Category: Exercise

PF105 two part Large LogoWhy hello there my lovelies 🙂 I am in fact, contrary to popular belief, alive and kicking – my job is just super demanding, and I haven’t had much time to even think as of recently, with my new exercise regiment.  ^^;; I’ve joined the gym near where I live – surprise surprise, it’s  a Planet Fitness (seriously, those things are creeping up everywhere – they’re like cockroaches xD)

Ok ok – hold on a second.

Let me back up and explain how this phenomena occurred with even more shocking news.

I have a Personal Trainer.

Spoiler Alert: I’ve been working with him for about 6 weeks. xD

Anyway; we are revisiting a table from last year – after the move to NYC and everything, I’ve decided to get back on the exercising/weight loss bandwagon.  I actually started at a higher weight than I’ve ever been before – 220lbs – because I gained a good deal of weight when I was in a pretty bad (and by bad I mostly mean depressing) situation, in which I became sedentary and had horrendous eating habits, such as eating whole boxes of twinkies while driving to work.

I was in a bad place, but I’m out of it now, and pretty adjusted to living on my own, so now I’m trying to get back to the healthy and such.  I lost a bit of weight since moving here because I walk around more – I got down to about 188lbs or so before it evened out; 32lbs from basically doing nothing but getting out of a depressing situation is pretty good huh? :] But not enough for me – that was when I decided I wanted to go back to trying to lose more weight.

There wasn’t enough room in my apartment when I tried doing TapOut again, so I’ve had to resort to going to a gym to get myself in shape.  And, I am REALLY bad at motivating myself to leave home to go to a different place to work out.  So I decided to invest in a personal trainer for 4 months to start me off on the right foot.

If anyone’s interested, I can post my total results – the first month was less than impressive; I actually ended up gaining weight (a whole 6lbs I think), but my BMI decreased, so clearly it was muscle weight.

Anyway; at the beginning of month 2 (week 5), I was 194lbs.  That’s when I joined Planet Fitness, in order to do cardio to start cutting weight – I try to get to the gym every day after work, but sometimes it only happens 2x/week.  However, I work out with Suli (my trainer) 3x/week, so it evens out to about 5days of exercise/week at minimum.

As promised, I’m revisiting a chart from last year I made when I was optimistic about exercise and such, before my life jumped off of a cliff.  Survived the fall, nearly drowned, and managed to paddle towards shore.  I haven’t quite made it to solid ground yet, but I’m working on it ^^;;

Desired Goal Reward for Meeting
Weight = 175lbs Gloves/Weapon(s) for Pirate costume
Weight = 160lbs New Exercise/Workout Clothes
Weight = 145lbs Supernatural Devil’s Snare Tattoo
Weight = 125lbs 1 week travel vacation! (Idk where yet xD)
Waist = 28″ OR BMI = 20-25 New Corset and/or Steam Punk Clothes
Personal Training 3x/wk 4mo Mini Dishwasher
Cardio at least 2x/week 1mo Admission/Plans for the Steam Punk World’s Fair
Cardio at least 2x/week 2mo New Bras/Underwear
Cardio at least 2x/week 3mo Light Box
Keep Food Diary Every Day for 1mo Admission/Plans for another Convention next year?

Hopefully this works out; it’s slightly less ambitious than the year’s worth of planning I did in the first post this table appeared in. ^^;; I tend to get obsessive about new, exciting ideas.

Tell me if anyone is interested in my workout progress as far as personal training and such, or if you want to know where I go, or anything like that.

And as always, remember, there’s no use boiling your cabbage twice!

– Cabbage


So … Juice day 3.  Spoiler Alert: Hasn’t gone well so far.

Not for lack of trying just for … well, lack of sleeping, actually ^^;;

I was out late last night, (and, confession – I ate pasta and sauce, but a friend invited me over for dinner and her father is a chef, so I wasn’t turning that down for any reason … ^^; ) and I didn’t get home until late, so I didn’t go to bed until stupidly late … And suffice to say that my cell phone, that was right next to my head, didn’t wake me up.  I didn’t wake up at the 4:30 alarm, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, or 5:30 … The alarm that did wake me up is the alarm clock I set for 7:00 as a warning to get out of the shower and get dressed  so I can make breakfast and go to work.


2841188803Needless to say that TapouT, a Shower, and Breakfast?  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I didn’t do any of those things – I didn’t eat breakfast until I got to work and ate the soup that I was supposed to eat for lunch 2 days ago.  (Don’t freak out – it was still packaged and everything.  It’s just in a waxed cardboard-type box package that you buy at the store; look to the right and you’ll see what’s been sitting on my desk).  And, word to the wise, though this one wasn’t my fault, even though the soup on the package looks like complete liquid, there actually were discernible chunks of red pepper in it.  At least I’m pretty sure it was red pepper; it didn’t seem like the same consistency as cooked tomatoes.

But either way, this wasn’t TOTALLY liquid … So you basically have to pick around the lumps, which there weren’t many, if you really want to … I didn’t, I just ate them mostly because I was nearly falling asleep in said soup, and I didn’t have the motivation to do much about it.

Ozeri ScaleAnyway; so now, I haven’t had any juice, and I haven’t done TapouT … So what now?  Pretty short blog post, huh?  Well, I did get another awesome thing today, which is exciting.  You will see it to the left.  It is an Ozeri Touch 440 lb Digital Bath Scale.  Which I am definitely stoked about, because previous to this, I did in fact not have a scale … And, this one is all fancy and calculates BMI and Hydration and … Well, whatever, it was on sale when I bought it and it does all sorts of fun things that I can play with.

So right;  I’ll keep you posted about that, because I’m sure it’ll at least be fun to play with, and the video for all of this is still up and coming due to my late night yesterday … But it’ll be here soon!  I promise! ^^;;  Probably tonight – keep an eye on my channel,

In the meantime, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

So … I didn’t get around to TapouT yesterday night (Monday), so I actually did the first day this morning.  And funny story; I haven’t done TapouT in almost a full year, but when I was working out … strangely – I needed the next resistance band up from the standard one that came with the original TapouT.  If you saw my video on TapouT (and if you didn’t you should definitely check it out here then you know that I bought some resistance bands for $5 from Five Below when I first started doing TapouT.  They were a lot cheaper than the official ones, and if they served their purpose great, and if they didn’t, well it was less than $20 into a wasted experiment.

Mmm ... 36 Drops of Chlorophyll ...

Mmm … 36 Drops of Chlorophyll …

Well, interestingly, because they were cheaper, they are shorter than the TapOut band – and they are made of stiffer, less bendable rubber.  Which means they are not as good quality – but it also means that as an accidental effect, they actually give more resistance … Like, a lot more resistance than the TapouT band I have.  Which is awesome for my purposes … So, in short, I started off with the red band that I purchased from Five Below because with the red TapouT band I literally felt like I was using nothing.

So, for that I felt cool.

Now; for things that are less cool.

We’ll start with my apartment.  And the fact that there really is no good open space to do this workout.  I was constantly rolling back and forth and kicking my plant and my coffee table, as well as hitting my face and shins on various desk legs and TV trays … So there was that.  I have to figure out better placement of thing, which is going to mean moving my desk around I think and getting rid of said TV tray and maybe … ick I dunno, but it’ll take some thought.  Another problem I realized?  Well, my heat is included in my rent.  Which is just dandy because my landlord keeps the temperature at a hellish level (literally there are times I feel like I am boiling in oil while sitting on my couch).  And that’s awesome in the winter when it’s 3 degrees outside, which it currently is some such ludicrous temperature, but … When you’re working out, not so awesome.  Went through 2 bottles of water this morning while working out and that was just taking breaks and stuff.  I chugged like, a lot of my juice when I first made it too.

Which brings me to another not so cool thing.  My juice concoction for today.  Because I learned a valuable lesson today – either have a SUPER high powered juicer than can handle broccoli, or strain it after you make it, because there are little tiny broccoli bud pieces all over this juice … To the point that I couldn’t finish it for today; I had to pour out the last few ounces or so. : /  If you look to the right, you will see what I put in today – and this is all of it xD  No last minute additions here.

0107140735Today we have:

– Half a head of Kale
– 1 Fuji Apple
– 1 Bosc Pear
– 1-1/2″ Ginger Root
– 1/2 Lemon
– 1 Cucumber
– 1 Broccoli Crown
– 1 bag of baby carrots
– 36 drops Chlorophyl
– 1/2c or so of water

And it actually tasted pretty good … But the texture was so frothy and bumpy that I couldn’t do it.  I’m not usually all about texture – I can stomach a lot of things, but … this was asking a little too much today.  I drank most of it – probably like 28-30 of the 32oz I had to drink, but … Ick.  So, lesson learned – if you are juicing broccoli, make sure you have a high powered juicer that will grind it up really fine, or else head over to your utensils drawer, get a strainer and go to town.  Maybe some cheesecloth if you are really fancy or well prepared in the kitchen area.  I’m not, but maybe you are. ^^;;

0107140745And again, there were pretty colors; this time they layered when I juiced them which was kind of cool.  Yesterday they just sort of mixed up together, and that was that.  This was just the fruit and carrots at this point, the kale and cucumber and stuff was afterwards but .. yeah – weird stripe-age.  Anyways.  So, what have I learned so far for juicing for a day?

Well, the stories were true; SO MUCH CRAVING FOR SOLID FOOD.  I was heating up the tomato soup I had to make for dinner last night, and I was like, OMG I WANT CRACKERS.  OR BREAD.  OR SOMETHING WITH THIS. GAAAHHH.  It was terrible. ^^;; But, I did manage to persevere after much persevering, and managed to sit down in front of my computer and just do my WoW dailies quietly without solid food.  I also indulged in a Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai tea with soy, which while not hot and delicious like the version I get from Starbucks (which I refuse to purchase when in the city because holy crap that price), still delicious and gave me a little extra protein and a few more calories to cram in my gullet so that I at least made my 1200 calorie intake.  Actually I hit 1300 but who’s counting? xD  Speaking of which, let’s figure out the calories for today so far, shall we?  There will probably be less because I forewent the grapes, but you never know …

Produce Amount Caloric Value
1 Fuji Apple 80 Calories
1 Bosc Pear 100 Calories
1-1/2″ Ginger Root 20 Calories
1 Cucumber 46 Calories
1/2 Lemon 15 calories
Kale 70 Calories
Broccoli Crown 75 Calories
Baby Carrots 175 Calories
Chlorophyll 15 Calories
Total: 596 Calories

Aand … well, not too bad, but missing that punch that the red grapes gave it yesterday for sure xD It’s almost 300 calories less, but that’s ok – still in an acceptable range, especially because I had another one of those delicious Vanilla Chai tea drinks, and they’re like, 300 calories a pop or something so … We’re good for the moment. I’ve still got at least one meal to eat and 5 hours before bed, so I’m sure I’ll manage another 300 calories or so by then.

That’s all for this update.  I’ll be back tomorrow after more TapouT with a new juice experiment.  Without broccoli.  Or, if with broccoli, then I’ll let you know how straining the juice goes.

Until next time, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice. :]

Insanity is …

… Insane, Insipid, Intolerable, Infuriating, Isochronous, Iterant, Incessant, Interminable …

Take your pick; there are a lot of adjectives. Also I like alliteration xD


So, let’s talk about this workout. I’m going to keep it short, sweet, and, simple; I packaged it up to return it today, because I decided it was a waste of money.  Now, let me explain my decision.

Three weeks ago, I ordered Insanity, and it got to me in about 5 days, which was great. I opened it up and was really excited for it. In fact, I filmed a YouTube video that I’m still editing as an introduction to the Insanity series that I’m not going to be able to complete.  For the past two weeks, I have been doing these workouts faithfully every day, and honestly, I’m not impressed. 

They’re hard – make no mistake, I’ve yet to get through more than the first half hour of any given without. But, I expected it to be hard; that’s not one of the problems I have.  There are two problems; first off, I can only do half the without, and what I do do is very strenuous and makes me hurt for several days after the fact. I stopped last Saturday and it’s Tuesday and I still feel like I pulled all of the muscles in my body …

I expected this to be intense, but I’m not into pain. I don’t like hurting when I wake up in the morning and dreading getting up. I don’t like that burning, coughing feeling in my throat and lungs I get during and after the workouts. Also, I drink as much water as I’m supposed to, and yet I cramp up like I never have before, even when doing other intense workouts like TapOut. So, basically this workout regiment isn’t compatible with me; admittedly I lost almost eight pounds in 10 days or so, but a s I’ve said before that’s really not healthy …

Anyway, the other thing I am bothered by is the fact that I bought the deluxe edition, which requires three payments of $80 plus tax and shipping, but so far, it feels like I’m doing the same Cardio-intensive work out over and over again.  If I’m going to spend upwards of $200 on something, I want variety in how I beat myself up every day.  I mean, it’s different moves, but it’s the same tempo, same pattern of going hard for a long time, rest and check your heart rate, go harder for a longer time, rest less and check your heart rate, etc. I don’t know – I just feel like I should be getting more for my money.

So, I basically decided that I could get a similar Cardio workout at my local gym, which I already pay a membership for anyway, and I won’t feel like

A) I’m dying everyday and

B) I’m not accomplishing anything

Because, honestly, you try doing a workout every single day and never bring able to do more than half of it or so. It’s discouraging.

I will say that if you like Cardio and already have good endurance, this workout is for you.  It’s just not doing it for me, even with the results I got in the first two weeks, which were impressive.  People told me that if I wanted to loose weight, do Insanity. They were definitely right, but unfortunately the ends just don’t justify the means for me.

I am going to get myself the two week goal reward for Insanity, since I did do that, and really, this works out well – Insanity was supposed to be the two month reward for TapOut, but I only did about a month and two weeks of it before I got sick and stopped. I night the next workout to continue working out on schedule, and now I’m not keeping Insanity.  ^^;;

I’ll rework my rewards system a little to reflect this choice, but otherwise I’ll finish off the next month just going to the gym and doing Cardio and maybe taking a class or something. ^^;;

Alright – until next time!


So – guess where I’ve been …? Yeah. Sick. I was sick for a good week or so – I actually missed work, which never happens! (I don’t have much sick time, so it’s very precious to me xD) However, because of this … I stopped exercising, somewhere around the middle of TapOut month 2. I’ve missed … probably 2 weeks or so so far – I’m planning on getting back on track over this weekend … And so, of course, I forfeit my Month 2 reward for doing TapOut … The only problem is, I’ve run into a snag – the reward for Mo.2 is my next workout (Insanity). So, if I don’t get it, I won’t be able to continue my workout schedule. And so, at first my solution was to say, ‘well, it’s not my fault I got sick, so it doesn’t count.’ But that’s dumb – all the rewards I came up with are things I really want, so if I start rationalizing when I don’t exercise, that defeats the purpose. So, the solution I came up with is that I’ll get Insanity, but even though I plan on doing the last month of TapOut, I forfeit my reward for completing it. Which I really didn’t want to do, because I REALLY want braces, (I actually have since I was a tween-ager), but … If I don’t tell myself no, then there is no consequence for not exercising. And if the consequence doesn’t suck, then it’s not a very good incentive program, is it? ^^;;; However, I have been getting to the gym once a week for at least an hour to bike, so … I got my sneakers for my one month going to the gym goal! 😀 They’re orange and black Nikes – sand anyone who knows me won’t be surprised by this fact … But it wasn’t because of the color, I swear! They were honestly the most comfortable shoes I tried on, and I probably tried on a dozen pairs. xD These were the first ones I tried on, and I admit it was because of the color but … The shoes did the talking, and 10-12 pairs later, they still won out … I don’t have a picture right now, but I budgeted $100 for shoes and they were only $60 (I think) because we went to the outlet mall – so I also got a pair of exercise pants that were the exact same color as the sneakers – black with the same orange stripes down the sides – and two black sleeveless shirts. I also got a few more things, so I might put a haul video on my YouTube channel since my desktop had been repaired – I should be able to go back to making videos! :3 Until next time! -RaeynnBeau



So, in my last post, Scales Still Suck, I mentioned a protein shake that I’ve been using post-workout to try and combat the intense hunger I feel.  I wanted to expand on that, and explain why I bought the protein mix that I did, how I figured out how much I want/need to take after a work out, how much protein you’re supposed to have in a day to lose weight (which is not the same as how much you’re supposed to have if you’re not losing weight), how to absorb more protein more efficiently … Just a lot of things about protein in general.

Ready, set, go!

So, first off, I wanted to figure out how many grams of protein I was supposed to have in a day – and after a bit of research, I discovered that the recommended amount of protein is about .45g/lb you weigh.  And I was getting around that much every day just by eating what I normally eat, so I wasn’t sure if I should start drinking protein shakes or not, because I didn’t want to have some kind of protein OD.  However, I decided to look into maybe a higher protein shake recipe for afterwards at least, and stumbled across several informative sites that basically said that, while in your normal diet you want about .45g-.5g of protein per pound you weigh, if you are working out or exercising regularly and you are trying to cut (re: lose) weight, you should actually have about .9g of protein per pound you weigh.


Not only should you have about twice the protein, but as I mentioned before, if you’re feeling peckish after a workout, it’s probably because you burned all of your muscle’s stored sugar – which is good, because that means you definitely started burning at least some fat!  But is bad because now your muscles have nothing in reserve, and your body will basically demand they be fed in preparation for the next time you decide to go crazy and exercise for an  hour straight (which presumably will be the next day, but your muscles don’t need to know that!)  However, this the best time to stimulate the growth and production of new muscle tissue, and that would be through consumption of protein – in fact, you apparently should have .33g of protein per pound you weigh directly after a strenuous work out.

You should also have carbohydrates with your shake in order to maximize your protein intake – which, if you’re on a low carb diet probably won’t sit well with you, but I’m not so I was ok with this.  Most places suggested mixing dextrose with the protein shake.  And, once place I found also suggested mixing in a little cinnamon and honey, because there are studies that have suggested that those two things increase your body’s receptiveness to taking in protein.  Also they’re tasty.  xD

So, doing a little math, I figured out that, if I weigh 197lbs (which I did at the time I was doing this research project) I need:

197lbs x .45g protein = 89g protein/day to maintain weight while working out
197lbs x .9g of protein = 177g protein/day to cut weight while working out
197lbs x .33g protein = 65g protein directly after workout

Which is a lot different, and a lot more protein than I was getting.  I adjusted my diet somewhat, though I still don’t get 177g of protein every day – I get somewhere closer to between 100-120g.  But anyway, what about all this protein I’m supposed to get directly after my workout?  The answer was of course a protein shake!

Now, most places suggested this stuff here:

Arbonne Essentials

Arbonne Essentials

The Arbonne Essentials vanilla protein powder.  It’s got whey protein in it, which is the protein that stimulates muscle growth the most – you find it in most non-vegan protein powders.  And it is expensive, as most protein powders are, I came to find out.  That giant jug thing is $60 and has like, 25 servings in it … However, the big question is, how much protein is in a serving of that?  Answer: there are 20g of protein in 2 scoops according to the nutrition facts provided on the official website for the Arbonne product line.  Meaning there are about 10g/scoop or so, and if you recall, I need 65g of protein or so after each workout.

Which means I would need roughly three servings every time I work out.

Which means that that giant vat would literally last me about 8 days.

$60/week for protein powder?  Um – no thank you, I’ll pass.

However, I didn’t just quit looking at that point; I figure maybe I’ll splurge on that when I weigh less so I need less protein after my workouts.  In the meantime, I went to my local organic hippie store, since Whole Foods and places of that nature don’t exist where I live for the most part, and I found their protein/supplement section.  And I proceeded to read ALL of the labels, looking for one thing – which powder supplied the most protein for the least amount of product?

The one I eventually settled on is called Vegan Sport: Performance Protein

Vegan Sport Performance Protein

Vegan Sport Performance Protein

And it is for one simple reason that I chose this powder, even though a giant vat of it also cost me $60, so it doesn’t really seem like I’m ahead, does it?  xD Well, this protein powder, though it is not whey protein, which I really tried to find but they just did not have, has a serving size of one scoop.  Which I really appreciated because I don’t want to have to mix however many scoops I need with a gallon of water so that it’s not like trying to eat sand when I put it in my mouth.  However, even better than that … Well here – I’ll let you see for yourself.

Omg look at the amount of protein in 1 SCOOP!

Omg look at the amount of protein in 1 SCOOP!

Yeah … this stuff has more protein in one scoop than the Arbonne provides in 2 scoops … That is definitely a positive.  So, instead of having to use six scoops of protein powder, I only need to use two, and this vat says that there are roughly 24 servings inside.  Which means this vat should last me two weeks since I don’t exercise on Sundays.  EXCELLENT.  $30/week, while still a steep price, is a far cry from $60/week, tyvm.

Along with two scoops of powder into my water bottle, I also add a half a tsp of cinnamon and two tablespoons of honey, roughly.  And can I just tell you, with the vanilla shake mix, which is the one I bought, this combination is DELICIOUS.  I actually sort of look forward to the shake, even if it does have the consistency of roughly ground up chalk unless you constantly mix it.  Oh, and word to the wise?  Add a splash of water to your shake if you use this stuff before you take the last few sips – for some reason no matter how much you shake, it has these gritty particulates at the bottom and they are very hard to get down, I find … ^^;;

Now, as far as adding dextrose I didn’t get into all of that yet – I’m waiting until I can cut down a little on how much powder I use, because right now I have a 16oz water bottle, and for every scoop you’re supposed to add 8-12oz of water and mix.  So right now, I have a perfect bottle for making up my shake – I don’t want to add more powder to it because then I’ll have to add more liquid.  But if I can get down a little weight wise, I’ll get some of that dextrose stuff and see how it goes.

But until then, I am happy with my little shake mixture, and I’ll continue using it the way I am, because hey – it’s more protein directly after a workout than I was getting before! xD

Hopefully this was informative, and I’ll see you next time :]

❤ RaeynnBeau


So, I still haven’t posted my next video yet because yesterday was a fiasco and my computer is full of hatred … But hopefully it will calm the eff down and I’ll get it posted today. In the meantime, you get another post written on my phone. So sorry for any typos – autocorrect is a cruel mistress….

But I digress. This week … I gained 2 lbs. Which doesn’t make any sense to me, because I’m still working out, still eating 1200ish calories, still being “good”, as it were. And yet, last week I weighed in at 195.5, and this week, I’m 197.5 – I gained exactly 2lbs.

However, I have a hypothesis as to why this may have happened, and while it’s still discouraging, at least it means I’m not gaining fat.

So, if you read my regularly sporadic posts, you will know that after I exercise hard, I tend to get super hungry. Like, stomach growling, in pain hungry. Not the kind of hungry you can ignore, and not the “hungry” you think you get when you’re actually just bored.

Well, it got to the point that I wanted to know if that was healthy – or if I was doing something wrong. Because if it was a sign of like, overworking my muscles and I was going to pull something or worse, i decided I wanted to know.

Turns out that it’s actually perfectly normal. Apparently when you exercise, you burn the sugars your muscles have in storage, which makes sense. But, if you work really hard and burn all of the sugar, or most of it, of course your body will want to replace it as soon as possible, which is why I feel like I could eat an elephant after I finish working out. xD The other fun fact I found out was that you should have 1/3 of your daily protein intake directly after working out – protein of course promotes muscle growth.

But, more than that, the more muscle you have, the more fat you can actually burn, since it’s your muscles that, after they burn their stored sugar, start turning fat into fuel. So, the more muscles you have, the more fat you can get rid of. So, bearing this in mind, I got some mix for a vanilla protein shake that tastes like ground up chalk you mix with water … But I can stomach it and when I’m done drinking it, I’m not hungry anymore. So it seems as though all is well – I’m not hungry after working out, and I’m building more fat burning muscle.

Excellent deal, right?

Well, nothing comes without a price. Even the best deal.

And there’s no exception here – because muscle weighs more than fat. So, if I remove a pound of fat and replace it with muscle, it’s going to actually make me gain weight, since the same quantity of muscle is heavier than the fat I got rid of.

However, if that really is the reason I gained weight, then I’m actually ok with that. Because, even though the muscle is heavier, it also will make my body look slimmer and more toned, so it will look like I’m losing weight either way. So that’s that.

But, if my pictures next Sunday don’t look like there’s been improvement, I don’t know what I’m going to do … Die maybe D: No , I’m probably just start biking more often and stop eating into the calories I’ve burned for the dayas best I can … Even though I’ve been doing that for 3 weeks and I still lost weight for the first couple …

Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on this conundrum … And hopefully have the week 3 update ready tonight :3

Until next time!

Weight Loss Goals

Yay for Presents!

Yay for Presents!

Why hello there (again) :] I’m back – are you surprised? Yeah; I am too xD But I have stuff to say, and I haven’t been posting as often, so I wanted to get this up before I became un-motivated. Today I’m here to talk about weight loss goals/rewards in-depth. Yeah; you heard me. But Raeynn, you might say, you’ve already talked about this sort of carrot/rod tactic in an earlier post, which if you haven’t read you can view here. But anyway, yes I covered the basics …. But I realized in the video I made that talks about this topic, among others, I said that I had a goal that I was sort of meeting with a reward, and it was really vague, besides my excitement about the actual reward of course … So, I sat down today when I was probably supposed to be working, and I found a calendar … And planned out an exercise regiment of sorts using exercise programs that I have heard about online and on Television and etc. And then, I tried to set goals for myself – at first I wanted to set goals that had to do with my own weight loss, but then I decided that I didn’t like that idea; the amount of weight I lose isn’t a set in stone sort of thing – it’s very variable. So, if I don’t lose weight or something even when I am doing a workout faithfully, I wouldn’t get a reward of any kind. And I realized that that was a good way to DIS-courage myself. Not a smart thing to do. What I ended up doing was coming up with 20 goals that I want to meet; my main goals are weight loss/having a healthy BMI and waist size. Then, all of the other goals are rewards for doing workouts faithfully for certain periods of time, basically. I put all of them in the table below for easy reference:

Desired Goal Reward for Meeting
Weight = 186lbs Hair Growth Treatment System
Weight = 165lbs Supernatural Devil’s Snare Tattoo
Weight = 144lbs Perfumes: Dior Addict 2, Jasmin Noir, Viva La Juicy
Weight = 125lbs 1 week Vacation! (Idk where yet xD)
Waist = 29″ OR BMI = 20-25 New Corset!
Biking on Sundays for 1mo Good pair of sneakers for biking/exercise
Biking on Sundays for 3mo Contact Lenses
Biking on Sundays for 6mo Set of Hot Weather Under Armour
Biking on Sundays for 1yr
TapOUT XT: 10 Days Pink Ruffled Peacoat from Target
TapOUT XT: 1mo Gateway Notebook
TapOUT XT: 2mo New Workout: Insanity
Complete TapOUT XT Braces Consultation
Insanity: 2wk Workout DVDs: Brazilian Butt & PUMP IT UP
Insanity: 1mo More Epensive Hair Style/Braiding
Insanity: 2mo Make Up Haul!
Brazilian Butt Lift 3x/wk for 1mo New Exercise/Workout Clothes
30 Day Shred New Workout: Ripped in 30
Ripped in 30 Take a fitness Class 🙂
PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout 3x/wk for 1mo Accessories Haul
TapOut XT 2: 10 Days
TapOut XT 2: 1 Month
TapOut XT 2: 2 Months
TapOut XT 2: 3 Months Clothing Haul

As you can see, in italics I have 4 weight goals. The way that I figured these goals out was I figured out what the target weight is for a 24 year old female that’s 5’2″ – and came up with a target weight of 125lbs, give or take. Ok, that’s cool – so I took my starting weight, which was 207lbs, and subtracted 125lbs, which got me 82lbs. That’s the total weight I needed to lose when I started TapOut XT. So, I split that into quarters and rounded up, so that every 21lbs I lose, I get a reward. As for what the rewards are, well, they are things that I really want right now – hell, a lot of the things on this table are things that I was already planning on buying for myself – I just won’t buy them if I don’t follow through with this workout system I’ve come up with. Which, it may be hard to tell myself no, but … I’m going to at least attempt to persevere. For example, I just heard about a hair treatment from JLovesMac1 on YouTube that she says helped her hair grow several inches, which I have been trying to do for years … But it’s expensive (of course) – basically any expensive thing I decided I wanted, I made an exercise reward. The next one is a tattoo that I have been literally agonizing over for years – I have wanted it since it was a thing on Supernatural. A tattoo of the anti-possession sigil on the outside of my right thigh, up near the hip. That’s the halfway point. The next one is one of 3 very expensive perfumes I’ve really been wanting as well – whichever one I want most at the time I meet this goal is the one I’ll buy. And finally, if I ever do make it down to 125lbs, I’m taking myself on vacation. I don’t know where, and I don’t know when, but I’m doing it. The last one in this section has to do with either my BMI or my waist size – what I really wanted to say here was waist size, but I have wide ribs, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the waist measurement I want … Currently my BMI is about 35, and the healthy range is from 20-25, so I need it to go down quite a bit in that department – but, if I get my waist to where I want it, or as small as it can go and still be healthy, then I’m buying myself a new corset because hopefully that means I’ll stay there so it’ll be a good investment xD

Next, in bold I have goals listed for consistently riding my bicycle, which I am going to start doing every Sunday starting February 3rd (I need to buy some cheap clothes from Walmart or something to keep myself warm because right now it’s snowing where I am xD) I really enjoy biking, and I usually ride on a path that spans about 15-20miles, and then turn around and come back. That helped me lose a lot of weight last summer, so I want to get back into it. All of the rewards in this category have to do with riding my bicycle except for the contact lenses – those are just something I’ve always really wanted. I had a really hard time last year trying to get them in when I tried to get contacts, but I’m going for round two this year! (I really want them xD … )

After that are the most numerous ones, and they are less expensive rewards that I really want for the most part. They are all goals for doing/completing workout regiments, because then even if I don’t lose weight, if I am consistently doing these workouts, at least I’ll feel like I’m getting something out of it … Though since I try to only eat 1200 calories/day or so, you would think there’d be no way for me to put on weight … But I digress. There are 6 workouts that I planned for in this table, and they are: TapOut XT, Insanity, Brazilian Butt Lift, 30 Day Shred, Ripped in 30, PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout, and TapOut XT 2. Each one is for different durations that I’ve planned out on a calendar so that they mesh nicely together – but they are the only ones I’ve really found that I wanted to do so far. I had been trying to plan different for a whole year, but I don’t have enough of them! I only have enough workouts to do a new one for their duration through the end of September. But that’s fine – I’m sure they’ll finish figuring out TapOut XT: II before then (because that’s really a thing that’s in the works, believe it or not!) and if not I’ll just start over from the beginning. Or something. (Edit: I actually got an email on the day I posted this that TapOut XT 2 was ready for pre-order, so I added it to the end of my schedule – so now it goes until December 22nd – so my workout regiment, if I can keep up with my schedule, will basically be my Christmas present to myself :3)

Anyway, if you want to see my workout schedule/regiment plan so far, I’ve got it below … in RAINBOWS! xD Otherwise, please skip to the bottom and watch my YouTube video! It talks about my coat and how I came to buy it, as well as my thoughts on drinking water during a workout, and a possible fix for that pesky leg band that likes to stick together … I’ll see you next post!

January 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 Start TapOut XT 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 TapOut XT: 10 Days 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

February 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 TapOut XT: 1 Month 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28

March 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 TapOut XT: 2 Months 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31TapOut XT: Complete/Start Insanity

April 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 Insanity: 2 Weeks 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 Insanity: 1 Month 29 30

May 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 Complete Insanity/Start Brazilian Butt Lift 3x/week 27 28 29 30 31

June 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 Complete: Brazilian Butt Lift/Start: 30 Day Shred

July 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 Complete 30 Day Shred

August 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 Start Ripped in 30 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

September 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 Start: PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout 3x/wk 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Complete PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout
29 Start TapOut XT 2 30

October 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 TapOut XT 2: 10 Days 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 TapOut XT 2: 1 Month 28 29 30 31

November 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 TapOut XT 2: 2 Months 25 26 27 28 29 30

December 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 Complete TapOut XT 2! 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

Check out my video – it talks a little about setting goals for yourself! :]

Come and Get it!

Come and Get it!

Alright guys – here it is; TapOut XT week 2.  I finally started doing TapOut again – though I never really posted it.  I’ve been busy getting YouTube videos together, so I haven’t had time really to tell you what I’ve been doing.  I’ve realized that 15 minutes of talking still isn’t really enough time to give a real, in-depth review of what I did for the week, how I felt, what goals I’ve set for myself, etc, so I’ve decided that I’m still going to post here, and I’m still going to write a book for you at the end of every week or so xD

Alright; so in my videos, I’ve started doing a weigh in every week to track my weight loss progress.  Here are my results so far:

Day/Week End Weight
Day 1/Week 0 207lbs
Day 7/Week 1 202.5lbs
Day 14/Week 2 195.5lbs

I’ve been loosing 4-6lbs/week!  Which, I actually understand is probably not healthy to maintain, because it means you’re loosing muscle mass as well as fat.  However, I’m still thinking that it’s water weight I’m still getting rid of, so I’m not worried.  Yet.  If I’m still loosing more than 3lbs/week consistently by the time I get to 4-6weeks, then I’ll start panicking.  But until then, I like being down 12lbs in 2 weeks!  It’s oddly … Empowering.  More so than when I was just weighing in when the TapOut grid told me to … I would actually recommend, as a motivator, to weigh yourself every week when you start this work out, at least in the beginning – and that’s saying something coming from me, because I absolutely hate scales.  Seriously – hate them.  The only reason I’m using one now is because the piece of paper told me to, and even then I was reluctant.

Something I’ve really really noticed too, which I think I mentioned the first time I posted about doing TapOut, is that no matter what time of day I do this workout, about 5 minutes after I’m done, I’m starving.  No joke; the only time I wasn’t was when I had eaten directly before doing Yoga XT one night, (which I do NOT recommend, because it made me feel extremely queasy and almost loose what I’d eaten …)  The only problem here is, now that I’m working out in the morning, I don’t really have time to eat breakfast at home – I have oatmeal in my desk at work that I make, and I eat while I’m at my desk every morning.  So, my solution?  I drink about 4-8oz of orange juice right after my workout.  The sugar and Vitamin C give me a good kick; it takes down the hunger pangs enough that I don’t feel like my stomach is trying to eat itself while I’m shampooing … xD

Ok; now let’s talk about this new resistance band I got.

Not exactly what I bought, but it's close!

Not exactly what I bought, but it’s close!

I got this band, and since it’s actually Monday night right now, I can give you a little review blurb as far as my first impression of this $5 band goes.  The first thing I noticed was that this one is shorter than the TapOut band – a good deal shorter.  I’d say probably 4-6inches shorter.  So, that automatically means that it adds even more resistance than I thought there would be.  I used it today almost through my whole workout, but I was really tired afterwards and my muscles really hurt – like, they hurt too much for me to really want to use this thing much tomorrow.  I think, since the bands at Five Below probably all follow this ‘shorter’ trend, I’ll get the resistance one lower than this one – the red one I mention in my YouTube video – and see if that adds more resistance than the TapOut band.  I think it will, and I think it will be a better fit for me at this stage of the game.  I wasn’t afraid I was going to snap this band in half or anything, which is what I was really afraid of, so I figure I’ll also pick up the higher resistance one as well – for $10 I might as well complete the set!  They also had a yoga/pilates/fitness mat I think I’m going to get as well so that I can do Yoga XT on a mat.  I’m not sure it will make a difference, but at the very least I won’t have to sniff my carpet when he makes me hold a push up position and take a deep breath … It smells like dog fur.  Which makes sense, since we have one, but still.

As for the workouts for week 2 – they are mostly the same as week 1, except that the first workout is Competition Core instead of Cross Core Combat, but they are both pretty similar work outs, as the titles, which both contain the words ‘Competition’, would suggest.  I have, however, been steadily forcing myself to improve.  I remembered doing the workout moves in Week 1, and for the most part I think I remember when I sat down, rested, etc – so I have been trying to force myself to up the anty in some way with every move.  Even if it’s just doing a couple repetitions of something I know I didn’t do last week, or forcing myself into plank for a few seconds during a move – I try to do something more than what I did last week.

And let me tell you.

It is brutal.

However, if I keep getting results like this, then I think the brutality is worth it.  Maybe possibly …

Anyway, I’ll be back with another update next week I’m sure, if I don’t come back with something else to blather on about that is …

So, until then, watch my YouTube Videos! :]

~ RaeynnBeau

TapOut XT

Alright; updates all around :]

So, my computer is up and running (though for whatever stupid reason it still won’t let me play Diablo III or WoW, but that’s a gripe for a different day), and so is my camcorder … I think.  We’ll see if it’s doing what I want it to do when I record myself exercising or not.  I have the sneaking suspicion I need to find a better place to put it, or maybe to somehow get the camera at a higher angle …

But I digress.  With all this talk of cameras, and if you read the title of this post, you’ve probably already figured out what this update is about.  Results are in … Not many results, but enough that I decided to go for it – I made a YouTube channel and everything!  If you want to check it out (though right now there’s nothing there xD) the URL is:

Of course, in order for me to post a progress report, I would have to have made some progress … And I am pleased to inform that I have gone back to exercising every day – and counting calories too!  Along with recording … So we’ll see how this goes.  I haven’t tried to edit any videos yet, and I don’t really have enough tapes to record for the whole week because I had a moment of stupid and forgot that most TapOut workouts are 45-60 minutes long … And I only have 4 tapes at 60 minutes long.  So I’m still working out the logistics there – I’m hoping I can put the video on my computer and tape over it, because my camcorder won’t record video unless it’s to a mini DV tape.  For some odd reason.  Lots of bugs.  But hopefully I”ll have a decent video recorded for Sunday (which is my first rest day!)

I am thinking I’m going to update videos once a week – that’s 12 videos altogether, because it’s a three week long exercise regiment.  I sort of want to update twice a week really, but I don’t want to do exercise twice … So maybe I’ll shoot the Sunday for the week recipes I post here when I can be arsed and post them on Wednesday or something xD  I don’t know; we’ll see.

I’ll post here when my first video comes up!  Just wanted to put a post here so that y’all know to go and watch it! :3