Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I'm still trying to absorb the fact that I turned 30 on Monday. Huh... how did that happen? Last I checked I was 20-something. I guess that's just how life is sometimes. You just plug along and life drifts on by...
But anyway, I'm hoping that beginning my 30's will help me start again. I lost about 20 pounds last year (my first significant weight loss since I put on my extra weight 7+ years ago), and while I may have put a few back on, I've basically plateaued where I'm at. Not a bad thing, but not exactly good either. I think I struggle a lot due to my long hours sitting at a desk at work, and my tendency to graze at home, or eat something obsessively until it's gone if it's in the house.
I lost my weight almost completely by eating healthy. This included me tracking my food and/or planning specific meals ahead of time. High in veggies, controlled whole grains, and lean protein. Not a magic formula by any means, just smarter eating with portion control. I fell off the wagon over the holidays, and haven't really made it back on yet. I guess it's about time I did.
I'd also like to start doing some sort of exercise. I think gaining some sort of muscle tone would help. I'm at a better pant size than I was, but I don't feel any smaller (if that even makes sense). I think it's because I'm still pretty pasty and doughy looking.
Anyway, to start off the day I've already tracked my breakfast, and I'm off to do a few moves (I've been trying to do squats, lunges, wall pushups, etc on restroom breaks) and get some water. It's hard sometimes to try to focus on one day at a time, but here's to focusing on today.
Monday, December 17, 2012
In light of the tragedy in Newtown on Friday, I feel like everything I've ever complained about is petty and pathetic. My heart breaks for those children, teachers, and their families, and I can only hope that in time they will find some measure of peace.
Even though my "problems" are insignificant, they are still challenges for me and my weight loss / health goals. And since life moves on for those of us blessed to have another day, I suppose I better get back on the wagon.
Last week I worked out on Monday, then began having my pesky back muscle spasms on Tuesday. I did a careful, light workout on Tuesday, then ended up helping a co-worker finish shopping for our company's "adopted" Christmas family on Wednesday (so no workout then). I was also starting to feel a bit under the weather, and have been fighting a head cold and/or sinus infection since then. So... Wed - Sun I did NOT work out, and although my cold may have been an issue (I've been exhausted!), I still think I should have done something, at least a couple days.
I started off the month so well, and now I feel I've failed. It's going to be extra challenging to get back on the wagon this week, but I have no reason not to (other than the lingering cold, but I'm not bed ridden so a workout I shall do!) I'm also trying to be more positive, thankful, and greatful for everything in my life. It's so easy to take it all for granted.
So here's to spreading love, support, and happiness during this holiday season, and on into the New Year!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I've been doing well with my workout plan. I worked out Mon - Fri last week, and again yesterday (Monday) to start this week off right. The problem? I'm starting to have back muscle spasms again. I dealt with these for months a while back when I pulled my back trying to move some furniture by myself (BAD move).
I've been doing Turbo Jam, and there is a lot of twisting. I'm wondering if that's what the problem is? But I REALLY don't want to quit now! I'm going to try again tonight, and be a little less intense on the twisting moves and see what happens I guess. I knew I'd have bumps in the road, but I figured it would be my lack of motivation or making excuses. I know I need tro take care of myself, but this is frustrating.
That's it for now. Back to work... better pedal more...
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Day one of my challenge was almost undone. Sometimes the time thing really IS an excuse, but still, only if you let it...
I thought I'd save some time by stopping for a few groceries on my lunch break. I stashed the cold items in my fridge at work, and in my rush to get out the door I left them in the fridge. Of course I needed those ingredients for that evening... so I rushed home, stopping to pick up dinner for my hubby to take to work, and barely made it home in time to meet my father-in-law (he was stashing some large christmas gifts in our garage). I had to wake my hubby up to help move the gifts, then I got him off to work, had to go get dog food that I had put off getting until it was down to the bottom, then went to walmart, again, for the ingredients I already had... at work...
Back at home I mixed, baked, filled, iced, and packaged 48 cupcakes (dark chocolate with choc mint ganache filling, topped with mint buttercream and choc mint candy pieces), and didn't finish up until almost 9pm. I was tired and my feet were beginning to hurt, and I sat down on the couch for "just a minute"... I almost got sucked into web surfing and watching a TV show (it was a new episode!), but I made the choice to put in my workout DVD instead. I realized I didn't want to "fail" on day one of the challenge!
That's right, even though it was getting late and I was tired and a new show was on, I did what was best for me and my health. It was nice to be able to post that my workout commitment was complete, day one, CHECK!
Tonight will be another challenge. I got to bed later than I should, I've been tired all day already, and I have a tension headache that won't let up. Luckily I don't have anything to do tonight other than make dinner, work out, and spend time with my hubby. Still, the desire to take the night "off" sounds so tempting...
Monday, December 03, 2012
The official start to the Christmas countdown challenge is today! I'm thinking of it more as a countdown to new years eve, since that's exactly 4 weeks from today. I need to state my goals and how I'll get there. Hmm... My ultimate goal is to lose 40 pounds, but I think over the next 4 weeks if I can lose 10 I'll be doing good.
M-F I plan to work out at 6pm after getting home from work and seeing my hubby off to his job on the nights he has to work. I think I'll do the turbo jam DVD's I've had forever but never really used. Weekends I still want to work out, but I might switch it up so I don't burn out on turbo.
I'm also still trying to cut back on carbs and especially sugar, and I'm pedaling away off and on throughout the day at my desk at work. I also need to drink more water. Not trying to overload myself with too many changes at once, but more water, less sugar, and daily exercise isn't too terrible.
That's the plan, so we'll see how it goes. I took some "before" photos... yikes!!! I know the camera is supposed to add 10 pounds, but I think mine adds 25. I can't wait to take new, improved pics.
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