Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Whoa! So it's been a month since I made a blog entry. Not good.
The month of October was filled with preparations for my 5 yr old's surprise birthday party (which includes present shopping, among the food prep shopping), my 40th birthday (and eating out at a pricey restaurant), getting together my daughters Halloween costumes and buying trick or treat candy, church functions, a 2 day power outage from a snow storm (Ahhhh!!!!), contractor building a roof on our concrete patio and the weekly errands and appointments that I have.
Needless to say, I have gained weight because I did not exercise or eat healthy at all! Halloween candy, a big birthday dinner out, the surprise party.....not good for keeping healthy eating in check. My motivation is lacking as well. I know I messed up big time by not exercising at all and that of course played a part in eating badly. Time to move on though.
Yesterday was beautiful here in PA and my daughter had off from school for a teacher in-service day. I went with her and her Brownie troop yesterday delivering meals to 9 clients of Meals On Wheels. Then afterward the girls in her troop donated some of their trick or treat candy to a local orthodontist who is giving $2 per pound of candy to the diabetes research. We asked the Dr. if we could split that and use $1 per pound for the diabetes assoc. and $1 per pound to buy side dishes for a local ministries Thanksgiving dinner sides. The girls gave 25 lbs worth of candy! Very proud of them!
Last night I felt the symptoms of an on-coming cold. So today I have been drinking tea, eating soup and restingin bed because my head feels like it is going to explode! Unfortunately it is another beautiful day and I can't get out to enjoy it. :-( I'm hoping this is short lived so I can get back to focusing on exercising and eating healthier. I have to or I will soon be up to the weight I was at at the beginning of 2011 and I cannot let that happen! I just cannot believe how little time it takes to put on the lbs and how much time it takes to take them off!
I've also changed my username form GetFitBFor40 to GetFitNLean since I now am 40! So, here's to starting over and being successful!
Monday, October 10, 2011
I realize I haven't blogged for quite awhile. I've been busy with life and most recently, digestive issues. I felt like blogging today just to get out some of the things that have going through my mind lately.
I have done a few challenges on Spark People in the past and succeeded. They are great for keeping me on track and motivating me to get in my exercise. However, when signing up for a challenge I need to keep in mind the time of year/month that this challenge is happening. I am currently going into the 5th week of the BLC17 Challenge and the past two weeks I have not done so well due to digestive issues. I am trying to get back on track this week because I am trying to stay committed to this challenge. There is barely any breaks with weekend challanges (Fri-Mon), LCW (Last Chance WorkOut) on Tues, and TNT (Tone N Tighten) on Thursdays. Wednesdays are weigh in days and this challenge requires you post on the team thread at least 3 x's per week. I am extremely impressed at how organized and how well thought out the BLC is. I personally am struggling now because I am planning/getting ready for my daughter's surprise 5th birthday party, heading up my daughter's Brownie nut sale, trying to figure out what to do for my 40th birthday and countless other things. The one thing BLC does promote is "participation, not perfection". I need to remember this and not be so hard on myself.
2. Food Tracking
I currently do not have the time to track calories into SP. I am having a hard enough time remembering to write the foods down that I ate for the day in my food journal (I'm trying to do this to see what foods are triggering some digestive issues). I feel guilty about this.
3. Water Intake
Not great, but not bad either. I also feel guilty when I see how much more water some people drink in comparison to myself. I literally would be in the bathroom peeing all day if I drank as much water as I see some SP members drink!!!!! I am in awe!!!!
4. Spark Socializing
I so want to be more involved in reading others blogs, leaving goodies for members and being a motivator for others because I find it very encouraging when others do that for me. I feel guilty because I do not have the time I would like to be more involved here in the social aspect. I am going to work on it. (Side Note: I have stopped posting my fitness for the day on my FaceBook page because barely anyoen comments. It's so nice to have the support and encouragement on SP that no one could care less about on FB----and those people are in-real-life friends and family!)
5. Turning 40
This could (and probably will be) a separate blog post in itself. I will turn 40 in 11 days and will not be making my goal weight by then. Yes, I am upset with myself that I did not make my goal in time for my 40th birthday. But, I am happy with the exercise routine I have added to my life this past year. I have dropped weight. I am continuously learning new things. I am slowly getting toned, stronger and trying to have a better outlook on what I can accomplish.
Question: Should I reset my weight tracker and goals after I turn 40? Kind of like a fresh start on SparkPeople? I know my tracker will no longer show the amount of weight I have lost since starting on the site (member since 10/4/07), but it might be nice to leave the past in the past and start fresh @ 40? Thoughts on this?
Well, that's enough thinking out loud for me today. I guess a lot of this has been on my mind for awhile and I just wanted to come clean on here. I am participating, I am not perfect, I am trying to do my best each day. Some days are harder than others, but I am trying to stay focused!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
HUSTLE WEEKEND CHALLENGE
Friday, September 16th until midnight Monday, September 19th
H = Hydrate your body (1pt. for every 8oz.)
U = Unite on the thread (5pts. per day).
S = Stimulate your muscles (1pt. for every 12 reps).
T = Track everything you eat (10pts. per day).
L = Live a little by doing at least one small thing for yourself (5pts. per day).
E = Entertain yourself by doing the Hustle (5pts. per day).
(Note: Participants don't have to do the actual Hustle moves for "E" as long as they dance somehow the whole time the song is playing. Also, the points for H and S are unlimited! Oh and Unite on the Thread simply means, post on your teams chat thread!)
Friday 9/16: H-2pts U-1pt S-0- pts T-0 pts L-5 pts E-0 pts
Saturday 9/17:H-3 pts U-5pts S-0 pts T-0 pts L-5 pts E-0 pts
Sunday 9/18:H-5 pts U-5 pts S-T-L-5 pts E-
Monday 9/19:H-3 pts U-S-T-L-E-
Thursday, September 08, 2011
The BLC17 TNT (Trim & Tone) Thursday challenge for today was to do:
1. 5 Minute Cardio Warm Up - 5 points
2. Choose 4 Upper Body Exercises 2 sets of 10-12 reps 5 pts per exercise = 20 pts total
3. Choose 3 Core Exercises 25 reps of each - 5 pts per exercise = 15 pts total
4. Choose 3 Lower Body Exercises - 2 sets of 10-12 reps - 5 pts per exercise = 15 pts
5. Cool Down Stretch - 5 pts
BONUS Get 40 bonus points for drinking at least 8 glasses of water today.
I did not plan on doing my elliptical today, but when I saw I had to do 5 mins of cardio and
I didn't know WHAT to do, I figured I'd just do my elliptical. This was a bonus.
These are the exercises I did:
Side Plank on Ball, Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls, Boxer,One-Arm Dumbbell Rows, Seated Dumbbell Triceps Extensions, Low Mount Abduction with Band, Lying Hamstring Curls with Ball, Wall Squats with Ball, Dumbbell Side Bends, and Crunches with Ball.
So, I got my 60 points for doing the toning challenge, but I'm not sure I am going to get the last of my water in for today. So far I have 48 ozs done. I will try!
S'MORES CAMPOUT WEEKEND CHALLENGE Weekend #1
S  M  O  R  E  = Total Points 90
Saturday Points= 30
Monday Points= 10
TNT Thursday Week #2 "Basic" 70/70/70. That's 70 squats, 70 crunches and 70 pushups (any style) to be completed anytime in your time zone on Thursday, September 15th.
Monday, September 05, 2011
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