Monday, August 19, 2013

Back to School Challenge

My kids are headed back to school next week and that means more time for me during the day! At least that's what I'm hoping for. This year all my kids will be in school all day which is a big change for me. Last year I had one in school all day, one in half day and one not in school yet. The kindergarten program changed from half day to full day this year so they all get to go for a full day. I'm excited and so are they! They get to ride the bus together both ways and I don't have to make a trip to the school in the middle of the day! Woohoo!

With this added "free time" (ok it's not really going to be free time because I still have plenty of things to keep me busy) I decided that I really want to spend some time focused on helping others achieve some fitness goals, not to mention achieving some of my own! So I'm issuing a CHALLENGE to all of you! This is going to be a great group of people working to support and encourage each other, and you will be held accountable for what you do and don't do! I think it's at least 10 times harder to reach a goal without a support group or accountability than if you have some. When I started my weight loss journey I didn't want to attend any type of support group. I just didn't feel like I had the time or the money to join one of those types of groups. So I did it on my own. That's how I always looked at it. But in reality I felt like I was being held accountable because I saw a few key people who knew I was trying to lose weight at least once a week and they always asked how I was doing. They also did a great job of encouraging me by complimenting me on my progress and noticing my progress without me saying anything! Looking back though I think I would have lost the weight faster if I had taken part in one of these challenges. You don't have to leave your home. You simply check in at least once a day on Facebook but there is a ton of support and motivation for you!

I didn't like exercising when I first started. It was something that I had to force myself to do and it was easy to find an excuse for not working out. However, I quickly found that it was a great way for me to rejuvenate! I started working out at night after I put my kids to bed. My husband was working swing shift so I had a couple of hours after the kids went to bed before he got home which turned out to be perfect! I had time to work out, take a long hot shower and sometimes even sit down and relax a little before he got home. I started to really look forward to that time. When I started working out in the mornings instead of at night I found that the feeling followed me. The kids were usually up while I worked out but what a great example I was setting! That left my evenings free to sit down and relax with my husband! No matter what time of the day I worked out I found that it helped me feel better, not just physically but also emotionally. This challenge lets you workout at home, on your own time schedule so you pick what works for you! You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your life!

If you are ready to take this challenge leave me a comment and I'll send you the details! I hope all of you will join me! It's going to be amazing!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Don't Let the Scale Fool YOU!

First off, before I get into the main thing I wanted to talk about today, I just wanted to say a Huge THANK YOU to everyone who came and voted for me in the Beachbody Challenge! I'm not exactly sure when the winners will be announced. Originally the announcement was supposed to be made on August 26th, but since there was a problem with the technical side of things and the voting was extended an extra week I'm not sure if the results will be announced on schedule or if they will also be delayed. I promise that as soon as they are announced I will post about it here! I really do appreciate the time you took to go support me. As as a side note, that is one reason my blog has been lacking lately! I have been so busy helping people get signed up and showing them how to vote, then reminding them to vote that I completely neglected my blog. So sorry! Now that voting is over there will be more regular posts again!

So on to the real topic here....The SCALE!

Three weeks ago I started a new workout program, LesMills Combat, and it really pushes me hard! I have never done a workout like this before. I never had any desire to do kick boxing or anything like that. I bought this program and started it with the hopes of having my husband work the program with me. He used to really enjoy martial arts so I thought this might entice him. So far that has not happened, but I'm enjoying it anyhow!

Today I weighed in for the first time since I started the program. I really thought I would have lost a couple of pounds by now because I work hard and I sweat a lot! The scale however told a different story. I lost a whole whopping 0.2 pounds! WHAT??? 3 weeks of working out 6 days/week, doing a hard workout and I only lost 0.2 pounds? I know, because I can tell in the mirror, that I've been building muscle. So although the frustration and the negative thoughts started immediately I quickly turned my brain into reviewing what I have been doing over the last 3 weeks. I have been eating right, staying within my calories etc. I have been drinking my Shakeology, and I have been working out.

As I'm sure some of you already know, muscle weighs more than fat. That thought quickly went through my mind but I automatically discarded it. The thought crossed my mind again and this time I didn't discard it as quickly, but I was doubtful that would be the case. The 3rd time my mind registered the fact that muscle weighs more than fat I decided I would push all those frustrations aside until I had measured again too.

I quickly fed my family breakfast and then jumped in the shower. During that whole time I was constantly fighting discouragement. You would think that by now, after experiencing this a few times, that the discouragement would take longer to set in. But it doesn't. Anyhow, as soon as I was finished with my shower I took my measurements. This is something new to me. When I originally set out on my weight loss journey I didn't take a single measurement other than my weight. I just didn't care about anything else. Looking back I wish I had those original numbers to compare with where I am now.

I'm sure you are wondering what I found. Well, I found that I have lost 1 inch off my waist. An inch off my hips, an inch off each thigh and I have GAINED 1/2 inch on each bicep. Ok muscle weighs more than fat and measurements tell a story the scale doesn't. As soon as I saw those measurements I felt the discouragement fall away. The scale might say I've only lost 0.2 pounds, but the measurements show greater progress and honestly the way my stomach and my thighs look is far more important to me right now than what the number on the scale is!

So, Don't Let the Scale Fool YOU!