Friday, June 28, 2013

The last workout for the week is DONE! Let the rest days begin!!!

I had another fantastic spin class tonight! I tell you, I am really getting addicted to this. I love it. It has helped me in so many ways. I feel stronger, leaner and encouraged that this type of training is really helping me with my knee issues and can perhaps, lead to great things in the future!! 

The only downside to tonight was that I had more trouble with my HRM but it was settled soon after but as a result my numbers are low. 411 calories for the spin, 55 mins....should be more...maybe I am just getting so fit :) AHR - 148, MHR - 178

Post spin was incline intervals on the tread ranging from 6% to 15% and 6.0 to 7.0 kph - 25 mins, 203 calories AHR - 146, MHR - 186 
614 burned for today........I'll take it. 

Saturday and Sunday are rest days for me, then Monday I will be back!!!! I am going to measure again on Monday too. I did take a look today and I have gone down a bit in my measurements, so I am happy! :) 

Schedule as of now for next week. 

Monday - ST circuit plus spin intervals 
Tuesday - Morning spin 
Wednesday - Morning ST then Evening spin 
Thursday - Morning spin 
Friday - Rest 
Saturday - ST and spin intervals 

I hope you all have a truly blessed weekend! Work hard. Stay on track and above all, cherish every moment you are blessed with!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Burn! Burn! Burn!

What a ROCKING spin class this morning! WOW...the energy there was just amazing. I left it all there...everything, I really did give this class 110%. I literally had tears in my eyes the last interval I was pushing it so hard. I was in an incredible zone. I closed my eyes and could see my goals in my mind and it pushed me through to the end. When it was over, I was just so overwhelmed, I was in tears.....tears of joy!!

The instructor this morning was incredible. The energy she brought to the class was incredible. She was saying these things in a drill sergeant and I have no idea what she was saying but WOW was it ever motivating!! Towards the last few intervals she wrote on the board -- PAIN IS TEMPORARY and starting cheering us on til the end. When the class was over I was talking with her and you can see how committed she is to motivating and encouraging everyone. I tell you what, I will be first in line to take her class again. Isn't it awesome when instructors give so much of themselves to help us reach our goals! Amazing... 

Here is the board from our spin class! Love it.... 

The only negative of today was that my HRM was acting up and for the first few minutes it was not reading my HR, then my HR when bonkers -- too high, then back to normal, so my caloric burn is off.....low I think for how hard I pushed. Based off of my RPE I say I was around 500...maybe 550, but my HRM was showing 461 -- so for the sake of numbers ( I am a numbers person) lets just say 500 for today for a 50 min spin with cool down. 

I am super excited about my spin class again tomorrow night then I have to be honest, I cannot wait until the weekend as I am taking a much needed REST!!!! I am going to be one lazy lady this weekend....but when Monday comes around, getting ready....I WILL BE BACK!!! ;) 

Keep pressing on! Blessings and many thanks again for your support!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Over 1,200 calories BURNED today!! I truly gave this day my all.

I am so tried. I am going to try and stay awake as I write this blog! It is 9:13 pm here in Norway and I am ready for BED!! I started off this morning at the gym and found my way in spin class thanks to a friend who was there to give me an added push! I worked hard in the class, then after headed over to the treadmill for some intervals and finally some ST. I worked out for 79 mins this morning and burned 721 calories. 

After the gym, my girl and I headed to a playdate with a friend of mine. We walked to the lake to feed the ducks and on the way back we took the trails back home which included some pretty challenging hills. It was amazing and so very beautiful out there. Using MMR it was about a 3 mile walk. I was not wearing my HRM but from the hills and pace we were walking I say I burned around 150. After our visit, I headed back to the gym for ANOTHER spin class! My friend was leading the class which was motivating and I was a bit late so I had to sit right in the front row. I was nervous as by this time I was SOOOOO tired and my legs felt like lead getting on the bike but fueled by motivation ( and the awesome red energy drink from the gym) I proceeded and made it through 48 mins and burned another 412 calories. 

I came home, fueled my body with an awesome salad with lamb, turkey, cabbage, carrots and cottage cheese along with 1 piece flax bread and PB and a small amount of yogurt. 

I am VERY proud that I gave today my all. Truly, I did all I can now I get to reward myself with some much needed REST before the morning comes and I have another spin class. Oh my.... 

Whatever I am doing is working. The scale is down, I feel amazing ( though tired now) and I am so very encouraged that my journey is back on track!!!!! 

Wishing you all a very successful day! REACH....really reach high today!! You will end the day SOOOO happy that you did :) 

Stats for today...... 

Spin class - 33 mins - 305 calories burned, AHR - 155, MHR - 179 

Incline intervals on the tread followed by ST - 46 mins, AHR, 153, MHR 180 
On the tread - 20 mins@ 6% and 6.0 kph then 5 mins @ 10% and 6.0 kph followed by 5 mins @15% at 6.0 kph and then a final 3 mins @15% at 6.5 kph.....WOW! I had to hold on but it did not matter, I do not think I have ever walked a 15% @ 6.5 before........until now :) 

After the tread I did a circuit of pushups, TRX rows, low rows, band work and crab walks with the bands. 

Afternoon walk - aprox 3 miles from MMR and around 150 calories burned ( not wearing HRM) 

Evening spin class - 48 mins, 412 calories, AHR 150 and MHR 177 

Totals for today - From the gym - 1,133 and with the walk around 1,283!!! Happy ME! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Another successful day. I feel so very encouraged!!

I did it!!! Another amazing day. I worked very hard at the gym tonight with my HIIT intervals and ST. I burned 755 then came home to burn another know me by now, do I ever just stop ;) 

I ate well, took my LACV and I truly feel as if I can do this -- IF and only IF I remain strong and continue to take each meal and each workout at a time. I cannot focus on the bigger picture right now, just this day...the rest will follow. 

I am headed back to the gym tomorrow morning for a spin class and possibility another one in the evening....double spin! 

Thanks again from my heart for ALL the support. Even through all the ups and downs, the weight loss and weight gain you have never lost faith in me and for this, I am forever thankful. 

Have a blessed and beautiful day! Good night from Norway!!! 

Going strong!

I am doing this! Day by day...

I measured today. It wasn't pretty but I need a baseline so I can see how much I can lose over the next 10 days. It is crunch time for me!!! My husband left early this morning for the US and I plan on shocking him when he gets home with my results! Gotta work HARD!

Measurements as of now and how much they have increased since  2011/12...

Chest - 37.5 - up 1.5 inches
Waist - 27 - up 1.5 inches 
Hips - 37.5 - up 3 inches 
Thigh - 18.25 - up 1.25 inches 
Bicep - 10.75 - up a little over an inch 
Calf - 13.75 - up .75 

I know I will not be able to drop my inches totally in 10 days, but my ultimate goal timeframe is by July 20th which is when we leave for the Greek Islands. The scale is bonkers as of late with all my spinning and ST so I need to take measurements to keep me sane :) 

Ok, it starts now! I have 10 days to lean out as much as I can!!! 

Today's plan is a spinning interval set followed by an ST circuit. Food for today is already prepped except for my pumpkin bake. 

I have to say, I am so excited!

To everyone on FB and Spark - thank you SO much for your support!!!! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rise and Shine!

Good morning!!! Here is my juice blend for today...

Beets, cucumber, ginger, lemon, carrot, cabbage and loads of fennel. So good! 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Schedule for this week...

I am doing well, crazy sore from all the workouts this past week but doing well :)

Here is my fitness schedule for this next week. I am also very excited because the next phase of my Greece Goals starts this week on Tuesday through July 5th!! I will be focusing on juicing, blending, lots of fruits and veggies, fish and lean proteins.

Fitness Schedule for this week -

Monday - Yoga Max
Tuesday - AM Spin class followed by an ST circuit.
Wednesday - PM Spin class
Thursday - ST circuit with incline tread intervals
Friday - PM Spin Class
Saturday - ST circuit
Sunday - Rest

MUST STAY STRONG!!! Think Greece :) :) :) 27 days to go!!

Blessings to all. Have a wonderful and sucessful week!

Friday, June 21, 2013

29 more days!!

Monday - ST and incline walk on the tread - DONE!

Tuesday - Morning spin class, 5.5 mile walk, the majority with Kayla in the double croozer with hills and then a quick evening set of ST using the TRX, KB and medicine balls - DONE!

Wednesday - Evening spin class followed by an ST circuit of KB's, MB's, TRX and push ups - DONE! 

Thursday - Pilates Ball Class followed by incline intervals on the tread then a class called Bootylicious - DONE! 

Friday - Evening spin class followed by an ST workout with HIIT intervals - DONE! 

Saturday and Sunday - Relax :) 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Just keep it going.....

Monday - ST and incline walk on the tread - DONE!
Tuesday - Morning spin class, 5.5 mile walk, the majority with Kayla in the double croozer with hills and then a quick evening set of ST using the TRX, KB and medicine balls - DONE!
Wednesday - Evening spin class followed by an ST circuit of KB's, MB's, TRX and push ups - DONE! 

Thursday - Pilates Ball Class followed by incline intervals on the tread then a class called Bootylicious 
Friday - Evening spin class
Saturday - Hoping for a long walk if the weather is good - if not, another spin class
Sunday - Relax :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Weekly schedule

Monday - ST and incline walk on the tread - DONE!
Tuesday - Morning spin class, 5.5 mile walk, the majority with Kayla in the double croozer with hills and then a quick evening set of ST using the TRX, KB and medicine balls - DONE!
Wendesday - Evening spin class
Thursday - ST and core
Friday - Evening spin class
Saturday - Hoping for a long walk if the weather is good - if not, another spin class
Sunday - Relax :)

MUST stay strong ---- 32 days until we head for the Greek islands!! I am getting so very excited :)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Doing well keeping it GREEN!

This was my morning juice blend! I had 3 glasses.....that will wake you up for sure!!! 

I had an awesome spin class last night and I am getting ready to hit the weights this morning! I will have another spin class tonight...very excited!

I am doing well with my nutrition, keeping it green and combining lean proteins with fruits and overall, I feel amazing. 

We will see if tomorrow's weigh in agrees with me :) 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Up and down...

What can I say about my dear friend the scale....

It has been up and down....then up and down again for sometime now. I am still not back to my reset weight, although I am trying my best :) The juicing has been helping but yesterday I ate a bit too much sodium I think and so today the scale was not kind to me at all. My running is on hold as of now due to my knees. On Monday I went to the doctor and I had an MRI on each knee then an X ray as well. I am going to see a new doctor on Monday to see if we can figure out what is going on. I have a sinking feeling that my October marathon is going to be SLOW!!! :) I might need to cut back my training....not sure as of now.

Back to the scale....

I now have 38 days before we leave for Greece! I am getting really excited :) We booked our ferries from the different islands and now comes the time to do research on all the amazing sites to see while we are there!

Today my goals are to be sure and get my PT and stretching in for my knee and to juice and blend like mad :) I ate a great breakfast this morning and I am ready to attack this day and give it my ALL :)

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

Friday, June 07, 2013

Back from Paris and ready to for a new challenge!!

We returned from Paris on Sunday and since then I have been doing very well getting back on track! I was so excited after meeting my reset goal and I have HUGE goals ahead of me this month. I will blog more about our trip on the family site, but it was wonderful visit to one of my favorite cities! It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday and it was a very special trip I will never forget.

On to the next goal!!! In 43 days we are going to the Greek Islands for 2 weeks!!! I am VERY excited. The last time I was in Greece was back in 2006 before my weight loss journey was in full effect. It will be so nice to go back and play on the beaches with my girl and have a beautiful time together, not obsessing about my size or having to cover up to the extreme as I did before.

First goal is to get back to my reset weight that I reached before going to Paris. I gained a few pounds during our visit but nothing major. A few good days of clean eating and juicing, I should be fine. My second goal is to drop an additional 9 lbs before heading to Greece. It will be hard but I know if I set my mind to it, I can reach my goal!!!!

VERY, VERY excited and motivated!!!! Will report back on Monday morning with my weigh in and weekend report!!

Happy Friday All :)