Friday, July 15, 2011
Although I enjoyed being pregnant, I'm quite thrilled to be back on SparkPeople and working on bettering my health. I'm excited that it has taken me just one week to lose 24.5 of the 30 pounds gained during pregnancy. I give all of the credit to breastfeeding (after what was initially lost with delivery that is!)! Just 5.5 more pounds to go to reach the weight I was when I found out I was pregnant.
Unfortunately, I was heavier than I wanted to be at that point, so I'm using this new found motivation to towards an even healthier weight and set new goals.
I'm fortunate to be breastfeeding, which burns an extra 500 calories per day, but I also need to focus on healthy nutrition to maintain my ability to feed Jaeleigh adequately. Weight loss may not be the ultimate goal as of now, but looking moreso at overall health.
I have to say that after giving birth and just sitting around for about a week, I feel pretty weak. I feel as though I'm losing my strength and muscle mass as I sit, but still have some healing to do so I'm hesitant to get moving just yet. I do plan to start walking with Jaeleigh as soon as I feel ready and hopefully I'll be able to work back up to running sooner than later!
I'm temped to train for a half-marathon this coming fall, but I'm a little unsure just yet! :) If not this summer I will be doing my first next summer!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I think this is a great challange because I think this is where we all need help and focus. I feel as though I'm a generally happy, fun-loving person, but I do constantly think negative about myself and bring myself down. A few things that I'd like to work on this week is 100% NOT saying anything negative about myself out loud. Like lately I've been saying that I'm fat a lot just because I feel so large because I haven't been exercising and doing what I should to stay healthy. I just feel really big and lazy right now and I'm disappointed in myself, but if I keep saying those things, it doesn't help me recover and get healthy again. I know that, but it's hard, so this week I'm going to work on that.
I'd also like to continue my pattern of always changing a negative thought to a positive. For example, if Im thinking " I REALLY don't want to exercise today. I'm so tired and I'd rather just sit here and read a magazine and relax" I'm going to tell myself "You know you'd actually feel better if you just got ready and went for a walk. It doesn't have to be an all out run today, but just get out and do something." Ususally in that situation I get out there and I end up running anyway...and going for a long time. It's just getting out there. :) I've tried to do that often, but it's difficult.
I'm also going to accept what I can do and work towards better. I'm a pusher and competitor with myself too often. It's a good thing, but to a point. When I start an exercise routine every day MUST be better than the last so eventually I get to a point where I'm TIRED and don't want to do the all-out exercise so I give up and get out of exercising. I KNOW that I do this and it's something that I really want to work on. I want to be able to tell myself that I can just go for a walk instead of running one day if I'd really like...and that's okay.
So, those are some things I'd like to work on this week.
I'm also going whole-heartedly back into these challanges. I can honestly say that I've probably been the worst one on our team for doing them lately. School has just been killin' me, but I'm back and I'm going to put 100% into the next 4 weeks, I promise team! :)
Thursday, April 01, 2010
I took a walk outside 2 nights ago with my husband and dog. We walked a usual route through our little town. It was really the first walk I had taken since last fall, so although the sights were familiar, they were refreshing. It was perfectly quiet as the tourists and resorters aren't here yet and it smelled of sweet spring and warm air (yes, I truely believe "warm air" has a scent). This walk has inspired me to get my butt moving as I've been so sedentary the past few months. I plan to start riding my bike to work and walking some of my evenings. I also plan to start training for my 5 and 10K's after next week (HUGE paper due next Thursday:).
Friday, February 26, 2010
ITC - Post a blog listing 5 things that motivated you to make healthy choices:
Gosh, only 5???
1. A long, healthy life. I would love to live into my 90's and even past 100 IF that I am in good health. That will only happen if I put forth the effort now.
2. My husband. I want to be the healthiest I can be to be the best wife I can for him. He deserves that.
3. Future children. I can't imagine being overweight and having children. I NEED to be healthy and fit for them. I NEED to be able to teach them good health habits right from the start. I need to be able to keep up with them and play with them, like actually running around the yard with them. I can't imagine it being any other way.
4. Being an RD. What a motivation! I would not want to be an overweight dietitian. No one wants advice on how to eat and exercise to get healthy from someone who does not eat well or exercise herself.
5. To be happy. I strongly believe that one must eat well and be physically fit to be healthy. I don't mean being "skinny" or a size 2 and I'm not even referring to BMI or weight measurement. All I'm saying is that we can not function efficiently, including mentally, without great nutrition and physical fitness.
LTC - Try one "new-to-you" healthy food & give a review:
Well, my new food is something I actually tried last night for the first time - Albacore tuna!! I've always had the Chunk Light, but never Albacore. And...I LOVE it! I will definitely be buying it again. I'm a bit torn though as I know the Albacore offers more heart healthy omega-3's, but it DOES have more mercury...ick. Perhaps I'll just have it on occasion. :) I also plan to be trying couscous. I know...shocked that I've never had this before!! I bought two boxes of plain couscous to make up at some point which will probably be this week! I also bought some different types of multi-grain rices (no, not the boxed crap, but good, real rice). I'm not a huge rice fan, but maybe these kinds will be better!! SO excited about this albacore tuna though and VERY excited that my husband doesn't like tuna at all, so I get it all to myself! :)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
OK - here is the BL Lime "extra" challenge. :) I LOVE picturing my dream life. This is so easy for me! Unfortunately, police officers do not make what they deserve and I will likely never be a SAHM. I can always dream though, right? :)
What are you like? What is your personality? Are you calm, patient, lively, nuts?
I am inspiring. I am happy. I am cheerful making others smile when they encounter me. I am bubbly (but not annoying). I enjoy what I do, even if it's not the funnest task. I have motivation and drive. I am courageous and brave. I am a fighter (in a good way). I am strong. I make the best of everything I do.
Where do you live? What kind of house do you own? What do you do for work? How do you feel about it?
I want to live in a fun community where the neighbors are friendly and everyone communicates. I do not mind the snow, but I wouldn't mind a little more sunshine. I'm still not sure where I would like to finally end up in life. I love Michigan to be close to family who mean the world to me, but I don't know that I'd pass up a chance to live down south or some place warmer. :) I live in a home that has 5 rooms. One room for my husband and I and one each for my four kids I want to have. I want a nice home, stick built, designed by me. I want hardwood floors and at least 2 fireplaces. I want a beautiful kitchen to cook healthy meals for my family. I want a large yard for 2 dogs to run and play as well as my kids. I would love to be a stay-at-home Mom who cares for her family and keeps the home/family in running order. If I could "stay at home," I would volunteer for a charity or place/business in need. I love my life. I love cooking healthy foods and cleaning for my family. I love being able to teach my children in their early years and getting outside to play/exercise with them. I love it.
What do you have for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?
Who do you have it with?
For all meals, I would cook them. Mmmm - homemade food! I would have sit-down dinners as much as possible with our family. This would be an important family time/tradition and the kids would look forward to it instead of dread it. :)
What do you do after work? What do you think about on the drive home? What do you talk about with your kids and spouse? What do you do on Saturdays? Sundays?
My work would never end as a SAHM. I would talk about life and happiness. I would discuss my husband's day on the job and my kid's day at school. We would discuss their ambitions and any problems in their life. Saturdays and Sundays would be filled with family time and many outings to the park, community pool, other activities and occasionally the day to stay at home and all cuddle in one large kind-sized bed watching movies in our PJ's after I made everyone breakfast in bed! :)
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