Stronger: Photo Progress

A couple of weeks ago I started to get some “Girl! you don’t need to lose anymore weight” and “Girl! you’re about to disappear” comments*. I tried to take these comments as compliments, but I couldn’t becausel I didn’t see a change and the scale didn’t show much loss. After hearing more “Girl! you’ve lost weight” comments from some people I hadn’t seen in a while this past weekend, I thought “hmmm…maybe I do look different.”

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This is me at my friends birthday party last weekend 🙂

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Stronger: Week 1

My official Beautiful Badass Beginner’s (BBB) program start date was June 11, 2012. My goal is to post an update each Monday about the week before. So I’m only a few days behind with this first post. Go back to my first post if you want to know more about my plan.

I’m following Nia Shanks’s 3 days a week strength training program as close as possible with a few (approved) variances. I’ll also be throwing in Zumba twice a week and Boot Camp once a week because I love those classes. Wait! Did I just say I loved boot camp? Wow. Also Sunday will be my only free day, so any day that doesn’t include a workout or a class I’ll be doing hill sprints (highly recommended by Nia – hill sprints that is, not one day of rest) or taking a brisk walk. Whelp, that’s the plan.

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Stronger not Smaller (per se)

You might remember I blogged a while back about how great 2012 was treating me. I discussed four of my 2012 goals and the progress I had made with each of them. One goal was to lose 15 pounds by April, I lost 12! I didn’t reach my goal but I was determined not to be discouraged. I set another goal to get down to 145 lbs. by my birthday, but that didn’t quite happen either. Again, I was only a few pounds off around 148. I just can’t seem to stay active and eat right around my birthday. The lure of cake and laziness is too strong for me to fight. Anyway, right after my birthday I said I was going to jump right back on track and hit my goal (145 lbs.) by July 13th (as I have a trip planned for that weekend). If you couldn’t tell I love goals, as a self-aware procrastinator they are necessary.

Even though I had been making progress, I realized I needed a new approach – a new outlook, if you will. You see I, like most women, have always been focused on cardio, cardio, cardio! I mean I did some “lifting” in my Body Works/Body Sculpting group gym classes and when I have hired a trainer in the past I’ve used the weight machines. So I know that having strong muscles is important. However, I had previously fell victim to the idea of low weight, high reps being the key to “toning”. Isn’t that what they who they hell are they anyway always tell women?

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2012 New Year, New You – Exercise

First up……. Ramon “The Trainer” Terry and his company My Formula 360 have issued a 66 day fitness challenge, Formula66. Almost everyone resolves to be healthier or lose weight, so here’s a simple one. Below is the challenge:

WHAT is Formula66: 66 consecutive days of exercise.

WHY 66 days: It takes 66 consecutive days of an activity to create a habit. The hardest thing about having an active lifestyle or sticking to a weight loss program is the effort it takes to exercise. Life, work, stress, kids, etc, has made exercise a low or non priority resulting in chronic lazyness!
Formula66 is a plan to turn your lazy habit into an active lifestyle. This is not a diet it’s an effort to rewire your brain and majorly change your body in the process. Once you get over this 66 day hump you’ll never go back!

Yup, that’s it! Basically just get out and get 30 min of exercise daily for the next 66 days. Even though this technically began on Monday, January 2nd, it’s not to late to start! Like My Formula 360‘s page on Facebook for the daily reminders, tips and exercises. You can also follow My Formula 360 on twitter!

I am committed this and I’m proud to say I’ve yet to miss a day, yes I’m aware it’s only day 4. LOL Start strong, finish strong, RIGHT?!

I’ve checked my gym’s class schedule and am working on some back up plans for the inevitable day I can’t make the gym. Everyday may not be a full workout, but I intend to break a sweat daily whether it’s walking the dog or taking the stairs.

Next learn what to let go and what to control.