Archive for June, 2010

Sticking it out…

June 30, 2010 6 comments

In spite of all the crap that 2010 is throwing at my family this year and presently this week, I am sticking it out at the gym. I am making sure that I go each day regardless of the fact that my trainer is on holidays and I am under extreme stress. My working out at the gym is my way of burning off the stress and I feel SO much better afterwards. That is one of the main things I have learned over the past few months, that my intense workouts, running and weight lifting, relieves my stress, tension and frustration and I am a much happier person, able to deal with things. Today however I skipped the gym in order to hit the nearest Lululemon store to catch some of the crop pants on sale before they all sold out!

I bought all three (though the third one was not on sale) and a new power Y tank. And the great surprise was that I could go down another size in the pants! Yipey. Lululemon could very, very easily become an addiction for me. I absolutely LOVE their clothing but it is NOT in my budget so it is a rare treat when I can go shop there. You lulu lovers out there know what I mean! 🙂 I guess I will have to put my other lulu tank tops on Kijiji to sell as they are getting to big for me now.

So tomorrow will be my leg day at the gym since I missed out on today. One of the exercises I do is the squat on a bosu ball while holding some weights or a medicine ball. Working my legs is my favorite workout of the week. Tough but, if I want the rear, I need to do the work! LOL.


What’s with 2010?

June 28, 2010 6 comments

I just don’t understand what the hell is with 2010 for me and my family. One trauma or disaster after another. This has been my weekend:

My grandmother called to tell me that my uncle ( my mom’s brother–lost my mom a year ago) was the victim of a hit and run and while in the hospital, had a heart attack. He is, as far as I know, recovery ok. I haven’t been able to get a hold of my grandmother as I don’t have her cell #.

My son was in a horrific car accident where his car was t-boned and rolled and thrown into a farm field. Thank god he had his seat belt on or he would have been dead! He got up and walked away where as the woman in the other car is seriously hurt as she had no seat belt on. She was the one who hit my son.

My oldest daughter fell down a flight of stairs and split her head open on the concrete, injured her hip and lower back and has lost her short term memory. The doc in not sure right now about whether or not she will regain it. And she was to start her brand new job today. I talked to her boss and she will hold my daughters job for her until she is fit to work. Thank you!

At this point I want nothing more than to put my youngest daughter in a bubble and not let her leave the house or my sight. But that is not practical! My youngest is staying with my oldest for now to help take care of her while her boyfriend works. And I go and help when I can.

Wish my family luck my friends as we sure seem to need it this year of 2010. I hate to waste my life but, right now I wish 2010 was over. 2011 can only be better for us.

Categories: random stuff

A sample of abs….

June 17, 2010 5 comments

Yesterday was an unexpected day off from working out at the gym since my trainer had some other things to deal with. So my leg workout is rescheduled for Friday instead. We have decided that for the next few weeks, my sessions with him will be one day of chest/shoulders/triceps or biceps, and one day of legs. I seem to have my back workouts down pat for now and can manage them on my own for awhile while my trainer helps me to concentrate on my ass and legs!! He loves to switch things up on a weekly basis which keeps my body shocked and my core working harder.

Always in my sessions we superset with ab work to keep me 1) doing my ab work, 2) strengthing my core, and 3) keep my heart rate up for maximum calorie burn.

And since I like to show you what exercises my trainer makes me do and we all love videos, I have here for you two videos of some of the ab work he has me doing.

This one really works the lower abs and I have to admit that I do whine to my trainer every time he makes me do them. He has me pull my bum up higher off the bench for maximum work.

This russian twist here took me a while to get the hang of as I kept falling off the ball. I takes some real concentration and stability to stay on the ball and keep your feet from lifting off the floor. If your feet move, you aren’t getting the full benefit to your obliques.

So here you go. These are just two of the many ab exercises I have to do. Some days I hate abs and some days I love them but, I am looking forward to the day that I can show off a mini six pack!! Tonight is my solo back day as well as cardio. I am going to try to get a few more mins of cardio in to try to boost my fat loss. I can’t really say weight loss any more as my weight depends on my workouts, my water, my salt, ect. But it’s my FAT that needs to go! 🙂


June 16, 2010 1 comment

I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I posted last. The really is no excuse for my MIA except that I have had absolutely nothing to say! Everything has been the same old, same old, day in and out. I have been busy with work and back and forth to my dad’s home to try to get him house cleaned out and appraised. Being that his home is 4 hours away, I have been spending weekends there at a time.

And I am still religiously attending the gym and seeing my trainer. The gym has become my second home and I am starting to meet new people there now that I am a regular! LOL. My hubby and I are the protegé of our trainer, he shows us off when approached by potential new clients. 🙂  There has been a great improvement in my physique over the past 2 months but no more fat loss. It has been very frustrating for me to not see a drop in the fat on my waist, hips, thighs and ass. I have spent many an hour contemplating why my fat loss has stopped and came to this realization:

—— before the gym, I worked out (cardio) for about 60 mins 6 days a week.

  • Once I started the gym, because of  the time restraints, my fat burning/cardio sessions were reduced to 20-30 mins.
  • And I realized that I was only doing them 4 times per week as Fridays were always a day hubby hates going to the gym so I didn’t either. Then we stayed home on the weekends for a break and to get caught up on household shit.
  • So, upon reflection, I realized that I have been working out at weight maintenance  levels for almost three months now! You guys all know the rules: 3 or 4 times/week of exercise to maintain your weight, 5-6 times/week of exercise to lose weight. No wonder I have been at a complete halt in my weight loss in spite of my weight training! Less days of working out with less time while doing it! No wonder!

So my goal this week is to get back into my regular days (5-6) of cardio/fat burning workouts. And if I need to, add some extra time after my weight sessions to get more fat burning in! I think if I had actually sat down with my trainer to discuss my fat loss halt, we would have realized the problem 2 months ago and I would have been ahead right now. Plus, I really need to focus on getting in my water. I have been very, very slack in that department for the last few weeks and it is starting to show in my workouts. Sluggishness and quick fatigue! Smarten up me!!!  Kick my butt you guys! I need it!

How has everyone else been doing with their goals? I know it can be hard with the nice weather finally here to stick too it.