Monday, April 01, 2013
Yesterday, I had planned on making it to the gym, but with a busy schedule, I never made it. We were out and about, but when we got home, I made a focused effort to get a good workout in on the treadmill. Therefore, I tried a new program on the treadmill at home. Mind you, this is not something that I've done before!! This program had me running at 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0. I couldn't run the whole time, but I was able to run for some of it... that was huge for me!!! Honestly, I really could've used an oxygen tank!! :)
Tonight, I was bound and determined to get back on the treadmill after our family Easter visits. Although I wasn't really feeling it, I changed clothes, got my tennies on and hopped on the treadmill. I tried another new program. This program was longer in length of time, but not as high in speed. My daughter was encouraging me and rooting me on. When I was done, my daughter jumped on and did the same workout. After we talked about it and took a breather, I got back on to try another workout and was able to actually run for longer at 6.0. I can't tell you how awesome this made me feel!!! I was actually doing it and doing it for longer without taking a break. I've always dreamt of this, but never been able to do it, not like this! I had done it once or twice just to try it, but this felt totally different. Additionally, the support, motivation and co-participation by my daughter was an incredible plus! After my second time on the treadmill, she got back on and did it again.
Together, we had a great workout and it was so awesome to see my daughter really succeeding on the treadmill right there with me!!
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I'm so ready to purchase a fitness tracker and I'm a little confused as to which one to purchase. It's a big purchase for me so I want to get it right.
Just over a year ago, my daughter bought me a New Balance DuoSport Watch that has the heart rate monitor on it and a few other things. I think she thought it was a fitness tracker, but I've never really been able to figure out how to work the darn thing. There's too many buttons and flashing things and I never know what it's doing or how I got it to do it.
I'm thinking that I want a health/fitness tracker, but the two that I hear the most about are the FitBit and the BodyMedia.
Do you have one? Do you wear it all the time? Does it help you to track?
Which one do you recommend and why? Why not the other?
I'm anxious to hear! Thanks so much for your feedback!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ok, so I started getting back on track about 4 weeks ago. I started out mentally, then saw my doctor for a physical, started my new healthier eating and then last Friday started to incorporate my physical activity into my lifestyle change. Friday, we walked / jogged with the dogs and one of my daughters. Saturday, my other daughter went and played tennis with me. On Sunday, my oldest daughter took all of us hiking for my birthday. She knew I wanted to do something active, the weather was beautiful here in Phoenix and it would be a great experience. I was up for it, confident (yet a little concerned as my lack of experience). I had wrapped my knees, been drinking my water, stretched and was ready to conquer!
We went to this park called Usery Mountain and they mentioned something about going up above the yellow lines on the mountain, but I just wanted to get started. I understand that it was only 1.5 miles in (or up), so it makes for a 3 mile hike. The Wind Cave is the shadowed area just above the cactus on the right and that was our destination.
I can't tell you how many times I had to stop and take a breath or take a sip of water. I can't tell you how many rocks you have to climb over or around. I had to rest a few times and every time I thought we were close to the top, I was wrong. They kept telling me that we were almost there (well, they lied!!!). LOL...
I had gotten about 15-20 feet from where some of my party was which was at the top and I had said, "I'm good with this. I can consider that I made it... I'm close enough." My 2 youngest daughters were with me so we took a minute to catch our breath, and then they encouraged me to finish it out. "You've come this far mom, just take a breath and finish it," said my oldest. "Mom, you can't unmotivate yourself now... look how far you've come. This part is nothing compared to what you've already accomplished," said my youngest. That was it... those were the words that I needed. Another 20 feet and I made it to the top.
This is my family at the top of Usery Mountain at the Wind Cave. Although I accused a few of them of trying to kill me on my birthday, I can't tell you how much I appreciated this challenge, the support and encouragement that I got! This is truly a birthday that I will never forget!
This is me (shadowed) as we looked out over Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona. That day has now encouraged me to go for at least a small hike every week. Next year, on my birthday, I think I'm going to set a goal to hike Camelback Mountain because I will be in better shape and weigh less!!! :)
Monday, February 11, 2013
I had a horrible dream last night and I didn't feel as though I could get out of it. I hate those!
You see, I have been gearing up to start my journey again, but since I've done this so many times, I feel like it's just a routine. When am I going to really make it stick? I mentally started about 3 or 4 weeks ago, went for my physical and talked to my doctor about 2 weeks ago and since then, I've been doing really pretty well. I've lost 7 pounds in less than 2 weeks and last week, I went to a medical weight control clinic and began getting a serious of B12 shots along with a few supplements. However, over the weekend, I just didn't have the energy like I wanted. I took a walk and we went places, but I really just didn't have the energy that I was hoping for. I didn't eat enough and I think that's because I was mentally aware that I wasn't being as active.
So, last night, I had a dream that I had gained back the 7 pounds plus more. I remember seeing myself in the mirror and horrified that I failed at my weight loss journey again and I was so miserable. I didn't feel like I could move and I was very uncomforable. I remember thinking in my dream that "I was feeling so good and was able to move so much better when I didn't have this weight on me (as little as it was)"... I can't imagine how good I would feel if I lost the weight that I really need to.
This morning, I'm geared up... again... still!!! I started my morning with ice water (which is such a hard thing for me to do) and planned my day/week really well. I'm excited to see how good I feel with more weight off... for good!!!
I'm a DONE girl!!!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
When I lost 25 pounds last year (before gaining it back), I had made it clear to my family that I didn't want them telling anyone outside of our home (including extended family that we see every week) about my journey that I was starting ONCE AGAIN. I didn't want to hear the "here we go again" or "yay, good luck... one more time" as it would just make me feel like I was setting myself up for failure (which is the way I was feeling already). Therefore, I was feeling good about myself after I started eating right, working out and losing 25 pounds.
One day, my father-in-law, God love him, said "Shelley, there's something different about you. You look good." I remember how excited I was that he was going to say that he could tell that I had lost a few pounds, great job, keep it up... and then he said it "oh, that's it, I think you've done something different with your make up." I just wanted to tell him that I had lost, but I think, at that point, it was too late. What he thought was a compliment, I took as being just short of one.
This time, I'm trying to be a little different with my journey. I'm not keeping to myself, but I'm not shouting it from the rooftops either (I will definitely do that after I become successful with my weight loss and healthier eating again).
It's funny because it's only been about 5 pounds and it's only my first week back on track, but I feel GREAT!!! I have been wondering though ... how long will it take for someone to notice a weight loss? Will I have to wait for 50 pounds for someone to notice or will someone catch a clue by my happier and more radiant self at 30 pounds? I wonder how it is for other people that have lost weight (and started with a bit more to lose such as myself)?
I think this time, I'll start telling people after I lose 20 pounds so I can get the feedback and encouragement that it seems as though I need. Then again, I don't know... this is ALL FOR ME!!!
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