Hope everyone had a wonderful and grateful Thanksgiving. We homeschool our children so it was great to review our history and discuss the foundations of the United States. A few weeks prior we visited the Capital of Cheyenne, Wyoming. I actually grew up there and let me tell ya the building is absolutely beautiful. It made me however, think that I needed to reeducate myself about the structure of our government it seems I've forgotten some things. lol
I considered blogging honestly for my own purposes...motivation. I am not a great blogger because I'm really just writing how I feel in this healthy lifestyle journey. I feel so much better! I think I've lost about 5 lbs and a few inches in over a month. It may not seem like much but I'm not battling severe obesity so a few pounds makes a huge difference. I just love eating healthier and exercising. I love drinking lots of water and feeling refreshed. I've also noticed that since we've moved here we've also started a spark with my family members. Makes me feel so grateful that my dear family is finally taking measures for a healthier way of life too. I want to spend lots of time with them afterall.
Well, I've made it through Thanksgiving...and now Christmas is coming, and then the New Year...we can do this!! I have a goal to take my boys to the city park this summer and play at the pools...I want to feel comfortable in my skin and enjoy myself. Hope you are hanging in there and just remember you're not alone!!
Getting closer to my weigh day November 18th... I am thinking of changing things up a bit.
First, Thanksgiving is the 27th and then here comes Christmas. I'm thinking about changing my weigh date to Friday, January 30th. This is not an excuse to eat whatever I want over the holidays. It's mainly for motivation purposes.
Second, replacing butter with Brummel and Brown Yogurt Spread. I've realized that I eat a lot of butter. I'm also thinking of replacing additional coffee with Black Tea for the flavonoids I need. I'm a fairly bright gal but I struggle with memory and retaining information if I don't visually see it. Funny huh!
Third, I really believe I'm somewhat on a plateau with this weight loss thing. When I started SP 7 years ago the pounds fell off me and maybe it was a little too quick hence why over the years I returned to the previous lifestyle. I can tell that the weight isn't coming off so quick so I'm starting interval training. This morning I ran about 20 minutes at 5.0 speed...(probably more like a jog since I'm tall). I did 5 minutes of speed walking on a 6 incline and then a 5 minute 3.5 speed cool down. I also did 30 tricep dips and then worked the back of my legs on the stability ball about 30 reps.
Fourth, another thing I recently added was to not say "no" to any kind of exercise. Our boys need the exercise too...not just me. We added flag football and yesterday I pulled them on their sleighs. We are all exercising and making memories. It's so worth it!! My sister is also on a weight loss journey and she asked me to walk or jog a couple of miles every now and then. I don't always feel like it but when I'm there it's a great time!
In my house, I'm the motivator. It's hard some days because there are times I need an extra push. If any of you readers think of me...please send me a note of encouragement. I would greatly appreciate it!!
It is snowing ice here in Colorado this morning! Wow...kind of excited since this will be our first snow as residents here!!! Boys are thrilled and we home school so we plan to have some fun!!
As far as my fitness I'm doing great! Last Saturday I went on a two mile speed walk with my sister around the Poudre River...there's so much beauty and adventure here. I've been struggling with that lazy self that would just rather plop her bootay on the couch with some crunchy, jalapeno chips and watch a movie ha ha. Thing is, I realize this is a battle against my old habits so I'm seriously pushing myself this week...it's also my weigh in week this Friday.
I don't think I've lost much but here's my visual...We've been going through a lot as a family...relocating is not easy. February of last year Dad left us for work and we didn't see much of him. It was painful for ALL of us. We could have given up but it didn't make sense too. We stayed on course...he worked while I packed and sold our house. We prayed a lot and I was pretty teary most of the time. I also started slowly gaining a bit of weight. Especially during the move...hard to exercise and eat at home when things are getting sold and packed up. It seems my body was entering an obese phase I've never been into before. I could feel it and was feeling miserable. That's why I think putting this way of life in reverse is a little harder and taking more time...hence why I decided not to weigh or measure in fear of discouragement. We'll see this Friday where I'm at, but I feel more myself and I know I'm thinning! Yay!!
Like I said...this is battle against ourselves mostly. You've got to keep pushing...you can't give up. I'm not! In fact, I see this as me overcoming many of my fears and insecurities. I'm tired of listening to those negative thoughts. I believe in ME! ...and I definitely believe in you too!! Be strong and of good courage friends and by the way...God is good ALL the time!
It's Good to Be Alive by Jason Gray...singing in my head today. Check it out!
Well hello people! I am amazed that I am staying with this mission. I am so grateful to be here. So far, I've pretty stayed within my calories but honestly a few times I think I went over a hundred. No biggy really. I've noticed that I'm leaning closer to that lower calorie range yay! My husband said it seemed that I am thinning...oh gosh I hope so! I am definitely exercising more and I really feel like I'm turning things backwards instead of increasing weight gain.
Let me tell ya folks...I NEVER want to be in this situation again. Food isn't worth it! I'm playing with my boys, I'm more energetic and I'm looking better in my clothes. I LOVE eating healthier foods too!! Some of my favorites are taco salad without the chips, warm oatmeal with fresh fruit, tortilla wraps with avocado, spinach, pastrami and tomato and I'm really enjoying the smoothies. I bought some elastic bands for strength training and I'm working out to those Pilates and Yoga DVDs that have been storing up and collecting dust. ha ha This really isn't that hard!!! We can ALL do this!!!
NO TURNING BACK EVER AGAIN!!! On a mission for a healthier ME!!!
Well, so far I'm still in this!!! Worked out for 40 minutes and I'm hoping and praying I'm losing weight. I haven't weighed and don't plan to until my 30-day anniversary. The point of this is to avoid discouragement and stay on track.
Last night we had salmon, fried potatoes and cheese broccoli with hot homemade salsa...it was yummy! I kept my plate small and tracked everything. My snacks were Skinny Popcorn, an apple and an Asian persimmon. Oh, I did have a sugar cookie but I did it to get it out of my system and not indulge in them later ha ha.
One of the songs I listened to over and over was by Amy Grant "Better Than a Hallelujah"...I used to sing it to the kids as their bedtime song. The lyrics really make me think...
Weigh day is November 20th...I'm excited and scared. I know that no matter what, I'm doing a good thing for me! I hope this day brings you peace, joy and a sense of great importance!