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UNDERwhelm yourself.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

So. I've been successfully losing. I'm not bragging. Or not trying to. I'm just being matter of fact.

However, I keep getting frustrated. Not enough to quit, but I sometimes feel I've been doing this FOREVER and getting no results. NONE of this is true. I've been doing it ALMOST 2 months. That isn't long at all!!! I'm getting GREAT results! My stomach is smaller and more tone, my calves and arms are more tone, and things are shrinking. THAT IS GREAT! (I would give a pound amount, but I don't weigh myself, I find I get too discouraged).

So, I read this blog by Heidi Powell yesterday. It said that the committment, the promise to yourself is the most important part of the journey of weight loss. That you don't make goals that you might not be able to achieve, but instead set smaller goals and keep going.

So here is mine. I'm going to lose 1 pound. Or 1 more pound. OR I am going to eat right TODAY. I know that 1 pound will lead to more and today will lead to tomorrow, so that is great, but I think that this might help me get my focus on my fitness and OFF the end result. I hate getting overwhelmed with my total loss I have to get to and losing my momentum. I'm not doing that any more!!!

So UNDERwhelm yourself. Make a smaller goal and get your mind off the end game and just set a goal for the day or week or month. Just take a breath. You CAN do this.

  
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FORZACHANDMATT 8/20/2014 12:30PM

    Love this - that's the spirit and the right way

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JLAMING263 8/20/2014 10:58AM

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Love you... love me... love my body

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I've read some people saying that they are struggling with the loving their body situation.

I've been there. Heck, I AM there. I don't love my body. I accept it. I love things it is capable of, like the fact that it carried and nourished a child, and so much more. However, I don't love the way it looks entirely. I don't have a problem with flaws, I just don't love the size that it is. I'm okay with it, I understand that I'm working on it.

Loving me... my hubs. Oh my word, he is so amazing and supportive. I'm not trying to brag, I just was so happy, because last week, he said that my bum was getting smaller, and yesterday he was proud of my dedication. He's just been so full of compliments, and I can't imagine doing this without his support!!! He's always supported me, but the comments about how proud he is of me for getting up and getting going, and that he doesn't think anyone else we know works this hard... he is just amazing.

I know that I can make this work. I know that I can. I'm glad of how I feel.

Can't wait for more. And more progress!

  
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POCKETFULOFSUN 8/20/2014 8:20AM

    Good job DH! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/19/2014 8:33PM

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LJOYCE55 8/19/2014 1:50PM

  Keep up the great job.

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EMMACORY 8/19/2014 1:37PM

    You have a great attitude! So happy your DH is so supportive. Blessings on your journey to a healthy lifestyle! emoticon

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EVERYTHING works

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It is funny. I read a blog entry the other day about how SP could be keeping people fat by teaching acceptance of size. I don't agree, but I did like the point. I think ANYONE can make anything fit into what they believe. Which is why I thought of this when I was working out this morning.

EVERYTHING works.

If you want to make a lifestyle change and to low-carb forever, it will work, if you do it.

If you want to just do low impact exercises forever, they will work, if you do it.

It doesn't matter if you go balls to the wall with a crazy program, or start training for marathons, or just start by walking your dog, it is the doing something that is key.

You see, if you are exhausted, it is okay to rest. If you don't feel like going gung-ho and doing a more low-key workout, that is totally okay! Just keep going!!!

What I am trying to do is realize that I don't always have to kill myself trying, I just need to try, to work, to push myself, yes, but to keep going. I don't have to be perfect, I just have to DO.

Now, I'm not saying that fad diets or easy workouts are the way to go.

What I am saying is that if your workout pushes you, but isn't as intense as what someone else is doing, who cares? Push yourself, yes, but don't kill yourself trying.

Fad diets, don't necessarily last, but if you find something that you can stick with, then who cares if it is low carb, low fat, paleo, or intuitive eating? Just find something that you know that you can stick with and you'll be fine. Obviously you have to make smart choices, but don't stress. Heck if Atkins works at first and then you switch to a more everything in moderation approach, that is fine too. Just find what works for you.

I guess I'm just trying to lose, yes, and yet, I want to be healthy, and fit, and just not stress about all these things. It is way more fun and enjoyable that way.

  
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POCKETFULOFSUN 8/14/2014 12:32PM

    Yes!! In-fact if we are doing what we enjoy we might do it more often. On a suffering scale of 1 being cozy and 10 being torture, I like to work out at about 5-7, and pain is subjective after all.
A 5 today could be a 9 tomorrow and vice versa

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SUE5007 8/13/2014 1:38PM

    emoticon I totally agree.

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Once in a blue moon

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Guess what I have at home. A box. In that box are single serve OREOS, CHIPS AHOY and Nutter Butters. WHY? Why on earth would I have that in my house?

I have a teen and a toddler. The teen eats that stuff (she isn't biologically mine, so I didn't have a hand in her eating the junk as a kid) The toddler IS mine, but I give her that stuff once in a blue moon. I want her learning that treats are okay on occasion, but that it isn't okay daily.

Here is the other kind of awesome thing going on.

I haven't eaten a tiny bit. Not even thinking it. I'm doing really good on this no sugar kick. I'm hoping the body of mine will detox and I can break this addiction, or at least, HELP to stop it.

I'm hoping that after enough of the time goes by on my detox, I will be able to enjoy these things ONCE IN A BLUE MOON. Or more often, once a month or so. But I also know that is likely it. if I have things more often, I will likely be back where I started.

I just really want to stick with it and teach my kid healthy habits. And also, lose weight.

  
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BA5454 8/12/2014 9:04PM

    You're doing great on the no sugar kick and an inspiration to me to get started again--thanks much!

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IRP1114 8/12/2014 6:41PM

    You will get there soon enough! Congrats on the victories at the moment. You are doing a great job. Taking care of you and your little ones. emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/12/2014 4:28PM

    Good for you - we do the same thing and it's hard

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Continued bad decisions

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ugh.

Why am I here? Because SP is the only site that works for me to stay motivated to lose this weight.

Okay, first, let me clarify, I haven't made any bad decisions LATELY, I've been doing great, but I wouldn't necessarily be here if it weren't for my constant temptations and bad decisions. Okay, I would be here, but not in the weight/shape I am in!!!

Someone posted in the message boards about sugar addiction. I have that in spades. I'm the kind of addict that will hide it too. If I have the stuff, the nasty, but oh so delicious nectar of, well, likely satan, I will have more and more and more until for lunch I'm having a pint of ice cream and 3 cupcakes. I'm not joking.

So, I cut it out. I'm hoping I can enjoy my sugary treats at Christmas. I would like to learn to control myself so that I can carry on the beautiful traditions in my family of baking christmas cookies and having fun with my kid. I have fond memories of it. But I really need to re-learn it!!!!!!

I have learned the longer I stay away from it, the worse it tastes to me. So, I should be able to control myself more and more.

I just want to stay away from the bad decisions, and then start making the good ones, or continue to make them

I've got my workout on, my eating on, I just really want to make it this time. To stick with it.

At least I've got my plan.

  
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SUE5007 8/12/2014 12:26PM

    Good luck to you! emoticon Sugar is hard to overcome! Seems like every couple of weeks I have to check myself and consciously back off the carbs/sweets because I'm slowly eating more and more.

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CARADAWN 8/12/2014 11:22AM

    I am horrible with sugar too! It is so exteremly addictive and I know once I start eating it during the day that I will crave it ALL DAY LONG. I have gone without dessert for 30 days and it was amazing but then I added it back in, slowly at first, and my addiction is back. I try to stick to the rule I can only eat dessert if I make it but that doesn't always work (the cookies at Whole Foods just call my name). I wish you luck in your sugar free quest - let me know what works for you and maybe I can adapt some of it to help with my sugar addiction. emoticon

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BEEANDHAM 8/11/2014 4:13PM

    Look into mindful eating and healthy substitutions! Once I stopped eating so much processed foods i.e. sugar, anything else tastes super sweet to me now. A little honey on some greek yogurt or agave on my protein pancakes really satisfies the sweet tooth. And have you heard of cookie dough greek yogurt? best "cheat" ever because it's pretty healthy!

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