Thursday, March 20, 2014
I've been thinking a lot lately about what I need to motivate me and stick with my eating and exercise habits. Others talk about rewards when they get to certain goals, but I have a hard time creating those rewards for myself. It is similar to when I get asked what I want for my birthday or for Christmas - I always have a hard time coming up with an answer. I have things I like to do: I like to read and I like to stamp and make cards, but no one likes the "gift card to Amazon" answer that I give them. So, this is like asking myself what I want for my reward - I don't have a good answer. I get books for my Kindle no matter what. My husband came up with two great rewards for large goals: if I get to 145 then I can have a $250 shopping spree with Athleta (my new favorite clothing store) and when I get to my goal of 125, it will be a $500 shopping spree. Those are great, but I feel like I need smaller rewards along the way.
I do have some answers as for some new goals. The first one is where the title of this blog comes in. It is that time of year again for my twice a year physical test with the military. I have to weigh in (and under a certain amount) then do push ups, sit ups and swim. There are other cardio options too - run or do the elliptical, but I have always chosen to swim. I love swimming and it comes pretty naturally to me. I have a hard time making the time required in the run, where I can make the time on the swim pretty easily with out any practice. This year I have the goal to make an "excellent" score. I don't think I've done that in my 13 years since I was in Officer Candidate School. To do that, I need to do at least 78 sit ups and 34 push ups. I almost always make the "excellent" score in swimming - so I'm not as worried about that. The sit ups and push ups (especially sit ups) are my weakness. So that is where I will concentrate.
I also gave myself a goal of losing 15 pounds by the weigh in. It isn't a requirement - I could pass the weigh in right now; although barely (I'm at the cut off). But it is a way to have a smaller goal for myself. Weigh in is 15 May, so I have 9 weeks. I think it is a pretty realistic goal. If I make this goal, I will also be the lowest weight that I've ever been during my time in the military. I was 144 during OCS. This will make me 143. Here's hoping!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I made it through the weekend - and a long holiday weekend at that! I broke out the Wii Fit again and did at least 30 minutes of workout Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. I think this will become my weekend routine, as my gym doesn't open until 0900 on weekends and holidays, and I'm usually into our weekend schedule by that point.
Next up: getting through our vacation continuing the streak. We are headed to Disneyland / LA. Although I know I can count the days we are in the parks by just the fact that I'm walking all around the park, I'm worried about the other days. I'm going to take my workout stuff and try to get myself to go to the hotel gyms (hopefully first thing in the morning like I do during the work week).
I also signed up for a Run or Dye race in the middle of February. So that is extra motivation to keep working out - I don't want to start over in getting ready for that 5K just before the race!
10 down... 90 to go!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Well, the holidays got me. It started at Thanksgiving when my parents visited. Keeping busy with showing them around and interacting with the family gave me the perfect excuse to not work out. And it just went downhill from there. I gained back the 5 pounds I had lost between then and after the New Year. So, here I am... starting over once again.
A good friend of my started a goal of 100 Days of Fitness. I decided to join her, so I have completed Day 3! I know what my hard time is going to be: the weekend. I've been really good since getting off my holiday vacation at going in to the gym at 0600, before work. It's getting myself to do something on the weekend that will be difficult. Plus, we are going to DisneyLand at the end of the month. Now, I figure walking around the park will count for the three days we have park passes, but I'll have to work hard to come up with my fitness for the other days of the vacation. I also plan on signing up for a Run or Dye 5K in February and am looking forward to that. I hear they are a lot of fun.
I did as for and get a FITBIT FLEX for Christmas, so I'm really excited about that. I'm not sure how accurate the steps are - I have to wear it on my dominant hand and even though I've set that in the settings, I can still see my steps going up when I'm not really going anywhere. Still, I enjoy tracking my step goals and I have it integrated with SparkPeople, so it is just another tool for me to use and have fun with. :-)
So, bottom line, I will not beat myself up on the holidays, and will go from here. 100 Days of Fitness - here I come! :-)
Thursday, November 07, 2013
I joined Sparkpeople about 4 or 5 years ago (I'm sure it tells me somewhere when I joined, but I can't remember right now). I wrote down what I ate, I worked out and I sort of peeked in message boards.
Then I had to move overseas and stopped doing everything.
About a year and half later - I logged on again. I started over with my goals. I started over with my streaks. I wrote down what I ate, I worked out and I still only sort of peeked at message boards. I did join a few communities - but didn't post a bunch.
And then we moved back to the States and I deployed. Once again, my use of Sparkpeople stopped.
While deployed I started running and found I enjoyed it. I wrote down what I ate in a journal and over the 8 months I lost 20 pounds. It's easy to remember to work out when you are confined to a ship and you only have about 4 places to go - your room, your work place, food, or to work out. The ship organized a few 5Ks and a 10K. I ran the 10K in 1:15! I was feeling good.
And then I came home.
It was good to be home. It was wonderful to see my husband and kids. It was great to be surrounded by all my favorite food that doesn't exist on the ship. I stopped running or working out at all because I didn't want to be away from my family during the day longer than I had to. I had already missed 8 months of the kids' daily activities. I didn't want to miss any more.
I gained back 10 pounds.
I realized I needed to find a balance. I needed to get back into writing down what I ate. I needed something I could use to keep me motivated to work out. I was starting to get upset and frustrated with my body and myself again. So, I've come back to Sparkpeople.
For the last 4 weeks, it's been just like all the other times. I track my food. I track my workouts. I read a community board or two, but I don't really post. I read articles. I've started reading blogs. Today I read one and it got me thinking. What else can I do to motivate myself and make this a better journey? One that I will actually stick to? I've never blogged before - but this member suggested it. So, I think I'll try it. I don't know how often I'll get a note on here - but my goal will be at least once a week. I want to try. Maybe this will be another way I can change my outlook. Here's to my third time being the charm!
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