There were a few instances this past week, pre-holiday, in which I scared the sh!t out of myself. I was scared because even after the previous post and the pressure of this blog, I was not motivated to go work out. I was more motivated than the week before but I didn’t feel compelled. I was scared that this desperate attempt at losing weight and getting in shape would not work. Until I saw this:
This is a picture of my heart and soul at the gym, completely hung over, but still made her way there! Within minutes, I was motivated to get up off of the couch. Thank you, my love. You inspire me. I got to the gym and once I was moving, I was reminded of how great this all feels when it’s over. The beginning sucks, the middle gets in a groove, and then I get bored and look forward to the end. Then it’s over and it’s over. I feel the weight (no pun intended) lifted off of my shoulders. I can relax and enjoy the rest of my day or night knowing that I moved my body. I sweat. That is so unbelievably gratifying and that is what I have to remember and please feel free to remind me constantly.
I also had a very interesting conversation with my brother about the motivation and the meaning behind working out. I won’t go into all of the details but the gist of it was that I need to change my mindset. I don’t work out because I want to lose weight but I work out because it is part of my job and my salary is a healthy, in shape body…and mind! My mind is happier and healthier (and skinnier) when I am working out on the reg. If you’ve kept up with this blog you know that I have this epiphany every now and then and after a few weeks I forget about it. This time though, this time something in me is telling me that it will be different #thankgod
So let’s recap: At week 1, I was at a certain weight. When I took the week 2 pictures, I was just shy of 3 lbs down from where I started. A few days after the week 2 pictures I was right back to the week 1 weight. But by the time I took the following pictures for week 3 on December 20th, I was back to the same weight as the week 2 pictures:
And at week 4, as in the pictures I took just yesterday on December 27th, I was down another 2 lbs from week 3 (just .8 lbs away from 5 lbs!). And yes, you read that correctly: I was home in NJ for Christmas aka drank wine, ate lasagna, bagels, and pizza, and lost 2 pounds!! Go girl, it’s ya birfday. I did, however, say a little prayer by my bedside hoping that the weight and carbs aren’t hiding in my eyebrows, ear lobes, and fingertips just waiting to plop down into my gut and ass…but that’s besides the point.
The shorts pictures and now even the jean pictures really aren’t doing me any justice. I’m down almost 5 pounds and it looks the same. My sister told me I should change it up to black yoga pants and a tighter shirt. I think I’ll try that.
Sassarella Says…one more week of loss will put me past the point where I would normally fall off the wagon. It will give me the confidence that I can continue to do this. That, my friends, is my goal this week. Tell me, do they look different to you? Go ahead, go back and enlarge those photos from the previous two posts. Enlarge these photos! It’s all out there now so there’s no turning back. Damn, those shorts are the worst.
I tried some of these exercises this week, mixed in with the cardio:
Trunk Rotation: Lie back holding one 8- to 10-pound dumbbell horizontally in both hands about 6 inches above chest. Bend knees 90 degrees, thighs perpendicular to floor. Tilt knees 45 degrees to the left while bringing shoulders and dumbbell 45 degrees to the right. Do 12 to 15 reps per side. Crunch straight up, reaching dumbbell toward toes, for another 12 to 15 reps.
Alternating Shoulder Raise: Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a 5- to 8-pound weight in each hand. Rise up onto the balls of both feet. Keeping your heels lifted, raise left arm out to the side to shoulder height and right arm to the front to shoulder height. Hold for 2 counts, return to starting position, and switch arms. Do 15 reps per side.
Alternating Push-Ups: Begin in a full push-up position, hands on floor under shoulders, legs extended and abs tight. Do 1 push-up. As soon as you finish, drop your knees to the floor and do 1 bent-knee push-up. Do 20 to 25 reps total.
Clam Dig with Rotation: Lie on your left side with left hand supporting head, elbow bent. Bend knees 45 degrees in front of body. Hold a 5- to 8-pound dumbbell in right hand with elbow pressing into right side. Lift both right leg and arm toward ceiling; hold for 2 seconds and lower. Keep hips stacked and right upper arm on side throughout the exercise. Do 15 reps; switch sides.
Weighted Back Extension: Wrap 2-pound weights around each ankle (or do without weights) and get on all fours. Extend left arm up to head height and right leg back to hip height. Slowly touch left elbow to right knee; hold for 2 counts, then extend arm and leg out again. Do 10 to 15 reps; switch sides.
I always do a bunch of lunges and squats as well. Just FYI.