The Biggest Winner Day 14: No more excuses

Today I continued focusing on what I could do instead of what I can’t do and once again I surprised myself (and no I still complaining caloriesdon’t like spin).

I got to the gym extra early today and had a nice warm up on the arc trainer. I’m starting to fall in love with this machine more and more every day when I use to hate it!

After my nice warm up and stretch, Jackson took us up to the track area. That could only mean we were doing some laps. Right I was too!

We started with laps around the track – one jogging and one half sprinting. I pushed myself as hard as I could … I really tried. I’m getting better at jogging for a distance. It’s coming along but I’m still not where I want to be. It bugs me that I can’t run faster. It’s the impact on my knee that bugs me.

After the joy of laps, we returned to the mezzanine area for kettle bell fun! We started with squats presses, then it was deadlifts with a row. Next was a squat curl and then triceps (That one hurt). Next was Jacks. We repeated this sequence but changed out the jacks for another move that is totally escaping my brain right now. The third time around we did a swing. Sorry… brain fart for the night.

After the Kettle Bells, we headed down to my least favorite room in the gym – the SPIN room. UGH! Just the thought of sitting on that seat makes me cringe. I wasn’t going to whine about it though. Actually, I received great comments from Jackson for killing it on the bike today.

I’m trying hard. With the finale of the contest nearing every day, I’m making a real effort to reach my goals. I know Jackson will get me there. It’s just a matter of time.


Switching Roles

This weekend was about switching roles for me. It started on Saturday when I played the role of the “trainer” and took my husband through some of my workouts. I’d like to say he could keep up with me… but well… he couldn’t and that’s ok. I’ve been much better at the exercise than he has because he knows right now the focus is on me. I’m helping though. 

So I put him through a mixture workout of some of my favorite and least favorite things. We started on the ski machine doing a 5 minute warm up. Next we did a quick stretch and then moved to the TRX. I actually hated the TRX when Jackson first introduced me to it but I’ve grown to love it now. Probably because I can do great squats without pain in my knee! 

Matt had never used the TRX and suffice it to say, he was NOT a fan by the end of the workout. After I tortured him with TRX squats, pull ups, push ups, roll outs and bicep curls, we went up to the track. 

On the track, we did a one lap warm up and then 3 more laps carrying 15 pound kettle bells. I’m still not a huge fan of this workout but it’s fairly effective so I decided to do it. After the quick sprints, we went downstairs to a series of weight machines. 

Downstairs I let Matt do his thing. I think he was tired of me bossing him around at this point. I did some leg presses along with some arm work and then I returned to do some cardio on the elliptical while he continued to work on weights. 

I love my husband, but I swear he’s afraid of the cardio equipment. He tells me it’s because of his heel spur, but I think there’s more. I try to push him, but I know his stubbornness will just win out. He’ll come around sooner or later. 

After I completed my cardio, we hit the showers and then headed out to run errands. 

Day 2 of swapping roles was today when I let my daughter play trainer (and for those wondering… she’s only four). I didn’t get a chance to go to the gym since they had short hours and my husband needed to go somewhere, so I made up a workout at home. With my light hand weights in tow (I really need to get new ones), I did 25 bicep curls, 25 weighted jabs, 25 weighted jumping jacks, 5 planks at 24 seconds, 25 seconds, 28 seconds, 30 seconds and 31 seconds, 25 push ups, 10 push ups with my daughter sitting on my back 90 seconds of ski jumps and repeated all but the plants twice. 

So how was my daughter the trainer, well – I had her counting and timing me with a stop watch. Now, for those familiar with how a four year old counts… sometimes they “lose their spot” and for me… well I’m certain I did at least 30-35 of some of the exercises because she simply started over at one. Oh well, I just ran with it. It’s not going to kill me to do a few more (though on a couple it felt like it).

For my daughter, she absolutely loved helping her mom. She’s been the inspiration behind my weight loss and she knows I’m working hard. She was doing some of the exercises with me… and for many she was doing much better than me (hey, she’s only 40 pounds)! It was nice to have the company and I certainly love instilling good habits in her. Since our lifestyle change, I’m committed to making sure she gets at least 30 minutes of some kind of physical activity daily… even if it’s just dancing around the living room.

To date, we’re blessed our daughter has not had any weight problems. If anything, she’s skinny as can be but eats like a horse. I’m thankful for that a hope that it never catches up with her.  

In a little bit of amusing news, my husband just walked into the room (as I’m writing this) to tell me that he had no idea that when I complained I was sore and hurting how much I actually did hurt. I didn’t grill him half as much as Jackson has grilled me or I have pushed myself in the gym and he’s sore and hurting. I guess the next time I whine about lifting a jug of milk because my arms are sore he won’t be so quick to call me lame and a wuss. Though he does remind me frequently that I put myself in this position. I know that… and I’m damn proud of it too! 

Well off to pack my bag for the gym in the morning! Bright and early with my favorite trainer… Jackson! 

The Biggest Winner Day 8: Fun Fridays

Today was probably my favorite day of training with “The Biggest Winner” program (so far) because it was actually a lot of FUN!

We started off on the treadmill again for a brisk warm up. It lasted about 15 minutes at a comfortable walking pace of 3.0 – 3.5 while we increased the incline with each minute to 15. It doesn’t sound like much but when you hit 10, 11, 12 and up – it really starts to hurt and you feel like you’re going to go tumbling off the treadmill.

After our “warm up,” we headed up stairs to the track and mezzanine for a fun little circuit. Now, as many of you know – I just love the “anger management” style exercises so when I saw boxing gloves I really got excited!

Today’s circuit consisted of partners in three locations… with a fun little twist!

Station 1 – hand weights. We did 25 upper cuts, 10 jacks and 25 jabs and repeated until time was up.

Station 2 – Bicycle kicks and twists – 25 of each repeating until time was up.

Station 3 – One person was doing jabs with Jackson while the other did a lap on the track. There was a punching bag halfway around where we had to stop and do 30 punches before coming back.

And then the fun little twist… the “timing” of this exercise was based on the two people boxing. When one returned the other ran. When both returned time was up … so who knows how long we were doing these but boy did it make you encourage the runner!

We did this circuit twice, which took about a half hour and a puddle of sweat from everyone. I actually really enjoyed this. I loved the boxing – I hope we do that more often. However, one of the things that astonished me today was doing the bicycle kicks and twists.

Normally, I can barely do 2 of the kicks before my legs hate me. Today I was blowing through at least 15-20 before having to pause. I also was popping right up for the twists – something that surprised even me and Jackson. He kept praising me for going from one to the other without stopping.

Six months ago I could barely do a sit up and now I’m popping up and down between these two exercises. I’m so proud of myself today. I also ran the whole lap both times on the track – again an accomplishment in itself. It’s little wins like this that make me so incredibly happy to be going through this process.

So after the circuit, we headed down to the gym for what Jackson said would be …. “a little fun.” He was actually right! We had a lot of fun in the last 20 minutes of our session. First we started with a little basketball competition where we paired off trying to out shoot our partner. Shawn won against me because I suck at Basketball but I had a lot of fun trying!

Next the real fun came where in the last 12-15 minutes we played a little 3 on 3. Jackson paired myself, Tianda and John against Shawn, Debbie and Steve. What a trip! We were having a blast chasing each other across the court. I suck at basketball so I tried to just get the ball and give it to my teammates who were much better at shooting than I was.

We were out of breath… beating each other up (friendly) over the ball and really having a great time. I loved every minute of it and my calorie burn was awesome today so I know I had a great workout!

Now that I’m losing the weight, I’m really excited to possibly try sports again. I believe in the past the gym has offered volleyball leagues / games at some point. I hope that comes back soon because I’d love to try. That was one of my favorite sports next to Softball. I’d say I’ll find a pick up softball league but I don’t think my schedule has that kind of time committment, especially if my daughter plays this year.

I’m really looking forward to practicing softball with Bella this summer. I think she’s going to love it. She likes watching her Aunt Sunni play, and Matthew and I both played ball in high school. She must have it in her blood!

Well, our instructions were cardio on the weekend and back on Monday morning. I haven’t figured out when or what I’ll do this weekend for cardio. Since it’ll be frigid cold there’s no going outside so maybe a swim in the pool during Family Time on Saturday or just some quality time on the machines at the gym. Either way, I’ll be burning because Monday is another weight in and I’ve promised myself that I will not gain weight!

The Biggest Winner Day 3: Sqeeze the Butt

Yeah – that actually came out of my trainers mouth today.

So after a very late and interesting night out with coworkers, I slowly crawled out of bed to head to the gym. I, unfortunately, was running a little bit late and my drama queen four-year old was not helping matters this morning as she threw a royal tantrum on the stairs when I told her she could NOT wear her sandals to school and then further irritated me when she spilled BLUE NAIL POLISH on her WHITE dress. Mom is NOT happy.

After rushing through eating, grabbing my lunch (my husband is amazing) and clothes… I headed to the gym but boy was I sluggish today. Once I put my things away, I knew I needed to get started on some kind of machine to get moving and wake up. I jumped on the ski / step machine thingy (I don’t know what it’s called but it’s like skiing with steps). I did about 15 minutes of warm up and another 10 of stretching and then the “fun” commenced.

It started upstairs in our gym with the kettle bells and the track. Thankfully (if you’ve ready my posting from way back from my last training session with Jackson), I knew what was going. Laps with the kettle bells through a circuit. I swear he loves the torture. Jackson put me with weights somewhere between the girls and guys at 15 pounds in each hand (quick math… that’s 30 pounds!!!) while one of the other girls had 8, the other girl had the same and the guys had 20. I guess he thinks highly of me.

First up, two-minute speed walking around the track with the weights. I did this with 40 pounds last time, but this wasn’t much easier. Then it was 2 minute jog – no waits for most of the group. Sadly, my knee kept me from this so it was 2 more minutes speedwalking with the weights (I think I’d rather jog with the knee pain). Today, I was really glad I stopped to buy the gloves last night. Really, really glad!

After a short (30 second) break, it was on to strength training with the kettle bells. We did a series of lunges, figure 8s, swings, and lifts. Those damn things get heavier with each move. In between, we’d do more laps on the track. This repeated for about half an hour. My shoulders are so sore from lugging the kettle bells around the track – at least it’s a reminder I did something today.

For the next 30 minutes, we headed to the gym to use the TRX ropes. I’m NOT a fan of these but I know they’re super effective for training. We started with squats and then bicep curls. Next we did push-ups and rolls. Surprisingly, I didn’t mind it much today but I have horrible form so I need to work on that.

Then to close out the day…. we headed to the stairwell (oh no). 8 half flights of stairs (so 4 flights). Up and down and up and down … and they got slower with each lap.

I thought my entire body hurt yesterday – I was wrong. There were still a few places that could inflict pain… I think they’re all covered now.

Tomorrow is the last day of training for the week. I’m actually really excited. Despite the pain … I know this is an amazing experience and I am so blessed and thankful for being able to do it. I might not do everything perfect, but I’m trying like hell and in the end I know the result will be INCREDIBLE!