Transformation Tuesdays and some!

Yesterday was Transformation Tuesdays,

It is something I have never participated in until yesterday. I publicly posted to my social networks my weight loss, and my goal of maintaining a healthier lifestyle. I did not expect to have so much support. I am truly thankful for the positive feedback I received. The social networks are not the most positive of places but, yesterday, it was for me! If you didn’t have a moment to read my previous blog, I am 15 lbs down from 198 and currently 7 lbs down from my goal weight. It took me over half the year with set backs, injuries, and snack attacks to just not wanting to workout. I kept going even if I snuck and had whataburger, even if I indulged in cake and apple pies. I pushed through and I hope I motivate someone to keep going. It is tough, nothing worth having is not easy to obtain. You can do it. I am proof!

Here is the picture I posted to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

 

 

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Yesterday I went to my beloved #GarageFit and it was a cardio day. I did 4 sets of 1 min jump rope and 30 seconds of jumping jacks with 2lb weights in each hand. Exhausting! I then did 3 sets of 20 rotating lunges and 15 hills. MY GOODNESS I burned almost a 1000 calories and my heart rate max was 183. I feel the burn a little bit today. Today I am thinking about pumping some air in my bike tires and riding around my neighborhood. I want to participate in Critical Mass this month, but I have other obligations that will preoccupy my time. I can always do the Monday ride, or the Ghost Mass ride to suffice. Anywho happy hump day everybody!

 

How are your fitness goals coming along? Any set backs? What motivates you to keep going?

Pilates Thursdays

I have been staying strong with working out during  my lunch and it is a good thing. I would have never gotten the opportunity to take the classes offered.

I took a Power Class on Weds and let me tell you 440 calories later in 35 minutes I wanted my mama. The lady was tough and criticized my crunch, and push – up forms. She was just what I needed. You cannot tell me that I cannot do something. Trust me I take this as a challenge. Instant competition with myself. That was the best workout I have had in awhile. I showed a lot of enthusiasm. My heart rate reached 186!!!

Today, I took a Pilates class for the first time and it rocked! I got to stretch, work on my flexibility and concentrate on my core. It was amazing. I need to do it more often. Just taking the deep breaths and focusing on particular poses really energized me and relieved some stress!  My knee has limited my flexibility on my right side and that used to be my most limber spot.  I think a combination of this class and maybe a yoga class might help me rehabilitate my knee. It no longer aches and I have more flexibility but I prefer for it to go back to the  flexibility it used to have.

Friday I am going  back to Power Class lady’s class. To die. Well at least feel like it! LOL, and then, after work I am going to meet my sister to participate in an epic bike ride called critical mass. Every Friday at the end of the month, Hundreds of Houstonians come out to do what: Ride Bikes! It is different, it is cooky, and it is right up my alley when it comes to interesting fun. Well, I will blog about that when I have a moment!

It’s Finally Here!

So,

 

I have slaved away, worked out relentlessly,  even on days I did not want to. Yesterday, I FINALLY saw some definition! It is beginning!!!  I have wondered if this day would come. I wondered, if all the clean eating, push ups, and circuits were all in vain. Well 6 weeks into a consistent workout regimen and a better diet ( I have cheated), it’s here! I know you are supposed to be patient, and I am working on that trait, but YES!

This just goes to show you even if you don’t see it, it pays off. Hard work gets the results, and someone can tell you that until you are blue in the face, but, until you physically start to see it, it is not a reality. I know I am not the only one out there who set a goal and thought they would be there a little quicker than they anticipated. Being tall makes it that much more difficult for me to shed pounds. Seriously. I can lose inches like no tomorrow, but pounds. Pshh. My body is against it. I am convinced! lol. So I hope this motivates someone to keep going, keep striving, keep pushing. It will show. It will manifest. I am a testimony! I will post pictures of my one ab later. LOL . (Really there’s just one). Right now I have a water baby (Stomach is full o water).

Oh. Side Note. I do not recommend drinking 2 protein shakes with in a 3 hour period. You will signal that your body just ate a very large meal, and whatever you ate previously will be on it’s way. Learn from my error. O_O (TMI but seriously! I wished someone would have warned me!)

 

3 Days of Rest = Recharged!

I took the better part of  Tues – Thurs off from working out. It was due to me waking up at 6am and going full speed with my day until 11pm-12am. I really wasn’t getting the rest I needed, and in turn I was feeling tired throughout the day. Well 3 days of going to bed early and waking up a little later gave my body the recharge it needed. Rest is important when trying to maintain your health. It’s not all about the diet(as in what you eat), and the workouts you do. Those are important too, but rest is needed so your body can recover.

I went to the doctor this Thursday, a follow up from January, to find that I am still borderline diabetic my sugar was 101 and it is supposed to be in the 90-100 range. Not too bad compared to last time. I also have a vitamin D deficiency . But with a prescription I should be fine. This is one of the many reasons I am trying to up my fitness level. I am battling hereditary diseases and I am at risk for Hypertension,  high cholesterol ( I have that), diabetes, and some other depressing debilitating diseases. People look at me and think no way, you’re too young for all of the ailments to be already knocking at your door. The truth is I’m not. I’m going to be hitting 30 in two years and if I do not take preventive measures now. I will have to struggle to correct what damage I will do to my body later. I’d rather voluntarily do it now vs it being absolutely mandatory later. Scary stuff, but it is simply motivation for me.  On top of that when I change my diet, and workout, I’m going to look better!

 

Here is a little DitPic collage of my progress!  I can see it! I am excited!

 

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Moving Weekend

What a week it has been. I mean there were fireworks non-stop last week. I had an unfortunate blow out with my current roommate. We could not find a way to make our situation workable. It happens, but it is best that we separate and go our separate ways. So this weekend was a moving weekend. It just feels so good to live alone again. To have peace in your household and not walk into a world of dysfunction. If you have ever watched the Roommate is was a milder version of that. Hallelujah I will celebrate with a bottle of wine when I am officially unpacked. This is the 3rd time this year that I have moved. Moving sucks. There is no way around it, but it is an awesome workout! Tomorrow, me and my workout partner will be hitting the gym at our usual 5am time and running in the evenings since it has finally cooled down.

Considering it…

Really feeling like I need to seek counseling when it comes to the issues I have with my mother. I feel like they may be the missing link to my happiness. I mean, I am absolutely happy with myself at the moment and content, I just feel like in order to have any sort of normal feelings for my mother, I will have to speak and learn to deal with these feelings I harbor. I did take the 1st step, letting her know how deep she hurt me and she hurt me when I needed her the most. In the most important times in a young girl’s life, I felt abandoned. I felt blacklisted, I felt like I was just a big target for practice when it came to her and our relationship during my adolescence. Telling the story (which is rare because I refuse to wallow in my past sorrows) hurts every single time, and brings back the pain of abandonment. So I am going to look into counseling. I feel this is the missing link in my life as far a feeling complete. I am everything my mother wanted me to ever be, if not more. I don’t feel satisfied and sometimes counseling can be the key to coping with these feelings. I have had relationships and the minute anything feels as the pain I felt with my mother and our trials, I am quick to cut it off. Story of my life as far as people I have attempted to get to have an intimate relationship with I have found trouble with letting them in. There is like a wall, because I feel as though if I let them in, they can use my vulnerability against me. I have told a handful of people my testimony, but I feel the story isn’t over. I am confident I can find exactly what I need if I seek counseling. I just need to know if my insurance will cover it. I don’t know how exactly I feel about expressing my most vulnerable feelings with someone, but I feel as though I can awaken the self-discovery and unveil what I truly am meant to be and that is happy.