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Beasting Up!

Ho. Ly. Cow. Where’d did the time go? I didn’t realize that I had let so much time get pass me without writing for awhile.

So what’s new? Well, I’m getting to do several gigs this year and I’m looking forward to what the new year is going to bring me job wise. This has been quite the journey of faith this past couple of years since I graduated, but I feel that I have grown. Hopefully, I have been able to become more patient in my waiting season.

But trying something interesting this Lent season! (You’re probably thinking, ‘wait, Lisa Lent? It’s not time yet!’) I want to do a spiritual challenge and a physical challenge!!Β Oh but it is friends, it’s right around the corner! And so for this year, I have took some time and really thought through this and I believe that what I’m going to do is give up all processed foods.

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It’s not completely like the Whole 30, but kind of close. I’ve always been one for history, and I’ve really always liked the idea of living off the land. (There are days when I would like to just do that; garden veggies and deer meat) But the challenge in today’s world is that everything is…well….processed.

So I will try to update you all on this every week and tell you how it’s going!! If you’re up for a challenge as well–would you want to join me? Shoot me a message or comment below and let’s talk!!! I’d also love to get some ideas from you guys and see what you guys think!! Combining this with Body Beast should unveil interesting results I think!

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Care to join? Let’s do this together!!!

 

When Life Throws You Lemons…

It seems that over the past couple of weeks, it has been one thing, after another, after another, after another, and seriously there was no lemonade wanting to be made. I would have gathered just sat there and sucked on them and let the sour feeling flow through my blood and shut me off from the rest of the world. Literally.

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So, if you’ve followed my blog or you know me, you know thatΒ it takes a lot for me to get to this point. It really takes so much stress to pull me into this kind of funk, and let’s be real, it’s a sucky feeling. With everything, there has to be a balance in your life: between working out, eating, school work, teaching, growing your small business, (if you do this) practicing your music so you can grow small business–it’s all part of balance. And I let mine get out of whack.

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How did I do this? They weren’t big things to some people, but to me–they were, because I’m that type of person where, if I do one thing, ONE THING, off of what I think I should, I beat myself up for it. I have a hard time forgiving myself for it. For example: had 5 slices of pizza after I ate my supper on Tuesday (didn’t have any shame until yesterday πŸ˜› ), banana bread, those saltine cracker things (I call them crack crackers) were in the house…ate almost the whole bag. Peanut butter……yeah, we won’t go there. But I realize looking back, there was something there, in my mind, that pushed me to let those lemons get to me.

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Working out helped. I mean it seriously did! I’m officially on week 8 of 22 Hard Corps which I am totally stoked about. I kind of feel that I cheated week 7 from doing what it needed to do with what I ate–but hey, we’re all human. I have those days, I have those weeks as you guys know. So now what do I do from this moment on?

Well, I move forward! It’s Sunday! It’s a fresh start. It’s a clean slate to envision goals and go for them! It’s looking forward to a fun weekend coming, BUT not being able to allow myself to live in the now, in the moment that I am present in! It’s me taking every minute I have and making the most of them!

And that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking the lemons that life has given me these past couple of months and I’m squirting life in the eye with them. No lemonade–this time I’m sticking it to the man!! Now for some, making lemonade is what they need. They need that sweet taste of victory. But this week….I’m not looking for sweet victory. I’m looking for the total feeling on conquering what plagued me these past few weeks. So guys, don’t let the lemons get into you and make you sour! Don’t let what happened last week dictate this week. Take those lemons and do something with them. And personally—I’m squirting life in the eyes!

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Walk Boldly On

It’s amazing how fast time flies when you have so much stuff to do…or it just feels like there’s a lot of stuff to do. πŸ˜›

HA! Anyway, everyone is busy, busy, busy, especially all you farm families out there–how’s this rain effecting you guys? Dad was not a happy camper when we woke up this morning and saw that it had indeed rained last night. (Rain, rain go away–my dad’s getting antsy, so come out when the crops are out, so on another day!!)

Oh the joys of farming, it keeps us on our toes! On our toes…oh yeah, that brings me back to what I was saying before. So, I realized that I’ve been terrible about updating you guys on my 22 Hard Corps journey–so I thought that I would shove weeks 2-5 in a short post (yes it will be short…as short as I usually make them XD )

Week 2-4 was continuing on what was established with Week 1 (Cardio 1 and 2, Core 1, Resistance 1 and 2) and I was very please with how I was starting to feel stronger and stronger each week.

But seriously, we have those weeks where things come up and workouts kind of slack. (We’re human after all, it happens). I did get them in, but I knew for a fact that there wasn’t as much “GUNG HO!!!” as there was in the previous weeks. And then to top it all off, there was a plethora of events that started stacking up since October started. Huge anatomy exams on a Monday, Nutrition Exam on a Wednesday….blah….and then weddings and gigs on Saturdays, or just wedding gig this Saturday, church–guys, I will tell you and I feel no shame in it….I was an emotional eating mess.

It was small stuff, not as bad as I was when I was in middle school, high school, or my first 2 years of college–but the peanut butter was gone in a matter of 2 days. That’s been the story through week 5–and to top it off, the workouts got harder. This isn’t bad, but it didn’t help the mindset that I would be fine working out and then go eat whatever I want. (State of Lisa’s mind a lot). Resistance 3, Cardio 3, and Core 2 were introduced…and actually I kind of like the 3’s. There’s something about working out as such a faster pace that makes those 22 minutes fly by.

Through all of my ups and down on this journey, that’s probably been the stable fact for me. Every day, I know that I can put in just 32 minutes a day. That no matter what happens the rest of the day–that’s a sure fact. Most of the time, that’s my best stress-reliever right now. Getting out all my frustrations right there, and as my coach used to say, “leave it all on the court.”

This week, I have made goals for myself to 1)push even harder in my workouts 2) stick with what I have meal prepped and NO SNACKING ON PB!!!! and 3) relax, breathe, and through everything and with everything going on–don’t forget to take a few moments for myself. Did that yesterday and today, and right now I feel probably the most calm I have in 2 weeks.

So whatever you guys are going through, keep pushing through. Even if it’s just something small–keep going!!! Everything has it’s time, and the light is always at the end of the tunnel. There’s a quote I found and I really liked it, “Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

No matter what happens this week, make up your mind to walk boldly, heads held high, shoulders back, and heart out. Dig deep, go hardcore, and be amazing!! Because I think you’re all amazing!!!! Each and everyone of is fantastic, so go show the world how fantastic you really are! Through thick and thin, highs and lows, you will prevail, you will always prevail!!!! ❀

Week 1 Challenge: Welcome 22 Hard Corps

So this week was something new for me. I started my very first BB challenge as a coach and I got my mom and cousin to join me, which was fantastic and amazing!!! My challenge pack for this one though–dang, it was pretty interesting. I did 21 Day Fix Extreme for 3 rounds, and was feeling fantastic! I could see definition starting, I was getting stronger, more flexible, and I felt good. Yeah, I still have a little giggle going on in that midsection, but it’s starting to leave. Though I LOVED 21 DFX, I decided to try another program, just to say I did it. (Yeah…I’m one of those. πŸ˜› But let’s put it into perspective–Beachbody programs are to me what Pokemon are to everyone else πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› ) Anywho, I settled on 22 Hard Corps

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You’ve probably heard about it–but for those of you don’t: 22HC (as I have found it abbreviated) was created by P90X creator Tony Horton. In this, he has created a kind of “PT” (physical training in military terms) that only takes 22 minutes. That’s right–22 minutes. All the moves are set to a cadence, and while Tony is being your “drill sergeant”, you are working out with actual Vets. Yep, our boys and gals in the Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard are doing this with you–and they are setting too.

The basic pack came with the following:

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Cardio/Core disk, Resistance disk with a bonus workout, a Battle-Buddy workout, 30 day supply of Shakeology, 30 days of free Beachbody on Demand, Ration Guide, Quick-Start Guide, Workout Calendar, Hell Week Challenge Card, and a sandbag (that still needs to be filled :P)

Beginning last Monday–I thought I was going to die, but because I was just coming off of 3 rounds of 21DFX, I was ready for those first few days…and then Cardio 2 hit. (Maybe it was because I lifted some weights on Wednesday, but I don’t think so–Thursday’s workout was killer!!)

It’s 22 minutes, so the saying “I don’t have time” just doesn’t work for this. I know a lot of you aren’t morning people, but I have managed to wake up and start my day with this (if you do–do the Cold Start workout before hand to get warmed up!!!!) It’s kind of like T25 where it’s no nonsense from the get-go. You have to be ready to go from minute 1.

I’m really liking this program so far, and the food suggestions have been great and very tasty. What happened with 21DFX that I didn’t get me the results I really wanted was because I didn’t follow the food containers like I should have. That is something I’m really going to work on this week!!!! So my coaching buddies, anyone really, keep me accountable and yell at me if I even think about going off them!! πŸ˜›

Well here we go! Week 2, what a do!!!!!! Let’s #GETSOME !!!!!

 

On your mark, get set–RESTART!!!

This post is like…….5 days in the making. But seriously, where has the time gone?! Sorry guys that it’s been so long, but with my school schedule, homework, and my recital–everything just got away from me. Right now with all these papers and essays due, this is pretty much how I feel:

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So where was I the last time we talked…..oh yeah, 154 and not budging with a senior recital coming up. I couldn’t understand what was going on, and then I started talking to a friend about it and she said it’s most likely stress. I thought “stress? could it really be that simple?” We’re going to see, because it makes sense. From February, I had so much stuff that needed to be done that if I said I wasn’t stressed–I’d be lying. And from research, stress releases cortisol (or however you spell it) and sometimes it can make you gain weight or plateau. I can find the truth in that. Then spring break came and went gained 4 pounds to get pushed up to 158 and then Easter weekend happened and shot up to 162. It was bound to happen eventually, I knew it was coming and yes–when I saw that number I slightly beat myself up. But thanks to some wise words from friends, I knew that I would be okay–and what do I do: start T25 πŸ˜€ This time though, I’m focusing on the toning part–if the weight drops that’s great and I will LOVE IT!!! Especially since I want to be down to 150 by May 16th–graduation. I’m looking more at nutrients and health instead of being totally focused on calories, quantity of quality, all the while trying to get my calorie count up higher and building muscle. I’m also going to be introducing fruits and milk back in my diet. I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry about sugars as sugars but focusing on keeping my refined sugars down. I will be watching those natural sugars though, limiting them but still being able to enjoy them. Basically just focusing on eating a healthy diet with healthy foods!!! So here are my before pictures:

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My measurements:

Weight: 162.8

Chest: 33 1/2

Waist: 31

Hips: 36 1/2

Thighs: 23

Arms; 10 1/2

Butt: 39

I’ll be putting up pictures after the first 5 weeks are done and my measurements! Wish me luck all!!!! πŸ˜€

First Fitness Friday of the year–so here we go!

Monday Musings: Looking Back and Seeing I Can

I won’t be able to publish anything on Wednesday, and I already wrote what I wanted to say for the very first of the year. Firstly, I want to thank you all for jumping on this wagon with me and putting up with my strangeness, rants, joys, and all the other feelings that I wrote about. I hope that I didn’t write about anything sad, but I hope that I was able to keep you entertained and give you a little hope in your life journey as well. I know for me, I’m still getting used to this whole “blogging” thing, so hopefully in this upcoming year that will be something that I’ll get better at. (so thank you for putting up with me πŸ˜› ) I entered Christmas week at 152.6 and I ended it at 158.4. I would have to say that even though I was down to 148 at a time, only have a 6 pound weight gain from the holidays is pretty good in my eyes. I thought it was going to be a lot worse. Of course, I didn’t weigh today because we had one more family dinner yesterday, so I didn’t want to completely get mad at myself. And today I’m going to have to be good because I’m going out with my 4-H group for pizza and then to the annual Doniphan County 4-H ice skating party!! (I love this time of year!!!) But I’ve already told myself–no more then 4 slices (or even that, if I’m full at 2, I’m full at 2. Even if it is CiCi’s.) And then they have treats at the party–so if I have one slice of dessert pizza, only one thing at the party…..that’s a plan right? Considering that I’ll be skating for almost 2 hours?? Then Tuesday and Wednesday I’m off to help my best friend get married, Friday going over to a friend’s house all day and then she’s coming over to my house for Saturday (yes….girls my age still have sleepovers) and then my birthday comes up the next Thursday.

It’s weird to think that the new year is almost year, as is my birthday, and as in the end of my break and the start to my last semester of college (O_O) But I’ll write about that later, for now–I do a short write about my fitness in 2014. I started 2014 at 186 pounds, I’m ending it about 155-156 (though I need to get back down to 150 before the 10th…at least that’s my goal, under 155). I would say that’s quite an accomplishment. When I started this year, I was so mad at myself and I wanted to give up. I kept telling myself that I would never get down to 155. It was a number that was impossible for me, it was never going to happen, and I should just resign myself to that fact and just start eating how I want and stay fat. I can’t remember who told me to keep pushing (most likely it was my mom), but I’m glad I did. I kept going even when I wanted to quite, kept pushing, and I kept, as Shaun T. always says, digging deeper. I admit, that looking back now there were some things that I probably weren’t the smartest (eating wise anyway), but in this next year–I’ll be starting off new and fresh. I hope that over this break, my body has come to realize that it’s not under any real stress, that this is a lifestyle change, and that I’m not going to be gaining that body fat back!! Now that I’m down to the 150s, my goal for this year is to tone and tighten, and any weight that comes with it will be an added bonus. So I don’t know if I should set my weight goal for 140. I think I might just to see what happens, but ultimately now I’m just looking to lose inches and gain muscle.

I’m starting this new year out on a new foot and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!! I hope that y’all will be doing the same, keep on pushing and keep going, because those results will come before you know it! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and you have an amazing new year! Thanks again for putting up with me, and if there’s anything you would like to talk about or for me to address, don’t be afraid to message me or add a comment! I would love to hear from you!!!! So until next year for a fitness post, this is the Farmer’s Daughter, Merry Christmas!!!!

Weight Loss Wednesday: The Battle

Oh look, it’s Wednesday and I’m actually getting the chance to write something about weight loss! πŸ˜› Yeah, so these last two months of school have been chaotic, and surprisingly I haven’t let the stress get to me (too much….at least not yet….I hope….) and gained weight instead of losing it. I did reach my October goal of 155 and I reached my November/year end goal of 150 last Friday. (YAY!!!! I GOT TO IT BY THANKSGIVING BREAK!!!!!!) Ah, Thanksgiving……break is in only 7 days and then I’ll be able to go home for the first time since August. With absolutely no. Homework. (yyyyyyeeeessssssss, those stupid hours of pushing myself did come in handy. I’ve got everything crossed off my to-do lists so far!!!!)

Ok, this morning I was sitting at a whopping 150.6 so…..I can’t go any higher or I won’t beat it. πŸ˜› Though i’s okay, I’ve kind of plateau right at 150 which is kind of funny in my mind. However, if I could get lower (like 145), then if I gain it all back after eating Thanksgiving I won’t feel so bad because I’ll still be 150. (Yeah? Is that the right thinking?! I think so.)

Ok, like I’ve said, I’ve plateaued at 150 since last Friday, but if this is where my body wants to stay then that’s cool. However, only has long as me doing what I’m going to talk about will keep it there or go lower (or lose inches), then that’s fine. You probably saw the title and are probably thinking, “The battle. She must be talking about the weight loss battle she’s been in.” Actually…..I’m not. I’m about to come out with a truth that I’ve been hesitant about telling anyone, but I think it needs to be done. That way ya’ll can learn from my “mistakes” and don’t do them. πŸ˜›

The battle that I’m facing right now has to do with calorie intake. Now this might come as a shock to many of you, but here’s the truth about my calories. On my “high cal” day, I only manage less then 900 calories, and no less then 625 on my “low cal” days. Everyone’s probably like, “O_O OMG LISA!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!?!?!??!?!” (well……………..)

Anyway, that’s just what I’ve done and I know the whole “you should never go below 1200 calories” thing that EVERYONE preaches on. Here’s the thing, every time I would break the 1000 point–I would gain weight, no matter what exercise I was doing or how hard I worked out, still gained weight. Some would say, “that’s just your body trying to get used that many calories”. True, that is most definitely true, however, for me 800 calories was enough. See, I’m not starving myself–don’t get that idea because those who know me know I love to eat, and some think that I’m eating all the time. But now I’m down to 150, so it’s time to try and see about adding some calories back in order to help, not only maintain my weight, but to help heal my body.

See, I got myself (again) into a state that’s called Athletic Amenorrhea. (WARNING TO BOYS: WOMAN STUFF AHEAD!!!) This is you don’t have 3 consecutive periods (I did spot in October so I don’t know if that counts as a cycle or not……cause I don’t). Some think that this is because of working out hard, but the source that I found says that this actually isn’t the case. It’s actually restrictive eating and heavy workouts. Their suggestion: need to find the balance of food and exercise. But here’s my problem, like I said–every time I raise my calories, I gain weight.

So what do I do? Do I raise my calories or do I stop my workouts? Here’s what I’m going to do. Slowly but surely, I’ll start to raise my calories up, but here’s the thing–I’m going to eat to be satisfied not to be full. I’ve come to find that 900 calories can be very filling, especially when you eat about 4-5 meals a day. I’m also going to be focusing on making sure I’m getting protein, iron, and all the other nutrients and healthy fats that I think my body might be missing. I’ll keep you guys up-to-date with how this goes, especially with the holidays coming up and…………CHRISTMAS TREATS!!!!! (You just can cannot make/eat cookies at Christmas time…….if you can…….well…….)

Anywho, that’s the battle that I’m experiencing right now. So it’s just getting it figured out because I still have that little bit of fat around my love handles and belly that I want to get rid of, Shaun T said something tonight that kind of goes along with this. He said losing those last inches isn’t just about exercising, it’s about what your eating. So if I’m not eating what I need to in order to replenish my battery (body) and also getting enough sleep, then you’re not going to lose it.

So here’s to the battle! And here’s to me winning!

Hope this wasn’t too weird or graphic for you. Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions for me! I’d love to hear them, but please–positivity!

Until next time, this is the Farmer’s Daughter!! Have a good rest of the week, and I’ll see ya’ll Friday!