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Not the Biggest Loser…. March 4, 2010

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How hard can it be to lose 7-8 pounds?  Apparently pretty hard for me.  So far I’ve only lost a couple of pounds at my biggest loser challenge at school.  Others seem to be dropping 2-3 weekly.  I know it’s because I don’t have a lot to lose, but STILL….

I’ve been exercising at least 4-5 times a week…still hard while maintaining my work and the girls’ sports schedules.  I have been eating pretty well….watching my calorie intake, eating the right foods, and only indulging in 1 glass of wine a night.  (Welllll…..except for last night out with the ladies where I had a super margarita and a glass of sangria…..) But a half a pound only came off this week.  Blah.

Now, the hubby (aka Workout Nazi) says tonight has to be a killer workout since I didn’t lose my promised pound a week “goal”.  Double blah.  Only someone with the metabolism of a stoked furnace could be so blase’ about an hour plus workout after a day of dealing with 10-11 year olds.  “Not looking forward to it” is the understatement of the year.

But, at least it’s a half pound in the right direction.  I REALLY have to maintain my focus this week, because I have four young ladies in my classes that belong to the local Girl Scout troop.  And it’s……COOKIE TIME!  I sure know how to pick when to start dieting, don’t I?  My youngest is sitting in the floor right now having a “snack” of Thin Mints and milk.  I just drank a chocolate protein shake in prep of the proposed evening workout.  Here’s hoping that will stave off those cookie cravings……yeah, right.

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A Recent (Short) Update May 12, 2009

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   I apologize to those who have asked me where I’ve been the last couple of weeks.  Blame it on my facebook addiction.  Everytime I come near the computer to update my blog, my fingers seem to steer me to facebook instead.  Then after checking friend updates, playing Mafia Wars, reading my notifications, etc.  I realize a couple of hours have passed.  Oh well.  I will try to do better!

    Not much to post recently, which is another reason I have neglected to worry overmuch about blog posting.  I have been eating well, exercising when time permits (which during softball season is NOT as often as I did during the winter months), but oddly enough, I am either tightening up or maintaining.  Part of that may be due to the fact that I visited my doctor who confirmed that my thyroid is indeed acting up again (I wondered why dieting and 1-2 hours of exercising daily was having no effect!).  She put me back on my thyroid medication, and once again my efforts are being rewarded.

    Other than that, as I said earlier,  I have recently acquired Jillian’s (of the Biggest Loser fame) workout dvd entitled, “30 Day Shred”.  My oh my.  Even avid exercisers will be challenged by this one.  I first thought, a twenty minute workout????  Big deal.  Well, after day one, I was begging for mercy.  (See the dvd description two posts ago).  I am now at only Level 2, and it still kicks my butt.  Of course, you are supposed to do it everyday and you will advance throught the levels quicker, but I also enjoy things like power yoga and just weight days, so it’s taking me longer.

    So there it is–not much happening in Denise World.  One kudo for myself though….I am now within 3 1/2 pounds of my goal.  And believe it or not, my fourteen year old daughter only weighs 7 pounds less than me!!!  Stay tuned….hopefully by this summer and opening our pool I will be brave enough to post that bikini picture.

 

Muscle Confusion? April 2, 2009

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to working out and eating for weight loss.  (Maybe the oreos spawned that, who knows.)  One topic that kept coming up was muscle confusion.  Hmmmm, I thought.  This sounds interesting.

The idea behind muscle confusion is that if you keep doing the same exercise, day in and day out, the muscles get used to it and stop working at their peak (read–no more weight loss).  I kind of figured that out on my own after weeks of the bodybuilding diet and weight pumping.  Unless I was willing to do competition type eating and lifting, I was gonna go nowhere.  I know some girls who do competitions, and as it draws nearer, they literally have a diet of egg white for breakfast (notice I said egg white not egg whites), lettuce and fish for lunch (also notice I mentioned no salad dressing….plain), a small handful of almonds in the afternoon before their workout (the little bit of fat in them is what they fuel the lifting off of), followed by more lettuce and fish for dinner.  WELL. No way, Hosea.

So, I decided to explore the idea of muscle confusion, and started looking for a dvd that incorporated it.  I already knew that I needed to change up the workouts weekly.  Right now I run a couple of days a week, do at least one day of power yoga, two days where I lift serious weights,  and one day where I do something else like kickboxing or circuit training.  Sometimes it’s hard to plan the circuit training workouts on my own, though, even though I used to have a personal trainer license.  The ideal way to do it is to allow little rest between the cardio and weight exercises, moving quickly from one to another.  Well damn my 44 year old brain it’s hard to concentrate and remember the series I’m working on sometimes, so I thought a dvd would be a great idea–let someone else do the planning, and I’d do the work.

A friend recommended that I try the Biggest Loser’s female trainer, Jillian Michaels.  She has done lots of books and dvds, and I like her philosophy and training methods she utilizes on the show.  She’s a no-nonsense, take no prisoners kind of gal.  So this weekend while at Barnes and Noble for my book club, I picked up the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. http://www.collagevideo.com/item.aspx?item=7963 

The dvd has three workouts on it…Levels 1, 2, and 3.  I generally work out at least 4-5 days a week and had run three miles the day before, so I was tempted to go straight to level 2 or 3.  I watched the preview, and Jillian said to start with level 1, and as that got easy to move up.  I thought, what the heck, I can do level 1 and then also do level 2 if it’s too easy.  After all, the workouts are just over 20 minutes each….how hard could it be?

Oh….my……the next day it hurt to sit on the toilet.  I’m not kidding.  I am so glad I started at level 1, because that woman kicked my $#% big time.   That’s the last time I start feeling smug that I am getting in better shape.  This workout was a great big heads up that I still have a lot of work to do.  When I watch the Biggest Loser, I forget that these out of shape people are in the gym, daily, with Jillian, busting their chops for 6-7 hours.  I will not WHINE about a 20 something minute workout….I will not….I will not!

So, the muscle confusion issue did answer my question…..what to do to mix it up a little bit.  No matter if you think you’re a great runner, kickboxer, weight lifter, swimmer, etc., there’s always room for improvement.  I found out the hard way!  Kudos to Jillian……

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No Chocolate for V-Day February 17, 2009

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      Isn’t it amazing?  I guess it’s true what they say…if you stop eating something like sweets for a period of time, you stop craving them.  That seems to be what’s happening for me in the realm of one of my all time favorite treats–chocolate.

     Usually, my wonderful hubby supplies me with chocolate and flowers for the ultimate decadent holiday…Valentine’s Day.  This year, in keeping with my body “re”building goals, I requested that he abstain from treating me to either one.  Now, don’t get me wrong;  I love chocolate, and I love flowers.  But this year, the chocolate would probably foil my efforts at heading to that tropical island, and with the recession in full force, flowers just seemed so much like a luxury.  They sit there beautifully, but then die after a week or so.

     Instead, I received a much nicer gift–time with my family, and a wonderful cooked meal by the hubby.  We had bacon-wrapped filet mignon (extremely lean–I checked) , shrimp on kebobs, brown rice, steamed green beans, and beets (I know, but they’re one of my favorites and the color seemed to fit!).  We skipped the dessert, but we opened a fantastic bottle of prosecco I bought at my last book club with some of my girlfriends.  It was one of the best proseccos I’ve ever had.  Kudos to Lynn for holding book club at www.barrelthiefwine.com    (The Barrel Thief).  If you live in the Richmond, VA area, it’s a fabulous little wine shop with tastings and food as well.   

     Now, I’m not advocating the total boycott of chocolate–far from it.  I’m just saying that I don’t need a five pound box of chocolates to feel love (and really…who does???)  I still have a small piece every now and again when the craving DOES hit, and it does still come particularly during PMS week.  But a little goes a long way when you indulge in dark chocolate.  It’s nice to have that taste, but not wreck weeks of work in the process. 

     The great thing, though, is that I no longer crave the whole bar, bag, cookie, cake, or pie.  In the past, I ate sweets enough that I think my body was used to them….so when I abstained it went into withdrawal.  The body started screaming “chocolate!” or “sugar!”, and it was VERY hard to say no.  Now that I’m fueling my body with healthier foods, there is less room for the other stuff.  I am finally learning to take that one bite, one piece, one spoonful, etc., and be satisfied.  Upside?  I didn’t gain an ounce over the V-Day weekend!

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Weight Loss Update…. February 3, 2009

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     Thanks to all the encouraging comments and workout advice I received after my plateau post, I am proud to say that I busted through that !#&* plateau and lost two more pounds!  That brings my total so far up to 8 pounds. 

     I know what you’re thinking….eight pounds?  That’s not a lot for a workout regime that’s been ongoing since November!  But really, for a woman who’s over forty and only 5 foot 1, eight pounds translates into almost two pants sizes.  Yesterday, I almost embarrassed myself in public with plumber’s crack.  My favorite low rider jeans won’t stay where they’re supposed to, and as a thong-wearing officianado, it wasn’t pretty.

     Officially, I only have 4.5 pounds more to go (and to maintain it there for an undisclosed period of time says hubby) before he takes me on my promised tropical getaway.  I may be getting ahead of myself, but for purely motivational purposes, I felt a new bikini was in order.  I found a really cute Lucky Brand green, blue, white, and brown tie-dye suit that is just adorable.  I even got it in a size small, and for the last five summers or so, size medium was the norm!

     Hopefully, the new trend will continue, and I will see my weight gradually inch its way down into the college years numbers.  (And NO, I am not posting actual numbers…too many people will read weight numbers and try to figure out where they themselves stand….NOT healthy to compare yourself to anyone else I feel).  It’s exciting to think that at this year’s annual female-hating-life-wish-I-didn’t-have-to-freakin-come-here visit, that I may not even threaten the nurse’s life when she asks me to step on the scale.  And that’s progress.

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Back on Track January 14, 2009

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   My New Year’s Resolution is NOT to have a resolution that involves weight or clothing size.  Too many times we pin our hopes on a quick fix, which is the American way.  Need a meal in a hurry?  Go to Mickey D’s.  Need a prescription in a hurry?  Try drive through pharmacies.  Everything in our society is based on what we want, and getting it in a hurry.

    Not this time.  In the past, I have started out New Year’s with telling myself, “I’m going to lose those ten pounds.”  Or “I’m going to fit into a size 2” (not since middle school, friends).  This time, I am going to go about my fitness in a different way. 

    I started my journey into bodybuilding with a little bit of a quick fix mentality.  Take these supplements, cut out these carbs, exercise x amount of times per week with x amount of reps, and voila!  Banging body in no time.  I soon came to realize that, as with anything that is worth it, there is some waiting involved.

    As I neared the holidays in 2008, I was happy to realize that I was down a few pounds.  I really wanted to maintain that loss, but ended up gaining two pounds over the holidays.  In years past, that alone would have sent me into a spiral into hell mood downswing.  But this year, I pulled up my bootstraps, sucked it up in the gym, cut out some crap in my diet that had creeped in, and now I’m happy to say that I have not only lost those two, but also another pound as well.

    I have also found another exercise to love.  YOGA.  There, I said it.  But I am not talking about some ohming in a lotus position.  I am talking about vinyasa power yoga.  That stuff kicks my ass!  And I feel really good afterwards, which is an added bonus.  Somehow, I don’t think I was stretching my muscles enough with my current routine, and boy, does vinyasa stretch those muscle fibers.

    With that being said, I also have tried to figure out a way of eating that is not too extreme….something I can live with that is a way of life, not just a fad to get to some bodybuilding goal.  I still have to watch my carbs, as they are my downfall, but I am finding that searching out new recipes like in my last post is good motivation to try tasty new dishes.

    I am now back on track to reach my  goals this year.  Not a number on a scale.  Not a size on a rack.  I am looking to build a better body by building a better healthy lifestyle, with more fun, more activity, more food (imagine that!), more time with friends, and more time for ME!

 

Update: My Daughter Says I’m Skinny! November 18, 2008

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    Mackenzie is now my favorite child. (lol) Last night while getting ready for bed, she said, “Mommy, did you do something different?  You look younger, and you look like you’ve lost, like, ten pounds!  And your hair is different too!”  (I’d just flat ironed it yesterday, so I DID look less like an electrocuted groundhog in a rainstorm.)

     Comments like that are what keep me going some days.  I must be doing something right…Friday night Jeff said I looked like I’d lost a lot of weight (personally, I think it was my fave black pants I’d just reacquainted myself with after a six month hiatus, but I’m not one to look a gift horse, etc.)  But two comments in one weekend had me thinking….maybe I am getting it right, finally.

     I have noticed that a lot of my pants are looser.  The lower half has always been my “problem area” (don’tcha just love all that body lingo I’m sure some MAN made up).  Take note of my running skirt post.  The great thing about plugging away at an honest attempt at diet/exercise is that eventually, maybe not overnight, but eventually  things do start to rearrange themselves.  I have noticed that my upper half hasn’t changed all that much in size, but has gotten a lot firmer.  That’s saying something when you’re over 40!  It’s my lower half that always stubbornly maintains that it is unwilling or unable to get rid of any excess weight until all the fat on my upper half has given up the ghost.  Include boobs here.  Life isn’t fair when slimming your booty means kissing your boobies goodbye.

     One day I am going to be crazy brave enough to post a bikini picture here.  I will be at least five pounds closer to my goal, waxed, tanned, and maybe even drunk (well of course I will need at least an entire bottle of prosecco to get up that much nerve!) but I promise to do so…so stay tuned on that one.  In the meantime, maybe I will get my favorite daughter to take a pic of my midline. 🙂

     I’ve had two glasses, so here goes:img_3228