Living the Lifestyle

The continuous journey that is weight maintenance. My tips, advice, struggles and how I live life and still maintain!

Mar 25, 2010

Ready for Day 2!

Well, I hope everyone is having a great week so far :)
Here I am, 10pm on March 25th - accomplished my first PT session at 6AM yesterday day!
I started out on the elliptical while I waited for my trainer, and was looking at the TV screen going "wow, I'm exercising at 6:20 in the morning!"

Anyways, my trainer Jeff is very nice. I can tell he's going to push me for sure!
Yesterday morning he was just doing lower body to see how I move and stuff; looking for strengths/weaknesses. Tomorrow morning I am going back (changed the time from 4:30pm; will see if I can do it for Monday too) and he's going to do a few tests and stuff on me. He's very well educated on the nutrition side of things and said that it IS possible to actually spot reduce. Asked me where I wanted to take it off, first and foremost is my stomach area.
He's going to figure out what foods maybe aren't the best for my body type and I have this feeling that he's going to tell me carbs.

So I'm very sore right now in my thighs and for those who have seen me I am walking pretty funny. Nothing that a little Aleve can't fix :)

Off to bed now - gotta be up at 5;30am!

Mar 23, 2010

Tomorrow is my FRESH start!

Hi Everyone! :)
I hope you are all doing fantastic! I am trying to keep this blog as updated as possible, so any tips/advice on formatting, etc. would definitely be appreciated. Not really liking the fact I can't change things with this new template so any help would be lovely!

So tomorrow is my fresh start when it comes to exercise, and I think it's going to be the wake-up call I have been waiting for. Oh wait, that was last night.

On Sunday night I was browsing the Goodlife site and decided to sign myself up for a free consultation with a fitness trainer. The location I have my membership at (notice it doesn't say the one I GO to...) called me right away and I went last night at 6pm to sit down with them. Wow, talk about an eye-opener!!

For those who have known me awhile, you know that I did some personal training a few years ago after I reached Lifetime to help myself feel better and tone up a bit. At the time I felt fantastic and saw some great results. Sadly after that I hurt my knee and used that as an excuse for not going back. I joined the gym again last March and as much as I hate to admit it; I have gone no more than 5 times since joining. Here I was paying $45 a month for a membership I wasn't using.

Anyways, went for the consultation last night and walked out signing my life away for 105 PT sessions. Yes, that's a heck of a lot and yes I AM crazy. :) Why did I do it? Well, there are a few reasons.

The first and foremost being I never do anything for myself or spend money on myself; all of my money goes to taking care of the family. Nothing wrong with that, but at the same time in order to be an effective person in life I need to make sure my own needs are taken care of. I was not intending on signing up for as many sessions as I did, but I am being realistic.

I got on the lovely scale they have there that does the body fat % etc. and as much as I hate to admit it, my BF % has gone UP since the last time I had it done 2 years ago. I am somewhat disgusted in myself but don't have a problem admitting it. Lack of exercise and careless eating hasn't shown TOO much damage at the scale, but I have a total of 31% body fat right now which is not cool in my books. I was down to 23% when I was at my fittest back in 2007.

I learned last night that in order for a woman to build muscle, realistically it will take 4-5 months. I am tired of feeling "squishy" and uncomfortable in my own skin and clothes. I have lost almost 100lbs, I shouldn't feel like I have been over the last couple of years.

So they laid it out for me, where I am now and where I should be. They guarantee me that if I stick with this 3x a week that I can be down to 18% body fat and 133lbs by November when the sessions are over. You know what? I fully believe them. I know weight loss doesn't happen overnight and the goals I have set out for me for the fitness side of things also doesn't happen overnight.

I start my sessions tomorrow MORNING. To me that's nuts - I have never worked out in the morning! I decided that I needed a change and working out after work just isn't going to happen for me. 6:30am tomorrow with Jeff is my first session and I think I'm going to do something I have never done before - take before photos of myself in a pair of shorts and a sports bra. Yes, I am going to take the plunge. Why? Because I want to post the progress and allow myself to see the changes because as you all know; we don't see in ourselves what others see in us.

So stay tuned! There are sure to be some posts/tips that I pick up that I would love to pass along. I will be a buff & hot bride when I get married in Fall 2011 :)

Mar 21, 2010

Climbing back onto the wagon...

I have realized that it's finally time to pull myself back on the wagon.
I have just been barely hanging on and I am not happy with where I'm at or how I feel.

I tracked everything today and it wasn't a ton of food, just higher point choices. My total for today was 40pts, leaving me with about 12 WP's until Saturday. The important thing is that I tracked it and I'm not letting it get to me.

The topic in the meetings this week is fantastic, and I would recommend all you meeting go-ers attend your meeting this week. I think I'm going to start posting the topic at the end of every week with member comments, advice, etc.

Anyways, I didn't really have a whole lot to put in this blog post but just felt like being a bit more accountable.
I will be weighing in most likely this coming Saturday morning, so I have to stay on track!
Exercise will most likely be re-introduced this week :) I'm washing my gym clothes now...

Stay tuned...positive posts from now on :)
I may start rambling about wedding plans soon enough, so feel free to tell me to shut up :)

Mar 17, 2010

Wow, how time flies...

I cannot believe that the last time I wrote on my blog was October; sadly it was.
I knew it had been awhile but when I just logged on I thought - wow, this is like the semi-annual blog I have going on here. To be honest with you, my little bro has inspired me to get back into blogging...I really need to make the effort.

There have been so many wonderful & positive changes in my life since my last blog.
The first being I have changed jobs and started a fantastic career with a great company, after being at my previous job for 8 and a half years. I loved the people I worked with, but I outgrew my position and when this one was offered to me I would've been a fool to decline it. I'm still in the alcohol industry, except now I am the Inventory Manager for a few big name brands (ie. Vex, Jackson-Triggs Winery, Inniskillin Winery) and SO many more.

I started back in November and I actually look forward to going into work everyday. :) The change in jobs really upset my routine, so I am slowly but surely trying to get myself back into that.

The next fantastic thing to happen to me was I got engaged in January!!! :) Gord and I went away for the weekend to the cottage up north we usually go to in the summer, and he asked me on the Friday night. Of course I said yes, and we're looking at Fall 2011 as a possible timeline for the wedding. :)

What's next? Oh - that's right! I have finally got what I have always wanted since I became a WW leader. I am now the leader of 2 back-to-back meetings at a centre on a Saturday morning!!! :) Although it was sad to see the other leader go, I am extremely excited to say that I am now the leader at the Cloverdale Mall (Etobicoke) classes on Saturday mornings - 8am & 9am meetings. If you're in the Toronto area - come on by!!

So needless to say things are going pretty good for me, yet I cannot seem to pull myself back on track. I definitely have a lot of positive things to keep my motivation going so it's just a matter of me realizing that I WANT it again. :)

Oh, one last thing...softball starts in a month and a half!

I truly am in heaven :)

Stay tuned, I have so much going through my brain right now that there's bound to be a blog (or two!) a day....I feel so much better after this post!

<3 Lindsay