Posts Tagged weight loss

Most amazing birthday ever

My birthday was this past Saturday. It was, AMAZING. Probably the best birthday I’ve had yet to date. It started off with my husband and I going to the market and my parents were generous enough to look after my son while we were out! But before we left, I go to the bathroom when I got up and there was a birthday gift and a lovely birthday card waiting for me on the counter, I think that was just a sign of how well the day was going to go. 🙂

My husband gave me 5 gifts throughout the day which were going to be randomly placed which made it so exciting!! All the gifts were incredibly lovely, and I couldn’t ask for a more loving husband!

My family and I celebrated a wonderful dinner, I had an organic grass fed steak with some organic cauliflower and broccoli and grilled onions and mushrooms. YUM, topped off with the best and healthiest cake made to date! Gluten Free, Dairy free cheesecake with an almond/chocolate crust! Hands down best thing I’ve ever had and it didn’t leave you with a sugar crash either! Amazing, and thank God for my mother, she’s an amazing cook and baker. The best I’ve ever met! 🙂

My family also gave me the best gift I’ve ever received (well other than my kitchen aid):

THEE sharpest, awesomest Petit Chef’s knife you will ever come across! Seriously, I mean I love cooking, but now I love it MORE. Cutting is just a joke now, it’s so easy and awesome and and and makes me feel like I’m smoking weed(though I don’t know what that feels like? ahahaha)

On TOP of that, I got some pictures back from a knitting photoshoot I had the week before, which made my day go even better! It was so great, I have some of these pictures up on my shop, but I will share them with you now cause they are pretty fantastic:

I sell this hat on Etsy! Here is the link! https://www.etsy.com/listing/108394319/knitted-womens-fleece-lined-grey-hat

Here’s another picture

This is a Knitted Fleece Lined Men’s hat which you can view here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/91104578/knitted-mens-fleece-lined-black-shadow

*Photo Credit Goes to Amy’s Images Photography*

And this is what the insides of the hat look like:

Comfy, no?

That was my birthday. It was amazing. OH, how could I forget. I took my measurements the morning of my birthday, and lo and behold, I had lost another 3 inches all around! So in total for August, I had lost 8 inches all around. So, shall I say that I really enjoyed my birthday!

Until next time, happy training, and happy CLEAN eating! 😉

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Eating + Fleecy Knits

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. It’s not because I have been intentionally ignoring my readers, it’s because my business: Fleecy Knits has taken off to a rather hectic start!
For those of you that don’t know, I run a small business on the side. It’s not because I simply enjoy knitting that I have this business, it’s because funds are extremely low in our family and I am trying to pull in a little bit more $$ to help things around the house. I knit hats, headbands and mittens that are fleece lined so that way you don’t get the wind on your ears and head in the winter time.

If you care to check it out: my shop on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BulcherM?ref=si_shop

Last week I had a photoshoot so I was spending my whole entire week trying to have a good amount of items to photograph. Currently I am waiting on the pictures so I am excited! Within a few days I will have quite a few new items in my shop.

I have realized that a huge part of having a successful online business is having good pictures. Pictures speak so loud, people want your shop, business and items to look extremely professional and that is what I am working on. As you can probably see, a lot of my items do not look very professional, well, that was from when I first started out. You live you learn!

Yesterday I added these cute toddler fingerless mitts which I am rather proud of. They are fleece lined of course. Yesterday I made Thumbless toddler mitts, perhaps I will have pictures to share them with you tomorrow.

On another note, which is fitness related. For the past 2-3 weeks my weight loss has kind of plateaued, which really stinks because I need to stay on track if I want to reach part 1. of my weight loss goal by December. I was getting a bit worried. I haven’t been able to do a whole lot of cardio lately because I’ve been knitting so much and paired with going to bed later,  I don’t have much energy. I have been buckling down though and definitely have been trying to maintain my resistance training workouts. This morning I got up to take care of my son, I looked in the mirror and I thought my tummy looked a bit smaller, and so then I weighed myself and sure enough! I had lost 2 lbs! YAY!
I think the difference is that for the past couple weeks I was living the mentality that I shouldn’t be eating a lot of food, recently I cut out my grains to help aid in my weight loss (as I used to when I first lost a lot of weight back when I was 16), but I was probably only having about 4 meals a day, I was going to bed really hungry, getting up late and only having a small breakfast, then lunch then a snack and then supper. Also I wasn’t eating enough protein. So yesterday I made it my goal to eat 6 meals a day, and to not let myself get hungry, to not worry about how many calories I was eating, but to make sure I was getting enough protein paired with good fats and good carbohydrates. Overall it helped my workout more, I was more energize and lo and behold, I finally lost a couple pounds.

So, if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t be stupid like me and not eat enough because that won’t get you anywhere. Try and eat healthy meals more often! It does wonders!

Oh, and check out my shop online. 🙂

 

 

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Part 2 of post baby weight loss (or general weight loss)

(I was supposed to post this last week, but my parents were up and so things were a lot busier and I didn’t have the time to sit down at the computer and collect my thoughts so I apologize to my readers for that! )

I had mentioned to some people last time that I would make another post to add to the post about weight loss except this time I’m going to focus mostly on the working out aspect of things.

Weight Training and Cardio

These must go together, without having the two of them together you won’t achieve your weight loss goal. Weight training whether it’s going to the gym and using weights or using your own body weight or making your own home made weights: increases the basal metabolic rate of your body. Everyone has a metabolism, every time you do something or you increase your activity, your metabolism goes up (that’s good! You burn more calories this way), yet when you stop doing that activity, depending on the type of activity it is, your metabolism will slow down again (there are exceptions, I will get to that). What weight training does, because it’s using the muscle on your body, and muscle covers mass amounts of your body you are utilizing a great amount of energy which when worked regularly increases the speed of your metabolism when at rest.

The exception to the cardio aspect of the metabolism is that if you do anaerobic activity (little to no oxygen like sprints where you run out of breath really fast), your metabolism goes really high and drops but not as low as had you not exercised, it still is higher at rest. You must do this cardio a few times a week in order to see the benefits of this.

Active Living

There’s a reason why cleaning is considered a workout. I don’t know about you, but I only have a 1 floor 2 bedroom apartment and I struggle to clean it from head to toe, when I do though, I practically consider it part of my workout! All that moving around, sweeping, vacuuming, washing windows, laundry, folding laundry, organizing, moving things around, rearranging. If you look at it as a workout, you’re more likely to get more cleaning done and more active which is a huge bonus! Sure it sucks at times but working out isn’t easy either!

If you have kids, this is excellent because um, kids have tons of energy! Take them out on walks, tire them out, go for mini jogs, play around with them in the yard. This all burns calories too!
Off day


On your days off from your workout schedule, try not to not do anything, do SOMETHING, perhaps make this your cleaning day, go out for a leisure but long bike ride. Go for a hike, try out a pilates session, go for a swim. You don’t want to sit on your butt all day when you could be doing something enjoyable that still burns calories but also not too intense.

Full Body workouts vs. Split workouts

If you are ridiculously busy, consider doing a full body workout. If you have the time, then I suggest splitting them. Full body workouts are difficult to efficient target every aspect of your body because there are lots of exercises and generally you want to exhaust them when working out. Well exhausting your entire body is hard and requires more recovery time. In comparison to split workouts where you can get more for your money in my opinion, you can work a certain aspect of your body more to tone and strengthen that area.

Here are a few examples of a full body workout:

Squats with shoulder press on the up phase. (Legs and shoulders)

Walking lunges with bicep curl (Legs and biceps)

Plank Row (Abs and back)

Bent over row with tricep extension (Back and Triceps)

Bridge on Swiss ball with toe tap (glutes and hamstrings)

Plank (entire Core)

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Pushups (Core, chest, triceps)

Reverse pull ups (back, chest, Core depending on what degree of difficulty this is)

Walking squats with medicine ball hold (legs and shoulders)

Pallof Press (Core, little bit of chest and triceps)

Deadlifts (legs, back)

Curl, shoulder press and extension (biceps, shoulders, and triceps all in one movement).
Now, when it comes to weight training, women will want to aim for 10-14 rep range to start off with, 2-3 sets depending on how you feel. By the time you get to to the end of your reps, you should not be able to do any more reps, if you can then you should increase the difficulty of your exercise (or increase the weight)
Now here’s an example of a split workout:

Sunday: cardio, abs

Monday: Legs (5-6 exercises)

Tuesday: Biceps, Triceps, abs, cardio

Wednesday: Off (Pilates etc.) cardio

Thursday: Chest, abs

Friday: Legs, cardio

Saturday: Back, Shoulders, abs cardio

This style of working out is what I use (not necessarily that schedule) but I like to really hit the areas with more focus so I can really tone up that area. Some people don’t believe in working their core separately, if you do heavy lifts (like squats, deadlifts, cleans, snatches) you don’t “need” to work your core but if you are starting out I recommend it.

Soreness

If you have just started with weights or working out in general, or plan to start, expect to be sore. It is always worse in the beginning and some movements may even be difficult to do! Like going to the bathroom, but just know that it doesn’t stay like this so don’t get discouraged. In fact after you’ve been doing it for months you will see you will have to change up your workout in order for your body to get sore because it has already become adjusted to the working out you’ve been doing already.

Unrealistic expectations

Results do NOT happen overnight. Remember that just like seeing children grow, it takes TIME. Every day you do something in the direction of a healthier lifestyle is better than not and you are farther than you were the day before. The key here is baby steps. Every little workout counts and remember that!

If there’s something you want to know more about regarding the working out aspect of things let me know and I’ll write about it.
I’m not going into extreme detail here on workouts that you “should” do in order to lose weight because I don’t believe in people following a cookie cutter workout, also I don’t know how many people workout at the gym or at home, etc etc but if you want sample workouts I can post some here on my blog. 🙂

Happy Training!

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Back from the dead!

Well, I have sort of returned from the dead, I gave birth to my adorable son almost 3 months ago now. I consider my maturity level to have gone up significantly because motherhood teaches you soooo many things very very quickly! Which is amazing and being a mother is so rewarding, much more than words can describe.

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At four weeks post partum I started my work out routine, just walking a few times a week, then at about 6 weeks I started jogging. Let me just say that it felt likes death, because a I had gained too much weight during the pregnancy, my joints were dying! I pushed myself through it because it was the only thing that made me feel better. I revived my eating and started taking my measurements as well as weighing myself. Just 3 weeks ago I started weight training with the tax at home and boy does it feel great! Humiliating at first because I was lifting heavy before the 3rd trimester but I have to keep reminding myself that I just gave birth and that it takes time; I just have to keep at it.

Now my workout routine consists of jog intervals 4x/week and also resistance training 4x/week.
So far since I’ve given birth view lost approx 40 lbs. only 40 more to go. 😡 I expect to be at my desired weight goal by December, that’s being generous with my time.

The self esteem aspect of things has definitely been harder but that’s what comes with being inexperienced in the first pregnancy (unhealthy choices).

On another note, I have been requested to post a recipe for my lunch today

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chicken avocado cucumber salad

1/2 avocado
1/4 of cucumber
2 stalks celery
1/2 chicken breast
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic spice
1/4 tsp parsley
Dash of dill
Dash of salt

Mix and enjoy!
Also tastes good with some whole grain gluten free crackers

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