Archive for May, 2011

The Best Part of Waking Up…

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The best part of waking up is #1: actually being able to get up (especially at our age more things seem to be cracking and creaking) and #2: getting outside in the early morning hours of the weekend before anyone else does.


The advantage of #1 of course is that it still shows we are alive and able. There are a number of advantages for #2. Those being that I was able to get up and out to run before anyone was able to disrupt my quiet morning with the hustle and bustle of their day. The coolness of the morning definitely helped wake me up  and I was able to have “me time”, which I think everyone should be able to have. It’s better than a therapist and you don’t have to take the little white pill (or whichever medication your doctor has prescribed for you during your depression stage).


Today was the first day I went running since I started the Insanity program (so for about 2 months). Not to brag or anything, but I will so heads up, the five miles was effortless. I couldn’t figure out if all of the cardio through Insanity helped me or just that I had not run for so long, but I felt like Forrest Gump out there (without the leg braces of course).


Speedy, our 11 year old black Labrador Retriever who has the the gray muzzle of an 11 year old and the body of a 4 year old, stuck with me throughout the morning jog and never complained once. What a trooper! Fresh air does wonders for you and it can improve your mental well being and revitalize you. Adding to that, a majority of studies say that exercising outdoors not only increases energy and revitalizes you, but gives to “positive engagement, decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. ”


So, if the best part of waking up is only having that cup of coffee in the morning, consider heading outdoors for a walk, run, bike ride or hike. *Mind, Body and Spirit*


Michelle

Simple Things Mean a Lot

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Today was a good day because my Insanity t-shirt came in the mail. This is a big deal for me because to some it is just a “simple thing”, a freakin’ t-shirt, but I had to earn it. Two months of a very tough program. Before and after photos. Measurements of weight lost and inches lost. This was huge for me! A program that I stuck to, without fail, and received a very “simple thing” at the end. Kind of like when you played sports as a kid and when you won, they gave you that little, cheap, plastic trophy and you thought it was the best thing ever.


For those who don’t like the daily grind of a gym, find a program that works for you and that you can stick with. Variety is the spice of life and that is true when it comes to staying in shape and working out. Mix it up because even “simple things mean a lot”.

Flatulence

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

People don’t only want to look good and feel good, but also smell good as well. That is why tonights blog I choose to discuss flatulence. We all have it, we all do it, no matter how loud or silent we are…it’s a natural way of life. A way to express oneself to put it mildly.


What makes flatulence? Well, it is what we eat for one thing and I am here to help you recognize those foods that are healthy for you, but might make you excuse yourself from the table for a second or “toot”. Apricots, carrots, lemons, bananas, oranges and lets not forget prunes to name a few fruits to be aware of. They have an excellent amount of fiber in them, some more than others, but be aware.


Some healthy carbohydrates that influence flatulence are: beans, peas, soy, sprouts (Brussels), celery, cucumbers, cabbage and cauliflower. (One reason why my momma told me to eat my vegetable and I chose not to.) If you chose to eat pan fried or deep fried foods, your result will be the same as eating any of the healthy items mentioned above, but stick with the healthy and go for tuna instead. Yes, tuna is also a contributing factor to flatulence.


Fruits and vegetables are good for you in more ways than one, but eating smaller amounts should result in less bloating and discomfort. Which brings me to ways to protect yourself from getting bloated. Eat the healthy stuff in moderation, especially if you are starting a “I am gonna get myself into healthy eating diet.” Your body needs to adjust to this sudden change in processing food so shoving in the healthy stuff will not allow your intestines to work properly at breaking down the food. Slow down.


I hope this helped a bit. Stay away from carbonated drinks as well to help prevent this. Drink plenty of water because it is the most healthy and natural resource we have at our disposal.


Michelle

Ah the day is almost over…time to lie back and relax

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Well, after a very mentally stressful day at work, which actually if you think about it, wears you out more than physically doing anything…I came home and was ready to get my Insanity on. I had to work out the days “oh my gosh I almost wanted to just squeeze my eyes closed really tight, click my heels three times and wish I was in Neverland” activity by sweating it all out. Just 20 minutes of the Insanity: Fast and Furious then I finished just in time to do P90X Cardio X with Jo-Anne. We were busy Downward dogging, upward dogging, Kempo punching, front-side-back kicking, jab-cross-hook-upper cut punching, etc…it was a good way to finish the day and even better way to finish the night by the wonderful chicken boob and Cajun sweet potatoes fries. All courtesy of Jo.


Now that I am comfortably full, not “roll off the dining room chair then onto the couch ah forget it, go to bed full”, but content enough to get ready for tomorrow and look forward to the very long weekend. Woo hoo. I learned that to get through days of stress, if I physically take care of myself and laugh it off to care for my mental well being, then I will be okay. Just remember, “You can’t fix crazy. You can just tip toe around it because the meds aren’t working.”


I have found that if you exhibit a good attitude towards people, situations and not let things bother you…that those around you who are being pissy, will just stop yapping because no one is paying attention to their drama  and they will have no one to talk to but themselves, because that is the only person listening to them anyway.


This blog was not so much about physical awareness per se, but mental well being because without it, you will give up on yourself to do better and will just be and feel blah…


Good night.

Dedication, Commitment, Longevity

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Today was one of those busy days, where you wake up and leave for work at 6:00 am and don’t get home until 7:30 pm. Too tired for working out..oh so true. So I didn’t, but knowing I was going to have a long day, I made sure that I did not eat junk and did not overwhelm my body with stuff that would wear me down and have me wanting to flop into bed the instant I got home. I am not going to lie though, I did have a tall Starbucks regular coffee at about 4:00 pm. I really only had it just for the taste because I think the caffeine for me is purely psychological.


Being dedicated to working out is a good thing, but if you can’t get to it on a daily basis or when you don’t have the time to, don’t stress about it. Make sure to have that commitment to tackle your exercise regimen either the next day or as soon as possible. Life is busy and will always be, but commit to working out at least 4-5 days a week for at least an hour a day.


The more you move those 2000 body parts and the better you eat will have a lasting effect on your life and get you through THOSE days that seem to last forever and you just want to rest it out.

 

A Little Video From Me

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
So I thought I’d make a little video for everyone to watch.  We will try keep the videos coming and change the up the topics every so often to make them more exciting.  This one is just an intro to me and my background.  Hope you enjoy.

Before & After

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

So, as much as I really do not want to post half naked photos of myself for the world to see I suppose I will do it.  The only reason I am doing it is because I actually surprised myself by seeing that there was actually quite a difference made by doing Insanity for 60 days.  I bet if I stuck to the nutrition program that it came with I would have done much better.

My Fit Test results today were better than the last time as were Michelle’s.  I will have to do another post with Day 1 vs. Day 60 results because they are quite amazing.  As much as you don’t think you improved just seeing the numbers down on paper show you actually improved a lot.  Those darn Power Jumps just kill me though, holy cow.  Wow.  Oh, and seriously, Michelle video taped me doing a Push Up Jack, wow, not pretty.

Ok, enough is enough.  I’ll get the photos now and put them up for all to see.  Be nice or I won’t put anymore photos up.  Or, maybe I’ll substitute Michelle’s body for mine next time.

 

Last Official Day of Insanity (60 days)

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Hello,


Today was our official last day of the 60 day program Insanity. We will continue to do this program along now with P90X (hybrid). I must say that it was very refreshing to complete something that was very challenging, yet healthy to do in such a short time each day (except for Sunday. That was our assigned day of rest).


I think that we improved our cardio tremendously and lost a couple of inches here and there. Here is just one of the “tests” we had to do during the Fit Test. Each segment was a minute long and there were (8) different exercises. This is called Power jumps. The concept is to jump as high as you can, using your core and landing softly and safely. Doing as many repetitions as you can within a minute. This was our last Fitness Test. We had to do a total of (6) throughout the course of 2 months. Each month trying to improve our repetitions from the last test. I am proud to say that we both improved and kicked a$$ this last test. Yeah us.

 

Two More Days

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Well, well, well. Two more days left of this Insanity program and I am loving it. Loving not that the program is almost over, but the efficiency, variation and effectiveness of it. The next step is to keep on keeping on and still getting busy. Insanity and P90X (hybrid). Now that it is almost Summer, we won’t be having to do these programs as often because our love of hiking and biking will take its place. I recommend Mt. Rose, Tahoe Rim Trail and Whites Creek for hiking. Biking in Sacramento along the American River Trail to Folsom (yes, it’s 60 miles round trip, but it’s flat so suck it up) and the approximate 20 mile loop in Verdi are nice biking ventures. These places are very convenient when you don’t want to travel to far from home-Nevada that is.

That being said, get outside as much as possible. It is true what “they” say about sunlight. It is very good for you. (In moderation though, not to where you become a crispy critter with sun spots all over the place looking 5 times your age).

Home maintenance, being outside and working on the exterior of the house. I am so looking forward to that this year. Getting some sun and getting a new fence up and looking good. It’s going to be a lot of work, but will keep me active and doing something different, plus it will work my upper body. Yes!

If you have ideas of things to do this Summer that would not only be healthy, but fun then let us know. Keep on being healthy and happy because life is precious and people like you being around.

 

A little about nutrition

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Look, the way I ended up losing all of the weight was by portion size, eating better (not having those hamburgers and sodas) and of course exercise. There a lot of fad diets out there that push cutting carbs or drinking Slim Fast all day long. That may work temporarily, but unfortunately it is not a healthy or happy lifestyle to live by.

You will lose weight in the short term, but what do you do after that? I want to give you a few short ideas on how to feel better about yourself and live a healthier and happier lifestyle. You actually need to eat food throughout the day (what a concept). Eat a few small meals every few hours. Small healthy meals that would consist of fruit, dairy, minimal carbs, protein, vegetables.

For example, start your day with yogurt and egg whites. (Michelle likes to add a mucho amount of Tabasco to egg whites, which will stimulate your metabolism.) A few hours later, you could have a snack of almonds and string cheese or a banana and some peanut butter-almond butter is very tasty. Remember to always have carbs with proteins. Having as many vegetable as you want is not only good for you, but would not cost your waistline anything (except dousing it with cheese, ranch dressing, butter will add to that waist of yours).

At dinner time try and bake your chicken in lieu of frying your red meat or chicken. White meat is healthier than red meat and in fact I cut out all red meat, which contributed to me losing weight. When cooking rice, use brown instead of white and use whole wheat pasta instead of regular pasta.

Smaller portion sizes is key as well to losing weight and getting the healthiest I have been. These little changes will result in HUGE changes down the road you will feel better and look better.

 

Too Darn Tired

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Hello all who choose to read this,


I know we should be motivating people here. That is why we set up this blog, but sometimes you just have to take a step back and admit when you are too tired to do anything after work. THAT is where I am at right now. I am normally not a quitter, just a realist and my reality is that I just want to sit here and type my little boo hoo story for today. Then once I am done feeling sorry for myself, Jo and I can go grab a bite to eat. A healthy bite though because feeling like poop after eating junk is miserable.


Uh, is it Friday yet. Probably in Europe, where all of the French people eat fatty foods and are as wide as they are tall. (If you are French- parle vous francais, I apologize but it is slightly true). Have you ever seen French people participating in workout videos or trying to promote healthy food? No. Who do you think invented “French” toast and “French” fries?


Today will be a day of rest. Hey if the Big “G” can do it, I think I need to as well. So, until tomorrow when I WILL actually do my Insanity program with P90X abs, I bid you all adieu.


Michelle

I am Ying, the other half of Yang

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Hello,


So today was one heck of a struggle getting through my workout. “Boy do I hate working out”. (You will never hear me say that. No matter how hard the workout is.) I, unlike Jo-Anne, never looked like I was unhealthy or overweight, but I sure did struggle with it mentally like most people, especially women do. I battled with my body image for more than 10 years. Always wanting to look that “special way”, but reached a point to where I look damn good and ain’t no one gonna tell me anything different. (Two snaps to the side and ending with a circle.)

I have always been active and encourage others to be as well, not just because it helps people keep up with me, but because it is good for you and keeps you younger. As I get older, I realize that being healthy and active will not only keep me sane, but make me stronger, help me live longer (a goal all people should strive to master) and hopefully not need botox.

So tomorrow is another day, another workout and another day of happiness. Cheers to you and your health.

Michelle