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Fit & “Flab-U-Less” Week In Review | Week 4!

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Hubs: work out buddy, cheerleader, best friend!

It is hard to believe we are four weeks into our new lifestyle. Mostly because this week was DISASTER! It started with me going to the Doctor on Monday about my fatigue. Blood work was ordered and I had every intention of going Tuesday morning. By Monday night I was battling the sniffles and the good old sicky germs Hubs brought home from work last weekend. By Wednesday I was in full-blown misery, suffering from the worst fever I’ve ever had which induced death-bed calls to Nan at midnight (EST). I was convinced I would not wake up Thursday, but I did. I didn’t get out of bed much, but I awoke. It was not until yesterday I began feeling slightly human once more. After a week of drinking my calories via Rain Berry Gatorade, we laced up our shoes bright and early and headed to the track for a very interesting morning with our photographer: Jessica from Giles Smiles Photography. Get ready for picture overload, folks. We narrowed it down from FIFTY awesome shots to these.

I never really looked at pictures of myself and thought “oh my goodness, who is that fatty?” Some of the pictures taken today made me think this for the first time in my life! I hope they inspire me to never give up, to pull through, and to work, work, work at this. Without further ado:

Lace them up and get ready!

Once we got laced up and ready, it was time to stretch it out:

That building is the Hospital- you know, just in case my heart can ever not handle it.

Sorry ladies, that sexy man beast is spoken for 😉 I like how his tat is totally sneaking a peek!

Let it be known, Hubs thought of this pose with his hands being down in the dirt. We did not do this to him involuntarily.

We found we could do sit ups much easier with a little teamwork 🙂

We applied this same philosophy to chin-ups 😀

This one is one of my favorites! It took a couple tries and a few “almost falling on our faces” to get us both balanced, and kissing in time for the click, but I LOVE it!

Yes, you will notice my Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor there- it looks like a watch! Well, it is a watch in addition to a HRM. Review perhaps in next weeks review!

Of course we’re competitive whenever we hit the track…

Of course, it’s important to stay hydrated with all this activity:

Of course, there is exhaustion when you’re done, but it’s so worth it!

You might even need some refreshment:

KISSES are the ultimate reward though:

As a matter of fact, Yes, Sports Illustrated, we are available for your modeling pool.

Our photog did something really cool when she edited them, and made two of the pictures into “motivational” posters, kind of. This will be perfect for our little workout corner! (Oh, because did I mention we bought a sweet stationary bicycle? It’s on back order and I can’t wait to share it with you all!)

This awesome shade of Nail Polish would be "I Eat Mainely Lobster" from O.P.I.'s new Touring America line.

I wanted this to have our wedding rings in it, because like I’ve said so many times before: It means the world to me that my husband is my biggest fan, my workout buddy, and with me 100% on this journey. I know I could never do it without him right by my side.

This is one of the first pictures I have looked at and been ashamed of myself. This image, along with the motivational quote Jessica put in, will get me through the journey to becoming half the woman I am right now. Go beyond what feels comfortable. Go beyond where I’ve gone before. STRETCH myself to the person I want to be.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our photos! I know I had a blast at the shoot and a billion thanks go out to my wonderful Hubs, for all he puts up with and with a smile on his face!

Here is to another fit and “Flab-u-less” week, friends! We can get through this and be one week closer to the healthier, stronger versions of our current selves we so long to be!

All images are property of Giles Smiles Photography. Don’t be a douche.

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Working on My Fitness | Week in Review

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Well, I didn’t mean for it to work out like this, but I think Sunday afternoons are when I am going to recap my week as far as fitness goes.

Pinned onto my board "Working on my fitness" via Maranda Blacknell on Pinterest

This week was hard, but rewarding! I feel so much better overall by the few changes we’ve made. The main goal I’m consistent on is WATER, WATER, WATER! My goal every day is to drink my 64 fl.oz. of water. I have only fallen short on one day. I measure via a water bottle I have and make sure I drink two of them.

I would love to say I’ve been eating better, and really I have been! This week though was my craving week, and what the uterus wants, the uterus gets. We had Pizza Hut P’Zones, we had pizza, we had sherbet, and ice cream! We even went out to eat… ITALIAN! I feel like I eat all day long! I previously mentioned using My Fitness Pal, and I have come in under calorie count every day! (well, I’m not so sure about yesterday when we ate out… but the scale was nice to me today!)

I weigh myself pretty much every morning. I know the proverbial “they” say you shouldn’t, but I do. I even track it most days. It either motivates me that I’m awesome and can do this… or it motivates me to get my bleeping bleep off the motherbleeping couch! It must be working because as of today, same time I weighed last Sunday, I have lost 4.3 pounds. [I know I psyched people out on facebook and twitter with that whole 2.4 mess- that was from the other day!]

WORKOUT: The proverbial “they” also tell you to take a day of rest for working out. Well, I only half listen to them. Hubs and I go to the track Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. I walk for a half hour (which is usually a little more than a mile and a half). Today- I jogged almost an entire lap, which was HUGE! The other days of the week I do my crazy calisthenics (this week was 5 minutes a day, but I’m bumping it up from 25% to 30% of the 100 workout this week, so we’ll see!) and usually a walk in the evening. I tried to take a day off this week and felt so sluggish and gross.

I can’t wait to go to my doctor with all my notes of what I’ve been doing, how I’ve been feeling (which is why I’ll be blogging it here), and what the results are!

Hubs and I were joking today when we were “stretching” on the track that we should have someone take pictures for us on the track being gimmicky now. You know, 70’s tube socks, awkward stretches, wrist bands! Then in a year or two do the same type photo shoot so we can be amazed at the differences! Any takers in the Camp Pendleton area?

Here’s looking forward to another “Flab-u-LESS” week!