Tuesday, November 17, 2009
like many people i don't make new year's resolutions. i do make goals though. i find i'm more successful at those than resolutions. in 2003 my goal was to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day. i was successful and have been continuing the habit daily since then.
my goals have varied and some have been more successful than others (like the year i gave up alcohol, that lasted through february). for 2009 i gave up soda. I haven't had a drop since i was chugging my captain morgan and diet dr. pepper at 11:59 pm. i always drank diet soda so i didn't have that massive drop in weight that non-diet drinkers tend to experience. my eating habits have changed though. i'm not as hungry between breakfast and lunch. i used to pick up a liter of soda on my way to work from time to time and i'd usually grab other snack foods so i wasn't buying just one thing. i have lost a lot of water weight, bloating. as mentioned, i drink a lot of water, but the sodium and caffiene in the soda were still causing me to retain water. the biggest change i have noticed, and will probably keep me off soda after 2009 ends, is my lack of headaches. not sure if they were migraines, but they were bad! i would get them suddenly and they would last for hours. sometimes i would just have to go to bed and hope they would be gone by morning. i couldn't find a comfortable position to sit or lay, i couldn't read, watch tv, etc. i would just lay in a dark room trying to get comfy. since i gave up soda i haven't had one. so now i know ehere those came from! i am quite relieved as i was on the verge of visting the doctor. my cousin gets migraines and has to take meds when she feels them coming on. she avoids coffee stands like the plague. i thought it may be something genetic. i am happy that i have found a solution without drugs or doctor visits. i have tested caffiene and haven't had any reactions, so i'm leaning towards aspertame.
for 2010 i'm really going to push myself. my one big goal is to stop biting my nails. my overall focus for the year is going to be my health. i am going to avoid fast food restraunts and eating out as much as possible. i'm going to train myself to eat whole, healthy foods. eventually i would like to have a mostly organic diet. i'm going to eliminate sugars and salt from my diet as much as possible. i'm going to buy meat from local farmers to avoid pesticides and who knows what else is in my burger. i would like to know my burger contains the meat of one cow, not many. processed foods will no longer have a place in my home or my life.
i'm also going to continue my quest to eliminate and/or make scarce alcohol. i haven't had anything to drink since 11/7. yea, me!
i'm also going to concentrate on my fitness. i've been doing way better the past few weeks. i just need to keep it going. it's almost habit! i want to incorporate more st, yoga and pilates. also be prepared to starting running again once the nicer spring weather hits.
i know this is a lot of stuff to tackle. but i have a whole year to work at it. it's one of the reasons i make goals rather than resolutions. most people give up on their resolutions by Jan 2. since i've made goals instead i've had a better success rate. if i mess up on jan 10, at least i know i can dust myself off and try again. i haven't failed, i've learned. if on jan 22 ( i think that's the date) when the average person has given up and/or forgetten their resolutions and i can say i've made progress i'll be very proud of myself. And by this time next year if i can look back on the year and think of all the wonderful things i've done for myself i am sure i will be beyond proud and hopefully won't recognize the person i am today.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
nothing in my life is going great right now, but i still feel great!
worked has sucked lately. very stressful. so stressful that yesterday i went home and took it out on myself with an hour long cardio workout. i was soaked in sweat by the time i was done and i felt great! and i do think i'm still feeling the effects of the workout! by 7 i was ready for bed! i was already sore! so i went to bed and read for an hour and a half and just relaxed.
i've been having trouble getting up in the mornings. i hit snooze a lot and sleep through my workout time. so i have stopped using my alarm. i just naturally wake up and so far i've been waking up when i want to (5 am) and have been getting small workouts in before i have to get ready for work. this morning i did a denise austin daily dozen workout. she has a dvd with 5 12 minute workouts. sounds easy, right? ha! she kicked my butt this morning with upper abs and arms. until i get my morning sleeping habits (this is irksome cause i'm a huge morning person!) figured out i'm going to do a daily dozen in the morning and some wii fit, if i have time, and then do my real workouts after work.
my boss is super stressed cause the economy is effecting her business. even though she says all the problems with the economy is all caused by the media. she's taking it out on us! she's rather hypocritical and likes to dog on everyone. during lunch she always makes snide comments about our lunches. for instance, the other day one girl was eating triscuit thins. she said those are very fattening as she munched on her cheese and saltine crackers! it's to the point where i don't want to eat anything around her. she picks apart my lunches and then goes on to say how she had ice cream for dinner the night before and eats her cheese and crackers for lunch everyday. i have my snacks that i eat in between breakfast and lunch, then something in the afternoon. i was munching on my carrot sticks on afternoon and she walked by and said something like, do you just eat all day long? i'm hoping once business picks up she'll back off on us and let us eat in peace!
i think part of my great mood is that she has an eye exam this morning and won't be in til later! yea!
the stress of this place is now starting to affect my health. i have weird dreams at night, i wake up around 3 and my first thoughts are of work and all the crap. then it's difficult to forget and go back to sleep. i've been trying to keep my eating habits in check and not let the stress have a negative impact. as i mentioned above, it's helping me workouts!
i really hope this good mood lasts all day and isn't ruined by work! 7 more hrs to go! i can do it!!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
* reach 210 lbs. this is a huge goal, and there's a very slight chance i can succeed, that's 16 lbs in a month. but nothing else is working. shoot for the moon if you miss at least you'll land among the stars, or something like that. seems fitting!
* no alcohol. the saga continues.
* eat more fruit & veggies.
* strength train 3 times a week.
* min 90 min cardio
* stop pushing snooze
* focus on not letting the holidays ruin me!
Sunday, November 01, 2009
last week was horrible! i didn't work out, i ate ok, but in no way great. i can't repeat that this week! here i sit on sunday evening wondering what tomorrow will bring. hopefully me getting up and working out.
everytime i've stepped on the scale for the last 3 weeks it's been the same number. yes, i realize that is better than a gain, but it's still highly frustrating when i'm trying to find my motivation. i am pretty darn sure i'll have a gain tomorrow. maybe that will help me out!
i'm mostly disapointed by my performance, or lack therof, last week because i've been doing so well in oct and sept. i joined sp in may and i've just been kind of lurking and testing the waters. i was too busy over the summer to do much for myself. everything settled down in sept and i focused on myself. i got into the message boards, reading blogs, commenting, etc. and it was all very helpful to me. last week i felt like i was back in july where i was just going through the motions wishing i could have the success everyone else was seeing.
tomorrow when my alarm goes off i do hope i remember how i'm feeling now, disapointed and a bit depressed, and get out of bed to help do something about it. cause no one else can.
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