Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Losing weight is a process, not instantaneous. It takes time. Many great things take patience and time. A caterpillar doesn't go shopping for a pair of wings to try on, it has to go through a process of metamorphosis. The caterpillar is committed to staying in it's cocoon during the process and the end result is the most beautiful and delicate butterfly.
Well, it's my turn to metamorphosize. This fall and winter I am truly dedicating myself to my weight loss journey. What will be the end result to my dedication and patience in this process? By Spring, I will have met my goal, and it will be a beautiful thing...just like that butterfly.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Today I decided I would take my lunch to work. It would keep me from driving around and passing fast food and restaraunts on my way to my house. I wouldn't waste the gas and wouldn't be tempted for a unhealthy quick fix. I never take my lunch to work so this was big for me...brown bagging it usually means the Brown Bag Special---and I'm not a big sandwich fan.
I opened my fridge and grabbed some left over chicken breast, vegetables, and rice. I decided to make a "bowl"---like at Chipotle or Panda Express. It seemed easy enough---not much thought needed to go into it, I didn't need multiple dishes, and I didn't have to spend a lot of time prepping. I measured it all out and put it in a container, grabbed a water bottle, and piece of fruit and BAM! lunch.
I have to gush about plastic containers now. I absolutely hate that I can never find the right lid for whatever plastic container I want to use. I decided I was going to buy my own plasticware that I could tell from my moms. I found the "kiddie" lunch set in the SP store and bought it a few weeks ago...I had yet to use it. I used one of the pieces today! It was great. I highly recommend them to everyone. They are bright and cheery, easy to spot in your cupboard (let alone, the company fridge), and easy to rinse and wipe down at work so you can throw it in the dishwasher when you get home. Another major plus is the measurements on the side.
So, my lunch today was healthier, cheaper, and a little more eco friendly since my container was reuseable. I'm feeling good about it! I just may start taking my lunch on a regular basis.
Monday, July 08, 2013
I am apart of the Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line team and we have a July walking challenge that started today. I was really excited for this challenge and knew I could make it to 10,000 steps.
I was so excited that I kept out my pedometer on my nightstand because I wanted to make every single step count once my day started. I woke up, and clipped it to my PJ's and started my routine for getting ready for work. 746 steps...not bad. I start thinking this is going to be easy peasy, almost 1,000 steps and I'm just doing my morning routine.
Then I drive to work and started my day. Mind you, I have a very sedentary job. I work the front desk of an office. This in mind, I decide to park further so I will have to walk more. I also decide to be a paper chaser. Once the printer is done I figure out who's documentation I have and walk it to their office. I was trying to add more steps to my day. On my lunch I decided to drive over to target and walk around a bit.
I have one more hour of work and curiousity has gotten the better of me. I had to take a peak. 3438 steps....That means I will need 6562 more just to reach the 10,000 mark. I know the challenge is for 5,000 steps, 7500 steps, and 10000 steps...but 10000 steps is worth more points. Competitive me sees the point system and wants to come out on top each day. However, I know the points aren't what really matter...what matters is that I'm getting up and moving and pushing myself to do more. This is why I have decided that I am ok with my results. I did push myself a little to add more steps in my day and that alone is progress. My goal in this challenge is to see a progression of steps throughout the week...I want to walk more steps each day.
Monday, July 01, 2013
I am proud of myself today...today I decided to stop making excuses and workout. I found a kickboxing workout here and thought I'd give it a try.
I have a pretty sedentary lifestyle so I knew it would be a challenge. I started it and got into it thinking that it was easier than I thought it would be....and then....it kicked up a lot. Mind you, I am not the most coordinated person...gravity just has this love for me that way...always wanting to pull me in closer. BUT! I did not let that stop me from pushing myself to finish the workout. I started mixing up the steps and thought well at least I'm trying---but NO! That wasn't good enough for me. I stopped the video and went back and watched the steps I was missing, paused the video and walked out all the steps until I could do it at a quicker pace so I could keep up with the video.
It. Was. IN-tense. I was motivated to see myself succeed and see the end of the whole workout and I can gladly say I did! Yes, it took a while to catch my breath. Yes, sweat poured down my face like an ice cream cone dripping in 111 degree heat, but YES, I DID finish!
The sweat was gross like I knew it would be, but it's easy to wash off. My breathing was heavy, but eventually I caught my breath. I was a little tired, but deep inside skinny me was applauding my accomplishment and encouraging me to get up and start again tomorrow. I didn't feel like I wasted time. I didn't slip to floor and think I was going to die for working out....I felt amazing and free. I don't know why I never started sooner! SHAME!
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