Fitness Monthly- March 6


This is for FEBRUARY. Buuut, I was a little late on getting it in. Ya’ll know how it is. lol But anyways, here’s what’s gone down for February. These measurements were taken March 2, 2013.

Neck:  13.5 inches
Chest: 
34.5 inches
Waist: 
29 inches
Tummy: 
30 inches
Hips: 
36 inches
Arms, Relaxed:  
11 inches
Arms, Flexed: 
12 inches
Quads: 
23 inches
Thighs: 
18 inches
Calves: 
14.5 inches
Weight: 
192.4 lbs :)

Still doing good! I slimmed down way more than I expected and I’m very excited for that! I’ve been doing tons of squats, though not on a consistent basis. I was trying to do the Squat Challenge, but I may have to restart it because I haven’t done it in about a week. Them squats were KILLIN mah legs! But it all worked out for the best!

Soo, achievements for this month?

Well, I found out that I CAN actually fit into size 8 skinny jeans. I thought it would be a 10 because I have relatively big calves as well as thighs, but I was surprised when they actually came on. And size 6s still fit, actually, they’re beginning to fit BETTER. I was in the fitting room yesterday at work (I had just clocked out) and figured I would try on some size 6 capri’s that I really like and I thought that would be kinda hard to pull on, considering the material, but low and behold they came up with ease! It was a slight tug but not as hard as it used to be, nowhere NEAR that hard. lol And I’m slowly coming into size 4s now. I have a pair of size 4 capris that I bought from my store for like….$3 (my best experience with clearance EVER lol) and they’re actually almost up my hips. I have a like a pinch more to go before they can fit and button! It’s amazing to me because when I first got them, they would barely come up over my knees which lets me know I’ve slimmed down a LOT since December! I mean, homie I’m almost a size 4!!!!!!!!!!! No way in the world I would’ve even THOUGHT about being a size 4 two or three years ago when I was pushing 18s! I’ve never uttered these words that I’m about to say ever in my life, not even the deserted recesses of my mind but:

I might actually want to try and a be a size 2!!!!!!!!!

Toodles!

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Fitness Monthly–January 27


Haaa okay, so I’m like a week late. And had I waited to do these measurements yesterday or even today, my measurements would have been even BETTER but I got school in my mix now. I’ve FINALLY started my 3d Animation classes and it’s going great! I love it. Just alot of initial reading though but it’s very hands on and I like that. And also with part time work (it seems like) in the mix, I just don’t always have the patience to sit down and type out some kind of post. My mind is always looming somewhere else and besides that, I’m without a stable computer these days but I will get one in the coming month or two. Just gotta be patient ya’ll.

But anyways, ya’ll didn’t wanna hear that rambling did cha? “Mskraizy, I just wanna know if you stuck with your fitness jam and LOST something!”

Okay hold your horsies. I won’t say anything else. I’ll just let you be the judge of it:

Neck:  13.5 inches
Chest: 
35 inches
Waist: 
29.5 inches
Tummy: 
30.5 inches
Hips: 
36.5 inches
Arms, Relaxed: 
10.75 inches
Arms, Flexed: 
11.75 inches
Quads: 
23 inches
Thighs: 
18 inches
Calves: 
15 inches
Weight: 
191.8 lbs 🙂

 

Shocked? Surprised? Happy for meh? HA HAA I DID IT!! Way better than i expected to! But like I said, had I waited til this morning to do this check in, I would have been able to put a 29 inch waist, a 30 inch tummy, and a 36 inch hip. But we’ll just wait for the end of February and see what I come up with then. I’ve pretty much surpassed MANY of my goals that I had established in my brain for January. I don’t think I wrote too many of them here, but I wanted to be a size 37 inch hip, fit into my size 6 jeans, and flatten my tummy as much as possible. While my tummy still has about a half-inch to go before it matches my May 2012 Measurements, everything else has surpassed it or matched up to it. I feel super tiny you guys. lol Isn’t that cool?

Since I started school though (on the 22) I’ll be hoenst, I haven’t did one fitness workout…well intentionally. I do alot of walking but that’s mainly running to catch a bus, get to work, or go to school. But my eating is still healthy conscious. I have a lot of grilled chicken or turkey sandwiches, and take some of my own snacks which herelately is either a banana or a nature’s valley crunchy bar (I’m partial to oat’n honey or peanut butter crunch) or something like that. I eat bad foods too but in moderation. Things like french fries (just plain pleasure), a piece of fried chicken (still has protein!) or a little sweet item, I do so in smaller amounts compared to how much healthy food I eat. Drink lots of water, and just walk everywhere. Even I have the choice to take transportation to a certain area I know I can make in a twelve-minute walk, I do so…unless it’s PAINFULLY COLD outside. But nine outta ten times, I like walking in cooler air.

Soo yeah, I gotta get back to my intentional workouts though. Anyways, I won’t bore you all with menacing details, that was just my check in for the end of January! Stay tuned for February check ins to see how much more I go down. I’m thinking that by the end of February, my weight loss journey will be coming to a close. That’s what I’m hoping for. Because after my tummy and waist get down to a 28 or so, I won’t really want to lose that much. I don’t even know how small my hips would be. It would be cool if they were a solid 35 by the end of the month. Forget 8s, I’ll be in 4s and 6s! lol

 

Toodles!!

The “Tone It Up–♥ Your Body” Challenge


What on EARF made me sign up for this!? I JUST got my mojo back, now I’m signing up for some intense six week that is ALSO going to include starting school AND keeping a part time job? You know, added homework and more foreign customers that don’t speak a lick of English, and now I have to make time in my mornings when it’s already hard for me to peel myself off of the sheets, and EXERCISE.

I just really wanna know WHAT made me do what I just did?

I guess cause I’m just a sucker for a good challenge…..even if I don’t last through it. =/

So according to their post, it’s a number of things that I was supposed to write out on January 1. Since I’m like 5 days late, I’m trying to do all of that now. It’s supposed to be a 6 week challenge from the 1st to February 14 when Valentine’s day comes around, which is actually pretty good for me because around that time I hope to be fitting into my goal clothing. But here are some things they asked for. I think I was supposed to post it in a forum or something, but I’ll stick it right here for now. All it’ll take is a little copy’n paste, know what I mean?

JOURNAL YOUR GOALS

Ummm, this isn’t going to be a New Year’s Resolutions, but my main goal is to be able to fit into a size 6, and I would also love to have a flattened tummy. Last year I came SOOOOO CLOSE and just destroyed it all with wild eating and just damaged everything. -___-” I would like to get back to that and go even further. I want to be so toned and sexy that I NEVER wanna stop wearing shorts (which for me is more than a leap of faith because I NEVER wear shorts lol). Sooo yeah, that is my goal. I don’t have a specific number range, I just feel I’ll know when I get there.

WRITE 5 THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF

Well, uhh let’s see. I love my eyes, if nothing else I LOVE my eyes. And my hair also, especially the bigger and longer that it gets. And I gotta admit I love watching my legs, mainly my calves when I’m working out. lol! I really love my back too, especially since my lovehandles always look tiny. How many things is that? Four? And, honestly I love my hands. Especially when my nails grow long, they look like a natural french manicure.

 

Okay, are we ready? I’m not sure whether I should do day 2-5 tomorrow or just start on day 6 tomorrow. Before this I’ve been doing my own set of workout and healthy eating, and being guided by miss Jillian Michaels through hell and back, and with that I’ve already had some pretty noticeable changes in my body. I eat fairly healthy and raw (meaning I eat more perishable items than processed) but every now and then when I’m cramped for time, I’ll revert back to a processed “healthy” item just for a quick fix. I know my body by now and doing that won’t hurt me. Hoping for great results come Valentines Day or whenever! *fingers crossed*

 

 

Toodles!

Fitness Monthly–December 25


“She was even tinier than that! So you know what I did? I FED HER! So she could thicken up a little bit…”

 

The words my mother said to her company while I was standing in the kitchen cooking up my turkey burgers. Even though she spoke out of pure concern of me getting so small, it’s one thing to be concerned. But a whole ‘notha story to try and fix it. Before I rant, here are my check in measurements for this month. Haven’t done this in awhile but this is a fresh beginning right?

Neck: 14 inches 
Chest: 36.25 inches
Waist:  30.5 inches
Tummy:  33 inches
Hips:  
39 inches
Arms; Relaxed:  
11.25 inches
Arms; Flexed:  
12 inches
Quads:  
24.5 inches
Thighs:  
20.25 inches
Calves:  
15 inches
Weight:  
196.4

 

A jump from last check in, eh? Well, surprise surprise. It’s a HUGE jump from my May check in, if you remember, I had gone done to a 28.5 inch waist and a 29.5 inch tummy! I’m trying desperately to get back to that! And yes these were taken on Christmas! lol That’s when I started back up on my fitness journey and I really do not want to give up on it now. Since these measurements were taken, it’s been about a week and a half and with the help of nutritious eating and healthy decisions along with the grueling taunt of Jillian Michaels 30 Day SHRED, I’ve gone down a lot more than I expected to though I still have some work to do. Measurements will not revealed until my next check in.

But anywhoo, I’ve been lacking quite a bit of motivation to exercise for the remainder of the year. I got up and got good at it for two weeks in September but then that fire slowly drifted away as we got further into the Holiday sales at work. Now school is going to be starting up for me on the 22nd of this month and I do want to get as fit as I can get. Let’s forget about all the goals I’ve set for myself for the previous years, I just want to make this a habit, at least eating right which I’ve been doing consciously and been doing great at it. I’ve had MANY opportunities to sacrifice my diet for a quick pleasure and just try and work it off in my next workout, but I’ve been consistent and steady. I have put something on the line if I don’t power through this start-up and that is….Clothes.

I know what you all may be thinking, but these are not clothes that I already own. I’ve been going out and buying intentionally smaller clothes, at least my goal size clothes, in the attempt to motivate me to get in shape already. It’s not expensive stuff though, I’ve got about eight pieces so far and haven’t spent more than fourty dollars for it all, so it’s all relatively cheap. I think the most expensive piece I’ve gotten would be these size 6 jeans that were $15 (regular priced $45….thank you Clearance!) and these are my favorites too! Plus some jewelry that I’m NOT gonna wear until I’m able to fit into all of my goal clothing! I shop in my store and buy the pieces that are left and I find a lot of great deals. My intentional goal is to be able to wear these clothes throughout school, or at least the start of it. I think the size 6 jeans are gonna be my hardest ones to get into, but they are soooo CUTE I must get into them! Let me tell you, that has been the best motivation YET! Just knowing I have this growing wardrobe in the corner of my closet makes me pull out my best at every workout Jillian throws at me. And let me just say, my body is still fit from the last 30 day trial I put myself through with her. These workouts I’m going harder, I’m lasting longer, doing advanced bits and MORE. I couldn’t believe what I pushed today. Full pushups, doing all the moves correctly and advanced and not having to stop for more than five seconds about three times out of the whole thing, I’m BAD! Okay? (gloat over) I’m just really proud of myself and I’m not gonna let anybody, not even myself sabotage me!

So I haven’t been doing the 30 day shred consistently everyday because I’m not trying to tire out of this or make myself feel bad for not doing it everyday. But I try not to let three days go by without doing it and I’ve been doing good with that. Since I started December 25, I’ve been doing it every other day, or every two days and that seems to work for me with eating healthier meals in between. I don’t keep a calorie journal anymore, I’m just kinda winging it these days cause I can’t get to my diary on MFP as easily as I could before. But that won’t stop me, I just try to eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full, and keep my water bottle on me at all times (like usual). I’ve been eating lots of fruits (oranges, grapes, bananas) and have gone back to using my spinach leaves in everything I make. I want this to STICK this time. We’ve gotta make this a HABIT, not just a GOAL.

 

Toodles!

When Do You Decide to Change?


There has to come a point in your life where you are running through the daily events of your life, living each day in the same rut daydreaming about the person you will be next year, or next month, even tomorrow… but for the time you are present in life, you do nothing today to change the outcome for tomorrow.

Well I for one am sick of that cycle.

Today was going to end up as any regular day off from work, sleeping in until whenever and finding it hard to peel myself off of the sheets. Probably fish around in the kitchen for another unhealthy meal, or quick fix situation, and end up in my room practicing the piano, writing, or surfing over the internet dreading for the following day I had to return to work. Yes, my cycle of life, and in this cycle I have my short bursts of daydreams about “one day I will be this person…” and knowing deep in my heart, I’m not doing anything to work towards that “person”.

Nelly is styled in big Marley Twists in case anyone was wondering....

Nelly is styled in big Marley Twists in case anyone was wondering….

Well today I have, and I’m going to make it a habit to stick to it. Habits, especially the worthwhile ones, have to become ingrained in you, have to become deeply rooted in you until it becomes a force to be reckoned with when you try to go against doing so. It’s obvious that I don’t think of working out as a deeply rooted habit, but rather a tool that I need to get to my dreams. Looking at it that way, my goals always seem so far-fetched and distant and as if I will never EVER reach them. Sometimes it feels like the more I look into the distance at my goal, the closer I get to it, I feel like it’s moving further away as my life changes, my ideas, my everything. My life. And with the constant flicking about in my mind, of course it’s always gonna seem like it’s scooting further and further away from me. I’m the type of person that likes to look up and be surprised at my results and progress. I just like to walk right into success without having to think about how long it’s gonna take to get there. True, to an extent I do map out future goals and plans, but after a week of that, I forget about it and months later when I just happen to check back in, I’m amazed. But with working out, it hasn’t been like that. I’m always scrutinizing every aspect, analyzing every crack, and detailing every piece of information that happens, and with fitness results being a rather slow progress, that can get tedious, boring, and discouraging.

It’s different than growing hair. You know no matter if you follow a consistent regimen or not, hair will grow. Point blank. But with losing weight, you have to consciously detail your day to get even the tiniest results. And so every couple of months I seem to fall off the bandwagon and not return until another three or so months. Haaaaa…..

So when do I decide to change? When does that time come when I’m tired of wishing when I could wear those size sixes and fours, have that flat tummy I desire, and not feel self conscious about wearing rather bold clothing?

I would kinda like that… NOW. But I don’t want to look at this as yet ANOTHER journey and get discouraged about how much further I will have to go. True, I’ve come a pretty far way from where I started, but it still feels like I have a way to go. And it’s not like I have another fifty or hundred pounds to lose, I’m just trying to get to a size four-six! I’m already a size eight-ten (more ten these days). Currently, I have about three pieces of clothing bought for seriously cheap bucks (like three and six dollars) that I’m using for goal clothing. They are size 6’s and 8’s currently, and my goal is to be able to get in them soon! I start school in January officially, I would like to be able to fit them then but I doubt it (it’s like a month from now) but we’ll see what happens. I’m gonna buy more cheap clothing as I find them at my job so I can have an actual “wardrobe” for when I do get smaller instead of walking around in my soon-to-be baggy clothes. So instead of looking as it as a journey, I’ll look at it as a habit and try not to focus on what will be next year but instead as what’s happening now. If I start looking at life as going day by day, I wonder how much more I would accomplish…..

We shall see.

Toodles  ♥

Water Toxicity?


Apparently, nothing in extreme amounts is good for you.

I’ve been on a mission to drink more water. You know that recommended 8 cups a day? Well, I normally hit like 4, and that’s drinking anything including sodas and juices. But I completely forgot that you could get water poisoning until someone brought it up and I just decided to look more into it just to seewhy it’s so dangerous.

Okay, I will post info and little bits here, but basically what I got out of it was when it’s not just overdrinking water. It’s about replacing as many electrolytes in your water as well asfluids in your body. When you’re replacing fluid moreso than electrolytes, that’s when you “could be” headed for intoxication troubles. But I’ll let these paragraphs go into more depth for you…..I guess gatorade is good for you.

    • Water intoxication, also known as water poisoning, is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside of safe limits (e.g., hyponatremia) by overhydration, i.e., over-consumption of water.

      Under normal circumstances, accidentally consuming too much water is exceptionally rare. Nearly all deaths related to water intoxication in normal individuals have resulted either from water drinking contests in which individuals attempt to consume large amounts of water, or long bouts of intensive exercise during which electrolytes are not properly replenished, yet excessive amounts of fluid are still consumed.

      Water, just like any other substance, can be considered a poison when over-consumed in a specific period of time. Water intoxication mostly occurs when water is being consumed at a high quantity without giving the body its proper nutrients it needs to be healthy.

    • At the onset of this condition, fluid outside the cells has an excessively low amount of solutes (such as sodium (hyponatremia) and other electrolytes) in comparison to that inside the cells causing the fluid to shift through (via osmosis) into the cells to balance its concentration. This causes the cells to swell. In the brain, this swelling increases intracranial pressure (ICP). It is this increase in pressure which leads to the first observable symptoms of water intoxication: headache, personality changes, changes in behavior, confusion, irritability, and drowsiness. These are sometimes followed by difficulty breathing during exertion, muscle weakness, twitching, or cramping, nausea, vomiting, thirst, and a dulled ability to perceive and interpret sensory information. As the condition persists papillary and vital signs may result including bradycardia and widened pulse pressure. The cells in the brain may swell to the point where blood flow is interrupted resulting in cerebral edema. Swollen brain cells may also apply pressure to the brain stem causing central nervous system dysfunction. Both cerebral edema and interference with the central nervous system are dangerous and could result in seizures, brain damage, coma or death.
      1. Ingesting more water than you need can increase your total blood volume. And since your blood volume exists within a closed system – your circulatory system – needlessly increasing your blood volume on a regular basis puts unnecessary burden on your heart and blood vessels.
      2. Your kidneys must work overtime to filter excess water out of your circulatory system. Your kidneys are not the equivalent of a pair of plumbing pipes whereby the more water you flush through your kidneys, the cleaner they become; rather, the filtration system that exists in your kidneys is composed in part by a series of specialized capillary beds called glomeruli. Your glomeruli can get damaged by unnecessary wear and tear over time, and drowning your system with large amounts of water is one of many potential causes of said damage.
    • As your circulatory system becomes diluted with excess water, the concentration of electrolytes in your blood will drop relative to the concentration of electrolytes in your cells. In an effort to maintain an equal balance of electrolytes between your blood and your cells, water will seep into your cells from your blood, causing your cells to swell.

      If this swelling occurs in your brain, you’ll experience increased intracranial pressure i.e. your brain will get squeezed because the flat bones that make up your skull don’t provide much give. Depending on how much water your drink in a short period of time, you could experience a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from a mild headache to impaired breathing. And as occurred recently in the tragic water-drinking contest, it is quite possible to die if you drink enough water in a short enough period of time.

 

Uh huh, do you all remember that 4 year old, Cassandra Hillpack who died in 2002 because her parents kept forcing her to drink gallons of water? And there’s another one, 28 year old Jennifer Strange who died from overdrinking water in a contest to win a wii game system. SMH, guys please be careful with any and everything you do. Take into account your diet, your sweating issues, everything before you think you have convince yourself you need to swallow 8 cups a day or–now they say half your body weight (which for me is 11)–whatever. Be modest and take notice that you don’t just get water from the source, you get water from fruits and vegetables as well. And if you’re watchful of your sodium, your actual water intake my decrease even less. Also, look to replenish not just your fluids if you’re big on exercising, but also the loss of your electrolytes, because your body uses water to “replace” the electrolytes in your cells and that’s what causes your brain to swell up. So just be mindful you all, and listen to your thirst, your body will tell you everything you need to know, always. Nobody knows what you need more than yourself. All you have to do is tune into your channel. Everything in modesty, okay? As usual, links to these helpful paragraphs will be in the resources section.

And do visit my blog Six~Foot~Cotton! I’ll be posting all of my creative photo and picture bits over there more frequently. =) You guys have a great….and safe water drinking day!

 

Toodles!!!

 

RESOURCES

WIKIPedia — Water Intoxication
Dr. BenKim — Why Drinking Too Much Water Is Dangerous

Why Is Exercise So Important?


Today, I got up and created my own routine of a workout which included 30 minutes of paced running and about 10 minutes of calisthenics. It had been awhile since I went in deep with one of my own random workouts. Up until maybe 2 weeks ago, I was following the workout regimen of Jilian Michaels 30 day shred. Throughout the past 2 weeks, my dieting hadn’tcompletelystripped away, but it had ventured off quite far causing me to gain back 3 pounds. (~_~”) After feeling bad for a day and deciding that enough was enough, I got up today and started back up my running regimen and to my surprise, I was a bit disheartened with how my fitness level had begun to decrease.

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