Thursday, December 01, 2011
November is over, and it is the end of the Stevia Challenge. This last week and a half has been a total bomb. Vacation threw me off of all of my plans. I went to bed late and slept too late (paying for that now that school is back). I started nibbling here and there on sugary foods (up 4 pounds - ugh). And, my workout schedule has been messed up (definitely affecting my mood).
I tried to ignore the scale for this month. It felt good. I wasn't judging myself every morning and basing my entire day on a fluctuating number. However, right before Thanksgiving I gave in and weighed myself. I was down 7 pounds. I celebrated. I was proud of how well I was doing with the clean eating and exercise. Then I allowed myself a treat. Then two. Then disaster.
I'm at the point where I am so in tune with my body that I know how certain foods affect me. I didn't have any major binges. That I am very proud of. But, I snacked here and there. I stopped eating mostly protein and veggies and added in more bread and wheat tortillas. It all had a surprising effect.
When I started losing weight, these foods were fine. I eat whole grain not white. That's healthy, right? Now, that I am trying to lose the last 20 pounds and sculpt my body, I'm finding that I can't eat too many of these foods or I balloon. I also crave more. After 2 weeks sugar free, I stopped craving sugar, but once I gave it, it all came back - and then some.
I'm not that upset by my weight gain. I know it will go away again. I know what I need to do to get back on track. It's a new day. A new month. It may be the most challenging month for me with stress, a crazy schedule, and endless holiday treats, but I think I can do it. Here are my goals for December.
1. Get the right amount of sleep
2.Eat better - no sugar/lots of veggies/low starch
3.Drink more H2O - seriously, I need 12-15 servings a day and have been struggling for 8 lately
4. Get back into my exercise routine (ahem, run your 10 mile run, already!)
5.Keep looking at the positives, enjoy life, let go of what I have no control over
6. Write! It's been too long, and it's like therapy - do it!!
7. Reward your achievements
Pretty basic plan, but I know it works for me. I'm going to keep up my weekly updates. it keeps me focused and on track. I also am motivated to lead a better life by my Zumba class. I feel the need to set a good example for those women and anyone else who may be a potential client. I need to use this as motivation to stay away from the sweet stuff.
My overall goal for December (let's call it my Back to Basics Challenge) is to lose the extra 4 pounds and maintain through the holidays. Losing would be a plus. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I love Body Rock so much.
I just did this one www.bodyrock.tv/2011/11/21/hot-body-
and I am dripping after only 12 minutes!
I needed a workout like this today. I have been feeling tired and blah the last few days. Mild, but gloomy, weather and a vacation that reprogramed my sleep cycle are the causes, and I am trying to fight them the best I can. This did the trick.
Unmotivated? It's only 12 minutes!
Feeling tired? Not after the endorphins kick in!
Need something new? This is it, and it makes me feel super strong, too!
I can't do these workouts on a regular basis. I already train a ton every week, and most days are so challenging that I can't even consider adding more. Today, I just have kick boxing. It's a great workout, and I will be spent after class, but it isn't until 6pm. I needed something to wake me up and get me moving today. aka the perfect day for a Body Rock.
They also give me great ideas to add to my Zumba class. I love Zumba for cardio, but I am a firm believer in the amazing benefits of strength training. I introduced my Z-ladies to ST last week, and they LOVED it!! We couldn't be in the school last Friday because of vacation, so we went to one of their houses, and I put them through an hour and a half of ST circuits. It was completely different from anything they'd done before, and at the end (though totally exhausted and pouring sweat) they asked if I could incorporate it into Friday Zumba classes.
um, YES! Yes, I can. ST is my favorite workout, and I am so thrilled they want to keep it up. It probably helps that I babble constantly about the benefits of ST and balancing cardio and ST.
I can't wait for this Friday to see how they feel after shaking it and doing ST (pretend this is my "evil grin" that I apparently get in class when we're going to do something tough)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Yesterday we had our first snowfall, and we immediately took the kids outside to play. While they rode their sled down the hill in our backyard, my husband and I built a huge snowman. I made the middle section a little too big, and he was convinced that we wouldn't be able to lift it.
We did, and it was easy. I love how surprised he gets when he sees the results of the weight training that I've been putting him through. It's awesome.
Anyway, we took pictures of our snowman, and this one really affected me.
I am bundled up in this picture. I have on two pairs of pants (including my huge pants that I only wear in the snow). It still surprises me when I see how far I've come.
I love my new coat. I needed a new one this year, and I chose the red one after a lot of consideration. I almost went for my usual choices; black, blue, dark green - but I kept looking at the red one. I knew I wanted it, but I doubted whether it would look good, draw too much attention, etc.
Anyway, my love of bright colors won in the end, and I am so glad I bought it. I've gotten a lot of compliments, which is great. Now, seeing this picture, I feel so good I don't care if I attract attention. I'm going to keep this image in my mind today as I go through two Thanksgiving dinners, and I know I will be successful.
(oh, and the coat is a medium - first time in 15 years - woo hoo!)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The holidays are here. I've already started thinking about Christmas and doing some shopping, but I didn't really feel in the holiday spirit until today. We finally had our first snow storm of the year. Normally, we have snow by Halloween, which I hated as a kid b/c I had to put my coat on over my costume.
This year has been really strange. I do not remember it ever being 70 degrees in November, but we had several gorgeous days when this was true. I loved an extra month to exercise outside. I started doing distance running and loved it - so thank you, November, for being extra wonderful this year.
It's cold now, and I just woke up to find everything covered in a beautiful white blanket. I usually don't get excited about snow - and, I know by February I will be cursing the white stuff and the following bitter cold - but right now I'm excited. Mostly because of my kids' reactions. They were so excited to show me the snow this morning. How could I not get excited?
It also makes me feel more in the holiday spirit. I'm used to a white Christmas and can't begin to think about the holidays until it snows. Today, we began our yearly ritual of incessant holiday movie watching - I will be spending the first morning of school vacation sitting on the couch watching Christmas movies with the kids.
Another (somewhat strange) reason for my excitement this holiday season is that I am excited to get through the challenges of sticking to my calorie range and exercise routine. I feel prepared this year. I have a plan for getting through to 2012 without gaining - in fact since Halloween I've actually lost weight (no official number until the end of the month). I'm going to exercise tomorrow morning before we leave for a day of sitting in the car and eating. Friday I will just continue my usual routine. I'm not going to get off track this year. There's no reason to giv myself a free pass and make myself ill. I'll feel better if I just stick to what makes me feel good and healthy.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Still doing pretty well. I've had a few minor slips, but I've been eating clean about 85% of the time, and that is a major improvement. Working out has been great. I already wrote about my week, so I won't repeat myself here, but I had some great moments this week. I feel like I am back on track.
I also love that I do not have to weigh myself every week. Sometimes I panic, but I've gotten good at convincing myself that I don't really need to know that number. I feel great. I have a ton of energy. I'm happy. Why does it matter what weight I am? I got some new clothes this week, and I am comfortably a medium. It's been well over a decade since that was true. I'm trying to decide if I will go back to weekly weigh-ins after this month. I thought so at first, but now I'm not sure.
Feeling great overall!
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