Manic Monday – 2/11/12

I’ve started using the following work out 2 days of the week.  I really like how you don’t need any equipment, you can do this workout anywhere, and even doubling it, it’s still only 12 minutes.  I do this workout a lot while watching tv.

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Enjoy…..

 

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Manic Monday – 1/14/13

Today we start our new daily blog topics.  Manic Mondays will cover information and tips about eating healthy & exercising with a busy schedule.

We all know, now-a-days everyone is busy.  Between kids, work, sports practices, dance classes, meetings, laundry, and everything else that comes along with the chaos of everyday life……really, who has time to exercise and eat right?  Running through a drive thru and grabbing a cheeseburger is so much easier.  Right?  Yes but no.  What are you doing to your health?  Yes, it might be easy right now and solve a hunger problem at the moment but what about later.  What about later in life when you have realized you have put on 50 pounds or you’re laying in a hospital bed waiting on the doctors to tell you whether or not you need surgery to open a clogged artery that is causing you chest pain.

So today, we’d like to share some easy tips for some simple exercising you can add  to your daily schedule without having to give up a lot of time.

  1. Drink water! – Increase your water intake if you have not done so already.  Water is so important for a healthy body.
  2. Take the steps – when possible take the steps.  Yes, this may suck and we would rather take the escalator or elevator but take the steps and your heart and body will thank you.
  3. Park in the back of a parking lot – don’t park close to the door.  Park and walk.  Think of all the times we drive circles around a parking lot waiting for a close parking spot to open up.  STOP doing this!  Just park and walk.
  4. TV watchers – don’t sit on the couch and watch TV.  Yes, we all have had a long day.  Yes we are all tired.  Yes we all want to sit down and relax.  BUT take at least 30 minutes of that TV show and do some exercising while you watch TV.  March and or jog in place, do sit ups or crunches, push ups.  Get some can goods out and do arm curls.  Do jumping jacks, leg lefts, squats.  There are so many things you can do at home while watching your normal TV.
  5.  Make good use of your time – during phone calls, while cooking dinner, doing laundry, etc you can mix in some exercising.  Do leg squats, jogging in place, leg lifts, and more.  It’s a little strange in the beginning and your family and co-workers might think you are losing it but hey, YOU are getting some exercise.  That’s what matters!!

So, simple things you can do everyday to make a difference in YOUR health and wellness.  You don’t need a fancy gym or 2 hours a day to get some exercise in, just simple small changes are enough to make a positive change.

Simple at home exercises.

Simple at home exercises.

 

Week 4 Results:

Here I am, 4 weeks into my 90 Challenge.  I can not say enough good things about this.  My hunger has decreased so much during these 4 weeks.  I LOVE my energy level.  I don’t find myself dragging come late afternoon.  I have steady energy throughout the whole day.  I feel great and my workouts have been wonderful.

This past week I continued with my 30 minute workouts and I did get in 6 days.  Saturday was not as good of a workout as the rest of the week but my back was very sore and I didn’t want to push it.  But something was better than nothing so I’m happy with at least getting something in.   I did not increase my eating like I was wanting to last week.  The week turned a little crazy so my focus turned to making sure I was working out and drinking my shakes.  I’m kinda bummed to report that I only lost 1 pound last week.  BUT I’m remaining positive.  Losing 1 is better than gaining.  I have lost another 1/2 inch around my waist and a 1/2 around my hips.  I think stress is making a difference.  Time to focus!!

This week will be challenge so as long as I don’t gain, it will be successful!!

Week #3 Update

Well, here Monday has rolled around again.  Time to give my weekly update on my 90 Day Challenge.  I will say when I stepped on the scale, I was a little frustrated.  I’m happy to say I am down another 2 pounds bringing my grand total to 9 pounds.  BUT, when I went to measure myself, this is when things changed!  I have lost 1/2 inch off each thigh, 1 inch around my hips, 1/2 around my waist, 1/2 around my chest, and 1/4 inch off each arm!!  That there my friends got me excited!!  Last week I did about 30 minutes of exercising, for 5 days.  My energy level is still AWESOME and my sleep continues to be better.  This week I did notice a difference in my “cravings” for sweets.  It has decreased.  I LOVE it!!!  Especially since my evening times are the worst for me and I always want to eat sweets!!

This week I’m sticking with the 30 minute workouts but am going to increase the work outs to 6 days this week.  I also think I need to increase my snacking a little.  I’m not sure if I’m getting enough intake at this point.  Hoping for bigger results this week.  I’d like to hit 5 pounds again!

Take the Challenge! It will change your life.

Week #2 Results: November 5th

So excited to see some great results.  I’m down 2 more pounds.  I added exercising this week.  I kept it simple, 20 minute workouts, 5 days this week.  I can’t believe my energy level though.  I feel GREAT!!  I’m sleeping better and wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to take the day on.

This upcoming week I’m going to add a little additional exercising.  Love that I’m looking forward to exercising!  Even though it’s not walking which I loved.  How many days until spring so I can start walking again?

Shake it up! Join the challenge!!

Exercising rant of the day……

On this journey to fit I am currently on, I’ve struggled with the exercising side of things.  I’ve never been one who likes to workout and exercise.  I’ve always thought I had better things to do with my time.  Well, let me just say, I’ve found out over the last several months that I actually enjoy it.  To an extent.  We have a great neighborhood to walk in.  I LOVE to walk.  I find it relaxing and refreshing.  I can walk fast or I can walk slow.  Either way I am still getting exercise.  My schedule for the last two months has been to walk in the morning for 30-45 minutes and then exercise at home 15-30 minutes.  I’m liking this schedule.  My workouts at home are mixed up.  I have three different options I use.  So here’s where my rant comes in for the day…….I feel like I’ve made some great progress.  I’m enjoying the exercising, seeing an improvement in soreness, and not struggling to make it through the workout.  But it seems like no matter how hard I push myself, change things up, or how many days I workout, the scale is not changing much.  I’m seeing inch loss in areas but not much weight loss.  This is starting to become frustrating.  However, I’m determined to not let it get me down.  I’m going to keep pushing forward and hopefully in time, all of this will start to pay off.  I will say, I am looking forward to starting the It Works! Global Ultimate Makeover Challenge again and hoping this will help boost things for me again.  🙂

Any thoughts on boosting weight loss?