Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Go Ashleigh!!

I've been tossing around the idea to create a month/weekly post, depending on when people measure themselves and how many people actually participate.

Ashleigh, is a family friend who I've always thought was very beautiful, has recently told me she has been working out since January. Her graduation is coming up in August and that's her goal dead line. Which is: "I want to be a 36D or DD, size 8 and 170lbs."

Here are her stats since January.


Height: 5'8"
Chest: 40DDD
Pant size: 18/16.
Weight: 235
Shoulders: 48"
Waist: 38.5"
Hips: 48.5"
Thighs: 28"
Calf: 17.5"


Height: 5'8"
Weight: 227lbs
Arms: 13.5"
Shoulders: 47"
Chest: 42.5"
Waist: 38.5"
Hips: 48.5"
Thighs: 26"
Calf: 18"


Height: 5'8"
Weight: 226lbs
Arms: 12.5"
Shoulders: 47.5"
Chest: 42.5
Waist: 37"
Hips: 48"
Thighs: 26"
Calf: 18"


Height: 5'8"
Arms: 12.5"
Shoulders: 46"
Chest: 42"
Waist: 37"
Hips: 48"
Thigh: 26"
Calf: 18"

Way to go Ashleigh!! You're getting closer and closer to your goal!! Keep up the good work!! If you have stats that you would like me to post to help fellow thickens become motivated to make their beautiful bodies the very best they can be, then please feel free to email me.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Fitness - if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.

I am forever sorry for leaving you all for the past week. Its been hellish with finals, mothers day and more finals. I figured out I have lied to you all about when I started working out. It was actually a Sunday in April, the 25th to be exact. The previous pictures I took were indeed on the 30th, the measurements were also on the 30th of April. And I am here to tell you all, I just measured myself out of pure curiosity (I expect instant gratification and I'm apparently getting it) I've been noticing a difference when it comes to the way somethings fit, or even how I look in the mirror and so I was curious, and a little anxious, so I whipped out the trusty measuring tape, yes, the same one that was used no more then 2weeks ago. The results are amazing!!!!!

Arms as of 5/15/2010: 15"

Chest PREVIOUSLY: 42.5"
Chest as of 5/15/2010: 41.5"

Waist as of 5/15/2010: 38"

Hips (Where my pants lay) PREVIOUSLY: 49"
Hips as of 5/15/2010: 47"

Hips (Fullest butt area) PREVIOUSLY: 51"
Hips as of 5/15/2010: 49.5"
TOTAL LOSS: 1.5" (Which I don't want to lose my ass I want it to be perky and round)

Thighs PREVIOUSLY: 29"
Thighs as of 5/15/2010: 29"
TOTAL LOSS: 0" (Which I also don't want to lose my thighs, I just want them to be toned as can be)

Calves PREVIOUSLY: 18"
Calves as of 5/15/2010: 17.5"

I wasn't shocked at seeing the results, except for the amount around my hips where my pants lay... that was an awesome surprise! But I was shocked at seeing it so quickly. This is why I have never tried to lose weight with dieting, its so much healthier and easier doing it via working out. Yo-yo dieting is the most dangerous thing for your heart and general health. Taking supplements isn't want I'm talking about, I mean trying the newest, greatest, fastest diet that's sure to make you bikini ready in 2weeks. If you can commit to the life style change a diet takes then yes, it will work, maybe not in 2weeks but it will work and you will look fabulous but it takes a LIFE STYLE change to do it. It takes hard work no matter what you do to make your body the best it can be. Also let me add, I believe everyone should work out to be toned, not just thickens, but fairies (skinny girls) should too!! We were out last night and happened to see this woman who had an AMAZING body, she had the coke bottle body, seriously, I wish I would've taken a picture of her, but, her legs were horrible looking, cellulite all over them. I don't have anything against cellulite, I have it on the back side of my legs and I never used to but getting toned up solves that!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Me time.

I've found that being a mom and a "wife" really takes up a lot of time. I remember days when I only needed to worry about getting myself ready and could do so in about 2 hours (shower, hair, make up and dressed) time wasn't a factor back then. Now, I find myself running late all the time and hardly having time to even brush my teeth let alone get my hair and make up done. Time is always a factor now and I, frankly, do not have ENOUGH time! I've forced myself to find ME time and started working out 2weeks ago. I know it hasn't been very long but everything has to start somewhere. I seriously feel like a NEW woman. It's amazing what some ME time will do for you. It's also amazing what working out period does for you. I'm finding myself excited to go to the gym, choosing better things to eat and drink, and happy as hell when I accomplish a goal!!

Just last night I managed to push through 45minutes on the elliptical machine. It felt so great! Like I had just finished a marathon! Now, I can't take all the credit because I was starting to wimp out and was actually entertaining the idea of only doing 30minutes after the first 25minutes was behind me. Then, when I needed it most, my new ipod shuffle played a fabulous song..... "My chick bad, my chick hood, my chick does stuff that ya chick wish she could"...... This song isn't completely about me because I am not hood by any means BUT a majority of the song is about me! lol. I am already seeing results. My legs are looking leaner my stomach is getting tighter and my ass is looking juicier by the day!!!

Anyway, my point of this post was to tell you to take time out for yourself! Never let excuses run your life! You can ALWAYS make room for yourself. A manicure, pedi, a long shower in the morning. Staying balanced keeps you healthy and staying healthy keeps you balanced and makes you feel amazing!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hello Summer!

Hello Summer...... We've been waiting/dreading your arrival. Now that you are here before I am summer body ready, all I can do is bust my ass more in the gym so I can wear less clothes during your 5month stay..... Oh, the joys of being a thicken in Las Vegas.

This was spurred by the fact that I had to fight (literally, I have marks to prove it) with my car and this stupid recalled crib/toddler bed. I was down there for 30+ minutes trying to fit this pile of wood and metal into the car, which by the way will be replaced by this fall. It was hot today! I'm wearing shorts and a tank top and still sweating like I just came out of the gym. Ew, gross I know. Then once I get to this blessed store I will most likely get it out in under 2minutes........ why? why couldn't it just be that simple going in as opposed to.... well... if it were hard to get it out it might be called labor... haha.... ok sorry enough with the mommy stuff and on to the reason you're actually here...... My journey to my best me!

Last time I left you I was headed to the gym here at my house, hahaha, a lot of good that did. I had to push AJ up about 25 stairs to only be on the machine for about 15minutes, then push her back down those same 25 stairs because I couldn't get a decent work out in with her screaming and crying. Then, we didn't go to the gym Sunday night... ugh!
Monday- I actually had lost my ID card to the gym so of course I had to go BUY another one... Fabulous! I get to the gym, pay for the new ID card, which by the way does me no justice whatsoever. I get into the gym and immediately get to my NEW machine which over looks the pool and a grassy area, ahhh "nature" in the city, so calming. Well, there are only 2 elliptical machines up there and one of them already happened to be taken, taken by a young, hot blond chick who was most likely on the volleyball/track team. I did my 30minutes of cardio and almost died! See, this is why I have a love/hate relationship with the off days..... you struggle to get back to where you were even after one day, usually only when you're first starting out but still. I was so slow and sweating like crazy, I thought at one point I might even just drop to the floor. I kept pushing myself though.... 20minutes, "You got this Karie, go go go, Only 10more minutes to go!!!" (ps. maybe I should also state that I had to walk from the gym to the area where they make the cards and back which is about 1/2mile, in a work out jacket, tank, and pants and it was pretty hot yesterday too) "5more minutes Karie you can do it you can do it!!" I jump off right after I'm done, clean up the machine, stop by to say hi to a friend and off again I was home to go to school by 530pm.... which at that time it was 330pm. After school we went back to the gym and for some odd reason I was SO tired yesterday, I didn't do any extra cardio like I planned/wanted to. I did however, do all the other work outs, crunches, squats, arms, and reverse leg lifts. Overall it was a good work out. Today though is another off day..... I will probably go to the gym again tomorrow before classes even earlier though, then go back to the gym tomorrow night. I will let you all know how it goes!

P.S. E says he's already starting to notice a difference!!!!!! =D

Saturday, May 1, 2010

I got this!!!!!

I appologize in advance this one will be kinda long!

Monday - was another regular day in the gym, we actually had my mother in law watch AJ so we could go to the gym together after I got out of school. C-which is E's best friend/brother was already there and it was the first time I had seen him in almost 2years. After saying hello we walked toward the bathroom I go in and when I come out literally 2mins later the guys are already down stairs trying to hook C up with a chick we (E and I) seen on the way in. I'm like wow you guys waste no time what so ever lol

I jump on my trusty elliptical machine and it happens to be the same one every time... that's MY machine, we have a love hate relationship, its in perfect view to see all of the televisions, to make sure that my stuff isn't hangin out anywhere, its just a good machine =) I start peddling, inputting the stats and here comes mr. know it all, TELLING me what I need to be doing... "EXCUSE ME?!" I know what I need to do! I don't need YOU here baby sitting me. He eventually goes up stairs after a brief disagreement and leaves me the hell alone. I finish my 30mins like a pro and feel pretty damn good, then I'm off to do crunches leg lifts and inner/outter thighs. I finish everything and damn if I'm not beat. We say good bye to C and go pick up AJ.

Tuesday- For whatever reason we woke up late as hell, I mean LATE!! We had 3hours til E had to go to work. Which meant we had 2hours to go to the gym and get some other things done. Needless to say I was on the elliptical machine in our complex for 15minutes. Why was I struggling to do those 15minutes??? When I got home I did my crunches and leg lifts and some punches with my 5lb weights. I also knocked out some squats with my 10lb "rope" ...... this day wasn't too eventful! UGH!

Wednesday- Was a crazy windy day, I swear this weather is going through menopause!! I got out of school early because apparently my teacher has better things to do the week before finals... anyway, we get to the gym at 9pm and again C is already waiting for us. E decides its time to go run on the track... I haven't even prepared myself for running yet but apparently I "need" to listen to him. I am a very competitive person so if someone says I can't do something then I prove them wrong. So we go up to the track and 1 I don't like heights yet this thing is on the 4th floor of the gym WHY?! I stretch out really quick and we start jogging, I get through the first lap, then comes the second......... I get 1/4 of the way through it and need to stop, my legs are cramping and I get a cramp in my side, I still continue walking at a fast pace. E starts talking shit... he gets this trait from his father and doesn't realize that if you talk shit to me I get pissed off and refuse to do what you're wanting me to do. (Even after we've been together almost 4years you'd think he would get this by now) He feels it is criticism while I feel that it is straight shit talking. So I go to the bathroom to cool off for 2seconds and come back out and knock out another lap like its nothing even though I feel like I'm going to die on the inside. Then I told him "If you're gonna talk shit then I don't want to work out with you, that's not how you motivate me, if anything you're discouraging me and pissing me the hell off" He in turn says "Then you need to find a female to work out with you and tell you all that foo foo shit" I ignore him and stay away from him the rest of the night because I came here to work out not to fight. So I handle my business, Crunches (CHECK), Reverse leg lifts on a stability half ball (CHECK), 200 inner/outter thigh work outs (CHECK), 100 Triceps (CHECK), Then its 30mins of the elliptical. I jump on this time on a different machine, this machine happens to be over looking the pool, I needed a tranquil area this time. So I put in the weight, age and the time, I lower the crossramp to 1 and put the level up to 6 and away I go...... at this point I am still angry over what happened with E so I'm glad to be alone with no one on either side of me. I'm going at 150strides per minute and every 10% that passes I raise the crossramp 1 level so by 15minutes I'm still going, pacing my breathing, checking my heart rate and I'm in the cardio-high peak range (160-178) FABULOUS! I'm literally working my ass off. Then some guy feels the need to get onto the machine RIGHT next to me on the left. I'm looking forward and I can see him in the reflection, every 3minutes he looks over at my machine checking the strides, calories and minutes that I've been going and is trying to go as fast as I am but can't do it. What are you mad that a thicken is whoopin ass on this machine??????? By the way, he was an asian guy, and I have nothing against asians except the fact that their women have beyond perfect genes. A coworker E used to work with had her baby 5-6months after I gave birth to AJ and the only thing that got bigger on her were her boobs. I don't even think she got stretch marks!!! I digress. I've noticed asians seem to judge thickens more then any other ethnicity or gender even for that matter. So for me to have whooped his ass while I was doing me was kinda funny especially since he was so worried about what I was doing. When I got off my machine I walked over to E and C, I was all red, sweaty and felt FABULOUS!!!!
C asks me "Are you tired?"

I just laugh and say "not really, I feel great!"

E says, "Yea I told C you must be pissed at me because you where on there forever and busting ass!"

My reply was "That's what I do EVERY DAY which is why I got so pissed at you in the first place, apparently I come to the gym to look at everyone else working out"

E says "Well, you did really good! I guess it just seemed longer because this time I was actually watching you"

Me "I told you, I don't need you telling me what to do in here I GOT THIS!!"

Thrusday- We end up waking up late again and gotta go gotta go!! Thrusdays are usually pretty busy, drop E off at work, Drop AJ off at Nana's then take my ass to school on the other side of the city. There was no time for working out.

Friday- Again no time for working out!

Saturday- Stuggling making my ass go to the gym, instead I am finishing up this blog to you guys. I don't know why but I can't stand the gym here in the complex. 1 It is not very stroller friendly, there are crazy stairs I have to try to get AJ and her stroller up, and down when I leave. The machine isn't MY machine from our other gym, there's no air circulation and nothing to distract me while I'm doing the work out. But I am off to do the work out because I can not let you guys or myself down.

My goals for this week coming up ending on Monday 10.

Crunches- 200 up; 100 each side
Leg Lifts- 3 reps of 20

Revers leg lifts-2 reps of 20 each leg
Squats- 3 reps of 10 with 15lb bar
Ballet (sumo) squats- 3 reps of 10 with a 35lb weight
Inner/outter thighs: 5 reps of 20 each direction with an increase weight up to 150

Punches with 5lb weights: 5 reps of 10
Revers push up (Triceps): 3 reps of 10
Push ups: 3 reps of 10

Elliptical Machine: 2 sessions of 30mins.
Jogging: 4 laps 1 walking 3 jogging