Fandom and Fitness Scotland

Fandom and Fitness

Fandom and Fitness?

How can Fandom and Fitness got together you ask? They do. I know quite a few gentleman and ladies, that use superheroes as their fitness motivation. I also noticed a lot of fandom related virtual races have popped up as of late. The Winchester’s 67K being one I participated in a few years ago.

The Supernatural cast also recently ran the Seattle Marathon to raise money for charity, with Random Acts.

But I have come across something, that is bringing together thousands of people and doing charity work at the same time. Just recently I discovered the TV show Outlander, one of my best friends has been telling me to watch for the longest time. Finally 3 weeks ago I started to watch and fell in love.

Outlander Fandom for the win!

Then I got an e-mail from Omaze, cause they suddenly knew, that I want to meet Sam Heughan. How? Aside from the internet knowing what I want, I was intrigued to figure out what the My Peak Challenge is.

Google led me to the website where Sam Heughan is the first thing you see. I browed the different tabs and started to really like what I saw. What raised the value for me, is that for the $119,  50% are automatically donated to charity. Another plus is you get a meal plan for the full year and workouts each weak. Since I used to be a certified NASM trainer, I liked this a lot. So I signed up.

I technically signed up for 2019, but as a perk am allowed to browse around the 2018 program. I had already written out my workouts for this week, so I was set there, but the meal plan was what caught my eye.

In my opinion My Peak Challenge is the perfect combination of Fandom and Fitness.

One week in…

I decided to start my hopefully last(ing) fitness journey after Thanksgiving. I usually do grocery shopping on Thursdays, so I only got to eat two days on the plan so far. But if you follow me on Instagram, you have seen some of the foods I get to eat. I love that there is a variety of foods, it is a mixture of macros and calorie counting.  Calorie counts are between 1600 and 1900 a day and the macros are 40 carbs, 30 protein and 30. I am still using My Fitness Pal to log my foods.

So in conclusion, I am down 4lb. and if you like to cook the meal plan is easy to follow. The recipes are easy and quick.

I am looking forward to starting with the exercises next week, which I was easily able to adjust to my current non-existent fitness level. My level of excitement to start a program, hasn’t been this high in a very long time.

Thank you, Sam and the My Peak Challenge team.

 

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You can read more about my husband and I here: About us

7 Benefits of Weight Training in Women over 40

Weight Lifting

Weight Training in Women over 40

Why is weight training in Women of 40 important? We have been taught from the 80’s that we should be doing cardio to loose the weight and strengthen out body. But as it says Cardio, which is short for Cardio Vascular exercise. And yes, that is for Hearth Health and endurance.  Many Women believe that the only way to loose weight is  to do Cardio.

That is why the cardio machines are packed at the gym and aerobics classes are always full. 

I would like to explain to you why that is NOT the best approach.  When I worked as a Trainer I had to explain to many women why it could be their problem of not being able to loose weight and hitting a plateau. Or why they are starting to get “Skinny Fat”

I have been fighting with my weight all my life and the scale is not the most effective way to measure results. Don’t get me wrong it is a great tool, but not the only one. 

When you do strength training, are you gaining lean muscles mass and it will help you to look thinner and it will increase your metabolism. 

So I it is important to track measurements throughout your journey, if you can get your body fat measured and pay attention how your clothes fit. 

What are the benefits?

1. Increase in Muscle Mass – when we get older, our muscle mass decreases, and int this day and age, women do not do as much physical work as we used.

2. Increased Metabolism- When you are over 40 your metabolism has slowed down. It will be more and more difficult and frustrating to loose weight. So when you build muscles, your metabolism will increase, because muscles are Metabolically active. This means your muscles keep burning calories after your work out thanks to EPOC ( excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). This does not happen if you do Cardio.

3. Reversal and slowing of Bone Density Loss – Our bone density declines with age. This puts us at risk for injuries. Weight training will help build stronger bones.

4. Better Sleep – Any form of exercise can help with sleep and there are studies, to show that weight training can help improve hormonal balance.

5. More Energy It sounds wrong, but resistance training can help you feel more energized during the day. It helps release endorphins, which improves your mood. 

6. Improved Overall Health – Studies show, that weight training in women benefits lowering your blood pressure, resting heart rate and tryglycerides.

7. Love the way you look

This is me in 2008, I had lost 80 and weighed in at 185lbs. I am a size 12, now know I am 5’6″ so I am not super tall and I achieved this by Weight training 3x week and doing cardio 3-5x week. But my cardio also included Kickboxing classes. 

Recover from Bone Spur Surgery

I had a bone spur in my ankle removed about a week ago. So far so good. Today I was able to put weight on that foot without pain.

I am going to my follow up Tomorrow. And I have no idea what my recover time is, what restrictions are and what not.
But there are things I know…

Before I went into surgery I made my meal plan and I went grocery shopping. I picked meals that were easy to cook for my husband and my Teenage Daughter. Also this time I really did rest and I am drinking lots of water.
I had gall bladder surgery 5yrs ago and my recover was ok, but not great due to me being me and trying to do to much to fast. (it might have also had something to do with the fact that my former Narcisistic best friend, guilted me into doing stuff to soon, but I digress)
My husband has been great, he reminds me to take it easy and slow, that might just be cause he wants me to be able to take care of him when he has his hernia surgery next week. Yeah my family does everything at once, you could think we get a discount.

But back to my plan.
My goal is to not gain weight this month as I am not able to workout as I would like. So food is Key. I have been doing ok, I haven’t logged, but not being able to go anywhere and not having junk food in the house makes that kind of sort of easy. I have broken my no eating starches after 3pm rule a few times this week, but hey, I just had surgery. LOL
I am almost off the pain pills. Instead of 2 I take on and I am down to taking one in the am and one in the pm. So far so good.
I have been drinking lots of water and this morning I got on the scale I was 244.8lb. which is exactly what I weighed the morning of the surgery. So it can only go down from here.

The reason I know this is going to work this time ( I quit the gym and caring after the gall bladder surgery) is I have backup. My husband is my biggest support. My trainer has been messaging me every day since the surgery and has been so encouraging. My kids cause they eat what I had planned and have no complaints, I think that is my biggest achievement as a cook, my kids love my food, they are not picky eaters and they eat healhty. Yes my son does eat at the cafeteria, but instead of a burger he picks the salad and fruit each day and my daughter usually takes leftovers. My husband makes his lunch salad every evening. We are in this together as a family.
So getting back to the gym should be easy. I plan as soon as I am allowed to do upper body.

So here is to a healthy future.

~ Claudia

Convention Prep Part 2… follow up

Well this is less of a prep post then a follow up.

I had prepared my foods and packed them. Now here are some things to consider.

Breakfast casserole was a great idea and it’s still yummy cold. Ice was available at the hotel so no problem in keeping the cooler cool. I also had grilled Chicken. cherry tomatos, apples, measured out protein shakes, I brought my own coffee creamer and almond milk. I also had measured out Cashews and Lentil Chips.
My main foods were Salads in a Jar.

I made a couple of mistakes… first off I did not put the snacks in my back pack, sometimes during the convention things got hectic and I wasn’t able to get back to the room and grab a bite. Also I did not get enough water, even thou I had my water bottle with me.

Also I definitely would pack more chicken.

But other then that I did well, I got a lot of walking done and I didn’t bring much food home. All in all it was a very successful weekend.

This was all the food I packed, pre packed. 
Breakfast was egg casserole with a protein shake
My awesome picture with Jared.

Saturday Musings on the past week…

This past week has been a bit rough.

I wasn’t feeling so well on Thursday and Friday. I had a night mare on Thursday that I woke up from and I could not shake it and then in the afternoon I started to feel like I was getting sick, headache, runny nose and cold. I could not get my body temp right. I am wondering if it has something to do with my body getting enough Vitamin D now. As I was diagnosed to have Vitamin D deficiency.
I also noticed this is Week 3 now since I am taking it and I started to have dreams again and remembering them. Which is sometimes really cool, sometimes not so much.
So Thursday was also the day my legs told me that they would appreciate it, if we were not to workout. So I did a rest day. I also was in bed by 8:30pm.

Friday I woke up feeling better but still not 100%, but I made myself go for a walk once it was warmer and that turned into my regular 5K walk and I beat my best time as well I got it done in 57minutes.
The rest of the day wen’t well.  Well ok I am lying I got on the scale in the morning and was not happy as I was at 266.2 I still had lost half a lb from the previous week. But instead of eating my weight in chocolate I went for that walk.
Then last night we had family for Dinner and I was content and happy.

Today my husband got up at the crack of dawn and ran a 15K, yes he is a runner and is running his first half marathon next weekend and I am very proud of him, but I got woken up and could not get back to sleep. But I decided to stay in bed anyways. Well I was futzing around to late to go to the Combat class at the gym. So I decided to workout in our driveway and modify the workout my trainer gave me to fit the equipment I have here at the house. It was not easy.

Then after that I got to do what I love the most, is hanging out with my husband and run errands with no kids. It’s my favorite thing. And I got a new pair of Cross Trainer Shoes, I didn’t know Under Armour makes shoes, but I tried them on, they fit like a glove and came home with me. I did have to buy a size 9, cause the 8.5 were to small. But I got them.

Then for Dinner we were supposed to have Chicken Gyros, well I forgot to take the chicken out of the feezer, so we had Sirloin Tip Steak and I made a killer creamy mushroom sauce to go with it.Gluten Free and Dairy Free.

I hope this coming week will be a bit better. I am really happy with this Journey so far and in two week I get to Hug Jared Padalecki 😀 cause my wonderful husband got me a Photo Op for Valentine’s Day. How awesome is that?

Here is to a better week.

12 weeks ago…

I started this Journey with a guy named Gabriel from Holyfit.

He was recommended to me by a friend of mine who had an awesome tranformation.

When I signed up with Gabriel he said, the only thing I ask, is that you give me 12weeks.
So here we are 12 weeks later.

I started this journey on November 1st at 281lb. I was at my highest in August of 2015 at 285lb. So this morning I got on the scale and it told me that I weighed 255.2lb. I thought I was dreaming. that meant I had lost 26lb. since November. I also lost a total of 18″ over all and 6″ alone around my umbilicus. I dropped my body fat by 5% (it’s still way to high, but hey)

So yes, I can only recommend this amazing man, he ignited the passion for health and fitness in me again and I am every greatful for it and I will keep training with him till I hit my goal of 180lb. and maybe go even farther.

Thank you Gabriel.

I also wanna thank my husband for his continued support and also for getting healhty with me. I also thank my kids for being my Cheer team, I love you very much.
And thank you to all of my family and friends that keep encouraging me.

Let’s see what the next 12 weeks bring. <3

Keep lifting

Claudia

Peanutbutter Protein Pancakes

This makes Approx. 6 Pancakes, I ate them all for lunch yesterday.

Ingredients:
2 eggwhites or the equivalent of liquid eggwhites beaten stiff
2 tbsp PB2 prepared
1 scoop of Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder ( love this protein, it’s Vegan and it’s low calorie and low sugar)
1/2 cup of Oatmeal grind to make flour
1/2 cup of fresh Blueberries

Beat the eggwhites to a stiff foam then add all the other ingredients and very gently mix and then cook like pancakes.

I use So Delicious cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt instead of butter and Syrup now. And it is really good.

Nutrition:
388 Calories, 6g fat, 45g Carbs, 10g sugar, 40g protein

The Scale is not always you best bet…

So I have been thinking a bit today… I know that is dangerous, but I have seen so many things online and I have been approached on Instagram a couple of times now to become a Beachbody Coach, or a rep for this or a rep for that.

I don’t have any interest in that. I believe in my own success, because of my wonderful Trainer Gabriel from Holyfit in Austin. My great clean nutrition, which I believe is at least 80% of you success in your journey to a healthier you and of course the support of my friends and family.

Everybody is different, my metabolism is different from everybody else, so cookie cutter training and nutrition is not going to cut it. It took me just about 3 months to actually get to where I can drink 12 glasses of water a day. I eat between 1200-1500 calories a day, I try to hit my Macros, but I am still working on that. I don’t eat complex carbs ( fruits, pasta, grains) after 3pm. I don’t eat gluten or dairy. I kind of call myself a Carnivorous Vegan, yeah I know it’s an Oxymoron, but it’s pretty much what it is.
Also I work out a minimum of 5 days a week for at least 60mins. Actually this Monday I started to add 20mins of cardio after my workouts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. My goal is to burn 500 minimum with each workout.

Just a little reminder, one lb. of fat has 3500 calories so if I wanna loose 2lb a week, I need to have a deficit of 7000calories each week. Which makes it 1000 calories a day. Sometimes I hit that sometimes I don’t, but the scale is not my enemy anymore. Yes I am down 23lb. Since November 1st.  But that is not what I measure my success on. My bodyfat went from 41.6% down to 35.9%. I lost almost 18″ all over (45cm) and 6″ of those are around my Umbilicus (belly button) alone. I am also down TWO pant sizes and XL T-Shirts fit comfortably again.

So yes the pounds on the scale are dwindling, but it’s not just that what makes my Journey.

So I really say take pictures, measure yourself and you be surprised…

And by the way a lb. of FAT weighs the same as a lb. of MUSCLE *WINK