Monthly Archives: March 2014

How I Met My Muscles- The Home Fry

My birth name is Veronica Villegas, however I do go by many names, some of which are, Mommy, wifey, boss lady, The Home Fry  and others which  I rather not say, in the efforts to keep this rated PG.  I do hope you have not yet read Peter Midura’s  (The Head Potato) bio… and if you have, I’d  like for you to please lower your standards… go ahead, I’ll wait. My Fitness story is a little different than his.

As early I as I can remember, I’ve always struggled with my weight. I was the girl with “the pretty face” and “the great personality” … and frankly I owned it, that was good enough for me. Until, I could no longer hold back obesity by doing whichever fad-diet was “En Vogue” at the time. I’d lose 10lbs, and as soon as I went off the diet, I’d gain it all back, and more. I was not exercising and was miserable on the crazy diets. By age 18 I weighed 256lbs.

“When did I know I had to change my life?”

I will be brutally honest with you. My turning point was, when I could no longer comfortably watch a, movie in the movie theater. The armrests would dig into my thighs, not to mention my jeans digging into my belly, and to top it off, I couldn’t even hold a squat long enough, to hover and pee in a public restroom…. Yes folks I HAD TO SIT. Ewwwww…. That was it for me.

I started eating clean foods, smaller portions, several times a day, and walking on a treadmill at the local gym 3 times a week. (still no weights, no muscle building). During that time, whenever I’d go on vacation, a wedding or even my menstrual cycle, I’d gain some weight and then I’d have to “Get back on the bandwagon” UGH! (Now, I know it was greatly due the fact that I had very little lean muscle) like this, I lost 50lbs in a matter of 2 years. Struggling to keep the weight off, and in many occasions gaining some of it back, I lived hovering the 200lbs line for about 5 years. Hey, as long as was less than 199.9 lbs I was in my skinny jeans!!!!

During one of those “Back-on-the-bandwagon” times I made the decision to get professional help. I said to myself, “Eh… I’ll get a couple of weight training sessions to help me lose the weight I gained on the cruise” That’s when I started working out with Peter; he had me do all the workouts we post on this website. My body started to change within the first month, and the best news was… I could eat… I had to eat.  I quickly found my strength and lost my insecurities in the free weight area of the gym…. I was free to leave to confines of the cardio machines and walk confidently to the other side of the gym where the big kids play. It took someone else believing in me, pushing me beyond my comfort zone (the treadmill area).

In one year of lifting heavy weights (not heavy for a girl, just HEAVY), I lost and extra 50lbs (that’s 100lbs total weightloss). Of course, I still visit my friend the treadmill during my 20 minutes of cardio.  After all, like our diets, our workouts need to be well balanced as well. I no longer have to “Get back on the bandwagon”. The lean muscle I’ve built, keeps me from gaining weight during a short vacation.

What we have in this site are the tools that Peter gave me, and I have used to save my life…. And let’s be honest it’s also really nice to have a great ass to go with that “great personality”!

That, boys and girls, is how I met my muscles!

It’s NOT effortless

At 211 degrees water is hot, but at 212 degrees, it boils. Just like pushing those extra 3 reps, and running and extra 15 minutes, makes all the a2284df3a7d3c51dd85cb8571bfd73fcdifference.

Just one extra degree of effort is what separates your current body, to the body you wish you had. Just one degree separates a good workout, from and awesome one,… and only one degree separates a couch potato and a FIT COUCH POTATO…. come on, I had to throw that in there.

Push yourself and amaze yourself.

 

 

Super-sets- Tri-sets !!!!!!

78a03d43ccc508360643c3de53544fe6Week 5- Tri-sets

We are introducing TRI-SETS. Perform each tri-set (all three exercises) back to back with no rest between exercises. Take a 1min to 1min 30sec rest between each tri-set for recovery. Continue to lift the highest weight achieved during the previous weeks for each exercise.

This week, things are getting a little more challenging,  you WILL be working hard. But that’s what it takes! Good luck and as always never hesitate to ask us and report any concerns.

Here’s Monday for ya: http://tatertraining.com/?page_id=420

 

My Wife is Fat…that’s right I said it!

We all want a hot husband or wife with rock hard abs and a perky butt.  But this is not about aesthetics, I am genuinely concerned for my loved ones health. What do I do? How can I help?

In the title “My wife is fat”, the word “wife” can be changed to: Husband, best friend, brother, or sister. How do I motivate my loved one to lead a healthier lifestyle?  What has to happen in their lives for that light bulb to come on?

I’ve been on a workout/clean eating schedule for a while now. (I wasn’t always this way… more on that later). So, I give them a few workouts and  nutrition tips. They do it for a week or so, they lose 5lbs and then lose motivation again. It’s so frustrating to hear them complain about they’re weight or how they look.  All I want to 88d412a23b23ae99977267749bd11f88say is, “DON’T YOU DARE COMPLAIN, BECAUSE YOURE NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT” Nobody needs a special pancakes and bacon breakfast every weekend. (Try a special fruit salad and egg white omelet breakfast)  … and on a selfish note it’s really frustrating that I can’t go kayaking with my husband because he can’t get in the kayak and I can’t do a local 5K with my best friend because she won’t even try, and has every excuse on the planet for not trying. “I mean they give you beer at the end of the race, how much motivation do you need!!!!!”, all I want is a mud-all-over-our-faces picture with my BFF… is that too much to ask?!?!?  I want to share these beautiful moments with my loved ones.

It was a knee injury which was the light bulb moment for my hubby. An injury b1ca34c60a259bff88ad9c702e6c5492t happened; the light bulb moment could have been: heart disease, a stroke, infertility, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, just to name a few.

Less than a year later, he’s 60 lbs. lighter, shoulders like a football player, he’s able to go up and down the stairs with out any problems and is healthier, in every scene of the word.… he still hasn’t joined me in the kayak, but he will very soon, at the rate he’s going.

We don’t want to hurt our loved ones’ feelings, but by not telling them the truth, I think we’re hurting them more. Xoxo- The Home Fry