Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I have joined Sparkgirl32's Challenge and it requires me to blog the mini challenges every other day. So enjoy :)
My Goals for the 30 Day Challenge:
Nutrition - Stay in my calorie range on the weekends / drink atleast 10 cups of water on weekends
Fitness - Continue to run 3x a week for atleast 30 minutes
Motivation - Organize my room/clothes and get rid of the clothes I won't wear anymore / Chalene 30 Day Challenge with Sparkgirl32
MINI-CHALLENGE #1, Part A Description:
Today's challenge is pretty simple. I am trying to get a lot more into goal visualization. Throughout this whole journey I keep hearing how important it is to visualize where you'll be when you reach your goals to keep you motivated. FINALLY, I tried to give it a shot (which was hard, because I always found it sort of cheesy)! I must say, it has really helped me. For this reason, I want to share a quick exercise with you!
Ideally, where you want to be in 10 years? Some questions to consider answering (you can pick and choose): How old will you be? How do you want to feel? What do you want to have accomplished? Where do you want to be living? Who do you want to be living with? What do you want your relationships to be like? What do you want to physically look like? What do you want to be doing for your career? What healthy habits do you want to be engaging in? What current habits that you participate in do you want to give up? You can go into as little or as much detail as you want. Of course, in my opinion, the more detail you go into..the more beneficial it will be
Hmmm in 10 years I will be 34. Yikes! (That scares me!) I want to feel accomplished and as motivated as I am today. I always had all these plans for myself when I was younger and for some reason chose 25 as this "magic age" that I would get married, buy a house, etc. Yeeeaaahhh NO! So Hopefully by 34 I will be married. No, I WILL be married. I want to have 2 children. Not sure where I will be living, maybe I will be down south (ideally, that is where I feel like I should be, CT is tooooo cold for me!) but either way it doesn't matter to me. I'm really good with money so I know it is possible. I should of went into finance :) I want to look like a MILF ;) haha, no really I do! I would like to look similar to the 24 year old me, and definitely keep up the exercise and eating healthy. I would ideally like to still be running/working out as religiously as I am now. I would like to be a elementary school teacher (not a substitute, interventionist, long term sub, etc.) And most importantly, I want my mom (my bff) to be healthy and as active as she is now.
MINI-CHALLENGE #1, Part B Description: If nothing were to change from today/you didn't make the changes necessary to get to where you want to be in 10 years...where will you end up?
I'm not sure where I would end up. That is a tough question! I know I'm going in the right direction though, whatever it is I am doing ;)
Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 1 Description:
What are your values? Whatís most important to you? What do you want people to know you for? What do you want people to remember you by? What are the guiding principles in your life? Family? Faith? Is it work? Success? Your passion? Your hobby? What are the things that really feel like a calling for you
My Answer: I value respect, trust, family and real friends. I am so blessed to have such a supportive family, a mother that would hand me the world if she could, and a bf to put up with my sh*% LOL! Success and working hard is important to me. My parents gave me a wonderful life because they worked hard and I would like to be able to do the same for my children one day. I have always been goal oriented and set attainable standards for myself. I don't stop until I get there. (I'm a stubborn LEO!) My passion is teaching. My job is so rewarding and knowing that I am making a difference in a child's life puts a smile on my face. I don't think there is any other job out there that I would be as happy doing.
* 1 POSITIVE thing I did today: Went to the bank this morning and deposited money instead of procrastinating for weeks like I would normally do. I also ran 3 miles outside.
* 1 Thing I am GRATEFUL FOR: Such supportive coworkers and family. It means more to me than you think!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
So it's been a while since I have written a blog. I even received an encouraging message from a Spark friend telling me to. It is nice to know that SP has such motivating, caring people on it. =)
Anyhow, I am almost 4 months into SP, and down about 31ish pounds. I have come a loooong way since January (when I joined). I used to go to the gym and "hide" myself on the Elliptical machine for 45 minutes, not venture out into the ST equipment, maybe go tanning and leave. I was soo embarrassed about how I looked and didn't really want anyone to 'see me'.
Now I walk around like I own the place. LOL! Just kiddddding...
I have gained SO MUCH confidence in the last 4 months and minus 30ish pounds. I started the C25K Challenge 8 weeks ago (and for those of you looking to start running, I totally recommend this program!) and I am now able to run 2.5 miles (about a 10:20 min/mile) NONSTOP! And I am no snail either! HAAH! I love it! I try to now run 3x a week to build up my endurance so I can eventually build up my time. And I am honestly starting to love running! I love the way I sweat.feel.hurt the next day! =) I also stopped sabotaging myself on the weekends, well kind of, and I am trying to stay in my calorie range on the weekends (that is when it is a problem for me because I feel like I "earned" cheat meals..) and I also am trying to incorporate exercise in my weekend schedule too. Mon-Fri I am great! Weekends are a struggle for me but I am getting better!
Biggest Loser ends at my school in 5 weeks...EEEEK! I really want to win! I weigh in tomorrow so I will find out if I am still in the lead. (Keep your fingers crossed!) SHOW ME THE MONEY =)
So that is just a little update on me. :) Hope all of my Sparkies are doing well. Keep in touch! xoxo
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Today was like any other day at the gym. I left work around 3:45 and headed right to the gym. Except when I got there and I was changing I realized my poor decisions for a gym "top" this morning. It was either a super wrinkly, oversized white t-shirt (Nahhhhh. I mean I certainly don't dress up for the gym but wrinkly isn't so cute either.)
a blank tank top, pretty loose-fitting actually. -- due to the lack of clean laundry. Obvi I need to kick it up a notch and follow through with m GTL.--
So I chose the tank top. Hmmm not sure if I liked this choice either.
Off I was, to the Elliptical to do my first half hour of cardio. BOYYYYYYY was I self-conscious. Like more than I've ever been! [It was probably in my head]but I felt like EVERYONE was looking at me. I mean I am there every day but usually in just a regular tee. Once I finished cardio I went to do Abs/Arms. I looked at myself in the mirror while during arms and I was sooooooo insecure about my arms for some reason. I definitely did not like what I saw in the mirror. I would really like them to be more defined and I feel like they are never getting there! URG! It really bothered me that I felt this way. I mean I don't normally obsess over them, and some of you are probably reading this rolling your eyes and thinking I am petty. But I thought about it for my WHOLE WORKOUT! Like, WTF?! Arms?! Really!!? When I was younger I wasn't this self conscious, so why am I soo much now? It irks me.
Lesson Learned: Do not wear tank tops to the gym, you are not ready for that step.
******Sparkies: Is there a certain body part that you are insecure about? Please share so I don't feel completely foolish.
PS This is me after the gym today, just so you can visualize.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Ok sooooo, it has been about 2 months (3/26) on the SPARK and I am still keeping up with it (that is a good thing). I am down 19 lbs since January and probably some inches (I never measured but can tell from the way my clothes fit). I track my food and fitness on a daily basis even between two jobs and going to the gym 4x a week and coming home dead tired! I have 'met' some of the most motivational people on here and I know that is what keeps me going....I love reading peoples' stories especially when they are around my size, it makes me feel like "ok I can definitely do this!" or "omg I cant wait to look like that". I have (for the most part) great will power when it comes to "cheating" because I know how bad I want this....for my clothes, the summer and my confidence. I love when people at work comment and say how great I am looking or that you can notice I have lost weight..(another motivation to keep going). My goal by mid-June is to lose another 20-30 lbs.
(sorry I am going to be Negative Nancy right now...)
I have done this whole weight loss thing before, in fact more than once. One time just being on a gym kick and going thru a break up and the other time doing Weight Watchers. I have lost 30 pounds before, which to me is a significant amount of weight. But who is to say this is *the time* I will KEEP it off. I don't want to put gain it back...duhh who would right?! I feel like it always happens, no matter what. I either lose interest in the gym or dont have/make time for it or start eating what I want and not accounting for how much of what I am eating, and come winter I automatically get fatter..(hmm perhaps bc I dont have to show off skin?)
All I know is this is it. I am [almost] 25 years old. I am sick of not being able to take pictures in a bikini or feeling insecure in summer attire. It is now or never. I know I can do this, I just don't want to lose the motivation and once all the weight is lost, I DEFINITELY dont want to gain it back. Does anyone have any suggestions about this uneasy feeling I am having?! How am I sure that this is the last time I am going to lost weight and KEEP it off?
Thanks Sparkies for letting me vent. Enjoy your weekend!
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