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100 Day Challenge, Day 1

Friday, January 10, 2014

So there is this article on Yahoo about a woman who decided to go to the Gym for 100 days, and blog about it. I don't think I want to do the video stuff, although I think it would be much more motivating. But I'm going to do my own little challenge, even though I don't have access to a gym or gym equipment any more, and write about it. Just to show myself the difference between the beginning and the end.

Now, I had a pinched nerve back in September, and it took forever to get better. I couldn't even reach down far enough to tie my shoes most days, and had to get my brother to help me put on my socks. Thank goodness I'm done with that! But I mostly stopped exercising during that time. This was partly because of the pinched nerve, and partly because my job assignment ended, and I no longer have access to the pool, fitness room and hot tub at the hotel. :( I miss that hot tub! So now that my back is healed, but still frequently stiff, I've been trying to motivate myself to get back into regular habits of exercise and healthy eating, because I quit tracking my food intake, too. I also want to get into a regular habit of writing during the week, just like it's a real job.

So, this is my 100 Days Journal. I intend to exercise six days a week for 100 days, and see if I can make a difference in how I feel. My biggest problem is lack of motivation, so I'm hoping keeping a journal can help me with that. The second biggest problem is lack of space. Obviously, it's January, so it's cold outside almost all day. I don't particularly want to go outside and walk right now, since I prefer walking on dry streets first thing in the morning, to icy streets in the afternoon, when the town is actually awake. Actually, when it comes right down to it, I prefer walking on a trail in the woods. But that's not going to happen in the next 100 days, so I have to make do.

I have a yoga mat, and just barely enough space to lay it down in my room. I really miss the pool and hot tub I had access to a year ago, but at least I also have access to a full kitchen. So I need to also work on eating healthier. And writing. But that's a different matter.

My plan is to use my Nintendo DS and the Personal Fitness for Women game, and do several workouts twice a week. Today is a back workout, which I need. My back is still kind of stiff and often weak from when I had that pinched nerve. I'd like to get back to where I used to be, backwise.

I'm starting off the day with an Isagenix chocolate shake, with a banana and a spoonful of peanut butter added in. If I don't add the extra calories, I finish my shake still feeling starved. I also had a serving of Ionix Supreme. Since I still have several Isagenix products left over from when I was working regularly, I might as well use them up. Although in some ways, it might be easier to plan and track my food without those shakes.

After my workout, I'm surprised both by how easy some of the exercises were, and how hard others were for me. I'm still having trouble with crunches. I can barely get my shoulders off the ground, and just a couple of them make me breathe pretty heavily. I'm attributing that to having muscles that are so out of shape, as well as having those rolls of fat getting in the way. I didn't even attempt the side plank, because that just seems too far advanced for me at this point. Maybe if I were lighter, I could actually hold myself up off the ground like that. As it is, I struggle to do pushups on my knees. I'm pretty sure my form stinks, too. But other than the planks, I did get through the workout without too much trouble. I could feel the tight, stiff muscles in my back, but at least they didn't actually hurt.

So that's Day 1. I may still try for some aerobic exercise, but that would be a little harder do in such a small space. So now I'm off to get some writing done!

  
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BUTTERFLYWINE 1/10/2014 12:47PM

    Way to go! I think what you're doing is great and it's actually inspired me to try a 100 day challenge - well at least I am thinking about it now. I think it needs to be exercise related so maybe I should dig my wii fit out and start using it every day for 100 days...

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Back on Track

Thursday, August 01, 2013

I have been backing off on the tracking and sparkpeople stuff for the last month, so I could focus on Camp NaNoWriMo. And I think I've gained back a few pounds, but I'm afraid to step on the scale to see.

So now that I've gotten my writing goal done, it's time to get back on track with my weight loss goals. My goal for the rest of this week is to track everything I eat. And if I go over, fine. But I will track it.

  


Complimenting Myself?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I'm supposed to compliment myself? Isn't that something (especially as women) we're taught not to do? So this feels weird and awkward. I don't see myself the way I see other people. And for that matter, I don't see myself the way other people see me. So I always have trouble finding good thimgs to say about myself, even though I have no trouble saying nice things about my friends.

I have to admit though, I am pretty good at my job. I have an organized mind, and I've gotten good at running my office on my own. If I totally sucked at it, I wouldn't still be here. I'd have been replaced months ago. So I need to stop focusing on the occasional error and believe the people who tell me I'm doing well.

I may have to work harder than many to lose weight, and it's easy to feel discouraged. But I have done that work, and lost more than 20 pounds this year. It feels great to be able to fit into a smaller size, even if I'm not losing weight faster. I love that I'm determined enough and motivated enough to keep going, even if it is hard.

And instead of focusing on the fact that I'm still learning how to edit and revise, I will celebrate my ability to write. I have now written a screenplay and six manuscripts, and am working on a seventh. I can write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. I've done it five times now. This is a task daunting enough that I can't convince any of my friends or family to even try it. And yet I KNOW I can do it, because I already have. I'm not sure if that makes me a Super-writer, or just crazy.

And here's a fourth compliment...I managed to say three good things anout myself!

  
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BOOK_MONSTER 8/1/2013 10:32AM

    Nothing published yet. That's my next step, and it's a little scary. I KNOW I can write a crappy first draft. Now I'm trying to learn how to revise that crappy first draft into a great final draft. And now that Nano is over, I'm going back to my current revision project, one I hope to get published.

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SUSANBEAMON 7/12/2013 12:58AM

  a screenplay and 6 manuscripts. wow. anything published that i might know?

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JOMAMA 7/11/2013 11:56AM

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AMANDANCES 7/11/2013 10:28AM

    emoticon Great blog!

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AMARANTHAQ 7/11/2013 9:55AM

    From one writer to another, you DO write an awesome blog and congratulations on doing the novel and screenplay projects really does make you a Super-writer.

Keep going on that. Loved your sharing positive things about yourself. We all need to learn to do that.

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Finding Motivation in Unexpected Places

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I tend to obsess a little about the numbers on the scale, a habit I am consciously trying to change. I weighed myself yesterday, and was slightly disappointed that I hadn't lost at least one more pound this week. Then I went and swam laps for 45 minutes, even though I don't usually do that on Wednesdays. Having a holiday really messed up my schedule, as much as I enjoyed having a day off to spend geocaching with my mother and two of my brothers.

So anyway, I woke up this morning, debating if I REALLY wanted to go for a swim today or not. It's my "normal" swim day, but I just wasn't feeling motivated. I was thinking maybe I'd take a break from exercise, or do something light.

Then I decided to step on the scale, "just to see." And that one pound was gone! Just since yesterday! That was motivation enough to go swimming, since clearly I had burned a ton of calories doing it yesterday.

My second happy surprise came later today. I have to switch hotel rooms tomorrow, so I figured I'd get a head start and start packing everything I don't need for today and tomorrow. I was stunned to realize just how much food I actually have, so no more grocery shopping until I use some of that up! Then I started on my clothes. I have a couple pairs of pants that were too small, motivation for continuing to exercise and eat healthy. I decided to try one of them on, just to see how much further I have to go until it fits comfortably. Even though it's supposedly my current size, it was still much too tight the last time I tried it on. And lo and behold, the pants are now too loose! I lost that window of "just right" and these pants have no belt loops. I guess they get to join the party with all my other "too big" clothes that I've been boxing up to donate.

It's such a great feeling to go "shopping" in my "does this really fit again" drawer. I feel like I've got a whole bunch of new clothes, and an excuse to buy a few new ones. Except that I don't want to spend much money on clothes that I sincerely hope I'll only be wearing for a short time....What a great dilemma to have!

  
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    Great!

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Geocaching

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I had a great weekend. Since Monday was Memorial Day, both my brother and I had the day off. And my mother and younger brother even decided to take the day off, a rarity during the growing season. So the four of us went geocaching.

We found three caches, and couldn't find two others. We spent most of the day driving around and walking to the caches, and saw some parts of the countryside we'd never seen before. I'd already gone for a walk that morning, so the geocaching was a nice complement to that workout.

We took a nice long lunch break by the reservoir, just relaxing and enjoying the cool breeze off the water. We'd already planned plenty of healthy, filling foods, like pasta salad with whole wheat pasta, beans and vegetables, and a black bean and corn salad. We had cherries and strawberries, sugar snap peas and baby bell peppers. I had pre-measured and pre-packaged my food, so I knew exactly how much I could and should eat.

And the best part was that I was able to keep up with the thinner members of my family much more easily than I used to be able to. I actually fit into a pair of jeans I used to wear, and they felt great. It felt even better to get out there and move.

  
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SUSANBEAMON 5/29/2013 1:24AM

  geocaching is a fun activity for a group.

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EVWINGS 5/28/2013 11:17PM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful family day. I love that you portioned everything. That was my most difficut lesson to lear - portions.

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JOJOBEE318 5/28/2013 8:28PM

    I've been thinking about trying geocaching. It sounds so fun.

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