Wednesday, December 03, 2008
I have a crazy, busy schedule. I know that I am not the only one with this problem. Before I discovered Sparkpeople and became "DONE" being the fat girl, I let my busyness stop me from exercising. Of course, I also let it stop me from eating right and doing other things that might improve my health and quality of life. I work 2 jobs, 60 hours a week. 8-5 M-F at one job, then 7p-6:30a Fri and 9am-7pm Sun at the other job. Plus my BF gets up at 4am for his job, so my sleep gets interrupted a lot.
I started by adding a daily walk to my regimen. Sometimes it was just 20 minutes after work. Sometimes I bullied others into walking with me (love my sis & friends!). I gradually worked up to 30-40 minutes per walk, depending on the variables. If I was walking at the mall with my sister, it was generally 30 minutes, but if I was walking by myself it was 40. I started using Coach Nicole's "10 minute jump start cardio" video at work, during my morning and afternoon breaks. Then my work disabled anything associated with youtube, so I could no longer use that video.
Right around the same time that I lost the Spark videos, a fellow "Doney" posted a thread about a free 6 month trial to Leslie Sansone's online Walk Club. www.lesliesansone.com/walkclub2/
I immediately went and signed up - Leslie posts 2 cardio workouts each month, a short one (10-15 min) and a longer one (30-60 min), plus a strength and a stretching video. For 6 months free, I love it!
I also started walking with a spark friend, Jessi, every day. Originally we were walking after work but had to switch to mornings since it gets dark so early this time of year. We walk my dogs (2 rotties) and they love it. Of course, they actully walk (or shoud I say PULL) us, but it's a good workout. Now that it's getting colder, we aren't doing that as often.
I'm taking an 8 week belly dance class that meets every Wednesday for an hour. It is a great workout, but the class is almost over and I don't have the money to take it again at this time.
Soon after I started using the walkclub videos, my sister mentioned her treadmill that was just sitting in a spare room at her house. Since she lives outside of town 20 minutes away, I asked her if I could borrow it and put it in my garage to use when we can't make it to the mall to walk, or when it's just too cold to walk the dogs. I also have a HealthRider cardio rower set up in the garage. I try to use the treadmill 30-40 minutes 4-5 times a week. I am also setting up a TV/DVD in the garage, and have ordered "turbo jam" so that I can get a little variety into my workout. Right now I am dealing with a power issue (there is no outlet near where I need to set the TV up) but as soon as I get a longer power strip and receive the "turbo jam" videos, I will be good to go. I can hardly wait!
When I'm too tired to get up and exercise in the morning, I use the short online walk videos. Sometimes I dance in my living room during my lunch break (this is known as the "Done Girl" dance, 15 min of craziness that keeps my doggies vastly entertained...). Sometimes I walk at the mall, sometimes walk the dogs. I go out to the garage and get on the treadmill with my headphones on and go-go-go (the dogs like to watch). And if I'm tired of the treadmill I will switch over to the HealthRider for a while, which incorporates strength training with cardio.
So you see, even someone with a crazy schedule like mine can get in exercise every day. I am on a 57 day streak of exercising at least 20 minutes every single day. How do you get your exercise in?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
So I am having a terrible time keeping my sodium levels in check. I work a lot, so I rely on a lot of prepackaged items - salad dressings, side dishes, canned veggies (even the reduced sodium kind) and even my turkey kielbasa has tons of sodium. I know that if I get too much sodium, it makes that scale go up instead of down. I also know that if I drink tons of water, the pounds go away again. But you would think that I could control this aspect of my life!
I can keep my calories, fat, fiber, carbs, protein in the recommended ranges, but sodium is tougher. It seems like the only way to control it is to eat ONLY whole foods. But I LOVE canned green beans (don't like the frozen kind) and I LOVE my turkey kielbasa and my low-fat Bernstein's salad dressings. Not to mention, my BF loves his mac-n-cheese, flavored instant potatoes, rice-a-roni (and if I'm going to cook it, then I'm going to eat a little bit of it). And I can't seem to make any sort of soup or casserole without putting some chicken base in it - and that one has TONS of sodium.
I know that I just need to find alternatives (and I'm already using sea salt instead of table salt) for some of these things, but it is tough!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Oh my goodness...I'm getting teary-eyed again. My BMI is 41.9, which puts me in the Obese category. This might not seem like something to celebrate to a lot of people, but to me it is incredible! I have been in the Morbidly Obese category for so long that I never really thought that I would get out of it. For so many years I let myself believe that I COULDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT! That I wasn't strong enough, courageous enough, smart enough or deserving enough. But I am - I am powerful, I have control of my own body and my own actions - and I am DONE being Morbidly Obese.
I knew from the moment I joined Spark that it would change my life, but it wasn't until I became DONE that I really started believing it would happen NOW! (Not in some distant "someday" that I dreamt of...) I can't believe how blessed I have been to become a part of this team of powerful, supportive, loving women. I could have done it on my own, but it would have been so much harder, and taken longer. And it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun!
This has been the most life changing journey I have ever embarked on. I have tried to change my lifestyle in the past, but just did not have the tools and information that would give me the power I needed to make it a success. I also did not have the determination or the courage that I have now.
Today, I met two of my short-term goals - I broke the 275 pound mark, and I left the Morbidly Obese category. Can my day get any better? We'll see...
Friday, August 29, 2008
I was just looking at my ticker and realized that I am almost a quarter of the way to my goal! I'm having a really hard time not bursting into tears right now, I am so happy. I can hardly believe that I've come this far already. After all the years of wanting to make a change, but never really doing it, I have finally found my inner strength. I never really thought that I was strong enough, or deserving enough, to do this. Oh, I went through the motions and said that I believed those things, but deep down inside a part of me didn't.
I know that I have been doing well with changing my eating and fitness habits, and the scale has been moving, but it hadn't really SUNK IN, until just now, that I am actually achieving my greatest goal. I have finally defeated my own deep seated fear of failure, and am taking control of my own life! I am overwhelmed right now with so many feelings: joy, amazement, grattitude, anticipation and excitement.
And yet I also feel sadness, because there are so many important people in my life who haven't made the decision yet, who are still afraid of change. They cannot know the joy that I am feeling right now, until they conquer their own fears and change. I hope that I can be an example for them and inspire them to improve their lives!
As some of you may already know, Thursday night is my karaoke night with friends. Last night, my ex-husband Paul (who is also one of my dearest friends) came out with his girlfriend Colleen, whom we haven't seen in more than a year. I think she was a little intimadated when she first met me, because Paul and I have such a close relationship, so she didn't want to be around our group for a long time. Last night she was so sweet to me, she commented that she can see how happy I am, and how much energy I have, and how healthy I am getting - she said I was glowing with energy. It really made me feel good, in more ways than one. Just the fact that she came out and enjoyed herself made me feel good. And the fact that she actually took notice of the changes I've made was huge for me! I even told her about Sparkpeople, and she said that she is trying to become more healthy so she will check it out. How awesome is that?
I'm looking forward to the long weekend. I still have to work tonight and Sunday, but I have Saturday and Monday off. I think I'm going to take my man on a picnic Monday. Most of the city will be out of town or downtown at "pig out in the park", so I'm pretty sure this gorgeous secluded little waterfall at a park nearby will be practically deserted. I might pick up a small portable grill to take with us, and maybe even take the dogs - they deserve a treat too, right?
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!
The photo above is one I took with my camera phone while pulling up to a stoplight a couple of years ago - the sunset was just so beautiful, and the reflections on the road and cars was amazing. It reflects how I feel right now, just shining beautiful color onto everything.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
It's 4:20 am and I'm at work, wide awake thanks to 2 large cups of coffee. I have been up since 6:30 am, worked 17 hours so far, and have managed to stay within my calorie range for the day. Usually I go over on Fridays because of my long shift, and I just log part of it to Saturday, since technically some of it is eaten after midnight. I'm feeling pretty good about that!
Last night (Thursday) I went out for karaoke and was talking about Spark with my friend Joe (we call him Joefy). He is going to school for massage therapy, and he charges us $30 for an hour of massage. I have a 2 hour session listed as my reward for reaching my 275 lb goal, and I was telling him about it at the bar. He was interested and wanted to know more about what I was doing, what my specific goal was for the reward, etc. When I told him what it was, and how close I am getting, he gave me a big hug and said "I'll do it for free, since it is a reward."
I am very blessed to have such wonderful friends! I have only had one other session with Joefy before, and he was utterly professional. His lovely wife, my Heather-Lou, said he was very professional even with her. I did recommend to him that he not kiss all his clients on the forehead when he's done though! :D
Now I have even more incentive to reach my next goal. I hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday!
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