Tuesday, October 06, 2009
So my last entry was not quite 5 months ago--titled "Sidetracked" and BOY, did I ever get sidetracked.
One foot injury, a vacation to L.A., a break up with my boyfriend of 3 years and one move back to my parent's house later, and I would say SIDETRACKED is a good way to sum it all up.
I thought breaking up with a long-term relationship would be the best diet, but in fact, instead of starving out of sadness, the happiness of it all made me eat anything and everything (aaannnddd, maybe have a few too many drinks with the girls!)
So, I gained 11 lbs and a real affection for my old, unhealthy lifestyle.
Now, four months into my new, single and MUCH happier life, I had to take a step back and remember why I was putting in all that hard work in the first place. And trust, I was seriously in it to win it!
Now, as I excitedly await my 28th birthday next week which, may I add, I will be celebrating in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (first stamp on the passport! WOOT WOOT!), I seem to have found my *spark* again, albeit not quite as full force as the first time.
Still, I'm cutting down, cutting back and sweating more--and ya know, it feels pretty good to have that sense of control back again.
I'm happy to report I've lost 7 of the 11 lbs I gained back during my "low point" and and am well on my way to losing all that extra fluff by the time I hop on that plane with my best friend and a suitcase full of new fall clothes!
Granted, it probably helps that I have something to look forward to which lit the fire again, but hey, isn't that usually the case?
And I must say, being featured in the new SparkPeople book, The Spark (due out in bookstores in January) was also the catalyst for getting this butt back in action.
If I'm gonna talk the talk, I have to walk the walk.
And so here I am, lighting that spark again and feeling so great to have come out the other side.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I've never considered myself an athlete...until today, the day I get sidelined with an injury due to my vigorous fitness routine. Eesh!
So my profoundly flat feet must not like the jumping and bouncing of my beloved Turbo Jam and that sucks....because now I've strained a ligament in my left foot and am now forced to wear a sexy boot. Soooo sexy.
In disbelief, I asked my podiatrist over and over and over again, "So you're saying I can't workout? Not even low impact? Not even walking?"
Sadly, he said no -- but recommended I swim or do the stationary bike. The problem with that is that I don't belong to a gym (nor do I even WANT to), so access to a pool and a bike will be tricky.
Luckily, my apartment complex is completing construction of a brand new gym only yards from my apartment which should be done soon (thank goodness!) And I live about a mile from a local recreation center which I can use for dirt cheap.
*sigh* I guess this attractive gray boot and only 2-3 weeks of little to no exercise is better than the MRI and/or possible surgery I may need if I ignore doctor's orders.
So, the only thing that makes me feel better is that I have a plan of action:
1. Lower calorie intake and be diligent about clean eating. I've heard you can still lose weight, even with no exercise, by eating clean and closely monitoring calories
2. Continue strength training, minus the cardio beforehand. I can do upper and lower body weights just fine without straining my foot, I'm sure!
3. Do my prescribed foot and ankle stretches, and the ice treatments as well.
4. Keep a positive outlook and find ways to be active even without exercise
5. Sign up at my local rec for a membership and begin doing bike and swimming. Who knows...I may even drop a few pounds with this change to my routine!
Appreciating my blessings still,
Monday, May 04, 2009
I hit my second mini goal of 35 lbs lost this morning and I've never been happier!
Adding icing to the cake, I learned I'm a size medium/small this weekend while shopping for clothes for my trip to L.A. this week!!!
Holy cow! I've never been a small IN MY LIFE!! EVER!!
35 lbs gone (forever), size 10/12, size S/M......does life get any better than this?
(sure...after I hit my third mini goal!! lol tee hee!)
Ultimate goal weight......HERE I COME!!
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