Dictionary: the Only Place Where Success Comes Before Work- My Transformation Thread
For those of you who don't read the new members forum, here's a background on myself.
I am joining the 10th transformation contest in hopes of getting in much better shape. A little about me: I am a full time paramedic (read this as: someone with no chance for a sleep schedule at all, especially not one that grants more than 6 hrs sleep/night!); I work full time in a local county here on the ambulance and I also work part time in a local Emergency Room (that just so happens to be one of the biggest in the State, so also very busy). I work a strange 12-hour day schedule at my full time job and I work nights at my part time job when I have a few back-to-back days off. I'm also going to school to finish up some things to apply to nursing school in the future (searching for a better long term schedule!)
In my free time (ha!) I play with my very very active 3 year old lab-mix named Lance (he'd give Bally the dog a run for his money in the 6-pack ab department ) and I also own a horse that I ride competitively.
I started putting on weight about 4 years ago when I went into this profession full time; before I worked so far away, I was able to ride my horse every day and I was also eating as a vegetarian for some food allergy reasons. Take those two things away, and I have added 40 pounds to my normal 110 to 115 -pound figure. So, I'm looking to lose around 40 pounds; but more importantly I want to feel better! I have no energy, I'm constantly tired, and I have a hard time carrying patients around (which is a big part of my job).
I have tried other workouts, specifically those created by a personal trainer and by the program I get for free at my gym; these were cardio intensive and led me to some plantar fasciitis problems. I've also had some problems from a horseback riding injury from 8 years ago, so I'm hoping to strengthen my core and alleviate some of the hip pain I experience on a regular basis. I'm sooo ready to say no to long boring cardio!
Here's to a healthier me!! I started my workouts (beginner just to be safe) and took my before photos yesterday. I'm looking forward to what lies ahead!
Bust: 40 inches
Ribcage: 33 inches
Waist (navel): 34 inches
Waist (widest): 36 inches
Hips: 41 inches
Right Thigh: 26 inches
Left Thigh: 25.5 inches
Right Arm: 12 inches
Left Arm: 12 inches
Workouts: I am starting out with TT for beginners, will follow that with the Intermediate workout, but I am debating whether or not I want to do the original TT advanced last or do another workout.
Challenges: I will be on vacation out of the country for a week during week 10 of this contest for me. (So, for at least that week, I will probably need to do the TT hotel room workouts or bodyweight cardio workouts).... I'm also looking at this as a positive too, because I will have a great body to show off by then!!
My day to day schedule is very challenging as far as eating as scheduled goes. We often get calls that keep us out of the building for 4 hours at a time. The plan is to try to pick snacks that don't need to be refridgerated that I can carry in the medic unit with me. Also trying to keep my meals simple so that they take minimal time to prep/eat for the same reasoning.
Diet: Following whole, natural, unprocessed one ingredient foods diet; lots of vegetables and fruits on top of what I normally eat. It'll be hard to give up the fast food that I am so used to on our busy days with no food for hours on end, but I'm committed.
My Fitday food log: http://fitday.com/fitness/PublicJour...?Owner=bvfr333
I think that about covers it for now. Sorry for the long post