Diet & Fitness Snack: Fat Burnin’ Friday

OK, this week has been pretty good so far! It was a fairly decent day on Tuesday, so my BFF and I took a walk up all the butt-bustin’ hills in our neighborhood. I have worked out faithfully since the beginning of the year and I was sore after that walk. My shins are very tender and my back even hurts still. My BFF wasn’t though…what the heak am I doing wrong here (she is not a “worker outer” if you catch the hint). So, I did take yesterday off from exercise because it was a busy day and I wanted to give my shins a chance to heal. They seriously even still hurt this morning when we were walking at the hospital. My body must be just sooooo precious :-) So, the one-day break leads me to this:

Listen to Your Body!!

I knew if I worked out yesterday, not only was my mind tired from the day I was having, but my body was tired too. I typically do running intervals 5 days a week for 30 minutes a day. I knew my body just wouldn’t give me the workout I desired to feel like I achieved something. In Bob Greene’s book, “Keep the Connection,” he talks about running and recommends running 3 days a week (on average) because running does place a lot of stress on your body. He, of course, recommends doing a second activity as an alternate on the other exercise days. Well, most weeks I listen to Bob, but if I have the energy and motivation to feel like I’ll get a good work out, I’ll do it (and, pay for it later).

Oh, of course, the update on this week’s fat burnin’ action. I’ve lost 1 pound! Woo Hoo!! I’m eating around 1200-1500 calories a day too though so that is the other factor that is helping with this weight loss (and, of course tracking everything on Sparkpeople). And, actually, my friend Dawn, commented that she thought I was losing my butt (or as I like to call it, my “badunkadunk”). That was so nice of her and I appreciated her sweet notice of my “buns” area…but, she didn’t see see my scantily clad “badunkadunk” in that mirror last week. Seriously, it was all the motivation I needed to ensure I had a weight loss this week!

Keep on burnin’ your fat and share your successes with all the Mommy Snacks peeps! I know a lot of my readers are on this journey too and hearing your success/struggles is so uplifting and we can encourage one another to work off that “badunkadunk” (but not too much, I still want to fill out my jeans and all) :-)

Fat Burnin’ Pounds Lost since Jan 1-08: 16
Fat Burnin’ Pounds to go: 24

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on April 04, 2008

3 Comments

  • Mom Of Faith - April 04, 2008 @ 7:20 pm
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    Great JoB!! Keep up the great work! I know how hard it can be. I’ve lost 30 pounds since march of last year with MyFoodDiary.com…and all the support I’ve gotten from there.

  • taralynn819 - April 04, 2008 @ 10:06 pm
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    I put on the Freshman 15 (and then some) while in college, and kept it on until about 4 years ago when I started exercising. As a nanny of an infant, I would take the little tyke in the baby backpack and hike around the field behind her house or around some park trails. I started seeing results, which surprised me because I was not on a “diet”. I have done low carb, low fat, you name it, but it wasn’t until I got serious about exercise did I see any difference.

    Then my then boyfriend (now husband) got a gym membership for me for Christmas (since I couldn’t hike outside even in our sorry excuses for Maryland winters, and so we could work out together – it WASN’T a “hint”!) and we started weight training. Now I am addicted, although I can’t stand going to the gym. The maintained lost weight is pure motivation for me, and I FINALLY feel like I can eat normally and even have dessert (especially ice cream and chocolate!!) without worrying about packing on the pounds.

    We only work out 3x/week for an hour and 15 minutes, but with the muscle I’ve gained, I burn fat ALL day (and night!). We go to the gym early in the morning (5:45am), which is rough, but we’ve grown used to the sleep schedule, and it gives us energy for the day, plus we don’t have to dread going to the gym after a long day at work.

    As for the actual workout, I forbid to run (unless it’s outside). Instead, I worked myself up to the full incline (level 15) and walk at a brisk pace of 3.2 – 3.4mph) for 30 minutes, then a 4 minute gradual cool-down. Then I do both hip abductors and adductors, leg press (despise that thing), leg curls, bench press machine, bicep curls, tricep curls, and assisted pull-ups (50lb assist). I started out avoiding leg machines, because my body stores fat on my thighs, and I feared growing muscle there and looking even bigger, but once I tried the leg machines for a while, I noticed my pants fitting looser, so my presumption was wrong. Plus, with the incline walking, I now have calves of steel! :)

    My dream is to own a treadmill or bow flex so we can give up going to the stinky, smelly, noisy gym, but we won’t be able to do so until we buy a home…down the road.

    k, that’s my story.

  • Susan - April 05, 2008 @ 11:58 pm
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    O.K. we’re you like doing lunges when I wasn’t looking. I did work up a sweat though. I think you look awesome girl and keep it up. You are my inspiration. I did work out two other days this week so I’m getting there.

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