Thursday, July 25, 2013
I've been toying with the idea of putting up before and after pics on my page. Well there is no after yet since I"m still in progress, but I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and putting up some before and now pics.
So, those who've read my journey and progress blogs may remember that I got serious about doing something about all this extra weight in December 2012. My hubby and I had just gone on a wonderful cruise and enjoyed it very much. I'd been exercising for a couple of months trying to get some stamina (like being able to walk a reasonable distance without dying, LOL) and on the trip, it was apparent that I could do more than just a few months before. I had not been able to lose any weight though, so my theory that it's all about the activity and not about the food was proven false. The goal on the cruise was not to gain any more, and in that I was successful.
When we got back home, I told my husband I was getting serious about doing something about the weight and that I was going back on SP, getting a nutrition plan, tracking, and cooking healthy. He was looking through the trip pictures, and came across some of us on the beach and said "OK, I'm with you". Sometimes it takes a picture to trigger the "Ah Ha moment". Here's one picture of us on that trip in November 2012 (not the beach one, but not one I'm proud of):
Recently we went on vacation in the mountains and it was lovely to be able to hike, walk, and climb any amount without being tired! We could go and do everything we used to love doing and had been missing. Here's a pic taken on a trail to a waterfall a few weeks ago:
See.....no more super-sized us!!!
Between the two of us, we've lost 110 pounds from December 2012 to July 2013!
Maybe one of these days I'll get the guts to put on a bathing suit and take some comparable to the worst before's.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
As part of preparation for the start of the Summer 5% Challenge, I wanted to review and document in one place where I am today on my journey toward a healthier body and lifestyle, review my goals, and document the strategy to get there.
In reviewing my progress so far, it's clear that the 5% challenges have been a big part of maintaining my focus and pushing me to continue along the path to healthiness (is that even a word?, LOL). They encouraged me to try different things and learn how to incorporate them into my daily routine, and make healthy choices into habits. I managed to lose more than the 5% of weight in each of the previous challenges, but they've given me so much more than that!
In the 7 months since I reset my SP journey, here are some stats on progress:
50 pounds lost
23 total inches lost
3 pant sizes down
BP is now on the low side of normal
My complexion has cleared up (a co-worker recently commented that I was "glowing with health"!
I've managed the shrinking wardrobe problem fairly economically. I was able to dig around in the "too small" piles to find enough things to get by with only buying a pair of jeans and a few shorts in each size.
There have been, however, a lot of unexpected things to adjust:
-wedding rings had to be resized (smaller)
-had to get some new bras and underwear (I never went to larger sizes, but the old ones were really stretched out!)
-watch needed some links removed
-some of my shoes and socks are suddenly too loose
I'm excited to keep working toward my goals, as it can only get better from here! So, here's the plan for the next 8 weeks:
I will keep tracking ALL my food every day and stay within my SP recommended ranges for calories, carbs, fat, protein, and fiber.
I'll get at least 5 serving of freggies daily.
I'll keep drinking 8-10 cups of water daily.
I'll continue with daily morning stretching (15 minutes of yoga).
I'll try to get a minimum of 10k steps a day, and 10 flights of stairs.
I'll do 3-5 cardio sessions each week (Zumba, jogging, walking).
I'll do strength training 2 times a week (sticking with Iron Strength workout for this one).
I only wonder now, how I could have been so dumb about my health? I need to make clear that I didn't add all these at once. If you had given me this list 7 months ago, I would have said there was no way I could do all things on a regular basis, (or even at all!) Instead, I worked to include a few at a time, making adjustments to my lifestyle to fit them in, and only adding new ones after I was comfortable with the others. Making these things into habits instead of "have to work to include in each day activities" was not easy, but now that they are, it's really now just routine.
I only need to look back 6 months to get a very real reminder of why I keep going. I feel so much better, and have so more energy and physical stamina, it's unbelievable. I'm really looking forward to a total closet clean-out and some wardrobe refreshing once I get to goal.
I want to lose about 8-10 more pounds, and lose the rest of my belly fat (get the jiggles when I'm running down to the parts that are supposed to jiggle, (T&A).
Sparkpeople and the 5% Challenges have shown me the way and I CAN do it!
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Yesterday on our town trip for freggies, we poked around in some shops and I found this super cute pitcher (and you all know I love cats, and collect them in every form).
These day lillies are growing wild everywhere on the road sides and trails (where there is sun) and I was looking for something to put some in for our table. The cat pitcher holds them perfectly! Each day new ones open so we have fresh blooms on the table, and I don't have to pick every day.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Went fishing today in the river by the house, and after a short hike, up and down a creek that runs into it. I caught a rainbow trout almost right away, and didn't even have to resort to worms! (I usually switch to worms after an hour or two if I haven't caught anything with a lure).
So, if the fish looks a little brown for a rainbow, it's because he got away from me and flopped into the sand on the bank before I could get down stream to where DH was (with the camera). After he finally got the picture, we released my fish and went back to fishing.
About 10 minutes later, he catches one! Of course, it was about 1/2" bigger than mine, LOL!
I can't seem to get the picture of him with the fish uploaded. The site says the picture is too large to save. Is that because the fish is a little bigger, or what?
Anyway, if we had known he'd catch one right after mine, we might have had them for dinner, but the one fish wasn't enough for both of us, so both fishes got to swim away and continue happily in the creek.
All in all, it was a good day with lots of exercise and no worms lost their lives either!
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