Monday, April 14, 2008
Well, I lost 2 lbs within the past week!
I almost didn't believe it a few days ago when I stepped on the scale, but the number came up on the scale a few days in a row, so it must be true! I feel like I need to keep pinching myself, know what I mean? It makes me feel like maybe I really can do this if I stay focused and just do what I need to do!
Spring always gives me a boost. So much so, that I think I may have S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
That's when you need sunlight to boost your mood and Dr's recommend a sunlamp for so many minutes a day. I honestly think that may contribute to my Fall/Winter blahs!
So, what have I been doing differently you're wondering?
Last week was full of activity because of the nice weather. The walk to the park, playing outside in our backyard, and the drive to start spring cleaning around my house. I've been better about wearing my pedometer and recording my steps. I've also been better about drinking water. I've started adding about an inch of juice to the water to give it flavor, and that really helps. And lastly, and probably very important, I haven't been snacking at night; I'm sure I will slip up with this sooner or later, but this has made a big difference I think.
And just so you know, I've been sneaking M & M's here & there the past few days, so I haven't been a total angel! If the junk food is in the house, I tend to gravitate towards it!
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
If you've been reading my blog, you know that I barely get any exercise in.
I haven't been trying that hard either though. Yesterday I switched from Stage 1 to Stage 2 on the SparkDiet and one thing that really made me think was to find the time that you do have. Now, having 2 kids, most of the time that I have free in the afternoons, I use to clean, do homeschool Pre-K work with my daughter or check my e-mails.
Well, yesterday I checked out a bunch of Workout DVD's from the library and I did a Pilates Core WorkOut today (see picture above). A lot of people think that Pilates is boring or easy (at least some people I've talked to), but honestly, it is a challenge, it really stretches you (I need this badly) and it left me feeling invigorated! There is a 2nd workout on this DVD called 'Ballet Core WorkOut'. So that will probably be the next one I try.
I do need to work some cardio work in somewhere....maybe tomorrow.
Forgot to put my darn pedometer on again today. I was doing a lot of cleaning & organizing this morning and just kept going. Now how do I track housecleaning in my daily exercise log? I always forget to do that!
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
I switched over to Stage 2 this evening. So far I have read a few articles about the Healthy Diet Habits Stage.
This blurb here is especially important for me to remember:
"As you cut down portions, you may feel a little hungry at first. To offset this temporary hunger without eating more":
* Drink more water
* Eat fiber-loaded foods
* Eat low-calorie foods first
* Eat slowly, put the fork down between bites
They want me to measure my foods.....I can tell you right now, this is not going to happen. I have 2 kids and I'm lucky most days if I can squeeze in eating a good meal! So Strike 1 for me right there. Honestly, there are some parts of this diet program that just don't fit into a busy Mom's lifestyle!
I will try to do the best I can, but I definitely can't do these things all to a 'T'.
I'm lucky to get online most days! Sometimes even some of the teams I am in, there challenges sound awesome to me, but I just can't participate because I have so many other responsibilities! In the Fall, when my 5 yr old goes off to Kindergarten, I'm hoping to be able to gain a bit more time, but I'll still have my Toddler at home with me all day, so I'm not sure how much time I will gain, if any.
I have written down how many calories I'm supposed to be eating daily and how many calories I need to burn each week. I borrowed some exercise DVD's from the library today and hope to try one of them tomorrow.
~Eat 1200-1550 calories daily~
~Burn 560 calories per week~
The 6 Healthy Diet Habits Are:
1- Portion Control
2- Eating The Right Foods
3- Exercising Consistently
4- Drinking Water
5- Eating On Purpose
6- Find Unexpected Time & Spend It Wisely
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
I've decided to post a monthly review on my blog. This is to help me re-evaluate where I am at, as well as remind me of my goals.
March was not a good month for me at all. I started out well and declined as the month went on. I've been on the Fast Break part of the SparkDiet since February 28th.....I'm taking the next step and am going to try to challenge myself by going on to the next step ~ Healthy Diet Habits. I think this is where I need the most work right now, along with doing more exercising.
1-Track my food throughout the day or at the end of the day. Keep pen & paper available to keep track & then enter it.
(I have not been very good with this.)
2-Find some time to exercise throughout the day.
* Think 10-15 Minutes. We’re all faced with little blocks of time throughout the day that could be put to better use. See how many you can fill up with short bursts of physical activity*
(I have not been good with this either, but have been wearing my pedometer more than I used to.)
3- Planning meals & shopping lists.
*Plan Ahead. Use the SparkDiet meal planner*
(I haven't been good with this either, but need to make the time to plan!)
~Motivation is key! Figure out how I can stay motivated!
~Focus on my goals & take time to prepare for things!
~Track my info. daily, just don't worry about my results!
~Print My Fast Break Goals Out so I can see them Daily!
((3) Fast Break Goals, one each in nutrition, fitness, and motivation. )
~Buy new sneakers this month!
~Utilize my current exercise equipment:
exercise ball, resistance bands, jump rope, small dumbbells
~Keep tempting foods out of sight and replace with healthy alternatives.
2006 Mom's Club Team Challenge (to be determined----Begins Friday 4/4/08)
BUDDY TEAM @ Married Life ~ "Shrinking Sparklers"
The Shrinking Sparklers team leaders are:
Babie_Jane, Heidi14dan, Shayth
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