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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bikini Comp Saturday night in Ohio!

I have some blog friends (I guess I can call them friends) that are competing in a bikini competition in Ohio this weekend. They are STUNNING!!! Go check them out and leave a comment cheering them on.

Jessica is competing in her first competition and recently lost a significant (I think 5 pounds is significant) amount of fat and inches and she looks AWESOME! Here are her before and afters, kind of. There will be more afters of her at the actual competition which we will see next week I am sure.

Becca is competing in her 2nd (I do believe) bikini comp and has also competed in a figure comp. Here are her most recent photos that she posted.

They are true inspirations for this starting from scratch bikini competitor (me) so I love following along in their journey's. I am so glad I happened upon them. They seem beautiful inside in addition to what you see on the outside.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Personal Trainer...WOOT WOOT!

If you keep up with me then you might remember in early September I announced here on my blog that I was strongly considering doing a bikini/figure competition in June 2010. Go here to see that blog.

Well ever since then I have struggled a bit with my belief on if I could do it and if I really wanted to put in the time to do it.

My unbelievably supportive husband keeps encouraging me and tells me "you are doing it, I know you want to and if you don't you will always regret it." and he is right.

I had my 35th birthday on October 19th and a few days before that when I was a little down in the dumps and not knowing what to do he informed me that him and my Mom are going to pay for a personal trainer for me to work with. WHAT? I was in tears with excitement and dis-belief. This is just what I need. The food I can do but the exercise I struggle with. The consistent exercise at least. Meeting with someone weekly to push me and for the accountability would just be AWESOME!

J even found one on-line that he thought might be a perfect fit....and I met her today in person and she ABSOLUTELY IS the perfect fit. I knew when she walked in the door at the coffee shop and she reached out to hug me (I am a hugger so I loved that) that she and I would be a perfect match. To top it off she is 37 and the mother of two young kids almost exactly my kids age. GO FIGURE!!

So without hesitation and an hour of talking to her I am starting THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th at 5:30 AM at her in-home gym and I could not be more excited about it.

I will try to post on Friday after my session if I can lift my arms. HA Seriously, I have not worked out hard in several months. This will be an adjustment for me but a welcome one and I truly can't wait for it. I know I will feel GREAT in my mind at least when I leave there. I am raving about her and I haven't even worked out with her yet. I do love her personality though but I might dis-like her at 6:30 AM. HA!

Here she is in action on a youtube video. WOW!! Talk about impressive. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndujx-4z0HI
She competes in tri-fitness competitions. Google it if you want to know more b/c I don't know a lot about it.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fresh start

As I said last week I have put myself in maintenance mode with small bites of this and that here and there and exercising sporadically. Doing this is fine if I wanted to stay where I am but this girl has GOT SOME GOALS so I gotta get on the ball if I want to reach them.

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours prepping some food, chicken, fish, steak, spinach and lettuce. I am eating this menu for the week:

B - 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 5 egg whites
S - rice cake and peanut butter
L - 6 oz. chicken cooked in lawry's teriyaki, lettuce with spray ranch, 1 cup of milk w/ 1 scoop of protein powder
S - 4 oz. steak, 1 cup of steamed broccoli
D - 6 oz. fish and spinach salad w/ balsamic vinegar dressing

I finally bought myself a digital food scale and I was able to measure the exact portions of the meat. YEA!!! I can't believe I have waited so long to buy this. Oh well, better late than never.

I will get in 4 fasted cardio workouts this week also.

So far so good today with my food plan. I did not work out this morning which is fine. I am still on target for my exercise plan.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Moving along but getting no where

The title of todays post says it all. I am exercising some and eating relatively well but just standing still as far as inches and weight goes. This was not my intention a few weeks ago. Getting from good intentions to more action is what I need.

My food is always relatively good. I eat the right foods 85% of the time and when I don't eat healthy for me foods I don't just gorge myself and those times are few and far between. I have made some great choices too when really un healthy choices were right in front of me. Those things I am pleased with.

I have ramped up the exercise a bit which is a plus and I am doing it more frequent.

Even though I am doing those things well they are not good enough for the next step I want to get to. If I want to drop more fat and possibly do a figure/bikini comp I have to improve on both aspects. No two ways about it.

Not that I am in a bad place where I am b/c I am totally not. I feel good and I look fine. No one is pressuring me at all to lose more weight or stand on stage in a bikini. This was all my own thoughts. I just have to make a decision if I want to do the work that needs to be done in order to get to my next goals that I have thought of in my mind. I know I can do it if I want to. I think I am just not sure how bad I want to. Either way is fine for the support group around me. They love me at 200, 150 or 120 pounds. I just have to make sure I make the right decision for myself and that is the bottom line.

Decisions. I hate decisions sometimes. I am thankful that I get to make them but don't you wish sometimes someone else would just make them for you then you would just know what you wanted/should do.

Oh well, such is life. I will make my own decision then I will move on with the action that it takes to get to or stay at that place.

Monday, October 19, 2009

TODAY is my BIRTHDAY!!

WOOT WOOT!! I have made it one more year on this wonderful earth and today, Monday, October 19th I have now turned 35!!!

It is very hard to comprehend actually. I still feel like I should be about 25 or in my late 20's maybe. NO WAY should I be 35. CRAZY!!!

Although I am not sure I look it I am feeling it. I continue to have issues with my back/neck and it is driving me crazy. I am just not sure how to remedy it for the long term. My knee on the other hand is much better since I have been avoiding running, squat and lunges. I am happy about that big time.

Overall, I am doing well. I have not been exercising like I need/want to be and my food has been average. It hasn't been nearly as good as it needs to be so that I can drop some fat. My mind just isn't in the game.

I am thrilled though to have made it one more year alive and well on this wonderful earth and I am anxious to see what the next year holds for me.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nothing new.

Man, I am BORING!! I don't have anything big to report which is why my blog has been somewhat neglected. I am doing well. Just eating good and doing my AM workouts.

I have been logging my food for 2 weeks now and this is HUGE for me. YEA!!! I got up and worked out 4 mornings last week and I am 2/2 for this week so far.

I do need to kick up the intensity though. I know this so I MUST do this. I just need to have the attitude that if I am up out of my bed with my workout clothes in then I need to make the most of it. No dilly dallying.

The scale isn't budging at all, still around 148ish. It hasn't even peaked at 147. I think I might go for a while and not weigh. I don't want to get discouraged b/c I am eating right and exercising. I just need to trust the system and maybe weigh 1 time a week or maybe every 2 weeks or maybe even less frequently than that. I can tell in the mirror I am slightly smaller and that is what really matters. I know that with consistent eats and workouts that the scale will eventually move down.

Biggest Loser is on TV tonight. I always look forward do that.

Any Desperate Housewife watchers out there? I LOVE THAT SHOW!!! I think it is so entertaining. Biggest Loser and DH are the only two shows that I watch faithfully but I do love those two and I won't miss them. I DVR them and then after the girls are in bed I cruise through them and fast forward the commercials.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Staying afloat and feeling good

I haven't had much time to post to my blog recently which is why my posts haven't been very frequent. I am doing well though. I am 4/4 on the morning workouts and my food has been solid. I am drinking my gallon of water daily.

We have a Razorback football game this weekend and I have my food all planned out for it. I am treating Saturday and Sunday this weekend just like I would a Monday or Tuesday. I have to or every single weekend I will negate my results that I get through the week.

It is FOGGY here as I type this. It just rolled in. I have an amazing view from my office window and I can't see very far out of it b/c of the fog. We are expecting LOTS of rain to hit our area anytime. They are saying 2-7 inches depending on how the storm rolls in. Let's hope we are closer to the 2 although that is still a lot of rain. Could be worse though b/c it could be 7 like some are going to get.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2/2 on the AM workouts

CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY!! We all know it but doing something about it is another story. In order to get to a goal such as competing in a figure/bikini comp you have to be CONSISTENT. Without it you willl never make it.

So with saying that I am 2/2 on the AM workouts this week. I am determined to make this a habit and a CONSISTENT habit at that. I must do it LONGER than 3-4 weeks at a time and then stop. That will not cut it.

With 2 AM workouts for the week I know I will get in the next 3. I can't fail now b/c I have started off too well. Plus, Monday and Tuesay are my hardest days of the weeks to get up so the rest of the week should be cake, right? Ha, cake, what an awful analogy. I wouldn't mind having some cake about now. Actually, I really want popcorn. A bag of popcorn form the Target concession stand thing. I must avoid Target which is pretty easy to do for me thankfully (it is on the other side of town from where I live). I have a 100 cal pack of popcorn at home so I might enjoy that tonight to keep me from caving and eating more than just popcorn.

Oh, hunting season started. I actually don't have my license yet and I don't want to attempt to kill anything until I am aboslutely legal. I did go with J the other day though and we saw 2 small bucks and that was entertaining. Then he actually shot at a BIG BUCK on Sunday afternoon BUT he can't find it. He trailed the blood for a ways but then it stopped. We went looking for it last night and as we were going down to the place where we were going to split up we jumped a deer and it looked really similar to the one he shot at and for it to be in that place that he knows his went to, it appears that might be his deer and he actually isn't dead. Hmmmm. He think she might have shot a little in front of where you should and he is just slightly wounded. He was moving pretty good when we saw him though so he isn't suffereing. I really hope J gets another shot at him at some point. This is a big buck to be around our area.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Our winning blog.

Go here to see the blog that Corinne did about J and I winning the couples challenge. It shows before and after pictures. I hope he doesn't mind that I link this here. Even though he has a ways to go I think making any progress of any type is forward progress and you should be proud of it. I am so proud of him and the eating changes that he has made that I want to show it off so go check out the difference that 20 pounds made on him. I already posted my before/afters so you have seen those.

We are having a GREAT week. I have been in and out b/c my parents (babysitters) are out of town so I have been spending some time with the girls. We have been having fun.

J's 8th grade team won their football game last night. YEA!!! We were so excited. They played really well.