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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How’d The 8-Week Challenge Go? Eh…

Remember back in the beginning of January Neil and I started an 8-week healthy challenge? It ended on Wednesday and the first thing we did on Thursday morning was go to McDonald’s for breakfast. I got my favorite thing on the breakfast menu (sausage and egg mcgriddle with hash brown) and my fave coffee and brought it home tasting the goodness before it was even out of the bag. After one bite, I was slightly disappointed. It just didn’t taste as good as I remember. After two months of no junk food and my first meal was a joke.

You may be wanting to tell me that after a while your taste buds won’t crave the same things as before and congratulations on finishing the 8 weeks…well, don’t pat me on the back so fast. It’s true, I did not eat any fast food or junk for the past 2 months, but I was not exactly eating totally healthy either. I made some good choices like a protein shake in the morning using my Arbonne supplements, but I got a little too happy with the peanut butter. I made some nice meals with sauteed veggies and quinoa, but then I would add a little too much shredded parmesan on top. You see what I did? I took a nice healthy idea and put the whammy on it. I basically lost before I even started.

As far as exercise is concerned, well, remember my post about hitting the gym and how I would like to start a routine and I think CrossFit is a cool thing? I still think CrossFit is a cool thing, and I am fan of the professional athletes and I have begun watching the season, but as far as me hitting the iron; I have yet to become friends with a barbell or kettlebell this year. Yes, I am disappointed, and I know not to be too hard on myself, but I really don’t know what my problem is.

I mean, I know I am unmotivated and lazy…remember the Sulpazo curse? But how do I get through the underlining problem that surrounds the curse so I can break on through to the other side? I have read tons of personal development books and listened to tons of podcasts, so much so that I could coach people how to do it for themselves, but I can’t seem to do it for myself. I thought when I was totally over myself, I would be able to change. I guess it’s just not that easy. Damn, I hate that.

Anyway, like I said the challenge is over and we have decided to enjoy the weekend through Monday, which is Neil’s birthday and then another month of clean eating before we take a day off for my birthday in April. Yes, I plan on eating some fun things this weekend, see the pictures above, lol, but not in the normal large portions like I usually do. By the time we start back up on the 8th, I am hoping to have a few easy habits in place to really get this thing going. I’ll let you know how it’s going.

***Question for the comments…What is your favorite junk food meal? What is your favorite form of exercise? Have you ever struggled with anything I am talking about today? how did you deal with it?

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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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