St. Pete's Beach, June 2013
February 2011 - Inspiration: I can do this again.
May 2013 at Nationals Stadium in DC, with President Taft. This pic cracks me up!
Six years ago, I got serious about losing weight and taking care of myself, mind, body and soul. I stopped drinking alcohol and eating all manner of treats entirely for 3 months and trained for a half marathon. I lost 25 pounds! But over the next couple years, I regained most of the weight and have fluctuated up and down ever since.
I developed a lot of good habits during that time, but I realized later that I wasn't able to keep the weight off because I couldn't keep up that high level of activity (injuries, etc), and I didn't want to limit my intake so drastically.
I'm still determined to reach my goals, but now I'm focused on creating sustainable strategies and habits for losing weight, so they'll be familiar to me and help me maintain my weight loss when I reach my goal.
For example, the Beck Diet Solution has a ton of strategies that are practical and useful - like reminding yourself of your motivation, making a food plan every day, giving yourself credit for the positve things you do ... The trick is practicing them regularly.
I consider this a lifelong task. I never want to stop learning more about how to take care of myself as well as I can, so I can live a long and happy life!
I've learned about meditation and yoga and I try to practice every day.
I want to keep on learning more about how to eat well while eating healthy and how to exercise in ways that prevent injury. My body isn't as resilient as it once was, and I want to be strong and active for a long time.
For me, it's about recognizing that losing weight and maintaining that loss is as much about the way you think as it is about what you eat and how much you move. And maybe more....
So, my goal is more about changing my habits than reaching a number on the scale. If I can successfully build good habits, step by step, I can achieve any goal I set for myself.
�Learn to be calm and you will always be happy� -- Paramhansa Yogananda
�Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.� -- Ralph W. Trine
My overall goal is to make healthy living a habit in all aspects of my life: body, mind and soul.
For My Body
* Gain strength, endurance and flexibility
* Long term: lose 20 pounds in 5 pound increments
* MAINTAIN healthy habits and a healthy weight for life.
For My Mind
* Reduce stress in my life
* Increase my self discipline
For My Soul
* Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude!
* Create beauty in the world.
*Follow the Beck Diet Solution, changing my thinking to change my behavior
*Maintain daily caloric intake of approximately 1450 calories/day
*Strength training 2 times/week.
*Cardio: 4-5 times a week: running, elliptical, biking, walking.
* Yoga as often as possible!
* Reduce my stress level through meditation, yoga, writing.
I am thankful for my positive outlook on life.
I have two cats, two sons and a wonderful fiance. I love travel and art.
The only thing I can truly control are my actions and reactions.
I practice yoga because I believe in the interconnectedness of all things.
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
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Nope, they never told me what it is, but they did tell me what it wasn't. Wasn't a blood clot. I went back and edited my blog and added an explanation that reads:
With any test done in the hospital, the diagnosis or test results are written up by the doctor who performed the test in a report that goes to my doctor who shares it with me when I see her again. The doctors and nurses at the hospital aren't really supposed to tell you the results of the tests, but sometimes they say something that gives me a clue as to what is going on. Treatment is then discussed between my doctor and me based on the report.
198 days ago
Sadly, I'm not in great shape. Too much weight for a runner and I'm lucky to break a 12 minute pace. If by some miracle I am able to stay on my accelerated training schedule and avoid injury, I will just make being prepared. But that's why we have goals, right? To get us out the door on days when Netflix and popcorn look really, really good.
248 days ago
Thanks for the blog love! If someone ever records us I will be sure to let you know.
266 days ago
Thanks for stopping by my page and for your reassuring words about my (let's face it) freaking out about health issues. I know myself well enough now, that just by making the doctor's appointment my stress level goes down. So I did that. There is not much else I can do at this point until I get checked out. So, I'm trying to do things I know are good for me anyway (exercise, eat veggies). Thanks for the support!
292 days ago
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind words! Hang in there, and just keep trying. One small step at a time.
295 days ago