Saturday, April 2, 2016

Cize Challenge Week 5

I have had a rough couple of weeks. I don't share publicly often, but I suffer from severe PMS fatigue for about a week every month. Takes every ounce of energy I have to just make it through a normal day. Working out helps, but sometimes there just isn't that energy there. Add to that some sort of creeping crud/cold/allergy thing going around our house, and somehow I have been very out of it.

That said, week 5 went pretty well. I got in three work outs with Go for it, and two with Livin' in the 8's. That latter is dang hard. Gah!!

Go for it
Livin' in the 8's

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cize Challenge Week 4

Week 4 was hard for me. I had just injured myself, and the first time through it got worse. I ended up taking off four days to recover, and by Saturday I was able to make this video. I felt better.

I had another issue though. Getting enough calories became an issue, and I had slightly less than 1000 most days. It is feeing like high school all over again. I am not hungry, and feel guilty for not eating. Week five in this area wasn't much better. This journey is frustrating.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Week 2 ad 3 Cize Challenge

So week 2 was an interesting one. I ended up doing four You Got This routines. Then I added in the Jericho McMatthews work out in Beachody on Demand, and some country line dancing with my Wii to round out my workouts. Can I tell you that I loved the Jericho workout? Made me love yoga again. It was a good week. I didn't have any sweets so that is a win!

Week 3 didn't go as well unless you count the fact that I started actually hopping during trips, and then jumping on the other moves. It was exciting! Then I hurt my knee. Again, I got in four of the Full Out workouts. I added in an ab rouitne from Hip Hop Abs and a 20 minute TurboFire workout to round out my week. I ended up doing over 23, 000 steps on Saturday, which is just over 9 miles. Didn't help my knee much. Rest day on Sunday ended up with meeting my step goal, and I thought m kee was better. Wrong. I am now sporting a fantastic knee brace. Go me!

Monday, February 29, 2016

National Reading Month Challenge

A group of friends and I have gotten together to sponsor a fun Facebook activity for the month of March in honor of National Reading Month. If you are interested in joining us, let me know and I can add you. :)

I couldn't decide what to do, and then I hit on a solid idea. I am in countdown mode for a new book coming out in April. So I am doing a re-read of the series. You are getting at least three mini-reviews during this month. Please hold me to it, okay?

I am a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon specifically, and supernatural romantic fiction in general. So when she came out with a YA book based on a character from the Dark Hunter series, I was super excited. I love when I find a good YA series, and this one has not failed me yet.

I finished book one this past Saturday. I realized that I read it just last year in prep for the launch of the last book. I mention this because I have read it three times in less than 2 years. Might be the sign of a great series, right?

The main character is Nick Gautier. A street smart, smart talking, teenager who has no idea that he is a supernatural being until one day his school starts being overrun by living zombies. Cool, right? The story follows our unexpected hero as he fights zombies, meets a girl,  and finds friends and support in unexpected people. 

This is definitely a teen read, in my opinion. Dark humor and content make it unsuitable for tweens, or at least mine. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Day 13 Cize Challenge

Day 13 here, and I am feeling pretty good. By the end of today, I will be 11/12 in workouts, and doing better than I thought I would be in food. I say this as I sit here with a bag of chips to accompany my turkey, spinach, pepper and Havarti sandwich. It is all about the 80/20 rule, and I have been all over that.
That said, I am struggling with getting enough calories some days, and not feeling like I am going to fall apart on others. When I would normally turn to sweets, I am standing strong on my Lenten challenge to forgo sweets until Easter. It is super hard. Guess that is why the call it a fast, right?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

February Cize Challenge

Today marks day seven of the Cize challenge group I am in with Shaun T. I have worked out five times, and am so far doing alright with my food intake. This video explains my why for this challenge, which was one of our first assignments.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

My Story

Let me preface this a bit. This story has been percolating for the last five years. It isn't complete nor does it really tell the whole story. It does give a glimpse into how I came to where I am today, and is a product of a training I am doing through Beachbody. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

Growing up I was active in dance and swimming. I rode my bike everywhere, skated or walked when the bike wasn’t feasible. I was a healthy kid. Even when puberty hit, and I got these child bearing hips I was still comfortable with who I was. Then something happened in high school. I started to be self conscious of my big butt and breasts. I felt fat. I went through two bouts of borderline anorexia. Lunch would be an apple and a small Pepsi. I wouldn't eat much more. I was depressed, and had suicidal thoughts. The raging migraines didn't help. I kept going through college where I continued to feel more insecure about my body, which wasn't helped by not ever having any dates and the belief that I wasn't attractive to the opposite sex. By the time I hit grad school in 1997, I was over 180 pounds. The year before I had my son I was at an all time high of 225, and finally worried about my weight. That was 2003 when I discovered Jazzercise, and decided to try portioned eating. In that year, I gained some of me back, and lost 25 pounds. The same 25 pounds I gained while pregnant, but because I continued with Jazzercise and my portioned eating (bbq chip craving the exception) a week after giving birth I weighed 9 pounds less than when I got pregnant. It was amazing. 
In 2005 when my son was 8 months old, I moved from an area I loved to a new job close to my family. It was a big change, and a stressful one. Four years later, I was depressed, and feeling like I had no worth at all after losing my job. It was compounded over the next year as I applied for jobs in state and out within my field, which all the job aid people told me I needed to do. There was nothing out there for me, and then in the middle of this my friend Sarah started about this awesome thing called Beachbody and an amazing drink called Shakeology. I was still unemployed, drinking soda like it was water, and gaining weight every day. Something struck me though as I continued to follow Sarah, and when she was having her second child I signed up as a coach. I was unemployed for another year, but despite the horribleness of that I know it allowed me to establish the road to a better, healthier me. It hasn't been all rosy. I struggle to stay true to my food choices, and I don't always win the battle. My weight goes up and goes down. I stress eat, and I deal with some chronic health issues that prevent me from exercising on occasion. Yet each day I make a commitment to myself and my son to continuing my fight for a healthier, longer life for both of us.