Sunday, January 08, 2012
Lose and maintain 35 lbs in 9 months, or about 5 lbs a month- with some wiggle room! My starting point is 160lbs, and I aim to be 155lb by Feb1, 150 lb by Mar 1, 145 by April 1, 140 by May 1, 135 by June 1, 130 by July 1, and 125 by Aug 1 and maintain for Sept!
1)Spark and track food at least 4 days a week
2) keep calories under 1900, carbs under 200g
3) Watch carbs because I know they are my weakness- I love all things C- chocolate, chips, cookies, crackers, croissants, cruellers, candy, - the list goes on and on.
4) Plan my meals ahead of time, and making sure I have healthy snacks so I dont ever get hungry and mindlessly reach for junk
5) Take out starch from at least one meal a day- it has been strange and a little empty to eat protein and veggies without any bread or rice but I just think it will take time to make it a habit.
6)set aside 1 day a week for meal planning and preparation- even making big batches of food to freeze into individual portions for lunches.
7) exercise- 3 days of resistance training which only consists of 5-6 exercises: squats, pushups, planks, lunges and deadlifts, 1 day of yoga, 2 days of at least 15 mins of cardio and 1 day off.
Yay- wish me luck!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
My mantra this week...
I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined
I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
Saturday, May 28, 2011
For me, leading a healthy life has meant being aware of my actions and taking an assertive role in the food and fitness decisions that I make. When I lose that focus, I lose sight of my ultimate health goals, and let myself get distracted by temporary gratification. I succumb to food cravings, use unhealthy treats to soothe an emotional void, and talk myself out of exercise. It becomes all too easy to be a passive recipient of cheetos, croissants, and cookies. I don't look closely at my daily choices, or the image in the mirror. Food, weight, health and clothing sizes all become fuzzy concepts, ceasing to be relevant enough for me to make a choice to change.
And then one day, I have the courage to look at myself and I realize, as I've known all along, that I don't like what I see. I have always felt that in order to know where you want to go, you must first realize where you are. And to do that you must take a hard look at yourself and to always keep it real. Face the number on the scale, face your food choices. Stand up and be accountable for the decisions you have made.
So here I am keeping it real. It is May 28th and I am 157 lbs. Instead of losing 5 lbs by June 05 as was my original goal I have gained 2. The reason I have gained that weight is because of the path that I have taken. 3 weeks ago I hurt my back which has kept me from running. That is a reason why I have not been as active, but is no excuse for the food choices that I made. Chips, chocolate, cookies became part of my daily diet. I stopped sparking, stopped weighing myself and let an injury as well as personal issues in my life drag me away from my goals.
I know the path that leads to weight gain, and it is time to take a different one. I am letting go of the "all or none" mentality and I recommitting to my weight loss goals. I am doing it to be healthy, happy and fabulous! I am back to tracking food, rejoining the Spark community and focusing on myself.
My new goals: Be back to 155lbs by June 05 (lose 2 lbs)
Be 150 by July 05
145 by Aug 05
I can do it! The thing I love about SP is how it returns me to my goals, give me focus and allows me to share with you, oh unknown reader. Thanks for reading my blog!
Friday, May 06, 2011
Here I am writing down my goals and being accountable to myself and the rest of the Sparkpeople community out there...
1) I will lose 5 lbs per month for 3 months. I will be 150 lbs by June 05 2011, 145 lbs by July 5 and 140 lbs by Aug 5, 2011.
- My roadmap to get to this goal:
a) cut back on processed foods and snacks
b) pack healthy snacks for work, and plan ahead of time for making healthy dinners
c) work out 3x a week- starting with cardio, then building up to 2 strength training sessions per week
d) listen to weight loss podcasts!
e) keep sparking!
2) I will run in two 5 K runs by Aug 2011 and not feel completely winded after running them
My plans: a) train with couch 2 5 K
More to follow...
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Typically I dread coming back from vacation and facing the scale, because I usually overindulge when I am away from my home routine. This time was different though, and I am really proud of how I stayed on track during our 7 day trip to Miami. Here is what helped me:
1) Planning ahead: I brought healthy snacks such as dried fruit, nuts and energy bars so we would never have to resort to sugary nutrient-poor snacks to curb our hunger. We also made sure we had a mini fridge in our hotel room and stocked up on fresh fruit and yogurt.
2) Budgeting our meals: While we love to check out the local cuisine: we made sure to just eat out once a day. For the other 2 meals, we ate the hotel provided breakfast, and made sandwiches to take with us when sightseeing. For the breakfasts, I stayed away from the danishes, and stuck to the hard boiled eggs and fresh fruit! When we ate out, we chose healthy, local cuisine most of the time, and made sure to get in our greens.
3) Water: We bought a case of water and made sure we always had a bottle of water with us when travelling. That made it easier to stay away from the milkshakes and smoothies!
4) Walking: We did alot of walking on our trip. I logged my steps on my bodymedia fit and I walked between 5-12 miles a day!
5) Being picky: I enjoyed key lime pie in Key West, fried conch, cuban food in Little Havana. I opted out of concession stands, airport food, and processed snacks. I learned that it's okay to enjoy food, but that it is important to make sure that your food choices are quality, delicious and well worth the calories!
6) I stayed consistent with food tracking on Spark People! That helped me to keep balance and routine in my days and to remind myself of my goals.
I am slowly learning that living a healthy lifestyle means abandoning the "all or nothing" mentality. Going on vacation does not mean taking a break from the healthy habits that I am choosing to incorporate in my daily life and from the commitment I have made to be a healthier, happier me.
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