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Getting back to the Sports Club

After the disaster of December at work (happens each year), which is going into work in the dark and coming home in the dark. I have recently started going back to the Sports club. The end of the third week and feeling a lot better, since moving up in resistances on most of the machines. Tired but feeling a lot better and starting to slowly lose the beer belly. Hoping for another few weeks that I can get back to the routine I had before December.

Lost More Weight!

I I've lost 2.1 pounds in the last week! Yea! I still need to work on improving my metabolism rate and resisting all of the holiday sweets.

Getting Closer to My Goal

I've lost four pounds since September. I thought I would have gained some instead since I've laxed on exercise. I have been walking to and from bus stops instead of driving. I need to stop consuming so much sugar and non-whole-wheat grains. I have been eating more vitamin rich carb veggies. Instead of eating candy or other sugary foods, I've been trying to eat fruit. When I do eat something sugary, I set a limit and only eat a tiny bit to fill my craving. I also recently went on a cleanse, which I think helped a bit.

My chest congestion is gone though, so I can start being more active. I need to stop sitting on the couch; even sitting on one of those exercise balls instead would be something if I'm bounce the whole time I'm on it. That way I can be productive with homework and exercise at the same time when I'm at home, or I can be on it while I work on craft projects. I need to start going back to the gym, but I don't have a motivating partner right now. I've been at school and work until late, and it's been very hard to get up early in the mornings like I would prefer. Having to depend on the bus has really been limiting my time.

Noticeable Success!

I went Christmas/birthday clothes shopping with my mom (because for those events I really just wanted a wardrobe overhaul as gifts) this last weekend. She and I picked out large clothes for me to try on, since I am accustomed to wearing that size. When I tried them all on, none of them fit; they all TOO BIG. We had to go down a size in everything. I know it's not the sizing of just one company either, since we went to multiple stores and tried on clothes from various companies. I really have lost a lot of body fat. I'm so proud of myself. ^_^ This means I'm getting even closer to my target fitness. (It also helps that during the weekend, I bought a little exercise ball for $0.10!)

Thighs Lunge Exercise Routine

I got this from the FitFlop website. You don't need these shoes to do the exercises.

KNEE NOTE: If you’re a little weak in the knees, try lunging on a step, so your front foot is elevated. And don’t let your knee go further forward than your ankle when you’re in the bottom-most spot of the lunge, as it can add additional pressure to your kneecap.

Start on Sunday, with 25 lunges on each leg.

Recover on Monday with a brisk 2 mile walk.

On Tuesday, do four sets of 15 lunges on each leg.

Rest Wednesday with a brisk 3 mile walk and three sets of ten push ups (against a wall, on your knees, and then full)

On Thursday, do four sets of 20 lunges on each leg.

On Friday, climb 50 - 100 steps two at a time. Squeeze your glutes as you push off your front leg.

Saturday rest but avoid the sofa.


Trying to Stay Motivated

My weight is frustrating me, hovering between 135 and 140 pounds. I need to be eating carbohydrates more responsibly, consuming less of them and eating them when I'm most active. I think the meat I've been eating has been a bit too rich lately. I have been good with vegetables and fruits though. I need to pay closer attention to sugars, especially with Halloween coming up. I have practically cut out dairy, getting vitamin D and calcium from veggies and soy milk. I've also been taking a women's multivitamin twice a day.

I'm taking a swimming conditioning class twice a week. Belly dance class started on Tuesday, and with a performance in December, we're practicing twice a week. I'm also taking aerobic/toning classes at the recreation center on campus twice a week. Next month hiking season starts at the preserve, so I'm going to be hiking three to four hours on Saturdays.

I'm hoping all of these workouts and exercises will further help me in reaching my target weight. I still have about 10 pounds or so to go. I didn't reach my goal of weight by this last June as I had planned, which is ok, since I'm still working at it. More importantly, I'd like to loose a size or two and become stronger, which is where the real results are.

Getting smaller

Two weeks ago I got to hang out with some friends that I haven't seen in a while. It felt great to get lots of compliments on how much weight I have lost.

I need to start wearing a belt again. I used to wear one when I was between sizes or when I my clothes got too big, but I just kept forgetting about it. I remembered this morning only to discover that it's two inches too big. I have to get out my hand dremel or some other sharp poky-bit and make some new holes.

I want to get back down to a 25 inch waist, but I'm not sure how practical that is. I'm doing a cleanse right now; maybe that will help. If anything, it should help me feel better.

Motivations is Great

So after about a month, I started going back to the gym. I was so proud of myself. I had been meaning to go but kept coming up with excuses. I was too tired, didn't have time or just forgot. I was just carrying around the extra weight of my gym stuff for a while but not actually using it. I'm going again today. I felt so great afterwards, and the gym wasn't to stifling hot yesterday. The weight room is the best to work out in during this summer heat, since it stays the coolest and seems to have more air circulation.

I have been keeping track of my weight every week though, so I've been good about that. I have also been trying to keep eating healthy, too. Friday, being a partying holiday, was bad. I was sick for three days from eating so much junk food. It was bad. Well made from scratch chocolate cake is evil. I knew better, but I kept eating it. The pain was not worth it. I will not do that again for a very long time; actually I think I learned my lesson. No thank you. :P

Day two - Trailer

Thought I'd post this so others could see what I'm talking about if you haven't heard of it yet.

Day 2..

This little monster actually brags about other Wii users in the house who signed up. It even reminded me to brush my teeth before I went to bed.

It says I lost 3 pounds, could be I keep choosing the wrong 'clothes heaviness' option. Told Jason he gained 5 :P HAH! But its encouraging to see the little graph drop down a point or so.

Unlocked more Yoga Positions and a couple more balance games, interestingly I found myself on it 50 minutes than 30.. thats with doing a few of the games more than once (addicting!). An advanced Hula Hoops.. wow, insanity.

Overall Its working, you can feel muscles you didn't even knew had names aching the next day.