Life Style Lift

This Blog is dedicated to my goal to change my life. In this blog you will read of my trials, triumphs and tests into improving the quality of my life and that of my family's life. It will start out with basic things, things I have influence over and will move on to more intricate changes. This blog will read like a diary, one of my goals is to update it daily, noting a small change I have made or maintained during that day.

From food to fitness, spending money to saving money, setting goals and achieving goals, and everything in between. Stay tuned to see how my Lifestyle Lift pays off!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Week One Results

So it's been an interesting week, that's for sure.  I was able to stay within 200 calories of 1400 Calories a day for eating.  I was able to eat right 6 times this week, in fact I ate right all 7 days on a caloric stand point, but I wouldn't say it was a perfect six days.  A Big Mac Meal got in there as did a donut and pumpkin cupcake with icing.  So not horrible, but not excellent either. The teacher in me gives me a B-, I have a lot of stuff to tighten up if I want to be successful in the long run.

Week two's short term goal is to do cardio 5X a week for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 3 toning exercises a week for 15 minutes, and to eat right 6 days a week in order to lose 1-2 pounds.

Now let's see how I did in the weight and measurement category.


Beginning measurements:                                                        Week One Measurements
Weight 1XX (no I am not saying that number :P)                     Weight: 1XX   -1
Neck: 13.5 inches                                                                   Neck:  13.5   no change          
Shoulders: 42 inches                                                               Shoulders 41.5    -0.5
Bust: 43 inches                                                                       Bust  42               -1
Chest (under armpits and across) : 36 inches                           Chest: 36 no change
Thigh: 25 inches                                                                      Thigh: 24.5       -0.5
Calf: 15 inches                                                                        Calf: 15     no change
bicep: 13 inches                                                                      bicep: 13 no change
Hips: 45 inches                                                                       hips: 44   -1
Waist 1 (smallest part of waist): 35 inches                                waist 1: 34  -1
Waist 2 (over belly button): 39 inches                                     waist 2: 37.5   -1.5

Well I have lost a total of 5.5 inches in the first week, that's very encouraging!!!  And I lost a pound which means I am on track to be losing 6-10 pounds in the next 6 weeks.  


Through last year when I was losing weight, I didn't really lose a lot of inches in my neck or chest area those areas pretty much stayed the same so I am not suprised to see no movement there.  I also didn't see much more than an inch shift in my calf or bicep so those aren't surprising. What I find the most encouraging is the loss of inches in those areas that are so problematic for me, my hips and waist!!  I always identify those areas as my problem areas with my thighs, but hopefully this will start dropping and I can begin to feel like I have no problem areas!! 


Bring on week 2!!!!!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Week One Meals

Sunday Meals
Protein Shake with yogurt and fresh fruit       344 calories
English Muffin with peanut butter and honey  183 calories
Apple and Cottage Cheese                           153 calories
Steak, Stuffed Potato and Corn                    386 calories
oatmeal, apple and cottage cheese                263 calories
Total Calories                                               1329 calories
water                                                           2.25 Litres
Monday Meals
English muffin peanut butter honey.               178 calories
Steak stuffed potato garlic toast                    393 calories
Banana                                                          50 Calories
Chocolate chip cookie                                 120 calories
Chicken breast rice cream corn                    298 calories
Keystone beer                                             143 calories
Total Calories                                            1370 calories
Water                                                         1.5 litres
Tuesday Meals
Shhhh don't judge me today
Special K with 1% mild                              111 calories
Big Mac Meal with Diet Coke                    890 Calories
Taco meat and Ceasar Salad                      313 calories

Total Calories                                             1314 calories
water                                                          2 litres
Wednesday Meals
Protein Shake with yogurt and fresh fruit     344 Calories
turkey wrap with mustard                           260 Calories
Donut                                                         200 Calories
Pork chops, rice and cream corn                330 Calories
strawberries and cream cheese dip              94 calories

Total calories                                            1216 Calories                                        
Water                                                        1.5 litres
Thursday Meals
whole grain toast, peanut butter and honey    331 calories
bbq porkchop rice and cream corn               292 calories
3 pieces pepperoni pizza                               600 calories
strawberries and cream cheese dip                  94 calories
Total Calories                                               1317 calories
Water                                                        2 litres
Friday Meals
protein smoothie                                           344 calories
pumpkin spice cupcakes with icing                264 calories
cottage cheese                                               81 calories
crepes                                                          410 calories
apple and strawberries                                   184 calories
Total Calories                                                 1202 calories
Water                                                       750 ml
Saturday Meals
smoothie                                                       344 calories
raspberry muffin whipped shortbread cookie  219 calories
sandwiches, mixed raw veggies, fruit               275 calories
popcorn                                                         110 calories
hamburgers fries and Caesar salad                  496 calories
Total Calories                                               1444 calories
Water                                                       750 ml

* I use My Fitness Pal App to help me calculate my calories*

So it hasn't been a bad week, I have kept within 200 Calories of my desired caloric intake. So yeah!!!  There are a few items I am embarrassed to have put on this list, but this is about being honest, so that if anyone else is struggling, they can see what I am doing to find success, as I find things that work, then I am going to make sure to highlight those things.  Losing and maintaining weight is hard work, there is no quick fix and I don't just want to lose weight I want to be healthy doing it.  I am going to keep the same goal of 1400 Calories but I have to be within 100 calories for next week, then the next week I am going to drop it 200 calories to hopefully kick start my metabolism!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Week One EXERCISE

Sunday Exercise
30 minute walk with Lil Man and Sasha
20 minute toning circuit (25 squats, 25 push ups and 50 sit ups /2X)

Monday Exercise
40 minute walk
15 minute toning circuit ( same as Sunday only once threw though)

Tuesday Exercise
30 minute walk

Wednesday Exercise
15 minute toning circuit (same as Sunday)

Thursday Exercise
I didn't do any formalized exercise this day, although I did help set up tables and chairs then take them down again.

Friday Exercise
Again nothing, hopefully next week will be better for consistency.

Saturday Exercise
Today I had a trade show in Sedgewick so I didn't get anything done for exercising.

I am going to keep the same goals for next weeks exercising, Cardio 5X, Toning 3X and eating right 6 X.  I get one Fatday, where I get to eat above my calories and enjoy food.  But I can't eat just bad food, but I get to have a few snacks.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Goal Charts

Alright so I think if I use Google Documents and paste the link here you can see what I am doing and the sheets I am using to keep track of my goals.
Here is the first one, it's a calendar type chart that I will use and make annotations on each day so I can make sure I am reaching my goals.

Goal Chart

Blueprint to success This one let's me record what I want to do and what I did each week!!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Ok so here is the beginning of my 6 week challenge.  Participant ME!!!

First step is to set my goals, long term and short term.
Long term goal: In six weeks to lose 6-10 pounds by eating right and exercising frequently.
Short term goal: During week one I will do five cardio and 3 toning exercises for a minimum of 30 minutes a day for cardio and 15 minutes a session for toning, I will also eat within my 1400 calories 6 times a week.

Now for the measurements section
Beginning measurements:
Weight 1XX (no I am not saying that number :P)
Neck: 13.5 inches
Shoulders: 42 inches
Bust: 43 inches
Chest (under armpits and across) : 36 inches
Thigh: 25 inches
Calf: 15 inches
bicep: 13 inches
Hips: 45 inches
Waist 1 (smallest part of waist): 35 inches
Waist 2 (over belly button): 39 inches

So there's the dark and dirty of where I am beginning.  I will then let you know how many lbs I am down each week.  Don't worry that 1 in my weight won't disappear.

I would like to attach the goal charts I am using so when I figure that out I will lead you to the links!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

OMG What have I done?!?!?!

Recently I uploaded some pictures from my birthday party in March.  My first thought was, "I really like my new shirt!" Which was followed by a more 'surprising' thought, "but man do I look fat!"  Omg I did not just think that, but unfortunately as I peered at the photo a little more, I realized that it was true.  I had gained weight yet again.

Who's fault is this weight gain, well none other than yours truly, I mean I can't really blame anyone else, I ate the food, I stopped the exercise program, I did all that, no one else, so I am the one who is to blame.  Yup that was me.

I haven't stepped on a scale to see how much I weigh I really don't need the scale to be taunting me as well, I do a good enough job at that as it is already.  But it has definitely lit a fire under my ass, I mean I don't want to be the fat mom, I want to be the healthy has lot's of energy, and hey my mom looks good mom.  I don't expect to have changes over night, I know this is an arduous battle, I have been in this spot before, about 18 months ago actually, and I am here again, so now I know I need to make a change.

I am going to talk to my doctor about it at my next appointment, I mean the weight gain is a little surprising I didn't feel I was being that negligent on my eating habits, maybe a little, but not to this extreme.  So I want to rule out any medical reason for the weight gain, then I am going to "diet".  But not really diet, I am going to track my food intake and I will post weekly results here, to keep me on track.  I don't know who all reads this but I don't want to be eating crap and having you all judge me for it.  And I am going to exercise every day, so when I post my weekly food log, you will also see my weekly exercise log.  And my total earnings that I am going to reward myself with.

So the plan is this, for every day I am within 200 calories +/- my daily caloric intake of 1400 I get $2.  For every day that do at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise I get $1 and for every day that I do 30 minutes of strength toning exercises I get $1.  So I can potentially earn $4 a day.  This will go for 6 weeks.  At the end of 6 weeks we will check our progress and go from there.  This will start tomorrow so tomorrow I will measure and weigh myself then post the results here.  Not the weight, I will just post my % lost after on each weeks update.

Ok here we go 6 weeks to a new me!!!!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Morning Workouts, or Daily Workouts

I find it so difficult to get out of bed on mornings when I don't work, but I know I should, I know I should get up do  quick exercise circuit, but I don't.  I usually laze in bed and then get up, then eat, then play on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for an hour, then I clean the house, and then I do anything but exercising.  ANYTHING!!  I know this is so bad for me, especially because I am considering saving myself some money by quitting the gym and just getting a family pass at the Collicut for the year.  It's cheaper because Hubby works for the city, so then we can both go.  I know, absolutely KNOW that, hubby would not have half the aches and pains he did if he began working out regularly.  So for 1/2 the price of my gym membership a month, I could take my whole family to one of the City Centers, (Collicut, Rec Center, Dawe) and work out there.  We would also get to go swimming as a family or do lane swimming with other friends.  So the thought of quitting the gym, though it pains me to say it, means that I have to become more motivated at home to stay active and in shape.

The gym has given me some great tools and I am very happy with them.  I am not quitting the gym because I am not happy with my trainer, in fact I would offer my trainer money to come train my hubby and I for one hour a week just to make sure I stay on track.  I am quitting the gym because my family cannot afford the cost anymore, especially if we begin looking into moving away from the city. 

So this is what I have begun in December that I am going to push on my entire house.  (Yes I am that pushy, my 2 y/o will even get involved)  I typed up 14 different quick workouts for us to do in the morning. Some will take 15 minutes others closer to 45.  I am going to print them off and put them onto some Scrapbooking paper then we will put them in a little container.  Each day we will pick one of them to do the next morning, and Hubby and I will for sure do them at some point during the day, then we will pick another one.  We will both get one veto day, or day of rest, but it doesn't have to be the same day.  But when we are working out it has to be the same workout.  If the kids are up they will join us.

Also the days I usually go to the gym we will still go to the gym to workout and we will add another day to that schedule so that we are going to the gym 4 times a week.  I think we will work on cardio mostly, but we will definitely do some strength training too. 

Much to my family's dismay we are going to go be changing some eating habits as well.  Especially my hubby, who still snacks out on chips and goodies all the time.  He is going to be put on my diet and I will be making his lunch and snacks and breakfasts for him and he will eat them..... because I said so with love of course.

I will update my workout cards when I have them done, I need to get pictures for them too, so that we know what we have to do.  But it's going to be so worth it.  I heard awhile ago that a family who works out together stays together.