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6th week of YMCA excersize class in review

English: TAKEN DURING WIKIPEDIA TAKES MUMBAI 1...

English: TAKEN DURING WIKIPEDIA TAKES MUMBAI 1 PHOTOWALK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

When a 24 hour stomach bug hits a family of 5 people, it can take several days for all of us to get over it.  Thankfully, my son didn’t get it, but me and my oldest daughter had it twice.  So this round, it took a week for us all to recover from the most debilitating stomach bug I have ever encountered.  Vomiting, Diarrhea, cramping…it was a bit rough.  So, there was a week long break from working out, and I must say that I sorely missed it!

 

Also a new instructor started this week.  She’s…different.  I like how she’s trying to incorporate her own moves and her own style, so that’s going to take some getting used to.  I don’t like her style: She doesn’t seem like she’s having fun.  She’s high energy, and knows what she’s doing, she’s got a good plan figured out before class starts.  A lot of it might be that she is brand new…not just a new instructor to the YMCA where I go, but she JUST got certified and this is her very first class to teach ever.  So, she’s nervous, and probably doesn’t even know her own style yet.  I’ll give her a few more weeks before making my final decision though ;-P

 

Monday’s HIIT was pretty easy.  I didn’t sweat through my clothes like I usually do, and there was probably just one set where I really got my heart rate up.  Like I said…new instructor…she’ll get there I’m sure.

 

Step on Tuesday I went in planning on only using 1 set of risers.  The new instructor only used 1 set of risers and I noticed that most of the class (whom would usually use 2 sets of risers with the old instructor) also used 1 set.  It was just interesting to note that when the instructor steps it up a notch, so do the students.

 

Slept in on Wednesday, so missed weight lifting 😛

 

Got some new work out gloves specifically for kick boxing Thursdays, and man did it make a difference!  I really felt it in my chest muscles just a few hours later.  I really enjoy slamming my fist into that bag.  Again, picturing a possible assailant and knowing that I could use these techniques to defend myself and protect my children is motivation to really slam that punching bag.

 

In-laws came into town Thursday night and I wasn’t able to make it to the YMCA on Friday morning, which meant I missed HIIT.  I don’t particularly enjoy HIIT, but I know that it is super good on my system, which means that my heart misses it…I miss the work-out that my heart and lungs would get from it.

 

Crazy busy weekend ahead of me, and it’s good to know that I can have the energy to keep up with everything that I need to.  Overall, I am enjoying these daily workouts.  The result that it is having on my body…which as I’ve said before, isn’t my own.  That’s the purpose of working out, to be a good steward of this body that God is loaning me.  Other perks are to live longer, feel better, have more energy, and if the good LORD desires, and easier future pregnancy 🙂

 

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5th week of YMCA excersize class in review

English: YMCA logo (international and USA)

English: YMCA logo (international and USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Monday was a holiday, the YMCA was close for celebration purposes

 

I was a bit upset that I had to take a riser off of my step on Tuesday.  Dealing with some congestion that meant it was difficult to breath.

 

Weight lifting on Wednesday wasn’t anything special.  Tried to push myself, but found that my technique was lacking a bit which meant I didn’t work what I was suppose to be working, and didn’t feel it the next day.

 

I was punching the bags so hard at Thursday’s kick boxing that I got and busted a blister on my knuckle.  It was really fun.  I picture a possible assailant and knowing that I will be able to defend myself if I ever need to (and protect my babies), is a comforting thought and what keeps me motivated to punch and kick as hard as I can.

 

Friday‘s hiit focused a LOT on the saddlebag area of the legs and buttocks…again. It was significantly easier than it has been in the past, but I think that the instructor was also taking it pretty easy on me also.

 

I’m not losing any more weight, and I can’t tell that I’m losing any inches (at least around my waist), so I keep telling myself that it isn’t about those things anyways.  My husband says he can tell a difference.  I have more energy, and I feel happier most days…I can tell that my depression is becoming more manageable.  I think that alone is a perk worth continuing for!

 

Combatting the “Mommy Tummy”

English: Abdominal muscles on a woman's belly.

English: Abdominal muscles on a woman’s belly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

If you’ve ever had a kid, you probably know what I am talking about.  If you’ve experienced multiple pregnancies, then I am sure you’ve experienced what I am talking about.  That little pooch in the front of your midsection that lingers around after you’ve had a baby.  Most of the time it dissipates largely in a few months.  However, in my situation, it never had time to dissipate at all.  I gained a whopping 60 lbs when I was pregnant with my son (Before you judge me, please know that becoming pregnant with him immediately cured me from the lingering threat of anorexia).  When he was three months old, I got pregnant with his sister (We wanted them that close together, I LOVE it).  I managed to only gain 30 lbs when I was pregnant with her (I did lose 20 lbs during the first 24 weeks because I was sick as a dog!).  When she was six months old, however, I found myself pregnant once again.  So, in the three years that I spent being pregnant (Exactly, the month of conception of my oldest, three years later, was the month of birth of my youngest).

 

I never had time to get rid of that pooch before I had to add on to it.  Add to that the scar tissue from one c-section, and a spiderweb of stretchmarks, I felt that my poor stomach would forever look to be 4-6 months pregnant.  Also, because of the timing of my children (don’t forget the major abdominal surgery of the c-section), I suffered from TERRIBLE diastasis recti.  That is a painless separation of your abdominal muscles.  I have spent almost 8 months now working on healing the diastasis recti, and I am actually quite proud to say that I have gone from an almost four finger-width of separation to 1/2 a finger-width of separation.  The secret to THIS is planks, and lots and lots of patience!

 

Working out at the YMCA this past month and working on other areas of my body as well as aerobic excersizing now means that for the first time in almost 5 years, I can accomplish a sit-up.  No more crunches for me!  I’ve still got quite a ways to go to get my stomach back in shape, but I now believe that the idea that your body wont ever be the same after having a baby is just an excuse to not even try (and an excuse to hold off on having children to begin with).  I am still nursing my baby (who will be 18 months old next month), and while I am suspecting some saggy breasts (especially after having 1-2 nursing children for 4 years straight), I know that they don’t have to be saggy forever.  And the added bonus is, by getting rid of my mommy tummy in this way, I am actually in better shape than I was before my mommy tummy even developed!  And I can be more proud of it too, because I’ve actually had to work for it!

 

 

 

4th week of YMCA excersize class in review

Collage of varius Gray's muscle pictures by Mi...

Collage of varius Gray’s muscle pictures by Mikael Häggström (User:Mikael Häggström) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I’ve made it through three weeks of this crazy new work-out routine, and overall, I really look forward to it. I can’t really say that I enjoy doing it, but I am loving these results. My muscles don’t get super sore anymore…at least not on the daily basis that it was before. They are still sore, but not cripplingly so. So, I guess that means that my muscles are learning how to process that lactic acid more (and I suppose my lungs and my heart becoming more efficient in their jobs).

 

Monday’s Hiit just isn’t too challenging. I enjoy it, I get my heart rate up, break a slight sweat, feel a bit of burning in the muscles, but afterwards it’s just over. I re-catch my breath and that’s is. I think that perhaps my heart and lungs are becoming better conditioned to handle this kind of work out at this particular level.

 

Tuesday was step. I was up half of the night Monday with a stomach ailment (I blame bad salad), but sucked it up and went to the aerobics class anyways. About half way through I had to make a bee-line to the bathroom to vomit. It wasn’t pleasurable that’s for sure. I blame the vomiting on the empty stomach and the way that I tend to gulp liquids even while exercising. Thankfully, I was vomiting just water and not any gross bile or food particles. The work-out itself was a bit more challenging than it has been in the past, but I am trying to keep in mind that I wasn’t at the top of my game.

 

Really tried to push myself on Wednesday’s weight lifting, and man can I definitely feel it! I cranked it up 2, and sometimes even 4 pounds heavier then I wanted to say was the heaviest I could do. So, that was 12, 15, and even 20 pounds depending on what we were doing with them. My biceps and triceps continue to scream at me, but I know it was good!

 

Singer sewing machine - 31K32 (detail 1)

Singer sewing machine – 31K32 (detail 1) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Slept in on Thursday which meant missing kick boxing 😛

 

Friday‘s hiit focused a LOT on the saddlebag area of the legs and buttocks. I tried to push myself and managed to keep up to pace with the instructor, so that’s some pretty significant progress.  I think we ended up doing at least three sets of curtsy lunges…whew!

 

Another good week down!  My clothing is starting to fit a little bit better.  Some of my clothing is actually getting too big 😦  Guess it will soon be time for some low-cost wardrobe updates, I’m thinking perhaps a trip to Goodwill and some good use of my sewing machine will be in order!

 

 

 

Week 2 in Review

English: Drops of sweat

English: Drops of sweat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I am starting off this week a bit sore already. Friday‘s Hiit was a killer, and I still haven’t fully recovered from that. Onward I trudge though, trying to keep in mind that this is good for me! I especially love the hour and a half or so that I get without children…After 3.5 years of being around these children 24/7 it is an interesting break and leave me ready to conquer the rest of the crazy day with them!

 

Monday Hiit wasn’t too difficult. It worked out most of the tightness that had built up in my muscles over the weekend but didn’t kill me.

 

Step-2-it on Tuesday left me sweating through my clothes which is a really big deal for me because it takes a lot to make me sweat! Wasn’t a lot of work on my muscles or really my lungs. Just kept me moving which is a plus.

 

I had my first experience with weight lifting on Wednesday. I used some pretty heavy weights (8-10 lbs depending in which muscle group we were working), and low number of reps which I am definitely not used to. Some of the moves were really hard to do, but there wasn’t the familiar burning sensation. I enjoyed the experience and definitely felt it the next day!

 

We slept in on Thursday and I was sad to miss kick boxing.

 

Fridays hiit was sort of low key. Not sure if that means I’m getting used to it, or maybe the instructor kept it simpler.

 

The perpetual soreness that has been lingering since I started is lessening a little more each day. I don’t think that my flexibility is increasing any but I’m definitely getting stronger!

 

Starting weight 158 (I ate a lot of heavy carbs over the weekend)

 

Starting measurement around waist 36

 

Ending weight 155

 

Ending measurement around waist 36

 

 

 

What about running with C25K?

Run!

Run! (Photo credit: steve.garner32)

 

This blog was started as a way for me to keep track of my running stats, and to keep me accountable for the training. I’ve started the c25k running plan a total of six times in my life. I’ve yet it even make it to the third week.

 

The first time, I discovered I was pregnant, and you aren’t suppose to start a work out like that when you just conceived a child, so I had to stop. A year and some odd months later I tried it again. This time it was knee problems. The third time it was shin splints. The fourth time it was my knee and shin splints. A year later (which would be this year), I tried it again. This time it was changing weather (I absolutely despise the cold. Starting a running program in the cold just wouldn’t work for me), and the sixth time my knee acted up again.

 

I’ve heard of a multitude of people having great success using this method for getting in shape and losing weight. I think it’s a great program, however I have just about decided that running is not for me. At least not yet.  I’ve still got to strengthen some muscles and bones that have been inactive for far too long.

 

I try to keep in mind that I recently had three children really close together. That it takes two years to fully recover from said experience. That I really wasn’t physically fit before I got pregnant the first time (I was super thin, but only because I was struggling with anorexia, NOT because I wanted to be thin, but because I had an issue with food). But it’s still discouraging to want to do something and be hindered by a physical ailment.

 

English: running

English: running (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It may seem a petty or a pathetic comparison (after all I can still walk and function properly), but these temporary set-backs make me quite mindful of the physically handicapped. They have to live with being completely unable to perform necessary actions at times, forget about partially completing the fun ones!

 

My solution to this problem: keep trucking on, try a different program! So I’m not a runner, that’s ok. There are other things I can do. And maybe as I get stronger with these other programs, get my heart in shape, develop more muscles…maybe THEN I will be able to run 🙂

 

 

Back after a long time

It has been almost a year since my last post.  Lots has happened in my fitness regime.  Not so much in the exercise department as it is very difficult for me to squeeze in the time (hey, I still have three small children, a house, a husband, and a crochet-business to run).  Plus with only one vehicle it is difficult for me to get away from the kids for any length of time.

 

However I have managed to lose about 20 lbs.  Took me about 4 months to do it.  I did it by going low-carb. Basically, I didn’t eat any breads or dairy.  Lots of water.  It truly is amazing to be able to fit into normal sized clothing again.  I am now in the normal and healthy weight range for my height (the heavy end of it, but I’m still in it!).  I still do low carb, but my weight loss has plateued, which means it’s time to add something else to this lifestyle change.

 

I have also managed to lose about an inch and a half from my belly in the past month just by doing plank excersizes.  Which from my research is the best way to heal diastasis recti (this is a separation of the abdominal muscles, usually occurring in women who have recently been pregnant, after being pregnant for 3 years (with a total of 9 months break between my three children), I had a gap that was four fingers wide.  Six months of hard work with these muscles has left the gap just half of a finger wide!).

 

Tonight, I have plans to get a membership at my local YMCA,

 

Health

Health (Photo credit: Tax Credits)

 

and I am hoping that by doing the classes there, I can continue to get my body into shape.  I am back, and I am eager to be kept accountable for this work 🙂

 

 

 

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