Thursday, July 31, 2008

Nutrition Tweaking trainer thinks I'm crazy. It must be true. Don't ask why.

We figured out a lot of things today. I've been tired, no energy...not enough protein or water. I've been steadily gaining weight...not eating the right things--too much sugar. Well duh...I knew that. Also not enough cardio. She said I should be doing some cardio every day. She cut down my weight training to two days per week. I told her about the Nike+ Challenge and she thinks it will be good for me. She wants me to aim for 60 miles during the month.

As far as nutrition goes, I am to eat all the veggies I can stuff into my little chubette body. Keep my protein palm sized, and limit carbs to early in the day. I am to eat NOTHING white. One day a week I can have ONE treat. She says we need to give ourselves permission to be human! Pretty much everything she told me, I already knew. I told her that. I also told her that I need her to kick me in the butt. So for that reason...I am to submit my journal to her every Tues.(Tues is my Monday) She trains here where I work, I see her almost everyday. It will be easy to keep myself accountable to her.

She's making me give up Diet Coke--I only drink the decaf. She says she doesn't care--it's ALL crap. I know, I know... Geez, can't a girl have ONE vice? A while back I gave it up, but it has slowly crept back in. This will really be hard for me, I like the fizz and the cold taste. Water sucks. I drink it, but I'm usually about 2-3 glasses shy of what I need. I am to have a bottle or cup of water on my desk at all times. Believe me, she'll check, so I have to drink the nasty stuff. She said I could put Crystal Lite in it. I challenged her on this...Crystal Lite has the same nasty stuff in that Diet Coke does--Aspartame. Why would I trade one for the other. She had no really good answer for that. So I am not going to drink either one. Can't stand lemon or lime, so it'll have to be plain water for me.

So that's the new plan in a nutshell. Eat less, move more. DUH....

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” Bo Bennett

Are you excited? You ought to be! Life is exciting. You have to be EXCITED about what you are doing. You have to want it - love it - live it… You have to be inspired to move…

We are now more than half way thru the year. How many of your goals have you met? My goal was to lose 50 lbs by the end of the year. I feel I have wasted the last two months. I have had NO changes worth documenting. I am reassessing my program and rededicating myself. You may have to do this also. Call it a "mid year resolution". I am NOT working this hard to binge on junk (and then feel like junk afterwards) No one cares whether I have a flat stomach, my scale says 125, or if I'm wearing a size 2. I am the one who wants these things. Me. So in order to feel confident, strong, and comfortable in my own skin I need to re-create the determination that I had at the beginning of this journey, just 5 short months ago.

I have my first meeting with my new trainer tomorrow. We will be discussing Nutrition. I am very excited about this. This is my weak area. I have also joined the Nike+ Challenge along with Lilla and Lynda. I expect some big changes in the next 5 months. I am excited again!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Another Day...Another Workout

My knee feels 100% better. I've been careful not to overdo it, and I feel great. I want to thank everyone that left me a note. I could not keep working out, if it weren't for you! It means a lot that any one of you would take the time to visit my little blog. I am very grateful for all of you.

Last week we talked about Couch Potato-dom. Whether or not a person was BORN a couch potato or not. If you look at this picture today, you will see what a REAL couch potato is. My cat Spike. He's got it made. I was sorting clothes in my bathroom and he just felt like a nap. Right there on the dirty clothes. He sleeps about 10 hours a day, then about 5ish he gets up and reigns holy terror on the house and the other kitty. I love this stupid cat. He's got attitude. I think I could learn a few things from him...just not the couch potato stuff!

As you know...I have struggled to find the right combination of workouts and eating plan that will work for me. I had some success with Metabolic Surge and minimal success with P90X--although my strength went thru the roof on that one! I have decided to get myself a personal trainer--just to get me started on the right track again. I've gotten a little side tracked by all the information out there. She will help me refocus and become clear headed.

I went over my PRW again....I try to read this everyday....along with affirmations. Try it. It really helps me keep my goals in front of me.

I have been working hard on my craft website and it looks really good. Pay it a visit and let me know what you think. It may not be your kind of thing, but it doesn't matter. Just let me know what you think of the colors, layout, etc. Cranapple Christmas

I will be adding my name to the August Shredder Walk Challenge. Just gotta get my little armband thingy! Better not wait too long...August is in 2 days!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008


I hurt my knee on Thursday doing squats. I have done squats for YEARS, but this time whatever I did was stupid. I got this searing burning pain in my left knee, on the outside from my kneecap up. It only burns/hurts when I bend--as to squat to pick up something. Feels better today, but not 100%

Looks like I'm going to join in on the Nike+ challenge for August. Lynda and Lilla talked me into it! I gotta buy my little arm band and get set up, but I'm ready to go otherwise. Be on the look out for the sign up when Lilla gets it up on her site.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Can you be BORN a couch potato?

Can You Be Born A Couch Potato? Genetic Influence

Found In Active And Sedentary Behavior Of Mice

ScienceDaily (July 17, 2008) — The key to good health is to be physically active. The key to being active is… to be born that way?

The well-documented importance of exercise in maintaining fitness has created the idea that individuals can manage their health by increasing their activity. But what if the inclination to engage in physical activity is itself significantly affected by factors that are predetermined? Two new studies suggest that the inclination to exercise may be strongly affected by genetics.

Controlled experiments into the effects of genetics on human activity have yet to be attempted, but recent studies on mice — the standard test species for mammalian genetics — have found genetic influences.

In a paper recently published in the journal Physiological Genomics, a team of researchers led by University of North Carolina at Charlotte kinesiologist J. Timothy Lightfoot announced that they had found six specific chromosomal locations that significantly correlate to the inheritance of a trait of high physical activity in mice, indicating that at least six genetic locations were affecting activity. Now, in a study forthcoming in The Journal of Heredity, the same team has identified 17 other genetic locations that also appear to control the level of physical activity in mice through interaction with each other, a genetic effect known as epistasis. Together, the located genes account for approximately 84% of the behavioral differences between mice that exhibit low activity levels and mice that show high activity traits.

“Can you be born a couch potato? In exercise physiology, we didn’t used to think so, but now I would say most definitely you can,” said Lightfoot.

read the rest here

I've read this article, and I'd like to hear what you have to say about it. I have STRONG leanings toward couch potato-dom. I think you have to use your own power, determination, will, get your butt off the couch. I would much rather cuddle on the couch with a bowl of chili and a good book. I have a really bad habit of coming home from work and just throwing down on the couch with my hubbie. THAT's the only good part--Mikey--we're still kinda newlyweds (4 years...can I hear an AWWWWWW.....) I was telling him last night that I was sick and tired of TV, our laziness, and just doing nothing after 6:30 in the evening. I have a little craft business that needs some new inventory--I need to get off my a.. and git 'er done. I have also decided that I'm going to do my intervals in the evening after work. That will give a workout in the morning and one in the evening. Hopefully that will counteract the sedentary job I have. My diet this week has been spot-on...I am happy about that. I missed my workout yesterday, but did it this morning, and just shifted my day off by one day. No worries.

I just thought I would give you something to think about today. Leave your comments--all you lurkers--find your voice! I would love to hear from you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.” - – Tommy Lasorda


The SINGLE factor between achieving goals or being one step behind them.
It’s the driving force that makes you push when you’re tired of pushing…
Makes you eat healthy…when you’re tired of eating healthy…
It makes you constantly focus on the end goal and not just your present situation...
Be Determined.

(Excerpted from Maria Kang's Fitness Cure)

I think that determination is what gets us thru each day. We would be pitiful people if we did not have determination. I would never have gotten my real estate license, I would never have been able to do 100 pushups, I would not be able to get up each morning and exercise. Think back on your life and remember the moments you got by with sheer "will"....that's determination working!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I don't know. Today is a first. I have absolutely NOTHING to say today. If you knew me, you'd know that REALLY IS a first! I think it's time for me to LISTEN. I would like to have everyone tell me in the comments section, "What inspires me"

Friday, July 18, 2008

Check out my Guestbook!

Do you REALLY want it?

If this tree can dance with such joy why can't we? Life is joyous and a gift. I want all of you to do a little "happy dance" right now!

I love being able to bitch and moan to all of you friends out there. I love being accountable to you. Sometimes I think that if I didn't have this "outlet" I wouldn't have pushed myself to get as far as I have. I worry about my progress & plateaus, I worry about aches and pains. It helps to know I can come here and write away my cares and that you will UNDERSTAND.

The thing that ALWAYS worries me is my commitment. I have to ask myself everyday, "Are you ready, are you all set?" I have to pull myself out of bed every morning to exercise. I have to fight the Chocolate monster everyday--every hour! At the end of the day...YES! I AM committed.

I was thinking about my PRW (powerful reason why) today. I have several. Most of them are "cosmetic" things like: feeling good, not having my thighs rub together, clothes. Things every woman wants. The main thing I am coming to realize is that I just NEED to do this for ME! If you are not happy with something then CHANGE it! I am worth it, so are you! NEED is a strong motivator.

Think about this: Do you REALLY want to be fit?
Do you REALLY desire to be fit?

Then Show it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Whoa Baby!

Isn't this a great picture?! Strong athletic women. I will never be an olympic athlete, but I can sure work my little heart out, and be the best I can be! Isn't that the Army slogan??? Yesterday was the Marines, today it's the Army! LOL!! They're such darn good role models!

I was reading somewhere yesterday an article Holly Rigsby of Fit Yummy Mummy wrote about intensity and intervals. She had mentioned that she changes them up quite often. Sometimes she'll do Tabatas, other times treadmill sprints. Instead of 1 min. intervals, she will do 30 sec's, etc. This enables her to run faster for a shorter period and it gets the workout done a whole lot quicker. So this morning, I tried it. I am so glad I did! I really like the 30 sec interval better. It doesn't seem as hard on my little chubette body, but it's a whole lot more intense. I was sweating after the very first 30 seconds! I never thought I would say that running FASTER would be easier--sounds weird. Don't misunderstand WAS NOT an EASY workout, just easier than plodding along at 4.0 for 1 whole min. I was ready to stop at interval #6, but pushed to finish. ( I did 8 intervals) I play a little game in my head. When I jump on the treadmill I decide how many intervals for the day. If I'm doing 6, I say "Okay, only 4 intervals today" Then when I hit #4, I say " more to go, we'll do 5" Then I say "Wow! you are almost done! only 1 more! You're doing great today." It really helps me get thru it. I am not a runner, and this is really hard for me. I can see what the benefits are, because I feel really energized thru the day.

I was posting my workout this morning on ClubFYM and was reading thru some of the other girls workouts. I came upon Belinda's post. HOLY MOLEY!!! She did her regular FYM workout, and then intervals after. Her low was 8.5 and her high was 13.0. THEN...I saw that our Shredder Tea hit 15.2 for her high! That seems almost BIONIC to me! I can't even wrap my mind around that right now! I was so happy that I hit 4.7 for my highs!! I know that eventually my body will adapt and grow. It's like pushups....I could only do 8 with a struggle, and now I can do 25 all in one go, and 100 in 4 sets.

I'm very happy to have found this FYM program. It makes sense to me, and I UNDERSTAND it! It doesn't feel like I'm trying to become a bodybuilder, doing endless sets of exercises that I could care less about--calf raises for one. When you weigh 200 lbs who needs to be working their CALVES? Compound and Body Weight Exercises should be the order of the day. Let's just get the fat off! I like the whole body workouts we are getting w/ FYM. Everyone wants results NOW, but I FEEL different. I know that something is changing.

My two cents for the day: Find what works for you, then do it.

P.S I can do 100 pushups (on my knees) now--in 4 sets of 25 w/1 minute rests. WooHoo!! How's that for meeting a goal??? What about you?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I was just looking at the picture of my son. He is such a baby, my baby. He's only 19years old. The thing that struck me is that he is a man. The Marine Corp has made him a man. I think of him doing pushups to no end, running in the rain in full gear, sweating in the heat, it tears my heart out--for all of them. They are tough and strong. They have learned that "pain don't hurt".

These thoughts motivate me. They keep me going on my little "journey to fit". If my baby can get thru his training, then I surely can get thru mine! I envision doing a pushup contest with him! He will be so surprised that I can even do one!

Marine Corps--The few and the Proud....sounds like all of us shredders. oo--ra!

My workout for today:

Reverse Lunges 3 sets of 12
Pushups 3 sets of 10

Squat, Curl, press 3 sets of 10 10 lb weights--need to up the weight next time
BO Rows 3 sets of 10 20 lb weights

Mtn Climbers 3 sets of 10
Toe Touch w/ball 3 sets of 10 w/ 2 lb ball. This exercise is done on my back with legs raised. Ball raised overhead and lifted up to touch toes.

What I am eating today:

Breakfast: 1 cup of oatmeal and 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 cup of grapes
Snack: a protein bar--I was running errands and needed to eat!
Lunch: 3 oz. of chicken breast, 1 cup brown rice, 2 c broccoli and salsa!
Snack: apple and 2 tbsp of natural peanut butter
Dinner: 1/2 c black beans, salsa, broccoli, whole wheat tortilla
snack: protein drink

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

This is a doll I made the week my son's fiancee passed away. Her name is Ashley Angel--named for our sweet Ashley. She died October 29, 2007--21 years old. For some reason I have been thinking about her all day. She's on my craft website.

I did my regular workout yesterday, but decided to do intervals this morning. Even though the intervals are short, they are killer. I actually is a relative term. LOL!! My run is more like a slow jog. When you are hauling around 50 extra pounds, you don't kinda plod along. I am elated. I haven't run for 30 years. I just got to the point where I was walking fast enough, and I needed to up the intensity. My body feels great and I know the length and number of intervals I run will grow as my confidence and body allow them to.

I spent most of Monday reading, planning meals, and workouts. I also read the new Body for Life Champions book. The Body for Life thing has always intrigued me. It was a great motivator and made me realize how committed I need to be to finish my FYM challenge. I have set new goals, wrote new affirmations, and talked to my hubbie about him taking a more active role in helping me achieve my goals. He has always been tall and thin and keeps himself in pretty good shape. I tease him about his 2-pack. His middle isn't as impressive as it used to be! LOL!!

I was doing my Chest Presses on a stability ball yesterday. I decided to use my 20 lb DB's. So I got set up on the ball and pulled the weights to my chest. Then I did a really stupid thing! I lifted my left leg to shift myself on the ball. This gave my body momentum and I rolled over on my right side, crashing into my TV table. It was like slow motion! I remember thinking, "okay, now don't fall on the weight, and don't drop the one in your hand." I tried to just roll with it, so I wouldn't get hurt. I did avoid dropping the weights on my head (or foot, or hand!), but both knees crashed into the stereo and sattelite equipment. I was laughing so hard. I couldn't believe how unbelievably clumsy I was. I've worked on a Ball before, but for whatever reason, I lost my balance. It felt like one of those "don't try this at home" moments. Good thing no one was home to see me being a goober. I have two bruises on my knees. I will be A WHOLE LOT MORE CAREFUL next time! I think the person who said, "No pain, No gain" didn't have this in mind!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Weekend is Finally Here!

It is Saturday and I'm beat! The beginning of my week started off kinda crappy--in more ways than one! I over did it at my friend's home that week end. It took me 4 days to get back to normal.

I did all my workouts this week, except one interval session on Tues. I ate very well all week. I had a "cheat" meal last night. I had pizza. Now don't go nuts on's what I did. I asked for thin crust, no cheese, and all veggies. It was fabulous. I ordered a medium pizza and had 3 pieces. Normally I would have ordered the thick crust, heavy cheese, and pepperoni. Plus...I would have had 4-5 pieces. One piece of the thick versus 1 piece of the thin and no cheese is a big diff. Proud of my choice. That's what it's all about, right!? Learning how to make the right choices.

I love the workouts I'm doing. I love how I'm eating. I am using an online menu planner. It is just the best thing! I can plan my whole week on Sunday and print out the menus and shopping list. I'm good to go. I have never been one to need a whole bunch of variety in my diet. I can eat the same thing for days. What I did is this: I planned 3 whole days of menus. I then rotate them for the week. It keeps the boredom at bay, and I'm not eating the same thing every day. I can just pull my food out of the fridge and go! It's easy and gives me no excuses to cheat.

I know I've told you this before but....I work in a real estate office at a very ritzy subdivision. My lobby is also lobby to the fitness room. I have people in and out all day long. Most of them are Senior Citizens in the 70ish age range. The younger ones are usually women. My point here: NONE of them work hard or even sweat! The women go in with hair done and some makeup on. They come out exactly the way they go in! 95% of them walk on the treadmill at a speed of about 2.0! There are only about 2-3 of the younger women who actually have a trainer and lift weights. Even they don't work too hard. After what I have learned in the last two years and especially what I've learned from all you wonderful Shredders, I just want to grab them and give them a good shake!!!! What are you doing??????

Another thing I have done to help me along this journey....I bought a 3 ring binder. I printed off a month's worth of log pages and an extra copy of the exercises I am doing the first 4 weeks. Every morning when I exercise, I have my book right there and I can log in my weights and reps. I can also note my intervals. I also write up what I ate for the day. It's all there in one place. The best part is that I can look back and see what I've done.

Hope you have a great weekend--I'm at work. Blah.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My whole body is sore!

Just call me the Pushup Queen!

I guess I must be doing something right! I'm a little sore today in my hips, butt, and chest. I did my pushups for my other challenge last night. I did 65. They have this great progression chart, so I know how many to do for each workout day (3 times week), to work myself up to 100. I am doing these on my knees and in sets. So last night I did 3 sets of 15 and 2 sets of 10 w/30 seconds rest in between sets.

I stepped myself up a bit on the FYM plan. I am doing the intermediate workouts. I also need to up my weight on the chest presses and probably the squats too.
My workout
Intermediate A
DB Squats 3 sets of 12 w/ 10 lbs in ea. hand
STab Ball Chest Press 3 sets of 12 w/ 15lbs in ea hand

SB Leg curls
Bow (deadlifts)

Side Plank w/leg lift Hold for 30 seconds ea side--3 sets
Mtn Climbers 3 sets of 10

Mountain Climbers are killers! I think that's why my butt hurts! Its the part right below the cheek where the butt meets your leg. Right where women need it most.

I've had 3 full days of eating right behind me. Here's what I had for today:

Protein powder- 1 scp
1 c yogurt-- I was supposed to have oatmeal according to my meal plan, but I didn't check it first. DUH...
1 c blueberries

8 triscuits
1 stick of string cheese
1 c grapes

small baked potato
1/2 c cottage cheese

1 med apple
2 tbsp peanut butter

1 c broccoli
2 c mixed greens
3 oz chicken breast

1345 Calories

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Went to Phoenix

Okay, the trip to the Valley was FABULOUS!!! I had not seen my friend for 33 years. She looks different, but she's the same. We are both about 50 lbs overweight! LOL!! At least I wasn't the only one! Well....the eating plan I had for myself flew out the window sometime after I left Prescott and made my first pit stop. I have learned that I equate road trips with junk food. I had chips and a diet soda--not TOO horrible, but that was just the beginning! I had Nachos for dinner and a margarita. The next day I had no breakfast, but a hamburger and fries for "brunch". Dinner was pot roast, potatoes, carrots, and a Teensy bit of gravy. THEN.....we had a big girl "slumber party". Me, Glenna, and Yulon (her sister). We rented "The Other Boleyn Sister" and P.S I love you! BOTH great movies. We drank about a bottle of wine each, ate chocolate ice cream, nuts, jerky, who knows what else! We stayed up til 3:00 am. I slept on the couch and got up around 9:00, showered, and got ready to make the trip home. I felt YUCKY! My tummy felt raw, I had some "poopy" issues, and I was dehydrated. I had a headache (still do) from the wine and lack of sleep. I got home around 3:00--had to go grocery shopping. I bought all my stuff for menus I made last week. I am stocked and ready to eat right!

I did my workout this morning, but I was lagging. I felt no strength, hurt my knee--because I did not warm up right. Generally felt yucky. I did not do intervals, did not do my pushups (for my other challenge) I will see how the day goes. I'm hoping that I can do them tonight when I get home. More than likely not--will have to do them tomorrow.

I have learned:

Lack of sleep takes away your drive
Lack of sleep makes you weak
Eating crap does the same thing
Eating crap makes me feel bad about myself

What else I have learned:
My body does not tolerate junk anymore--I have been eating a healthy lifestyle for a couple of years now--only having junk every now and then. Each time I do it, I SWEAR I won't do it again!
I really don't like the junk I ate--I feel yucky
My body thrives on lean meats, veggies, and good carbs
My BRAIN thrives on 8-9 hours of sleep
My body functions well when I eat, sleep and drink what I should
I have a fabulous accountability group here at FYM
I can accept that I've fallen off the wagon, but it is EASY to get back on!

Next trip I will KNOW better. I am not letting anything else get in the way of this challenge! I am glad to be home and back to my schedule.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

July 5th

Independence Day has come and gone, but not here in Prescott AZ! We had Rodeo performances last night. This morning is the parade and the boot race--funniest thing you ever saw. Bunch of guys running down Whiskey Row in their cowboy boots.
Tonight is the street dance. The bars on Whiskey Row are all open with live music. Cowboys (& girls) all over the place--walking around town, cruising Whiskey Row, and at the Fair grounds. They come from all over the country. I met a few barrel racers from Oklahoma. Our little town explodes with people over the 4th. There's not a hotel room to be had! Restaurants are packed and traffic is a cluster F..... if you know what I mean!

I am just about to finish up P90X. To tell you the truth....I am completely BORED with it. I did it with my coach, and I just really think it was not for me. I was just not at the level of fitness I should have been to start it. ( but then...who really is? That's what it's for--to change your fitness level) My body completely REBELLED and came to a screeching halt last week. I listened to what it was telling me and slowed down. Was it a mistake to do the X? No....I don't think so. I gained a lot of strength and my core strength and balance is better, but my body fat did not change much, and for all that work--really HARD WORK--I would have expected it to have changed a lot!!! I ate really well, but did have some cheat times. I was not perfect for the whole 90 days. I have also learned what works for me and what doesn't. I know that when I am ready, the X will be there, and I will be up to the challenge.

When I began this blog, I was doing Metabolic Surge by Nick Nillson. I had really good results with that and then my coach challenged me to P90X. I got side tracked from what was working to something that was really over my head.

I have decided to go back to what was working for me. I am lifting weights, doing HIIT cardio intervals, and my pushup challenge. I feel so much better this week it is UNREAL!! This was my workout for yesterday--


10 reps ea side--3 sets
Push Up
10 reps 3 sets

1 Leg Hip
Extension (alternate sides)
10x 3 sets
1 Arm DB Row
10 reps ea. side, 15 lbs, 3 sets

8 times ea side, 5 lbs, 3 sets
Side Plank
8 pulses on ea side
3 sets

Beginner Intervals:
30 second intervals, 6 intervals at 1.5% incline. started out at 3.0 then up to 4.1 on treadmill

I did my pushup challenge that evening--63 pushups total!

I feel happy and back to myself again! I joined the Fit Yummy Mummy Challenge on July 1, 2008. It's a 12 week challenge for women. Lots of great prizes. If you are have until July 30, to register.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Rodeo is Here! Yeehaw!

Bucky O'Neil--one of the founding fathers of Prescott, AZ

I am so excited! The Prescott Rodeo had it's opening performance on Monday. Tonight thru Sunday will be the best times to go, and I'm going on Saturday! Can't wait to see those sexy cowboys!

I would also like to wish you all a happy Independence Day. Please remember what our forefathers did to build this great country, honor our servicemen and women, and reflect on what you can do to make our country a greater place to live.

As for working out....I am doing well. I am officially down to 34% body fat! THAT made my day!!!! I have been doing the PUSHUP CHALLENGE. I did 53 pushups last night. I tell ya..that makes you feel strong! The website for the challenge is PUSHUP CHALLENGE. Try it! Everyone needs a challenge to get them moving--I even got my HUBBIE to get off his butt and do this with me. Bald Eagle is doing this with us. So I have 3 who have joined the challenge.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Thought it was time for some updated progress pics. These were taken on June 30, 2008. The top ones were on Day 1 of P90X--April 28th. A little bit of change...not much. Will you look at my hair!!!! I had it cut a couple of weeks ago! I had pretty much just rolled out of bed when hubbie took this pic. I thought I had combed it up pretty good! OMG!!!!!!