Friday, September 16, 2011
About one year ago I started changing my lifestyle towards a clean and healthy diet combined with regular exercise. I learned a lot about nutrition and training and created new healthy habits for myself. I got a lot happier and stronger and although I was facing 6 months without my husband by my side for support, I managed to not fall of the wagon too often. I lost weight and kept it off. Well....I gained a little bit back but not all of it as I have not gone back to my old ways. Sometimes I just happen to enjoy a few treats to many here and there....
I also managed to start my own business at the time which was challenging without my husband around for encouragement.
I joined Sparkpeople in the new year and found the extra support I needed to stick to my diet, exercise and positive attitude to create my best self I can for the return of my husband and make him proud. He loved the results I greeted him with when he got back from Afganistan. We went on an amazing holiday of a lifetime and while on vacation and after the trip, we stuck to our (I got him inspired too) healthy ways. Throughout the summer I got better and better at running, finished a half marathon and then wanted more and more and more.......... which in the end was too much too soon and I got burned out.
I lost the spark for running, comforted myself with chocolate and as you know, the downward spiral began. I managed to catch myself before falling too deep and had to realise that I am a work in progress and that means I have to keep working on myself. ALWAYS! I am so much an ALL-OR-NOTHING person which explains why I tend to give up when I hit a wall.
There is no reason I can not take it easy for a while. I don't need to improve ALL THE TIME, especially not the way I was going. It's just not possible. The important thing is to stick with it, try again, accept a bad day, a bad run and a desert too many. And then move on and be proud of what I achieved so far, not what I haven't achieved yet. I can still beat my personal best next month, run a marathon next year or the year after.... it doesn't have to happen right now. Setting goals is great but I need to learn to not overdue it.
This is why I am back, ready to go again. Moving on.......... tracking food again, tracking exercise again and asking for support. Progress not perfection! I am ready to progress again. Please catch me when I stumble before I fall again.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Hi everyone, it's been a while I know but I have great news regarding my running/fitness journey. I have been absent from SP a bit lately but that doesn't mean I have been lazy, eating lots of crap or have gone back to my old ways. NO, I have just been busy with work and working out. I have been running and eating well and topped it all up with a bit of strength training and today I conquered a milestone I had set for myself by running the distance of a half marathon. I had planned to run one in June but then could not do it because I had to go to Germany instead and celebrate my friends wedding, eat great food, cake and drink booze instead. Come on, would you have stayed at home and ran a race instead??? Be honest.
The next opportunity to run a half marathon race won't be until October now which is a bit long so I asked my soldier husband to take me instead. I have been building up distance and pace for the past weeks and today was the day to run the actual distance. I was so proud of myself to have run the distance in 2hrs 4min. My goal for the race in October will be to run it in under 2 hours.
To commit to training, healthy eating and further goal setting and accomplishing them I decided to start writing a blog to hold me accountable.
I am already writing a sewing blog (which I am sure you are not too interested in here) but if you find the time please stop by for encouragement, introduce yourself and let me know if you are out there on the bloggersphere as well.
I hope you are all doing well with your weight loss journeys, fitness goals and life.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Week one was a success all the way through. I am feeling great and I am enjoying working out and running again.
Lets review my goals for the week and how well I did at achieving them.
Goal 1; 30DS every day and 3/4k run
I did much better than that. My body felt like it wanted to do more than just the 3/4 k run.
Monday and Tuesday: I did the 30DS level 2 and ran about 4k each day
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: I did 30DS level 3 and ran for about 1 hour/10k
Saturday I did 30DS level 3 and ran about 6k
Friday was a restday as I was cleaning my whole house top to bottom so I thought I can get away with it.
I think I can be proud of myself for over-achieving. I am feeling great and fitness-wise I feel as good as I felt before the holiday. What wonders a little kick in the butt can do.
I have not been tracking my food as I tend to get a little obsessive about sticking to a certain number of calories. I try to do intuitive eating and eat when hungry and stop when full. I am also eating fairly clean again and cut out all processed foods and sugar and alcohol.
I did eat out last night with my husband and had a pint of cider, I confess but I only had a main, no starter or desert, stuck to just one pint of cider and the rest of the day I had salad, fruits and 2 whole meal, high protein blueberry pancakes. All in moderation....works for me.
The plan for this week is:
Exercise Mon-Fri strength and cardio, trying to keep up with last weeks amount of exercise
Mon-Fri eat clean
I will take the weekend off from exercise as I am flying out to Germany for a friend's wedding (hence the need for quick results getting back into shape) While travelling I will try and eat as healthy and clean as possible, Saturday night I will indulge a little and also have a few drinks, Sunday I will try and not kick into hangover-stuff-the-face-mode but pick my foods as thoughtfully again as possible. This should not cause too much damage and sabotage my diet/exercise program.
What are your plans this week?
Sunday, March 27, 2011
I took a few days off Sparkpeople as I had a very busy week and spend far too much time on this site.
I felt like I needed to relax my calorie counting a bit as I was always hungry so I decided to do some intuitive eating as I am eating super healthy anyways. I felt much better, had less cravings and no urge to binge. I am exercising a lot and I don't have an awful lot of weight to lose anymore which means it's more about toning my body now so I think I don't need to restrict my calories too much.
I think I did eat more on the days I wasn't counting but I didn't gain any weight and I didn't gain any inches back. I am getting stronger and more toned thanks to the strength training I am doing and the running does the rest.
I think I will maintain my weight for a while now and eat more calories and of course work out. I am doing so much running and strength training now that I doubt, I will put on weight by eating 1800-2000 kcal a day depending on my workouts. I probably still loose weight because I am burning more than that but it'll happen very slowly.
I might not reach my goal weight before my husband gets home but I don't stress about it. I am sure my body figure out if it wants to go there or not. It's a number on the scale that doesn't mean an awful lot if I am not looking at my body measurements and the way I am feeling physically and mentally at the same time. At the moment I am feeling fit, healthy and strong. Food is what fuels my body throughout the day and something I enjoy with friends here and there. I eat very balanced and clean and I exercise a lot, so my body needs the energy.
I have finally found a half marathon I want to run in June in Southend (Essex) so I have a goal to work towards. I am sure with all the training I am doing for it, I won't pile on the kilos again and maybe the last 4 kilos will drop in the meantime. If not 28inch waist and 37 inch hips, size UK 10 (US8) is not bad and I can live with that for now.
It's not easy for me to try and relax my diet a bit but I feel I have to do it right now.
Sometimes things just take a little bit longer than expected but It's about the journey, not the destination, right?
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