Saturday, March 02, 2013
March 2013 Goals
I am right on track. I am down almost 8 pounds in two months. I am actually down exactly 10 pounds since 12/27/12. I lost two pounds between 12/27/12 and my "official" weigh in on Jan. 1, 2013.
I did pretty well in February on the weight loss. Day to day and week to week, it seems really hard and really slow, but when I look back over the last two months at my progress I am very pleased. I then project those results out for the next couple of months and realize...Wow, I really can do this!
I did slightly better in January than February, but that is because I had more going on in February. I am very sensitive to stress in general and so, when I have a lot going on, I just don't lose weight as quickly. I really don't eat more, but it just seems that stress or perceived stress affects me like that. So, I am trying to limit the stressful situations as much as I can for now. Eventually, I will work on strengthening that aspect of my personality.
March will present some challenges for me. Tax info to get ready for CPA's. Not just for my husband and me, but also for my mother who passed away last year, and my mother-in-law, who is now 92. She is doing great, but is requesting our help more now. I am more than happy to help. But it all adds up to more stress for me. Annual doctor visits for myself and my dear hubbie. Annual blood tests, the dreaded mammogram, etc. Next year I won't schedule so much so close together. I really do know better!
If you are familiar with Elaine Aron's term " highly sensitive person" then you will understand. If anyone else out there feels that they are more easily stressed by day to day situations, or need lots of down time between activities, etc, you might find it helpful to google it. It has helped me understand myself better. But that's a topic for a whole other blog! lol
I am continuing to use the SP food tracker every day. I am amazed at that. I am pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to stick to my food plan every day. I no longer even have the cravings for sweets that used to be such a problem for me. How cool is that!
I don't know how much I will improve my activity levels this month (exercise). Although I love to exercise, it also causes me physical stress and I am not sure I am ready to deal with that yet. I really want to focus on the weight loss for now. So, I will just have to see what I can manage. I know I will definitely be focusing on the fitness at some point. I do know the importance of that aspect of my health. But, I really need to focus on one thing at a time for now.
I am still using my FitBit One and tracking my calories burned each day. It helps me figure out how many calories I really should be eating to lose weight. It does motivate me to try and move a little more each day.
Another big "Thank You" to all my spark friends for their support! I know you are all having a positive effect on my journey. I truly appreciate each and every comment and "like" you have contributed!
I am still completely "Determined" to stick with my plan and get down to 140 pounds by my birthday in June!
Wishing everyone success and happiness in March!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Just wanted to pass along this info on a free kindle book on Amazon.
A Better Way To Think: Using Positive Thoughts to Change Your Life
by H. Norman Wright
I think it's Christian based. Which for me isn't a negative or a positive. I like to keep an open mind and look for inspiration anywhere I can. The title sure looks interesting!
I think it's free for like 24 hours? My SIL recommended it to me. I haven't read it, so I don't have an opinion on it yet.
I downloaded it and I am going to give it a look see! Let me know what you think of it!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Week 4 has come and gone. I think I did good! I lost another pound in week 4! I have lost 1#/week for 4 weeks in a row. That's exactly what my goal was. I wish I could lose weight faster, but I can't eat any less or exercise any more than I already am. I am using the food tracker diligently and accurately. I am still eating way less than 1200 calories to lose the weight. I am still trying to get my activity and metabolism up enough to be able to eat even the minimum 1200 calories set by SP and lose weight. I will continue to work on that in the coming weeks. At the rate of 1 pound a week, I will hit my goal of weighing 140 pounds before my birthday in June. I will not give up just because it is hard to do.
I have actually been overdoing the exercise and I need to back off just a little. My body is not able to recover quickly enough to fit in actual exercise every day. I find myself hurting so much from the exercise that I spend the rest of the day inactive. I am talking about joint pain, not muscle soreness. After the last three days of not exercising, I am feeling so much better this morning. Ready to get started on my new plan for exercise/activity...
In Week 5: I am going to give myself the freedom to choose my activities for the day based on how my body feels. I will still do my strength training and my cardio, but I will spread it out and allow more recovery time. I will fit in some errands or house work or yoga or 10 min of stair climbing on the other days. I would prefer to be more active in general throughout the day. It's a balance between burning more calories all day long and building more muscle for the long term calorie burn. I just need to be patient and stick with it. I actually love exercising! I have a fitbit one now, so I'll compare the calories burned last week to those for this week. Anyway, this week it will be fun to experiment around and see what happens!
All in all, I am pleased and pleasantly surprised that I am doing so well. I can snibble all I want about not being able to eat more or having difficulty with exercise, but we all have our challenges. I am absolutely determined to succeed! I will not give up! I am getting trimmer and fitter every day!
Looking forward to a great week!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
After reviewing last week, I have decided on the following goals for this week:
Weight loss is still my top priority. I have lost 3 pounds in 3 weeks, so I am right on target. If I continue at this pace, I will reach my goal of weighing 140 pounds by the beginning of June. My birthday is in June so that provides a little extra motivation for me to keep going!
I will continue to use the food tracker. I am surprised at how easy it is to use and such valuable information. I will use it every day!
Strength training: I will do 2 sessions of my three exercises. I do squats, counter pushups and knee-ups. I am doing 3 sets of each this week. WooHoo! I have already gotten 1 session in.
Full Cardio: I will do 3 sessions of 20-30 minutes of cardio. Probably xbox kinect.
Short Cardio: I will do 2 additional sessions of 10+ minutes of cardio. I have my fitbit one now, so I can get cardio while racking up the floors doing the stairs in my house. Which means I will probably get more than 2 sessions of short cardio in! I have already gotten 1 session in.
Walks: I would like to get 2 walks (outside) in this week, but I don't know. I have done one 25 minute walk already! I have a chronic problem with my right foot that makes walking longer distances difficult. That's one reason I do so much of my exercising inside on the xbox kinect (barefoot and on carpet). I have my Merrill barefoot running shoes that are helping make running errands and such easier on my foot, but I don't know how much additional walking I can do. You always hear that "walking is the best exercise". In my case, walking is not the best exercise! I am hoping that I can gradually work on the walking and my foot will miraculously get better? I am determined to figure it out!
I will do some stretching and foam roller work after every workout. This will help my body recover faster.
I will do 10 minutes of meditation each day. Decreasing stress will help my body recover faster, also.
I will continue my participation on SP. I will continue reading motivational articles and books.
I will continue the house cleaning and decluttering. Although, it is hard to fit a lot of that in after all my exercising.
I am still at the point that exercise makes me tired (very tired) and I need quite a bit of recovery time. I know I will get better in time. I envy people who get energized from exercise. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment after I exercise, but physically I feel drained. My body needs time to adjust to all this new activity and I know my body's response to exercise will improve over time.
Here's to a fantastic week!
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