Sunday, March 27, 2011

About This Time Alone...

So, I've had a few days on my own.  My lovey had to travel out of town.  It's been... excruciating at times... excruciatingly quiet, lonely, strange... uncomfortable.  I rely so much on him.  I admit that.  However, I'm pretty much OK with being uncomfortable for just a little while longer; I can still stand on my own two feet! ;)

Being completely, madly, deeply in love with this man, and having him return those feelings in kind, has been and continues to be one of the very best experiences of my life.  I've grown so much as a person since meeting him.  I think he'd say the same of himself regarding me, too.  Our time apart has reaffirmed this notion, over and over: I'm a strong person, made stronger by him. <3

Thursday, March 24, 2011

30 Day Shred Round Two: Day 3 Level 2

I decided against posting a daily Shred update blog.  I had a feeling they'd start to get pretty boring, without a whole lot to report day-by-day.  However, it's time for a mid-Shred update.

For those of you keeping track (yeah right, lol), I started on March 10, with the objective of doing the Shred every day, 10 days per level, which means I ought to be on Day 5 Level 2 today.  Well, as the title of this post suggests, I'll be completing Day 3 Level 2 this evening.

No excuses, merely going with the flow of life.  Mike got sick first.  Then Dalton and I got it. Nasty cold/sinus/ick type thing.  Still have the tail end of it, but it's well on its way out, thankfully.  I skipped one day because I wasn't feeling up to exercise, meaning to double up on Sunday with my last day of Level 1 and first day of Level 2, but after doing Level 1, I was spent.  Still sick, didn't want to push myself to the point of utter exhaustion.

Before Mike went out of town for a few days, I wanted to spend every moment I could with him, plus I still wasn't back to 100% health, so I skipped a second day somewhere along the way (Monday, I believe).

I officially began Level 2 on Tuesday, March 22.  I remember now why it was my least favorite level the first time around, seeing as it incorporates quite a few plank-based moves, and my arms have long been my "weak point".  However, this time around I'm stronger and more capable.  I'm sticking with it, and as long as I'm able to keep up doing the Shred every day through Level 3, I'm on track to finish on April 10.

So far, two weeks in, I've lost a total of four pounds.  I'm excited to see and share the end results!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

30 Day Shred Round Two: Day 1 Level 1

I took before photos last night.  Measurements too.  I weighed in this morning, before completing Day 1 Level 1.  I was overjoyed to see a 2 pound loss, which put me - FINALLY - under 160 pounds!!  Woohoo!  As for BMI, I'm sooooo close to being out of the obese category and in the overweight category (0.09 "points" to go)!!  Yeah!

Anyhow, on with the start of Round Two of the Shred.  During my first round, I'd never eaten anything before I did the workout first thing in the morning, so I carried on this trend this morning.  No water before starting this time, though, either.

The workout was as intense as I remember from the first go-round.  I started right off with 5 pound weights this time, since I remember the 3 pound weights being a little on the light side by about Day 5, the first time around.  I was beat by the end of the workout.  Wobbly Jello muscles and all.  Felt great.  Until...

I had a cup of water and popped my daily multivitamin.  Oh, my tummy was not a happy camper.  Queasy.  Showered, dried off, dressed.  As I began brushing my teeth, it hit.  The water and multivitamin evacuated my tummy in short order.  Ick!

OK, so, lesson learned.  A little water and perhaps a small bite to eat (Mike's suggestion: half a banana) before shredding.  Duly noted.

On the bright side, I feel cheerier, more alert and stronger today.  For some reason, I find Jillian's workouts pretty darn empowering.  Love it.  I also love that I know exactly which workout I'm doing each morning for the next 29 days, and I'm excited to see the end results.  I'm thinking of giving Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 a try next.

Tomorrow, Day 2 Level 1 + a short run.

Onward with twenty-nine days to go... !

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Re-Committing to Goals

After giving this some thought and talking it over with Mike, I realize I need to do something to help me fully re-commit to my end-of-May goal (which is to reach my "maintenance" weight).  Time is running thin on that goal and I've been "stuck" within the same 4-5lb range for far too long.  I'm over it!

Now, the weight number itself doesn't much bother me much anymore.  However, the brick wall I've found myself up against must be broken through.  I've been through another deep dark round of "I'm not good enough" lately and I'm tired of it.  I AM good enough and that's that!  I know, I know, my blogs tend to circle back around to this very theme all the time.  Well, this is me, my life and my current struggle!  The battle of "I'm just not worth it", when the "higher" part of me knows better all the time - or else why would I even bother wrestling with this thought in my mind and keep on trying?!

I committed to Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred on January 1, 2011, and saw it all the way through 30 consecutive days.  What an accomplishment!  However, since then my commitment to my weight loss goal has waxed and waned.  Not to mention the fact that when I started the Shred, I neglected to take initial measurements or even very good before photos.  Regrets.

With that said, my 30 Day Shred Results blog has been getting regular hits since I posted it. That tells me something.  And so, onward toward the main point of this blog.

As of tomorrow, March 10, 2011, I am committing to round two of the 30 Day Shred.  Ten consecutive days per level, with measurements, weight and photos taken before I begin.  I'll still be keeping up on my running schedule as I do this, so the results won't be 100% 30 Day Shred, but I wish to see what kind of results a second round of the Shred will bring, in addition to the running.

I'm looking for a little input here...

  • Would you want to see a daily or weekly blog from me as I progress through my second round of the Shred?  Sort of a day-by-day play-by-play? ;)
  • Would any of you care to join me?  The mutual support would be awesome!  For those of you on MyFitnessPal, I'm thinking of starting a new forum thread for those who wish to join me.
Let me know your thoughts, please.  I'd appreciate it!  And, wish me luck as Jillian kicks my booty for another 30 days! :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy International Women's Day!
"International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.  Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote. The word 'Suffragette' is derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote. International Women's Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911."
I've thought about this today and what it means to me.  Strong, capable women from all walks of life, standing up for themselves, their people, their values.  And there's an international day to celebrate that.  Great!  I'm all for women becoming empowered and feeling confident about themselves and their place here on this globe.  Trust me, I've not always been as confident as I am these days, and there are still days I question my own worth.

However, those days are becoming fewer and further between.  Thank goodness!  For this blog post, I'd love for us WOMEN to recognize our past and present achievements, future aspirations, and inspirations.  Feel free to "brag" on yourself this day, International Women's Day, and feel proud to be a strong, intelligent, confident, empowered woman!

I'll start:
  • I lead a nearly 900-member strong group on Facebook, called Motivation.
  • I've recently become a published writer on
  • I stopped smoking over two years ago.
  • I've lost somewhere in the region of 60 pounds since February 2010.
  • I am a RUNNER!
  • I'm inspired by Jillian Michaels.
  • My family and my close friends are my biggest support and I LOVE them for it!
Now, it's your turn.  Go on, give yourself some well-deserved credit!