Week 3 of T25 and the Dreaded Scale


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.” ¬†ūüėČ

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.

Beginning T25


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.

Happy New Years and Resolutions

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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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. ūüėČ

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. ūüôā ¬†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. ūüôā

There are other smaller goals (aren’t there always ūüėČ ¬†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!

A Gym Funny


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. ūüėÄ

The Other Side of Natural Living and Healthy Food

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.