Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How Do I Do It?

Hello, Hello!
See...
I've actually managed to pop in here a couple of times lately...
and if I can ever get all my home projects completed and my house put back together...
you might just catch me around here even more! *wink*

But I'm popping in today not for a card or crafty project...
though I promise I'm gonna be getting my craft on soon...
instead it's to answer a couple of questions I had regarding THIS post and what I've been up to the last few months.

A quick photo recap...
this is me May 2013...


and this is me June 1st 2014...


Yes..
it is true.
I am the most UN-photogenic person in the entire world...
I hate being in front of the camera...
much rather be behind it...
but I first met with my trainer on May 1st of this year and that's when I decided I would start having a monthly pic to document how far I have come since I started strength training and toning...
this was taken last Sunday on our way out the door to church.
And yes...
I dress like this for church...
it's ok.
God doesn't care what you're wearing just as long as you show up. *grin*

OK, so...
one of the biggest questions I was asked was how do I do it?
With 4 kids...
one with special needs...
a hubby...
home...
commitments...
how do I find the time?
As mom's we are busy from the time we put our feet on the floor each morning till the time we close our eyes at night and we're doing everything for everyone but ourselves and it's hard to find a moment to go to the bathroom by ourselves much less an hour for exercise!
And I wish I could tell you I found extra hours in the day...
I really wish I could find a few...
but I didn't.
I MAKE the time for me.
That's right...
I said it.
I not only said it...
I DO it!
I finally said that I'm going to be selfish and I'm taking time for myself.
Luckily all my kids are in school and I have the day to myself to get all the things done I need to for our family...
and for completely different reasons than before...
now laundry may not have been washed...
or folded...
or put away.
The dishes may not have been done every night after dinner...
and there's been a lot of quick meals versus nice, sit down dinners...
and with all of this...
hubby isn't upset...
the kids actually have started pitching in and helping out...
YAY!!
But most importantly it took me saying the hardest word in the English language...
"No."
It wasn't so hard to say it for some things...
a little harder to push myself away from the computer and blogging and even harder to get out of my craft space...
but it downright hurt to say that word to my kids when they asked to do something...
or go somewhere...
all I could do was explain to them how I needed to do this for me now so that I could be the mom they want...
the mom they deserve...
in the future.
And luckily they're old enough to understand...
and they could see how hard I was working and trying...
and they cheered me on.
Believe it or not...
kids understand more than we give them credit for...
and now I'm able to say "Yes" much more often and even better...
I actually have the energy and I FEEL like going and doing what they're asking!
I as I told a friend recently...
this was a family effort...
IS a family effort...
because I'm not done yet and still have some goals to reach...
but I couldn't have gotten this far without my incredible, amazing hubby and kids backing and supporting me through all of this...
every step of the way.

But if you are really adamant that you can't find the time...
if you're really crunched and you want maximum gain from a small amount of time...
research and ask your doctor about HIIT.
All it takes is 20 minutes 3 times a week and you can do it with various exercises:
running...
jumping rope...
cycling...
name it.
But it's a 1/2 set...1 minute is all out balls-to-the-wall-like-the-devil-is-on-your-butt.
You give everything you have to give for that one minute...
then take a 2 minute recovery...
then everything for one minute...
2 minute recovery.
Repeat this for 20 minutes and then a 5 minute cool down...
it revs your metabolism and it's effects are supposed to last for 72 hours.
I do mine at the gym on M-W-F on the treadmill after weights...
I'm only up to about 8mph right now for that one minute...
hoping to hit 10mph eventually...
then I recover anywhere from 2.8-3.5mph for 2 minutes.
I adjust my speed depending on where I am in the set because right about halfway through...
I need that recovery desperately.
But if you really don't have a lot of time and can't make the time...
talk to your doctor about HIIT and whether it's right for you.

Another question was diet...
how did I diet and still feed my family?
Did I have to cook 2-3 different meals a night?
The answer is "No."
When my doctor and I first talked about this and if you've been around here before you may know about my food "quirks"...
like how I think divided plates should be mandatory in all restaurants and are one of the the greatest inventions ever...
right there beside air conditioning...
because see...
my food isn't allowed to ever play together.
EVER.
I've never eaten a casserole in my entire life...
nor Chinese...
Mexican.
Just the thought of food mixing together...
I can't even look.
So I have the eating habits of a 3 year old...
and if my doctor had told me I would have to completely change my diet...
well then he could have just told Patrick to go ahead and order my casket because I would have starved before I could have done that.
Literally.
I would have just stopped eating altogether.
It would have been easier to do that than change the eating habits I've had my whole life.
And in addition to me...
we have Hunter...
who has even more food issues than I do...
though with her you can understand.
So I didn't even have to explain everything before my doctor broke in and told me not to change one thing about my diet...
instead...
it's all about portion control and moderation.
Eat what I want...
but control my portions.
And that's what I've done.
I started exercising on November 15th...
I started dieting January 2nd.
But I also had some misinformation and basically lost the month of January as far as dieting went and the beginning of February saw me starting a food journal.
Everyday everything that passed my lips was written down and calories counted.
And from the beginning of February to now...
I've lost a total of almost 35 pds.
I hit a plateau a couple of weeks back and got discouraged because I actually even gained a couple of pds so I made Patrick hide the scale from me...
I was starting to obsess and that's not who I want to be.
I'm so much more than a number and I can even rationalize that those couple of pds were muscle gain because I have been working out and yes...
there are muscles where there used to be flabby things that continued to move after I had stopped so rationally...
muscle gain.
And muscle weighs more than fat...
realistically if I'm building muscle I can expect small weight gains...
but yet I can also expect to be smaller because muscle is also leaner than fat.
It's all good but I still made him hide the scale from me and I'm not sure where he put it which is ok because I've made a few changes to some goals and have decided to focus on strength training and toning more so than weight loss and over the next month...
my goal is to lose just 1 pound.
That means I only have to burn 3500 more calories than I take in over the course of the next month...
because 3500 calories = 1 pound.
Whether you're losing or gaining...
that's what it takes.
Why am I changing the weight goal?
One...to give myself a bit of rest from counting calories...
it's HARD...
and I'm tired and I just want a little break.
That doesn't mean I'm going wild with food...
I'm still watching everything...
but I don't stress the calories as much right now.
Two...I've decided to set a goal to run a marathon.
Giving myself one year to get in shape and build up my endurance for running...
which running burns a lot of calories so I need to adjust my intake a bit and relaxing the calorie counting lets me do that.
But my point is before I got off track...
I didn't change my diet.
I eat everything I always have...
chicken nuggets, fries, hamburgers, pasta...
but I make them at home...
our fries are just cut potatoes and if I have enough time...
I bake them versus frying but if we're rushing...
into the fryer they go!
Our burgers are slightly modified and I'll be glad to share some new favorite recipes if anyone is interested...
but I've mainly tried to cut out processed food as much as possible and instead make healthier home versions...
but I still eat what I want.
I make allowances if I know we may be eating out...
I either workout extra beforehand or I cut other calories for the day...
sometimes a combination of both and sometimes...
I just chalk it up and start over the next day.
But no special pills or powders or diets...
just eating what I've always eaten...
only in moderation.
Let's face it...
if I didn't want to take a BP pill for the rest of my life and that kick started my weight loss/getting active...
why would I want to take a pill to keep me skinny for the rest of my life?
Or drink a powder?
Or eat "special" foods?
I want to enjoy my food...
enjoy my life...
so learning to eat what I love in a healthier way is for me the best way.

I am by far not a diet or fitness expert...
and definitely not a doctor...
just a regular mom trying to figure all this out for myself but please feel free to ask any questions you might have and I'll happily answer them if I can and then you can discuss with your doctor what may be the best course of action for you.
And I can't stress enough that because I'm not a doctor...
remember before beginning any diet and/or exercise routine you really should check with your doctor.

I'm still on this course myself...
and I'm gonna make adjustments as I go along...
change goals...
add new ones...
but I'm gonna finish this.
And we'll see if I meet any of my goals by the one year mark!

Now I'm off for run...
till next time!




8 comments :

  1. Yea for You!!! So proud of you for making yourself a top priority. We can't take care of our family if we don't take care of ourselves.

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  2. Huge congratulations to you, Renee. You are an inspiration to me. And, one HOT mama, if I may say so. You look fantastic, but more importantly, I'm sure you are healthier than you have ever been--ready to dash around town with those amazing kiddos of yours. I am still plugging away, and your post gives me some good pointers as well as a giant dose of inspiration.

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  3. You look great Renee! I have to admit the only picture I have ever had of you in my mind is the bottom picture! Congratulations again! Amazing! All I seem to do is think about loosing weight … its not working. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Look at you sexy lady, Renee you look fantastic and I am so very proud of you for standing up and taking time for you and saying the "N" word NO!! So hard to do! xoxo

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  5. You look amazing!!! Good for you for doing what needs to be done and yay for a fantastic family that is supporting you along the way!!!

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  6. What an inspiring post! I'm so thrilled for (and amazed by) you!

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  7. Congrats to you; you look amazing!!! More important, you are in control of your body and how you move and what you eat.

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  8. You look amazing my friend. I always love reading your posts and this was just jam packed with all kinds of wonderful info. thank you for sharing and you are such an inspiration.

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