Sunday, June 30, 2013

Moving and Losing!

Hi there! This is Jennifer over at Teaching with Grace.  I am so excited to share with you my journey that I'm on!

This is me about 2 years ago. I had already had my son and my daughter was about 10 months old. I had lost some weight but wasn't really trying hard. I definitely lacked the motivation between teaching, mommy duties, and other home stuff. 

I've always been the "gee I want to be that fit" kind of girl... never really the "get off my butt and get it done" girl. In the past year that has changed, a lot! It hasn't been so much as a 'how I want to look' deal as much as a 'get healthy' deal. There is still some of the 'I want to be skinnier' in there though.

Just over a year ago, my grandmother got really sick and within a week passed away from a little known disease. Lots of if's, but's, and other questions circled for awhile. Then, 10 months later, my mother passed away from cancer. My motivation is for my own children to not have to feel this heart ache for a long, long time. I don't want them to lose me or my husband when we are only in our 50's.

So, with my motivation firmly in tact, I started running. I have a friend who is a runner and I've always wanted to be a runner. So this summer I simply started out by walking in the evenings... 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Then I started to see how far I could run before I had to stop to walk. 

I use a track at the school by my house. So I would set goals up for myself: 

"Run to the tree and then you can walk."

The next time it would be farther.

"Run from the pathway to the well cover."

Little by little I have improved and become a (slow) runner. I also made the ultimate investment:

Yep, running shoes! These babies are pretty... and they cost a pretty penny too. But, I won't (hopefully) be getting injured because of having faulty equipment on my feet while I'm running. I even went on a 5 mile run last week with my friend. Never thought I could do that and WHOA was it awesome!

Side benefit?


Now, running definitely helps with that but I've also been counting my calories. I have a splurge every now and then (Barq's root beer last night and a tiny ice cream sundae :) ).

I also make sure to give myself rewards for what I've earned. New clothes!!

So, ask yourself, when you want to begin.. WHAT is your motivation? I'm doing it for me and my family.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dead Lifts

One of my favorite exercises is the dead lift. I wanted to show you a few videos of my progress with the dead lifts. I haven't dead lifted in a few weeks due to using improper form and a back injury.

Before you start dead lifting...remember form is KEY. First stand behind the barbell. You want to take the bar from the floor to around your hip/waist level. Your hands should be about shoulder width apart and even. I sometimes "reverse a grip" meaning I use one hand under the bar and one hand over the bar. 
Your butt must stay down and your chest up. Ladies, as AWKWARD as this essentially have to flaunt your chest. Push it forward as much as you can. I know this is me. But it helps your form. I like to find a spot on the wall straight ahead of me to help keep myself from looking down. You need to look straight ahead and keep your back straight. Lower your bottom down to pick up the bar. Keep the bar as close to your body as you can. You should be lifting with your legs and feel the lift in your legs. If you feel it in your back, you might not be standing straight or have the proper form. Keep your chin up and eyes on that magic spot on the wall. 
You should pull the bar up until you are to your hip area. 

Here are a few videos..The first one is about 30  lbs ago, the second one is about 20  lbs ago.

In the first video you will notice I don't stand all the way up. That is a BIG mistake. I am sharing this with you because at the time of the lift, I didn't know that. It wasn't until I watched the video back. 

Here is my first video (Taken in December) 115 LB Dead Lift

My trainer was telling me "that's far away from your body" I am sharing this so you can see my mistakes and how to fix that.

Here is the second video 135 LB Dead Lift 
You will hear my trainer telling me "Chest Up" If you notice that because I am not standing straight up. Your back should be perfectly straight.  I recently dead lifted 155, and hurt my back because I did not stand straight up.

I guess I need a video that I actually do the lift 100% right. I'll work on that :) Haha!

If you wanna see a correct dead lift..but with mega weight...check this one out from my friend and former trainer! 500 LB Dead Lift

Till Next Time

Friday, June 7, 2013

Amazing Leg Work Out

Hey Everyone! It's Ashley From The Teacher's Treasure Chest!! I wanted to share this great leg work out I've been doing! I've really started seeing results! Give it a try! I broke it down to three levels :) I do this two or three days a week. Also, one day I throw in some dead lifts.  But due to a recent back injury, I've been taking it easy with the dead lifts! 

Happy Friday Friends!!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Healthy Cooking and Living!

Hello there!  This is Nicole from Teaching With Style!

I live in beautiful Hawaii and my family spends most of our down time at the beach.  The kiddos LOVE to swim and surf the waves.  Hubby loves to paddle board and kayak, and we both recently got scuba certified.

You would think that by all this outdoor activity that we would be in great shape.  Well, we are not.  Between work and beach-going, I just get too tired to cook dinner and we end up with macaroni and hotdogs or hamburgers from the local diner.  It's bad.  I decided that this summer, I would challenge myself to make a change in the way my family eats!

I recently re-joined Weight Watchers.  I did it a couple years ago when my daughter was one.  It's a great motivation for me and I love the recipes.  I also bought some at-home work-out videos and Shakeology supplements from BeachBody.  This is the same company that does P90X, Insanity, and Brazilian Butt Lift.  I opted to go for Turbo Fire, because I like upbeat, dancey types of workouts.

So my plan: eat healthy and work out every day.  I'm not going to do my videos everyday, but switch it up with a hike once a week, swimming in the ocean or pool once a week, a local yoga class once a week, then Turbo Fire the other days.

I have a recipe Pinterest board where I will be pinning my weekly recipes.  I can pull up the recipe on my iPad as I'm cooking, making it a lot easier than printing them out and having to organize all the paper.  We are almost through with week 1, and it's going really well so far!

Do you have dinner ruts like me?  Join me in turning that around this summer!