Wednesday, February 27, 2013
My husband and I don't really do a big Valentine's Day thing, we never have. We've gone out to dinner a few times, a few flowers, but generally speaking, over 26 years, Valentine's Day has always been low-key. This year was even more so, as we were both working. On a break, we were talking and he mentioned that he'd have liked to have gotten me something. I told him that I had been toying with the idea of a Pandora bracelet, and if I got one, he could just get me a charm going forward. For the record, this idea works out really, really well for me, because while my husband doesn't do Valentine's Day, he does do "It's Tuesday and I love you".
We spent 2 weeks looking at different brands of bracelets and charms online, and decided to go with Pandora, then we found local stores that carried them. Then this morning, he called down from the bedroom, asking if I wanted to go to the mall. Please. As if I'd ever say no to that suggestion!
So after some quality time at Belle Jewelers, I've got my Pandora bracelet started. My Sunshine did well, didn't he?
For the curious, the charms we got to start the bracelet are meant to symbolize our family. Basic birthday math: January's garnet + February's amethyst = June's pearl
I'll let you all know how my collection grows... I saw several charms and beads at Belle's today that I definitely see in my future. Also, the sales lady let me know that the oxidized silver bracelet that I chose will be available in a necklace soon. Yeah, I see that in my future, too.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I'd like to show you where 2012 started:
It was January 1st, so it was mandatory for me to "Begin Anew". But honestly, I wasn't really feeling it. According to Spark, I got in a whole 181 fitness minutes for the month, and that was mostly in the first half, so, yeah... Not a spectacular start. I was still in the grips of my "Woe is me" phase. I had developed plantar fascaiitis in spring of 2011, so I spent quite a few months feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't do what I wanted to do. Gaining weight is what happens in that phase. Absolutely NOTHING happened in February.
On March 12th, I woke up. I wasn't happy with my weight, I wasn't happy with how I looked, I wasn't happy with how I felt, and I clearly had to do SOMETHING. That's when I got an email from Weight Watchers. I'd been a WW member back in FL, some 4.5 yrs before, and getting WW emails was something I was used to. But to decide that I had to do something and get an email offering free registration and reduced rates for 3 months not even 5 minutes later? Yep. I signed up for WW right then and there, looked up meetings in my area, and went to my first meeting the next morning, Tues, March 13th. I bought inserts for my newly bought sneakers and started walking. I didn't look back.
Here's June of 2012:
I started Couch to 5K, and alternated walking days with running days. With the inserts, my feet didn't hurt nearly as much as they had, so I kept it going. I signed up for a couple of 5K's, which got me here in July:
I re-joined Gold's Gym in October and rediscovered the joy of Zumba. I let the running slide, but I was still active and I was ok with that. Which brings us to the end of 2012. This is what I saw in December:
It's not where I had thought I'd be when I started in March, but I can live with it. It means reaching goal weight later than I'd planned, but so what? I'll get there, and that's all that matters. I'm feeling pretty gosh-darned good about myself right now. Now, for the math I promised you!
In 2012, I did over 225 workouts, that came out to about 11,366 minutes, or approximately 189 hours. April was my best month, with 39 workouts totaling 1778 minutes. Straight up average? That would be 947 minutes per month, 18 workouts. But as I said earlier, January and February were losses, so taking them out makes for better, more realistic numbers: 22 workouts per month, for about 1136 minutes.
Not bad, right? But hold on... you ain't seen nothing yet, dearest Spark buddies. Just wait for the 2013 numbers to come in!!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I'm pretty typical of many Sparkers, I'm sure, when I say that I hate, hate, hate, taking pictures of myself! I'm insanely, harshly critical of any and every picture of myself. I see gray hair where everyone else sees dark auburn. I see my missing tooth, which makes me so self conscious that I barely smile anymore, let alone if there's a camera in the vicinity. I see the folds in my body that my clothes can't/don't cover. Do I need to go on? I can't focus on a happy moment because I obsess over how bad I look in the picture. (It's in my head, I know. )
But, I'm trying to work on that. I am. It's easier for me now that I've lost 30 lbs this year, but I'm still not at goal, and believe me when I tell you, I still scour each and every picture for flaws. I'm determined to keep working on myself, though. I'll be having my tooth replaced in the next couple of months, and my weight loss plans are still in effect. I have a half marathon scheduled in May, and I'm looking at another one in Sept, so my body image should be improved greatly by finishing those challenges.
For most of the year, I had a picture on my phone of a little black dress, along with an app that put a widget counting down to "Little Black Dress - 12/31/12" where I saw it everyday. I took it off not long ago, replaced by a picture of a woman running in winter, when I realized that reaching goal weight by New Year's Eve wasn't going to happen. For a few weeks, I felt a little disappointed that I'd failed - but I have gotten my head back into a good space, and I realize that losing 30 lbs this year is NOT a failure! Especially when you take into consideration that I'm a petite little thing... 5 foot even barefooted, small boned. My wedding ring is a size 4 1/2, for pity's sake! 30 lbs on me is a lot, and I'm proud of the work I've done this year. So I ditched the jeans and sweatshirt I was wearing earlier, put on makeup and slipped on a little black dress for New Year's Eve. Don't believe me? I can prove it....
I'm not entirely thrilled with this, I see many flaws... but the fact that I put it out on the internet can only mean positive changes, yes? I'm going to try to get more pictures out throughout the year, so that you can all know just who Dani is.
Looking at the pic, it didn't post the full shot... let me try to fix that, it's a full body shot.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Here we go, one day only: I'm going to share some of my recent motivations and inspirations! Feel free to come in, look around, take anything you like or that really resonates with you - it turns out, inspiration shared becomes exponentially stronger
I've noticed that running seems to tone my legs faster than anything else. I know we can't "spot reduce", I'm just thrilled that my body has chosen to shed the fat from my legs first.
Yes, I'm slow. What's your point? I'm out there, aren't I??
I'm signed up for a half marathon on 5/4/13, and I've already told my husband I plan on doing 2 half marathons a year. I'm thinking one in the spring and one in the fall will keep me moving.
It's a long journey, and I just have to keep reminding myself that I didn't gain all my weight overnight, why would I expect it to vanish overnight?
I believe I can do this. That means I'm going to do this! I'm going to get strong, and fit, and I'm going to be so much better than I was in my 20's!
I"m obsessed, I admit it. I love, love, love Zumba! It's so much fun for me that I don't even consider it a workout. It's my reward for doing a "real" workout.
Monday, October 15, 2012
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