Happy Thanksgiving !

Happy Thanksgiving everyone ! I hope you all had a wonderful day . I know I sure did .

Last night for starters my kids and I went to my mothers house to help her pull out her Christmas stuff and start setting up her holiday stuff . My daughter is always so excited to see my mom. She gets especially excited when my mother pulls out her Barbie collection . Last night she had all the Barbies lined up and she was in Heaven . It was fun helping out and having my kids take part in it . Plus , she made cookies , I couldn’t resist . I did however , not stuff my face full of pizza like I used to ,so I felt victorious . I legit used to eat 4 pieces of pizza in a sitting , so having only 2 was great .

Thanksgiving is a big thing in my family . We go to my grandparents house every year. I am blessed that my grandparents are still here . They are 88 and 89 years old and still have their wits about them . My dad and aunts do the cooking now , but my Gram still holds her throne and makes sure everyone has got food in their bellies . Plus my aunt makes the most unbelievable desserts , be jealous 😉

I had a great chat with my aunt and cousin about my fitness journey and how it’s been going for me . I had not seen them in months , so it was nice to chat about it . This is a journey and it is now my lifestyle . I have embraced it for all that it is . I like talking about it and how I have changed .

But , by far, the best moment for me was right before I left . My grandfather came up to me and asked I am still exercising . Of course I replied “yes” . He said he can tell, he can see it in my face . This is what I hear the most from people but , my grandfather has immacula degeneration and his eyesite is really bad . So, for me, the fact that he can see enough to tell that I am losing weight and the fact he took time to tell me , well, it meant the world .

The holidays are about being with the people you care about and I am so very thankful for mine .

Just keep swimming,

Meg

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This week so far

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Good Morning People!

I have been at it this week with the workouts!  This week is a shorter week at my gym, so I had class Monday and Tuesday.  I wanted to make sure I got in as much as I could before I stuff my face on Thursday.  And yes, I will be stuffing my face.  Not overdoing it too much, but a good face stuffing here and there never hurt anyone 🙂

What are you looking forward to on Thanksgiving? I, most of all, am looking forward to time spent with family ❤

These are my workouts from this week so far, lets break down how I did:

Monday

We did Squat Clean practice – 6×3.  I improved! My weight went from 55 lbs to 65 lbs! I felt kinda stuck at 55 lbs, I am so glad I am stronger so I can increase it.  Not saying I want to be a body builder by any means, but this experience has totally changed my perspective on fitness and what I want out of mine. So, yeah, I want to be fit an able to lift a bunch of weight.

Then we had a 15 minute WOD – 4 rounds.

10 Alternating DB snatches – 35 lbs! – I really like snatches, I have since I started them, I felt 35 lbs was challenging too. But I did it!

15 Hollow Rocks – now these bad Larry’s….. ugh. I got through them, but thought I was going to snap in half.  They totally sound like fun, like you are a human see saw, until you do them.

25 Double Unders – so we could count our Double Under Attempts, which I did not hear the first round, so I did a bunch. My DU’s are still a work in progress, but I got 4 in a row, so that was good.  I got a lot more than I have in the past in the workout, so more progress.

My time was 16:04 ( they let me finish the last of the DU’s) I finished later, but I finished. And for me, that is cool beans.

Tuesday

We did Back Squat technique and practice and handstand practice before the WOD.

50 Back Squats – 55 lbs

40 V ups

30 Power Cleans – 55 lbs

20 Lateral Hop Burpees – oh my Sweet Baby Jesus! Burpees are my current nemesis. They take me forever.  Mostly because I cannot get my legs to jump in, so I kinda waddle it in.  I really need to find a way to get better at them. Honestly, we do them a lot and I feel I should be better, guess it is going to take some at home practice.

10 Hand stands – okay, so It was supposed to be handstand push ups, but I am not there yet. At least I am on the wall, and can do a handstand.   I have to work on getting myself to stay on the wall.  But at least I did not fall this time!  I will say this again, though, Hand Stands are totally mental more than physical.

My time for this was 18:34 .

 

2 nights in a row, after being out for 2 weeks felt really good. Getting back into full swing.   I feel like I am at home in my gym with my awesome peeps.

To date, I am down 35 lbs! Oh yeah baby! I would love to be down another 15 by the end of the year, but I do not think that is realistic for me.  I have been losing about 5 lbs a month.  And with all the holiday food that will be coming and make its way to my face, its going to be a challenge.  But , you know, this year, I feel I am better equipped to make better decisions, and maybe will stay away from the 2nd serving of mashed potatoes.

 

And for some laughs – check out this cartoon:

   Thankgiving Cartoon

Hope you all have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving !!!

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And the nominees are…..

Hi everyone! Well, this is exciting!

I would appreciate it  if you all Please vote for my blog in the Healthline Best Health Blogs of 2013 contest!  you can vote every day!

I am honored that all of you have come along for the swim and shared my story with others.  I hope that I am inspiring you to get moving, even if it is just baby steps.  There is a long road ahead, but it is one I look forward to!

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Lunge and Squat Hangover

One of the things that stinks when you wobble off the wagon is getting back into the wagon and your body adjusting.  Granted I was only off my game for 2 weeks, but my legs are still sore from the lunges of my Monday workout and the squat jumps and over head squats from Wednesdays workout.

Lets break down my work out from Wednesday:

We did Overhead Squats – I knew it was going to hurt but it is better to keep moving than to sit and wait for it to feel better ( at least for me it is) .  Squats are not my strong suit as you all know, but I kinda rocked it with the Overhead Squats .  How, I do not know, but I felt really great about them.  My weight was 30 lbs which is the heaviest I have done yet for Over head Squats.  Here is a picture of someone doing an over head squat for those who are unfamiliar.

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You have to lock your arms out over your head and hold the barbell, then squat.  So, I was fearing them until I started them, and saw I could do it easier than I did before – so PROGRESS! And get this – so I am down in the sit and look up , I can see my right arm’s reflection in the window in front of me = and you know what ?!?! This gal’s got some muscle! Now, maybe it was the lighting, or a shadow, but I really think it was definition starting to show through!

So – that was the first part of the work out then it was the WOD.

3 minutes on/ 1 minute off    for 4 rounds

4 Ring Dips  ( used green band)

6 Alternating Push Press ( 25 lbs DB)

8 Jump Squats

My score was : 186 reps

So, why do I say ” Hangover”? Cause my gams are still sore! It was the laugh of the week at the office too since I was shuffling around, but I kept saying when I lose all this weight, who will be laughing then?!?!

Looking forward to getting into class Monday 🙂

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You know, when I started this, I was just in the now, working on myself taking it one day at a time, which I still do.  But I am loving the thought of 2 years down the road and being a fit person.  They always say Hard work will pay off – and by golly I am the living embodiment of it.

Returning to normal

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I was in class . I did get my 5k in but I still feel crappy for not working out . And yes, I was sick, and still am (ugh) but heck, I miss it . I love working out . Who would of thunk ?

I hit another goal – 35 lbs ! Whoo hoo !!! I would love to be down 50 lbs by the end of the year , but not sure how realistic that is. But that is okay . Still going to try . Not going to be easy with the holidays upon us . I do love stuffing my face at the holidays , I am just going to make better choices . I know I need to eat better but for now I am content to make my better choices .

My return to class last night has left me with complete Jelly legs today.  That’s what I get for being out for a couple of weeks.

Here is my work out from last night and how I did:

100 Bodyweight Walking Lunges

75 Kettlebell swings – 26lbs

50 Sit Ups

25 Burpees

20 Push Ups

25 High Low Planks

30 Tuck Jumps

50 Squats

My time was 31:55.  This workout was a ladder, but I was struggling so much, my coach Linda cut the reps of the 2nd half for me.  Thank Goodness! It was a killer workout for me.   Thought I was going to toss my cookies in the middle of it.

So, lets break down my workout.

100 Walking Lunges.  We all know how lunges and me, we are not good friends.  But, going into this, I felt, that I could do the walking lunges and not have too much of an issue.  I started off good I felt.  I got to 30 and I was dying.  How on earth was I going to get to 100?  I kept going taking my time, but I got them all done

75 KB Swings – I am up to the 35 lb Kettle bell, but since I have not been in 2 weeks and since it was a high amount of reps, I went with the 26 lb KB.  After the lunges, I stood there ready to grab my KB and thought my legs were going to give out.  I took a minute then started chipping away at the swings, glad I went with the 26 lb, there is no way I could of done the 35 lb.  I hate feeling like I am going backwards, I like increasing my weight, but boy, am I glad I made that decision!

50 Sit Ups –  Sit ups, I can usually bang those out, but even these ones were killers.

25 Burpees – you know how this went – took me forever as usual.  I was dying at the end of them.

20 Push Ups – at this point coach Linda cut down my reps – Thank Goodness!

25 High Low Planks – these are insane, glad I didn’t drop on my face

30 Tuck jumps – oh my Sweet Baby Jesus! I could barely get my feet off the ground.

50 Squats – Surprisingly easier than I thought they were going to be, but still took me a while

 

All in all – it was a great workout.  I am glad I am back to class and back to my normal routine.

I feel good about this journey and where I am at.  Last nights class was clear evidence that I have so much farther to go.  But this is a lifestyle change, not just a fly by night lose a few pounds diet – so I am in this for the long haul.  I saw some friends over the weekend who I had not seen in months, they  said I look healthier.  Me. Healthier? It just goes to show how much this is working for me, inside and out.

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2 am funk

So it’s 2 am here in good ol Massachusetts and I cannot sleep for the life of me . My mind is racing . I have been fighting a cold / sinus infection for a week and a half then it was sprinkled in with a stomach bug / flu that swept our house . Good news – down 3 more pounds ! So, I am down a total of 35 pounds ! Yes, I know being sick isn’t a ” healthy” way to lose weight , but beggars can’t be choosers , so I will take it !

I haven’t been to class in almost 2 weeks , I am really looking forward to getting back at it Monday night . I feel good that I did my 5 k though. At least I got that in and knocked it off my list 🙂

I have to say a giant Thank You to everyone that has been supporting me on this journey . The amount of support and encouragement I received in response to my 5k was so overwhelming . I cannot believe it . The fact that so many of you are coming along for the swim and are rooting for me, well, it warms my heart . I won’t let you down .

Sweet dreams,
Meg 🙂

5 K – Check!

You read it correctly! I finished my first 5 K today! And it feels AWESOME!!!

Lets go back to the beginning of the week : Mondays nights class, I ran, felt good.  By Wednesday full on cold had set in.  I think it was more of a sinus infection since my head and eyes were killing me.   I was taking everything I could find.  Felt like crap.  Still had to work, so I  couldn’t rest like I wanted to.  When I am sick – I need rest, so building up to this run, I was kind of freaking out.   I  was terrified of this run.  I was even more devastated at  the thought of not being able to do this thing I had been building myself up for.

Well, I was able to have Saturday off , so I rested , all day.  And when I woke up today…. I felt so much better!

So at the crack of dawn, we piled into the car and headed to the run.  It meant a lot to me that my husband and kids were coming with me.

When we arrived, I had to pickup my bib.  My very first number!

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I’m official !

I met up with some other gals from the gym and we headed to the start line.  Got my Map my run app going, tunes were on, and we were off!  The first mile I felt good, kinda of kept up with people too.  First mile I was done in about 13:30 minutes. I was psyched!  I Kept going , the crowd around me was dwindling out , as I knew it would. The run today had a turnaround point where you came back the way you went.  So , as I was chugging along, I was seeing all the gals from the gym coming down the other side on their way back.  It was great to look up and see happy faces encouraging me.  At the 2 mile mark is when my feet started to go numb, not sure if that is a normal thing for someone running or not, or if it is normal for an overweight person running, but it happened.  But I kept going, Just Keep Swimming!   Around 2  1/2 miles, The song ” Brave ” by Sara Barilles came on my phone.  It was awesome! I kept moving and moving.  Hit 3 miles! I was so happy to be near the end.  Just Keep Swimming!  I took my headphones out for the final stretch.  Then along side me, my friend Melissa from the gym.  We were going to cross the finish line together!

We ran up to the finish line, I look up and who do I see? My sweet nephew Dexter! And my brother in law, Mark.  I had no idea they would be coming.  Then I look and see my husband Chad, and my kids Tyler, Jason , and Maddie, cheering me on at the finish line.  Then at the end, my sister Rachel!  It was such an amazing feeling to finish.  It was awesome to finish along side my bud Melissa.  And it was the absolute best to finish with my family watching.

Here are some pictures from the finish line:

 

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Just Keep Swimming!!!

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FINISH!!!!

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My son’s hand sticking out as we run through the finish

I don’t even know how to describe how I feel finishing this run.  I am so overcome.  I finished, but now I want to do better.  My results are below:

Place No.  Name                Div/Tot  Div   Ag S City         St Nettime Pace  Guntime Pace 
276  385 Megan Ashworth       57/61   F3039 33 F North Andove MA   45:04 14:31   45:27 14:38

I didn’t finish last, almost, lol, 276 out of 293, but its a start and I am pretty darn proud. It is something to work on.  Another goal to crush.  I can’t be stopped! I am going keep moving and keep swimming.    It was a great day.

If you learn anything from my blog, I hope it is to never give up, no matter the odds.  We all have greatness within us, sometimes it just takes a while for our spark to be lit.  My spark is on fire! And there ain’t no way it is burning out any time soon.

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Haters Step Off!

I have done some amazing things on this journey. Well, things I feel are amazing.  I have been at this now since March and I feel great.  I have gotten wonderful compliments and feedback from so many people.  But as soon as I said I was doing a 5K, things changed.  People in my gym have been nothing but extremely supportive, but people outside of the gym, and even some family have not been.  The other day was the last straw, so I took to the Less Thighs More Thunder Facebook Page and posted a little rant.  For those who are not on Facebook, here is what I wrote :

I am pumped and terrified about my first 5k. But let me say this – I am adult, I know my body and I, above anyone else know what I can do. So what on Gods green earth makes people think I am NOT ready for this?!?! Yes, I am over weight, yes, I am a slow runner, yes, its gonna take me a while, but so help me, if I hear one more time… ” You sure you can do this? You sure you want to do this? Are you really sure?” I am gonna drop kick someone! Ugh! Have faith people! I HAVE GOT THIS!!! ….. i feel better now”

It was driving me nuts – to keep having people ask me if I am ready, if I think I can do it. I didn’t understand why all of of sudden people were thinking I Couldn’t do it.   I was just really bothered by it. The last comment I got was from my grandfather, now , granted he is almost 90 years old but after it infuriated me, it made me think.  I started talking about it with my oldest and his response when I asked him about it was ” Aren’t you jumping the gun just a bit?” I asked him why he said that.  He said, “shouldn’t you do a 3k first? ” I explained that I have already run farther than 3k.  He said ” Oh”.  Then it dawned on me, these people have no idea what I have done or what I am capable of.  The folks in class, they see me, they are are also doing it themselves, everyone else, just has to take my word for it, that I can do it.  I guess my 33 lbs weight loss isn’t convincing enough.

So, my 5K is a week from today. I know I can do a 5k. I know I can , but I have yet to run that far. So, yesterday, one of my friends from the gym and I set out to run Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield  My goal was to do at least 2 1/2 miles. It was rough for me, but running with someone, definitely helps someone like me.  My friend Christel was an awesome running partner.   By the time we were done, I had run my own 5k! I just kept going and in the end, I freaking did it!

I gotta admit, I  was so overcome that I actually did it, I cried.

I squished the haters! I was victorious!

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 I am going to finish my race next week, I am not going to let anyone hold me down.  I got this!

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