Let’s Try This Again

Hi Folks:

It’s been a while since I last checked in. Now for me silence means that I am probably not doing what I’m supposed to be doing and I’ve fallen completely off track. That said, I’ve gained back most if not all of the weight that I’ve previously lost and I’m completely not ok with this. What can I say except that I’m so tired of this yo-yo cycle and making progress and falling back into my old ways, which completely negates all the progress that I’ve made. With that said, it’s time! Time to get this train moving, time to stop playing games, time to get my life moving into the direction that I want it to go in.

Because it’s been such a long time since we last talked you probably don’t know that I started Crossfit. I love it because it’s really challenging and pushes me to my limits on a regular basis. I try to make it a point to go 3 days a week. In spite of the heavy workout regimen I’ve managed to keep the weight on instead of losing it. I am gaining muscle, but for as long as I’ve been doing it (since November) one would think that I would have lost something. I know that my focus should be on losing fat and gaining muscle instead of what the scale says and believe me I’m working on changing my focus there. My gym (box) Crossfit IFM is near my house and my coaches are great because they are always there to help me make sure that I’m doing the movements correctly and that the weight that I’m using is appropriate. There have been many times when a coach has made me put more weight on it to make sure that I’m working to my best ability. I really enjoy the strength moves, the cardio stuff like single and double unders (I cannot do doubles yet) and the running are just torture and I do not enjoy the days when those come up in the WOD (workout of the day). So far so good on Crossfit, I’m mostly having fun and look forward to continuing to make progress.

My hubs and I went on vacation recently and we determined that as soon as we got back we would get back on track with our eating. So last Sunday I went to the grocery and got everything that we needed to get our eating together. As you know, I do better when I have a plan and I take the time to prep ahead of time. While many Crossfitters follow a Paleo eating style, I am not really interested in being THAT restrictive. I am starting out trying to reduce my “need” for carbs and such by following the Atkins 40 plan. This is plan allows for around 40 net carbs a day. These carbs come from sources such as fruits and veggies and some of the Atkins meals or bars. I am working to limit or minimize my use of the Atkins products so that I can eventually move into a Primal eating plan.

Primal eating is not quite as restrictive as Paleo and still allows for things like dairy and starchy veggies, like potatoes and yams. We’re a little over a week into our eating program and I can say that once we got through the first few days of decreased carb loads we are both feeling much better and we are losing weight. My hubs has lost around 10lbs in a week and I’m around 5lbs. Again, weight is not the focus but it is helpful in tracking some progress. Beyond that I noticed that my belly bloat has started to decrease and that my energy level has started to increase.

I’ll post pics soon and keep you posted on my progress but eating relatively clean most of the time and doing Crossfit should get me to where I want to be.

Jess

Komen Columbus Race for the Cure

Hi Folks:

Today was my very first time participating in this event and I have to say that I can’t wait to do this one again. I guess that I’m getting more and more sentimental about things but looking at 35,000 people who are all taking a stand against breast cancer I can’t help but smile. This morning I woke up with a plan in mind, I was working on decreasing my 5K time. I’ve said it before but I consider myself to be a wogger because what I do is somewhere between a walk and a jog. I’m completely ok with that but I do want to try to start picking up the speed a bit. As of right now my 5k time has been coming in around the 43-45 minute mark. My goal for today was to come in between 35-40 minutes.

Something can be said about having plans and goals and how quickly things can change. There are times that you can plan everything out and have your set goals in your mind or even write them down, but God has other things in mind. This is what happened to me today: at the starting line I met a lady and we exchanged the normal pre-race pleasantries that you do when you’re waiting for the race to start and you happen to be by yourself.   As it turns out, today I was meant to work with her and encourage her so that we both finished. There were plenty of times when she told me that I didn’t need to wait for her and that I could go on but I couldn’t. I was vested in getting her through this race and I felt that I needed to stay with her.

We decided that we were going to walk/run to get through the race. She let me know when she was ready to run again and she set the pace that she was comfortable with. My job today was to keep her encouraged and to keep her pushing forward. Doing this meant more to me than any time goal I had.

I am now encouraged that the current path that I’m on and the things that I have in the works are indeed part of God’s plan for my life. I realized something about myself today; I don’t have to be perfect I don’t need to be fast or skinny or anything else to be the coach that I want to be. I just have to start finding opportunities and start doing. More certifications, etc… won’t get me there because I have everything that I need in me right now. I already hold a Masters degree in Human Services/Health & Wellness and I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. I just need to start using my current knowledge and my gifts and talents to do what I need to do. I may have helped her but she helped me just as much.

Jess

Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, 2014. My new friend Angy and I
Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, 2014. My new friend Angy and I

DDP Yoga Weeks 5 & 6

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Hi Folks:

As promised I got back on my DDP Yoga train and I am on the move. It feels really good to be back on my game and to do the things that I needed to do. Work has still been a challenge but I know that as soon as my position changes in June, I’ll be able to have some semblance of normalcy; with the exception of learning a new job. By the way, did I tell you that I got a new job? 🙂 I’m really excited because this one of the first times that I’ve ever really decided on something and went for it. I’m excited for the challenge that it will present for me.  

Now back to my health and fitness, week 5 I wasn’t as consistent in my eating as I could have been. No real excuses, my kids were out of town and I didn’t want to cook so we ate out A LOT. Week 6 was much better as we got some shakes from Vemma Bod-e to drink for breakfast and some lunches, and we eat healthy snacks. In all I’m proud to say that I’m pleased with how I feel right now and am so ready to keep it up. Belly bloat has decreased and my head is mostly clear, with the exception of those days where my allergies and sinuses get the best of me.

Our Workouts for week 5:

Monday Energy  
Wednesday Energy  
Saturday Fat Burner  

 

Week 6:

Our Workouts for the week:

Monday Fat Burner  
Wednesday Energy  
Sunday Fat Burner  

 

I’ve added some additional workouts in there, like a run and some additional cross-fit style workouts that I can use to help me continue to build strength. I’m looking forward to the coming week because even though I have a parent meeting and 2 softball games to watch, I’m going to make time to get it in. I will make this happen, I will reach my goal.

Oh and by the way, I’m down 1 pound. Woot Woot. Back on it baby!!!

Jess

Color Me Rad

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Hi Folks:

Yesterday my daughter and I started off race season with Color Me Rad. I’ll say this, I have to just keep in mind that this race was designed to be an untimed fun run. That being said, I had a good time at the event but I have a few takeaways from it.

  1. My daughter and I had a lot of fun
  2. I have a lot of work to do if I want to be ready for my Olympic distance duathlon in July

Like I said, the race is not timed but I had to know where I am so that I can use this as a sort of gauge for my progress. Aside from my lack of run training in recent weeks, this course was very difficult to get through running the entire time. From mud and uneven grass to broken up asphalt…as a person who has a knee injury and tries very hard to keep from aggravating it, this was not ideal. So in areas where I would have ran, I chose not to for the sake of saving my knee.  The other issue that tends to happen is large groups of walkers spread all the way across the path without concern for those of us who are trying to run. My friend injured her ankle trying to go around one of these groups. ***Just a bit of race etiquette-if you are slower moving (walking or wogging “like me”) please do not block the entire path, it’s just rude. Try to be no more than 2 abreast so that others can get around you.***

Other than that I had a really good time going through each of the color stations and just having some great one-on-one time with my baby girl. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, it took me roughly 46 minutes to navigate this crazy course and blocking people. Not what I wanted but I know I can do better than this.

As far as DDP Yoga, the hubby and I get back on track tomorrow. Due to new carpeting we had to take some time to move the entire house around a couple of times so it was a bit difficult to squeeze in some yoga time.

Jess

DDP Yoga- Week Three

Hi Folks:

Can I just say that this week was a challenge for me???  First, I was in all-day meetings on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  By the time Wednesday came around I was completely and totally sick, which took me out of commission for a few days.  That being said, I still got all of my workouts in for the week, just not necessarily following my normal schedule.  My workouts were as follows:

Our Workouts for the week:

 Monday Energy  
Saturday  Energy  
Sunday Fat Burner Oh My!!! This was tough!!

 

Not making excuses but with the meetings (and the breakfast and lunch provided) and illness really made it hard to focus on my meals. 

Starting Weight: 180.0

Week 1 Weight: 178.0

Week 2 Weight: 179.0

Week 3 Weight: 179.0

I had no change this week, well at least not in the scale, but I will say that I’m still showing gains in my flexibility and my clothes are starting to loosen up.  So I can’t be mad at that.  Very soon my youngest daughter will start having softball games in the evenings and I need to be prepared for that.  This weekend I will need to spend some time making “Healthy Freezer Meals” that I can just throw in the crockpot or something so that I won’t be tempted to purchase fast food. 

Here’s to making it work for me!!!

Jess

DDP Yoga- Week Two

Hi Folks:

Completed week 2 of DDP Yoga.  This week I’m happy to report that my strength and flexibility have increased.  This is especially noticeable in the Broken Table position where I’m not quite as wobbly or shaky as I was when we first started.  I am also noticing that when I do the Downward Dog I am getting a bit closer to being able to complete it with my feet flat on the ground (right now my heels are less than an inch from touching).  My progress from last week to this week has been tremendous 🙂

Our Workouts for the week:

 Monday Energy Getting stronger every day
Wednesday  Energy  
Saturday Energy  

 

Still struggling with the food part, which has typically been the area that I tend to have issues with.  I usually do well during the week because my life is more regimented at that time.  The weekends have not been kind.  I tend to sleep in a bit longer and then not be as diligent as I should be when it comes to choosing the right foods.  This is the one area that I will have to correct if I truly want to be successful.

Starting Weight: 180.0

Week 1 Weight: 178.0

Week 2 Weight: 179.0

I gained a pound this week and I fully attribute it to the fact that I need to do better on my weekend eating.  I refuse to let this derail me, I just have to keep pushing forward. 

I’ve started Couch25K and I’ve been impressed in my ability to complete the runs as required.  I’m actually bumping up my run speed on the treadmill just to make sure that I can increase my speed as I go along. 

Jess

Transformation

Hi Folks:

Transformation is a hot word these days as it relates to weight loss and healthy living.  People, including myself, are constantly clamoring to transform their lives in some way.  Choosing to try and live a life that is different than the life that we are currently living.  There are experts who spend their lives trying to help others transform themselves. 

What is transformation, what does it mean to be transformed?   According to Merriam-webster.com, transformation is “a complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form, etc…” and being transformed is “to change (something) completely and usually in a good way”.  Looking at these definitions of transformation and being transformed, this concept is a good thing and should be done by most people.  However if this is the case, then why is it so difficult for people to actually do this?  Why is it so difficult to transform our bodies or lives into what we want it to be? 

Romans 12:2 gives us a hint, it says to “…be transformed by the renewing of the mind” (NIV).  If you’re like me you’ve read this verse many times and looked at it only from a spiritual perspective.  However I seem to have just had one of those aha moments where I can now see this verse from all areas of my life.  For me, one of my biggest battles currently lies in my ability to lose weight.  What I am learning is that this is completely a mental battle and has very little to do with my body.  I saw a quote the other day that said something to the effect of it being fruitless to want something but to secretly believe that you will fail.  I can’t help but agree with this because time and again I will set out to try something only to fail because in my mind, I can’t do this.

If God tells us that we can be transformed by renewing our mind, then we know that we are capable of doing this, it’s just a matter of how.  I love watching shows like “Extreme Weight Loss” with Chris Powell and “The Biggest Loser”.  On these shows many of the contestants go through the motions of losing weight, but their true transformation does not occur until their mindset changes.  Sometimes it is learning to forgive things that happened in their past and figure out how to move forward in the new life that they want to lead.  When you see it on the shows, it’s almost like a light switch goes off and the contestants and clients move forward with a renewed intensity. 

I’m in the process of reading Chris Powell’s “Choose More, Lose More for Life” and he says that transformation is “your journey toward loving yourself”.   I really love this definition because it simplifies it and breaks it down into a meaningful way to look at it.  I say meaningful because it is truly what those of us who struggle in the transformation department have to deal with, not loving ourselves enough.  Many of us will say that we love ourselves, but our actions show that this is not necessarily true.  Chris says that transformation begins when we believe in ourselves, keep our promises to ourselves and fall without failing.  I know that in my case, I tend to fail to believe in myself, I’m not great at keeping my promises to myself, and when I fall, I fall all the way.  These are things that I am working on to help me on my journey because I firmly believe that when I change my mindset my whole trajectory will change.