Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Well, hello everyone.....it's been a few months since my last blog. It's time; time to get back with the program. SparkPeople is a must for me as I have been slacking in my daily logging of food and keeping track of exercise and just staying involved in the SparkCommunity overall. As a result, I have gained back about 14 pounds. That's right, 14 pounds.
I could choose to beat myself up (okay, I have a bit) or I can just pick of the pieces and do this yet AGAIN. That's what I have chosen to do, and I WILL. I vow to. By Christmas my goal is to be back down where I was before at 134 pounds. I was one pound away from reaching my goal weight and I blew it, BIGTIME! Why did I do that? Why did that happen?
Well, life happens......I had a grandchild born in April (the beginning of my downward spiral), then we moved to a different state (transition began in May/June), went on a 7-day cruise vacation this summer, and I got off track; out of the habit of logging, being in the Spark Community, and just doing the things I need to do to maintain.
On my 4 mile run yesterday I gave myself a Pep talk. I know what I need to do and I'm doing it! My husband and I doing SparkPeople together this time. That will help to keep me motivated and on track too.
This program works! I just need to do it ; I can, and I will!
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).
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