Tuesday, August 21, 2012
My Mom was supposed to go with me to Zumba, but she was too tired. I was a little nervous about going by myself! I usually get nervous at new things. Even though I was new, I knew no one would judge me but I still was worried I wouldn't be able to complete the hour routine. I wasn't sure if I should eat before or after class - so I decided to do both! I ate a sweet potato before I left & then made egg whites & veggies when I got home. The church was only 5 minutes away, which is part of why I wanted to do it. (There aren't any good gyms close by to where I am living.) So I parked and followed three older ladies into the church basement. The instructor was very nice and upbeat. Her & her Mom teach the class, which was neat. I could have gotten a 5-class card at a discount, but I just paid for the one class for now. She told me it takes a few classes to get used to the routines & as long as I had a smile and had fun, it didn't matter if I messed up. There were about 25 people there which was nice. There was music on already which helped get me pumped up a little bit.
I am glad I brought two bottles of water and a towel! I LOVED the class! We took three 30 second water breaks in between some of the songs. It was so much fun even though it was hard! I knew I messed up some of the moves, but it didn't frustrate me. Some of them included turning around/spinning. I noticed some of the ladies didn't turn around at all - so I liked that everyone just goes at their own pace according to what their body allows. I could have worked "harder" at some of the moves that involved a bit of jumping. I didn't want to over-do it, so I just lifted my legs instead. I know once I do it a few more times I will be able to pick up the pace a bit. I was also focused on learning the moves, so I kept a close eye on the instructor!
When the class was finished, I still felt like I could have done more. I had a lot of energy! My arms and hips were sore a little bit when I got home & got out of the car. Around 9:30 I started getting really tired and got a headache! I went to bed earlier than I normally do, which is good! I am not as sore today as I thought I would be. My hips are mostly better, but my arms are really sore up around my shoulders! It feels nice though. I think I will have a fun time with more Zumba!
I am still excited about yoga on Wednesday night! I am hoping I can leave work 5 minutes early so I can be there at 5:30. The class starts at 5:45 & I made reservations for it. Woohoo!! I feel super pumped up about working out. It has been so long since I wanted to do it. I feel better knowing I am actually doing it!
Friday, August 17, 2012
I put some pics at the bottom - I don't have a full body shot of my current weight yet.
Today is my one year Sparkversary. I really can't believe it has been a year since I joined this site. Later today I want to read over my old blogs to see how I was feeling this past year. I have had ups & downs - not UP in weight, but in the struggle to stay down!
I lost 73.4 pounds so far! I started at 250 - I still don't know how I let myself get to that weight. Instead of looking back, I keep looking forward at what I want to achieve & what I will do! I am glad I opened up my eyes to see how unhealthy I really was. I had terrible high blood pressure & actually felt super unhealthy. Besides feeling a bit skinnier now - my body feels healthier. I enjoy jumping around and walking more. I am more flexible, and I enjoy being alive a lot more than I used to!
Here are some things I have learned about myself in the past year:
-It is hard to say NO to food - but it is worth it instead of feeling guilty later
-If I feel hungry, I drink water first. Sometimes that really does fix my "problem"
-Spark is amazing. When people ask how I lost all of this weight, the first thing I tell them is "I use Sparkpeople online". I get funny looks - but then I explain how great this site really is. I love every aspect of this site even if I don't use all of it - I know other people do use it, which really inspires me to keep going!
-Don't give up - it is ok to feel sad or mad or lost sometimes. I look back at my old pictures and see how upset THAT makes me. I look at myself now & I know I am doing such a great job. I know I can't give up!
-Be happy! I try to cheer myself up as much as I can. A smile on my face actually does make me feel better! Then I keep going from there and try to get out of that funk!
-I try to fit in as much exercise as I can - I take the stairs, park further away, offer to go get something from someone in another room, etc. I know I am still having a hard time with the daily workout routine, so I am trying to make up for it a bit in other ways!
-I CAN do it! and I have been! I just have to make myself do it! I am starting Zumba & Yoga next week. I am so excited about it. I hope it jump starts me to finally work out more often!
-Rewards are great for me! I realize now there are many types of rewards! Not just "bad" food or $$ items. Sometimes I tell myself... if I walk for 30 minutes today, I can put off doing laundry until tomorrow. It may sound silly, but sometimes that extra relaxation really helps!
-Mini-goals are great! and I don't worry anymore if I miss a goal - I know I am being healthier overall and that is most important
For my current Mini goal - 1.6 pounds more to lose to get to 75 pounds LOST! I am super excited. I want to get there by Sept 1st. I know I can do it!
Hopefully everyone has a great weekend! and hopefully you all keep sparking! Don't give up!
Monday, August 13, 2012
My weekend was pretty good - but it was also very stressful. I spent about 6 hours Sat & Sunday cleaning & going through old things. I threw some stuff out that I knew I would never use again. It is tough deciding on what to keep and what to throw out.
I am trying to work through everything, but it isn't easy. I wish I could make everyone happy, but that isn't possible. I am trying to make myself happy, but when I know I am upsetting someone else, it makes me feel bad.
I signed up for my first yoga class for next Wednesday. I am nervous about starting, but I think it will help me. I hear good things about yoga being a stress reducer. I definitely could use some of that in my life right now!
Hopefully everyone has a lovely week. I can't believe it is the middle of August already. My 1 year Spark Anniversary is coming up so soon.
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