Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
My spin instructor talked about the "fire within" and how it must be part of our daily routine. At the beginning of every class she ask us to give her the first 20 minutes.
She went on to explain how it takes at least 20 minutes to get the "fire within" started. The warm-up is the strike of the match or the stick against the rock. The striking of the match is not always easy and it can take about 5 to 7 minutes to get a spark. Once the spark is light you must fan the spark to light the fire. This can take about 5 minutes. Once the heat enters the "fire within" grows inside and the body is ready to roll. She said the fire must be out of control for at least 30 minutes for the body to burn fat. After 45 minutes she takes us down to the cooling off point. During this time the fire is smoldering. She explained that a smoldering body, is a fat buring body all day. That is all good to me!
My goal is to keep that fire going because in the end my body will be rewarded.
Push for that "fire within"!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Since, the healthcare reform is a hot topic I started thinking how important it is more than ever to drop the weight. I talked with my dear friend about employers rejecting people because of their weight. The airlines are requiring overweight people to buy an extra seat. At JC Penney's the plus sizes are marked up about $5 more than misses and petite sizes. So here we go!
There is nothing in the law that will keep employers from discriminating against overweight people. I believe with this new healthcare reform the employers would be required to keep their employees healthy and turn down the overweight folks. I must say that I am for health coverage for all but I do have concerns. My employer is pushing the "healthy lifestyle" campaign: fitness club discount, free yoga classes, walking clubs, healthy food tips, health screenings w/reductions in insurance premiums and many more good things to support a better lifestyle. Over 90% of the employees are taking part in this campaign. Wonderful for us.
When I was hired over 18 years ago I was required to see a nutritionist before reporting to work. I was about 50 pounds lighter and I felt like a true skinny girl. At the time I did not care because I had nothing to fear because I had experience and youth on my side. Now, I have to bring more to the table and I would hate to be turned down for a job because of my weight. Before people had to worry about lack of education, age, experience, sex, gender and race. People in their late 50's and 60's are really worried. I have met a few older people that are planning on getting face lifts and lipo to stay in the running for their jobs because they can not afford to retire now. That is reality!
My friend told me to get it under control. Being overweight is a sign of not having control over your life and employers look at that when hiring and promoting. I had to agree with her and that is why I'm on this road trip. There is no reason to be overweight in this day and time. I would love to see the true benefits of being overweight. I am overweight and I can not list one. We are more educated and we have all the tools we need to drop the weight. We need to just do it!
Weight lifting was great. I ask the instructor to kick my butt in the abs and obliques department. She turned the class up side down. I wanted to give up but the desire to be in the 100% class was high. The instructor looked over at me with a smile and said "you wanted it." I did but not like that. My body was in pain. I need my Yoga tonight.
Let's make it happen!
Monday, August 24, 2009
This is one of my favorite pictures, of course taken by me! This is my vision of heaven. This photo is called "Where the flowers meet the sky."
My weekend was awesome and very productive in both the workout and play department. Okay, that Jumba workout was way more than fun because my body was so sore the next day. That workout falls into my silent body slam category. Kick butt without you knowing it.
My Saturday spin class was soooo hard. The instructor had us out of the saddle almost the entire class. This workout worked my legs and abs to their max. She told us to rest when we die. We should live and play hard all the time. Of course, I decided to take a rest and sit back in the saddle. I said to myself "lady it's not my time to die" but it is time to rest. Her passion for life is so strong because of her accident over six months ago. She was on bed rest for three months trying to heal her internal wounds. Being confined to a bed is no joke. It really makes you appreciate your life and the time you have. I can truly understand her desire to live now and rest when you die. This is how I live my life everyday and I love it!
So my spa treatment was heavenly and energizing. I had a full body massage to relax my sore muscles. Having a spa treatment is part of my workout as well because my muscles need to be pampered after all the hard workouts. The therapist worked out some sore spots in my hips and legs. My body felt new and ready to go. My next treatment is my favorite, the Vichy shower with body scrub in two weeks. Joy!
Well, my rock climbing adventure is on hold for now. The class was booked because of the summer break. The instructor told me to try back after Labor Day because all the kids will be back in school. So, since I could not rock climb I decided to take a road trip with a friend to Los Angeles for the best southern food in the state. We jumped in the car like Thelma and Louise and headed north 120 miles. Yes, crazy but typical for me and my friends! We had the best time just talking and laughing about any and everything. With Sunday's traffic it took us about two hours but on a normal day it would take about 1 1/2 hours because all my friends drive really fast. Hell, mostly everybody in southern California drive fast. The highway rule is - you keep up with the traffic so if the traffic is rolling at 85 you roll at that speed. That is the rule. Our meal was worth the drive - smothered chicken, mac & cheese, cornbread and greens. My friend ordered three dinners to take home. For me one dinner was enough. Skinny girl is on my side. So we said good-bye to Los Angeles and made it home in time to watch our favorite show "Big Brother". Awesome day!
Today's workout was all about free weights and jumping rope for cardio. I was doing research on weight lifting and found the following benefits: This is my 4th week of lifting
Stronger muscles: I agree-I can hold my planks and downs dogs in yoga for over 1 minute
Toning & Reshaping: I agree-My legs and arms are changing for the better
Strength & Balance: I agree-I have bumped the weights up from 5 to 8 pds. Balance ?
Bone Strength & Density: Not sure because this is internal. That would be good news
Weight Loss: I agree 100% - My fat % has dropped over 5% since I started 4 weeks ago
Improves sleeping pattern- Not sure because I never had a problem sleeping
Increase lean body mass- I agree because I am looking taller and leaner
Improves heart rate - I agree 100% my heart recovery time is much faster
Improves posture - I agree because my friend said I look taller
In the past my goal was to avoid lifting weights and doing abs, but now that I see the benefits of them both I cant live without them. It's the total package!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This day started out strange. I woke-up with no thoughts in my head or comments. That for me is very usual because I think a lot while sleeping. I felt out of place with myself and this weight lost. At this time I can not explain my feelings. Okay, 7 pounds sounds so small but seeing it off of me is unbelievable. I am just speechless right now which is very rare for me.
My body is becoming very curvy in the love handle area. Before my hips, butt and tummy was one (fat rolls). Now, each part of my body has its own home It's really hard to explain. My body has never look like this. Very strange to see!
The boot camp class was worth the wait yesterday. My favorite part was running. I think in my past life I was a runner because whenever I start working out I always want to run. I'm not a fast runner at all but it feels really good to "cut the wind" with my body. My oldest sister ran track when she was in high school in the early 80's and she would always drag me out of bed at 5 a.m. to run with her (well she ran and I walked) at the nearby bayou. I remember those foggy and cold morning like it was yesterday. Thanks sis!
Today was Yoga and man did my body need it. I did half the class with my eyes close because I wanted to be in the zone. I love doing planks and down dogs because it makes my back and hips feel so loose. My arms are getting stronger everyday because I was able to hold the plank position for about 1 minute.
I signed up for a rock climbing class this weekend. According to medical researchers rocking climbing enhances: strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. I can check this one off my things to do list before I die.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This is what all the hard work is about. I have lost a total of 7 pounds and 4.8% body fat since July 29. Let me tell you how it feels to have dropped 7 pounds: I am taking up less space, I walk much faster without being out of breath, my pants are baggy around my waist and butt, my shirts are loser around my belly, armpits and breast, my energy level is at an all time high, my love handles are not hanging over my hips and the best of all my heart rate has decrease to a normal level. It feels wonderful.
Yesterday, I was reading a fellow blogger impression of the scale and it's impact on our mental state. I agreed with her comments on how this tool can make or break your spirits. Ironically, this morning I hopped on the scale and saw that I had gone up in weight and body fat. I held it together by not reacting but thinking that something had to be wrong with this machine. So, I decided to change the batteries because it has been over two years. Hopped on again nothing changed so I took the batteries out to let it reboot. While the machine was rebooting I thought to myself "this scale has to be wrong because my clothes are baggy and I look thinner." This machine is just wrong on so many levels. This is me talking to myself about a machine that runs on batteries. This little machine has so much power and of course I really wanted to prove it wrong. So after ten minutes of rebooting and crazy talk to myself I put the batteries in and hopped on again. The machines wins again. Yes, this is getting crazy! So pull out the manual and read about rebooting the system. The manual states the scale should be reprogrammed with my height and age at less once a month. So that is what I did and that is what I got - weight lost of 7 pounds. What a very happy day for me. That little devil machine is powerful!
After my crazy moment I decided to reward myself with a nice spa bath to reflect on my past and future goals. Skinny girl loves to pamper herself with spa treatments. My plan is start over fresh as if this was the first day of my weight lost road trip. I have 104 mile to go. My goal is to add more weight lifting classes and a variety of cardio classes like spinning, boot camp, swimming and circuit training. I would also like to start rock climbing this month to strengthen my upper and lower body as well as exercise my brain.
Last night I did a weight lifting class. The instructor was new and she brought some different moves to the class. At first I did not think the workout was productive but when I got home my body told me how productive the class was. Painful muscles! This lady had use working every muscle in our body. I'm going to call her the silent killer because she comes across very mink but in the end she slams your body all around the room until you pass out. It was awesome! Today, is boot camp and I'm going to try a new instructor. I have all my workout gear so let the games begin!
This blog has been a wonderful place for me to talk about my wieght lost road trip. I would like to thank all the new followers and comments they really help.
Good news from my Cardiologist office! She was very pleased with my weight lost and my blood pressure - 120/80. She has given me the okay to stop the blood pressure medicine for good. According to her my heart sounds very happy. She would like for me to continue to exercise and drop the weight and monitor my blood pressure every day. My Cardiologist was never on my about weight because the weight did not cause me to have high blood pressure. This is a great day for all my family and friends whom have been with me since my kidney surgery that caused me to go on the blood pressure medicine almost 2 years ago. Thanks to all of you guys for your love and support. It's a great day!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Recap! OMG I survived the boot camp class. Just getting to the class yesterday was like walking thru 150 locked doors. Everything was working against me but I made it. My first locked door was the time of the class-6:30 p.m. I was thinking about all the things I could be doing but I was pumped for the class. Second locked door was the clothes - I did not bring workout clothes so I workout in my dress clothes (work shirt and pants). Third locked door was the shoes - no workout shoes just my "Chuck Taylor All-Stars" but they got the job done. So out the door I went thinking this is going to be a tough workout. Arrived at the gym, as I was waiting in line to check-in I noticed that there was only one pass left for the class. I went into panic mode because there were 3 people ahead of me but I got lucky.
Of course the line was long outside the workout room but it gave me time to check out the folks waiting for class. I thought to myself these folks are ready to work. There was a group of 7 just hoping around - I guess trying to warm up before the class. It was a little intimidating because these folks look like pros. I guess my excitement fizzled-out because of all the blockers I had to deal with before the class.
As soon as the doors open the group ran in hoping and screaming "get pumped". These folks have been here before because they started setting up the room right away. They set up 8 workout stations which included: arm, legs, push-ups, crunches, jump roping, sprint alley, lunges, dips. We had to workout at least 3 minutes at each station. This went on for 40 minutes and it kick my butt. The sprinting almost took me out because my cardio endurance is low. I had fat rolls bouncing everywhere but I hung in there with the crazy folks. I loved the jump roping station because it took back to being a kid. I sprinted for about 1 minute before I ran out of steam so I walked the last 2 minutes. I was able to jump rope for over 2 minutes. I did really well at the other stations.
This was a great class for cardio and that is what I need to burn the fat. This class was filled with skinny folks. My weight lifting class is filled with buff folks. They have nice arms, legs, butts, and abs. I like the buff folks better but for me, I do not have a choice so I must take both classes becaue in the end it will benefit me greatly. Because of my size I need a total body workout.
My lifting class today was awesome as usual. So many squats and lunges on this program. My legs gave out about half way thru the class. My body feels so toned and smaller. My friend said how proud she was of me and my dedication. This is my road trip and I will not stop until I hit that 111 pd marker. My weight continues to go up but that is ok because my % of fat is dropping. The increase weight is muscle. My clothes are getting really big. I think the boot camp class will help me drop the weight.
Distraction is my word of the day: it is the diversion of attention from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction.
Causes: lack of ability to pay attention
lack of interest in the object of attention
greater interest in something other than the object of attention
Source: External - physical stimuli through the 5 senses
Internal - thought, emotion, fantasies, physical urges
Divided - multi-tasking
Major cause of procrastination is distraction
This has been my down fall to a skinnier me for years. I have one focus now and that is getting this weight off. No more distractions!
I have a busy weekend again-two birthday parties. I'm not to busy for 2 cardio and yoga classes.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Nothing much going on today. Well, I missed my spin class this morning because my body decided to sleep a little longer. I will be going to a Boot Camp class today to make up for it.
I'm in a carb coma right now. For breakfast I had a cup of plain rolled oats, half burrito as a mid day snack and for lunch I had a cup of Tai Fried Rice w/chicken and broccoli. The mid day burrito put me over the top. I feel like a swollen tick that is water logged. I have no energy at all. This is a consequence that I will never forget. The boot camp class will run the carbs right out of me. I can not wait!
I am out of my carb coma and on the way to the gym for my evening "boot camp" class. My body is ready for this. I feel excited! See me run, jump, leap because I'm in the 100% club! Push on! Push on!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
My weight lifting class was awesome! The teacher was all about legs and butt. She took us to the highest level ever. Squats and lunges in the 600 range. Jumping rope for 4 minutes x 5 and leaps in the 200 range. This lady is crazy and she has to be on something strong because she makes it happen. Most of the people in the class were in the 200% club. I was pulling up the 125% club. I loved it! My mind and body was about to pass out but I hung in there. This class gives me so much energy even hours before it starts. After class I ask the teacher if I was doing a move right because my back started to hurt. She explained the correct position and had me demo the move. To my surprise she told me that I was doing an awesome job. She has been watching me for over 3 weeks. During the conversation another lady came over and acknowledge how much she admired me for sticking with the class for 3 week. It feels really good to hear positive feedback.
In the past I had a lady approach me to say how much she admired me the taking a Pilate's class at my size. My friend was upset with her because she recalled my size but I told her that it was okay and it did not bother me. My friend is very protective of me and I appreciate that as well. I explained to her that people are impressed when they see a heavy person pushing themselves to the max. Hell, it impresses me too. I explained that most overweight people tend to give up on exercising because it's hard, it hurts, it not fun. Some feel ashame to be in the gym because of their size and fat rolls. So, I understand when a skinny person see a fat person coming to a intense class week after week and pushing themselves to the max, it tugs at their hearts. Fat people are good for skinny people because they encourage them to work harder and eat healthier. Now that I have dropped a few pounds I look at fat people and say to myself "keep working out" and remember the consequences of giving up. It's all good! This is why I decided to admire skinny people and learn what makes them tick. It work for all of us.
It's time to talk food: I had to make myself eat so this morning I had two boiled eggs and toasted sourdough wheat bread. For lunch I had grilled chicken breast about 5 strips with chopped spinach. For a snack I had a plum and 4 pieces of Mareblu Naturals Crunch. I feel full and satisfied. Food means nothing to me - it's so shocking. I want easy and healthy. Cooking was one of my favorite past times but that is all over now. I feel so bad for my friends because they love my cooking. A few of my friends have ask me to be their personal chef.
My workout schedule:
Spinning x 2, Boot Camp x 1, Weight Lifting x 2, Yoga x 2
Weigh-in Sunday. Will continue..........
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Call me spin girl today. The class was awesome with pumped up music. Rolling out of bed at 4 a.m. was not bad. When something is important to you it is easy to prepare for it. My spin teacher showed up early today so she helped me adjust my bike for the best performance. She ask me my name and said welcome and thank you for coming this morning. I told her your very welcome but I need to thank you for taking the time to prepare our workout and pushing us to be better. I appreciate these instructors and the time they put in to get us in shape. I was in the 100% club and felt good. My body was covered with sweat and my legs maxed out. It felt so good. My spin buddy was wild today. She was rocking to the beat of the music and the pace of the spin. She was about to spin herself off that bike. Go girl!
OK, this is the story about my 25 year road trip. This morning I woke up thinking about my history with weight. First, I want to say thanks to skinny girl for making me think about this road trip. It goes like this - I could see myself on this road trip that was not ending. There is no end to this trip because I have no idea where I want to go or what I want to do. I have been driving for years just hitting bumps, rolling low, patching flats, and resting at stops. I have not mapped out my trip at all. This morning I saw my place at the end of my road trip. My place is 111 miles ahead of me. The miles represent my weight lost road trip. In the past I never set a goal so that is why the road trip has gone on for 25 years. I want this trip to end so I can enjoy my life. So many people have goals like education, starting a family, going to the moon, etc and they make it happen. I would love to plan for other goals but this one has to end before I can pick up another one. My goal at this time, at this moment is to drop 111 pounds. This is my desire and focus. So my plan is to map this trip out with short stops to rest and fill up. This is it! Once this road trip is over I will plan my next trip. How about the big master degree. I'm fired up and ready to go! Will continue....
Side bar: I would like to thank my new "followers" and your kind words of support. We can do this!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
This morning when I woke up I felt as if I was taking up less space. That means I'm getting smaller, dropping weight, and just feel like a queen in heaven. It's has been almost 3 weeks since I decided to try this weight thing again. It has been a week since skinny girl took my body back. I feel so joyful and energized. Thank God for my skinny girl. She is a mover and a shaker. She is a true warrior against fat. Fat girl is breaking down because she is not showing her face as much. She is not my distractor anymore. It feels so good!
"Taking up less space" is very familiar to me. I came up with this phrase about 3 years ago when I was shopping for food. As I was walking down the aisle in the store I noticed this large size lady. She was very large all over and tall. I smiled at her as I passed and said to myself "wow, this lady is taking up a lot of space" I could feel her body heat and her breathing. I did not think bad of her I just felt she was taking up a lot of space. When I got the check out line she walked up behind me. It felt like she was in my space but she was not that close. I did not think about her again until this morning. I like being smaller and taking up less space. It's a mental thing to think about how much room we heavy people take up.
Yesterday, my dear friend told me that I should not over do my workouts. I have a lot of respect for her because she has been with me through my battle with weight. She said I would take on to much and burn out to fast. I told her thank you for acknowledging my bad habit. I thought about it last night and agreed that my pace was to fast. So, I called up my hero for help, skinny girl. She told me to back off for a day and we will revisit it tonight. This morning was a scheduled spin class but I decided to break. So my plan is to rest today and enjoy it. I will go to my weight class tomorrow and spin Friday morning. Great plan with no guilt.
Let's talk food. Yesterday I was thinking and wanting Mexican food. This want was not a craving. According to the dictionary: A "want" is to wish and a "craving" is a urgent or abnormal desire. There was no denying wish. So I called up skinny girl and we went for Mexican. I ordered a combination plate with two cheese enchiladas, beans and rice. I also ordered a grilled chicken, rice and cheese burrito. With no hesitation I divided the plate and burrito in half and ate it. I put the other half in the frig for later. It was a wonderful meal and I really appreciated. Thank you higher power for our Mexican food shops.
This morning I decided not to weigh in because it can cause me pain. For the past two weeks I have been taking the numbers a little hard. Skinny girl told me to weigh in on Saturday to help me prepare for the new week. My new workout week starts on Sundays. My plan is to focus on the % of fat lost not pounds. I'm down in the % department.
Keeping my goal. Will continue.....
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Getting out of bed this morning was a breeze. Yes, 4:15 a.m. smiling and excited about my new workout routine this week. Thank God I packed up everything last night because it was easier to roll out and that is what I did. I made it to the gym and adjusted my bike to make my butt feel a little better. Like I said when I spin the seat gives me blasters. Well, let me rephrase that statement, "the weight on my butt put pressure on the seat which cause me to have blasters." OK, that is the true. I have a lot of junk in my trunk.
The teacher arrive on time and ready to go! He said "this is your class so make it happen" and that is what I did. I went in my zone and hit the road hard. He took us over hills and under hills. He had us standing and sitting. We worked our abs to the max. When I got off the bike my legs felt so wonderful and tight. I almost felt as if I could run about 2 miles. After cycling for 40 minutes I headed to my weight lifting class.
The weight lifting class is hard but worth the pain. The teacher is high on energy. This girl loves lunges. We did about 500 total. My friend was killing herself. She is so competitive. She is in the 150% club and that is why she has the bomb body. She was disappointed in herself because she missed a few steps. She said this class really pushes her to the wall and that is what is needed to stay in shape. Skinny folks will kill themselves to stay skinny. I love the skinny folks!
Well, for me I hit it hard and yes I was in the 100% club. I told myself don't give up or get mad just move it. During my spinning class I looked in the mirror at myself and said you go girl and stay the best. I realized over the weekend you have to talk to yourself to keep yourself going. Working out is not for the meek folks. My skinny girl demands positive talk. She is not that meek. I noticed my big belly but I did not think bad about myself. The belly is going down and that is what matters.
Back to the weight lifting class, I admired all the girls in the class with their toned bodies and thought this is what you get when you put in the time. Fat people want to sit around talking and planning to drop the pounds but not put in the time to do the work. I have heard many fat people say this is just me and I'm happy. That was me saying that as well. No, there is nothing good about having a big belly sitting in your lap or not being able to button those jeans that fit two months ago. It's time to make it happen and stop with the excuses. I love when I yell at myself. It feels good. I have a friend that moved out of town and she refuses to come visit because she has gained so much weight. I could not believe it because she is a strong person but has this weight weakness. So, I told her that I would come visit her and she said great "this will motivate me to drop the weight. I thought to myself, Wow! I have a lot of power to motivate her to drop the weight. How can I motive her when it is hard for me. This is a shame and it's over my head. I will work on this later.
The feeling after exercise is so wonderful. The blood is moving fast, the legs, arms and abs are pumped and ready to go out for more. I can not imagine living without exercise. It is a must for better health.
My plan is to rest my body tonight and hit it again tomorrow. My body is looking forward to Friday's massage.