Monday, May 19, 2014

Kettlebell

I have been listening to a Podcast about weight loss and have really been enjoying it. I listened to one last week that was about kettlebell training. I have heard of a kettlebell, but didn't really know much about it, but it was very intriguing. 

Here's some fun facts from WebMD:

 - The kettlebell was developed by Russian strongmen to train.

 - Gerard Butler used kettlebell workouts to train for his role of King Leonidas of Sparta in the movie 300

 - During a study, it was found that participants burned 20 calories per minute which equates to 400 calories for a 20 minute workout. This would be the equivalent of running a six-minute mile or cross-country skiing uphill at a fast pace. 

These all seem like good attributes so why not give it a shot?

I ordered a 25 pound kettlebell and the book that was spoken about on the Podcast. 


Tonight we did the first workout in the book which is 15 minutes. I did 150 double handed kettlebell swings in 15 minutes. It was a pretty intense workout. I was definitely wore out and think that I will be able to feel the pain in the morning. I decided to order a 15 pound kettlebell as well because the 25 pound one was pretty tough. I intend on doing more research and reading through the book as well. Hopefully this will be a positive change in our lives.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

50 Pounds Down

It's hard to fathom that I have lost 50 pounds. It's a very surreal feeling. 50 pounds?!?! How is that even possible?


When I was at my heaviest, I didn't realize how heavy I was. I avoided mirrors and looking at pictures of myself. When I look back now at those pictures I just think, "How could I have lived that way?" and "How could I do that to myself?" Maybe the most important question is, "Why couldn't I see it?" I don't know if 230 was my heaviest weight or not, you tend to avoid scales at that point. I think maybe we just get so comfortable in our lives that we ignore the problems. I don't think anyone sets out to gain so much weight and to live such an unhealthy lifestyle so why do so many people live that way? Why is it such an acceptable way of life?


I haven't completed my weight loss journey, but I don't plan on going backwards. I want to enjoy my life and not be held back by my weight. I want to truly live. 



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Uninspired

It's been awhile since I posted. I haven't felt much inspiration lately. Every time I sit down to write a post, there's always something else that distracts me. 

Since the mini-marathon, I haven't done much running which is also another reason I haven't posted. I need to set another goal for myself to have the motivation to do it. I've debated doing something other than or in addition to running to change it up a bit, but nothing is jumping out. Insanity is an option. I'd like to do that as well as run. I've also considered joining the gym. We have a discount program through work so it wouldn't be that expensive, but I don't know if I would make time to go to the gym. I've been planning on getting up early and running every day the past week and a half and it just hasn't happened. It's so much easier to reset the alarm, roll over and go back to sleep. The 2 times that I have run, I've focused on running faster... 



It was fun trying to go fast as opposed to running for 2 hours. 

I also started reading The Runner's World Beginner's Guide. So far it's been very informative.

Pic from Amazon
The next step in my running will be getting fit for running shoes. I'm hoping for no more black toenails and no more huge blisters. 

Since I haven't been blogging, I'm a little behind on updating you on my weight. At last Saturday's weigh-in, my weight was 180.8. I can't remember the last time that I was at this weight. I survived Mother's Day without doing too much damage to my weight and then we went out Monday night since we haven't been out in a little while and I ate so badly. I knew I was going to, I planned on using my weekly Weight Watchers points, but now I'm regretting it. I know one meal isn't going to make your weight go up as much as mine has and that it's just because of all the extra sodium I consumed as opposed to cooking at home (at least I hope that's what it is), but I don't know how my weigh-in is going to go this Saturday. It's just a constant battle and I want to come out victorious!