Tuesday, February 24, 2009
50 days! Wow! I can't believe it's been so long....today marks the start of a new week for me, week 8. I had some turbulance in week 7, mostly mentally, but feel much better, my head is back in the game. Even with the bumps I hit, I didn't fall of the program, it was mostly mental (refer to yesterday's blog).
Today is the day I weigh in officially although i stil weigh myself every day ( I know, i know, i know....). I had gotten down about 2.4 lbs for a few days, but new that was probably not going to be accurate and I was right. Today I weighed in and only lost .2 lbs from last week. I'm not really sure what to think about that. I didn't do anything different really EXCEPT fall of the water wagon. So I am focusing this week on getting in my water... Either way i am down exactly 10 pounds in 7 weeks which is about 1.5 lbs/week...seems about right!
Walked 2.5 miles this morning and did my exhaustion tests for situps and pushups...40 pushups (holy crap) and only 60 situps...leads me to believe that my results from one are impacting the other since last exhaustion test I did 90 situps and only 30 pushups....whichever I do first I do better on. Oh well, there is no time limit on when I accomplish these goals as long as I stick to them! Time for class.....Mexico countdown....16 days!!!!!!!!!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Today marks the end of 7 weeks on my sparkpeople journey and I am feeling the need to regroup and refocus. I haven't "fallen off the wagon" or anything, I just am not hitting a few of the points that I think will really make a difference in how I feel overall. First, I am no longer drinking 8 cups of water a day...I just sort of stopped. I still drink water, the only other drink I have is coffee. I am just not as focused on getting down the 8+ cups a day as I was when I started...I think that is playing a role in my energy levels the past few weeks. I also have not been taking my multivitamin and I think that is also playing a role in the way I've been feeling. I know I am not getting the amount of iron I need through my diet and I also know I need to get the B vitamins since I don't eat much meat...So new goals...BACK on track with the water and take a multivitamin EVERY day!
I decided to skip my walk today.... It isn't for lack of time, I woke up early to walk, but I am working a 12 hour shift today and know that I'll be doing enough walking at work, plus I really need to take some extra time to blog what I've been feeling (get ready for a rant!)....
I have been feeling very overwhelmed lately. I have myself on quite a schedule, I only get 1 full day off per week...and I am feeling the effects of it. My stress level has been pretty high. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have Mexico to look forward to in a few weeks. I think some days you just need to take a step back and instead of looking at the daunting days ahead look at the progress you have made. That is what I am trying to do today......
I am doing well in school, have only 2 more prerequisites to go before I can apply to the nursing program, and I actually enjoy the field of work that I am getting into. This will be the best thing I've done for myself, it will take time, work and dedication, it will be time consumming and stressful, but in the long run, the best possible move I could have made for myself. I will be an RN in just a few short years, hopefully working in neurology!!! I have a great family and amazing group of GOOD friends. I know I am very lucky to have so many supportive and understanding people to turn to (many people don't). I live in one of the most beautiful places weather wise in the country and love the fact that I feel the sunshine on my face 90% of the time. I HAVE a job. Many people don't right now. Although it isn't what I love to do everyday, I have a reliable source of income, unlike so many at this time in our economy. I have lost 10 pounds in 7 weeks and feel and see changes in my body. Like school, this will be the best thing i can do for myself (getting healthy) and as an added benefit i will feel much better about myself and look much better too. I haven't "cheated" at all, and although I know that my streak won't last forever, it is good to know I have the ability to make healthy changes and STICK TO THEM (that is the key for me) I don't really remember the last time I weighed under 160...maybe about 6 years ago when I first moved down to Florida after graduating from college, I think I am about 3 or 4 lbs from what I weighed when I was 23 years old.
All of the above are the reasons my life is amazing. I need to take more time each day to be grateful about these things and reflect on the fact that my life is good. I get so caught up in the stress of ALWAYS having something to do (work, school) and on my one day off a week that I look forward to for 6 days I still have laundry, groceries, bills to pay, errands to run. There is ALWAYS have something to stress about (money, tests). I take for granted that I am one lucky girl. I need to spend more time thinking about this when I am feeling the overwhelming "this sucks" attitude creeping up on me.
I think the 30 minutes it's taken me to write this blog was well worth it...instead of exercising my body, I have exercised my mind today...I really need to be focused on staying positive and not falling into the rut that is just over the edge of where I'm standing....bottom line, my life is good. I think I just need a break, and luckily Mexico is just around the corner...17 days away!
Since I've been blabbing for so long ( I really think I had to just get all of this out in front of me in writting), I should mention something cool that happened the other night at work. One of my managers who has no clue that I've been working out and eating better said "don't take offense to this, but have you been losing weight, your face looks really skinny". YAY!!!! First of all, NO offense taken, yes I've lost just over 10 pounds and thank you for noticing!!
If you've read this blog all the way down to here, thank you for listening to my vent. It felt really good to get it all out and put things in perspective. I'm sure we've all had our ups and downs, but we are all doing great things for ourselves and should be very proud of our accomplisments, both weight related and otherwise. And the journey continues.........................
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Sunday Funday! Got up today and completed week 6 of the pushups and situps challenges....now according to the time frame given by the challenge I should be able to bust out 100 pushups and 200 situps at my next exhaustion test, but I am well aware that that isn't going to happen...and totally ok with it! The whole point is I have incorporated pushups and situps into my life for the past 6 weeks...I have made great gains, starting at 12 pushups and 31 situps and now able to do around 30ish pushups and 90 situps at my last exhaustion test. It doesn't matter to me how long it takes me to do the 100 and 200...the whole point is that I complete a challenge that I have taken on...and believe me, there have been many days (today being one of them) that I wanted to say 'screw it' but I did not and those are the little accomplishments that keep me motivated.
I also walked almost 4 miles today and could have kept going it was sooo amazingly beautiful outside...I ended up coming home, pulling out a lawn chair and sitting in the sun with my ipod for an hour...caught a little tan and was definitely relaxing! Now it's off to another night at work!
Since I have started watching my iron I haven't even come close to meeting what I should be getting...definitely something for me to take into consideration...for sure could be why I am so tired all the time.
See you tomorrow, I have a double, but am planning on getting up to walk 3 miles in the morning beforehand. Time for a 20 minute power nap!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
In 47 days, I have lost 11.4 pounds! I can't believe the success I have had...I am more than halfway to my original goal (7.4 lbs to go) AND exactly half way to my modified goal (11.6 lbs to go). If I do the math I have lost about 1.6 lbs/week which is right on target with "healthy weight loss" and means I am losing FAT and in a HEALTHY way. I did a little shopping yesterday but my heart wasn't really in it, I developed a headache and cut the swimsuit expedition short. I tried on a few and still don't feel great in a swimsuit, but better...and that's something. I did buy a dress at the JCrew outlet that I absolutely adore for Mexico....and it was a size 10! I have been in a size 12/14 for so long when I saw the highest size they had was a 10 I wasn't even going to try it on...I'm so glad I did. It fits perfect and I love it. Still need to get a swimsuit though, that was much more challenging....It is hard when you are "curvy", especially up top... I did try one on that looked great at tommy bahama but it was also $80 and they only had black....so that can be my fallback option! I should still be able to loose between 4 - 5 lbs before Mexico if I stay on track and that would put me at the exact weight I was when I was 16 and in high school....don't ask how I remember that, but I do!
Last night I went to bed around 11 for the first time in I have no idea how long and wow, i really needed sleep. I slept almost 12 hours. I feel good today, a little sad that my one day off is over and it's back to the grind until next Friday...Goal this week is to make enough cash at work to pay rent and shop some more...and I really want to buy a few things online to. I can't believe how quickly Mexico is creeping up on me, and I'm sooooo excited, but have so many things I want to get like my hair done, a pedicure, a few more dresses and a swimsuit.... 19 days to go!
Today I have an online test to take, laundry to do, some errands to run and work at 5:30...trying to squeeze in a walk somewhere in there too...I have already burned more than enough calories this week, but thats no reason not to go...it's beautiful outside. Just need to make some time! Which means blog must be over for today! Hope you all have a great weekend!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Busy day today! Just got home from class and my big test and have another hour or so of online class stuff to do before work tonight...which I picked up and am now totally regretting...I am so tired all the time, I have decided to start tracking my iron in the nutrition tracker. I don't really eat any red meat (very occasionally, maybe once a month, usually less), I don't like eggs unless it's a bacon egg and cheese sandwhich (bad, but occasionally ok too). I am thinking my lack of iron could be leading to my complete exhaustion all the time. I need to eat more broccoli and spinach!! It will be interesting to see how much iron I get in relation to how much I am supposed to get... I really need to focus more on taking my multivitamin ever day (haven't taken it in a few weeks). There just isn't any time where I couldn't sleep...so time to hit the books so I can get in an hour nap before work.....Any suggestions or advice on the iron thing are welcome...
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