Sunday, March 03, 2013
Happy Sunday to all
I had a great day yesterday with family and friends. I didn't get much exercise in and I had a big dinner with friends but I was still happy because it was a good day. So much could have gone wrong and it didn't .
So I'm not sure why I was in a funk this morning. I was one with the couch. I'm three months into maintenance and I was slipping so I got mad at myself and sat still even longer.
About 10:00, I finally got up to walk the dog. It was about 28 degrees but it was very sunny so it was a good walk. When I got home, I felt energized and thought about running outside, something I haven't done since November.
That 40-degree day in November, I couldn't run the two miles I had worked up to so I joined a gym to keep running inside during the winter and to get ready for the St. Patrick's Day 5K. I hate to say, it's been frustrating. My time has not improved. I signed up with a trainer for strength training and yet my running time has not improved! I keep blaming it on the humidity in the building. I barely get started and I'm a sweaty mess.
So today after walking the dog, without over-thinking it, I pulled out the cold-weather running clothes and got out there. The first five minutes, I was saying bad words in my head about this being a dumb idea. I kept complaining in my head that I was freezing and that I'm not going to make it.
To my surprise, I felt lighter on my feet and ran longer before needing a walking break. The 28-degree cold did not bother my chest as bad as it did on that 40-degree day in November. The songs on my running playlist helped spur me on when after two miles, I was starting to give up.
As I was getting closer to home, I kept telling myself I was going to have to pass my house up to reach three miles, just a few houses I kept telling myself, it will be okay, just a few houses and I'll be done, I'm almost there. As I got to my driveway, I heard the coach on Map My Run app announce I had reached three miles in 33 minutes, not sure how many seconds. I got tears in my eyes and the biggest smile on my face, did a little dance into the driveway. Back in November, it took me 34 to 38 minutes.
I realized today that I am stronger than I thought I was, that I am improving and getting stronger every day. All of those workouts and bad running times, were important. Any moving, any activity is better than sitting on the couch. Tomorrow is another chance to continue on the path I started!
To anyone still reading this blog, please do not ever give up! Never think your workouts are not accomplishing anything, even when they are hard to get through. Never stop eating healthy even if you have an off day and down a whole bag of chips and dip, followed by a pint of ice cream.
Everything is cumulative, each step builds on another. Never stop taking one more step in the right direction. If you have run way off course, take a small step to get back on the right track, then take another and then take another and tell yourself this is a good thing, it is not pointless.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
On August 24, 2012, I got back on SparkPeople for the second time. I hit my goal weight on November 24, 2012. Maybe my lucky number should be 24!
It's a small victory but I'll take it. I have lost weight several times over the last 20 years but the minute I was able to buy smaller sized clothes or someone complimented me, BAM! The scale inched up again. So keeping my weight down for three months is a bit of an achievement for me!
Thanks to my spark friend Sususuzzi, I joined the group At Goal And Maintaining + Transitioning to Maintanance. They are a great group of people that really keep me focused. I also belong to the 1 Day Challenge team. Mkate88 is great at leading a challenge each day. Today I joined the SparkPeople Four Week Stress Busting Challenge. I've come a long way but still need to get a handle on managing stress.
It seems that there are so many gizmos and plans on the market to help you lose weight but not so much in the area of maintainance. So many ads out there.... "look at me in my bikini or size four jeans after two months." so much focus on getting skinny, not so much on overall health and wellness.
On SparkPeople, there is so much education and support AND IT'S FREE. It's not just about a number on a scale. I am constantly inspired by the blogs I read. There are so many people out there facing more difficult challenges than I do and they are making themselves healthy and changing their mindsets.
It's nice being more slender than I used to be but what I love more....
I can run up the 40+ stairs to my car every day after work and feel ok
I can run 5Ks when I never used to be able to run half a block
I can do 20 push-ups on my toes when 10 used to be a struggle on my knees
I can do a full plank for 60 seconds
I am beginning to see muscle definition in my arms
Making healthy food choices, eating smaller portions has become easier
This is the stuff that really makes me feel good about myself, more so than my size. I want to have strong muscles as I age and I want to live life as I age instead of living from one doctor's appointment or hospital visit to the next.
Here's to three more months of maintenance!
Sunday, February 17, 2013
I've been lazy the last couple weeks. I've been slacking off logging my food. I've been getting workouts in but it's been a struggle, I've really had to drag myself to the gym or popping in a video. This is where I start to falter after I lose weight.
After an argument in my head, I started getting ready for the gym. I realized I hadn't done laundry in a few days.....no clean workout clothes. UGH! forget it, I thought, I'm too tired anyway. But I had just posted on SP that I was doing this so I had to figure it out.
I pulled on a pair of thin spandex/polyester pants I wear under my jeans when I ride my motorcycle in chili weather, an old ugly Tshirt and sorry to admit, a sports bra that was less than fresh. Seriously, I wasn't going to go there to hug anyone. I COULD NOT BELIEVE I was going out in public like this!
I got there later than I usually do and sure enough, all treadmills were full. AAACK! I almost went home. Instead I went into the weight machine room and killed time doing some upper body work. I tried some new machines I haven't used before which felt good.
Finally, a free treadmill! I caught a glimpse of myself in those pants I normally wouldn't be caught dead in and hey, not as bad as I thought. Not good mind you but not noticeably horrendous. Gave me a little more umph on the treadmill.
Today, I watched Safe House with my husband and felt a nap coming on. I pushed myself off the couch, bundled up and took the dog for a 15minute walk, then did the deck of cards workout I saw on Biggest Loser. You assign an exercise to each suit and then one by one, flip the cards over and perform that exercise however many times the number shows. It took me 15 sweaty minutes to get through the deck, then I jumped on my elliptical for 20 minutes.
I have to remember this post-workout feeling. This week will be TOM so I'm in for a challenging week.
I hope everyone had a positive day today!
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