Monday, February 24, 2014
so I've mentioned to a few of you about #workitout100, I'm thinking this is going to be a big part of my next phase of avoiding the scale and finding motivation in other ways.
I've been following them for a while, but just finally signed up yesterday.
I made a commitment to get some sort of exercise 100 days in a row
and I gotta tell ya, I AM PUMPED.
It all happened in a really cool way.
Like I said, I've been following for a while on facebook and instagram.. yesterday I used the hashtag in one of my pictures and the creator of the movement commented on my picture saying thanks for tagging, but have you signed up yet?
I know she wasn't being mean, but it got me thinking "Wow, she's right.. just got called out, I needed that, better go sign up."
So yesterday was day one for me.
We got all bundled up and tried my heart rate monitor for the first time.
I did have an incentive though, as we were running to my favorite coffee shop downtown.
It was only 2.5 miles round trip, but it was more than enough.. Then I spent the rest of the day cleaning my house like a madman. Being outside gave me some major spring fever and I got a major head start on my spring cleaning.
Remember, fitness doesn't have to be this all out charade.. cleaning and stretching counts. I marked my calendar and I will celebrate 100 days down on June 2nd! Tonight I will head to the gym like I typically do on Mondays, pool has been closed since my first attempt at using it last week and should re-open tomorrow, I think I'll break in my new lifting gloves tonight.
Friday, February 21, 2014
....So I'm gonna shake things up a bit.
My only real goal right now is to hit ONEDERLAND by my 30th birthday at the beginning of July.
As of last week's weigh-in I am 14 lbs away from that..
With all of that being said, I really need to stop focusing on the number the scale shows me.
I will not log my weight until May 9th.
Yes, I am skipping 12 weeks worth of weigh-ins, but I'm going to train HARD.
Mostly because these are on my calendar:
March 15th UWO Shamrock Shuffle 5k
April 26th Neenah Glow Run 5k
May 17th Cellcom 5k
June 14th Bellin 10k
I play mind games.. I always have. In the past I would not take part in anything strenuous that would make my muscles ache near a weigh-in day out of fear that I would be retaining water which would show a higher weight, I don't like that this thought would deter me from doing things that would all in all give me much more results than the gratification of seeing a loss on weigh-in day.
For example.. I pinned on my first bib last weekend at the Freezin for a Reason 5K, I wasn't sore the day off, but I was the next 3 days, which I loved.. I like the burn, but my weight was up and it pissed me off.. Then the light bulb went off!
I NEED A BREAK!
I still have some work to do to figure out my plan of attack, but I am just going to have to put the scale away for now and keep moving!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I took these 2 before pictures April 29th, 2011 never really thinking that I would be taking "the afters".
I recall standing in my kitchen making a base for me to set the camera on so the timer could take the images since I didn't want to tell anyone I was taking "before pictures". I'm wearing my self imposed "mom uniform" in these pictures too which makes me a little embarrassed since I looked like this on a daily basis. I wore this on the way to the hospital to deliver my son and never really took It off until it was time to go back to work. This look consisted of XXL maternity yoga pants and an XXL fleece. Seeing how it looks now compared to what I now look like makes me wonder what other people were thinking of me when they saw me out and about..
Fast forward to February 4th, 2014..
Days of ups and days of downs, but all in all 100pounds less of a person who now feels more whole than ever before.
Swimming in that fleece!!
For a real look at my silhouette I wanted to share these too since as a newbie sparker I was always curious about what the skin situation was like for other losers (Maybe I'll have the guts to show real skin once I'm closer to goal).
I know I will never have skin removal surgery so it is important to me to do what I can to tighten up so if you have any tips please share! I want to focus on losing another 25 pounds by July 5th, but more important that the number I would like to really focus on tightening up everything, mostly my core and bat wings.
I am the proud new owner of this awesome wicking wear (as well as this hot little body )and I gotta tell ya I am so happy I bought it and really pumped to keep using it more before it gets warmer.
In the winter I tend to think about only doing things indoors, but after yesterday I know that being active outside is possible and not as scary as I always imagined. I wore this yesterday while I ran my first 5k with a sparkfriend in real life! She is one of my newest friends on here, but the first that I've met in real life. We met a few months back for a nice introductory walk. She has set some awesome goals for herself in 2014 and I decided to tag along for her February 5k. Things are always better with a friend in my opinion. We walked/ran the 1st annual Freezin' for a Reason 5k and I had a blast. She beat her time from last month by 10 minutes and I got to wear a bib for the first time (My bib number matched our finish time of 49:13)
At the starting line.. already freezing.
At the finish line, after eating a cup of chili
So happy to have found a friend from the area to keep me motivated, all of you have been amazing friends to me! When I go on little spurts of spark inactivity remember that I am still thinking of you and cheering you on. I sneak peeks at my feed almost daily, but finding the time to interact has been taking a backseat, I'm really sorry about that, but know that I am still here even when I'm not.
Pretty sore today, not gonna hide it.. but I like the burn and I'm thirsty for more!
For all of those who want to quit or struggle with self-doubt.. here is a glimpse at my ride as far back as this time last year..
Yes, I took the scenic route, but I never wanted to commit to something that I wasn't going to do for the rest of my life. There were birthday celebrations, holidays, football parties, job changes and ugly times of plain ol' eating my feelings, but I kept going regardless of a gain.
It might not look like success on paper, but it sure does feel like it!
Friday, January 31, 2014
Last week's weigh-in I was 1.6lbs away from 100lbs lost
Today I am 1.2..
I talked all week about it, this is the week that I was gonna finally get to say I lost 100 POUNDS!!
I was as well behaved this past weekend as I could be for my husband's birthday and work holiday party. I got some fitness in and even decided to make a commitment to myself (and others) to participate in lots of different races..
Then last night happened.
It was the perfect storm really..
My dad made a mid-week visit, but had to leave yesterday afternoon while I was still at the office. So my dad, husband and son all went for a late lunch before he had to hit the road. After work hubby tells me they are not hungry for dinner, great-I'll make a huge juice for dinner.
It was amazing.
two heaping handfuls of spinach, 5 strawberries, 1 banana and water. I felt good.
Then baby went to bed and now hubby's tummy is rumbling. So we make a pizza using the 12" ultra thin crusts my company sells and turkey pepperoni (like always) which would have been like a 500 calorie dinner for half the pizza.. but wait! There's just a little bit of pepperoni left so we might as well use up the last crust too, right?
So I find all this random stuff like pesto, minced garlic, italian seasoning, blue cheese.. fiesta blend cheese.. yeah so basically tons of salty stuff.
The pizza's are done, and that random dump pizza is smelling pretty amazing
I eat the whole thing.. only a 12", but way too much salt.
Hey old stale skittles that have been sitting in an open mason jar since we bought them at the movie's a few weeks ago, how you doin'??
Yeah down those, they were not good at all and my jaw hurt while eating them, but I was in blackout binge mode... I was thinking things like "I paid movie theater prices for this candy it will get eaten!"
Those are gone, how about I raid the kid's fruit snack stash..
I fell asleep feeling like I needed to throw up.. I was so stuffed and my mouth was exhausted from eating.
I knew what I was doing
I thought about how unlikely it would be that I would like what the scale would say just 8 hours later..
So at least I am down a tad from last week, .4..
Add insult to injury.. after logging my weight this morning I was informed by that beautiful goal line that not only did I not finally hit 214 making me 100lbs down just 3 months shy of my 3 year sp anniversary, but I also should have been hitting 199 today if I would have showed more restraint in previous weeks as well.
So, I was feeling like a loser today, but that stops now.
I didn't give up the last time, or the time before that so why would I give up now?
Friday's are supposed to be a fun lunch day since the whole office orders together and we eat together. Today we chose Mai's Deli.. I had 2 stuffed chicken wings (stuffed with egg roll innards) which were amazing. I did not have rice, I did not have noodles.
I was good and back on track.
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