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Re-focused, re-energized, re-motivated

What a fantastic workout yesterday!!! It’s not that I don’t usually have great workouts, because I surely do – most days, in fact. But you know how sometimes a workout is just SO DAMN GOOD?! Well, that was yesterday.

Trainer and I did a full hour of just back work. He worked out with me, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoy the “I go, you go” routine of partnering. Have never been much of a “partner” sort of gym person, but I can totally see where the advantage is for occasional switch ups.

Approx 2/3 the way through the back workout, I got the endorphin rush. Then the hot guy I love to watch showed up, so the adrenaline kicked in (LOL!!!).  I kept going on biceps after trainer and I were finished and then put in 45 mins cardio. I kid you not, by the time I left, I had so much energy I felt like I could run a 10K, easy. I was flying high!!

Even today, I want to shout from the rooftops about how good I feel. Some DOMS, but very little, considering the thrashing we put my back through. I think that means I’m doing something right!

As a result of the talking-to I gave myself Sunday (read: perspectives blog on my bodyspace site) and a very focused day at work + a killer workout, and I feel like I could easily take on just about anything today.

Have a great week everyone!!! I’m off to Denver tomorrow to see a friend I’ve had for 20 years this year. Will be keeping on track as much as possible while there, but am not going to kill myself for not being 100% on plan. I know that we’ll be active enough, and I know how to keep my diet under control.

 

Journey 2012 — what will this year bring??

Funny how “journey” and “january” can look so similar.  As the year begins, most of us will take time to set goals for the upcoming 12 months, as though the clock striking midnight on Jan1 were some magical occurrence that has the power to change our lives.  Truthfully, if that’s what you believe, then that is exactly the power it has.  Too many of us, though, do not take time to look back and figure out what went right and wrong in the past 12 months.  This month, I will do both.

Looking back:

I started 2011 with my first ever half-marathon, which I did in DisneyWorld in Florida, USA.  To say that this kicked off a year of fitness and weightloss would not be an understatement.  Just knowing that I could not only complete a half-marathon, but that I enjoyed it, was HUGE.

I have been on a 6-year journey to lose the >100 lbs I put on since I was 18 and I made a decision at the end of 2010 that I am finally going to do this.  I do not expect it to come off immediately and I know that it requires a ton of hard work.  That, I can do.  I am finally at a place, mentally and physically, to be able to put the work in, and I decided nothing is going to stop me.

On May 29, 2011, I completed my 2nd half-marathon.  That’s right – I did two in 6 months.  The feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming!!  I celebrated by starting with a personal trainer the next day (what can I say, I’m a sucker for punishment, I think).

After 7 months of training 3x/week with a trainer and 3x/week on my own, I show no signs of stopping.  My body has changed in incredible ways.  I can lift, pull, drag and carry more weight than I ever thought possible, and I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight.

I reached a goal!!!

I finally broke through 200lbs on the scale.  Yes, I am posting it here, for the whole world to see (if they so choose), that I used to weigh more than 200lbs.  In fact, I used to weigh 265lbs back in 2006.  (gross, right? I agree.)

Well, it turns out that hitting 199 on the scale was a tipping point for me, but not in the way you would expect.  I truly truly thought, this whole time, that my goal was 24% bodyfat (approx 160/170lbs).  Apparently not!  My goal, in my head, was breaking through that 200lb mark.  I know this, because I had a mini-breakdown after it happened and I spent an entire weekend in the most foul mood you can imagine.  (honestly, I almost threw things in my apartment.  the only thing that stopped me was knowing I’d have to fix it or clean it up)

Now what??  Looking forward:

So now….I need a new goal.  Yes, my goal is still 24% bodyfat, but I need something to work towards to propel me to that goal.  I am considering a number of options, but the forerunner at the moment is a Femsport Challenge, which is a crossfit competion being held on the day before my 34th birthday.

Ideas are welcome!

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