the long road to healthy

July 21, 2009

BFL trial week – Day 2

Filed under: fitness, nutrition, The Daily Shred — karena @ 5:21 am


  1. scrambled tofu with peppers
  2. cottage cheese and an apple
  3. chickpeas, tomato, and cucumber w/ a little balsamic vinegar
  4. peanut butter on rye crisp-type crackers
  5. leftover pasta from yesterday
  6. Camembert and whole grain baguette rounds (oops), glass of wine

Obviously, meal six was not the best choice I could make, and certainly not BFL-approved.  This is a trial week, don’t forget!

workout: cardio

  • Level 1 of the 30 Day Shred

OK, I’m actually completing this entry first thing in the morning of day 3.  I’m am now contemplating the wisdom of shredding the day before a lower body workout!


May 23, 2009

a brief interlude

Filed under: fitness, keeping it real, The Daily Shred — karena @ 6:42 pm

Uh oh… two days without a shred post. That can’t be good, can it?

No. It cannot.

I’ve really hurt my knee. I should explain. In high school I was a cheerleader. No, I haven’t “let myself go;” I was a chubby cheerleader, and now I’m a chubby adult. Anyway, I did some pretty serious damage to my knee in my junior year, and it’s been a bone of contention (ha ha, I crack myself up!) ever since.

So… the combination of full squats and lunges, AND fairly high impact aerobics, has done a number on my knee. I’ve taken the last two days off, and will do so at least for tomorrow as well. After that, will I return to shredding? I’m not sure. I love it! But if I have to baby myself through either the high-impact cardio or the strength moves, I won’t be getting the full effects.

I’m exploring other options with a saddened heart. I’m hoping by Monday to return to working out in some form, and I definitely plan to continue on this journey. I’ll let you know…

May 19, 2009

Day 7

Filed under: fitness, The Daily Shred — karena @ 10:23 am

Once again I stayed in bed too late to get a workout in before the littlest awoke. So shredding got put off until the lunch hour. Which is normally fine, if a little inconvenient. Unfortunately, I skipped breakfast — not a calorie-cutting move, I assure you, just bad planning. When I did get hungry, around 10:30, I figured it was too close to my workout. I don’t need to be sweating, quivering, and tossing up scrambled tofu, thanks anyway.

Anyway, today’s shred was a little lackluster. I pushed through every bit of it, but I didn’t get that euphoric feeling I’ve been getting the last couple of days. I’m pretty sure it’s a direct result of not eating and therefore not having enough energy. Tomorrow I will plan better.

May 18, 2009

Day 6

Filed under: fitness, The Daily Shred — karena @ 4:57 am

Yesterday I shredded at 4PM; this morning at 5:30AM. Pretty intense, but great! I noticed this morning that my knees are a little sore, no doubt from really going into the squats and lunges yesterday, and feel like I may have gone easy on them in the jumping jacks today. It’s difficult, I think, for someone not used to working out, to judge how much is too much or just enough. I’m finding my stride. Unless they feel worse tomorrow morning, I’m going to make a conscious effort on day 7 to really make the jacks wide and powerful.

I love it when Jillian says, “You’re capable of working out hard.” Too often I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that, because I’m out of shape, I’ve got to take it easy on my body. And yes, of course I have to watch out for my knees etc. But that doesn’t mean I can just go for a half hour walk and call it a workout.

If I’d previewed level 1 before I started, I probably wouldn’t have tried it. I would have thought it was too hard for me to do. But it isn’t. I’m doing it and feeling more stamina and strength every day.

Back later, as kids and errands allow, to post my weekly confessions!

May 17, 2009

On the 5th day of shredding….

Filed under: fitness, The Daily Shred — karena @ 6:25 pm

my true love gave to me,
time to get my shred on!

I was lazy and slept in this morning, so my husband was kind enough to take the kids in hand this afternoon so I could get my shred in. He’s been very supportive, despite his penchant for testing my quick-response muscles.

Dare I say it, but I think I’m beginning to “get it.” I didn’t wake up sore this morning. But I did wake up with tons of energy, which I’ve sustained all day long. I decided that I needed to step it up a little and push myself a little more. So I followed Natalie almost the whole workout. Or at least a cross… maybe Natita? I tried with the pushups, but I knew after about number four that I wasn’t getting low enough, so I switched over. On everything else, I was striving for Natalie’s form. Was I as deep into the squats and lunges as her? No, but I was really close. Anyway, I’m really proud that I’ve done this for five days in a row, and don’t have any thoughts of quitting. I AM going to see this through.

I’ve been thinking some about how long I’m going to stay on level 1. I think the intent is to complete the whole DVD in 30 days, which would mean moving on after day 10. But I think I’m going to stick with level 1 until I can do those bloody pushups!

Starting tomorrow morning, I’m going to start paying more attention to my diet as well. Not “diet,” as in on a diet, but rather the food that enters my mouth and sustains my body. I don’t plan to make any real changes — simply be more aware of the portions I serve up for myself, skip the evening snacking I so often find myself mindlessly doing, and limit wine to weekends only.

I want to make a real change here, and doing it in half measures is equivalent to not doing it at all. And I haven’t sweated and strained and winced and moaned for the last five days to end up right back where I started.

May 15, 2009

The Daily Shred – May 15th Edition

Filed under: fitness, The Daily Shred — karena @ 7:32 pm




OK, I’m really sore, particularly my thighs and backside. And my husband is taking evil delight in trying to make me move fast, so he can watch me wince, and in encouraging my kids to climb all over me, so he can witness my agony. But his time is coming. Oh, yes. Because after a couple months with Jillian, I’m going to be able to kick his sorry out of shape arse to the curb.

Because today was day three of the 30 Day Shred for me. And I didn’t put it off. I wanted desperately to make an excuse and not roll out of bed to go to it. But today was one of those days where, if I didn’t get to it before everyone else was awake, it wouldn’t happen. And I’ve got to be honest, I considered just staying in bed — knowing that I’d rationalize it late in the day and never get a workout in.

But I knew I’d be so disappointed in myself if I did. So I just did it. Like the Nike commercials of old, yet I’m a New Balance kind of girl. And you know what? It was great, and empowering. Oh, it sucked and I was gasping for breath and wondering if I could make it through the third set alive. But I did, and I feel a vast amount of accomplishment in that. Not just in the workout, but in getting up early purposefully to get in a workout. I don’t really like the fact that I have to get up an hour before everyone else just to have some “me” time, but I’m beginning to understand just how important “me” time is. I’m a mom, a homeschool teacher, and a housewife, long before I’m “me”. But unless I carve out some time for me, I’m not 100% in the rest of my life.

OK, sappy, I know. But completely true.

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