Living 40 plus and fabulous

Living 40 plus and fabulous

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Never forget this...

Here are two things I found on Pinterest that I need to always remember -

Pounds down and a new goal!

As you know for the past several weeks I have not been losing weight and it is kind of discouraging. Well with so much going on at work and not much time for myself I decided on Thursday that I would weigh myself and see where I was at. My food and exercise plan wasn't taking center stage in my life for about a week and a half and I wanted to make sure that I hadn't gained or gained much. To my wonderful surprise I was down 6 lbs! That makes my grand total so far 22 lbs!! I was so excited  that I had to immediately call my mom and sister. I'm not sure if I was holding onto weight because of stress or if the exercise I was doing at work mixed it up enough to make my body do something. Whatever it was I am happy with it.

My 5k race that I had been training for is Sunday. I am very nervous of how much I will be able to jog. Since the 5k at Easter I haven't jogged at all. Oh well, I will do what I can do but I know that I will finish. I have decided that it is also time for a new goal. This one I am trying to recruit people to join me. I am going to set a goal of walking at least 200 miles by Labor Day. My daily movements do not count towards this goal. It basically breaks down to walking 1.5 miles a day. I know that some days I will do more and some I might not walk at all but at least I have something to shoot for. As long as I walk 11.5 miles a week I will have no problem making this goal. My sister and my cousin Molly are all ready to join me in this. Who else is with me??

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Couch to 5K

I may be doing great with my JM workouts but my couch to 5k jogging plan is going slow. Actually it is almost non-exsistent. I have realized that I do not like jogging. I would rather walk for one mile than jog for 1/4 mile. I'm not sure what it is that I don't like but I just don't like it. On Saturday my sister and I decided to do a local 5k here in Bayfield that they had for Easter. It was a tough one for sure. There were a lot of hills and I was only able to run about 1/2 of it. That's good I guess since 2 months ago I couldn't run at all. I will continue to walk and maybe add some bursts of jogging in just to mix it up but I do not see a future for me in running. Good things there is a lot of other types of exercise to do!
Well it seems I am getting behind again in my posts. I am now 2 1/2 weeks into my Jillian Michaels workouts. I completed workouts 1 and 2 last week and moved on to 3 and 4 which I will continue through next week. She really amps up the workouts. I am kind of scared of what is to come. The good news is that I know I will be ready for whatever she throws my way. I can definitely feel myself getting stronger and able to do a lot more different exercises every week (with the exception of planks). Any exercise involving planks is very hard! I will master them though!!! I have been getting up at 6am to workout and that is working great for me. I feel so good all day. The one downside that I have noticed is that I am tired and ready for bed at about 8pm. I'm not sure if my diet is causing this or I what. I will try different foods and see what happens. It might also be that heated mattress pad that I got for Christmas calling me to bed early. It just feels so nice and warm in there. Last week I didn't lose any weight but I feeling a difference in my clothes. I am really trying hard to not get discouraged with low number loss. I know that I am losing inches but seeing the scale go down is easier for me to see than inches. I'm trying to change my mindset and focus on how far I have come since January 1 instead of how far I need to go. I'm doing great and I will keep it up.
Every so often I post my progress on Facebook and that is really helping me keep going. I love the positive feedback that I get from friends. Something else that keeps me going is that a lot of people have told me that I am inspiring them to go work out and get moving. I have never thought of myself as an inspiration and that really means more to me than I can put into words.
Here is a picture of my progress so far -

Before- taken fall of 2011

Beginning of April 2012
I can really see the difference in my body. I'm glad I took this picture to keep me motivated!

Thanks you everyone for continuing to support me and for all the positive feedback!