Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Someone sent me a SparkGoodie with the comment that they HATE to exercise, and asking if I had any good ideas for ways to get some fitness in that are more fun. I hope that person reads my blog, because here's everything I've got!
• Pretend you’re in middle school again and go play at the playground. Do the monkey bars, climb the mini rock wall if there is one, run through the sand, and have fun!
• On a similar note, get some friends together and play grade-school yard games. Four square, hop-scotch, tag, and double-dutch are all personal favorites of mine. If you’ve got kids, this is something fun you can do together!!
• Wash the car in the summer (hey, I think it’s a blast!) – your car gets clean and you get a good workout in.
• Tend a garden. All that weed-pulling is hard work!!
• Go for a bike ride.
• Play active games, like charades and Twister.
• Video games are a fun way to work out, whether you go for actual workout games (like WiiFit Plus or EA Sports Active 2), dancing games ( like Zumba, Dance Dance Revolution, or Dancing With the Stars), or just games that make you move (like Wii Sports or Wii Resort!).
• Find a project to do – build a tree house, repaint a bedroom, restore a piece of furniture. All that activity -- sawing, hammering, scraping, sanding -- is good exercise. Just don’t call it work!
• Visit the zoo – that’s a good walk, and there are so many cute animals to look at! Just make sure to avoid the greasy zoo food. Or if plants are more your style, walk around a conservatory.
• This isn’t so much fun, but it’s an easy way to sneak in some working out. While you’re watching TV, get up and walk in place (or do sit-up, jumping jacks, jump rope, whatever!) during commercial breaks.
• Instead of going to dinner and a movie, do something active on your date night. Snowboarding, paintball, and rock climbing are all things I’m trying to get in shape enough to do!
• Take a martial arts class. This is also great for stress relief!!
• Have sex. (Try and tell me THAT’S not fun!) Extra points if you’re on top! XP
• Learn to pole dance.
• Dance. Who says you have to do the workout moves they’re doing on those aerobics videos? Put on your favorite tunes and get your groove on.
I hope that gives you some good ideas!! =)
Monday, February 28, 2011
I'm excited for Thursday and our mini-vacation/long weekend in the fancy hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. Today is month end at work (I'm currently working as an accountant) so I'm super-busy today. It looks like it's going to be a very long work day for me, and I'm hoping I can make it out of here by 6 p.m. so I can make it to Zumba @ Curves tonight! I brought a Lean Cuisine for dinner just in case I'm stuck here as late as I think I'm going to be, so I can heat it up and scarf it down, and still hopefully have time to run to Zumba. Urgh, I hate long days.
I'm doing OK sticking to my diet and sticking to my exercise. I bought a weekly planner over the weekend and am using stickers in the planner to track my water intake. Today is Day 1 of 8 cups+ water daily! This and going to Curves 3x/week are the goals I am focusing on "streaking" this month. I can do it!!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I just can't help it! I weigh in on my WiiFit, and I'm using it ANYWAY, so it's right there and I just can't help it. When I get on the thing, I need to weigh myself. I really need to stop doing it. If my weight is up (which it often is, since this is usually right after dinner that I give in!) I feel like a failure, BUT THEN AGAIN it also makes me push myself a little harder to exercise more to get my weight down. And if my weight is down (which it sometimes is when I weigh myself first thing in my morning, which is my official weigh in time), I worry and obsess about what if I don't weigh this little for my OFFICIAL weigh in on Sunday?
So I just need to stop weighing myself. If it's not Sunday morning between 6 and 7 a.m., I am not weighing in. THAT'S FINAL!! ...I'll try, LOL.
Also, I'm going to add another photo to my monthly photo log of my weight loss. Currently I have a full body frontal shot, full body side shot, and a frontal face shot. I'm also going to do this:
and take a photo! I think I might actually be able to do it again now, and I think it will be a good record of how much more flexible I get as time goes on. =) I might also time myself to see how long I can hold it! Fun, no?
My dad, brother, and grandma all came over last night to celebrate my lil' brother's 23rd birthday. We had fajitas (I made mine a fajita salad!) and it was excellent. =) My grandma also told me great job on my 20 lbs lost so far, which made me feel proud all over again of what I've achieved. She also said that as "a little added incentive" she'd give me $100 when I lose my full 100 lbs! WOW! That's super nice of her, and now I have another reward to add down there on my goal sheet. I sure could use the money to afford my current reward (which is a new wardrobe!), haha!
I'm stuck at work today for another 2 1/2 hours, and then I'm going grocery shopping, making lunch, hopefully walking 3-4 miles with Dad, eating dinner, and doing a little WiiFit free step while I watch a movie tonight. =)
We leave on Thursday for our mini-vacation (my 20 lbs lost reward!) and I am SO EXCITED! Especially since I'm working 4 hours today and 4 hours tomorrow, so this weekend is a little work-filled - it just means I'll really have earned my 4-day weekend that will start Thursday!! =)
Thanks to everyone who gave me some great ideas for portable snacks to bring along to the hotel. I got some string cheese and am going to hard boil some eggs, and I got these AMAZING garlic & herb low-carb tortillas I'm excited about as well!
Keep going strong, fellow sparkers. Make it a great day!
Friday, February 25, 2011
This morning I was getting dressed and I get to wear jeans to work today. I took out my trusty old 18W’s (which are really vanity-sized due to the high amount of stretch in them – when I wear them the first time after washing they’re tight, second time they’re fine, third time they’re even better, and then it’s time to wash them again!) and eyeballed them distastefully. This would be going on time #4 (or#5…) in a row of wearing this pair without washing, and they were all crusted with road salt on the bottoms. Yuck.
I went to my closet to look for another pair of “fat pants.” The only 2 pairs of jeans in there were a 14 and a 16, lurking in there for me to unwittingly put on and then feel like crap about myself because I don’t fit into these pants anymore. Crapola. I had accidentally grabbed this pair of 16’s back in December and tried to squeeze into them and could barely get them over my thighs, let alone button them. Game for an exercise in humiliation, I decided to see how much closer they were to fitting.
I am extremely proud to say that I am WEARING these humiliatingly too-small jeans today, and they fit WONDERFULLY. WAHOO!! Size 16 jeans: DEFEATED! You’re next, size 14 jeans!
More great stuff: I had my second phone call with my weight loss coach last night, and had nothing but great stuff to tell her. I could hear the smile in her voice, she was so happy for me. =) She said, “We don’t usually do this – we usually wait until a member has reached their goal weight… But since you’re making such progress and are clearly on your way I was wondering if you’d be willing to let me use you as one of our success stories.” I said heck yes, you can! She had me tell her exactly what I’m doing that is working so well for me, and I mentioned SparkPeople.com, like, a million times and said I could not do it without the great community here. Hopefully that will help direct some other people who are struggling to this site so they can feel great and start LOVING their body, their health, and their life – just like I’m learning to do!! =)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
My cold is still hanging on to me and won't quite let go. I'm managing to push through anyway, just doing lower-intensity workouts than I otherwise would like too. Lots of free step on the WiiFit.
I had my first call with my weight-loss coach through my work's Wellness program back in mid-January, and I have a follow-up call today. On the last call, I set goals to walk 10k steps a day and to work out for 30 minutes a day, every day. I managed to stick to those goals extremely well (at least up until I came down with this darned cold last Wednesday). Today I get to set some new goals, and those are going to be:
1) Drink 8 cups of water a day
--- This is something I'm really struggling with, and I rarely manage to make this goal. I'm going to go out this weekend and buy a weekly planner and a pack of cute stickers, and each time I drink an 8 oz cup of water I get a sticker on that date! I love stickers, so hopefully this will help me be mindful of tracking my water intake better.
2) Lift weights 3 times a week
--- This is another thing I struggle with, mostly because it's harder to make it in to Curves than it is to just get up and starting walking at home. I'm also restricted by the hours during which Curves is open and how that fits with my own schedule. I CAN do this, I just need to try harder!
Other than that... Things are going OK. I've been doing a LOT of the WiiFit free step while I watch TV, which makes me feel a little better about "wasting" time in front of the TV. I even got a 3" riser to put under my WiiFit board, so I have more of the step to step on and off of! I've also got some hand weights and a resistance band nearby to boost my workout. =)
I didn't stick to my nutrition plan yesterday and instead had crispy chicken strips with barbeque sauce, fries, and a soda for lunch. It was DELICIOUS and amazing and now I've got my alotment of greasy fried foods out of my system for the next couple of months. We ended up going out for Chinese food with family that night, so I tried to take it easy and just had steamed rice and the vegetable stir-fry. It was still yummy, but less fatty and greasy than my usual chicken fried rice, egg-rolls, and meat-based entree.
I'm back on the wagon tonight, and have good meal plans through Monday. I have to figure out something to have on Tuesday and Wednesday before this evening, 'cuz Johnny's taking me grocery shopping. =) Then on Thursday (a week from today!) we leave for our mini-vacation in Des Moines, Iowa.
I'm a little concerned about what I'm going to do for food while we're in Des Moines. I don't want to eat out for every meal, but I'm not sure if our hotel has a mini-fridge available in the room. I guess I could always bring a cooler with a few things (sandwich fixings, hard boiled eggs and the like) and replace the ice from the ice machine... Yeah! That sounds like a great idea! I'll bring some stuff to make lunches, and when we go out to dinner I'll use all the knowledge and tips I've garnered from reading hundreds of healthy eating articles to make smart choices (like looking for words like grilled, baked, steamed, broiled, poached, stir-fried, roasted, blackened and avoiding words like buttery, breaded, buttered, fried, pan-fried, creamed, scalloped, au gratin, a la mode!)
I can do this! WOO!
What are you excited about this week??
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