Saturday, November 23, 2013
Finished my first week of my 90-Day Challenge and am pleased to say that I have lost two pounds! Managed my goals for the full week - clean eating and being active, and taking my family on a fitness outing. I felt good all week....a few cravings and food-obsessive thoughts, but getting better each day that my eating is clean.
Thanks for all the encouraging messages...they helped a lot. Onto week two!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Happy Monday, friends! How I've missed all of you! I've been away from SP blogs and message boards since early September. I KNOW that transitions are hard for me and disrupt my progress, and lo and behold, it did it again. I was making great progress in July and August, ran my first 5 k and was down to 194 lbs.
Sadly, despite thinking I was prepared for returning to work in September, things didn't go as planned (do they ever???) It's been a rough start to the school year in some respects, and I've been pouring all my energy into work and my relationships. Guess what's fallen by the wayside?
So, I'm up to 200 lbs again. All is not lost. I've tried to keep active and positive. I ran another 5k, my efforts at work are paying off, and I am managing all of the stress better than many others. But my momentum slipped. My focus on MY health slipped while I was worrying about everyone else.
SOoooo..... I am nothing if not a good starter! I can start and restart as many times as I need to! I am turning 40 next year and to mark the occassion (and in a fit of insanity) I signed up to do the Resolution Run on January 1st (in winter - what was I thinking?) as a way to kick off my 40th year. I've been training for that run, and although I have a longgg way to go, I am determined.
I am starting a 90-day challenge, because 90 days from now I will pass a personal mile stone. In 90 days, it will be two years since I was at my lowest weight of 182 lbs in the great city of Chicago on holiday. Many, many things have happened in my personal life since. I feel like I've made tremendous growth in my personal life....and getting back to that weight would be like coming full circle.
But I'm mindful of getting caught up on the numbers. So fear not, this challenge is really more about HEALTH. Over the next 90 days I vow to:
Ask myself daily, "What will I do for exercise today?" and then do it!
Make clean eating choices.
Be a responsible and loving partner as we work to build our life together.
Teach my children about family fitness and guide them in health.
Continue to care for my students and my friends with integrity and compassion.
Perhaps these goals seem a bit too undefined....and yes, in my blog they are. But in reality I know what this looks like. I know when I put my head down on my pillow each night if I've been accountable to me and to those I interact with each day. When I am healthy in my body, when I am eating cleanly and caring for my own stress, I bring my best self to others. That's all I can ask of myself...I'm human and I screw up regularly. But I owe myself the effort to be my own best self.
As I said, I am really, really good at STARTING. The 90-day idea is to give me some continuance. Hold me accountable, my friends! Kick my ass when you need to! And I will do my best to hold to this commitment.
Thank you, as always, for listening.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Current Weight: 194.7
Weight Lost This Week: 2.7 lbs
Goal Weight: 170 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 24.7 lbs
Happy to report a bigger loss this week. But even more THRILLED to tell you that I ran a 5k fundraising run this morning with my daughter! For a long time I've wanted to be fit enough to enter a formal run, but i doubted if I'd ever do it. And time passed...
Then in May, my nine-year-old daughter ran the Manitoba Marathon Superrun with her class, and she was hooked on running. And I thought, "If my girl can do this, then I'm going to encourage it." So I committed to running with her in a run this fall. And today was the day....we did it!
We ran together, matching my grown-up legs to her pace. She talked the whole way! And I think she was one of the first kids to cross the finish line....we completed our run in 44 minutes....one minute faster than the goal we set out for ourselves. It was magic, and hard, and fun....and yes, there were tears in my eyes when we finished.
I can only feel grateful. What a great day!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Current Weight: 197.4 lbs
Weight Lost This Week: .4 lbs
Goal Weight: 170 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 27.4 lbs
So, this week I only lost half a pound, after returning from vacation. But I'm satisfied with that actually because this week I also returned to work, attended several events where meals were ordered in, and didn't get my running in as usual. The heat/humidity and a flat tire on the way to the track were hampering that plan! Anyway, I did fit in a few at-home workouts, but I definitely had more salt intake this week. So we continue with meal and exercise planning.
I am back to work full-time on Tuesday, which is always a key transition time. I have planned my meals and my exercise, so hopefully i don't allow my needs to lose their priority when life gets busy and I am tired.
Thank you all for your encouraging words. Here comes September!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Current Weight: 197.8 lbs
Weight Gained in Past Two Weeks: 1 lb
Goal Weight: 170 lbs
Weight To Lose: 27.8 lbs
Good morning, Sparkfriends! Well, I have been on vacation in beautiful Newfoundland for the past two weeks and just arrived home yesterday. Today was my scheduled day to weigh in and, with trepidation for what the response might be on that scale, I am thrilled to see only a one pound gain.
We stayed in a hotel the entire trip, and ate at family-friendly and affordable restaurants. The east coast is famous for it's fresh fish, so I had planned ahead of time to eat fish/seafood whenever possible. However, I was surprised by how difficult it was to get it prepared in an unbattered form. Often I picked off the batter. Other times I ordered small amounts or shared an order. As good as "fish and chips" was, I often felt unwell afterwards, which is always a good reminder to me of what my body needs. My other strategies included having every breakfast in my room (protein shakes), keeping a veggie platter in the hotel fridge, carrying Larabars with me rather than eating in an unplanned way, only eating one restaurant-meal per day, and staying hydrated.
I also kept up my focus on getting one hour of exercise each day. We walked and hiked the hills quite a bit during our sightseeing. But, because I have young children who needed their "down time" after a full day of tourism, I also took advantage of the hotel gym twice in the week and went on evening walks twice on my own. This kept me busy and was good for my body and my mind. And I pushed through the post-vacation fatigue yesterday and went for a jog....so thrilled to report that I can finally run farther and my recovery/walking periods have decreased to about 15 seconds between jogging intervals.
So, all in all I am quite pleased with where things are at. My body feels good and my mind is clear. Now that I am home, my goal for the next ten days is to eat cleanly and detox a bit from the fried foods and the alcohol consumption! And to keep up my exercise. I have another transition ahead of me as I go back to work in September and my focus shifts a bit. But if I can keep up these strategies, I should get through that period of change as well.
Have a wonderful week, friends! Onward with motivation for the days ahead!
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