Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I probably should do my update from last week, but I'm not happy with how my weekend went. Instead, I decided to show you all what I bought myself as a reward for losing 20 pounds.
I bought this shirt off of FeedJustOne.com . It was only $10, but I fed 16 girls in Uganda. (They have shirts for $20 that feed $30 girls in Uganda.) I loved the idea that I was rewarding myself while also helping others out.
Anyways, I haven't really been in the mood to exercise or eat healthy. I've had some emotional things going on, and it's really put me in a mini funk. When I took the picture, I felt good about myself (somewhat), but here's what really hit home for me:
When I put these two photos side by side, I am blown away. Not because I am successful but because I have committed to this lifestyle and I stuck to it even when it was tough. I never gave up (ok, maybe for a week or so, but I always came back). This is the FIRST time that I have ever stayed this committed to this journey. I never thought I would be able to continue on this path, but I am so grateful I did.
Please don't EVER think for one moment that you aren't making a difference in your life. Spend time on yourself because you DESERVE it. When things get tough, keep going. You may not be losing weight on the scale, but you are giving what your body deserves, and it will reward you in the end.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Yesterday, I went to my first Christmas party of the season. It was for the new museum that will be opening up in March; the Director wanted to give back to her volunteers!
Before heading to the museum, I wanted to get in some quick exercise, so I took a 35-minute walk around the inside of my apartment (silly, I know, but it was raining outside, and I didn't have time for the gym). During this walk, I gave myself a pep talk and came up with a plan. My plan started out with "no soda or candy" because these are December goals that I truly want to stick with. I allowed myself water, iced tea, and lemonade. For food, I decided that one plate with decent portions would be plenty. My goal was to stick with salads, fruits, and vegetables for most of my plate. Lastly, I planned that I could have a small dessert. As for the pep talk, I told myself to remember my goals as well as the fact that I have a 5K in 18 days that I need to prepare for. Eating more than I should would not be helpful. I also reminded myself to try to do more talking with other volunteers than eating.
When BJ (my boyfriend) and I first arrived, we were greeted by another volunteer as well as a small table of appetizers - a cheese ball with crackers, spinach dip, and peanuts were a few of the starters. (Luckily, before I left the house, I ate a Luna protein bar because I did not want to arrive starving which would lead to bad choices. Glad I did! Seriously, I had a mini battle about the cheese ball and chips.) I decided to go find something to drink instead of snacking.
Arriving at the drink table, there were quite a few choices - sweet tea, iced tea, coffee, water, beer, and two kinds of wine. I thought about the wine for a minute, but I knew I had a long ride home, so I decided to skip it for water.
Anyways, my Director really outdid herself with the dinner. She made Greek salad, Wardolf salad, chicken linguine (spelling?), green beans, and bread. Here's my plate:
The Greek salad was filled with tomatoes, peppers, and artichoke hearts (my first time trying them!), so I loaded up on that. I'm a House salad with Ranch kind of a girl, but this salad was actually really good. I stuck to one spoonful of pasta which was good because the sauce was heavy. Although the green beans were cooked with bacon, I tried to eat more of those than the pasta. Lastly, I tried a little of the Wardolf salad. If you have never had it, it has marsh mellows, cranberries, apples, and grapes. It wasn't too bad; I loved that it had so many fruits in it which is why I grabbed some. I stuck to water with my dinner.
Dessert was next. They were in tiny little serving dishes which were cute. Unfortunately, I had eaten my desserts before I remembered to snap a picture, but here's the finished product:
I had a mini cherry cheesecake and banana pudding. I loved both of them as you can tell.
Anyways, that's how the night went. I went home feeling satisfied with my decisions. As for another NSV, when I got home, I was craving cookie dough due to PMS, but I managed to stay away from it. In all honesty, I think I was just really tired, so I went to bed instead.
I'm sorry if this post is long, but I can't believe how well I did last night. I have another Christmas party to attend on Friday night, and I feel like tonight set the tone not only for that Christmas party but for the weekend because of how successful I was!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Recap of last week:
Week Two (December 3-7)
1. ST at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes): 3 days completed.
2. Cardio at least 4 day a week (20 minutes): 5 days completed.
1. Sticking to portions: 4 days completed.
2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables: 5 days completed.
3. Track food: 4 days completed.
4. 8 cups of water a day: 6 days completed.
1. No soda: 7 days completed.
2. No candy: 5 days completed.
While these numbers look ok, I know deep down they aren't. I'm not proud about a few them. Thursday morning when I stepped on the scale, I was down to my lowest weight - 150.2 lbs. I vowed not to allow that number to become an issue. It wasn't up until Friday afternoon. I was hungry, and for some reason, I grabbed a bag of chips and dip. After grocery shopping, we went out to dinner and had drinks. One of my friends was just going on and on about how great I looked. It felt great, but at the same time, I think I made her uncomfortable because we took pictures together, and she was like "I don't like that one. I look fat." I tried not to feel bad because I earned where I am now, but it was not my intention to make others feel crappy about how they look.
Saturday, my boyfriend and I decided to sleep in until 9:30 AM (Yesss!). It was nice, but it caused an issue because it put off the meals for the day. I ended up eating so much food. I got careless.
Since Friday and Saturday wasn't good, I tried to get back on track on Sunday only to fail miserably again. I only got in 1 cup of water. I ate anything I could get my hands on. It just wasn't good.
So, here I am again, staring at the same number - 154 lbs. I'm ashamed. I hate that I made bad choices. It's not like I don't know what my goal is. I want to reach my goal, but I keep hitting the weekends and allowing them to becoming setbacks. All I can do now is get back on track and hope that I can stay this way, but honestly, I feel like I'm always going to be stuck doing this - do well during this week and mess up on the weekends. Plus, I have two Christmas parties this week which aren't going to help my cause. I don't know. Maybe I should just start on January 1st like I always say to myself every year....
Monday, December 03, 2012
I can't believe it's already December! Time has really flown by. I would post December goals, but I started last week with a 4 week challenge that will carry me through this month. I think I will start recapping each week to see if I am staying on target.
Week One (November 26-December 2):
1. ST at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes): 1 day completed.
2. Cardio at least 4 days out of the week (20 minutes): 6 days completed.
1. Sticking to portions: 6 days completed.
2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables: 5 days completed.
3. Track food: 6 days completed.
4. 8 cups of water a day: 7 days completed.
1. No soda: 7 days completed.
2. No candy: 7 days completed.
I feel like I did really well this week, and I want to continue on this track. I would like to say, that I feel like I can do better when it comes to strength training, so I am going to really work on that this week.
As for my weekend, I didn't do too bad. Although I ate out most of the weekend, I tried to stick to my portions, and I tracked when I could. I also did a lot of walking which helped me maintain my 151 lbs! Lastly, I got in 8 cups of water Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; this is a huge accomplishment. So, although I did not do well with eating, I did well overall this weekend, and for that, I am happy.
Hope everyone has a great week!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I realized that I have not shared my goals for the next 4 weeks. I said I would, and I completely forgot! Anyways, I decided to just be healthy over the next several weeks. If I lose weight, great! If I don't, that's cool too. Below are my goals:
1. Strength Train at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes).
2. Cardio at least 4 days a week (20 minutes).
1. Stick to portions.
2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables per day.
3. Track food.
4. 8 cups of water per day.
1. No soda.
2. No candy.
I believe this are attainable. I've been doing really well the last few days. Each day, I have gotten at least 10 cups of water, stayed in my calorie range, and worked out. (No candy or soda either!) I'm so excited because my weigh in is set for Sunday, but I REALLY want to take a peek tomorrow morning. I feel a good loss as I think most of the Thanksgiving weight I tacked on was water weight. I may take a sneak peek tomorrow morning since it is the end of the month, and my original goal was to be at 149 lbs, but I changed it to 152 lbs. The only issue - I think I am afraid. I've hit 151 lbs twice (20 lbs lost) and then I give up. So, I think I am afraid of reaching this goal and continuing. Any ideas on how to get past this? Should I weigh in tomorrow morning?
After tomorrow, my boyfriend will be taking my weigh and not letting me see the sheet until my mini challenge is over.
It feels good to be back on track.
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