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Workout ADD: A Self Revelation

15 Jan

Yes, I’m still alive and still blogging but it’s been an insane couple of weeks! I have barely been able to get my hair washed daily so hopping on a computer has just not been an option.

Here’s a little update on what’s been going on.  December 27th thru Jan 6th the hubs and I went so So Cal to spend time with his daughter. We hit outlets, Sea World, Dave and Busters, Mulligan’s, and so much more. It was a blast! 

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Upon returning home, I found that I had gained 7 new clients at the gym and 7 new pounds on my body. GAH! It’s ok to splurge a little on vacation however we got crazy!

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Coming back with those extra pounds and extra clients however made me realize how far off track I have gotten. How can I tell my clients to eat clean and workout consistently when I am doing the opposite and steadily packing on pounds? (16 lbs to be exact from the time I started personal training until now.) How about practice what you preach?  Ever heard that, Carey? Yup, sure have! Now it’s time to take it to heart!

We all know this can be difficult to do.  Everyone has busy schedules and things come up.  Right now, I’m working 8 hour days with the Coast Guard and then going straight to the gym for another 5 hours or so.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, just explaining. I’m trying to make it work. I’m having good healthy breakfasts.

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I spent all evening prepping food Sunday night.  I separated fruit salad and greek yogurt into 1 cup portions, made three salads, four pieces of chicken, Jamie Eason’s Turkey Meatloaf Muffins, and tons of rice.  The only thing I didn’t cook in advance was breakfasts and veggies because I don’t like when cooked veggies sit for days plus they are so easy to steam while I’m having breakfast.

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I’m also working out again, which I just loooove! And here is where my title comes in. I had a conversation with a friend recently where I explained my new workout plan. She says to me, “You change your plan a lot, huh?” I thought and it and responded, “Yeah, I have workout ADD. I get bored easily.” I just can’t seem to stick to one plan too long. Does anyone else have this problem? I like different workouts and different plans and different meals. Don’t tell me to lift 5 days a week, run long distances and eat chicken, brown rice and broccoli because I’m gonna tell you where to shove it! I want circuit training with different moves and routines. I want all kinds of new recipes incorporating foods I’ve never tried before (more about that in future posts!). And I want new ideas I can take and apply to my clients.

So, on that note, here’s what I’m trying to do now. BodyRock, now The Daily HIIT, has a 30 day challenge going. These workouts are posted daily and each one is different from the day before. Best part, they’re only 12 minutes. 12 MINUTES! If you don’t have 12 minutes a day to dedicate to your health and well-being then you have bigger fish to fry my friend. But anyway, I’m trying to do these in the mornings. If I wake up only 30 min earlier than normal, I can get in a great workout before work everyday. I’m one day behind because I couldn’t get anything to work yesterday morning, that’s no big deal.  This morning I did Monday’s workout, tomorrow I’ll do Tuesdays workout and so on.  As long as I stay on track for the 30 days, I think I’ll be ok.  I’d like to try to link the videos in here each day, but that is time permitting. In the evenings I’ve gone back to my tried and true Jillian Michael’s ‘Making the Cut’ book. The first time I ran through this program following it perfectly, I dropped 14 lbs in 30 days and felt better than I can ever remember.  This time around, I will follow the workout plan exactly, but I’m going to change up the meals.  I am sticking to the percentages for Fast Oxidizers (50% protein, 30% fat, 20% carbs) but trying to create the meal plan myself.  This will help me develop my own healthy eating habits without having to depend on someone elses meal plan.  Hopefully I’ll be able to post some progress photos soon. Something I realized in California is that it is ok to be a chubby trainer here in the Soo, but that shiz ain’t gonna fly down there. Gotta get it together! Anyone else wanna join in this 30 day challenge?

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Fun + Falling Off the Fitness Wagon = Vacation

6 Aug

I just got back from a two-week vacation with one week spent in Georgia and another week at home relaxing.  It was both awesome and not-so-awesome. 

First the high points:

I got to surprise my sister by flying down to attend her graduation. The look on her face when I got there was priceless.  She had no idea!  It was so great to see her walk across the stage and get her Surgical Tech Diploma.  We are all so proud of her and she got tons of loud cheers from us all.

Doesn’t she look smart? Graduated with a 4.0!

I also got to spend lots of time with my niece and nephew.  My niece at 2 and a half was absolutely adorable and loved playing with Aunt Carey’s hair.  I got quite a few makeovers while I was there complete with jewelry, hair and makeup.

Denva gave me all her fairy rings to wear

So, those were the highlights…now for the bad part.  Although I enjoyed spending time with my family, it allowed me to fall completely off the wagon in terms of food and exercise.  My sister and I tried to get to the gym a couple of times, but it was damn near impossible.  And then the food.  I had good intentions of eating clean while I was down there but as the days went by my eating got worse and worse. 

Here are a few of the delicious horrible things I indulged in while on vacation:

Southern BBQ Ribs with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy and Macaroni and Cheese

I won’t even go into the details for the other meals.  Lets just say that those abs I posted a few weeks back are on a temporary hiatus.

On the bright side, this vacation was an eye-opener.  I realize that just because I was good for 30 days doesn’t mean I have gotten rid of all of my food-demons.  I still have cravings and I still want to lay around with a quart of ice cream resting on my belly and a recently devoured bag of fast food digesting in my gut.  I have to be strong and I have to make smart decisions.  I don’t have to be perfect, but I can’t let being on vacation completely derail all of my progress again.  So, here I am, Monday morning vowing to start fresh and get back on track.  I can do this!  If you fall off track, then don’t beat yourself up, just shrug it off and get back to business.