My Thoughts and Motivation

getting healthy the right way

Hit the gym today June 23, 2009

Filed under: fitness,personal — athenapink @ 12:39 pm
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I wanted to go to the mommy and me class yesterday, but I was fighting a headache all day. Sometimes my nerves get all pinched, and I end up with a really painful headache. I took it easy and tried not to make the situation worse until the meds could kick in and kick it in the butt!

It is probably for the best though. I think I really might have hurt myself at the mommy and me class, at least I think.
I can’t actually remember hurting myself or when it started. I just recall noticing in the last week that when I wash dishes and my lower body is against the counter, I get a little pain, like I was pressing on a bruise. It is in my groin between….well my groin and hip bone….on the crease of the thigh.

I just figured I had bumped into something, b/c I dont remember hurting myself in the class although I dont remember hitting anything either for that matter….but that happens right?!?
It was not bugging me really, only when it was pressed and even then it is not really horribly painful.
Well last night it seemed a little worse, I was feeling on it and I felt a bump or something, I was thinking maybe a lymph node. I went to bed and the bump was gone this morning.
I woke up at 5 pumped up and wanting a workout, so I sucked down some water (I was feeling pretty dry) got the kids up and fed and was out the door at 7 for the gym.
It was so early that no other mother in her right mind was there with her toddler, so the kids had the corralΒ  to themselves. I did 30 minutes on the ARC trainer. I always do the ARC on interval, but today every time it went to incline, I would push it up to 8 or 9 and really climb. It felt great!
Then I walked on the treadmill for about 10 minutes on a 12% incline, but the youngest DD started to get a little fussy so we headed home. On the way home I noticed while I was sitting that the lump was back and it felt a little bigger. Like I had put a marble between the crease in my thigh or something. It is sorta hard to explain, and
I kinda felt a little freaked!

I cant really see a bulge visually, maybe slightly but not much. I started to worry that I might have a hernia or something, and it felt a bit bigger even by this afternoon so I called the doc for an appt. There were none available so they are supposed to call me back in the next 72 hours to discuss, and squeeze me in. Gotta love the military health system! That is either sarcasm or sincerity….I am not sure which!
I really don’t want a hernia…that means surgery eek!
I am hoping it really is just a swollen squishy lymph node….

 

Feeling good! June 19, 2009

Filed under: fitness,Healthy eating,personal — athenapink @ 1:14 pm
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I got in a great workout today!

No shred, but a mommy and me style class at the gym. The kids played while the moms worked out, somewhat shred style actually.
It went pretty well, but I still find it hard to focus on my workout when my 3 year old is stealing toys and poking another kid in the eye!

Diet wise has been good as well. I have found many creative and delicious healthy recipes, and we have been enjoying them. I made these bean and cheese enchilada’s yesterday that were so good, I just cant wait to have leftovers tonight!

My leg seems to be all recovered but I am still a little scared to get back into the shred. I really dont want to hurt myself again 😦

Despite the lack of activty this past week or so, from me or my scale…another friend commented that I looked thinner! This is a very good thing πŸ™‚
I plan on shredding a few times a week and going to this mommy and me class as well.
I would like to bring in some pounds lost for team at some point in this challenge.

Go Team Coral!!

 

Shred #3 June 1, 2009

So I have recovered from my busy weekend!
The recital was nice, and DD was beautiful. They had some minor and then some major technical difficulties, but the show must go on right? and it did!

Our little feline Odessa seems to be no worse for the wear in regards to that shard of metal, thank GOD!
She is a very wanted and very expensive kitty…nothing can happen to her! DH will never let me get another cat if we kill another one!
I have very bad luck with animals, cats in particular. I am not sure why 😦

So I woke up to a bight and shiny morning after a busy cloudy weekend. I was looking forward to shredding with the dvd (it came in the mail) instead of youtubing the workout.
It went well, and I felt very energized after. It still is very hard for me, and I missed a couple reps here and there.
I cant do a full push up and probably can only go maybe halfway down on the sissy ones. I cant wait to get to the day when I can do a full push up!
I bought a little kneeling mat to help my knees with these sissy ones, and it seems to help me. I can focus on the push up instead of my sore knees!
My lunges need some work too, towards the end I get off balance and tippy….

I had some natural crunchy peanut butter on a whole wheat low carb wrap with banana slices. I rolled it up into a little banana burrito, Yummy! This is my favorite breakfast these days.

Before I left the house I had a pita pizza for lunch.
I invented….well maybe not invented, but created my own a few years ago.
It takes some testing to find the pita brand that will crisp to your liking, but they are really good when you find the right one.
I take a whole wheat pita and split in open. I lay out the 2 rounds and spoon tomato sauce onto the pita’s. I use the italian seasoned tomato sauce in the little cans. I only use probably a quarter of the sauce in the little can so I press and seal it into the fridge for the pita pizzas to come!
Then I like to put sliced shrooms on top, but any veggie or combo of veggies would be good. Then I sprinkle on some shredded light mozzarella and stick it in the oven for 10-12 min. at 400. It come out crispy and delicious!

I had a busy day cleaning the house and running DD to her dance practice. For snack I had a peanut butter bar, not sure of the brand and maybe not the healthiest, but that was the last one! I have been emptying out my cupboards to make room for some healthier fare. I also spent the better part of my free time in the last few days copying yummy healthy recipes from blogs and other web locations into my computer recipe book.

Tonight for supper I made a Caesar pasta salad and I added some fresh mozzarella and sliced tomatos. It was pretty yummy and not to awful bad for me.

More shredding to come!

 

30 day shred-Day 2 May 27, 2009

Wow, I am so proud of myself today…you have know idea!

When I woke up this morning, my calves were so sore and tight I could barely walk.
I got dressed and got DD ready for school. I walked her to the bus stop and thought to myself the whole time, I am not going to shred today! I am too sore, and too tired! I NEED to take a day off, rest is gooood for my body!
I was talking myself out of my workout, and letting myself be lazy. Excuse after excuse came to mind.
DH left for work and I got undressed and stared at my gym clothes, then told myself my calves were too sore and I might pull a muscle or something so I got redressed and laid on the couch.

Then my inner voice started telling me how lazy I was and it isn’t called the 30 day shred for nothing! If I wanted to get results I would have to hurt and have to put in the effort. Its only 20 minutes of pain! Suck it up!

I got up, put my gym clothes on and I DID IT!

It did not hurt my calves, if anything they feel better, and I feel better about myself!
It was still very tough but maybe just a smidge better than day 1.
I cant wait to see what this will do for me, and how much stronger I can become.

I really want to be able to do a full push up and come up from doing them on my knees.

 

30 Day Shred May 26, 2009

I think I have found the holy grail of at home workouts!

Sometimes it is hard to get going at home….I have a full gym and an elliptical upstairs but it is hard for me to get ready to “do it all” up there.

To get a good workout I would have to commit to at least and hour of weights and then some cardio, and it is hard to overcome my laziness at home to do it. Going to the gym to workout is another story, but that is difficult these days as well. My hubs works late hours and the good gym here does not have childcare.

The child friendly gym has a child area near the equipment where you put your child as you workout. You however have to watch your own child.

When I go to the gym I like to put my ear buds in, crank up the music and get into my zone! I don’t like buddies, too distracting. Working out while watching your own child get hit on the head with another child’s sippy cup and start crying while you debate leaving your zone to go give a hug….BIG distraction.

So needless to say working out at home is my only real option but the free weights and elliptical upstairs bore me and don’t get me off the couch.

I am a firmie…The Firm is a system that has been around for decades and stems out of a gym is south Carolina.
I did the firm a few years back and got back into my pre baby jeans very quickly.
The firm works, it really does but I have started to tire of it. The new workouts are nothing like the old, so I am working with the same DVDs I have had for almost 5 -6 years. I really just felt like it was time to shake things up.
One thing about the Firm is the workouts are about an hour give or take a few minutes. That seems like an eternity of squatting lunging and stepping…It never ends!

While I do love the firm and I highly recommend the older series of workouts, a little thing called the 30 day shred had begun to catch my attention very recently.
People were talking about this awesome workout, that kicks your butt and gives really great results in 20 minutes a day.
20 MINUTES A DAY!
That made my firm box and stick look a lot less appealing.

It is not more results for less work, let me tell you! I did my first workout today and it kicked my butt hard! I have never sweat so much in my life! Not after 30 minutes on the ARC trainer, not after an hour doing the Firm.
I have to mop the floor when I am done!
It was hard….but in a good way.

It is split into 3 levels, and each level is 20 minutes with 6 minute rotations. 3 minutes of strength 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. You rotate through this 6 minute rotation 3 times, with different exercises each time. You don’t get a moments rest, to drink or catch your breath..its constant movement and work. Laying on the floor for chest and and abs was seriously hard but a sweet relief at the same time!

Level one was so difficult I don’t see myself moving up to level 2 anytime soon. Women on the boards I frequent are terrified of level 3 and curse Jillian’s name all the way through!

The 30 day shred is split like this, and I will attempt to do this split if my stamina allows…we shall see,
some pretty fit women have a hard time with this split.
10 days at level 1
10 days at level 2
and 10 days at level 3
then you can repeat this cycle again with heavier weights.

I am using 3 pounders for most of the exercises (trust me 3 pounds is waayyy more difficult than it sounds)
and 5 pounds for lying chest work.

The trainer is Jillian Michaels, and her two workout buddies. One buddy shows the modified version of the exercise but honestly there are not many modifications.

The moves are simple and there is no fancy foot work or box stepping.

Jillian talks alot through the video and I can see where this might get somewhat annoying at some point, but also motivating when she finally tells you that you only have 5 left!
She is a trainer on the Biggest Loser show, which I have never watched but may need to check out now.

I will update daily with my results and maybe some before and after pics πŸ˜‰
I will to the shred on the weekdays and continue my cardio at the gym on weekends, I just enjoy that time away from the kids and DH, just for myself!

Diet wise I will continue what I have been doing. Watching my portions and eating more fruits and veggies and cutting out the salt.

Does anyone wanna shred with me?!?
We can motivate each other here, leave comments and lets make this interactive.
If your saying, “wait I don’t have the DVD yet” amazon has it for a great price under 10 dollars.
I have not received my DVD yet either but the whole thing is on youtube. Just search for 30 day shred and do it in front of your computer, you don’t need much space.
Or hook your computer through your TV, thats what I have done.

Motivate me, lets do this together!

 

barbecue weight gain May 24, 2009

Filed under: Healthy eating,personal — athenapink @ 8:13 am
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I will have it, if I keep eating at barbecues like I did last night.
Damn the guacamole for being so good!!
I am just going to insure a good workout today. I wanted to hit up the gym, but the child friendly gym is closed on weekends…so a workout at home.
I am thinking a total body workout then some cardio to really kick yesterdays guacfest goodbye.
I have the tools here so I will use them!
Have a great memorial weekend!

 

todays workout…. May 8, 2009

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pulling weeds out of the strawberry patch!
Note to self…..don’t let the weeds take over during the off-season!
That was a total body workout, Wow!
Dear daughter helped. I bought her gloves and she was super stoked to help pull weeds.
She loved it….for about 5 minutes. The novelty wore off real quick and she spent the rest of her time looking for earthworms to be friends with. She is only six though, so I cut her some slack πŸ™‚