Bye Bye Baby Weight!

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A picture of a scale? What?? 😮 That’s right, friends. I bought a scale today. Normally this little thing is my worst enemy, but with my crazy diet plan I’ve been dying to see how the numbers read. Folks, I am proud to say that today it said 121.4! The lowest weight I’ve been in 4 years!! 😃😃😃😍😍💃💃🙏🎉🎈🎉🎉🎉 Finally lost the rest of the baby weight!!

I really wish I had an accurate weight measurement from when I started my diet plan. I think I have lost between 7-10 lbs. I have 4 weeks left on this diet so I’m curious to see what the number will read a show the clothes will fit then! Plus I feel better than I have in a long time! It is a happy day!

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Comparing Yourself

We had a fun and different workout at Camp Gladiator this morning! We used equipment beyond the weights and mats we normally use. We had to flip a 450 lb. tractor tire, carry slosh pipes (PVC pipe filled with water), pull a weighted tire with a rope, resistance bands where we wore it around our waist and sprinted while a partner pulled on the band for resistance, medicine balls, etc. It was fun and challenging! Here’s a small glimpse:

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It was a true test of strength and I definitely felt pretty weak in comparison with most other people. In fact, I’m usually in the back of the pack when we do fitness tests. It’s easy to feel self-conscious and discouraged when you’re surrounded by people who are fitter than you, more thin and toned than you, and faster and stronger than you. I sometimes get frustrated with myself that I am not in the shape I want to be in. It occurred to me recently when I was feeling particularly discouraged that I do not go to boot camp because I am physically fit. I go there because I am working on being physically fit! That may sound silly but it was definitely a perspective check for me. I am not as fast, lean, toned or strong as I want to be, but I am more than when I first started. I have had monumental successes (shaved 18 minutes off my fitness test time within 4 weeks during my 1st month of boot camp) and big time setbacks (took 3 weeks off from exercise and ate what I wanted during summer travels). I believe life is about balance and life does happen! You will go on vacation, you’ll have sick kids and not be able to go to workout sessions, you’ll strain a muscle and have to lay off it for a bit. You just can’t let discouragement overtake you.

I had my wisdom teeth removed a few years ago and it was detrimental to my fitness and diet. It was a horrible recovery and I ended up only being able to eat soft carbs for a month! You can guess what happened to my weight during that time. We have to remember the successes, no matter how small they are and just keep at it. Determination. Deciding what you want and committing to achieving that goal. Deciding that waking up at 5:00 a.m. to work out is worth it and it eventually gets easier to drag yourself out of bed.

Ultimately, when it comes to comparing yourself with others, you have to remember that you are different people. Your bodies are different, your life paths have been different, your health issues are not the same, they may have been a college athlete or have been working out consistently for years while you have only been doing it a few months. Basically, comparison is pointless and just causes you to lose self-confidence! God created us all differently and we need to embrace who he designed us to be! Here’s some great fitspo that have encouraged me:

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CG Wut Wut!

I am SO happy to be back at Camp Gladiator this bright and early morning! I haven’t been in 3 weeks and it feels like an eternity. I was really nervous going today, knowing how out of practice I am. It was definitely tough but thankfully I was paired up with someone my own fitness level. I always worry when they tell you to “find a partner”. I don’t like to be paired with a super fit person and drag them down. If you aren’t familiar with Camp Gladiator, check out their website: Camp Gladiator

I absolutely love the always challenging, group workout! It pushes me harder than I would push myself. Once you get in the routine of going, it’s pretty addictive! Here’s a pic from one of our classes:

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There’s a lot of mat and weight work involved. Every workout is new and different so its never boring. I’m so excited because my hubby is going this month too! The CG people let campers gift a free session to someone and he wanted to try it out. We have to alternate mornings though since somebody has to stay home with the kids (and there’s no way you’ll get us to go in the evening during this Texas summer heat)! At the end of class we come together in a huddle and say something like “CG Wut Wut”! Here’s us on Crazy Sock day (a lot of people forgot to wear their crazy socks, including me – the one with fuschia and yellow sneaks):

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It’s a fun group and I love our trainers! So glad to be back at it! I feel like I am a better mom when I get up early and workout. Just knowing I’ve done something good for myself – for my health and my mind. Getting out by myself and socializing with others is good for my well-being and it gives me a break from being at home all the time with the kids. Plus, working out before everyone else is up gets it out of the way and I don’t feel guilty, like I’m taking time away from the family.

I’ll try to do some other form of exercise tomorrow on my day off. We’ll see how sore I am tomorrow (as I’m pushing my hubby out of bed at 5 a.m. For his turn to go. Heh heh.) CG Wut Wut!

Zumba – Family Style

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We bought a Wii from a friend recently and immediately I found fitness games I wanted to try! I went to a resale game store and bought Wii Fit Plus with a used balance board and Wii Zumba Core. It came with a belt you wear around your waist (very fashionable – see pic below).

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Very cute, I know. Please excuse the lovely no makeup look.

I strapped this thing on and then turned on the Wii. First you have to create a profile for yourself – name, gender, birthdate, and the best category of all…weight. Why must the Wii people do this to us?? I scrolled to find my weight and my son goes, “Mommy, you don’t weight THAT much!” Thanks kid, but I do. Stupid Wii. Then, you pick what kind of routine you want to do. I chose the low intensity warm up. Pretty simple – I earned a 5 out of 5 star ranking. I’m thinking I’m pretty coordinated. Now, I have a little bit of a dance background. Not a lot, I mean I took some jazz, tap and ballet when I was a kid and quit because I was kind of the short not so limber kid in the class. I didn’t really enjoy it at that age. I took theater dance classes in college for my major, which I loved! Still not great though. I really do love dance though and secretly wish I could be on So You Think You Can Dance. I think I was a dancer in another life. (: I took a Zumba class last summer which I thoroughly enjoyed. I miss the class aspect of it doing it at home in front of the TV though. I guess it’s kind of a mini-class when you do it with your kiddos. ANYWAYS, enough about my limited dance history.

My 6 year old wanted to have a turn next. I had to tie the Zumba belt on his tiny waist. It was pretty comical watching his moves! He sure is cute. I really like the Wii because it gets us all moving as a family and that’s always a good thing! We have a lot of fun together with it. Then, he gave it back to me and said, “Here Mommy, do this one next!” It was the high intensity Bollywood routine. Umm… I shaked and shimmied my best and we all got a kick out of it. I think it’s safe to say I will only be trying Bollywood in the comfort of my own living room. I did, much to my surprise, earn 5 out of 5 stars ranking again! Booyah! They call that ranking “Legend”. I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead for today. All in all, Zumba Core is a fun at home workout and I recommend it (if you like dancing with a computer animated instructor). (: