Friday, October 12, 2012
I've been on this journey for 29 months... I thought I 'd be done by now... I've been at the same weight since March...
I started looking back through all the trackers. Food, exercise, weight loss, trying to find SOMETHING to help me progress. I didn't lose an ounce this week. Food was good.. True, I missed 2 workouts, but 5 out of 7 isn't bad. But I would think I'd get some kind of loss out of it.
Of course when you start, you lose TONS of weight right away. It wasn't abnormal for me to lose 3-4 pounds a week. Now, I go an entire month without losing 3-4 pounds. Do I eat more, do I eat less, do I workout more or less... It's all a guessing game. I don't care what the numbers are. According to my numbers this week, I should have lost 1.3 pounds. Last week, I should have lost 2.2... You can't predict anything.
After being crabby about it for about 35 seconds, and looking over everything, I jut know I need to be consistent with food and exercise. That's the only thing that's going to help me continue to lose weight. As much as it sucks for not losing any, I know I have to be consistent.
If you look at the big picture though.. I realized that over the last 29 months, I've lost an average of 1.17 pounds per week. I guess I can't complain... It's enough to keep me going anyhow.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
My best friend came to town this weekend to spend some much needed time together and do a 5k on Saturday. We had a fantastic time together this weekend, and this is the second year that we've done the 5k together. It's for woman only and it's a great race to do if it's your first one. It's a completely flat terrain, and it's a nice walk. Last year it was about 50 degrees and very rainy. This year, we lucked out. It was 51 degrees and NOT raining, lol! There were a lot of woman of all shapes and sizes, which is great to see. A lot of them looked liked seasoned runners, but I'm sure some were running their first race. It was a sea of hot pink, and even a few tutus. When did this become race gear?
Here are just a couple of pics...
my friend Rachael, me and Katy, and my BFF Melissa
Katy "warming up" for her 1 mile run
umm, still warming up?!?
And, I would have had a picture of her actually running, except some j@ck a$$ stepped right in front of me as I was about to take her picture.
and, after the race, just to prove everyone survived = )
That's it friends, just a quick post about the 5k!
Thursday, October 04, 2012
It started with my daughter having issues with EVERYTHING this morning. From breakfast, to what she was going to wear, to cross country practice after school. Usually, she acts VERY mature for her age. SO mature, that when she acts like the 7 year old that she is and has a bit of a fit, I just don't know how to handle it. GREAT start to the day, but we got through it.
My one and only co-worker is off on maternity, and it's starting to get to me. I'm a social person, and it's hard not having anyone to talk to all day. The first week or two was fine, I was extremely busy fielding her phone calls and forwarding all of her mail to corporate. Now, her phone has stopped ringing and she gets very little mail. So it's me and my computer all day. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of my own work, but it's lonely. Thank God for Slacker radio, but I'm actually starting to talk out loud to myself. That can't be good.
The bradycardia (that low heart rate thing) has been bothering me today. I've been really tired and my heart has felt fluttery. I went to the doctor, and he said he may need to put me on a monitor for a few days to see what's going on because it doesn't bother me ALL the time. They want to see if there's some kind of pattern as to when this is happening. All of the blood tests and things were normal, so I don't know what we're going to do about this. I'm still being told "it's normal" but there is medication if it continues to be a problem.
To top it all off, I'M STARVING! I don't know if I'm bored, if it's the stress, but seriously, I just want to pour a mixing bowl full of cereal, shredded mini wheat's to be exact, and eat the whole box. AND because of the bradycardia, I can't workout tonight. If I could occupy myself with a workout, I could probably keep my mind off of food. UGH! Sorry team, no workout points from me tonight = ( Can I get points for eating?
And, to round out this craptastic day, tomorrow is weigh in and I'm not optimistic. Sorry this is such a downer, but it's been that kind of day. Tomorrow will be better regardless of the scale. My BFF is coming to town, and we're doing a woman's only 5k on Saturday. Something to look forward to.
Friday, September 28, 2012
So you haven't lost any weight since... well, let's be honest, since June 15. You've been in the 170's since March 9 ... and your lowest weight was 170, ALL the way back in July. WHAT have you been doing? Not a whole lot, huh?!? This entire summer, exercise has been, meh... and there have been a LOT of liberties taken with food... So you think that by being "this way" you're going to get to goal? I don't think so! Do you even want it? It's doesn't seem like it.
Oh, but wait, you say you've gotten "back on track." You've been exercising at least 5 days a week and have reeled in the food monster... well, ok, let's talk about that. You SAY you'll be starting the "Supreme 90" workout on October 1st, and it's a 90 day program, which will take you to the end of the year to finish... that sounds good! THAT means you have to do it EVERY day. No skipping workouts. Not even if you end up with the plague from standing in the rain watching the kids run cross country. Not even on Holidays, when you're "too busy" to do it. NO EXCUSE! The food has always been tracked, good OR bad, but it has to be more good than bad ; )
Ok, so it sounds like you're back on track. Now, how are you going to STAY motivated??? I have a great support system at home and my sparkpeeps! Also, I've joined a new team. It promises a new challenge, with logging your daily calorie burn and a weekly weigh in. Again, all good! So, to jump start the motivation, lets stroll down memory lane, shall we...
Everyone LOVES a good "before" shot! Then to put the icing on the cake (the ONLY cake you'll be having for a while), we'll put your measurements on here too!
December 2009 AGGHHH, I HATE THIS PICTURE!!!
You were wearing a size 28 pants and a 4X shirt and 307 pounds, probably more! You didn't start your journey for another 5 months.
Yes, but you're not THERE now... you will be if you don't get your crap together! Right now, you're here...
Here you are wearing a size 16 jeans and an L shirt at about 175 pounds
May 2012 LOVE this pic!!! Katy and I on our first run together.
Ok, so I've done well, and I have a little ways to go... don't forget the analogy of the hill at camp... it will be hard, but not impossible.
Oh, wait, the measurements... In 2010 when I started, these we're the stats...
waist 60 /// hips 59 /// neck 16 /// thigh 34 /// calf 19 /// upper arm 20 /// with a BMI of 60.1
Right now, this is where I'm at...
waist 34... in 2010, my thighs were as big as my waist is now... that's something to ponder
hips 42 /// neck 12.5 /// thigh 23 /// calf 16 /// upper arm 15 /// with a BMI of 33.7
Ok, so THAT's why I'll be doing Supreme 90... Alright, conversation OVER! It's all there, black and white, get it done!!!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
First, thanks to my amazing friends who read my blog and left encouragement, advice, and some tough love. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the goodies, messages and sparkmail.
While I was at camp this weekend, I had tons of time to reflect on my journey and decide what it is that I want. It's so difficult to find the strength to continue on when you have to fight for every ounce lost. I know a lot of you know how that is. I'm glad to say, I've found my strength. Who knew it was at the TOP of a hill I'd been hiking all summer?!?
I decided to reflect on my life while we were hiking Saturday morning, and we got to the bottom of the hill that takes us back to camp. I stood there looking at this hill, and then I realized this hill represented the last of my journey. It's not a terribly long hill, but it's steep. Steep enough that you could lose your breath just by walking up it fast enough. My kids and husband were a little ways back, Katy LOVES to pick flowers, and I just up and started to run up this hill. Halfway up I felt like I had to stop. I have't run in a month, let alone uphill. But I heard my kids yelling, "keep going mommy! Way to go mommy!" They are all the strength I need. I made it to the top, out of breath for sure, but I made it. I didn't quit, and I didn't die! I realized at the top of the hill that I WILL finish this.
I'm going to shift my focus from losing weight, to REALLY toning my body. I not a fan of strength training, but I know I have to do it. Instead of doing cardio 6 days a week and strength training ZERO... I'm going to get back to running and going out for a REALLY GOOD run 3 days a week, and do some EXCELLENT strength training the other 3 days. I've always felt so bogged down when I was trying to do both on the same day. It always gave me a reason to skip one or the other (usually the ST). That's not to say that if I feel good, I can't do some cardio on an ST day.
As for the food, I know how to eat right, I just need to stick with food I plan. I do a meal plan for the week every Sunday. There is NO reason why I can't stay on plan, I've just been finding excuses not to. NO MORE! I also need to get my water flowing again. I was drinking almost a gallon a day, but lately, it's barely been 5-6 glasses.
Finally, I need to stop dwelling on the "goal weight" and focus on the fact that I'm SO much happier and healthier. I'm also pretty damn pleased with the way I look ; ) I need to remember this and know that if I'm doing the right things, sticking with exercise and good foods, it will all fall into place. I know I'll get into those size 8 jeans... that have been hanging on the back on my bedroom door for 2 YEARS... it just may not be this year. I also know that I'll have tons of support even if it takes me ANOTHER 2 years to get there.
Alright sparkpeeps, tomorrow is DAY 1... IT'S ON!!!
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