Getting Back to It

I am so excited to get back to working out. I had to take the month off until the doctor released me to be back at 100%

working-out-quotes2With the way that our schedules have been working out, getting to the Gym isn’t always happening. With that in mind I am going to be doing something different.

So for Three days out of the week I will go to the Gym (Where Possible) And for the other three days  I will be using:

  I will be using the Pilates for beginners DVD the one I Purchased actually came with a stretch band. I don’t believe that this one does.

The best part about this DVD is that you can pick how many workouts you want. Each section is about 10 minutes and you can mix and match them.

Also If you just need a good stretch the 10 minute stretch on this DVD is by far my favorite one to do and it works for me.

If you want to read more about it the image is a link to amazon where you can learn more about it. (* Affiliate Link*).

 I will also be using some of the workouts from The Hot Body book by Cassie Ho.

I loved her 30 day Challenges, and her YouTube videos so you bet I went and got this book.

The book has plenty of pictures and simple instructions to follow. She has different workouts divided up by season and she even has clean eating meal plans based on seasonal ingredients.

If you want to read more about it the image is a link to amazon where you can learn more about it. (* Affiliate Link*).

Now I know what your thinking and Yes I survived Halloween and now I must contend with Thanksgiving.

I don’t have many cravings (Thanks to my Sunrider) but It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without dinner. With that in mind I am going to try my best to set a goal this Thanksgiving.

Goal: To Eat  in Moderation. 

  • I love food and I am the type to pile up a plate. So I am going to use the smallest plate that I can.
  • I have a habit of taking heaping spoon fulls so my goal is to try and take smaller and more appropriate portions.
  • Dessert…my weakness. This one is going to be the hardest but my goal is to keep it in moderation or bring a healthy alternative to keep the calories down AND the sugar spike at bay.

So here goes to the Holiday Season!

Mental Weight Loss

One of the biggest aspects of this and any weightloss journey is not the workout itself but the mentality, my own thoughts and feelings. Which is why I chose this picture today:

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Its absolutely true losing weight is a mental challenge.  If you read my first post Here you are aware that this is going to be a big challenge for me.

My husband is good and buckling down and getting it done, and me I am good at overthinking and procrastination, yep I said it. I’m a serial procrastinator. I tend to put things before the gym that I deem are “more important” like working on crafts for my sites, laundry, dishes, ECT or ill put it off till the afternoon….that times usually never comes. I have more success at consistency when it comes to working out at home but the results are not as good.  So I am going to try and Set a goal because simple goals are good right?

Goal: Pick a time to go to the gym and just go. No thinking about what needs to be done just go. 

Another mental issue I deal with is the idea of never going to be good enough. What I mean is that I see people that go through weight loss and to me they look amazing, but they are constantly trying to lose more, or they want to change this or that or they are never satisfied with themselves. I know this is a never ending lifestyle but I want to reach a point where I am happy with where I am but not going overboard. I hope that makes sense. So I am going to set a goal for this too.

Goal: Learn to love myself where I am at the time that I am in it. 

One of the things that I had to be careful about is competition. I am the type of person that if I let myself go unchecked I tend to get a little competitive. I start telling myself that :”I want to be better than so and so, or look better than so and so”  It is was so serious that It actually got to the point where I had to stop working out with a friend of mine because I wasn’t thinking of form, I wasn’t striving to do it right. I felt like I was constantly trying to “prove” I can keep up , and “prove” that I can do it better. That is a dangerous mentality just because I lost all the reason why I wanted to do this in the first place,  which is to be stronger and healthier. So I am setting another goal for myself.

Goal: Try to be a better version of YOURSELF and no one else. 

This week wasn’t my most shining week but I am hoping to go into the next week with these goals in mind and get beyond the mental barriers that I put MYSELF behind and move forward into a better and healthier version of myself.

 

One Step at a Time

Like all great fitness journeys it starts out much like the image below: One step at  a time.

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I have been surrounded by big women my whole life. My mom after kids gained weight and my Nana after her very bad accident gained weight as well. However both used to be naturally thin, and active. I worry that I too am headed in that direction so I am ready to put a stop to it before I end up in the same boat.

I want to tell you a little about my past because it shapes the place that I am in today in regards to health and weight loss and why Matthew and I are doing this. It will be quite a bit to read (just a warning).

As a kid I remember my mom had those weight loss meals, I remember they were bland and so gross, just gross (yeah I ate some of them haha) I think that is the only time I can remember my mom being on any kind of diet. This sticks out to me though because I associated “healthy” with gross.

Growing up I was super thin like skinny minnie all the way until I developed in about 6th or 7th grade or so then that is when the body perception issues began. Right around 6th and 7th grade San Diego schools began the uniform policy, much to my dismay. Not only were expensive and on top of that because of my long legs and chest development finding clothes was a nightmare so everything I bought was XL or XXL with that I felt “fat” the clothes were made for smaller girls and I had to usually shop in the boys section (which made me feel even worse.) I usually wore a sweatshirt year round and even during PE.

As I got older I started to get even more self conscious about my weight. I bought that silly thing that you wrap around your waist and it supposed to use electric pulses to help work the muscles, I tried the Ephedrine (or something like that) pill they used to sell at the store you know the one that gave people heart attacks? yeah I nearly killed myself playing flag football one day it was THAT bad, I had tried all kinds of diets and pills and drinks by the time I graduated high school.

By the time I was in my twenties I resorted to just living the life of the “fat friend”.  My friends were all thin and me not so much.  I spent more time buying men’s shirts and just tried to be at least comfortable in clothes even though all my friends were shopping in stores I wish I could shop in.

Then while working at Sea World San Diego, (which was my favorite job ever btw) I met Bonnie, let me tell you she looked WAY better than me the young 20 something. I don’t remember our exact conversation that started it all but I do remember getting a sample of the Calli tea. I loved it then I bought some more from her and people noticed changes that even I didn’t notice.  We went to the meetings and we talked to people who had been eating the foods for years and I knew these were for us.

We have been through many ups and downs early  in our journey.  But we have always been able to count on those foods since day 1.

The reason I wanted to share a little bit of my background was because for me its not just the physical need to lose weight, but a mental need to lose weight. I see people who lose weight but not the issues with being overweight, the mentality and insecurities that you had before you lost the pounds.

So with that being said join me on this journey and hopefully one day you will also feel inspired and maybe we can all help each other get to a healthy place!

 

 

Changes

breastreduction-savvycraftymomAs you have noticed I haven’t been on here for a bit. I haven’t been to the gym in a few weeks either.

It’s for a good reason though. No slacking or anything like that. I recently and finally after many years of carrying the weight of my breasts around, got approved for breast reduction.

So on 10/20 I went in at 6:45 am and they gave me a bi-lateral breast reduction.

I have been so happy and excited and I am taking my time and recovering as well as I can be.

Before I left the house for my surgery I ate a Packet of NuPlus and I am so glad that I did. I brought fortune delight with me and I am glad that I did. I woke up thirsty. Not just normal thirsty either it was like throat dry barely talk thirsty.

For the first night Matt made me his “super” drink which is Fortune Delight Tea and Vita-shake.

I was worried that because of my limited activity that I would end up gaining more weight but I have managed to keep a steady weight. Thank goodness.

The hardest thing has been trying to avoid soda. I usually get a soda craving RIGHT before the ladies monthly. So I have been taking Herbal Cal that I found(it’s a calcium vitamin by Sunrider) so thats been helping too.

This isn’t one of my best posts but writing on a small screen is harder than I though haha.

Hoping to be back to it in a few weeks though. Just trying to focus on getting Matt to the gym again.

Feel The Burn

Day 6 of the Journey to eating healthy to lose weight!

This is now the second week! Yay I made it! Thanks for following us till this point!

After a nice weekend recovering and enjoying family time, and observing Jewish New Year, I am ready for this week! I feel better this week than last week as of now. I attribute it to my attitude and my NuPlus, Calli, and Fortune Delight. Also my workouts hopefully should start to get routine over this week and the next and I will be able to not be so awkward in a Gym.

Today I ate 3 eggs, 2 NuPlus, 1 Calli, 2 Fortune Delight of course sweetened by SunnyDew. I made spaghetti over the weekend, so I am finishing up those leftovers with a total of 6 oz of pasta, and a total of 3 cups of sauce with small beef meatballs.

My workout was fun, I enjoyed it a lot today. It was hard but not nearly as hard as the first week.

Tomorrow I should be done with the spaghetti, and back to normalcy on diet.

Day 5 of Eating Healthy to Lose Weight

Today was awesome! I had the most amount of Sunrider I’ve had in a while. I had 2 Calli’s 2 Fortune Delight’s and 3 NuPlus‘ I felt great, so i worked out on legs, which is in my opinion the hardest day possible, and still managed to clean the house, move rooms, and rearrange (and I mean full rearrange) of my office and helped wife’s office. It sucked to carry desks upstairs when your legs feel like jello, but hey that is what being married is all about! 🙂

Food today was better till dinner time. I ate 2 eggs in morning, 1 NuPlus, and some water. I usually drink like 8 glasses of water a day. I ate another NuPlus for my workout when I went to the gym, since I know its a fully balanced quick meal, and it helped day before for working out. I then Had my Calli and fortune Delight when I got home, sweetened of course with SunnyDew.  I ate a hard boiled egg for lunch, and a pack of ramen. I had another Calli and Fortune Delight later on, and then had a burger for dinner. Not to bad, but i Pulled out my chicken from the freezer. This weekend is gonna be fun.

Workout like i said was rough, it is leg day. I did feel markedly better after eating my NuPlus. It took until after my first workout to feel the impact of it. Rest of the day went well, I apparently am really weak in my rear deltoids. I could only do 10-12 pounds for that exercise. I will post pictures below. My workout partner Kris, is the one pictured here.  I think my partner recorded a video. Once I figure how to get video on here I will upload it.

Thank you for reading, and I will see y’all again next week!

Day 4 of eating healthy to lose weight

Today was a very rough day,  at least in junk food department. I ate some food out of my freezer that I was wanting to get rid of. I ate the last of my twix ice cream bars. I felt a little guilty, but hey now the temptation is gone. The do say to remove all obstacles in your house before getting serious with a workout or meal plan, but hey I do have the rest of my life to be serious right? On a more serious note, I totally am not going to buy any more “Wasted Calorie” food anymore.

Now that that is out of the way I had a good day working out. The pain from the past few days is starting to subside a little. Hopefully next week it won’t be so bad.

Today I ate 1 Chicken Breast 3 eggs, two pork spareribs, 6 cups of broccoli, 1 Calli, 1 Fortune delight, 2 NuPlus, and some SunnyDew for sweetening. I also had a few of my neighbors sides from KFC, a few tablespoons of Mashed Potatoes, and a few tablespoons of Cole-Slaw. Not a bad overall, but I can do better.

My workouts were awesome. I really pushed myself today. I started with a good amount of energy after i ate a NuPlus 10 minutes before working out. It is awesome since It gets absorbed in like 15 minutes or so, you can feel the power. I will post pictures of the workout below. We added a few other workouts here like Hammers, and Marching Planks where you hold a 45 or so in weight and march around Gym moving weight from side to side for a minute at a time 3 times. It is really hard. But it really gets the calories burning!

 

Day 3 of Eating Healthy to Lose Weight

Day 3 was so hard after doing the babrell shrugs on day 2, or as they are affectionately named, “I Dunnos” I used one of those wrist hooks to get a better grip and man it was intense. So day 3 I was really feeling the burn from day 2. Regardless, I had to keep going!

Day 3 is the point where you start to doubt if the pain is worth it. I know from experience and watching others, that one really doesn’t like pain, and we do a lot of things to avoid pain.  Lucky for me I still have my Sunrider foods that just really put me over the edge and knock that out of my head. I know I will lose weight and feel a ton better as my body comes into balance.

Today I ate 3 eggs, a mixture of my rutabaga veggie mix from day 2, my last two pork chops, 6 cups of broccoli, 2 packs of ramen (It was really tasty….I know it wont be good for me later…) and some canned bbq beans.

As for my Sunrider Foods, I had 1 Calli, 1 Fortune Delight, 2 NuPlus, sweetened my drinks with SunnyDew , and my wife massaged SunBreeze into my muscles at end of night and helped me stretch. OH my goodness if you don’t have SunBreeze after your workouts, you are missing out. This product gives your body hot or cold depending on what it needs. It feels wonderful, and really takes down that pain I was talking about earlier. It comes in Oil or Balm form, I like both forms for different reasons. It has a lot of uses, but really I needed it for sore muscles.

As for my workout I didn’t get pics of me working out today, But i will show you my Bodyspace App pics. The Gym was full of people today too. There was a lot of testosterone there today. Lot of people going “FOCUS!” over and over. It was fun. I had a great time.  I did manage to get a body fat measuring machine you will see it displayed here. I find it exciting the top number when I first started before Sunrider foods, and while I was eating them during my recovery from a broken tailbone, was over 40 now my first week back to Gym in over 7 weeks its 38.2. And I laid around and ate terrible during the last 7 weeks. Thanks Calli!

Second day of Eating Healthy to Lose Weight

Second day was a little harder than the first.

The soreness was real from the workouts. Thankfully I have my Fortune Delight for right after my workouts when I get home instead of Gatorade or Powerade. It really re-hydrates me, and i feel good after. It also helps my body emulsify fat.

My food today consisted of 1 Calli, 1 NuPlus, 1 Fortune Delight, 2 Pork Chops, my recipe that includes 2 rutabagas, 3 turnips, 1 bunch of asparagus, 5 carrots, 2 tablespoons of garlic and cilantro, 2 sprigs of fresh basil chopped up, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. I eat on that during the day. I will make this a lot because when i get a littel under the weather or my body starts clearing out toxins this food here is full of vitamin c, potassium,  Vitamin A, and other really important nutrients, that along with my NuPlus I feel better. Plus they are all low in calories, and taste good together.

My workouts were intense, I went back to working with my workout partner and friend who is a personal trainer certified by PROPTA, and I will have him on here eventually showing technique and doing workout plans for people, but yea He is awesome, so I join his workout. If anyone uses the Bodbybuilding App. his workouts are called maximum muscle day 1-7 by somuchfun.

I will be posing pics of my workouts now, so y’all can see them. Along with some embarrassing photos of me doing the exercises.

Y’all have fun!

First Day of the Journey of Eating Healthy to Lose Weight

My first day started out like most people’s first day when they start something. Now granted I have done some of this before, but due to injuries and health issues its been a while since I have been to a gym. Also i have always disliked gym’s since my football days. It always seemed so selfish in there. A bunch of guys and girls all focused on themselves.

I used to not like to be in that atmosphere, it was very intimidating, since I am by nature a very generous, and try to be unselfish in most of my dealings. I have come to understand now that I am in my thirties, that it is totally OK to take an hour a day, or even 30 minutes a day and just focus on your health and well-being, without giving two cares about others around you.

My first day weight was 354.8 I weighed in morning as soon as I got up. I ate a total of three pork chops (because I bought them last week) 1 Plum, I Calli Tea bag, 1 Fortune Delight, 1 NuPlus, 9 chocolate cookies from the Dollar General ( my friend was working on cars, and wanted cookies… I was hungry so I ate some) 2 string cheeses, and 1 bowl of cinnamon toast crunch.

My two boys, and wife also had the Calli and Fortune Delight, sweetened with SunNectar.  I make a pot of tea for family and we share it since, we are kinda on the lower income side right now.

Not the best way to start out my first day of this site, but hey at least it was honest. I will try to eat better tomorrow.

My workout was a little odd, due to the fact there were so many people in the Gym, I didn’t do the normal weight lifting. I was on a freestyle Bench Press with 135 pounds 10 reps and 4 sets. Then dropped the weight down to 115 pounds 10 reps and 4 sets. dropped again to 95 pounds 10 reps and 4 sets. Then I went and did a machine where I have to do like butterfly pulls to my chest, 75 pounds 10 reps and 4 sets. Then a machine where I had to push the weights away from me, and I did that on 90 pounds 10 reps and 4 sets.

Total Pounds lifted 5400 + 4600 +3800 + 3000 + 3600 = 20,400 pounds manipulated in the gym. Not bad my first day. I recommend you get a spotter if you are going to do the freestyle bench press, it can get a little wobbly your first few weeks.

I will start to learn the names of these things so y’all can duplicate them if needed, but like I stated earlier, it wasn’t my normal workout plan, but I still worked the same muscles, fora similar effect.

Well that’s it for my first day, see you all tomorrow!