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I tried so hard for an excellent week that I kinked my neck and it has set me back a little bit…just a little bit though.  I missed a couple workouts but have gotten in my cardio workouts.  I’m going to try weights tonight and see how we do.  Knowing I have a chiropractor appt on Wed is helping me decide to try things out tonight.

I think I’ve been much too free on my free days.  I made some delicious cupcakes this weekend and snacked on them the whole time I was making them…a 3 step process.  I  found that I added a whole cup of extra butter in them, making them incredibly moist – and a little crumbly…yet full of fat – but tasty all the same.  Add  some ganache (I love that word) and frosting and YUM!  I did only eat one of the cupcakes I made but I might have had 6 in the oopses and testings.  OH Well.  Our friends made some lovely green cocktails as well and the appetizers were OH MY!…you catch my drift.  A very excellent free day and some excellent workout/eating days make for an ok week.

Being in the desert this weekend, I will need to really watch my foods and make a seriously laid out plan of what I can eat and when.  Saturday I will take my not so out of control free day and know I’ll be getting in a fun workout.  We’ll see if I can see a change on the scale by Friday – I plan on doing my weigh-ins on Fridays now…instead of after a free day.  That just isn’t fair, is it?  Anyway, that’s my plan.  I haven’t shared my weight in some time because there’s nothing to share.  I am exactly the same.  No more, no less, just up one or two and down one or two, but never down into the 160’s.  It’s about time.  That’s my hope for Friday anyway.

Here’s to an excellent week!

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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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