I Feel Great…Sore, But Great!!!

Ok, so I got on the scale last week to a horrible discovery…I am the heaviest I have ever weighed. I mean, I know I haven’t felt the greatest lately and I have been consuming quite a lot of junk, but I had no idea. I was sad, angry and determined all at the same time.

You might recall that at the beginning of the year Neil and I did an 8-week challenge. We ate clean and I was “exercising”. Let’s just say I didn’t work to my fullest potential. If I felt one twinge in my knee or any other slight ache or pain, I was done. So, I felt the pain, but didn’t stick around long enough to see the gain.

I spoke with Neil about it, and he decided to train with me in the gym in our condo building. He hasn’t been to his gym in a while due to health reasons, so this is a perfect way to get him back into the swing of things. Neil has been lifting weights and studying about nutrition since before high school, he is always up on the latest things and can tell you what will work and what won’t. I have decided to put myself in his hands.

First up, I had to tell him how much I actually weigh…can you say mortifying? After that was out of the way, we came up with a calorie consumption plan based on what I do want to weigh and made plans to hit the gym Monday afternoon. I went to sleep with images of a buff Tracie dancing in my head.

Day 1 he put me through an all-around program that hit all body parts using the multi station gym machine. I did all exercises at 15 pounds (the lightest weight) to get the proper form down and really, because I can barely use 10 lb. dumbbells and I didn’t want to look like an idiot. With the support of the machine, it felt really easy. I know I was doing the work, but the stabilizing of the machine helped a lot.

We worked out 4 days this week and yesterday I had 25 lbs. on the machine for most exercises!! Neil keeps saying I have been holding out on him, but I can still only do 8-10 lbs. with the dumbbells. I am sore, but I feel great. It’s in a I did a full day’s work, and I can be proud of my accomplishment kind of sore.

I have been keeping my food in check with a calorie counter. I am not obsessive about it. I use it to keep my portions in check, because that is a major problem for me. And I have found out that I can be satisfied with a proper portion for most things. Instead of heaping my plate full, I do one portion. If I am still actually hungry, not just eating to eat, I will take another half portion. It’s easier than I thought it would be.

This whole week has been easier than I thought it would be. I think that is because I was honest with Neil and finally handed over to him the one thing I was embarrassed about. It was my hang up, not his. I really think I am going to get into this lifting weights thing. I have no intention of looking like a dude, but there are a lot of females out there pulling heavy weight and looking great…watch out ladies, here I come.

***Question for the comments…Do you work out? What is your favorite type of exercise to do? One of my favorites is still a good old Billy Blanks Tae Bo workout.

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Here We Go Again…

Ok, so we made it through the first 8 weeks of the year eating semi healthy and the challenge we made ended on the 3rd. of March. I already told you how I did and the trouble I had. Then came the weekend of eating whatever we wanted to, and we totally enjoyed it.

We had pizza and McDonalds. We went to some of our favorite places and ate our favorite foods there. We didn’t go too crazy. It’s not like I went out and bought a big bag of peanut M&Ms or drank a milkshake every day. I am not saying I didn’t want to, lol, I did restrain myself a little bit. But then we got to Monday and Neil’s birthday.

Actually, let me backtrack to Sunday first. Usually, about once a month our Pastor, Dennis, takes the worship team out to lunch after services. If it is someone’s birthday month, he will bring a store-bought cake and we celebrate. This was the plan for this past Sunday. The morning started off with our friend Frankie bringing in donuts for the group. They were from my favorite bakery, and they were delicious. Of course, the leftovers came home with us. After church it was off to lunch, and I ate a loco moco. This is a plate that consists of white rice, a hamburger, brown gravy and an egg on top with a side of macaroni salad. Sounds really weird, right? But trust me when I say it works perfectly together.

So, after we eat, Dennis brings out this box with tin foil on top…not the usual store-bought cake. He had gotten up extremely early to make his famous pineapple upside cake. This thing is truly heavenly. There were 9 of us there and we still had a third of the cake left. And you guessed it, we took it home. So now we had donuts and cake in the house with only 1 more day till the “binge weekend” was over. Thankfully, some of my neighbors took a couple of pieces off of our hands.

This brings us to Monday and Neil’s birthday. We ate out all 3 meals!! Lunch time was the best, because we went to Murphy’s Irish Pub with our friends Gloria and Alissa. Frankie works there, so we got to see him. For dessert the girls all had Kona Coffee gelato and Neil had mango sorbet. OMG…best gelato I ever had. Sneaky Gloria grabbed the check before I could and ruined my plan to treat everybody. That’s okay, because when she least expects it, I get her back. It really was a great weekend for dining.

Now the plan is to do another 4 weeks of healthy eating. That means no junk food or fast food like before. It’s only for one month this time because my birthday is April 7. I decided I needed an actual game plan to get me through the next 30 days. I want to make sure I really eat healthy and exercise this time. Have you heard of 75 Hard? It is an extremely difficult fitness challenge that consists of working out twice a day, following a meal plan of your choice, drinking a ton of water, reading 10 pages of a book and other things for 75 days. I am not up to that kind of level, so I made up my own.

Welcome to 30 Easy. For 30 days, starting yesterday, I will exercise for 30 minutes daily, I will drink 100 ounces of water, I will read 10 pages a day and I will follow the Mediterranean Diet plan. 75 Hard also has you taking a 5-minute cold shower (that’s a hard no for me), daily progress photos (once a week is fine for me) and a daily random act of kindness (I can do that). So, there you go, my game plan for the next 30 days. I feel like this totally doable. I just have to make myself check off the boxes daily. Who knows, maybe after my birthday I will be ready to bump it up to 75 Easy. Either way, I’ll let you know how I am doing.

***Question for the comments…have you ever participated in any kind of fitness challenge like 75 Hard or have you ever wanted to? What is your favorite healthy thing to eat?

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Do I Have to Exercise Today?

I have a love/hate relationship with the whole fitness thing. I love the idea of how your body feels and looks from a regular routine. I love the idea of all the various ways you can exercise. I love all the cute little outfits you could buy to wear while exercising. I hate the fact that I am lazy, and my mind cannot convince my body to get moving.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to be fit. I have been wanting to be so my whole life. In high school, I wanted to be one of the sporty girls, who played volleyball or field hockey. I saw girls running and playing soccer and wanted to do the same thing. But I was never really motivated to get out there and show them what I got. Or maybe it was fear that held me back…fear of failure, fear of letting the team down, or fear of getting hurt. Whatever the reason, I didn’t become the sporty girl. Instead, I became the smart aleck funny girl. Hey, it’s a good place to be, because let’s face it, I’m hilarious…you know it’s true, LOL, but I just wish I had done a little bit more.

As an adult, I have tried all sorts of things from aerobics videos to power walking to light at home weights to yoga…I get all excited to get going, but then motivation is fleeting, and I fizzle out. Have I just not found my groove yet? Do I just need someone to coach me and make sure I get my workouts in? Do I need to join a gym to make sure I go because I wouldn’t want to waste the money I spent by not using it? I don’t have all the answers, but I am looking for them.

The one thing I would love to try, but it does kinda scare me is CrossFit. For the past few years, I have watched the competitions and followed my favorite athletes on Instagram. I love that it has all the things built into one workout, but the workout changes daily. Then I started learning what a regular CrossFit Box (gym) is like. People of all ages and all physical capabilities are there. I saw stories of people in their 70’s just getting started and keeping themselves mobile and I am digging it. I saw community and culture, which is something I love. Everybody cheering you on, even if you’re the last person to finish the workout. This is a place I could totally get into, and I am going to give it a try.

I said this was the year of trying new things and getting myself together and being fit is top priority. I will check out CrossFit, I will come up with an eating plan that works for me. I have been eating mainly plant based these past 2 weeks, it’s something I enjoy, and I want to add it into my daily lifestyle, but I will not be totally plant based. That is just not for me.

But fitness will be something I add to my daily mix. I have let my body off the hook for the last time. This is the year of transformation; this is my year to get fit. You will never see my name in lights or catch me out on the competition floor, but I just may end up the sporty girl after all.

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8 Weeks? I Can Do This, My Body Will Comply

I don’t know which one of us began this conversation a few weeks ago, but Neil and I started talking about eating in the new year. This fall and holiday season has been an absolute horrendous example of how to feed your body while doing no exercise whatsoever. I mean, if we are really being honest here, I have never really had a good track record in this area. I have stopped and restarted so many times it’s like a seesaw with all the up and down. And no results to show for it, of course.

We came up with an 8-week challenge of healthy eating and exercise. Our goals are completely different. He wants to gain back some weight and muscle, while I want to lose weight and be more flexible. You could probably snap me in two right now…I am about as flexible as a #2 pencil. My body sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies–snap, crackle, pop!

So, for the next 8 weeks I will be sharing with you how it’s going. Not every post, but here and there to keep you updated. My plan is to follow the 30 Days to Healthy Living program from Arbonne, which is a reset to the body, not an actual diet. Anyway, I will be trying some new things and cooking…I see some good laughs in this area. I rarely cook. Before, it was because I couldn’t even think about cooking after working in the restaurant all day…no longer an excuse…so time to get to it. I’ll let you know how I’m doing.

Another thing is after 33 years of being an on and off (mostly on) smoker, I have decided to say goodby to my little nicotine friend. It’s just time, I know it. It’s like that bad friend you know you shouldn’t hang out with, but you keep coming back. I like to smoke, yes, I said it, but I don’t like how it makes me feel anymore. So, goodbye Camel Joe, it was fun while it lasted.

Here’s the thing…I am going to be 52 in April. I don’t look it, but my body feels twice as old. There are still active things I have on my bucket list, and I want to do them soon. I have lived in Hawaii for almost 10 years, and I have never been on a surfboard. That was like, one of the first things I wanted to do when I moved here. My inner Gidget is dying to come out and my goal is to release her this year…so time to get rolling.

Alright 8 weeks…I am ready for you. And when it’s over, I am hoping to make this the lifestyle I have always wanted to live. Why haven’t I lived it before? I like to take the easy route most of the time. And know this, for me, the easy route is hardly ever the best choice.

***Question for the comments…are you starting any healthy regiments this year? Is yes, whatcha doing? I’m curious to see how other people handle health.

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