Little By Little, Inch By Inch…

For a little over 3 weeks now I have consistently taken the trip down to my basement gym, and lifted like a beast. (Okay I realize that’s not funny to anyone not doing ‪the program I’m on, sorry about that!)

I’ve had days when the old me really tried to convince the current me I’d rather be doing just about anything else.

My progress is slow and steady, and while I can’t much SEE results yet, you can bet I FEEL them. I’m so thankful I found something and a group of someone’s who motivated me to get off the sofa and make it happen. I’ve had awesome coaches & awesome fitness routines before, and loved them, but mentally I wasn’t all in. Something has changed, I can feel it. I’m all in on this one. I realize no one can do this but me, and for the very first time, I believe I can actually do this. That, my friends, is huge progress. [Read more...]

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New Goals + High Expectations = One Excited Girl

I started week two of my Body Beast program yesterday, and I mentioned that I’d be restarting next week (but in my head I’ll always be 2 weeks ahead!). The reason for that is that I was accepted into a new supergroup that was formed by 10 of the most successful bodybuilders at Beach Body, a group they are calling “Year of the Beast”. The supergroup will use Body Beast for an entire year, begin together on day one next week, and have very strict guidelines to adhere to or be booted from the group. The cool thing is that Sagi Kalev, creator of the Body Beast program, will be joining us and coaching us along the way. He made some very exciting announcements tonight that have me more excited than ever.

This news came on a very discouraging day for me. The hubs woke me up this morning and suggested we go for a hike, so I got up, ate some breakfast and we headed out. My ankle had been bothering me a bit the last couple of days, but it hasn’t been anything major, so I really didn’t think much of it. The higher we climbed, the worse it got, and by the time we turned around (after I couldn’t take it anymore), I could barely put any pressure on it. Thanks to Epsom Salts, an ice pack and an Ace bandage, tonight it’s feeling much better. I have to admit, I got downright ticked off…isn’t it just about right that seemingly every time we start something we’re super excited about, an obstacle pops up and too often, we let it stop us? Yep…that’s been me for years. Not gonna happen this time. [Read more...]

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Body Beast Week 2 Begins

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Week #2 began today, my workout officially ended just after midnight. Some days I enjoy it more than others, and though I waited until way too late in the night to lift, I enjoyed tonight’s Chest/Tricep workout immensely.

Above is the photo of my glamorous home gym. It’s not pretty, but it works and the gas is pretty cheap to get me there. I told you a few posts ago that I used to do Crossfit, and while I loved it when I actually made it to class (and if I’m being honest, I tended to be hit or miss, especially the last year), the amount of money spent on a half hour drive there and back was KILLING the wallet. I don’t want to sound like I’m making excuses though…I’m proving to myself right now that where there’s a will, there IS a way to work out. The not-so-cozy home gym we have has been accumulated over probably 8 years or more, and until recently, sat in our basement collecting dust…it was purchased from used equipment stores, garage sales and friends who were getting rid of their own never-used equipment. It’s a smorgasbord, but I’m pretty thankful we held onto it, because now I don’t have to spend anything except add a few small weights for the teenager who’s joining me for my workouts. We have a few things we’d really like to add as finances permit, and one is some sort of cardio machine for those cold, snowy winter months when hiking or biking isn’t doable. For the record, the program I’m doing requires very little equipment – dumbbells and a bench or a ball are all that is absolutely necessary. [Read more...]

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Miracles Do Happen: Body Beast Week One Is In The Bag

successWell, folks, I did it. I normally have a real knack for jumping into things with both feet, going full guns, and fizzling fast because life will inevitably happen and shake things up. Because of that, I kept the goals simple this week: work out every day according to plan, drink at least one protein shake in place of a meal, and up my water intake. That’s it. I didn’t even try to think about my eating.

I had hoped to get up and work out first thing each morning, and that didn’t happen…a couple days I ended up working out late at night. While that’s not a huge deal, working out is like caffeine for me, so I ended up turning in much later than usual on those nights. I did, however, sleep like a baby. My upper body workouts were killer, my lower body workouts left much to be desired, but they were completed and I even added a 2 hour hike on Monday afternoon. [Read more...]

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I’m losing no weight sitting on my sofa…time to start living

Every now and then, something happens in life that just kicks you in the tail. No huge epiphany happened here…it really was a rather small thing. I was driving my niece and nephew to VBS one night last week, and we were talking about having fun and running in the yard. Out of the blue, my 5-year-old nephew paused, confused, and said “Aunt Tami, you can run? Really?” For some reason, that really really bothered me.

Truth is, there was a time in my life when I was very athletic. I was the leg girl nicknamed ‘Sprint’…known for my muscular runners legs, even though I really did very little long distance running. Okay, I did no long distance running except for the occasional competition…I just worked my legs a lot – primarily by running stadium steps a LOT – and got cardio in in other ways like biking. And it showed. And then life happened, I got busy and my own fitness took last place, and occasionally no place at all. [Read more...]

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Hollywood Thinks Abortion is Humorous

Infanticide (or infant homicide) is the intentional killing of infants. A more common term, abortion, is an operation to end pregnancy: an operation or other intervention to end a pregnancy by removing an embryo or fetus from the womb. 

Considering these two definitions, already quite familiar to most thinking adults, perhaps you can understand why I was recently quite disturbed when I read this headline over at Cosmopolitan online:

Abortion Comedy “Obvious Child” Is the Summer’s Most Important Movie

And even more bothered by the first sentence in the article beneath it.

Four decades after Roe v. Wade, a film finally offers an honest, funny look at terminating a pregnancy.

“Obvious Child”, which had a decent opening last weekend in select theaters and is rated 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, is about a twenty-something aspiring comedian who gets dumped, loses her job, is looking for a rebound and “finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day” (because…you, know, it’s common to just “find” oneself pregnant). Described by one critic as a picture that will “instantly become a landmark moment in cultural history,” I’m left wondering what it is in particular that filmmaker Gillian Robespierre finds so humorous about the act of killing an unborn child? (it should be noted that Cosmopolitan joined NARAL Pro-Choice America in hosting a screening for the film, during which the director made clear that a voice for life was unwelcome. I encourage you to read the entire review.) [Read more...]

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