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, November 30, 2010

30 Day Challenge day six

What is your reward for sticking to a program?
My reward for sticking to my program is three fold.

1. I will be healthy and happy with my body image

2. I will be able to fit into a fantastic wedding dress and I will look great on the day when I am the center of attention

3. I will be able to fit into all my pre pregnancy clothes and wear a great bikini this summer!!!

Number one is the most important to me, but the superficial numbers 2 and 3 are my biggest motivators... if that makes sense.

30 day challenge Day five

What is your favourite type of exercise program?

My favourite type of exercising program would be any type of combination program.  I love doing cardio work outs, but I love strength training as well.  When I used to go running at the Collicut I would do weights for 15 minutes afterwards as well.  And of course a great program must have an ab portion to it or I would be greatly disappointed.  I have a great foundation for exercising I just have to continue working on it so that I can reach my goals.  I have done it before I can do it again!!!

30 Day challenge day 4

What hurdles do you face when trying to change habits like eating and exercising?

The hurdles I seem to face when I am trying to change my eating and exercise habits come from my excuse bag.  I will say I can’t change my diet too much because I have to make supper for three boys that I live with.  But, really, why can’t they change their eating habits for me.  And if I cook it, then they eat it or they make their own.  Little Man isn’t a big hurdle because he is still young, but  I do have to keep his calories up so he can grow into a big guy (I don’t mean fat, I just mean so he doesn’t become a midget lol)  I use my family as an excuse not to exercise as well.  It will be I have to hang out with them or I have to find a sitter and stuff like that, it’s not good but those are my hurdles, although I am fighting those hurdles and trying to make justifications to exercise instead of the other way around.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

30 day challenge day 3

What is the start of your fitness challenge. What programs are you using and who is helping you reach your goals?

The start of my fitness challenge is setting goals for myself and making those goals visible to me around my house.  I am still looking for a photo to print off for a visual of what I am trying to reach, but so far no luck. That's what happens when your computer dies out on you.  
So I am starting a few 30 Day challenges x2 with a few of my friends.  We are taking 60 days to reach our goal. The winner of the challenge will receive $20 plus their $20 to go towards a new shopping trip to buy a new pair of jeans or some tops.  It's between me and the other person I am just having four of my friends keep me motivated because I want to beat them all.  That way I will get $100 to spend on some new clothes which would be AWESOME!!!
So they will help me keep motivated and I am going to get Adrian into this as well.  I am sure that once we start if we work together it will get more comfortable for both of us.  I want to challenge myself.  I need to challenge myself.  And I need to be accountable to myself because really at the end of the day I am the one that will win or lose for myself and it won't affect the other people involved!!!
If any one else is interested in keeping motivated by a challenge with me let me know and I can send you the details I am using to help myself out of this weighty mess.

Friday, November 26, 2010

30 Day Challenge Day 2

Where you would like to be in 30 days of consistent exercising and healthy eating?

So after some careful consideration I have decided that I would like to be in a very differnt mind set in the next thirsty days.  I feel that I am my own worst enemy.  I need to be more active and I need to stop making excuses for my inactivity.  I can be very active but I am easily distracted by television shows or the computer and will use those activities as excuses not to do fitness activities. 
So I have decided that I would like to lose a total of 3 inches in the next thirty days.  That would be an all over lose but it would definitely be a start to getting me jumping ahead of my New Years resolution. I have to buy a wedding dress in about a month, and I DO NOT WANT TO BE FAT!!!!
So I have decided that I need to do the following and I will keep an checklist for myself to help me reach my thirty day goal of a loss of 3 total inches.  I mean it may be half an inch here a quarter of an inch there but it will be a loss and it will be a start I do not believe that is asking too much.  I have to work out everyday, I can't eat junk food or pop, and I must increase my veggie  and fruit intake. 
I will be posting another blog in regards to my journey on information I find.  I was sent an email about eating fruit and it was really interesting so when I get home I will definitely post it here to share with all of you.
So far I have 4 girls joining me on a Biggest Loser challenge so this should be very motivating!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day One :What are your starting fitness level for you at this moment in time?

My fitness levels at this point in time are mediocre.  I can complete an hour or two or cardiovascular training, I can do weight lifting of weights up to 10 pounds for repeated reps.  I don't get winded climbing up stairs, but I wouldn't say I ma in shape.  If I had to give myself a grade my starting grade during this 30 day challenge I would say I was at a C-. 
My goal for this challenge is to get to a grade of a B.  I don't know what that would entail exactly yet.  But I think it would look like getting my scale down another 6 pounds. It would have me being active on my own and not finding excuses for not going to a work out class, and if I do not go to a workout class I will work out at home instead.  It will also mean getting into a habit that when I go to Vegas I will actually pack work out clothes so I can workout while I am on vacation.
So that's it'... I will post my measurements later, like after I finally take them. hahahah.  I am thinking for this challenge I am going to have to be brutally honest about myself in order for it to get kicked into high gear for changes to be made!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

So here's my new challenge....

On my other blog I am doing a thirty day challenge to keep writing on the blog, to fill the blog with stuff that is about me.  Some of the blogs are longer and some are shorter but it keeps my writing focused and gives me a goal to keep in mind.

So I have decided that for the next 30 days I must blog, by reporting on different changes I am adding to my life for the different goals I have set.  So the most important goal for me right now is the fitness goal.  Therefore, I am going to begin that 30 day challenge.

Here is what to expect over the next thirty days.  I will be blogging about my thirty day challenge using the Wii programs I have.  The first one I will be using is Wii Active, the others I will use are Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus and Jillian Michael's Bootcamp. 

1) What are your starting fitness level for you at this moment in time?
2) Where you would like to be in 30 days of consistent exercising and healthy eating?
3) What is the start of your fitness challenge.  What programs are you using and who is helping you reach your goals?
4) What hurdles do you face when trying to change habits like eating and exercising?
5) What is your favourite type of exercise program?
6) What is your reward for sticking to a program?
7) Seven days in what are your results right now.  Is there a change in weight, energy or motivation?
8) When do you exercise?
9) Holidays can be very detrimental to exercising and dieting, what is your plan to get through the holidays without jeopardizing your routine?
10) Who do you count on when you are making lifestyle changes to support you and encourage you to continue?
11) What are your problem areas that you feel need to be worked on the most?
12) What areas of your body to you like the best?
13) Name and exercise program you have heard of but have never tried that you would like to try and tell us why?
14) Fourteen days in summarize your results again.
15) Half way through have you made changes to your program, if so what are they?  Would you like to make changes to your program?
16) What do you do for a warm up?
17) Challenge: It's been 17 days how are the results going?  Challenge yourself to add another 15 minutes of exercising to each day you work out.  Tell us what it is.
18) What are your favourite seasonal activities that change up your exercising routine?
19) Describe the changes you have made to your diet to help you reach your fitness goals.
20) What is your workout playlist?
21) Less than 10 days to go, summarize your results.
22) What is your cool down routine?
23) What is your least favourite type of exercising?
24) What popular exercising/ dieting programs have you tried or researched?  Do they work?
25) What is your ideal weight and are you there?
26) The media bombards us with images of famous people and they criticize them for their weight, what is your opinion on what the "real" people should strive to be?  What type of body image do you want for your children if you have any or for younger people in general?
27) Do you watch the Biggest Loser?  Why or why not?
28) Have you ever entered into a Biggest Loser competition? Why or why not?
29) How have you felt completing this challenge?
30) Last day summarize your results.  What is your next 30 day challenge?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Swimming and Exercising

On the fast track to getting into shape.  There are so many things that I have been doing to try to lose this baby fat weight.  I am not one of those lucky people who drops weight while breast feeding.  Let me correct that, I did drop weight in the beginning, but as he stopped eating as frequently I stopped dropping the weight and without even realizing it I packed it back on. 

With that being said I have made changes in my life to accommodate my goals to lose weight for the wedding and for my life in general.  Stepping onto the scale and seeing XXX pounds was not a happy time for me.  Now I can say that I have lost 5% of my body weight and I have reached a lose of 26% of my goal weight which means I am well on my way to where I want to be.

The month of November has been incredibly busy.  I have been doing some kind of activity for at least forty minutes each night.  Forty minute swimming classes with Little Man, and then two hours of work out classes Tuesday and Thursday and an hour work out class on Friday.  That leaves my weekends free to spend time with the family doing Family activities.  I don't even miss my television on the nights that I am busy.  I just PVR the shows and watch them on days that I am not working. Which really isn't ideal either but it is what it is.

Now I need to keep this momentum up.  I have a gift card to one to one fitness that I will use during the month of December.  Monday's and Wednesday's would be a great days to go and work out with a personal trainer or just to go work out.  I need the motivation.  I need to post a picture of myself at the weight I want to reach and then just keep envisioning myself at that weight, (put the secret to work).  Then in January when the new look 'n book comes out book myself in for at least three classes and figure out what to do on Monday and Wednesdays.

Well let's hope that by the time December rolls around I will see some actual visible results which will keep me motivated to work out through the holiday season!!!

Anyone have any suggestions for types of work out classes that are fun to participate in ??

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

So many things

It has been sometime since my last post, I have to really work on a schedule for myself so that I stay on track with all the things I want to do in a day.  That's the only way there will ever be enough hours in the day.  By dividing the days and hours into chunks of activities and maybe cancelling my cable.

I know cancelling my cable seems sacrilegious, but I need to do something because I am the easiest person to become unmotivated.  Take yesterday for example, I told myself that during Little Man's nap I would plan for my day today at school.  That was the plan.  When Little Man was down for a nap, I did not follow my plan, I watched The Talk, and Dr. Phil instead.  And neither show improved my life.  I wanted to slap Dr. Phil, I wanted to choke out Julie Chen and her View twins. 

So now that is my new goal, make a day plan to follow and stick to it for 21 days.  If I do then I will get to reward myself with a nice new purse when I go to Vegas!!! If I don't I can't have the purse.

I will keep you informed!!!