Mini-Goals - WHAT A DIFFERENCE One Month makes, 22.8 LBS Gone, Swam 1 Mile




rainbowsmiles
02-06-2011, 03:40 PM
well...jan. 2011 has come and gone...and i made the best of it!
i lost
:goodscale:
22.8 pounds
in the month of jan.
woohoo!!
:woohoo:

zumba is really getting me stronger!! but i have to say, its the swimming that is working for me the best!! i just feel me legs getting stronger.

last year...i could barely walk to the mailbox and back, as i had nothing to hold on to...i could not go grocery shopping without holding on to the buggy, and i was becoming something of a recluse...as the more weight i gained, the more i "hid" in the house....i medicated myself with food, kept away from family functions, pretty much sat in the house ...
all day,
every day.


so far this year i can:

:running:
WALK 1 mile without holding on to ANYTHING!!

:swim:
SWIM 1 MILE WITHOUT STOPPING, except for a few 15-30 SECONDS mini rests in between several laps at a time

:ebike:
BIKE on the exercise bike 15 miles NON-STOP!! in about 48 mins...using the interval training level 3 ranging from resistence 5-8. (which is pretty darn good)

:bike2:
CYCLE...on my bicycle around town for an hour and a half NON-STOP...and not even be out of breath!!

:lifter:
CURL 15 pound weights with one arm!!!

:cp:
I CAN DO 2 REGULAR PUSH UPS, almost 3! this may not seem like much, but before, if i got myself on the floor, (and not by accidentally falling there) i had to get help getting back up!! i didn't even have the strength to pull myself OFF the floor, let alone do a push up!!

:belly:
I CAN ZUMBA AN ENTIRE CLASS!!! 45 MINS!! and barely miss a beat.



for all these things i am extremely thankful!!
i love all you beautiful ladies...
we are all in this struggle together
and i pray that we all reach our individual goals this year!

THiS iS MY YEAR!!

BOOOYAH!!
:dance:

:dust: :dust: :dust:


LindseyLou
02-06-2011, 03:42 PM
WOW! Great work! :high:

AriRuns
02-06-2011, 05:19 PM
Wow! I did my first Zumba class a few weeks ago, and regardless of the fact that I'm used to pretty intense workouts (I'm a martial artist), I was feeling it in less than ten minutes.

What accomplishments! Keep up the great work!


rainbowsmiles
02-06-2011, 05:29 PM
thank you lindsey and ari :) i am just getting stronger and stronger every day...and i will not back down!!

THiS iS MY YEAR!! and i will keep telling myself that until 50 pounds are gone, and then 100 pounds are gone...and then until i am at goal...and then until the day i die!! :)

THiS iS MY YEAR!

Bunti
02-06-2011, 06:18 PM
Wow, just wow. I am still having difficulties with exercise. How did you start??

And how do you continue to find the time to do all that? I can barely carve out a half hour of "me" time a week.

rainbowsmiles
02-06-2011, 06:40 PM
Wow, just wow. I am still having difficulties with exercise. How did you start??

And how do you continue to find the time to do all that? I can barely carve out a half hour of "me" time a week.

bunti...
when i started...i started walking...i would walk to the mail box and back 2 times...then a little further each day. my hubby got the car and mapped out .5 miles for me. so i would try that...but it took a week before i could do it. on week 2 and 3 i walked .5 miles, each time getting a little faster. first time was 22 mins, then 17, then 14, then 13:11 secs!! almost half the time. that was in december. in jan. i was able to start going to a gym that had an indoor track. i did .5 miles, then added one more lap each day until i had worked up to 20 laps, which is 1 mile on the indoor track.

for biking, it was easier, as i was supported by the seat...and didn't have to "carry" my weight. my first time, i rode 7 miles in 25 mins. i do the interval biking on intervals 3, which changes the pace every 3 mins. from 5 tension, up to 8 tension. biking is easy for me. being brave enough to get on my real bike and ride the streets was more difficult that the actual riding....although, i'm not good on stopping!! haha i have to stop and jump down fast to keep my balance. it feels amazing to have the wind in my hair. i go riding every chance i can outside.

i started doing deep water aerobics 3 times a week...but it became too slow for my pace, so i switched to swimming laps...i do this 4 times a week, for 1 hr. at the gym. sometimes, i go over the hour because i love swimming, and i feel like a skinny lady in the water! i may look like a whale but i swim like a dolphin!! haha

for the weights, i had to start very slow!! i started on day one with 2.5 weights!! i was a weakling. week 2 i went to 5 lbers. then 7.5 pounders. by the end of that week. week 3 i easily went to 10 lbers, and by wek 4 i skipped the 12.5 pounders adn went straight to 15 pounders. those are about perfect for me....so i ordered some to have at home. i bought them on ebay, the hex shaped rubber ones with the chrome handles just like the ones at the gym. now, i use them all the time...when commercials on on if i am watching a movie, etc...while watching the show the biggest loser, i now ride my exercise bike an hour, and then do the weights for 20 mins.

i do zumba 3 times a week, in the mornings. when i first started zumba, the first of jan...i could only do about 15 mins. even that was HARD. little by little i kept being able to do more. each week i got stronger, and stayed a little longer. i never gave up!!!

if you want to, you can find the time. you just have to make the time. even sitting at the computer, i do leg lifts under the table and isometric exercises.

now, i won't even watch anything on tv, unless i am giving it my best in exercises. i get up and put on music, and dance during commercials! haha its hilarious...but it has become a challenge, to see just what i can do in the commercial time!!

THIS IS MY YEAR!!

just keep asking yourself, how bad do you want it?? thats what others kept telling me, if you want it bad enough, you will make the time.

now, i make the time....grabbing every 15 mins i can! :)
hugs
susan

MyBodyisMyTemple
02-06-2011, 06:58 PM
Susan,

I.am.SO.very.proud.of.you! You go girl!!!!! I can tell how happy you are, and you are doing an amazing job!

I've spent the weekend bragging about my progress (in exercising and being able to do things I wasn't able to in the beginning) and you have SOOOO many progress markers that I know you must feel like a million bucks!

You have lost almost 35lbs!! 50 is right around the corner!!!! Can't you tell how happy I am for you :D

Go Susan, shake your booty, Go Susan, shake your booty!

rainbowsmiles
02-06-2011, 07:10 PM
Susan,

I.am.SO.very.proud.of.you! You go girl!!!!! I can tell how happy you are, and you are doing an amazing job!

I've spent the weekend bragging about my progress (in exercising and being able to do things I wasn't able to in the beginning) and you have SOOOO many progress markers that I know you must feel like a million bucks!

You have lost almost 35lbs!! 50 is right around the corner!!!! Can't you tell how happy I am for you :D

Go Susan, shake your booty, Go Susan, shake your booty!

GIRLFRIEND....YOU ARE RIGHT THERE BESIDE ME!!
WE GOT THIS BABY!!
BOOYAH!!

THIS IS OUR YEAR!!!

woohoooo
:woohoo:

kneed2lose
02-06-2011, 09:14 PM
Wow Susan!!! Congrats!!! Thats amazing!!! This is definitely your year! Keep it up! =)

rainbowsmiles
02-06-2011, 09:19 PM
Wow Susan!!! Congrats!!! Thats amazing!!! This is definitely your year! Keep it up! =)

thank you sooooooooo much kneed2lose :) i wish you all the success on your journey too :):hug::hug::D

GettinFit
02-06-2011, 09:30 PM
WOW awesome accomplishments! You're doing a great job.

rainbowsmiles
02-06-2011, 09:41 PM
WOW awesome accomplishments! You're doing a great job.

thanks gettinfit!!! been missing your posts in the red team thread!! how are you?

peanutt
02-06-2011, 09:47 PM
WTG SUSAN!!! You're right, this is our year! You're an inspiration!

rainbowsmiles
02-06-2011, 09:54 PM
WTG SUSAN!!! You're right, this is our year! You're an inspiration!

peanutt!!! YOU ROCK!! thanks so much...i am totally determined!!
THIS IS OUR YEAR!!
WOOOHOOOOOO
:woohoo:

theox
02-06-2011, 11:04 PM
AWESOME! Keep rocking it! :cb: :cb: :cb:

Esha
02-07-2011, 01:41 AM
It sounds like this is DEFINITELY your year! You are off to a great awesome fantastic start! I still have trouble getting myself motivated sometimes but motivation for you seem to come in truck loads! Am in such awe. Keep up the great work rainbowsmiles!

rainbowsmiles
02-07-2011, 07:28 AM
thank you theox :) it does feel good!!!

ESHA....:dust: :boxing: sending you some willpower and some fighting power!! just keep asking yourself...HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT??? HOW BAD?? then keep telling yourself...THIS IS YOUR YEAR!! say it outloud right now...THIS IS MY YEAR!!!!!

SAY IT LOUDER!! SAY IT LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT!!

THIS IS MY YEAR!!!!!
hugsssssss:hug:

sonickel77
02-07-2011, 08:32 AM
Excellent work!!!!!

bargoo
02-07-2011, 09:16 AM
Raimbow, you are doing great , congratulations !

rainbowsmiles
02-07-2011, 11:41 AM
:hug::hug:thank you sonic...and bargoo....here's to another GREAT month!!
woohooo
:woohoo:

skygirl
02-07-2011, 12:00 PM
Wow, amazing Rainbowsmiles! :cheer2:

I can feel your energy and determination jumping off the screen! Great work! :)

Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your positive energy! :D

:congrat:

flsunbmr
02-07-2011, 01:17 PM
WOW! What an inspiration! 2011 is going to be an AWESOME year!!!!

littlebumblebee
02-07-2011, 01:35 PM
Congratulations! You are doing great!

You motivate me to stick with my diet and exercise.

rainbowsmiles
02-07-2011, 01:48 PM
:hug:awww thank you skygirl!!! i am uber excited!! i can't wait to see what my 2nd month will bring!! THIS IS MY YEAR!!!

:hug:flsun....i totally agree 2011 is my year baby!! boooyah!!:carrot:

:hug:littlebumblebee....keep working it and you track your efforts. writing them down has really inspired me to keep working harder. i can measure my success and IT FEELS SO GOOD!!

tw326at41
02-07-2011, 05:30 PM
Those are awesome accomplishments! I am SO happy for you. You are an inspiration. You make me want to move more! Thank you!

freckfrecks
02-07-2011, 09:30 PM
Yea for you!!! That is amazing!! Keep up the good work!!

rainbowsmiles
02-07-2011, 10:13 PM
Those are awesome accomplishments! I am SO happy for you. You are an inspiration. You make me want to move more! Thank you!

tw....when i first started...i honestly did not think i could even do a tiny portion of what i am already doing!! i feel like an olympian in training!! every day that i grow stronger, is a day that makes me realize...THIS IS MY YEAR!!

i keep telling myself...i let a year go by and got off track, and at the end of the year, i saw others succeed where i failed...but not this year!!

THIS YEAR IS MY YEAR!!

THIS YEAR CAN BE YOUR YEAR TOO!!
HUGSSSSSSS
hang in there....YOU CAN DO IT TOO!!!

rainbowsmiles
02-07-2011, 10:14 PM
Yea for you!!! That is amazing!! Keep up the good work!!

woohoooo
:woohoo:

freck...LOOK AT YOU WITH YOUR 66 POUNDS GONE!! OOOO i can't wait to be there with you!! BOOYAH!!!

THIS IS OUR YEAR!!

THANKS so much for your encouragement!!:hug:

Kattt
02-08-2011, 01:15 AM
That's amazing!! Congrats! Best of luck to you this year...sounds like you're off to a great start :D

rainbowsmiles
02-08-2011, 08:17 AM
That's amazing!! Congrats! Best of luck to you this year...sounds like you're off to a great start :D

thank you kattt......welcome :welcome: to 3fc!! you'll love all the wonderful ladies here and tons of information!!

jomatho
02-08-2011, 08:28 AM
WOW, you are a woman on a mission and your enthusiasm is contagious! Keep it up and keep us posted! BTW, I started on Dec 1, 2010 too!

rainbowsmiles
02-08-2011, 08:43 AM
WOW, you are a woman on a mission and your enthusiasm is contagious! Keep it up and keep us posted! BTW, I started on Dec 1, 2010 too!

:welcome: WELCOME JO.....you are sooooooooo right,
i AM ON A MiSSiON!!! THiS iS MY YEAR!!

I came to 3fc in 2008 and was great for a few months, then just quit. no excuse, no reason, i just gave up!! dec.1 i decided, i can't give up on myself!! I WONT GIVE UP AND I WONT GIVE IN. THIS IS MY YEAR!

:dancer:NOW I'M BACK....:dancer:

I'M BAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaCK!!!
WOOHOOOOOO
:woohoo:

chinadoll873
02-10-2011, 11:35 PM
How encouraging. My SW is actually 387. Weighed today at my dr. appointment. I am setting a goal to weigh 350lbs one day soon. You are doin so well! Keep it up lady!!

rainbowsmiles
02-13-2011, 11:30 PM
How encouraging. My SW is actually 387. Weighed today at my dr. appointment. I am setting a goal to weigh 350lbs one day soon. You are doin so well! Keep it up lady!!

:welcome: WELCOME chinadoll...so glad you are here on 3fc!! you will find lots and lots of beautiful ladies here with encouragement and sound advice for just about anything you need to know!! i wish you all the very best on your journey. Post often and keep up posted.

luciddepths
02-15-2011, 01:18 PM
Woohoo! That's so awesome!!!!

rainbowsmiles
02-15-2011, 01:29 PM
Woohoo! That's so awesome!!!!

thank you lucid and :congrat: congrats on your 56 lb loss!! woohoo :woohoo: way to go!! keep it up, i can't wait until i get there!!:hug:

thelast20
02-16-2011, 05:45 AM
That is great! Congrats. I am considering swimming or at least water walking to help my bum knee a bit. We have an indoor pool at our gym and I have never used it! Sounds like it could be fun and a change of pace from my usual. Keep us he great work!

rainbowsmiles
02-16-2011, 08:05 AM
thelast....i love to swim....this is the little program i did that got me up to 1 mile :) good luck!!! i always feel like a skinny lady in the pool!! :)

http://www.ruthkazez.com/SwimWorkouts/ZeroTo1mile.html

CourtneyDaisey
02-17-2011, 11:48 AM
YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

:cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

I can't wait until April. My gym is building a new facility just a couple of miles from the existing center that will have a pool. Then I can swim too! I hope they will offer water aerobics and other swimming fitness classes too!

I tried Zumba. I am just not coordinated enough to do it. I admit, I can't dance. LOL! But super congrats to you for being able to! :broc: :broc: :broc:

rainbowsmiles
02-17-2011, 12:25 PM
YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

:cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

I can't wait until April. My gym is building a new facility just a couple of miles from the existing center that will have a pool. Then I can swim too! I hope they will offer water aerobics and other swimming fitness classes too!

I tried Zumba. I am just not coordinated enough to do it. I admit, I can't dance. LOL! But super congrats to you for being able to! :broc: :broc: :broc:

awww courtney..:hug:.you're so sweet!! this pneumonia has me sidtracked for month 2 but i am a fighter and will not give up!! whooop whooop!!
THIS IS MY YEAR! :dancer:

natamars
02-17-2011, 12:43 PM
What an awesome post, rainbow! I can feel your energy through the computer. I look forward to seeing many more updates from you!!

rainbowsmiles
02-17-2011, 01:09 PM
What an awesome post, rainbow! I can feel your energy through the computer. I look forward to seeing many more updates from you!!

THANK YOU Natamars:hug:....it always means so much when others encourage me:o...i have been sick with pneumonia the last week, and am still on bed rest:?: another week, but will be kicking my zumba :belly: hills up soon again!! and splashing about in the pool!! :swim:
woohooo!!
:woohoo:

i never thought i'd ever feel this way...below....

MY BODY IS CRAVING SOME EXERCISE AND I MISS THE GYM AND WORKING OUT!! :yay:

yikes...is that really me??? wow!! i've come a long way baby!!

:dancer: BOOYAH!!! :dancer:
:dance: THIS IS MY YEAR!!!:dance:

lisanovak
02-18-2011, 09:08 AM
You are AMAZING! You have inspired each and everyone of us! Thank you!

LA85
02-18-2011, 01:38 PM
GReat job! swimming is great!

rainbowsmiles
02-18-2011, 01:42 PM
THANK YOU LISA AND LA85!!
:yay: :woohoo: :yay:
Lisa...wow what a GREAT start you are off too!! So glad you came to 3fc...lots of fabulous and intelligent ladies here!!

LA85...WOW...48 pounds gone!! and LOOK AT YOU...YOU ARE ALMOST TO ONE-DER-LAND!! YIPEEEE!!! way to go! :) :dance: