Nikki-sickly side tracked

I haven’t been doing the best at blogging lately but am hoping my life slows down a little by the end of this week, I have also been trying to still write posts at nikkiinhighgear as well but trying to keep health/exercise focused on this blog and write more random happenings on my other blog.  ANYHOW here I am.  I haven’t done well the last 2 weeks and I’m just going to flat-out say it.

I haven’t worked out since September 18 at the hockey game aka my last post.

I worked 41 hours mon-tues, so literally had NO time to even sleep really, worked on the renos at our second property on Wednesday, my day off (at least that burnt some calories), worked thursday and became illish on friday.  I literally laid on my couch for 14hours watching TV/sleeping until I had to go into work at 11 pm.    Anyways if you know me, I can’t usually watch TV that long unless I’m a tad depressed or sick.  So something was up, it’s just shitty that I felt this way sunday and monday as well.  Sunday I slept for at least 15 hours, which also means I didn’t go to hockey and am only starting to feel kind of normal again this morning.

Ps I have the best boss in the world who worked during the evening so that I could rest and not worry about training 2 staff and having hyper kids home.  Again I’m a youth worker who works in group home where four 15-18 year olds live and it can be challenging some times especially when you don’t feel great.  Also thanks to all my friends who heard or knew I was sick and kept tabs on me! also my cats have never cuddled me so hard before.

 

I’m feeling a bit down about not getting my workouts in, but my body pretty much went into shutdown this weekend.  I think having so much to do (2 jobs, renovations, coaching basketball coming up, playing basketball and hockey, trying to lose weight and the list goes on) has finally caught up to me and sadly side tracked me from some things.  I really want to be at the gym 5 days a week, but until we finish these renovations I need to put my focus onto that place because we need to finish and sell that place ASAP (it’s one of our main sources of stress)

Here’s the good news, I weighed myself and I’m doing fine, as in I haven’t gained any weight.  Actually may have lost but I’ll figure that all out next week.  I also tried on my wedding dress this morning just for  a little pick-me up and shit did that eve do that trick. Not only do I need more alterations than I did before, but damn I’m excited because my wedding is just shy of 4 months aways in MEXICO!!  oh who’s excited by more alterations? me even thought it will cost some money.  My dress is way loser than it was a few months ago, so even if I haven’t lost weight I know that my weight training is doing the trick-my back looks amazing in the dress right now, if I do say so myself.

So here’s to feeling better and getting back on track.

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Nikki-Final Photos and Weigh in

Wow I can’t believe it’s the end of October and the “final” weigh in.  I am only going to refer to it as “final” since I’ve still got some work to do!  I had my last personal training this morning, and I’m sad.  I wish I could afford to have a trainer all year-long as Danielle really kicked my butt and has toned me up (way easier to tell when I’m wearing close to nothing or gym clothes :))  I do hope to save up and workout with her again.  I will miss my hour-long sessions of being told what to do and being amazed at what I’ve done.  Some of the weights/reps she’s had me use/do I never thought I’d make it through and now I can go to the gym by myself and do that torture to myself.  Ok it wasn’t really torture, the only thing I still hate are burpees, but they work everything so they’re so good for you! Danielle even made me do them this morning as my very last exercise!

Ok so lets just get to the info and pics everyone’s been weighting waiting for (I just can’t stop writing about weight!)

 June 2011  October 2011  Total Lost
 Weight: 171   Weight: 154  17lbs
 Bicep:12.5   Bicep: 11  1.5
 Chest: 39.5   Chest: 37  2.5
 Waist: 34.25   Waist: 32  2.25
 Abdominal: 39   Abdominal: 37  2
 Hips: 42.5   Hips: 40  2.5
 Thigh: 27   Thigh: 25  2
 Calf: 14.75   Calf: 15  +.25

Now the funny thing is my trainer Danielle did measurements this morning (they are slightly different areas that are measured) and I have lost 13.2 inches since I started working out with her.  Just so you all know 4 of those inches were from my neck! holly shit, did I have a rippling beast of a steroids man neck before?  For real, If I ever get fat again I’m requesting now that EVERYONE who reads this has an intervention with me!

                                                     June/August/October

You can see how unhappy I was when you look at the first photo in both sets.   Looking at the current photo’s you can see just in my posture how much more confident I am.  I’m so much happier, healthier and am way leaner!

Thank you to EVERYONE who has given their support, read the blog, worked out with me or forced me to do burpees, passed on recipes, and just continual encouragement, because of you I found it in myself to stay motivated these past few months.  I worked on being active 5 days a week.  I counted calories, I set goals for myself and met many of them such as fitting into my target dress and I still have goals to work on (come on 14 lbs),  I’ve learned to enjoy jogging-at least when I’m running with buddies and learned to love going to the gym again. 

I will be continuing on my weight loss journey over the next few months.  I would still like to get down to 140 lbs which is only another 14 lbs so I know I’ll get there but the biggest goal for me is to have defined arms and continue working out 5x a week.   I’m so much more confident in my skin now that I don’t think there will ever need to be an intervention.  I will be coming up with some new goals in the next few weeks to continue working on fitness.  Hope everyone will continue to read my posts then!

Nikki-Where does the time go?

I just don’t know WHY, there can never be enough time in a day, week, or month some times to do everything you want to get done and need to do! Where does the time go?

This week has been challenging to fit in time for running.  I’ve managed to fit in 16km (not including treadmill time since it’s not on my phone and I’m not at home to check) but I’m headed to Jasper on a staff retreat this weekend and I don’t know if I’ll actually have time to work out! So I may not reach my running goal this week, but I am packing my running shoes and work out clothes in case I do have a spare 30 minutes to get out and jog around Jasper….  Ok I would be crazy NOT to go jogging in Jasper.  New and beautiful scenery to look at while I run! I promise if I don’t get to run, I will force my staff team to at least go for a walk.  ANY activity is better than none!  This week just didn’t feel long enough to get in all the running I wanted to accomplish,but there’s always next week.

 I also feel like fall/winter flies by way quicker than spring/summer.  It’s probably because the sun sets so much earlier and then it feels like it’s time to just sit on the couch all evening. Truly who wants to work out in the dark at 6pm? (no it’s not that dark yet but SOON it will be)  The shorter the day the less time it feels like there is to accomplish anything.  This is one of the reasons I’ve said to work out in the morning, get your work out, out-of-the-way and then you don’t have to worry about becoming unmotivated throughout the day. 

One thing I’d like to do this winter is to make a weekly habit to get out and skate. Ryan bought me, my first pair of hockey skates last year for my birthday (anyone needs a pair of size 7 figure skates?) and we didn’t get out once to used them! So this year I’m determined to get out, put some wear and tear on my child sized hockey skates and am inviting anyone who reads this to join me.  This will me motivation for me to get up off the couch on those dark nights and burn a few extra calories. 

Anyhow that’s all I’m thinking this am, just wanted to blog since it’s a bit of stress relief for me now, and I know Kira gets sad when I don’t post often.  Have a fun and active weekend.  Speak to you again on Weigh in day!