Two More Days

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

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

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

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

Before and Now

May 19th, 2011
So I thought we’d take a look back at some before photos and some now photos.  Now don’t be shocked and if you have sensitive eyes, look away as the before photos may scare you.  Yes, I did this to myself.  I ate fast food, didn’t work out and was just plain lazy.  To give myself a bit of a break, I was also on some meds that helped me gain weight but still, I ate horribly.

Something clicked one day and I decided “enough was enough”.  The plan was simple, exercise and eat well. So, there you have it, before photo and a now photo.  Crazy, huh?

 

Welcome

May 18th, 2011

How exciting!!! This is our very first post and we can’t wait to see what changes our bodies have gone through since we started the Insanity program approximately 2 months ago. The daily dedications to working out and not only hoping to look better, but feel better are paying off.

Our last official day of Insanity is Sunday the 22nd of May (Fit Test results) and then it is on to Insanity AND P90X (hybrid) for a more invigorating variation of working out. Looking forward to the challenge of pushing beyond what limits we think our bodies can endure and loving every minute of it…..kind of, we are not that insane.

Again, I must stress how great I feel now, of course, compared to when I was 220 lbs. I would never want to go back to having little to no energy, dreading having to try on clothes (in the Plus size section) and just the plain old feeling of having no confidence about myself.

I have been lucky to find someone who has enough energy for a small army and who motivates me when I am tired. Luckily, with Insanity and P90X, I need no motivation as the programs give variations of activity and don’t lead to boredom.