Monday, May 18, 2009
I stole counting days from my sister Kristen. I think it is a good way to track how you are progressing (she also doesn't have to think of a title-she uses the day!). So, last week I spent alot of time in my own little restorative valley (figuratively speaking) and now it is time to start hiking toward my summit again. For me the summit is a loss of more than 100 pounds and being much, much fitter. This is the hike of a lifetime. It is like scaling Mount Everest. But, one step, one day, one bite at a time I will get there. I have been given the tools I need and the supply of additional tools is endless. I have a sister, who very frankly speaking, is the most awesome sister on the planet (sorry to all of you with sisters, but mine is the best). I have Sparkfriends and SparkTeams that rock!! I have had a nice rest and now I have made some serious new goals. My 40th is just around the corner and I want to lose 10 pounds before the big day. More would be nice, but not realistic or even that healthy and I still want to be realistic about my goals. My oldest will be graduating Kindergarten in 3 1/2 weeks. I want to be able to wear my favorite pants I haven't worn for over a year to his graduation (and have them look good-I could wear them now, but it isn't very pretty). I am looking at losing about 6-8 pounds in that time frame. I am aiming for 6 and 8 would be an awesome surprise. Before I enter my 41st year I want to do a 10K (okay so maybe I can be a little into year 41, because doing a 10K in the summertime here-nah don't wanna go that far). Wow, first time I ever even mentioned that one outside of my own head. All you sparkers were the first to find out!! I have done 5K walks and I have always envied those who were going the extra 3 miles. It is time to rock and roll!!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Our community's pool is OPEN!! WhooHoo! Husband took the kids yesterday while I did that horrible job of cleaning the girls' room (I got it done!!). Today we all get to go!! Yippee. Now if Daughter #1 would end her day long temper tantrum all would be right in the world. I am so looking forward to doing some of my exercise in the nice cool water. It is hot, hot, hot here in So.Cal. Especially here inland where we are. Can't wait....Update! We did go swimming. My husband decided he didn't want to get in so I was occupied giving Daughter #1 piggy back rides across the pool and watching son "learn" how to swim. So, I didn't get to do any laps or anything like that, but what I did was LOTS of squats and lunges while walking across the shallow end and several times I really made use of my core when I lost my balance. Thanks to the water factor I was able to engage my core and remain standing and gradually regain my balance through concentration and effort. Normally, I would have to quickly adjust my footing or move out of position to regain balance, but the water allowed me to use my core to remain in position and not fall over. I love pool workouts and will be scouring every magazine and web resource for new ideas on how to get my workout in the pool. I love our pool because there is a regular old swimming pool with a shallow and deep end, but right next to that pool is a little 1.5 foot deep wading pool and the girls usually play in that one while son comes with me and stays in the shallow end of the other pool. This lets me stay at one end and keep an eye on the girls and still do some type of workout. It is even better if husband is swimming too, then we take turns keeping an eye on the kids and I can get some laps in. I can already feel the muscles in my shoulders telling me they got a workout and I think that I will feel a little tighness in my legs tomorrow after all the squats and lunges.
After our little swim I showered off and instead of putting on the outfit I had ready (same fat pants I wear all the time) I took a chance in trying on my favorite pants. I haven't been able to wear these pants in over a year. I have been afraid to try them on in case they still wouldn't budge over my super sized hips! As I slid them on I could tell that YES they would go over my hips, would they zip??? YES! I am not quite ready to wear them-I have about 5-10 pounds before they will look good (not pull and bunch in all the wrong places). But, I have my new motivation, my reason to exercise, my new short-term goal. Wear my pants! And as an incentive to the goal, when I am able to wear my favorite pants again I will burn the fat pants I am wearing now!!!! (We are going camping the end of June-I would be more than happy to throw them in the fire ring!) Happy Weekend everybody.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I have been such a slacker ALL week. I am sooo tired, and it seems like all my motivation has left for an early vacation. I have pretty much written off the entire week. Well, I know I have got to get back on the wagon, I can't just keep going like this or that 15 pounds will evaporate! I have been able to at least maintain that and I have been pretty good about eating if nothing else. I ate a little too much pizza last night, but it was another one of my homemade pizzas. This time it was B.B.Q Chicken. I made a whole wheat crust this time and it was good! I used a ton of green pepper and onion and cooked it on my baking stone to make the crust crispy. Yum, yum...I don't think we will buy pizza out anymore. I love being able to control what goes on top and knowing exactly what I am ingesting. Okay...so I am thinking today is the day I get back on track but I am going to have to work REALLY hard on the motivation factor today.
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