Thursday, August 02, 2012
So far, I have reached most of my weekday goals that I have set for August (I started on the 30th). I will continue to do my best!
So, I wanted to come to you all for a little advice. Next Sunday, I will be a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. Pretty exciting! The only thing is, like vacation, I am freaking out a bit because I will be spending the night at her house the night before (bachelorette party), so I won't have access to healthier food options. I know that we were asked to bring a dish to the party as well as some money for pizza. I've been thinking about it for a few days now, and I think I am going to get some vegetable soup or something healthier before I go (I don't want to go hungry, too tempting). However, any tips on how to survive? Haha. I know there will be alcohol, so I think I will limit myself to a few drinks (and water, water, water!). Also, any suggestions on a healthier side I can take? What healthy finger food do you like?
My other concern is exercise although I think I have it figured out. I am going to do a morning walk that Saturday, and Sunday, I am dancing my butt off at the reception.
I know, I know. But Sam, you must have fun, don't worry! Haha. I know, but the thing is, I feel like this weight loss/getting healthier attempt is sticking, and I'm still early in the journey. I don't want to ruin what I have done. I'm afraid of relaxing too much to where I come home Sunday/Monday, and I slack off for a week. (Like after the vacation.) So, I am just looking for suggestions. I will be attending two other weddings in the near future, so the food tips are greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I've posted these on my main page as well, so if you've already seen them, sorry!
Yesterday, I came up with lots and lots of goals. Weekday, weekend, weekly, monthly, semi-annually, and annually to be exact. I have them listed below:
August Weekday Goals:
1. Drink at least six cups of water.
2. Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep.
3. Meditate for ten minutes.
4. Exercise for at least ten minutes.
August Weekend Goals:
1. Drink at least four cups of water.
2. Get at least 8.5 hours of sleep.
3. Limit alcohol (1-2 glasses all weekend) - I don't drink very often, but when I do, sometimes it's a lot.
4. Be wary of the foods eaten; try to track.
5. Sundays = prep food for the week.
August Weekly Goals:
1. Aim for 5 days of working out.
2. Try at least one new recipe.
3. Lose a pound.
4. ST or circuit training at least 3x.
August (Monthly) Goals:
1. Lose at least three pounds (~159 pounds).
2. Workout at least 20x.
These will change month to month, of course. The weekends aren't super strict because they seriously are a problem for me. So, I am starting out small this morning. I'm hoping to tackle them.
Semi-Annual Goals (By February 2013):
1. Lose at least 15 pounds (~147 lbs).
2. Continue to workout and eat healthy.
Annual Goals (By August 2013):
1. Compete in a race even if it's just walking.
2. Lost at least 30 pounds (~132 lbs).
While in Alaska, my mind kept thinking about next August and what I wanted to accomplish, so that's why I have included the above two sets.
* 10 pounds lost (~160 pounds) - New iPhone case (I've already picked it out! )
* 15 pounds lost (~155 pounds) - New charm for my bracelet.
* 20 pounds lost (~150 pounds) - Massage.
* 30 pounds lost (~145 pounds) - Mani/Pedi.
* 35 pounds lost (~140 pounds) - Buy a bicycle (I want one SO BAD).
* 40 pounds lost (~135 pounds) - New tshirt or piece of jewelry.
* 45 pounds lost (~130 pounds) - Hiking trip!!!
These are subject to change. I'm not 100% sure that 130 pounds is where my body will be comfortable, so we'll see. I just want to be healthy and rid of this excess weight! I'm so ready for August!
Augusts SW: 162.2 lbs
Monday, July 30, 2012
I swear by blogging although I don't do it a lot. Every time that I post a new blog in regards to asking my Spark Friends for support, I always find a way to turn around my mood.
This morning, I confessed that I had not really been on track since I got back. Well, after I hit "post", I immediately turned it around. I grabbed a bottle of water, I ate a healthy lunch, and I have plans to do some fitness after work. I love the power of a blog. (Thanks to all my beautiful Spark Friends who commented as well!)
I've made daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annually, and annually goals. I also made rewards for increments of five and ten pounds lost. I will post those either tomorrow or Wednesday as I would like to get a weigh in (a little nervous about this one), and it'll be the first of the month.
I'm feeling re-energized about my journey, and again, thanks to all my Spark Friends for your constant encouragement.
Monday, July 30, 2012
I haven't really gotten back on track since I returned from Alaska. I'm having trouble with motivation. Before the trip, I used the vacation as motivation to keep pushing through, but now, it seems like I am not working towards anything.
Technically, I am in a friend's wedding in a couple of weeks, so that should be motivation, but it's not. (Plus, I am going to two other friends' weddings within the next few months.) I feel like I am losing everything I worked so hard for. I'm scared to get on the scale as I've had junk food, sodas, etc since the trip. I can't stop craving sodas.
On top of all this, I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow which I am NOT looking forward to, and there are financial issues as well as my boyfriend's family problems that I feel like I'm being dragged into. I guess I'm just turning to food to alleviate some of the stress.
Any ideas about how to get back on track? Honestly, I feel like I know the answer to this, but I just can't get my butt in gear.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Let's just say that after I wrote the blog about "Failing" on my first day of vacation, I took everyone's advice, and I did a bit of relaxing. I tried new foods (I tried to remember to allow my body to tell me when I was full). We did lots of hiking and walking! (I'm even an ice skater now! ) I attempted to get fitness minutes in every day, but when I didn't, I tried not to let it bother me. All in all, I had a blast! It was great seeing my family (whom I haven't seen in a 1-1.5 years)! Plus, I enjoyed exploring just some of what Alaska has to offer!
Here are just some of the photos I took:
Pretty sight. :)
That's a glacier in between the mountains. Also, the pretty blue water is glacier water!
That's my little brother. We rode a ski lift up the side of the mountain, and we hiked a little farther afterwards.
I absolutely love the photo. I really gained a sense of self love as well as an awareness in just how far I've come in just a few short weeks of being healthy.
The view from our hike up the mountain.
We took a train ride through the mountains to see the glaciers and animals.
Nice photo of the train and glacier.
My boyfriend and I near the sign for Thunderbird Falls. We hiked to the falls.
My dad and I. This was a photo-op in a museum. Ha. I am pretending to paddle!
We went panning for gold in this beautiful river. FYI I found nothing.
My little brother and I went ice skating. Haha. He's been several times before, but this was my first time, so he was really sweet, and he stayed by me the entire time. I went around the rink probably around 12-15 times. I only fell once!
So, like I said, we all had a blast. This trip really made me appreciate my body more, and every time I looked in the mirror, I felt beautiful, healthy, and slender. It was great! To be honest, I hate taking photos, but it seemed like at every place, I wanted to be in a photo. This vacation really did wonders for me, and I am so grateful to have been able to go.
My boyfriend and I really wanted to go biking on the trails (they have a lot!), but we ran out of time. So, we are saving up money to get bikes, and we are going to go around here. Plus, we've talked about biking and hiking in the mountains, so I think we are going to start planning a trip soon for that. I loved hiking!
Usually, I hate when vacations come to an end, but this time, it wasn't like that. Sure, I didn't want to leave, but I'm excited for what's in store for the future. I came back to Myrtle Beach wanting to continue exercising and eating healthy. Heck, I am even planning new goals - daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly (maybe), and yearly! I'm excited to see where my body can take me, and I am so interested in trying new exercises too! (I will post a blog probably this week or next about new goals. I have been swamped at work.)
So, this week (today), is my day to truly get back on track. I've already had my morning walk (2.74 miles in 44 minutes), I've had six cups of water so far (on target), and I'm eating well. Last week was a little rough since I was super jet lagged, and I wasn't feeling great, so I gave myself a few extra days to get better.
So what's in store this week?
Monday - Walk & Body Rock
Tuesday - Walk & Body Rock
Wednesday - Walk & Body Rock
Thursday - Walk
Friday - Walk & Body Rock
Saturday - Work (VERY active at my second job, and I find ways to make it even more active!)
Sunday - Walk & Rest
I decided to try to add another day of Body Rock. I was only doing it three days a week, but I'm going to try upping it to four. We'll see!
Thanks for being awesome support systems while I was away. It was hard relaxing because I wanted to keep my normal routine, but I managed to make it work. Plus, after I posted the "Failing" blog, I did a Body Rock, went for a walk, and we (boyfriend, brother, and I) played football, baseball (sort of), and basketball (2 hours!). So sometimes, I just need my Spark friends to help me get by!
Hope everyone has a great week! I hope to be getting back to commenting on blogs and statuses soon!
P.S. I only gained ONE POUND while I was on vacation!
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