Tuesday, August 30, 2011
So after finally finding my motivation as well as talking with a few people, I have come up with a schedule that is best for me:
- Estimated current weight: 160 lbs.
- Target weight: 130 lbs.
- Target lose per week: 1 lb.
- Target date: April 12, 2012 (Happy birthday to me! Ha.)
[I am only looking to lose about 30lbs. This is obtainable especially with the time I have given myself. I have given myself more than 30 weeks to obtain or get close to my goal.]
Monday: Walk/run for 30 minutes (intervals) & strength training for 25 minutes (full body).
Wednesday: Walk/run for 30 minutes (time) & strength training for 25 minutes (full body).
Friday: Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates class at gym for 1 hour.
Saturday: Walk/run for 30 minutes (intervals) & strength training for 25 minutes (full body).
[I think four times a week is a good start. I need to build consistency; this schedule will help me with that. Also, I am going to be sore, so this allows days to heal and rest. In a couple of weeks, I will bump it up to five days, do more cardio, and do more strength training.]
- Food (Wednesday-Monday):
Breakfast: Strawberry Greek Yogurt (1 serving).
Snack: Grapes (.5 cup)
Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich (1 serving) and Cucumbers (.5 cup)
Snack: Tomatoes (.5 cup)
Dinner: A meat (1 serving) and a side (1 serving)
[I am hoping to stay in the middle of the caloric range that Spark People has given me. I will try to stick to Crystal Light packets for drinks during my meals while drinking water in between. Eventually, I hope to drink water all the time even with meals. ]
Wednesday: 1 cup.
Thursday: 2 cups.
Friday: 3 cups.
Saturday: 4 cups.
Sunday: 5 cups.
Monday: 6 cups.
Tuesday: 7 cups.
Wednesday: 8 cups.
[Honestly, I do not like water; however, I read an article on Spark People that suggested this for people who struggle getting eight cups. I hope that this method will work. I hope that it will also help me to enjoy water more. I will only have positive thinking towards water! Haha.]
- Sleep: 7-8 hours a night.
[This is a big deal for me as I do not get enough sleep now. I am working on it though!]
- Weigh in/Measurements:
Weigh in: Once a week (Thursday mornings).
Measurements: Every other week (Thursday mornings).
[I will also try to measure my stress and energy levels every day. Also, I will be taking photos of myself every two weeks to see if I see progress!]
So here is my plan for the next week or so. I feel this will help me get back into the swing of things. I am feeling pretty excited about it which is good. Tonight, I am going to the store to get a few things as well as packing my meals for work tomorrow. Tomorrow morning (bright and early) starts my first workout! (I will let you know how it goes!) Also for tomorrow, I will finish my motivation collages and figure out my reward system. Thanks for all of you who have been so supportive!
This WILL be me:
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The past few weeks have been quite difficult. My mom and I are in the midst of rescuing a sick kitten and with family in town almost every weekend, it has been difficult to keep myself on track. Also, I had lost my motivation because I hadn't lost much in regards to weight. I was exercising all the time, I was exhausted, and I wasn't losing anything. The number on the scale wouldn't budge, but if it did, it went up. So I quit like every other time.
One of the daily emails I receive from Spark People featured a blog about the group "The Slowest Loser". I read the guy's blog, and I related with everything he said. He was trying hard to lose this weight. He exercised a lot. He worked on his eating habits. He got frustrated. While reading this, it reminded me of me. I feel the same way. The difference between the two of us is that I quit. Even through the roughest time, he didn't quit. Sure, he might have wanted to, but he didn't give in. This gave me some inspiration.
Another inspiration was all of you. I love reading your blogs. I love seeing you all succeed. I love seeing the "YOURFRIEND lost 2 pounds this week. Congrats from Spark People." I love seeing you all excited about the new personal records and the pounds lost. I love that you all post new pictures of your progress. After a few weeks of sitting on my bum, I realize that I want to do all those things that you all do. You, my friends, have inspired me, and I can't thank you enough. (Also, I just want to thank those who have checked on and encouraged me via messages and wall postings. You are awesome!)
I am here, again, hoping that I can find support (which doesn't really exist for me besides on Spark People) and get healthy. Today's to-do list is simply planning. Plan the rest of the week in regards to food and exercise. Tomorrow, I am back. (Maybe even tonight. Ha.)
I come to you all asking a few questions about what worked best for you:
1. Tell me how you started your journey. How many days a week did you exercise? How long did your exercise last?
2. As for food, how did you start out?
3. Lastly, how did you stay motivated during the rough times?
Thanks, in advance, for your comments.
Monday, August 15, 2011
I am apologizing in advance for this blog. I just need to write. Honestly, I wish there was a box that allowed me to make this only for me to see, but I guess I need to hear it.
I have been bottling my feelings for so long. I'm tired of being angry. I'm tired of the frustration. I am tired of it all. My boyfriend can be amazing, and at other times, he can be terrible. Everything in me wants to leave him and go home. I feel like I would be so much happier living with my mom. I could focus on me - healing, getting healthy, etc. However, there's that one little part of me that says "Samantha, you know you'd feel terrible if you left because then it would hurt him." Why should I care? It's not like he has cared about my feelings after some of the fights. It's not like he goes out of his way very often to make me feel good. Basically, if he feels like doing it, he'll do it. If not, then it's whatever. Why do I do this to myself? Why can't I just go home? Why can't I just look out for me? I'm tired of being miserable, but since I know what that feels like, it kills me to let him feel that too.
When we fight, I know it is hurting my journey to getting healthy. I eat more. I don't feel like exercising. I get even more angry. Honestly, we haven't fought much lately, but I let the little things bother me. Like I said above, I bottle up my emotions.
I'm scared of posting this because I am afraid of what you guys will think. However, I have no one to talk to. My best friend is too busy. I just feel alone.
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