Thursday, March 7, 2013

Week 1 Results

Week 1 is officially complete!
So, I'm sure you're wondering what my results are! I'll tell you. I have been maintaining 117lbs for a LONG time. I went down to 110, then slowly added muscle over the past year and a half. I have a scale that does a body scan to tell me how much fat, water, muscle, and bone percentage I have. It's an incredible tool to help me really see what my results are when I can't see them in the mirror or by a simple number on the scale.

Today I stepped on the scale, and to my surprise, I am down 2lbs! Not only that, but I lost 0.7% body fat, too! I'm extremely happy with those results. It's very difficult for me to lose any weight at this point, and God knows I've tried to get my body fat to go down for a while now, but this is the only thing that's worked!

I'm also still running in addition to Bob's program. As you all know, I love running, and I just can't give it up. I do Bob's daily workout, and then I hit the treadmill. Yesterday I ran twice, once after my Bob workout and again later in the morning with my toddler. We went on a run with my new jogging stroller! We tested it out and found this park about 1 mile from my house. Total, I ran almost 3 miles with the stroller yesterday, up and down major hills, in addition to the 1.5 mile run on the treadmill. My legs are just jello today!

He was having a little too much fun making faces! We had a lot of fun together at the park, and talked about things we saw along the way.

Once we got to the park, Jake ran around and played while I got in some extra lunges, squats, and pushups. You really can workout with kids around, if you are dedicated and creative enough. I know what some of you are saying to the computer screen right now..."But HarperGirl, you haven't met my crazy children! There is just no way..." Trust me. My boys are insane. They are all-boy, play in the mud, throw a screaming fit, power ranger impersonator, boys. If I can do it, you can do it. Just try it! Now that they are getting bigger, my toddler likes to try "Bob moves" <--his words with me when I workout. When he was smaller, I put him in the baby bouncer or jumperoo, or waited until nap time to workout. I.MADE.IT.WORK.

If you'd like to join this program, you can do it with just a few clicks of the mouse!
Head on over here ----CLICK ME----- and sign up today! My user name is, duh, HarperGirl.

Stay Strong


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Biggest Loser

Being HarperGirl, I am obviously obsessed with Bob Harper. I watch the Biggest Loser every week and people ask me all the time what I thought of the episodes. Does anyone else think that this might be Dolvette's last season? I never see much of him this season....This week was makeover week, and the nostalgia was so thick in the air for me that it was tangible. They got to have complete head-to-toe makeovers, which is amazing, and surprised their families after 10 weeks on the Ranch!

In April 2011, I had "that moment" in the dressing room. I still remember it. I was in a upscale secondhand store, Plato's Closet, with my mother who was visiting us in North Carolina before our big move to Japan. I needed to get clothes to take with me for this massive trip overseas, because lets face it; no one wants to shop at the BX for clothes. I had dropped so much weight, but I was afraid every time I went to try on something the next size down. I was afraid of that huge let down! The dressing room had never, ever been a friend of mine. When you're a size 20, squeezing into 18's, the dressing room becomes this horrible, frightening place of shame and regret.

            --My mom and I on that trip--
I was wearing a six 6 at that time, but I just wanted to try a 4 just to see how much work I had ahead of me. My mom grabbed a pair of Anne Taylor's with the tags still on them and I took them from her. I stared at them for a few minutes. I thought to myself "you know, this could crush your spirit and ruin your entire day if they don't fit", but I pushed it to the back of my mind. It would either be the best day of my entire year, or it would be a reminder that I had more work to do. I slipped them on, and they actually fit. I was jumping up and down! I was screaming! I could hear my mother outside the dressing room door to the sales people "it's okay, she just lost 100lbs and this is her moment!". I cried. My mom doesn't know that, but I cried in that tiny dressing room. I have never been that small, even in my teen years. I surpassed my lowest point in my entire adolescent years. It's something that I'll never forget.

Not only did I get the clothes, but I had my long hair chopped off and I went from brunette to blond. I had my own version of makeover week! My mom and I went to the spa, had was awesome.

So yes, makeover week is a BIG deal to the contestants. It's that point where you get to reinvent yourselves. I got to decide how I would look. I didn't have to pick out clothes from the Plus-Size section. I didn't have to find clothes that hid more of the fat I didn't want people to see. I got to wear clothes that showed off the nice hips I have. I got to style myself. I loved that shopping trip with my mom.

It was nice remembering that time today. It made me wish I could click my heels three times and be back home. It's been almost 2 years since I was in the United States. Sigh.

Stay Strong.

PS-I'll be posting week 1 results on Bob's new program. And yes, I DO have results already!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

New Running Playlist

I love running, if I haven't stated that before. There is something absolutely peaceful about being on the road, the wind in my face, and my mind clear. On the weekends I get to run outside on this beautiful island. The natural hills make a perfect running path for me. I zone out to the music in my ears and I just go. I don't think, I don't argue with myself, I just go.

I bought this T-shirt today :)

I get asked probably several times a week what music I like to run to. I switch up my playlist often, but here are my current favs:

1. Good Morning-Mandisa
2. Put Your Graffiti On Me- Kat Graham
3. Wanna Say- Kat Graham
4. CrushCrushCrush-Paramore
5. Catch My Breath-Kelly Clarkson
6. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together-Taylor Swift
7. Scream-Usher
8. So What-P!nk
9. Live While We're Young-One Direction
10. One Thing-One Direction
11. You Need Me, I Don't Need You-Ed Sheeran
12. Decoy-Paramore
13. Ho Hey-Lumineers
14. Little Bird-Ed Sheeran

Like my previous play lists, there is a little bit of everything in there. I love a wide variety of music, and right now these songs have really motivated me and help me keep pace on the treadmill and outside.

Have a wonderful day, everyone! Get outside and RUN!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Updates & New Program

It's been a while since I really sat down and wrote on my blog. I've been trying hard to find a balance between work, fitness, and family. I'm not going to lie, it's hard. I am a perfectionist, and I like to give 100% to everything that I do. I've been trying extremely hard to get a schedule that works for my family, but that allows me to have time to workout, spend time with my family, clean, and work in my shop.

I still get up at 4:45am to workout. That is something that I have to do. There is no way around getting up that early. My mind screams at me that early "are you KIDDING ME?!" but there's just no other way to get it done. Once I get out of my bed though, I'm all set. It's just the act of putting my feet on the floor...and not being tempted to look at Facebook on my phone in an attempt to stall.

I've had some stress in my life recently, but it's really fueled my workouts. I did something amazing a couple of weeks ago. I was really just stressed and I threw it into my run for the day. I took all that anger, all that stress, all the feelings I had and I used them.

I ran a 7:39 mile.

I normally run around a 9-10 minute mile, but recently I've gotten much faster. The past month I've been running about an 8 minute mile. Ever since that day, I realized that I could do it. If I really pushed myself, I could run that. I could let my body do amazing things.

I've been running more and more lately, and recently I ran this very scary hill that is beside my neighborhood. It's absolutely terrifying when you think about running it uphill. It's this thing I've wanted to do since we arrived here, but I've just chickened out every time. So last weekend I took it on head-first and just DID it. I ran by Marines on base who were jogging down it, and I smiled. I ran 2.5 miles before coming to the base of it. I stopped and looked up. I wanted to turn back and go the long way home, but I knew that I could handle it, and I did. I ran this hill from bottom to top without stopping once. Standing at the top looking down was absolutely empowering, and all I could think was "I did that".

<--Me, mid run a few weeks ago. I look like a mess,'s real.

Running and Crossfit. It's my fitness life. I absolutely love it. I changed my kettle bell recently as well and went up in weight with it. Changing up the weight really added a new dynamic to my workouts. Just ask my glutes.

So I cannot contain my excitement at all over this. I just can't.

Bob started a new 8-week program today on his site, that is ---> CLICK HERE

A pre-summer program to help kick our booty's back into shape just in time to get out the beach attire!

I have the type of personality that adores structure and routine, so this new system Bob has is right up my alley! It's 8 weeks full of workouts and he posts 1 week at a time, complete with a worksheet to organize your workouts. I did the first workout this morning (and I won't lie, I still ran 1.5 miles before I dove into the workout), and it was a 10 minute Crossfit AMRAP (as many reps/rounds as possible). It was killer!!! My arms and legs hurt still. I'll be a pile of mush in the morning, and I'll get up and do it all over again.

I also recently purchased a jogging stroller for my youngest so I can go run out during the day with him, too. I might be addicted to running.

Until next time,

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