Tuesday, September 13, 2011
It's now fall. I went to put on my jeans for the first time in a few months and they were TIGHT. Not good. :( So, today, I went on a hike for almost an hour. It felt good to get out again but I realized how out of shape I am.
I started tracking my food again today. Lunch was pretty bad. I need to get over the idea that I need to finish off leftovers. I feed my kids so much better than I feed myself.
Going back to the basics. I need to focus on the basics and make sure they are a part of my everyday life from now on.
Tomorrow, I will weigh. I haven't weighed since May and I'm sure it's gonna be awful. (No way in Hades I'm gonna weigh after what I just ate for lunch) But, I just have to remind myself that it is just a starting point.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Well, kinda. :)
Yesterday I conquered a huge fear of mine, group exercise classes. I've taken maybe a handful of yoga classes but only when there were a couple of people in them. I've been dying to try Zumba but fear of crowds + fear of gym x total lack of coordination = No way, Jose!
So, a member of my MOMS Club arranged for us to have a personal Zumba class (just us MOMS) for free. We were supposed to have it last week but the instructor had to cancel so we all just ended up meeting at a restaurant for drinks and dessert. (Yeah, I know. It's kinda the reason I jumped back on the Sparkwagon) Luckily we were able to schedule for this week and hubby thankfully got off work in time so I was able to make it. I wore my black capri style exercise pants and a t-shirt long enough to cover my belly if I was jumping up and down or raising my arms above my head. Definitely didn't want to be showing my tire treads to all the MOMS, ya know. So I get to the gym and I am immediately panic stricken. There is a class going on it's huge and loud and there are soooo many little, healthy people performing their exercises perfectly in sync. I try to peek through windows and I'm considering heading back to my car when I finally get flagged down by a friend and we go to find the instructor.
Turns out the instructor is not so bad. Yes, she's cute and young and ridiculously perky but she has a good sense of humor. (Which is vital because she's about to put herself in room with a bunch of out of shape mommies who are 5-10 years older than her.) We finally found the rest of the group (many were hiding at the side of the building because they were scared of the class too) and then we made our way to a little room with only a bit of window and thankfully NO MIRRORS. Latin music is already playing and my heart is already racing. The instructor passes out these "skirts" which have little discs all over them so they make a lovely (!) noise when you move your hips. Umm kay. We are all standing in the little room with these shiny and loud pieces of fabric tied around our waists and somehow, I end up in the front row of the class! (I'm gonna get those ladies back for that one!) Well, I have to say that honestly after that, I spent the next hour doing the absolute best that I could and I had a smile on my face pretty much the whole time.
The class was very cool. I lot more active than I thought it was gonna be but that is also because my fitness level is a -2. I huffed, I puffed, I sweated like a pig (?) , I maybe got one step out of 3 right, but I had fun. I realized that if anyone was working as hard as I was, then they definitely didn't have time to judge others by how well (or poorly) they were doing. I definitely like what Zumba has to offer. I might even figure out how my hips work again. (Hubby would be thrilled with that!) The other MOMS and I have talked about maybe doing another class in the near future and I'm feeling good about it. (Maybe not a BodyPump kinda class because I still feel very dangerous with free weights)
This morning I woke up and I'm a little achy but not near as sore as I thought I would be. I've already gone for a walk today and I'm trying to convince my boys to take a nap so I can bust out my Zumba Fitness for Wii that I've had for 2 months and never opened. I think if I could get a bit more practice on the footwork that I would definitely be up for going to a class every week or two. Only this time, I know to be in the middle of the group. :)
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I'm back. I fell off the wagon in a big way and I have a ton of excuses. So, instead of excuses, I'm gonna focus on the positives:
I don't have thyroid cancer. There was a month there where we were all pretty worried. Clean bill of health!
I got retested for cholesterol in February and I am in the healthy range!! All numbers were good, I just need to keep up the low cholesterol foods and get more Omega 3's.
I got an elliptical and Zumba fitness for Wii. I've got what I need to work out at home which is good because we are going to cancel the Y membership. It's just too far away, not used enough and is just too expensive to swing since our Jeep is on it's last legs. Good thing we are finally thawing out here in MN so I can do my walking again.
Going 5 months without tracking my food and without sticking to any kind of exercise schedule has taught me that I am no where near ready to go on my own and i'm not sure I will ever be. The past two days I've tracked my food and was astonished that my calorie count for the day was 2100 calories. We all know that leads to weight gain and unfortunately I have gained 9 pounds back. :( I was really disappointed in myself slipping back into old habits. I thought I was making smarter decisions, and maybe I was. However, the sheer volume of food I have been eating has been ridiculous. Staying up late leads to a bowl of cereal. Birthday parties (3 in 5 weeks) have lead to lots of cupcakes and party food. Depression and worry lead to comfort food. Everytime I treat myself, I think of it as a last meal and say "I'm gonna enjoy this now because I won't later." Seriously, I know better than that. Lifestyle change is what I'm going for here. I'm not never gonna eat this food again I just need to make sure I can afford it, calorie wise.
So, here is to starting again. I'm not starting over, but I need to get back some of my initial excitement. I've got my vision collage all ready to go. Now I'm off to bed because one of my new healthy habits is going to be to get enough sleep.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
For whatever reason, I just couldn't seem to ditch that last pound so I could make my first weight loss goal of 15 lbs. lost. I really hit the gym hard, even conquering my fear of weight machines. I was really getting discouraged. So, I hopped onto the message boards. I was reminded to check the measurements and sure enough, overall, I was down about 4 inches. Made me happy but I still really wanted to hit the magic number of 15. I was sitting at home after dinner feeling horrible and my son asked if he could have ice cream for dessert. I went to the cupboard and took out two bowls. As I started to dole out the ice cream, something in me screamed, "STOP!"
So I did. I gave my son his small bowl and I promptly put the other bowl back in the cupboard. I flew up the stairs and grabbed my gym bag. I darted back downstairs where I hurriedly told my husband that I was going to the gym. He was a little startled at the sudden onset of my intensity. I hopped in my car and made the drive to the gym. Once there, I struggled with the weights but I got them done in about 40 minutes. Not feeling like it was enough, I decided to hop on the elliptical. I pushed myself to finish the hour. After the 20 minutes was up, I decided I would keep going. I kept going for another 45 minutes!
Man, I was exhausted driving home. I stayed at the gym until it closed but when I got home, I knew there was absolutely no way I was going to ruin my hard work by eating ice cream.
So, today it was time to weigh in and what do you know, I finally kicked that last pound and even lost another half. Total down 15.5 lbs. Finally!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Yep, I'm still here. I still with it. I have lost 13 lbs. so far. I will admit that the holidays were super busy. I had family in town for Thanksgiving. I did pretty good and still managed to lose a pound. Then I went on vacation. I came back 2 pounds heavier. Then I got sick and lost 3 lbs. Then came Christmas and New Years. After 2 different 16 hour road trips, I thought for sure my diet was shot. Surprisingly, when I came home and weighed, I was down another pound!
Three pounds lost in a month isn't a huge deal, I know. But for me, the fact that I didn't gain but didn't feel deprived of my holidays says a lot. I've been lazy the past two weeks but I'm back on the bandwagon and even conquered my fear of the weight machines at the gym. I did my first circuit today and while it was intimidating, I got it done. I'm trying to do strenght training 3 times a week and step up my cardio to at least 4 times a week. Hopefully I can stick to it!
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