Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fitness/Lifestyle Change Update

So here's a few notes and an update for my fitness plan. First, I am using the Jet Set Body program. The Jet Set Body program incorporates eating healthy with exercise. Kim even wrote a cookbook that has some fantastic recipes. I am honestly not following it exactly because of my own limitations, but think that if someone did follow it to the letter then they'd be fit in no time. For me, this program has staying potential. It isn't one of those things like diet pills or packaged meals that may cause people to get discouraged and fall off the wagon, regaining more weight than they may have lost in the first place. I've gone into crazy mode with counting calories, making sure my meal plans covered everything as it should in the food pyramid, and couldn't maintain it for too long. I think it's better to get the idea of what you should and shouldn't eat in your head than have a strict regimen that makes you feel like you don't have any freedom. Keep in mind that I am a pretty laid back person, so if your personality is different than that then you may love a strict plan.
With exercise I just never know what to do. What is best for a woman who is working out? What is best for someone who is severely out of shape? Should I do the same thing every workout or switch it up? Cardio everyday? These are just a few things that go through my head. I don't understand exercise at all and have never known anyone who did or who could explain what I should do. Jet Set Body answered most of the questions I had. I don't think their plan - even the beginner -  is for someone who is really out of shape, but it is a great guide and you can ask them questions on the forum anytime. You should also consider talking to your doctor if you're really out of shape so that you don't end up hurting yourself, which is true of any exercise plan. Having said that I would like to point out that I can do all but maybe 1 or 2 exercises in each of their days, so I'm not doing too bad. 

I really love that Kim and Rob, the people who created the program, stay involved with the participants through e-mails and forums. I think they really care about everyone being healthy and in shape. I haven't met them in person, but from videos and blog posts they seem to have great personalities and a good sense of humor. At the end of the update will be some links to Jet Set Body and to one of their success stories. 

On to the real update. As a warning, I'm going to be really transparent with weight and all that's related. I have never understand why it's so taboo to talk about weight or admit how much we weigh. People can see that I'm overweight, I see that I'm overweight, so who cares if others know my weight. In my mind it feeds the whole notion of women needing to be a certain way, to look a certain way. I hate the idea of thinking that someone is lesser than anyone else because of that. I did take a before picture, but will only post the before and after at the end of my journey. What's the end? I would like to get to about 140, which was my weight throughout high school and college. I'm am doing weights, though, so I'm trying to keep that in mind. I'll have more muscle mass so my altered goal is between 140-150. As soon as that hits I'll post my before and after pics with final results. I'll of course still continue to eat healthy and exercise so that I can maintain being fit. 

At the beginning of the year I was at 205 lbs. I don't think that I look like I weigh that much and have been told that by others, but maybe they were being nice. I decided that I needed to finally get in shape and be a good example to Alexander, so I set a goal - to be 25% of the way to my goal weight...to lose 14-16 lbs. In March I wrote this goal, with others, on my blog to have some semblance of accountability. In April I was offered a new job and decided to take it. Just knowing I was going somewhere else helped me to drop 5 lbs. Five pounds just from the relief of getting out of a job I didn't like...amazing! Between then and deciding to start the Jet Set Body program I dropped another 5 lbs. I think it was still due to finding a new job (that I LOVE) and being in a better mood. So before even starting the program I was down 10 lbs. Woohoo!

I officially started the Jet Set Body program on October 16th. I weighed, measured, and took pictures. Three weeks later, on November 6th, I weighed and measured and have those results here.

October 16, 2011
November 6, 2011
195 lbs
188 lbs
42 ¾”
41 ¼”
36 ½”
40 ½”
Right Thigh
Left Thigh
27 ¾”
27 ½”
Right Arm
12 ¼”
12 ¼”
Left Arm
12 ¾”
12 ¾”
Right Calf
16 ¼”
Left Calf
16 ¼”

So that's the progress so far. I think that's great for 3 weeks!  Down 7 lbs and 4 1/2". That means I've actually surpassed my goal for the year by 1lb. Yay! My legs have always been muscular, so I only see them going down a couple of inches, but I'm fine with that. Again, if I followed the program exactly I'd have even better results, but I'm looking for long lasting results - not quick ones. Do you have any fitness goals? Have you achieved them or are you still working towards something? I'll have another update in 3 weeks. 

Looking forward.
David Siteman Garland interviewing Kim and Rob on his show - http://www.therisetothetop.com/davids-blog/david-body-transformation/

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