Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wordless Wednesday ~ When Lawnmowers Attack

(Happened Sunday, window replaced yesterday, thankfully11 years of living here. 11 years of parking 5 different vehicles there. 11 years of mowing. Not ever again! LOL)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Fitness Friday ~ Week 2 ~ 6/10/16

In my goal for weightloss/toning and firming, I've checked a couple websites to get an idea of what my recommended calorie intake was and adjusted my FitBit app to reflect that and even checked to see what weight I'm "supposed" to weigh to have sort of a guideline/goal weight.

I read that a good rule of thumb is that your calorie intake should always be less than your calorie output in order to loose weight/fat.

"......keep in mind this general rule of thumb: ladies, don't go below 1200 calories and guys, don't go below 1800 calories a day. Your body burns up most of its daily calories just by keeping your body alive -- even while you're alseep! It needs fuel (calories) to do this."

"An average woman needs to eat about 2000 calories per day to maintain, and 1500 calories to lose one pound of weight per week. An average man needs 2500 calories to maintain, and 2000 to lose one pound of weight per week.

However, this depends on numerous factors. These include age, height, current weight, activity levels, metabolic health and several others."

So, with my "research" I've dropped my Fitbit to register 1500 calories as a goal. I'm inputing what I eat and drink to Fitbit and documenting my exercises as best as I can.

Saturday, June 4th:
Already failed and didn't do Yoga today. Whoops. I DID go shopping for waterproof phone bags tho and did laundry. It's activity at least haha.

Sunday, June 5th:
No Yoga. Again. But we spent 8 hours at an amusement park. Walking, running and swimming. Couldn't document the swimming as Fitbit is unfortunately not waterproof (they should make them waterproof).

Monday, June 6th:
Day 2 of 30 Day Challenge.
30 minutes of Yoga while dodging Zoe and McKayla. Should count for double :-D

Tuesday, June 7th:
Had to work late and by the time I got home and ate, I wasn't feeling much in the way of Yoga. BUT, I did do a little exercise in the form of cleaning.

Wednesday, June 8th:
Sheesh. I'm failing miserably at this Fitness deal and this is just the first week in. :-\

Excuse for today: This week is VBS and yesterday, McKayla asked God into her heart!!! So, tonight was a class showing the parents what the kids had heard and seen and giving us help (If needed) with discussing it with our children and explaining a bit about what baptism meant. Then we needed to eat and then it was time for bed.

Thursday, June 9th:
I didn't think I'd make it to Zumba today b/c clients had a dentist appt and we got back to their house late, which put me behind. After rushing home to change, grab McKayla and stop at the bank, I ended up being about 15 minutes late but I DID IT! About 45 minutes of Zumba (still sweating and fumbling everywhere LOL). Then, we headed to church for a Family Night of Baptism, food, fellowship and 2 hours of chasing McKayla and my niece as they ran from inflatable water slide to the next. I was exhausted by the time I got home at 9pm.

Friday, June 10th:
Once again, no Yoga or any real exercise.

While I'm a little frustrated in myself for not doing Yoga every night, I'm not going to beat myself up or get discouraged. Exercise, of any form, is only half the battle. There needs to be healthy eating in what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat. I'm making a more conscious effort in watching all of that. I'm paying more attention to calorie intake, the amount I eat (which honestly isn't all that much.....I do NOT get my money's worth at all-you-can-eat-buffets) by listening to my body and no matter how good the food tastes, if I'm full, I stop, usually BEFORE I hit that stuffed feeling.

I refuse to drive myself insane. I refuse to get to the point that if I'm not seeing any results, to not get discouraged. I refuse to let ANY of this consume my life. If I consume more calories than I burn, if I gain weight instead of losing, if I don't see a change, I will NOT get discouraged. I will continue and I WILL succeed.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weekly Stats 2016 ~ May 30th - June 5th

I will be posting my Weekly Stats that Fitbit sends me. I'm not expecting anyone to care anything about these posts or any of the others but as most bloggers do, I'm doing this for me to be able to look back on and compare. Bonus if it inspires someone else to achieve a weight loss or activity goal. :-)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fitness Friday ~ A Reboot ~ Week 1 ~ 6/3/16

So as I mentioned in my last post, I've decided to resurrect Monthly Measure and Fitness Friday posts.

So here's my first entry. I won't blame you if you skip this and any other MM or FF posts b/c I'm just talking about what I've accomplished, but this time I'll be adding in screenshot stats from my Fitbit Charge HR. :-D

Wednesday afternoon June 1st:
Co-worker and I checked out a gym and fell in love with all the equipment and everything they offer. I'm pretty sure we're going to join but it'll be next payday before we do. Bonus is that when I DO join, the package I'm getting allows me to bring a guest free of charge and they get all the benefits that I'll get. Hello spouse workout evenings! Haha

Wednesday night June 1st:
I attempted to do Yoga. I say "attempt" b/c somewhere between the last time I did Yoga (almost 2 years ago...oops) and Wednesday, my disk got cracked. It played about the first 30-45 minutes of the workout just fine but the last bit was me pretty much doing what I could vaguely remember. :-\ All in all, it was about an hours worth of workout.

Thursday afternoon/evening June 2nd:
Co-worker and I headed to Zumba. And we had a BLAST!! We laughed and huffed and puffed together. We tripped over our feet and shook our booties. LOL We worked at it for an hour and we were completely exhausted, sweaty and sore but felt like we'd accomplished so much. We'll DEFINITELY be going back!

Friday (err, today) June 3rd:
Tried new Yoga video. Whipped my butt. But that's the goal, right? LOL I actually ended up doing two videos for an hour total. I found one beginners video that was about 23 minutes long and then a 30 day Challenge that was 30 minutes long. I plan on doing the 30 day challenge but not going to stress myself out if I skip days.

So there's my first week into getting back in shape/losing weight. I'm really liking the idea of being able to screen shot my Fitbit stats to look back on and see any changes there may be. It also gives me another thing to be 'held accountable' to, as I can see when I've accomplished something or been a lazy lug.

So between gym a few times a week (time allowing), Yoga the other nights, Zumba at least once a week and let's face, probably absolutely nothing on the weekends LOL, I should start to see improvement. Cross your fingers? :-)

* Just for my notations, the "active minutes" doesn't register Yoga since there's not a lot of hand movement. I CAN automatically track exercise but only running, walking or hiking. Other activities, I have to manually key in the time and distance and then it calculates the calories burned.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Monthly Measure ~ A Reboot ~ 6/1/16

There for awhile, I was doing really well with measuring, weighing and exercising, documenting my progress with Monthly Measure and Fitness Friday posts and then it..........just.........kinda........fizzled.......out.

Well, after the "plus size" remark the other day and weighing myself, I've decided to restart Monthly Measure and Fitness Friday.

Lucky you. LOL (I don't expect anyone to look forward or even enjoy my MM or FF posts but I'm doing it for me to have a record to look back on.)

A co-worker and I are checking out a gym today that offers membership with unlimited usage of gym equipment starting at $10 PLUS a free personal trainer, all the way up to $20 a month with access to tanning beds, massage tables, massage chairs and all these wonderful gadgets. Then tomorrow, we're checking out a Zumba class a friend of mine teaches at the local Y. And I plan on getting back to doing Yoga again.

I gotta do something. And now that I have someone to answer to, who will go with me and who will make me go, I'm going to do it. I also need Y'ALLS help in keeping me accountable.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Plus Size

I don't share my weight on here b/c frankly it's my business but something happened at Wal*mart today that leads me to want to say something:

I was shopping for clothes and asked a sales lady where the leggings that WEREN'T juniors were, cause, ya know, I'm NOT in juniors at 35 years old and that's all that I could find and she pratically yells across the aisle asking another sales lady where the PLUS SIZE leggings were.

Plus sized?

I'm by no means tiny but I don't see myself as plus sized either. I hate that my size is thought of as plus. What determines plus size? The fact that models are negative size 20? My size, is in fact, AVERAGE size. Yes, average. Meaning the majority of women are my size but yet we're called plus size.

Then someone shares this photo on Facebook.
A beautiful, vibrant woman.

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Do you see what I see?



(That thud you heard was me falling to the floor, incredulous that someone is calling her thick.)

What the hell!

What makes her thick?? B/c she doesn't have a thigh gap?! B/c her ribs aren't showing?? The only thing I see that could possibly be "thick" about her is her hair (thanks FB friend for that laugh!). I see a beautiful woman. I certainly don't see anything "thick" about her.

Do you know what all this being called "thick" and plus size labeling of average sized women does to us? Makes us feel like shit. Makes us feel fat and ugly. We shouldn't be labeling AVERAGE sized woman as plus size. Label us average or majority sized. 

Just about every woman you see on TV, from sitcoms to movies, to commercials, pretty much every woman seen on TV, is thin. Not "thick". And I bet I know why. B/c so many of us have been shamed for not being super model thin, that we don't feel worthy enough to even attempt to audition.

What are we teaching our children?

That if you're not a size 0, you're undesirable?

We need to stop this. We need to stop this body shaming. This ridiculous notion that 'size matters' and determines someones worth.

Listen girls, listen ladies............and this is coming from someone who has suffered with body image issues for years and I'm just now finally one knows what size you wear. NO ONE. No one but you.

And what does it matter what size you wear? It matters naught. 

WE, as women, need to stand up and stop letting the fashion industries belittle us and make us feel fat.

Stop making us feel inferior, unattractive or self conscious and for the love of Pete, don't yell across a store asking where plus sized clothing is!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read about my furry life! I'd love to hear from you! Hope to see you next time. :-)