Thrive90 – Week Three Update

I am a little late in my updating my Thrive90 progress here. So I thought I should update tonight before Week Four actually begins!

After I completed Week Two, I did weigh in and found that I had lost another 2.2 lbs! Yay! That brings my total loss for the first two weeks to 3.6 pounds. Now I know that doesn’t sound like a lot of weight, but when I look at things that weigh around three pounds, I am amazed at how much is now gone. I am starting to see a few subtle differences myself. In fact, I felt just a little better in my church clothes this morning :>!

Each week, I am seeing differences in my ability to do the various exercises. For example, I can routinely hold my Static Pike for 30 seconds, I can do all 40 Mountain Climbers without stopping; and even though they’re modified, I can also do all 15 Chair Dippers without stopping. To me, that is incredible. I get such a feeling of accomplishment when I do something just a little better than I did it the previous time.

I also wanted to take a minute and talk about goals. I’ve never been much for setting goals – though I do realize their value and I’m learning how to set them. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

One of the items that came with my Thrive90 Program was a SMART Goals worksheet. I don’t know where this concept originated, but it is not a new one. It is, however, new to me. For anyone else who may be new to this concept, let me explain. For goals to be successful, they need to be SMART. By this I don’t just mean intelligent. SMART is an acronym:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Realistic or Relevant

T – Timely

Basically, goals need to be something that is actually doable! By being SMART, I am actually setting myself up for success instead of failure. So I had to set two SMART goals at the beginning (three weeks ago).

My first goal was to lose 15 pounds by the end of the 90 days. I actually want to lose more than that, but in order to be realistic, this is only a 12 week program, I had to make my goal achievable within that time period. I guess that means I’ll have to keep exercising even after my 90 days are complete. Just kidding, I knew that was a reality when I started. Looking at my goal of 15 lbs., I would need to lose an average of 1.25 lbs per week. I am already slightly ahead of that goal and that is very motivating to keep going.

My second goal was geared toward the fitness test I took at the beginning. There were five areas in which I was tested: Sit & Reach Flexibility, Wall Squat Hold, Static Plank Hold, Sit Ups, and Push Ups. My goal was that I would improve in three of these areas by the end of Week Four, four of them by the end of Week Eight, and all of them by the end of Week Twelve. I know that I am getting stronger with each week, so I hope that I am on my way towards reaching that goal as well. I will find out for sure at the end of this upcoming week.

Thanks for the continued support I’ve received!

The usual disclaimer: Thrive90 and Fit Marriage are affiliate links through which I hope to help my family income. I purchased the program; and all opinions and results are solely mine.

Beauty

* This post is being linked to Home Sanctuary‘s Company Girl Coffee and Prairie Flower Farm’s Building Our Homes Together.

When I think about Homes and Sanctuary, I think of Beauty. When we first had to move to where we are now (back in October), I was not entirely happy. We had to leave a very rural area with a large yard & garden on a very private street, to a whole new county with smaller everything. We no longer had a private street and silent nights.

We now live near a military base where things are regularly exploded. We now live near a railway and a fire station. This combination can make for very noisy periods; and noise can drown out beauty – if you let it. The noises that made me cry the first night here, are now so routine, that I barely notice them.

I was worried when we moved here that we would not have the wildlife that we were used to seeing. Boy, was I wrong – the wildlife has just changed. Before, we had wide open spaces, so we saw many deer and large birds. We were near cattle and horse farms so we saw many large animals. Here, we have trees, so we see squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, chipmunks, and many varieties of small birds.

Spring came; so did the flowers and baby animals. Our landlord did an amazing job of planting so many surprises that each week seems to bring something new. While I’m not as good as catching wildlife on film, I have gone on a tour of my yard this week and captured much beauty in our flowers.

For the most part, I have no idea what these flowers are, I just thought they were beautiful. I hope you enjoy:

I think this is Echinacea.

At first, I thought the black spots were part of this flower, but upon closer inspection, I found that they were ants!

The hummingbirds love this one – they can only see the color red!

Here’s a close-up of those flowers – love all the colors in this!

I love that God gave us so much functional beauty in this world! Ya know, it wasn’t until I studied botany with my children, that I learned just how important flowers are! Either I didn’t pay enough attention in school, or I was never taught how God created these beauties to benefit us in more ways than just to appeal to our eyes. Without flowers, we wouldn’t have many of the fruits and vegetables we rely on for nourishment. I didn’t know.

God is an incredible designer – His palette is truly amazing!

Come Home

I may be one of the few Catholics out there who has only heard Father John Corapi speak, via EWTN, once (didn’t have cable/satellite access for a few years). For that I am now sorry. I have been paying attention to all the drama surrounding his situation and am deeply saddened. I am not interested in debating guilt or innocence; the system: whether it’s broken or not; there are plenty of bloggers (most of them more educated than I) doing that.

However, I came across this video today and it really tugged at my heart-strings. These men speak from their hearts. They speak of the Divine and of human needs & emotions. It is a true outpouring of love; and that’s why I re-post it.

Father Corapi, I don’t know you and you don’t me. I haven’t heard you speak, but once. But I know Jesus Christ, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and the importance of the priesthood. I know that Jesus needs you to be His Hands and Feet here on earth. We need your prayers. We need you to hear our confessions; and we need you to Consecrate the Eucharist. We need you to continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once a priest, always a priest.

Thrive90 – Week Two Update

Wow! Thanks for all the visits yesterday – it was the most visits I’ve had since starting this blog! A special thanks goes out to Dustin, one of the co-creators of Thrive90, who gave me a shout-out on both Facebook and Twitter! Dustin has his own website called Engaged Marriage, in addition to Fit Marriage, where he talks all things marriage from a Catholic Christian standpoint. There are some great practical things there, so go take a look.

I am now halfway through Week Two and I’m doing well. My hamstrings are not as sore as they used to be, and I did the HIIT Squat Walks again today. I am making it through all eight walks, but it’s still difficult. Right now I am proud that I can make it through the whole thing. Yesterday, when I completed the Core Blast for the second time, I found that I had improved in some areas, but stayed the same on others. That’s OK. At least there were some noticeable improvements. I could hold the Static Pike a couple of seconds longer. I made it through the whole 30 seconds of jumping jacks. I know that sounds easy, but it wasn’t for me last week. Still can’t hold that boat pose though – something to keep working on!

My nutrition is making improvements as well. I am finding that I can get through periods of slight hunger without running to a handful of chocolate. Speaking of chocolate, I have also found that I can just eat 3-4 kisses instead of 10-15. Progress, not perfection is an important motto for me to have right now. I made another chicken salad last night and added some red to my green in the form of tomatoes and red peppers.

Nighttime is still my most difficult period. I can get most of my computer stuff done only after the kids (and hubby) go to bed; and that’s the time I feel the most tempted to splurge. So, when I decide I’m going to allow myself a little chocolate, instead of bringing out a whole bag or box, I only take out the amount I’m going to allow. That way, I don’t absent-mindedly take another bite or handful. I have found that once I’ve settled in for some computer time, I don’t want to get up. If the food is in the other room, then it’s not as likely that I will go get it. It seems to be working.

And so, I keep plugging away – one day at a time. I would love to hear from any of you who have done, or are doing, the Thrive90 program – thanks for stopping by!

* Disclaimer – as previously stated, the links to Thrive90 and Fit Marriage are affiliate links, in an attempt to help with household expenses. The links to other websites are just links. I have not been paid or compensated to write these posts. I purchased the program and the opinions are solely mine.

Thrive90 – Weekend

Over the weekend, I tried out the last video in Phase One of Thrive90. It was a 30 minute cardio video that can be used on one or both of the two cardio days during each week. They suggest that you can do any cardio activity for at least 30 minutes or you can do this video. It was designed to get my heart rate up – and that it did! I could really tell that I was out of shape; some of these things were really difficult and I couldn’t keep up. But it was ok because I knew two things: First, I did my best; and Second, it would get better if I kept doing my best.

Sunday was a day of rest, which I definitely needed. In fact, my hamstrings were so sore, I wanted two days’ rest!

I did give myself a little motivation though. The program has you weigh and measure after every four weeks, but I wanted to know that my sore hamstrings were worth it. So, I got on the scale. And while it may not seem like much, I was proud to have lost 1.4 lbs! It was motivating enough to get outside and walk for 30 minutes – even with sore hamstrings! It was motivating enough to keep me committed to exercising this week and to help me do better with my food choices.

I look forward to a better week, with improvements and continued weight loss!

Thrive90 – Day Five

The first week of Thrive90 is almost over and I’m still alive!

Today I did a new video that was called Strength Circuit. I have to admit that this is the first workout I really struggled with. It wasn’t because it was a bad workout. It was more due to the fact that I’m out of shape and the symptoms I encounter with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Many of the exercises involved over-the-head movements and those are difficult with TOS. I actually experienced tingling and numbness for about a half hour after the workout was complete. Let me repeat that this is due to my medical condition and not the program itself. Then, there were a couple of exercises that my out-of-shape body just couldn’t handle. I look forward to improving my abilities in this circuit training; I am told that I will get better with each time I do it.

There is one thing I am really proud of though – one of the things in the circuit was a static plank. Basically you put your weight on your elbows and toes and raise your body off the ground, while keeping it flat. In my first video this week, I had to do this and cold only hold it for 20 seconds. Today I was able to hold it for the full 30 seconds the first time and 20 seconds the second time. I am proud of the improvement. I know it’s something really small, but any small improvement gives me motivation to keep on course. I get to do a new video tomorrow and then rest on Sunday. I am looking forward to do a weigh-in on Monday!

See you tomorrow – thanks for stopping by!

Thrive90 – Days 3 & 4

Today is actually Day Four; and a day of rest. Boy, did I need it after Day Three’s activities! On Day Three, I had a new video to try. It was called HIIT Squat Walks – HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. This video and workout was short, but boy did it pack a punch! You do four different variations on walking in a squat position for 30 seconds each, with a 60 second ‘break’ in between. The funny thing is that it seems so simple, but my glutes and quads were definitely worked hard! I felt it all day yesterday and again today.

I’m sticking with eating less than I used to, but I’m not always making the best choices when I do eat.  I’m not at a point yet, where I am able to make two different meals so that mine can be healthier.  I will continue to work on that!

Well, tomorrow it’s back to another new video. I look forward to trying it as well as the others. I have to admit that’s one thing I like about the Thrive90 program is that there are several different videos to do during the week. These videos will be the same for four weeks, then there will be a new set of videos for four more weeks, and another new set of videos for the last four weeks. I am told that they get more challenging with each new set, which helps with boredom, strength training, and plateauing.

Thanks for reading this journey with me!

Thrive90 – Day Two

Well today I actually had to exercise – the kids even did it with me. It’s good for them to see their mother doing this and to take part.

Why am I doing this again? Oh, that’s right, for my health (and I wouldn’t mind some clothes other than sweats and Ts).

I had to do a workout called Core Blast. I was happy that I could do a few of the exercises for the full number of reps or the full time. However, there were a few that kicked my you-know-what! Either I couldn’t complete the suggested number of reps or I couldn’t hold the position for the suggested amount of time. But since I am scheduled to do this workout a total of four times, I am hoping that will change. Wow, was I tired at the end.

Here’s what I liked about it:

  • there was a variety of exercises,
  • there was a combination of exercises and stretches,
  • to complement the video, there was a ‘worksheet’ that told me the exercises in the order completed; and provided room for me to make notes & record the amount of time I held a particular pose –  a way to measure my progress over the four weeks,
  • I felt like I got a total body workout (especially the legs after yesterday’s 30 minute walk),
  • there was enjoyable music playing in the background; it wasn’t too loud or obnoxious,
  • it showed a husband and wife team working out together,
  • it showed a couple of possible modifications to assist beginners (like me!),
  • Tony D. (the instructor) sometimes turned to show the correct form of a stretch or exercise,
  • the fact that it was on the computer, I could easily hit the pause button if I needed to make adjustments or get a sip of water.

There was really only one thing I didn’t like (not counting the physical pain :>). Since this was downloaded to my computer and I do not have a compatible TV, it was difficult to find a height that worked for the standing up exercises as well as the floor exercises. I actually had to move the laptop from the table to the floor, and back again, in order to see everything well. But it really wasn’t that much of an inconvenience.

My diet has actually improved over the last two days and I really hope I can continue that trend as well. I know how important it is to change eating habits when you’re trying to lose weight and/or improve health. I have a love affair with all things chocolate – Coconut M & Ms, Hershey’s Kisses, ice cream, cookies, fudge, etc. And I have made a deal with myself that I will cut it down, but not eliminate it. Now I realize that this may slow my weight loss a little, but I also know that if I completely deprive myself of this indulgence (which has admittedly gotten out of control), I will not succeed at all.

So yesterday and today, I ate more sensible meals than I have in recent past. I even made this:

It actually has more green in it than any other color – I was proud of myself. And you know what? It was delicious! I also made myself (and Diva) a strawberry-banana smoothie for breakfast today. Now, like I said, I have a chocolate addiction, so I did have a little each day, but the amount was tiny in comparison to what I was eating. I limited myself to about 1/2-3/4 of a cup of low-fat ice cream. And I stopped. I enjoyed the little taste I allowed myself and didn’t feel like I needed to have more. Yay!

Now I don’t know if I will post about every day of this Thrive90 program, but I’m going to try to post about each new element and any progress that I have made. I’m truly hoping that I see some results, even if they’re small, relatively quickly; as they will be powerful motivators to continue.

Wanna join me?

Thrive90 – Day One

As I mentioned here and here my health is not at its best right now. Over the last week I’ve been thinking, and praying, about the possibility of surgery. I keep thinking about the fact that this surgery would remove two (one at a time) parts of my body that God gave me when I was being formed in my mother’s womb; and I’m not sure I want to do that. It’s not like they can be put back if I change my mind. Not to mention that I had already done that once. A couple of days ago was the second anniversary of my hysterectomy.

I still have mixed feelings about that surgery. On one hand, I no longer spend days on the couch, clutching my abdomen; but on the other hand I regret that I can no longer have children. I don’t want that regret again.

As I was praying and talking about the possibilities, an option presented itself. It had been suggested that I could eliminate some, if not all, of my symptoms through exercise. I objected because my symptoms began when I was at my lowest weight. Admittedly I have gained a bit of weight since the hysterectomy, and I am not happy about it. That, combined with some of the online research I did, made me want to try to lose some of the weight.

There was an email in my inbox about a webinar for an exercise program called Thrive90. After watching the webinar, I felt like this was something I could do, and be successful at doing. It’s a program from a website called Fit Marriage and it looked like something that would accomplish more than just weight loss, increased energy, and better health.

Today was the first day. As you may have guessed Thrive90 lasts for 90 days, and you’ve got to start on Day One. With the program came several videos that I can stream or download, a calendar that plans out my workouts, a fit test, and an article on goals & motivation. There’s more, but that’s what I want to focus on.

Today I was supposed to take those dreaded ‘before’ photos (who knows, maybe I’ll be brave enough to post them once I don’t look like this anymore!), take the fit test, and do some measurements. Then I had to do 30 minutes of something cardio-related. Ugh! Those numbers were depressing! But I do the fit test after each four week cycle and can track my progress. And I even did my cardio – the kids and I took a brisk walk for 30 minutes. It was hard for me, but I did it and I really felt good about it.

Tomorrow I get to try my first workout video. I’m a little bit nervous and a little bit excited. It is my goal to report on my progress as I take this journey. Hopefully I will have some small success to report soon.

What about you? Are you working on improving your health and/or getting fit? How are you doing it?

* Disclaimer: I am trying to bring in a little extra income to help my family, so the links to Fit Marriage and Thrive90 are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will receive a commission. Other than that, I have received no compensation for this post. I paid for the program and the opinions, and results, are ~ and will be ~ all mine.