Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I had an awesome start to what is going to be an awesome week! First off, when I weighed in on Sunday morning I found that I had lost 6 pounds! That totally makes up for the 4 pounds that I gained last week. I have a goal of losing 3 pounds this week because that will get me out of the 240's and into the 230's. I am so tired of yoyoing in the 240s and 250s. I am ready to move on.
So on Sun morning I started off my day enthusiastically by hitting the stairs at work. I put in 15 min of stair climbing and then 15 min of simple pilates moves in my little office. Not to mention I did great with my calories ( I did however find out that I am not a fan of Amy's Lasagna). On the way home I decided that I deserved a reward. Just a small one. I heard that Old Navy was having an awesome clearance with things selling for 50% off the already on sale items. I got a workout tank for $1.25! After my treck across the mall I went home famished. My husband came to the rescue with an Amy's lasagna. Well- he tried anyhow. I didn't like it so much, but that wasn't his fault.
On Monday morning, still exhausted, I slept in until 10am. Guess I needed the rest. I then got up and ate breakfast and then began to work on what I was going to eat for the rest of the day. I was still exhausted. My husband is very sweet to me. He came and prayed over me that I would have energy and that the weight would fall off.
I had all my food packed for the evening and entered into the tracker so I was ready to go. I realized that I would have to do some tweaking. Well, tweaking I did. On the way to work I had an intense craving for chocolate. After fighting with myself for 45 min I finally caved in and stopped at farm fresh. I got a skinny cow candy bar. It was only 110 calories. The only bad thing was that I wound up not eating my veggies and fruit because I was not in the mood for them. Luckily I had already gotten enough for the day and this was only extra.
Now the awesome part. I have known that there was a gym at work but I never knew that I was allowed to use it. Well, I finally found out that pretty much we can do whatever as long as it isn't disturbing the residents. I had already done 10 min on the stairs. Then I did 8.5 min on the recumbent bike, 1.5 min on the elliptical, and 15 min on the treadmill. I also did a min on a machine called a nu step. Hated the elliptical. Loved the bike an the treadmill. Nu step was boring. Then I used the stability ball and worked on my abs a bit. After this 13.5 min of dumbbells/ankle weights. Then for 10 min I rotated to 6 different machines. There was the hip abductor, the lat pull, and the leg curl. There was one where you pushed your legs out and worked the glutes and hamstrings. The other 2 were for the back muscles. One was where you sat backwards in a chair ad pulled the bars toward you. The other you sit normal and pull the bar down in front of you (unless thats the lat pull if it was then the other is one where you curl from shoulder to chest. All of these machines are adjustable so you can adjust the tension. All in all I worked out over 60 minutes- half of it cardio! I am so pleased with myself! Determined to do well tomorrow! As for right now I am hitting the hay- time to get some rest!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
So I decided to work on my weekend challenge about managing my goals today. I read all the articles and got to thinking about what I want. First of all I already know that my long term goal is to get down to 135 pounds. Originally I wanted to do this by 30 but after realizing that goal gave me absolutely no wiggle room I decided that as long as I am out of the plus sizes by 30 and down to the 135 before I turn 31 I would be happy. So my ultimate goal is 135 by the end of December 2013. I have 113 pounds to lose and figure that almost 2 years is plenty of time to get this weight off. This is roughly about a pound a week maybe a little bit more. This is a realistic goal- definitely attainable. I had made a list of goals for 2012 that I wanted to achieve but I guess I feel apathy towards them. Some were good- don't get me wrong- but I was not on board at all. I was trying to get myself on board so that's why I created that list but it wasn't happening. I should go back and refer to that list. I just am not in the mood. Don't know why. (feeling kinda moody right now-not sure why)
So here is a list of my goals:
1 Lose 113 pounds by December 31, 2013- roughly 1 pound per week
2. Be 190 pounds, in a size 14 by December 31, 2012
3. Be 220 by July
4. Eat healthfully- 5 servings of veggies, lots of fiber, low fat, whole grain. lots of healthy protein (beans, tofu), drink more water.
5. Be positive
6. Exercise 5 times per week preferably 20-30 min each time- include strength training
Then, I read about keeping track of my goals. I have a little sticker incentive chart that I use and this helps immensely but it doesn't give me a breakdown of how i am really doing. I used to do this using a calendar. I think that this would work much better for me so I can see what exactly I am doing and how I am doing it. So tomorrow I am going to try and get a calendar somewhere so I can break it down a little better. This way I can also keep track of when I've lost weight. Either a full size calendar or a decent sized planner will work. For that matter, I could probably even print off my own calendar. I give myself a sticker for every 30 min exercise, every day I stay in my calories, and for every pound I lose. When I get to 100 stickers I am rewarding myself with $10 to go shopping at the thrift store. I had thought to give myself stickers for other things too but it just got a bit much. I have a bit over 50 stickers right now so it won't be long and I will be shopping!
Oh and one more very important thing- I wanted to set a few goals for myself for this BLC challenge.
1. Even though on my official long term goal I said that I wanted to lose 1 pound a week, I would like to set the bar a bit higher for the rest of this challenge- plus that will give me a little wiggle room for those couple weeks in the summer when I struggle really bad (anniversary, birthdays, picnics). I don't want to set it super high that I am exhausted and quit by the time this challenge is done and go back to binging on junk though. So, we have 11 weigh ins left, Right? Well I would like to lose 20 pounds. That's about 2 pounds a week most weeks with a 1 week plateau or 9 weeks of 2 lb losses and 2 weeks of 1 lb losses.
2. A major goal for me is to make eating healthy a habit so that when I am done with this challenge I will gravitate to what is good for me.
3. I want to get my body used to exercising and do it often and enjoy it
That's about it =)
Friday, January 20, 2012
So I was planning on working out with my friend today but not sure if I can make it there by the time we have to get ready for services tonight. She is cooking supper so I have no idea what I will be eating. However, I can access sparkpeople on her computer and log on everything that I ate. This friend is kind of middle of the road compared to another friend that I have. At least this friend usually has fresh fruit and veggies available. The other one not so much- its usually sweets, fried foods, sodas, and junky snacks. I believe I have nursery tonight at our congregation so no dancing for me. Tomorrow I have the car- hubby will be out so I may end up going over to my friends house- not sure. At any rate, I will get my extra 30 min in somehow- even if its taking me and the kids to the Mall to walk around. I have to check my exercise tracker to be sure, but I think I just have 1 more 30 min workout to get-hopefully its not 2 but if it is, I'll get it done!
I did the bootcamp weekend challenge yesterday. I've been checking out my protien intake and believe me it is not a problem. In fact, I highly doubt its a problem for anyone really. The problem is more about what kinds of protiens are we consuming. I for one know I need to work on that and am trying. I had beans for supper last night and black bean/rice burrito for lunch. At this point, I am not trying to be a vegetarian- just trying to eat a little bit healthier. I tried really hard the month of November to eliminate certain foods out of my diet and it totally backfired. I binged and gorged part of the month of December and ended up in worse shape than if I would have just tried to eat in moderation. There is something about telling yourself that you CAN'T have something that you want it all the more. Honestly, I really did not eat a whole lot of beef, but the minute I told myself I could not have it I craved it and then binged on it. Maybe one day I will be to the point where food won't have such a strong pull on me but for now I plan to eat in moderation the things that I enjoy and get in as much of the good stuff as possible.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Today was a good day. I dropped of an application at one place and it sounds hopeful. Then I went to the mall and walked for 30 minutes. It wasn't a super fast pace but at least enough to burn a few calories- and I got in that 30 minutes for our challenge. I've been basically on track with my food. You'll see if you check out my tracker. Now I am about to figure out how many calories I have left for supper =)
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