Saturday, June 08, 2013
Goal: To lose 20lbs in 12 weeks
Steps to Attain Goal: I will control my eating, especially portion sizes and late night snacking.
I will exercise at least 5 days per week, including strength training at least 3 days per week.
I will limit my alcohol intake.
Measure/Track: I will weigh in each Wednesday and recheck body measurements every 4 weeks.
I plan to acheive my goal by being consistent with exercise and healthy eating, tracking all food intake and visiting my team message boards for support and encouragement!
Goal Date: end of BLC22, August 28th
Rewards: Feeling stronger, leaner and lighter! I also plan to buy a new SparkPeople DVD (I love Coach Nicole!) if I lose 10lbs by the halfway point, July 17th.
Monday, February 11, 2013
I am feeling very strong right now. I know I am not back to the level I was before last October, and still have the holiday pounds to lose, but I feel so much better. Exercise is my priority now. Instead of making excuses, I just do it, to quote the ad. I've found I can carve out a 20-30 minute walk or a 45 min ST session most days. Every little bit counts. I save the longer workouts for the days when I have more time. I still can't get over the fact that I like working out!
When it comes to my eating, I am making smart choices and eating the right portions 85% of the time. I would like to get that number a little bit higher. I have found that I can't be too strict with my diet or I rebel. The thing I am struggling with the most is sugar. Over and over I make the mistake of eating 'just one piece' of candy or 'just one' cookie. Everytime it leads to a minor or major binge of sugary foods. I am not drawn to these foods as a rule, but once I taste one, it is all I can think about it. It is almost like a drug addiction! Except I don't feel good when I eat it. I plan to work really hard on this habit over the next few weeks. Lately I've been reminding myself of how hard I've been working out whenever I feel like 'having just one'. Sometimes that reminder is enough, sometimes I take the plunge anyway. I wish that someday I could have just one. But for now, I have to be realistic and try to resist!
I have been much more active on my BLC team this time around. I try and check in at least once each day. In past rounds, I never made it a priority even though posting frequently is strongly advised. I've enjoyed getting to know my teammates and sharing in their victories and struggles. It has helped me to read that others are struggling with similar issues. It is also helpful to have a place to go and share my own struggles. I'm thankful for my Ninjas!
Monday, February 04, 2013
There will always be another holiday around the bend. In the past, those special days were my excuse to throw caution to the wind, eat and drink whatever I wanted, nix the workouts and really enjoy myself. That would be fine if I limited that behavior to just one day. What I'm starting to realize (it has only taken me YEARS!) is that once I allow myself to dive off the deep end, I keep doing it. For days. For weeks. For months. Every Halloween through New Year's is like that. Then I'm 'good' for 3 or 4 weeks until the Superbowl. And the pattern starts again. I am finally making progress on that front. While I overindulged at the Superbowl Party yesterday, I kept my portions small. I didn't hang out near the food table all day. I ate vegetables. And this morning I got up, drank two glasses of water and had a healthy breakfast. I snuck a in a walk this afternoon. I haven't lost my will to be healthy because of a few unhealthy choices. And most of all, I'm not beating myself up about yesterday. There hasn't been one 'coulda shoulda woulda'. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was worth it. Life itself has a lot of give and take and so does this journey. I'm still in the battle! I just rested my weapons for a spell. And now I'm back, fiercer than ever! Bring it on....
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Hey there Robin, I've come from the future to break it down for you.
You are a wonderful, valuable, likeable, beautiful human being. You deserve to be happy. It is okay to want things for yourself, to seek out love and friendship without being afraid of rejection. You don't have to hide in your room or the library to avoid human contact. Just go out there and embrace life! So much joy and happiness is waiting for you. You just need to find it, don't wait for it to find you.
Things will start looking up for you as soon as you get out of that house. You will find that it's okay to be opinionated, talkative, and funny. There are people in the world that will appreciate you, just as you are. You don't have to put up with the constant criticism and bad attitude, and you don't have to swallow your feelings and disappointments with a spoonful (or ten) of sugar.
You haven't been taught how to eat healthy foods. Your family might sit down to dinner every night but it's not always a pleasant atmosphere, and food from a package or a box isn't the most wholesome option. I have a surprise for you. You are not only going to teach yourself how to cook, you're going to become a pretty good cook, one who gets compliments on their dishes all the time. One of your favorite things to do in the future is to spend time in the kitchen, cooking for your family. And even better...you are going to instill the joy of whole foods and healthy cooking in your children. They cannot wait for you to teach them your recipes!
You need to get your binge eating in control right away. That behavior is going to sabotage you for most of your life. You are an athlete now, spending hours on the soccer field every day, but in just one year, that will end. When you're not running around so much, your body won't be able to burn off all the ice cream, candy, cookies and chips. You will NEVER be able to make yourself feel better with food. You will have to come up with alternate means of filling that inner emptiness. You'll be surprised to hear that you will rediscover the joy of physical activity in your 30's and 40's. I wish you could hear my voice so you wouldn't have to wait so long.
You are just starting out. There are amazing things waiting for you. I can't wait for you to get here!
Friday, November 02, 2012
45 min walk (rain or shine!)
60 min yoga video
15 min ST
(possibly playing soccer w/family, will adjust the above if so)
60 min TurboJam
15 min TurboFire HIIT
45 min ST
40min SP bootcamp DVD
30+ min TurboFire DVD
45 min TurboFire DVD
15 min HIIT
60 min hike w/kids
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