Sunday, January 16, 2011
Today was a much better day. I started the day with 35 min. on the treadmill and the leg tolerated it pretty well. It isn't as fast or with as much incline as it was before the surgery, but it's better than last week so that's progress!
It is my son's 22nd bday and the first one that we aren't together. He is in AZ, attending school, and I'm in IA. He got my package in the mail and the neighbors were having a BBQ so I was glad of that.
I've stayed on my nutrition plan today and will work hard to continue to do so. We have meetings all day tomorrow and I have my snacks packed. We will go out for lunch, but I'll choose something that works. I'm planning to do cardio before work because I'm getting my hair cut and colored after work. I'm looking forward to making a change to my cut. Nothing drastic, but a change nonetheless. I made food for lunches and dinners for the week so that's all set.
One thing I've realized is that I've been busy for so many years raising 3 kids as a single mom, getting my masters, teaching full time, hauling them to all their various activities, and taking care of a home I tend to not do well now that I have more free time in my life. Don't get me wrong, I always have things I can be doing around the house or for my classroom, but I don't want to be doing that ALL the time. That's when I find myself wandering around and mindlessly eating. When I was working on my vision board the other night I realized how much I've missed scrapbooking (probably not very exciting to some). Prepping a house to sell, moving and getting married didn't leave me much time for things like that. I'm going to work on getting through some more things in our basement and get my supplies out so I can start working on my books again. It's a great way to keep my hands busy. You can't eat when you're doing that.
All in all I'm feeling refocused and ready to make progress again.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I had surgery on my leg almost 2 weeks ago and haven't been able to do any ST, intervals, etc. I am only allowed to walk and even that was painful. My goal was to keep my nutrition clean the past 2 weeks and do what cardio I could. I had some good nutrition days and did some cardio, but I also had many days when I didn't follow my plan. I think in the back of my mind I was waiting for the all clear from the dr. to do my full program. I struggle with "waiting for everything to be right" (like that will ever happen) before I get going with my workouts. I used the surgery as one more excuse to not get going already.
I woke up in a not so great mood today and really had to fight the negative self talk. Truth be told, the negative talk won. I ran some errands, shopped a little, and spent some time with my son. After I got home I started working on a new vision collage. I've had the same one up for over 2 yrs. and it's been leaning against a wall since we moved. Got that done and wrote out some goals.
When my hubby called tonight I told him that I HAVE to get back on track and of course he told me "you're not fat, you look great". He's always very supportive so I went on to explain that I really appreciate that he feels that way, but I HATE (I know, don't use that word) the way I look and feel right now. So, he offered to support me however he can. Unfortunately, that won't involve him and the kids taking the junk food out of the house, but I'm used to that. He does a lot of the cooking and I told him the best way he can support me is to make what he wants for he and the kids, but to not be hurt if I eat something else. He said that was fine and he understood. Of course, he then said maybe we can rent a movie tomorrow and that light micro popcorn was ok for me wasn't it? Now, I have nothing against popcorn, in fact, I'm a fan, but he doesn't get the whole carb/protein combo I'm trying to achieve. One small step at a time.
One thing I realized today is when I lost the weight the first time we were dating, but I lived in my own home and had more control over my time and environment. Enough of losing 2 lbs, gaining it back, etc. It's time to make some real progress and that means taking back some control of me and asking for what I need. This is hard for me and is an area I'll be focusing on this year. The rest will come together if I conquer that goal.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Goals for 2011:
-lose 30 lbs. (give or take, depending on how I look and bodyfat)
-bodyfat at 16-18%
-lower cholesterol back to under 190 by June (recheck)
-get consistent with exercise again (that is improving)
-fit back into all the clothes I bought when I lost the weight before
-log at least 12,ooo fitness min. this year
-do things I want to do, not necessarily what everyone else thinks I should do
-speak up! instead of just letting things go (at work and in my personal life)
I had vein surgery on my leg Wed. and am only allowed to walk for 2 weeks. I can't do ST or do any high impact cardio. I've been on the treadmill a couple times and it's very slow going, but it's something. My focus for these 2 weeks is to stick with my nutrition plan and do some type of cardio at least 6 days each week. It's a good time to work on getting consistent again with nutrition and cardio.
Friday, December 31, 2010
I saw part of the Kennedy Center Honors show the other night. Sidney Portier was honoring Oprah and he was talking about how little she had growing up. He went on to say that what she did have was already within her and it has gotten her to where she is today. All of us are the same. We have within us what we need to get healthy. Does it mean the journey is easy and that every day will be easy? Of course not, or we wouldn't be here. We all have the ability to get rid of excuses, just do it when we don't want to, prioritize our time, and put ourselves on the to do list. I need to follow my own advice and I plan to work hard to do just that in 2011. My wish for all my spark friends is that you commit to a healthy lifestyle in the coming year. It won't look the same for all of us, but we can help each other along the way.
I ran across this very cool You Tube video today. Very inspiring. Happy New Year!
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