Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weight Loss Challenge

Good Evening,

Blog check in to start the week!

Firstly, I have crud in my throat/chest and its driving me INSANE! AHHH! :) But, life is good.

Something positive - I signed up for a weight-loss challenge at snap fitness with my momma and aunt for the next two months. (I was able to just purchase 2 months of gym time, rather than having to sign up long term). The people who lose the most weight (group wise)can win several different prizes. I figure it will be motivating for me, but also for my mom and aunt. (they are going to give us a 4th random teammate.) The nice thing is that Snap is a 24 hour gym! I love that. Plus I still have a Y membership so I can go use their pool when I want. (and their gym of course and take their classes.) So I am happy about that. And excited and motivated! I weighed in at 172. I have about 30 lbs. to lose and hope to lose at least 15-20 by the end of the 8 weeks. (30 would be awesome though! lol).

Thank you to everyone who commented about supplements. I am trying to figure out what I "need" and Melanie today on FB wrote about getting some sort of test where they tell you what things you may be deficient in and need to supplement. Anyone know where you get those? I'd def. be interested in doing one!

Ok - for my gadget loving friends, here is an article you may find interesting:

Tomorrow starts the beginning of this snap-fitness challenge. My official weigh ins will be Mondays for the next 8 weeks. My official starting weight is 172 at the gym. I also plan to weigh in here on my mom's scale because I think there is quite a difference. So I'll have two weigh in weights each week. GS for Gym Scale and HS for Home Scale.

My plan is to eat more cleanly. I don't want to eat processed crap (as I was trying to get away from before) but, it is going to be VERY difficult to do here. (I do not have my own kitchen etc...) But, I will make it work and do my best.

Thank you for reading! <3

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

In a Rut

Hello Everyone

This is a quick check in to let you all know I am still trying to get back into my workouts! I found a great article to share too for those of you who have to eat breakfast on the go!

Before that though, I have something to tell everyone. Most of you aren't from where I am from so you probably haven't heard the news, but two people were murdered in our small town of 10,000. One of those people was someone that I grew up with since toddlerhood. She and her mom and sister lived across the hall from me and we spent so many fun hours of our childhood together. We also went to school together and graduated together and this just sucks. :( Im doing ok but its just been such a bummer and the whole town is in a tizzy. ugh.

Sorry to be a bummer - but the reason I have to talk about it is because it just really affects ones well being when crappy things happen. I can't motivate myself or focus right now and its making me want to eat! What do you do when you feel this way? Anyone have any suggestions?

On a positive note I have a new workout buddy (shoutout to Kristy V) and we are meeting at the Y in the morning. So I am very excited!

Im also still wondering what types of vitamins everyone takes.

Ok - here is the article I said I'd share! :) Hope you enjoy it. And, any feedback would be greatly appreciated! <3

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feeling great - time to start again

A year ago last January I started this blog! Its been pretty spotty over the past year - but it is time again to start. I feel compelled to write.

Firstly, something I have to share. Ive been struggling greatly with anxiety over the past couple of months. Long story short, it has been very difficult - but things are finally turning around and I am finally feeling like myself again! :)
Part of feeling like myself again is doing anything and everything I possibly can to nurture my mind and body. Part of anxiety is constant worry which causes panic - that in turn causes me to feel awful (chest pains, chest and throat tightening, headaches, body aches, upset stomach... the list goes on) which ultimately makes me feel exhausted all of the time. I have been doing breathing exercises and muscle relaxation techniques which really seem to be helping though and I would like to start doing yoga and deep meditation. They are all ways to bring ones mind and body peace and ease.

In addition to the yoga and mediation I have to get into a regimented gym routine. It just makes me feel good. Like I've accomplished something and it helps me stay healthy (plus... hopefully it will help me get skinny! and in shape!!)

Today while in my human biology class I made a list of things I wanted to work on and research and learn about - basically goals :)

Nutritional needs based on body chemistry (my dear friend Carolyn (love you!) wrote today about her disdain for milk and meat - I don't agree with her - but can't disagree until I do research!) :) :)

I'd also like to learn more about the types of food that burn fat naturally. Also, I'd like to learn about what specific nutritional needs we have to work at our most optimal level (vitamins as well as food.)

I would like to learn about yoga and meditation!

I want to do more research about the best types of workouts to build more muscle (reminder! for every pound of muscle you add you burn more calories! read this!

I would also like to do more research about sports physiology.

I am ready to start working toward my trainer license!

SO yes, I am really looking forward to blogging again. I hope you again get some tips and inspiration from me and will contribute as well. <3

Thanks for reading! I'll be writing more!!!