Friday, December 25, 2009

The Whittle My Middle Challenge was put on hold because I decided to use the  excuse of the beginnings of an ingrown toenail that was really getting in the way of doing my planks.  I made it through about 7 actual days of exercise, but there's been such a break I think I lose out on some of the additive effects of daily exercise.  So the modified plan is no follow up pictures, since inconsistent exercise does not a sculpted body make. :D  I will finish up on the 2nd. Dennis operated on my toe, and it wasn't that bad so I'll probably get through this just fine. 

December 25

  • Plank: 53 seconds
  • Side plank (supported): Right Side: 25 seconds, 36 seconds Left Side: 32 seconds, 34 seconds
  • Plank with elbows on stability ball  45 seconds
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes 38 seconds, 15reps
  • Stability ball roll out   10 reps
  • Plank Rotations 12 seconds,  3reps
  • TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes. 
Merry Christmas...  I'm off for more celebrating!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


A bunch of the family went Ice Skating before the big Prime Rib Christmas Dinner today. It was SO much fun and it got nice and quiet up at Mom and Dad's house while we were gone.
Such a very nice day.
Weigh-In is postponed due to being out of town on weigh-in day.
Word of the year???
More on that later.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Weekly Weigh-In (#44)

Yay!!! My weight is down 1.9 pounds! I haven't seen a loss like that in awhile.

I finished days 4 and 5 of my 30 day Whittle my Middle challenge on the 8th of December and took a break, during which time the only exercise I have been getting is shoveling and blowing snow out of the (huge) driveway, and there's more to do today. I am back to my challenge today, though. I just won't finish until next month now. I'm glad I lost this week. I needed that boost!

My 2010 word of the year?... I'll tell you later.

There's No Such Thing As Girls Like That

Just had to share this... (more Christine Kane)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

How cool is she?

Christine Kane is a musician / creative life coach with a blog and I just discovered her today. Seems she's been doing a word of the year for awhile now, which is how I found her website. Helpful stuff. I've settled on my word for 2010. It's the right word for me. I know this because I'm not going to wait until January 1st to start using it. When your word finds you... you have to start using it right away. You NEED your word in your life. If you have NO idea what all this "word" talk is read this. Christine Kane really explains the idea well.
She's great. Even has some songs on iTunes. She's a very positive woman and it looks like she's got some interesting things to say both on her blog and in her music. Should you have some time you should give it a look, her blog that is. Here's a sample of her humor and music all at the same time.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Weekly Weigh-In (#43)

I am EXACTLY the weight I was last week this time....
No change. Well lots of changes, ...that didn't change my weight. Maybe next week I'll have better success.
The last 12 weeks...

Friday, December 4, 2009


It occurred to me this week that I might want to see how I'm doing on my nutrition intake over a week's time.  I've done pretty good tracking once a week lately, and I think it has helped me to fine tune my eating.  However, according to Tosca Reno, who wrote the Eat Clean Diet book that I'm re-reading, your weight is 80% what you eat, 10% exercise and 10% genetics.  I must be missing something in the what I'm eating category because, I've been stuck... and the other areas had not taken a turn for the worse.

I've been giving my little plateau quite a bit of thought and nothing stood out as the cause of the stalemate.  So I'm going over this with a fine tooth comb.

I've decided how many calories I want to eat in a day and then multiply that by 7 to give me calories in a week. I've looked at how many grams of carbs, protein and fat I should be eating in a day to give me that number of calories.  (Lots of math, and it made my brain hurt a little, but I got through it. )

So I decided to target between 1000 to 1400 calories a day and put together a chart to show me where I should be at the end of seven days.  It's pretty interesting to me the way it's all playing out this week.
Here is where I am after breakfast today...
December 1st:  I was surprised that the day had me calorie heavy... such healthy food and yet... I needed to make some adjustments.
December 2nd:  I didn't catch until today I tracked myself as eating a whole avocado rather than an 1/8th of a cup.  Big difference on the fat intake.  I've fixed that now.
December 3rd: Yesterday I had fried eggs, toast and hash browns for breakfast because I left the house without breakfast, which I never do anymore.  By the time I made it halfway to work I was HUNGRY and used up half my calories for the day... but I stayed full all day long at work.  Unusual.  I usually get hungry every three and a half hours.  I may have had lunch anyway, had I not known how much of my allowance used up.  That would have made for a day of too much of everything!
So far this week this is how my eating breaks down.

Looks like I'm running high on carbs, which means I can't have cereal in the morning and at night too often. :( I might get away with it one day a week.  I have been really enjoying the Grape Nuts and Oatmeal this week. 

Despite being weighted more on carbs than I wanted, the scale has been creeping down... but I didn't weigh in this morning.  I just hate being in suspense... I'll have to check tomorrow for the surprise now.  I hope it's a good one.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Whittle My Middle (Day 2 & 3)

Today my stomach did not feel sore. I've improved over yesterday already. Shoes are important to do some of these exercises I've decided. Also it helped to be more familiar with what I was doing.
Since the improvement isn't based on strength, at this point, I'm going to call this my baseline... it will be interesting how I can improve over the next 28 days.
Day 2 (Dec 2):

  • Plank: 48 seconds
  • Side plank: Right Side: 36 seconds, 46 seconds Left Side: 32 seconds, 42 seconds
  • Plank with elbows on stability ball  41 seconds!!!
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes 38 seconds, 15reps
  • Stability ball roll out  
  • Plank Rotations 15 seconds,  3reps
  • TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes. 
Day 3 (Dec 3):

  • Plank: 61 seconds, 15 seconds
  • Side plank: Right Side: 57 seconds,  Left Side: 48 seconds
  • Plank with elbows on stability ball  42 seconds!!!
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes 35 seconds, 14reps
  • Stability ball roll out   75 seconds, 15reps
  • Plank Rotations 15 seconds,  2.5reps
  • TOTAL TIME: 5  minutes. 
I'm getting better.  I should tell you that my side planks are modified.  (my arm is not straight at my side, rather I use it to help support me.)  All other modifications are unintentional.  lol. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Whittle my Middle 30 Day Challenge

I visited a new website today and was inspired by the " Whittle My Middle 30-Day Challenge! " on Angela's website Oh She Glows.  After doing my first day's exercise I just have to say that it's going to be TOUGH!!  It will be a good challenge for me, PLENTY of opportunity for improvement. She's halfway through her challenge... but I'm going to go ahead and start now, I'm just here for the fitness... 

And I'm really want to tackle that mid section of mine...  Since I've made it my mission to do my exercise, I thought that a good strong CORE would really help me towards becoming more fit.

Here is what I will be doing:
1) PICTURES: Before, half way, and after pictures on Dec 1st, Dec 15th, and Dec. 30th, respectively.
2) MEASUREMENTS: Before, half way, and after measurements of my ‘smallest’ waist (above belly button for me), at the belly buttun,  widest waist (2″-3″ lower approx, the pouch area.  I call it the Jelly Belly.), and hips (over fullest part of butt)- same dates as above.
3) CORE WORK: 5-10 minute core workout, 5 days a week, doing the following exercises:
  • Plank 
  • Side plank
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes
  • Stability ball roll out
  • Plank Rotations
All of the core exercises that I will be doing are found in this video by Turbulance Training:

I will be doing all of the exercises featured in the video. (no matter that some I will only do for a few short seconds...)
5-10 minutes a day total, 5 days a week for 1 month. Challenge ends December 30th. Because I will likely find these exercises quite challenging at first, I will probably start off with 5 minutes for the first week or two and work my way up to 10 minutes.  No problem -- (I can break it up, right?) 

I will post updates on my progress as I can, so stay tuned!!!
Initial Measuremens:
Sm Waist: 31.5
BB Waist 32.0
JB Waist: 35.75
Hips: 41.125

Day 1 (Dec 1):

  • Plank: 40 seconds, 30 seconds
  • Side plank: Right Side: 25 seconds Left Side: 31 seconds
  • Plank with elbows on stability ball  ROFLMAO!!! First Attempt: 4 seconds, Second Attempt:  2 seconds
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes 57 seconds (didn't count, but will next time)
  • Stability ball roll out   1 minute 52 seconds (about 25 repetitions) 
  • Plank Rotations 1 and  2/3   
  • TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes.
     I'm going to give this challenge my all, 
    so watch for improvement.  I intend to

    The big plunge...

    Starting Weight 193.8
    Week 1 194.2 - +.4
    W- 2 190.2 - -4.0
    W- 3 186.4 - -3.8
    W- 4 186.2 - -0.2
    W- 5 184.0 - -2.2
    W- 6 184.5 - +0.5
    W- 7 185.0 - -0.5
    W- 8 183.2 - -1.8
    W- 9 180.0 - -3.2
    W- 10 183.2 - +3.2
    W- 11 179.0 - -4.2
    W- 12 177.1 - -1.9
    W- 13 175.1 - -2.0
    W- 14 171.6 - -3.5
    W- 15 169.9 - -1.7
    W- 16 168.4 - -1.5
    W- 17 165.4 - -3.0
    W- 18 161.9 - -3.5
    W- 19 165.4 - +3.0
    W- 20 163.0 - -2.4
    W- 21 165.8 - +2.8
    W- 22 162.0 - -3.8
    W- 23 159.8 - +0.4
    W- 24 158.0 - -2.7
    W-k 25 156.4 - -1.6
    W- 26 154.3 - -2.1
    W- 27 153.9 - -0.4
    W- 28 152.0 - -1.9
    August 30, 2009
    W- 29 149.9 - -2.1
    W- 30 147.7 - -2.2
    W- 31 147.1 - -0.6
    W- 32 149.5 - +2.4
    W- 33 151.3 - +1.8
    W- 34 150.2 - -1.1
    W- 35 150.8 - +0.6
    W- 36 150.3 - -0.5
    W- 37 149.1 - -1.2
    W- 38 149.8 - +0.7
    W- 39 150.1 +0.3
    W- 40 156.3 +6.2
    W- 41 153.3 -3.0
    W- 42 152.6 -0.7
    W- 43 152.6 -0.0
    W- 44 150.7 -1.9
    W- 45 152.4 +1.7
    W- 46 153.0 +0.6
    W- 47 152.3 +0.7
    W- 48 150.1 -2.2

    W- 49 147.5 -2.6
    W- 50 146.3 -1.2
    W- 53 151.0 +2.0
    W- 54 149.3 -1.7
    W- 55 144.9 -4.4
    W- 56 144.1 -0.8
    W- 57 140.0 lbs. Goal!!!!