Starting Jamie Eason’s 12 week trainer today! Cooked up the recipes yesterday and started the meal plan. Lean down operation Summer 2013 is underway…and I have a lot more muscle started this time!
I have been slacking on making actual structured plans and goals for fitness the past few months. I have been more random in picking my workouts because I felt I needed a break from the schedule routine and lately especially I wanted to really enjoy being outdoors hiking and running on trails. I will continue to do that but I need to start scheduling them out better. The past two weeks I have definitely stayed active, but it’s been harder to know when my rest days would be and then taking one messed up the rest of the week and making up for it among other things.
Revisited my daily diet today and really I do well with it…except on weekends. I have been snacking a lot more on weekends with bad stuff, and more serving sizes. This is why I need to keep being more active because it’s definitely just easier since I’m around the house. Last winter was easier to eat well because I was on a weight loss track. Now that I’m not fat I am really noticing some old habits coming back from snacking on the weekends. That is where I used to get myself in trouble and struggle to keep active; maintaining. I’m way past where I used to be mentally so I’m not really worried I will become lazy again, but I do need to clean up and keep my head in the game on weekends.
Working on mixing up my snacks. Something tasty, healthy yet new is just what I need.
I LOVE that my fitness goals are finally performance based and no longer visual/weight/size based.
First of all, I don’t want this to sound wrong so let me say off the bat that I have plenty of fat to burn and know I’m not perfect.
However, I am finally happy with my body where it is for the most part. Besides getting a little bit more lean, which is extremely hard to quantify as a goal, I’m struggling to find something to motivate my routines specifically besides overall body and strength training and adding up my workouts on Fitocracy. I LOVE all of the above and balancing all body parts sounds easy but without feeling like I have a ton to go yet it’s harder than before to motivate myself to really push. I hope that makes sense.
Leveling up on Fitocracy is fun, but I still need to have a method to my training that makes sense to a goal. Besides weight goals and how clothes fit does anyone have an idea how to quantify and measure a goal to get leaner and build a little more muscle definition? I suppose what most fit people do is just some type of exercise every day. I am not interested in competing or group classes but have thought about water sports for the summer for fun activity. My underlying goal will always be to work out somehow every day with a chosen rest day on tough weeks. I am SO happy that this has become a lifestyle for me - that was my original goal above and beyond losing weight and that’s really not a battle anymore. I am very proud of that.
I think I’m going to start working out in the morning. This heat is killing my motivation and making me so sleepy by the end of the day. I’m also going to go through my stack of M&F Hers to make a new and balanced plan. Tonight I’m going to do some legs and stair machine then upper tomorrow followed by intense HIIT.
I DO have a goal to do 10 pull ups in a row by the end of summer, but I’m debating what is a fair date to set that for. I just bought a pull up bar for my house which will aid in that between gym visits and upper body days.
So I’m cutting this week before the beach, and I know I have enough cals in my plan to see me through the day and my workout. That said, I’m snacky! I’ve tried drinking tons of water and eating fresh veggies. I’m in a meeting and trying to concentrate on that instead but all I can think about is eating some carbs. lol
Can’t wait for my workout tonight!
Heavy squats and love handle melting are my June loves.
Was off track more than normal the past week with a busy travel schedule. Need to get back on track and really kill the gym the next 4 days before I’m in my bikini!
It’s nice having some “play” now where I don’t look like a cow in a week if I slip up. But, I know that is usually where I start to lose my progress; I start to feel good about myself and I slowly care less about nutrition. I’m not doing that to myself again!
Back on the fast track of low cals and lots of veggies.
I love mornings, but I’m not a perky morning person as you might picture. I’ve always enjoyed being up while things are quiet and drinking a cup of coffee or just walking around outside. However, I really don’t enjoy working out in the morning. I get more out of a work out late in the day, and I feel like I miss out on the stillness of the morning when I jump right into ass kicking. It’s also a great time for me to talk with God and keep focused on the right things.
This morning I’m still away for business but I forced myself to get a HIIT workout in because I am busy until late tonight when I drive home. I actually did pretty well and feel glad I did, but my stomach was pretty upset with me for being so starved even though I had a small snack first.
Anyway, yay! Here’s to a great day that I don’t have to worry about working out all day long. Cheers to all! The next time I write I will be a certified Pragmatic Product Marketer. lol
So the last few weeks included a vacation and memorial day weekend. I did pretty good keeping up workouts and eating well on all of these, with just a few extra indulgences. My gymboss, resistance bands, and running shoes gave me plenty of what I need while traveling.
That said, I am proud to say I kept my weight where it was the whole time and as of this morning finally am 125 lbs. I’m not watching the scale but I do keep an eye on it from time to time. I have been doing more leaning down type workouts and meal plans than building as much muscle since the beach is approaching, etc. so I’m sure that’s contributing but either way I’m smaller. This week I hit training and nutrition hard and am really stoked about the results, especially since it’s becoming harder to take off fat at this point.
That means I officially met my goal of 125 before bikini! Reassessing now. I would like to see more roundness in my arms and legs so will probably throw in some heavy weight sessions coming up too. Also more to whittle away at around my waist, particularly love handles. I could live with my stomach where it is.
Hitting this back up in order to get fitter this summer! See you there.
Absolutely favorite month of the year. Best weather, favorite annual trip to the beach, my hubby and I started dating this month, me and my puppy share a birthday, all of summer to look forward to….
And this May, it’s been 6 months since I committed to this fitness lifestyle. I have made lots of progress, learned a lot about myself in the process and made tons of progress in sticking with it most importantly. I’m happier than I have ever been in so many aspects of my life. My goal this month is to stick with the new workout routine and meal plan I picked for myself, but to really enjoy who I’ve become with friends and family.
Thanks everyone who’s inspired and pushed me! Here’s to a kick ass summer!
Hope this helps anyone starting out with some things I could have used more clarity on! This is my personal experience and opinion.
It’s been 6 months since I committed to this lifestyle and I’m so proud. Couldn’t be happier with my life and I know I will continue this. I have made an effort to get a hold of many tools to assist with this and my body has changed a lot in the past half of a year. I will be doing a post of lessons learned this week.
As far as my new workout routine I started yesterday, I’m already sore! It feels so good to feel something new and challenging that I know will get me results.