Friday, February 28, 2014
Before I check in with my specific February goals I want to sum up how I feel about this past month. Perhaps a more subjective review but just as valuable in my opinion as the specific measurements of each of my goals.
February has brought a real turn around for me compared to where I've been last fall and into early winter. I have found my motivation and inspiration once again. Being back on Spark regularly has without a doubt been a main source of my success. Using the Spark tools, joining teams, and you, my spark friends, make a tremendous difference in my journey.
I am celebrating NSV (non scale victories) particularly this month because I may not have met my weight loss goal but I have definitely got other victories to celebrate.
So what am I celebrating? Muscle, muscle and more muscle. With much reduced fitness I had lost a lot of the muscle I had developed and even forgotten how great it feels to have a fit body despite weight. With my varied fitness program I am back up to where I was in strength and fitness and I celebrate that today.
My pants are fitting loser and loser this month. I couldn't even get into these pants at Christmas. As I get fit my body is toning and I'm loosing inches.
February had it's usual life challenges we all experience. For me it's been being away from home several times, but I planned and determined to stay on track. While at my sister's for a long weekend I totally succeeded by eating on plan and joining her at her gym on a visitor's pass. Now while at Mom's it hasn't been perfect. My first weekend I was tempted and ate off plan for 3 days though I had planned. Oops! I got back on track and am following the fitness plan I've laid out at the local pool/gym and eating on plan . I don't have to be derailed by long term visits away from home and am proving that to be true.
I am encouraged, pleased, and proud of my accomplishments this month.
With all this being said, I've decided I'm not going to review my individual goals in this blog. I used those goals to reach these accomplishments and that's what counts much more than knowing exactly how successful I was with each goal from day to day.
What can you celebrate looking back at February? Take a minute to reflect. Every step, no matter how small, is progress. Go ahead find your success and celebrate. Better yet, share your progress and let your spark friends celebrate with you.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
As I am visiting with my mother for a couple of weeks, I find myself working out in a gym and pool in the community where I grew up.
Today while doing my 5 km training on the treadmill in the gym Rylie signed up to use the one and only treadmill in the place. Rylie is a muscular, fit, 18/19 year old who politely informs me he will wait for the treadmill. (The kind of teen that I would have felt intimidated by when I was a teen ager, particularly if I had ever shown up in a gym back in those years.)
Wanting to get through my training intervals I exceeded the 20 minute limit suggested for when someone else is waiting to use the equipment.
The time elapsed, my intervals were done, and I stopped the treadmill. I walked over to get the sanitizer and paper towel to clean down the treadmill. Upon returning to the treadmill, there I find Rylie waiting his turn.
As I step down from the treadmill after giving it a wipe down, he says, "Well done!" What? Did I hear that? Yes, he was encouraging me. I politely thanked him and assured him it was sheer determination and will that got me through the "run". Rylie empathized, "No doubt."
Rylie made my day. He took the time to encourage me in my efforts. I wonder if Rylie really knows what a difference he made to my day. Though I'm completing my next 5 km for myself, it sure inspires when someone like Rylie, a complete stranger, says, "Well done!"
Thank you, Rylie. I've been inspired more than you can imagine.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The weekend before last I enjoyed a lovely long weekend away at my sister's, stuck with the plan while there, and had a successful week 4 for my 5% Winter Challenge. I was thrilled!
Now I look forward to the next few weeks and find myself once again leaving home but for a longer period than I would personally choose. This time I am going to visit with my aging mother who requires some assistance with a variety of medical appointments which are out of town for her. So I find myself needing to spend just short of two weeks with her from the last week of February into early March.
If there is one thing I do well, it is taking care of the needs of others in my life, in this case my mother's needs and compromising my own. I realize that I am not alone and that many of you reading this will know exactly what I am talking about based on your personal experience. So, yes, you guessed it. When I put others needs first, I can quickly find myself on the back burner. We all know that's not a good place to be when we are committed to living a healthy lifestyle. For me, it's just then that I become too busy to prepare my planned menu or too tired to get myself up and moving at the gym or pool. So, what is a girl to do?
I know just what I have to do! I must make a plan. I must make a plan before I leave. I must make a plan for my fitness minutes and my daily menu before I leave! So, keeping in mind my February goals, I am writing this blog to plan how I will work towards those goals while I am away from home over these 2 weeks. I don't want to loose focus. I want to stay on track with my 5% Challenge weight loss goals.
Here is my plan:
1. Menu planned for Friday, Feb. 21 through Feb. 24 before I leave.
2. Shop for groceries needed when I arrive at Mom's so I have the right foods to choose from.
3. On Feb. 24 plan menu for the coming week.
4. Shop for groceries needed for the menu on Feb. 24.
5. On March 3 plan menu through March 7 when I'll be home again.
6. Shop for necessary groceries on March 3.
1. Check the fitness/pool schedule for the local recreation center.
2. Purchase admission tickets for the local recreation center. (I qualify for senior discounts. Woo Hoo! Have to wait another 8 years at my own rec center.)
3. Continue with 5 km training on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at the local recreation center from 11:30 - 12:15 p.m.
4. Complete 45 minutes of aqua spinning on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at the local pool from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
1. Even though Mom likes to stay up late, way late, I will go to bed at my usual time so I get my 8 hours sleep each night.
AWAY FROM HOME AGAIN...but this girl is going to stay on track!!!
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