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!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 9 of 55

Well it was the last day of school, so besides feeling a little sad because I was done for the year, it was an ok day.

I didn't eat great but I didn't eat to badly, and I was active.  I went for walks around the school and then I played with Little Man when I got home, it wasn't much but for the way I was feeling it was a lot!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 8 of 55

Today was an excellent day!!!

I ate well, not perfectly but I ate well.  Also I did some walking with Lil Man and then I went to the gym where I pounded out my workout. 

I am loving my new workouts, but I do need to do a workout at home to ensure that I am making progress in getting stronger and faster at working out.  Although yesterday we had to run around the outside of the gym 3 times which three months ago was a serious struggle for me.  I am thinking that since it's been over a week of working out I am going to post a dreaded bikini picture so that I can see the comparison in a weeks time.

Hopefully that will be even more incentive for me to work doubly hard this month before the big nuptial trip!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 6&7 of 55

Ok so I got a little behind on this whole diary type blogging for my countdown to the wedding.  But I think most weekends will usually be like this so I will just group them together and update on Monday, that will be way easier.

So didn't have a great dieting weekend, but I didn't eat too badly.

I didn't do to much exercising either.  I only played some Kinect with Chandler on Saturday, but I feel I made up for it on Sunday.  I did a whole bunch of yard work on Sunday and I was able to clean up under my deck and do the edging around my yard.

So today is Monday I will update what I am doing in a later blog.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 4 of 55

Today was not a good day.  It's the end of the year and we are doing all kinds of wrap up parties and well, unfortunately, the kids don't always bring only healthy food, and when it comes to sweets my will power falters. 

Then it was a day at school all day with me not participating in gym today, I just didn't really feel like it.  They were playing dodge ball, and well they were a little too exuberant with their competitiveness. 

And now Sherry isn't going to the gym tonight because she doesn't feel well (get better soon Sherry) but it is a deterrent from going to the gym especially since Nicole is absent today as well.  But I am going to go then I am going to meet up with Adrian for a steak night or something.  It will be fine and I can get back on track tomorrow,  so I am not too worried right now.  But today hasn't been  a great day!!  Not one of the days I will be highlighting that's for sure!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 3 of 55

So another day of working out and keeping active.

Took the little man and the dog to the dog park today.  It's a good hike around, usually it takes about 40 minutes. It took us over an hour, but that's because Little man wanted to walk part of it, and well he is easily distracted. 

Then it was an afternoon and relaxation and enjoyment.  I wanted to do another workout tonight but I am so exhausted and burnt out that I just needed a break.  So I took it.  I will get back into everything tomorrow.  Another gym class, another workout and maybe some time at the driving range.

Keeping active to keep in shape!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 2 of 55

So today I had to work and I was exhausted.  It was a surprising day because I got two preps instead of one since my Grade fives were in Track and Field. I had planned on staying really late at work to complete my tests and marking so that all I had left to do on exam day was correcting the final exam.  However, I think I will get home a little earlier since I finished all that and I packed up my car and classroom.  It's time to move on out. :'(

So there wasn't much going on for physical activity yet today.  In my last class we went for a walk to the park and that took 20 minutes.  So that was a good thing.  I will be driving home and then I will be applying to a couple places for evening jobs this summer.  Finally, I will be going to my workout at the gym.  It's going to be a good workout.  I just know it.  Then I may go to bed I am exhausted.  It was a late night last night and an early morning too.

I am pretty sure I won't have to work tomorrow so I will be able to go for a walk with Lil Man again and maybe take the dog too.  Apparently, the dog is not happy with us and tried to run away three times today.  Thank God for good neighbours.  We might just go down to the dog park, going to phone a friend with a dog to see if they want to meet us.  Need to get out more and do these things.  So those are the plans.

We were measured on Monday so I will post the results and comparisons tomorrow or later tonight so you can see what's going on. 

Day 1 of 55

So today is Day one.

I have not been very active yet, today, been working in front of the computer because I am trying to finish my study guides and my final exam for next Tuesday.

But the plan for today is to go out for a long walk with lil man.  I think we may go to the library to return some books.  That should take us an hour to get there and back.  Afterwards, we will play in the yard and let lil man run off any energy he has so he will have a long nap.

Tonight I have plans with Krysta to do a Crossfit workout.  It's a short workout but it's a good one that will get our blood pumping and muscles moving.  We will be doing a fifteen minute workout, where for each minute we do that number of pushups, sit-ups and squats.  I am looking forward to it.  Afterwards I think I have earned a chance to sit down and relax for a bit.

Must have balance in life!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Roughly Six Weeks to go

I am going to challenge myself to write in this blog once a day, as a daily record of what activities I am doing in order to make my goals.  I am finding that I am plateauing right now, just not really moving anywhere up or down on the scale.  The number I am not worried about but I do want to be able to fit into my clothes and my skinny clothes.  I would actually like to refer to my skinny clothes as my regular clothes and not my skinny clothes but that is something altogether different.

I am upset about one thing though.  It's such a stupid thing to be upset about, but it is really frustrating for me.  I grew up and I was consistently a C cup, even after my eldest was weaned I went back down to a C cup, not right away but I got there.  It was great because being a D was uncomfortable and bras are friggen expensive.  So I had myself measured yesterday, because I have been going down in sizes in all my clothes but my breasts don't seem to be moving.   I was measured at a DD!!! A DD?!?!?!?!  WTF?!?!?!  I am dieting and working out and my breasts are still carrying around an extra load of fat?  It hardly seems fair. 

I have decided I need to do my Fit Camps MWF and T and Th I have to do cardio as well as one day on the weekend then hopefully my cup size will go back to normal.  I just want to be able to wear my comfy bras and right now they just always look like I am going to pop out if I wear them.  bah oh well here is to the next 55 days before the wedding.  I know I can do it, do you guys have faith in me???

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Results are in (for me anyways)

Well I had my final weigh in for the six week challenge that I just participated in.  It was a good challenge, the exercise routines were different, the support was great and I had fun.  The only difference was that my trainer no longer looked at my meal plans so I definitely stopped writing down everything I was pass through my lips. 

Therefore, I cheated on my eating a few times.  Ok like two or three times in the last four weeks per week.  Seriously it wasn't a great thing.  But my break down didn't look to bad either.

I lost 7 pounds or weight.  In that weight loss I lost 2% body fat and gained 2% lean muscle.  I ended up losing 8 inches in total from when I started although my mid-measuring said that I had lost even more, but it's just with different people measuring so you have to take the good with the bad. 

I feel good about what I accomplished, and I know I still have some more work to do, but I am enjoying going to the gym.  It's really my only out of the house time I have so I take what I can get.  I am going to continue going to the gym until August for sure, after that I will have to re-evaluate what I am doing since I may not have a job in September and the gym is a little expensive.

However, I am seeing results and I don't feel I am working to exuberantly hard.  Just enough to get my energy up and my weight down.  I am loving it!!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The End is Near

So Tuesday is the end of my six week challenge... I know it was supposed to be Wednesday but they moved me and just left me a message about it.  I am not too happy, but I am a little worried.  I don't know that I made the amount of progress I need to win, but I am hoping that I will show a strong finish.  If for nothing else then for myself.  Would the prize help us out, for sure it would, it would help us with our trip and everything, but it won't stop us from going on our trip. 

I know I am down in weight but I am not sure how many more inches I have gone down, I know when Nicole measured me last week I was down quite a bit, but Nicole and Jessica measure differently so it's questionable.  I hope that I can make a strong finish and hopefully win, but if not I am feeling so much better and it will be another two months until we leave for my wedding!!!! 

Omg I am going to look great for my wedding, but still have some toning up to do.  Looks like it will be a busy 8 weeks yet!!!!