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.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
I never tried Yoga - I saw a deal on livingsocial for 5 yoga classes for $20. It is only 5 minutes from my work, so I don't have any excuses to not go! Even if I hate it, at least it is something to do! Maybe it will get me to want to exercise more!
This week has been going by fast although work has been super slow. There isn't much to do this time of year! One of the bosses is on vacation. I do have some random work throughout the day, but it doesn't take me long to do it!
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