Sunday, March 17, 2013
Week one is complete. Things went well, though I only had 3 games this week. Kept up with all my workouts, except Saturday (10:00 game-need to arrive 30 min before-and 40 minute drive). I had planned to go after the game, but it was freezing (it snowed during) and when I got home I just wanted to get warm. I'm not thrilled with myself over that, but I have to look at the other positives I can take away from the week. For instance, ditching the energy drinks/bars and replacing them with healthy snacks: walnuts/craisins before came (100 cal) and either apple & peanut butter or pear and reduced fat string cheese for post game. This is important to make sure I'm not beyond hungry when I get home since its after 6 and I normally eat dinner right at 5:00. My body was much better prepared to accept the physical demands of umpiring and thus my recovery time was much shorter, and didn't impede my workouts the day after. The logistics of making sure the boys (my grandsons that I babysit daily) are looked after so that I can get to my games on time has still been a bit stressful due to my dil's mother having to care for her father (she was my relief plan) but, hopefully that will resolve itself shortly. Overall, it was a good week, wish the weather her would be more cooperative and springlike but I'm excited for the season to get in full swing! I know the extra activity will help with my weight loss.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It was so great to be back on the softball field yesterday...and even better that I had no physical pain when I woke up this morning. Typically,mthe day after a game would be very painful for me, with knee and even some pain in my Achilles tendon...so losing 10% of the weight I was carrying around has had an obvious positive impact...hoping that my game scheduled for tomorrow doesn't get cancelled because of today's rain.
Monday, March 11, 2013
But still on track! I caught a nasty upper respiratory virus from my babies...feeling pretty crummy since Friday. Happy to say I didn't let this interrupt my progress or derail me! I did all my strength training sessions, as scheduled, cardio wasn't as intense,because it's hard to breathe, but I moved....evenSunday when I really was at my worst I went out for walk not really pushing it, but I moved, so I'm happy with that! I'm still #streakintospring-ing and I think that's great under the circumstances...
Today was my first softball umpiring of the season. It felt so great to have my "baggy" pants during the game. I had to adjust everything to make it smaller, and it felt great! Thankfully, it was a beautiful day, and my cold cooperated by not making me need to blow my nose during the game!
I'm excited for the season to start because now my general activity, outside the gym, will pick up exponentially! That should really translate to more pounds lost. Part of how I gained weight back was doing my umpiring. I would stop and get a Monster (no calorie) drink and an energy bar: sometimes I'd get two so I had one for the ride home.
I'd convince myself I needed the energy I'd get from them...jokes on me, even though I knew what I was doing, I made myself believe it was ok. Since my games usually begin at 3:45 and don't finish until about 5:45, I do need something to eat either before or after my game. So I planned ahead and brought a sliced apple and 2 tablespoons of simply jiff peanut butter and I ate it after the game. It was a perfect snack and I'm glad I made that healthy choice!
Umpire season presents many challenges, but I feel like I've learned from past mistakes, and that I will be able to make better choices to deal with the challenges.
I'm so glad I've found my way back!
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Today was a trying day, and I found myself having a pity party....I don't often do that, but I have my problems, just like everyone else. While in the midst of this self-induced crisis, I found out how destructive this type of behavior could be....this happened while making my salad for lunch. I caught myself starting to loosen my self control and stopped midstream. I thought immediately of the effort I put forth in spin class this morning and snapped out of the mental funk. I realized that hard work was too important to make meaningless by slipping up with food....that's a huge thing for me and reinforces how far I've come since November, when I would have just rolled with it and given myself permission to ignore counting and tracking my calorie intake.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Still going strong now for 18 weeks! I'm getting close to my next SP trophy so I've been on here a lot recently. Some of the info is so good I wish more people would take the time to read it and put it into practice. I recently saw a post by a SP member on FB under the #streakintospring challenge. She was lamenting her lack of motivation and excusing it away for various reasons and said she wants to try and do better...we all know that verbage, and the lame excuses - been in that place before... But to find motivation you need to lose the words like try, hope, wish, want, etc. they are the words of failure! We can't move forward by giving ourselves permission to fail. I knew I on my way back to success when I told a gym friend , who asked where I'd been, that I finally had found my way back for good...I had started to use the word "hopefully, but stopped myself-hope doesn't do it-I was committed to being focused and staying on track-and I let myself know that!
Sometimes I get frustrated by reading some posts because I see how people are still kidding themselves about having changed their lives, but they still use phrases like "it's better than nothing"...change has to happen and be accepted as a forever thing or else we will never reach and stay at our goals-I learned this the hard way!
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