Tuesday, January 08, 2013
A Little Bit About Me:
Age I turned this year: 28
Favorites From 2012:
Color: for clothing, mostly browns, in general pink!
Food: tomato caprese
Activity: Well, I didn't do a whole lot this year, but I discovered that I love hiking in the AZ desert mountains!
Book: anything James Patterson
Highlights From This Past Year:
Greatest Lesson Learned: Stop comparing yourself now to who you were in the past. You are a different person and being hard on yourself doesn't help with anything!
Hardest thing of the year: preparing for the LSAT and finalizing law school applications, saying goodbye to John Koha, an amazing musician and friend
Favorite Memory: Meeting my 2nd god child and meeting my best friend's first born
What I Loved Most about the last year: Spending more time than ever with my hubby now that he is no longer involved in band that plays every single weekend.
Looking forward to Next Year:
Want to Learn: to love myself for who I am
Want to Get Better At: not punishing myself when I slip-up and make mistakes
Biggest Goal: become certified to teach yoga
New Years Reflection Questions:
What was the single Best Thing that happened this past year? Getting accepted into law school
What was the single Most Challenging Thing that happened this past year? Trying unsuccessfully to lose weight
What was an Unexpected Joy this past year? Finding a lasting friendship with our neighbors of the past 5 years, whom up until this year we didn't spend much/if any time with!
What was an Unexpected Obstacle this past year? Infertility problems
Pick 3 Words to Describe this past year? Love, family, friends
Without asking them, what 3 Words would your (spouse/partner/friend) pick to describe this past
year? Stress, waiting, hope
What were the Best Books You Read this past year? Dan Brown's Deception Point
With whom were your Most Valuable Relationships this past year? Andy, and our 2 new best friends, Scott and Jami
What was your Biggest Personal Change this past year?Learning to love myself, mistakes and all.
In what way(s) did you Grow Emotionally this past year? I no longer allow people who are negative to have an influence in my life
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
1.) Run the Walker 1/2 marathon in September
2.) Increase my flexibility to be able to straddle stretch with my head to the ground
3.) Lower my BMI to the healthy range
4.) Reach my goal weight of 150 pounds
1.) Participate in strength training classes 3x/week
2.) Participate in yoga classes 2x/week
3.) Run/walk at least 3 miles 3x/week, building up to 1/2 marathon goal by 9/2012
Weight loss rewards:
195- New work socks
190- spa facial
185- spa pedicure
180- new workout outfit
175- spa manicure
170- hair color treatment
165- new pair of jeans
160- new pair of strappy sandals
155- new 2 piece VS bikini
150- family portrait photo session
Other goal rewards:
1 month streak of class workouts completed: new kindle book
3 miles ran without walking: Sirius radio subscription
9 miles run/walk: Baily button Ugg boots
12 miles ran/walk: Book a spring break vacation
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
So I desperately need to get back into the running groove and I have absolutely no idea where I should begin. I haven't run since last summer so I know that my endurance is gone. Anyone have any suggestions? Anyone done any of the C25k programs out there? It seems like such a daunting task, starting over from scratch when I used to be able to run at least 4 miles no problem :-(
But I WILL get started again, I want to run a 1/2 marathon in September so I have something to work towards!
Monday, December 08, 2008
As per my buddy's challenge for me today, How did my personal goal make me feel differently about my body? Before I get to answering the question, I'm going to give a little back-story.
About 2 years ago I looked at myself in a mirror and realized I didn't even know who I was anymore. I avoided pictures, and dressing rooms (Hello? Full-length mirrors?!?! Hell no!) and really avoided going anywhere aside from school and work. I had unknowingly completely altered my lifestyle avoid situations that would make me feel fat, and in turn I would gain more weight because I never had to deal with the problem.
It was actually my brother that got me to see that I really needed to do something about myself. I don't even think he knows my success is due to him...Long story short, when he was 15 (and I was 240+lbs) he broke his hip. Basically the ball of his hip split down the middle right at the growth plate. He has always been an athletic kid (the injury even happened during football practice) and now the doctors were telling him he may never be able to run again and he should know that he would probably have an artificial hip by age 30-35. Here I was, lazy as could be with all of the ability to be active but I wasn't. There he was, wanting so desperately to be active and do what all the other kids his age were doing but he couldn't. I decided right then and there to make the change to change my life. I had been taking myself for granted (I won't be young forever!) and it had to stop. I took a long look at my body and decided to make the lifestyle change to stop complaining and start doing something about my HUGE problem. I set a major goal for myself, to go from 240lbs to 150lbs.
To think about losing 90lbs is really mind numbing, and for the first 6 months nothing really happened for me. I would yo-yo up and down, never really accomplishing anything. I began setting smaller personal goals, after each one was achieved I would make a new one. Now I'm down to 169.5...that's over 70 lbs GONE!!
Before losing the weight, I would be constantly down on myself. Saying things like 'You're such a loser" or "you'll never amount to anything" At times I even believed that the only reason my now husband was still dating me was out of pity, and obligation because we owned a house together. (Not true AT ALL) Now when I look at myself, even though I'm far from perfect I have this huge sense of pride and accomplishment. When I workout I feel like a machine. I lift more weight with my legs than most guys at my gym! Nothing better than seeing a ripped guy's jaw drop to the floor when he sees my lifts!
What's even better than how I feel about my body, is how I feel about myself on the inside. I'm not a nobody, so I will never treat myself like one ever again! I know that if I can lose 70lbs, I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to, like losing these last 20lbs!! LOL. I've even enrolled in college again to finish my education because I BELIEVE in myself, something I haven't felt in a long time. I set big goals for myself because I know I have the ability to achieve anything. It may take some time (it took close to 2 years to get me here) but I know in the long run I can do it.
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