Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This morning I got up like every morning and low and behold. I had gone to bed without laying out my workout clothes or deciding on my workout dvd beforehand. So, as it happens, things didn't go as planned. I didn't get up on time, I lay in bed a little longer than normal. When I did get up, I had to search for my clothes. Then I headed for the coffeepot, This I did do last night, so just had to turn it on,yay!
I went down stairs and planned on starting my exercise on the computer with a little sparkpeople Coach Nicole dvd. Nope! Computer decided to reek havoc with my routine! I ended up wasting a lot of time trying to get the internet up and finally gave up and went for the 30 Day Shred. It had been awhile so I hurriedly popped it in and did the first level. I was pleasantly surprised I flew through it! I have been trying to increase my ST time, so after the 25 mins I was done. I had run out of time as well. So if you fail to plan, then you most definitely plan to fail.
I have a lot of Sparkbuddie comment on how I always have a plan, and this is why.
If I don't plan, its doesn't happen, just doesn't! I do feel grateful that I did have an option and so although things didn't go the way I wanted them to go, I did get in some exercise.
On a different note, I have been basically maintaining my weigh between 146-150ish for the last year. I had decided it was time to get my finances in order. This has been on my mind a lot lately so first things first.
For years my husband and I had been lamenting the fact that we just didn't have enough. Not enough money to do all the things that needed to be done. Sometimes we just barely had enough to keep the roof over our heads and pay the bills ( and not always on time!)
Now we both have jobs. We are both smart people. I would say we were in the middle class, probably the lower half, but still. Probably make more than a lot of people and not so much we aren't continually humbled.
Anyway, I digress. We have both known couples with similar incomes who have done so much better than us financially. I just kept thinking we were missing something. We didn't go out to eat a lot, we didn't buy extravagant things. We could barely go on vacation and then it was something fairly inexpensive like camping. Well, we had missed something.
We had not figured out how to manage our money. How could we both be well educated and make an ok income and still not have anything to show for it? So for the last few months we have talked a lot about finding someone who could help us manage our money better.
It finally started clicking for me when a dear friend had her home foreclosed on. This friend comes from a very wealthy family and I thought her parents had taught her all the secrets that I had not learned, all the things Robert Kiyosaki talks about in his Rich Dad, Poor Dad books. But apparently she was a poor manager of her money as well. She said she was going to take a look at Dave Ramsey's program.
For years I have heard that name and had never really taken a look at his program. I mentioned it to my husband and we subscribed to his daily podcast/radio show. Just listening to a few minutes of his show has really shed some light on all of our financial wows.
I took a quick look at his website yesterday and he had a section outlined on there called Babysteps. After looking it over, it dawned on my. I had plenty of money to get my finances in order. Especially if someone with a similar income had gotten out of debt and paid off their home within two years! i had heard of the Latte Factor years ago and had been living a frugal lifestyle so that really wasn't the problem. I just needed to focus on one thing at a time and whittle away at this mountain of debt one piece at a time. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. My mountain of debt had become the elephant in the room!
After deliberating with my husband on the best way to eat this elephant, I found some money in various spots. I had put extra money in our W4 in anticipation of paying taxes. This year we received a return, so that money isn't needed there. The next spot was my savings. Yes, I still think I needed savings, but I tend to dip into it every month so its really not a savings. Its just in another account. I found this money and it was in plain view the whole time! Next, I am going to apply it to my credit cards and all my little medical bills so I should be able to pay it all off by the end of the year! Yay!
This has been really hard for me to write and lay it all out there. It is embarrassing to have debt and not be able to pay your bills but it feels good to finally be on the right path. I can tell this time, just like with my weight loss, it will stick. No more unnecessary debt. I need to treat this like I did my weight loss process. With deliberation and determination. It is true once you get your weight under control, the rest of your life seems to fall into place. It takes hard work and dedication. Just like it takes hard work and dedication to lose the weight and to keep it off in the long run.
Good Luck to you,my spark friends in finding your path on this lifelong journey! Paige
Monday, October 04, 2010
Yay, my cold is gone! I was pretty active over the weekend. Saturday was a beautiful day and my husband and I went down to the track early and walked 2 miles with the dogs, then I ran the last mile. We stayed busy all day but mainly relaxed and had fun.
We purchased some fun season passes that are being promoted locally~ The Pass of All Passes. You get a season pass for the local water park, two local mini golf/arcade type centers, a season pass to our local Owls baseball team ( minor league) and a season pass to our local D league basketball team ( The Utah Flash). It was a great deal we couldn't pass up and the whole family gets to enjoy it. It doesn't hurt that the Events Center and baseball field where most of the games are going to be help are within a few miles of our home.
It was a beautiful day Sunday. I had wanted to get in a hike on Saturday or Sunday but the hubby had decided to get in some work this weekend so it was a no go.
After church, I did take my girls to the Provo River Parkway Trail and go for a bike ride. It wasn't too long, about 2.5 miles. We have had bikes for years but haven't been using them. My eldest daughter just got a new bike for her birthday so she wanted to go out and get in some riding. My younger girl hasn't ridden a bike for a while so I had to do some finagaling and some quick fixing of her bike. I pumped the tires, adjusted the seat and had her take it for a spin. She said it was ok, so I loaded all of the bikes into the car and off we went ( while hubby went to the office.)
We arrived at the mouth of the Canyon at Canyon View Park. there are several little parks up and down the Parkway so it is easy to take a quick little trip without feeling you have to do the whole trail. I told the older daughter to go ahead and we would catch up but to wait at the next park for us. ( Canyon Glenn).
The younger daughter and I started out and everything was going fine until she got tired. She is 11. She is pretty big for 11. I really feel her bike is too small for her. Her legs were pedalling very quickly but she wasn't making much progress. I asked her if she thought she could ride my bike ( she has tried it out at home. It was a little big for her but I thought she could make it work). We were very close to the Canyon Glenn Park and I figured I could walk the rest of the way.
As I started out walking her bike I thought maybe I could give it a try. It was obviously too small but I tried it anyway. Imagine a grown woman of 5'6' riding a child's bike. Can you say circus clown? But amazingly the bike held my weight and I didn't pop the tires,LOL!
Elder daughter had made it to the park and back and was ready to head back so I told the girls to go ahead and I would catch up. I was actually very surprised. Even though the bike ride wasn't very long, I sure got a workout in pumping that little bike( and the ride back was mainly downhill)! I am sure I looked like a complete dork but you know what? It was actually really fun. We had a great time as a family and I had a blast! Where there is a will, there is a way!
Next weekend I am planning another girls day out. We are going to hit the mall for some See's candy ( I have been promising my daughter she can try one of their amazing suckers, a memory for me from my childhood), then we are hitting the dollar movie ( Ramona and Beezuz) and on Saturday we are all going for haircuts. I love girl's day out with my kiddos. We have a good time and enjoy each other's company.
I know its just Monday but do you have any plans for the coming weekend?
Keep Sparking, Paige
Thursday, September 23, 2010
UGh! Needless to say I was less than pleased with the scale today.
I need to remind myself that the scale is just feedback. Unfortunately I don't like the feedback!! What can I do about it? Change it!!
I will be the first to admit that I am a lazy tracker when it comes to tracking my food but I think when I do track that I am pretty accurate. I could be better but I have never been a perfect tracker over the course of the last 3-4 years on this weight loss journey.
I am just so fustrated that these 5 lbs that I found won't get lost again!! I have been pretty diligent about exercise. I have tried to watch what I have been eating, but it just won't go away. And I don't really like the way my clothes are fitting.
I have been pretty good at maintaining my goal weight over the last year, but over the course of the summer these dratted 5 lbs snuck up on me and now they are an unwelcome guest on my rear-end. And you know what? It took me a while to figure out where they were hiding. I was measuring and everything seemed to be about the same except my waiste. Now my waiste is back to normal but my pants still feel tight. So since I can't really see behind me I figured they sneaked up on me from behind, quite literally!
So I guess I need to evaluate what I have been doing and what I have been eating and do some adjustments.
1. I have been working out as much as I can. I do circuit training with a dvd on Monday and Wednesday morning and Zumba on Monday and Wednesday night. On Tuesday and Thursday I get in my run of 1-3 miles and Friday I have been slacking off a little, so I will add a full 40 min workout on Friday mornings. I also try and run at least 4 miles on Saturday morning and sometimes Sunday is a day of rest ( sometimes it isn't, it is usually just an active day, no planned exercise). So I get in about 5-6 hrs of exercise ( that I count) a week. I am not counting the lawn mowing, the walks to my husbands office or the mile long lunch time walks as these are just what I am used to. Not sure how I can add more. One of the reasons I added running is because it burns more cals in a shorter period of time than walking, which is how I lost the majority of my 70 lbs. I switch things up quite a bit with the circuit training since I get bored easily and today my inner thighs are sore!! Would you do anything different? Any suggestions?
2. After evaluating my workout I think its my nutrition. I am a notorious grazer. I do really well during the day but once I get home I graze before and after dinner. I think this is my downfall, but I do try and watch it and when I catch myself doing it I stop.
I eat clean most of the time. I try and get in enough fiber and protein. I noticed that I haven't been eating enough veggies so have concentrated on this this week. Eating more veggies. I also used to eat a lot of soup and during the summer I stopped. That has worked well for me so I need to get back to it.
I do wonder if part of my problem is that I just passed my 46th birthday. I don't want to blame my slowing metabolism but I am not sure what else to do. I have had a hysterectomy in the last year. I know that the absence of menses means that I need to account for those cals that I am no longer burning, but from all I have read it is only about 500 cals a month, which I try to account for.
I have a friend who is doing a nutrition plan done by a group called Kristi Approved. Kristi is a nutritionist and a personal trainer. She has a whole program worked up and I think after I get back from camping this weekend I will give her eating plan a try. It is what I typically eat anyway, but it is pretty restrictive and I haven't been willing to do it because I don't think I can sustain it for a lifetime but I am willing to try anything to get this extra weight off.
It is a pretty balanced plan with protein and carbs and such. The hardest part for me will be giving up the caffeine. They don't allow any caffeine, but other than that it is doable for a week to try out.
Ok, so what do you think of my plan? Am I off base? What else could I do? Any and all suggestions are appreciated!!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Today was my 6k. I got plenty of sleep last night. I woke at about 6 and laid in bed for another 1/2 hour. For some reason I was dreading doing this run. My last 5K was not pleasant. I was dehydrated and I think the memory was still lingering so I was bound and determined to beat that memory back and make this a good race. So I put on my positive mental attitude and got up.
I got the family up( they were coming to the race and doing a 3k). Had my coffee, aspirin, and oatmeal. As I waited for the rest of the family to get ready I decided to take the dogs on their morning constitutional ( a quick 1 miler around the neighborhood) as a warm up.
We left the house with only a few minutes to spare by the time we got there. I went straight to the start line since we had already pre registered and picked up our packets the night before.
I was a little nervous since there looked like there were a few real pros running this race. I stepped back a little to the side so they could pass when the race started.
As we counted down I readied my ipod and put in my earbuds. Off we went. I had to remind myself to not try and outdo anyone..just go at my own pace and listen to my music and everything would be fine. I kept looking ahead at familiar landmarks to pace myself. This route was close to my house so I was very familiar with it.
Whenever I felt myself starting to panic or think I can't I repeated over and over to myself....you've got this, you've trained for this, you can do this. I easily passed the 1st mile marker and looked forward to the 1/2 way point and the water station as my mouth was getting dry. About 1/2 way through I stopped second guessing and waited for that feeling to come over me. The one where you say to yourself as you are running I can do this forever! It didn't quite hit where I was expecting it to, in fact it didn't hit as I expected at all but as I neared the end of the race, I passed my family doing the 3k and that spurred me on. I looked up at the high school marque as I reached the final .7 of a mile when I saw they time, 8:35. Really? I had set my goal to finish this in 40 mins and I thought I was going to be really close. As I entered the football stadium for the final lap and the finish line I thought I wasn't going to make it. I was really tired and I just wanted to stop running. As I rounded the bend to the finish line I saw the clock. 39:33. Yes! If I pushed it the last hundred yards I would make my goal time! So I gave it my all and ran as fast as I could getting closer and closer to the finish line. I was pretty sure I had made it. I went searching for the rest of my family.
After we found everyone they started posting the times so I went over to check.
I couldn't believe it when I saw the breakdown. I had finished in 39:54: and some seconds! My pace was 10:43 and I came in second in my age category. I also won a nice watch in the after race drawing.
The kids have decided that running 5K's isn't really for them. They like the party afterward but they just can't get excited about running themselves. It is ok. I didn't like running at their age either. I wished I had started this earlier when they were younger to get them used to it. They had a kids 1k which went around the track one time. It was a great experience to see kids in different age categories "racing" each other. The best race was the four to six year olds. They were having such a fun time just running and when they got near the finish line and everyone was cheering they thought nothing the applause was just cus they were so great, not that they had run around the track in under 2 mins!! Seriously, this was the best part of the morning. seeing these little future runners just out to have a good time.
I am glad my husband is going to stick this out with me. I guess instead of it being a family experience it will have to be a couples experience and that is ok with me. Have a great weekend everyone and keep sparking! Paige
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