Friday, August 24, 2012
Last night I put on a pair of sweat/capris that I always used to wear. I found them in my drawers & forgot how much I loved them! I put them on & they kept falling down haha. Damn! I am glad they are too big, but now I need to get more lounging clothes. They don't have a drawstring so I couldn't tighten them. They are way too wide now too.
Also, my Mom bought me a pair of pants two weeks ago because they were on sale. She knows all of my work pants are too big in one way or another. They are size 18 or 16 & are too baggy in the butt/tummy area or are just too loose overall! She got me a size 14. I have one other pair of 14 sized pants. I tried that first pair on a month ago in the store, and I was surprised they fit. But they were plus sized 14s. My Mom got me a pair of regular 14s! I have a few pairs of Walmart shorts that are 14s, but I just assumed they were sized differently than department store dress pants. I put off trying them off because I have been feeling "fat" lately. Most of the time, I pick out my work clothes the night before. For some weird reason, I finally told myself to try them on this morning even though I had different pants picked out. I took them off of the hanger, went to put them on and thought "Damn, these are way too small". I pulled them on, zippered them & buttoned them. and wow. They actually fit! They are still a bit funky around my belly when I sit- but all of my pants are like that. I can't wait to lose more of my belly! Anyways, my mind told me there was no way I would fit into pants THAT small. I still look at some of my newer large shirts, and I am still not used to them fitting me! I was wearing 2X & 3X shirts for years.
I feel so proud of myself. I really like the way the pants look on me - and now I want to get a few new pairs to replace those old baggy ones. One lady at work keeps commenting saying "go get a better pair of pants that fit! You will feel better!" She is right. Clothes that fit do make me feel better! I always feel funny when I wear baggy clothes at work. I always have to adjust them & I worry about them falling down! Now I just have to save up some money & find some good sales!
A few months ago I went through my wardrobe and packed away my clothes that were way too big. It seems like I need to do that again. I will probably have most of my clothes put away again.. so I will have to get some more! I want to go to the Goodwill store again and get some good deals from them. I will probably donate some of my 2X & 3X clothes too.
On another note, Sept 1st is creeping up fast! I weighed myself this morning and I was up to 177.2. Hopefully I can get to 175 by the 1st! I need to start my 5K training too. I hope that will help a bit.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! KEEP SPARKING! I know the weekend is a time off for a lot of people, but don't forget to try & be healthy on your days off too!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
So I had my first yoga class yesterday. When I parked, I noticed how beautiful the area was. There was a small lake, barn with chickens, wild turkeys, and it was very peaceful. I signed in & the one lady explained what I Should do. The whole atmosphere was very calming. It was nice. It didn't feel rushed like the rest of the world. I put out my mat & was told to get some foam blocks and a blanket. There were about 12 people in the class with me - all beginners! I sat and waited until the class started. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be - actually it wasn't hard, it was just different. It was strange to hold some poses while trying to relax at the same time. I liked when they said to focus on which body parts were stretching & also which side had more tension. Some other poses were very relaxing and I could focus on my breathing. We did a Tree Pose and I actually didn't fall over! The last few minutes were my favorite - we laid down in a pose and just relaxed and tried not to think about anything. I haven't done that in a long time. It was nice to let go of everything and just focus on me. When I left the class, I saw one of the outside cats. It walked by two other people and came right up to me. It rubbed on my legs for a minute and then was rolling on the ground. Kitty was so cute!
Yes I have not been to the dentist in 5 years - yikes! But I went this morning before work & my teeth are all clean. No cavities! Woohoo! I thought I may of had one in one area of my mouth, but apparently not. I just need to floss a bit more - as usual!
I was going to do Zumba on Mondays & Yoga on Wednesdays, but my Mom wants to go to Zumba on Thursday night now. I am going to do my 4 more yoga classes Mondays now. I don't think I will continue yoga - it seems to be very expensive. I may get more workout dvds to do at home for the other nights.
I also decided I want to start training for a 5K. There are a few in the area I live in. I signed up to walk for CF next month and I thought... why can't I do other 5K? They are for a good cause & I think it will be great exercise. I just need to do some research to see the best way to do that! If anyone has any advice or training ideas, please let me know!
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!
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