Saturday, April 06, 2013
I have been struggling lately, with my diet and exercise, that is. I feel like I have taken two steps backward.
I first had issues where I had no appetite which lasted about a week. Then I went through a phase where I felt like I couldn't get enough carbs. I've been totally swamped working on an Interior Design Project at my church, keeping up with my other ministries, and taking care of our house and home. I love doing it, but find myself not having (or taking) the time I need to plan appropriate and healthy meals and exercise. I really blame myself for that and nobody else. Needless to say, I have been eating poorly; at least compared to usual.
Second, My knee continues to give me problems so I have not been able to run. I am actually afraid to. I am frustrated and I really, really, REALLY miss it too! I was running between 20-25 miles or more per week and now I am down to nothing. Running, to me, was so much more than physical. It was mental, it helped to relieve stress and just made me feel better, not to mention motivated. My fitness minutes over the last two weeks has consisted of heavy house cleaning as a result of Spring cleaning. I guess that is better than nothing, right?
This week I plan to walk at the track with my Grandson and see how the knee does. Maybe walking will strengthen it. I am so fearful that I will injure it so that I will never be able to run again.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Today, Spark Guy (via SparkCoach) encouraged us to write down three things we have accomplished on our new lifestyle journey. I have more than three.......Below are some of my accomplishments that I am very proud of:
1. Trained for and ran my first 5K
2. Trained for and ran my first 10K
3. Lost 33 pounds
4. Went down 8 sizes in clothing (Size 14 to a 6 and sometimes even a 4)
5. Am off all of my anti-depressant and anxiety medications (3 total)
6. Developed an optimistic/positive disposition and attitude
7. Have more energy
8. Have more confidence
9. Handle stress better
10. I drink more water (8-10 glasses daily)
11. Eat more nutritious foods
12. Feel better about myself
13. Feel better overall (mentally, emotionally, physically, etc.)
Thank you SparkPeople!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Today finds me disappointed, but thankful. About what, you ask? Well, I have been training to run in a half-marathon in June of this year. Well, my training is over after the doctor told me that I can no longer do long distance running. I ran 9 miles last Saturday and came home to my right knee sounding like crunching gravel as I climbed the stairs to take a shower. I was diagnosed with Femoral Patella Crepitus. It isn't a major injury, but more of a wake-up call that I am doing damage. If I continue to run the way I have been, she says I will do permanent damage that will eventually require surgery and maybe even knee replacement.
I am disappointed, but very thankful that I can still run at all.....The doctor cleared me to begin a short jog today, but I kind of chickened out. My knee is sounding less crunchy, but I feel it is still a little unstable so I think I will give my knee rest until Monday before returning to the track. She says I can now only run no more than 5 miles 3-4 times per week and only on a spongy or rubber track. I really feared she'd tell me my running days were over. I am so thankful they are not. With a little TLC and cutting back, I can continue to enjoy running and having the many benefits that come with it (a clear mind, energy, motivation, weight loss, mental fortitude, a sense of accomplishment...to name a few).
Friday, March 08, 2013
Well, I still have not reached my goal weight of 133. In fact, I was one pound away from reaching my goal and then gained a few, lost a few, gained a couple, lost a couple. I guess it could be a great deal worse. On the bright side, I am still 30 pounds less than I was a year ago.
A year ago, I would have beat myself up....ALOT. I may have even given up completely on living a healthy lifestyle. But, not anymore. Since joining SparkPeople and learning about eating healthy, how important exercise is, and more....... I have a new outlook. SparkPeople is such a positive place and I rarely see or read anything negative. I have become a more positive person since December of 2011 after joining.
I can choose to look at my minor situation and beat myself up and call myself a failure or I can look at the positive side and really see and praise myself for how much work I've done and for how far I've come. SparkPeople has taught me to do that. I am now much thinner (down 8 sizes), I am leaner, I eat better, I feel better, I look better, I am more positive, and I am even off all of my depression and anxiety medications. That's huge!
I am only 5 pounds away now....that's not altogether bad and I know I can take off the rest and meet my goal and I plan to do that by my 50th birthday on June 11 of this year.
The important thing is I am moving forward (as Coach Nicole always) says. I keep Sparking (as Coach Becky always says), and I am always giving motivational Spark Cheers (as Coach Chris always says).
I know if I take one step at a time, one day at a time, I will reach my ultimate goal.
I will !
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Oh my goodness, can I tell you how great it felt on Tuesday to go clothes shopping? After losing over 30 pounds it was time! My friends kept telling me to stop wearing clothes, especially my pants, that were too big for me.
To be quite honest, I kind of dreaded shopping at first. I am not fond of going into dressing rooms and stripping my clothes off to try on clothes that are not mine. It is usually cold in those rooms and I get frustrated when things don't fit quite right. This time I had the challenge of guessing what size to even start with. I have to say that when I put on a size 6 with ease, in zipping and buttoning, I had strange emotions. First, I cried and even held my breath for a second. Then I looked at my face in the mirror and said, "Girl! You did it!" It was a great feeling! Then came tears of joy. Down 8 sizes! Yes!!!
I pray this happens for everyone who wants it to!
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