Friday, June 28, 2013
Happy Friday Sparkers! The end of June is approaching in a few days. I feel like I had a pretty successful month so far. I am tracking my food again, and I am being more strict in my food choices. I still snack, but I watch what I am eating. I ask myself if I am snacking because I am bored or if I actually feel like I need food.
I had kickboxing last night. Now I have two different online deals at two places. Last night was the first intro class at the second place. They actually taught my friend and I the proper moves. It was fun. I never had an exercise class with a friend before, so it was a nice change to going by myself. We are going to attend a full class on Monday - I know it will be tough, but it is definitely worth it! We had to do this circuit part where we did 8 reps of a certain exercise and then moved on to the next one. The pushups was the hardest for me even though they had a bar piece of equipment to hold on to. We did these Truck Driver exercises too that I never did before. We had to hold a 10 pound ball by the straps straight out in front of us and turn it back and forth really fast. It was harder than it looked when the instructor showed us! Then we did another ball exercise where we sat down and had to lay down with the ball behind our head and then bring it up between our legs and hit the ground.
After kickboxing class, I went over to my Aunt's house to help her with a craft project. She has been losing weight also for the past six months or so. It is nice to talk to someone about food without them being critical. We gave each other some ideas on how to be more creative with what we eat. It was a good time!
The past two weeks I have been trying to get in some kind of exercise every day. Even if I don't have a lot of time, I try to complete a SparkVideo or even do as many crunches as I can. I am trying to keep reminding myself that Every Day Counts! Even parking further away from a store and walking a bit more helps! I used to do that all of the time. Then I just randomly stopped doing it as often? Weird. I now try to park away from the store more often now!
I also noticed I started slacking on how much water I have been drinking. One thing I still hate, is that more water = more trips to the bathroom. When I am indoors, it doesn't matter.. but being outside makes it tough for me! I try to drink as much water as I can again. Even though I realize now that I stopped drinking as much water, at least I didn't replace water with soda or anything else. I just wasn't drinking as much! I still like diet iced tea sometimes, but I try not to have the sweetened iced tea. I would rather eat my calories instead of drinking them (except for the occasional alcoholic drink).
This weekend I have so much going on! Tonight I am playing games. Tomorrow morning 8-12 the neighborhood is having a yard sale, so I am helping my parents out. There are a few things I can try to sell also. Then I have a bridal shower 1-5! I will be all tired and sweaty and it won't be from exercising! Maybe I can fit in some exercise Sunday morning before I go to the horse races with my boyfriend and two friends of mine. If I can't find in a full hour of walking or something, at least I will try and do some squats or crunches or something! Once Monday comes, I will feel like I need another day OFF!
July is coming up so fast. I want to create another set of goals for next month. My 2 year Sparkversary is Aug 17th. HOPEFULLY I hit my goal weight by then. I have been saying I want to hit my goal weight for months now! I need to keep tracking, keep exercising, and continue to stay positive! It will be tough because I will be on vacation for a week in July, but hopefully I stay somewhat strict with my eating!
On another note, I am having a Potluck get together in July, and I am trying to figure out what I want to make. I may make chocolate covered frozen bananas? They sound pretty tasty & easy to make! Usually I have some kind of theme to go with my parties. So far the only theme anyone is agreeing on for the type of food to bring is Anything or Sandwiches/Salad. I could probably make some kind of caprese salad and maybe mini quesidillas or grilled sandwiches or filled croissant sandwiches? What I make also depends on how many people are coming! I do like trying new recipes though, so I will have to try something new! Anyone have any suggestions on a sandwich or salad to make for the Potluck? Or just any fun recipe to make for a group of people?
Hopefully everyone has a great weekend! Keep Sparking and don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back for everything you do!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Since I started using Spark almost 2 years ago, I have lost a dishwasher!!! What I mean is, I lost 91 pounds so far which is the weight of some dishwashers! See below for some pictures of objects & their weights! I actually lost 94 pounds, but then I gained a few back! Without the help of this website, who knows what I would be doing right now.
Random people tell me I am skinny now although I don't know if I believe them. I was shopping for clothes the other day, and a random woman started chatting with me. She asked me "Why do they have these stripes on so many clothes? They only look good on skinny women like you". It is still strange to hear someone say that to me about me! I struggle with how I look with my clothes off and sometimes with them on. I have bulges I wish I could magically make go away! Although I have lost 91 pounds so far, I still feel Big. What I try to keep telling myself, is that what -I- think of myself is most important. I need to continue to support myself & be proud of what I have accomplished so far. When I can, I give myself compliments. Caring about my myself, my actions, and my outlook is important to my journey.
When I lose weight now, I only lose .2 to .4 of a pound. 1/8 and 1/4 of a pound isn't very much compared to losing 2 to 5 pounds at a time. I wanted to do some more research about items that weigh less than a pound to help motivate me. If knowing I lost the same weight as a baby giraffe can motivate me to keep moving forward, then maybe knowing I lost the same weight as a normal serving size of chicken. A baby giraffe? Yes! On an old blog of mine, I posted some pictures of Things and put how much they weighed. One was a baby giraffe that weighed 80 pounds. I still joke around saying "I lost a baby giraffe". What actually motivates me is the fact that I DID LOSE THAT MUCH WEIGHT! Even though my mind is still not happy with how my body is.. I truly did lose 91 pounds. I am healthier and feel better than I did when I was in college.
All of these pictures are just to hopefully inspire Spark members to realize that any loss is amazing. For many of us, it is so hard to say NO to certain food and just as difficult to say YES to exercise. Even maintaining is great. and you know what? Even gaining weight is OK too. We all gain back some weight for different reasons. I gained back 6 pounds in 3 weeks!! But I looked back at how far I came, and I knew I could lose the weight again. As long as we keep pushing ourselves, we should feel proud! If you fall of the wagon, figure out how to get back up! It may be a completely different path than the one you took before, but the journey is important and unique to each one of us!
Even if we ate within calorie range for 7 days, exercised for 5 days, and drank 10 cups of water a day - there is no guarantee that we will lose weight that week. When I don't lose weight, I just remind myself that all of my healthy choices are important to my body no matter what the scale says! Maybe knowing some weeks I lose the same weight as a quarter pounder patty will help me feel satisfied with myself! Be proud of what you have accomplished so far. Losing 1 pound or 100 pounds is a great way to be a healthier you! =)
(I am not trying to advertise anything, I just used random pictures I found online! I tried to get accurate weights, but I may be a bit off. You can't trust the internet haha)
Monday, June 17, 2013
My weekend was pretty fun. Friday night there was a double rainbow! I didn't get a very good picture, but it was definitely a nice surprise to see! I went strawberry picking & tart cherry picking on Saturday morning. I froze half of the strawberries & I may try to make some cherry jam! I never did it before, but I am all about trying new things this year! When I woke up Saturday morning, I had a new kind of motivation. It wasn't forced - maybe that is why I feel different now. I WANTED to exercise and be outside so I did! The day was so relaxing, and I got some exercise in. I felt happy & I felt like I have the strength to reach my goals! Somehow I still feel different, and I am enjoying it!
The work day is going by pretty fast for me today. Tomorrow is my second kickboxing class. I am excited & nervous about it even though I did it once already! My calves still aren't 100% from last week's class! My legs felt sore in spots I never knew existed! I went for a walk last night with my Mom & the dogs which was nice. My Dad ALMOST went with us, but then he changed his mind at the last minute. He should get more exercise, but then his emphysema gets worse. Damn smoking. He quit & restarted about 10 times in the past few months. There isn't anything we can do, so we just gave up telling him he needs to stop. Unfortunately it isn't worth the arguments. He knows how we all feel. Oh well. I tell myself that it is his choice, but I still get upset about it because he is my Dad!
I have been doing good with tracking my food. I did well over the weekend & today so far. I wanted to snack so badly last night, but I didn't go overboard! I had some strawberries, bananas, and grapes and that was it. I tracked it all! I need to keep telling myself I am in control of what I eat! I used to be so good at saying no. I just need to keep doing it again & stick with it!
Hopefully everyone has a great week. Keep pushing towards your goals or make new ones! I need to keep reminding myself that every small step counts!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Hi Sparkers! Happy Mid-June already! I am back from my Williamsburg trip which I took last week. We didn't get to see everything because of the 9 inches of rain we got from the Tropical Storm! I still had a good time though - some pictures are below. We went searching for toads/frogs in the rain. =)
Lately I have been having a hard time with my journey. I don't have the urge to Spark as often as I used to. I still love this awesome community - but I have been focusing on other aspects of my life. I spend a lot of quality time with my boyfriend, my parents, and his parents. I have been working on my plant projects a lot lately too.
In my mind, I want to reach my goal weight. I keep telling myself I NEED to do it. Tuesday was my first cardio kickboxing class. It was AWESOME. It was the hardest workout I have ever done. Doing this class makes me now think that 5K races are as simple as walking 20 minutes at any pace I want! The class was basically everything that I want in a workout. I think I worked out every muscle in my body to the max! We jogged for 5 minutes before the class started. It was strange running on the mats with no shoes on, but it felt good! After the class, the instructor said my cardio was great & it will take me a few classes to pick up all of the moves. My arms and shoulders were really sore yesterday, and my legs got more sore as the day went on. Today I soaked in the tub for 10 minutes to try and help out. My muscles are sore in my legs that I don't think I ever felt before! The feeling is GOOD. It makes me Want to work out more. I have 9 more trial classes. If I want to do any more, I will have to pay between 10 and 15 dollars a class depending on which deal I choose. That is expensive. The BEST deal they have would have me paying $527 for 50 classes. $10.50 isn't too bad for a class, but I don't have an extra 500 laying around!
I have been trying to find a dress for my cousin's wedding - which isn't until September. I hate that I feel insulted every time I need to find clothes no matter what type. Size 12 gowns are too big, size 10 are too small or make me look awkward. I love the look of many gowns, but they don't look right when I try them on. Somehow I did find a dress that I do like. It is an XL Juniors dress with spaghetti straps. I really like it, but it makes the flub stick out around my armpits. The XL fit better everywhere except the chest area - it is loose. The L was tight everywhere else except the chest area haha. My Mom said we can get it altered & I can get a a jacket to wear with it.. but I don't know. Maybe I will find something else that won't make me feel so insecure. I hate how putting on clothes can really change my whole outlook about myself so fast. Everything I try on usually puts me in a negative mood instead of a happy one! Trying on clothes really shows me my flaws. Maybe if I keep working out at the kickboxing class, my arms will look better!
Most of my troubles are mental. I eat "bad" food because I choose to do it. No one is making me snack extra during the day. When I wake up the next day, I keep telling myself "I shouldn't eat too much today because I want to lose weight". Then I snack and then snack again later on. I SHOULD spend more time planning out meals, but then I am not home some nights. If I had my own place, I wouldn't be traveling between places as often. What I am Actually Doing is making excuses for why I am going off track with my goals. I want to reach my goals, but I Need to make the time to do this!
I want to do Cardio Kickboxing & Zumba once a week.
I need to stay focused and actually doing this!
I want to sign up for another 5K, but I need to do more training.
I need to start tracking my food again
I will try to stay positive as much as I can
I need to relax when I start to get stressed
I need to not be so hard on myself if I "slip up"
I will do what I say instead of just hoping I will do it.
Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week - Keep Sparking! I am going to try and catch up on some SparkFriend blogs. Those always inspire me to keep pushing forward!
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