Sunday, March 09, 2014
I went a little overboard with pizza and dessert last night, since FH was away for the night and I didn't feel like cooking for myself. I see it reflected on the scale this morning, but I had lost some off my measurements on Friday and lost a little percentage of weight loss, and my body is feeling the good ache after my kettle bell workout yesterday, so I'm still feeling positive about my progress! Got out for a walk in the HOT weather this morning to enjoy the start of Daylight Savings Time, even though I didn't have anyone to enjoy for company. It was nice being out in the summer-like weather, hearing the birds chirping, though! Going to FMIL's birthday party this afternoon, and FH's family eats notoriously bad at parties (although since I've been around and have been bringing veggie dishes, they've started providing a little more healthy alternatives), so I will have to have a lot of will power and try to pick the right things! Happy spring-is-coming day, everyone!
Friday, March 07, 2014
FH and I had a heavy talk last night. Like, scared me and broke my heart kind of talk. We've been together for 8 years, but this is the first time we're living together, since I was away at school for the last 4 years, and add onto that planning our wedding as soon as we move in together, and it's been a lot of adjusting/stress. Anyway, we both realized we haven't been working at the relationship as much as we say we are. There are some serious communication and relationship issues we need to commit to working on EVERY SINGLE DAY together. We've been really good about working on our health and fitness together, and I feel like we've gotten it under control, for the most part, into a routine, so that we can now take the time to commit our efforts to our emotional selves, and to our relationship building. We both know the future we want for ourselves, and see it as attainable, now we just have to take very real steps towards making it happen. One of the issues has been my serious and upheaving PMS mood swings. I'm on a birth control pill, but it's different than what I was on before I moved to Scotland, and my body hasn't felt like it adjusted to it the way I've so easily adjusted in the past. So, I got back on the first birth control pill I ever took, because my cycles were regular and my mood swings more tempered on it. But that's not the only change that has to happen. Now that so many positive changes are happening with my body, I need to CHOOSE to be happy, and start working through all the muck of emotions and issues that have stood in my way of being and ACTING as such, so far. It will happen, I AM already happier, I just hope FI can stay with me and make his own changes through the challenge ahead!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Today's SparkCoach blog is about what can change in my habits or outlook that will create a more positive, exciting journey. Reflecting back on what makes a diet versus a lifestyle change, I think I could change a few things that will get me more in the "lifestyle" mindset, and further out of the "diet" mindset, which will contribute to a more positive journey. One change that I have made already is to reevaluate my goals and decide that, rather than tracking and relying on the number on the scale, alone, I'm also using measurements, body fat and muscle %, and how my clothes fit as ways to measure success. I've decided that my goal is 120lbs, just because it puts me safely in the "ideal" zone for my height and small frame, but that I would be happy with 123 lbs, or achieving a body fat % between 20.9-24.5%. I keep leaning more towards stopping when I'm in the idea fat % zone and have hit a plateau, judging my "goal weight" in pounds by the number at which my body tells me it is happy to maintain.
A change I need to make, and that yesterday's SparkCoach session brought to the forefront of my consciousness, is to change my thinking from "low calorie" to "nutritious." I think I still fall into the trap of thinking foods are "healthy" as long as they are "low calorie," but that is not always true. I need to be more conscientious about the nutritive value of the foods that I consume, while being aware of their calorie content, but not necessarily letting that dictate its "healthfulness" in my mind.
So, here's to positive, healthy eating and tracking!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Things are moving along steadily, I'm staying motivated and staying on-track. Don't really have anything to blog about, today, but wanted to keep the blogging streak going!
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I was just thinking at the gym yesterday that I need to increase my weights for some of the exercises I'm doing, as they are feeling too easy, and today's SparkCoach lesson is about revamping your workouts! I guess it's that time, why not? My nutrition program has been revamped to account for living and being social on the weekends, now my workouts need a revamp, too! I feel like I did do that a little bit recently, with adding the Tone It Up workouts to my strength routines to mix in some variety, but the go-to Visual Impact ones that I have been doing regularly for a year now need to be mixed up by changing the weights for some of them, again! I'm also going to increase my cardio times, to revamp my cardio workouts. Yay! Yes, I'm actually excited about this because it means I am getting stronger, and fitter because my cardio time feels pretty moderate, now! I can tell that my arms, abs, and legs are more toned, even if I can't necessarily see it, yet, because they're still hiding under a layer of fat that needs to shed away. But, I'm working on that. And it's nice to FEEL how my body is different, anyway! Friday is a measurements day, I missed February because it was busy with people visiting, so I'm both excited and anxious to see what they will be! I hope they reflect the changes I feel. Otherwise, the scale is moving downwards, so that's a positive, even if it hasn't reflected in my measurements, yet! What will you do to revamp your workout routine?
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