Wednesday, August 22, 2012
So, it's Wednesday again, and this week is flying by. I am supposed to be on "staycation" but, I ended up heading to the shore and turning it into a mini vacation lol. It's very nice! I spent all day today laying on the beach under my umbrella listening to the waves and feeling the wind. It felt great, and was exactly what I needed. I just shut my eyes, listened to my music and did - well - nothing! Perfect! No work, no interruptions, just me, on a beach. :)
I am heading down to Atlantic City on Friday, and then heading home Saturday. Then.. staycation/vacation will be OVER (SIGH!). I have also decided to shake a few things up. For one, I have been eating horribly the entire time I've been at the shore. (Can you say deep-fried oreos? OMG). This month I told myself I wasn't going to weigh in, but I knew that if I went to the shore I'd screw up, so I weighed in before I left. My goal was to lose 10lbs this month, and I was 5 down. Eh, not anything considerate, but better than nothing. I highly doubt that I've lost any more (hopefully I haven't gained anything!) I have still been getting in some exercise - hour long walks with Maxwell in the AM, and vigorous play throughout the day, but I haven't gone to the gym like I wanted to since I am out of the area and there's not a Planet Fitness in sight! I did however, take a trip to Sears and scope out treadmills. I believe I found one that I SUPER LOVE, and I will be purchasing upon arriving back in PA. It's a NordicTrack C900, and it's iFit Live compatible. It looks super cool, so we'll see. I think this will help me A LOT, since I won't have any excuse not to exercise in a day. Right now, it's kind of a deterring with the gym being 25 minutes away. Who wants to wake up at 5AM to spend more time in the car than I actually spend at the gym?
I think that I'll definitely use it. I also got a webcam to.. wait for it.. video blog! Starting in September, I will start to video blog. I think it will be a good bit of encouragement for myself to prove that I can do this. I am still in the beginning of my journey (only 26lbs lost so far), so to be able to see my face and changes in my body which I'll show on the blog, instead of just reading my words and wondering how far I've come will be huge.
In other news on the Agenda, next week I'll be leading my first "SP Class Team" with another SP member (KINEPS). As I've said in almost all of my previous blogs I'm sure, is that being active with SP really helps me. I enjoy encouraging other people, just as I'd want other people to encourage me, so wish me luck with the Team, it should be fun to meet and greet new members!
That's all for now. Tomorrow is another full beach day which I'm looking forward to, soooo, I'm off! Take care Sparkies.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Ah, Wednesday. It seems to be the day where I have a little extra time and can squeeze a blog in, so I think I'll make it my official blog day.
The past few days I've been pretty good. I am sticking to my 5AM gym routine, but I'm taking tomorrow and Friday off. Tomorrow I have training for work and have to wake up early to drive two hours away, so I just don't think I'd be able to squeeze any gym time in. And I know I'll be WAY too defeated after the training to go, so I'm just going to give myself that day off. As for Friday, well, I am taking that day off too lol.
I'm giving myself those days off because I'll be pushing myself extra next week. I'm on vacation from work!!! It's more of a "stay"-cation however, because I'm not actually going anywhere. I'm taking another week in October and planning to go away then, but I usually take a week in August just for myself. I'm going to up my gym time since I don't have to be at work and I'm pretty excited about it. I'll be doing little things here and there but I plan on being outside and as active as possible. I already know I want to take a trip to the State Park and do a hike, so that will be one day. Plenty to do locally that I normally don't get a chance to do because I work 7:45-4:15.
In other news, Maxwell (my new pup) is adjusting to my lifestyle and the house, and seems to be doing quite well. He's getting into a routine and I think it works for us. I get home and we go outside and play fetch for.. well, quite awhile lol. Until he tires out which takes a looooong time! I do need to get him a longer tie though, because he wants to run far, and I can't let him off the tie because I don't have a fenced in yard.... and I don't quite trust him off leash yet.
Hmm.. what else....... Oh, I am thinking of planting a few "fall" vegetables in my garden. I've ripped up a lot of the veggies I've already harvested like the broccoli, the cabbage, the beans, and I have empty space, so I might plant a few more cooler climate veggies like more cabbage, cauliflower, etc. I've never done any fall veggies before, but I'm willing to give it a try. :)
That's all for now! Until next week,
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
I am feeling quite good about the month of August, and I hope you are too. I find that my motivation is much higher at the beginning of the month, than at the end of the month. A new month is like a fresh start, and I can try harder than I did the month prior.
So far, August has been good to me. I have been logging at least 35 minutes of cardio Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday being my off days. I have also started adding 5-10 minutes of strength training on Tuesdays/Wednesdays. I have been going pre-work (waking up at 5, getting to the gym at quarter to 6). It's EARLY.. but I know I won't go after work, so I have to try my hardest to keep up with the routine. I can do it.
Also.. I GOT A DOG!!! Finally. I was looking into adopting a dog, and I found one. He's a 1yr old Pointer/Spaniel mix that I adopted from a local shelter. His name is Maxwell!
He's such a good dog, I'm not sure how anyone could have given him up (but I am glad they did). Max is QUITE active lol, so I am sure this will help in my weight loss efforts. He has also been very helpful in my 5AM routine, because it's a little more of a push knowing that I am not just getting up for me, I am getting up to take him outside and give him a little play time. We wake up, go outside for a nice walk, bring him back, head off to the gym, come home, take him out a final time, and head to work. He also gets me outside after work. He LOVEEES to fetch. I'm also going to take him on longer walks, we have 2 great trails around here, but I need to get him acclimated first. He's very playful, and starts pulling when he sees other dogs/cats/people. He doesn't bark, he just wants to jump up and lick them. We're working on that. So far, we've got "SIT". Haha, but it's only been 4 days so...... we've got time.
So, two great reasons August is going well. I finally got the dog that I've been wanting, and waiting until I was able to care for, and I've beeen exercising haha. Woo!
I'm sticking to my more SparkPeople-ing goal too - current log in streak 36 days. My current "8 cups of water a day" streak is 31 days. I want to break 100! My last streak for logging in EVERY DAY was 66 days. I can do better than that!
I also decided that I am NOT going to weigh myself weekly this month. It's very hard not to get on the scale, but I feel great and I don't want it to hinder me any. I hid it under a towel. OFFICIAL WEIGH DAY: Saturday, September 1st. That way I get my August total, and my starting weight for September.
Hope everyone else is doing well! I see a few of my SparkFriends that haven't logged in, in awhile. I think I'm going to have to nudge the heck out of them!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
What can I say, I am a terrible blogger. I want to sit down and put all my thoughts in one place, but each time I try, I can think of at least 10 other things I could be doing instead and I trail off.
July was not as successful a month as it could have been. It's no one's fault except my own. I haven't GAINED any weight, so that is always a positive - but I didn't gym as much as I could have, and I definitely didn't eat as good as I could have. I pretty much lost the weight all at once, and then maintained for the rest of the time. I have GOT to do better. I WILL do better.
I just need to stay focused. I know I want to lose weight and become healthy, I just need to keep that in my mind at all times. I am a strong person, I know I can do this. And I will. I'm just going at a much slower pace than I would like to.
My goal this month is to lose a whopping 10lbs, 2 lbs each week. I also want to continue to be active in 20 somethings, which I super love. It's probably one of the few reasons I don't completely go off track. Thanks SparkPeople for helping me reign myself in lol.
I also want to take more pictures. Weird right? I'm enormous, in my eyes anyway, and I am no where near close to the end.. it's just that I realize I rarely look at myself except in the morning when I get dressed, then at night when I wash my face/brush my teeth. I think that constantly seeing pictures of myself being so heavy will motivate me a little more. That, and I'll have plenty of pictures to show my journey once I reach my goal :)
I'm definitely going to try harder to blog once a week and just put down how I've been doing on a weekly basis. I think it will help.
I hope all the rest of my Sparkfriends are doing well :) It's a new month ladies and gents, we can do this.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
So another month has zipped by, and I just can't believe it. I have been slacking lately, just trying to get my priorities straight in life, and I am just ready for a new start. I've got so much on my mind, and a never-ending list of things to do - HOWEVER - one thing remains stagnant: the want/need to lose weight.
It never goes away, so why do I keep slacking off and forgetting about it? Why am I putting it off? Laziness. AND it's just so darn hard. But, once again, I'm in a routine, and I will try my best to stick with it. I have been going to the gym at 5AM (I actually stuck to this for MORE than a 2 day streak lol). It's actually getting easier to wake up so early, and I find myself not needing the alarm. AWESOME. I say that now, when it gets dark in the morning.. I highly doubt it will be as easy.
So, my July goals:
Stick to going to the gym before work, at least 3 days a week. Also, go on the weekends. So, 5 days total gym time.
Stay within my calorie ranges, and eat breakfast.
Do more outside activities after work and stop plopping on the couch after being defeated from gyming and working all day. I can do this!
Lose 8lbs. That's 2 per week, I can manage. I'd take 5 too, but I am aiming high :)
Add more SparkPeople to my routine. I track food and fitness, etc.. but I love being out there in the communities and message boards.
I think that's it for now. Hope all my Sparkfriends are doing alright!!
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