Wednesday, December 18, 2013
This is a copy of a post from my blog, Fearless Creative: thefearlesscreative.wordpress.com/20
Day 1, I was pumped and excited and ready to go.
On Day 33, I hit the first wall.
Day 40, I ran 10 minutes straight.
On Day 56, I counted a drunken walk downtown after Brewerís Jam.
Day 64, I ran 20 minutes.
On Day 66, I stopped running.
Day 82, I bought a new yoga mat.
On Day 90, I almost quit.
Day 100, I finished.
I finished. 100 Days of Fitness. Done.
Nobody thought I would. Not even me. But I did.
No, it wasnít easy. No, I didnít push myself every day (or even most days). No, I didnít set any records. No, I didnít drastically transform my body. And no, I really didnít lose any weight. (Though both Jimmie and I can see a difference in how I look.)
Support from my loves on Day 100
Yes, I submitted this to dogshaming.com.
I did 2,351 minutes (39.18 hours), 41.88 miles, and 61 yoga practices.
I lost 4.2 pounds, and 5 inches.
I gained a habit, a love of yoga, and a belief in myself. I gained confidence, and a sense of peace I never knew I was missing. I feel stronger, longer, and tighter. I feel slower and looser. I feel proud, and yes, I feel humbled.
3 months ago, I couldnít run a mile, and I couldnít do Pigeon pose. Today, though I wonít win any awards for either, I can do both.
Next yoga goal Ė king pigeon!
I can feel my body, feel when things are working and feel when things are off. When Iím holding myself at an odd angle, or Iím walking funny. When one leg is longer than the other (confirmed by my chiropractor), and when my posture is slipping. When what Iíve eaten was for nourishment, and when for taste. When my stress levels and blood pressure are rising. When Iím holding my breath.
I love the feeling of accomplishment I get from knowing that no matter what, no matter how easy or how hard my workout is, Iíve done something. EVERY DAY. For 100 days. On business trips and camping trips, while sick, while healthy, and yes, while slightly intoxicated. While happy, while sad, and while angry. Iíve done something.
And Iím still going. Because I canít stopÖ..because I wonít stop (cue Miley....). Because itís making a difference in how I look, how I feel, and how I think. And I love it.
Iíll leave you with thisÖ.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
***This is a copy of a blog originally posted here: thefearlesscreative.wordpress.com/ .I'm moving my blog over to Wordpress, so will post all updates and progress there!***
Ok, Iíve been avoiding this post for a whileÖ.the first ďneed to get in shapeĒ post.
But the fact is, I really need to get in shape.
Iím overweight. There, I said it.
Why? Because I like spaghetti and cupcakes and beer and sitting on my couch. Um, yeah.
But part of this Fearless Creative journey is about being happy with myself, and the only way to do that is to be healthy. And Iím not healthy. Itís not even as much about losing weight as it is about taking care of myself. I mean, sure, Iíd be lying if I said I didnít want to look better in a bathing suit (but really, what woman doesnít?). But I want to feel strong, I want to feel like I can do anything I want without worrying that my body is going to let me down.
This is a hard post to write. Itís not something Iím sharing lightlyÖ.but Iím putting it out there because I need to be kept accountable. And because maybe itíll inspire someone, maybe someone reading this will feel a little less alone.
Iím on SparkPeople, and have been for years. I do challenges, I have SparkFriends, and Iím relatively active with it. But if Iím honest, Iíve been coasting by. I havenít been trying, I havenít been working at it. And the scale is going the wrong direction, and I refuse to buy more clothes.
I stick with SparkPeople because I love the philosophy, that this is a lifestyle change, not a diet, and that everything is ok in moderation. Thatís what Iím going for. No fad diets, no deprivation, no unrealistic exercise programs I wonít be able to stick with. Just a slow and steady overhaul of my eating and exercise habits. Or in some cases, creating habits to begin with.
Last week I started tracking my food again. I hate hate hate doing itÖ.but it works. Yeah itís a hassle, and yeah itís depressing to see that Iíve eaten 2400 calories when I was supposed to stay somewhere around 1400. But itís in your face, and all of a sudden that second cupcake doesnít sound so good when you know youíve gotta enter it in your tracker.
I forgot to enter yesterdayís food in there, but hereís a snapshot of the last weekÖ.I havenít been doing so well, though you can definitely see improvement over the week!
So yeah, not the greatest, especially at first. And yeah, I havenít entered todayís either. Iím working on it! Anyway, so that yellow bar? Thatís my calorie range Iím supposed to stay in. Based on SparkPeopleís recommended numbers according to my fitness level (ahem, sedentary) and weight to lose per week (1-1.5 pounds). I WILL get there.
And since eating alone wonít make me healthy, I suppose I should exercise.
In the past I was a runner. Iíd like to get back to that someday, but sadly, itís a whole lot harder to get excited about running when youíre carrying an extra 60 pounds (yes, seriously). In college I did yoga, and was super flexible. Like running, yoga is more difficult when your stomach gets in the way. Then I tried Zumba, and hated it. It made me angry because I was so uncoordinated. Most recently, I did Les Millsí Combat, and got through 3 weeks. I loved it. It made me feel strong, made me hurt in places I didnít know I had, and was FUN. Then I got distracted and didnít like feeling like I was on a schedule or some other nonsense.
All excuses. All bullsh*t.
Itís time to turn that around. Itís time to get back into running, itís time to be flexible again, itís time to work on my dance moves, and itís time to be a warrior. And anything else.
So here it isÖ.my challenge to myself to exercise 15 minutes every day, for 100 days.
Anything goes, but it starts today. 100 Days of Fitness. I can do any workout, but I have to do at least 15 minutes. Iím not going to map it out. Iím not going to beat myself up if I donít do more than 15 minutes. Iím going to embrace it, and Iím going to be proud of myself for sticking with it. And I WILL stick with it.
And Iím going to chronicle it here.
Donít worry, Iím not going to post every day. Iíve created a new page for that (look up!). Iíll hit the high points, when I try new workouts or have some really great achievement, or hit a milestone.
Iíll be done on November 25th. I can do this.
So hereís to Day 1!
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Ack! I'm late in getting to this...but here it is!
For one minute, do as many push-ups as you can and post the total number you got in. Make note if they were Modified, standard, Wall pushups. It doesn't matter what kind, just post in your blog how many you did in one minute.
I did wall pushups, and got 37 in.
For one minute, do as many crunches as you can and post the total number. Doesn't matter what kind. Just post the number in your blog.
Yeah, um, need to work on these. 20.
For one minute, do as many lunges as you can. Doesn't matter what kind. Just post the number in your blog.
I hate lunges, for the record. 34.
For one minute, do as many bicep curls as you can. Note the size weights you use if you do. And post the number in your blog.
I need larger weights. 31, using 3 pound weights.
And for one minute, do as many squats as you can. Any kind, again - for one minute and blog your number.
And, finally, hold a single plank for as long as you can.
45 seconds, and I felt every one of them.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Chances are I'll modify these a little, but here are my goals for BLC 22!
I will finish Combat! This won't take the full 12 weeks, but it'll be a huge accomplishment for me if I do it. I've never finished a program before.
I will work my way up to consistently drinking 64 ounces of water a day. I will start with making sure I get at least one glass a day, and work my way up to 8 glasses a day, every day. Yes, I know I should be doing this already, but I've fallen off the wagon and have gotten really terrible about this!
I will work my way up to consistently tracking my food 5 out of 7 days. I will do this by initially tracking one meal, slowly working my way up to every BLT most days of the week. I've downloaded a calorie counter app on my phone to help me.
I'm not doing a weight goal. Sure, I would like to lose a certain amount of weight. But really, I'm more interested in finishing Combat and overhauling my eating habits. If I do that, the weight loss will come!
Monday, April 01, 2013
Happy Easter a day late! You know what today meansÖÖCadbury CrŤme Eggs are half off!! (I promise Iíll be goodÖ.and only buy a couple.)
I had a few ďbreakthrough momentsĒ yesterday, so thought Iíd blog about them.
Breakthrough Moment #1:
I wanted to take the dogs for a walk, but it rained all day so I was stuck to my treadmill instead (it was a rest day for Combat). I decided to do a 5K, and to push myself. Usually I walk at 3mph, 3.5 if Iím working. I run/jog at 4.8-5mph. Last night I warmed up at 3 for about 5 minutes, then pushed up to 3.5. I stayed there for a mile or so, then decided to start speeding up. I ended up getting to 4mph by the end Ė and walked there for over 2 minutes! My little legs were pumping!! It was tough and I wanted to just break into a jog, but I knew I was working so I stuck with it. I was drenched in sweat at the end of it, but I did a 5K in under an hour!! About halfway through, I hit that exercise sweet spotÖwhere I realized I was having fun, that I wanted to keep going, that I was actually happy to be doing it. And I had the thought that I couldnít wait to work out again today. Thatís a huge change for me! Normally Iím rather grudgingly doing itÖ.sometimes I feel better, most times I feel worse. Not last night. Last night I finally felt like an exerciser!
Breakthrough Moment #2:
This actually came before the treadmill, but thatís ok. We did the Easter thing with family, and I came home and changed into jeans. Then plopped my butt on the couch for some meal planning and web surfing. After a few hours I decided to fold the laundry, and while doing that I realized I had been wearing my jeans for several hours and hadnít even noticed it. My jeans fit Ė they arenít super tight, or anything like that, but usually Iíd prefer to be in sweats or yoga pants if Iím just hanging around the house. But yesterday for the first time, I wasnít conscious of my clothes and how they fit. I was comfortable. I think itís all the CombatÖ.I can feel a difference in my body. My clothes are more comfortable, my body feels more solid, and I can tell Iím carrying myself differently. Iím excited for my weigh-in Wednesday, but more than that Iím excited because I FEEL different, after only a week.
Breakthrough Moment #3:
I was listening to the radio, and an ad came on for a medical spa specializing in medical weight loss. During the commercial, it hit me that I donít want to be the person who worries about her weight all the time. I donít want to feel like Iím always going to be overweight or uncomfortable. I donít want to let my weight and body image rule my life. I want to be healthy, and I want it to feel natural. I feel better when Iím eating well and exercising. I just want to feel good. Iím not even sure how to describe itÖ.but hearing that ad made me realize how sick I am of being preoccupied with being overweight. Iím going to do this so I can be healthy and feel good, and itís going to stick. Iím not going to spend the rest of my life battling my weight.
Not big moments, but itís the small victories that count, right?
On another note, I absolutely love Combat. Itís tough, but not painful. Itís short, but makes me feel like Iíve really worked. I love that the instructors are positive and actually do all the workout with you. They donít yell at me to push harder or get up or whatever. They tell me to do what I can and thatís good enough, but that itís up to me what kind of results I see. And theyíre encouraging. Plus theyíre normalÖ.I donít feel like Iím working out with some hardcore person who doesnít really care if Iím doing it or not. With Combat, itís like they do actually care, and they obviously believe in the program. I feel kinda weird writing that, because itís a little touchy-feely for meÖ.but itís nice to have a workout program you actually look forward to doing!!
Ok, thatís enough for now. Have a wonderful week!
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