Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing well! Ok Ė full disclosure on my eating habits, I just had a total ďdo as I say, not as I doĒ moment at work. I tend to save all of my calories for dinner, mostly because I am the worlds pickiest eater. No matter how much Iíve tried to like vegetables, or tried to disguise them in smoothies, etc, I canít bring myself to like them. To compensate for the fact that the food I eat is higher in calories I tend to eat very little during the day so that I can have a somewhat decent meal with my family. My breakfasts at lunch typically consist of a packet of low sugar instant oatmeal or a cup of yogurt, and then lunch will be a lean Cuisine, or a Smoothie, something similar. Thatís during the week. On the weekend is when I completely blow it though and eat all of my hard work out of the water. This morning I completely got lightheaded and felt like I was going to pass out. Once I had some cantelope I felt better. I think my body is telling me I need to space my calories out more evenly throughout the day.
I made a big step this weekend on incorporating strength training into my routine. Typically Iíve been stuck in my cardio routine 6 days a week. This weekend we went out and found a home gym weight set that was on sale steeply discounted because they came out with a new model, so we snatched it up. Once my husband puts it together Iím going to start alternating strength training with cardio. Iím really excited about it.
Send me your positive thoughts everyone Ė I found out the doctors think my dad has prostate cancer (he had 2 PSA tests that went from high to very high in a short amount of time). He is going in for a biopsy this week and Iím pretty much a nervous wreck about this. They are already discussing the treatment options with him which I would think they would wait until they got the biopsy backÖbecause shouldnít they wait to make sure there is anything there before scaring everyone?
Thursday, June 26, 2014
So I have decided to make a September goal Plan of Action (since I have been plateauing at my current 147 lbs for way to long now, I think itís been about 1.5 months now with no movement). Donít get me wrong, 147 is soooo much better than the over 200+ that I was, and I feel so much better now, however Iím not at my goal of 135 and I feel like Iíve gotten way too comfortable at 147 and itís time to move on.
I have my September motivator now, and so Iím motivated to push towards my goals. Iím not going to beat myself up if I donít hit that goal by my September trip (especially with a July family vacation occuring), however my key is that I move the scale down. What am I going to do to accomplish this? I need to go back to what helps me most, which are:
1) Visual reminders:
- I am going to mark each day in a calendar that I stay on plan with green, days out of plan with red. Every day I am going to look at this.
2) Exercise Challenges:
- I push myself more when I have an exercise challenge to meet. I will start by finishing off my 30 day plank challenge while doing my running or walking with this. Then I will look for another 30 day challenge to add, or possibly a 60 day challenge. These will get added to my calendar. 5 days a week I will do some type of Cardio workout (jogging/Insanity), etc. for a minimum of 45 minutes a day.
3) Water, water, water.
4) Track everything eatenÖI cannot stress this to myself enough. Over time I feel like Iíve gotten to ďknowĒ what my meals are calorie wise because Iíve consumed the same things for so long, and I have not completed my tracking through the end of day. I need to stop this assumption.
5) No more half-hearted taking it easy workouts. I donít have a lot of time during the day after work, and If Iím going to put in the time I need to exert the energy and expend some major calories! Why am I spending an hour just walking around on the treadmill when I can be jogging? Didnít I complete Bridge to 10K? Why am I letting my fitness backslide?? Move your butt girl and gain some muscles!!
Okay, break is over, TIME TO WORK HARDER AND SMARTER!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This weekend my husband did something totally awesome for me. Iím not the type of person that needs my husband to buy me things and do stuff for me all the time to show that he loves me, but what he did Friday made me feel so loved. A little background. My husband and I started dating when I was 16 and he was 18. We dated for 11 years before we decided to get married. Our 10 year wedding anniversary is coming up in October. Of the two of us I am the one who forgets our anniversary (I completely forgot our 5 year anniversary and only remembered it after he came home with a dozen roses and a gift = me feeling like a complete jerk). I think because we were together for so long before we got married (we had a house, the dog, everything but the kids), getting married just felt like a formality, so the date just keeps slipping my mind.
So last Friday after work my husband came home with a dozen roses and then took me out to dinner. While we were at dinner he said he forgot his wallet in the car so he ran out to the car. When he got back inside the restaurant he gave me a card to open. Inside the card a folded up piece of paper dropped out and it was an itinerary for a trip to the Bahamas. Inside the card he had written that he had called my parents and arranged for them to take care of the kids while we went on a trip to the Bahamas in Sept, it was all booked all I had to do was take off at work. I was freaking out. Then the next thing I know he hands me another card. Inside of it he had written that he loved me and that I was a great mom to our kids and Happy Early 10 year Anniversary (at this point Iím crying). Then he gave me a box, which when I unwrapped it had an anniversary ring in it. I love that man, I really did marry my best friend.
So the ring is a little tight but I donít want to get it sized (it fits almost perfect when my hands are cold, so Iím hoping when I lose a few more pounds the fit will be good). So now this Bahamas trip and the tight ring are the extra boost I needed to kick start me back in line. I havenít been gaining but I havenít been losing, Iíve just been staying at the same weight for the past month. Time to get back to pushing hard again!
Monday, June 16, 2014
OK, so this weekend I went absolutely insane on the food department. I just lost it and completely went off the rail, Iím completely disgusted with myself. My husband and boys and I went out to my parents house for Fatherís Day weekend to visit them and let me give you a synopsis of how my failure went:
Friday evening, the drive to my parents: My parents live about a 3 hours drive from us so we left after work Friday evening and decided to just grab dinner and eat in the car as we were driving. We stopped at a place that had a Subway and a Dairy Queen. With a Subway I CLEARLY could have gotten something healthy, correct? No, I chose not only a subway 6Ē sandwhich, but ALSO a small blizzard from DQ. Did I seriously need that??? I had done so good all day, doing Insanity, eating healthy, and then just BOMBED. Then we get to my parentís house and the first then we do is start relaxing by having a few drinks, which we all know is calorie central. And wouldnít you know my parents have candy dishes all over the house loaded with candy, and I just have to snack of them. Friday = HUGE FAIL.
Saturday: The plan of action on Saturday was for all of us to go out on the boat. So I got up early to go for a jog. I was just getting ready to leave the house when my mom saw me and asked if I wanted to go for a walk with her instead. After eating all that junk Friday I really wanted to get a hard workout in, but not wanting to hurt my momís feelings I told her sure, letís go for a walk. We went for about an hour long walk, but it wasnít anything that fast or strenuous, but I had some good conversations with my mom, so that was good. When we got back my mom had bought Donuts for breakfast (and yes, I just could not refuse) and then we went out on the boat. We stopped in the middle of the lake and me and my boys jumped in and went for a swim. I figured Iíd try and work my arms (as much as I could with the life jacket on Ė the water was 33 feet deep) so I did laps around the boat. After swimming we just hung out on the boat and had some drinks (more calories). When we got back to the house we were starving, having skipped lunch and we were scarfing darn all the food in sight (chips and dip, candy, etc.), until we all went out to dinner and grabbed pizza, which we later ended up heating up at 10:00 at night when we got the munchies after hanging out more.
Sunday: Before we left to come back home, my mom still had more Donuts for breakfast (yes, I ate them again), then we left. Before we got home we stopped and scarfed down fast food, and at this point my mind set was just likeÖI donít care! I ordered the crappiest stuff on the menu. When I got home for dinner last night it was like it didnít matter, I was eating Oreos, chips, whatever. I didnít exercise or anything. I felt disgusting. That was the first time I could feel all of my hard work wasted.
Today I have reset myself. I have my mind set back correctly, my food planned for the week. My exercise planned for the week. A new plank challenge for the next 30 days (thanks Hen House team). This one weekend crash is not going to derail me.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Iím starting to feel better today, my knee is heeling up and my sinus infection has gone away, so my congestion is back down to normal ďallergy seasonĒ level. I might try stepping it up from my walking tonight back up to jogging, see how my knee handles it. Iíve been doing great the last few days on my low carb, healthier eating plan. Itís been giving me some headaches which Iím hoping will go away after my body adjusts to it, but Iíve actually had more energy. I had a brief moment of self-pity last night where I was looking in the mirror and realizing Iím developing some loose skin and itís not going to go away no matter how much I work at it, then I cried to my husband about it, who in turn told me ďso you have some loose skin, so what?Ē So Iím over my pity party about it now, you canít be 37 years old with 2 kids and just drop weight and expect your skin to shrink back like an 18 year olds when youíve abused it with junk food for the last 15 years.
Completely random question - does anyone have any good ideas on keeping snakes away from your house? My house backs up to the woods, and this weekend my husband spotted a snake in our garage (luckily this was a Black snake, but weíve seen Copperheads a few times in our yard). So on Saturday he spent the whole day emptying out our garage looking for the snake to try to get it out of our garage. We never found the snake (EEEEEEEKKKK!!!!). He did notice that one of our walls is slightly separated from where it connects to the garage floor, so heís wondering if the snake possibly crawled up inside the wall. Either that or he somehow slithered out while he was emptying the garage. Iím totally freaked out and having visions of the snake in our walls laying eggs and having babies, like that show ďinfestedĒÖ.OMG!!! DH is telling me that the snake canít get into the house, but I donít know if heís just telling me that to make me feel better or notÖ..
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