Monday, January 10, 2011
Happy New Years! My New Year’s Resolution has finally been compiled and I am thrilled to share it all with you. As I mentioned in my last blog entry, I came down with a terrible virus that had me sick for about two weeks. I caught it near Christmas time from my two nieces and have been out-of-commission since then. Thankfully I have been eating and drinking tons of fluids so that has seemed to assist in healing myself without too many over-the-counter medications.
: Since December I have been thankful enough to have reached my “normal” BMI weight. Seeing that I am only 4’ 10”, I have a very low BMI weight to reach – so please don’t think that my weight is lower than it should be – I seriously have a small frame and stature– so people tell me. My goal is to lose another 10-15 pounds by the end of this year. Even though this does not sound like much, I am in my normal range now, so it is harder to lose weight the closer you get to your “goal weight”. I plan to be around 97-107 pounds. Yes, that is a difference of 10 pounds but I plan on seeing how I feel once I reach somewhere around this weight. I have read that each person has his/her own “happy weight” so I plan to test the waters and see what my body feels best at and then try to keep it there for health and happiness.
: Still keeping with the vegan diet lifestyle, we are going to try to get even healthier with our eating habits. Yes, we are vegan but, no, that does not mean that everything that is vegan is healthy. I do have an attraction/addiction to eating sugary foods, chips, and bread throughout the day. Since I work from home, this is slightly dangerous having around the household for me. I never want to restrict things from my diet though, so I have to teach myself to moderate these foods. In addition, we have started to have a snack and herbal tea at nighttime, which I know is a bad habit. I am hoping to reduce the snack to something healthy like cut vegetables and a cuppa herbal tea. My calorie count will continue to be around 1200-1300 a day since this amount seems to work for my body. I have one “cheat” day a week where I do not count calories as much and I will continue to eat around 1200-1500 calories.
: In university, I studied pre-veterinary science which meant that I learnt a lot to do with health and nutrition. Most classes were required for pre-vet students and pre-med students alike. So, I know that the interest has always been sparked since my younger years. I have to university degrees but neither of them are in science strangely enough. So, I have been contemplating on going back to school to get a nutrition degree or med degree. Unfortunately I’m still paying off the loans from the previous two degrees so it’s not possible at the moment but I plan on sticking to learning a little on my own. I want to study holistic medicine and possibly start up some nutrition classes for dieticians. Through this research, I plan on studying more about the mind and it’s emotional reactions and triggers to food and exercise while also learning more about general nutrition and holistic healing. Maybe even a few real classes are in my future!
: This last year I had a goal of running more often and around 14 miles a week. I managed to overdo that goal and go the “extra mile”. For my birthday, I ran a half a marathon length. Unfortunately, I was laid out on the bathroom floor with fatigue an hour afterwards. Haha I was the prettiest sight to see! My poor husband! So, this year I want to have a resolve to run another half a marathon and not practically die afterwards… It’s not good to overdo, doesn’t feel good either! Also, I am going to join a Nike+ online competition to keep motivated and make a full schedule of my running routine to keep to.
: Yes, I do believe in cross training to increase my body build and also increase my running skills over time. I lift some weight but I really have a short attention span for it. I plan this year on doing more weight lifting and possibly learning to love it. In our gym, there are only a few weights, so I plan on making out a game or something to help me keep motivated to stay more than 10 mins lifting. I also want to increase yoga to at least once a week, Pilates and possibly zumba. My main goal – 6 pk baby!
: We got the Wii for Christmas this year so we plan on taking full advantage of it. We do not have the Wii Fitness yet with the balance board, so that is my wish for this year. We have the general Wii sports however it does get boring after a while of playing – even the extremely competitive way we play tennis in my household.
: I am one of those people that has the belief “clean room, clean mind”. I am a clean freak but I have fallen a little short this last year. I’m trying to relax a little with cleaning so my husband does not go crazy but with a hectic schedule, I hope to plan out a better routine to make sure that everything is done each week. I have the belief that if the house is clean, I can think clearer so that is my intentions.
: I plan on rewarding myself more this year. I know that I am working hard at getting a better lifestyle so I hope to encourage myself even more this year to pamper myself and my husband. We are planning a trip to Australia in a few months so that is a major incentive and perk for my exercise. I want to learn to surf while in Australia and get in my swimming suit without having self-conscience issues about my body. Hitting the beaches in Australia will be a great reward! The rest of the year I am planning spa days and general rewards to keep me going and increase the love for myself.
: God is very important to me and is the main reason why I want to get healthier. I believe that if I can get healthier, I can do the work for him on earth better! I plan on increasing my daily devotional time with Him and doing more of His work out in public.
: I am really lazy with appearance… I’m not fashion forward and was never taught the basics to makeup and hairstyles. I want to learn to love myself this year so I need to do an outward makeover too. I love myself inward but it’s hard to love the outside when I do not take the time to learn new tricks to help myself feel and look better on the outside.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Happy New Years Everyone! I just wanted to give you all a heads' up that I am going to be starting up once again on January 10th, 2011! I caught a nasty virus that has been hitting me hard since Christmas. I love my nieces but the two little munchkins are sure germ carriers! Gotta love them anyways though.
So, during the days I was able to stay awake for more than ten minutes and not be coughing up a storm, I have been able to really think about what I wanted to do with my resolutions this year. Things are going to get shaken up and really exciting for 2011! I can't wait, I'll clue you all in tomorrow!
Monday, December 20, 2010
My mindset is upon the holiday season that has fallen upon on us once again. It seriously seems like December keeps getting shorter and shorter and the years go by each year. But, I love the holiday season so I guess I can't complain too much.
This last weekend my husband and I stayed in just about the whole time - gasp, we even skipped church on Sunday morning. Sorry God, please forgive us this once... Since we had already completed our shopping a few weeks ago and everything is wrapped and placed under our living Christmas tree, we had the chance to spend a lovely time together. We made about 9 different kinds of vegan Christmas cookies to take to friends and family members and spread joy. Lots of Live365.com streaming Christmas music in the household and the sounds of too highly excited carolers belting it out. (Sorry neighbors) Our furry babies loved it the whole time!
Thankfully we had so much energy that we decided we would go ahead and exercise on Saturday and Sunday! Yay! Saturday I managed to run only 2.7 miles in 25 minutes. Not the best time or length but at least we did it. I was a wee bit congested still so I didn't want to overdo the running. Then on Sunday I managed to run just shy of 5 miles in one hour. These were both runs on the treadmill seeing that it was dangerously cold outside. brrrr...
I am seriously crushing on my Nano Ipod and NikePlus trainer. It is amazing! We have always used the Garmin GPS watch but that was my husbands' job. Now, I can keep track throughout my running and keep control of what I want to do in my run. The NikePlus has the option to pick what you want to track - ie, miles, calories, time and so on. It will keep track of everything, no matter what type of "workout" you want to choose. The difference is when you are running you can press the center button any time and it will give you an update on say the calories (which is what I did Sunday) that you have burnt. So, seeing that I wanted to burn off 500 calories it did a countdown for me every 50 calories. It speaks to you telling you every 50 burnt off. Then when you go over the amount it keeps telling you how much more you are burning. It is a great motivation technology piece. I highly suggest it!
So, on to the status report. I haven't done one of these in a long time but figured I might as well do one before the holidays to keep me thinking about controlling my vegan cookie consumption to a minimum.
The last few days I have been seeing 117 on the scale so I'm pretty happy with that amount. Being the holidays for me usually means not seeing any change so a pound lose is amazing! Then, when I got on this morning (I do it every morning), I lost another partial pound! I saw 116.6!!! I was jumping up and down (sorry again neighbors). My husband was laughing at me because I was taking photos of the scale just in case. haha I'll post it later after I download it.
Other measurements: Basically everything has stayed the same but I did see a decrease in since my last status report a while back in Oct
Weight: 3 pounds
Waist: 1 inch
Hips: same (not much to lose there)
Neck: Same(not much to lose there)
Thigh: Same (not much to lose there)
Upper Arm: Same
Waist to Hip Ratio: .03
Body Fat: .23
All in all, I'm really happy with my weight lose! My BMI states that I can be around 96 to 120 for a normal range however I'm working on less body fat now so that I make sure that my heart is as healthy as possible!
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