Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Weigh-In Day.....1.4 lbs lost. Small steps, small victories. I am happy with that and hoping for another pound next week.
I did my TNT today because Thursdays are one of my busiest days of the week. I also did 30 minutes on the elliptical, but I did not do as full-force of a workout that I usually do. It was a dreary and damp day and I was lucky to even motivate myself to do the 1 hour of working out that I did. That is a victory; just getting done what I needed to. I also have 100 fitness minutes for May already, so that is kind of making me smile
If you're doing the BLC and didn't lose this week, DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED! Just focus on your eating and get that exercise in and the results will start to show!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
of The Biggest Loser Challenge #19 (aka BLC19).
DAY 1 WEEK 1
I went on a 40 minute walk with my dog and had to do the TNT (Tight 'N Tone) Thursday challenge today because tomorrow I will not be home enough to do it (I hope that is okee-dokee?) After I entered my fitness minutes for the day, I decided to make myself a little avatar online:
The Tight End bit is the 'Inter-Team' I am on within the Teal Troopers, my BLC Team this round. I was a Crimson Butterfly in BLC17, so I wish my former team mates much success this round! This challenge runs for 12 weeks, so hopefully by the middle of July I will be 10+ pounds less!
My Goals This Round:
1-Drink 64 ozs water daily
2-Get in at least 10 mins of exercise daily
3-Do the TNT every week
4-Make healthy eating choices
5-Workout on the elliptical at least 3x's a week for 30 mins each time
Monday, April 23, 2012
This is a photo of a basic English Saddle. I know nothing about saddles or riding horses for that matter (although I would like to try horseback riding one day )
I'd like to relate this saddle and it's parts to my journey to getting healthy:
Seat- I MUST get OFF of my seat in order to shed pounds. Move, moves, move, instead of sit, sit, sit.
Twist-Twisting is good---it most certainly will work my waist and loosen me up a bit.
Saddle Flap-Uh, yeah, I guess you could say I have a touch of 'saddle flap' in my saddle area.
Panel-My panel would be my brain. I need to connect my panel to the way I'm feling in order to motivate myself to get going!
Cantle- the definition is:
1. the back part of a saddle that slopes upwards
2. a slice; a broken-off piece
I guess the cantle in my life would refer to the slice of success I experienced last year when I completed 2 SP challenges and lost 10 lbs. The broken off piece would be that I have gained that same 10 lbs back and feel guilty about it.
Pommel- the definition is:
1. The upper front part of a saddle; a saddlebow.
2. Either of the two rounded handles on top of a pommel horse.
3. A knob on the hilt of a sword or similar weapon.
Since a pommel is something that seems you hold onto, I would have to say right now SparkPeople is my pommel because of the SparkFriends here, the challenges I participate in and the tools the site gives me. All these things help me hold onto the hopes that I can reach my goals and become a healthier person.
Skirt-In relation to losing weight, the 'skirt' would have to be the way you can easily 'skirt' around the issues at hand and easily fall back into your old habits. I want to avoid this.
Stirrup Bar (under the skirt)-I would have to say that this relates to underlying feelings, past letdowns, or old baggage that we carry around with us. Although difficult to let go of these things, it is a good idea to try to let go and move forward in your life so that you can move forward and reach your goals.
All of that said, I am preparing myself to get back into the saddle. The BLC19 begins on Wednesday. I definitely am not at the fitness level that I was at last year at this time. I hope it doesn't take me too long to get back to where I was and then to get even stronger from there. I will be relying on the support of my fellow BLC19 team mates (Teal Troopers), as well as my current Spark Friends and team mates from my other teams. I also have a blog outside of SparkPeople and would encourage any follower from there to show their support and encouragement for me. (Every bit counts, believe me.)
And speaking of my other blog, I posted about SparkPeople there today in hopes to encourage others to use the site and get healthy. You can check my post out here:
ney.html If you're interested in becoming a follower of that blog (All Around The Circle), feel free to link up with me there (RSS Feed, Google Connect, NetWorked Blogs, Blog Frog).
Wishing everyone @ the BLC19 a successful round! It's going to be tough, but sometimes tough is what it takes to rev us up to get going!
Monday, February 27, 2012
First of all, I am sorry I haven't been around. I've wanted to be, but so many things have kept me away. The basics of the past 2 weeks are as follows.
The beginning of the week of 2/12 I was feeling tired and kinda down. Just frumpy I guess. By Thursday night my 5 year old had a stomach virus, which took me into Friday all day and very tired. My 9 year old had off from school Friday/Monday for President's day and had a sleepover Saturday night and then had to sing in choir Sunday. Monday (2/20) she had her 9 year well visit and then afterwards we went to a few stores. This is where my problems begin.
After we checked out at the last store I lifted my 5 year old out of the cart and we headed to the car. As I adjusted myself in the drivers seat I felt a kind of crampy pain in my left should area (collarbone). As the evening went on it persisted. I put a heating pad on it. I did not sleep well this night. The next day I woke up and the left side of my neck was really stiff and I had to turn my body so that I could look left/right when I drove my daughter to school. Tuesday night my 9 year old gets the stomach virus. I would've called my husband's chiropractor on Wednesday, but I had to be home with my sick daughter. My other daughter was signed up for a Pre-K class for the afternoon that day, so I did take her to that, but that was just for a quick drop off and run to the store to get some ginger ale for my sick daughter. So, after 3 nights of barely any rest and taking Ibuprofen that did nothing for me, I called the chiropractor and find out he is not in the office on Thursdays. So I make an appointment for Friday morning at 10am. So I went and was diagnosed with brachial neuralgia, which the Dr. said could very well be an onset of osteoarthritis. Could be, but also may not be. So he cracked my back, neck and gave me muscle stimulation while icing my upper back muscles.
I went again this morning and my shoulders are BURNING. Right now I am sitting on the sofa with a bean sock I made and put in the microwave for some neck relief. The ice I had been putting on doesn't seem to be helping too much right now, so I thought I'd go to heat.
Anyhow, I am missing my elliptical and workouts and feel awful that I am in this state right now. My eating has been poor and I just feel helpless. I hate not sleeping well because it makes me so cranky. I just want to be back to my normal self.
Thanks for listening to my rant today. It feels to just get all this out and also to let all my SparkFriends know that I haven't given up, I am just in a rough patch right now.
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