Sunday, May 01, 2011
I will be doing a separate week list, but thought since it is May Day, and it is snowing; therefore, I am inside, I would put together goals for this month!
Stay in the calorie ranges set by my tracker. Right now, it is to stay between 1200-1550.
Eat my last meal of the day by 7 most days. This is to help with my GERD symptoms and also to help avoid late night snacking.
Drink 80+ ounces of water most days.
Work on my nutrients. Figure in more potassium, work on cutting sodium, up my fiber, and up my calcium.
Plan my days/weeks out for meal planning and batch cooking for my lunches. I have been doing that so far, and it has helped me tremendously.
Work on training for the half marathon on May 21 while not hurting myself.
Run as much as I can pain-free.
Work on ST as becoming stronger can only HELP me.
Work on other forms of cardio besides running. Jump rope, jumping jacks, elliptical, spinning, etc. Play tennis!!!
I would like to work on a personal goal of doing consecutive push-ups. I can do 8 now. I would like to get to 25 by the end of the month.
Weight: I would like to strive to reach 155 at the end of this month. That would be 7 pounds based on today's weight. It can be done, but I would be happy with 158 (4 pounds).
Body fat percentage: I would like to lower my %. Right now, it is 25%. I would like to reach 23%.
My biggest goal, though, is to enjoy this. To have fun with it. To be happy conquering my goals and be the warrior I am without compromising my emotional well being.
And above all else, to remember once again that I am human, I will not be perfect, but that progress is what is important.
Happy May Day!
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Nutrition: This will be for all days this week:
1. Stay within 1200-1550 calories.
2. Work on being in ranges for most of the things I track, including sodium, potassium, carbs, protein, fiber, fat, etc.
3. Drink 80+ ounces of water minimum, but strive for 100+. This could use improvement as I didn't REALLY track how much water I drank. I did drink more than usual as I grabbed a water instead of pop each time, and kept my pop drinking to a minimum (1/2 to 1 can a day).
For nutrition, I am super happy with how I did. I didn't binge, I stayed mostly in my ranges (potassium was under most days and sodium was over a few days). I stayed in my calorie range all days but one, and on that day I was only over 30 calories. WINNING!
1. Spin and Sculpt class (50 minutes).
2. Spring clean the backyard that is full of dog poop (Nasty).
1. Run 1 mile.
2. Do half an hour of ST minimum.
1. If 1 mile was pain-free, run 2 miles. My hamstring was hurting this morning, so skipped the gym completely to rest it. Walked about 9 miles instead.
2. Elliptical for half an hour on lower setting. Ditto.
1. If 2 miles worked out fine, run 3 miles. Still rested.
2. ST for half hour minimum. Did some ST, about 15 minutes. Partial
Friday: Rest. I didn't rest. I ran 2 miles today w/o pain! WINNING!
1. Run 5 miles if the previous 3 runs went great. I ended up walking a lot today with the plans for running tomorrow.
2. ST for 45 minutes. Nope.
Sunday: Rest. I am going to the gym later today to run for at least 3 miles and maybe do the elliptical according to how I feel. Plan also on ST including lunges, dead lifts, squats, push-ups, and crunches.
All days: Walk dog at least once, but if a nice day, twice at least.
Overall, very happy with how I approached fitness this week. I didn't push too hard, and wasn't lazy either.
1. Keep busy.
2. Remember that I am not perfect and don't have to do everything on the list if something comes up, but that I want to strive to do better this week.
3. Clean when opportunities come up.
4. Be outside when weather permits, because being outside invigorates me! That goes for running, too :o}
5. Take time for myself and read, watch a favorite show (without eating while I am watching OR reading), take a long shower, shave, paint my toenails, and hey, my fingernails while I am at it. some of it :o}
6. Be productive at work. The harder I work, the more I make, and I want to be paying extra on a certain bill.
Have fun! That's what I really need to do...
Overall great week, and I am down about 4 pounds this week because of it. Shed some water weight and getting close to my WW goal weight of 160 (was 162 this morning). Next up will be working on my next goal of 155 pounds once I hit 160!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
As I have mentioned before in another blog, I am running the half marathon in Fargo for a charity (Lutheran Social Services). I created an event on FB and invited everyone on my friend's list to hopefully raise some money towards the $250 minimum.
I put in there the reason I am running for this charity, the fact that they helped me overcome my addiction to gambling. I would say 80% of the people in my friend's list did not know about my addiction.
I feel so vulnerable right now...I am hoping I did the right thing.
Friday, April 29, 2011
I want to preface this blog to say that I love my daughter and do cherish every minute I spend with her....
My day started out fantastic. I got in a 2-mile run (which is big for me right now). I also got in a short bit on the elliptical before I felt my hammy tighten up. I got home, took a shower, got my daughter ready, and walked her to daycare. Planned my meals for the day when I got home: Banana cut up on plain oatmeal with reduced fat PB mixed in (1 TBSP), 2 packets of Splenda with fiber, and 1/2 cup of skim milk for breakfast; leftover cheesy broccoli rice chicken casserole for lunch, grapes and an apple for snacks, and a New York strip steak for dinner with corn.
Work went fine. I felt distracted, but who doesn't on a Friday? Especially when, despite the 25-mph gusting winds, it is gorgeous and sunny out. Walked my dog for 1 mile on my break, tanned on my lunch (and yes, tanning is a horrible horrible thing to do, I know), ate my lunch while watching Vampire Diaries on DVR (so love that show), and went back to work.
So....this is when my day starts...sucking. CustomAire (a local heating/furnace repair place) was to come out to do routine maintenace on our air conditioner today between 3-6. You know how that goes...you wait. So, he calls at 4 and says he is on his way. This place is 3 blocks away from our house. He arrives at...4:45!!!! WTF??? And this the guy who didn't do the job right the last time he was here and I had to have someone else come out. So. I am off work at 5. At 5:15 he is still working out there, so I decided to make my dinner. My dinner is done at about 5:30 (the steak and corn). I have it on the counter ready for me to eat when he comes in. He talks about what he did, what I need to watch out for, and had me signing the papers. He then sees my dinner, and starts talking about how he would love to grill but he can't because his apartment doesn't have a balcony, and proceeds to spend the next 15 minutes on this topic. I am subtlely trying to hint to this guy that yeah....my food is getting cold, and that isn't a cheap steak!! GRRRRR.
He finally leaves at 6:00 on the dot. Mind you, as I said before, my dinner was done at 5:30. I try to shake off my grumpiness while eating dinner and watching Dancing With the Stars. Kind of worked. My daughter went with my mom after daycare, and I had to pick her up at 7:30 to go grocery shopping. I knew that this grocery shopping would be rough on the wallet because we had run out of a lot of essentials, and I have a lot of new recipes I need to try out. We are going to be saving money in the long run, but tell my frugal husband that.
Okay. Picking up my daughter, I can tell right away that she is deep in her terrible two-ness. Super cranky. No problem, she loves the store (and daddy works there, AND she gets a cookie!). I put her in the car, she freaks out for seemingly no reason, and cries all the way to the store. Then, she sees a kid being pushed out in a shopping cart that has a car the kid can "drive". It is her favorite cart to ride in. She freaks. We then pass this cart and I obviously can't use it but know that there is another one inside. She obviously doesn't. She then proceeds to beat the crap out of me by pummeling my chest with her fists and kicking my stomach with her feet. She has NEVER done this before. I almost drop her because I am shocked. We get into the store, and I put her in the same kind of cart, but she is still screaming because she wanted the OTHER one. *sigh*
I go to the ATM and withdraw money. She is still screaming. Nerves are getting shot.
Then, we run into DH, who is working. He tries to console me, saying she didn't mean it (about kicking and punching me) and that she loves me. I know that. I am NOT an idiot. I am just frazzled from the turn of events of the day and it's hard to explain that to him. I then get the groceries while she starts screaming every time I stop the cart. Which I obviously have to do in order to shop. Geez. Try telling that to a 22-month-old who doesn't verbally communicate yet...
Finally done shopping. The bill is $144, which is our highest grocery bill EVER. But, I know I didn't get anything we didn't need for the next month. We will be using everything. I felt good about it. Then, we get out to the car and DH helps by trying to get her into the car while I load the groceries. She freaks the entire time, mad because she wanted to run around the crazy busy parking lot.
She proceeds to cry all the way to the gas station. I get out, planning on using my check card to pump gas so I don't have to get Kaylee out of the car. Realize my check card is NOT in my wallet. SH!T. I left it in the ATM. Nice. The third time I have done that in the last 3 months. Ridiculous. (yes, I did call to cancel the card once I got home).
I notice the wind is now gusting regularly at about 30 MPH easy. And, it started raining, which is actually painful when the wind is that brutal and sideways. I put in $20 and knew I could run in quick and pay since I was the only customer, lock the car and start it up with the starter. Before anyone says anything, I know what I did, and I weighed taking her out into that crazy painful weather versus being alone for 1 minute, but always in my sight (the pump is about 10 feet literally from the door).
I get back to the car, and she is screaming on the top of her lungs because I left her alone. Okay, now my nerves are exploding, I am developing a crazy headache, and I am feeling like a horrible mother now.
I went home, got her ready for bed and put her to bed (it was DEFINITELY her bedtime). She, of course, cried. This really freaked me out, all this crying, because really this is NOT like her. Especially at bedtime. She is cutting her last molar, but she has had worse...
So, put all the groceries away, planned the meals for me this weekend, and am now typing this as I pray the Excedrin Migraine kicks in soon. I will be going to bed right after.
I knew I had to type this out or I would turn to food. Because I really want comfort right now. Instead, I will go to bed because I, too, am tired and cranky and I know that's best for me.
I have had 5 full days of being so on track, and I can't mess up right now. I need to continue making the right choices as I have been doing. I did go over 30 calories today, but considering the circumstances of today I am so happy with that...
Man, this got long. I think I just needed to get it ALL out there. I feel better...
Friday, April 29, 2011
I am proud of myself for:
Getting up when I fall down
Holding my head high even when I don't feel confident
Remembering that I am human, not perfect
Becoming a hottie, in my own mind, and maybe a few others!!
Getting up and starting each day fresh and positive
Keeping it real, to myself, and to others
Losing 126 pounds, and wanting to lose a few more!
Being a good mommy
Doing things because they are good for me, even if I don't feel like it
Putting myself first
Sticking with my journey, through various obstacles, because I am worth it
Becoming a runner!!!
Knowing when to back off from something because I need to
Thinking things through and being less impulsive
Getting up in the morning and going to the gym, even when I'd rather sleep in
Looking in the mirror and seeing the beauty, not the ugly
Taking on challenges and beating them to the ground
Remembering to looking forward and not backward
Making new friends!!
What makes you proud!?
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