Monday, October 22, 2012
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a Spark-tacular weekend! I finally found a mesasuring tape & measured my body!
Unfortunately the Zumba Shoes I bought are a size too big. My feet kept sliding around in them. So I need to mail them back. I didn't decide yet if I want the same pair in a size smaller, or if I want to keep looking. So for now, I have to use my walking shoes again for classes! I am also still debating if I want to do Zumba twice a week or not. All of the classes are drop-in at the place I go to, so if I can't make it I won't lose any money. I could just find a video to do at home, but I haven't found one yet. I don't have a TV in the area I hang out in most of the time, so I would have to watch it on my computer screen or go upstairs to the living room with my parents. I need to stop putting off this decision so I can workout more!
I could do Zumba and/or Yoga at the Y if I join. I have to pay for a year program Membership. Then I would have to pay for each 8 week class. If I can't make it to the classes, too bad! I missed out. I wouldn't sign up until tax season anyway so.. I have some time to figure that part out.
I did a lot of walking this weekend. I went to a hayride last night & walked around Walmart a lot before that. I went to the Renn Faire, and I walked a lot! I saw a few shoes, but it was nice to walk around the whole faire without feeling rushed. Yesterday, I went to a local art fair. It was really refreshing to be outside for that as well. Seeing all of the amazing art made me want to draw and take photos again. So I busted out my old drawing bag & my camera. I went to Walmart last night to get the CR2 batteries for the 35mm camera. They were expensive! but hey - everything is expensive now so.. oh well.
So I lost 2 lbs so far in this fall challenge. I don't know how well I will do for the final weigh-in. I do want to do the best I can - but if I don't make it I know I won't be disappointed in myself. I have so much going on OUTSIDE of my healthy journey. There are so many changes I am making in my life outside of Spark. It is definitely tough, but I am doing the best I can right now. It is difficult for me to be single even though I feel it is the best for me right now. I have my family and a few friends supporting me, but it is still tough doing certain things on my own.
I did slack off a bit over the weekend with my calories - I went over 200 calories on Sat & Sun. But I am not upset. I still made some healthy choices. Unfortunately, I ate a bit too much one day and the other day I had hot apple cider. It was definitely worth it & hopefully I will still be the same weight or a bit less for the weigh-in this week. If I gained, then I know why! I am hoping I can keep pushing my exercise a bit harder this week. I feel a little bit sick - my ears and throat have been hurting me since Friday night. They don't feel any worse or better. I keep drinking a lot of water and tea. I hope to flush this out before it gets me really sick. I can still smell and breathe normally - so I am trying to enjoy that while I can! My cousin's wedding is this weekend, and I don't want to be blowing my nose because of a sinus infection!
I am starting to see myself differently yet again. When I make healthy choices in my diet, I feel better about myself instead of feeling stressed. If I don't feel like I ate enough in a meal - I analyze what about it could make me still hungry. Did I have enough veggies? Did I not eat enough earlier in the day? I try not to be upset & discouraged when I go to a restaurant that doesn't have a lot of healthy choices. The other day I went to a tavern famous for their roast beef. Obviously it wasn't my choice, but I didn't want to mope about it and make a big scene. I just joked around saying I would eat three roast beef sandwiches, two orders of fries, and six beers. There was nothing on the menu "I could have" except for the house salad. Instead of pouting, I just told myself I would eat something else when I got home. That is what I did!
Sometimes I wish I didn't have the gall-bladder-gone issues. I wish I could just go over calories sometimes. I wish I could have bacon, soup, red meat, fried foods, etc without it causing problems with my stomach. I see other people say "I ate a doughnut, and I am ok with it." I wish I could do that. If I ate a doughnut I would not be ok with it! Not because of the fat/calories... but because my stomach would hate me for eating that. I am still trying to be OK with my diet restrictions. For all I know, I will have to restrict my diet forever. Instead of being super upset about it, I am trying to embrace it. Many people in my real life don't understand why I say NO to cake and egg salad and pancakes. I don't say No because eating too much of that could make me fat. I say no because the rest of the day will cause me actual stomach pain!
I am still learning ME. Hopefully one day I will be more comfortable with all of my body quirks. Everyone has them - it has been a little under a year since I had my gall bladder out. Although I am still not 100% ok with my diet restrictions, in time it will get better for me. As long as I don't let it bother me, I will feel better about it!
Instead of looking at the negative aspects all of the time, I try to remind myself of the things I have accomplished so far.
-I am learning more about myself everyday
-I am a stronger person mentally & emotionally
-I am becoming a more Fit person
-I am dedicated to my weight loss journey
-I have lost 81 lbs so far and I will lose more
-I have support in many ways
-I am a happy, healthier 27 year old
-I will be at a healthy weight sooner than I know it
-I ran two 5K so far
-I am a generous, caring person
I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! Let me know if you need any help or support. Hopefully I can give you some!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Happy Thorsday everyone! hehe Thor =)
I get daily emails from the Krazy Coupon Lady. I don't check everyday, but I do once a week or so. I love the deals & coupons on there!
I noticed a random article called "Shed Pounds without spending a dime". When I read that, I thought to myself - "Hey, I do that with Spark!"
Then I opened the page and saw SparkPeople is featured!
Goooooooo Spark! I love this website. Even though I say this all the time - I mean it more everyday! When people ask how I lose weight, I still tell them about Spark! I am so proud I am a part of this awesome community. I have come so far, and I can't go back! Thanks Spark!
If it wasn't for Spark - my whole routine would be different.
Tonight after work I am going home, making a sweet potato, going to Zumba, and then coming home to make the rest of my healthy dinner. Tonight I get to try out my new Zumba shoes!
Who knows what I would be doing if I didn't stick with this website. Actually I do have an idea - I would probably be miserable because I haven't heard from any friends in a long time. I probably would be making some huge unhealthy meal or ordering chinese or cheesesteak with fries and mozz sticks from a local restaurant. All night I would be snacking and watching shows on the couch! I wasn't happy back then, and I am much happier now!
I have come so far, and I will continue moving forward!
Have a great rest of the night everyone!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Happy Wednesday Spark!
On certain days, I feel happy knowing I have so many people that care for me. I love them too! Other days, I feel overwhelmed with all of the roles I have. I know everyone has different aspects of their lives also - but I just get so frustrated sometimes! When it gets too bad, I know I need to step away and regroup myself! Breathe and get past the tough times!
I love my Mom - she is my best friend. I am living at home with her & my Dad & the two dogs. I try to help out with cooking, cleaning, etc. My Mom works from home and uses her computer and a work laptop. We email throughout the day when we have the chance. She emails me and calls me occasionally with random computer problems. Sometimes she freaks out, and doesn't think before she emails me or calls me. She gets so stressed & she doesn't think before she acts. She called me before lunch saying her computer has a virus because she couldn't get into her e-mail or any other program on the computer. I told her to calm down, re-start and let me know if it works. She called back & said it was still not working. What she didn't tell me during the first phone call was that she couldn't type at all. I asked if the wireless keyboard battery died. She said "no, it can't be that!" I asked her to open Word and try to type because the internet has nothing to do with that program! She tried it & wow - it didn't type anything! I told her to get new batteries and let me know once she attempted to type again.
She emailed me saying: "YOU ARE A GENIUS - It was the batteries - yesssssssssss you are the best"
I am glad I helped her out, but I know she is still frazzled. Hearing her so stressed out makes me a bit stressed too. I used to be this way all of the time. I used to not think, and would just go nuts in my head! I still try to realize other people think differently. Other people assume & react super fast because that is how they are. As much as they say they will try to change, most people I know can't do it. I am trying to be ok with that & let certain things slide because I can't contol it! Just because I think a certain way, doesn't mean every one else does! Since I have changed so much, I definitely taught myself how to be more relaxed and open with every situation. I wish I could help others with this too, but unfortunatly I can't! All I can do is just be there for my friends and family the best I can!
I keep getting asked by people about how I stay so focused with my weight loss journey. I just do! I wish I could explain it, but I can't. There are days where I do slip and eat "bad food", but I always track! If I know I will feel guilty after eating something, I simply won't eat it at all.
I made spaghetti squash & low sodium turkey the other day - with carrots, celery, beans, hot peppers, ground turkey, diced tomatoes. I boiled the spaghetti squash & then cut it in half and baked for another 20 minutes. I brought some in to work for my lunch today and my co-workers kept commenting on how wonderful it smells. They can't believe how healthy the meal really is. I am glad it came out great!
Edit: Someone asked for the recipe for the squash. All I did was boil the spaghetti squash for 30 minutes in a big pot. Then chop it in half and put it on a big glass pan with an inch of water on the bottom - I baked it on 400 for 20 minutes. That was it! I didn't add anything to it except for the chili on top! For the chili, I fried up some ground turkey. then I added bell peppers, diced canned no salt tomatoes, carrots, celery, one chili pepper, low sodium kidney beans, and a lot of spices (garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper, chili powder). I cooked that for the whole time the squash was cooking! Nothing too crazy! I don't measure out any of the veggies that go in the chili. I didn't use any tomato sauce or packaged seasoning this time.
Anyways, I am feeling a bit better now. I went to the food store & Rite Aid on my lunch hour and did a lot of walking while shopping. I called my Mom to make sure she was alright & to make sure everything was ok with her computer. People need to vent sometimes, and I try to be their go-to person when I can. I just can't become too stressed with other problems when I have my own too!
Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the day! My weekend is approaching fast woohoo! I may walk or jog tonight and ZUMBA tomorrow yippee!!! I get to try out my new zumba shoes & my new running shoes this week. Yes!
Monday, October 15, 2012
First off - Man this weather is crazy! It was so cold Saturday morning & then yesterday it was gorgeous! Today it has been rainy and kind of warm. Crazy fall so far!!!
I had my second 5K on Saturday morning. I got up at 7:15am, and I wasn't tired at all. I was really surprised I was ready to move pretty fast! I was really nervous about it Friday night, but I didn't let myself get too worked up.
My ex left me a present on my car - hand & feet warmers. I didn't want to put the adhesive feet warmers on because I Didn't want to get any weird blisters or anything during the race. My feet actually weren't cold at all. I put the handwarmers in my stretchy gloves & I wore them for more of the race. I threw them out halfway during the race when I saw a trashcan because I wasn't as cold anymore. There were a lot more people at this race compared to my first one. There were a lot of teenagers who were just going to walk & not be timed.
The one thing that really made me feel funky was the cold air. It really hurt my throat during & after the race. I kept having to clear my throat the whole rest of the day! The park was really nice. First we went through the park, then up this very long hill. We went through a residential area for a half of a mile or so, and then this random trail showed up in between two houses. There was more park area back there. I wasn't really near anyone for most of the race. I randomly caught up to someone at the 2 mile marker. I kept trying to jog as much as I could. I would randomly have to stop & walk when it was too much. I kept doing this over and over for the whole race.
I wanted to get under 37 minutes, but as I was racing, my mind changed. All I wanted was to get it over with! I was feeling really emotional because that day was going to be my wedding. My whole life changed, and instead I was running a 5K as a single young woman. I didn't give up & I kept pushing myself. It felt like I was running for an hour. As I approached the finish line, I couldn't see the time too well. I just ran as fast as I could at the end! I saw the time was 36 Something - I was so glad I finished & I was under 37!!!
There were so many baked goods at the refreshment tables - it was so weird to see so many brownies, doughnuts, cookies etc. I ate a banana and then took an apple & protein bar with me. I also took two doughnuts & brought them for my parents. I saw other people with plates full of food, so I figured it would be ok to take 2 goodies for them. I wasn't even tempted to eat them- woohoo!
My official time was 36:36! I had to email the coordinator to find out where the times were posted. She just got back to me with the website!
First 5K 9/30: 37:37
Second 5K 10/13: 36:36
My legs aren't as sore as they were the first time I ran the 5K. They still hurt, but not as much! I am really glad! Hopefully as time goes by, I will recover faster & faster!
Some 5K Challenge updates: As of right now, I am at 169lbs. That is 81 pounds lost. I am still having a tough time with the lower calorie range. I am not really going over, but I am more frustrated. I eat less during the day, and then have to catch up more at night. I need to figure out how to get more veggies & fruits in!
This work day flew by today because of the tax extension deadline. I offered to wait to take lunch until I was done processing returns. I didn't get to take lunch until 2:45! I went to Target and bought a thin rain coat with a hood & also a nicer trench coat to wear. I am going to wear it for my cousins wedding in 2 weeks if it is cold.
Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week! Keep Sparking!
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