Monday, September 20, 2010
I am pleased to report this morning that Mr.Scale and I are becoming friends again. For the past few weeks, he's been holding me steady. I weigh in, down a pound & will hold for another week. Then I repeat the same cycle, so finally today after 5 weeks he decided to spice it up a bit for me!
Proud to say ~ I am down 10 pounds (did you see my new icon!) with SparkPeople & 21 pounds down overall since my journey to a healthier me began! to me!
This weekend was very pleasant. I gave myself a "break" on Saturday, which was silly on my part since I still figured in my foods and I was over 662 calories for the day. Yes, OVER 662 calories for the day ~ you read it right! What did I learn from that? Well, not a bright idea two days before weigh-in to do it and two, I apparently still need to log my foods everyday to avoid excess calories!
On a bonus note for the weekend. I went & purchased a new fall coat. Oh yeah! I had to take a double look in the mirror to see if it was me! It really was fitting and looked good & a smaller size than I normally purchase. Then I had on a pair of pants that are now comfortable to wear & my DH asked me if I had on new pants. I replied that these are fairly new from last years chubby pants collection. He then mentioned how they were a bit baggy in the butt! YES! I love hearing that. I am now 12 pounds away from my 1st big goal so I am holding off buying new jeans until I meet that goal. But I certainly like that they are baggy in the tush!! Woo~hoo!
Also, while I was cleaning/organizing this weekend I found a pair of workout shorts. I had forgotten about them and there they were buried in the dresser. I thought oh why not, I'll give them a try! Okay, proud to report they are now too big! I just can't get over that feeling and I love it!
Final note (this blog is kind of long today ~ sorry!) I completed all of last weeks challenges! I am very proud of my SP buddies who joined me! I'm sure you all did an exceptional job!! Give yourselves a pat on the back!! If you haven't yet, make sure you tell me how it went!!
My challenges were:
Try a new meal - Lemon Dill Salmon (delicious!)
Walk a path at the local forest - done (2.5 miles w/family ~ 1 hour)
Consume 64 oz water daily - consumed 448 oz for the week
Consume 4 fruits/veggies daily - consumed over 28 servings for the week
Accumulate 400 fitness minutes for the week - final count 663 fitness minutes!!!!! Yeah!!
Alright, that is all that I have for today! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and here's to a great week full of healthy choices & lots of fitness minutes! Have a wonderful week!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Weekends always seem to be the hardest for me. I'm not sure why, maybe the change in routine from week to weekend? Hubby & kids being home all day-every day!?
Not much is really planned for us this weekend. I do plan on getting in my challenge walk (I have until Sunday) and continuing to work away at my other 3 challenges. Plus I need to stay focused on my two team challenges that I'm in for September. I have a lot of challenges going on this month! I'm proud to say I'm doing well on them and it's helping me to stay focused. Hopefully Mr.Scale will recognize my hard work this week and reward me with a pound or two loss! Fingers crossed, we'll see on Monday morning!
A few of my SP buddies have joined me in some challenges this week, so thank you!! You've helped me to stay accountable and on track! You guys ROCK! Thanks for the support!!! I can't wait to hear how you all did. Remember to update me on Monday!!
Here is to a fun filled and healthy weekend! Cheers.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This one is about my walking buddy, Bailey. He is a 13-year old mut dog and the best walking partner anyone could have. When nobody else wants to walk with me, I can always count on him to go. No matter what! He loves his walks.
I can probably count on one hand the times in the past 13 years that I've gone on a walk and he wasn't walked with me. He always goes. Lately his age has been catching up with him although he is a very fit dog, by dog standards anyway. Our "loop walk" (as we call it is 1.8 miles) seems to be really hard on him now. So the other day when we got back, I knew that one was going to be his last long walk. He was exhausted halfway through and by the time we got home he was walking really slow. I felt like I was dragging him to just get him home.
Well today marked my first offical loop walk - alone. It was a very sad moment for me. I've always had a walking buddy. He knows where he can walk & sniff & be a dog. I even caught myself pulling to the one side of the street where he likes to sniff & do his business (yes, I clean up after my dog!) He even knows my path and where I cross the street at. He is such a smart buddy & I'll admit a pain in the butt some days too, but he still is my buddy.
He still gets his walks in, now just on a shorter path & slower pace. We walked our street & back this morning (1/2 mile) and around the yard. It gave him a 23 minute "Bailey pace" walk this morning before I headed out for my alone-loop walk.
It was cute too. When I came back from his walk & was heading out for mine, he knew what I was doing & he tried to get excited like he does when we are getting ready to walk, just his excitement was very excited. So I told him (yes, I talk to my dog) that he can't go on this one and he watched me leave, but there he was at the door to greet me when I returned!
Here is a picture of Buddy. His eyes look evil from the flash, but he's a big lover dog!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Last week a sparkbuddy needed some motivation to get back on the workout path. So I challenged her to get in at least 30 minutes of fitness that day. She took me up on it and to my surprise so did two other buddies! I'm so proud of them for taking me up on it!! High five girls!
So that brings me to this blog. I mentioned that maybe I'd offer a challenge up for this week and I seemed to have some buddies interested so I thought why not. I could use the extra kick in the pants too! I've been accumulating my minutes, but not as much as I could be or at that high of an intensity! Maybe my challenges will help me and some others along the way!
Here are a couple of challenges. Feel free to pick one or give all of them a try! Just let me know if you'll take me up on my challenge. Then (on this blog) by the end of the week let me know what you challenged yourself to & how it went!! You have from today until Sunday to complete it! You can do it!!!
Go for it!! You can do it!!
Challenge 1 ~ Fitness Minutes Pledge
Pledge how many minues you'd like to accumulate this week and work toward that goal.
Challenge 2 ~ Avoiding the scale
If you are a weigh yourself everyday person, take the week off and pick 1 day and weigh-in on that day!
Challenge 3 ~ New meal challenge
I hate fixing/eating the same thing over and over again. So to avoid boredom I try to fix a new meal every week for my family. This challenge is to pick a new meal and give it a try! Check out the SP Recipes, they have lots of good ones out there just waiting for you to try! I recommend the Broiled Tilapia Parmesan. It is very yummy ~ if you like fish that is!
Challenge 4 ~ Hydrate & Fuel that body
We all have the problem of getting in our water and those important fruits/veggies everyday. For this challenge, pick an amount of each you'd like to get in everyday. I usually aim for at least 64 oz of water a day and 3 fruits/veggies. I do okay on the water, but sometimes lack in the fruits/veggie area. Am I alone on that?
Challenge 5 ~ New activity or visit an old one
For this challenge, pick a new activity or maybe even an old one you haven't done in a while and give it a try. I find I get bored doing the same routine over and over again, if you're like me maybe you need to add in a new one. Or maybe there is a walking path you've been wanting to try & haven't done it yet, well here is your chance ~ go for it!!
All right, there you have it! Five challenges for the week ~ Which one(s) will you choose?
Here is to a successful week !
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Thankfully this weekend I was ready for!
Saturday~ I began the day with a quick, brisk walk (as I had planned) with my old faithful walking buddy, Bailey. My 13 year old mut-dog! We got in the house just in time, then the rain let loose. It rained from then on, all day! Since it was a rainy day here in MI, my girls and I took advantage of the day and went shopping. I am proud to say I made a small purchase for myself. I bought a new shirt, a size smaller and it fits me perfectly. All of that arm work is starting to show! Woo~hoo! Well, after shopping I was too tired to come home & fix dinner, we went to dinner at Pizza Hut. I know, what on earth was I thinking! But, I ordered a personal pan veggie lover's pizza, came home and I still had 101 calories left in my day. I was craving something sweet, so I ate a fruit roll-up. I still ended the day within range!! So it is possible to eat out & stay within your limits!
Sunday~We headed off to church where I worked with the 4 year olds today. During large group, they had us moving & dancing, I felt like I got a bit of a workout after I was done in there! They had a little celebration for families today with the bounce castle & slide after church and some grilled hot dogs. So I splurged and ate a dog with bun. Then I had some for filling, healthy things when I returned home. Off to go boating we went. We were enjoying the ends of our good boating days. After a few quick turns, we were all soaked. My DH has way too much fun on his speed boat. I'm not much of a fan, but I go anyway!
We returned home to a wonderful roast cooking in the slow cooker with tons of veggies. I got in a walk with my buddy dog, 34 minutes, before dinner. The day ended with only 2 calories to spare...2 yikes! I guess I should have skipped that extra glass of wine!
All in all, I had a good weekend and stayed active & in ranges!! Woo~hoo! Tomorrow morning is weigh-in, so we shall see.
Tomorrow brings a new day and new challenges!
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