{2016} 5/366


WOD(s): Body Beast Build Shoulders
Food: I think my meals will be a little off today because I had a snack at lunchtime and a snack after my workout. But I think it’ll last me until dinner time.
Thoughts: Glad I got my workout done when I did because, by the time I finished it, Madi had woken from her nap 2 hours early 😬 Glad tomorrow is a rest day. Whether I choose to rest or not is to be seen.


{2016} 4/366


She was trying so hard to lift this 5 pounds

WOD(s): Body Beast Cardio & Abs
Food: This should get interesting. It’s only 2p and I’m craving anything chocolate. Luckily we don’t have much of it in the house, but I think I’m gonna make my chocolate granola to eat this evening as a snack before bed.
Thoughts: Madi was bugging me the whole time I worked out, since I did it in the living room where she was playing. She didn’t like my ignoring her, I guess. But I got it done regardless–I got her interested in her new sensory bin for the last half. By the way, I hate plank stuff–nothing makes me feel weaker 😦

{2016} 3/366


Here's my the-second-I-even-thought-of-making-an-excuse-to-not-work-out-I-made-myself-get-up-and-get-it-done face.

WOD(s): Body Beast Build Back & Bis
Food: So far, I’ve had Lucky Charms for breakfast (again) and three Hershey kisses, but everything else is good, I think……I ended up eating more kisses, but I’m under my calories and age my the servings of veggies.
Thoughts: I had plenty of excuses to not work out today. They were not even that excusable: my chest hurts from Friday, my legs hurt from yesterday, and, between my head cold and my period, I’m exhausted and headache-y. But the second I started thinking about using any one of these pathetic excuses for real, I made myself get up and do it. Nick asked what I was doing and I told him I was working it. He asked why. I told him because I am tired. And he asked why I was working out then. To which I replied that I was working out now because I’d still be tired later and wouldn’t end up doing it then. That’s how our minds are different–he embraces the excuse, no joke.
And I’m not surprised that after my workout, my headache is actually gone. Thank you, endorphins! 😀

{2016} 2/366

imageWOD(s): cleaning the entire goddamn house for 4-5 hours; Body Beast Build Legs
Food: We had friends over for dinner, so I indulged a little on garlic bread and a slutty brownie and an (honestly!) very small helping of some Ben & Jerry’s. Had my strawberry Shakeo while I made lasagna for dinner.
Thoughts: I barely made it to Body Beast today. After running errands around town this morning and cleaning the whole house (which wouldn’t have taken so long, but we put the Christmas stuff away), I honestly had less than an hour to do Body Beast and jump in the shower, because we had friends over for dinner. On top of all that, my head cold is finally starting to go away, but I had a headache half the day. I’m super proud of myself for finding the 40 minutes to do Legs and jump in the shower while the water on the stove came to a boil so I could make some lasagna 🙂 I don’t know if this happened the first time I tried Body Beast a few months ago, but I can’t recall it at all, so I think it’s safe to say this is the first time Leg Day has actually made my legs wobbly before I finished the workout. Oh sure, my legs have been sore plenty of days following Leg Days. But during the workout, not so much. I’d like to think it was because my form was better–which it was, although far from perfect–and the weight was heavier–which it was, even if just by a few pounds. The hardest part about Leg Day for me is the lunges. I can squat and calf-raise all day. But the lunges are hard because my knees are crap. They would be better if my quads were stronger, but it’s hard to get my quads stronger because the knees are so weak–vicious cycle!! Anywho, the workout went great, even if I didn’t get a couple of moves in.

PS–I think I’m going to keep doing my “crappy” pictures. I know it makes everything look a little crappy. But they’re the real pictures with no cropping or filtering–this is real life people! Well, that and the fact that I really don’t care that much about what you think of my pictures. It’s hardly gonna be worth my time–even just a few minutes–to crop and filter and make it look all nice for probably no one to look at.

{2016} 1/366

imageStarted off 2016 OK. I may have had Lucky Charms for breakfast, but the rest of the day was pretty healthy 🙂  Oh, and it’s Day 1 of 366 because it’s a Leap Year this year!

I plan on only weighing myself once a month. I used to do it weekly, but I’m really focusing on practicing what I preach about the whole “weight isn’t the only important thing to worry about when you’re trying to get healthy!” thing. I will only take measurements monthly, too. This way I’m not focusing on those numbers and how few or many units they move up or down. I truly think if you lead a healthy lifestyle–being active and eating right—those numbers will begin to reflect those choices. And, if they don’t, then that is cause for concern, like perhaps a medical issue or something has come up. I want to focus on working out–specifically gaining muscle and running–and eating right–especially fruits and veggies–not on the numbers. Hopefully this works!

Well, here’s my honest to goodness numbers for January 1st, 2016:

  • Weight: 168.9 lbs
  • Thighs: 24″
  • Butt:
  • Hips:
  • Waist:
  • Arm (bicep/tricep):

I’ll be honest, those numbers used to be a lot lower, so I’m not very happy about them. But that’s what they are and there they’ll stay unless I’m healthier again, like I was when they were all lower.

WOD(s): Body Beast Build Chest & Tris
Food: Except for the Lucky Charms for breakfast, the rest of the day was good!
Thoughts: In December, it took me 11 days to do the first 6 days of Body Beast (including the rest day!). I could blame Christmas for it, but there were other days when we weren’t too busy that I could’ve squeezed in a workout. I seriously hate the week between Christmas and New Years. It’s like Christmas is the gateway of “just a treat today”, which actually leads to an entire week of, “Who the hell cares?! I’m gonna live it up and eat whatever I damn well please and on January 1st I’ll start to behave.” Because that totally happened to me. But I kinda went off on a tangent here…The point is, even though it was almost two weeks since I last did Chest & Tris, I already felt stronger.

WOD(s): Body Beast Build Back & Biceps (397 calories) **DAY 3**
Well, at almost 5p, I haven’t had a single sweet (aka Christmas cookie) all day! That’s pretty good! I’ve had fairly healthy stuff today, too. I’m trying…
Thoughts: Only 87 days to go! Not like I’m counting down or anything. But it is nice to see that number go down, even just a day at a time. I still haven’t taken my before pictures/measurements 😕 But I think once I take those, I’m going to stop weighing myself every day. I used to be pretty good at the self-control and just weighed in once a week. But I think I want to wait a few weeks in between right now. Because Body Beast is a strength program, the likelihood that I’ll lose weight isn’t as high as that I’ll lose inches. So I want to only weigh in every so often. Plus, I always tell myself that the number on the scale doesn’t matter or that it’s not the most important thing, but I’ve been doing it every day like it matters. Anyways, wish me luck with that!

On the 18th and 19th I didn’t hold myself accountable to very much. I didn’t workout and I didn’t track my food. I’m sure my calories were around the goal, but not that far over. It’s weird because my appetite has just been pretty absent these last few weeks. Not food aversions, or anything, I just literally didn’t hardly feel hungry. So I would have to make myself eat. And when that’s the case, sometimes it’s just hard for me to muster up the will to make myself something healthier to eat. On the 19th, I hosted a small cookie party with a couple of my sisters, my mom, and my mother-in-law. I didn’t have more cookies than the others–I made sure everyone went home with the same amount of cookies. But that didn’t stop me from snacking on them throughout the day.

 Body Beast Build Chest/Tris (308 calories); 2.23-mile walk (460 calories)
Food: I should’ve eaten more healthy stuff. I had a few hundred calories left, even after accounting for the 3-4 cookies I ate throughout the day.
Thoughts: Nick and I both did Body Beast. Only 89 days left 😕 I got mine out of the way first thing in the morning. He waited until 10p (to paint a picture, we normally go to bed around 10-10:30p…) So I think he kinda half-assed it, but we both also walked over 2 miles when we took Madi and his parents up to the zoo for the Lights Before Christmas. So I’ll let it slide a little. I didn’t feel like I really pushed myself that hard, honestly. Usually when I start a new workout (and it’s been about 3 months since I did any Body Beast, so it’s “new”), I go pretty easy the first time with each workout so I can accustom myself to the moves. I usually start with 10 pounds for anything except legs to see how well I can handle it. But I’m sore today, so clearly I didn’t totally throw in the towel on the effort.

Body Beast Build Legs (467 calories) **DAY 2**
Food: Ashamed…:(
Thoughts: I put in more effort today than I did yesterday, so I’m sure I’ll feel it tomorrow. (Hopefully it’s not too bad because it should be kinda warm again and I’d like to go run if so.) But doing this first thing in the morning has got simply exhausted by 10a. Well, it could also be because we went to bed late and I actually had to get up at 7a today to get Nick ready for work. And I wanted to get it done so I can have all of Madi’s naptime this afternoon to work on a Christmas gift I’m making–cutting it close–but I don’t know how I’m going to make it!