Wednesday, July 08, 2009
under construction...... remodeling!!!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
On the wagon but on the edge hanging by a wing and a prayer. The past couple of weeks have been very discouraging for me and the fact that I'm discouraged is discouraging me even more. I'm in a funk and cant seem to get out of it. I had the flu and wasn't able to go to the gym for a week. I was so bummed. I have heard that for every day you miss you are set back two. Getting past that 1 - 2 ratio is not easy. It has been tough getting my endurance back especially with strength training but I'm working on it.
Cant seem to shake the funks. I have been asking myself over and over what have I done wrong that would cause the funks. My energy is gone, I'm tired all the time, motivation is in low gear, emotional eating is in high gear chowing down anything with sugar and tons of carbs. On top of that I have added in the "Girl Scout Diet" diet. Needless to say my staying within my target calorie range has been hosed. UGHHHHHH I have to figure this out soon. If I don't, I'm afraid that I will give up.
So today I sat down and began asking myself these questions:
Do I need to change my workout routine? Do I set smaller short term goals instead of reaching for the whole pie? Do I re-evaluate my meal planning? Should I take a step back from trying to be everything for everyone and focus on my needs? Do I stop working out with my sister in law and letting her dictate the type of workouts we do, when we workout, how we workout? How do I stop eating food with sugar? How do I get myself to drink more water?
Do I limit my Sparking to 2 or 3 teams that I can participate and not feel a crunch for time? How do I learn to believe that I can do this?
I have spent the last couple of days thinking about what changes I can make so I don't let these issues consume me to the point where I want to quit. I've taken a hard look inside myself hoping to find my motivation, inspiration, and determination once again . Believing in myself has not been one of my strong points. This will be a challenge.
After much thought and soul searching I have come up with a new game plan. I have made a new playbook with short term goals that I hope I can track on a daily basis while helping me win this game. I need to concentrate on the now and start believing in myself. Being selfish is not who I am but if I'm not then I'm not going to succeed. If I don't succeed then I will always be hanging on the edge of the wagon by a wing and a prayer. I want to succeed for ME! I want to ride IN the wagon!
Here is my new, improved self-centered road map to help me find my way while on this journey:
1. Set up my own workout plan based on my needs and schedule. When I joined the gym I paid for a personal training session and have not done any of the suggested exercises once
2. Track every meal every day
3. Drink 4 cups of water a day....Increasing up to 8 per day
4. Go completely sugar free starting one day at a time
5. Re-evaluate my Spark Teams and commitments
6. Do a 10 minute Crunchless Abs video every day
Monday begins a new week with new goals. I hope that I will be able to renew my motivation, inspiration, and determination so I'm once again riding in the wagon instead of hanging on the edge by a wing and a prayer.
Friday, February 06, 2009
When I started this journey I thought all I have to do is watch what I eat, start working out and the pounds will just start dropping off. WRONG!!!!! There is so much more to losing weight. Never once thought about how turning fat into muscle, drinking more water, the emotional roller coaster, and discouragement would make or break my motivation. Being a member of the " I WANT IT NOW" mindset I seriously thought I would start to see results within a month. Especially since I was seeing so many other Sparkers dropping pounds right and left. WRONG!!! Then I thought surely the next month I would start seeing a loss since by then I was working out 4-5 times a week. NOT!!! Here I am around six weeks into my quest for a new body and I had not lost that first pound. I was so discouraged .
Im thinking what am I doing wrong? Im watching what I eat, Im working out doing both cardio and weight training, Im tracking.....Ughhhh!
What am I missing??? In discussing this with a trainer at the gym, she asked if I had lost any inches. Now Im thinking inches....Why am I worried about inches?
It was then I learned Lesson #1 in the journey of weight loss...Inches do matter in the turning fat into muscle phase. Since muscle weighs the same/more than fat success here can only be measured by the loss of inches. I took my measurements, compared them to my starting measurements and by gosh I had lost a total of 7 inches in those 5 weeks. After 8 weeks I had lost another 4 inches. Still no lbs lost but I was finding the curves of a waist, I had, as I call them, "butt dimples" on the sides of my butt, and I was starting to see muscles take shape that had been buried for years and years.
Discouraged no longer I was now more than ever motivated to keep going!
Lesson #2--Even though I hadn't lost pounds I was gaining something that was much more important- More energy! I noticed I was able to do things like bend over and tie my shoes, walk up stairs without gasping for my last breath of air, able to do housework and sweep without having to take breaks, wanting to park way out in a parking lot and walk to the store. I was feeling GREAT!
Lesson #3--Weight loss is a LIFESTYLE change. It takes more than just sticking to a diet and working out to lose weight. Lifestyle change is the machine! Diet, exercise, physical health, psychological health and social health are all pieces and parts that make the machine run. One doesnt work without the others.
Lesson #4--There are more ways to measure weight loss success other than by what the scales say. Dont let the scales discourage you. I stayed off mine for several weeks.
Lesson #5--Follow a Food Plan and Drink More and More and still More Water. I was "watching" what I ate but I wasnt following a food plan. After discussing several options with trainers and my doctor, I decided that I would follow Weight Watchers. I was also very much encouraged to start drinking more water. I have had a hard time drinking enough water on most days. Have never really cared for just drinking water. I would much rather have a diet pepsi/coke or a coffee drink. I have started cutting out the diet pop and coffee and have started adding in more cups of water.
Now that I have navigated my way through the swamp land, I feel ready to take on the jungle. Im sure I will have many more mountains to climb and many valleys to climb out of while continuing my journey. I am better equipped now to take them on!
P.S. February 5, 2009....After 3 months of sweating, fighting belly rumblings, sore muscles, and loads of discouragement, I have officially lost......12, yep that's 12 pounds. Thank you so much to everyone on Spark that has motivated and encouraged me!!!!!
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