Monday, May 28, 2012

"I Work Out" -LMFAO

Last year I decided that I was tired of being skinny and out of shape.  I decided that there was nothing I could do to change my balding (without doing something like hair plugs) and nothing I could do to change my skin color.  Don't worry, I've tried tanning and it just doesn't work for me.  It's alright though, I've accepted and embraced my baldness and pasty white skin and don't really want to take any measures to change those.  But as for my skinniness, I knew that was within my power to change.  I also knew, because of my genetics, that it would be a long, hard road for me to bulk up.  I knew I wasn't going to be able to do one of those "Get big in 8 weeks!" regiments.  Unfortunately I wasn't blessed with the ability to bulk up big time and get massive muscles. 
It had been years since I last lifted weights regularly- 14 years to be precise.  Serving a two year mission in Mexico and then going to college and dental school for another 8 years really took it's toll on my strength and muscles.
I bought a used weight set (including all the olympic weights) off of KSL classifieds for super cheap.  A fireman in Pleasant Grove bought it a few years before and barely used it so he decided to get $200 out of it rather than have it collect dust.  Were I to have bought all of it from the store, it would have cost me about $2,000.
So last November I made a goal to work out and start lifting consistently for a minimum of 6 months and see how much weight I could gain and how much muscle I could pack on.  I took an initial picture with my cell phone for comparison sake.  In hind sight I wish I had taken the photo with our better camera, and that I would have taken a full body shot with a front view, side view, and back view to better be able to compare my progress.
For those who desire to continue on, I must warn you!  You will want to wear sunglasses when viewing my pasty white skin.
Here I am in my weak glory last November, and the next photo is what I look like today after 6 months of working out.
 Over the span of 6 months I didn't end up bulking up as much as I thought I would from looking at the before and after photos.  Most of my weight gain was actually in my legs and butt (no comparison photos of those).  I did however increase my lifting maximums by about what I expected and then some.  When I look at the before and after totals for my weight and my weight lifting totals, I am impressed by how much I increased those.
I didn't even work out that much because I have been so busy with running a dental practice, my church callings, taking care of the kids, and since January taking care of Lisa and dealing with all of her cancer challenges. After we would put the kids to bed for the night, I would work out 3 nights a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for about 45-60 minutes a night.

Here is a list of where I started and where I am now:
before- 165 pounds
after- 181 pounds

Bench press max:
before- 180 pounds
after- 240 pounds

Squats max:
before- 220 pounds
after- 300 pounds

I plan on continuing on with my regular weight lifting.  My goals for the next 6 months are to get to 275 pounds on the bench press and 350 pounds with squats.  I am also going to start focusing more on my abs to get that desired 6 pack where my abs "pop".
It's been fun not only getting in shape and getting stronger, but also learning along the way how my body reacts and what works best for me.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This and That

Tucker and Aubrey finished up their soccer season a couple weeks ago. Tucker did awesome and was the kid on the team that scored the majority of the goals. Aubrey learned a few more basic drills, but will need another season or two to really get the hang of it. Aubrey received live butterfly larvae for her birthday and we watched them change into cocoons and hatch into butterflies. After the allotted time, we released them into the wild.
 Blake takes a nap every afternoon, which is wonderful! One day I tried to give him cottage cheese for lunch. He obviously did not like it and fell asleep.
 Mother's Day - 2012. We are sitting on my new glider chair that Cody bought and put together for me.
 We drove to Sandy after church to eat dinner with my family and wish our Mom's a Happy Day. When we were at Cody's parents Kristin and Chris drove up on these scooters. The kids hopped right on.
 My Mom and mother-in-law have been so wonderful the past few months. I can call my Mom for anything and she'll drive up the canyon to come help me out. I'm so lucky to have family that loves me and my kids and will do anything for us. I've got the best! Happy Mother's Day!
For those of you wondering how I'm doing, I'm doing alright so far this week. I live day to day with how I'm feeling. The past few weeks (after my 1st round of chemo) I was very tired and nauseas. I wasn't throwing up, but my stomach was extremely queasy. Nothing sounded or tasted good, so I wasn't eating a ton. I was taking a lot of Pepto Bismol and now am on a couple prescriptions that help my stomach. I really just wanted to sleep all the time. My Mom came and stayed with me during some of this time since Cody flew to Arizona for a dental conference. My mother-in-law and Mom took the two younger boys to their homes for a few days as well so that I could rest. Aubrey and Tucker are easy and since I am not allowed to drive still, it was easy to take care of the older kids. 
Unfortunately I will not be allowed to drive until August 8th, so far. If I have another seizure that date will be pushed back 90 days. I get so frustrated when I have seizure's. I'm stuck at home all summer long. School ends this week and next for my kids and I guess we'll be doing a lot of biking and walking this summer.
I have one last fundraiser dance/silent auction coming up next Friday June 1st.

It's FREE, No Admission, but all donations are very welcome.
Teens and up (recommended)...

Dance to the Music of Ken Foster (they played at my Fun Run)

Friday, June 1st from 8:30 - 11:30pm
Murray Arts Centre 4868 South State
Murray, Utah
Toll Free: 1-800-269-1400
Hot Line: 801-266-5777

Silent Auction Items Include:
Private Dance Lessons
Sporting Goods
And Much More!

Treats for everyone!

All donations go to help Lisa and her family... "
(If you have items you would still like to donate for the auction, we need them to myself, my Mom, or Mimi Jensen McDonald by Memorial Day.) Thanks!

You are Hereby Called to Serve...

My younger brother, Spencer, received his mission call last week. He turns 19 in August and has been anxiously awaiting these important papers. My entire family gathered together for the occasion.  Elder Spencer Foster will be serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Carlsbad, California mission reporting to the MTC on August 29th. He will be speaking English. Everyone there, plus a few, had written down guesses before Spencer opened up his papers. Cody guessed California. I had actually thought California too. My Dad served in the Los Angeles mission back in his day, so it's kind of cool that they will have served in the same state, even if it is different areas.
Kevin, Hayden, Grandpa Foster, Lisa, Addy, Grandpa & Grandma Grant

Reading his call.

Maybe in 2 years I'll have more hair than Spencer!