Friday, June 29, 2012

End of "Burn" Phase

 Today marks the last workout in the "Burn" Phase. I'm thirty days into this program, and next I will start the Push phase. So tonight I plan on buying at least a 15lb set of free weights, because the Push phase is all about lifting about double than you did during burn.
My results.... So far I have lost 11 pounds! This leaves me with 7 lbs to go until I reach my goal. I've lost about 1 pant size, and I currently weigh about six pounds less than I did before I had Jameson. Reaching these goals mean so much to me, and its not just about a number on the scale. I actually feel SO much better since I have cut out most processed foods. I have more energy, even though for the past two weeks I have been stuck inside a classroom for eight hours a day. I'm not hungry between meal, and my body actually craves healthy foods instead of junk.
This is all for now, tomorrow I will post after doing the first Push workout. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Friday, June 22, 2012

Beginning week 4

Today begins week 4, day 1 of Chalean Extreme. Getting these workouts in while taking two, two week summer classes has been difficult. But I am happy to say that I kept it up this first week. It helped to do these workouts in the morning, getting up about 30 minutes earlier than I needed to, and just getting them out of the way first thing. That way, when I came home, I could focus on my family and studying.
The workouts are getting easier, and I am getting stronger. Ive noticed on the workouts that I could only do with 5 lbs weights when I started out, I am now using 8 lbs and could probably even go to 10- 12 on some exercises. Another area that I am starting to notice improvements in is pushups. When I started on day 1, I could barely do one pushup (boy style). Now I am able to do several in a row.
As far as weight loss, I've lost around 7 or 8 lbs. This has more to do with finally getting my diet in check, but the workouts are definitely toning me up. My  legs and arms have more definition and my stomach is getting smaller. I still have a long way to go in all areas though. One thing I have noticed is that it doesnt take as much food to fill me up. This week, its been especially hard to find healthy food to eat on my lunchbreaks.  I would usually go to subway on break. However, yesterday I went to Zaxby's because I thought I was craving chicken tenders. I hadn't had any fast food in a few weeks. It was horrible, I couldn't even finish a kids meal it was so disgusting. This is a good thing! This means my body is rejecting processed, unhealthy foods, finally! So if I can do it, you can do! I promise!
Another thing that I have noticed is how much energy I have, even considering that I am stuck in a classroom for about 8 hours everyday. Back in May, before I changed my eating habits and starting this workout program, I would leave my first two week summer class with a horrible headache everyday. I couldn't focus as well, and I "had" to have snacks to make it through the four hours I sat listening to lecture about ancient history. I made it through the class fine, but I was dreading these next two classes. Now, when I am in class I am only hungry around lunchtime, I am focused, and listening to the teacher is no problem. I honestly believe it is because my body is healthier. So making these lifestyle changes have changed other areas in my life, besides my closet. If I can do this, I promise you can do. And I can't even begin to describe how awesome I feel and how much energy I have. It's super hard at first to make the changes, to overcome to addiction to fast food, candy, etc. There would be days where all I would want would be a milkshake, or candy bar. But I tried to replace those cravings with something a little healthier. Then, the next morning, I would feel so much  better. Usually my cravings hit me at night, when I am relaxing, studying. That's all for now, Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!
Phil 4:13

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A week and a half into CLX

So now, I am a week and a half into Chalean Extreme. I have to say, this program is going really well! I believe its the combination of both the diet and workout, but I have lost around 6 lbs so far. This puts me one pound below my pre pregnancy weight with Jameson. I still have around twelve pounds to loose, but there's hope because there are about 75 days left of this program!
One of the best things, is that I am loosing weight  in my stomach, my major problem area. This is because I have drastically cut down my carb intake. Not only do I notice the difference, but my husband does as well! He told me last night that he was really proud of me for sticking with it, and that even thought it hadn't been very long, he could see results. THAT is motivation right there for me to stick with this!
Running has been put on the back burner right now. I was trying to do both, or run on my days off from Chalean Extreme. It was wearing me out, so I just decided to focus on this, and pick back up on the running in a few weeks.
One thing I have noticed is that I am really gaining muscle. My legs, which I thought had definition from running, seem to be toning up more. I've also noticed my arms seem to have more muscle as well, but they have a long way to go.
Some people have texted me asking about my diet and what all it contains. I stay on a 1300 calorie diet. That leaves little room for fast food and candy bars and ice cream! The carbs I do eat, I eat for either breakfast or lunch, so I have time to burn them off throughout the rest of the day. Supper is a meat and vegetables. I eat fruit for snacks when I am hungry. I also buy bag salad and keep it in my house, stocked fresh at all times. This way, when I am feeling hungry, I go to the salad and use a light, oil based dressing with few calories. Usually I can make a salad for less than 100 calories. Keeping the salad in the house has been a craving saver! It helps me resist the urge to go for the ice cream or pecan swirls that my husband loves to keep in the house.
That's all for now. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Monday, June 4, 2012

Chalean workout 3

This is the 4th day of chalean extreme, but the third workout because after day one, she gives you a rest day. The first two days have been pretty easy, intense weight lifting but not alot of cardio. But she made up for it tonight with the 45 minute cardio session/weight lifting. OMG. I am so exhausted I can barely type this. My arms are burning and my legs are like jelly. This woman is for real. So far I have lost about a half a pound, setting at 136. This has been the number that I can not get past. My goal is to not look at the scales until at least sometime next week.
One other thing to mention, and I will try to post pics at a later date; The 5k my stepdad and I did this weekend. Dash for the Dogs 5k. Dad came in first in his age group and I came in 3rd in mine! It was the first time I have ever placed in a race, and it felt pretty good.
Thanks for reading
Phil 4:13

Friday, June 1, 2012

Chalean Extreme Day 1

Along with keeping progress with my running, I thought the blog would be a good motivator and place to keep record of my attempts at Chalean Extreme. I bought this program from Amazon, partly because making it to kickboxing at the gym hasn't been happening lately. Between Ava's tball games, 5k's, and being out of town, it's hard to make it, plus my gym only offers it three times a week. So I researched the beachbody programs. I really wanted to do Insanity, but I know my body isn't up to it yet. So I thought this one would be a good starting point, plus I really want to try to get better at lifting weights, which is the focus of this exercise.
When it came in the mail yesterday, I really took the time to look over everything. I looked at the nutrition, calorie counter and recipes. I also really liked that it came with a journal that you can record your progress. I took the challenge and did the "before " pictures. Wow. Some people look into the mirror and see themselves as fatter than they really are. Well, I think I have the reverse effect. My legs, they look pretty good thanks to almost 7 months of dedicated running. My arms are small, but they always have been. However, my mid section, belly, abs ( or lack there of) WHATEVER you want to call it, definitely is not proportionate to the rest of my body. No amount of money could persuade me to put those before pictures on the blog. But it was definitely a wake up call that I need to get serious. If my legs can look tone after 7 months of attention, what can the rest of me look like with a little help?
So onto Day 1 of Chalean Extreme. It was 35 minutes long, which I thought was perfect. Today was Burn Circuit 1. I mainly worked on upper arms and thighs. My muscles were sore afterwards, but not exhausted. I think this is because I need heavier weights. The heaviest I have are 8lbs; Thankfully my aunt is going to let me borrow her 15 lb weights.  
I'm also going to try to stick with the diet part of this workout. It has me on a 1300 calorie a day diet, eating five small meals a day. I had oatmeal after the workout for my breakfast and some water. My goal is to also drink as much water as possible, and little to none soft drinks.
Encourage me along the way, please. I'll need as much encouragement as possible to actually stick with this. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13