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Respect the Results

Totally worth it.

Today is Friday of course, so that means it’s a morning where I actually write down my measurements. I seem to always run into the misfortune of having a “can’t miss it” occasion the night before a weigh in and last night was no different. But I got to see my nephew and niece (on my brother’s side) for the first time in a long time. Getting to spend just an evening with them was amazing – I, of course, miss them all the time – but never am I reminded of just how much until I see their cute little faces again. They are growing up so fast, and I just want them to know how much I love them.

So anyway, my family went on vacation this past few days – the hubs & I couldn’t go with work schedules and what not, so we drove down to meet them for dinner last night and I stayed overnight with them before they left to go home to KY this morning. So we ended up eating at FATZ last night. Such a great name for a place to eat right?

I mean, with a name like FATZ you are sure to find lots of low calories options right? šŸ™‚

Actually, I did a bit of research before we went and they DO have all their nutrition info online, so I went with something from their lite menu – but I still indulged in 2 of their delicious rolls. And i tried a bit of my mom’s chicken meal. But I didn’t overdo it as I had a pretty light day yesterday anyway and I worked out first thing in the morning.

I am a complete psycho and brought my scale with me to my parent’s house so I could weigh myself. I also brought my measuring tape. So first thing this morning, I did the deed – and I’m proud to say that I was down 1.2 pounds from last weeks weigh in even after having an “out to eat meal.” Did I mention I also ate a chocolate chip cookie my mom made when we got home? Serious – cookies (especially freshly made ones) are my kryptonite.

So I promised I’d do a run down of my results since beginning turbofire. Here we go (this represents total loss since start of the program:

Total Weight: Down 5.2 pounds since day 1

Chest: Down 2 inches
Hips: Down 2 inches
Thigh: Down 1 inch
Waist: Down 1 inch
Upper Arm: Down.5 inch

Okay – so totals would be down 5.2 pounds and 6.5 inches in 2 months. I know it’s more like slow and steady win the race vs. a miracle weight loss of 15 pounds in 2 months – but I’ve had several other people comment on me looking slimmer in the last week. And I’m just feeling more confident. And stronger – especially when I’m trying to make it through my Tone & Sculpt workouts in TurboFire. I definitely think my endurance has improved – I can tell when I’m teaching my TurboKick class that I’m just feeling better and can talk more through the class than I could in the beginning.

So I’m proud of myself so far. My boss who is also a good friend of mine (we’ve worked together for about 7 years now) asked me how many weeks in I was on my turbo program now. I told her that this week was Week 9, and I mentioned I had only missed on workout so far (this program is 6 days a week PEOPLE!). And she looks at me with this sense of amazement and says- “I can’t believe you have been getting up early on a regular basis to work out. I mean- this is YOU we are talking about. Miss Don’t Talk To Me in the Morning.”

And she’s right. I don’t ENJOY waking up early on those days, but I do it -because the end result is worth the sacrifice of getting my arse outta bed and downstairs to get my sweat on. In the end – that’s what I’ve learned most so far: You will do whatever you make your mind up to do.

I’m getting really excited about the next phase of my journey where I really dive into the food part and change some things up with my food choices. The hubby says he is on board – so that’s the green light I needed to really embrace this next phase. I may not be able to wait for 3 more weeks. As soon as I finish this book I’m reading I may be ready to jump in. I guess I better eat all the “wheat treats” I want this week because I have a feeling that once I detox, it might be painful to add them back in to my diet regardless of how delicious it might be.

Enjoy your weekend – I have one more workout tomorrow and then Sunday is my day off. No excuses – you are the only one who can make good or bad decisions for yourself – so start right now.

 

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The Big 1-0-0!

Go me!

I can’t believe it – but my post today is my 100th blog post! This has been quite the journey so far. But I’m still excited to be on this 30Story adventure – because writing this blog has been a great motivator, a built in accountability partner, a place where I’ve found some new friends, reconnected with old ones – and it has inspired me to try new things and challenge myself in different ways! I never really thought a blog could do all that.

But here I am, 100 posts in, and still going strong.

I’m still learning what makes people want to read my blog, and I’m pretty sure I still have a lot to learn on that account. My life isn’t all that exciting, so I appreciate the people who do read it for hanging in their on my boring “let me tell you about my day” posts.

As a result of my request for resources and opinions about my upcoming food challenge – I’ve been overwhelmed with great ideas and information. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me either here or on FB or wherever to send me your thoughts, personal experiences and the like. It means a lot.

Book to read!

I got really excited about a book a friend suggested, especially because I heard the recommendation from several people after that – so it made me want to get it immediately. Thank goodness for my Kindle – because it’s the device of instant gratification. I immediately purchased Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. While I’m only about 40 pages into it – I’ve already learned a lot. The first part of the book is a lot of history about wheat – and how over the years “wheat” is not really what it first started out as. The “breaking of the bread” from biblical times looked a lot different from what we make sandwiches with now…and I’ve discovered a lot of the manipulation of wheat has turned it into something that may not be so great for us. It’s pretty fascinating, but overwhelming as well.

I’m finding myself having these future thoughts of my life if I were to give up wheat. And all of a sudden, I’m spiraling down this deep dark hole, thinking about my future child being in elementary school having cupcakes delivered to his/herĀ  classroom and how hard it will be to raise kids wheat free. And then I think to myself – Dre, you can’t worry about life later, you have to decide what’s right for you in this moment and go with it. The rest will be figured out. But it’s pretty easy to see why I’m feeling stressed about it since I can’t control myself from thinking about the trials and tribulations of my unborn children eating wheat. Seriously, I should calm down.

But anyway – this morning I did a little test. Usually when I do my AM workouts, I ignore that I’m hungry until I get to work so I can eat my normal breakfast (whole wheat english muffin, turkey sausage, 2% cheddar cheese). But my stomach was rumbling this morning after my 55 minute cardio workout, so I decided to do a basic Shakelogy drink. I checked out the ingredients to see if there was any wheat hiding in there – it looked safe. So I just did a scoop of that, 1 cup of skim milk and some ice, blended it up and I was ready to go. I had that about 6:30 this morning and it must have been less than 200 calories and I didn’t have a rumble in my tumble until about 10am this morning. That was pretty cool.

So then at 10am, I made my usualĀ  breakfast (typically I do it the other way around, Shake as a snack around 10 or so) and here it is like 25 minutes later and I’m super hungry again. Like I could seriously eat ANOTHER breakfast. Interesting, right? I would estimate my typical breakfast being about 350 calories – so you would think it would be more filling than the 200 or less Shake.

Over the next few weeks as I continue to freak myself out read this book along with other resources, I’m going to try and take note of all the things I eat that are wheat products. I am going to try and pinpoint how I feel after I eat them vs. how I feel when I avoid them. It’s my goal to start reducing the amount of wheat I eat over the next few weeks as I learn more about better options for me. I’ve been told that eliminating wheat from your diet can be really terrible for the first few days – similar to giving up any other type of addiction. I guess that just goes to show that it IS a problem if your body goes through withdrawals, right? Can something like that really be good for you?

I will keep you posted on my progress of course. I won’t actually be doing anything full blown for another few weeks because I want to continue my research on this topic before I commit fully to one thing or the other. But as you might have guessed, I’m pretty sure that eliminating wheat from my diet will be a part of my next challenge.

Thanks for tuning in – I hope you’ll continue to join me on my 30Story for the NEXT 100 blog posts!

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Food for Thought & what was I Thinking?!

I mentioned a few posts back about my brainstorming for the next BIG THING I want to do. A lot of my plans usually revolve around new work outs, races, or funny physical obstacle challenges like the Urban Assault & Warrior Dash. But if you haven’t gotten this memo, it’s a good thing you are here today:Ā  the biggest predictor to whether your journey to become more fit and healthy is successful? What you are eating.

Diet (and I don’t mean cutting calories or counting calories or whatever when i say this word – I literally mean the food you are putting in your mouth) plays a HUGE role in meeting your health goals. Of course, you can’t build muscles if you aren’t working out – but if your goal is to get some extra pounds off, you really should spend more time thinking about your diet in general. What types of food are you eating? How big are your portions? What variety of food are you eating?

I’ve known this fact for awhile now. It’s not new information for most of us, but if you are like me – sometimes I would rather work out than to change how I eat. Growing up on a “fast food diet” – it’s been a real challenge for me to improve my eating behaviors. At one point in my life – it was perfectly normal to eat out for dinner 3 or 4 times a week. My husband has been a huge help as I’ve tried to put on the STOP SUCKING AT EATING HEALTHY saddle over the last few years and we do a LOT of making our own meals and eating at home now. Continue reading

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Weekend Mashup

Okay – it’s been a few days. During the summer we work half day Friday’s and every other Friday I have this huge project that has to be finished before I head out, so I didn’t get my normal lunch break time to catch up on blogs, write a post, etc. So I’ll do my typical “Results Friday” and “Weekend Review” all in one today and then hopefully I’ll be back on track!

So…I finished up my EIGHTH week on TURBOfire this weekend. Sort of hard to believe. I took my 60 day check in pictures over the weekend, and as I was examining them closely last night – I could see some changes in the shape of my body from Day 1 to Day 60. I haven’t seen a huge decrease in pounds this month. I know I had a few out of control weekends with my birthday and a few other celebrations this month – so my goal for month 3 is to really focus in on the food part of my life in addition to keeping up my workouts. I’m going to count my weight/measurements from this Friday’s results because I’m continually reminded of how I’m an idiot and scheduled my results weeks during the week that most women experience intense fluctuation in their weight. Oh the fun! BUT, on Friday i was only 1 pound heavier than my lowest weight so far on the program…so I think that is good news for my “official results” this week.

Today’s YAY moment: Today my chiropractor told me I was shrinking. So that made me feel like I’m still on track with people around me noticing changes. I also saw a friend I hadn’t seen in several months over the weekend and she commented on my “changes” as well. So double yay!

The Weekend

Seriously yummy.

As for my weekend – I was planning on some pool time with some friends on Friday, but it didn’t work out (as in, I was in my bathing suit already but it didn’t work out) so I decided to pretend my yard was a pool and I sat on my deck, put on sunscreen and read a book. I also fixed myself a White Trash Sangria (my new easy fav) and turned on some music. It wasn’t QUITE the same, but it was a nice relaxing afternoon. When hubs got home, we went for dinner to our favorite Mexican Restaurant – Taqueria Mexico. It’s seriously delicious, cheap, and the staff there are so friendly. We have gone enough times that when we arrive the waitresses know what I want to drink. Fortunately for our waistlines, we don’t go anywhere close to as often as we used to go – it’s definitely your splurge meal, but so worth it. I will probably do a more legit/full review of this place soon if you want to know more. But it’s totally worth a check out if you are a local!

We came back home and enjoyed a drink on the deck, but I was really good and just had a glass of white wine (as opposed to a whole bottle!). The hubs works on Saturdays so I got up and made the workout happen (last one of the week – woot woot!) and went to a baby baptism for a friend. I had never been to one before, so that was an interesting experience. Of course we had a reception afterward, so I had some homemade lasagna and a piece of cake. Double bad! But I had only had a granola bar for breakfast and I did my workout already – so it could have been worse I suppose.

I decided to do our grocery shopping on Saturday solo so that we could fast forward through cooking our meals for the week as we wanted Sunday to be our fun day. This week’s meals include:

Summer Squash Lasagna (Tried it today, will post about it later this week if you want to make it!)
Easy Sandwich + lite Caesar Salad
Shrimp & Black Bean Salad (haven’t tried it yet, I will let you know!)
Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Rice & Squash

So I think the menu sounds pretty appetizing this week. We had neighbors over for an impromptu cook-out – and had a blast. I can’t say this enough – I love my neighbors. They’ve turned into a little bit of extended family and I really love knowing that if I needed something or just needed a friend I could go knock on their door and be welcomed.

Sunday was the MOST fun though. We went to the Light Rail Restaurant for breakfast with our neighbors before we headed out to Carowinds (local themepark) for the day. Again, if you are local, you should check it out. It looks and sounds like a weird place – but breakfast all day long and it’s simple, cheap, and yummy.Ā  Afterwards we headed out to the park (we got season passes this year and I want to go 4-5 times to really get monies worth) where we spent most the day at the water park and had a blast. I always forget how much I love water slides – they just make you feel like a kid again. We went on a couple of roller coasters and my throat still sort of hurts today from the amount of screaming AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS I did on the Intimidator. Seriously – even if you just watch the first 30 seconds of this video you will see why I almost died this weekend. The drop was UNBELIEVABLE.

I had a great weekend, and finally got my day off from working out yesterday. Back on track today and looking forward to starting MONTH THREE of my summer push series. What’s on your agenda for the week?

 

 

 

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Keep Going

I am not sure if I’ve posted this picture before – but I have it on my Fitness/Motivation Board on Pinterest. It’s ringing true for me right now as I am coming up on my 8 weeks of my Summer Push Series (TurboFIRE).

Ā It takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing…

Last month, after 4 weeks of this challenge I started noticing some differences in my body and how I was feeling. But i’m not really sure anyone else saw any noticeable changes. But I’d be sitting at my desk and move to grab something and I could feel a muscle in my tricep that I don’t remember having before. I mean – I’m sure i HAD it, but it wasn’t developed. Certain things from my closet were fitting again without a struggle. My rings were fitting better. Little things, myĀ  friends. But things that were probably only noticeable to me.

It takes 8 weeks for friends and family to notice

This weekend has me completing my 8th week, and this morning as I was walking into work I ran into someone who works in my building (and I see on a regular basis). We were walking from the parking lot to the office together and she says, “Dre you are looking good – have you lost some weight?” BOOM. Right on time – 8 weeks and someone else has just voiced that I look like i’m making progress. I told her I was certainly trying to lose weight and said thank you. Although it was just a minor comment, it really affirmed for me that what I’ve been slaying myself over the last 2 months is actually producing results. Sure, I may not be seeing drastic changes on the scale (which I really DO want to see!), but my body is just changing. My legs feel more muscular, my arms are toning up. And if i’m not mistaken, I think i might be developing some abs muscles because in my core workouts lately – I’ve been able to do MORE than I could before. That means I’m getting stronger.

It takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice

On Monday I’ll start the final phase of TurboFire (even though it does have options to continue it for longer which I may decide to do!) – and I’m curious what I’ll have to say at the end of 12 weeks. I’m curious to see what my pictures will look like from day 1 to day 90. Right now, I’m fearful that I haven’t been working hard enough. That I’ve made too many poor choices on the weekend to really see the changes I’d like to see as a result of my working out efforts. I still am struggling to find the will power to stay on track 7 days a week. It just doesn’t seem possible…and maybe that’s okay. I don’t know – I’m still figuring it out.

So I guess as I start out these last 4 weeks of this program – I’m still on the hunt for answers. Still working hard to meet my goals, and I’m unbelievable proud of myself for committing to this for 60 days so far and not cheating myself of the workouts, even when it’s not what I always want to be doing. I am looking forward to the changes and impact the next 30 days will have on my mind and body and I’m already thinking about what’s next on the horizon (I’ve been researching lately about the Paleo Diet (which really isn’t much of a diet, more of a way of eating/lifestyle choice) and I’m wondering if it’s time to really overhaul my food choices and get rid of as many processed foods as possible – I’m sure I’ll blog about it soon!).

But for now, I’m going to:

Keep Going.

Because the only way to see results and learn – is to actually keep moving forward. One step at a time. One day at a time. One meal, one workout…one sweat droplet at a time.

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Meet Positive Polly (the sadly under-represented sister of Negative Nancy)

I was wondering to myself as I walked back from my last presentation to my office, is there a name for someone who is always positive? We have a name for people who are constantly negative, as in “Well aren’t you Negative Nancy, today?”

So I started thinking about it and I can’t remember anyone ever saying to someone else, “well aren’t you Miss Happy Holly today?” or “That’s awesome to think that way, Optimistic Opal” or (my personal fav) “Look at you, Positive Polly!”

If there is such a nickname, perhaps it’s sad that I’ve never heard anyone use it. And that made me think more about how negative we are toward each other and ourselves. How often do we judge other people and even more so – how much do we tear ourselves down? I agree with that saying about being our own worst enemy….I can apply that to myself on many different levels. And it’s easy to always see the down side of things instead of focusing on the good stuff.

Doesn’t this make you want to work out? šŸ™‚ Having fun at Turbo training!

When I first started getting into fitness and living a healthier lifestyle, I found my niche in group exercise. And I wasn’t really sure why things clicked or why I kept going back. I didn’t understand why I felt the pull to become an exercise instructor or to be a beachbody coach. But looking back – I realize I was drawn to group exercise because the people who I went with were uplifting. They enjoyed working out and had fun while they were doing it and I wanted to feel that way. More so, I wanted to help others feel that way, too. I know myself well enough to know I am immensely more motivated to stay on track if I’m in charge of inspiring others along the way. Helping you, helps me – bottom line.

And even though I’m not 100% fit or the perfect role model for healthy living – being around people who enjoy living a healthy lifestyle is empowering to me. It makes me feel excited to be on this journey. It shows me that being fit isn’t about living this boring, rigid lifestyle. It’s about balance and self-control. You can still have a life, but you have to balance it out each and every day. Being exposed to “real people” who are excited about being active, are real about making good food choices but also allow themselves to indulge every once in awhile – has just helped me so much. I see them doing it and I know I can be one of those people. In a lot of ways, I feel like I AM becoming one of those people already.

Being around HAPPY people makes you feel happier. Being around NEGATIVE people makes you feel more negative. Simple, but true.

I have definitely been through phases in my life where I identified with the negative crowd – where there is always an issue, always something to gripe about, etc. I don’t remember that time in my life being all sparkles and rainbows.I remember feeling negative about myself, judgmental of other people and just sort of blah!

Working out with a group doesn’t always have to be at the gym! This is my Warrior Dash Crew!

In order to keep myself motivated and in order to (hopefully) inspire other people to make better decisions about their lifestyle (in terms of being healthier) – it makes sense to want to align myself with Happy Holly’s, Optimistic Opals, and Positive Polly’s. And just for kicks let’s add Hopeful Henry (I need some diversity after all). There are some things in life you do NOT have control over….but who you spend your time with and how you treat yourself is definitely not on that list. You absolutely have control over this part of your life.

Sometimes making healthy decisions isn’t always about what to make for dinner or what workout to do – it’s about making life choices that put you on the right track. Don’t forget to find friends who have the same healthy goals as you do – it will make this journey a LOT easier and maybe you’ll even feel a bit more like sparkles and rainbows, too.

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One hour: What’s it worth?

Question of the Day: One hour – is it worth it?

My story:

I asked myself this question as I was brushing my teeth this morning. I still had that foggy feeling when you first wake up, you can’t really see yourself all that clearly and when you walk you feel a little off balance. It was just super early. I had already changed into my work out clothes and had this big thought: Wait, this is my recovery week! Shouldn’t I just replace my AM workout with my Turbo class tonight?The morning routine called for 45 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of stretch…so that is basically what I do in my evening TurboKick class.

I thought about how awesome it would be to just go back to bed. Snuggle into my pillow and pull the covers up and enjoy one delicious hour of SNOOZE.

Then I thought about that one hour. Would sleeping in for ONE more hour really make me feel all that much better? Or would I feel guilty for skipping my workout for an hour of sleep?

Or if I did go ahead and work out as scheduled this morning, would it make me feel better? Better than an hour of sleep?

This was a lot of thought happening in my foggy brain at 5:30am. I decided working out was more in line with my long term goals. Short term, I would have loved an extra hour of sleep. But my long term goal is to lose weight and be fit. This week is my 2nd month result week – and if I want to see true change by the end of this THREE month program – I have to put in the extra time and effort to make it happen.

Bringing it Home

Too often we are shortsighted when it comes to our decision making. We go for the instant gratification option instead of holding steady for that long term goal. I am definitely guilty of making these decisions as well – but I’m glad to say this morning I found the inner motivation to see beyond an extra hour of sleep. For me, it goes back to my priority statement that I wrote out on November 2011:

My number one priority is being 100% present in mind, body, and spirit for my family, friends, AND myself. I want my mind to be goal oriented and calm. I want my body to be strong and healthy so I can be around for a long time and enjoy every day of my life. I want my spirit to feel nourished and whole so that I can have a strong relationship with God and be a good role model for my family and friends. I want to always remember that being there for other people is a crucial part of who I am, but I can be more helpful and supportive when I am also taking care of myself. I want to achieve the best version of myself.

As I was debating on what I really wanted to do this morning, I remembered my priorities should be about improving myself every day. Sometimes that will be through exercise and healthy eating, sometimes that might be through prayer, sometimes it may be about spending time with a friend or family member. But if I want to really see my body be strong and healthy so I can life a long and awesome life – I have to put in the time right now. And an hour of my day – it’s really not that big of a deal.

Someone asked me where I find the motivation to keep up with my workouts on a day-to-day basis. And I’ll tell you this – you end up believing whatever you tell yourself. For better or worse – this is the truth.

So when I tell myself: “Dre you are so tired and going back to bed is really going to be the best thing”….chances are, I’ll believe that and go back to bed. But when I visualize my goals (remember your visual mantra!) & recall my priority statement – it gives me the ability to also tell myself “Dre, you promised yourself to do what it takes to be the best version of you.” And then I can make the decision on what would be best for me. And you have to look beyond that tiny little moment in time and think BIG PICTURE. Of course you are tired, of course you could be doing something else more fun – but in the grand scheme of things, what is it that will help you stay on track with your goals?

And having those goals in my mind, literally seeing them floating around in my head is what keeps me going. Do I have days where I don’t feel like working out? Absolutely. But 9 times out of 10 when I feel that way, about 5-10 minutes into my workout, I’ve forgotten that I didn’t feel like starting in the first place.

And once that hour is over – I feel like I’ve been productive with my time. And I can move on with my day knowing that I started out the day making a GOOD decision that is line with my long term goals.

So if you are struggling to find motivation for making good choices – I would encourage you to actually spend some time writing out your goals. Write your own priority statement. Post it somewhere you’ll see it often (I have mine hung up at my desk at work) so when you are feeling weak and tired or just plain lazy – you can recall why you are doing this in the first place.

I promise you – You are worth it! Invest quality time in…YOU.

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