Monday, November 30, 2009

day 83: cassandra

I can't even believe I'm still posting on this blog. It's been almost a year since I started it. CRAZY!

Feeling fat and engorged, I put on my big girl panties and went for a run in the woods. I ended up getting lost - which was a blessing in disguise because it caused me to burn more calories than I normally would have. I made my way back home safely, but had to cut through some private property...they'll never know ;)

42 minutes = 409 calories

Monday, November 9, 2009

days 80, 81, and 82: cassandra

I've been working out, but not remembering to post. Oops.

Various cardio for two days = 936 calories burned.

Burn Hour at the gym this afternoon = 597 calories burned.

Wow. I'm beat!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

day 79: cassandra

300ish calories burned on the arc trainer and treadmill. Woop!

day 78: cassandra

"I think I'm alone now...doesn't seem to be anyone around..."

Hello, lo, lo, lo (like my echo impression?)

I guess I'm the lonely only on this blog. Tyly, where are you?!

33 minutes of cardio = 330 calories burned

Arc trainer, eliptical, treadmill, and stair master combo. yay.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

day 77: cassandra

I did some strength-training while watching Drop Dead Diva before work this evening. It's not epic, but I think it counts.

No clue how many calories I burned, but I did get my heart-rate up by doing lunges and squats. Again, not epic...but 'twas better than eating ice cream while watching Drop Dead Diva, right?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

day 76: cassandra

400 calories burned during Burn Hour on the base.

Annoyed because today was official weigh-in day and I've gained a pound. UGH!

I am right back where I was when this whole thing started. Do you see how fat and happy having my husband home from Iraq causes me to be?!

Oh well. Next week is a new week. Back on the saddle, my friends.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

day 75: cassandra

This was from Friday.

300 calories of cardio + 137 calories of strength training = 437 calories total

I FEEL better this week, but I have a feeling I haven't lost any weight. I wish I could get better control on my diet/calorie-counting, but that's the hardest part for me. I get so hungry!

What I need to do is go grocery shopping according to the diet plan I received at the class I attended. But...that means going to Walmart...and that's not going to happen on a weekend. Maybe tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

day 74: cassandra

Burn Hour at the base gym. A great mix of cardio and strength-training. Aaron went with me, so there was something nice to look at, too ;)

480 calories
56 minutes

Monday, September 21, 2009

day 73: cassandra





I did it. First day back after a while. Oh my. I am wasted!

I did my 300 calories of cardio, combining the arc trainer with the treadmill and stair master and then went into the weight room to do my "push exercises" (chest press, shoulder press, and tricep extensions). I worked HARD and boy, am I feeling it!

Total of 452 calories in about 45 minutes.

Can I go to bed now?

Friday, September 18, 2009

sharing the wealth (of knowledge).

My Brand New You class was great even though I was the only one there not in uniform (hehe).

I actually learned a LOT and he did for me everything I was hoping: Laid out a nutrition/diet plan, a workout plan, and told me about how many calories I should eat a day. And get this -- it's 1800-2000! YES! I am SO OVER starving myself! Vulture is not a good look for me after the starvation gets old.

I would be happy to offer you my wealth of knowledge via email if you're interested. Just ask! For now, here are some tidbits I learned and plan to apply soon (but not tonight because it's Bunko Night ((translation: Margaritas and cupcakes and all things gluttonous)), but soon. I promise).
  • I get to eat 1800-2000 calories a day. Have I mentioned how excited that makes me?
  • When I do cardio, I only need to burn 300 calories, not a million.
  • The Arc Trainer is actually the best machine for burning fat in the entire gym. Interestingly, this is the one machine that I've ignored for years. Stupid!
  • My new diet will consist of protein, dairy, fruit, veggies, fats, carbs (yes, carbs), and supplements/snacks in the form of protein shakes, Slim Fast, and Carnation Instant Breakfasts. Yum!
  • I just may be slightly lactose intolerant. I am going to buy dairy enzymes at Walmart sometime this weekend. Ever notice that you get bloated after you consume dairy? I do. You might want to consider these capsules. You take them WITH the dairy. I can't wait to see if this is the culprit for my ever-present pooch of bloatness.
  • And the BEST part of this new eating plan? He advised that we allot 150 calories a day to...JUNK! Yes, junk! What a sweet relief! He said if we deprive ourselves of those particular goodies, we become ravenous vultures and end up eating 10 pounds of chocolate cake in one sitting. Not cute. He said his "junk" each day is a can of Dr Pepper. I am so loving this new concept.
I plan on kick-starting this on Monday and/or Tuesday. I always feel super motivation whileThe Biggest Loser is on, don't you? I feel like if they can do it, I can do it.

So here we go!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

brand new you: cassandra

I signed up for the Brand New You class at the base fitness center. It will be on Friday morning. It's a class that teaches us about proper nutrition and fitness.

I feel like I need some guidance, ya know? I need a Bob or a Jillian.

I am hoping this class will actually be of some benefit. Ideally, I would like to get a personal trainer and a nutritionist who can TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT I NEED TO DO in order to get the results I want. I am so tired of wasting time on things that don't work, ya know?

I am a bit apprehensive about Friday, though. I know this is going to sound stupid, but...what if people are rude to me because I clearly do not need to lose THAT much weight? I'm afraid of being judged or asked, "Why are you here??!" I think that will shoot down my motivation. Ugh. I hope I'm the only student there. Haha!

So wish me luck. I hope this is a step in the right direction.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

day 72: cassandra

32 minutes
347 calories

I squeezed in a run this afternoon before work. It started out in my neighborhood and then veered into the woods because pavement is boring. Turns out, there was a nice trail cut out in the woods and I took it for about 15 minutes and then turned around to reunite with civilization. It was kind of scary, but definitely something new! I enjoyed it!

Monday, August 24, 2009

day 71: cassandra

I found my iPod and heart-rate monitor! It occurred to me at 6am this morning that they were both in Aaron's gym bag from the last time he and I worked out together. And I was right!

I went to Cardio Dance Party this afternoon and burned 478 calories. Woohoo!

Tomorrow is my first weigh-in in two months. I am NOT looking forward to it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

day 70: cassandra

I went to the gym today for Cardio Dance Party. It was fun! I still haven't found my heart-rate monitor, so no clue how many calories I burned. I did sweat a whole lot, though.

Oh, and I am super sore from Pilates yesterday! I didn't think I did much during that class, but apparently my muscles think otherwise.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

day 69: stop the presses!

I actually went to the gym today. I know. Can you believe it? I not only fell of the wagon in these last 2-3 months. I hit a pothole, flew off the wagon, and landed in a cactus patch.

But I'm back! (At least for today).

I went to a Pilates class. It kicked my butt! My body feels like a noodle and I'm actually tired even though I didn't sweat a drop. Weird.

P.S. I couldn't find my heart-rate monitor strap this morning...if that's any indication as to how long it's been since I used that thing. It's gotta be in this house somewhere...


Saturday, July 18, 2009


Finally I have a workout post!

I have been a big time slacker recently, but hopefully this morning will jump start me.

I ran my 5th 5K race.  It wasn't my best time, but it wasn't my worst time.  I'll take it!  Especially since I've been lazy and the course was sooo dang hilly!  Ugh.  But I got up and did it!  That's something.

I'm on my post-race high right now, so I'm super motivated to get back into working out all the time.  I hope this motivation lasts until tomorrow morning!

I would like to actually, you know, train for a race before running it!  It seems like I always pick the few weeks before a race to be lazy.  It makes no sense!  

The next one is August 1st (the day before I turn the big 2-7), and I'm hoping to have a better time by then.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fresh Air Fund Racers

Here's an opportunity to help a great cause!

The Fresh Air Fund is still looking for runners and sponsors to join our Fresh Air Fund-Racers team for the NYC Half-Marathon on August 16th. This is a great way to participate in NYC's premier summer road race while helping Fresh Air Fund children.

Last summer's NYC Half-Marathon was a huge success and the Fresh Air Fund-Racers raised more than $125,000. We are also still in need of Friendly Town hosts for next month. Host families open their hearts and home to a NYC child who would not otherwise have the opportunity to escape the hot, crowded city streets.

Friday, June 19, 2009

half marathon training: week 5: tyly.

Still not feeling all that great.  1.5 mile run (LAME) after cleaning up doggie vomit at 5 am.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

day 68: cassandra

Did some cardio at the community center for 35 minutes = 275 calories.

Tyly, I have been feeling kinda "ugh" today, too. I thought running it out would help, but it just made me tired.

I'm about to go clean out the garage and I'm sure I'll probably sweat out about 5 pounds of nastiness. It's SO HOT out there! But it must be done.

half marathon training: week 5: tyly.

I was not feeling 100% today.  I had a scratchy throat all night last night, and it even woke me up at 1 am.  I took a few pills, drank some water, and went back to bed.  When the alarm went off at 5 am, I was not a happy camper.  I tried to run, but I just felt so exhausted.  I did 1 mile at 5.0 and decided to finish the rest after school.  To me, breaking up my run defeats the purpose because I'm not running the entire distance at once, but I didn't have the 3 miles in me this morning.  I was still really congested, my throat still hurt, and I coughed up some nasty phlegm (gross).  I was not at my best.  I'm not sick, so there must be something in the air.

Anyway, this afternoon I completed the run, but I definitely still wasn't at my best.  My throat is still really scratchy (my voice sounds ridiculous), and I am still having congestion issues.  I did finish the 2.0 miles in 25:00.  Not great, but not too horrible considering I'm not at 100%.  I'm proud of myself for sucking it up and making myself do it.

I'm a bit bummed that I had to split the run (I've never done that before), but I guess I should be happy that I did it.

I know better than to run when I am sick and my body needs to rest... but I'm not sick.  There must be something in the air triggering this, because other than the scratchy throat and congestion, I'm fine.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I did Turbo Jam today, and it was fabulous. I haven't done it since I got pregnant (the kickboxing, squats, and ab moves were too much with my exhaustion and round ligament pain) and I was SO excited to do it again. Bye bye, Jillian Michaels.

I'm going to try and do it as often as I can, at least 3 days a week. Benji thinks it's very amusing to watch mommy punch and dance around.

half marathon training: week 5: tyly.

I finally stuck to the long walk!  For the last few weeks, this workout has been neglected.  I did 7.5 miles on the treadmill.  I wanted to quit so many times; not because it was physically  difficult, but because it was difficult for me to stay in one place for sooo long!  I was able to watchThe Princess Bride for the first time, and that helped distract me.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

day 67/shred #26: cassandra

Ran/walked/jogged for 35 minutes on the treadmill then did the Shred.

Seriously ready for it to be over. Soon enough!

half marathon training: week 5: tyly.

I've discovered that I do better with some sort of warm up.  Even if it's just walking Max for a bit.  When I wake up and run immediately (today), my legs feel heavy and tired for the first mile.  My time was crappy.  I'm so frustrated with how slow I am sometimes!!  My schedule started out with me running 25 minutes, then 30, and now I'm at 35.  I may not be building much speed, but at least I'm building some endurance.  Stats:  3.2 miles, 36:05, 11:15 minute / mile average.

whoa: cassandra

I have lost nearly 7 pounds in 4 months. The reality of that just hit me. That's pretty amazing if you think about it!

And my body fat % is 22.7! I have fallen into the green, "IDEAL" portion of my chart. I started in the yellow "AVERAGE" and was pretty close to the "ABOVE AVERAGE" section. Yikes. This, too, is quite an accomplishment.

I get discouraged because I'm not weighing 135 (or something like that). But really...7 pounds in 4 months and a body fat reading of 22.7...I should be proud.

And I kinda am!

Monday, June 15, 2009

day 66/shred #25: cassandra

I ran/walked on the treadmill for 35 minutes = 343 calories. Then I came home and did the Shred. I didn't wear my heart rate monitor this time so I have no clue how many calories I burned.

I was gonna skip the Shred tonight..but I ate Taco Bell for dinner...hahaha.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

half marathon training: week 5: tyly.

Oh man. I waited too long to go on my run this morning. I played around online, and I decided to walk Max first. By the time I started my run it was 8:30 am, and you would think that would be ok. Um, NO. It was sooooo hot, and I was miserable. I was pouring buckets of sweat as the sun was beating down on me. Yes, at 8:30 am! Never again. 6 am from now on! I decided to try and make it a bit more bearable by going to different areas of the neighborhood. I was hoping that pretty houses would distract me. FAIL. They are pretty houses on not-so-pretty HILLS. I had no idea that part of the neighborhood was so dang hilly! They weren't real steep ones; just a bunch of the slow, gradual ones. Yes, a bunch. Not one or two, it was the whole dang area! I was trying sooo hard to be thankful for my working legs, heart, lungs, etc., but I wasn't sure how much longer they'd be working! I was so miserable!

On a good note, I was so desperate to finish my 3 miles that I pushed myself to run faster than normal. I'm really proud of my time given the heat and hills. Stats: 3.0 miles, 32:53, 10:57 minute/mile average.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

half marathon training: week 4: tyly.

I ran/walked/jogged 3.0 miles with Max today. We had to stop for walk breaks, 2 poo breaks (him, not me! lol), and multiple pee breaks (him again!). It was a slow but enjoyable 3 miles with the dog.

half marathon training: week 4: tyly.

YAY! I set a new record for myself. Friday is the day I try for a full 10 minute mile (1 full mile with the treadmill set at 6.0), and I did it last week. Here's my progression:

Miles = Speed

First try:

0 - 0.5 = 3.5
0.5 - 1.0 = 6.0
1.0 - 1.25 = 3.5
1.25 - 1.50 = 6.0
1.50 - 1.75 = 3.5
1.75 - 2.0 = 4.0

I did it:

0.0 - 0.5 = 3.5
0.5 - 1.5 = 6.0
1.5 - 2.0 = 3.5


0.0 - 0.5 = 4.0
0.5 - 1.75 = 6.0
1.75 - 2.0 = 4.0

YES! My walk times are faster and I ran 1.25 miles at 6.0 instead of 1! Awesome!

Friday, June 12, 2009

one hundred push ups: week 1, day 1

I'm doing the one hundred push ups plan. Here's the site for more information:

June 12

Set 1: 6
Set 2: 6
Set 3: 4
Set 4: 4
Set 5: Maximum number--I did 10

day 65/shred #24: cassandra

I ran/jogged/walked on the treadmill for 26 minutes and burned 239 calories. Then I came home and did the Shred and burned an additional 172 calories.

There was a 147 sighting on the scale this morning...I know it isn't my official weigh-in day, but just sayin' :)

day 64: cassandra

This is from yesterday. I walked/ran/jogged on the treadmill for 28 minutes; burned 265 calories.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

half marathon training: week 4: tyly.

6 am run on the treadmill.  I ate too much last night and was still feeling full.  Yuck.  I hate when that happens!  Stats:  30:10 at 5.0 the entire time.  2.5 measly miles.  At least I never quit going 5.0, because Lord knows I wanted to!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

half marathon training: week 4: tyly.

F Word. Only a 2 speed mile walk and too much food. Blah.

day 63/shred #23: cassandra

I did the Shred in my living today - wow. What a difference air conditioning makes!

189 calories
27 minutes

I'll probably take Texas for a walk this evening to get another 200 or so calories burned.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

half marathon training: week 4: tyly.

I was up and running this morning, literally. Haha! I crack myself up. :-)

Anywho, it was sooo nice getting to run this morning! I waited until 6 to leave the house, and the weather was perfect. I was trying to let myself go slow (er than normal), but about halfway through I was getting frustrated that I hadn't covered more ground in the amount of time I had ran. I have a hard time with the 'easy' runs. I am just too competitive, even more so against myself. Stats: 31:00, 2.80 miles, 11:02 minutes/mile pace. I seem to be averaging an 11:00 minutes per mile pace pretty consistently. I wish it were faster, but hopefully someday it will be. Of course I run faster than that during my run, but I run slower at the beginning, so it averages to 11:00 minutes per mile. I am no speed demon, that's for sure!

Monday, June 8, 2009

half marathon training: week 4: tyly.

Today I did several different sets of arm exercises that I learned from The Shred with 10 pound weights. I also did some cardio with the weights, including shadow boxing, running in place, and jumping jacks. 

Sunday, June 7, 2009

half marathon training: week 4: tyly.

I got in my run before church again.  The weather was nice when I started, but the sun was beating down during the last half.  I moved up to 3 miles today.  Still not a PDR, but I'm getting there.  At least now I can feel like I am able to see what my 5k times will be like.  Stats: 3.0 miles, 33:07 minutes, 11:01 minute/mile pace.  I'm working on starting slow and finishing strong.  My last mile or so was run at a 9:00 minute/mile pace, so I'm getting there.  I need to upload my runs on Nike+.  I will try to remember to do that after church, because the iPod is charging right now.  It will give me a better picture of my paces during my runs.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

half marathon training: week 3: tyly.

Today I had to be up bright and early to be at school.  It was a workday for us teachers, so I figured I may as well be productive.  I got dressed in my workout gear and ran!  I was going to do 2.5 miles, but I wanted my new total to be 30 miles, so I only did 2.3 miles instead.  Stats: 26:10, 2.3 miles.

Friday, June 5, 2009

half marathon training: week 3: tyly.

I did it!!!  Friday's the day I try for a 10 minute mile, and I did it!

Miles = Speed

0.0 - 0.5 = 3.5
0.5 - 1.5 = 6.0
1.5 - 2.0 = 3.5

I'm so, so happy!  I've tried for 1 full mile with no breaks at 6.0 the last 2 Fridays, but I've never been able to run more than 0.5 miles consecutively at a 6.o.  

I'm so happy!  What a huge confidence boost to shatter that goal!  

Thursday, June 4, 2009

half marathon training: week 3: tyly.

Stats: 2.55 miles in 30:00 on the treadmill.  Ran at 5.2 the entire time, so that's progress.  It's the first time I've bumped up to 5.2, but I'm still faster outside.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

love this!

"It's very hard to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the real competition is against the voice inside you that wants to quit." - George Sheehan

It doesn't just apply to running, though.  That can be said for any workout!

half marathon training: week 3: tyly.

GRRR!  Today is the first day that I have flaked on my training plan.  I went and got my hair cut, and who wants to ruin a perfectly styled 'do?  Haha.  After my haircut, I went and ran some mandatory errands, and by the time I got home, I decided it was a rest day.  I know rest days aren't a bad thing (and are necessary), but I can't help but feel guilty!  I did run for a tiny bit in honor of National Running Day, but not enough to even write down.  Rest days, are ok, rest days are ok... I just keep telling myself that.  I haven't taken a complete rest day since I started, so I should be fine.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

No Shred, But . . .

I did the elliptical walker, and it felt great. David does Benji's bedtime (basically, feeds him dinner and puts him to bed) almost every night, so I'm going to work out during that time a few days a week (that way if Benji is fussy and David needs help, I can help after I work out), and then do videos during the day when I can, and just pause and start as needed. I'm also walking Benji around the neighborhood a few mornings a week, and David and I try to walk him before or after dinner almost every night.

So yay, goodbye baby weight and pudge!!!

half marathon training: week 3: tyly.

I wanted to run outside today, so I waited until 7:30.  Ugh.  That sucked.  I would much, much rather run in the morning than have to pull myself off the couch in the evening.  Once I drug myself out the door, the run wasn't so bad.  Stats: 30:10, 2.65 miles.  I'll take it.  I'm still slow, but I'm getting better.  I got off to a sloooow(er than usual) start, but that was because I was planning on including some sprints in my run.  I did them!  I know runners talk about pushing yourself to your absolute limit... to your breaking point.  I'm just not there yet.  Don't get me wrong, I do push myself, but not to the point to where it makes me sick, and I feel like I'm going to die.  I think I'm scared to go there.

day 62/shred #22: cassandra

I did NOT want to workout tonight. But I forced myself. Do I feel better for doing it? No!

I was cranky the whole time and SO HOT! My garage is like a sauna (hence, why I didn't want to workout) and I am dripping in sweat. I guess I feel better for working out, but sitting on the couch and eating pizza would have been a much better way to spend a portion of my evening.

Oh well, it's done. Thank God.

23 minutes
164 calories

P.S. A big drop is weight from last week to today, but again, I think those 4 pounds were all junk that was still in my system from Memorial Day weekend. Body fat % keeps going down according to my caliper! So...yay!

Monday, June 1, 2009

half marathon training: week 3: tyly.

Today I did several different sets of arm exercises that I learned from The Shred with 10 pound weights.  I also did some cardio with the weights, including shadow boxing, running in place, and jumping jacks. 

day 61/shred #21: cassandra, updated

Level 3 has me a bit wasn't that hard and I only burned 170 calories. Hmmm...perhaps I wasn't doing things right.

I definitely need to run or walk later tonight to burn more calories. Blah.

*** I had 30 minutes to spare before I had to shower and get ready for work, so I ran/jogged/walked around my neighborhood and burned 200 more. I am so drippy sweaty! It's HOT outside!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

day 60: cassandra

So...the plan was to go swimming and then come back home and Shred. Notsomuch.

I am exhausted!!

I "swam" for 45 minutes and burned 225 calories, according to the Polar watch. But I FEEL like I just ran a marathon!

And I am starving and trying very, very hard to not eat everything in sight...but I wanna.

So it looks like I have to Shred FIRST and then swim and/or run afterward. I am beat and callin' it a freakin' day!

calling all runners!

Actually, all athletes.

I'm about to shop for a few items, but before I do, I would like some opinions.
  1. What socks (brand and style) do you use?
  2. What headband (or any head gear) do you use?  I'm tired of wiping sweat off my forehead every 5 seconds.
  3. What rubber bands do you use?  Silly question, but I have thick hair, and I'm constantly having to tighten and redo my ponytails.  I've finally just started using 2 rubber bands at a time, but if you know of a good one, let me know.
  4. If you run with spandex shorts (underneath or as your only shorts), what length have you found works best for you?
  5. Why do people wear the arm sweat bands?  Do people's arms really sweat that much?  I'm not trying to be funny -- I really don't get it!
If there's any other must-have stuff, please let me know!

I had a mini freak-out today while running.  As I was chugging along, I started asking myself, "How am I possibly going to run 13.1 miles?!  If I'm sweating and tired from 2.5, how the heck am I going to conquer 13.1?!  What was I thinking?!"  It wasn't pleasant.

half marathon training: week 3: tyly.

I decided to get my run in before church. I'm all about getting it out of the way in the morning. I wanted to run outside today, but unfortunately I waited a little too long. I started at 8:45, and it was a little hotter than I would have liked, but I pushed on through. Because I was outside, I was much faster than I have been lately. I was scheduled for a 2.5 mile run, but since my mileage total as of yesterday was 17.95, I decided to run 2.55 miles to make it an even number. I'm weird like that. Stats: 2.55 miles, 28:06. See? Much better. Yesterday was 2.50 miles in 30:30.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

half marathon training: week 2: tyly.

I ran 2.5 miles today, and it felt great!  As I was running, I was both begging myself to keep going and begging myself to stop.  It's funny how running does that to you.  You want to stop so badly, but you want to push through at the same time.  I knew my legs were just fine.  My body was more than capable, but I was giving up mentally.  I'm so glad I didn't give in to my inner wimp.  The run today was way better than yesterday.  Yesterday I ran 2.0 miles in 27 minutes, and today I did 2.5 miles in 30:30.  So in only 3:30 more, I ran an extra half mile.  I never changed my speed from 5.0 the entire time.  My timed runs are going up from 25 minutes to 30 starting next week, so my distances should increase as well.

day 59/shred #20: cassandra

Level 2 is over! Thank goodness!!!!!

I had to modify all the plank exercises. While I was working out, my back didn't hurt...but right now (night night time), it is KILLING ME! I might need to go see the chiropractor on Monday.

After the Shred, I walked Texas.

Total calories burned = 406.

I want to keep up the workouts, of course - I just hope this back gets better!!! Stupid planks.

Here's to Level 3!!! Almost done, y'all!

Friday, May 29, 2009

half marathon training: week 2: tyly.

I can definitely tell that I haven't been feeding my body power foods lately!  My runs have been more sluggish and difficult, but I've been finishing them.  Today I tried for my 10 minute mile again,  and I did worse this time than last Friday.  My overall time was longer, but the distance wasn't.  That's never a good thing!  I did include sprints at 6.0, but I was going too slow on the walking breaks in between.  Total time: 27:00, total distance: 2.0 miles.  That's crappy, even for slow me!  Like I said, I felt very heavy and sluggish.  I'm going to keep powering through them until I'm back to the old me and even better!  I know it's only a matter of time before I work off all the crappy foods and the better version of me is back!  Serves me right.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

half marathon training: week 2: tyly.

I just finished my run despite my very full belly.  It wasn't pleasant, but it helps me feel a little bit better about the junk food.  Running on a very full stomach is uncomfortable and further makes me regret the overeating.  I thought of the uncomfortable feeling as my punishment.  Anyway, here's the stats: 25:30, 2.0 miles.  I sprinted the last part of it to meet the 2 miles.  I was trying to get it in 25 minutes, so I barely missed it.  Tomorrow I try for my 10 minute mile again.  I'm actually looking forward to the challenge of it, and I really hope I get closer this time!  I don't plan on eating a ton before trying it, though!  Lesson learned.  Ugh.

day 58/shred #19: cassandra

Shred = 216 calories
25 minute walk with Texas = 200 calories

Total: 416 calories burned.

One more day of Level 2!! Hallelujah!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

half marathon training: week 2: tyly.

On the schedule for today was a 7 mile walk. A walk should be a piece of cake, right? Well it's not so easy when it's 7 miles at a brisk speed! At first I wondered why these long walks are even included as part of my training, but I get it now. It's a good way to prepare my legs, feet and mind for the longer distances. My legs and feet are tired after 7 miles! It's not too hard by any means, but it's not the easiest thing in the world. More than anything, it's preparing me mentally for long distance. It's easy to get bored and want to quit after the fist few miles, but having that goal in mind keeps me going. I need to be mentally tough enough to push through those times that I want to stop. I think these long, fast walks are a great preparation for what's to come.

day 57/shred #18: cassandra

This is from yesterday's workout.

Like I said before, I am amping up the workouts. I tried to sweat out as much of the weekend crap as I possibly could yesterday.

15 minutes treadmill and 15 minutes elliptical = 266 calories
Shred = 211 calories

Still ready for Level 2 to be over.

thank goodness: cassandra

I got on the scale today and that 153 was gone - thank goodness. I guess it must have been crappy food bloat. I'm back to 150 and life is good. My body fat % is 26.1! The lowest it's ever been.

So...there is redemption!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

severely annoyed: cassandra

I knew this was going to happen, but I didn't think it was going to be THIS bad.

Notice my weekly weigh in?

Yeah, that's what happens when you go to your West Texas college town and have a very...very...very good time.

Once I finish my oatmeal, I am headed straight to the gym.

Was it worth it? Yes.

Hopefully this extra weight will fall off again quickly. It just has to...

half marathon training: week 2: tyly.

My alarm went off at 4:50 am, and I drug myself out of bed. It wasn't easy! At all. I upped the treadmill speed by .4, so now I'm running at a 5.0. I think I'll leave it that way for a little while until I find it too easy. I did my 25 minutes and covered 2.05 miles, and I'm ok with that for now. I'm faster outside, but I'm not going to give up on the treadmill. It's too convenient! The very first 25 minute treadmill 'run' I did last week was at 4.0 and covered 1.65 miles, so obviously there has been some improvement. I thought about slowing down a few times while I was running, but I knew I would be really mad and disappointed in myself if I did. Besides, I didn't need to slow down -- my body was fine. I just wanted to slow down because I was feeling lazy. I'm glad I didn't give in!

Monday, May 25, 2009

half marathon training: week 2: tyly.

Today was strength. I did several sets of different arm exercises with 10 pound weights, and I did several different crunches. I also did push ups. It was an easy day, but I know my body needs one of those every now and then. Bring on the 5 am run tomorrow! I'll decide whether to do it inside or outside in the morning.

no need for speed: a review.

Remember this book that I mentioned last night [on my personal blog]? I finished it today! I enjoyed it, and the sooner I listen to what he says [and what I already know], I'll be much better off.

He basically teaches that we need to be proud of all that we are accomplishing and learning during each and every run, regardless if it was a good or bad run. Just the fact that we get out there and run is an accomplishment in itself! He says we may not ever be as fast as those around us, but we don't have to be to be a real runner. So many people don't feel like real runners because they aren't fast enough, they don't run long enough distances, etc., but the truth is that we are all real runners, because we get out there and do it! There is no set of qualifications you must meet to be a real runner.

That is where I defeat myself. I don't enjoy running the way I should, because I am always frustrated that I didn't run faster, longer, etc. I need to let myself be proud of what I do accomplish instead of being mad about what I don't. I have to find patience and realize that speed and distance only come with training! I may not be a natural runner like some, but at least I have the courage to try! I won't ever run the fastest or the farthest, but I can [and should!] be proud of what I accomplish.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

half marathon training: week 2: tyly.

Because it is raining outside, I chose to do my morning run on the treadmill. I upped the treadmill speed again. Each time I have run on the treadmill, I have upped the speed by .2, and I will continue to do so. I'm still faster outside, but at least I am gaining speed on the treadmill. I used my Nike+ while on the treadmill to see if the distances matched up. When the treadmill said 2.0 miles, the Nike+ said 2.17 miles. I really, really want a Garmin Forerunner 405!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

half marathon training: week 1: tyly.

I really didn't want to run today. I mean I really, really didn't want to. I was up at 6 this morning, and I didn't have to be at my summer school training until 8:30. I told myself over and over to do it then, before the training, but I put it off until after [knowing full well I would completely regret that decision]. As usual, I was right. After my training, I headed straight to Wal Mart for the ingredients to my homemade goods. After that, I made them, had dinner, and made my internet rounds. At that point it was a little after 8 pm, and I had no interest in removing myself from the couch. I really, really considered skipping the run. After a long, hard battle I changed and headed outside -- but not without some kicking, screaming, and basically throwing an all out 2 year old tantrum. Once I got started, I was soooo glad I made myself do it. I knew that would happen. I'm actually pretty happy with how I did! Here's the stats from my Nike+ (which may or may not be 100% accurate, but since I like them, I'm keeping them!):

2.0 miles
10:48/mile average pace

I've always been much happier with my results when I run outside rather than inside. I've heard several people say they're faster outside, and I think that applies to me as well.

Friday, May 22, 2009

half marathon training: week 1: tyly.

Originally I had strength training for my legs planned, but I wanted to do more.

I 'run' at the pace of a turtle with a broken leg, and that frustrates me. I try not to get discouraged and remind myself that speed will come with time and practice, but I have high expectations for myself. Probably too high of expectations. Anyway, I decided to try for a 10 minute mile, and I've decided to make that my Friday workout until I succeed. Once I do (because I WILL), I'll figure it out from there. I did this on the treadmill, and fyi, 6.0 is a 10 minute mile pace. Here's the breakdown of how it went:

Miles = Speed

0 - 0.5 = 3.5
0.5 - 1.0 = 6.0
1.0 - 1.25 = 3.5
1.25 - 1.50 = 6.0
1.50 - 1.75 = 3.5
1.75 - 2.0 = 4.0

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed and discouraged. I thought that if I really pushed myself, I could do a 10 minute mile. I guess that's not the case yet, but I'm not giving up. Like I said, I plan to do this every Friday until I can successfully run a full 10 minute mile.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

half marathon training: week 1.

I woke up at 5 am this morning for my 25 minute run. I upped the speed on the treadmill a bit, so I covered a little more distance. The run was still easy, and that's helping me feel more and more confident. Thank goodness the blister didn't bother me at all! It's not directly on my foot, so that helps.

I'll be walking Max the usual 3 miles tonight, and we'll see what else I come up with!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

half marathon training: week 1.

Today's workout was a long walk.

I walked for 1 hour, 40 minutes. I would have gone longer, but I ran out of time! It ended up being a total of 6 miles. If I wouldn't have taken Max for the first half of it, I'm sure it would have been much longer and faster paced. He isn't nearly as interested in speed as he is in sniffing and peeing! Lol. I got irritated with him after the first 3 miles, so I walked him home and finished the rest on my own. At least now I know better for next time! The only bad thing is that I feel a blister on my ankle forming. That's not good!

Tomorrow I'll be up bright and early for my 5 am run!

day 56/shred #17: cassandra

I'm upping my workouts a bit because I feel like I've hit a plateau. Also, I have almost exactly a month before husband comes home and I wanna look smokin' -- so my workouts will be in over-drive from here on out.

20 minute walk with Texas = about 200 calories burned

Shred = about 250 ish

Total = 489 calories in 52 minutes

The best thing about burning more calories is that you get to eat more, too! ;)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

day 55/shred #16: cassandra

Same 'ol. Same 'ol.

I am so tempted to bump up to Level 3...I am overly annoyed by Level 2.

27 minutes
222 calories

My back has been hurting lately - I think I'm sleeping wrong - so all the plank positions were KILLING ME! I did as best as I could, but I didn't want to hurt myself.

officially broke the barrier!!!

I have broken 150!!

I haven't seen a number lower than 150 in over a year!

Soooooooooo happy!

half marathon training: week 1: tyly.

I did it!  I woke up at 5 am and ran for 25 minutes!

I have to get rid of my mental hang ups, because everything else went great!  I chose to do it inside on the treadmill because I didn't want to get fully dressed, and it was 52* outside.  The whole thing went quickly and much easier than I expected.  My hang up is that I can't quit obsessing over what the clock says and how much more time I have left.  Even though I'm fine, even though the run is going really well and easy, I still find myself asking and checking "How much longer?!" over and over.  I annoy myself.  I had Sex and the City on, and that helped.  There's nothing like an episode of SATC at 5 am!  Haha.  I'm sure I'll still find things to do this afternoon.  Max will still get his 3 mile walk, and we'll see what else I think of.  I am really glad the run was easy, though.  I hadn't run in for-e-ver, so I was worried about it.

Monday, May 18, 2009

half marathon training: week 1: tyly.

Today was an easy day.  Max and I went on a 3 mile walk, and I did strength training for my arms.  I upped the dumbbells to 10 pounds, and wow that made a huge difference!  All the programs I've looked into have days dedicated to strength training.  It's hard, because without the cardio I feel like I haven't done anything today!  I feel like I'm taking it too easy, but I'm following exactly what the plan says to do.  Even though I feel like a slacker, I want to stick to the plan.  Ugh.  I guess the pros know what they're talking about!  I really do feel like a bum, though!

I'm trying to decide when to do my run tomorrow.  Living here in Texas, it's hot until sundown!  I may wake up extra early and do it then.  Craziness!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

day 54/shred #15: cassandra

Half-way through the program! Woohoo!

26 minutes
242 calories

Level 2 is getting "easier" (and I say that very loosely), but I still hate it!!!!!!

30 day shred, a review: tyly.

I am an official graduate of the 30 Day Shred!

The phrases "don't phone it in!", "push it!", and "hit it!" will forever haunt me, but it was worth every minute.

the changes:

My arms, legs and abs are so much more toned. I can see several cuts from muscles, and I feel strong. Not only are my muscles more developed, but I also went from 146 to 140 during the course of the 29 days! I've never seen my arms, legs and abs look so muscular, and I'm embarrassed to admit how often I flex and stare at them.

what it taught me:

I can achieve whatever I put my mind to. I completed this challenge in 29 days, doing it every day, and twice in one day. Even with trips out of town, friends coming to visit, after school meetings and obligations, I still did it. With some dedication and determination, it can be done! There's always excuses, but the reality is it's only 20 minutes.

So many of the exercises were very challenging to me at the start. Each level presented challenges that I wasn't able to do immediately. I always pushed myself to do the most I could, and eventually, all those challenging moves became no big deal. When I first started, I wasn't able to do one single boy push up. At all. I could do about 15 girl ones, and that was it. Now I can do 7 consecutive boy push ups (even more if I break for a few seconds in between). I had the same results with squats and lunges. I only used to be able to slightly dip, but now I can go all the way down for the entire set. Same with the shadow boxing and jumping jacks while holding weights. I wasn't able to do it at first, and now it's my favorite set of cardio. Don't even get me started on the rockstar jumps and jumping squats and lunges! The changes this dvd has made are amazing. It not only toned and strengthened my body, but it made me believe in myself and what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it. I'm going to take that determination with me into my half marathon training.

in conclusion:

I'm soooo glad I did this. It has made so many physical and mental changes in me, and I highly recommend it to everyone! I give it 5 out of 5 dumbbells. :-)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

a breath-taking sight: cassandra

148 was spotted on the scale this morning.

I know that's cheating. I know I'm only supposed to weigh myself once a week...but


That's incredible!

Shredding and calorie-cutting is working, y'all!

30 day shred, days 28 and 29: tyly.

Yes, yes, so I'm a bit of a cheater.  I did 2 in one day.

My morning started out with breakfast and a wet walk.  I love to get my workouts done in the morning, so I decided to shred after that.  I'm getting a bit (ok, very) impatient with reaching my 30 days, and I don't have any plans for today, so I figured why not?!  I've got nothing but time on my hands, so I may as well use it working out!  Now I only have one more time tomorrow, and I'm finished!  I may have cheated a tiny bit by doing two in one day, but I'm counting it!  :-)

If the rain stops, I'm going to finish walking Max.  I love the fresh, after the rain smell, but this time I'll stay closer to home just in case!

Friday, May 15, 2009

day 53/shred #14: cassandra

Tyly and I are living the same lives, except I mowed the lawn first then worked out.

I am having a fat day. A total FAT DAY! I am thinkin' it's premenstrual bloat. God, I hope so. I feel like a blob!

I mowed the lawn and I am serious when I say that probably burned at least 250 calories - our yard has mega slopes and hills and that lawnmower is heavy!

I was going to call it a day but figured since I was already nasty and sweaty and having a fat day for goodness sakes, I opted to Shred and dance in the garage like a crazy person.

34 minutes
297 calories

Now the day is done and I am going to sit on that couch, eat me some dinner, work on my scrapbook (yes, I said it, I have started a scrapbook), and watch a Netflix and Reba re-runs!! Heaven!!!

30 day shred, day 27: tyly.

So close, so close!

Today after I shredded, I walked Max and mowed the front and back lawns!  I definitely deserve to sloth on my couch tonight!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

30 day shred, day 26: tyly.

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I'm looking forward to running.  I love both the physical and mental results that the 30 Day Shred has provided, but I'm looking forward to a new challenge.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

30 day shred, day 25: tyly.

Tomorrow is going to suck.  I have a summer school training until 7:30, which means I won't be able to shred until about 8!  That's way later than I would like to shred and shower, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!  Summer school means money, shredding means sexiness, and I am not willing to do without either one!  :-)

day 52/shred #13: cassandra

I. hate. level. 2.

26 minutes
223 calories

I am SO GLAD I opted to get this over with in the morning. I am looking forward to the rest of my day now. Uggggggggh.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

day 51/shred #12: cassandra

Level 2 is a nightmare.

27 minutes
246 calories

Lost a pound last week! Woohoo! Not sure what's up with the body fat %. There's no way that can be accurate. Regardless, I am totally motivated by The Biggest Loser Finale, so I aim to workout again tomorrow. I love these results!

30 day shred, day 24: tyly.

Less than a week away!  Yeah!

I know I've said it a million times, but I'm so glad I did this. 

uh, yeah.

I'll get back to the Shred when I have the energy and motivation. I am severely drained right now with things going on in my personal life. I want to workout. I really do. It would probably make me feel better.

I'll try to get one in today. But if I don''s not the end of the world. I did lose a pound this week despite being in Del Rio and not eating the best foods. I can't wait to break 150!

Monday, May 11, 2009

monday run: emily

I'm back! (again!) I took a break because we've been super busy packing for our big move to our new house. We just moved in Saturday, it's lovely, and I'm back to running again!

My run today was a run/walk because I hadn't run in about a week and I needed to get back in the groove. I was really excited about running on the so-called jogging path in our new subdivision, but the path lasted for about 1/2 a mile and then just stopped! So I continued on around the neighborhood and it was great. I stayed on the sidewalks and it was fun running by people's houses and just taking in the fresh air (and heat).

There is a greenbelt nearby so I want to find out where that is and see if it's within walking/running distance from our house.

30 day shred, day 23: tyly.

Only 1 week away from being done!  Next Monday will be my last Shred workout!

I'm so glad I did this.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I WILL Be Back

Ok, I'll be back on The Shred soon. I promise. I have been derailed by an out of town trip, a sick hubby, sick baby, teething baby, and work. AGH! I hate making excuses. But I've only got a couple of months left in my goal to lose the baby weight (and then a few more after that to finish toning back up), so I've got to figure out some kind of routine!!

30 day shred, day 22: tyly.

Only 8 days to go!

Level 3 isn't too bad.  Don't get me wrong, it's not easy, but I prefer it to level 2.

I'm looking forward to being done with The Shred, but then after that officially starts half marathon training!  I'm both nervous and excited about that.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

30 day shred, day 21: tyly.

I think I may like level 3 more than level 2.

I don't want to speak too soon, though.  I'll let you know in a few days!

Friday, May 8, 2009

day 50/shred #11: cassandra


Level 2 is NO JOKE!!!

I pseudo-Shredded today at the gym. I watched the workout at home and then went to the base and did it in a workout room. I had written everything down and just did it at my own pace. There's no way I would have been able to work out at my parent's house -- this place makes me lazy.

It was killer! I had to stop and breathe...a lot.

My final time was 33 minutes and 300 calories burned.

Level 2 is intense!!! I just hope it works!

30 day shred, day 20: tyly.


Level 2, I am through!

Good luck to me with level 3!

Ok, I'll stop rhyming now.  No more Dr. Seuss.  :-)

hard to workout at home.

So I'm in Del Rio and finding it extremely difficult to get motivated. I brought my Shred DVD with me, but not the weights - since I was flying and all. 

I think Mom and I are going to make a Walmart run and I'll pick up some dumbbells. Ugh. I just wanna sit on my butt, watch TV, read my books, and eat pasta. Why!??!?!

Just for kicks, I got on my Mom's scale and it IS SO MUCH NICER to me than mine at home! Her says I weigh 3 pounds less than what mine reads. HAHA. Too bad you can't go by those numbers. 

Another reason I have no motivation is because it is SO HOT here! My goodness! Who wants to go and workout and then walk right into the blazing sun and humidity? Can we say heart attack? 

Ok, I'm done making excuses now. I'm gonna go to Walmart and get those dumbbells....ugh. 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

30 day shred, day 19: tyly.

One more day.  One more day.  I can make it through one more day of level 2, right?!  Ugh.  Listening to my own music does help.


an ode to the shred.

level 1 was not so bad.
i very rarely ever got mad!
i thought i was getting stronger and making it through,
but then i began level 2...

oh how i'm tired of level 2.
thinking about doing it again makes me blue.
but jillian, if I wanna get lean and strong like you,
finish level 2 is what i must do.

i hope level 3 is nice and tough,
but not so hard that i say, "that's enough!"
i want to get nice and lean, 
so i can fit into a smaller size of jean.


Haha!  So lame, but it makes me laugh.  :-)

This dvd is causing me to put my pain into poetry!  Haha!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

30 day shred, day 18: tyly.

I could have done my Shred dvd 10 times from beginning to end this afternoon, and that wouldn't have undone the damage I've done today!  First there was the sopapilla cheesecake debacle, and right after school was a baby shower at which I devoured 2 yummy cupcakes (one carrot cake and one vanilla) that both had cream cheese frosting on them.  Does the fact that it's carrot cake help?  Ha! 

Whew!  Those two desserts alone are more dessert than I normally have in a month!  I eat small desserts every day, but those are both very rich, very high calorie desserts (go read the cheesecake recipe!).  Oh well.  I'm learning to not freak out when life (and dessert) happens.  What's one day in an otherwise healthy lifestyle?  I've read over and over that as long as you follow the 80/20 rule (80% healthy, 20% bad), that you'll be fine.  I don't even hit 20% bad, so I should have nothing to worry about.  I love my lean body, but I love my desserts, too!  :-)

Oh yeah -- about The Shred -- another day down, only 2 more days of level 2!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Not much difference in weight this week or body fat %. But you know what? That's ok.

I've decided today that I am going to put forth the best effort I can and be happy with the results. I am trying really hard to "look good" for our Jamaica trip and just in general for my husband's homecoming. But if my best effort doesn't make me look like Jessica Biel, it's ok. Because let's face it...I'll never look like this without a personal trainer and nutritionist and hours upon hours of time to devote to the cause...

I will be happy with how I am. Period. Because I will know that I put in the effort, sweat, and pain! I am still hopeful for those next 20 days of the Shred, though. Shred me, Jill, shred me!!!

On that note, I'm not sure if I should keep measuring my body fat % on the scale. The results are so skewed. I think I might do the caliper thing from now on -(the pincher thingie) - which says that my body fat is at 26%. Much nicer :) I guess I'll do both from now on and see how they vary.

day 49/shred #10: cassandra

Level 1 is done! Thank the Lord!

27 minutes
227 calories

I know Level 2 is going to be hard, but if I had to do those weighted lunges and shoulder things one more time, I was going to kick my TV.

30 day shred, day 17: tyly.

Today was much better because I used the iPod speakers to listen to music I like, versus hearing Jillian say the same things that I've heard for the last 17 days!  Why, oh why did I not do that sooner?!?!  Only 3 more days until I move on to level 3!

Monday, May 4, 2009

500 a day google funnies.

Just thought I'd share what brought some people here...

"1% milk cassandra"

"on or before thirty days as of this day" -- huh?!?!

"blog kelly shred"

"i gained a pound in a day" -- that sucks.

and tons and tons of traffic from people looking for info about The 30 Day Shred. We're so popular!

day 48/shred #9: cassandra

Done! Thank goodness! I wasn't feeling a workout tonight, but I sucked it up. I actually had a lot more energy during this one for some odd reason.

27 minutes
224 calories

I am sooooo ready for Level 2. Level 1 is boring me to tears.

I have to wonder, though: Is doing the same level consecutively a good idea? I didn't think you were supposed to work out the same muscles day to day? I think, ideally, we should have done this: Level 1 Day 1, Level 2 Day 2, Level 3 Day 3 then Level 1 Day 4, Level 2 Day 5, Level 3 Day 6 and so on...or at least something like that to mix it up and confuse the muscles. Thoughts? I wish Jillian had provided better recommendations on that DVD!!

30 day shred, day 16: tyly.

I'm over the hill!  Over halfway done!  

And I can almost move to level 3.  Thank goodness, because level 2 is not a friend of mine.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

day 47/shred #8: cassandra

Alright, I gotta admit that I'm getting kind of bored of Level 1. But alas...only two more times and then I can move on to Level 2.

Level 1 is almost easy now. The natural progression in stamina and strength with this program is amazing. That's probably not a coincidence, huh?

29 minutes
220 calories

Now I have the rest of the day to do nothing! Finally!!

30 day shred, day 15: tyly.

I'm halfway there!!!

Level 2 is definitely becoming more bearable, and I'm feeling stronger and stronger every day!

Only 5 more times of level 2, then I'm off to level 3!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

30 day shred, day 14: tyly.

Another day down!  Dare I say that I can handle level 2 a little better now?  It's still tough, but I am making it through a bit better.

Tomorrow will be the midway point!

I am so happy that I decided to do this.  It really does make a difference in my body and mind.

  • I can do 5 consecutive boy pushups.  Before, I had never done a single one in my entire life.  Truly.
  • I am starting to see ab definition.
  • I have proven my dedication to myself and this plan.
  • My arm muscles are awesome!  I love that I can flex and see different muscles throughout my arms!  I'm embarrassed to admit how often I do that.
  • My leg muscles are much stronger.  I go all the way down in all the lunges, squats, etc., when before it was just a slight bend in the knee.
  • I can hold the plank position for a full minute!  I've never been able to do that!
  • It has given me confidence in myself and has made me want to challenge myself to bigger things.
  • I care much more about my body and its fitness now that I have started this.  Since I've seen these changes, it makes me want to see even more!
Thank you Jillian!

Friday, May 1, 2009

30 day shred, day 13: tyly.

I must take a moment to brag on myself. Not because I was able to do level 2 any better, though.  Nope.  That still sucks, big time.

We decided to come to Brownwood to visit James's family this weekend.  I hadn't been out here to visit since Christmas, and it was a good weekend for us to do so.  My immediate thought: What about The Shred?!?!  I refuse to miss any days.  So along with my lounge wear (that's all we do out here), I also packed healthy foods, workout clothes, my 5 pound weights, and The Shred!  That's right.  Jillian is here in Brownwood with me!  I went into a back bedroom and shredded while they were out in the living room talking, and I will be doing the same thing tomorrow!

day 46/shred #7: cassandra

Still feeling great! I have a feeling, based on Tyly's analysis, that Level 2 is gonna suck immensely!

42 minutes
352 calories

*I also danced around in my garage to my happy music after the workout was over. :)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

30 day shred, day 12: tyly.

Still hard.  Level 2 is definitely still hard.  It wasn't as bad as yesterday, but that's only because I had an idea of what to expect.  I am able to complete it, but I definitely have to slow down in some parts.  I'm hoping to be able to do it full out by day 10, but we'll see.  It's tough!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

day 45/shred #6: cassandra

I worked out tonight mainly to get rid of a major headache. And it worked!

I had lots more energy tonight - probably because I got some good sleep last night!

27 minutes
216 calories

Feeling good!

30 day shred, day 11: tyly.

Thank you Jillian for putting me right back in my place.

Just when I was starting to feel moderately in shape, I hit "play" and started level 2.  Oh-my-gosh.  She totally kicked my ass.  I was getting really frustrated and cranky doing it, because I kept thinking, "This shouldn't be so hard for me!!!"  Ah!  I feel like a beginner all over again.  Actually I don't even know if day 1 was this difficult.  I can't remember.  Anyway, it will definitely take a few days before I feel proud of myself while doing level 2.  I guess it's a good thing, right?  You have to challenge yourself in order to see change.  You're supposed to feel like dying.  Right?  Right?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

the ultimate challenge.

I'm doing it!  I'm training for this.  A half marathon (13.1 miles).  And by broadcasting it, I am forcing myself to be accountable.  I can't let myself (or anyone else) down!

I'm in a place right now where I am feeling very powerful and uplifted.  I need to do this.  I can't look back 10 years from now and regret not pushing myself to do all that I can do.  I am in the best shape of my life, and it can only get better from here.  I have never been a runner, so this is the absolute ultimate challenge for me.  5Ks (3.1 miles) aren't easy for me, and I'm going to add another 10 miles to it?!  Yes.  Yes I am.

I've been looking at thisthis and this training schedule.  I am going to finish out The Shred, and as soon as that's done, it's go time.

tuesday run: emily

I miss posting and I want to start posting my runs!! So, you will have to put up with me again.

Tonight I just did a 22-minute run with a 5-minute warm up walk. It was getting close to dark and I don't like to be out when it gets dark. The run went great, but I really don't like running around our current place. It's not runner/walker friendly and sidewalks are hard to come by. In a week and half, we are moving to our new house, and there is a jogging path in the neighborhood. I'm so excited and can't wait to go for a run there!

My current goal is to go for a 20-30 minute run all but one of day of the week. That's a lofty goal because right now I do 3-4 times a week. But I feel so good after a run, and I've lost 5 pounds since I started running! If I run more, I can lose more. Right? :)

day 44/shred #5: cassandra

Didn't wanna workout today since I only got 3 hours of sleep last night and have been dead on my feet all day...but I did! And I feel good!

27 minutes
207 calories

Oh, and huge news! I lost a pound since last week AND my body fat % is continuing to go down and down (which is ultimately what matter most to me!) YES!

I heart Jillian Michaels.

30 day shred, day 10: tyly.

Level one is d-o-n-e!!!

I'm really nervous and excited about level 2 tomorrow!  

Bring it on, Jillian.

temporarily insane: tyly.

That must be it.

That's the only logical explanation as to why I'd even consider this.

Monday, April 27, 2009

day 43/shred #4: cassandra

I did it! Woohoo!

I've noticed that my endurance is getting a lot better. I don't have to stop and breathe as many times as I did before. Haha!

My calves are still aching on the cardio parts. No clue what's going on there, but I push through it.

27 mins
226 calories

P.S. I started tanning today so hopefully that will help in the looks department. Tanned fat is better than white fat, I say!

P.P.S. I hope the scale/BMI is kind tomorrow! Oh, and if anyone else wants to add their weekly weigh-ins on the sidebar, just let me know!

30 day shred, day 9: tyly.

Only one more day of level 1!  I haven't quite figured out if that's a good or bad thing, because I have no idea what's in store!  

I am truly loving this.  I love the quick results, and I love that I don't have to devote my entire evening to it.  It's nice to get home, have a snack, change, shred, and be done with all of that before 5.

need to shred.

Will Shred.

Miss Shredding.

I took a rest day yesterday, but it's back on like Donkey Kong (or something) when I get home from work tonight.

I am LOVING The Shred so far! I can't wait to see what the scale/BMI says tomorrow. I have a feeling there's something good in store because I put on some jeans this morning (that are normally kinda tight) and guess what? They fit like a glove! This may be because they haven't been washed in a while so they're broken in...but...whatever. ;)

If you don't see a Shred post by like 9 pm tonight, email me and tell me to get off my lazy arse!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

30 day shred, day 8: tyly.

Only 2 more days of level 1!

I am genuinely loving this.  I love that I can see and feel a difference, and I love that it's going to get progressively more challenging.

Good for all us shredders!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Texas Round Up 5K: emily

I ran my first 5K this morning! I had a great time, even though I had some minor issues and even though it was so FREAKING humid!! I posted about it on my blog, so you can read all about it there.

Here's a picture of me and my friends Karen and Jordan, who also ran.

I am a slow, SLOW runner, so I finished at about 34 minutes, but I'm fine with that. I walked a hill because I was getting very winded. So, my goal is to do another 5K in the future and eventually get to running the entire time.

The great thing is that a year ago I did this 5K and almost walked the whole thing. A year later to run practically the entire time? Kick butt!!

day 42/shred #3: cassandra

I feel on top of the world!

Working out is such a mental thing. I did NOT want to do it today but then I went to Walmart to cask some checks and I picked up this new book, "Hungry Girl 200 under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories."

I still wasn't motivated to work out but then I got through the checkout line and saw another spouse in our squadron holding hands with her husband. He had JUST gotten home from Iraq last week. And as much as my heart ached to see them together, it made me happy. After all, they both did their time. He had been gone since the week before Christmas.

And for some unknown reason, this inspired me to workout! What?! I guess I just figured, "You know what? I could sit on the couch and feel sorry for myself and keep eating crap and keep getting bigger and lazier, or I could do something about it!" Seeing them holding hands and being happy made me want to make myself better. Plus, I want to look HOT for when Aaron does come home. Like I said, it's all mental.

27 minutes
230 calories

10 mins
100 calories
Dancing in my garage to music that makes me happy

My calves are still hurting like crazy on the jumping jacks, butt kicks, and jump rope, but I fought through the pain. I don't know how long this high is going to last, but I feel good right now. And I needed this boost. So thank you everyone. You guys are keeping me accountable and I couldn't feel more happy with myself right now.

Oh, and is it crazy to think I am already seeing some slight results after only 3 days?? That's probably in my head, huh?

30 day shred, day 7: tyly.

I really wish I could workout in the morning every day!!  I love getting it done and having the rest of the day to do as I please.  Plus, the weather was perfect during my walk with Max!

Along with The Shred, I have still been walking Max every day.  I'm happy to announce he has lost almost 5 pounds!!  :-)  He needed to lose some weight, so I'm really happy that both of us are reaping the benefits of healthy activities!

I find it funny that I have woken up with different sore muscles every day.  I have been doing the exact same workout, yet my muscles are all taking turns being sore.  At least they aren't all sore at once!  It's the perfect soreness, though.  Just enough to let me know I'm getting stronger without being completely uncomfortable.  

My endurance is definitely improving.  From day 1 I've never had to stop during the workout, but I'm finding it much easier to complete now.  My push ups are faster and easier, my jumping jacks and jumping rope are at a much faster pace, and I actually kick my butt during butt kicks, rather than just jogging in place.  I'm excited to see what level 2 has in store for me!

Friday, April 24, 2009

30 day shred, day 6: tyly.

Only 4 more days of level 1!  I'm ready to change it up and give level 2 a try.  I have this workout memorized now and roll my eyes every time Jillian says, "I can always use a good chest fly in my life!"  I don't know why that little phrase annoys me when she says it, but it does.  I also hate when she's complimenting that one girl's abs and she's says, "I wish I had abs like these!"  Um, Jillian, take a look in the mirror!  

Despite my griping, I am really glad I started this, and I WILL see it through.  I love that I can get a great workout in such a short amount of time!  There's never a good excuse to not do it, and I really think it's going to make a difference.  My arms are already looking better!

day 41/shred #2: cassandra

Day 2 complete!

27 mins, 219 calories

I'll admit I was being a show-off yesterday and was able to burn way more calories than today. I was tired the whole time today and my calves are doing that weird thing that they were doing at the beginning of the year. Needless to say, the jumping jacks/jump rope was KILLING ME!

I wasn't sore at all yesterday, but I woke up this morning with soreness in my shoulders and pecs. It's a good thing - those muscles hardly ever get worked on.

The best thing about these workouts is that they are over in no time. Let's stick with it!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

30 day shred, day 5: tyly.

Yay!  I'm 1/6th done.  Haha.

I have decided that I'm going to go ahead and stick to my original plan of 10/10/10.  I really think I could handle moving on, but I don't want to be stuck doing the same level 2 or 3 workout for 15+ days because I moved on too quick.  Besides, it's not as though doing the level 1 workout for 5 more days is going to be bad for me.

The last circuit's anterior arm raises with the side lunge kills my wimpy shoulders.  What exercise do you find hardest?  That's definitely the toughest one for me.  The easiest would be the chest flies.  What about you other shredders?  Thoughts?


day 40/shred #1: cassandra

I did it! I got off my butt and worked out. I needed to cleanse. I feel so much better.

I am starting the 30 Day Shred with y'all. I took before pictures this morning...I almost threw up in my mouth a little. That got me super motivated!

The Shred is a lot harder than it looks! WOW! I was sweating like an oinker!

27 mins
253 calories

I feel good, though. I'm ready to "hit it" tomorrow (as Jillian would say). This program better work! I'm tired of looking and feeling this way!!!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

on board: cassandra

I bought The Shred today. You guys inspired me.

I'm thinking about starting it tomorrow. I've been a slug these last three days. I guess I'm just in "blah mood" here lately. I'll get over it.

But yeah, I'm on board. I'll do it with you. Hopefully starting tomorrow :)

30 day shred, day 4: tyly.

After far too much cookie cake today, I really pushed it!  

Cookie cake debacle aside, I don't want to just complete this; I want to push myself and make the most of it.  Sure, I can do all 30 days while taking it easy, but the only person I'd be hurting is myself.  I want to be able to see and feel a difference after the 30 days!

Today I made sure my knee touched the floor during every static lunge, I was deep in every squat, I pushed for extra push-ups, etc.  I really challenged myself, and I'm proud.  My legs hurt more now than they did after day 2, but I know it's because I have been pushing myself more and more each time.  I am going to do level 1 again tomorrow, but I may switch to level 2 on Friday.  If I don't switch on day 5, then I won't do it until day 10.  I'm just weird like that!

I love that the workout is so short, because no matter what circuit you're on, you can always tell yourself, "It's almost over!"  Haha.  :-)

30 day shred, day 3: Sara

I had to cut it short today, unfortunately. The kid woke up. I'm still super sore, so I wasn't too sad about it. (o: Hopefully tomorrow I'll finish the whole thing. I'll try and take the dogs on a long walk tonight if I can. (Poor dogs, hardly any walks since Benji came onto the scene.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'm Alive...kinda: Kelly

I just wanted to let all of you hard-working, hot ladies know that I'm still alive and keeping up with your accomplishments as they happen! Way to go and keep up the good work! :)

I would say that I am willing to join in with ya, but right now I'm just trying my best to eat something during the day. Just in case you don't know, I don't have an eating disorder or anything, I'm just pregnant. Ha. Morning/day sickness is absolutely getting the best of me and it's quite frustrating. So, my biggest goals lately have been trying to eat something worthwhile and keep it down. I LOVE food, but lately, I loathe it...for fear it's going to resurface itself (in an ugly way). One day (hopefully soon) I'll get to feeling strong and good enough to work out again, cuz even preggo ladies should have good fitness!

I'm so proud of you guys! And welcome to the group Sara! :)

30 day shred, day 2: Sara

I didn't get to work out until about 6:30 tonight, since Benji didn't nap this morning. Or at all really. So I came very close to not doing it, for all the regular excuses. Tired, hungry, I just don't want to. But I did it (partly because I knew I would be held accountable here!), and I am SO glad I did. I am very sore from yesterday, but as I worked out my muscles warmed up, and I did more than I did yesterday! I couldn't believe it. I just pushed myself. (Perhaps it's because I had to work out in our bedroom today and had to watch the baby fat jiggle in the mirror. Seriously, I cannot WAIT until I get rid of the rest of that belly.)

Unlike buff Tyly, I think I'll definitely stick with Level 1 for 10 days, and maybe a few more days depending on how I'm doing. So sad. I used to do Turbo Jam (kickboxing) like nobody's business. Ah, well, I'll get back to that level!

30 day shred, day 3: tyly.

I'm really glad I told you all my plan to "shred" for 30 days, because I sure didn't want to today! Day 3, and I'm already wussing out?! Yikes. It's not that it's too hard -- I was just being a bum. But lucky for me, I have all of you to keep me accountable!

I popped in the trusty dvd, and I'm glad I did. I still have the same amount of soreness, but I noticed that *gasp* it wasn't as hard this time! It actually left me wondering if I need to do level 1 for 7 more days. I guess I'll give it a couple more days, and if I don't feel challenged enough, I'll bump it up to level 2. Don't get me wrong; it's no cake walk, but I think my body is adjusting to it.

Like my MySpace and Facebook statuses say: I'm only 27 days away from having a body like Jillian Michaels! HA! :-)


NO change in weight this week! None! Which is kind of crazy because I was weighing 150 all week until this morning (yes, I cheated and checked).

What gives?!

Perhaps I can't afford a high-calorie day? This is so frustrating!

I'll check my body fat % this evening, since it's totally unreliable in the morning.

To say I'm frustrated is an understatement. Hopefully I'm just building muscle. At least that's what I'm going to tell myself. I HAVE been eating a lot of protein...and I did have a pretty stressful/emotional week.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Checking in: Emily

Hey ladies!! It's so great to see you all keeping up with your workouts (and welcome, Sara!).

I've been sticking with my running and I feel great! I completed the Couch to 5K plan and the Texas Round Up 5K is this Saturday. Where does the time go?? I will be ready after I get a few more runs in this week. My last two runs (this week and the ONE I did last week--sad) were rough. Even though I've run for 30 minutes straight before, today I just got so tired and hot and had to walk. I don't think I was hydrated enough.

So, I'm going to run every day this week and get myself nice and ready to run the full time on Saturday. I don't care about my time.

I love being a runner, if I can call myself that. Our new neighborhood will have a running path and I'm so excited! I dream of summer runs in the hot sun, followed by a jump in our community pool.

Keep it up, everyone!

30 day shred, day 2: tyly.

As anticipated, I was a tiny bit sore today. Not sore enough to be uncomfortable, but sore enough to know I worked muscles I don't normally work.

I had a lot to do after school, so after I finished all that, I popped in the dvd. The soreness kicked in a little more, and for the first few minutes I had a harder time than I did yesterday. I think my body was in a state of shock, because I haven't done a tough workout for consecutive days in longer than I'd like to admit. I'm active every day, but I don't take the time to do an actual workout (other than walking the dog 3 miles, but I don't count that). Anyway, after I made it through the initial few minutes, the rest went fairly quickly. There are certain movements that are way harder than others, and I look forward to the ab part when I get to lay on the floor! :-)

30 day shred day 1: sara

I want to die.

And Tyly is right. The jiggle is more than enough motivation. I'm working out in my living room, with no mirror, from now on!

I did have to take a couple of short breaks, mainly because I didn't drink enough water and was lightheaded, but that's all. If I don't see major results after 30 days, I'll be shocked.

I LOVE that this workout is 20 minutes, because sometimes I don't even have that much time with the baby. I think I'll be able to do this every day during his morning nap, unless he's having an off day. On those days I'll put him on a play mat and do the elliptical walker and get back to the shred the next day. I feel so good!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

30 day shred, day 1: tyly.

1 day down, 29 to go!

I'll be surprised if I'm not sore tomorrow, because my arms feel a bit like jello.

It was pretty hard, but not too hard for me to do the entire thing. It was tough enough to scare me about levels 2 and 3, though!

My plan is to do level 1 for 10 days, level 2 for 10 days, then finish with level 3 for 10 days. Anyone else heard of doing it any other way? I'm open to suggestions. I found it motivating to do the workout in my sports bra and shorts. I look good standing still, but when it's time for jumping rope or jumping jacks... uh-oh. The jiggle is great motivation!!!

I really want to try some of the Dancing with the Stars dance dvds. I'm committed to completing The 30 Day Shred, but after that, I'm really wanting to sexy-dance myself into shape! Those ladies are hot! :-)

day 39: cassandra

Well, I did it. I got off the couch, turned the TV off, and went to the gym. My saving grace today was the 2pm class. Otherwise, I would have remained sedentary.

51 minutes
441 calories
Cardio Combo Class

We did a circuit workout -- and it sucked! I was so dang tired! I think it was because yesterday was my "high calorie" day and I was sweating out all that guacamole and tequila...haha.

Oh well, at least it's over. I feel so much better, too. I had a splitting headache all morning/afternoon and half the reason I went to this class was in hopes that it would go away -- and it did!

Now I'm drinking my muscle milk, which is delicious by the way, and have the rest of the day to relax. *Insert pat on the back, please*

bcaa stack and muscle milk: cassandra

I am adding these supplements to my workout routine. I'm pretty excited. I am also talking a multi-vitamin each day along with fiber pills - they work, by the way.

I am going to drink the BCAA Stack while I workout and then have a Muscle Milk after the workout. Yay for muscles!

Who have I become!?

Now if only I could muster enough motivation to actually work out today...I'm so sluggish today!

Anyone wanna share your opinion on working out while you're on your period? TMI? Sorry. But I really am curious how you approach that situation. It seems I have no motivation to get all active with it's that time (as it is right now). Thoughts?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

shred me, jillian!: tyly.

The dvd has been purchased.

I'm going to start tomorrow, and I'll post as I complete each day.

Wish me luck!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

i'm a wuss: tyly.

I have been toying with the idea of doing Jillian's 30 Day Shred.  I have done it once (not the entire program.. just the dvd), but I would like to see what happens when you actually follow it through (and don't quit after once).  I'll get back to you on this!  :-)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

day 38: cassandra

I am so glad tomorrow is a rest day!

Today was pretty easy, though.

460 calories
50ish minutes
Cardio Dance Party

Not much to report other than I am pretty sore from yesterday's Crossfit workout. I am still keeping up with the healthy eating. Three days in a row! That's pretty impressive (well, for me at least).

* Note: There is a carnival currently set up in the huge parking lot of my gym. The smell of popcorn and funnel cakes as you're walking into and out of the gym? EVIL!!!!!! Just evil!!!! *insert angry face here*

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

day 37: cassandra

Today was killer!

300+ calories
Crossfit's Helen Workout and 100 calories on the elliptical

I burned about 194 calories with the Crossfit workout (according to the watch), but I know I burned way more on top of that because my heart rate was through the roof and it took a while to come back down. Then, I did an additional 100 calories on the elliptical afterward. I probably hit close to 500, but I'm speculating/estimating.

This is Day 2 of following the diet plan. So far, so good. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't want some CHOCOLATE right now!

I figure I'll just go "balls to the wall" and drop the weight I want to drop and then I can lessen things a bit in order to maintain that weight. We'll see what happens at next Tuesday's weigh-in. In case you haven't noticed, I am now posting body fat percentage, too. Because I'd be totally happy if I weighed 150, but had a lower body fat percentage. I just want my cute jeans to fit, y'all.

Here's to healthy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

day 36: cassandra

As you can see, I lost a pound! Yesssssss!

I am turning up the healthy-eating to really see some results. I'm tired of feeling so sluggish, so it's game on. I have about two more months until Husband comes home so I figure that's a great time-frame in which to set some goals!

47 minutes
495 calories
Cardio Dance Party

It wasn't the same without ya, Kelly! She has a whole bunch of new dances now, including one to your favorite song, "Right Round." Haha ;)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

gained a pound. oh well.

Yup, gained a pound since last week. I'm no rocket scientist but I'm thinking it's because I've eaten pasta every night for dinner and Easter candy throughout the day - everyday. Oh yeah, and I only worked out twice. Hmm....I'm thinkin' that's probably why!

I didn't work out today because I had no time and my legs are KILLING ME from yesterday's 600 feet of walking lunges. I mean, I am in PAIN! There are muscles hurting in my legs/thighs/butt that I didn't even know I had!

Oh well, there's always tomorrow. I'll try to cut back on the pasta intake, too, but I doubt it. Haha.

Monday, April 6, 2009

day 41: Kelly

1 mile run/walk on outdoor trail through the woods
Weight training

Hubby & I both went to the gym together today. He got off work around 3 and we decided it would be a good idea. It was. Although we are both quite out of shape, it was nice to work out and feel sweaty. It's always easier to make yourself do stuff when you have a partner in crime. Yay for us getting our money's worth.

day 35: cassandra

Crossfit WOD plus a half-mile sprint/jog = 223 calories burned*

*Crossfit is anaerobic and works your muscles big-time, so I'm pretty sure I burned more than what the watch accounted for and will probably burn more throughout the day as my poor legs recuperate!

Here's the workout: (I subbed the pull-ups for push-ups because I'm weak!)

Walking lunge 100 ft.
21 Pull-ups
21 Sit-ups
Walking lunge 100 ft.
18 Pull-ups
18 Sit-ups
Walking lunge 100 ft.
15 Pull-ups
15 Sit-ups
Walking lunge 100 ft.
12 Pull-ups
12 Sit-ups
Walking lunge 100 ft.
9 Pull-ups
9 Sit-ups
Walking Lunge 100 ft.
6 Pull-ups
6 Sit-ups

That's 600 feet of walking lunges! legs are like Jell-O but I'm glad to be back!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

day 34: cassandra and the toxic wind

*cough cough*
*hack hack*

I just finished a workout from Crossfit Football. The workout was intense, but survive-able. The wind outside?! Not so much!!!

I only worked out a total of 18 minutes and knocked out 142 calories. But hey, it's better than nothing.

Here's the workout I did:
One minute for each round (so, this workout is really only meant to be 7 minutes long; I did it in about 9. Crazy!!) I did this at the high school football field. You run some yards and back, then do some burpees. Sounds easy, huh?

1 - 10 yards and back, 1 burpee
2 - 20 yards and back, 2 burpees
3 - 40 yards and back, 4 burpees
4 - 80 yards and back, 8 burpees (the killer!!!!!)
5- 40 yards and back, 4 burpees
6 - 20 yards and back, 2 burpees
7 - 10 yards and back, 1 burpee

So, the workout was insane, especially towards the middle and my heart rate was through the roof, but I was ok until the effects of the psycho wind hit me! I had wanted to run the bleachers or at least run the track after this workout and I tried...but...I seriously thought I was going to hurl.

I must have done the workout with my mouth open or something, because after it was over, I felt an intense burning in my lungs and throat and then my teeth started hurting and my saliva tasted like blood. WEIRD!!

I attempted to run the track, but I stopped halfway and HAD to get out of that wind. The whole way home I felt incredibly weak and couldn't stop coughing. I've been coughing up mucus and dirt ever since then. Who knew the wind was so toxic?!

Crossfit Football workout: Kick ass.
Working out in the wind: Never again!!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Holy Crap!...Day 40: Kelly

I ACTUALLY did what I said I might do and I went and worked out at the gym today. Yay for me! :)

18:30 minutes on treadmill (run & walk)
Weight-training with machines
Ab-work on the ball
44 minutes
460 calories

I decided that I am no longer going to push myself to and beyond the 500 calories mark. It adds extra stress to my workouts, so I'm stopping that. I think I'm just going to workout until I feel like I am tired, but not completely fatigued. Then I will leave happier and have a higher chance of not being so sore and coming back the next day for another round. I guess I will continue to keep up with my workouts on here, because, well, I'm bored and I might as well. Feel free to jump back in everyone, or at least give an occasional update on your doings! :)

Here's to trying to jump back on the Health Wagon! :)


I, too, hope to get back up on the horse soon. Heck, it might even happen today. I'll keep you posted...;)


Does anyone post here anymore? I am going to start the workouts here soon enough. I hope I'm not the only one!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

day 39: kelly

Cardio Dance Party
627 calories
53 minutes

I feel:
Like a real slacker in working out lately. I don't know why I'm not very motivated, but I'm not. A Coke and chocolate make me oh-so-happy lately...hmmph...who woulda thought?! Thank goodness that the housekeeper came this morning and forced me out of the house, or I would have probably just gotten out of bed not long ago. Sad and disturbing...but what can I say?

I had VERY little energy in the class and that always makes everything even more painful. I don't know why, but it was rough. My knees both decided to get mad at me too and started aching about halfway through. Not much I can do about that I guess. Despite all of the mixed emotions, at least I worked out, right?! ha.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

day 26: tyly.

Workout Summary:
"No Whining" boot camp class

Calories Burned:

I Feel:
Proud of myself for going, because I really didn't want to go out in the cold, rainy weather!

day 38: kelly

12 minutes of basketball with the hubby: 266 calories
55 minutes of circuit weight training in the 'man's gym' hahaha: 602 calories
TOTAL: 868 calories...seriously

I feel:
Happy that both I and my husband both got ourselves dressed and out of the house on a NASTY day outside. It was work, but we both feel good about getting it done. It also makes us want to eat well today, so yay for us. I'm hoping that some weight training will help workout the mess of muscle-soreness I have in my right shoulder and neck. We'll see how it goes.

It was a long time to be at the gym, but it was kinda fun actually. I like feeling stronger. Guess that's it! Gotta go eat my salad & some hot homemade chili...MMMM :).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

day 33: cassandra

Super proud of myself for getting out of my amazingly comfortable bed and hitting the the cold rain! I deserve something for that. I really do.

I could kick myself though for forgetting my heart rate monitor strap thingie!! I had to trust the machines for my calorie count and that totally sucked.

30 mins on treadmill: 235 calories
20 mins on elliptical: 200 calories

I'm gonna go ahead and say I hit my 500 because my heart rate was through the roof once I stepped off that elliptical machine. It took me about 10 minutes to cool down and have it beat normally again.

The treadmill was pretty amazing today. I ran for about 15 straight minutes -- and when I say "ran" I mean that I had it on 5.3 -- but still, that's better than it was 2 months ago when all this started. It's crazy how when you run, it's like you can literally feel the fat just falling off of you. I wish I could love running, but the truth is, I hate every second of it!

I am feeling very accomplished today and proud that I had the discipline to get out of that bed. If you've ever been in my bed, you would understand. :)

I guess I am way motivated this week because I want to break 150 so, so badly. I hope I can do it this week!

day 25: tyly.

Workout Summary:
3 mile walk with Max.

Calories Burned:

I Feel:
Glad that boot camp is on Wednesdays!  I am a bit bored of the walks, and it is pouring here!  Plus, boot camp is a major butt kicking!

day 32: cassandra

The weekly weigh-in proved not too devastating. I didn't gain anything but a few ounces, which is the good news, but I didn't lose anything either -- which is the bad news. Oh well. At least I'm not going backwards.

51 mins
523 calories
Cardio Dance Party

The workouts are getting kind of boring. I need to shake things up. I am thinking about picking up crossfit again...if I have the cajones...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

day 37: kelly

Cardio Dance Party
655 calories
52 minutes

I'm baaaaaack! It felt really good to workout this morning. It was a beautiful day outside, we got up early, and I had a lot of energy to waste (a direct result of my extreme laziness these past couple weeks). I really do like the feeling I get after a's just the getting dressed and getting to the gym thing that's challenging to me. Once I'm there, I'm fabulous. I hope I stick in there.

My knee didn't hurt at all today and I didn't have milk with my cereal which I think helped me not to have a terrible stomach ache like last time. Plus, the leader of the class did all of the fun, high-energy dances and it was great. Way to keep me interested, Krista! :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

days 23 & 24: tyly.

Workout Summary:
3 mile walks with Max.

Calories Burned:
485 & 505.

I Feel:
Like death is knocking at my door!  I have been so sick the last 2 days!  In fact, I am home right now, and I am not one to call in sick, ever.  My alarm went off, and I got up, but right then and there I knew there was no way I could make it through the day.  In fact, after calling in a sub and typing up lesson plans, I slept until after 12:00!  Anyone that knows me knows that I am up by 7:30 on the weekends.  Sleeping late like that isn't me at all.  I would much rather be active at school (especially now that the student is gone) instead of bored at home.  This stinks, but I know being at home to catch up on sleep and rest was the best choice.

To top it off, I weighed 144.6 this morning!!!!  My lowest ever!!!!  Normally I would have been jumping up and down and dancing all over the bathroom, but I barely mustered up a smile.  That's when you know I don't feel well!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

day 36: kelly (for thursday)

Cardio Dance Party
488 calories
54 minutes

It was:
Yucky. I had a stomach ache the whole way through and my knee caught fire about 4 songs in. It was quite miserable to say the least. I've now decided eating Arby's, drinking Dr. Pepper, and taking a vitamin prior to working out is a super-terrible idea. Who woulda thunk? ha.

I've really fallen into a deeeeeep slump with working out lately. My trip to Texas kicked it off and I've remained lazy since. I don't really know what it's going to take to get my workout spirits back up. Maybe a shining beacon of weight loss to come and take over and make up for what hasn't happened yet?! It's frustrating. (But I'm not quitting; I'm better than that.)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

day 22: tyly.

Workout Summary:
The norm: 3 miles with Max.

Calories Burned:

I Feel:
Very happy!  After my griping yesterday, I woke up at 148.0!  Not that I'm weighing myself every day or anything... that would be just obsessive and crazy!  ;-)  My "official" weigh in day is Monday, so we'll see if that number sticks (or goes lower!).  Also, I tried on the bikini last night (first time since the summer), and I was pleased!  Florida here I come!  :-)

PS - I am very proud of the fact that I walked my 3 miles this morning.  Usually Saturdays are pure laziness for me!  The longest walk I usually get in on a Saturday is from my couch to the fridge.  I am actually planning on taking Max again this afternoon/evening, so I may have 2 workouts on a Saturday!  Craziness!  :-)