Monday, April 30, 2012

Who need sleeping aids....

...when you can just work out till your body drops!  Today, I didn't have to go to work.  Instead of sitting around relaxing I did my strength workout and then went on a walk with my dog and added some HIIT in the middle.  After that I changed my pants, for more coverage, and mowed my mother's yard.  Shower and a nap were in order after that, b.o. and all.  Yoga finished off the day. 
      To say that I am tired is an understatement.  I did fairly well on the food front.  At least as far as calories go I was good.  I was lacking on the nutritional front for lunch, but since at that point I was twice over what I plan to burn every day (500 calories, burned over 1,000 by lunch) I won't be too harsh on myself.  'Learn the lesson and move on' is the motto I try to live by.  Now to get to bed before the storm breaks so the rain can lull me to sleep.

Huggs til Tomorrow!

Today's Inspiration

Today I was picking mostly white costumes for some odd reason.  Not only was this a great dance piece showing pauses and musicality but her white costume was not shocking in it's sheerness.  I also love how the skirt moved.  I found two videos with the same costume.  I really love her musicality and that costume!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

First Check-in

Boring old check-in with measurements and a monthly fitness test.

Bust: 46.5 inches
Waist: 40 inches
Hips: 47 inches
Weight: 246 lbs.

Monthly Fitness Test:
Pushups on Toes, max. reps in one minute: 12
Full Sit-ups, max. reps in one minute: 14
Step Test* : 94

*Step Test: Step up and down one step for 3 minutes. Sit down for one minute.  Measure your heart rate.  It shows how fast you recover your resting heart rate.

The measurement I will post weekly.  The fitness test I will do the last Sunday of every month.  The more ways you track your progress, the more likely you are to actually see your progress.

Today's Inspiration

Fahtiem used simple but effective veil moves. She shows that it does not have to be difficult to be exciting and captivating.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Starting Over for the Hundreth Time

I find that I restart more often than not. While most people might see this as a bad thing, I note that at least I restart. This restart is inspired by a phrase that Cassey Ho of blogilates came up with, "Train insane or stay the same." While she is in much better shape than me, she is a source of inspiration as she is constantly pushing herself to be more healthy. The basics of my plan is simplicity.

       Nutrition is said to be at least 80% of results. For my nutrition plan I will be following a clean eating plan of 6 "meals." Three meals will include protein, carbs, and fat. Protein and carbs will make up the remaining three meals. Fruits and vegetables are carbs. I will aim for 3 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables. Most foods will be whole foods, as close to their natural state as possible. This will cut back on the prep time for meals as well as cut back on unnecessary calories. I will try to limit my grains to whole grains. For protein sources I will use mostly chicken, nuts or fish. The exception will be my morning shake that has protein powder, Greek yogurt and peanut butter in it.

       Training is the next 10% of the equation. For month one through five I will be using Shape's Bikini Body Countdown workout. Each month they come out with a different workout that is slightly harder than the month before. This will be my strength training. For my cardio training I will be alternating HIIT and moderate cardio aiming for 30-60 minutes a day. Mainly walking and running for this. I will also be continuing my yoga and bellydance classes on top of that. Also on top of that is any house or yard work. Staying moving even when I am not "working out" is part of the goal.

        Today I didn't eat so hot but it was much better than I normally do on the weekend, so I will take it as a win. I started out the day with my breakfast shake and a glass of water. For lunch though I had Taco Shop's enchilada dinner which had two enchiladas and beans all with cheese and cheese sauce on them. For dinner I did about the same, a small hamburger, side salad and jello from Spangles. I would have been fine there if I skipped the ice cream sundae, but at least I got a small one. I did my strength and HIIT workouts but only did one round of each. I give myself one week and then I am bumping it up to two rounds for each. It will be really hard for me but anything worth having is hard to get.

Starting point for this time: