Weekly Check In

Starting weight: 217.00

Current weight: 215.5

As you can see I did not gain or lost this past week. Which is fine with me!

I totally missed the gym last week. There’s no real excuse as of why the week wasn’t that bad either just felt overly tired and I focused on my home which needed my attention.  Also I am glad it’s a new month because I have some exciting things happening!

But first:

I rescheduled my certification exam for the spring. Mainly because I wasn’t as ready to do it as I wanted to be. I started studying just like a week before and I wasn’t confident in my practice test scores either plus with it still being winter here (thanks a lot groundhog dude) I rather not chance the weather since the testing place is a good 45 minutes or so away.  (that’s driving distance)

I am not doing Trek Up the Tower. Mainly because I haven’t trained hard for it as I wanted this is mostly on me and lack of motivation which has been an issue for me. That’s a post for another day I’m sure.

I had a pop on Saturday after almost three weeks of not having one and it tasted awful. I think I finally broke my habit so that I don’t have to go back down that path.  Plus the cravings have subsided. A major victory for me.

Now onto the good news:

I have a Grease themed shoot Sunday. I am really excited for this!

I am going to Planet Comic Con and meet one of my idols Jason David Frank (he played the green ranger/white ranger in the early 90’s when I watched power rangers). I was supposed to go meet him two years ago but that fell through so I am really excited!

 

Other than that, I have nothing new to report. I am not setting any weekly goals as I am just going with the flow.

See you next week!

~Mags

 

 

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What to do when you gained

So you stepped on the scale. You don’t like what you see, you step off remove any article of clothing you may have on, you step on the scale again, you still like what you see. Stepping off again you remove your underwear and any jewelry, maybe even your hair tie in hopes that will somehow change the number on the scale. You step on again completely buck naked and that number does not change.

Sound familiar?

If anyone has seen This Is Us in that first episode we see Kate (played by the fabulous Chrissy Metz)  as she does the dreaded weigh in and she does the exact same things (minus the hair tie) I mentioned above and you can’t help but feel her pain then totally cringe when she falls off the scale and you don’t know whether you should laugh or cry. Because the struggle is indeed real. (I did neither but I did gasp because I am a klutz but I have yet to fall off the scale).

Let me set the scene for you:

I woke up at 1am Sunday thinking about the weighing in, thinking how hungry I am so I get up, pee, then I step on the scale: 215.00 well, that can’t be right. I step off and step on again (fully dressed well in my pajamas) 215.5 seriously? I go back to bed thinking maybe a few more hours of sleep thinking that I can magically lose those extra pounds fasting.

5am wake up pee yet again and step on the scale: 215.5 pounds. There you have it. The scale does not lie. At this rate I go make myself breakfast and do the math. I gained 1.5 pounds. Which is not bad. However in my mind’s eye I am thinking how it’s 1.5 steps backwards in my direction not forward. Then I think I shouldn’t have all the carbs for breakfast on Saturday, or the two cookies at the Swap and Sell I went to.

Needless to say that has nothing to do with it. Weight gain is common in weight loss. Just as plateauing.  I know this. However, it doesn’t soften the blow any.

This is has inspired me to write this post. So here’s some advice for you if this is your first time or this is my 2nd go round how to handle the weight gain.

*Stay on task.

Just because you gain, doesn’t mean you should dive head first into the treats. Or chug down a soda. You will really reverse your progress and you feel crappy after.

*Try not obsess over it.

Okay so yeah I obsessed as you can see but it really doesn’t help any. And don’t think of fasting for another day, or going to the gym to try and lose that pesky pound then weighing in the same day or the next.

*Keep yourself busy

Or anything to take your mind off things. Which I did, I made breakfast then I meal prepped for the week.

*It could be muscle gain

A no brainier here and that could well be the possibility I gained since I started lifting again. Even though I have not been fully been lifting solidly for a month yet.

*It’s no the end of the world

Really.

*You’re allowed to be upset

But don’t drag it out.

*Take a deep breath and let it go

Enough said

*You’ll have a better weigh in next time

Truth.

 

I hope these tips help you out. If forgot anything please let me know!

Until next time,

~Mags

 

 

Weekly Weigh In

Starting Weight 217.00

Current Weight 215.5

Gained 1.5 pounds

Well. I gained. Needless to say I was a tad disappointed in myself but it is what it is. However it  has inspired me to write another post about what to do when you gain. I also think since I have started lifting again it might a bit of muscle weight.

I did have some doubts about my weigh in Sunday morning before bed Saturday night. Granted I did have  a lot of carbs this weekend and I am not going to beat myself up over it or the fact I didn’t make it to the gym or Trader Joes (neither one aren’t going anywhere) I am two weeks soda (or pop) free. So that’s really exciting even though I was really tempted to Sunday night before work since I didn’t sleep all that well but I realized that I would be letting myself down big time if I did that.

Also I was able to get in my meal prep for the 3 days I am working. It’s the small victories.

Goals for the week:

*Gym four days this week (I am skipping Monday on purpose because I have to work this weekend and my apartment needs attention)

*New breakfast options including smoothies! (I got new frozen fruit for this)

*Make it to three weeks without soda

It is Superbowl Sunday next week and my plan is to make some fun food instead of ordering pizza or something like that.

I am undecided as of now if i want to weigh in Friday morning or wait until next Monday. I will see how my week goes and decide then. Probably would more ideal to wait until Monday.

Have a great week!

~Mags

Weekly Check In

Good Morning!

Last week was a rough one. I had two deaths that were significantly close to myself and my family, seasonal affect disorder reared it’s ugly head, and I had a staff meeting. Needless to say I gave into pop twice this week and I only made it to the gym twice as well.

Also I had my yearly girly exam and I hate the scales at the doctor because it said I weighed more than what I weighed in on last Monday so that bothered me a tad.

With that said, I am not weighing in until Friday. I am off Thursday night so I like to sleep then get up in weigh in as opposed to working all night Sunday (this week) and going home to step on the scale and be disappointed.

What I need to do is first off is make a space to workout at home if I don’t want to go out to the gym. I have the tools and knowledge to do it. Then set the time for 30 minutes and do it. Plus I cleaned my apartment (minus my other room)

Positives: Is that I stayed on task with my food prep last week and I have yet (*knocks wood*) to get sick this year. Which usually by now I have gotten something. I have been exposed numerous times already but for some reason my immune system has been awesome. Maybe it’s because I have really stayed on top of it by taking an ton a vitamin C, drinking more water (*ahem*) taking Benadryl (it helps me sleep), also drinking hot fluids like tea, and I have improved my hand washing game. Bonus I have been getting more sleep and back to my routine.

Also Trek Up The Tower is will be a month away this week so I have to step my game.

Goals this week:

*Go to the Y 4 times this week

*Set up my at home workout space

*No more pop for the month!

*Meal Prep

*Weigh In Friday

I will be back Friday to recap my weigh in!

Have a great week!

~Mags

I can’t do a push-up

Real talk here peeps.

I am currently taking a “group exercise class” for my requirements for my personal training certificate. It requires me to go to various group exercise classes at the Y or the local gym in Omaha. I have to observe the class while participating, along with attending “lab” or actual class room time once a week for discussion, then after we take an hour to go to the gym and we take turns “training” a group exercise class consisting of ourselves, some outside people, and a few teachers from school.

We did this workout which was as many reps that we can do in an certain amount  of time all with a kettle bell:

We did sqauts

Upright rows

Push Ups

Squats into an overhead extension

Then run 1 lap around the track (I so don’t run I walk it)

And repeat.

Fun right? (Total ass kicker by the way and I plan to do it on my own)

But I can’t do push ups.

My form is all wrong etc, etc. It was embarrassing that I, a 34-year old personal training student can’t do a damn push-up. I never could do them, even on my knees apparently I don’t do them right. Worse that two older women in my group can actually do them on their knees and I can’t. I wound up using a bar that held mats to do them standing. Don’t get me started with planks I am lucky I do those right (sometimes).

This is not the first time I’ve been embarrassed by lack of knowledge and form. I am learning but it’s upsetting to me when I can’t do anything right. I snuck a peek at my instructors notebook after our workout and all over I saw (Maggie form) it felt like a kick in the stomach.

To be honest I have only worked out on my own under no guidance no trainer (I’m cheap ha) so I’ve learned as I go (which is how I roll) plus visually. That’s one of the disadvantages of an accelerated program like mine not everything is going to be included in our scope of practice. It means that I have to do more on my own.

As of late, I’ve had some struggles, stress and anxiety which has prevented me from going to the gym as regularly as I should or I would like. Since now it’s a requirement for me to do group classes once a week as part of my assignments plus weekly training sessions as a class has been helping me ease back into the habit.

Hopefully, as time goes on I can learn how to do push-ups correctly. I just have to practice, practice, practice. Even if I have to use a stability ball that I got from school. I will do it.

Is there any exercise you struggle with?
~Mags

 

Fork in the road

Wow.  I don’t even know where to begin. I really thought 2017 was going to be my year.  I was going to STRIVE for success. So far it has not we’re already four months in and I want a divorce from 2017.

I have tried to be optimistic

I have tried to be positive

I tried to STRIVE forward

BUT……

I’ve felt nothing but stagnant. School hasn’t gotten any easier since I started back in January. In fact it has not gotten any better. Last week I was slammed with news not once but twice. My instructor even came down on me pretty hard the week before that I cried the whole 45 minute drive on the way home.

My job has been stressful since the start of the New Year too, I’ve had to put in numerous days of OT when I’m not at school which has added to the stress load.

The gym has taken a backseat I haven’t been since maybe January? Meal planning has been a hit and a miss. I’ve cheated way more than I should have and I have put on 30 pounds. Clothes aren’t fitting again. I am not proud of that.

I think part of the problem is I don’t have any real goals set. I decided not to do Trek up the Tower this year because prior to that when I had planned to train, I had an rather painful injury where I had pulled my quad muscles severely so I took two weeks off in order to recover. I thought about 5K the Hardway again but I don’t know my schedule past May, so I can’t even schedule the Color Run either it’s been frustrating so I have been saying no to any commitments like them.

What’s a girl to do?

To be honest, I am not sure what the answer is. Usually I am so sure of myself but my confidence has taken a backseat as well.

Here’s the BUT again…..

Sunday morning, I cleaned out my cupboards and my fridge. I went grocery shopping Monday after work. I stuck to my list and only bought said items on there which I rarely do. I did add a few things that I had forgotten but I didn’t buy any sweets. I made myself a smoothie for breakfast then I drove out to Johnson Lake and walked around 1 time. I also did some upright push ups on the benches along the way (I need to figure out how many benches they are total so I could do the math on how many reps I do on each one) The wind was pretty strong (love Nebraska) is why I only made it around 1 time plus I can tell I am out of shape! I came home and cooked lunch:

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I got some pork chops but I cut it in half and bought some broccoli and cheese tater tots ( I had a coupon) they tasted really good! I did some meal prepping too this week. I have been back to drinking tons of water.

It’s a start. My birthday is this week. I may have a cheat day and I am going to try to make it to the gym this week as well since the weather looks ify the rest of the week so I may not be able to get out and walk.

I have my final today then I start back up with classes next week!

I’ll try to update when I can.

Mags

 

 

 

 

 

Checking In

I will be doing monthly check ins as opposed to weekly since I opted to only weigh in once a month instead of weekly because I don’t want to rely on the scale as much as I have before. But I still I wanted to do a quick check in to let you know how things are going.

This week we had an ice storm for three days (Sun, Mon & Tues). Monday was a holiday for me anyways but the gym was closed and Tuesday there was no school but the gym was open but I fell on the ice and opted to stay home to rest since I was feeling sore. Which meant no gym for three days (since I did have class on Wednesday) and I should have done an at home workout with my new resistance bands but I gave into my old habits.

However, I don’t feel at my best when I don’t get enough sleep especially trying to readjust back into my school schedule. So I tend to listen to my tired body a bit more than I am used and that’s okay. I am trying to find balance for both. I’ve only worked out 1-2 days a week and I need to go for 3. I learned last week that if I write in my schedule I wind up not going as opposed to recording it later if that makes any sense. I feel like if I plan it I set myself up for failure. But if I go when I don’t plan it I am more consistent. Trail and error friends!

Eating has been so/so I had more cheat meals a week ago than I liked. At the most I allow myself two a week but I had four. Although my meal prep for work is getting better. I found some new recipes too that I am eager to try. I am less tempted to stop for drive thru on the way home from school which I am proud of myself for!

Last but not least school. I’ve only had 3 classes so far it’s been an adjustment because I am with massage students again (there are four trainers in the class) so it’s a larger class, plus it really doesn’t apply to me being as a personal trainer. Some of it does and some of it doesn’t which is really hard to focus. I am trying though! I have 6 weeks left.

Have a great weekend!

~Mags