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Willing Saturday to come

I am 5 days into One Week Shred and I am sooooo ready for it to be over.  Exercising twice a day is no joke.  Couple that with I don’t come home straight after work and it has me doing my second workout after 7 pm some nights. 😦

On the plus side, I do feel stronger and like there may be less jiggle going on.  It might be my imagination but I’m gonna go with it.

Next week I will do a cleanse to try to set myself back to eating properly.  The little weight loss that comes from it is an added bonus.  I will continue to exercise but only in the morning.

If by February the scale isn’t moving in the right direction and my clothes are not becoming loose, I might have to take One Week Shred out of the library again. I must confess that the calorie burn is fantastic.

I am getting serious about my health.  Far too many people are getting seriously sick around me.  And when you think about it, your health is so very precious.  We tend to take it for granted until something horrible happens.

So for the next 3 months I am putting myself first.  Time to get rid of the stress and tension from my previous job and find my way back to happy.

One Week Shred

1 wk shred

Be careful what you ask for.

My quest to lose weight get in shape before my next birthday is coming along.  The last time I put One Week Shred on hold at the library it took some time to get to me.  This time not so much.  The universe has spoken. 😥

I have worked out every day since Jan 1.  Yes I know it’s ONLY Jan 4 but still … small steps. 🙂

I picked up One Week Shred yesterday and decided to start it today.

It is 2 workouts a day; a 30 minute strength workout in the morning and a 30 minute cardio session in the afternoon for 7 days.

Oh My Word! I struggled through the strength part this morning.  I am not looking forward to the cardio later.

I just keep repeating that it’s only 7 days and I can do anything for 7 days.

Since I stepped on the scale this morning I think it will be easier to get up and get going.  It was not pretty.

Now to get my chores done so I can do my second workout for the day. *crying silently*

Back on the wagon

For the past week I have been trying to motivate myself to eat the frog.  For those of you new to the party, “eating the frog” is doing the activity you most don’t want to do.  For me that is usually exercising.

I even put a Jillian video in the DVD player so I had one less step to do.

It didn’t work until today.

I got up this morning determined.  I would like to get myself in shape before my next birthday in 3 months.  It might be a bit of an over reach but if I don’t go big I tend to not go at all.

30 Day Shred,which used to be “easy”, had me puffing today.

I have also resurrected my My Fitness Pal account to keep myself accountable.

I will use the next 4 days to get back in the swing of things.

Project Get Healthy is back!! 🙂

Almost failed before I started

I am sore.  But that’s not why I almost failed.

Yesterday when I got up I changed my alarm to an hour later so that when I got in the shower I wouldn’t day-dream the time away.

Guess who didn’t remember to change it back?

I woke up this morning just before 7.  Not really enough time to get a workout in.  So I rolled over and went back to bed.

I was very disappointed.  Even more so when I remembered that I had to run some errands after work so it was unlikely that I would work out then either.

But I managed to surprise myself.

30 Day sculpt

I pulled out this “light” workout and got my 20 minutes in for today.


Yes, I have set my alarm for the proper time for tomorrow.

Off to bed with me so I may get up and work out bright and early.

Just do it

Nike has it right. 
I am starting to feel sluggish.  I stepped on the scale recently to confirm a slight increase in weight.  It could be “water weight” but it’s still additional pounds I do not want.
I read Theodora’s account of becoming someone who works out in the morning and decided I really didn’t have a great excuse not to join her.  So last night I set my alarm 30 minutes earlier and said “let me just do it.”
The alarm went off this morning and I would be lying if I told you I jumped out of bed like a bunny rabbit and went to work out.  I pressed snooze and then crawled back into bed.  Thing is in my head I was thinking “you don’t feel tired, so what excuse are you going to use today?”  Yes sometimes I talk to myself in 3rd person.
Anyhoo … I could not come up with any real reason to stop me from working out.  I even bargained with myself by offering up 30 Day Shred as a “quick” 20 minutes and I didn’t have to follow the advance workout; I could play beginner. LOL
I was out of bed and ready to work out within 10 minutes of the alarm going off.  I was mighty impressed with myself.
At the end of it I was a hot sweaty mess but so glad that the workout monkey was off my back. 
I am feeling a little sore ALREADY!?!
The true test will be tomorrow morning.  Hopefully this starts a brand new routine. Especially since winter is coming and I have a very hard time getting up when it’s dark outside.

I need to stay off the internet

Every so often I wander around the Internet and find new books or videos and I think hey this looks interesting.  The books, I put on goodreads.com for future reference.  But the videos … if the library has them, I put them on hold.

Which brings me to my latest find.  I don’t even remember where I first found it, so I can’t even direct my misery in their direction.

Ballet Beautiful (Source)

15 minute workouts!?!  Sign me up.  However, I should have taken the “trainer to Natalie Portman in Black Swan” as a warning instead of an accomplishment.

The workout was “just” 15 minutes and I cried through ALL 15.  This #$%$%^ lady did 4 or 5 reps of 8 on each side.  ALL AT ONCE.  I was heavy breathing even as I cried.  It was a hot mess.  I hurt.  I hurt.

I did the whole body workout and I am hearing my muscles complaining talking.

I thought Jillian was tough, but I think this lady has her beat.  Pretending to be all nice and gentle then BAM!

I also have this one.  But I’m afraid.  I’m not sure I can handle it.

Ballet Beautiful 2 (Source)

Doesn’t she look all innocent and kind?

18 flights

I may not be able to walk tomorrow.

I went to my BFF’s apartment, dropped my purse and made her get ready.  She didn’t really think we were going.  Silly girl.

She lives on the 18th floor … at the end of the hall … right beside the stairwell.

You see where I’m going with this right?

Going downstairs was not bad at all.  Then we walked to the track and walked around the track 6 or 7 times.  I lost count.  At that point, it was dark and my watch said we’d been moving for more than 30 minutes so it was time to head back.

We had to pass the elevator to get back to the stairs.

I was very tempted and if it looked like it was going to come soon I would have waited.

Her stairs seem shorter than mine as I was not feeling pain when I hit the 4th floor.  But that was short-lived.

It hurt  BADLY, but I was determined not to stop and not to quit.  I kept thinking of my TV boyfriend Chris Powell when he yells at folks during their fight or flight workout.

When I returned to her apartment, I was spent.  I stretched a bit and waited for my BFF since I left her on the 6th floor.

She came in shortly after and confessed that she only made it to the 11th floor then took the elevator. 😦

We hung out for a while.  Had some wine and cake.  Very counterproductive I know.

Then I came home and almost cried when I realized I would have to walk up 5 flights of stairs to go home.

Really getting back on the bandwagon

I am not sure if I have ever wrote this but I am vain.  It’s true.  There are lots of things I do not for the health benefit but because it makes me look good.  Don’t judge me!! LOL

I have been procrastinating working out for most of this month.  Even after I publicly declared that I was going to get back to it.  Yeah epic fail so far.


Over the weekend my cousin came to visit and took some pictures and just sent them to me …

Sunny is not looking look her best.

So I called up my BFF and we are going walking tonight.

Nothing like “reality” to get you back in the game.

PGH – 8/8/14

30 Day sculpt

Since I’m starting slow, I pulled this off the shelf and dusted it off.  I am feeling my muscles again.

I am on track to hit my 10 minutes/day so far.  I must confess that I missed Monday & Tuesday.  But I worked out 20 minutes on Wednesday & Thursday to make up for it.

Sunday night I stayed up too late watching movies with my girls.

On Monday my Father said he was coming over between 8:30 – 9 am.  I woke up at 8:45 and hustled to get ready.  Then I waited.  And waited.  And waited.  And just when I was going to lay on the couch and have a little nap, the phone rang and he was here.  4+ hours late!?!  I was not impressed.

Anyhoo … he didn’t stay long and I had to get ready to pick up my Aunt and take her to a family get together.

My Aunt is usually an early to bed kinda gal and Sunday she surprised me by not requesting to leave until 11:30pm.

Needless to say I was busted on Tuesday.  So much so that I went to bed early.  Very unusual for me.

Now I just need to work on exercising first thing in the morning on the work days.  Would make my life so much easier.

Starting slow

It have been far too long since I have exercised.

On Wednesday I went out to dinner with my BFF and she declared that she had gained 10 lbs in 3 weeks and needed a partner to go walking with.  I was “voluntold” that would be me.

Friday was supposed to be our first walk but it was raining cats and dogs, it was canceled.

I intended to do something at home, but that didn’t happen.

So this morning when I got up I turned on my DVD player and did a light 10 minutes before I could change my mind.  It’s not much but I was huffing and puffing. 😦  My fitness ability has dramatically dropped. 😦  I gotta get it back.

One of my cousin’s had the idea to do the Toronto Zoo 10K run.  But given our lack of training … this has been deferred.  Plus it is completely booked.  We will have to get on it earlier next year.

I am publicly making the commitment to move every day this month for at least 10 minutes.  I have to get back in the routine of moving.  Time to get Project Get Healthy back on track.