Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yes I did get on the scale: 25 Secrets of Very Fit People

Today is my weigh in day. Yes I did get on the scale, and yes I lost some more poundage. Last week I was a bummed unit on weigh in day. I had stressed out and gone to binge city and bounced up 6 pounds to 294. This week I lost that bounce plus 2 pounds .

Frankly I think most of the bounce was water retention. The good news is that even though I had a major malfunction. My body’s metabolism is revved up enough so that I burned off the calories. This week I weigh 286 that’s 13 pounds down leaving 137 to go for the 150 pound fat reduction. Whoo Hoo!
My body mass index has dropped from 47 to 44.8 whoo hoo!

This past week has not all been “Whoo Hoo” part of it was a serious stink bomb. Hubby is having some issues with the weight loss and attitude change. He had a piss fit a couple of nights ago, than made his exit out the door to the train. (to work) Yes I felt like sh*t afterwards; the good news is I did not binge. I kept functioning, hurt feelings and major pissed off for a couple of days. But I kept functioning-and did not binge!

That is a major victory for me.

2nd victory of the week: I brought up the piss fit yesterday. He got home around midnight the night before. So he was here all day yesterday. I told him he had been cruel and hurt my feelings; explained that I thought I had his support and was saddened and disappointed that I did not.

He said that he hadn’t yelled (oh yes he did) and that he had said his piece now he was done with it. He was fitting about my work as well. (kennels/internet/coaching) He said he did support me.

Ok that’s great. I do love the guy, although there are days I really don’t like him much. In the back of my mind I knew this was coming sometime. I was hoping that it wasn’t, but a niggle in my mind told me it was. In the past it has always shut me down. I would stress overload, eat everything in sight, and go borderline catatonic for days, sometimes weeks. There my weight loss, fitness plans would go right out the window, along with what ever other projects I was working on at the time. Then here would come the "I told you so’s".

Not this time. I stewed, and frothed, but didn’t short circuit. That is such a victory for me. Not a victory over my husband. A victory in my own life. His outbursts, I believe, are driven by fear of change. I’ve been over 200 pounds ever since we met. The past few years, since I was ill and recovering, I’ve been very reclusive as well. Now, I’m working out, losing inches, losing fat, energy level is coming up and I am coming out of my shell. Poor guy isn’t sure what to expect next.

I did not get my workouts in as well as I wanted too. I had a goal of working out 6 days last week. So I am changing my weekly goal: workout before I eat breakfast. No workout no food. That ought to do it.

Besides working out first thing in the morning jacks my energy level up all day long.

I measured today . I’ve lost 2 inches off my bust: was 50 now 48, 1 inch off my waist: was 41.5 now 40.5, 2.5 inches off my hips was 58.5 now 56. I’m getting closer to fitting in a plane seat…lol without riding cheek pressed to cheek with my neighbors, that is.

The workouts that I am concentrating on this week are Hip Hop Abs and Turbo Jam.

In addition if it stays relatively dry I want to get to the spring rake and clean up. Try to get the yards all cleaned up before new growth comes on. This is a bit of a challenge since my yards are around the size of a football field. Seriously need to take Min Min for some walks too. She is a chunky little hairball. she has been walking out to the chicken house with me to let the fowl out in the mornings, but there needs to be more. She needs to lose a 2 or 3 pounds. So Min Min and I will be hiking up the hill in front of the house.

I sooooooo want a significant amount of fat off, and muscle tone before summer.

I found this in Beachbody under the trainer’s and expert’s tab.

Chalene, had posted it there. Chalene is the creator of Turbo Jam and Chalene Extreme.

Read these tips, then print and post them so you have them as a daily reminder.

1. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and drink from it often. Water *is* the drink of choice, but if you don’t enjoy plain water, than liven it up! Try portable single-serve packs of Crystal Light, Propel, Diet Ice, Reebok Water, Vitamin Water or some other form of healthy fluid intake with minimal or zero calories.

2. Look at exercise as a pleasure and privilege, not a burden or chore. Think positively about the changes regular exercise will produce. Rather than obsessing about your next meal, get excited about your next workout!

3. Think twice before deciding what to eat and why, making sure that it is healthy and will provide you good nutrition, fill you up, and give you long-term energy.

4. Measure intake based on activity, not how you "feel." Need should mandate intake, not mood, emotion, or your present company.

5. Eat well-balanced meals and remember that excessive calories, even if they are fat-free and high protein will turn to excess weight! No matter what the latest fad diet, extra calories equals extra weight!

6. Limit caffeine and exposure to even secondhand smoke.

7. Focus on short-term fitness goals with an emphasis on completing daily exercise.

8. Keep a daily log of what you’re actually eating. This includes grabbing a handful of chips here, the crust of your kid’s sandwich, and ALL your snacking.

9. Enjoy an occasional (once a week) "unhealthy" treat, but never an "unhealthy" week or unhealthy vacation.

10. Savor the feeling of accomplishment you have after completing an intense workout. Remember that feeling and use it to motivate you when you don’t feel like exercising.

11. Enjoy contributing to the health of others by having a partner or friends to exercise with, as well as recruiting others who desire to feel better and have more energy. Have a neighbor who walks every morning? Ask if you can join in!

12. Learn new ways and new techniques for exercising.

13. Avoid monotony by taking up new forms of exercising or using things that keep you motivated and inspired, like new shoes or great music.

14. Subscribe to fitness magazines to keep focused on health as an overall way of life.

15. Invest in the right tools—good shoes, a health club membership, a portable MP3 player or iPod, fitness equipment, a new series of tapes, etc.

16. Make it your goal to do some form of exercise 6 or 7 days a week. If some days you exercise once in the morning and once in the evening, even better! If you’re eating right, exercise will fuel your energy level!

17. Don’t compare your body to others. Instead, work to be your personal best.

18. If your diet is unbalanced, take daily vitamin and mineral supplements for total health.

19. Work to take your exercise to new levels of intensity.

20. Create an exercise schedule the day before, instead of leaving it to chance or waiting to "find" the time. If our last two Presidents of the United States can make time to workout every day, you can make time too!

21. Move beyond the boundaries of weight loss and into total fitness. Measure success by the way your clothes fit, and not a number on a scale.

22. Stick with eating plans you can maintain indefinitely. Remember that no matter how hard you’re working out, if you’re consuming too many calories, you’ll never see the muscles that lie beneath layers of fatty tissue.

23. Live a balanced life.

24. Get adequate amounts of sleep, but remember that people who exercise regularly fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

25. Limit alcohol intake to special occasions

Life is a journey, enjoy the trip.

Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs

Friday, February 20, 2009

Body Transformation Page: 10 Tips to Avoid Bingeing

Whoo Hoo! Happy day today. Yesterday was my weigh in day and I was not a happy camper. ( See Life is a Journey blog.: I woke up pissed off post) I’d had some bad bingy days and bounced up 6 pounds to 294 lbs. I felt like a giant puff ball. This morning I got on the scale, yes I know I said I was staying off it. At any rate, the 6 pounds are gone, so they weren’t actually fat pounds to begin with, just water retention. So in actuality I stayed the same weight from last week to this. Back down to 288 lbs.

Usually I wouldn’t be too thrilled about that, but like I said I triggered and went bingy. Munch Munch Munch, eat the frig bingy. Am I advocating eating everything in site? You know that I am not! What I am actually excited about is that my metabolism has picked up enough that it burned off the binge calories.

So with healthy eating, and working out the fat should be rolling off.

I Started from the beginning on Hip Hop Abs yesterday. The past couple of months I haven’t gotten the full schedule in. January, I worked out 12 times/days; not all Hip Hop Abs; part of that was elliptical and walking the hills.

February, as of my mid month weigh in Feb 18th, I’d worked out 5 times/days. Not so good. So I went into WOWY (great online Gym at Beachbody) and started my Hip Hop Abs workout schedule over. I used the automatic scheduler for the program. It has a 6 day workout-1 rest day. I am following Hip Hop Abs to the letter on workouts this time around. I am excited to see just what kind of results I will have by picture time in March.

I put my Body Transformation Page together on my main site. I am posting pictures and a blurb each month of my 150 pound transformation. Stop by and check it out.

I love logging in to Beachbody and seeing who has been working out, who has won a prize for the day.

It doesn’t hurt that I feel so much better when I workout.

After last weeks Binging Fiasco this article caught my eye.

10 Tips to Avoid Bingeing

By Chalene Johnson. Chalene has some excellent workouts too, Turbo Jam and Chalene Extreme to name a couple.

1. Brush your teeth right after dinner to remind you: no more food.

2. Put a sign on the kitchen and refrigerator doors: "Closed after dinner."

3. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The large majority of people who struggle with night eating are those who skip meals or don't eat balanced meals during the day. This is a major setup for overeating at night.

4. Eat your evening meal in the kitchen or dining room, sitting down at the table.

5. Drink cold no-calorie beverages such as water or Crystal Light at night. They taste great and keep your mouth busy.

6. Change your nighttime schedule. It will take effort, but it will pay off. You need something that will occupy your mind and hands. Try knitting, lifting free weights in the living room, stretching while watching TV, or putting together your photo albums.

7. If you're eating at night to unwind, calm emotions, or soothe yourself, focus on getting in touch with what's going on emotionally when you head for the fridge. Develop non-food methods of coping with stress.

8. Eat without engaging in any other simultaneous activity, i.e., no reading, TV, or sitting at the computer.

9. Eating late at night won't cause weight gain. It's how many calories you eat—not when you eat them—that counts. However, by setting a cutoff point, many lose weight by simply eliminating calories they were consuming out of habit as opposed to hunger.

10. If you're up late burning the midnight oil, fill up on "free" foods. These are foods that, though they have minimal health benefits, are super-low-fat, low-calorie snacks and are virtually harmless. These include sugar-free Jell-O (10 calories) and sugar-free chocolate pudding (60 calories). Want something crunchy and salty? Try trans-fat-free microwave popcorn, which can have as little as 60 calories per 2 cups popped.
End Article: Article By Chalene Johnson from Beachbody

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Live the Greatest Year of my Life!
Live Life now: appreciate each moment as it happens!
Live in peace within myself!

Life is a journey, enjoy the trip.
Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs
Robbins Run Ranch: Living the Dream With Our Pomeranians

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Good Morning One and All.

This has been quite the week, My birthday was on Feb. 5th which was also my weigh in day. I had stayed the same for 2nd week, and then lo and behold I bounced up 3 pounds. Grrr. Ok that happens, especially when you are building muscle. I knew I didn’t eat enough calories to make that happen with fat gain. (good reason to keep a food journal) I was a bit frustrated, but went on with my day. I am trying to stay away from the tape measure until I’ve lost 20 pounds. That would put my weight at 279lbs. I did weigh today-dropped the bounce plus one or a 4 pound loss. That puts me at 288lbs.

Back to the 5th, I popped onto my computer, wrote a couple of blog posts. One on Living in peace within yourself, no matter what is going on around you. This was on my Life is a journey blog, the other was on helping children deal with the death of a pet, this was on my Arfing News blog. .

I mentioned the blog posts because of the events that followed on my 49th birthday. Whoo, hoo… made it 49 years. Feb. 5th.

This is where it starts to get hairy. Later that day the railroad my husband works for calls me. Trying to find David to go to work. David was supposed to be at the other end of his run. So I told them he was at the lodging where he was supposed to be. One of the great things about David is when he works, he works. He doesn’t mess about. So I knew if he wasn’t where he was supposed to be there was a problem. Mind you this lodging, and railroad depot is out in the middle of rangeland. No towns for over 30 miles in any direction. It’s around 150 miles from our ranch.

The gentleman that called me said they couldn’t find him; and asked me again if he had come home for some kind of emergency. I said no he was there, and started to get worried. My husband has Type II diabetes, and uses insulin. Depending on how active he has been, and what/when he has eaten last his blood sugar can drop to very dangerous levels.

I asked the Mgr. if they had checked his room, the gym, a whole list of places on the property he could be. Usually he shows up 30 minutes early for work (yes he’s one of those) and he was not there.

I was trying not to panic, with visions of my husband confused from low blood sugar, heading for a coma and death on the wrong end of a train, or lost on the rangeland. It was just an hour before dark and temperatures drop quickly; the temps alone are reason for concern.

I told this Mgr. the only reason David wouldn’t be where he was supposed to be, is that something was wrong. I stressed the dangers of his sugar levels dropping; as in a body bag and funeral.

They had a team together looking for David with cans of full sugar soda pop. They scoured the lodging, the buildings at the depot, the parking lots and surrounding areas, and still couldn’t find him. By this time I was very concerned. I was wrapping things up here as quickly as I could, getting ready to jump in my pickup and roar across 150 miles to get to the depot to help look.

Mind you there are over 80 dogs here and I was in the middle of prepping their hot food when the railroad called.

The sheriff was being called to bring more people on board for the search, and ambulance alerted. I had just changed into my outside work/hiking boot type shoes and was heading for the door to get in the pick up truck when the phone rang again.

I took a deep breath and went for the phone. A number of my friends have sent their husbands off to work on the rail and had a corpse come home; gets a bit tense at times. My husband’s cell phone number was on the caller id. He was ok. (MASSIVE RELIEF!)

It turns out the desk clerk wrote down the wrong room number. The railroad depot Mgr. didn’t think to check the computer to see what room number my husband had entered when he logged off the computer.

I was relieved and completely exhausted, felt like a horse had kicked me in the chest. All that worry because someone wasn’t paying attention to their duties. Grrr. First it was a massive wave of emotion and relief, then it was pissed off on a magnitude that would make a volcano look small. My stomach dumped massive amounts of acid resulting in gastric attack after gastric attack, and swelling up from head to toe. Felt like a very large horse had kicked me in the chest for most of the week.

I am very glad that David is ok. I do love the fellow you know. I am glad he caught me before I made a 150 mile drive as fast as my pickup would go. I am rather put out that the entire situation could have been avoided by their desk clerk simply doing his/her job. The next time they call me I am going to tell them to check the railroad computer to see what room he is in. I wish I had known to tell them that this time. Such is life, I know now.

All things considered I did pretty good at living in peace within myself. I didn’t eat the entire frig,(just a half a peach pie) had a couple of bingy episodes, muscles still ache, from the tension but that’s a minor thing. Didn’t spiral into a depression or suicidal freak-out; that’s a good thing.

I could have done without the bloating; truthfully I could have done without the entire episode.

Sorry I haven’t been on the board. I did notice that working out first thing in the morning does wonders for my attitude all day long. Although I only made it 3 days this past week. Goal for this coming week is 6 days. I pushed play today: 5 more to reach weekly goal.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3, 5-6

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My Resolutions:
Live the Greatest Year of my Life!
Live Life now: appreciate each moment as it happens!
Live in peace within myself!

Life is a journey, enjoy the trip.
Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs
Robbins Run Ranch: Living the Dream With Our Pomeranians

Independent Beachbody Coach: Getting Fit Physically and Financially

Yes it’s true, I am a rambler…

11 lb lost. 139 to go.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sheryl Crow Loves P90X

Whoo Hoo. Another celebrity has discovered the power of the "X." From David Akers, kicker for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, to Jason Scheff, one of our very own Coaches and lead singer of Chicago, to rocker Sheryl Crow, this program is hotter than ever. Scroll down to read the latest scoop, or watch the interview caught on the red carpet at this year's Grammys. Could it be P90X's popularity is growing throughout the high-profile sports and entertainment industries? All we can say to that is, Bring It!

The following blurb was written by Kristen Seymour.
Sheryl Crow spent a few minutes talking to Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet at the 2009 Grammy Awards, and rather than just asking her what she was wearing (or her favorite karaoke song, which, with most celebs, Giuliana went ahead and sang with them), Giuliana quizzed her on her workout habits.

Sheryl told her that she used to be a big runner, but now that she has a little one (her son, Wyatt, is not quite two years old), she just can't find the time. Instead, she's raving about the P90X workout system.
You might be familiar with P90X -- we heard from That's Fit readers late last year that this workout was fantastic. And, seriously, if it helps Sheryl Crow look that good, I just might have to give it a shot. An hour or so a day is totally worth it to have a body like that, right? (end blurb)

Too true, Sheryl Crow looks fantastic. P90X is truly excellent.

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Here was a place where people were working towards being healthy and physically fit. Suddenly I had access to a gym, fitness experts, excellent workout products, and workout partners. As you can see from my picture on my profile page I have quite a way to go to reach my fitness goals. Check back often to see my progress; better yet, join in. (click on the read my story link) I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. If you come up with something I can't answer, I know who can.

As a personal Coach, I can help you make the right diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices, and motivate you to stay on track to reach any goal.

Joining the Team Beachbody community was absolutely the right choice for me. It is such a powerful combination of products and tools, not to mention a great group of people who all share the same goals and make up the best support system ever.

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My Resolutions:
Live the Greatest Year of my Life!
Live Life now: appreciate each moment as it happens!
Live in peace within myself!

Life is a journey, enjoy the trip.
Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs
Robbins Run Ranch: Living the Dream With Our Pomeranians

Independent Beachbody Coach: Getting Fit Physically and Financially