Wanna be a Superhero??? Try a Superhero workout.

I love superheroes – Superman, Wonderwoman, Thor (heeeeeey Thor!). Batman and Ironman are ok. Being rich enough to buy your superherodom is not the same as being a legit superhero. Anyway, point is, I love superheroes and I think at some point in our lives, we all wanted to be a superhero. Or maybe you’re like me and you want to be a superhero NOW.

At 33.

Post baby.

Ain’t no shame in my game.

Well, what if I told you there was a way to achieve that? And we have Neila Rey to thank for that.

Thanks to the interwebs, I stumbled across the Batman workout a while ago and was intrigued by it. batman-workoutBut, I never did it. Why? Because I was lazy and didn’t think I could. But every now and again, it would pop back up and I’d bookmark a page or I’d pin it on a board in Pinterest, never to be seen again. Well, that is no more. I have started my journey.

I was looking for different home workouts that I could complete and again came across the Neila Ray name. So, I checked out the site and was overwhelmed with how many workouts were available. Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman, a guide to push ups, and, my ultimate choice – The Hero’s Journey. A 60 day plan. The description of the workout itself is motivating. It’s inspired by the “transformation from minion to master” and “totally transformative..When you have really traveled the hero’s path and have gone through your quest, you will have shed uncertainty, fear and doubt along with excess body weight. You will have forged a new character out of yourself, build strength and endurance and developed power.” I don’t know about you, but I want that in my life.

It’s been a week, and I feel great! My muscles are sore, but in a good . way. I’m losing weight and I’ve got more energy than I’ve had in a very long time. The exercises are all body weight exercises, requiring no equipment or gym, which is good because I’m too broke for the gym and I don’t have the time to fit the gym in. With this workout, I can fit sets in while the kiddo is eating dinner or zoned out Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

I’m on a mission. I’ve got about 45 more pounds to lose and I hope to have it all gone by the end of summer. This workout and the corresponding diet/meal plan are going to help me achieve that. I recommend this to any and everyone who wants to make changes and maybe has limited time and money. This was FREE and super effective. At the end of the 60 days, I know there will be changes and I can’t wait.

I’ve finally found what works for me. Thank you Neila Rey.

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Such a good way to start the day…

You know, as much as I am usually reluctant to get out of bed and go running I never regret it. I drag myself out of bed every other day (usually), ask Siri what the weather is, pull on my sneakers and my hoodie and hit the pavement. I turn my music up and start going. It’s kinda hard in the beginning but once I get my blood flowing and my feet moving and music in my ears, I start feeling good. And, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, “An early morning walk (or run) is a blessing for the whole day”.

I’ve noticed that after my runs, my day always goes better. I have more energy. I’m more lively and have more of a positive attitude. Nothing can ever get me down if I start my day with a run. I definitely feel blessed to be able to start my days like that (And I should start running every day).

I’m super thankful for the day I decided to pick up running. It’s been an awesome experience.

Lost Memories Trying to be Found

I spent a good portion of time this morning going through my Aperture photo library and adding keywords to pictures. One of the keywords I used most often was “Progress”. You can probably deduce that this keyword was being applied to past (and current) weight loss progress photos.

As I looked back on the photos, I realized how much had changed. In 2008, my weight ballooned and that’s when I initially did something about it. For me, that “something” was getting a prescription for Phentermine and using the energy from the medication to fuel ridiculous workouts while suppressing my appetite. Of course, I lost in the vicinity of 50 pounds in about 4 months or so. It was amazing. But, then my back gave out and the 50 pounds was back with a vengeance. And it brought friends.

When my back gave out, I was pretty much incapacitated for over a year, and that resulted in weight gain. I finally had surgery in June 2010 and once I was able to walk and move freely again, the weight fell off. I went from about 215 lbs to about 185, give or take 5 pounds thanks to regular walking and Weight Watchers.

It works! It just costs money :-/

Again, I was ecstatic. But, I got lazy. No real excuse this time, and I gained all the

weight back. I also had to cancel my WW membership due to a lack of funds.

Now, it’s 2012. At my worst, I was 235 pounds. I’ve been trying to work on this since the beginning of the year and I’ve lost a whopping 20 lbs. (Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice?) Now, granted, I did complete my first 5K and I’ve been working diligently on getting into some measure of shape with the C25K program, but I can’t help but be somewhat frustrated with myself when I look back on pictures from 2008 or 2010 because I made so much progress and I can’t seem to recreate it and hold on to it.

I wanna look AWESOME naked!

But everyday is a new beginning. I’m slowly getting the hang of this and soon I’ll have the results I’ve had before and I’ll hold on to them this time.

A Little Disappointed/Ode to Daft Punk

Almost 8 weeks ago, I became a runner. Now, you’re probably thinking “One does not simply become a runner. One must endure vigorous training before one can truly be a runner”. Uh, no. Seven and a half weeks ago, I started the C25K program using the app on my iPhone. This was my second attempt at the program. My first attempt was on the treadmill and was a fail but I can’t remember why now. The reason will come back to me soon. Anyway, I registered for The Color Run, launched the app and got to running. Outside. On the pavement. Completely different experience from running on the treadmill.

Anyway, week by week I got better.

Faster.

Stronger.

Ok, maybe not faster or stronger, but I got better. I was eventually able to run 25 minutes straight on November 1st. Big achievement for me! Then I ran 28 minutes (with a 1 minute and 47 second break) yesterday. Today, I donned my sneakers, hoodie and tights and ventured out into the damp 42˚ morning to run before work.

And I ran…for 10 minutes.

Yeah, from 28 minutes yesterday to 10 minutes today.

My leg muscles cussed me out and my shins began to ache.

I started walking.

Needless to say, I’m a little disappointed in myself. I have another 5K in 12 days and I need to be sure that I can run the entire thing, for my own satisfaction. And that means training vigorously until the big day. On the other hand, I need to know my limits because if I hurt myself, I won’t be running AT ALL. But still, I’m disappointed because I’ve come so far in the running journey and I’ve felt super proud of myself up ’til this point, only to have a bit of a setback. But it’s not going to stop me. Tomorrow, I go to work early so when I get home from work, I’ll probably take a walk and then on Thursday, I’ll attempt W8, D2 again.

QOTD

Days off aren’t really days off…C25K, chores and more…

Today has been the busiest day off ever. Thanks to DST, I’m super rested, having gotten an extra hour of sleep so I was up a lot earlier than I usually am on a day like today. Started the day with Week 8, Day 1 of C25K (the best running program out there), worked up a nice sweat and then got home to clean house, do laundry, cook dinner, tend to the pets amongst other things…the list goes on and on, trust me.

Why can’t a day off just be a day where I can sit on my couch, relax, watch some TV or chill with a good book? It never happens. But, at the same time, if I had a day off where I had nothing at all to do, I probably would still be in bed and would never have gone for my run.

Speaking of runs, week 8, day 1 consists of a 5 minute warm up walk followed by 28 minutes of running and a 5 minute cool down walk. I actually walked a couple minutes extra at the end so in 41 minutes and 28 seconds I completed 2.43 miles at an average pace of 17 minutes and 4 seconds per mile and an average speed of 3.5 mph. According to the Runtastic app, I burned 554 calories but the Nike+ Running app said I burned 309. I don’t know which one to believe. I paused twice for a total of 1 minute and 43 seconds.

I guess I’m secretly thankful for busy days off.

Back to the chores I go. Next on the list? Folding laundry. Worst chore ever.

Love/Hate Relationships and preparing for 2013

I’m in a love/hate relationship with my scale and it’s the most frustrating thing ever. One day I stand on it and I’m rejoicing over the 5 pounds I’ve lost and a week later, I’m in tears over the 10 pounds gained. Frustrating, I tell you. Frustrating with a capital F!

While I understand that the scale is not the only measure I should go by, I can’t help but get annoyed when I see progress upended by “weight gain”. Especially when that weight gain is just water weight or bloating (and being a woman, I’m subjected to that at least once a month…stupid periods).

This frustration is part of the reason why I changed my blog from Mission SlimPossible to Mission FitPossible. I may not have lost a ton of weight in the last few months and I’m not slim, but I’m definitely fitter. Seven weeks ago, I would have never thought that I could run 25 minutes straight. Or that I’d be registered (and continually registering) for 5K runs. When I started this journey it was hard as hell.

The food.

The constant battle with the scale.

The temptations.

Just one more cookie.

But for every step backward, I take two steps forward to make sure I stay on path.

As the end of the year draws nearer, I’m no where close to hitting the goals that I had set for myself. Rather, these goals have transitioned into new goals once the reality of the situation set in. Life happens and I’ve grown to understand and accept that. All I can do is remain focused on that yellow brick road and I’ll make my way back home.

It’s time to break out of this relationship with the scale and start planning (SMART) resolutions for 2013.

Resolution #1: Don’t get mad at the scale and remember the NSVs (non-scale victories).

 

Preparation is a must

Yesterday, I registered for my 2nd 5K. Yup, another one. I completed my first 5K (The Color Run) on 10/21 and I developed some sort of high/addiction to the feeling of success that came with completing the run. Plus, I’ve been working with the C25K program to prepare. I completed week 7 today actually. So I’ve got 3 more days of running before I’m an official graduate of the program. Seven weeks ago, I would have never thought that I would be a runner, much less registering for multiple 5K races. But here I am. I can run 25 minutes at a time right now, without breaking, and by the end of next week I should be able to run 30 minutes straight.

The point here is that preparation is necessary. If you aren’t a runner, you can’t expect to pick your butt up off the couch and run a half marathon. If that was the case, there wouldn’t be so many C25K and C210K and half marathon training apps. And you can’t be mad at yourself if you don’t finish the run if you didn’t prepare.

So, tomorrow will mark the beginning of week 8 of C25K for me and probably later this month I will venture into C210K (once I can run the full 30 minutes without stopping or feeling like death). Then, 2013 marks the year of the half marathon.

I’ve got to find an app for that so that I can prepare.