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Living the Good Life - Blog 1

Monday, March 04, 2013

I have to start off by apologizing to the amazing Beautiful Butterflies team! I did not do my challenge on Saturday and Sunday...but I will do it for the rest of the week!

As part of the 5% challenge, we have what are called Living the Good Life challenges. This week, I am challenged to blog daily about my goals and progress, and since I missed Saturday and Sunday this one will be a bit long!

1) What new habit you wish to develop?

I want to be a CONSISTENT morning exerciser!! I have so much trouble waking up early every day - not just because of meetings, but because it's so cold and nasty out! I was doing really well with this goal until winter hit...

2) How will you do that?

I hauled myself out of bed at 5 this morning (even though it was so warm and soft and comfortable....STOP, bad thoughts!) to finish a homework assignment, so I'm on track thus far. I just have to go to bed early, get a good night's sleep, and repeat for the rest of the week!

3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?

I turn 30 on Sunday, and I want to SHINE! If you wait until evening to exercise, you run out of time! Get up, get it done, and be at your best (physically, mentally, emotionally...) for your big day!

This is a very busy week - yet again! Board meeting Tuesday...Green Drinks Wednesday...and two meetings on Thursday. I just need to remind myself to avoid caffeine and alcohol - they mess with your schedule! And exercise early, because you'll be tired by the time you get home!

  
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OUBACHE 3/5/2013 8:28AM

    I wish I could work out first thing, but I already get up at 5:30 a.m. I just can't get up any earlier! Fortunately, lunch hour workouts twice a week plus longer workouts on the weekend are working for me.

Keep up the good work! It'll be easier to get up early as our days get longer and warmer.

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ROCKYCPA 3/4/2013 9:44PM

    I exercise first thing in the morning - really makes my day! Good plan to get it done 1st thing!

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TANYA602 3/4/2013 6:01PM

    Morning workouts are actually a good habit to get in. I find that if I need more minutes, it's easier if I already have the bulk of them done earlier rather than later. But oh, how I do miss the snuggly warmth of my bed, too!


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JBELICIOUS5 3/4/2013 5:43PM

    I need to be better about getting up earlier too! Can't wait to continue to hear about your progress!

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EASTENDCLAM 3/4/2013 5:41PM

    Consistency is key.

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CMFARRELL36 3/4/2013 5:22PM

    Keep on keepin on!

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Totally honest with myself as I head into March

Friday, March 01, 2013

I read a book a few years ago on positive interactions. The author said that everyone has a bucket of goodwill, and that positive interactions fill the bucket. Negative interactions empty it. (Or something along those lines...)

Since becoming an adult, I've always been the one who was always nice, always happy, always cheerful. That's not who I was in high school. I was miserable. I hated my life, I hated myself, and I was pretty self-destructive.

Looking back, most teenagers feel this way a little. For me, though, it was a bit more severe, and I spent my last two years of high school in therapy and on medication that made me feel worse, or detached from the world.

SO...I decided to be different. I wanted to be happy, I wanted to be off the medication, and more than anything I wanted to be NORMAL. Never mind that I couldn't define it, and didn't understand it. It's what I wanted.

It took years of positive reinforcement and cognitive conditioning. It also took years of figuring out my triggers and my warning signs, finding ways to balance nutrition and fitness and meditation, but I've been off medication for over a decade. And I managed to become one of the happiest people in the world.

Well, most of the time.

I realized last night that I'm feeling a little like I did back then.

Not a lot. Not by any means. I'm still a really happy person on the whole. But this time around, I think I literally bit off more than I can chew, I've got some emotional stressors going crazy, and my cycle of nutrition, exercise, and meditation had been off for so long that I'm really struggling to get back to that balanced place.

I hate admitting that I'm not okay. But more than that, I hate feeling like I'm not okay, and I want to be back to where I was a couple of years ago.

What is making me stressed? Well, I'm turning 30 in a week and a half. Which shouldn't be a big deal. Intellectually, I know it's just another set of numbers - age and dates don't matter that much.

And mentally, I'm pretty excited. I'm happy with where I am in so many ways, and even if I'm not okay right now I LIKE the person I'm becoming. The extra stress, rebalancing my lifestyle and my body, it's hard. But I'm not at that place where I hate myself, and I don't foresee a scenario where I would EVER be at that place again. (knock on wood...)

So there's a lot to celebrate! Every year gets better. Every day is a new chance and a new start. I know all of this.

But emotionally, it's still a milestone. And I'm not where I thought I would be in some areas of my life as I'm hitting it. Even though, as an angry teenager, I railed against the shackles of marriage - I still thought I would be with Mr. Right by now.

I'm having fun with the new guy in my life. It just started a couple of weeks ago, and we're still very casual. It works for me now. But it's not where I thought I would be as I hit the big 3-0.

Even though I love my job, I thought that I would have risen higher up the ladder by now. And I've come to the realization that even though I love what I do NOW, it's not where I want to be in 5 years. It's not a forever career for me. Some of my volunteer commitments - particularly writing - are where I want to go in my future career. It gets depressing to have to stop doing something I love because I have to go back to work...and I like what I'll be doing there less.

And I really did bite off a lot. Between working 60 hours a week (legislative session/Earth month events/river clean-ups/etc.) for the next two and a half months, being a board member for the food co-op, chairing their events committee and being responsible for all of the upcoming events (including the big annual meeting next month), writing monthly green living columns for two local progressive publications, organizing the local green drinks, AND school - I feel stretched pretty thin.

Last night, as I sat at my THIRD meeting of the night (yes, I had meetings at 5:30, 6:30, and 8), with my third beer of the night, I realized that yet again I was sabotaging myself. I wasn't going to go home and run, like I wanted to. I was too tired...not just from the time commitments, but from giving my positive energy to everyone around me and not keeping enough for me. I keep emptying my bucket, and the people around me don't refill it.

I can't keep giving everything to these organizations. I have to learn to hold back some positive energy for ME. And even if I do LOVE all of the volunteering, I still can't do it all.

Getting healthy again needs to be my top priority.

I love my job, and I love volunteering. It gives my life a real sense of purpose and accomplishment. And just stopping all of it would probably be just as bad for my mental well-being. But I need to learn to say no. I need to put me first. And while I've gotten better at it on a day to day basis, and skipping one or two events to get some extra rest, I'm not good at doing it for long-term commitments.

So why do I keep doing this to myself? Why can't I just say no?

Is it that pesky old inferiority complex rearing its ugly head? Am I doing it out of guilt, or trying to fill a void in my own life? Do I really think that the work won't get done if I don't do it? Do I think that these organizations can't get along without me, and everything will come crashing down if I take a day off?

It seems like every time I manage to yank the weeds that have been holding me down, I find even more weeds underneath. With deeper roots, that are much harder to pull out.

I need to figure out why I keep doing this to myself if I ever want to balance my life. I had thought I was there, but I just keep over-committing myself. So clearly I haven't hit the real issue yet.

  
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KATWELL88 3/7/2013 2:09PM

    Wow.... cutting back isnt easy. I like to vounteer for a differnt reason, because i have disabity (hard to find a job) get out meet and help people. I do some writing for fun and stay home with my parents ( i keep an eye on them and couple of family memebers)

I hate that life gets in way of my goals when i was younger i had other goals i wanted to do but life takes you in a differnt direction. Sometimes the differnt path can be be differcult to accpt at first and lead you to new oppputies that are waiting for you (Im 40 something.. still learning what my new goals are in life)

I have a blog Courage is the first step... operhaps this blog will moviate you to lighten your workload on your life. Good luck on your journey in life. emoticon emoticon

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APPLESBANANAS 3/4/2013 5:10AM

    Great blog...and I see you already got lots of great advice.

One of the best decisions I started to make a few months ago was to schedule PTO on insignificant days, one or two days per month. I don't schedule anything on those days unless it is totally self-serving. It feels great to do whatever I want for an extended period of time, not just an hour. If I want to nap, I nap.

If your work schedule can do this, I highly advise it! If not, maybe just take 1 or 2 days per month when you are "unavailable" after 4 pm or something? It's totally worth it to have a date with yourself.

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EASTENDCLAM 3/2/2013 5:31PM

    What changed from the place where you were a couple of years ago? More volunteering? Less focus on yourself? What are the trigger points you mentioned that have slipped by you? You're a young, strong, intelligent woman, you'll find that place again. Just a number or not, introspection at major life points, is normal. I think the key is, as already mentioned, to take that introspection and turn it into a forward facing plan.

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SHARJOPAUL 3/2/2013 8:06AM

    It sounds to me like you need to sit down and take a good look at your priorities. Figure out where you want to be in a few years and then figure out what steps you need to take to get there. Without a plan you won't get there so make a plan, set goals. Then reduce doing the things that slow you down from meeting those goals. Yes you may love doing some of those things, but if they keep you from getting where you truly want to be then are they really worth your time and commitment.
You are correct in that if you don't do some of the things you are currently doing, then someone else will step up and do them, so let them step up.
One lesson it has taken me a long time to learn and I still have to work at it. If you aren't good to yourself then you can't be the best you can be for anyone else.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 3/1/2013 10:30PM

    Wait til you're my age--60! You need to give yourself some ME time. I know that it's hard to say no,especially when some of the people asking are so good at making you feel guilty for even thinking it. Sometimes you just have to stop and re-think things. After all, if you don't do it, SOMEONE else will, even though it may take them a while longer to find that person. You can't possibly be doing your best for each and every position you accept. Better to do fewer and do them awesomely than to do a lot and do them half-assed. Take care of yourself first, or you won't be doing anyone any good!!
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JULESRULES78 3/1/2013 8:30PM

    emoticon , Falon. Given how well you have and are going to take care of yourself,you've got at least a good 70 years to mold who you are, inside and out, and to give your time and energy to worthy causes. You have come so far and I know you are destined for wonderful things. Life comes in cycles. Each has its own time and purpose even when it is not immediately apparent. Your focus on balance can never be wrong even if it is challenging.

My little sis turns 30 this March too. She is still single and has move back home because rent has outpaced any salary increases.


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SHERYLDS 3/1/2013 5:50PM

    stop taking yourself so seriously and beating yourself up.
find your joy...do what you can...stop when you have had enough...
and enjoy your life.

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LOWFATFOODIE 3/1/2013 4:00PM

    Over-volunteering... been there, done that. Best advice I can give is to make a goal of what you want to give (something that DOES leave time for you) and be completely and utterly committed to holding it to that-- ADAMANTLY telling people that this is all you can give.
Sometimes you'll feel like a bitch, because frankly- people who get used to you volunteering end up taking it for granted. Even if you're still willing to give TWICE as much as everyone else, when you start saying NO, there will be people who STILL push.
Be the bitch- save yourself. Whatever goal you set is still GIVING. Anything more is just them TAKING.

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/1/2013 3:36PM

    As an emotional mess myself, I can totally relate. Sometimes when you make changes in your life, it becomes more and more obvious that there are still many more to make. I know you'll hate this but have you thought of scheduling some time with a therapist to straighten this all out, BEFORE it crashes? Might be a good idea. I see my therapist now, only when I need to, and I have learned to balance better. It takes lots of work and determination, just like the lifestyle changes you've already made. Time for change I'd say. Revamp now, while you're young. Include your job and career goals in this too. In a few years a career change may make so much difference in your life. Take good care of #1. You're all you have.



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STFRENCH 3/1/2013 3:01PM

    Life has a tendency not to stick to best-laid plans - At age 35, I saw myself still married, with 3 or 4 children, a stay-at home mum still very much in love with my husband.
Turns out my husband was a serial cheater and emotional bully, it took me 7 years to finally kick him out and by that point, he had reduced me to a shadow of myself.
It's taken me a while to get back on my feet. I'm now happy and confident, a proud mum to my lovely and clever son. Not everything in my life is perfect (my job and finances suck) but I'm working on it little by little.

Sometimes it is good to be a little selfish and put yourself first, because (although it's sad to say), no-one else will.
Good luck and remember, look after yourself - not just your nutrition and fitness - but also emotional well-being. It is as important as the other two.

Take care xx

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BLUEROSE73 3/1/2013 2:50PM

    I know all about that mess. The only times I end up saying no is when I'm too sick and need to pull back from EVERYTHING for a while to recover.

You can do this. Take the time to take care of you. Then you'll be in the right state of mind to deicde what career moves you want to make to get to where you want to be in life.

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SEATTLESIMS 3/1/2013 2:03PM

    yeah, sometimes we have to better at really recognizing and defining the things that are most important to us.. and let other things go so as to not overwhelm us. Taking time for yourself or doing exactly what you need at a certain moment can be very empowering.

I feel for myself, that Nutrition, exercise and rest are all important in helping us feel capable of handing some of those other emotional stressors.
Good luck figuring it out

30 is no big deal.. ;) I'm looking at my 39th year coming up! Have fun!


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SDLEE514 3/1/2013 1:54PM

    Very introspective...I think you know what you need to do and it's okay to realize you're not okay, but you've gotten yourself better before and you'll do it again. I sense an incredible and amazing woman in all that busy-ness.

I'm only a few years younger than you and I completely get the "I should be *here* with my life right now" mentality. It is a struggle trying to convince yourself that the "should" doesn't matter or really exist versus telling yourself all you've accomplished. But you are where you are, all you can do is try to improve things you DO have control over and let the rest happen when it will.

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 3/1/2013 1:19PM

    Wow, busy girl. Are you avoiding something by keeping yourself so busy?

My SO keeps saying to me, is it Eric Corporation? No, it isn't. They'll get along just fine without me.

The most important person in that whole busy world is you; if you don't look after you then they will have to figure out how to get along without you for sure.

Good luck, and bravo for the self-realization. You can get through this.

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ALIHIKES 3/1/2013 1:18PM

    Wow this is a powerful and moving blog. Like you, I work too many hours in a job that is sometimes very rewarding and other times -- extremely frustrating. I serve on one board and sometimes the meetings drag on and are non productive. But many of those people are my friends, and I feel we make good accomplishments.

I am much older than you. I always thought I would be married and with a partner at this stage of my life. But I am relatively happy being single (ummm... I haven't ALWAYS been single!), I keep busy with friends, and I haven't given up hope.

We can ALWAYS grow and change. Let's focus on keeping those changes moving in a positive direction! We can ALL have moments when we feel we are reverting to our angry/bitter/depressed teen selves. The challenge is to recognize what's going wrong, and work to improve it.

I am confident that you will find good solutions that work for you! You may need to scale back on your volunteer work. Or one of your passions may be able to be turned into a job that you enjoy. Don't give up hope for romance/relationships -- at my mom's retirement home, they just celebrated a marriage (the happy couple was 89 and 93 respectively -- and they were GLOWING with love)! Love and relationships can happen at any age, and should be enjoyed and celebrated while they last. emoticon

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Welcome to my world...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

There are challenges to exercising at home....

Especially when you have fur babies...

And I realized that it has been months since I posted new pictures of Miss Kitty! After Lil' Kitty passed, I got really sad and stopped posting about my fur babies...the frustrations and the joys.

Well, this one is mostly about frustration.

On Tuesday, my parents asked me to join them for yoga. Which was EXCITING!! I gave them yoga DVDs and stability balls for Christmas, and they are USING THEM!!

One of the DVDs was a little too challenging...they wanted help modifying the poses. And as I started to go through it with them, the dogs jumped in.

There have been two times in my life where I actually hurt myself doing yoga. The latest time was when I was with Desi, and her daughter grabbed my leg while I was in Warrior 3 - I fell and sprained my wrist.

The first time...it was the beasts.





The beasts are massive, and they think they're lap dogs. Which I love, when they want to cuddle on a cold night. Not so much when I'm trying to do yoga.

The pictures of THE INCIDENT have been destroyed. Which I regret now, because I can laugh about it now. But here's what happened: I was in downward facing dog, and the little one (almost 80 pounds) crawled underneath me.


Yes, just like this, only she wasn't still. She was body-wagging and frantically licking at my face.

So I giggle a little, and move into plank. And even though I thought she'd move, she didn't. She just kept on licking and wagging.


Which is when the big one (130 pounds at this point, though she's lost some weight since) came over and sat on my back.

A little dog wouldn't have made a difference. My friend's 2-year-old would have just helped me work a little harder.

130 pounds of dog, though? Too much.

I managed to hold the pose for a few seconds, while my family laughed and took pictures. Then I bent my elbows a little more, and they buckled. I fell on the little one, who started squirming and knocked me into the coffee table. I ended up with a bump on my head, bruises on half my body, and badly strained arms!

But this week, they didn't climb on me. Mostly because I didn't get into plank or tabletop. They laid down on either side of me, put their heads in my lap, and started snoring. And were very disinclined to move.

Of course, I don't have dogs at my apartment. Just a cat. The Great and Powerful Miss Kitty:


She is also inclined to sit on my during exercise, but she only weighs about 18 pounds so it's not as hard on my body. In fact, it usually feels good, and deepens the workout in the right way. And she doesn't just limit jumping on me to when I exercise:






She's so cute, I know! Don't be fooled, though. She might look like she's sweet and innocent, but deep down she's ornery and mischievous. I mean, she IS a cat!












And then there's the stalking. Cat mommies and daddies, you know what I mean. She will hide under my bed, waiting for her moment, and as I'm dancing or marching or doing whatever else I might be doing - POUNCE! She grabs my feet and won't let go!

Which keeps me light on my toes. But it gets old, and it gets irritating. Sometimes, it's hard to NOT get mad at her.

And THAT is when I watch this video, to remind myself that she is a cat and this is how she plays. You don't get mad at fish for swimming or birds for flying...well, cats stalk and pounce, so there's not much you can do!

Not only is it true, but the cat looks like Miss Kitty...just a little thinner!

OOPS, old link was bad! Here you go!

youtu.be/Qit3ALTelOo

  
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TANYA602 3/2/2013 10:39PM

    What a hoot! My dog has this uncanny way of waiting until I am in an awkward position and then sneaking in for a kiss. Gotta love our furry friends!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/2/2013 12:34AM

    I wish I wasn't allergic to cats... But love my dogs :)

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JULESRULES78 3/1/2013 8:03PM

    Hilarious blog. Pets are so much fun. Our German Shepard regularly performs cobra and downward dog poses. At 85 pounds, he also fancies himself a lap dog and regularly takes the opportunity to sit on me when I'm on the floor. It can get quite dangerous around here when there are dumbbells swinging too.

I am so sorry about your injury and hope you heal quickly. I am glad that your back didn't take the brunt of the accident:-) Positive healing vibes!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/1/2013 1:01PM

    emoticon Animals are definatly interesting!!

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SHARJOPAUL 3/1/2013 8:32AM

    Pets keep life interesting!

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APPLESBANANAS 3/1/2013 4:58AM

    emoticon many of these cat pictures are a familiar sight around our house. The dog disaster is sad yet funny. Thanks for sharing!!

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EASTENDCLAM 2/28/2013 5:38PM

    Welcome back Miss Kiity!

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GENKI_WARRIOR 2/28/2013 1:19PM

    Oh my goodness--furries!!! Thanks for sharing this; it was a fun read (though it's not fun being injured!). I'm glad you can look back on it all and have a laugh :)

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ALICIA214 2/28/2013 12:29PM

 

Sounds like your work outs present a challenge combined with a bit of hilarity
My fur baby {all seventy pounds of her}should have been named Shadow she is right on my heels every time I move which makes life interesting and a bit hazardous when I am in the kitchen cooking she tends to twist and jump with all four feet off the ground and I have to guess where she will land. No pics.... sorry. emoticon


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ALIHIKES 2/28/2013 12:02PM

    Thanks for sharing the awesome photos of your dogs and Miss Kitty. They are great! Sorry they injured you by their participation in yoga. The great thing about dog/cat attitudes -- everything is play!

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Eliminating the temptation

Monday, February 25, 2013

After running on Saturday, I overindulged in dinner and nighttime snacking. I suppose that the cravings would be normal after a rough workout, but instead of going for the cottage cheese I made myself a second burrito!

It was a really good run, and the first in a while. I did running/walking intervals - 2 mins walking/6 min running. I figured I would need a slower reintroduction. Still, I made it 4 miles in 50 minutes, so I didn't lose all of the strength and stamina I had built over the last 9 months!

Of course, the burrito binge afterwards meant that I still ate more than I burned!

I need to relearn how to manage food cravings, so my goal this week is to eliminate temptation.

When I went to the grocery store, I bought the staples and skipped the urge to start restocking my pantry. No pasta. No "easy meals" box kits. And certainly no junk foods, like chips and cookies. Just good old fashioned whole foods.

Which will hopefully make me think before I eat!

I stocked the office mini-fridge completely - greek yogurt, berries, and bananas for breakfast, salads and cottage cheese and one packet of tuna for lunch, hummus and veggies and a couple of extra greek yogurts for snacks.

NO TEMPTATION to eat out for lunch!

My danger zone is all of the board meetings and evening events throughout the week. Tuesday's meeting, we moved to a coffeehouse instead of a restaurant or a bar. Wednesday's meeting is early (5:30) and I've already told them I will need to leave by 6:15 - no time to order food, and home at a reasonable hour to cook for myself. Thursday's meeting won't start until 6:30, so I'll have time to go home and make myself something to eat before the meeting.

I have no problem letting myself have a treat every now and then. But eating out and having a drink at three + events a week isn't a treat, it's a habit - and one I need to break!

For dinners this week, I went for a couple of favorites that I haven't made in a while - vegetarian vindaloo and baigan bharta (LOVE Indian food!), and I also made some Lebanese lentils and rice.

No gluten this week. No packaged and processed foods this week. (Except for the cottage cheese and greek yogurt...) Hopefully this will get my food cravings back under control, so I can start moving forward again!

  
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EASTENDCLAM 2/27/2013 5:10AM

    Good plan going forward and your walk / run times are great for getting back into it. Maybe do a big salad at those three a week meetings?

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BRADMILL2922 2/26/2013 7:58PM

    Looks like you have a great plan! Hope it works for you. Good luck!

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TANYA602 2/26/2013 2:47PM

    Mapping it out, stocking the fridge, and getting in your fitness minutes - this is a fabulous way to start the new week! Be sure to make some time for yourself - it sounds like you are way overbooked!

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STODD251 2/26/2013 9:26AM

    Sounds like you've got a good plan. I need to do the same sort of thing. I opened my desk drawer at work yesterday and found a bag of hershey's kisses... and I maybe ate 5 of them... remove the temptation and it will be easier to avoid. Unfortunately I remove the temptation by eating all of it and getting it out of the way... probably not the best approach

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MSCARCHICK 2/26/2013 9:01AM

    I have to work on completely removing the temptations. WAY TO GO on the running though. I'm about to start a walk/jog program again to work up to a 5k... Pray for me :)

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/26/2013 12:03AM

    Looks like you've figured out the pitfalls and have some great ideas in place.
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MLH148 2/25/2013 5:42PM

    Look back to the positive of that great run. And you have such good insight!
Keep moving the right direction!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/25/2013 12:21PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. I need to do the same thing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GENKI_WARRIOR 2/25/2013 10:10AM

    BAIGAN BHARTA!!!! I love it!
Sounds like you're really on top of this--way to be!!! I find a quick check in every now and then through the day to give myself some honor and love helps, too...sometimes lol! Looks like you're doing that in a BIG way! I'm proud of you for taking action!
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LJOYCE55 2/25/2013 9:38AM

  You are really thinking about the pitfalls in your schedule and planning around them. Good for you and good luck.


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SHERYLDS 2/25/2013 9:37AM

    sounds like a great plan...go for it emoticon emoticon

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Mixed news to start Saturday

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I woke up EXCITED! Because today is the kick-off of the 5% challenge, and with my motivation still wavering after the holidays I was very ready for the start of this challenge!

The first step is to weigh in and measure, so that you can track your progress. So I stepped on the scale.

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I ate out with some friends last night, and had a couple of glasses of wine. So the odds are high that it's water weight...but I weighed in at 166.7 this morning.

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With the fitness center closed for the past two weeks, I haven't been working out as much, and I haven't been running. So a little weight gain was to be expected...but 3.5 pounds was more than I anticipated!

But that's part of weight loss, and it's a part of being a woman. Your weight fluctuates at certain times of the month. And it's pretty easy to retain water, especially at certain times of the month.

Still, it was a little bit of a buzz-kill!

So I went downstairs to take a quick walk around the trails, and found that the fitness center has reopened!!

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So I'm kicking off the 5% challenge with my first run in a while. And while I'm at a higher weight than I had anticipated, I've lost the weight before and I will again. I had a healthy breakfast of cottage cheese, and I'm heading to the grocery store this afternoon to pick up more fresh vegetables and fruit.

Ready to go!!

  
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STFRENCH 2/25/2013 5:47AM

    Well done for not letting the scales get you down! emoticon

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TANYA602 2/24/2013 11:00AM

    Everything has a reason for happening, and the reopening of the Fitness Center coincides with the start of the 5% Challenge which aligns with the weight gain. So you will tackle this and find success! Enjoy the day, and make the most of your opportunities!

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SHARJOPAUL 2/24/2013 9:39AM

    Glad your fitness ccenter is backk open. Don't push that knee too much. Shorter runs on a regular basis are better than a couple of long runs then having to lay off for a while.

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THEBLONDEGENIUS 2/24/2013 8:26AM

    Ooh, exciting! Our gym makes changes from time to time. Most of them have been great - some not - but I'm always excited to see what they've done. Enjoy the new equipment!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/23/2013 11:09PM

    So glad your fitness center has re-opened! Sounds like it's really nice. Look at it this way, better to have the gain at the start of the challenge than to have it during the challenge! With my heart failure I can easily gain several pounds just in fluid retention overnight (which is why I'm to weigh myself every day) so that's probably most of your gain.

Good Luck with your challenge!

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APPLESBANANAS 2/23/2013 9:24PM

    So glad to hear it's reopened! I have been on a food rampage this week and haven't had the guts to get on the scale. It will come back off!

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CHOCOHIPPO 2/23/2013 7:35PM

    Great attitude and good job getting things back on track so quickly!

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SHERYLDS 2/23/2013 3:03PM

    go for it emoticon emoticon

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NEWRUNNER2 2/23/2013 2:51PM

    Thanks for sharing your ups and downs!

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FRENCHIFAL 2/23/2013 12:26PM

    Thanks so much!

They repainted and retiled the floor, brought in some new equipment, and apparently brought in someone to fix the hot tub (which was why they did all of the rest of the work then) - it looks beautiful now, and there is some new equipment I can't wait to try out!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/23/2013 12:02PM

    Good plan and I am also on the 5% challenge! We can do this, and wil do this

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EASTENDCLAM 2/23/2013 11:41AM

    What did they do to the fitness center? Paint job (you could've helped with your experience;) or expansion? Any new equipment to play with?

Walk to the grocery store and back for the fruits and veggies? That has to count also!

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ALIHIKES 2/23/2013 11:27AM

    You have a great attitude and you WILL be successful. We have all had challenges where we have regained weight. The way to succeed is to keep moving forward with healthy habits! Congrats on your run and your workout! emoticon emoticon

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TCANNO 2/23/2013 11:27AM

    Good luck on getting back on track



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