Thursday, June 28, 2012

I am still learning things as I go

Hey Y'all.
     So, Im still learning new things as I 'run along' :) thru my weight loss journey.

     Yesterday, and this has happened maybe 2 other times, I worked out really hard, got really sweaty, and came home to meet my husband for dinner. I sat down and called my mom in NH while my hubs was in the shower and about half way thru our conversation I started to feel really nauseous and really shaky. We got off the phone, I got in the shower and felt SO weak. So I got out and literally had to sit down.
     So what was the problem? I hadnt had enough to eat. I can tell you that this is something I constantly have to remind myself to do. Its crazy because 3 months ago you did not have to remind me to eat!! But since eating healthy foods and all that I dont feel hungry as often. So even though my body may need something I often dont pay attention and just kind of forget it. This is what I will be working on now. Remembering to fuel my body. Even if its a piece of fruit or some nuts.

     Basically I just want to stress the importance of making sure you eat when your trying to lose weight. I know, I need to take my own advice and like I said I will be more aware of that. I am going to focus on eating breakfast, having a snack, having lunch, having a snack, and then dinner. I try really hard not to eat anything after dinnertime, because most of the time I eat dinner pretty late as it is. Also make sure you hydrate. :)

Just wanted to fill you guys in on that, and let you all know that I am still learning things as well.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Never lift weights lighter than your purse. ;)

Hey guys!
     I just want to first of all say thank you to those who started following my blog and who helped share my page. Its amazing to know people are reading it. My goal with this blog and also with the Sweat Pink movement is to inspire and educate you all to live healthy lives. Its important for you to be healthy whether you are a size 0 or size 20. I will be the first to tell you that 3 months ago I was NOT a healthy person. But since finding what it feels like to be healthy and active I wouldn't change it for the world.
     I wanted to kind of touch on weight lifting a little bit tonight. This is something that alot of women dont do, but absolutely should. Women feel that weight lifting is a men only thing. Your so wrong. Lifting helps you in a number of ways.
     If you are trying to lose weight its important to lift. Why? Well, because if you lose weight your pretty likely to have loose skin. Weight lifting will help firm up that skin and make you look toned.
     Weight lifting is also going to help boost your metabolism. It is proven that if you lift weights your metabolism is going to be raised long after you complete your workout. This is because your body is going to be in need of oxygen, and hence inscreases your metabolic rate. Your body will be in a fat buring zone longer.
     Even if your a smaller person naturally, you should also lift. You can ALWAYS tone your body up. You may have a small frame but do you have abs? How about toned biceps or legs. Lifting weights will do that for you.
     I recommend lifting 3-4 times a week. I can say that I have to remind myself to lift alot of the time because its so easy to get caught up in cardio. I LOVE cardio (I never thought I'd say that in my entire life) and my focus is on that alot of the time, but I really really enjoy lifting as well. Lift with your husband or boyfriend..its fun and you have someone to push you and make you work hard. And never ever lift weights lighter than your purse ladies. :)

     I am very excited to kill it in the gym tomorrow, I had my 'off' day Monday because I did a killer leg workout Sunday, so I was really really sore. Squats are amazing, but man I am sore. Im bad about remembering to stretch so I pay for it later.

     I think that tomorrow or thursday I will be writing about easy exercises you can do around the house, and also some you can do involving your kids. I dont have any kids yet but I found these and think their so cool. :) So in the mean time, do something some crunches or pushups in between commercials tonight..

And did y'all switch out a drink with water yesterday??? Do it again tomorrow..but switch out 2 drinks with water this time. :)


Monday, June 25, 2012

Here we go!!

Alright Y'all!!
     I hope this turns into something good. Im going to start this blog and write a few times a week, covering things from workouts, to recipes, to healthy living. 6 weeks ago I started my weight loss/fit journey. I will get into that in a few.
     I recently found a FB site called Fit Approach. I encourage you all to 'like' them on Facebook.
They are a fairly new organization based out of Cali, who are trying to get the word out about healthy living. I have been accepted by them to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador their Sweat Pink program. Basically, my job is to motivate, educate and live the Sweat Pink lifestyle. I will be receiving some Sweat Pink gear in the mail soon which will include some Sweat Pink shoe laces. They believe that if you look and feel cute during a workout you may be more motivated. So I may do some sort of give away on my FB page once I get them. So you'll hear me say Im going to Sweat Pink, or use that term alot..thats what its all about. :) And what girl wouldnt wanna sweat pink? Those who know me know I enjoy some pink in my life.
     Okay so now onto my journey so far. 6 weeks ago I decided to change my life and I can tell you I havent regretted a minute of it. Nothing in particular happened to me to want to do this..Ive tried many many times to start to work out and get healthy but I never stuck with it. 6 weeks ago I just deicded it was time. YOU have to be ready to change. No one else can change you. I am not ready to share my starting weight yet, its really hard to put yourself out there like that. With dropping weight so quickly and living healthy you gain your confidence back, but Im not THAT confident yet. I will though, I promise.
      Thus far, I have lost 15.5 pounds. The weight has come off pretty quickly and it will at first. I havent hit my plateau yet and dont expect to for awhile. My workout schedule basically looks like 6 days of cardio, typically about an hour. I started the Couch to 5K running program but having not run alot before this I had a little bit of an ankle injury week 5, so I spent last week kicking butt on the EFX elliptical trainer. I plan on giving it another week or so and then starting to run again. I lift weights about 4 times a week. I cannot stress enough how important lifting weights are. I plan on posting about that in a seperate post this week at some point. Lifting some sort of weight a few times a week on top of cardio is very very important. Even if its for 30 minutes after cardio. I like to get my cardio done first because it takes alot of my energy. I do take a preworkout supplement..thats a topic for another day as well. Just giving y'all an overview.
     So, I hope y'all will follow me, that I can inspire you, and I can impact you in some way. AND I will be posting about little workouts you can do during the day, or at home at night..for those who say their too busy. Also this blog wont just be about exercise, it will be about putting healthy things into your body as well. I will leave you with a challenge, take 1 soda, juice, energy drink, whatever it may be, and supplement it with a bottle of water. Just 1, you can do it. :)

     I'll be posting again tomorrow night.

                                               - K