Workout Wednesdays ~ Feb 3, 2016

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This week was a failed one.  Not only did I fall off the wagon but then it came back and ran me over for a second time.

Last Wednesday night we went out with some friends for dinner and I decided to have a beer…which led to 2 or 3 or

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….let’s say I stopped counting.  So of course the next day I was hungover didn’t feel up to par nor did I feel much like working out.  Beer…it does a body good right?  WRONG.

 

Friday morning I went and worked out but it was a struggle.  Let’s face it…in my 40’s it takes more time to recoup from a night of drinking.  Like days instead of hours.  And it just goes to show that what we fuel our bodies with can make or break how we feel.

Then Saturday my hubby and I decided to go into the city for our Valentine’s Day celebration since this weekend is Super Bowl and he will be working the two weekends after that.  Now mind you, we did A LOT of walking that day…cause we were shopping.  I had reached my goal of 20 pounds gone and treated myself to some new workout clothes, workout shoes, and a pair of jeans 2 sizes smaller.

Then we went to dinner…at the Macaroni Grille…where they have bread, and pasta….and WINE!  And let’s just mention the fried calamari too.

Yep I indulged in IT ALL.

There wasn’t even a to go box.

Or any wine left in the bottle.

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Therefore Sunday I didn’t go to the gym…I moved around pretty much like a sloth…never leaving my pajamas or my bed for that matter…and I watched TV ALL. DAY. LONG.  I can’t remember the last time I watched that much TV.   It was cold and snowing outside after already dumping a bunch of snow on us the day before so needless to say it was a day to be stuck in the house and the perfect day to be a lazy ass do nothing.

But Monday’s were made for getting back on track!  And that’s just what I did! 200.gif I went to the gym in the morning and to Zumba in the evening.  Also hit the grocery store in between which is a workout in itself.

This is one day’s worth of tracking.  Yep I am proud!

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So now I am up against trying to decide if I am going to splurge on Super Bowl Sunday.  My team is playing in case you didn’t know!  Let’s take a vote…do I eat pizza and drink beer or do I stick to my guns and stay on track for the remainder of the month?

And don’t forget that Monday Feb 8 is my #activitytrackerchallenge!  I have a few of you motivated to take me up on it let’s get some more!!!  If you missed the details about it you can read them here.

My results for this week are below.  Even with getting off track I still lost almost a pound…therefore the scale as of this morning says the same as it did last Wednesday!  I am ok with that.  Still shooting for 90,000 in a week.  I WILL GET THERE!

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Now get your ass up and get moving!!!

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 27, 2016

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One month in and 18 pounds lighter and I am finally starting to see some real results.  Biggest being my energy level and the fact that I find it hard to sit still much these days.

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I haven’t been able to get to the gym as much as I wanted this past week due to kiddos being sick and a couple other things throwing off my schedule but I just made sure not to consume as many calories as I do when I am working out harder.

And it’s been 27 days and still going strong without any alcohol. **hopes no one drops by and notices the kids duct taped to the wall**   I have found that even passing the wine section in the grocery store isn’t phasing me anymore…haha yeah right!  Did you actually take me seriously there?  Pffft.  You’re silly.wine grocery store

So I have a little idea in mind that I would like to run across anyone who is currently using a fitness tracker.  I am a competitive person and do weekly challenges with a few friends who have FitBits.  But I thought hey, why not do a little competition between some of my readers or fellow bloggers who have fitness trackers, doesn’t have to be a FitBit, can be any kind of fitness tracker.  Here’s my idea….

It will start on Monday, Feb 8. (That will be the day after Super Bowl when I will be in a self induced food and alcohol coma so you will already have a head start on me)  That gives you a week and a half to decide.  Most fitness trackers have an app or they send you updates with your progress.  Below is an example of what my weekly progress report looks like, that the app sends me via my email, but you can also take a daily screenshot of your results.

FitBit tracker app goals fitness health steps milesI would like to challenge anyone who is interested to do an entire week (feb 8-Feb 14) and see who of us has the most steps or miles at the end of the week.  Each day snap your progress and send it to me either via Twitter(@DomesticMomster) or Facebook so I can keep track of who is winning and post everyone’s progress.  On Monday, Feb 15 send me your final results and I will tally up to see who won.  If you are up for the challenge please leave your twitter handle in the comments, message me on Facebook, or even email me at domesticatedmomster@gmail.com.  Because a little healthy competition never hurt anyone.  You would be surprised at how motivating competing can be.  Are you in?

Last week my friend and I went to our normally scheduled Zumba class and at the end they threw us off by adding chairs to the routine.  It’s called Zumba Sentao.  Next I am just waiting for them to incorporate stripper poles into the program.  I can assure you that no one in my class looked like the girl in the following video.

First of all I could not see anyone wearing high heeled boots in my class.  Especially not me.  I have a hard enough time standing up being coordinated with tennis shoes on.

The following is more the style of what went on in our class…only my instructor, Nora, has about 300 times more energy than this guy.  It is my aspiration to be like Nora…someday.

If any of you have ever thought about trying Zumba I encourage you to check it out on YouTube.  There are so many choices of free ones on there and I am telling you that it is a great cardio workout. Zumba calories fat endurance muscles fitness I get close to 6,000 steps on my fitness tracker in a one hour class.  And when I can’t fit the time into going to the class then I just find one on YouTube to follow. I even had my little monsters doing it with me.

Still not convinced?  Well let me assure you that I used to think I had quite the moves back in the day when I would go dancing at the clubs.  I caught myself in the mirror at Zumba the other day and realized it was the booze I was consuming on those nights that made me think I could dance.  But I still love Zumba.  And I am finding that the more I do it, the more I am getting the moves down.

Today I am going to check out a new class called Cardio Camp.  I have no clue as to what it is but it has the word cardio in it…so I am there!

I am still shooting for my 90,000 steps in one week goal!  I don’t care how long it takes me but I will get it one of these weeks!

Hope to see some of you for the challenge!

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 20, 2016

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We are past the middle of January and I am still in the fitness game!  Can I get a woo hoo! **woo hoo**

Let me just start by saying that I have been feeling so much better lately that it’s almost like I am on some kind of a healthy high. ¬†Or maybe that is what it is. ¬†Fitness euphoria.

When I started off at the beginning of the year I weighed myself on Jan 1. And no, I don’t feel like sharing that number with anyone…not even my husband. ¬†Yep that’s right…my husband doesn’t even know my weight. ¬†It’s between me and my scale and the scale isn’t talking.

I actually hate scales, and don’t believe that they should have ever even been invented for the simple fact they can be deceiving and upsetting. ¬†First rule to remember about a scale when working out is that you are gaining muscle and muscle weighs more than fat. ¬†This is why it’s better to measure certain parts of your body with a measuring tape. ¬†I could take a dose of my own advice.

After a week of faithfully going to the gym and eating what I felt like was rabbit food and not having a single drop of alcohol, I then returned to my scale only for it to tell me that I hadn’t lost a single pound. ¬†A SINGLE F*CKING POUND!

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For me this was almost discouraging enough that I was about to say forget this…throw in the towel…and just eat and drink what I wanted and exercise when I felt like it. ¬†But something in me decided that quitting wasn’t an option.

So I upped my game a bit. ¬†Started taking my working out a little more serious and cutting out any kind of sugar or junk food. ¬†And believe me…when my son’s birthday party came and went and I didn’t give in to a single slice of pizza or even the smallest piece of cake, I gave myself a huge pat on the back and went on about drinking my spinach and cucumber smoothie.

This past Sunday when my Denver Broncos decided to wait until the last 5 minutes of the game to pull their shit together and I wanted an ice cold beer to calm my nerves …I refrained and drank sparkling water with lime and hit the gym instead.

I decided it was time for the scale and I to have another round at it. ¬†So onto it I went yesterday morning and I am ecstatic, blissful, delighted and even rapturous ¬†to say that I am down 15 pounds! 15 POUNDS! ¬†That’s a 10 and 5 pound bag of potatoes! ¬†Gone.

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It was like my mind just needed to tell my body… “Hey body! Wake up! ¬†We are trying to get rid of some weight here!”

It was a huge motivational movement to say the least. ¬†And makes me want to up my game even more. ¬†So this week I added 5 more pounds to my weight lifting and have been monitoring my calorie intake very closely. ¬†We shall see what’s in store for my next interlude with the scale.

My stats below aren’t as good as mine from last week but I think that’s because I spent most of last Tuesday sitting in a vehicle on a 6 hour round trip to buy lottery tickets. ¬†Kills the “moving around”. ¬†I want to try and push myself to 90,000 steps for this week! ¬†And if I succeed what should I reward myself with?

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Here are a couple of my rewards that are coming up

20 pounds lost = New workout clothes. ¬†The stuff I work out in now, dates back to about the time my Mini Monster B was born…over 6 years ago. ¬†Let’s just say it’s very airy with all the holes in some of my sweat pants.

Feb 7, 2016 ~ Super Bowl Sunday = I will eat and drink what I want for the entire day! ¬†I won’t count a single calorie nor will I be remotely sober. ¬†And I am sure the next day I will complain about how shitty I feel. ¬†This is of course unless my Broncos win the Super Bowl…then regardless of what kind of food and booze hangover I am recovering from…I will be on an ultimate “That’s my f*cking team” high!

3 months of working out = New FitBit. ¬†My FitBit now is the flex and as much as I have enjoyed it…I really want one that keeps track of my heart rate and I just have to glance at it to see my stats rather than opening up the app.

Until next week,

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 6, 2016

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I started working out last year around Halloween time.  Was doing great, even made it through Thanksgiving and still managed to get to the gym after the turkey holiday.

Then December rolled in and it was like “Oh fuck it, let’s just eat all these goodies and wrap the scale in a box and put it under the Christmas tree.”

And boy did I eat the goodies.

I mean seriously…I can’t let all that yummy stuff that my friends slaved to make go to waste…right???

Oh and that cheesecake….I freaking love cheeeeeeesecaaaaaake. ¬†It doesn’t even need a topping.

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So January is here now, and so is the scale, and everyone is busy making their new year resolutions and here is just a little list of mine.

I decided to quit drinking. ¬†Pick your chin up off the floor…you read that correctly…no more wine, beer, vodka…nadda! ¬†Except for rare special occasions. ¬†Like for instance if the Denver Broncos make it to the Super Bowl this year and win…that will be cause for celebration and lots of ingesting of booze alcohol wine….whatever I shall feel like consuming that day. ¬†Let’s go BRONCOS!

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But there will be no more bottles of wine opened while making dinner and finished before bedtime. ¬†No more cocktails when I have had a really rough day and the kids have disintegrated my nerves. ¬†And no more ice-cold beers on date nights with the hubby. ¬†However, there will still be date nights…most likely at the local movie theatre where no alcohol is served.

I know it’s only been 5 days…but so far so good. ¬†My husband of course thinks there is no way that I am going to give up wine. ¬†Therefore, now it’s turned into a challenge. ¬†**thinks about the lovely taste of a good red wine embracing her palette**

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Ah yes back to reality…I’ve been challenged.

The gym. ¬†The gym will be somewhere I am going to be visiting daily…on Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be twice a day as I am going to take up a Zumba class with my lovely “let’s hope we don’t die laughing or fall on our faces” partner Heather. ¬†I don’t do well with aerobic classes in the fact that I hate repetition, but I have heard a lot of good stuff about Zumba so I gave it a shot…

There was a lot of hip thrusting…dance moves…and me huffing and puffing watching the clock. ¬†Rhythm is also helpful in a Zumba class as every move is to the beat of music.

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There were also these little two-pound weight shaker objects that when you first pick them up you think “oh this is like nothing”. But after swinging them around in the air for an hour they feel like 50 pound weights. ¬†Or maybe I’m just really out of shape. ¬†I remember going to the clubs in my 20’s and 30’s and dancing my ass off and not skipping a beat or breaking a sweat but that was because there was large amounts of alcohol in my body which we all know gives you the energy of a 2-year-old.

All in all I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the Zumba class and highly recommend anyone that has contemplated going to do so. ¬†The part I mentioned about rhythm, yes…it’s good to have but there were plenty of people who didn’t have any and were still there trying. ¬†One lady was like 70 and she was rocking it.

Time to start choosing the right fuel to put in my body.  I ate nothing but crappy food the entire month of December and drank enough booze to open my own bar.  And my body let me know it.

Even getting back to the gym the extra weight I put on makes it that much harder to work out. ¬†Even 5 pounds…just pick up a 5 pound bag of potatoes and imagine yourself carrying all that extra weight around.

I have designated 2016 as my year to fix me. ¬†When you fix yourself first, then you are a better person for those around you. ¬†I will be posting about my progress every Wednesday so stay tuned…

Have you made any goals for 2016?  Let me know in the comments.

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The Types Of People You Will Most Likely Encounter At The Gym

I have recently decided that it is time to get serious about my health.  For one, I went to the doctor and I am borderline diabetic.  Diabetes runs in my family and I had gestational with all 3 of my pregnancies so I am high risk for developing it.  I want to try everything in my power not to.

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So lately after dropping the kids off at school, instead of coming back home and plopping in front of the computer to blog, I have been dragging my ass to hitting the gym.  Now I know I have started this regimen time and time before and then somewhere I get lazy side tracked and I quit going.  Not this time.  It’s time for me to wake up and realize that if I want to be here for the milestones of my children’s lives then I need to stick to a health plan.

Now the gym is such a fun place to people watch.  There are so many various types of individuals.

The slacker.  The one who walks on the treadmill at a very slow speed with no incline.  They stare at the television and pretty much are only there to say that they went to the gym.  They usually have on several layers of clothing so that they sweat and actually look like they had a good workout.

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The beefcake.  He’s the one that struts around with barely anything on, flexing his muscles in the mirror, and constantly staring at himself.  Yo dude! stare at yourself when you get home…you look like a damn freak!  And those veins!  And no I don’t need to pay you to train me to look like you…thank you.

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The gossip girls.  They are just there literally to stand around and chit chat.  Sure they might walk on the treadmill or hop on a bike but they are always talking about “who did this” and “who said that”.  They also usually always have their make-up on perfectly, their hair looking like they just stepped out of the salon, some huge earrings on, some $300 workout outfit, and they never break a sweat.

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The pick up artists.  They have somehow gotten the gym confused with the night club.  Yes I realize that maybe someone would like to meet someone that’s healthy and cares about how they look, but don’t make it obvious by trying to talk to every person of the opposite sex in hopes that you will snag a date.

The creeper.  Usually in male form.  Staring at anything with boobs and a vagina.  They stand staring in the windows of the aerobic classes as if they are invisible…but trust me dude, we SEEūüĎÄ you.  They also always seem to be using every piece of equipment you are using or there every time you turn around.  Try very hard not to make eye contact with them unless it’s to strike a “WTF?” look.

The overachiever.  These are the ones who must use every piece of equipment there is.  Usually sweating all over it and failing to wipe it down after they are done.  They grunt and drop the weights on the floor in order to draw attention to the fact that they are so fabulous at building that physique.  They are usually loud and will talk to anyone within ear distance about how they work out, what they eat, how many calories they burned, etc.

The moms.  They have dropped the kids at school or daycare and show up with sheet rash lines still indented upon their faces.  Usually dressed in whatever yoga pants or sweats that they went to bed in.  They have already had 3 cups of coffee and suddenly realize that they have 2 different shoes on but they don’t care because they are just happy to have time to themselves.

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The trophy wives.  Their kids are grown so they have hours to spend at the gym trying to reverse the hands of time so that their husband doesn’t leave them for the office secretary.  Their bodies don’t have an ounce of flab and their workout clothes fit perfectly.  They look like they just stepped off the set of a Jillian Michaels “30 Day Shred” video.

The wanderers.  They are the ones who wander aimlessly looking at each piece of equipment, intimidated that they aren’t quite sure how to use it.  Afraid that they may fail miserably if they attempt to try to get on it.  They then try to look up said equipment on their cell phone and with no prevail start texting their buddies while sitting on the piece of equipment.  The same piece of equipment that you are waiting to use but they don’t notice because now they are engrossed in a phone conversation with whoever is on the other end of the line.

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What I would rather be doing at the gym…

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Writing Challenge: Day 2

Write about something you look forward to in the next 12 months…

That’s a whole year of things to look forward to. ¬†Do I need to pick just one? ¬†Well that is just impossible so here is a list of ¬†my top 5…

Warmer Weather¬†¬†Right now I am looking forward to the summertime and the fact that we actually have a completed yard this year….with GRASS! ¬†Grass in which my children can enjoy the “slippery when wet” happenings of a large piece of yellow plastic positioned on the lush green landscape. ¬†Yes I am referring to a “Slip ‘N’ Slide“. ¬†Although the invention has come a long way since the days of my fun with it.

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My Little B Man Starting Kindergarten¬† This is a bittersweet moment really. ¬† I still have to remind myself daily that he is now 5 years of age. ¬†And as happy as I am that he will be starting another journey in his life, I am also sad that I can’t slow down the hands of time sometimes and bask more in his full on “toddlerness“.

Getting In Shape¬† I am sure it will take me the next 12 months to successfully get where I want to be. ¬†It’s been a slow going process but I am still on track and now with the faithful enthusiasm of my workout partner, ¬†my motivation will succeed! ¬†I still have those great pair of “before babies” jeans hanging in the closet…staring at me every time I think I want to eat a bag hand full of chips.

VACATION Yes that is all in capital letters. ¬†My husband and I haven’t had an overnighter…alone…together…since our friends wedding in August of 2012. ¬†Wow…typing it…really puts it in perspective. ¬†Date nights are great but we are in desperate need of a night full of drunken stupidity including…an uninterrupted dinner, at a quiet table for two, in the dark corner of a restaurant, with a “not so cheap” bottle (or 3) of wine, a visit to the strip club, a hotel room with only one bed, pay-per-view porn, whip cream, nipple clamps, lots of shenanigans between the sheets without worrying about the bedroom door not staying locked, and the ability to sleep until our eyes “want” to open instead of being slapped in the face by several toddlers persistently screaming “I’m hungry!!!”

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A New Vehicle The time has come to replace the “mommy-mobile” with something “cooler”…and I am not referring to air conditioning. ¬†Not that driving a minivan somehow dwindles ¬†my level of awesomeness but the fact that I have to crawl into the back, while consistently hitting my head on something to buckle everyone in, and the fact that it’s not 4WD and we now live in a predominantly 4WD part of the country, makes the minivan useless and impractical to me. ¬†Of course long gone are the days of a 2 seater but I welcome an SUV.

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A year is a long time…full of many changes and a “bigger” list then 5, of things to look forward to. ¬†I cherish every moment of life and remind myself often that “everyday is a gift“.

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