Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1 brown rice cake w/ peanut butter and sliced bananas. 1/2 cup of tofu scramble and one small sweet potato pancake w/ ketchup.

Snack- 1 clementine

4 gumdrops

1 tall pumpkin spice latte w/ soy milk

Snack- 2 plain brown rice cakes

Dinner- brown rice, broccoli, sauteed onions and red bell pepper, 5 meatless meatballs w/ ketchup

Workout Journal:

50 minutes of cardio (Banish Fat Boost Metabolism)

I haven't done this workout in a loooooong time. It was a little challenging but I had to remind myself that I was a marathon runner and I could do it. This workout is different from running on the treadmill of course. There is a lot of jump training and alternating between upper body and lower body movements. These combinations work your heart in a different way.

It felt great though. I look forward to doing some of these exercise DVDs again. I planned on going to the gym but it was raining a lot today and it was really ugly outside. It is also good to alternate cardio workouts so you challenge your body and produce change.


Note: I am going to take measurements and pictures so I can keep track of this next phase of my journey. I will work on that next week. :) I plan to update them every month. I also want to post my realistic goals and when I plan to achieve them.

In order to achieve our goals we must write them down and make plans to get there. We can't reach a destination without a map and clear direction. Education also continues to be key along this journey. I am going to start reading more books and saturating myself with all things healthy and nutrition.

Hello I am back!

I am going to start logging my food and workouts again just to be held accountable. I know that not many people read this blog but it still helps me to post what I am doing so I have something to look at. I like to track my progress as well as have a reference if I don't see any changes in my weight loss.

Looking at what I am eating and when helps to pin point what I am doing wrong and make adjustments when needed. I also like to see how I have evolved along this journey.

I still might change some things about my posts but for now I am just going to start blogging again.

SO HERE I GO...........

Monday-

Food Journal:

Breakfast- brown rice farina w/ banana and pumpkin spice. 2 pieces of Ezekiel toast w/ Earth Balance

Post workout- pinto beans and 3 corn quesadillas w/ daiya cheese and spinach

1 See's candy chocolate (It was a sample I tried while I was at the store buying some Christmas gifts:)

Snack- spicy lentil wrap

Dinner- Tom Yam soup w/ brown rice

a few gum drops

Workout Journal:

45 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training)
It went something like this:
-5 minutes of jogging @ 5.0 mph (warm up)
-Then I upped the intensity by increasing my speed every 2 minutes by 1 until I reached 8 mph.
-Next I ran at 4.5 while I increased my incline by 1 every minute until I reached 10% incline.
-I let my heart rate go back down while I ran at 4.5 mph for about 5 minutes.
-Then I did sprints. I started at 5.0 mph and ran for 1 minute and rested for 30 seconds and increased speed by 1 mph until I got to 7.0 mph. Then I decreased my speed while running 30 seconds and resting 15 seconds until I was back down to 5.0 mph.
-5 minute cool down.
I did about 3.5 miles total.

This workout was definitely an awesome workout. This is an great way to get a calorie burning workout in a small period of time.

After the cardio I did some stretching and resistance training with resistance bands.

I did 2 sets of 15 reps of each:
bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder press, chest press, back rows

1 set of 100 jabs, 100 up cuts, and 30 side bends while using resistance bands

Awesome workout. I love being back in action. :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I am HIS

It is easy at times to get caught up in the images that the world says we must measure up to. We think we must model perfection and walk through our lives as if we were supernatural.

Although we are supernatural (spiritual beings) we can't get caught up in the illusion of thinking that we are anything less than perfect.

Who cares what anyone else thinks of you. Who cares if you have a little jiggle here and there. It is ultimately about you learning to be comfortable with who you are within.

It is okay to want to improve what you see in the mirror but you must realize that it will not make you happy if you don't accept where you are right now.

Being beautiful has nothing to do with what others think or say that you are. You are beautiful because GOD alone created you.

The same God that created the moon and the stars created every curve in your body.

We defile that beauty when we minimize it to a mere superficial entity.

Our bodies are sacred. Our bodies are strong and powerful. We are more than what is seen in the natural. We are God's perfect work.

It is our duty to fulfill His will by keeping His marvelous work in good working order. We must carry ourselves with pride and treat our bodies as if they are the most important thing we have.

We can't be good for anyone else until we are first good to ourselves.

As moms and wives we tend to lend ourselves to others and often lose a sense of our being. One day we realize that we are half the woman we once were because we gave nothing to ourselves in return.

We moved in accordance with the laws of the land but failed to remember that our sacredness was eternal and in much need of attention.

We took care of everyone else BUT ourselves.

I pray that we learn to be a little selfish this upcoming year. That we would learn to love ourselves unconditionally and stand up for what we believe in.

We might meet some resistance but use it to motivate your success. Prove the skeptics wrong by reaching for your FULL potential.

Mediocrity does not breed success....so don't settle. Move relentlessly towards your passion and make no excuses for who you are. You answer to no one but God so go for the gold.

Take account for His goodness. Others are truly inspired by what you can achieve. :)

Much love and peace. :0) Be proud of who you are because He is!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Giving myself some time

I am giving myself some time to recover and regroup before I start to refocus on my new goals. I have some BIG goals and they are going to take some serious discipline.

At one time in my life I didn't think I could do any of it. I guess in my heart I felt hope but my self esteem was so low that I had more doubt than faith.

Accomplishing the marathon really gave me a new spirit of determination that NO ONE can take away from me.

I actually see how hard work, dedication and perseverance pays off and I am so excited to see where this new found glory carries me.

I have more roads to travel and lots of things to learn. Not just about myself but life in general.

Life is so good...so glorious and I am going to run with the vision I have. I am determined to fulfill all that I know I can accomplish.

Words can not describe how amazingly motivated I feel. I never thought I would feel this way.

There were moments when I was so low in my life that I would rather die than get out of bed and face the world.

To think about that time and see how far I have come is so emotional for me.

That is why this journey has been so deep and spiritual to me. It was not just about accomplishing a goal but rather overcoming so many fears and insecurities. It was about rebuilding myself and believing in who I am.

It was about victory and triumph. It was about stomping on depression and anxiety, failure and defeat.

I am so grateful and I can never stop acknowledging that God has been the driving force in my life. To Him I will continually give all the praise and glory.

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My next path along this journey is going to take some time to plan out. I might change the way I blog, eat and exercise so stay tuned. I am looking forward to documenting this next level of fitness and self discovery. I hope to inspire more people to read along and possibly change the way they feel about their health and lifestyle.

Stay tuned because the best is yet to come. :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I FINALLY DID IT!!!!!

Well...........

I DID IT! I ran the Rock N' Roll 1/2 Marathon and it feels great. I am so super proud of myself. It was not a cake walk but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I realized that I am a lot stronger than I thought I was. I was very nervous on the days leading up to the marathon. I kind of underestimated my strength and doubted that I could finish it without stopping.

My goal was not just to do it but to actually finish it without having to stop and walk. I didn't care how long it took me I just wanted to say that I did it.

I wanted to accomplish my goal and not give up.

I can actually say that I finally did it. After 4 years of wishing and hoping I could. I finally did it.

I have learned a lot during this journey. For one I realized that being healthy has nothing to do with the way you look.

You don't have to be skinny or buff to complete a 1/2 marathon or full marathon. You just have to be dedicated, disciplined and conditioned.

I guess I was all of that and more. I had to remember that it was not about me. It was all about God. I was doing it all for Him.

My initial weight loss journey started when I decided to become more disciplined and realized that I was God's Temple. I began to meditate on that and treat my body with sacredness.

Respecting who I am to God is what this has been all about. Looking good and feeling good is just a fruit of it.

So I give God all the glory for all that I have accomplished because I acknowledge that without Him I am nothing. I move, breathe and have my being in Him. His spirit carries me and strengthens me.

I don't have to sacrifice my body to accomplish my goal. I had to discipline my mind and allow God's spirit to strengthen me and power me through the journey.

It is what I call faith. It is what "all things are possible through God" means. It means I am resting in Him. I trust Him and I believe that the God in me will open the door to all possibilities.

I am excited to see what next year will bring. I am going to start training for the full marathon in a month or so. Things are about to get a lot better and I am confident that I will accomplish even more dreams.

I have the vision. I believe I can. Now I must just do and make no excuses.