Friday, August 02, 2013
I stumbled upon a blog this evening called Exercise & Beyond. The blog owner is offering a printable 1-week meal plan in .pdf format and wanted to share it with everyone here on SparkPeople. Hope you find this helpful! Enjoy!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Part of this weekend's challenge is to write myself a love letter. I am to list everything that I about myself. And why not? We're always focusing on the features or things we dislike about ourselves, so why not give ourselves a boost by focusing on the positive for once!
First and foremost in my life right now, I am a mother. I help my children whenever possible. Whether it's a situation with friendships, difficulty with homework, teaching life skills (house cleaning, common sense, etc.), respect for others and their selves, and of course punishments for those things that are uncalled for (hitting/fighting with sister.)
I volunteer with children when I can. Through church or Girl Scouts I connect with kids and enjoy helping and guiding them and most times they enjoy the connection they have with me.
I am a wife who does her best to keep a clean and organized home. Although not where I would like it to be on most days, I feel I do the best I can with all of the obstacles thrown my way (especially here of late!)
I am a trustworthy person and a loyal friend. I do not tolerate lying and therefore that is definitely not one of my traits.
I am very responsible when it comes to finances. I do our family's bills and this keeps me in check when I go shopping, since I know what we have to spend, what bills need to be paid down, etc.
I'm a decent, loving and dedicated person who sometimes gets down on herself too much.
Focusing on the positives can help me pull myself out of the doldrums and get back to the work that needs to be done on myself. Remembering this the next time I am down can be a tool in getting me back on track and I hope to use this in the future.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
It's hard to believe that the BLC22 Challenge is 1/2 way over. Part of this weekend's challenge is to reflect on the previous 6 weeks - Be honest with yourself, what did you do well, and what could use some work.
As I began writing this blog I was interrupted by my 10 year old. My daughters are making clay figures from a book they borrowed from the library and they've run out of clay. So I look in our art supplies and there's no more. I tell them we will get more, but not today. I hadn't even written a full sentence in this blog post yet when I had to stop.
This is my life every day. I'm constantly giving time to others and have difficulty carving out time for myself. Granted, this has gotten better as the years go by. My daughters are now 10.5 and 6.5. There are days where I will say "I'm working out now, please don't interrupt me until I'm done." Sometimes that works, other times not so much.
I also have had the unpredictability of a new job I've been training for at my bosses home. It has been inconsistent and slow-going. This will hopefully get easier when my daughters go back to school.
Lastly, I rely on my elliptical as my major source of cardio and it was stuck at resistance level 10 for a good portion of this challenge. It is functioning now, so I hope I can keep up my motivation to get on it and keep building up my stamina.
Those few points are my inconsistencies. So now, for my honest to goodness reflection of what I've done well with and not so well with up until this point.
-I've enjoyed the challenges I've participated in. I've enjoyed discovering new strength training exercises that I can incorporate into my usual routines.
-I've been drinking more water than I previously was before the challenge began.
-I've been using MyFitnessPal to track my meals on my Kindle Fire and I enjoy it more than the SP tracker, so I am doing better with tracking what I eat.
- I've been mindful of evening and night time snacking, but have come to the conclusion that I do have to eat evening snacks or my stomach hurts either at bedtime or during the night, which interrupts my sleep and then I wake and eat something I shouldn't.
-I've weighed myself consistently every Wednesday.
Areas I Need To Improve Upon:
- I need more meal and snack ideas. My husband is the one who cooks dinner and I somehow need to become more involved so our family as a whole can start to eat healthier. One example is that I bought kale last week and he still hasn't made it because he doesn't know what to do with it and his preconception is that it is going to taste horrible.
- I need to find foods that better coincide with my digestive issues.
-Digestive issues have held me back a few weeks during this challenge. It gets very depressing and also makes me angry.
-I need to have more of a set time for exercise. Right now that has been difficult with the inconsistency of my job schedule. I guess I just need to go with the flow on this until school starts up again.
-I've not been a good socializer on my team thread. Time to sit down and type out conversations has not been on my side.
-I've been forgetful about posting on my tracking thread on time. I get so mad at myself for this.
So looking forward I will try to reconcile my faults and do better. I have a wonderful partner from the Crimson Butterflies Team, named Sam, who is very encouraging and understanding. I am very grateful for our online friendship The future holds promise and I plan on making it better that the past has been.
Friday, July 12, 2013
WoW! Day 38 of BLC22 already! I honestly can say I have not been trying my hardest all 38 of those days. Maybe 1/2 of those days. I need to be present, aware and putting my best foot forward as much as possible. I know this.
I also know that I have some physical challenges that hold me back from giving my all every single day. This is even more of a reason to do my best on the days that I feel well, so that I don't beat myself about not exercising on the days that I feel ill. I know I need to keep up my motivation and focus on my goals. I know what needs to be done. Most days it is finding the energy, motivation, drive and time to do what needs to be done.
There is a quote I found from someone on SP that says "Have A PLAN, Not A WISH List!" and that has been in my SP signature for quite awhile now. It is there as a reminder to me that if I do not plan, I usually fail. Wishing the pounds away is a dead end. We all know this. We also know that it took time to pack on those pounds, so it is going to take time to take them off. There is work involved, not wishing. Exercise, planning healthy meals & snacks, having will power, staying focused, pulling yourself out of a depression when you've failed-----WORK!
The DEFINITION of WORK:
1. exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.
2. something on which exertion or labor is expended; a task or undertaking: The students finished their work in class.
3. productive or operative activity.
4. employment, as in some form of industry, especially as a means of earning one's livelihood: to look for work.
5. one's place of employment: Don't phone him at work.
So from here forward, pledge to yourself, your team mates, your future you, that you WILL WORK for this new & improved you.
Monday, July 01, 2013
Yeah, it's me. Still hanging in there with BLC22. (barely hanging by a thread )
I started out pretty good, but the past 2 weeks have been a real step backwards for me. I'm currently trying to bring myself OUT of my funk. Honestly, I don't want to go into the ins and outs of WHY I slipped up again. I just did and that is that. What matters to me MOST is that I am dusting myself off and getting back to it. Slowly but surely.
I just got of the elliptical (20 mins on Beginner Level) and then 20 minutes of strength training. I was not really in the mood to exercise because of this dreary, humid, rainy weather, but it really helped energize me this afternoon and I am so glad I did it!
For everyone out there who might feel they have slipped up and cannot make it back, just TRY! Do it for yourself, do it for your BLC Team, do it for your BLC duo, do it for your future well being. Start now and don't look back. Slip ups happen, but they DO NOT have to dictate your future. So join me in this 'DUST OFF' and get back to it!
Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian Sp Buddies out there!
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