Monday, November 26, 2012
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I had a blast hanging out with family; plus, the food was great too!
I did well on Thanksgiving. I got up early, worked out, drank my water, and stuck to eating until full (not too full!). So, my first Thanksgiving on this journey went well. I wish, though, that I could say that the rest of the weekend went that way too. Black Friday shopping (all night and into the wee hours of the morning) messed me up. It's always a tradition for my family to get some caffeine (soda) and go wait in the lines for great deals. However, I did not realize that I needed a plan. No sleep, dehydrated (I took water, but I lost it in the car somewhere), and tradition brought me down. I ended up eating a full meal at midnight. I knew I didn't need it, but I ate it anyways. Due to that, I allowed myself to go downhill the rest of the weekend - splurging, eating crap, no water, and no exercise. This has led to a 3 pound gain. (I did manage to NOT drink a soda although I was craving it!)
This weekend is now in the past, and it's up to me to either choose to get back on track or allow my habits to continue. I've decided to get back on track, but I am not sure if I just want to maintain or continue trying to lose weight. Today will be a day of not only water, healthy eats, and exercise but also working on a new plan for the next four weeks until Christmas.
How did your Thanksgiving go? What are your plans for the next 4 weeks?
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Since my last blog, I have been trying very hard not to binge/overeat. I'm happy to say that I have stopped TWO binges before they've happened. The last two days, my boyfriend and I have decided to work out at the gym after work. I get off at 4:30PM, and he gets off around 6PM which leaves about an hour and a half with nothing to do. (A little background: this used to be my time to exercise before my boyfriend decided to go to the gym. Sometimes, I still work out during this time on his rest days.) In the past, when I would not workout, this would be the toughest time for me because for some reason, I wanted to eat. Chips, candy, left overs, etc. Anything that I could get my hands on. I knew that this could be a problem since I had to wait to workout.
Instead of going home and setting myself up for possible failure, I made a plan before I even stepped into the door. Why? Because at work, my mind was already working against me. I kept thinking "Oh! That pasta salad would be yummy! Eat that!" With thoughts like these, I knew that if I went home without a plan, I'd be in trouble.
Before I left work, I made a list of activities I could/needed to do. For example, check the mail, feed my cats, unload the dishwasher, spruce up the house, etc. In addition, I "checked" myself: "Am I really hungry, or do I just want food for pleasure?" Deep down, I knew it was really just for pleasure. However, I did think ahead of time - in the case that I was truly hungry, I could eat an orange and a 100-calorie pack of almonds.
This, my friends, worked. I accomplished my list instead of turning on the TV and chowing down on food I didn't need. In fact, I did not even eat my "approved" snacks! I'm not saying that this will work every time, but I am going to continue to try it. In all reality, this journey is a mental game. When you don't feel like exercising, it's because your mind has determined that you are "too tired" to do any activity. Your body is capable of exercising whether you THINK so or not. Same with eating.
On another note, even though I've done well in regards to binges, I am up to 155 lbs. (I was at 152.8lbs.) Part of this, I know, is because of the not-so-great food choices I've made as well as it is about to be that time of the month. So, I am going to keep working at it.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Last night, I sort of had a binge, but I also had a victory.
I went to my Mom's for dinner. It's our "Girls' Night" that her and I do every Thursday. We eat dinner, and we watch our favorite shows. Yesterday, I texted her that I had a craving for spaghetti, so that's what she made for dinner. The problem: My first "serving" was more like a serving and a half. Afterwards, I went back for seconds. (This time it was more like a serving.) I wasn't exactly happy with myself, but sometimes, you are hungry. I wasn't overly full after eating it all, so I didn't stress too much.
Insert problem #2 - As if I was already full from dinner, I decided "Hey! Let's have some ice cream, Samantha!". Yep. It happened. A big bowl of vanilla ice cream and sprinkles. I am a little upset about this one because well, I knew I was full, and I didn't need it. Honestly, I barely eat ice cream.
After eating the ice cream, I was like "Oh! I want some french fries!". So, on the way home, I had every intention to stop by Wendy's to get french fries, but I didn't. I said "No." Did I want them? Yes. Did I need them? No. This was a pretty big victory for me.
This morning, I've been thinking about my "mini-binge" (although celebrating my victory too!). I think I've realized why I felt the need to eat:
1. I haven't been getting enough sleep. Exercise has exhausted me which is great, but sometimes, I wake up not feeling as though I am 100%. Secondly, my sleep time has been cut short because I am making up hours at work for the holiday season.
2. I'm not 100% happy. I don't like my job, and money stresses me out. Not only that, I have been dealing with some added stress lately.
Sleep and emotions. They sort of got the best of me last night. I don't like it, but today's a new day filled with opportunity. Plus, I plan on making a trip to the gym tonight for some much needed exercise.
How do you stop a binge?
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Happy Halloween, everyone!
Please be careful tonight!
October Review -->
Not the best month. I took about 2-3 weeks off this month due to shin splints and lack of motivation. I'm not proud of this. However, I am proud that I turned it around. I will say that I reached my weight loss goal of 152 lbs this month! Woo hoo!
November is here, and it's time to work. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. No more excuses. No more giving up. It's time to make some serious progress. Here are my goals for November:
1. Do one plank a day.
I'm not good at planks, so this is a great way to improve as well as to work my entire body especially my core.
2. 30 miles total for walking/running.
Right now, I'm doing about 24 miles in a month. I was doing about 36 miles when I was training for my 5K. I want to work my way back up to that number.
3. 90 minutes of ST a week.
I started going to the gym. Last week, I managed to get in about 3 days of ST (20-25 minute sessions). This month, I want to do 4 days of ST (20-25 minutes each). Two days will be devoted to lower back, quads, and calves. The remaining two days will be dedicated to chest, biceps, tricpes, and upper back. I will pick two days randomly to do abs.
4. 20 minutes of cardio per day.
For each day that I exercise, I'd like to get about 20 minutes of cardio. Thursdays might be a little less since I workout in the morning, so time might be tight. We'll see.
5. No soda.
Soda is tough. Sometimes I can go weeks without it, and sometimes, it's all I crave. So, I will attempt to go an entire month without soda!
6. At least 4 cups of water a day.
This one is a big deal for me. During the week, I have no problem getting 8-10 glasses of water in, but the weekends are my biggest struggle. For some reason, I just can't seem to drink my water like I should, so this will be a challenge.
7. No more snoozin' in the morning.
It's nothing for me to hit snooze 5-6 times in the morning. However, with the holiday season fast approaching, I need to get to work early to make up that time (I don't get paid holidays). Plus, I read an article that said hitting the snooze only makes you more tired. For the next month, it will be one alarm. That's it.
8. My weight loss goal is to be at 149 lbs by the end of the month.
That will mean that I have 30 days to lose 3.8 pounds.
November will be my month. I'm not going to let it pass me by. It will be productive. It can be your productive month too. Just remember to make every exercise session count.
"So again I urge you: anytime you consider blowing off that workout for a million reasons, think twice. #makeitcount.
...embrace the 'me time.'
...remember that not everyone is able.
...not everyone has the opportunity.
...not everyone can #makeitcount."
Monday, October 15, 2012
Friday night, I was a bundle of nervous energy. I worried about my broken/bruised toe, and if I should just walk the 5K. My shins holding up were also a big concern. I started doubting that I could even do this race. These doubts and worries really set in the next morning at 7am.
I tried to push those fears out of my mind as I got ready that morning. My boyfriend saw it all over my face, and he gave me a pep talk. I don't know if you've ever seen the movie "Remember the Titans", but it's my absolute favorite. He "pushed" my shoulder and said "strong side", so I replied "left side". It got me to giggle and release some of those nerves.
Anyways, my warm up was walking to the race because we were right down the street. I did a little stretching while the 12K runners started. My sweet boyfriend gave me some advice: "Go your pace. Don't worry about anyone else. You can do this! I know you can! I'm so proud of you already!"
Cocky and I!
My boyfriend, Cocky, and I.
Ready to do this!
Ok, maybe I was still a little nervous!
At 8:30 AM, the gun went off, and it was time to go. I found my stride quick, and I ended up finishing the first mile in less than 10 minutes. I kept running along until mile two where I walked for about a minute (due to a hill) then it was back to it. By the time I looked back up, I was at the finish line. The race flew right by me. Not only did I finish the race, but there were a LOT of firsts/good things:
1. I ran MOST of the race (except for 1 hill - the map mentioned only one hill, so by the third, I was tired).
2. I ran a little over two miles non stop. Say wha?!!
3. I ran the first mile in under 10 minutes.
4. No shin or toe pain!
5. I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K RACE - RUNNING!
So many emotions were felt that morning. In fact, everything seems like a dream. I still can't believe I did it. Me. The girl who doesn't run, and who weighed 174lbs at one point in her life. I've never had such drive before. Heck, I still can't believe I almost ran the entire thing. It's mind blowing.
The professional photographer didn't snap a photo of me crossing the finish line, so this will have to do.
Here's how I did:
- Chip time: 35:43 (NEW PR!)
- Gun time: 35:58
- Pace: 11:35 (Woo hoo!)
- 341st place out of 659 5K run/walkers.
- Division: 13th/24
- Sex: 173rd/416
I'm so proud of these results. I had an amazing first race. Now, on to sign up for another one!
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