Wednesday, March 06, 2013
More on my healthy habit blogs. My focus this week has been on drinking more water. Here are my answers to the next two questions:
4) How are you doing day by day?
This really is a day-by-day thing for me. I say it's easy to incorporate water and it really *should* be, but for me, it's so not. I can do above and beyond one day (Monday), and then revert back to no water (Tuesday), and then I'm right back up there today. Consistency is a problem for me not just in this habit creation, but in all healthy aspects. I don't exercise everyday. I don't track my calories everyday. Heck, sometimes I don't even get on SparkPeople everyday. For this lose weight/get healthy thing to work, I have to work on being consistent across the board. That, too, will be a day-by-day challenge/struggle that I will have to overcome.
5) What can you improve upon?
Huh - I guess I skipped ahead a bit in answering question #4 because I can definitely improve upon consistency. That worked really well for me when I lost all that weight on the Medifast diet. There was a set plan, this is how you do it, and I just did it and it worked...almost too well. I've said before that I could never do that diet again, but not having everything totally spelled out for me must make me think that it's too much work. I have to tell myself that I AM worth the work!!
So I have my water bottle sitting here with me now. And I'm about to go do my next C25K workout. Perhaps on my run I'll think about what other ways I can work on being more consistent - that is, after I think about birthday gift ideas for my mother-in-law to give to my sister-in-law....there's always something for me to think about!! It's just what I do...
Monday, March 04, 2013
Running behind, so am catching up on answering questions from yesterday and today.
My new habit I want to develop is drinking water, so the next phase of this blogging exercise involves these two questions:
2) How will you do that?
3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
How will I do that?? Drink some dang water, that's how I'll do it! But I need to be more AWARE of what I'm drinking and incorporate water into my routine to make it a routine.
To encourage myself and keep on track, I appreciate everyone's input and support from my previous post. I am a planner, so I need to PLAN to drink water and make small goals. Today, I have already consumed 40 oz., and I just have 24 oz. more, but will shoot for 40 more!!! So taking it one day at a time, implementing strategies like drinking water before I eat or before I drink a Diet Dr. Pepper, that will help me stay on track. I will make small goals - like today, just today, I will drink all my water. That seems easy enough, right? And tomorrow I will do the same. BAM.
Thanks for YOUR encouragement and support in this endeavor...I really do read and appreciate all your comments!
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Question: What new habit you wish to develop?
Well, after having water being our Living the Good Life challenge last week, I realize that I absolutely do NOT drink enough water every day. There are even some days where I don't drink water AT ALL. For someone who is trying to get healthy, this simple act seems to allude me. And I have no idea why.
You might be wondering how in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks I can go for a full day without drinking water? Let me tell you, I make it WAY too easy. I work from home a lot, so the hubs and I can go through two pots of coffee that will last til 11 or 12, then I grab a Diet Dr. Pepper. And I'll have a Diet Dr. Pepper with dinner. And I quit drinking anything after 8 p.m. so I don't have to get up in the middle of the night. Then BAM, I went a full day without drinking a drop of water, or anything good for me for that matter.
Last week I did *ok* with the water. I was excited at the beginning of the week because I knew I needed that challenge and thought it would be a good way to jumpstart my weight loss for the 5% challenge. Ugh - so much for that.
So there's the new habit I wish to develop: DRINK WATER. Period. Not "drink more water." Just drink water.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
As I wrote before, I am "investing in my commitment" to start running again. It has been a few days since I've started on this new adventure, but I find myself making progress.
I signed up for another 5K...it is the Firefly 5K that I mentioned in my previous blog. I had wanted to sign up for it when I saw a Groupon for it and asked my coworker, who is also running races this year, if she would run it with me. She said she had run it before in the past and they ran out of water. In June. In Texas. Yikes. She said she wondered if it was better organized now, but that she would ask around to see. I went back online to check out the Groupon because I was still kind of interested (it's being held in March this year, so if they run out of water, not as big of a deal) and it was SOLD OUT. Boooooo.
So a few days later, after I had connected with my other friend and we decided to run 5Ks together and signed up for the Vampire 5K in April through a Living Social deal, I got an e-mail from Living Social for the Firefly 5K deal! HOORAY! I immediately texted my friend to tell her and we got the deal!! $20 for the registration....another investment!! And another one I'm pretty excited about!
I decided my coworker is kind of a "race snob." Her reaction to running the Firefly 5K again is based on a legitimate experience that she had, I'm sure, but I just felt like they way she snubbed it was, well, kinda weird. I'm actually really looking forward to having fun with my other friends at that race...I even checked out the glow sticks at Party City today and made a mental note to go get some extras for our run!! FUN!
I need to get new headphones, too. I use my BlackBerry when I run, and right now I have the ear buds that just stick in your ear holes and they're not my favorite. I prefer these certain headphones that I've gotten at Walmart in the past, and i just want to get those again. That is on my To Do list.
Today I finished the first week of the Couch 2 5K program. That felt good. I've stayed on track doing a workout for the program every other day. Today I wasn't feeling very motivated and kept trying to talk myself into why NOT doing it today would be okay. I had two things to do today: 1. go to the grocery store and 2. do my C25K workout. So I woke up at 9 a.m. (that is LATE for me), had a cup of coffee and watched the last episode of a Mad Men DVD with the hubs. I decided, I'm going to go get the grocery shopping over with. I'm all about "getting it over with," so I headed out and busted out the grocery and another errand - at Party City - where I looked at glow sticks! LOL Anyways, I got home and didn't feel like getting my "wog" over with. It was kinda chilly outside. I just ate lunch. I can do it tomorrow. Sigh. The hubs and I started watching some stuff on the DVR, and then his sister called. When she calls, they talk FOREVER. So I paused the TV and just sat there. Checked Facebook. Checked Twitter. Checked SparkPeople. Then I checked Pintrest. While on Pintrest, I looked up some motivational quotes and searched some running pins and I saw one that caught my eye:
No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.
Um, HELLO. I was on the couch! So I got up, got ready, and got my wog on!!
And that is how I continue to make progress.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
HiÖremember me? No? Thatís cool, and totally understandable! Iím Amy and Iíve realized I have GOT to get back into this whole get healthy thing.
So Iíve basically determined that I have to start over. And by that, I mean I have crept up in weight for the last few years and I am sick of it. What worked for me last time? That Medifast diet that totally worked but that I will probably never do again in my life, and running. So since Iím not going to do the hard core liquid-type diet this time around, what I decided to do is start running again. Here we goÖ
I have had spurts of desire to run again, but this time I am going to COMMIT to actually getting back into it. And to do that, I have to invest in my commitment, literally and physically. I told my husband I was going to buy a C25K appÖitís only $2 on my BlackBerry, but thatís a big deal for me because I only use free apps and honestly donít think Iíve ever actually BOUGHT one. So thereís $2. Next, I am signing up for races throughout the year and planning which ones I want to participate in so I have something definitive to work toward. As I have been mulling over different races with different themes, one of my friends randomly texted me asking if I run 5Ks. Over our text conversation, we decided to do some 5Ks together, and we both registered for the Vampire 5K in Dallas in April through a Living Social deal for $30, a savings of 50%...another investment, but a seemingly fun one. You go as a vampire or a citizen and they have checkpoints and themed areas where citizens try to avoid the vampires (I would go as a regular Joe!). We also talked about doing a Firefly 5K in March, which is a night race where they give you glow sticks to run with. I like that these races incorporate FUN *and* EXERCISE. There is also a program called the Run Project through Run On! here in the DFW area, and they have a series of nine races offered throughout the year that I will keep tabs on to keep me going. I feel like this type of investment will keep me motivated, but add in the fun factor and doing this with my friends, and I have a feeling I will be successful in my running endeavors.
My friend who I am going to run the Vampire 5K with is a freakishly tall Amazon woman with looooong legs, so I had to tell her in full disclosure that I am a sloooooow runner, what with my shorty legs and all. She said that was fine, because she is actually a terrible runner. Whew! I picture in my head Pheobe from Friends runningÖthat would be hilarious! LOL
On Tuesday I hit the road with my new app and did the first workout of the Couch 2 5K program. I am going back out to do the next segment this afternoon. My husband asked if it was easy to do the first workout since I had done it before, and I told him hell no it was toughÖitís been YEARS since Iíve actually run. I told my hubs that my first workout was a ďwogĒ Ė walk+jog, because honestly thatís what the workout actually is, which is nice to ease back into the whole legit running gig.
I also wanted to get back into this ahead of the Starfish challenge because I want to get a head start on that. I have been doing the challenges for a while now and I have never ever been successful at it. Yeah, Iíve participated in the Living the Good Life tasks, exercised here and there, but have never actually lost my 5%, if anything at all. So I hope I can get my head back in the game and be more than just a Starfish, but to be a Successful Starfish.
A few weeks ago I sat next to a lady at church who I know runs and participates in races on a pretty regular basis. I told her, ďMan, I want to run againÖĒ and she pointed at my feet and said, ďWell, youíve got those, so nothing should be stopping you.Ē She was SO RIGHT. She probably doesnít know what an impact she had on me, but Iíll let her know when Iím done with the C25K program and running races myself.
So there it is. Iím going to run. Iím going to have fun running. Iím going to invest in my running. Iíll keep you posted.
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