Happy New Year! I wish you and your family a wonderful 2013 filled with health, happiness, friendship and success!
In this post, I want to share some news and recap the fitness progress I made in 2012.
This year is off to a great start for me, as I’m officially an employee of the best health clubs in the country, LA Fitness! I remember when the first one was built near my house in Miami, I thought of it as a prestigious, exclusive, and luxurious fitness center. Now I’m proud to be a part of a company so committed to helping people be the healthiest, fittest person they can be.
In other big news, I finally finished the move from Gainesville to Altamonte this weekend. I’ve been “soft” moving for the last two months, but this weekend we got the truck, and Troy’s brother and parents helped us haul everything down.
It’s such a relief to FINALLY be done moving. I’m sure any of you who have ever had to move from city to city can understand why my blogging has been a little lax lately.
What hasn’t been lax is my fitness and health routine. Other than my few days of moving, was a workout in itself, I’ve been doing a great job with keeping up my diet and exercise considering how crazy life has been.
I stumbled upon a Fitness RX magazine a few days ago and was impressed with the quality of workouts, articles, and even fitness models on the pages. It focused solely on health and fitness, without all of the filler Women’s Health and Fitness magazines have. All of the women in the magazine had the type of look I wanted, so I bought it and decided to give a few of the workouts a shot.
Whitney mentioned trying this butt workout and not being able to get through it, so I was up for the challenge. I love competing with her and I really wanted to beat her, but I only made it through the first two treadmill rounds and one of the stepmill rounds. It was a killer, but it was so much better than the mediocre workouts I’ve seen in most women’s mags.
I also tried this great ab workout, but I threw in some oblique twists, and did the ball crunches with a 25lb plate for some extra resistance. It took about 45 minutes to complete, and I felt sore for two days after. Plus, I’m beginning to see some progress in my abs after months of moaning and complaining about the pesky pooch us ladies tend to have.
Another place I’m really starting to see progress is in my arms. My biceps are noticeably bigger, and the definition in my triceps is really starting to show.
Last week, I went to Kohl’s to pick up some work clothes at their after Christmas sale, and I discovered that I’ve dropped two pant sizes in the last 6 months. When I wore my new pants to work yesterday, I realized that they were actually big on me and I probably could’ve went down one more size.
I can’t even begin to describe how proud and motivated that made me feel. Seeing the number on a scale is one thing, but feeling like you look better and having more energy than ever is what makes all the hard work worth it. Also, I can now agree with everyone who says weightlifting is an important part of any weight loss routine.
I used to do mainly cardio, but I wouldn’t have gotten the results I did in the time it took without incorporating heavy weights and lifting to failure. I don’t look bulkier at all like I (and many others) expected, but toned and smaller.
When I was at Kohl’s, I also grabbed these Nike Air cross trainers for a steal. They’re so light and comfy, and now I don’t have to destroy my running shoes when I’m doing Crossfit or circuit training.
Speaking of Crossfit, I haven’t had time to go back since before the holidays, but Thursdays are my days off, and I’m looking forward to going again tomorrow. I’m even looking forward to how sore and beat up I know I’l be for three days after.
Another thing I noticed that indicates my progress is my Resting Heart Rate. When I was in high school, I remember my RHR being somewhere around 90. I measured it a few days ago, and it was 60 BPM!
To measure your RHR, find the spot on the inside of your wrist just above your thumb where you can apply a gentle amount of pressure to feel your heart beat. Set a timer for 15 seconds and count the number of times your heart beats, then multiply by 4. The normal range is between 60 and 80 BPM.
RHR tells you how hard your heart has to work to pump blood through your body. A lower RHR indicates steady blood flow and increased vascularity. A higher RHR means your heart is working harder to provide oxygen from your muscles, and indicates low cardiovascular endurance.
I was almost in tears seeing how much better my heart is doing after always having heart problems when I was younger. I’d say that’s the most important indicator of my progress so far.
One last exciting thing: I’m getting an iPhone 5! Woo!!! Well, maybe a 4S. I still have to read the reviews and make sure the 5 is worth it, and of course I’d love your input! I’m sure you’ll be just as happy as me when I don’t have to post these awful grainy pictures anymore.
What was your biggest heath and fitness accomplishment in 2012? What progress have you seen and what are you the most proud of?
My biggest accomplishment was running a 5K. I mentioned that my heart hasn’t always been in the best shape, so doing the race was proof of how far I’ve come and motivation for the road ahead.
I’ve always been hesitant to share these, but here are my numbers: *deep breath*
- 142 lbs
- 27% body fat
- Size 9 pants
- 123 lb
- 19% body fat
- Size 3/5 pants