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Friday, July 18, 2014

And now for something completely different!

Family Day!

Wednesday both Dh and I had appointments in Brunswick, so since he had the day off....Family Day. We took care of business (doctors, we're both fine), then had a yummy lunch at Michael's Deli.  Our Michael's here in town closed some years back, and there are only a few left in the area. A shame, b/c they have good food.


At the Doctor, playing patiently with his toys. Daddy is in the background with a magazine.

Anyway, after lunch we headed to Dick's Sporting Goods, where we perused kayaks, hiking shoes, workout equipment and more. Dh got a great deal on some boat shoes (the kind that are flexible, like slippers, with mesh for drainage) and we moseyed over to Target, where I found some sight word flash cards for the boy.

Books a Million was next, with 3 books for Drake (Biscuit, Mittens and Go Away Dog!), and a kayak magazine for Dh (he's totally with me on wanting to do this, so cool). I refrained from book buying myself, as I'd just gotten a great one the day before from Prevention on walking for weight loss.

Me, cheesing for Drake to take my picture, also at the doctor's office.


Onward!  We headed to St. Simon's Island for Putt Putt, honoring a promise to Drake.  Alas, we were 75% done with our game when the lighting siren sounded and we had to quit. Phooey! Drake was so upset, but we managed a walk to the pier, scoring a free balloon animal along the way (dog, of course).  He also took a few minutes for the playground, but was really tuckered out.


At target, sampling a chair. He approved!


We drove up-island a bit, finding a great hiking trail, as well as Fort Frederica, both of which we'll hit up next time we're that way. We also found Bennie's Red Barn, which will likely be our lunch stop, too!

Playing Putt Putt. Yes, they match. Yes, they are both prepping to play. Yes, it's cute! Love my boys!


We finished the day at Arby's for supper, having to wake the boy to go in and eat. He was zonked again when we got home, and Dh put him right to bed. He woke up the next morning so upset b/c "I forgot to play the Wii!" lol. 

All in all, a super day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Great fitness/walking plans and ideas

From Sparkpeople.com:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=walk_off_up_to_10_pounds_in_28_days (walking)

http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_ways_to_stepup_your_walking_workouts (walking)

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=266 (treadmill)

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/cardio_elliptical_intervals.asp (elliptical)

http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30minute_interval_workout_for_the_elliptical (elliptical)

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=964 (Jumping Rope)

Sparkpeople has videos for all these machines/workouts as well. They have workouts/videos for seated exercise too if standing is a problem.  Add in Forums, Teams and Groups get you motivated and keep you focused.  Check it out,  it's a great resource!

In other fitness news, I've quit the gym. BUT, I've gained a treadmill.  Dh bought me one for my birthday! So now I have in my fat-blasting arsenal: Treadmill, Elliptical, Hand Weighs, Kettle Bell, Resistance Bands, and a whole shelf of dvds.   I'm good to go, and I've found that if I stick with home workouts, I burn MORE calories than at the gym, and in less time!

I think this is b/c the gym is hot. HOT.  Despite the a/c, you sweat b/f you ever begin your workout. At home it's nice and cool, so I can do more, faster.  About the big equipment?  We got them for a steal.  The elliptical came a couple years ago. Floor model at Kmart, last one, marked down at checkout for....are you ready....$69!  It was originally $350. Crazy good deal. (It's a Weslo, but works fine)

The treadmill was also a floor model (but up on a shelf, so no one used it), marked down to $150. I've found the same model on Amazon going for $450-500. (This is a Gold's Gym Trainer 410) So far, we've been very pleased with both purchases.  We now have a really nice home gym, for very little investment.  You can also find used equipment at great prices on Craigslist, so check them out, too.

Quitting the gym saved us $200+ every three months for the two of us, so we used part of the next installment (well all of it) for the treadmill and some more dvds. Totally worth it!


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Changing it up

And a weigh in update.  178! 

I'm still going to the gym, but not as often (we're a one car fam and dh has been working crazy long hours). So about 3 times a week, an hour each.  Treadmill, elliptical, rower. I've also done a few of Jillian Michael's dvds, and Leslie Sansone's walking videos as well.

BUT!!  We've recently ordered and received Shaun T's Focus T25. We did the first workout, Cardio today.  This thing kicks butt.  I can't compare it to Insanity or P90X, as I don't have those/haven't done them.

I was doing modifiers like crazy. Dh had to stop several times, and then just quit with 4 minutes to go.  It's going to take some time to do this 'all the way'.  Problem: I hate jumping. With a passion.  Jumping jacks, jumping rope, you name it.  Sigh, gotta get past that, I guess. I just don't have much 'bounce to the ounce', lol.

Summer is moving on, hot as ever.  I've looked into kayak/SUP lessons, and they're doable. Maybe for our anniversary, as it's just too hot in July/my birthday.  I really want to learn and be comfy with kayaking (and maybe SUP-ing) for next spring, when we have the Altamaha River Run. Something to look forward to!

How's your summer going, chickies?




Friday, June 6, 2014

Go Me!!

It  moved, the scale moved!
After 5 weeks of pretty regular (average 5 times a week) gym workouts, and lots of healthier eating (I'm not perfect yet) ,I'm down to 182.

This is an 11 pound weight loss, woohoo!  Last week I was 185, but today the scale is definitely lower.  I'm so happy, and so proud of myself.  Guess that memo finally got delivered, lo l.

I'm taking a gym break today, as my back muscles are a bit sore from all the rowing, and my hips feel tight as well.  I'll do some light weights here at home later, and maybe some elliptical. And of course, my evening Bosco walk with Drake. It's only about 20 minutes, but it makes me feel sooo good to be outside and moving in the fresh air (well, fresh as long as Rayonier isn't blowing this way, lol).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

And in other news...

Our family has grown!

Here are Nita Belle (Lanita) and Boss (Bosco), both adoptees from the Glynn County, Ga animal shelter. Not at the same time, Nita came home almost a month ago, and Bosco just today.

Nita loves to jump up onto the sink, and crawl into/on the towels/rack and lay there while I shower. She follows me from room to room, and sleeps at the foot of our bed. Such a sweetie! That's a 'towel rack photo below.

Bosco is a big cuddlebug.  He loves to walk right alongside you, giving head nudges to get you to pat him.  He's so laid back and calm! He'll top out at about eighty pounds when he's full weight, we think.

Definitely consider your local shelter (or one not so local, see Petfinder.com) for your next furry friend!  The biggest problem you'll have is choosing which to bring home. :)



Sunday, May 25, 2014

So far so good

I continue on my fitness journey.

I've become a regular (well, pretty regular-4 to5 times a week) member of the gym, as well as working out here at home.  The first three weeks I worked on distance, aiming for 4 miles every day/gym visit.

As of two days ago, I'm now focusing on calorie burning, aiming for 250 at the gym, and another 200 if possible at home.  I have an elliptical machine, and it's great for burning calories, even if you are still in the 'stop and start' stage as I am.  I've also got a Leslie Sansone walking video I've done a few times, and more recently Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred.

When Tony and I were going to a private trainer a few years ago, I didn't realize this was what she was using for her base workout.  It's tough (I have yet to do it) but it works!  B/t these and the gym, along with better eating (trying to stick to 1600 calories, ugh), I'll be fit in no time.

Well, I will if my stupid body ever gets the memo! Haven't lost anything beyond the first 5lbs, and more often than not, the scale says a 3lb loss.  Hmph.  I will persevere. I can tell I'm stronger and have more endurance than when I started, so it's all working for the good. So there, stupid body. I'm going to make you keep doing things you don't want to do. Bwahahahaha!

*Sparkpeople.com is a huge help to me in tracking calories and exercise. They also have great free videos, recipes and articles/forums to help you on your way. It's all free, so check'em out!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Moonlighting

I've started a fitness journal over at CafeMom.com in the Weight Loss, Fitness and Health group.

Fat to Fit, step by step I'll get there.

I try to be upbeat (and funny, b/c you know that's just me).  Hop over and check it out if you wanna.
And you know you do!  Give me shout out, boost me on my way. I've got a LONG way to go!