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Bikini Prep Week 2 Weigh In

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Food wise, this was a good week.  Workout wise… eh.

I did my workouts, wasn’t feeling on top this week.  Felt kind of off at beginning of the week.  That’s probably due to leg day Friday, Bikram Saturday and half marathon (which I still need to write about) Sunday… yikes.  I swapped leg day to Tuesday now, that way I have recovery time for long runs and racing.

This week was also THAT week of the month.  Boo.

So here’s your reminder of where I begin two weeks ago.  Starting weight of 197.5 pounds.

2014_09_06Day1Week 1 brought a 5.5 pound weight loss, bringing me to 192 last week.

And this morning…

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Week 2 Weigh In: 190.5 pounds

Weight Lost: 1.5 pounds (7 pounds total)

I see changes in the hips and stomach mostly.  Honestly, I was thrilled that I lost any weight this week.  I generally retain water weight during period week.  I’m disappointed that I’m not into the 180s as I had hoped. What’s one more week when I’ve waited this long though, right?

Lessons Learned & Highlights of the Week:

  • Leg day needs more recovery time.  I already touched on this.  Friday didn’t work for me, so leg day is now Tuesday.  I really didn’t even think about it being a problem when I looked at the splits.  My trainer was okay with switching it as long as back isn’t trained on the day before or after back since I do deadlifts on both days (conventional one day, stiff-legged the other).  HIIT on Monday was also brutal after last weekend.
  • Meal prepped more for family.  This was so helpful.  Taking the extra time on the weekends to do this really makes my hectic life easier on weekdays.
  • Started drinking tea.  I used to love love love hot chocolate in the cooler weather.  I can’t do the dairy anymore and non-dairy options are too many calories for prep diet.  I am drinking green, black and white teas right now.  I have a few blends.  When I have a craving, I make tea.  Consequently, I’ve drank a lot of tea this week resulting in many bathroom trips.  Arguably, green tea is beneficial for weight-loss as well.
  • A friend from high school came to the gym with me!  Very excited about this.  I posted one day on Facebook my workout hours to give anyone in the area an invitation to workout with me if they wanted help becoming acquainted with the gym.  I have plans to become a personal trainer, but for now I can just offer advice and hopefully ease the intimidation of weight-lifting that most women feel.  Hope she keeps coming back.  My gym needs female lifters.
  • Apples and almonds are still amazing.  (By the way, it’s almost 3 o’clock snack time!)
  • Found a sweet potato recipe that I like.  More about that on my meal prep post.
  • I like to check myself out in the mirrors at the gym.  I probably do this way too much, but I get excited seeing the developing muscles and comparing the changes.  I stop to admire, sometimes making my gym visits too long.  Maybe I’m a little narcissistic now. Ha.  Guess that’s what happens when you start to love and appreciate your body for all the hard work you’ve put into it.

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    My back and shoulder muscles are my favorites.
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This may be weird, but I like my chest too. It’s just getting so lean!

Heading into week 3 then!  Off to do some grocery shopping and anticipating APPLE TIME!

News & More News

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When I am feeling in the dumps about my weight loss and fitness goal, such as this past week, I don’t feel like it’s my place to write about those things.  Kind of why I haven’t written much lately.  I have been in a crappy mood all week.  Halloween is coming, I’ve eaten too much candy and I haven’t felt like working out AT ALL.

Thankfully, I signed up for that Boot Camp, so I know that at least every Thursday for 3 more weeks, I have to get off my butt and WORK.  Although, I have decided that I’ll probably continue going after this class is over, because it’s pretty awesome.  And it helps to keep me honest when I’m feeling too busy or overwhelmed with everything.

This week, we did some partner exercises during class.  Here I am in the front left corner in the green shirt.

I sweat so BAD during class.  If you look pretty after a workout, you are doing it WRONG.

I would definitely recommend checking out Zug Elite Training if you want to get moving.  I think being in a group really helps if you are inexperienced with fitness training or have a hard time self-motivating (like I sometimes do).

Also, this might be a little over share, but maybe other people have had this problem and can help.  Last week after doing sit-ups in class, I noticed some sensitivity on my rear.  I now have a rash on my upper butt crack.  How. Awkward.  It’s like, when going up and down for sit-ups, the friction from my underwear does this, maybe?  My guess, I have cotton underwear and when you exercise, they suggest not wearing anything with high cotton content because of the friction.  So, I think I’ll be buying some new underwear for exercise purposes.  That’s that.

In other news, I have some pretty exciting news.  I’ve decided to start studying to be a certified personal trainer.  I want to know more about training, for myself and for others.  My goal is to take the test by this time next year.  I chose the NASM CPT program.  There are a ton of different programs, but I talked to a few people and did some online research and this is one of the most widely accepted certifications.  I started reading the textbook the other night.  Pretty excited to learn some new things and maybe eventually start helping other people.

Here’s something scary… I read that by 2030 in the United States, 50% of the country will be obese.  FIFTY percent!  1 in 2 people!   Outrageous.  I don’t want to be a part of that statistic and I don’t want half of the people I know to be a part of that either.

Oh and one more thing.  I have an exciting weekend planned.  Alumni Soccer Game Saturday night and a 1-mile mud run called the Dirty Dozen on Sunday that Scott is doing as well.  Yay for plans!