Yep I’ve been sort of at this for nine weeks now!  And since my last post, this is where I’m at.

Since being back on track after the new year I’ve been doing better.   I started back strong the 5th of this month and been doing pretty well.  I ran on the treadmill 4 times that week, but didn’t make it to my classes.  But then this past week I made it to both Tuesday and Saturday class and I mastered the elliptical!!!  Yes, I did it! I would not allow myself to get off it until my 45 minutes were up.  And on Friday I was on it for a whole hour and went for a distance of 5 miles!! Yea me!!!

So far in January I’ve been to the gym 10 out of 18 days.  I had to take today off, I am very sore from yesterday and I did my 6 out of 7 days this week.

I also went a meeting at my gym Friday night.  They are holding a “Biggest Loser” competition.  (At an additional cost of course)  But you get a group class once a week, a challenge day once a week, personal trainers to help and motivate you, t-shirt, 1 30 minute 1-1 training session to get you started, training sheets and logs, weigh-ins once a week and before and after pics.  The winner will get a 1 year membership for free and it runs for 12 weeks.  I’ve been thinking about it.  I’m afraid of not making the weekly challenges which you need to to help build points for your team.  And I’m afraid of not losing weight.    You’re weight loss/gain not only effects you but also the team you’re assigned to.  And I’m also concerned over the cost ($100).  I just put down money for the gym and now that.  But you work with a lot of people and maybe it’s the motivation I need.  I have yet to lose weight!!  With all the visits to the gym this month, I still have yet to lose any weight!!!  And I think (know) it’s my eating.  I just am having issues changing it.

I’m trying, but this is harder than what I thought it would be.  I thought it would be easy.  I’m not doing anything and now I’m at they gym doing a lot.  I should lose something, right?


Okay, I don’t even know what day I’m on anymore!  I fell off the wagon and it rode off without me!! 😦

With having the winter break, and working for a school district, I was off for 2 weeks; you would have thought I would have spent more time at the gym.  Wrong!! I was running around a lot, the kids were sick and we went away to visit our good friends.   I took my stuff with in hopes of running, but it didn’t happen.  So I was definitely going to do it when I got home but the baby got a virus and had a fever of 102+ for 3 days and only wanted me.  So me going anywhere wasn’t going to happen.   And before I knew it break was over and a week and a half passed and I did squat!  (Well I didn’t even do that! hehehe)

So where am I today??

I actually did not put on any weight on my hiatus!!!!  Which I was extremely shocked when I stepped on the scale this Monday.  My measurements haven’t changed either.  Then I think what would have happened if I was working out.  Oh well, can’t think of that, at least I didn’t gain!

Second, I have been at the gym every day this week so far.  I think I do much better in a structured scheduled day than I do on days where I’m just hanging out and ‘I will get there when I get there’.  My schedule is drop kids off at daycare, go to work, go to the gym, pick kids up from daycare, go home.  And as long as I stick to that, I think I’ll be okay.  And I won’t have another two weeks off until next winter break so by then I should be more disciplined!!!

My next big issue I need to tackle is diet, and that is a HUGE issue!!  But I’m not losing nearly as much as I thought I would with how much I am/was going to the gym.  It’s been about 2  months and I’ve only lost 4 pounds and that has a major illness included that helped greatly with that loss.  So I know I need to work on that I just don’t know what, how, when . . . .

So please send all the encouragement you can cause I need all the help I can get!!!!!

Off to the gym I go, again.  I decided to hop on the eliptical again and give it a second chance; that and my knees are killing me!  I tried a different one that is very similar but I forget what it was called.  I faired a little better.  I did it for 7 minutes and 1/2 a mile!  Next time I’m aiming for 10 minutes.  Slowly but surely I’ll get there.  Then I went on to my tried and true, the treadmill.  I varied the running\walking speeds and I played with the incline.  All in all I was on for 39 minutes and 2.47 miles.  Not too bad.  Now, as long as this weather holds out, I am hoping to make it there tomorrow!

Day 27:  I was planning on going to my 7 o’clock class but my hubby didn’t get home until almost 7:30 and the baby was fussy and not feeling well . . . . so another day off, this has got to end!!  I have an appointment with the trainer tomorrow.  So I will have to go!

Day 28: I finally got in!  I saw my trainer for the last time but she was cool with me checking in with her once a week to make sure I’m staying on track.  We do 45 minutes on the treadmill; my knees still killing me.  We did a varied workout.  Different speeds and she played with the incline.  I was so winded by the end!  I did 2.63 miles in the 45 minutes.  I’m planning on going in tomorrow right after work since I have to go to a winter concert for my sister-in-law and won’t have time later.  I’m hoping I’m done with being sick for a while and we can see some real progress!!!

Day 22: It’s my day off.  Good, cause I’m not feeling so hot again!

Day 23: I dragged my self in to see the trainer and she just looked at me and said, “Why are you here?”  We talked a little and she sent me home to rest and relax and advised not to come in until Monday.

Day 24: Ok I offically feel like crap!  And I have plans to make a bunch of Christmas cookies.  I got some done so that was good.

Day 25: Still feel awful and we’re goin tree hunting today.  We finally found a tree and went Christmas lights looking.  But still now gym.

Day 26: Let alone I still have an awful cough and sore throat, the baby was up throwing up last night.  Not a fun night!  So I will pass on today also, but I am really going to try and get in tomorrow for my class.  I am so tired of being sick!!  When will this end???  I am dowm another pound and 1 1/2 inches, so . . . .

I feel so defeated today.  I actually had more time then normal so I could do cardio and weights and I failed my mission.  My knee has been killing me and when I went in today I saw the trainer I’ve been working with.  She asked how I was doing and I mentioned that me knee really hurt.  She told me to hop on the elliptical since it’s easier on the joints.  Well I lasted 5 minutes on that darn thing and gave up!!  I felt awkward and my thighs were burning.  Definitely not the machine for me.  So I went back to my good ol’ treadmill but by then my calves started tightening up.  I tried running but it was way too painful all around.  I stuck to walking and made it 25 minutes before I quit.  I averaged a speed of 3.3 mph.

So I thought, well I’ll go do some weights, even though I really didn’t want to becuase by now the gym had filled up.  I was only going to work on upper body since my knee, calves and thighs were done for.  Well all the ones I was going to do were being used and by now I just felt like a useless pile of lard.  So instead of doing free weights I threw in the towel and called it a day.

I’m just so frustrated.  I have been going to the gym every day but Thursday and I put on 2 pounds! Really, is this how it’s going to work, cause it’s not going to work for me.

Day19:  Okay, what’s going on, I’m going to the gym 6 out of 7 days and I don’t lose weight!!  What the heck! My eating has only slightly improved but it definitely hasn’t gotten worse.  Not even a pound.  Well I still went, right after work.  I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked so I only got to hop on the treadmill for 45 minutes; no weights. But I did okay.  I did  3 minute walk at 3.3 mph and 5 minute jog at 4.7 mph for a total of 3.07 miles in the 45 minutes.  Not too bad for a novice.   But my legs were definitely sore, especially my calves.

Day 20: I ran off as soon as hubby got in.  I got there a couple of minutes before my 7 o’clock class.  I hopped on the treadmill for a little warm-up and did 5 minutes.  Then we had class.  It was more weights this week.  It was fun and went by quickly.  I would say 10% cardio and 90% weights; but my heart was going the whole time because of the weights.  I like Donna, she does a good job.

It’s been hetic trying to get to the gym but I think I finally got my schedule down.
Sunday= morning while the older one is at Sunday School
Monday = right after work, before I get the boys
Tuesday = 7 pm for class
Wednesday = right after work again
Thursday = OFF
Friday = 8 pm after hubby is home and kids are more settled
Saturday = 8:30 am class

And I just have to stick to the schedule and make it part of my daily routine for now untill I lose the weight and then cut back to 3 days a week.

I got up and ran to the gym today even though my schedule was tight and I barely had a minute.  I was only able to hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes but I did 2 miles in that time.  Boy is my shoulder killing me though!

After they gym I had to run home, shower, get the baby ready, finish making a casserole, pack the diaper bag and run out the door in 30 minutes (it took me 45).  We went to church today and had a covered dish lunch and then our advent workshop.  And back home to clean! Yeah, what fun.

Day 16: Yesterday I went to the gym to meet my trainer.  I warmed up on the treadmill for 15 minutes and then we hit the weights.  We did some free weights and a bunch of machines.  We worked on arms, back chest, legs, pretty much everything.  The only thing I had trouble with was the shoulder press because of my rotator cuff.  I just couldn’t do it.   So we’re going to hold off on that for a little bit.

We then discussed what my schedule should be and it pretty much looks like this:
Mon.  45m on treadmill and weights
Tue. Class cardio/strength
Wed. 45m on treadmill and weights
Thur.  OFF
Fri. 45m on treadmill (maybe weights) *last session with trainer is next friday and we’ll finalize the schedule
Sat. morning class of cardio/some strength
Sun. treadmill only

Day 17: Holy crap! I went to class this morning and it kicked my butt!  She decided to do 80% strength and only 20% cardio.  Well only 12 hours earlier I did all weights.  So I was getting my butt kicked.  I saw my trainer as I was leaving and we’re going to re-think our Friday sessions with having that class in morning.  I really think I’m going to feel it in the morning tomorrow, but I need to push through and get my butt on that treadmill.

Ok, so the hubby has strep, AGAIN, and I’m behind.  But I’ll have you all know I haven’t slacked off because of it!!

Day 13: I went to the gym and did a class! I think I’m going to like it and there were nice people there.  And the instructor was really nice too.  So now I have a Saturday class and a Tuesday class.  It was titled Strength Intervals but it was a bunch of cardio using items.  A lot like my Saturday class, but that’s fine.  She does a 1/2 hour of abs before the 7 o’clock class but I’m not sure I’m ready for that.  She suggested that I come 10 minutes at the end to do some.  Maybe starting January.

Day 14: I hopped on the treadmill and walked for 3 minutes at 3.2 mph and ran (jogged) at 4.7 for 5 minutes and went back and forth with that for 45 minutes.  I’m doing pretty good and at those speeds I broke the 3 mile mark.  So at this point it may be possible to do a 5k in under 45 minutes!  YAY!

Day 15: I TOOK THE DAY OFF!!  6 out of 7 days ain’t bad for a novice.

Tomorrow I have my training appointment at 8 (at night).  So we’ll see how that goes.