This weekend Jonathan and I lugged ginormous sap tanks through the woods, over a stone wall and under a crazy maze of waist-high main line and wire. Then we chipped away at a frozen layer of snow/ice with a plastic shovel (don’t ask) so we could lay down and level a platform (which we also lugged through the woods, over the stone wall and under the main lines and wire maze) to put the tanks on…
Jonathan: “This is MY weight loss program. It’s called maple season!”
Me: “Yeah but mine takes only 25 minutes and can be done in the comfort of my living room.” 😉
And now that I have been doing T25 for 3 weeks I thought you all might like an update. It’s hard. Like really hard. At the end of the first week I ended up in the hospital with severe chest pains and after an EKG, blood work and a cat scan…it was determined that it was from my workouts and was told to take it easy. I’ll admit that freaked me out a little bit. I took a day off, stretched the next day and then started in again doing the modified version of the workout only and listening to my body when it tried telling me I was pushing too hard. The first week is kind of brutal. You end up really sore, but if you push through it the soreness doesn’t come back after that. I wish I knew this a long time ago because I always eased up on my workouts when I got sore like that. Had I known that after the first week it would be gone for good I would have kept going! By week three the workouts were definitely getting easier and I started adding a little bit of the non-modified to it. I am now at about 1/3 regular and 2/3 modified. Woohoo!
Probably the biggest thing I have learned is to ignore the scale as much as possible. It doesn’t want to move. In three weeks I have only lost 1 pound. BUT, I have lost over 7 inches and my clothes are definitely fitting looser. So, if you start this program be sure to take your measurements and let that be your guide. After all, the goal is to look good and be healthy when I’m done, not weigh a certain number of pounds. It’s taken me some time to wrap my mind around that. It helped when my coach said that she usually weigh 145 lbs and she’s been both a size 10 at that weight and a size 4. Wow! The scale truly is only one piece of the puzzle. Muscle weighs more than fat so you may be heavier as a fit person but you will look better. It’s such a different way of looking at it. I no longer have a lb weight loss goal. I have a size goal and body goals.
Remember my New Years Resolution to get in shape and join a fitness challenge group? I did it and today was day two of doing T25. I knew if was intense from watching it, but I’m telling you it’s INTENSE! And, of course, since I wanted to do it perfectly I ran into problems FAST. They have someone doing the modified version of every exercise so that you can follow her if need be. I tried not to. uh huh. About half way through I was was over heating, breathing hard and not feeling so good. I quit. I did. Really. During my first workout. For a good 20 minutes I laid on my bed, closed my eyes and argued with myself about whether I was going to finish the workout or walk away. But, I’m not a quitter so I got myself back up and I finished the workout. And felt sick for a few hours afterwards.
Why am I telling you this? Because I learned something through this. I want to be perfect – to do it perfectly the first time and every time. But the point of it all is not immediate perfection. It’s a progression. I didn’t want to do the modified version. To admit that I needed to. But I DO need to because it’s ALL I can do at this moment. And that’s okay. It’s the first step of many towards getting fit. By the time I got up to finish the workout I had made a decision about something. I will do ONLY the modified version of the workouts this week, give my body a chance to get used it, be proud that I completed each one and go from there. I’m giving myself permission to not be perfect. At the same time I am not letting myself quit the program. I will see it through, I will give it my best (regardless of what that looks like), and I will be proud of myself for doing so.
We have entered a new year and like a lot of people I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish in this new year. I am going to share a few of them with you today because I am planning to blog about my journey in these areas through this next year. 🙂
1) Spiritual Resolution: “Stand on the grace of God. Surrender daily and trust God” – Pastor Peter This is something our pastor shared this past week and it really resonated with me so I’m making it my motto for this year. 🙂
2) A planner is in my future! I use my kindle for SO many things but when it comes to organizing and lists I’m a paper and pen girl. I have tried and tried and tried to use apps for this stuff and still nearly every time I grab a piece of paper and pen instead. This year I am investing in a binder type planner and putting it to use. I ordered one but you’ll have to wait to see what it’s like until it arrives and I start to set it up. 😉
3) I am getting in shape! I am done with being 40 lbs overweight…SO done. Enough is enough. It’s time to kick this body into gear and get healthy again. 🙂 I quit my gym membership (I know, that sound counter productive but it’s really not!), joined a fitness challenge group that is starting up on January 13th, and bought a home dvd program that I’m pretty sure will push me to my limits. 🙂
There are other smaller goals (aren’t there always 😉 but these are the top 3 big ones that I am starting on right away. I’ll be sharing my journey with you as I go. I am so excited to get started! Happy New Years!
So there are three of us treadmill loving gals who all end up at the gym around the same time in the morning. Unfortunately, there are only 2 treadmills. The first two to arrive get the treadmills, the last one get to work out on this other machine that is sheer torture to workout on. Today, I was the unlucky third arrival. :-\ Pinning a smile on my face I brave the machine, praying all the while that the first lady doesn’t stay too long (she always gets there a while before us so only had about 10 minutes left when we arrive). 5 minutes in I was just about at the point of being ready to beg her to leave. lol She finally stopped talking and left nine minutes in. By then my legs were killing me. I stopped the machine, breathed a sigh of relief and said to the second lady “whew this one is hard”. She laughed and replied “Yeah, I did 15 minutes on that the other day and thought I was going to die!” I nodded and said “I used to like this machine. When I first started coming here it wasn’t so hard to do and I used it all the time…but then I found out that’s because it was broken”. She burst out laughing. “Yeah” I said “Then she fixed it and…” She laughed again as I gratefully climbed onto the treadmill. It’s the machine. It is NOT because we are out of shape. It is definitely the machine. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😀
Instead of posting a recipe today like I usually do on Tuesdays, I’ve decided to share some food related links with you. Over the past couple of years our family has been switching over to eating much healthier food. We’ve come a long way and I’m glad for it. However, I have been increasingly aware of some things that people run into many times when making these kinds of changes for their families. The other day I read some excellent articles on these very issues so I want to share them with you. While I may not agree with every thing she says, I definitely agree with the heart of what she is sharing in these articles! They are well done.
Can Natural Living Become an Idol?
Balancing Nutrition and Priorities – Part 1
Balancing Nutrition and Priorities – Part 2
I remember growing up that there were families that we seldom invited over for a meal. Why? Simply because we didn’t know what to feed them! When we did invite them over we were all stressed out trying to come up with a meal they would eat and no matter what we made they or their children always had something negative to say about it. Eating healthy food is a good thing to do, but we need to be aware of others around us and be gracious to them.