I’m Counting It.


Proverbs 31:15 She rises when it is yet night time.

I’m up, no one else is and it’s still pretty dark outside.

I’m totally counting it.

Armed & Dangerous–Day 1

Half the fun of working out is getting to see the before & after pictures.  I started a program in June of last year and have seen some amazing results, as is noted in the photo below.  Also, this is my first attempt using PhotoShop–not so bad, eh?


I’ll post more about my transformation from the girl on the left who had to pray the zipper on that dress closed to the girl rocking the skinny jeans on the right some other time.  I lost 40 pounds, and that’s awesome, but it’s a story for another day.

Since the whole point of this “her arms are strong” activity is to see results and make changes, we’re going to need a baseline to make a comparison, so without further ado……

From the front.

From the side.

According to what I read when I was picking out the program, “Armed & Dangerous” focuses on the upper body and core.  I completed my first workout yesterday.  Keep in mind, I said “focus on the upper body and the core.”

My legs are SO SORE.  It had me doing lunges and some other leg work in addition to planks (which I hate–seriously, who thought up planks?!), and some early kick-boxing moves.  I’m really, really bad at the kick-boxing.  Maybe if you’re really nice to me, I’ll post a video of just how bad I am.  I’d need some convincing, though :).

This morning I got up and ran on my elliptical machine (which, by the way, I cannot spelling “elliptical” every time you see it, know that I’ve spelled it wrong and had to right-click on it to get the correct spelling, which is more of a hassle than it sounds because I’m typing on a MacBook Pro and there is no right click). Tomorrow will be my first day of getting up early to be “Armed & Dangerous,” so we’ll see how that goes. If all goes right, I should be finished with all three of my goals (Proverbs 31 verses 17, 15 & 22) before 7 am tomorrow morning.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Goals–January 2012

My first goal for January 2012 comes from Proverbs 31 verse 17:

She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

To accomplish this goal, I have started the 8 week “Armed & Dangerous” program on our Biggest Loser Game (game? that can’t be right) on X-Box Kinect.  I love this program for a lot of reasons.  First, using the Kinect is literally like employing a personal trainer.  It can see you and encourage you to move faster, pull your body into the appropriate position, track your reps, etc.  Second, it designs the program for you based on how many times per week you want to exercise.

I’ve been running on my elliptical machine  for forty minutes two times per week consistently last semester while watching Ugly Betty  and this is a habit that I truly enjoy.  I plan to continue doing this on Monday and Friday mornings like I have been, but will be adding the “Armed & Dangerous” 20 minute program Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to meet another Proverbs 31 goal from verse 15:

She rises when it is yet night.

Which is not one I’m looking forward to.  I’m a classic sleeper-iner.  I love, love, love to stay up late (like really late) and sleep late.  I’ve trained my babies to be the same way.  Case-in-point: all three of us have slept until 10 whenever possible this Christmas Break.  Accomplishing this goal is really easy this time of year because it’s basically night all day (okay, maybe just from like 4:30 pm to 8 am), but I’m taking it a step further accomodate the additional “Armed & Dangerous” workouts.  I will definitely be revisiting this goal in the summer when it will truly be a challenge for me.  Right now, if I’m being honest, it’s kind of a one-off.

My third goal for January comes from Proverbs 31 verse 22:

She makes bed coverings for herself….

This is where the whole “modern twist” comes in–a couple of years ago, Matt and I a really pretty comforter set which has been on the floor of our bedroom ever since.  I’ve probably fully “made” our bed (not just pulled up the down comforter) 10 times in the last 2 years.  This is after a lifetime of being a diligent bed-maker at the request of my mother.  Since we’ve been married, I’ve done a terrible job with this, so my third goal for January is to make my bed all the way to the pillows 5 days a week.  Why 5 days a week? Because 2 days a week, my worship pastor husband is still in there when I leave for work :).

So, those are my goals for January.  I’ll be posting updates through out the month, so be sure to check back and hold me accountable!