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!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Yesterday was a very busy day. In the morning I started my laundry and ended up doing 4 loads. 2 were the kids clothes, 1 was my husband's work shirts and the last were blankets. I hung all of it up on the wash line, took it down, folded it and put it all away. I also re-arranged the back part of our basement which is the kids play area and vacuumed our sectional sofa really good because of the dog hair that was shed on it. I pulled weeds from my flower beds and put away some outdoor decor. Lastly, I helped my husband cover our pool.
Let me tell you, I over did it. My feet, legs and behind my knees hurt and throbbed last night. I had a difficult time sleeping because of the aches and should have taken some pain medication....but didn't think of that last night.
So, today, although I planned on doing my elliptical, I think it'd be best to take a day of rest for my body. I hope to get a good night's sleep tonight so I can do a great elliptical workout tomorrow.
I signed up for the Fall %5 Challenge today which you can also join here:
Last week I did not do so great on the Dr. Oz 'Just 10' Challenge, but I am hoping to step it up a notch this week. Positivity!!!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
So, I am back from the Dr's office. I had my first physical in over 6 or more years. Nothing was said about my weight, but then again, both the nurse who took down my info and the nurse practitioner who saw me for the physical, weighed way more than I do. Not that this means anything, but it didn't seem like there was any concern over my weight. I am concerned and I will continue to try to be as healthy as I can be!
All in all I do believe I am in good health. The main reason I made this appointment is because since I stopped breastfeeding my daughter in January 2008, I slowly have worked up to uncomfortable digestive issues. The nurse practitioner thinks it may be IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), so she gave me a prescription for Levsin (I got the generic version Hyomax SL). I am NOT big on taking medications at all, but this med is only used when you have the symptoms, so I guess I will try it out. It does make you sleepy though, so I will have to watch when I use since I am always driving/picking up my daughter from school and such. I have a follow-up appointment for October 12th to see how the meds are working for me. I am also going for blood work the week before the follow up appointment. She is checking my basic metabolic panel, lipid panel w/LDL, diabetes, and thyroid. I've had thyroid, metabolism and diabetes checked for in the past with no issues. I've never had my cholesterol checked though, so I am hoping those numbers aren't as bad as I am thinking they are. The nurse practitioner did say that if the meds do not help me, she will refer me to a gastro enterologist.
If you are reading this, thank you for your time and support. I think I will join the IBS Team just to gain more knowledge and insight.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Dr. Oz Show is conducting the 'Just 10 Challenge'.
Although I do not get to watch his show as much as I would like, I'm a fan of how he is educating the public about health issues. I learned about this challenge through the Dr. Oz Spark Team, found here:
I will be adding this challenge to the teams that I am a leader of because I think it not only will help people lose weight, but also teach some valuable habits along the way.
To sign up for the challenge through Dr. Oz's site, go here and receive a FREE bracelet if you reside in the U.S.A.:
Please read through the challenge steps, as there is a lot of important information there.
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