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Thursday, February 16, 2017

End of Hip Hop Abs

So this week ends my one month work out of Hip Hop Abs.  While I stuck to the exercise program, my food was not on point.  So... the end weightloss result is not what it could be.  However I do feel like I toned up some regardless.

My goal was 11.6, the reality was 4 lb.  Not great but not horrible either.  I wanted to lose that weight before my trip... but 4 lb will have to do.

Don't get me wrong, 4 lbs in 5 weeks is good... very healthy.  BUT I know I could have done the 11.6 lbs.  I just needed to get my food in check.

I'm not going to worry about food on my cruise, going to eat what I want to and when I want to.  I may regret that later, but I'll deal with it.  This trip is what I call a trip of a lifetime, when I met and married my husband he told me that he has no interest in going on a cruise.  However, that's one thing I've always wanted to do.  We don't take a lot of vacations, usually because they are just too darned expensive.  So I was a little worried that he'd be upset with me for going.  But he's not.  Which is great and makes me feel that much better about going.  I'm sure he'll have some big hunting trip he'll want to take without me too.

Anyway - My non-food plan for the cruise is to get my 10,000 steps in each day, use the exercise room at least 4 times and get my swim and tanning on.  These should all be do-able goals.

When I get back, I need to get right back on track.  I'll be starting a new exercise program then too.  So this was a good time to end one and ready for the next one to begin.  I think I'll do my old "The Firm" videos.  They are a good mix of weights and cardio.

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My Plan through February 10th

As always, I struggle AFTER the holidays.  I've done so well through the holidays (with weight management/loss) and then I let go a little afterwards.  I simply cannot do this again.  Although I am and my post last week proved it. It was jumbled and not really focused well.

So I need to refocus and realize my goals!  I do want to lose another 10 lbs BEFORE my cruise.  I leave February 18th, so that means within the next 6 weigh-in's I need to lose almost 2 lbs a week.  That didn't happen this week (was hoping to stay the same) so really I have 5 weeks at 2 lbs a week.  Do I think I can do it?  YES, absolutely.  I just need to be more disciplined.

What is my plan you ask?  Meal planning and working out.

Meal Planning:
I haven't spend my Sunday's prepping for the week and that's proving to be a negative for me.  So, this Sunday I will make the meals that get us through Friday.  I am continuing my Rockin' Body by Beachbody work out - which is not proving to be an issue for me.  I am not having a problem being disciplined  to fit those in.

Work Out:
I've also picked my next work out - which is going back to the 21 Day Fix Extreme by Beachbody.  This plan will take me out to February 10th, the week before my cruise.  This work out will likely not help me lose the weight that I want to but it's more for strength training so my food needs to be on-point while I'm on this.  There will be a few days where I'm away at a scrapbooking retreat so I'll be off-track for 4 days but then will get RIGHT BACK ON.  Normally I would tell myself that I'll be good during scrapbooking but I just end up letting myself down because it never works out.  So I'm going into like I'll be cheating and not tracking but still working out -- I bring them with and can do them at the retreat with no problem.

Are you wondering what my results were this week?  Well... I gained 1.6 lbs.  So now I need to lose 11.6 lbs before vacation.  I can do this.

What are your goals for the new year?  I'm not asking for resolutions... I'm asking for your goals you've set.  Please comment with your goals and how you plan to meet them - the reason I ask you to do this is your comments may help someone else reading this set their own goals.  Or come up with a different goal or way to meet their goal.

My next post will likely not be until February 2nd... as it's too hard to commit to every week... but rest assured

I still can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year Goal - Get Back On Track

Well it's been a month since my last update... I've been a very busy little girl.

Week ending 12/9:
I finished the 21 Day Fix Extreme videos like a boss!  It felt great to complete yet another set of difficult videos.  The end result after 3 weeks was 5lbs and so much strength.  I totally could have lost more but I wasn't tracking well and was eating bad here and there (more there than there).

Week ending 12/16:
After finishing up those videos I started Jillian Michaels for a few days and wasn't really into it.  So I decided to pull out videos that I've owned for 2 or 3 years but never really did them... Rockin Body - another Beach Body product.  I started just before the kids came home for Christmas... so the first two days they were here I still did the work out.

Week ending 12/23
When the kids were here we decided that the first couple of days that they were here we wanted to go up north for a few days.  So we headed to Duluth...  IN THE WINTER.  I started to panic because I really didn't have a plan for us other than mentioning going to Bentleyville to see the lights (they were awesome -- but not something you spend more than 2-3 hours at unless it's really busy) and maybe doing some hiking.

I've never hiked.

Not sure why I thought that's what we'd do.  I don't have anything to wear including the appropriate footwear.  Regardless we packed up all the winter gear we had and headed up to do some hiking.  We went to Gooseberry Falls State Park and did some hiking.  It was actually a great day to hike, it was 26 degrees... a little windy so sometimes chilly but overall perfect weather.

It was probably one of the best times we've had.  The kids loved it as did my husband and I.  We decided that every year the come home for Christmas (every other year as their mom lives elsewhere) that we'd take a couple of days and hike (try out some new places).  They said that should definitely become our tradition!  GREAT IDEA

The next day we hit the Jay Cooke State Park for some more hiking.  OH MY GOSH it was a warm day with no wind (warm being 34 degrees).  I was hot and sweaty.  The trails were groomed but not used... so it was like walking on a beach because there was about a 2" dusting of snow the night before.  Again, I loved it but it was soooooo hard! I wasn't going to be the one to say I was done... but was soooo happy to be done once the others decided they had enough.

After that we had a few days before Christmas where we went shopping and kept busy.  I didn't take the time to track nor was I eating the best.  I did say to myself "I sure hope I can get back on track after being so lax."

I weighed in that week and had gained .6 lbs -- couldn't believe it after all the hiking we did, but like I said I was eating what I wanted and also had some beer :)  Plenty-o-beer!

Week ending 12/30:
Then Christmas came and went, I ate what I wanted.  I wasn't exercising (I hadn't exercised since we hiked).  I wasn't feeling healthy, strong or full of energy.  I was sad that our daughter had to leave us as I hadn't had enought time with her, we were having such a good time.  Then our son went to spend time with his friends for a few days and to celebrate New Years Eve with them (wouldn't expect anything different really).  I was sad... but realized I can't be.  This is life and they are not going to stay - for goodness sakes they are 22/25 years old now.  They are adults.

On a positive note, I was so pumped from hiking that I went and bought myself some hiking boots and poles.  Can't wait to get back out there... goal is to do that soon just not when it's below zero.

Jan 1 hits:
I feel like crap.  I know I need to exercise.  I hadn't really gained, but wasn't losing either... just not feeling good about myself.  I knew I needed to get back on track - so I had to start back up on my Rockin Body routine as it's a 4 week program.  I'm so glad I did.  I'm still trying to get back into logging EVERYTHING but I'm trying.

By the time I weighed in this week I had lost what I had gained AND then some.  I'm so glad I'm getting myself back on track.  This was my goal.  I'm making it happen!

Since september I've lost 33.4 lbs. My total weight loss since joining in March 2012 is 59 lbs.

I'm setting goals not resolutions for the New Year... first goal get back on track.  Second goal - go hiking by the end of January.  Third goal - finish Rockin Body.  Fourth goal - set my next work out program before I finish Rockin Body.  Fifth goal - set new goals.

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After.