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!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
So far on my vacation, food has been the enemy. For some reason, I can't stop eating. I did great yesterday up until Charlotte. The plane was delayed due to a storm, so all the way to Phoenix, my boyfriend and I were stressing about dinner options and making our next flight. Luckily, we made the flight, but we had to get dinner on the plane. I made a good choice (I assume), a cobb salad with a fourth of a cup of apple juice. I also filled up my water bottle every chance I got. However, the stress of the plane killed me. I downed an entire box of Starbursts on the last flight.
This morning, we decided to go get breakfast, and I got chicken tenders, fries, and orange juice. For lunch, I ate a cheeseburger on wheat bread with lemonade to drink. I have barely gotten in a cup of water, and it's already 2pm! I'm bloated. I'm exhausted. I'm feeling defeated. I don't want to do my Body Rock. With no structure, I don't feel like myself. I'm treating this vacation like it's a vacation from my healthier lifestyle.
The only positives from this vacation so far:
- I've slept well.
- We took a campus tour of the university where my dad works (lots of walking).
- I made myself open a bottle of water.
I know this is vacation, and I should just relax, but I've worked so hard to get this far, and I am angry at myself for allowing it to go out the window. Sorry for the crappy blog. I just needed to talk.
Monday, July 09, 2012
So, tomorrow afternoon, I step on a plane to Alaska! Ahh. I can't wait! Honestly, the last four days of work have been brutal, so I need a relaxing vacation! I'm excited to see my family. We talked yesterday a little about some of the activities we will be doing, and it seems like there will be a lot of walking, so that makes me feel better. Plus, my little brother is going to take me to Walmart the first day that I am there to get any thing I need, so that also helps too! Things really seem to have fallen into place since my last blog. I don't feel quite as stressed as I did.
I've decided not to make any official exercising plans for the trip. My dad loves to take walks, so I am hoping that he'll do his walks while I am up there. If so, this would be a great time to get mine in. As for Body Rock, I'm going to try to do it, but I'm not going to get mad at myself if it doesn't happen. I am just aiming for getting some fitness minutes in. As for food, I purchased Luna Bars (organic and have protein) and almonds (100 calorie packs). I've decided that I am going to do the best I can. I'm going to try to fill up on veggies, fruits, and protein whenever possible. Also, I am going to stick to my portions, and I am not going for seconds! Plus, water and Crystal Light are my friends.
After I get back, I plan on really buckling down with my diet. It seems like the last week, my boyfriend and I have eaten out a lot due to time restraints and so much to do before we go. However, afterwards, there will be no excuse! I'm looking forward to buckling down actually. I like how I've been feeling lately, so it makes me want to continue!
Although I will have access to a computer, I probably won't get on Spark. So, just remember that although I won't be on to comment on your status or blog, I'm with you. When you fall down, pick yourself back up. When you lost a pound, have a NSV, or beat a PR, I'm excited for you! Never give up because you are worth it! Keep going! Hope you all have a fabulous week! See you next Wednesday!
Today's Weight: 163.4 lbs
P.S. Thanks NIXY72 - “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.” - Groucho Marx
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I need some support, Sparkies.
In 7 days, I leave for a week of vacation. I'm visiting my dad in Alaska! I'm excited but very nervous.
See, I restarted my journey on Monday June 11th. Since then, I have worked out 21 times, eating healthy (for the most part), and watched my portions. Since then, I am down 10 pounds from my highest weight (only down 7 pounds from June 11th). I feel great! I'm not nearly as bloated as I used to be. I push myself through my workouts, and I come out feeling amazing. I feel like I'm slimming as well as getting healthy.
I'm scared because I've done so well thus far. Plus, I have a doctor's appointment at the end of July, and I'm in a wedding in August, so I really want to look and feel my best. What if I get to Alaska and everything I've been doing goes out the window? I'm planning on at least walking every day (although I really want to continue Body Rocking while I am there too - not sure how). I'm going to see if they will take me to the store to get healthy things for breakfast and snacks, but I don't want to inconvenience them. Plus, who knows what lunches and dinners will be like.
Every vacation, I plan on how I am going to workout and eat right, but it never happens. I want this to be the ONE vacation that I actually succeed. I know the point of the vacation is to have fun, but this is still bothering me.
Any suggestions or ideas? Thanks in advance for any suggestions and/or support!
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