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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday

It's time for this weeks edition of Weigh-In Wednesday.

I have some awesome news for you guys today! My trainer was finally able to do my body fat percentage last Friday and I am down to 29.3%!!!! I know that when I started I was probably in the 37% area, so that is a great thing! I am officially in the healthy range and it feels amazing to type that! 

I also have a very special treat for you guys today! I FINALLY took real progress pictures. It only took me forever, but I finally did it and I can't believe that I am going to post these, but here they are. The pic on the left is from November of 2013 and the one on the right was taken this morning. 

WHOA!!! I see a huge difference and I seriously am shocked. I mean you see it in the way your clothes are fitting and in how you feel, but when you put them side by side like that, holy shit Batman! It's pretty freaking cool!

I also did measurements this morning. I know! Progress pics and measurements all in one day!

As you can see, there is a huge difference in my weight and my measurements!!! Not to mention that I am down 4 lbs from last weeks WIW post. 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Things finally seem to be picking up again which is great. I definitely need to get over the little hurdle that I was having, and I seem to be back on track.

I think a huge part of this has to do with my trainer really pushing me the last few weeks. He has continued to kick my ass every session and the soreness definitely reminds me of that. This past Friday he even did my cardio with me. There is a park across the street from their new studio, so after we were done with my session, he went over with me and we ran intervals at the park. I thought it was very cool of him to do that. He didn't have to, but he did and I really appreciated the extra push because otherwise I probably would have gone home and not done cardio at all. Just being honest. 

Overall it has been a great couple of weeks. My eating has improved. My workouts have improved. My weight has dropped some more and my body fat percentage is still going down. I have to say that I am super proud of everything that I have accomplished, and I can't wait to see what else I can accomplish with some hard work! 

Thanks for stopping in guys! Have a great day!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday

It's time for Weigh-In Wednesday

I don't have a ton for you guys today for WIW. But I have a few updates. I have been doing really well this week with eating clean and staying on track. I feel a zillion times better when I actually stay on track with my eating and know that what I am putting into my body is good for it. I have also been rocking the amount of water that I have been drinking. Let's just say that I am having to go to the bathroom A LOT! Haha! 

Okay, time for the weight. Last week I was 181.4 and today I am 181.0. A difference of -.4 lbs. Not what I was wanting or expecting, but I am still down technically, so I am not going to complain. I am starting to think that the whole lean muscle thing is starting to work. Who knows! But I can say that it is hard not to see progress when you have gotten so used to seeing progress. 

I just need to keep pushing myself. I will get over this small hurdle at some point and start losing again. And thankfully these next two weeks I am working with my trainer every other day to get my sessions out of the way that he is doing for free. Hopefully that will help push me a little bit more too. And hopefully the weather stays nice because I was able to go out for a run/walk with Louie(the dog) on  Monday and it felt amazing. I am looking forward to more of these. 

Okay, that is all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by and checking in! Have a great hump day everyone!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was full of family, friends and lots of fun. 

Friday afternoon I left work a little early so that I could head down to my personal trainers new studio for a session that we already had scheduled. Once he was done kicking my ass, I headed home to get ready to go out for the night. 

My friend Megan and a friend of hers from work were going out for dinner and then going Salsa dancing at this Latin nightclub. We thought it would be fun and something different. Dinner was delicious and we had a great time hanging out and talking. After we were done eating, we headed over to the nightclub so that we could catch the last few minutes of the lesson that they were having that night. 

After going through the last 30 minutes of the lesson, we just hung out and danced for a while. Although it was fun, it definitely was not my thing. Hence this tweet.

And not to mention this old sweaty dude would not leave us alone. He kept coming up to us and wanting us to dance with him. I did once and when I realized that dude didn't understand what personal space was, I was done. Ewww! It was just, eww! He finally got the hint and left us alone, but it was annoying as crap. Overall though we had a fun night. We are excited to go out again and go dancing, but we decided that we will just go to Cowboy's next time (a country western bar that is downtown) because we actually know the dances that they do there. 

Saturday I got up and went to the gym for Zumba. I felt like such a traitor pulling up to the gym and going in. If you are confused as to why I felt this way, you can read yesterday's post here and it will explain. After Zumba I went home and snuggled up on the couch for a bit with Louie and watched some TV. It was cold and dreary out and I just wanted to do nothing but lay around. 

Around 3ish I decided to get off the couch and get moving. I got dressed and headed out to go find some new jeans because mine aren't fitting very well. Well that was a complete bust. Apparently I am in between sizes right now and nothing fits. It's annoying. 

I then headed over to my Brother and my SIL's house and met the Hubby there. We decided to hang out and have a movie night. So I made dinner for everyone. A big pot of Chicken Enchilada Soup. We watched Frozen and American Hustle. I freaking loved Frozen. It was so cute! And American Hustle was really good too, but it is definitely a movie that I will have to watch again to fully understand everything that happened. 

I also got all of my snuggles in with my new Nephew. He is so cute and I just can't get over how adorable he is. I love him so much already. And so does everyone else. It was nice to get to spend some time with my family.

Sunday was my usual running around day. Groceries, more jeans shopping, laundry, cleaning. Ya know, all the same stuff I do every Sunday. Still no luck finding jeans. I think I am just going to have to wait a few more weeks until I am a few lbs smaller and a few inches smaller. Oh well. Just have to keep working at it I guess. 

That was my weekend. Did you guys do anything fun? 


Monday, March 24, 2014

Things Happen For A Reason

Normally I would have a weekend recap for you guys, but this has been weighing heavy on me all weekend. I just need to get this off my chest, so this of course is the one place that I feel comfortable doing that.

 I have been in a perpetual state of pissed off since Thursday evening.

It all started when I walked into the gym for Zumba on Thursday only to have my personal trainer stop me before I walked into the locker room. He wanted to give me a heads up that he was probably getting fired the next day and just wanted me to know so that I wasn't blind sided by it. And also because he wanted me to know that he wasn't just bailing. I was in shock. I couldn't believe that someone that was so good at their job could get fired. I just couldn't wrap my head around it. And all it did was piss me off.

Long story short, shit apparently hit the fan on Thursday when someone from the gym found a website that him and a friend of his had put together to try and get their own personal training business up and running. I am not sure how they found it, but they did and they weren't happy. They automatically assumed that he was training people outside of the gym and didn't even ask him about it to find out the truth. Instead they didn't allow him to work that day.

After hearing this I was extremely pissed off. I not only felt bad for him, but felt bad for his clients that they cancelled on. It just seemed like bad business, but they apparently didn't care. He told me that he was supposed to go in and talk with them the next morning(Friday) and that he would let me know after his meeting what was going on.

Friday morning rolls around and I get a text from him letting me know that he is no longer working at the gym. I'm not going to get into all the details of everything that went down because I wasn't there, but from what he did tell me, it wasn't good. And what the gym did was just wrong.

I am pissed for multiple reasons. First, because they didn't even talk to him first. They just assumed that since he had a website set up that he was automatically guilty. Second, there was no non-compete clause in his employment agreement/contract, so technically they had no right to terminate him for this. Unfortunately, Colorado is an at will state so they can terminate you for any reason they want. Third, I still had seven sessions with him that I had already paid for and was now not going to be able to use. My only options were to start training with another trainer or just lose out on my sessions and the money that I have already paid. And at this point, I am not about to start over with a new trainer. I have come so far with his help. He knows where I am at in this whole process. He knows what I am capable of and I don't feel that training with someone else would be beneficial to what I am trying to do right now.

I think above all the main reason that I am so pissed about this situation is that I feel like the gym itself did a really shitty thing. The way that they treated him pushed me over the edge to the point that I am not even sure that I want to be a member anymore. I know that seems kind of extreme, but if you knew my trainer like I do, you would understand why I feel this way. He is seriously one of the nicest, hardest working and most positive people I know. And he was treated like absolute crap. I have known this guy for five months and at this point I consider him to be my friend as well, so just knowing how he was treated by the place that I am paying to go workout every day, it just feels wrong even going there. I mean I went to the gym for Zumba on Saturday and even just pulling up to the place made me even more pissed off at the whole situation.

I am the type of person that if you do something to my family and friends, I get very protective and well, pissed off. So why would this be any different? Like I said, I consider him to be a friend. So my protective and pissed off mode kicked right in and I just can't seem to shake it.

The crazy part about all of this is that my trainer has been super positive through the whole thing. And has gone above and beyond to make sure that his clients are being taken care of. Before all of this had happened, we had already set up a session for Friday afternoon, so he made sure that I got my session in. We met on Friday afternoon and with barely any equipment, he still kicked my ass! He wasn't planning on starting his own business so quickly, but because of everything that has happened, he has decided to move forward with it. And I am happy that he is. And I will be following him to his new business! That is for sure!

And he is honoring the sessions that I still had left with him, even though I don't agree. I understand why he wants to do this for me, but at the same time I feel like I am taking money from him. I mean this is his job and how he lives. Yeah, I was going to be out some money, but I had already paid for those sessions and that money was already gone. And it isn't like I was counting on that money to help pay my bills. So of course me being who I am, I am going to try and get these session out of the way as quickly as possible so that I can start paying him again.

These last few days have been crazy with all of this going on and trying to figure out what I am going to do gym wise. But I know one thing for sure, things happen for a reason and this was apparently how things were supposed to go down. And who knows, this might actually be for the best. Only time will tell I guess. 


Friday, March 21, 2014

My Latest Obsessions

Happy Friday everyone! I am so glad that it is Friday. I desperately need a few days away from work. 

Here lately I have been completely obsessed with a few things. I thought it would be fun to share what those obsessions are. 

1. Workout Clothes

Oh my gosh I can not get enough workout clothes. I don't know what it is, but I just love them. And I keep finding more and more things that I like. My latest fave is these tanks from Under Armour. I currently have three colors and am getting ready to order more. They are sooooooo comfy! 

2. Bluetooth Feature

My new car has this awesome Bluetooth feature. Anytime that I get in the car my phone automatically pairs with the Bluetooth and all of my phone calls automatically become hands free. Not to mention that I can play my music on my phone directly through the radio using this feature too. I love it. It is seriously the most convenient and useful feature ever!

3. Cosmos Creations Corn

This shiz is amazing!! I can't even begin to tell you how delicious it is. It is baked corn. And the texture and taste closely resemble a buttery Cheeto, but oh my eff! I can not get enough of these lately. It is a great low calorie snack and you get a good amount for your serving! I have been buying this stuff like it is crack. 

4. Peanut Butter

I don't' know what it is about peanut butter lately, but I have been eating it like a crazy person lately too. This is one of my fave peanut butters from a restaurant downtown called P.B. & Jellies. I don't care how old you are, you are never too old for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Never! 

5. Recipes

Like I told you guys, I recently discovered and I am obsessed. I am on there daily looking for different recipes. I probably have 20+ recipes printed off from that website that I am waiting to try. I can't wait. They all look so delicious

And last but definitely not least...
6. My Nephew

This is my favorite picture so far. This is my youngest Niece, Rylei, holding her new little brother Hunter. Soo freaking cute! I just love this little guy! And I love my family! 

And those are my latest obsessions. Hope you guys have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hunter Logan

Tuesday, March 18th was an amazing day. We finally got to welcome my new Nephew, Hunter Logan into our family!

Hunter was born at 2:20 pm and weighed 8 lbs and 2 oz and was 19 inches long. 

We are all so excited that he is finally here! And my Brother's little family finally feels complete. 

I am not going to lie, I spent most of the rest of the day holding and snuggling this little guy any chance that I got. 

And I loved getting to see everyone else meet him for the first time. Especially Uncle Aran. 

Welcome to the family Hunter. We are so happy that you are finally here! And I can't even begin to tell you how much I already love you and how much the rest of your family is already in love with you. I can't wait to watch you grow and thrive. And I can't wait to see the relationships that you form with your Sisters and with your Mom and Dad and the rest of the family. 

Welcome to the world little man! 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday

Good morning everyone! Happy Hump Day! It's time for Weigh-In Wednesday!

This past week has been a zillion times better than the previous week. I finally got back into my routine after being laid up for a few days with the whole wisdom teeth ordeal. I got back into the gym and worked my butt off. And it felt AMAZING!!  I think I can officially say that I am addicted to working out. I don't like going more than one or two days without doing anything. And I actually enjoy the way that I feel when I am done with a great workout. Yeah, I just realized I am a gym rat, haha! 

Although this week has been a great week with getting back on track, it has also presented a new challenge for me. My trainer wants me to put on 2-3 lbs of lean muscle so that I am burning extra calories. I am supposed to achieve this by upping the amount of weight I am doing while lowering my reps. I have been doing this since before I had my wisdom teeth pulled. The problem with this is that there is a possibility that I may not lose any weight for a few weeks. I am struggling with this whole idea. I get why he wants me to do it, because it will eventually help me in the long run, but at the same time I don't want to stay the same for a few weeks. 

My mindset is that I should be losing weight, not staying the same. And I stayed the same last week, and that was hard for me to not see any progress. So I am really struggling with this whole concept. I am giving it a go, but it isn't easy. But the weird things is that I am still losing. So I am worried that I am actually not doing it right. Who knows. I am probably just stressing about this for nothing. 

Last week I started a new weight loss challenge group. I actually ended up winning the last one I was in. Which was awesome! I won $90 and took the money and got my hair done. I felt like I deserved it. But so far the challenge is going well. The points system is set up a little differently this time, so it should be interesting to see how this one goes. I hope I can win this one too! That would be awesome!

Okay, now for my progress report. I am happy to report that I am down 2.6 lbs from last week! My weight as of this morning was 181.4! I can not believe how close I am to being in the 170's. I am that much closer to getting to my goal weight. I still have a ways to go, but I am getting closer with each day. 

And the encouragement that I have been receiving from people lately is just amazing. I specifically want to say thank you to Britt and K and my trainer. You guys have been such great supporters for me lately. Crazy enough, K and my trainer both made identical comments to me the other day when I was talking about how I was struggling with not seeing any progress. They both reminded me that my first goal was to get under 200 lbs and they both reminded me that I blew through that goal and have now lost almost another 20 lbs! And it made me realize that I have some great people in my corner. So thank you for always supporting me. And thank you to those that I didn't specifically mention. There are a lot of you that have been supporting me since day one, whether it be in real life or in blog land, but please know that I really appreciate everyone's support and encouragement. 

That is all I have for today's WIW post. Thanks for stopping by and checking on my progress! Have a great day everyone!