Saturday, July 19, 2014
I noticed that I haven't blogged in over two YEARS. I've never been much of a blogger, but sometimes I do feel the need to get my thoughts down in writing.
This year started with me resetting my goals, getting plenty of sleep, focusing on consistency, adding in new technology (BodyMedia LINK) to help get back to my goal weight. I busted my butt for months. Measuring, weighing, counting and tracking all of my food, compulsively at times. Even on days I didn't track my food, I had my armband there to tell me how many calories I had burned so I could consciously make sure I was still on track. Most of the days I didn't track was due to being so active – like doing heavy yardwork or gardening for the greater part of a day. There were days that I burned around 2500 calories, but my average was around 2,000 even if I didn't workout that day. I got back into running when I could and completed my second Dirty Girl Mud Run 5k in June. I ran with my sister, which was awesome.
But then I QUIT. I didn't quit in a fed-up, out of frustration kind of way though. I quit in a very deliberate way. I had been working so hard and counting calories for months. The numbers were showing that I should have been losing a pound a week, for months. Despite all of the "data," I had actually GAINED a pound over those months. I guess I now understand the frustration of a plateau! The reason I quit was because I was stressing so much over the constant tracking and worrying that I didn't think it was good for my health either. So I put my armband away in a drawer, didn't visit SparkPeople much, didn't fret about measuring, weighing, counting and tracking all of my food... I relaxed, ate more donuts than I have in the past 10 years combined, went on ice cream dates with my hubby, spent time meditating in the garden instead of working out, avoided working out altogether for the last month, tried to spend more time with family and friends...
On a whim, I weighed myself this morning and had lost a couple of pounds!
I'm going to get back on the horse and try to get my butt in gear, but this serves as a reminder to myself about how unhealthy stress can be. Don't fret over eating a couple extra almonds, or craving a donut. I have to remember to enjoy life. Calories in / calories out is way too simplified of a concept for reality.
I'm looking forward to eating lots of fresh veggies from the garden that we've worked so hard in this year. I'd love to lose another few pounds, but I'm realizing all of the goals, tracking, etc. may be too regimented for me. I need to lighten up and remember to reward myself with donuts occasionally.
Have a great week Sparkers!
Saturday, May 05, 2012
So after around a year of being too chicken to start the P90x workouts that my brother gave me, I finally forced myself to set a start date. I sat down and made my schedule through the end of July to follow the P90x Lean plan. I think what initially worried me was the first workout that I previewed was literally a full hour of pushups and pullups... neither one I care for at all. But the Lean option is geared more towards toning instead of bulking up (more suitable for women) and that first workout I watched is only in the schedule twice over 13 weeks – which I may just replace them with another workout instead.
I kept making excuses that I couldn't commit for 13 weeks, doubting my abilities, finding time for the longer workouts, six days a week, etc... but "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy." ~Dale Carnegie
I was excited to challenge myself and push my boundaries further than before.
The workouts this week were:
Core Synergistics (Easier than expected)
Cardio X (Need to work harder next time)
Chest, shoulders and triceps/Ab Ripper X (Need heavier weights)
Yoga X (90 minutes! I have no balance)
Legs and back/Ab Ripper X (Yowza wall squats)
Kenpo X (I don't think I've ever sweat so much!)
I was surprised that I did really well my first time! It was challenging, but not nearly as challenging as I though it would be. (I had myself worried that it would be too hard!) I was learning the moves this week, and will be able to push myself harder next week now that I know what to expect. I need to get heavier weights. The heaviest I have is a set of 8lb weights, which is too light for some of the moves. My SIL gave me those and they don't have coated grips, so I'd like to replace those and maybe get 10 to 15's but they are really expensive! Finances are tight as always, so I need to find someone selling weights for cheap (or getting rid of them. lol)
The same schedule is to repeat this for two more weeks then switch to a recovery week that is cardio/yoga only and none of the weight lifting days. Then it will switch up after that.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
I'm sticking with my typical meal plan and not the P90x one, I'm not tracking my reps/weight, and didn't take before/after pics. I'm not a competitive person. I just want to challenge myself to do my best I can for 13 weeks for the health benefits. I still don't own a scale and am not chasing a number. If I happen to lose a couple of pounds along the journey, it will be a bonus. I feel that people need to remind themselves that fitness isn't about seeing a number on the scale. It's for LIFE, creating healthy habits you can maintain. When I see people freaking out about their weight going up a half pound, I think it is the most absurd thing. I feel like those people have lost sight of the big picture. They get tunnel vision that only sees a number... and they forget how wonderful they feel, how far they've come, and how they've probably added years to their lives.... I think those people need to read (or re-read) The Spark!
In other awesome news, my hopes of some of this rubbing off on my husband has been working. He's very quiet about it and I don't push him about weightloss much because I feel like he has to WANT to do this on his own to make it happen. I just knew I would be there to help him along as needed. He eats the healthy foods I cook, and I noticed that he was slowly working at not getting seconds at dinner, watching portion sizes, not snacking as much, reducing his soda/iced tea intake, and I even saw him READING LABELS to see what the portions were!! (I almost fell over when I saw that one! It made my heart dance with joy) It took a year of gentle nudging about his soda consumption, but now that he's seeing results, the momentum has started! He's been carrying a water bottle and a MIO with him instead. I have been so proud to see him trying. And I was even happier noticing that his face was thinning out and that his pants were looking baggier. So yesterday I just made a comment that his wedding ring looked really loose on his finger. And he proudly stated that he is down 15 pounds, and had to go down a belt loop because his pants were falling off. I saw a twinkle of self-satisfaction in his eyes when he said it. (They have a scale at his work that he's been stepping on to check.) I couldn't be more proud of him and his efforts. I've been so worried about his health, as he's gained a lot of weight and when I calculated his BMI, he's in the Class II Obesity level. He has a ways to go still (50ish pounds), but I am just so proud that he's started working towards being healthier!
Sorry for the long blog! My blogs are few and far between, so I tend to ramble on...
Happy weekend Sparkers!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Coach Nicole posted this on Facebook and it really hit home with me.
Repeat for LIFE is the 'biggie' for me. I'm closing in on almost a year of 30+ pounds lost (healthy BMI!) and MAINTAINED without fad or restrictive dieting. Sure, my weight went a little up around the holidays, but I re-focused, didn't let it discourage me and fixed it. And I still lack willpower around sweets at times, but I know that I won't have a loss that week, or need to workout a bit more to offset the little splurges (Luckily I can stop at indulgences and not binge). This is my new lifestyle. I track my calories in / out and work out at least 30 minutes five days a week (usually more). It is amazing that with all of the diet fads out there, it simply equates to calories in, calories out. As long as I am honest and true to my tracking, and giving it my all in workouts – it WORKS! I do hope to lose a little bit more over time, but I have reached a point where I love my body again. I love my new muscles!
I just get so filled with joy that I found SparkPeople and that it has given me hope to maintain this healthy lifestyle, deal with struggles (I have plenty) and hopefully inspire others to do the same. This supportive environment made all the difference. Whether you need to lose 140 pounds or 40 pounds, or want advice on starting to run a 5k, we are in this together!
I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and active weekend!!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
... Foods that seem 'bad," but are REALLY HEALTHY! We had Almond Joy Steel Cut Oats for breakfast. It turned out really well and my husband went in for seconds, which was a good sign. Then we just finished up our Buffalo Blue Chicken Quinoa for dinner (with grilled asparagus). And it was fantastic. My husband even commented on how filling it was. He and I ate the same amount and I am totally stuffed. I have some garlic parmesan kale chips baking in the oven for our snack too. I bought a bag of kale at Trader Joes last weekend, but haven't done anything with it yet. I've only had kale a couple of times, but always liked it. It made me wonder why we don't eat it more often. I posted both of my recipes on SparkPeople and the kale chips recipe was from here too. I love trying new recipes. Pinterest has been great for finding healthy new foods to try. Last week was a bit of a struggle with being so busy with work. I found myself eating more quick, processed foods, frozen pizza, cereal (love kashi go lean crunch with Almond Breeze!) and much more snacking. I have found that the less sleep I am getting the more of a snackopotomus I am. That made for a bad week – the one night I never even went to sleep. The downfall to having a deadline-driven job.
I was a bit short on my exercise goals last week with the workout I quit not long after starting. Not sure why I was feeling so off, but I made up for it with a killer workout last night. I was drenched in sweat and out of breath – it felt awesome. It felt so good that I didn't want to quit, but it was late and I wanted to make sure I focus on my sleep goals too. To finish/stretch I tried a more-challenging yoga routine that about kicked my butt. I was falling all over the place! Yoga is helping with my balance, but I'll need to work on that routine a bit more (chuckle) before I'll get it down. For anyone who want to try yoga, Tara Stiles has some FREE short yoga podcasts online. Most are only a couple of minutes, some are silly, but there are a couple around 10 minutes that I always do. I try to end my workouts with them to stretch and cool down. And who can argue with FREE.
Ready to make it an awesome week! The weather is fantastic and is helping to make me feel energized. I have to cut the weekend a bit short and get work done today, but another weekend will be right around the corner.
Happy FUNday Sunday Sparkers!
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