Monday, February 28, 2011
Let's just say February wasn't my best month ever. In fact 2011 hasn't exactly started out the way I thought it would. I'd expected to hit the ground running & knock down 25lbs easy by March 1st. Tomorrow is March 1st & so far I've lost 9 pounds but then gained 10 & lost another 5. Yeah...I'm not exactly jumping for joy over those numbers.
What's the deal you ask? I'm lazy. Capital L-A-Z-Y. I don't think I properly tracked one single food through the month of February! Exercise? What you mean walking to the front door to pay the pizza guy? Yeah I've got that handled! I logged 45 minutes of exercise this month. The thought makes me cringe a little. Ugh!
But...I am putting February behind me. Today is a new day, one more chance to get it right. Staying motivated is so hard for me to do, but I realize it's largely due in part to the fact that my goals are so...vague. I want to lose weight & tone stuff up a bit. Okay...?! So does everyone else here on Sparkpeople-that's the just the blueprint of my grand plan-it's time to put up the framework, lay the foundation & build the house.
So this brings us to Looking Forward to March:
This past Saturday I met delightful person who was in phenomenal shape & she was going to "sneak" a cookie, I know random intro, anyway I said to her "Oh with your physique, you could sneak as many cookies as you wanted to". She of course laughed & began to tell me about her intense 6 day training schedule, she's training for a triathlon & a marathon. My jaw was pretty much on the floor when she'd finished detailing her workout schedule! So anyways later that evening we were all having a few drinks after a work thing & she invited me to do the marathon she was training for with her! Exciting! I've always wanted to do one but never really knew where to start. The training seems so overwhelming-it's not just run, run, run. So much more goes into being a successful runner, but I realize that that is just an excuse. I can do anything!
So I now have a defined goal:
To train for & complete a marathon. (I have a feeling it'll be addicting)
I'm taking a course with a friend called 5 in 9. A training program designed to get you ready to run a 5k in 9 weeks! I'm pretty pumped about it! I'm determined to follow through with it because I'm doing it with a friend & I wouldn't want to let her down!
March is all about CAN! I'm not going to try to do things anymore I'm simply going to just do them. Try-is just another word for fail. I am going to form better habits that will last. I'm going to track food everyday this month & cardio a minimum 4x a week. I am going to do this.
I know that I am capable of anything. I no longer have these vague goals I have something that I'll really have to work towards achieving & that's pretty motivating!
Big thanks to my Sparkfriends as always for being so wonderful & encouraging! You guys are amazing!
Hit the ground running in March my friends!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The title pretty much says it all right? The perfect pretty girls. We all know them. They're perfectly thin, have the shiniest hair you've ever seen (seriously), dazzling smiles, flawless make-up & you'd rob a bank to own their shoes! They're the people you see & you instantly hate. I was watching a youtube video today & the girl was just ridiculously pretty & thin-she just seemed perfect & I instantly thought to myself "Wow, I wish I looked like her" & started critiquing myself & pointing out all the ways I didn't look like her. But then I caught myself & was like why?! Yes she's beautiful & had a great figure but I thought to myself, what is so great about her that she makes me want to put myself down? I suppose it's natural to have some insecurities, things you would change about yourself but I seriously resent the idea that I have to look a certain way in order to be pretty. I donít need to look like that girl or any celebrity to be pretty. In general I am a pretty confident person, I wasn't always that way though. I credit a lot of my confidence these days to my wonderful Bill who tells me everyday how pretty I am & refuses to let me put myself down-he makes me feel like a perfect pretty girl so I believe I'm a ďperfectĒ pretty girl & if you believe certain things they become your actions so I act like I'm a perfect pretty girl & I tend to be far less judgmental about myself. Though I have to work at it-there are times like today where I have to catch myself & say wait no-she may very well be one of those perfect pretty girls but so am I-so there really isnít anything to be jealous of. I never feel bad about myself until I start comparing myself to someone else. So that's the point to this blog today. Stop comparing yourself to other people. You're AMAZING just the way you are & you know that until someone comes along & tells you that you're not because you're not like so & so & you believe it. You should be able to walk into a party full of Victoria Secret models & not once think ďI wish I was more like them.Ē Stop telling yourself Iíll be pretty when I look a certain way or when I drop a few pounds. Beauty comes from confidence & who you are as a person not what you look like-thatís not an opinion itís a fact. I hope Iím not being too ďpreachyĒ I just want people myself included to stop saying I wish I looked like her or I wish I was that skinny. You really are perfect because youíre you-donít let anyone take that away from you-not even yourself. So there you go-Iím talking to myself here too, Iím guilty of doing it too, but itís time to put a stop to that & make a better effort of changing ourselves for the right reasons not so that we fit into societyís ideas of what we should be.
By the way though the pretty girl who sparked my little little tirade here is actually really good with hair & makeup & such so if you wanna watch some good tutorials on her youtube channel heres the link: www.youtube.com/user/BrittneyNGray :)
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
In high school the football players would get really pumped up & say let's "let's do work" and you knew they we're serious & ready to go out there and win. It is time to do work.
In the last few months I really started to notice a difference in myself. A difference I really like-it's mostly a mental difference. When you decide it's time to get serious-your mindset really does start to change. So in other news-Bill and I decided that we'd have a biggest loser competition between the two of us. His health isn't as great as it could be (I'm still fighting to lose the same 10lbs) but of course I'm proud of him and all the steps he's taken in the last year to better himself & losing weight is one of the last legs of the journey for him! So I decided to try to light a fire under his butt by of course challenging his ego! He doesn't think he'll get beat by a girl-especially me because of my love for candy! (Just so we're clear though-I'm going to kick his pretty little butt). Our challenge starts January 9th and last 12 weeks and ends on April 3rd. At first I was so confident that I'd have this in the bag but Bubby is talking a very big game & I think that he might play to win! I'm pretty excited to see how things are going to unfold. I devised my plan of attack today. I think Bill is going to fall short where eating is concerned. He might put in the time when it comes to exercising but he's not going to think too much about changing his eating habits so that my friends is where I think I gain my advantage. I see 12 weeks of hard core cardio, cardio, cardio! I'm going to toss in a few more strength training workouts & re-vamp my diet something fierce! I LOVE this. Competition especially with Bill is bringing out the fierce in me! I don't want to lose. The prize is anything either of us wants with a value up to $150-I'm thinking I'm going to get a few new clothes for my smoking hot body.
I'd never watched the biggest loser show before deciding to do this little competition, I just kinda knew what it was about, so I wanted to see what really went on-on the show & I watched an episode on Hulu & I am hooked! Absolutely hooked! Those people are so inspiring & I just couldn't believe that I'd never watched it before. It's so inspiring. I know there is more than one person in my life that I need to motivate. I don't want to lose anyone in my family to a problem that can be fixed! So maybe there will be an even bigger Bigger Loser Family addition very soon!
We have the power to change our lives people. Whatever it takes to motivate yourself-find it. Find it before it's too late. Believe me, if anyone knows how hard it is to stay motivated it's me. I lose interests so quickly, but I found something that I know I won't stop working for winning. Competition is my biggest motivator-I have to win-I want to win, I cannot let Bill beat me. When I think about quitting I'll stop and think about him winning & it will push me that last mile. For you it could be your kids-making sure you're around to see them grow up & see your grandkids, your health-tired of all the doctors and the pain and the medicine, let it motivate you...if there is nothing else-your life should motivate you-if your life isn't enough to motivate you I don't know what else could. It's time to change-you don't know that you'll have tomorrow to get it right today is the day. -That's my little motivational "rant" for this blog. Let's do work people.
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