What's with the name?

What's with the name? In my mid-twenties, I had essentially gone through one kind of life and am starting to enter another. The people that are probably going to read this blog know exactly what I'm talking about - but for those who don't know, here's a brief rundown . Cheers to Chapter 2! A journey in health in many ways, and to be the best version of myself I can possibly be. I am also a blogger for GreenMommas.com. This is my blog.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

September Recap [Month 7] : Effort = Reward

September [Month 7] Progress

 -6lbs / -48 total

I'm playing catch up - figure I might as well combine my last two weeks and end of month post in one, long post. Here it is.

I've always been raised to believe that you can literally do anything if you put your mind to it. If you try really hard and focus on what you're doing, you'll get what you seek in time. I believe that still to this day and it's something I'm trying to teach my five year old.

So naturally, I wanted to apply this to my fitness routine, starting last week. I know some of you are probably thinking 'aren't you trying hard enough already' to which I reply 'I can always do better'! Pushing boundaries was my game plan this week, in any way I could. My muscles haven't been sore for a long time and my calorie burn for workouts was dropping as my body was getting used to what I was doing. Last Tuesday, I shocked it by upping my weights in nearly all of the bodypump 'tracks'. Let me explain a little bit about bodypump. You use a bar and add weights on to it to do different music tracks. There is a track for each muscle group - legs (squat track), chest, bicep, tricep, abs and a lunge track (more legs!). There are three sizes of circular weights to add on to the bar : small (1kg), medium (2.5kg) and large (5kg). From where I started over six months ago, I have nearly doubled (or more than doubled) my weight on each track. Probably the cooler thing (at least for me) is I am out-lifting most of the boys in the class, and in some cases the instructor! I added on a little more weight, this week and last and it seems to really be helping my calorie burn in all classes. Because it's always in the back of my head if I don't keep upping the anti, I'll never get to where I want to. Here is a quick video of the latest bodypump class [82]:

Now I have probably about twice the weight for most tracks as the instructors in the video do. And that makes me feel powerful! BTW this is not the class here, but I want to know where I can do bodypump with the club lighting they have going on there.

Also, my son was resting on my shoulder this last weekend and said "mommy, your arms are big!". So naturally I asked "what do you mean buddy, like big and squishy". My lovely child replies "no, there is a big hard bump here" [points to my tricep]. I had to feel it myself, and it's in there - a strong and wonderful muscle waiting to be revealed as I keep losing weight.

Workout last week :

Monday : Spin & Sculpt = 483 calories

Tuesday : Bodypump = 501 calories

Wednesday : Spin & Sculpt = 501 calories

Thursday : 2.8 mile walk = 330 calories

Saturday : Short Pinterest strength workout = 200 calories (for 30 min)

Workout this week : 

Tuesday : Bodypump = 525 calories

Wednesday : Spin & Sculpt = 480 calories

This week I tried to give myself an off week. I really tried hard given advice from some of my instructors. When you're training, you're supposed to give yourself a rest week to let your body and muscles recover, ideally you should do this every 8 weeks or so. Considering it's been 30 weeks with no break really for me (actually maybe one in June when we went to the Cape) I figured it was time for another one. I hadn't actually planned for a rest week, the crap weather and crazy week at work allowed me to take the week off. It was hard not working out, and I won't lie I feel like a blob right now. I realize that it's only been three days since I've worked out, but I don't like how I feel right now. Although on the bright side, I feel pretty rested. I got to sleep in Friday, and honestly spent a good portion of Saturday in bed catching up on Netflix, hoping the overcast and rain would clear so I could do something, ANYTHING active. But it didn't, so I didn't. I know I needed this break, but I'm ready to dive in and make a plan for next week. I've signed up for cardio kickboxing on Thurday instead of letting it be my day off. When I lost weight in highschool I absolutely loved kickboxing. Now that it's offered at work, I'm really thrilled to try it again.

It's the end of month 7 and I've lost 6 lbs this month. I think that is pretty good given I took a rest week and I upped my weights in bodypump the last two weeks (muscle weighs more than fat). Taking out the measuring tape, I lost 2.5" off my waist this month [!!!] and another inch off my hips. Man, wish I had been doing measurements all along.

Wow. Down 48lbs total. Which means next month will be the 50lb mark. I'm almost half way there. Here's how that looks. I took this pic two weeks ago because I was too lazy to do another. I'll get a good one at -50.

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