Saturday, July 09, 2011
Looking at my stickers my first reaction was glim. I had 16 days left of my six week personal challenge and 11 days to "make up". Usually my 1st reaction is to give up and eventually fizzle out and eventually start over.
I stared at the stickers as if in thought, waiting for the answer to magically appear when I think, all the while it was right there. It's the same advice I give my girls when they start to slack off at schoolwork or their room. "do it right the first time or double the time to correct it"
"......double the time to correct it......."
Today I started to slack off a bit. I made it a point that no matter what I was going to work out and keep those stickers on my wall. My biggest "downfall" I notice are on weekend or whenever hubby is home. Not sure why but there it is...right in front of me. Crazy stickers of mine...holding all the answers! LOL
So, midnight workout was in order (well, kinda right before, but I still call it that after 10pm)
Burn it up AND as my double up Jillian Michael's Shred. Yup. I took the little heart stickers and put it on a "missed" day. Tomorrow....I'm going to do the same thing.
My biggest goal right now is to build a habit...to actually say "I finished it". I'm getting closer and I think I've definately gone past my 3 week faded fizzled mark. Thank goodness! That means, I'm in the "hey, this might really be possible" mode.
That means "hey, I'm really DOING this" mode!
That means I gotta stay forcused or else mode!
Here's an interesting tidbit. When I first started Slim in 6 Start it Up (basic) I was like "oh man, I'm never gonna get this" I was falling all over and oh so very sore the next few days. Now, here I am doing Burn it Up and not only can I do it, but I can FINISH it....I find myself doing 30 pushups with ease (they are modified, but I couldn't do 10 when I started)...I did level one of Shred and thought "um, this is too easy I didn't even break a sweat"
So, although I don't appear different to me as I stand in front of a mirror, I FEEL different. I feel stronger. I feel more energized.
I can't go to bed without exercising some sort. My legs actually give me grief and I have to stretch before I crash.
I am finding that I run more with ease...like I can control my breathing .... I used to jog a bit and sound like an Popeye on helium.
I am finding that my tastebuds are actually craving more of what I need then what I want...or at least I appear to be noticing it more.
I'm finiding I really want this. It's almost an obsession, but I really really want this. So much that I'm signing up for runs and ordering DVDs and loving the water like I love Starbucks.
a little kudos for me: My sister in law came over for dinner and she says "Corinna, have you lost weight cuz I see it in your face and your upper belly" I almost fell over. I told her "you and my oldest are the only ones who have said ANYTHING!1 You have totally made my day!"
THAT makes me want to keep going!!
okay, so it's past midnight and my mind is frazzled....I know being healthy involves sleep...so I guess I'll set my alarm for um...8ish and do another round of Burn it...maybe get in a run if it's cooler...
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Everywhere I look I see words of widsom and encouragement. "The scale doesn't define you" it says "a number is just a number" another one says and they are both absolutely right.
so, why the number? Every day I get up and I strip my clothes off (if there were any on...) and I pee and I get on the scale. Everyone has an opinion on daily scale weighing and that's okay. There are times when I'm frustrated, sure...BUT
I do it because everyday I see more than that "number".
That morning ritual (to me) sets the tone. No matter WHAT that number is I have set the tone to think about it...to own my body. When the numbers go down it motivates me to KEEP going and if it goes up it motivates me to GET going. So either ways I'm setting the tone for the day.
It also helps me with a ritual. I do the morning scale, then I get the coffee (and water) I Spark and get mentally pumped. Then...I take control of the remote. No tele for anyone til momma gets her jiggle on!!
So many times since I began Spark have I been great out of the gate only to peeter out within weeks of givig it everything. Then I see a pic of me and internally bawl and start over. It's a vicious cycle.
So, clearly I'm a visual person. and I think I've finally found what "works for me" (another frequent thing I'm reading lately....I love that we all connect!! LOL)
What works for me:
**my morning ritual. Even on busy days I know to get up and think about it...get on the scale and motivate me to make time for me.
**stickers. Oh yeah...I find myself getting VERY upset that a sticker isn't on my chart. I have a couple make up days from camping, but you know what? There will be a sticker there.
**determination/prioritization. As Yoove's would say "life is a VERB" her newest "your actions define you.." it's true. My family knows I am serious because I work out in front of them (to whereas at first I was too embarrassed!!) I AM the "fat girl running down the street" but, I am running and it FEELS GOOOOOOOOD!!
**Sparkfriends. I had no idea how important this simple step was. I know I'm doing this all on m own, but I'm not doing it ALONE. I like that. I like that I have friends in Philly, NewYork, Vermont, Canada, Ohio, Texas and right in my backyard all with the same fears, questions, motivations, and desires. I like that Spark feels private even though it's so open. I LOVE knowing that when I'm done working out, like my stickers, it's also being logged in so my minutes can grow! I LOVE seeing before and after pics (way to go MommY!!!!) I love seeing pool pics and vacations and running/walking pics! (like the ones up the Rocky Stairs...awesome!!)
All these things keep me focused...and that's what I was missing before.
anyhows...I have to go pick up my daughter. I just thought I'd stop by and I dunnno... share my numbers :o)
here's another one.
1330. That's how many calories to burn in a week.
I gots this.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I SAID I was going to run while my daughter was at marching band today. As caffienne hadn't fueled the brain yet at that time Irealized as I was driving her that I was in nice capris and a shirt. Not running material. Noooo problem, as long as I get in a morning run before the heat right?
It was about 9:30 when I got out the door and I was super pleased with myself. I was listening to Suz's podcast for Week 2 of C25 (very good by the way) and Kate Perry's "Fireworks" was filling my mind when something plagued me, like a little naggin voice.
It was really really REALLY warm outside at 9:30. I kept going and by the 4th 90 second interval of running I was feeling it. My legs began to accumulate lead in them but I kept pushing. My body kept trying to anchor towards shade while my mind kept trying to figure out why there were none. By the time the sixth 90 second interval of running came around I was feeling slightly nauseated but kept pushing on. At this point my mouth was dry and I was wishing there was a way to fit a water bottle in my bra.
When I got home after 30 minutes I looked at the temp in the car. 98 degrees.....at 10am. Are you for freaking real??
turns out it's going to be 106 today...I hate being broke...otherwise there would be a doughboy sitting on the back patio with my happy arse floatin in it.
I went and picked up my daughter and treated the girls to McD's Strawberry Lemonaide. I didn't get one. Not my bag baby.
This left me with one other frog to eat. My Slim in 6 Burn it Up. Oh yea. the hour long torture of every exercise I've ever hated in life. . . . the squats, the lunges, the situps, push-ups, the leg lifts...UGH the leg lifts! I know tho....I WILL complete this round of Burn it. I will complete the six weeks!! Just to say "I did that". So, I stole the tele from the girls and made a deal with myself.
Finish this today and you can have a cookie.
Don't judge me. It's a good cookie. (40 calories)
Finish this week and try Hip Hop Abs on Sat for a variety.
That actually sounds appealing.
So I did
and there are two more stickers on my calendar (one for running, one for Burn it)
and.... I had a cookie.
It was a damn good cookie :o)
courtesy of my daughter
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
and I huffed and I puffed and I blew myself right down!
Hubs took the day off today and normally I would use this as an excuse not to work out. I don't know why that didn't happen today. Is it my motivation to do better? Is it because I want this so badly? Is it because I'm crazy? eh, maybe all of the above. I told him that just because it was his day off that I had to allocate an hour of the day to workout...somehow sometime.
WARNING: LIST OF PRODUCTIVE HOUSEWIFELY GODDESS DUTIES ENCLOSED...IF THIS IS NOT YOUR BAG BABY GO TO PARAGRAPH 3!!
Sooo, while hubby relaxed his day off I got up and drank my coffee, checked Spark, did 4 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, vacuumed the floors, let the bird out (damn bird), cleaned the fridge, washed 3 cars (with help), put the laundry away, got dinner stuff made, decided and made oatmeal cocoa no bake drops and wa-la...it was seven pm
By now, here it was 90 degrees in the house and I knew I wasn't going to run..I didn't fret it. I ate my dinner, did more dishes and downloaded some new podcast to my iPod for my run tomorrow. I have to take my daughter to her new High School 7am tomorrow for band practice and while she does that I will run (with my new bootielicious music!!)
But, as for today...yup
Hubby went to bed around 9 after I kicked his bootie on Wii bowling and I claimed the tele for an hour.
I burned it up.
I, for some reason, didn't use my iPod for music and worried that come 30 minutes into it I was going to be panting and gasping and needing a ten minute break. Although I worked up a sweat (90 degrees perhaps?) I didn't push so hard I burnt OUT. It was a good "relaxing" workout if that makes sense? So, although my cardio says 600 for calories, I'm guessing it was a 400 burn. It was one of the fastest hours yet. I don't know if it was because there was no music, or if because I was getting used to it, or because I did this at night...it just felt nice. Kind of like the run the other day....Maybe it's because once again, it was just my hour. My hour with my own thoughts and my own body pushing..., It's a sticker...and my smiley is on my Monday!!
okay, so it's 20 minutes to midnight and I'm not sure, but I know I'm tired, which means my blog is probabaly more of a ramble and that's okay...cuz ya know what?
I gots 3 points.
Goodnight and see ya in Sparkville :o)
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