Healthy habits update

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So I missed posting last week.  I had a post all started, see

But I never got it finished.  Currently, I start things on my tablet and then finish them on the desktop which is shared by 7 of us.  Needless to say, I’m praying for my own laptop and I think that will be one of my first purchases with my affiliate sales money (if I ever make any money that way 😉).

So I guess you could say the with Winter Jonas I really just settled nicely into my hobbit hole and enjoyed the comforts of my pantries.  At the same time though, I knew it wasn’t what I was suppose to be doing and be came more convinced of getting back on track.  I have decided on trying trim healthy mama after enjoying a few recipes from their new cookbook.  I’m working on reading through their new book and am going to take the baby step approach of getting like one meal under my belt and then adding another meal and snack or something along those lines.  I knew at the beginning of the year that this was a journey and not just a  day outing.  So I’m going to take my time and make adjustments slowly and steadily.

I have gotten back into my exercising.  I’m shooting for 5 out of 7 days in a week.  I’m going for weight lifting and cardio.  So far I’m doing well with it.  I added a new workout video to my collection and have a few more in my sights.  Variety is the spice of life after all.  I am attempting to follow a lifting program.  I hesitate to share what it is but this is to help be stay accountable so here it is.  I’m attempting to follow the New Rules for Lifting.  I had attempted it a few years ago and got through like stage 2 or 3 before bombing out.  (That’s about when I felt I was lacking variety- yes, I get bored very easily with some stuff, what can I say) .

So there’s my plan.  I don’t want To be at the end of February and feel like I have not done anything for the first 2 months of the year.  There’s more to that sentence but I’ll share more about that in another post.


November Recap and Goals for December

So here it is December 1st.  Wow, 2011 is almost over.  In Novemeber I logged 1,115 fitness mintues on sparkpeople and had an estimated (I had to use 10/31 and 12/1 for dates) 6.2 pounds lost.  Not bad if I do say so myself.  However, I do seem to be hitting a bump.  Part of the problem is that I’m starting to need some varitey.  Getting on the treadmill 5 times a week is well boring and walking outside is not an option.  Strength training is going well but some days it requires early rises which can be difficult. 19 days in November I met my calorie range.  Of the 10 days I didn’t met that goal 7 of them were under.  That seems pretty good to me.  Also in November I was able to fit in my progress pants and with any luck they will be big until the end of December (think that’s asking for too much?)

So what are my December goals?

I need to lose at least 3 more pounds to be in the healthy range on the BMI chart but I’m going to shoot for another 6 pounds for December.  That will leave me with at least 7 pounds to go at the new year to hit my ideal weight.  Course part of me still isn’t set on an ideal weight sooooo.

I want to finish stage 4 of New Rules for lifting.  This is putting me in a delima.  I should finish stage 4 on 12/16 leaving me 2 weeks until the end of the year.  I already know that my husband will be taking off most of the last week of December so execise time will be limited.  So I don’t want to start another stage until 1/2 (or 1/4 depending on his vacation time).  So I think I will use some of sparkpeoples 10 minute videos so that I’m doing something but not having to wake up early to do so.  Course maybe I will find something else to help break up the 2 weeks, I don’t know yet.

I also want to strive to have 30 out of 30 days that I met my calorie range.  Difficult I know but so long as I plan ahead, I don’t seem to struggle with it all as much.  Hmm, as I sit here pondering what I just wrote, I wonder if that’s asking a lot of myself.  Well it’s a goal, something to strive for so if I don’t met it this month I can try again in January.

I think that about wraps it up.  Here’s to a wonderful December!

Week 5 Progress Made!

Yes, you read that right, I have made progress!  I have progress pants-you know the pants that don’t quite fit but you know with a little effort (work) they can fit.  Well this weekend mine fit.  I was thrilled.  So thrilled that I decided to check my measurements and what did they reveal, that I was losing inches.  Where was quite interesting though.  Yes I had loss just enough to get those progress pants on (which really wasn’t a lot butsome how enough) but I really lost in the chest area.  Perfectly fine with me because I have felt top heavy for a long time.  Sadly though there is no loss in the mid-section.  I know, I know you can “spot” reduce but I was still hoping for “overall” loss not just here and there loss.

So where does that put me for this week.  Well let’s be honest, the holiday isn’t going to help and neither is dh being off work.  With that in mind I kept my goals realistic.

  • drink at least 8 glasses of water daily
  • continue no soda
  • exercise 3x a week
  • finish stage 3 of New Rules of Lifting for Women
  • Stay within calorie range (possilbe making an exception for Thanksgiving)
  • keep sodium in check-last week I couldn’t believe how easy it was to over do the sodium

That’s the plan for this week.

Oh before I forget, last week I didn’t do horrible but I didn’t get in my 10 miles and I had a day or 2 of my calories being high.  Could have been worse and certainly could have been better.

Next week it will be back to the “hard work” as I’ll start stage 4 and get back to my 10 miles a week.

Goals update week 4

Wow, about 1/3 of the way through my personal challenge and feeling good about things.  I found this article quite encouraging and was interested in some of the outside links posted in it.  However, they will have to wait until I get done with all 7 stages of New Rules of Lifting for Women.  I’m currently in stage 3 and should finish it up next Wednesday.  I’ve been meeting my goals lately which is good.  The scale isn’t showing any results yet but I have faith that soon the weight will just be melting off.  That said how many have heard of a “fat shift”.  I’ve only ever heard of this term on the t-tapp site but I bring it up for a reason.  I feel like despite everything I’m doing my gut is getting bigger.  So I’m wondering if this is a possible “fat shift” or is it possible I’m doing something wrong?

On another note, I have given up my soda.  Yesterday I almost failed on that mission and had one but I resisted (with God’s help) and didn’t have one.  Then today I saw this tip on F-Factor about how much you can gain in a year from drinking soda.  I certainly wasn’t helping myself by drinking it.  I was hoping the weight would come off a little faster since I have stopped drinking it but that doesn’t seem to be happening.  Oh well, I’ll just keep working hard and tracking my food.

Here’s to hopefully another successful week.

Moving on

Well I tried to keep going with T-tapp but it just wasn’t happening/working.  With little support from home and lack of results I just didn’t have it in me myself to continue with it. I don’t think it’s the program.  I do believe that if you can get the form right you’ll see results.  That form is key though and I think I was actually doing more “harm than good”.  So I’m moving on, or moving back depending on how you look at it.  I’ve gone back to New Rules of Lifting for Women.    And we got rid of the gazelle and got a treadmill which I’m using 3x a week.  I’m only a week and a half into it but so far so good and I have the support and encouragement of my husband.  That is a big bonus.  Somes times to help stretch out I still use the t-tapp primary back stretch but for now, t-tapp is on the back burner.  I’ll let you know how the new program goes.  I’m also hoping to start the F-Factor “diet” on Sunday.