Monday, March 31, 2008

Day 18 Progress Report



Okay...it's not pretty. NO changes. Measurements are exactly the same. Weight is the same.

I emailed Nick and asked him what I should do. I am following the program to the "T". I do the work, I eat the menus. I drink the water. I do the rest. So....we are going to drop my calories a bit this week and see what happens. I was doing the program for the 170 lb woman as directed, but that may just be too many calories for me. I printed off all the new menus for the next two weeks and updated my workout book. I am ready to go! He also told me that when his wife was doing this program, it took her about 3 weeks to see some changes.

We get so frustrated when things don't just drop right away and then we give up. Most people never stick to a program long enough to see results. I am going to do this to the end, no matter what! Then I'm going to do the regular program...I'm on level one right now.

I am going to get thru this. I will not give up! I have a red dress to fit into! Let's get a move on!

Weight today: 190
Bust: 43
Waist: 37
Hips: 44
Thighs 23.5
body fat % 41.6

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I said something dumb

In my last entry, I stated that tomorrow was a protein day and Tues. was fruit. I messed up! Tomorrow is just a rest day, I have two more days after that for this phase! DUH....

Day 17


Today is Sunday and I am at work. I hate working on weekends. I never get to see my hubbie. He's at home, probably watching NASCAR...something we really like to do together. Oh well....

I found a friend from high school on line yesterday! It was so cool. The last we saw each other was about 10 years ago. Now I have another motivation to get my fitness act together! She will be here in Prescott in July!

I did my workout this morning. Another bout of Fat Loss circuit. Legs today, along with shoulders and triceps.

Have you ever wondered if you are lifting heavy enough weight? Me too. When I'm lifting, I'm thinking, whoa, this is pretty heavy. Then after the workout, I'm second guessing myself thinking it was too easy??? Strange perception. I guess as long as I'm progressing and moving up in weight I'll be okay. My weights are definitely heavier than when I did this round two weeks ago. For example my leg extensions are 90 lbs this week versus 80 lbs two weeks ago. My shoulder are up 2 lbs, triceps up 2 lbs.

I am eating the Low Carb thing today. Tomorrow is a rest day--also an all protein day. Tuesday will be all fruit.

Not much to say today--not feeling particularly wise and witty. :)

Weight today is 190
Tomorrow is pic day and I just don't feel like it. I don't see any changes. We'll see, won't we?

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Day 16


oo-rah! The Hardest job in the Marine Corp is MOM. These workouts I'm doing make me FEEL like a Marine Mom! I have a T-shirt that I wear when I work out. It says "My Son is a U.S. Marine...what does yours do?? I had to put up a picture of me and my son--the Marine. He has been at Camp Lejeune doing some training and I have not been able to speak with him since January. He has been training to be a Tow Gunner--he shoots guided missles at tanks. There is a possibility that he may be sent to California for awhile. That would be nice! Then I could see him now and then! I am so proud of him. He is totally dedicated to his country and the men in his squad. God Bless them all and thank you for keeping this country free.

Wow! I had my cheat meal last night....I was looking forward to it all week, and you know what? It wasn't that great. I ordered a large pizza for my hubbie and I. I had two pieces and was full. It just didn't taste as good as I wanted it to. I guess that is a good thing! I also had a Hershey chocolate bar.

This morning I am back on the Low Carb rotation. Today will be mostly chicken and salads. Kinda boring, but hey! I'll eat it, and be happy/proud of myself for doing it! It's not easy sticking to a "clean" diet. The rewards are tremendous. In two short weeks I can feel that my "insides" are better--digestion, elimination, even blood pressure. My bp is 132/80. My resting heart rate is 64--down from 85 about a year ago.

Today's workout was a tough one. I am doing the Fat Loss Circuit this week. What you do is one set of 5-7 reps of a back exercise, then 40 seconds of all out cardio, then one set of 5-7 reps of a chest exercise, then 40 seconds of cardio--repeat for 5 sets. Then you move on to biceps/calf raises. Same procedure. Then I did 3 sets of ab exercises, two sets for my rotator cuff, and 2 sets of lower back--all this is called the Core Combo. No cardio between these sets. Tomorrow will be legs, shoulders, and triceps--same circuit style.

I was beat to snot! I told my hubbie I thought I could probably lay down and take a nap! I dragged for about an hour and a half, but I'm pretty perky now!!! Feeling great! If you're not doing this Metabolic Surge program, you should really check it out! I have never done anything like it, nor have I seen anyone doing it! You owe it to yourself to try it.

I've been thinking about my red dress again today. I really want to wear it. I have the perfect black open toe platform sling-back pumps to wear with it. I have decided to post a pic of me wearing this dress when I finish Level One on May 1st. I can't wait to see the results!

My weight today is 190'ish--I'm up a few ounces, but not enough to make a full pound. I'm sure it's from the junk I ate last night.

Measurements and pics on Monday, March 31.

Friday, March 28, 2008

One more day down. Day 15


“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that” - Johanne Wolfgang”

If only we actually did this for each other. We would all reach our potential and be the outstanding human beings we were meant to be. I found this quote on Maria Kang's Fitness Cure. She sends a daily email with motivational quotes, stories, and fitness tips. You can subscribe to Fitness Cure at her website www.mariakang.com She also has a free Ebook that is really pretty good! Check it out! I really look forward to getting her email everyday.

I have a dress in my closet that I bought for my son's Marine Corp Graduation. I did not wear it. It didn't fit right. I love this dress. It's red--my favorite color. Since it is a very fine knit wrap dress, it shows EVERY little bump and roll on my body, and I mean EVERY bump and roll! Not to mention WAAAAYYYY to much cleavage. It is about a size too small. We ladies do really dumb things when see a dress or outfit that we like. If it's on sale--and a really great bargain, we bargain with ourselves--I'll buy it now then I'll lose weight and it will fit in a few weeks. I bought this dress in January. It STILL doesn't fit. I'm adding this dress to my goal list! The dress is sexy as hell, and I can't wait to wear it! My hubbie will love it! I have the dress hanging in my bathroom so I can see it everyday. It will serve as a visual aid to keep me on track to my goal.

I am on the last day of Round 1, Phase 3. I will follow my eating plan as usual, but TONIGHT...I get a cheat meal! Woohoo!!! Can't wait. I'm thinkin' pizza or maybe Mexican food, definitely some chocolate. Tomorrow starts Round 2, Phase 1. I'll be back to Low Carb eating and the Fat Loss Circuit Training. I have taken the time to make a master shopping list for each of the two phases that we alternate--Low Carb then High Carb. I printed out about 6 of them and stuck them in my purse. I can shop after work and know exactly what I need. One thing I have learned...preparation is everything. The MINUTE I don't have the right foods cooked or ready to go, I fall apart. Everything goes to shit. I make excuses and before I can get a grip, I am completely off course. Take the time to plan and shop. I've mentioned before how important it is to cook ahead and portion out your meals. This is critical to your success. BELIEVE me....I know.

Today's weight 190
Monday will be pic and measurement day.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Have You Ever Wanted ANYTHING This Bad?


When the Rocky movie came out I was like 20-21. I LOVED this movie. I especially love this portion of it! The music really pumped you up! It was inspirational and I'm not afraid to admit it--I cried several times thru the movie. I'm such a sucker for inspirational or patriotic themes. You should have seen me at my son's Marine Corp graduation. My heart SWELLED with pride not just for my son, but for my country.

In the clip above, you can see how bad Rocky wants to win this fight. He's pushing beyond his limits both physically and emotionally. Have you EVER worked for something THAT hard? I don't believe I have. Although this morning was pretty close. I worked out hard. It was great! My workout this morning was Antagonistic Supersets. Then I did what is called Sub-Maximal Interval Training--6 intervals of that. I was wiped out! This is so much fun! I love this program. (Metabolic Surge) I have NEVER worked out like this in my whole life.

When I was growing up in the 60's and 70's--girls just didn't work out. We weren't even encouraged to play sports--except of course badminton or volleyball. WooHoo! My Dad was a football coach. He took me with him to lots of practices and away games. I was FASCINATED by the Nautilus equipment and free weights, BUT..."No, honey, you're a girl and girls don't lift weights. Do you want to have big muscles like the players?" Even Dad who really knew his stuff, didn't realize that was exactly what I needed and wanted. So after years of getting this kind of response, I never played ANY sports and was actually afraid to play anything. I was afraid that I wouldn't be any good at it, and I didn't want to embarass myself. My physical outlet became cheerleading. In the mid 70's cheerleading was beginning to come into its' own. We were doing complex stunts, jumps, and gymnastic moves. FINALLY! Something I was good at! I did this throughout my high school years. I tried out for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders in 1976. I was too short and about 15 lbs too heavy. I did not have the dance and gymnastic background that I needed. I was cut--boohoo! It was a life experience that I will never forget!

So....I guess my point is this--find what you are good at and DO IT! Find your passion. Right now my passion is ME! I dont' mean that in a selfish way. I mean that in a take charge way! It's about time that I work on ME! I want to live to be 100 and I can't do that if I'm out of shape and eating junk! This is my first year of the second half of my life....it's gonna be a great one!

Weight today: 190 lbs
I am currently in Phase 3 of Round 1, Level 1 of Metabolic Surge. I will be doing 3 rounds total, then moving on to the regular program for 3 more rounds.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Day 13


This picture is of my hubbie Mike and my HIGHLY energetic cat--Spike. Mike is a firefighter and Spike thinks he's a dog.

I was going to take a pic today! My batteries are dead! I think that more progress pics would be nice. Maybe every other day.

Today is a Cardio day. I did 15 minutes of 1 minute intervals. It was hard, but so much better than walking for EVER! I really worked hard. I even ran some of the time. For me, THAT is saying aLOT.

I am still doing high carb--right now I am eating a yummy concoction of fat free plain yogurt, blueberries, and oatmeal, with a protein shake on the side. YUM!! I use frozen blueberries, and they chill the yogurt enough that it freezes it a little--Kinda like frozen yog.

The food plan is pretty good on this Metabolic Surge program. Dr. John Berardi developed the menus to go hand in hand with MS. So each day I have a new menu. I do have the option of picking a day and eating it several days in a row. I tend to do better when I don't have a lot of choices. I also do better when I KNOW what I'm supposed to eat--I can pack my food a lot faster in the A.M.

Today's weight: 190

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Day 12


I can't tell you how much better I feel now that I am eating right and exercising again. My hip and knee pain is virtually gone. I have dropped a couple of lbs and I'm only 15 lbs away from my first goal of 175. I will be eating high carb this week and Friday night is a cheat meal. What a reward! I can't wait! That's all part of changing your mindset about food. Nothing wrong with pizza, burgers, ethnic foods--NOW AND THEN.... not as a lifestyle. I know that a lot of people have trouble cutting out the junk food from their diets. I never really had that problem. I don't eat at fast food restaurants or keep that stuff in my house. My problem is that I just eat too much food. I LOVE Mexican food and chocolate. If something's going to bring me down, it will be one of those. These are called trigger foods. I have a couple of others--nuts, pizza, and tortilla chips. I really try to stay away from them. I can't eat just one! If I eat one, I have to eat the whole bag, can, or whatever. What are your triggers??

My weight today is 190
Measurements and pics to come on Monday March 31st.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Progress


Well....I got the pics on and feel like I really look like crap! It's definitely motivating to see yourself online. I'm glad I'm doing this. I need accountability. We all do, when it comes to losing weight and getting fit.

I ate pretty well yesterday at the buffet. I started with a huge plate of fruit! Then I had a bran muffin w/cranberries, cranapple juice, 1 glass of champagne. I was really hungry and went back for more fruit. BUT....chocolate called my name and I had 3 small truffles. Not too horribly bad....but bad just the same. Went right back on my program the minute we left the restaurant. Nothing but fruit the rest of the day.

Today is a high carb day. Which is REALLY great! I've had berries, oatmeal, chicken, and veggies so far. It's is an easy day as far as eating is concerned. I did my workout this morning as written in my plan.

I had my hair cut last week. It really sucks. I was so sick of paying $40 for a haircut, I decided to go to Great Clips. Well...I was in WalMart shopping and thought, " Hey! They have a salon here!" I went in and was greeted by a very nice lady. After I had sat there for a bit, this strange woman "blew" in and said she'd be with me in just a minute if that was okay with me. DUH...what am I supposed to say to that? She was wearing this horrible heavy wig that was in a 60's flip complete with scarf tied around her head (like a headband--not indian style)Then she messed around at her station for a minute--turned around to me and said she had forgotten her shears and was going to run out to her car. I really felt like I needed to RUN..but I didn't. I expected her to wash my hair--since it was kinda dirty. NO! not that--she got out a squirt bottle and sprayed me down. I wanted a cute little bob, with a slight angle. She chopped all around the bottom, gave me bangs. She was done in less that 10 minutes. The whole time she was shaking. I asked her if she was new at cutting hair. No--she said she was used to working in a spa environment. HOLY CRAP! If that's the kind of work you get in a spa--I'm NEVER going to one!


Okay....here are week one pics. Small changes, but that's okay. I'm sorry..the pics are pretty blurry. My hubbie took the first ones, but he's at work and I had to do it myself. My measurements are down a bit..I see the beginnings of definition in my arm--can you see it??? Please, tell me you can! LOL!!!

Bust 43.5
Waist 37.5
Hips 44
Thighs 23.5
Calves 15
Weight 190 down from 195
Body Fat % 41.6 down from 41.7 Yay! Body fat down!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Day 9



How's this pic for motivation? This is Jamie Eason. She's 31 and fabulous! LOVE HER!! She's 5'2 like me! Sometimes I see women putting pics of these gorgeous fitness models on their sites as their "goal" bodies. That's great, but I really think you have to put a picture of someone who has the same body type as you, or you're really going to be dissappointed. That would be like me putting a picture of Jennifer Nicole Lee as my goal! The girl is TALL!!! really tall, and long in her torso! I'm short, really short...and will never look like her. I'm about as tall as one of HER legs!! Anyway...just my two cents. Pick a goal, pick a look, make sure it jives with your body and go for it!

Man! I had to REALLY kick myself in the butt to get out of bed this morning! I woke up at 6, told myself that I didn't have to get up so early today. So I slept in until 7:00. Then I fought with myself whether or not I was going to get up and walk. It was like pulling teeth! FINALLY, I got out of bed. My program has me scheduled to do Intervals today. I was to do 30 sec of work, and then 30 sec rest. Cycle like this for 15 min. not including warm up and cooldown. I thought, "Okay...this won't b so bad". WHOA BABY!!! My legs were like rubber when I was done!! I'm not a runner (YET), so I would crank the treadmill up to 3.8 for my work sets, then down to 3.0 for the rest. My little chubby legs were going as fast as they could!! (picture a fat little hamster on his wheel!) I was sweating and praying that 15 min. would end! I am proud to say that I finished the Intervals and feel really happy that I did. I KNEW that I would NOT exercise when I got home tonight, so I stood firm and hauled my cookies out of bed.

Eating plan is all protein today. I'm having chicken, cottage cheese, protein powder and tonight some turkey. Tomorrow is all fruit. My hubbie is taking me to an Easter Brunch at the Prescott Resort. I know they will have fruit, no biggie. I'm worried about all the other stuff they'll have also!! I will do what I have to. I'm going to write an email to Nick and find out if he really means all fruit, or just all carbs. The book says one thing, and then the weekly planner says "High Carb Day"

Monday will be the big day! Measurements and pics!

Weight today: 191

Friday, March 21, 2008

I think this is the funniest thing! I got it off Cranky Fitness's blog. Sadly this is true for so many people in our country.

Out of the Mouth of a Babe....

This morning my oldest son asked me if I was going to the gym. I said "No, gym day is tomorrow. I do my weights at home and go to the gym to walk" He said, "Why do you pay to walk when you can do that for free!" Hmmmmm......something to think about.

Day 8



I am on the last day of the Low Carb phase of my new program. Tomorrow will be an all protein day along with aerobic intervals, and Sunday--an all fruit day, rest day. My workout today was called "Lactic Acid Training". WHOA!!! Was that EVER a fun time! My whole body burned. My legs were shaky and my whole body quivered for about 1/2 an hour afterwards. I am really loving this Metabolic Surge workout. Everyday is something different--same thing with my eating plan. This week I've had meals like: spinach salad and chicken breast, protein shakes, cottage cheese and nuts. I'm eating about 1700 calories and feel full all the time.

I'm used to eating 5-6 meals a day. That has been something I've done for about 2 years now. It makes sense, and I feel so much better thru the day. It just takes a little planning. I cook on weekends and parcel everything out in portions to match my daily plan. Tupperware is a good thing! I take all my food to work in a cooler and I never have to worry about eating the wrong thing! I sell new homes for a developer, so I am sitting in a Model Home all day. We have a fridge, microwave, and even a stove/oven. The builder supplies bottled water for us--so even drinking water is no hassle!

I will be posting body fat % and measurements on Monday along with new pics. That will be one week since I started Nick's program. We'll see what kind of progress I've made.

Weight today: 191 down 4lbs!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Day 7


As of today, I have been writing in this blog for one week. I have quite a long way to go. The first phase of my program consists of 45 days. That will be April 30, 2008. My goal is to be down a few lbs. and have a lower body fat % -- around 38%.

That's the thing about setting goals. I dont' know enough about how much fat a body realistically can release in a set period of time. I know that I can expect to lose 1-2 lbs per week. How does that translate to %? I haven't a clue! So basically, I'm doing my best at the workouts and eating plan as laid out, and will be totally THRILLED with ANY progress during the first phase!!

I understand the importance of setting goals. My goals are important to ME! Some of them may not be reachable or even realistic, but they are MY goals. If I don't hit them, fine. I will just start off where I ended on April 30 and modify as I go. I have at LEAST 21.7% body fat to lose! (Yikes! that's a whole person!)
That will put me at 20%. I am hoping to hit that goal by Dec. 30, 2008. We'll see. I'm not giving up this year. This is MY year. I refuse to be fat and 51!

My weight today: 191.5
Body Fat % 41.7 measured a week ago.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Day 6


Today is a rest day for me. I am following Nick Nilsson's Metabolic Surge. I am eating Low Carb this week. Next week will be High Carb. If you have not seen this program, I encourage you to check it out. www.fitstep.com

Are you chained to your bathroom scale? Many people still don't understand that the scale is NOT the best indicator of "weight". Yeah, it tells you how much you weigh, but does it tell you that you are 25% bodyfat??? Does it measure the muscle you actually have on your body? Body composition is such a better way to keep track of your progress. I weigh myself every morning. I have gotten past the "freak out" every morning when I'm up an ounce or even a couple of pounds. That doesn't bother me any more. It's just a way of keeping my eye on things. I check my bodyfat every week. I feel it gives me a more "true" way of gauging my progress. I keep a journal with all my stats in it. I've done this now for about a year. I also log my food and exercise at www.sparkpeople.com
It is so cool to look back month by month and see what I have accomplished. Before I started this blog, I lost 30 lbs in 2007. I was (still am) enormous! I started at 213 lbs. I gained 12 lbs back. I've lost 3 of those. So...I'm back on track and working a new plan. If I didn't have a plan in writing, I'd be lost. Back to the scales....

I know that if I were to have Mexican Food--I would weigh up to 4 lbs heavier the next morning. This used to really bother me until I realized that there was no way that I actually gained 4 lbs of FAT! After a couple of days the excess water and salt flushes from my body and I am back to normal.

I guess what I'm trying to say is this, "Don't let the scale rule your life". It's a tool--one of many that can be used to fight the war on fat!

Weight today: 192

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Before Pics and a Dare




Okay....I've been thinking all day about my before pics. I am going to post them now. I want to be credible and that means posting pics. It's heartbreaking to see that I have let myself look like this for so long. Now that I have made this public, I don't want to hear any laughter or snide remarks! This takes courage and I dare you to do it with me!

Day 5

Remember when I was talking about being confused with all the information out there? Well....I think I've had an epiphany! I was struggling along with the conditioning phase of the Physique Transformation program. I was feeling sluggish and full and crappy. BUT...I was determined to follow thru. WELL....I was on Adam Waters website the other day. I saw his amazing transformation in only 84 days. Now I've been tantalized by other programs with their promises of quick results. But this was different. I dug a little further and found that he had used a program developed by Nick Nilsson. I had heard of him before and probably have been on his site at one time or another. I decided to pay him another visit. I read his sales page and bought yet ANOTHER E-book. As I read thru the book, I really felt this program was different. So I decided to ditch the Physique Transformation program and start Metabolic Surge. I struggled with the decision for a couple of days, but in the end I think I will do well on MS.

Yesterday was Day one and I am eating Low Carb for 5 days then next week will be High Carb. My exercise is fabulous! I am lifting and doing cardio and feel great about that. I have also ditched the "trainer" that has had me doing pilates and yoga. I feel like I'm on track and looking forward to the next few weeks.

Nick's program is laid out day by day--even your menus. There is NO THINKING, no worries about what to to next. Just print off the days as you go and do what he says. Ya gotta have faith!!

One thing that really impressed me...I wrote to Nick and he actually answered my email! That really means alot to me. I had bought a program in Dec. The guy that put it together would send followup emails. In these emails he was so busy telling me how busy he was with training and his business that I was not to bother him unless I had a question that was not answered in his FAQ's. He stressed that his time was important and that we (the buyers of his E-book) needed to read the book--it would answer all our questions. I should have asked for a refund. If you are a trainer...you need to be accessible to the people that put their trust and hard earned money in your hands.

I have a lot more to lose than Adam Waters...I know that my transformation will take a lot longer than 84 days, but I can make huge strides in my progress during that time.

I will document everyday for you. I think if you are looking for a program that makes sense and one that you can actually DO..check out his site: www.fitstep.com

I took some before pics, but they are so bad I am embarassed to post them. I will do that soon. Let me get going on my program and see some results. Then I'll feel secure enough to post. I'm not as brave as Adam Waters--putting himself out there everyday to public scrutiny. Just give me some time.

Today's weight 192. Down 3 lbs from Friday.
My body fat is 41.7

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Day Three


I am finishing up Week 3 of Conditioning today. Today is kinda like a "free" day. The points for todays meals don't count in the weekly total, so I can be a little free with my meals. HOWEVER...I really did a bad thing. I ate a HUGE chocolate bar. I have a problem with chocolate. It rules my life. I have to have it, just like sex. It calls my name! This is the one thing that I REALLY have to watch. For so many people "dieting" is an all or nothing proposition--especially women. When we do one bad thing, we think we have ruined our whole program. Then we rationalize, "Well, I screwed up....so I'll just start again on Monday." We have to learn how to live our lives AND include healthy eating. A little bit of chocolate won't hurt--as long as you have planned for it in your meal plans. Don't make it a habit everyday, but now and then. If you DO fall off the wagon, get right back on. DON"T wait until Monday! Just pick up where you left off and have your next meal as scheduled. There WILL be bumps in the road. You can get past them. I believe there's no such thing as "willpower"--I believe in "planning power". Write up a plan and stick with it. If you know what you need to eat--you'll eat it. If things are cooked up in the fridge--you'll eat them.

I always take Mondays (I work weekends, so Monday is my Saturday) to plan my meals for the week. I grocery shop in the morning. Then in the afternoon, I cook. I throw about 8 chicken breasts on the grill. I bake some potatoes and sweet potatoes. I make a huge pot of brown rice. My veggies are usually frozen, but I always buy baby carrots, apples, and salad fixin's. Sometimes, if I have enough time, I bag up 1 cup portions of rice and throw them in the fridge. 99.9% of what I eat is clean, natural food. I don't buy anything in a box or can. I use balsamic vinegar and olive oil for my dressing. I hope some of this helps you. I know it is all basic stuff and you've probably heard it before...but that's the point. You KNOW what to do, so just do it. It has taken me several months to get in the "groove" and make this way of eating a lifestyle. I eat 6 meals a day. I have never felt better. Now if I can just get this exercise thing down.....

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Day Two


I don't know about you, but I am confused. I have spent the last year reading everything I can get my hands on about health, fitness, and diet. Each "guru" says something different. One says do as much cardio along with weight training as you can get in. Another one says that weight training is enough. THEN...we have the one that says, "just do enough cardio to keep your body losing fat." Everyone of these people purport to be an "expert". Everytime I buy an e-book--I read it eagerly and think, "okay, I can do that!" Then I get going and the program is just not for me--whatever the reason. This does not mean that the program is not good, it may work for someone else. I think exercise needs to be tailored to YOU. Do what feels right, do what you will stick with. As for time of day--do it when YOU can do it. Anytime is the right time for exercise.

As for me....I'm doing Jari Love--Ripped, 3 days per week. I like the concept, and I like her. I also do Cardio 3 days per week for 40 min.

I am finishing week 3 of conditioning on the Physique Transformation program. So far so good. Next week should be kinda tough--I will have to eat 2300+ calories. Then my Fat Burning Phase begins. I'll be posting my progress, along with pics everyday.

One thing for you to remember....information is good, but information overload sucks. Too much of a good thing is never good. Do what feels right for your body. See ya tomorrow!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Day One



About 3 weeks ago I embarked upon a new fitness journey. I found a website that promised a physique transformation if I would stick with the program and follow directions. Okay...I can do that. So I signed up for the 5 day trial. Basically all that did was show me how crappy my eating was, and I thought I was doing pretty well! I decided to join the program--it's 7.95 per month. The program will track your exercise and eating plans. It will analyze and score your daily input. The key is to plan ahead and input your meals the day before. Then tweak them to get an A+ score. It takes a little time, but well worth it. It is easy once you get the hang of it. Your macros are figured for you based upon a questionaire you fill out during the trial.

The first phase of the program is Conditioning. The premise of this phase is that just about everyone's metabolism is pretty screwed up with low cal diets and such so it needs to be "fixed". Basically what you do for the next 4-8 weeks is EAT. They also recommend weight training from the get go, but limit cardio thru the Conditioning phase. Calories are hiked up each week by about 200 cals. I started at 1800 and will finish at 2300. Some people may gain a couple of pounds during this time, but not to worry..the Fat Burning phase is next. This works on the zig zag theory. One day your calories may be 1800 the next 1200, then up again the next day to around 1400-1600. The program also calculates to the day when you will hit your goal. I have 4 weeks Conditioning (I'm now in week 3) Then I will have 40 weeks of Fat Burning--aiming for 1.5 lbs loss each week.

There is also a free blog for you to document your trials and tribulations, a forum, and the Fit League. Great tools to keep you on track.

I highly recommend this site.... www.physiquetransformation.com It will open your eyes as to what you are REALLY putting into your body. The site owner, Ric Rooney, really knows his stuff. I have combined what I have learned at his site and from Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat Book--hopefully I have finally found the right combination for me.

A little background on me: I am a fat, out of shape, 50 year old, menopausal woman. If that's not enough, I'm 5'2". I have a lot of things against me, but I am out to prove to the world that just because you are all of the above things...DOES NOT mean you have to live like this. Just because you are 50 doesn't mean you can succumb to middle aged spread or a huge spare "hormonal tire" around your middle. This is MY year. My goal is to lose 50 lbs of FAT by Dec. 31st 2008. Just for the record, I weigh 195 lbs. My bust is 44", waist is 37", hips are 44", thighs are 24". My body fat is 41.7

Join me on my journey....I will need support and friends to help me along. See you tomorrow.