Monday, January 30, 2012

Keeping it up!

Had another full week of workouts! Lifted three days and walked/jogged 2 days! I have been eating pretty good and have layed off the snacks for about 2 weeks now. I'm down to 195 and if i can fall under that it will be the first time in a year i have weighted less then 195. WHERE IS EVERYONES UPDATES??????????????????????????????????????

Monday, January 23, 2012

Our progress

Last week I went to the gym 4 out of the 7 days. I lifted 3 of those days and ran the other. Also, Kristin went to the gym twice and we walked on the beach 3 times. Each time we walk on the beach it is a little shy of two and a half miles.........I can't wait for my free steak!!! :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I worked all day today taking down christmas tree, everything is put away and I know I burn some major fat today. In the middle of my work I stoped to take a walk around the block with carol, chris and kristin. 2 miles, Working hard!!!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The challenges of a busy life

One of my biggest problems is making time to eat right and workout.  Life is busy, and if I don't make these things a priority, then they don't get done.  I haven't been able to workout so far this week, or rather, I haven't made myself workout this week.  I plan to catch up with a run tonight, and some weight training tomorrow.

I thought in my post tonight, I would share what I have learned about the importance of adding weight training to your routine if you want to be able to maintain a healthy weight.  Before we can talk about that, though, we have to talk about calorie burn.  I was reading recently about how our bodies burn calories.  What I learned I found very interesting.

Our bodies burn calories 3 ways, and only three ways:

Through basic body functions,
by processing food,
and by physical activity.

Most people think that physical activity is the most important of the three, but they couldn't be more wrong.  The first of the three ways, basic body functions, is responsible for burning about 65-70% of the calories you'll burn in a day!  This category consists of things like breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells and muscle tissue.  As your sitting here reading this blog, your body is burning calories.  This category is also known as your basal metabolistic rate, or resting metabolistic rate (RMR).

The next category is burning food.  Your body has to work harder to break down proteins than it does fats, but on average it burns about 20% of your daily burn this way.

That leaves only 10-15% of your daily burn to physical activity.  Im not saying you should quit working out.  The trick is we have to understand what we are trying to accomplish, and what activities can get the most results.  Aerobic activity burns fat, and with it, calories.  It also improves your circulatory system, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, etc.  However, your body only burns calories at a higher rate during the workout and for about 30 minutes after.  Anaerobic activity, like lifting weights, tears down muscle, which means that the body has to work harder to repair it, thus increasing basal metabolism.  This workout causes calories burn during the workout, and up to 36 hours or more after, depending on intensity.  This is like getting an exponential calorie burn!  It is estimated that for every 1 pound of new muscle you add to your body, you will burn an extra 50 calories a day doing nothing.  This is because you have increased your basal metabolism.  Add 10 pounds of muscle between now and May, and you can eat 500 calories more a day, and not gain any weight.  So, as an example, mom and dad, you should stop by the gym in your complex before or after your your walk and do a simple 15 min, full body weight session.  


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

1 Month FREE Gym Membership...don't mind if I do!

I have had the fortune to receive a free 1-month trial membership to a local gym (some say the best in town) from a friend of mine who is a member there already. I joined up with a group of girls we go to church with for the Step Aerobics class tonight & got my butt handed to me. It felt really good AFTER the fact though, ha. My muscles are warm & tight & I'm excited to get some running in tomorrow. Breaking a good sweat never hurt nobody! :) Keep it up guys!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Our progress

I have steadly went to the gym atleast3times a week for the last 2 weeks. Right now i am focusing on cardio to drop some pounds before i hit the weights real hard, but i have lifted a little too. Plus, Kristin and i have walked on the beach 5 times in the past 2 weeks, walking almost two and a half miles each time! Capital Grill here we come :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

It's ONNNN!!

Hey everyone!
 I just want you all to know that my official workout regimen started yesterday when I ran/walked 2.65 miles for 35 minutes. It felt good to get moving for the first time in what feels like a couple of months. It's time to BRING IT ON!! Just so you have been warned & don't feel blindsided when the day comes, I'm going to win this thing. :) I took a couple of before pictures yesterday & plan to post them when I finally get around to uploading them. Also, more to come on my personal weight loss/muscle building goals so ya'll can all help to hold me accountable. Welcome to the group Joey & Laura!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Just about at my goal, I think I am winning this thing, I can feel it. Feel the burn baby!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Before you finish, you've got to start!

Well, here we are!

2012 is here, and with it, the chance to make a better version of ourselves. Each of us have in common the desire and need to improve our health. I, myself, have slacked off on my workouts while continuing to eat poorly. All of us haven't paid as much attention to our diets as we need to. With all the attention on school and career, our health and well-being have taken a position on the back burner. I have every belief that this family has an extremely bright future, but we need to ensure that ALL of us will be here for decades to come to enjoy that success. So, what are we gonna do about it? The answer I'm not sure of, but I know we can figure it out together. We have all pledged to take this challenge & a small wager has been made. The individual with the best overall change in health wins a free dinner at the Capital Grill, collectible during the family trip to Vegas in May.

The purpose of this blog is to have a central place to communicate, receive motivation, share what we learn, air out our frustrations, etc. We are all busy and can't always call each other everyday to receive support in reaching our goals. With this blog, you can sign in 24 hours a day, when ever your schedule permits, and read about what everyone is doing, post your progress, etc. Anyone can post to this blog, and if you want to comment on someone's post, you can do that too. You can add pictures, text, etc. It's easy to use and can be a diary of sorts to track our progress.

There are a few pieces of business to take care of before we can begin this competition. Most obvious is how a winner will be determined. Because all of us have separate needs in improving our health, we must decide how to judge the winner. I think the best way would be to focus on what each of us needs to do individually (quit smoking, improve diabetes, lose weight, build muscle, etc.), state our case for why we should be the winner when we get to Vegas, and then we'll vote on it and select a winner. While stating your case, you can use things like your change in weight, body fat percentage, etc, but those can't be the only things judged, because that isn't fair. Next, we have to decide if there is a need to add any additional rules. One thing I think would be a good idea, would be to make a rule that everyone has to post to this blog once a week, and describe what they did that week to reach their goals, whether it be their diet, workouts, etc. This is just an idea, so let me know what you think.

In closing, I hope that this proves to be an invaluable tool for us. I ask that everyone give it a shot. If it turns out to not be useful, it won't hurt my feelings. If anyone has any questions, suggestions, comments to what I've said above, please make a comment to this post. If everyone likes what they've read, then comment and let everyone know you're in!

As a topic for everyone's first post, I suggest that we lay out our original individual goals. I think it would work just fine to post as couples. Mom and dad can post together, me And Kelly, Chris and Kristen, and Cathy and Patrick! I've invited Joey and Laura to join us if thats ok with the family, since they have expressed a desire to improve their health, and they should be in Vegas in May.