a couple times a week as well as continuing to run a couple times a week.  I will be changing my eating completely to the Body for Life program and will watch my body change right before me and you…hopefully!  That’s the plan anyway.  My husband decided we would be taking our Hawaii vacation in July, so that’s some pretty decent motivation as well.

OH, I forgot I have a trainer too…I haven’t scheduled any appointments with her, but now that I know what I’m doing, I plan to get that call in tomorrow.  Ready team, break!  Have an awesome week…regroup and get going if you’ve stalled like I did.  We can do this thing!

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