I woke up this morning to another 4 inches of snow, its April 18. This precipitation should be falling as rain. I love the snow in let’s say December, January and maybe even February, but as we get closer get to what should be spring the piles of white stuff make me a little crabby. The old saying says “April showers, bring May flowers.” I always assumed it was rain showers.
As I have been working really hard to find the silver lining in any situation, here are a couple of reasons I am happy for the snow:
- I get a bit of outdoor cardio. Shoveling is an excellent way to squeak in some cardio and fill the lungs with fresh air!
- The precipitation that falls as snow melts slower and will help it to soak into the ground and reduce drought and hopefully help with any flood threats this spring.
- I have a couple of more weeks to continue on the Insanity program before I will be baring my arms and legs to the public.
- No brown snowbanks! Often this time of year we would be looking at brown dirty snowbanks! Not around here, we have nice white snowbanks.
- No mud is being tracked in the house. Often this time of year the kids are tracking in dirt and mud from playing outside. Not now. Just snow.
Ok, that last one is a stretch. Yesterday at yoga class we were encouraged to meditate for sunny warm weather. I encourage all of you to try! Afterall it can’t hurt!
So, I am proud to say that I survived my first week of Insanity and I am already seeing results. The muffin top is shrinking and a couple pounds are gone. The biggest adjustment has been the food. I have had to increase my calorie intake by 800-1000 calories, which you think would be counter productive, but its working.
The workouts are challenging, but doable. Again, I am really happy to have developed a moderate level of fitness before I started this. If you are new to fitness or maybe just a casual worker-outter. I would recommend doing Fitness Blender Videos for a couple weeks to get conditioned. They are easy to follow, well produced and best of all, they are FREE!!
The most challenging workout so far has been the Pure Cardio. Most of the Insanity workout are 6-7 minute warmup and then a 5-7 minute stretch followed by 15 minutes of intervals that are 3 minutes on then 30 second of rest. It then finishes with with 3-4 minutes of stretching. Pure cardio messes with your mind a bit. This workout starts the same with the warmup and stretch, but then does 15 minutes straight of intense OUCH!! I don’t know that I have ever sweat that much before. Definitely feeling it today. Tomorrow is a rest day and I am really looking forward to it.
NOW FOR THE HAIR!!!!
So in my mind, I have always had the most amazing flowing locks of hair. In reality, I have fine, short hair. I finally suffered through a grow out for more than a year, ugh and I am excited to finally be able to wear the I have always wanted. My mom thinks they are awesome as she has always wanted the luxurious flowing hair herself. The hubby and kids aren’t too sure. I sported them out in public for the first time yesterday. (Sidenote: it was a funeral, perhaps not the best place to debut new hair, but its my new look)
Things I was not expecting was to feel a bit weird wearing them. I know they are fake, but have a commentary running in my head if other people think they are. We live in a small town. Anyone who saw me on Tuesday with my short brown hair would see that I now have long blonde hair. My final conclusion is that they make me feel better. I like what they look like and I feel that is what is the most important part.
I will keep you posted on how it goes.
Well, I would first like to apologize my lack of upkeep on this site. I have 2 additional sites that i have been trying to get up an running, but with 3 blogs, I have zero that i have kept up to date. It makes me sad and mad at myself as lots of exciting things have been going on lately. Oh well.
As I tell the kids, today is a new day.
Near the first of the year, I embarked on a weight loss fitness/improve my fitness journey. With the help of my amazing trainer, Geri. I was able to shed something like 35″ over all in 12 weeks. I went from walking 30 minutes a day to doing hard interval circuits. I am stronger and more fit then what i have been in years. Sadly, my training sessions with Geri has expired and now I am left on my own. OH NOOOOOO!!!
With boat and bathing suit season being just around the corner, I am looking at getting in shape to where I actually want to wear a bathing suit and not something that looks like a Birka. Enter the Insanity workout.
If you have watched any late night TV, you have seen Shaun T and his crew pitching his workout program. I have to say I was a little scared about trying this, but after watching a portion of the workout on YouTube, I know I can do this. I am also dragging Paul along in this journey and he’s
eagerly coming along for the ride.
Being he is a runner, this interval training is a lot different then the repetitive workouts he has been doing. I hope my knee holds up with all the jumping I am thinking are ahead. I am also adopting the eating plan that came with the program. According to the equation for daily calorie burn, i have been eating any where from 800 to 1000 less then I should for optimal weight loss. This morning I choked down a bowl of oatmeal with protein powder, fruit and walnuts. Gag!! We’ll see if I see a difference eating more.
Another exciting event this week is that I will be getting my hair extensions!! I have for my whole life wanted long flowing hair. Unfortunately, I was morning with fine hair and its ability to grow to any thing other than thin and baby like is not possible. Can not wait!!
I think this week is going to be a good week!