Today I went to the gym (the one that I really don't care for that much) and did cardio on the treadmill. I thought that I would take it easy today since today wasn't a HIIT cardio day so I did the fat burn setting. I started off doing a warm up on the 2.5 speed setting for 2 minutes and then increased the speed to 3.5. Because I was out of my Target heart rate zone to burn fat, the machine kept lowering my speed and I ended up walking at a pace of 2.8 for the entire 30 minutes. I think next time I will just use the manual setting and adjust the speed and incline as I see fit. I also came home and did p90 pylo and needless to say, I could only make it through half of the tape, well actually, I only made it through 21 minutes of the tape because even though I thought it was a cardio workout, the majority of the workout focuses on the legs ( with all the jumping and things and since my legs are still hurting from 2 weeks ago, I couldn't hang....not this time but I will work my way up to it. The sad thing is that I did it using my rebounder (like a trampoline) in order to take some of the pressure off of my knee joints since they hurt sometime too. On the eating front, today is a new day. Yesterday, not so great. I did so well up until about 9 p.m. (which I know is the worst possible time that I could've possibly been eating) but I had some chips. I intended to have a few and then stop but like the energizer bunny, I just kept going and going and going. You know what, I'm okay with it too. I did so well up until that point that It doesn't really bother me. Even with the chips, I still managed to stay within my alloted calories for the day although my proteins, fats, carbs, etc was way off because of it.

35. minutes
171 calories
1.48 miles
Hr: 115 avg 130 max

20:12 minutes
HR: 150 avg 168 max

Total workout time
55:12 minutes

Day 13(day1)

If the title of this post confuses you then let me try to explain. While I started off doing BFl and joined a challenge scheduled to start on June 1st, I have also been doing another program p90. I actually prefer the p90 because it is an awesome workout (thus far) and I can do it at home along with the DVD. Now BFl can be an at home workout as well but It is basically up to me to pick my exercises while sticking to the required amount of reps, 12, 10, 8, 6, 12, 12. I am the type of woman that needs motivation. I am not picky as to where that motivation comes from either be it from friendly competition, trainer, friend, or someone shouting at me via the TV screen. If I can manage to eek out one more rep or one more set, then it's all to the good as far as I'm concerned. Now back to my title. I had been following the BFl format but doing the p90 workouts so that I can have a more structured workout routine. It became increasingly difficult to pick the workouts as p90 works body parts as opposed the the entire upper body on one day and the entire lower body on another. Now while I will continue to do BFl( not sure how I'm going to do it but being the resourceful chick that I am, I WILL find a way) I will also be doing my p90.

Anyway I just completed day 1 which consisted of chest and back. Yes! Yes! I completed the entire workout too. I also went to the gym
This is where I do my damage

and did a workout on the elliptical with my Cardio Coach. I really, really, love this program and would encourage anyone who is a slacker of sorts, as am I, to get it. It really encourages you to press on when you are out of breath and really feel like giving up. It pushes you to your limit so that you can be sure that you are making the most of your cardio time. As for the eating I'm doing well.(it's only day 1 for me since I had to rededicate myself to doing the damn thing) Following the p90 eating plan which is more structured but quite similar to BFl. The only difference is that it gives you specific portions of each food group depending on your nutritional level like I said (more structured... and with me it's all about THE STRUCTURE) So far I've eaten:

1 med apple

1 boiled egg (yolk included , yes, I know it's bad bad BAD)

3 slices turkey breast (about 2 oz) and about 40 oz. of water.

so anyway, today's rundown is as follows



calories: 355

distance 2.17

hrt rate;

avg 149

max 172

Day 12

I am so disappointed in myself. I got up this morning and worked out at the gym as planned. Today is leg day but I did a 45 minute heart rate monitored cardio workout on the treadmill. (40 min walk 5 min cool down) That was great, I even did some lying squats ( about 12) and then seated leg curls (4 sets). I didn't do the squats BFl style because I knew I was going to do my p90 leg workout. Needless to say that went kaput! After raving and bragging about how I managed to make it through the entire workout last time I was only able to make it about half way through and I don't think that I even managed to do as many reps as I did last time either. I'm a big fat quitter and I am so disappointed. I thought that I would be able to do it again but my legs were still sore from last week. I'm sure it's partly due to the fact that the elliptical is my fitness equipment of choice for the week, but I purposely did the treadmill today just so that my legs wouldn't be too tired for the workout. I don't know what happened. My legs got tired and my left knee started to hurt. Oh well, no use crying over spilled milk. I guess I'll just need to do better next week or attempt it again later on. The eating has been going great, so far I've been sticking to the plan . Tonight will be the true test of my willpower though. I will be going to Old country Buffet( yeah, yeah I know, I hate that place too) but it happens to be the kid's favorite spot and I promised that I would go so today's the day. (hopefully after this I will not have to hear about OCB(as the kid so lovingly calls it) for a loooooong time. Lord help me!

45 minutes (40 minutes, 5 min cooldown)
distance: 2.45 miles
HR avg.134 no max.

23.05 minutes
138 avg 171 max

I really, really, REALLY need to get my eating in check. I think I know what my problem is, I'm not eating enough. I go for such long periods without eating that when it gets around 5, 6 or 7 p.m. the cravings are virtually impossible to stave off. Depending on what time I get to the gym, I may not eat my first meal until well after 10 or 11. I then may have something around 2 or 3 and then dinner at about 5 or 6... after that I get horrible sugar cravings and more often than not, this is when I end up blowing it.

Today I probably won't be able to make it to the gym until 8 or so, so I had a protein shake at 6 this morning. I figure that should help me out a bit. I will also start keeping track of my food intake using some type of food log, (i have several options from Fitday down to whatever). I think I need to see exactly how much I am eating, set a daily caloric allotment, and then try to stick within that range. Other wise, my working out will all be for naught as we all know that losing weight is about 80 to 90 % diet. (oh how I cringe at that word hehe)

Day 11

The weekend has come to an end along with my weekend binge and I was back in the gym bright and early. I did my cardio coach today and am so proud of myself as I hit my personal best. There are 3 challenges in the program and usually I just do up to the cool down of challenge two but today I finished the first interval of challenge 3. I wasn't nearly as tired as I thought that I would be. Yayyy me! I'm almost positive I will be doing some more workout today so I may be back a little later on to update.

As for my eating, it was totally out of control this weekend. Yesterday I topped off the damage that I did Saturday with left over Hooter's wings, a Klondike, some icecream, pizza, and Flaming Hot Cheetos (it was a small bag that really makes a difference) but I am determined to be fit so I will do much better this week.

I came home after the gym today and put on my pot of water so that I can boil me a few eggs to have on hand. Why did I look in my refrig, and see that we had no eggs, not a one! Is it that hard to let me know( leave a note or something) that it's time to restock up on certain food items? While I was out Saturday, I received a phone call stating that we were out of bread and asking if I would pick some up (the eggs were apparently used within 3 minutes of that phone call) now, how much trouble would it have been to say "Pick up some eggs too." Needless to say, I am pissed that instead of picking up eggs on my way home, I now have to go back out (burn more of my $3.65 cents per gallon gas) just to go get eggs that I could've gotten on Saturday had folks been considerate enough to let me know that they used them all. GRRRR @ mi familia! End Rant! Whooooo, that felt good!

Workout time: 30 Min (2 min cool down)
Calories burned: 408
distance : 2.17 ( not too sure as the summary ended before I could get a good look)
HR: Avg. 152 Max176

day 10

Yesterday was so not a good day for me. well work out wise it was excellent but after all that hard work what did I do? I came home and at not one but TWO bags of Doritos (they were the small sizes, I'm not that greedy) and an entire bag of Lifesaver gummies. That's right, I ate the whole, entire bag. I only intended to eat a handful but I got side tracked and looked down and the dang bag was empty. Then to top that off I had a few slices of pizza for dinner. Not to be making excuses because we all know the excuses spiel but I was out until a little after 1 without having had anything to eat. By the time I got home not, only was I famished, but I FAMMMIISHHHED! I know now to at least bring something to tide me over until I can get something to eat for real, for real. I just couldn't think of anything because it was hot and by the time I got back to my car everything would've been hot and nasty. I think I'll stock up on boiled eggs because I absolutely love then and they an stave off the hunger for me. Anyway, today I went to the gym. It's not a cardio day but I did 45 minutes of cardio anyway. I did it on the heart rate monitored weight loss setting and ending up walking at a speed of 3.0 with NO incline. needless to say, I didn't even break a sweat so I don't know how effective that could be but at least I got up and got moving.

Cal 375.6
distance 235
time 45 min
HR 122avg
138 max

what has gotten into me.

could it be that I am a changed woman? I was up well into the night checking out the photo gallery for the p90X program and I was motivated like a mug to 'Bring it". I already committed to starting the BFl challene on June 1st but I really want t o do p90x as well. so I figured I workout BFl style in the A.M. and do p90x in the P.M. Now I have no intention of over training but I will be mixing it up a bit so that I can achieve the results that I want. I have a Dr.s appointment today for the dreaded pap, I don't care how old I get, I will Never, ever, ever get used to those stirrups and speculum. Blahh. But anyway, My appointment is for 9:45 this morning, so I decided I would forego the gym and workout at home. Now why did I keep thinking about the gym? Anyway, I decided if I leave now I will have a 2 hour time span to do my cardio and still be back in enough time to shower, change and make it to my appointment. Now is that determination or what? Especially since a week ago this time I would've been on that I'll miss it and make it up tomorrow. Not this time, Ya girl is ready to "BRING IT!!".

Day 8

I am grinning like the Kool-Aid man right about now! Today was a lower body day for me and I already had it in my mind that I wasn't going to the gym. I decided that I would do my p90x instead. Well as the day went on, time continued to get away from me and I kept thinking about how much I really didn't feel like working out today. I almost talked myself out of it too but then I heard this voice in my head telling me that I cannot miss a day( well another day because I missed day number 6) and if I want to see results I better get busy. I procrastinated a little while longer but then I managed to get off my big, flat,( that's right, I said FLAT, I'm probably the only sista in America who is sitting on 7.5's instead of 20's when it comes to the ass) butt and work it out. I feel great and I even managed to make it through to the end of the workout doing everything! Go me, Go me, get busy!!! Now I couldn't do the amount of reps that they did and I had to hold on to the back of a chair at times but I still pressed on and Hell yeah!!! I'm proud of myself.

42 minutes of lower body ( including water breaks and rests)
132 averge HR,
167 Max


This week I decided that I could stand to be a bit more meticulous with my program. Yes, I only managed to work out 5 days last week because my schedule was totally full over the weekend. My kid had a race and we got up at 7:30 and didn't make it home until well after 5 P.M. As I've probably mentioned before I am a most definitely a morning person so if I don't work out in the A.M. I know I will not work out at all. That's just me so needless to say I am one workout behind. Of course I could double up on the workouts but nope, I'll just keep chugging right along. I had planned to go to the gym to do some cardio (even though today is an upper body day) but couldn't manage to make it because of yes, you guessed it, the kid again. This time, said child conveniently forgot to do the works consulted page , and outline for a research paper that they had a month to get done. It was due today so we were busy picking up where we left off last night. I had to use my gym time to escort him to school so that his tardy would be excused. All wasn't lost though, I did manage to do my upper body workout at home using my dumbbells and I did get to try out a new piece of workout equipment that I picked up. ( yeah, like I really need anymore work out things). I also picked up the BFL book Friday, (if only I could remember where I put mine) and managed to thumb through it. I basically remember everything that the book entails from my previous efforts but I still plan to read it through again. I also took my "before" shots but I have to think long and hard about posting. YES, they are THAT bad.

Day 4

Today I went to the gym and did 45 minutes on the treadmill. I needed to burn off some of the damage that I did with the eating yesterday. That dang on Ice cream. I need to really leave it alone but it taste soooooo good. Anyway i just did a regular walk on the treadmill on the fat loss setting. It felt pretty good. i then came home and did have on the legs portion on power 90X. I will definitely be working my way up to this because my legs were already sore. (from what I do not know). When i go to the gym I really don't want to be bothered. I go there to work out and get it over with so that I can get on to where I am going. Anyway, there is this one dude that always comes and starts chatting with me. Doesn't matter that I have on my headphones and am plugging way on whatever equipment that I happen to be on at the moment, he just doesn't care. I try not to look at him when I see him coming but that doesn't work either. today he comes over while I'm on the treadmill and I take off one side of my headphones. My 45 minutes were up so when I was leaving he asks me can he hug me. I tell him no because I am all sweaty and he says that he doesn't mind. I said well I do and then said my goodbyes. I have been noticing that a lot of men have been checking me out lately. I'm pretty sure it has NOTHING to do with my working out because I just started and haven't lost an ounce yet. But I was in the grocery store today at the customer service counter and I see this man just staring at me. After I'm finished handling my business I take my cart and cut through one of the checkouts and he is still looking. he finally says "how you doing" and I say fine and keep on stepping. You know how you can just feel someone burning a hole in you? That's how I felt when my back was towards him because I just knew he was still staring me down. Anyway i really think it's my hairdo. and to think I wasn't comfortable wearing it out until I was forced to by a diagnosis of Sebbhorreic(SP) Dermatitis. Anyway, I get complimented on my hair a lot by men and women. I know this is a fitness blog but dayum, I'm feeling good and I just thought I'd share.


Today I went to the gym. I decided to go to the one that I used to since I had some things that i needed to take care of in that area. When I am exiting my car I see this guy that always talks to me. he comes over and tells me how glad he is that he saw me and things like that, then he actually kisses me on the cheek. I can't believe he invade my personal space like that. caught me a little off guard but anyway I had a pretty good workout. I did my cardio Coach1 tape on the treadmill and then did a few back exercises and that was it. I did 36 minutes, burned 325 calories at a distance of 2.12 miles. so far so good!

Day 2

I was thisclose to not working out at all today because I was trying to finish doing my hair. I really didn't feel like doing anything after a while but I got to reading all of the posts on various message boards as well as success stories and photos and I was motivated. I did an upper body workout today using my dumbbells that i have at home.

I did chest press and pushups

bicep curls and hammer curls

tricep kickbacks and tricep press

heavy pants and seated row(I used bands for these and didn't feel the burn like I wanted to )

I also did one round of shoulder press.

I really feel the most burn when i was working my biceps. I also don't feel as though I did too bad with the eating. I had spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner but other than that I tried to do well.

My weight this A.M. was 211 . 2

Day 1

Today is the first day of my BFL (Body For Life challenge) I have decided to buckle down and stick to the program as it was written. I went to the gym and did 36 minutes of what I would consider HIIT using Cardo Coach 1. I felt great afterwards. The eating is a whole 'nother thing. I came home at ate almost the entire half gallon of Dean's banana split Ice cream...Yummmmm! I know that I need to stop buying it because I obviously haven't acquired the willpower just yet to resist the temptation. Anyway my weight this morning was 211.6. I burned 325 calories and walked a distance of 2.12 miles.