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It's been 4 months... but the journey started 3 years ago!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

November 6th is when my "rebirth" started. Wednesday was 4 months into the journey... There's been ups and downs during the 4 months but it's been an awesome ride!

Let's look at the numbers since November 6th...

Staying within calorie limits = 149 days
Drinking 8 glasses of water = 21 weeks
Exercise 90 minutes per week or more = 21 weeks

Pounds lost = 30

But if I look at how much weight I have lost since my high of 264 pounds, I am down 50 pounds since 2010. Here's what 50 pounds looks like over the years...

Here's a picture circa 2004... I stayed around my high until early 2010 when I started Sparkpeople.




Picture taken in early July 2012 at my son's baseball game before my rebirth...



Picture taken this past Monday March 4th at my office...



It is starting to become noticeable! This makes it worth the wait! It's a nice pace, not too crazy. And as they say, slow and steady wins the race!



The key message to reaching any goal is CONSISTENCY, CONSISTENCY, CONSISTENCY!!!



I am happy with the routine I have developed with both my nutrition and exercise. It takes daily proactive planning, active engagement in my nutrition and exercise. It is hard work!! But after 4 months, the healthy habits are setting in... do I have slip ups? I SURE DO!

The big difference when slipping up now is that I put it behind me and start fresh! One slip does not derail me!

I am looking forward to the next 50 pounds!!

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 3/11/2013 6:20PM

    emoticon You are doing well and I'm so proud of you! I can really see a difference in your pictures! I'm glad that you have found what works for you! emoticon Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/10/2013 10:32PM

    Wow. You look amazing and are doing great!!!

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    You are doing GREAT! Looks like you've got the formula figured out. emoticon

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 3/10/2013 5:07AM

    Oh, I'm so glad to read your blog again! You make me smile. I love your inspiring posts. You've worked so hard! Beautiful!

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    What a emoticon blog. You can really tell the difference in your pictures. It is awesome that you have found a plan that works for you. Keep up the great work!

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KELTIC-CARA 3/9/2013 10:04PM

    Very inspirational blog, thanks

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JULIERAE41 3/9/2013 5:31PM

    Anna,
You have come such a distance. Not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well. I am so happy for you. I tend to get too regimented in my thinking and it knocks me off track. Your kindness to yourself is commendable! You go, Girl!

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KOFFEENUT 3/9/2013 3:19PM

    Good for you! You're right - consistency is key (NOT perfection!). I have no doubt the healthy lifestyle habits you're building now will make a difference for the rest of your life!

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    emoticon Good Job Thanks for sharing the pictures emoticon


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BOOKAPHILE 3/9/2013 10:32AM

    You're doing so well, Anna! We've both been working at this since November, and both of us are showing some good results. You've lost a bunch! Well done! emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 3/9/2013 9:57AM

    emoticon Keep up the GREAT work!

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Marooned!! And making poor choices!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I came home Thursday evening from work and have not been out of the house since. The blizzard of 2013, aka Nemo came with a vengeance!



He dropped 36.5 inches on us and has nearly shut down our state. In our town we are faring well compared to neighboring towns but roads are a mess and plows are getting stuck. They could only remove the snow with payloaders. School was closed on Friday and will be closed again tomorrow.

Being stuck in the house is making it extremely challenging to stay focused on my program. I also have no desire to exercise. I did shovel a bit but yesterday but generally speaking I hate being out in the cold and I am not at all fond of the snow.

I am finding myself completely focused on food and feeling hungry all the time. I have stayed within my calorie limits but have made poor carb choices. I ate pasta with vodka sauce AND sweet potatoes the last couple of days. It doesn't sound horrible but it is for my blood sugar.

Today I ate a bunch of Club multi-grain mini crackers. I have been at 50% carbs the last 2 days when I normally try to stay under 35%. I am happy for a full day of conference calls tomorrow to help take my mind off food, but nevertheless I will be working from home, which all of a sudden seems dangerous.

I think I am turning to food because I have been very stressed over this storm. I was really worried about how we were going to dig out. My husband is my hero because he got it done. It took him 8 hours over 2 days but he dug us out. He is nearly crippled now but he got it done. My next worry is the snow on the roof of both the house and the garage with rain expected tomorrow. I do believe it is emotional eating driving me right now and I MUST break the pattern.

Here are some of pictures of what we had to deal with here...

Check out my husband heading out to the garage with his 6 foot frame. That's my car underneath that pile...



That's my son trying to shovel the path to get to the oil valve. Oil delivery expected later this week.



Here are my husband and my other son working on about 200 feet of driveway...



I have not exercised today. Zero excuse and no reason not to, just have not felt like it.

I have got to get my mojo back!!! Serenity now!!!

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 2/12/2013 5:40AM

    It's been a long time since I've seen that much snow! Occasionally we got that kind of snow in Colorado but not very often. I can understand your frustration of being stuck in the house and feeling anxious about all of that snow on the house.

Life and stressful situations have a way of derailing us from time to time. You know what you have to do though. Maybe get your kids to help you exercise. Plan some healthy snacks and meals. Just take it one moment and one day at a time. You can get back on track! You have come too far to let it all go! Sending you some positive thoughts and hope that the sun will come out soon to melt some of that snow.

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IZZYBEBOP 2/11/2013 8:45AM

    emoticon That is a LOT of snow!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 2/11/2013 8:38AM

    This could be a good lesson for you. Embrace that!

Like when my internet went out and I couldn't track my food for two days. I had no idea what my daily calorie intake was. It made me crazy, which made me want to eat more. No FB, SP, or Pinterest to fill my extra minutes between the usual housework and school. But it taught me I need a PLAN in place for the future. How will I ever maintain or lose if I didn't have SP? I need to figure that out! And what will I do when I'm bored? Eat? Can't do that either! I'll soon be back to the weight I was if I don't address issues of boredom-eating and going overboard if I can't see my numbers! A good, but hard lesson.

Life is going to happen. Snow will come each year (hopefully not that much) as will stressful events, weeks of unexpected things in the future. Will we always be derailed by them? It only takes one derailment in which we take weeks, months, years before we realize we have let the old life creep back in!

This is turning into a blog post! Sorry. I have just really been thinking lately of how I don't have a safety net other than SP's trackers. I need a plan for the long-haul. And it sounds like you need a plan for when boredom, stress, and cabin-fever strikes. We'll all learn from one another. Nemo will not be the end of Anna's healthy life! Be like Dora; just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
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JULIERAE41 2/11/2013 3:09AM

    BTW......that Nemo picture is priceless!

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JULIERAE41 2/11/2013 3:09AM

    I so so feel your agony. We were without power for three days here once due to freezing temperatures. I'm talking 30 below. I had layers on my layers an laid under my bed covers. We joked about burning the furniture.

I try to keep my carbs at around 20% so I know what you mean. I am pre-diabetic.

I work from home but when clients aren't scheduled I know exactly what you mean about wanting to eat. Just the fact that you are so stressed out from the weather can make you want to eat.

I wish you some calm thoughts soon so the cortisol can leave the building. Prayers!



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JUSTLLAMA 2/10/2013 10:50PM

    Holy cow! I'm glad you're in where it's safe, but I would be going a little stir-crazy too. Hope you see some sunshine (and melting snow) soon!

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BEFIT014 2/10/2013 10:49PM

    WOW!! That IS a LOT of snow!! Loved the pix, tho!

As for being derailed...Just do the best that you can. It's got to be hard to stay focused being stuck inside all the time, especially since you don't like the cold.

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NEWKATHYNOW 2/10/2013 10:39PM

    I feel your pain! I hate the cold and am not really a fan of snow! We were just sideswiped by the storm. We only got about 2 inches here in South Jersey and as far as I'm concerned that's 2 inches too much! I'm thinking of you and wishing you an early thaw! emoticon

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MAKINANIMPACT 2/10/2013 9:56PM

    Oh my!! Thank you for sharing! I'm awestruck! That's a lot of snow, hopefully you can get out sooner than later!

Kelly

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MERRYWON 2/10/2013 9:19PM

    OMGoodness, that's a lot of snow! We are getting sleet right now, think I'd rather the snow but not that much!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/10/2013 9:14PM

    Wow. That much snow would shut down my state, too. Thanks for the photos. I'm glad you are all together. Worrying about one not there would be harder.

It's really tough when such things derail our carefully made plans. Don't be too hard on yourself. Just start from now in exercising and eating. Having approved snacks made up and ready to grab ahead of time can help. Distraction from food can also help. Staying in calorie range, if you can't control the make-up of the food, is not too detrimental.
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DBELLE39 2/10/2013 9:03PM

    Goodness, that's quite a snowstorm. I'm sure you've sent more than what you want of the white fluffy stuff. Hope the sun comes out soon & melts it away.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/10/2013 8:29PM

    Oh my gosh!! How truly horrible. I hate snow and hope it never happens to us. I am sending a prayer for you.

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111BUTTERFLY111 2/10/2013 8:05PM

    emoticon Sending you sunshine
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YOU CAN GET THROUGH THIS!!!
YOU ARE STRONG!!!
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The time to be awesome is NOW!

Monday, January 28, 2013



They often say our best teachers are our kids. The following YouTube video was posted on my Facebook newsfeed today. It really resonated with me. I hope it resonates with you also.



www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o


If you believe in your awesomeness you will succeed!



Because you really ARE AWESOME!!!


  
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    I had put off watching it in my newsfeed until you suggested it. I watched it and I'm glad I did. It made me smile (and dance in my seat a little.)
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    Love it!

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    YOU'RE awesome! Thanks!

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Day 1... A Born Again Sparker

Sunday, January 27, 2013

As we rang in 2010 I resolved once again to focus on my weight. Eh, it was a perennial resolution that I could ultimately fail once again. But each year I felt obliged to lose weight. So... on January 2nd I began an attempt at weight loss and by March 26, 2010 I had lost 13 pounds. It was through moderation rather than any real focused attempt to lose weight.

March 26th was my 46th birthday. It was also the date of my physical. Incidentally, do not ever schedule a physical on the day of your birthday!

On my 46th birthday, I discovered I was diabetic. I scheduled my physical because I knew I needed to do something. I was not feeling well. It wasn't that I was feeling unwell; I was just not feeling myself. I suppose when you are really overweight you never really feel well but I was feeling even worse than usual, so I scheduled the physical. I ran through some of my symptoms and my family history and I should point out that I suspected my glucose was out of control. When the doctor decided to do a finger stick let's just say I was prepared to hear the worst. Yep, diabetic.. I even remember the reading. Glucose was 242.

On March 30, 2010 I joined SparkPeople, and I began to diligently track my food and I started walking and bike riding. By the fall I had lost 45 pounds. Hurray for me, right? Well, the end of summer came, Halloween was upon us and I lost my focus, my drive, and I stopped tracking. With the loss of focus came the gain in weight... 25 pounds to be exact.

I went back to the doctor on November 6th 2012, Election Day. Not surprisingly I was feeling unwell again as my glucose was once again out of control. I remember going to vote right after the doctor's visit. As I cast my ballet I lamented my choices for office across each level of government. Don't worry, this will not be a political discussion. But in that moment I decided that it did not matter who was in office regardless of local, state or federal level. I decided that WE are the ones that control our own destinies. In that moment also I discovered my own personal epiphany... I needed to start controlling my life and my health NOW!!! Not later. NOW! Not after the holidays were over. TODAY!

On November 6th I dusted off my SparkPeople account and started back up. I call that day my SP "rebirth."

I have said this numerous times before. The key change I have made the second time around is that exercise is now routine and completely embedded in my life the last 12 weeks. AND... I am active in the SparkPeople community. If I may quote Yogi Berra, he said "Baseball is 90% mental and the other half physical." The journey to good health is the same!!!

Living a healthy lifestyle is 90% mental!!! You have got to want this, for yourself and no one else!

I got on the scale this morning. I am down another pound so that makes 25 pounds in the last 12 weeks!!! The pounds regained from the fall of 2010 through the fall of 2012 are now gone. I am determined to keep them off forever this time. I have many, many more that I plan to throw out after them. Bye, bye, pounds!!! Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ as you make your way out.

So today, I am a born again Sparker! I can now move forward towards new milestones. If I reflect on the last 12 weeks, here are the key principles I have lived by and will continue to live by. It will take a lifetime of living by these principles. I have posted blogs about these often but here is a summary.

1. IT'S ABOUT HEALTHY CHOICES AND PROPER PLANNING I am choosing a healthy lifestyle. I always have to plan ahead what I will eat, am I eating out or cooking? When will I work out? Am I doing strength or just cardio? Goals without a proper action plan cannot be really achieved.

2. Be sure you have a BASELINE. What is your starting point? You cannot analyze what you don't measure. This also is true for tracking. TRACK, TRACK, TRACK EVERYTHING... every morsel that goes into your mouth. The same is true for fitness. TRACK IT! Can you do 10 minutes of exercise?? That's it!! Track it! I have tracked everything since November 6th.

3. Let everyone in your life know what you are doing. Your family needs to support you and your friends need to know that you are trading in those beers and wings at Happy Hour for seltzer and lime with a big salad instead.

4. BE A STREAKER!! Stay within your calorie limits! Find the range that works for you. SP wants me to eat more but I eat 1200-1500 calories per day. I wasn't able to eat more without taking on too many carbs. Carbs affect my glucose. This is working for me. Find the range that works for you that allows the pounds to come off slowly.

6. EAT OFTEN IN SMALLER QUANTITIES! I eat 5 or 6 times a day, 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks. This helps curb my appetite. SERVING SIZE MATTERS - READING THE LABEL is key. Know how much you're eating. Keep measuring cups, spoons and a food scale nearby.

7. GET MOVING!! Start with moderation. I started with 10 minute SP videos and built up from there. I then got to the point where I was at least 30 minutes of cardio daily. Since December 18th I have missed only 1 day of exercise. Strength/Resistance training is also very important. Work in ST at least 3 times a week. I used to sweat buckets doing Zumba or other cardio, but over time I have been able to build my endurance and do more to challenge myself.

8. As my Zumba teacher tells me, just throw away the junk, and you will lose the junk in the trunk! - I have also consulted with a certified diabetes instructor and have done lots of research online. My meal plan is 35% carbs, 35% protein and 30% fats. No processed foods. Eat whole foods and fresh freggies whenever possible. Lean meat and fish high in Omega 3's. Stay away from white foods! Think brown rice, whole grains, green veggies! Get rid of simple carbs. DO NOT KEEP JUNK FOOD IN THE HOUSE! AND DON'T FORGET TO DRINK YOUR WATER!!

9. Give yourself a treat once in a while. Practice "HALFSIES." Half a brownie, half a piece of pie, but track it! For Christmas I ate half a piece of pie and I loved it!!

10. DO-OVERS ARE ALLOWED. If you screw up, accept it and move on! Tomorrow is a new day. START OVER!!! BUT DO NOT GIVE UP!!!! I have posted about this numerous times.

11. REWARD yourself!! I have been putting in $5 in a jar for every pound I lose. I got that idea from a good Spark Friend. Well, I have bought Leslie Sansone DVDs, resistance bands, and workout clothes with some of that money! Next up is a Pandora charm I have my eye on!

12. LOVE YOURSELF! You are much more than a number on a scale or readings on a tape measure! AND... You are stronger than you think, so make the changes that will bring you happiness.

13. TRUST THE PROCESS and the results will follow! Consistency is the name of the game. I have said this often.

14. CELEBRATE non-scale victories!! I bought a new dress yesterday that was a size smaller! I have blouses that fit so much more nicely now!

15. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! Be active in the SparkPeople community. Join teams and read the success stories. Draw inspiration from the many blogs of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Don't forget to PAY IT FORWARD. Be a beacon of hope and a positive force for change. Help others and shower them with encouragement.

Please realize that there's no silver bullet that will get you to the end quickly. If weight loss were easy everyone would do it. As Oprah said, "There's no easy way out. If there were, I would have bought it. And believe me, it would be one of my favorite things!"

Make it a healthy day!
Anna

  
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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 3/19/2013 8:51AM

    This should be the first thing every new SPer reads - Thank you for putting it all together for us newbies. I think I'm going to have to print this and stick it on my fridge. emoticon

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MRSBOBBIBJD 1/29/2013 8:03AM

    This is absolutely an amazing, inspiring post. So glad I read it. Thank you and keep up the awesome work!

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MARYBETH4884 1/28/2013 7:01PM

    Congrats on the past 12 weeks! Great job! You have set up realistic and healthy goals for yourself. Enjoy your journey of a healthy lifestyle!

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IZZYBEBOP 1/28/2013 10:55AM

    What a great blog & congrats on the weight loss! Keep it up!

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KANOE10 1/28/2013 6:55AM

    Great blog and congrats on losing 25 pounds. Your advice is good and you are doing it!
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CATHYGETSFIT 1/28/2013 4:24AM

    emoticon blog my friend! emoticon on your weight loss and your renewed commitment to SP! You have done such a great job and continue to do so! You should be proud of yourself and what you have accomplished. I know I am proud of you! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERCELLAJS 1/27/2013 11:04PM

    emoticon What a wonderful inspiration. Thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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NWME4EVRMARYANN 1/27/2013 9:32PM

    Great and timely blog. On Jan 1, 2013 I joined you in the rebirth category!!

We CAN and WILL do it!!

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SIOBHANKNITS 1/27/2013 9:28PM

    You are doing so great! You should be very proud of yourself. I'm sure you will continue to do well on your journey. Congratulations on the 25 pounds!

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JAMARIGOLD 1/27/2013 6:43PM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing your journey and your principles. And it's so great that you never, ever gave up. A good lesson for us all!
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BEMORESTUBBORN 1/27/2013 5:17PM

    These principles sound so very familiar...

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BOOKAPHILE 1/27/2013 5:13PM

    Great set of principles! # 11 struck me just now: Practice Halfsies. I wasn't really aware that I was thinking a treat was a whole peice until I read that. Good thought! I'm going to try that the next time I have opportunity.

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DBELLE39 1/27/2013 4:35PM

    Yayyy on your renewed committment to sp!! You won't regret. That's an awesome list of goals --no doubt you will do well.

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JUSTLLAMA 1/27/2013 4:23PM

    Great blog! I've been following you for quite a while and you are an inspiration! Keep up the amazing work!

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LYNCHD05 1/27/2013 3:41PM

    I love your blog. Such positive goals and you are doing so great. Twenty five pounds is awesome!

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HWNHMMBRD 1/27/2013 3:38PM

    I agree, it HAS to be for YOURSELF! Thank you so much for this Blog, I plan to copy your numbered points and print it up for my motivation board. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 1/27/2013 3:22PM

    I am so proud of you for being "reborn!" You did this work and deserve to feel so good about it. I'm glad you are crowing a little and sharing what you've been through. You put a lot of time and thought into this post, it would be awesome as a featured blog! Liking it now...

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/27/2013 2:27PM

    emoticon on your rebirth. You're making wonderful progress. I'm sooooo very happy for you! Thank you for being on this journey with me! You're such a blessing!!
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JULIERAE41 1/27/2013 2:22PM

    You are an amazing woman! I so needed to hear this today. I have been secretly bummed out in my heart that the scale has been up half a pound from my lowest weight on SP. It has only been 3 days.
REALLY????? I need to get real. I have been doing really well the last 3 days and have been missing the opportunity for positive attitude.

Thanks so very much for sharing this! You have sparked me!

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DAWNDMOORE40 1/27/2013 2:14PM

    emoticon What an inspiration your blog is! You have the power to not be a victim, to make healthy changes in your life! You should be proud of yourself! emoticon You are doing a great job! emoticon on dropping the 25 lbs! You can keep the lbs off! Just remember these basic principles you shared with us on your blog today! God can give you strength to keep going! He knows your worth, you just have to keep believing it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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What happens when life happens?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sometimes life just gets in the way, doesn't it? Things deviate from the plan because life throws curve balls at you occasionally. You take a swing and you miss.

You miss by a lot sometimes.

Baseball is filled with so many wonderful lessons for life, so I think I will stick with the baseball analogy.

Both my sons are heavy into baseball. They pretty much play all year long. Both of them really get down on themselves when they strike out or make an out in general. They have the mindset that they will get a hit each and every time they go up to bat.

That's a really great thing to aspire to, but it isn't realistic. Not at all. I tell my kids all the time that actually gettng a hit 3 out of 10 times is really excellent. That's right. 30% success in baseball means you are a .300 hitter. If a player can hit .300 year in and year out consistently over the course of a 15 to 20 year career, they usually are a lock for the Hall of Fame.

Another way to look at that statistic is that those Hall of Famers are expected to fail 70% of the time when going up to bat, yet they are still considered excellent players.

They usually maintain proper form when they stand in the batters box. They follow through properly by swinging through the ball. Their head, shoulder, arms are all in proper alignment with their hips...

Yep. They consistently maintain proper form. Occasionally they go into slumps and may make adjustments or tweaks to get out of those slumps. And eventually the hits start coming again.

On November 6, 2012, I started back on SparkPeople after a long hiatus. I call it my SP 'rebirth.' I set out to change everything about the way I approached my health vowing to make healthy choices every day for the long term.

I became active in the SP community, unlike my first experience on here. I decided to become a 'streaker!' Yes, that's right, I am a STREAKER and proud!! Since November 6th, I have...

Stayed within my calorie limits 71 consecutive days
Drank a minimum of 64 oz of water for 60 consecutive days
Sparked daily also for 71 days... tracking every morsel of food which enters my mouth

Pretty cool, huh? I am pretty psyched about that!

Slowly I began to incorporate exercise... at first just a couple of times a week, then went up to 3 or 4 times. I would walk on the treadmill or do Wii Fit mostly. I then signed up for a Zumba class a couple times a week.

But then on December 18th I committed to doing at least 30 minutes of cardio daily. I was getting many more minutes on most days but 30 was the commitment.

Sunday January 13th was the 27th day of my exercise streak. But Monday January 14th was NOT the 28th day.

Yes, my streak ended after 27 days. It ended because life happened and it got in the way.

My mother-in-law became critically ill. My husband was planning on going to see her in MO mid week but on Sunday we got a call that he needs to hurry up and get out there as soon as possible. We scrambled to make that happen and he went out Monday morning on a 6:30 AM flight.

I woke at 3 AM Monday to drive him to the airport. I then rushed back home to get my kids ready for school, packed my lunch and snacks, packed their lunches and snacks, and away we went. I worked all day and came home to get them to their after school activities. After shuttling them everywhere we came home, I made dinner, helped with homework, tossed in a couple loads of laundry, and followed up on a few loose ends on work email.

By the time it was all said and done, it was 9 PM and my eyelids were so heavy that I could not stay awake to do my 30 minutes of cardio. It weighed heavily on me to break the streak. But in the end I listened to my body which was screaming for sleep. I did not exercise.

I woke up the next morning well rested but filled with remorse and disappointment. In the past I would probably have let that be the end. Instead I said that I would have to start a new streak and I did.

And so... here I am. I am at day 4 of the new streak. It has helped that I went to Zumba twice and I brought my kids with me. But in between I did 30 minutes of Leslie Sansone videos.

My husband has been away all week but I have been helped by my angels here on earth. My dad has been a tremendous help with the kids. And one of my friends brought enough food on Monday night to literally last me all week. I have not had to cook and so I have been able to exercise.

Yes, when God closes a door He also opens a window. There is always a silver lining if we choose to look for it.

My lesson learned is that it's ok to make a mistake or to have an off day, or even several off days. But the key is to get back to the program immediately. Start over!! The key is consistency.

I have now exercised 32 out of the last 33 days. That's pretty good. I should be happy about that kind of consistency and I am.

What are you doing to keep up with your program? Life will ALWAYS get in the way. Stuff will ALWAYS happen to derail us. When you get derailed, just START OVER! Do it again, and again, and again. There's no shame in starting over. But there is in not getting back on track.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 4 Days (32 out of 33 days)
Tracking and within calorie limits - 71 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 60 days
Pounds lost - 24

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/22/2013 10:41PM

    Wow what a positive attitude I need to read tday. Thanks so much for sharing. Keep moving forward. Together we can do what I can't do alone emoticon

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BLUEFISH1881 1/22/2013 12:21AM

    The challenge is not the streak but continuing on after the streak is broken.

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/22/2013 12:10AM

    It does happen and you did all the right things! emoticon Keep up the great work!!

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RFJSJ50 1/20/2013 7:12PM

    What an inspiring blog! I really needed to hear your words today as I've been sitting here mired in disappointment and disgust with my lack of action.
Thank you for reminding me that life goes on and we need to learn to adapt and go with it!
Sheila

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JUSTLLAMA 1/20/2013 1:58PM

    Don't beat yourself up my friend. Life definitely happened and you were exactly where you needed to be at that moment. I love your positive attitude, it's been VERY inspirational to me. I'm glad you are picking yourself back up and pushing forward with a new streak. Hope your mother in law is on the mend.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/19/2013 9:54PM

    I'm sending a prayer for your MIL, you, and your entire family during this difficult time. Take care of each other.

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BARBIE176 1/19/2013 9:45PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep up the great work and the positive attitude. Congratulations on the weight loss. That is awesome. emoticon emoticon

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THESLIMMERME1 1/19/2013 8:15PM

    emoticon glad to know you were able to get back on the streak.
I have been trying to get an exercise streak going but it's a challenge.
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 1/19/2013 7:44PM

    Way to go! Restarting your streak is awesome. This post reflects your new attitude and will be the difference this time! Proud of you!

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RG_DFW 1/19/2013 7:42PM

    It happens... but you did the right thing and got back with it. Congrats!

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/19/2013 6:55PM

    emoticon You are such an emoticon streaker!!

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DBELLE39 1/19/2013 6:36PM

    Your positive attitude keeps you focused. Even when things seem to interfer, you just jump right back in, that's the winning quality of a Sparker! Keep up the good work & contrats on the 24# loss.

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