Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Living on a Prayer

"Ohhhhh....We're halfway there..."  Bon Jovi

Those lyrics have made me smile ever since the summer of 2007 when my friend Scott, Stephanie, and I were on a training ride on the Ironman Coeur d'Alene bike course.  When we got to the halfway point Scott always started shouting out this song, always cracking me up.  Needless to say, I can't help but to smile when I hear this song.

Flash forward to 2011.  I'm halfway there!  With the Insanity 60-day challenge that is.  I'm doing the recovery week with the Core Cardio & Balance.  I seem to be on track.  I haven't done my measurements yet, but I'm hoping for a change.  Last week when I weighed myself I had lost 5 lbs so that made me smile.  I finally broke through the point on the scale that I haven't been able to get through in about five years.  Something must be working.

Someone asked me if I thought it was the exercise or the Shakeology and to be honest, I'm pretty sure it's a combination of the two.  I will admit that I was a skeptic when it came to Shakeology.  I already consider myself a good eater.  I'm a vegetarian and make most of my food from scratch so I know what is in it.  We eat lots of fruits and veggies so I didn't honestly think that Shakeology would make a big difference for me, but it has.  I love this stuff.  I've been using it as a meal replacement and for only 150 calories (plus whatever fruit I put in it) it makes for a very low calorie healthy meal.  Not to mention I have more energy and my fingernails and hair are growing like crazy.  I think that's a sign of good things, although I do find it annoying to be cutting my nails so much.  Bleh.  I'm pretty sure I could go infomercial on this stuff, but I'll stop.  :) 

So bring on the last half of the challenge! I'm ready.  Now the real work begins.  I previewed one of next month's workouts the other day and just did the warm-up...it looks fun.  Yikes. :)  I love it when Uncle Shaun has me laying in a pool of my own sweat.  It's delightful.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Beginning

I get a lot of questions about fitness.  Although I know I don't know all there is to know about fitness, it is something that I'm passionate about and that I have put a lot of time in to.  For a long time I have thought about starting a blog with random tidbits of information, common questions that I get asked, so I can share some of the secrets there are to make you a better exerciser.  Hence, I now have a blog.  I'm not an expert in all areas, but I can share what I know in hopes that it will make you better at what you do too.

So you, like I, may be wondering, "Where in the world did this muffin top come from?"  Yes.  I have had that question every time I look in the mirror for the last year and a half ever since I had my son.  I don't think you can consider it "baby weight" after 18 months.  I now consider it my "lazy weight."  I have been toting around my "lazy weight" for the past 18 months wondering why it wasn't just falling off of me.  I run and run and run.  I bike and swim. Nothing.  Still, I have this extra weight clinging to me.

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I have never done an "exercise program" before.  Not one that is all videos and supplements and all of the hype that goes with it all.  When I first started hearing about the P90X I would roll my eyes and just wait for the day when the fad would become a fond memory like Billy Blanks Tae Bo of the 1990s.  (Yes, I loved him.  Did his video twice a day in highschool.)   Then finally, something clicked in me.  I kept hearing success story after success story.  After researching it and watching no less than 500 YouTube videos on the Insanity workouts, I caved.  I bought the Insanity program....and the Shakeology nutritional shake.  I figured if you want to see if the program actually works, then you at least have to try the whole sha-bang for the 60 days to see if the rumors are true.

That was the beginning for me.  The rest, as they say, is...well not quite history yet, but history in the making.  I'm three weeks into Insanity and loving every sweaty minute of it.  Am I seeing the numbers drop off on the scale yet?  Well, maybe a few, but the biggest thing I have noticed is that my running is getting faster.  I can run my miles at a pace that I haven't been able to hold before so that makes me happy.

So for what it's worth, here's my fitness blog.  If one person gets off the couch because of something that I say on here, then all of this typing is worth it to me.  ENJOY!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Before

There are many things I could be in this life.  A bodybuilder is likely not going to be one of them.  It's not that I wouldn't want to put on the muscle, it's the fact that I would have to pose in front of people wearing a $100 bedazzled g-string.  That's where I would start to hesitate.  Posing for pictures isn't my thing.  That being said, as part of the Insanity Challenge, if you take a before and after picture and send it in, you will receive.....a free T-SHIRT!  Yay!  I'm all about t-shirts.  Not just any t-shirt, but the ones that you can't just go out and buy.  Ones that you earn.  People sometimes ask why I do Ironman events and I will shoot back the answer, "For the t-shirt."  Really.  You can't just go and buy a t-shirt like that.  It's the earning of the t-shirt that brings the excitement of wearing the t-shirt.  So for what it's worth here are my BEFORE pictures.  

Front 
Side 
Back


 If there's one thing I know about before and after pictures, it's that in the before picture your face is supposed to be sad and you are supposed to be very pale.  In the after pictures you are overly excited and very tan.  I'm pretty sure I've got the pale part down, but I just can't take myself seriously enough to not make funny faces so I don't think my pictures will be showing up on any infomercial any time soon. 


Welcome to the pre-gun show. 

Start date:  February 15, 2011