How Am I Going To Make It?!

All of a sudden, the week has become hectic.  I'm trying to find a daycare for my son, I'm trying to pay bills and balance my budget.  I've got play dates and school to worry about, and it's taking a toll on me!  I am so unmotivated today.  I feel like working out is on the back of my list.  I feel like it could be possible for me to skip working out all together!  This is the first time I've gotten into this mindset since starting my workout over two weeks ago.

There are always going to be times where I feel like this, but it's up to me to make it work.  It's up to me to stay committed and accountable.  And I'm confident I can do this, I just have to shut out all the crap going on around me.  This makes me wonder...

HOW AM I GOING TO DO IT?!  I plan on going back to work next month.  Not only that, but I plan on attending school.  I plan on working full-time, attending school, and working out every day?!  OMG, what have I gotten myself into?!  Just thinking about it makes me a little sick.  I have so many other obligations, what am I going to do so that I make sure I work out and follow my new eating habits continuously?

Well, it all comes back to my motivation.  Why am I doing this?  What's the purpose?  How do I keep myself on the right path?  I've got to look deep within to find those answers.  I'll update you when I figure something out.


Food/Supplement Idea of The Week

Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breast, Asparagus, and Ricotta Noodles

So, I decided that I needed to go all out so you guys could see something yummy and good for you!  I went to the store and started searching for fresh foods.  Non-fat foods, low sodium foods, etc.  So in my trip I came up with a concoction.  As you can see above, I cheated a little by putting cheese on my noodles, but it's non-fat cheese! lol.

*Disclaimer* I did not measure the caloric intake of this, but did an estimate on my phone application.  I also spent a very low amount on these items, so that you can see that it is easy and cheap to make healthy food! :)

Here's how I cooked my food:

  • Chicken Breast: 
    • Rinsed it off and placed it in a baking sheet.  Added fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, and pepper.  Baked it in the oven for 20 minutes. (or until cooked)
  • Asparagus:
    • First I boiled it for about 5 minutes.  Then I placed olive oil and minced garlic into a pan and sauteed them in the garlic for about 3 minutes.
  • Noodles:
    • I boiled it according to the box.  After draining, I placed them back in the pot with olive oil, garlic, pepper, low-fat Italian dressing and balsamic vinegar.  After I cooked it I sprinkled some cheese on top.
This meal took me approximately 40 minutes total to prepare and cook.  It was good and healthy!  I can not wait to make some more things like this. :)

Two Weeks Down: What Am I Doing?!

So Sunday was weigh in... and still the same WEIGHT!  You don't even understand how PO'd I was.  But, I continue to tell myself that my body is adjusting to the muscle mass I am building.  I did save a pair of pants from 5 years ago, a Juniors size 13.  Because I was so upset, and I did not see the change on the scale, I decided to try on those pants.  Low and behold, they fit me! (A little big I must say).  In 2008, I was in a size 18 and the size 18 fit me really snug.  Right before I got pregnant with my third son in 2009 I was a size 16.  Now, I am a (misses) size 14 or smaller!  I was so ecstatic yesterday.  That goes to show that something good is happening here!  I do feel smaller.  I am able to hold my stomach in better.  My clothes are all big (a shopping spree needs to come sometime soon! lol). 

I have looked online at the results of the p90x and I have come to the conclusion that most everyone gains weight within the first week, and doesn't lose significant weight until the third cycle.  So I am keeping my faith in the p90x and hoping that my hard work will pay off!

Yesterday was day 15, chest and back.  It took me a long time to get motivated.  I seriously wanted to skip out on the workout, but I found the motivation somewhere and pushed play!  I tried really hard, and pushed myself to the limit.  By about 40 minutes in I was feeling nauseous, like I was going to vomit, but I kept pushing myself.  I actually did REAL push-ups yesterday! Yes!  A year ago I would have never even attempted a push-up.  I am completely proud of myself for this.  I know that I am getting stronger and building muscle, because now I can hang with my workout partner! lol.  Oh, and I absolutely LOVE the female on this video.  She is awesome, and I want to have her mind set by the end of the 90 days.

I am super excited to finish this week, because next week it changes up to a totally different schedule, and I get to measure myself and take photos again!  WOOT WOOT!  Wish me luck guys, and I hope you are doing well with your journey.


Food/Supplement Idea of The Week

Now, you know from reading my posts, that I am slowly transitioning into a new diet. You can't just go from eating out three times a week to vegetables for dinner right?! Well I can't, haha... those of you who have are awesome! I am a firm believer though that those crash diets don't work. I believe that if you just take out EVERYTHING you know and love to eat, it won't work in the long run. My mom was on Lindora for approximately 6 months. That diet was ridiculous and very unhealthy, in my opinion! I'm going to give you a little bit of my educated information on healthy eating. YOU NEED CARBS! Yes, I said it. Those low carb diets are not only unhealthy, but studies have shown that those who were on low carb diets end up going back to their old eating habits and gain all of their weight back, plus more. The important thing is to maintain a balance in your diet. This is how you should balance your caloric intake:

Carbohydrates: 45%
Fat: 20%
Protein: 35%

I also believe that you should be allowed a cheat day or days in the beginning. I have a cheat day! I make my cheat day Sunday. I choose that day because it's the day I know I will be hanging out with family and not wanting to think about my caloric intake. This is wonderful for me. I still don't binge eat, but I don't worry so much about my carbs, fat, or calories. This keeps me happy, and keeps me on point the rest of the 7 days out of the week. I don't get super bad cravings for things and I can maintain my diet. Do you have any diet or supplement ideas?

Week 2: Weigh in and Motivation

Sunday was weigh in! You would think all those days I worked my ass off I would get some damn results, but... no. Still the same weight! I could not believe my eyes! But then I had to stop and think about something. I am gaining lean muscle, and it's true that muscle weighs more than fat, so I didn't freak out. Then, my workout partner and boyfriend weighed himself and he lost a whopping 6lbs! 6lbs in 7 days?! Come on man, that was really depressing. So I thought back on how things went: Did I eat too poorly? Did I take in too many calories? Did I binge eat? Did I push myself hard enough? And all of my answers passed with flying colors. I know that I'm doing my best, so why nothing? Well B (my workout partner) told me, you look slimmer. Your back is smaller, your belly has less rolls, it's working! So I looked in the mirror and lo and behold, it was true! Now I've been doing some research online, reading stories, watching videos, and most have said that the first week, people usually gain weight! So the measurements are what are more accurate. I've been getting suggestions to measure myself, and I know I've said before that I would, so finally today I did! According to Beach Body, you should measure your arms, chest, waist, hips, and legs. So I did. Now, I am pretty sure I dropped a little bit in measurement since last week, so this may not be super accurate, but it's as accurate as it's going to get. Here are my measurements:

Left: 12" Right: 12"
Chest: 42.5"
Waist: 41"
Hips: 44"
Left: 25" Right: 26"

I am hoping I can drop my waist approximately 2 inches by the end of the ninety days... better yet, let's set that as my goal. My goal is to lose 2 inches by the end of the ninety day program. I hope I lose more, but I am setting a reasonable goal for myself. After all, it took me five years to grow that much, so I'm not going to expect a miracle in 90 days. And, that brings me to my next topic.

Motivation. What motivates you? Is it an extrinsic or intrinsic motivator? Is the motivator constant or does it change daily? Does the motivator give you ENOUGH motivation? I have tons of motivators, but my main motivator is living a long and healthy life. I want to be able to run around with my kids when they are playing or are in sports. I don't want to embarrass them when they are older and have an unhealthy, fat, mom. I want to be able to watch them grow and go through the transitions of graduation, college, marriage, babies, etc. I want to be able to do things for myself when I get older and not depend on a wheel chair, or a walker, or my children! I want to be able to travel and be independent until the day I die. Every day that I wake up tired and beat up emotionally, I remind myself of my ultimate goal. See, I believe our problem is that we think about the here and now; well this tastes good, and you only live ONCE! Well, it's only one burger, etc. etc. Well, when you get blood test results that says you have high cholesterol, hypertension, and/or diabetes, you will be wondering how?! And it's because you didn't think about your future, you thought about the here and now. I really hope things are going well for you all, and I hope you learn from my journey. Please share yours!

Day 4, 5, & 6: Yoga, Legs & Back, Kenpo

It seemed like days 4-6 were a lot easier for me! Yoga was 1.5 hours long, but it seemed like I went through it really easy. Don't get me wrong I could not do a few of the moves, but I got through it! I had to split it up again into two workouts, yes, because I had to feed my son in between! I loved yoga, but I must say that Plyo was harder, more challenging and still my favorite! Legs and back were awesome! I am naturally stronger in my legs and back, so it came easy for me. Kenpo was fun on Saturday. Some of the moves were a little confusing but I just kept going! I know I probably looked retarded, but that's the wonderful thing about P90X, you do it at home, so nobody's watching you! I used to go to the gym, and I hated being surrounded by ALREADY fit men and women. It was extremely discouraging. I have to say that I felt so great after each workout, instead of dying like I was the first three days! I actually felt like I was not pushing myself enough or like the workouts weren't pushing me hard enough the last 3 days. I have to say that I was very motivated to wake up every day and workout! It wasn't like, oh no I hate working out! Or I hate this part! Each part was very motivating, easy to adjust to and challenging. Each workout has been exciting and challenging. After doing each day, the only workout I dislike doing is ab ripper x, and why? Because I suck at it, lol! Other than that, things are good! I am happy that week one is complete! I look forward to what each week is going to bring!


Me Then and Now

Here is a video of my progress so far:

I hope you enjoy!  What does your progress look like? Need help creating a video? Shoot me an e-mail!

Day 3: Ab Ripper X, Oh How I Loathe You!

 Yesterday was shoulders and arms, plus ab ripper x.  This is my second time doing ab ripper x, and I suck!  I try so hard to do those sit-ups and can't for the life of me get my body up all the way.  I can not do even half of those moves and it eats away at me because I have to be good at everything I do.  I am easily frustrated and angered when something does not come easy to me, so as you can imagine I now HATE ab ripper x.  It's going to be more than likely my favorite challenge to overcome.  I may get discouraged here and there, but I will not give up that battle!

Now I took a break in between the first workout and ab ripper x.  I had to feed my son. :)  But it re-energized me, so I could have a little more energy to complete the moves.  For some reason, yesterday I didn't feel too bad working out.  The workout was NOT as challenging as Plyo's, which was a sigh of relief for me.

Today is Yoga, so I feel great going into it.  It is 1.5 hours though, so I know I'm going to have to take at least one break to feed my son.  I can't wait for weigh in on Sunday!


Food/Supplement Recommendation of The Week

I am NOT following the p90x diet or taking their supplements.  As you have read, I'm trying to be nifty with the little money that I have!  I did discover, thanks to this video: Mike's p90x Transformation Michi's Ladder.  As stated, follow the first two tiers and your diet will be good!  I am an easy person to persuade.  So changing my diet should be pretty simple for me.  I love ALL foods, so I shouldn't have that much of a problem, should I?  We'll see about that. :)

Yesterday I made stuffed bell peppers.  Instead of using vegetable oil, I used olive oil.  That was the ONLY change I made. Haha!  But hey, it's a step up right?  I ate a vegetable, ate some protein, and had a little bit of carbs.  Now I have a family, so just throwing them into a new eating style is not going to fly, especially with my kids!  So I made them tostadas.  I LOVE tostadas, so I made myself a little tiny one. Oops!  I couldn't resist. :)

I'm telling you, I'm SLOWLY changing my diet.  So bear with me.  One good thing that I do is I drink water all day!  I recommend drinking at least 32 oz. of water, but I drink at least 64 oz.  No joke, I LOVE water!  I drink water at every meal.  I have cut out mostly all juices, and ALL sodas.  I really have not been interested in soda for years now, which is a good thing.  I drink milk twice a day at the most.  I know for some of you it's going to be hard, so I recommend slowly replacing one drink with water every day.  Soon enough you'll be enjoying water with every meal and snack.  Now if you can not get used to water, please feel free to add a packet of 0 calorie flavoring in it!  My boyfriend loves doing this.  It makes the water taste way better for him, and it won't put a damper on the carbs or calories he's consuming each day.

I also am taking a prenatal vitamin to get all of my vitamins in for the day.  It's cheap!  I bought a bottle of 500 tablets for like $13 from Target.  I always recommend buying the generic brand of everything!  I used to be a pharmacy clerk, so I know that all generic OTC or prescription vitamins and medications must be the same as the name brand.  So essentially, you are paying for the NAME and nothing else when buying the name brand.

By the end of this week I will have better ideas for you.  Since I just started my transformation, I have not gone shopping or cleaned out my pantry yet.  Stay tuned for more next week (or sooner!)

Day 2: Plyometrics, My New Favorite Workout!

Today I was a little sore from Day 1's workout. I was still mobile and not so bad that I felt like I couldn't move. Day 2 was Plyometrics (I will use Plyo for short). If you are wondering, here is the definition of Plyometrics: Any exercise in which muscles are repeatedly and rapidly stretched (or loaded) and then contracted. The aim of plyometrics is to improve muscle power. The workout was 60 minutes long, and it kicked my ASS!

One thing you have to think about the P90X is that it requires a lot from you. You have to be self-motivated, your desire has to come from within, not from without! You also have to know how to manipulate your body with your mind. I can not for the life of me remember ever being this self-disciplined. Even in sports, I depended on my coaches and teammates to motivate me to finish, or to push it to the limit. I kind of half-assed my workouts before the P90X. But today, I realized how mentally "strong" I am. I was in so much pain, I could barely bend my knees to complete a squat, but dammit I finished each exercise!

Now, let me tell you, there were just some things my body would not allow me to do. So in those times, I would either do a modified version of the exercise or run in place to keep my heart rate up. At the end of the 60 minute workout I measured my heart rate. The recommended maximum heart rate equation goes as follows: 200- your age. So my recommended maximum heart rate is 176bpm because I am 24 years old. I reached higher than this in today's workout. At the end of the 60 minutes my heart rate was 180bpm. The way I measured it (once again, because I'm poor and can not afford a heart rate monitor) was I placed my index finger to my carotid artery on my neck. It takes a few seconds to find, but that's the easiest pulse to find. Using the P90X timer, I counted how many beats I had in 10 seconds and multiplied that by 6 to get my BPM. This is just so I can see how hard my body was working, it is no indication of anything else. Well, I definitely was working hard! Anyhow, if I had the choice I would definitely do Plyometrics every day. But, since I have decided to follow the P90X to the T, then I will just wait until next time! My body is completely sore and my core muscles (abs, obliques, etc.) are killing me. This is good. This means the program is working! I love pain, it's a little odd, but I do. I love to feel the effects of something I worked so hard for. I plan on feeling this throughout my journey with the P90X. Looking forward to pressing play again tomorrow! :)


Day 1 of P90X, The Recovery!

This is how I look today, as compared to yesterday on my video (where I looked beat! lol):

I still look pretty bad, considering I have not been getting sleep (new baby), and I'm needing to wake up early to take my kids to school, but still... this looks a little better, doesn't it?! lol.

Last night was my first attempt at the p90x.  It was a semi-success.  Since I am a mother, and have a 9 week-old son, it was extremely difficult to follow the video to the T.  My son kept crying for mommy's attention and was fussy because he wanted to get to sleep.  Being super honest here, I only did half of the chest and back workout because I had to feed him.  I finished the ab ripper x though.  Now let me tell you how it went exactly:

Day one consists of chest and back and then the ab ripper x.  I did the first half of chest and back.  I had to do assisted push-ups (on your knees) and pull-ups (using a chair, you put one foot on the chair and use the rest of your body to pull up).  My numbers were pretty decent considering what numbers they were doing on the video, so I was satisfied.  But hot damn it was hard!  I mean the first 6 minutes of "warming up" was hard!  That has to tell you how out of shape I must be. lol.  I used bands instead of weights (because I am poor, and because you can manipulate the bands to change resistance) and it worked wonderfully for me.

[Speaking of price, people think that working out and eating healthy is so expensive, heck I thought that at first.  But, actually, it's not!  I purchased the p90x off of the infamous CRAIGSLIST for $30.  I think that was an awesome deal.  I got the bands for FREE from my boyfriend's brother.  I also purchased the bar full price from Big 5 for $20.  All in all, I spent $50 to start a 12 week exercise program.  Waaaaaaay cheaper than a gym membership, that's for sure.]

Now onward!  I was unable to complete decline push ups, I attempted one and my elbows buckled and I fell to the ground.  The point is, I attempted it!  The ab ripper x, that was EXTREMELY difficult.  I can not for the life of me pull myself up completely without using my hands, so when I had to do those sit-ups, I pulled myself up as much as possible and went back down.  The point is NOT to be super good at it, it's to know that you are attempting it.  I made sure to always keep my heart rate up even if I could not complete the tasks.

Now how do I feel today?  Well, besides being exceptionally sore, I feel great.  Sore means it works, and sore feels good in some strange way to me, lol!  I'm tired, but I'm glad I pressed play yesterday... now to press play again today! 

How are you doing with your workout?  If you haven't begun it when do you plan to begin?  If you have any questions please feel free to let me know.  TTFN! :)

Week 1: Let's see what I'm made of

Let me just give you a brief rundown of me:

I just graduating from CSUF with a degree in Kinesiology.  For those of you that DON'T know what Kinesiology is, here is the definition: The study of the anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of body movement, especially in humans.

Pretty much what I went to school for seven years for was to learn about exercise and sport.  In high school I was an athlete.  I enjoyed what I did and decided in College that I wanted to teach everyone something that I loved.  So, I majored in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Clinical Exercise Science... now tell me how dumb it looks when you are an EXERCISE major and you are overweight?  Tell me why I had all the tools at my fingertips and NEVER utilized them? 

Why?  Because I was lazy and often put my health and fitness on the back burner.  Money was more important, work was more important, love was more important. FOOD, yup, food was more important.

As you will see on my video, here is my timeline of weight:
*Note I am 5 foot 2 inches*
  • 2002: 150 lbs (Super satisfied)
  • 2004: 203 lbs (50 lbs in two years?!)
  • 2006: 215 lbs (I should have figured out I had a problem then)
  • 2008: 233 lbs (OMG!)
  • 2010: 199 lbs (We're getting there)
Now when you look at the weight, and you consider my height, you might be thinking 150 lbs is NOT good!  Let me tell you something, the National BM Index is a big joke.  It does not take into consideration different body types.  There are three basic body types:
  • Ectomorph: Thin and Narrow
  • Endomorph: Round and Fat
  • Mesomorph: Muscular and Genetically Fit
I fall in between the Mesomorph and the Endomorph, I am by no means thin and narrow.  And I never really wanted to be super thin.  I loved my 150lb muscular body!  Anyhow, what I'm trying to say is that all of the "general" weight guidelines out there are only going to make you feel more self conscious about yourself.  Throw those out the window.  There is also another way to measure how well you're doing, percentage of body fat.  Here are the guidelines for male and female:

Age  |>30        |30-50   |50+

F      |14-21% |15-23% |16-25%

M     |9-15%   |11-17% |12-19%

This is a more accurate way to measure your fitness and health levels, but I still would not go strictly by this guideline.  You have to learn your body, look at yourself and think about how you feel. 

I would definitely go by body fat percentage if I had the tools, but I do not.  So I am going to weigh myself weekly and quite possibly do measurements monthly.  I will look for results on the scale and on the measurements, but I will look for results more within myself.  How do I feel walking up those stairs?  How do I feel playing with my kids?  How do I feel waking up every day?

Please let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to comment.  Please, please also remember to follow me! I would love to get more followers so that we can begin giveaways and have contests.  TTFN! (aka, taa taa for now. lol)