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Starting Up Week 3

1 Oct

Ok, my friends, it’s day 15 and I’m still going strong.  I even had a girls night over the weekend and managed to eat well and not gain a pound.  In fact, today was weigh-ins at work and I was 16lbs less than I was 6 months ago!  HAAAAIIIYOOO!!!  So I said I was going to post daily and I just haven’t been able to do that, however, I’ll try to do a little all inclusive post now.

First things first – what gets me going each morning!  These little post it notes are a life saver.  The quotes get me motivated each morning and make me realize that I have to take things day by day and that I am worth the change and willing to put in the work.  Here are the post-its from days 12 through 15.

Also, I can’t remember if I mentioned it, but see this girl below?  That is the new trainer at Anytime Fitness in Sault Sainte Marie, MI. (Don’t judge my hair, that was after one bad ass workout haha!)

So, to recap, 2 weeks down, 4 weeks left, new job as a trainer, and OH I almost forgot!!!  I started  today working towards my Personal Training Certification.  This stuff came in the mail Saturday morning:

I couldn’t be happier.  Since I discovered a passion for fitness things just seem to be coming together in that area.  I’m looking forward to my new body and my new career.  🙂

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Week 2 and Going Strong

25 Sep

Ok,  I’m back! That’s right baby. I’m into week 2 of my new 6 week goal and I’m going strong, feeling good, and seeing progress. The best part is that I got my diet back on track.  Food has always, and probably will always, be my best friend as well as my worst enemy so getting myself back into good eating habits is a major step in the right direction.  Because I’ve been doing so well, I thought I’d share some of the delish dishes that have been gracing my pallette this week.

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Evening snack of plain Greek yogurt with some frosted mini wheats crumbled on top.  Something I came up with to curb a sweet craving I was having.  Worked like a charm!

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Lunch at work one day consisted of some mesquite pork, peppered broccoli and quinoa that I cooked with chicken broth.  If you have never cooked quinoa with a flavored broth, I highly suggest it.  I couldn’t stop eating it once it was made.  A couple days I added some chopped up tomato, red onion and green pepper and it was to die for!

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Jamie Easons Turkey Meatloaf Muffins (recipe found here) and creamed spinach made with laughing cow cheese.  These meatloaf muffins are a life saver.  I can have them for dinner, lunch or a protein filled snack.  I make them with a mini-muffin tin which make 24 rather than a regular muffin tin which creates 12.  It’s just a preference. 

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Crab and avocado salad.  This one was a complete fluke.  I was hungry, didn’t feel like cooking and just threw some things I already had together.  Awesome and super easy.  Since the crab is so flavorful, I didn’t even add dresssing, although I bet something lemony would’ve been a great addition.

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On top of all the amazing food I’ve been eating, I have also gone back to a motivational trick I used before.  I set myself a goal of 6 weeks and created a countdown.  I used some post it notes I had laying around to help me keep track. On each note I put the day it is ( day 1, day 5,day 30,etc…) how many days are left until I reach my goal, a motivational quote to inspire me, and what exercise I’ll be doing that day.  I also like to write down my weight each morning. I know,  I know,  you aren’t supposed to weigh yourself everyday but I really love seeing my progress, even if its just an ounce.  Here are a couple examples.

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I’m going to try to get back in the habit of posting on here and if nothing else I’ll put up my daily post it notes so you and I can track my progress. I’ve got 5 weeks left in the military challenge. Thus far all I have done is gain weight so I’m really going to have to kick my butt in gear to see some results. With my countdown and motivational system in place and my renewed enthusiasm I think I can really make it happen! 🙂  Wish me luck!!!

Mini-Challenge Day Two

15 Aug

This is what I saw several times this morning:

Snooze…the best and worst thing to ever happen to alarm clocks.  I set my alarm for 5am, and I am pretty sure swear I had every intention of waking up at 5 on the dot.  But damn is that snooze button enticing!  Get up and work out or stay in my nice warm bed, snuggled with the pups and sleep another hour.  How can you not want to just stay and snuggle these two adorable faces???

Not sure what I was watching when I snapped this pic, but check out that chicks face on the tv. Cracks me up every time!

I did it though.  I got up and I completed another 45 minute incline walk on my treadmill this morning.  Nothing too intense, incline at 7 or 8 (I can’t remember) and speed at 3.0.  Hey, I said WALK!  Don’t judge me.  Trust that I was drenched in sweat at the end.  I will say that this mornings workout was much easier than Monday’s, mostly because I had my favorite cardio buddy with me – my Kindle.  Lemme tell you, if you don’t have a Kindle Fire, runs out and gets you one!  It is the best $200 ever spent.  I love to read and this lets me have all my books all the time.  I love to put it on an elliptical or treadmill and just read away while I’m working out.  It eliminates looking at the timer every 1.5 minutes to see how much longer I have and it’s so much more engaging than just watching tv or a movie.  BEST. INVENTION. EVER. 

But anyway, this isn’t an Amazon ad.  My point here is that I have two days down of my personal mini-challenge and that kicks ass!  Booyah!  Now I gotta start thinking of what next weeks mini-challenge will be.  I’m thinking BodyRocking each morning…what do you think?

Mini-Challenge Day One

13 Aug

I’m not gonna lie, this morning was a struggle. 

I could not fall asleep last night to save my life.  Around 10:30 I took a unisom and that finally kicked in about 11:30.  11:55 my dogs woke me up to go outside. *sigh* The rest of the night I was sort of in and out.

My alarm went off at 5am so that I could get started bright and early for my week 2 challenge to myself.  My immediate reaction?  SNOOZE!  5:09 my alarm goes off again.  My reaction this time?  Set alarm for 5:50 and decide to go back to bed.  But then this little voice inside my head started saying, nay yelling, “IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR OWN CHALLENGE AND YOU ARE ALREADY FAILING!!!”  What was I thinking?  People don’t get the bodies of their dreams by hitting the snooze button, do they?  So I pulled my tired ass out of bed, brushed my teeth, slapped on my sneakers and hit the treadmill.  45 minute incline walk (which felt more like 45 hours) was completed.  And, I felt great afterwards.  In fact, for getting as little sleep as I did last night, I’m pretty energetic today.

I’m proud of myself for kicking my own ass.  Hard work really does pay off (aka sleeping in until 6 tomorrow)!  Does anyone else set mini-goals for themselves? 

Week 1 Done – New Challenge Accepted

12 Aug

I did it.  I’ve completed week 1 without the tiniest bit of a slip. Oh, did I mention that I joined the Military Challenge on BodyBuilding.com?  Because I did.  And, I’m determined! I’ve been eating clean, keeping up with workouts, and even had time to fit in some homework.

Today I woke up with a little extra motivation and decided to make use of the treadmill that sits in my home gym. This gym includes a treadmill, dip station, sandbag training system, light dumbbells, yoga mat, ball, and band, resistance bands, jump rope, E-Z bar, punching bag and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few things.  It’s a very small room, but it holds a lot.  A lot that NEVER gets used.  I thought having all of this stuff at home would make it impossible to not work out.  No excuses when it’s all right there in front of you, right?  Wrong!  Most of the time the door to the gym is shut and we never think twice about it.  Ugh, what a waste. (Here’s a pic – disregard the awful wood walls, we rent.)

I have decided that this week I am going to give myself an extra challenge.  Nothing major, but a small goal that I can accomplish and feel good about.  I’d like to wake up early and do a 45 minute low intensity incline walk on my treadmill at least 3x’s this week.  I’m going to shoot for Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I hate getting up before I have to so this won’t be easy but I think the pros will definitely outweigh the cons. I need to start using this gym so challenge accepted!!!