Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February Update and a workout challenge

Hey friends, it's been a while again, and with all the holiday activities, I'm sure no one has been checking my little old blog every day for an update. ;)

I'm happy to report that I survived all the holidays without regaining any weight and I'm pretty stoked about that. I recently also enjoyed a NSV (non-scale victory) by wearing some pants that haven't fit in about 2 years, as seen above. Woot!
I'm taking part in this squat challenge again this month.
 http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/30-Day-Squat-Challenge-30806625
I'm also working through some 30-20-10s as recommended by a friend, and have also added a quick 5 minute ab routine for the month. I've been struggling a bit with not going to PFit with Dan and Patrick out of town (leaving no one to watch Derek) but I think I can manage this month with some creativity.
Last thing: portion control remains an issue. Dang it. Was hoping to have mastered that by now. But I'm learning that I should NOT watch TV while I eat, because I want to stuff my mouth the whole time the show is on. But realizing the problem is a good step toward fixing it, so I know...no more eating in front of Netflix. I shall miss you, Gilmore Girls. But I miss my smaller waistline and energy more.
Best of luck to you this month in your health goals!
 ~K~



Monday, October 26, 2015

MONTH~ly Weigh In: October 26, 2015


 Let's just call a spade a spade, shall we? I don't have the time, energy or (apparently) the desire to post every week, or every other week. A monthly check in shall have to do. Hope that's ok with all 3 of my followers. LOL!
Without further ado, the good news.
I lost 4 more pounds this month!
Woot! Down to 155.
More good news, I switched from only drinking water during work hours (2-6 most days) to drinking water 24/7 with an occasional glass of tea. As a gal that can easily drink 3/4 to a full gallon of tea a day, that is BIG news. And after a few pangs for the good old days, water tastes great and even the barely sweet tea I make is tasting really sweet these days. So, I'm totally on the right track with that bit of news. I also joined Planet Fitness (furthermore to be called PFit) as I previously mentioned and I'm enjoying it like crazy. I'm sure the newness will wear off at some point, but for now, I'm raving about it to anyone who will listen and dragging anyone who listens to me for more than 7 seconds along on my next workout.
The bad news, I'm still really struggling with portion control and I may have to break down and purchase a kitchen scale until I can get a good handle on how much a serving actually is again. :( More bad news, I gave up on the Uptown Funk Ab Challenge. I simply don't have enough ab strength YET to manage it. So I am working on dropping some pounds and then I will attempt it again. And, there's more. I LOVE to eat, y'all. I love to put food in my mouth, I love to taste food, enjoy the texture of food, the smell of food, the camaraderie around a table full of food and friends. I love to cook, I love to shop for food, I love to watch shows about cooking. I love everything about food...except the being fat part. So, I'm going to have to work on loving losing weight more than I love to put food in my mouth. And I'm going to need to quit equating socializing with eating, although with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years around the corner, this may prove to be more difficult than I hope.
Over all, I"m pleased with this month. I have an actual victory this month. 4 more pounds gone, and they are going to stay that way!
Thanks for taking this journey with me!
~K~



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Look What I Did!

So, this happened. :)
Yep, I joined Planet Fitness this weekend. Dan is a member and totally loves it, so I figured I would give it a try. Pat will be my normal workout buddy, and we will go as often as we can when David is home. When D can't make it home at a reasonable hour, I'll have to go by myself or find another buddy to take, but it's a start. I'm too cheap to let my whole $20 go to waste, so that is just extra motivation, right?
 I've decided that I will never be good at working out at home. And that's not a character flaw, I'm just busy and often distracted, and always interrupted, so if I need to join a gym to get my workouts done, then let's do that.
We've been a few times already and I"m really enjoying it. I'm trying ALL. THE. THINGS.
Treadmills? Check
Ellipticals? Check
Stair Climbers? Heck NO
Weight lifting machines? Check
30 minute cardio circuit? Check
Hydro-massage? Check
Recumbent Bikes? Check
Total Body Enhancement thing a ma bobber? Check
I'll keep you posted on the long term results  :)
~K~


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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Weekend Weigh In: Sept 27, 2015

...Or next month. *le sigh* Why is checking in every week or every OTHER week so difficult?
I can honestly say that September has completely kicked my behind, some in good ways, and other not so much.
I totally dropped the ball on any kind of fitness challenge as I scurried about visiting Dan in Iowa, starting school with P and DT, trying to figure out what in the Sam Hill D is doing with his life, my Mom moving back to IL :( and a host of other small changes that all culminated in Kristy not working out, not eating well and not losing any weight.
In totally honesty though, I think I can just say that I just wasn't feeling it this month and so I wasn't as diligent as I should be, which lead to me not been checking in here because I don't want to admit that I'm falling down on the "job" of losing weight. I like to win. I like to meet my own challenges. I like to be right. (oh dear, this is turning into a counseling session. LOL) And in that same vein, I don't like to admit defeat, especially when it comes at my own hands.
However, if I'm the one messing up, then I am the one that can fix it. Woohoo! SO, I am challenging myself to get my 3x weekly workouts DONE in October, no matter the challenges, the obstacles, or the lack of desire. I can do this!
For inspiration this month, I will be re-attempting the Uptown Funk Ab workout in addition to my cardio workouts. I'm also starting a book on my Kindle about workouts/devotions for women of faith called Perfect Fit. It can be found here. Sounds good to me!
And for updated stats and photos:
Starting Weight: 160
Current Weight: 159
Pounds Lost: 1
Certainly not impressive, but if you factor in an 8 day vacation, and then 2 weeks of what some would label depression (during which I normally eat like it's going out of style because I"m an emotional eater {working on that} I'm going to call this a small win. I haven't gained it all back, and I'm aware of what I'm eating, so that's all good.

Pounds lost? Only 1, but between vacation, depression and not working out, I'm still calling that a win. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Weekend Weigh In: August 1, 2015

Just a quick update as I dash past the computer on my way to enjoy Derek's birthday.
Starting weight: 160
Current weight: 158.5
Weight Loss: 1.5 pounds
I will take it :) Every little bit counts.
     Blessings, Kristy

PS. Next week, pictures.

Friday, July 31, 2015

August Fitness Challenge: Uptown Funk Ab Routine

Now that we are finished with the 200 Squat challenge, I thought I would pick the next challenge myself and see if anyone wants to join me. It's AB month, people. I know. I KNOW! But, my abs are as close as you can get to dead and still be breathing, so I need to work on them. I really like the Uptown Funk Ab Routine on YouTube, but right now I can only get about 35 seconds into it before I am gasping for air and praying for a stroke to finish me off. So, I'm taking the month of August to see if I can get through the whole thing without a break. Who is with me?

***** CHALLENGE ACCEPTED*****

Here's the link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2EGLIyDkXE

Monday, July 20, 2015

Workout Plans for July 20-26

The plan: cardio (15 minutes) 3x, plus the squat challenge previously posted.

The Reality:
  • Monday: 15 minutes on the elliptical machine, 1 hour in the pool, squat challenge
  • Tuesday: 45 minutes in the pool, squat challenge
  • Wednesday: squat challenge
  • Thursday: 1 hour in the pool, squat challenge
  • Friday: squat challenge
  • Saturday: rest
  • Sunday: rest
Can I accomplish my goals: YES I CAN!