Starting Over

It’s feel weird to say that.”Starting over”

Honestly, I never thought I would be in this position again after dropping all the weight. I knew I would have to maintain it and I managed to do well for a few years before I decided to go back to school.

My life for 2 long years was completely altered.

Before College:

I would get off work, get a light breakfast, go to the gym for an hour (or Jazzercise), come home eat a good meal, bathe and relax then sleep for work. And repeat almost every day.

College:

I would get off work, shove down a quick breakfast, change then drive 45 minutes to be at class by 9 until noon, drive 45 minutes home, come home then eat lunch (or sometimes drive through) then drive to unwind to sleep for work and repeat daily for the first two months then every other day for the next two years.

Even after going to part time, I felt I didn’t have time to workout, because I was exhausted from losing the extra sleep I was normally getting so I would go to bed early on non school days in hopes to catch up. But I was so stressed the overeating began, I stopped working out completely. The weight came back slowly and I felt really inferior to my classmates. Working a full time job overnights, then going to school part time in itself is a struggle just like it is for anyone else who has their own life.

I really tried to “start over” in 2018 that didn’t pan out as well I hoped. I made an honest effort but it fell through.

But I have not given up.

Yesterday I went to the gym for the first time in a month:

 

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It’s a bit blurry but….

I eased myself back doing about 15 minutes or so on the treadmill. Then I did a light lifting session including some dead-lifts, hip thrusts and ended with burpees. I probably spent about 35 minutes total (just a guess) there but at least I did it.

When I got home, I wiped clean my marker board (that kept track of my weight loss) and planning to “start over” with a new weigh in on Sunday. I haven’t really set any goals right now I just want to start (it is my word for 2018 after all) and go from there.

Weight loss isn’t easy but I will succeed! I will be posting my stats on Sunday/Monday!

Have a great weekend!

Mags

 

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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

Start Killing It 2018

Happy New Year!

I am excited for the New Year it’s going to be the best ever! I have been choosing my word for awhile and actually it’s 3

Start Killing It.

Originally it was going to be just Start which was one of my blogger friend Crystal’s word for 2017 because it made total sense because I need to START things. My word last year STRIVE severed me well. Then I got my studio DIY clutch for December:

 

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Then I realized all 3 words were perfect!

As for some of my goals include getting back to the gym and start a normal routine with it again. I also signed up for Trek up The Tower in February so I really need to get into gear for it since I want to beat my time in 2015. Also I want to quit drinking pop for good.

To keep track of going to the gym and no drinking pop, I downloaded this Don’t break the chain Calendar  from Karen Kavett which you can write down whatever you decide to do and you can keep track!

Let’s start killing it in 2018!

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

 

Trying new things

Hi!

A fellow vintage/fashion lover I follow on Instagram Hayley Angell has done a series on YouTube called Look Fabulous Feel Fabulous  where she has done various different workouts in the UK she’s done everything from Hula Hooping, pole dancing, belly dancing, curling (the last video) and even Roller Fitsco! (Why can’t that be a thing here??). I love her motivation to try new fun fit things it’s motivated me to to STRIVE (my word for 2017 remember?) to try some new workouts!

If I am going to be a personal trainer in 10 months I need to be well rounded in fitness. Unfortunately my down fall lately has been lack of workouts. My stress level and anxiety have hit an all time high and I find myself wanting to retreat to the comforts of my home instead of the gym. I need to break out of my comfort shell (which has been hard AF) so I thought it would take on Hayley’s challenge myself and learn something new! I’ve been scouring the inter-webs and I will be doing Cross Fit!  Which is next Saturday February 18th!

I wanted to do Barre 3 free class but it was already full (I am hoping to attempt this one later!) so I am hoping at least once a month along with my check ins, I will be sharing a post from a new workout class! I am really excited to be expanding my knowledge!

Stay tuned!!

~Mags

Strive 2017

After much debate, I have a word for 2017. If you remember last year, my word was Achieve and I felt like I haven’t achieved anything. Honestly I really wasn’t going to have a word this year because I felt like 2016 was a such let down for me because I only “achieved” four of my goals. I’ve openly have talked about my struggles as I entered into the New Year, a little rough too I might add, I kind of dismissed having a word altogether. But the more I thought about it, and I was in class the other day working on my “business plan” and the word that I have been thinking about using Strive came into my mind for a gym name. Granted it’s just part of my business class, I am not sure if I will go into my own business or not after I graduate. But I liked the idea so I went with it. Actually I had gotten up early before class and went to the Y. After I logged my workout, I wrote STRIVE on my marker board:

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I want to STRIVE at the gym again

I want to STRIVE in school

I want to STRIVE in my decisions

I want to STRIVE to be healthier

I want to STRIVE in my meal plans

I want to STRIVE in my goals

And so on. I guess it’s not so bad to have a word after all. Let’s STRIVE for an awesome 2017!

~Mags

 

Snow day workout!

So we’re expecting a snow storm and you know that means: No school and no Jazzercise or YMCA insert sad face!

What is a fit girl to do?

There a lot of You Tube videos and stuff on Pinterest that you can do at home if you’re snowed in like me! But today I am sharing some superhero/villain and a wake workout that you can do at home!

Wonder Woman

 

Harley Quinn

 

Deadpool

Super girl

Wake up

I hope these help!

Happy Snow Day!

~Mags