Saturday, February 08, 2014
I have been on my journey for a straight 10 months now. During this journey a lot has happened. But more importantly I have transformed into this person with a more positive self talking way to myself and others. I have made a lot of friends and supporters along the way. I have learned so much about me, food, exercise and more.
Today marks a BIG milestone. I have lost a total of 50 pounds! My reward was to purchase the Spark Activity Tracker. I bought this two days before I reached my goal. I knew deep inside, that this time I would reach this goal. As you all know from my previous blog that I tried to get to this goal 2 months ago and did not succeed. In fact, I gained quite a bit. I may have gotten discouraged, but I DIDN'T GIVE UP! I had all the tools, friends, support from YOU ALL, my family, my friends and my TOPS family to succeed. So, I went back to the basics. I only tracked my water and weighed in every morning. This my friends was pretty darn easy as I mentioned above...I had all the tools. I may not have tracked my food, but I did measure and use what I have learned to keep on the right path.
Back in December, I went into a downward spiral because I felt I was failing the people on the challenge I joined at the gym. I did not succeed and kicked myself the rest of 2013. But I learned something about me. I am a PERFECTIONIST! I saw I was not able to keep up with the information overload from the nutritionist and trainer, so I quit.
Fast forward and you will see I will not let the perfectionist part of me win. I called on Our God and asked for his help and look at me now!
I received my tracker today and I opened the box and darned if it didn't look like a piece of expensive jewelry to me. All in a nice little Box tucked away ready to motivate little ol' Me. All you in Minnesota know how flipping cold it has been. That did not stop me. I just walked, jogged and even ran until I got my first Glow Getter Award. I have to say this little thing is a jewel and a great motivator. I know this was the right reward and the right time for the reward. So don't hesitate to reward yourself with this jewel as it will give you a bit more motivation as you continue on your journey! Go ahead give it a try! TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT!
So there! As you see positive self talk can get you through the tough times. Understand you are gonna have some tough days, but don't let it determine your ultimate goal on your journey!
Friday, November 29, 2013
As some of you may already know, I have been on a hiatus from "Sparkpeople". This is not by choice that is for sure. The Challenge I have joined need me to track my food on a different site and it is too hard to do both.
With the extended weekend from work, I wanted to touch base with all my favorite people here on Sparkpeople and any new beginners as well and share my story.
I joined a Get Fit Body Challenge with my local community center. This is an 8 week challenge. We meet as a group with a personal trainer once a week and she gives us a strength routine and we are to do this routine 3 times during a week along with our cardio 3-4 times a week at minimum. We submit our food log (tracked on myfitnesspal-not liking that part) once a week and it is analyzed and criticized to benefit you on your weight loss/get fit journey.
I happened to be a bit bull headed with the suggestions and the devil found the opportunity and jumped on my back and ranted in my ear. I ate all wrong and did not write it down and really was only doing the work but not doing the food. Not a good place to be. Nutrition guy was pushing protein and veggies and telling me to back off fruit and did not like that I ate air-popped popcorn and OMG!!! I just wanted to SCREAM!!!! Well I decided I need to quit sabotaging myself and just do what I can and use what info from them I feel will work for me. I try to build my meals around protein, then veges. I limit my carbs and even my fruit. I write every thing down even if HE ain't gonna like it.
I have lost 4 pounds since this journey and we do our measurements, for the first time since our first day, on Monday, so this should prove to be interesting.
I really needed to do something. I was in a deep slump, due to an issue in my lower back and other issues and like I said the "Devil" climbed on board and took hold and was not letting go.
We all struggle with different things on a daily basis. What we do with these struggles as they come to us, is what makes us who we are. These have been my struggles and I was heading back up on the scale or maintaining and personally I did not want to lose my momentum, so found a way to get it back. With the Holidays coming, I decided this would be the kick I needed.
I certainly appreciate all my friends here, that have kept in touch while I been moving along on my journey and look forward to being back on a regular basis.
Whatever struggle you encounter, keep fighting and you will get through and conquer!
Love n hugs!
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Hello Fellow Sparkers!
As I go on this journey you may have noticed, I have lost 44 lbs and then slowed down on the losses. I noticed this too. I have learned during this section of the journey that I can maintain this pretty well.
Pixie-Licious has invited me to join her, as she does Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred again. So I have decided to join her. Those that know me, know I am not one to make a commitment easily; as I don't want to set myself up for failure. I am pretty hard on myself in such cases and am working on this during this journey too.
Today I woke up at 3:45am to let our dogs out and decided, since I get up at 5am, what better time than the present then to start the "Shred". Oh I was nervous about doing them push-ups mind you, but Pixie-Licious was very encouraging and told me not to think that I had to do it just like them and to just take my time and only do what my body would allow. What a great friend to soothe me and let me know it is ok to just do what you can .
I did pretty good today and am looking forward to tomorrows workout. I am not sure I am going to rise and shine every morning at 4am to do the workout, but I will get it done at least 6 days a week, so as not to burn out.
I am also making sure I get a minimum of 10,000 steps a day 5x a week or more.
I am being mindful of my eating and hoping to stay around a 1500 calorie intake. The first two days have gone pretty good so far.
I am looking forward to the end of this month to see how my progress will look.
I will be taking my measurements tonight and take them again at the end. I may even do photos, but have not decided yet!
Wish Me Luck!
May God grant me the Endurance, Motivation and all that will be needed for this leg of my journey.
Have a great day all!
Love n Hugs,
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