Day 1, I slid that Total Synergistics DVD into the player and watched it as I laced up, had my E&E for that bit of extra UMPH, and stared with my jaw open just a little. Catching flies, my Grandmother would say. Yup, Tony Horton knows how to PUSH you, he knows fitness…and yet, he DOESN’T ask you to do anything that you are truly INCAPABLE of doing – only that you haven’t figured out how to accomplish YET! I backed up the DVD and turned on my HRM (Heart Rate Monitor), before I chickened out; certain I’d lost my mind but I was hellbent on SUCCESS. It was this or fail and remain fat, unhappy, and in pain. Failure by default was not an option!
This sounds about right. It is still hard for me to believe that this time last year I COULD NOT MOVE! Really. My physical therapist was slowly working to release a pinched sciatic nerve and just standing was difficult. She would work to manually MOVE the vertebras in my spinal column. It was so disheartening because I had recently made progress in my weight loss journey only to have it sabotaged by an inability to move. This was not some bad knee or busted ankle, this was right at my CORE. The part of your spine that determines if you can support your weight or even propel your leg forward. I sunk into depression and ate junky food like coke and chips (as well as my healthy food when someone would cook for me) and did not move. (Definitely not the best move for someone with #PCOS or pre #diabetes.)
Because I shared my 21 Day Fix program results yesterday, I felt it was only fair to share my journey results today. The images on the top are June 11, 2013. Day one of Les Mills Combat, after I was released from remedial physical therapy to begin exercising. This journey has involved a lot of dedication, especially as I saw the scale move down and then back UP again. It is only the pictures and the measurements (and my clothes falling off me) that inspires me to keep going. I’m slow, but I’m steady and I’m building muscle – much of which was lost when I pinched my sciatic nerve in March 2013. I’m happy to say I am at that point where I am consistently surprised at what my body can do now. It’s a good place to be!
Weightloss Stats: -6.9% body fat, -23.5 in, -12lbs, 4+ sizes
Up next is the Brazil Butt Lift Summer Slimdown Challenge! I look forward to being swimsuit ready this year and rocking it by the end of the summer. Sometimes I WISH we could *target* the trouble areas, but weight loss and body toning just isn’t like that. Ibut if I could…. that nastiness around the middle where abs are supposed to be would be on the top of my list!
After my REST day (where I decided to move the furniture in my living room and home office, but that’s not important) I was still not feeling 100%… not like I was sick, but more like I was just worn out. Like my muscles were still stiff and sore. Like I needed another day of recovery. So, I chose to have an active recovery day today. Today I had an easy, office work day where I sat at the computer for most of the time, sipped coffee and Shakeology, and caught up on foodie articles. (and if you haven’t seen some of the GMO stuff hitting the headlines, you really should take a look). After rocking my baby to sleep for her nap, I popped in my favorite yoga DVD, Dynamic Flow Yoga by Chalene Johnson. This DVD is part of the Chalean Extreme Upgrade, and if you haven’t scooped it up, you really should. This disc gets so much play, I am going to have to ask for a replacement soon!
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DAY 42 of P90X3 Classic
X3 Dynamix was so much harder today! I think my muscles were too stiff from the cold weather. I’m sure that means I really needed to do it. My abs and core are starting to feel a little more solid. I love my little girl, but her 10.5 lb self sure did stretch the heck out of me! And the sciatic nerve being pinched last March didn’t help either. Working my way towards greatness, one workout at a time!
I’m trying to get to the movies with my kids today, but I am going to grab a shake and hit the treadmill for a little walking/slow jogging while I am still in my workout clothes! The treadmill is my least favorite part … Continue reading
And so my Journey Begins.
I understand that this is a real touchy subject that bit everyone is comfortable talking about in the open. Certainly, there are very few that know how these diseases have affected my life. I tend to be a private person, but I think it is important that people that have been affected by diabetes, pre-diabetes or PCOS reach the understanding that they don’t have to be hindered by it.
Now, let me preface this by saying, I am not a doctor, and I’m not sure that insulin dependent diabetic patients would be able to be free of insulin – but it is possible that the insulin dose may be able to be reduced. Certainly, the lifestyle could be greatly improved. I was never insulin dependent, what I was was insulin resistant. Yup. You read that right. Was. As in past tense.
In 2003, my first child was born after several years (since, lets just say 1999) of having sex with my partner. It took me 4+ years to successfully conceive … Continue reading
THIS IS ME. 26 Days of P90X3. I have a ways to go still, and I’m doing the modifications all the way, but can you see the progress I have made in 26 DAYS?!? I feel good about myself. 5.25 inches and 1 pant size lost in 26 days!
Real Results from 1/3 of the program – IMAGINE what your results will be for the full 90 days?!? Before you start thinking that I am one of those chics that are blessed to drop pounds as soon as they start a fitness regime, let me assure you, I am not. I have PCOS, Insulin Resistance, AND Sciatica. I have to WORK for my accomplishments in baby steps. If this is something you are looking to accomplish, I URGE you to snag up this deal. This is IT!!! This is the LAST DAY to grab … Continue reading