Monday, January 03, 2011
I firmly believe that taking this journey one day at a time will help me out further in the long run, and with that I will make sure I state my goals for the day, and then the next day put down how I did with that day's goals then stated. There will be a lot of goals; however, it is progress and NOT perfection, so if I don't hit all of them, that is okay. The more I do, though, the happier I will be and the clearer my mind, body, and soul.
My weekend went FANTASTIC! I am where I need to be. I am doing the right things, I am feeling bloody wonderful! I ate GREAT, I ran, I shoveled, and today I spun.
My goals for today:
1. The majority of my intake today will be freggies, proteins, fiber, and other yummy foods. I will be having whole grain spaghetti with marinara sauce for supper, but a smaller serving with a bigger side of broccoli and cauliflower.
2. Drink water, water, water! No caffeine (on day 3 of no caffeine so far). I can have ONE can of Diet 7-Up.
3. For exercise, spinning for 55 minutes plus strength training throughout the day including push-ups, crunches, lunges, squats, and supermans.
4. Keep as busy as possible. When "bored" that is the time to either get out of the house to go window shopping with the family or stay home and clean or play with Kaylee.
5. Go to bed by 9 p.m.
Wow, okay, so not that many goals. But, they all do take a lot of time. My main focus is to not be bored. Boredom for me breeds munching mindlessly on food, which adds up quick to a lot of extra calories!
Goal weight for WW: 163 pounds (fully clothed and at 5 p.m.). Last week's weight with them was 168.4 (ouch).
Goal weight for the Periwinkles (Biggest Loser team) is 161 pounds.
Countdown to Cancun: 60 days!!!
Saturday, January 01, 2011
I'll be keeping this simple and to the point since I am so tired, but really want to get this done before the end of the first day of the year!
1. Lose 25 more pounds and/or just plan on getting to the weight that I finally become the most comfortable at.
2. Run as many 5K's as I can, get in as many 10K's, another half marathon, and my first marathon.
3. Wear more than 1 swimsuit this summer including at least a monokini if not the bikini I have right now.
4. Continue to spend as much time as I possibly can with my family.
5. Go back to school full time (pre-Pharmacy at UND) the fall of 2011.
6. Go on vacation to another country.
7. Take a stay-cation in August before school starts (for both me AND DH, who is a teacher).
8. Try new and exciting things to keep things fresh, such as Pilates, yoga, cross-country skiing in the winter, maybe start training for a triathlon this summer.
9. My main goal? Is to just be the best that I can be, and do the best that I can do. And to be proud of myself for that.
Happy New Year everyone!!
Saturday, January 01, 2011
It has been about 3 weeks since I posted progress pictures for the bikini challenge. No excuses, just did not do them. I have gained about 4 pounds since the beginning of the challenge, and I can almost guarantee you there was no muscle gain! I have too many reasons to list here as to why my sense of purpose with this challenge is renewed (refer to 2011 goals list), but let's just say that I have been going strong the last few days and doing what I know I should be doing.
Here are the pictures:
I hope these turned out alright! I finally did a thing to get them side by side. I am now doing this pictures with a self-timer so they can be more consistent and I will work on consistent posing, also. Not seeing much positive change, but I more than expected that. I am not letting that get be down, as I know what I need to do, and as long as I continue doing that, my goals will be met!
Have a great day everyone ~
Thursday, December 30, 2010
That's right, you. You are amazing. You are unique. You have all the abilities in the world. All of the opportunities laid out before you.
Now, those opportunities? What are you going to do about them? Are you going to shove them by the wayside? Work on them tomorrow? Get to them later? Yeah, because that has worked so well in the past.
And I am talking about ANY opportunity in this world. Because this world IS your oyster. There are so many people in this world who have accomplished things that you figure would have been IMPOSSIBLE to do! But, with determination, focus, the want, the need, the PASSION...that's how they got it done.
You have legs. You have arms, hands, lungs, heart. You have everything you need to do what you know in your heart of hearts you can do. Stop dreaming about doing them, and just do them.
Why are you special? Because you can write your own story. You can change the chapter. You can change the outcome! When you are looking back on this year to come, how do you want it to read?
What are you afraid of? What is stopping you? Is it fear of failure? Fear of being ashamed or embarrassed if you don't quite live up to such lofty expectations? Well, I'll tell you something right now. Who cares! Who cares if you fail? Do you think your mom...your dad, brother, sister, significant other, etc. would say you are a failure? If they do, they're not worth being a part of your everyday life. And you...you need to start treating yourself with respect, and start looking at yourself in the mirror to see the rockstar you truly are!
Don't put off until tomorrow what can be done today, love. Just get up and do it. I know, I know...easier said than done. But, before you put your lovely head down to sleep, and you look back over your day, won't you feel so much better knowing you did this and did that, rather than mournfully reflecting on how you didn't do this, you didn't do that?
So, chin up, darling. Chin up, and be the best person YOU can be. You are worth it, and you know it.
P.S. This may be a letter to myself, or this could be a letter to YOURSELF. Or, I may be writing this letter to you. Does it matter? No. But you matter. Love yourself.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
So much has happened this last year. I wish I had started here earlier, that is for sure. I started my journey the month after my daughter was born in July 2009. I started here on April 9, 2010. So, though I have not been here a year, I will still go through my year in general.
What did I accomplish....?
~ On January 1, 2010, I weighed 239.6 pounds (my start weight in July/August 2009 was 286 pounds). My last weigh-in for this year was yesterday and I was 163 pounds. In the year of 2010, I lost 76.6 pounds (down a total of 123 so far).
~ On May 21, 2010, I did my first 5K with no training at all. I had been exercising, but I hadn't run (except for a "practice" run with my partner a few days before, which made me realize how freaking hard it was to run!!). I finished this first 5K at 36:42, which I was so proud of!
~ After realizing I could run and not hurt my foot (plantar fasciitis), I decided to start training, thus starting the C25K program!
~ I ran my second official 5K on July 4 and finished at 32:00. I shaved almost 5 minutes off my time!!!
~ Third official 5K on July 31. 30:15. Cowabunga!!!
~ On September 11, 2010, I ran a Huntington's disease 5K and PR'd. I ran this 5K in 29:15 and cried. Just cried.
During this time I was training for my biggest accomplishment yet. The half marathon. I hadn't run a race bigger than a 5K yet.
~ Potato Bowl 8K on September 17 with a time of 48:27 (5 miles). Yay! Feeling like a runner!
~ October 9, 2010. Half Marathon. Was I ready? Yes and no! But, I did it, and that day really changed my life and my perspective on what I can and cannot do (basically that I can really do damned near everything I really set my mind and focus on!). I ran that race for a time of 2:17:44. I shocked myself with that race, thinking I would be walking most of it. I pushed on, and pushed on. I walked only a handful of times for a short time each (mainly to drink water/Powerade).
What else did I do in 2010? I made a lot of friends on here. I gained self-confidence. I worked through self-esteem issues. I hit a plateau finally. And I'm still in that plateau, but I am still WORKING on it. I had many days of self-doubt, but came through and pushed on. I fell, and I got up, and that is all I can do.
Was 2010 my year? Maybe, but I don't think so. Or I think it was 2nd place in my life :o} I think 2011 is my year. And that blog will come shortly.
P.S. I would post pictures, of myself in January compared to now, but that will be a separate blog after the 1st of the year, a collage of pictures if you will :o}
Love you all, and thank you for all of your support and encouragement!!!
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