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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!
Emilee
Phil 4:13

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