Fitness Tip of the Day

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Making time!

Over the last few weeks I have been jamming so much into my free time that I feel I don't have enough time for anything else. My top priorities right now are my family and the gym. I feel I am slacking on all the other stuff I need to do. I really love hanging out with my friends and just finding down time for me is something I strive for almost everyday.

Many of you might not know but I am a scheduler I schedule everything! My son makes fun of me because I can probably tell you what is on my calendar for the next 2 months ha! I have been trying to be a by the seat of my pants kind of person (it seems to work 50/50) but I am still drawn back to that darn schedule.

My attention span is very short (you better keep it or you lose out) and I find I get distracted a lot and that seems to be a problem for me. When I meet my goal (fingers crossed!) for the bday I am hoping this will change. But right now my priority has to be me and what I want to achieve.

One of my friends told me focus on you everything else will just have to wait and it is ok to be that way don't feel guilty and don't worry about it. I know she speaks true words but I still have that nagging feeling I need to schedule something lol!

Do you guys ever have this problem and what do you do?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Old and Feeling it!

Happy Monday everyone - I want to say thank you to all of you for all of your kind words and support for my friend. She is doing well but the unknown is what is so scary!

This weekend I only worked out on Sunday (Cardiobox) I seem to love the torture lol! I feel really good today just sore (my back) and I am surprising myself yet again. I have my fingers crossed that I am well on my way to looking good for my bday. I did notice this weekend my jeans I got last fall are getting to big yeah! The notch on my belt I had to move up one which is great and my jeans are starting to feel too big - there is a God!

The week will shape up with off today, Tuesday is 30/20/10, Wednesday Cardiobox (I did meet someone this weekend that teaches the spin class at another location so I might give it try). Thursday hopefully I can go to bodypump and Friday off. Have a Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Request and life questions?

Yesterday I got a call from one of my dearest friends she was really upset and wanted to tell me something. She has Parkinson's disease (an advance case). Let me give you a little back ground: She has been having headaches for over 7 months and has been to so many Doctor's she cannot even keep track. Finally she was referred to a Neurologist who told her that when Doctor's look at patients and do all the test that they take the first symptoms they find and treat it and move on. When we would discuss her symptoms and how it was only getting worse (the first Doc she went to told her she had TMJ) and worse I had suggested (and she agreed) that she should continue seeking the answer. I am so sad for my friend she has a 13 year old daughter and Husband and she is in early 30's (her Doc told her it is rare for someone her age to even have this disease). Since she told me I have been feeling unsure about life right now is it fair or not? Do we learn from our mistakes and also from what is handed to us in life? They say God only gives you what you can handle - really?

I know these are excellent questions and should I really be questioning them anyway? The last few weeks have been stressful and I am starting to feel the effects on my body. I already have trouble sleeping and my head turning off at night and with all the added stress I have endured in the last few weeks I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop! I have no right to complain my friend is fighting for her life and I am worrying about things that will work out in the end but she has a lifetime of not knowing what will come.

Please say a prayer for my Friend she is a gem and needs all the support she can get right now. Enjoy your family and friends this weekend and lets all remember it could always be a lot worse for any of us at anytime.


"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Really not that bad!

Today at work we are signing up for the Wellness program and I am happy to say that I have maintained my new weight loss (holding at 269 lbs) and I am so excited. I know I have more to do but working hard at the gym and staying true to my eating is really paying off. I am just hoping next week that I have lost at least 2 more pounds.

Cardiobox was a blast last night we do something different each week but boy I am so uncoordinated and it shows lol! I just laugh and have fun at least when I laugh I know I am losing some pounds along the way. 30/20/10 really took a lot out of me on Tuesday (I started coughing afterwards and it stayed with me until Wednesday afternoon) I might check with my Doctor next time I go just to make sure I am 100% and not over doing it. The class is hard and even the people who are in a lot better shape than me talk about how hard it is. But it is well worth it my legs might ache and my back is sore but I know in the next few months I will be doing a lot better.

Hope everyone has a great Thursday I know I am!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New goal and worth working for!

I know I have been obsessing over my weight for the past few weeks so let me tell you guys why. My 42nd bday is coming up in May and I have my eye on this little black dress (see below). I have never had a dress like this (with my weight I have always been so self conscious and not really ready). But I think I am ready to find the inner me that deserve this.




As you can see the dress is not that forgiving and I am really HOPING I can reach my goal in time to wear it. My friend suggested I buy the dress now so I can look at it and feel it everyday to remind me of what I am working on when I have those bad days I keep having. So what does everyone think? Is it worth it - I think so!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Race Time and Weigh In!

Hello everyone I hope you all had a great weekend - I know I did!

This weekend was the marathon I was going to participate in but due to my injury I was unable to and my friend Dee was unable due to an emergency so I was off to the race alone. When I arrived I was at my beautiful hotel that had a great few of the ocean (and I mean it was breath taking, see pics below). I spent a lot of time watching the race and hanging with some friends so in all it was a wonderful trip. I am working on my new goal for this spring and really have not come up with anything but hopefully in the next few weeks I can come up with something fun.

I also went for my weigh in on Friday and I lost 4 lbs! It is about time - I was getting so frustrated but I think changing up my routines and eating again have made it worth it. I am always fascinated about how the body works it really is in control!

I have attached some pics of my trip enjoy:










Friday, March 20, 2009

I need that.......

Yesterday afternoon I went home to take a nap and I slept until this morning! BOY I did not realize how much working out can take out of you. But I feel refreshed today and ready to go to Zumba tonight. I am also off to the Marathon tomorrow so I will probably not post again until Monday. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and remember to rest because your body needs it!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Step, Stretch and Kick!

Well I finally did it - I took the Cardiobox class last night and let me just say it was AWESOME! I don't know why I let this class scare me! Michael of course teaches this class and he is great - he talks you through every step and makes sure that everyone in the class gets out of it what they need.

You start off with a lot of stretching which leads into working on the step (we do this in 30/20/10 also) and then the last 20 mins is actual kick boxing - kicking your legs your arms etc. I am so sore today but I can live with it - I tried to bend over and let me just say ouch!

Again this just proves if you try something new you might be surprised at what you get out of it. Don't be afraid to try new things and don't think you can't do something just because of your weight you just might miss out on something amazing!

I am taking today off and taking Zumba tomorrow (one of my favorite instructors is teaching) and this weekend is the half marathon so I am off to support my friend Dee who is going to walk it for me and I am going to take a lot of pics to share. I cannot wait to see her cross the finish line because I know she can do it!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I am ready to go again!

Hello everyone (waving!) I am back and feeling really good today. I worked out at the gym last night and took the 30/20/10 class and I feel so good today. But boy that class can take a lot out of you.....but in a good way. Just the first 30 mins is like you never stop which is actually how it is LOL!.

Taking a few days off was a great idea I feel recharged and refocused something I really needed. I am determined to get back on track and loss some weight before my bday in 9 weeks....and thanks to my support system I am well on my way. The obstacles I have had to face in the last few weeks really put me in a bad place and I know it is my fault for letting that happen and I should know better but sometimes you just fall and it is hard to pick yourself up and move on. I hope you all never experience that and let anyone or anything stops you from your goal. A BIG thank you to everyone for just listening and giving me your thoughts they really do inspire me!

Tonight I am off to Abs at 4:30 and I MIGHT that is a BIG might try the Cardio Box class (Michael said it is hard but give it a try) so we will see it really does scare me! And if I can still stand I am off to Zumba.

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Few days off and more pain!

Hello everyone hope you all had a wonderful weekend - I did!

I spent most of the weekend relaxing (I so needed it) and just re grouping myself and my motivation. Over the past few weeks I have been trying to get back into my routine and spend a lot more time at the gym and also getting my ankle better. Friday I went to Zumba and it went well (the instructor does a lot of jumping so I feel I did not get out of it what I needed) I took Saturday off and spent it with a Friend catching up and just having fun (but I did have some ankle pain) and Sunday I went to Zumba again (my favorite instructor was there yeah! she does not do a lot of jumping) but I was still fighting the pain which it seems is on me again today. I am taking today off because Tuesday is 30/20/10 and I am determined to go and work my *ss off and also try and focus more on me.

I have a lot of stress in my life right now and I know that is part of why I am not losing I have been trying to stay focused (not working) and not let the big bad world get in the way but I seem to be at a stand still. I will be taking a few days off from the "cyber world" (that includes computers, cell phones etc) I need to regroup and just focus on me. I will be back everyone a better focused person! You all keep going on your journey and know I will be thinking of you while I am away!

"Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life."
- (sent by Dior Yamasaki)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Up and Ready!

Last night I took the day off from the gym and I am so glad I did. I really needed the rest and am I now energized to get back to it tonight. I am going to go to the 5:00 Zumba class and then Saturday will be an off day and Sunday I am thinking about taking Michael's cardio box class - this class looks really scary and I am really not sure I can do it I am going to ask Michael and see what he thinks.

Cardio Box brief description:

CardioBox

Jab, punch, kick, slip, duck and jump your way to fitness! This fun, yet challenging class incorporates various martial arts, boxing, kickboxing and endurance training techniques. All fitness levels.

I want be able to do the jumping due to my ankle but I think I can accomplish the rest of the class. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!



"I get by with a little help from my friends."
- John Lennon

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Need a rest!

Boy am I tired today! I have been working non stop at the gym all week (Monday Zumba and treadmill, Tuesday 30/20/10 and Wednesday was Abs and Zumba) I am pooped (sp?). My arms, legs, stomach etc are so sore but the good news is my ankle survived yeah.

I tried a new class on Tuesday called 30/20/10:

30/20/10

30-minutes of fat-burning cardio work, 20-minutes of muscle conditioning and 10-minutes of core (abs/back) training. All fitness levels.

I must say it is a full workout and I was surprised about how I felt afterwards - I was expecting to feel really sore and not be able to move but I really felt good (some soreness but not where I could not move). I highly recommend this class give it a try and you will be surprised at what you can do.

Today is my off day THANK GOODNESS (I was going to do bodypump but no) and Friday is Zumba and probably more treadmill, Saturday will be an off day and Sunday will be Zumba and more walking. I am glad to be back into my routine I just want to see the numbers going down and I will feel a lot better!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Weigh In - What is going on?

Today I went for my 2 week weigh in and I am so frustrated right now I could screammmmmmmmmmmmmmm......I am still at 273 lbs (I know I lost those 2 lbs but that does not really count in my mind) and I cannot for the life of me get it to go down! I am working my *ss off and doing what I need to do but I am just not getting the results I want. I have a feeling this foot injury is partly to blame and I guess I need to up my cardio. Not sure what to do at this point - any ideas everyone?


"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through."
Rosalyn Carter

Monday, March 9, 2009

Another day!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend I did. But I did not follow through with my exercising program no walking but I did go to the batting cages (getting ready for softball) and it was a nice work out.

This week is starting off well Zumba tonight and some treadmill and then Tuesday is Strive and body jam, then Wednesday is Abs and Zumba and Thursday off and Friday will probably be walking. I am hoping to keep up with program and I am looking forward to my new goal (loss 10 lbs by May) and get that cute little black dress I have my eyes on!

Friday, March 6, 2009

What am I doing?

Last night I went to Bodypump (I have not been in about 3 months) and I was kind of of nervous since I was still really sore from the day before (Ab class) but I got ready and the class started. We did a lot of the usual steps (lunges, squats, arms, leg work etc) and I was feeling pretty good until we got into about 30 mins. and I started feeling it. I love Bodypump but BOY am I out of shape lol! Today I am really sore and tired.....but in a good way! I am going back and I am back on track. Today I go to PT and off from the gym but Saturday and Sunday I am going to take a walk (thank goodness) and hopefully be able to walk with Dee on Sunday (she is still doing the Marathon in a couple of weeks). But in all I am glad I have refocused and gotten over people hurting me and know that by my Birthday in 2 months (fingers crossed) I will be down another size - I can dream right!

Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Boy am I tired!

The last few days I have really gotten back into my gym time. The gym was closed on Monday due to snow but Tuesday I jumped right back into me routine and I am so feeling the effects today.

Tuesday was Strive (where we go around different machines and also do some Ab work) then I went to Bodyjam (like Zumba but more hip hop) and I felt really good afterwards but on Wednesday boy I think I might have over done it a bit. I went to the 4:30 Ab class with Michael (boy he makes it look so easy) thank goodness it is only 30 mins that is about all I can do (you are on your butt the whole class lol) then I worked on the treadmill for 15 mins and then off to Zumba (my favorite instructor was teaching the class Tracy) and let me just say I am so tired today (but good). Tonight is Bodypump then treadmill so I am back guys and even though I have all these pains - I am HAPPY!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Good news!

Friday I went to my PT appointment ready to start on some new exercises for my ankle but first she put me through some measuring etc. The good news is my ankle has shrunk and I have better movement YEAH! But I still have to keep going for a couple of weeks and I am now onto strengthening. I also was told I can start working on the treadmill again (yeah) and also continue with Zumba - I have to say I am so excited. I can tell my ankle is getting better but I am still a little shy about over doing it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that in the next few weeks I will be able to say that I am back 100%!

Tonight I am off to the gym for Strive and Body Jam and tomorrow night is Abs with Michael then Zumba and the rest of the week will shape up with Bodypump on Thursday and some cardio off on Friday (due to PT) and then cardio on Saturday. I know I keep saying it but I am back on track and hoping to loss 10 lbs in the next month - keep good thoughts for me everyone I AM BACK!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Finally a Snow Day!

It finally snowed here and I am so excited....I thought I would share these photos with you guys: