Thursday, January 31, 2013

Day 31 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

I made it a full month!  31 days of posting everday.  31 days of following my Les Mills Pump workout guide and eating right!  Feeling pretty good about myself right now.  Will be posting stats tomorrow.

Whenever I felt like skipping a workout or eating something I shouldn't I remembered my "why"and reviewed my goals.  I have my goals posted on my fridge so I can look at them everyday.  It really does help!

Did 60 minutes of cardio at the gym today.  Got there by 2:30 pm and avoided the late afternoon rush.  Come 4 pm it starts to get crazy busy.  Not only do you have everyone coming straight from work but some of the classes are starting. 

My legs were burning when I first started, they were pretty tight from yesterday's Pump squat and lunge tracks.  Had to mentally keep pushing past the discomfort. I did it and they felt pretty loose afterwards.  I want to express it wasn't a feeling of pain. I wouldn't push myself if I was injured.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 30 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging.

Week 5 of Les Mills Pump Schedule

Wednesday 1/30, Day 1 – Pump and Shred     

Thursday 1/31, Day 2 – Hard Core Abs, Walk (45 minutes) I will do 60 minutes of cardio at the gym.
Friday 2/1, Day 3 – Pump and Burn
Saturday 2/2, Day 4 – Flow, Hard Core Abs plus I will do 60 minutes of cardio at the gym.
Sunday 2/3, Day 5 – Rest
Monday 2/4, Day 6 – Pump and Shred

I am pretty "Pumped" about my results this week. I lost 5.2lbs, that brings my total so far for the month to 9.2lbs! Really happy that I didn't give up on myself when the scale wasn't moving. Stayed consistent and my body rewarded me on it's time not mine.

Tomorrow is my 30th day on the program. I will be doing my 30 day measurements, pics, etc on Friday morning and will be doing a video update Friday afternoon.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”  ― Henry Ford

To have lasting change you need to do more than eat right and exercise.  Yes, that can and will give you the results right now, but don't short change yourself.  You must work on your inner self, your personal development.  Otherwise, there is a chance that you will go back to the behavior that got you where you are. Most times this is the toughest part of the process.  Don't give up on yourself, you are worth it!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 29 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Today I did Les Mills Pump Flow.  Technically it was on the schedule for yesterday, but I did cardio at the gym and then today and tomorrow they had a mistake on the calendar and scheduled back to back Pump workouts.  Of course, I don't want to do back to back strength workouts so this worked for me to break it up and not hurt myself.

Yesterday it wass in the 70s, warm and beautiful.  Today was rainy and chilly.  Love Missouri weather!

Picked up some great books today!  One is for my bible study meeting on Monday nights.  Yesterday was my first session and it was great.  The ladies are so wonderful and really made me feel welcome. It is such a blessing to be able to study the Word with others and grow in my knowledge and relationship with God.

The next goody I got was this great book of Bible promises, I got it to use in my daily life and devotional time. It was on sale, I do love a sale. :)

View today's food journal.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 28 of 365 Days of Fitness

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

This is one of my favorite scriptures.  I always try to figure it all out, do it all myself, worry about what is happening or not happening.  This reminds me that God is in control, that I don't have to know or understand it all, to put my faith with Him.  That He is there and is making the path straight for me. 

Today I completed 60 minutes of cardio, 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the stationary bike.  Took a picture today of me in all my sweat glory.  If you look over my shoulder you will se my friend Jennifer on the stairmaster from hell.  :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Day 27 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Les Mills Pump - Pump & Burn completed today.  This workout I could really tell a difference with my strength and endurance.  I felt stronger, the squats were deeper, I was able to go to the end of the set and finish the last 5 wide pull rows with the trainers on TV.  It was an awesome feeling.

View food diary.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 26 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Woke up super early this morning, well for a Saturday anyway.  Needed to drive my daughter to work.  It is nice getting up early on the weekends, you get so much more accomplished.  Even my hubby got up early with me.  Had some training webinars that I had been wanting to take and I was able to complete them

Worked out at Aspens today.  Forgot my ear phones and had to keep pushing myself to go harder and longer.  Listening to pumped up music really helps to give you that extra boost during your workouts. 

Me on my way to the gym.
After I got home and showered I took a nap on the couch.  Was really tired and needed the extra sleep.  When I was at the gym I noticed while working out that my chest sounded congested when I breathed, you know that deep rattly sound.  And now my nose is running.  Hoping it doesn't turn in to anything worse as I have nursery duty tomorrow night at church. 
Last night I participated in "Friday Night Sew-In".  Spent hours sewing last night and really enjoyed myself.  Definitely need to make more time for the things I enjoy.  If you want to see pictures and read about my FNSI results head over to Homemade Gone Wild

Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 25 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

When I logged in to today, this is what greeted me...

25 days and still going strong! 
Worked out today, did 60 minutes of cardio at the gym.  Really glad I got my workout done early as I started my cycle today.  The cramps are killer!  Not feeling my best this afternoon at all.  I do think Midol is a miracle drug. Made my afternoon bearable. If you haven't tried Midol and you have bad cramps, back ache, etc. you should definitely try it.

Normally I have really bad PMS, very moody.  I am not exaggerating, it's bad.  This should be reason enough for me to continue to exercise and cut out the sugar and processed food because there was no PMS this time.  No hormonal crazy person!  Amazing how kindly your body treats you when you treat it right.
Tonight I am going to spend a little me time and join my ladies in Friday Night Sew-In.  It is a virtual way a group of us, all over the world, on the internet spend time sewing "together".  Then we all post the next day and share what we worked on the night before.  I bet it has been 4 months since I have joined in, maybe longer.  Can't wait to get my sew on!

Handmade by Heidi

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 24 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Today was a well deserved rest day and I took it! After today I have 9 straight workouts without a rest per my Les Mills Pump schedule.  I better get ready to bring it! 

Woke up this morning feeling so sore in my calves and the back of my legs.  Was dreaming of getting a massage.  Was even thinking of getting a pedicure because they do the calf massage with a sugar/salt scrub and hot towel.  Talked to my friend and we were both on board.  We were going to meetup today for a late lunch and get pedicures.  I was even planning on taking pictures to share. Well, it didn't end up happening.  I was needed to come to the aid of my hubby and deliver something across town.  Saved him from having to return to a job site tomorrow since he was able to complete it today with what I brought him.  Yes, I was bummed that I didn't get to pamper myself, but honestly at the time I just wanted to make my husbands life easier and not so stressed out .

I was rewarded!! :)  Went to Aspen's Athletic open house for their new location opening on Feb 20th.  It is close to Zona Rosa, which is way closer to me than the one I am going to now.  They had a bunch of booths setup from local businesses with goody bags and food.  No equipment was in the place yet.  Glad I didn't know that there wasn't any "stuff" in place yet or I wouldn't have went.  Walked in and I received a free chair massage.  Yeah me!  Then because I booked at that time, I received a 1 hour massage PLUS peppermint foot scrub for $39.  I know, right!  That is a great deal. Saturday, February 2nd can't come fast enough.  And I will have earned it, that will be the last day of working out for 9 days straight.  I will get my workout done early that day so I can rest up after the massage. 

Thursday night is a favorite of mine for t.v. viewing.  Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang, Grey's Anatomy and Project Runway.   They can't add anything else to Thursday night because my DVR can't handle it!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 23 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

2 months till my birthday!!  Start your shopping now. :-)

Today was Pump & Burn.  It was 12:30pm and I was breaking for lunch and I really felt like taking a short nap on the couch.  As I walked into the livingroom, at the last moment, I was like NO, get your workout done.  I put in the DVD and Pushed Play. It ended up being a great workout.  Improved in all of the tracks.  Really focusing on the muscle that I am working out at the time.  Making sure I get 100% out of my workout. 

Got an additional workout done later in the afternoon. Did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the stationary bike.  Feeling really great.  Nailing my nutrition and my workouts. 

I posted this on my Facebook page, but it is worth repeating here...

One of the top fitness quetions is, "When will I begin to see results?"

While there is no accurate timetable to seeing results you can generally feel results happening on day one. Are you sore? Results are coming. Are you hungry? Ditto. As your body adapts to exercise, you are making internal changes, meaning results are on the way. Your body will resist the change. That's because its natural (law of homeostasis) is to protect the state it's in, even if that state is unhealthy. Its response to this is to fight it with hormonal releases. How well it adapts varies with every single individual, which is why we are constantly advising people not to look at their scale all the time and, instead, trust measurements and pictures. Some people start seeing results in a few days. Others may take many weeks. And none of that matters because the healthy lifestyle will always win in the end. If you keep at it, train hard, and eat well, your body will—absolutely, as it has no choice—change over time. Stay consistent for long enough and you'll look like a Greek statue. It's a physiological law.
Have to share another recipe with you. This one is super simple and low carb. 
1 Avocado mased well
1 tbsp regular sour cream
1 minced garlic clove
3 crispy bacon stips cut into small pieces.
Mix all ingredients together. Yum! I used it tonight on my chicken breast.  I might want to have this everyday!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 22 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Worked out at the gym today.  Did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the stationary bike.  Took another sweaty pic!  It is my motivation, reminds me how hard I've worked. 

I haven't started back on the Couch to 5k training since I started going to the gym for my cardio days.  Focusing on strengthing my knee and working on my endurance.  I look to be getting back in to C25K the beginning of February.  This will still give me plenty of time to train for the 5k on June 1st. 

Who is going to The Color Run? If you would like to join our team, go to and click on "Sign Up". Towards the end of the registration process it will ask if you want to join a team. Click "Yes" and then type Color My Awesomeness. If you sign up leave a comment here or go to my Facebook page and let me know.

This is a message I sent to my Beachbody Challenge Group participants today and that I would share with you too.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 21 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

I freezed my booty off at work today! I had on a jacket, gloves and my space heater and I was still cold.  At some point during the afternoon I must have just acclimated to the frigid air because I stopped feeling so cold, eventually. I am ready for spring!! 

Les Mills Pump & Burn completed today.  My legs were screaming after the squat track!  Of course, I was grunting at the end of most of the tracks to just push myself to finish.  Bonus, I got to look at Petter while I worked out. lol

Who wouldn't want to workout with them...

Made a LC twist on stuffed green pepers for dinner tonight.  I am calling it Pepper Beef Casserole. Got the idea/recipe from my friend Jennifer who saw something similar pinned on Pinterest.
Serves 8 (1 cup servings)
2 lbs Ground Beef
2 Green &/or Red Peppers (next time I will probably do 3)
Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
3 - 8 oz cans Tomato Sauce (I would have rather used the tomato chunks but my kids hate eating these. Next time I will use 2 cans)
Ground beef in a skillet, drain grease.  Julienne peppers. Mix tomato sauce, cheese, peppers and ground beef all together in glass baking dish. Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Nutrition per serving: 307 calories, 9 carbs, 18 fat, 28 protein.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Day 20 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Great service this morning at church.  I love when they have the whole choir up there singing.  Always lifts me up.  

We're talking about Words to live by and how the Bible changes us in church.  I took a lot of notes, but I will share a few of my favorite scriptures from today.

Psalm 20:4 - May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!

Psalm 20:6 - Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand

Hebrews 13:5 - Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

James 1:22 - But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Worked out at Aspen's today.  Spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the bike.  Went 1 mile further today on the bike in the same amount of time plus I had upped the level. 

View today's food journal.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 19 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Great day! Enjoyed sleeping in and then having some quiet time before everyone else in the house woke up. Such a great time to plan your day and spend time on your personal development.

Got some light housework done and then met up with my friend, Jennifer, at Aspen's for my workout. Clocked 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the stationary bike.

Now, I am making some yummy Low Carb Broccoli Cheese Soup. I have this pinned to my Low Carb Pinterst Board. It is a favorite of mine and the family, one I have made several times now.  I do add chicken to mine.  In the oven I bake boneless skinless chicken breast seasoned with salt and pepper.  Once cooked, I cube the chicken and add it to the soup.

Taylor and I have a girls night planned and it starts with watcing Pitch Perfect.  She has been wanting to watch this for sometime.  Hoping this is as funny as everyone is saying.  Then we might watch Brave, can't believe we haven't watched this one yet.  Let the laughter begin!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 18 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Completed Les Mills Pump & Burn today.  No extra cardio at the gym just focused on my Pump workout at home.  View today's food journal. Happy Friday! 

Recovery Done Right: 8 Ways to Prevent Muscle Soreness

Aching after a brutal workout? Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) can make you feel the burn while your muscles recover and rebuild. But, if you take the right steps after your workout, you can go hard without paying the price. Here are 8 easy ways to prevent postworkout pain.

Gym Recovery

1. Stretch. Stretching is your first line of defense after a good workout. "When you train, you contract the muscles, and the muscle fibers get shorter," says Steve Edwards, Head of Fitness and Nutrition Development at Beachbody®. "Lengthening them after a workout promotes mobility, and can lead to a more thorough recovery." While fitness experts can't seem to agree on this strategy[1]—one Australian study[2] claimed that stretching had no impact on muscle soreness—it certainly won't hurt, especially if your flexibility is limited.
Ice It
2. Ice it. Immediately after a tough workout, icing your muscles can stave off inflammation. "Inflammation is one of nature's defense mechanisms, but it works like a cast—it immobilizes you," Edwards says. "When you keep inflammation down, that area is free to keep moving, and movement promotes healing." Like stretching, its effectiveness is up for debate—some researchers have claimed that ice is only effective for injuries and not for run-of-the-mill soreness[4], but it's a simple and safe option that many top-level athletes swear by[5]. "Unless you ice so long that you give yourself frostbite, there's really no danger," Edwards says. "It seems to really speed up healing without any adverse effects."

3. Eat for rapid recovery. In a study on "nutrient timing," researchers found that a postworkout drink with between a 3:1 to 5:1 carb-to-protein ratio reduced muscle damage and improved recovery times[3]. A tough workout depletes blood sugar, as well as the glycogen stored in your muscles. Restoring that supply within an hour of finishing your workout is your body's top priority. P90X® Results and Recovery Formula® is optimized with the 4:1 ratio, but in a pinch, down a glass of grape juice with whey protein powder or a glass of chocolate milk. Denis Faye, Beachbody's Nutrition Expert, explains. "When the sugar [from the drink] rushes into your muscles to restore that supply, the protein piggybacks to jump-start the recovery process."

4. Change your diet. "When your muscles are sore, inflammation is a huge part of the problem," Faye says. To help reduce this inflammation, add foods that are rich in omega-3s—such as salmon, free-range meat, flax, avocado, and walnuts[6]—to your diet. The natural anti-inflammatory properties[7] of these foods can help dial back the soreness after overexertion. Amino acid supplements can also help with muscle recovery after a high-intensity workout[8].

5. Massage your sore spots. A recent study found that massage can reduce inflammatory compounds called cytokines[9]. One type of massage that's gaining popularity is myofascial release, which targets the connective tissue covering the muscles. You can hit these areas yourself using a foam roller—put the roller on the floor, use your body weight to apply pressure, and roll back and forth over the sore areas for about 60 seconds. But . . . before you do, make sure you're rehydrated and your heart rate is back to normal. "When your muscles are hot and loaded with lactic acid, you might make it worse," Edwards says. For a more detailed tutorial on foam rolling, check out the Beachbody Tai Cheng® program.

6. Get heated. While ice can work wonders immediately after a workout, heat can help once your muscles have returned to their resting temperature[10]. "Heat increases circulation, especially focused heat in a jacuzzi, where you can hit areas like joints that don't normally get a lot of circulation," Edwards says. Just don't jump in the hot tub immediately after a workout, because the heat can exacerbate inflammation, and the jets can pound your already-damaged muscles. Edwards cautions, "When your body heat is already high and you have a lot of muscle breakdown, sitting in a hot tub with the jets would be counterintuitive."
Knee Brace Running
7. Move it. You may be tempted to plant yourself on the couch until the pain subsides, but don't skip your next workout. Circulation promotes healing, so it helps to get your heart pumping—just don't overdo it. "Active recovery" is low-intensity exercise that gets your blood flowing without taxing your muscles. What qualifies as low-intensity? It depends on your typical workout. If you know your training zones, you can use a heart rate monitor. But, Edwards says, the easiest way to engage in active recovery is to exert around 50% of your max effort, and keep your heart rate below 140 bpm or so. Most Beachbody workout programs include a recovery workout, but if yours doesn't, a gentle yoga class or going on an easy hike are good options.

8. Pop a painkiller—if you must. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can relieve pain, but many experts aren't sure if they're worth the risk. "A lot of athletes call it 'Vitamin I,'" Edwards says. But he cautions that NSAIDs can cause nasty side effects and accelerate muscle breakdown. "The only time they might help is if you're in so much pain that you can't do low-level exercise—you can't get off the couch," Edwards says. In that case, meds might help, but be careful not to overdo it—because if you're not feeling pain, you may push too hard and cause an injury.

By Kara Wahlgren, posted in Team Beachbody Newsletter.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 17 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging.

Share your favorite recipe sites in the comments below!

I spent some time today browsing Pinterest and pinning some new favorite low carb recipe sites. 

Here are my top 3...

  1. I Breathe...I'm Hungry
  2. Sugar Free Chic
  3. 101 Low Carb Meals

Today was a cardio day on the Les Mills Pump schedule so I went to the gym.  I was feeling really tired today and sluggish during my workout.  It was through absolute will power that I got through the 30 minutes on the elliptical.  There is alwasy a positive pep talk going on in my head but then I usually hit my stride and I rock it.  Not today! The whole time I had to keep telling myself, just a little bit longer.  I did have my HR at 175, so I was in my cardio zone.  I was then going to do 30 minutes on the treadmill like I normally do.  It turned in to only 5 minutes.  My right knee was bothering me pretty bad.  It usually does, but I normally can make it to 20-25 minutes before it starts acting up.  So instead I did 20 minutes on the stationary bike.  Still burned some calories but was way gentler on my knee. 

After my workout was complete I made it official, I am now a member of Aspen's Athletic Club.  It's a really great way to vary my routine between my at home Pump workouts and some cardio at the gym. 

View my food journal.

Don't forget to share your favorite recipe sites in the comments below.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Day 16 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Day 16 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

It is 8:30pm and I am ready for bed!  Exercising so hard everyday definitely makes me look forward to bedtime. LOL

Today I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes on the treadmill and 25 floors on the stairmaster.  That is higher than the Taj Mahal! 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day 15 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Today has been a really productive day.  Spent some time at the gym, Aspen's Athletic, with my friend Jennifer again.  Still using my free pass.  Did talk to them about fees and I am really considering joining.  It is nice to get out of the house and meet up with someone to workout.  Even if we are doing our own thing.  With my current workout program this works perfectly.  Les Mills Pump schedule has "walk" days on the schedule, atleast 3 times a week.  So I can go to the gym and do my cardio.  Of course cardio is a bonus, I could do this everyday, just not my pump workouts.  You never want to do strength training on back to back days.  I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 40 minutes on the treadmill.

My sweaty pic of me at the gym today.  Hey, it's not a beauty contest! lol
Join me and share your sweaty pics with me on Facebook.
Sitting here writing this blog post at Starbuck's, loving life and really appreciating the ability to get out and enjoy the sunshine, even if it is freezing outside. :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 14 of 365 - What do you want!

Day 14 of 365 Fitness Blogging- What do you want!

I was turned on to a great video today.  This guy has got it!  If you watch this and don't feel his passion, check your pulse you might be dead.  He has some "homework" at the end of the video, I challenge you to do it.  Ask yourself, what do you want. 

On a personal note, today I received a great suprise in the mail from Quiltmaker's Magazine.  5 packs of fabric, 2 Quiltmaker Magazines, one being my favorite 100 block issue.  Yes, I am a geek for all things quilting.  I'm in love!
Today was a rest day.  A well earned rest day. :)


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Day 13 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

1st day of the Australian Open!

It has been a great day.  Started with going to a friends church with her and her family.   It was a nice service with great music.  I have to tell you though, I kind of felt like I was cheating on my church by being there. lol

After church we headed up to Aspen Athletic were my friend, Jennifer, has a membership.  She was able to get me in for the day, for free, and they gave me a 5 day free pass to check them out.  Was a really nice facility and they have tons of machines. 

We started out on the treadmill and did 35 minutes and then we did 15 minutes on the elliptical while waiting for the stairmaster. Has anyone else done the stairmaster?  Holy crap, it is tough.  After 13 floors, I had to step off.  I can definitely see wanting to do that machine everytime and upping how many floors you do. 

To top of a great day, the Australian Open started. WooHoo!  Watching me some tennis on ESPN and kicking back relaxing.  Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Day 12 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Here is when it starts to happen, throwing in the towel because you are not getting the results you want.  You know you have put in the work.  Doing your workouts, journaling your food and staying within your calorie goals.  So what gives?!  Why are you not getting the numbers like they do on The Biggest Loser?  Well, for one I bet you aren't working out 6 hours a day.  I know I'm not!  But I struggle with the same feelings too.  The little devil on your shoulder starts telling you, "you will never lose the weight so why try". 

I am reminding you and me, it is The Slight Edge at work.  It will not happen overnight.  Have you ever read the story about the penny vs the million dollars?  The father lays dying and offers his sons their choice of 1 million dollars now or 1 penny today and he will double it everyday for 30 days.  Which would you chose?

You can see from the chart that it wasn't till the very end of the month that the results came.  This is how it is with most things.  The problem is we give up after a few weeks not even realizing that we are so close. Stay strong!
Les Mills Pump - Flow today.  

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 10 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Great day today!  A little rainy outside but low 40s. Spent some time with my daughter, Taylor, today customizing and filling out the order form for her class ring.  It is hard for me to believe that she and my son, Hayden, are both getting close to graduating from high school.  Taylor is a sophmore and Hayden is a junior.  It honestly just seems like yesterday they were in elementary school bringing me home school papers they had completed in crayon.  They will always be my babies!

Today I did couch to 5k training on the treadmill.  While I was on the treadmill I setup my tablet and listened to an audio book by Brian Tracy, No Excuses.  Great use of my time.  I feel like the Queen of Multi-Tasking now! LOL  Don't know if it was because of what I was listening to or if I am improving, but today was the best run/walk I have had so far.  Makes me think I might actually be ready come June 1st!  View today's food journal here. 

OK, now I am going to watch tonight's Grey's Anatomy episode that I have DVR'd.  Anybody else watch Grey's Anatomy?  Thanks to my good friend Jennifer for getting me hooked on this show!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 9 - Les Mills Pump Week 1 Results

My goal is to every week also do a video blog.  I am hoping it will always work out to be on my "results" day which with this round of Les Mills Pump is Wednesday.

After 1 week of Les Mills Pump I have lost 2lbs.  Not exactly the number I was hoping for but I will take it.  A loss is a loss after all! If I look at my monthly goal I am pretty close to where I should be.  I have a goal to lose 10lbs this month and that would average to 2.5lbs. 

Started phase 1 of LMP nutrition plan today.  This part is what makes me nervous.  I am supposed to up my calories to 2,000/day.  View today's food journal.
Les Mills Pump Week 2
Day 1 – Pump and Burn (today)     
Day 2 – Walk (Couch to 5k training)
Day 3 – Pump Challenge, Hard Core Abs
Day 4 – Flow
Day 5 – Pump and Burn
Day 6 – Rest
Day 7 – Hard Core Abs, Walk Couch to 5k training)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 8 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

Day 8 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

We have made it over 1 week!  It's the small things. :)

Today was a rest day for me.  I always take my rest days for what they are, REST.  The experts put together these fitness programs and have scheduled out the workouts for optimal performance and recovery.  Who am I to argue with them.  I did spend some extra time food planning and shopping for phase 1, which starts tomorrow.  As the workouts intensify my calories go up.  I have went through the Les Mills Pump Nutrition Guide and am looking forward to mixing in some new meals. 

I strongly believe in ongoing personal development.  I believe it is vital for succes in your personal, relationship, finance, businesss and all other areas of your life.  I am currently reading The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.  Great read and it is one that you will read over and over again. 

What are you reading? 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Day 7 - Manic Monday

Day 7 of 365 days of fitness blogging.

Today I did couch to 5k on the treadmill.  It was late in the day when I did it, which isn't that big of deal because normally I don't mind doing my workouts late.  But today I was just so drained after work.  Really wanted to switch my rest day that is tomorrow to today. In fact I made the decision to do it for a whole 30 seconds and then I talked myself back out of it.  Or should I say talked myself in to getting on the treadmill right then and getting it done.  It was a tough workout, low energy. But literally almost immediately, I did feel better for just doing it.  Running on the treadmill even under normal circumstances is pretty hard on me, but I know it will only get better.  Put in the work a little each day and I know in a few months my results will start to show. 

Under my calories again today and here I am at 9pm, not hungry and have only had 1032 calories.  View My Food Journal.  I am going to have to do something different for tomorrow.  I know eating under my calorie goal will stall my weight loss, just like eating to much.  Well, maybe NOT just like eating to much, but the scale won't be going down.

Who's watching the new season of the Biggest Loser?  Jillian is back and as mean as ever.  I hate to say "mean", but she sure isn't putting up with any excuses. LOL

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Day 6 - Lazy Sunday.

Day 6 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging!

Today was slow going.  Went to bed pretty early last night, 10:30pm. This is even after my nice nap in the afternoon.  I then slept 10.5 hours!  I know I needed it but holy cow, 10.5 hours.  Still not feeling 100% after having the flu over the holidays.  Obviously.

Didn't do a lot around the house or outside of the house.  Did some goal setting.  I make a point to do this every Sunday for the week. 

Did get my workout done, Les Mills Pump - Pump Challenge.  The lunge bottom halves are killer!!

It is 8:30pm, I have logged my food all day, however, I am sitting here at only 929 calories.  Ugh, that is not good!  I will probably have some deli meat/turkey package or something to get my calories up a little.  Don't want to be this low.

In my Challenge Group today we were talking about group classes vs doing your workout at home in your living room.  I received a 3 week trial membership at Golds a few months ago, was super excited to get it with a friend and be able to do BodyPump and TurboKick live.  My 2 favorite workouts, Les Mills Pump and TurboFire are both the home version of these workouts.  So I was super stoked.  What I quickly found out was it wasn't as easy for me to get to these classes.  They only had 1 class a day after work hours and half the time I couldn't get to it.  Of course working out at home I can make it fit my schedule.  With the gym, I have to make their schedule fit in to mine.  I did love meeting the new people in the classes at the gym. What do you think?

I shared this with my Challenge Group participants today and wanted to share with you:

My personal 90 day Challenge Group goals
1. To lose 30lbs
2. To blog everyday
3. To journal my food everyday
4. To drink Shakeology everyday and let's not forget lots and lots of water!
5. To do my Les Mills Pump workout everyday as scheduled.
6. To help each one of Challenge participants stay committed till the end! :)

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” ― Les Brown


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 5 - Super Saturday!

Day 5 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging!

I was up and out the door early today.  Attended a Beachbody Super Saturday event.  We have one the beginning of January every year to celebrate success from the previous year, announcements for the new year and set goals for the year. It is always fun, energizing and inspiring.  Got to hear a lot of amazing success stories.  Really makes you proud to be partnered with such a great company!

Huge announcement for is the next year's Success Club Trip.  Can hardly believe it, Beachbody has charted a whole ship! 

Ate on plan all day today, even though I was out for half of the day. View today's food journal. I did end up taking a nap this afternoon because I had the most horrible headache. I don't know if it is from my body detoxing from all the sugar I am no longer giving it or this lingering head cold.  Either way I needed it. 

Still managed to do my workout this evening.  No excuses!  Today was a "walk" day on my Les Mills Pump schedule so I am incorporating the Couch to 5K training on these days.  Remember, I have a 5k on June 1st that I need to train for! It is a good thing I have 5 months to get ready for the race.  There was a lot of positive self-talk happening towards the end of the workout!

Week 1 C25K: Each session should take about 30 minutes, three times a week. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Then five-minute cool down walk. (There is a strong chance I will repeat each week before moving on to the next week)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Day 4 of 365 days of Fitness Blogging

It's Friday! 

Today was a crazy busy day.  Spent a lot of the day in front of a computer doing web work for clients.  For me, one of my most useful work tools is the "to do list".  How many of you keep a running to do list? I can't imagine working or even managing my personal life with out a to do list that I am constantly marking things off of and adding things to. 

Did Les Mills Pump - Pump Challenge for my workout today.  Came in really good on my calories and carb count today too.  View today's food journal.

I planned ahead my meals today and logged them all at once this morning.  I did this because I knew I was going out to dinner tonight and  I wanted to make sure I didn't go over my calories for the day.  Plan ahead for success! 

Dinner out with the family at The Hereford House was great. It was really nice to spend time with the whole family, it is hard to get us all together for dinner anymore with both of my kids working and going to school. 

Not going to lie, I was eyeing there loaded baked potatoes and fresh dinner rolls.  Potatoes are my weakness!  I didn't cave, not even one bite.  Don't get me started on the yummy looking cocktail the people at the next table were drinking!  That is okay, I stayed focused on what I want most.  :)

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Day 3 - Rest day already!

    Day 3 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging. 

    Here is my Les Mills Pump week 1 schedule:
    Day 1 – Pump Challenge
    Day 2 – Rest  (today)
    Day 3 – Pump Challenge
    Day 4 – Flow, Walk (45 minutes)
    Day 5 – Pump Challenge
    Day 6 – Hard Core Abs, Walk (45 minutes)
    Day 7 – Rest

    I had a rest day today. With my cold I will take it! 

    Took all the Christmas decorations down finally.  Now if I can get my boys to carry the tree downstairs to the basement my livingroom will be back to normal.

    One last look at the tree....

    MyFitnessPal Food Journal for 1/3/2013.

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

    Day 2 - Starting a Beachbody Challenge Group

    Today was the start of my Beachbody Challenge Group!  I am so excited to finally start.  The only down side, wish I wasn't still fighting this cold. 

    No cold is going to stop me, today I did Les Mills Pump - Pump Challenge which is a 28 minute Pump workout. I am happy that week 1 of Les Mills Pump is kind of an easy week.  They take it pretty slow as they are really focused on teaching you the proper form and showing you a little of all the different exercises you will see throughout the program.  I completely understand this approach, you don't want to hurt yourself lifting all these weights and some of the workouts will have over 800 reps! Since I have already done Les Mills Pump I normally would have skipped week 1 and went straight to week 2 (only do this if you have previously completed a full round of LMP).  With me still being under the weather I think it is a good idea to ease into it and take it slow.  Felt good during the workout, really feeling that I will be ready for next week when it picks up the pace.

    I did start my day with my tall glass of chocolate Shakeology.  I could really feel the energy from it or maybe that was the cold medicine kicking in. :-) LOL  Tracked all my food at  Love the barcode scanner feature for the mobile app.

    Signed up with a team of people for the June 1st Color Run here in Kansas City.  Think it will be a lot of fun but definitely need to train for this.  I have never ran a 5k before.  I have walked a few 5K's in the past but I would really love to be able to run this one.  6 months, I have plenty of time to prepare.  Right!?

    Go Team Color My Awesomeness!
    To join our team, go to and click on "Sign Up". Towards the end of the registration process it will ask if you want to join a team. Click "Yes" and then type Color My Awesomeness.  BIG Thanks to Celeste for organizing and setting this all up!

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    Day 1 of 365 Days of Fitness Blogging

    Happy New Year!! For me 2013 is a New Beginning. A year of no more procrastinating. A year of setting goals and taking action. It is all starting with the challenge I have given myself, "365 Days of Fitness Blogging." I am taking an unconventional way to keep myself accountable and motivate me to "stick with it" on my path to weight loss. I am asking you to join me and follow my progress. I know the more people I have watching and cheering for me, keeping me accountable, the more successful I will be. I have created a blog button, please grab it and share it with your friends and follow me on my fitness blog. 
    365 Days of Fitness Blogging

      Tomorrow starts my 90 day round of Les Mills Pump. I am doing this with a group of great ladies that have joined me in my Beachbody Challenge Group. We are doing a mix of different Beachbody programs including Les Mills Pump, TurboFire, Insanity and Power 90. I am really excited to see the great progress I know we all are going to make.  Support, accountability and motivation from the Challenge Group paired with a great workout program from Beachbody and proper nutrition equals success!!

    I have done my food shopping and have my Shakeology ready to go.  I will be tracking my food on Today I will be relaxing and doing laundry.  I have been sick all week, started the day after Christmas, so just wanting to continue to rest up.  Glad the first week of Les Mills Pump is an easy week with a lot of learning the moves and short workouts.  Since I have done this program I would normally skip week 1 and go to week 2, but since I am still a little under the weather I think it will be the perfect pace for me this week.

    Here is to a great 2013!