Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Hello out there in Spark Land! How are you doing today? I'm positive and just did my most challenging elliptical workout ever! Up until today, I've only done Manual Mode or the preset workout for Beginner Level 1. Since I took a day off from exercising yesterday and I had a half decent night's sleep, I decided to step it up a notch. And WoW , did I ever.
This was the first time I ever pedaled backwards on the elliptical and I'm not sure I like it too much. I know the program probably does it to target different muscle areas, but it did not feel too great right above my knee. Also, this was a 30 minute workout and I'm used to the 20 minute. I don't think I'm quite ready to add that 10 minutes on a regular basis just yet. But I did it today and I feel good about sticking it out!
I also wanted to share a tip I learned from fellow Spark member LavenderLilly. She posted on her blog a few days ago about how she gets in her daily water consumption.
"I have always been of the opinion that when counting daily water consumption, you could count any tea and coffee you drink. According to Dr. Oz, whose advice I consider to be reliable, not only should you NOT COUNT IT, you should replace it with an equal amount of water. The reason being that both are diuretics and cause you to lose fluids.
My custom has been to measure out a pitcher of water containing the eight recommended glasses and the using some of that water to brew my cups of tea during the day. I don't include my morning cup of coffee. My goal today is to add an additional glass of water to replace the morning cup of coffee and make my tea from water not included in the eight glasses. This will be a challenge because I have to remind myself to drink water when I don't feel thirsty. "
Two days ago I started her method of filling up a pitcher containing my eight daily glasses and for two days I have drank my daily amount! My pitcher only fills to 7 glasses, so I add the extra glass one on my own, but this is an awesome method and I am so grateful to her for sharing it on her blog!
Monday, September 27, 2010
When I was pregnant with my 1st daughter I drank a lot of water and ate pretty healthy. With my 2nd daughter's pregnancy I didn't drink as much water or eat as healthy. After my 2nd daughter's birth my water intake declined, as did my eating habits. (Which isn't good because she was 100% breastfed).
For those of you just starting to follow my blog, I invite you to take a look back at my past journal entries. If not all of them, at least my very 1st one, located here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Right now I weigh the exact weight I was when my 1st daughter was 4 months old. That was April 2003. My highest weight (when not pregnant) was in January 2008....I weighed 159 lbs. I am only 5'1, so that is a lot of weight for a small frame. I am sharing this information with you because as I look back over the years I think "I knew then what I know now". I wasted time by not exercising and not eating healthy. I do know that I was depressed and in a rut. The differences between now and then are:
1. My kids are a bit older and I am trying to explain to them that Mommy wants to be healthier, so she needs some time to exercise and to plan healthier meals/snacks. It's still not easy, but it's 'easier' than it previously was.
2. I am looking ahead instead of feeling sorry for myself all of the time. This is difficult sometimes, but I keep trying to focus on the future.
3. I want to change my eating habits for good. This is a challenge because I need to find new recipes and snack ideas. But I am working on it.
One thing I can tell you about myself is that I am pretty good at motivating others, but when it comes to myself, I lack that knowledge on how to 'pep' myself up. Not all the time, but most of the time. I need to learn to follow my own advice.
For those of you new to blogging, I must say that blogging is therapeutic. I am not one to 'air' my weight or photos of myself online. I do so sparingly. I don't mention my actual weight too often on SparkPeople and when I do share a photo, I either crop my head off or blur my face. I guess you could say I try to keep private, but in reality, when blogging, you do have to share some pretty deep stuff. I commend the Sparkers who have shared their full photos....they are very brave.
So, back to the now. I've done the elliptical 3 days in a row for 20 minutes each time. I wasn't planning on doing it today because I was a bit sore, but there was no reason for me not to get on it, so I did. I plan on doing some hand weights this afternoon since I haven't done that for awhile. I usually take my measurements on a Tuesday, so I will do that tomorrow. (I haven't measured myself in awhile.) My main concerns right now are sticking with the exercise, finding new meals/snacks and staying motivated. I've fallen back into the bad habits so many times that I am afraid. I want to succeed this time. I'm hoping my desire is enough to pull me through.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Today is my 12th wedding anniversary. Just like trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle, marriage has been a challenge. But like trying to lose weight and eat healthier, the challenge is worth it. I just keep looking ahead.
This morning I woke up, got the kids ready for Sunday School and then my husband took them there. We've been to church services the past 2 weeks and decided today would be a break. So, I decided while the kids were at Sunday School, I would get on the elliptical and do my thing. I feel ahead of the game since I have that done. I do want to do some strength training today, so I may fit that in while my husband is watching his football games on TV.
Sunday is usually our restful day (not always), but I wanted to get some exercise in because I was so bad about eating this past week. I feel more energized and hope I get in the strength training later.
I'm going to take today to plan my exercises schedule for this week, peruse the internet for healthier meal/snack ideas and of course give some time to my kids. We'll probably play a few board games. The next 2 days are supposed to be rainy, so I need to prepare myself for the lack of motivation that usually sets in for me when we have 'lazy' weather. I am positive for now and hope to continue with this outlook. It really helps to look ahead and know that what you are doing today is going to benefit you in your life tomorrow.
**UPDATE** I also took a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood with my 7 yr old and did 10 minutes of strength training!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Today was a bit of a rough day. Not so much because it was the 1st day of the Fall 5% Challenge, but because I was pulled in so many directions (as usual) and I wanted to try to focus on me! I thought my husband would be around to help me get some of that 'me' time, but it didn't turn out that way.
I did manage to get in 20 minutes on my elliptical on beginner level 1. Five minutes into my workout my 3 year old needed me to attend to her on the potty (#2). But I managed to finish that workout and burn 330 calories. I also did really well on drinking my water for the day, as well as NOT binging on any junk food. I actually think I did pretty well today after the way I have been binging on junk this past week.
I'm telling myself that tomorrow will be a better day and I will accomplish even more.
Positive Vibes to everyone on the team! We can do this!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tomorrow begins the Fall 2010 5% Challenge for many Spark friends here at SparkPeople.
I am on the Starfish Team in case any of you are wondering
For this challenge I need to lose 5% of my current weight by November 20th. I want to do this. I truly would love to be lighter before Christmas. I want to succeed and I know this is not going to be easy, but I am going to give this everything I got!
This 1st weeks challenge is exercising & blogging!
The most I can exercise in a day is a maximum of 120 exercise minutes. I will earn 5 points for everyday I post a blog. I will earn 1 point for each time I visit a team mate’s blog (including Community Team) and leave them a comment.
I have also decided to try the Dr. Oz Just 10! Challenge. This is going to take a lot of re-shaping of habits, but I am going to do this in baby steps.
1. Cut Out Soda
2. Stop Eating at Least 3 Hours Before Bed
3. Move for 10 Minutes Each Day
4. Exercise Portion Control (Don't eat any snacks larger than the size of you fist.)
5. Weigh Yourself Every Day
6. Take a Vitamin B Complex Every Day
(Vitamin B Complex metabolizes carbohydrates, proteins and and fatty acids in the body giving you the energy to exercise.)
7. Take Your Vitamins
8. Recipe Reinvention
Next Month I will be starting a challenge on the Pushing 40 Team, which is to use the inventory we own. (exercise equipment, DVD's, etc.)
So, now that I have it all planned out, I hope I can come back to this blog entry to remind myself that this is something I really want for myself. I want to be healthy. I want to feel good about myself. I want to have energy. I want to buy stylish clothes and look awesome in them. I want to teach my children healthy eating habits so that they do not grow up to have the issues I struggle with. Only I can do this. Other people can cheer me on, help motivate me, or lend an ear to listen to my struggles. But only I can make the changes needed in order to get healthy. I must control what I eat and how much. I must make a commitment to establish an exercise routine. I must be responsible enough to take care of my body. Only I can do this. No one else. I am stepping up and holding myself accountable. here I come!
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