Friday, November 11, 2011
Alright, people, I need to get the spark back!
I haven't fallen completely off the wagon. I'm still walking, and eating pretty well, but I'm not tracking as much as I should, and I haven't lost a pound in over a month! (I'm kindof amazed that I haven't gained.. but I have a goal to get to here!!)
I'm fumbling for reasons to keep going, and I know there are many. I am considering taking a picture of my back-flab to carry around with me and look at when I am tempted to stray too much (mostly kidding) or with getting a food scale to keep me honest (mostly serious). Back flab. Yuck.
In all honesty, though. I'd like to start a list of pros and cons of living "the spark way:"
- I just feel better when I am keeping track and hitting my calorie/fitness goals.
- It's great to have something to work for every day.
- My relationship is much better when I'm "sparking." I have more patience with my hubs, and feel better about myself which makes me more...um...loving towards him as well.
- More energy and patience with my little guy.
- Hearing people say "you look great" and "you look like you're losing weight" feels sooo good.
- Buying new clothes!
- Combating a family history of high blood pressure/heart disease.
- Feeling like all goals (body and non-body related) are in reach.
- Its harder to cook a healthy meal than order thai! You need to have groceries and stuff.
- It can be annoying to have to log everything I eat (though the tracker on my phone really helps)
Basically, the pros are really really amazing, and the cons are mostly about me being lazy. The cons can all be overcome. I feel so much better on spark. I feel SO much better on spark. I need to make this happen!!
How about you? What are your pros? What words of wisdom do you have to share?
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Today I worked in my yard for 5 hours, laying down sod. I prepped the soil, raked it, added the top soil, raked again, loaded and unloaded sod into the car, then put down the sod and watered the new grass. Does that not sound super duper fun to you? :)
It was amazing!! I love being outside, and I love working in the yard, though I am not usually one for manual labor. Leave the bulb planting and stuff to me, thankyouverymuch.
But this time was different. I don't know if its that my spark workouts (or carrying around my one year old) have strengthened my body, or taking pride in my new home has strengthened my resolve, but I know in the past I would have left the heavy lifting to my husband.
One of the things that's so great about a project like this is that you see results *fast* and instant gratification is fun. And did you know gardening burns about a million calories? AND - Keeping myself busy with this project definitely kept the snacking to a minimum.
I finished the day dirty, sore, happy and with a slammin' lawn. Not too shabby for one day's work.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
That's what they call me. Just kidding, no one has ever called me Mrs. October. But this year, I plan to be the queen of October.
Last October: Shuffling around, 41+ weeks pregnant, 225+ pounds (yikes! I have never "told" anyone that... and my boy weighed less than 7 pounds when he came out!), bloated, sore and scared about the future. But excited. So so excited.
This October: Power walking with my toddler in the stroller, *not pregnant*, 177 pounds, feeling empowered, feeling "the spark," making the changes in my life. Still excited.
I am making a major push to stick to the plan in October. I pledge to track my food every single day. I pledge to do at least 20 minutes of cardio every day (140 minutes per week). I am amped. I am ready to go. I am Mrs. October.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I never ever consider myself "fat." I never make jokes on my own account. I just don't do that. But that naggy BMI calculator tells me I am fat. Worse, even! Obese!
When I re-joined SP in Feb, 2011, 4 months after having my little guy, that BMI calculator was my worst enemy. There I was, 196 pounds, square in the "obese" category. Yikes! That was a wake-up call.
Well, at 177, I am 3 pounds away from the *magic* 174. What's 174? Well, it's the very-very upper end of the overweight category. So pretty soon I won't be obese anymore, just overweight.
174. That will be calls for a celebration. It will mark 1/3 of the way to losing 30 before I turn 30. It will be right around my "pre-pregnancy weight" (a topic for another blog post) and it will be the end of my obesity.
174. I'll let you know when I get there :)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
No one likes saggy jeans, right? I guess it feels kind of nice, in some sick way, to have to hike up your jeans all the time. It makes you feel skinny. But who likes a saggy butt? No one!!
Today I walked into a department store wearing my size 14 jeans. I purchased these jeans when I realized I wasn't going to lose my baby weight in an instant like my friends seemed to. These pants were an admission that this was going to take work, and time, and in the meantime, I needed some pants that fit. I need to back away from the bella band.
So today, I waked into that department store, hiking up those pants. I didn't have enough time to do a *serious* jeans search, so I just decided to buy the exact same style as the saggy, baggy pair I was wearing. And I did. In a SIZE TEN!! Now, mind you, I am pretty sure this was vanity sizing at its finest. I mean, I still weigh 177 pounds, what business do I have in a 10? But, that means the 14 was a vanity size too...so...yeah... Now I have some pants that don't sag, don't bag. For now! :)
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