Thursday, June 07, 2012
My husband shared a quote with me today he heard. "Sweat is fat crying." I love this quote so much. I'm still chuckling inside. I will think this every time I'm drenched in sweat and wondering why I'm doing this. I will enjoy every minute of making all that fat cry and cry and cry.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Today is my birthday. In years past, my request would have been to be able to sleep in -especially on a Saturday. My husband would have taken the kids in the game room and let them watch TV for an extra 2 hours while I got to sleep in.
But not this birthday. I am celebrating another year and the start of our healthy lifestyle. My request this year was that we take a walk at a local park. The park has a small hill, I've been wanting to hike up. So today, after some family snuggle time, we got dressed in our play clothes and headed out for a walk on the trails. The weather cooperated so nicely. We had a two mile walk in breezy, sunny 70 degree weather. At the end of the trails is a playground the kids enjoyed. Along the way the kids looked at snails, flowers, and dogs. It was great to see the kids running down the path and enjoying being outside. While this will always be a special memory for me, I hope for them in fades into many more memories to come of us out walking, hiking, biking, and playing as a family.
We had a blast. I can't think of a better way to start another year.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Tomorrow is my birthday. I didn’t know until today but I have given myself the best birthday gift – a healthier lifestyle.
In January of 2012, I heard about SparkPeople for the first time. I signed-up and started receiving emails. No changes at first, but the information was interesting… and the emails kept coming. That little voice inside my head continued to say “You need to get up and move. You need to eat better. You need to follow the advice on these emails!” I guess guilt about my lifestyle choices kicked in high gear and I started considering healthier changes.
It was mid-March when I saw information on Coach Nicole’s 28-Day Boot Camp DVD. I was ready to start exercising and the DVD looked like a good place to start. Heck, I could do anything for 1 month, right? I bought the video, began tracking my food that day and started a journey – a gift to me.
In the eight-weeks since I committed to this new lifestyle, I have lost 12 pounds and gained so much more. I can run a ˝ mile without stopping. I push myself to do the challenges on Coach Nicole’s 28-Day Boot Camp DVD. I fit in clothes I haven’t in a few years. I can eat one cookie and walk away (most of the time – progress not perfection). I eat vegetables and enjoy them. I drink 8 glasses of water a day. I have the confidence that I can do this, that I will do this. I look at myself in the mirror and smile. I am proud of me.
This birthday (37 but don’t tell) I’m looking forward to the coming year and what it has in store. Will I run an entire 5k? Will I be able to do regular push-ups? Will I learn a new sport? Will this be the year I stop shopping in plus size stores? How many new fruits and vegetables will I discover I like? Will my daughters see me as a healthy role model?
So with my birthday just a day away, I’ve already given me the best gift. And this will be my favorite birthday gift this year, and next, and next...
Happy Birthday to Me!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
I ate an apple this week. Wow you think...how unexciting is that. While not a huge accomplishment to most people, when you are a picky eater turned off many food due to their texture, eating an apple is a HUGE win. As a child (and into adulthood) I was tactile sensitive which included not liking how certain foods feel when eating. As I got older I chose to eat foods I liked (bread mostly) without learning to eat fruits and vegetables. Bananas were the only fruit I ate and french fries the only "vegetable". As I start my journey to healthier habits I am determined to learn to change my eating habits. My family and I have agreed to try one new vegetable a week. I've learned to like spinach salads, sweet potatoes, green beans and spaghetti squash. But one fruit I've always wanted to be able to eat is an apple. Watching others just bite into an big, red, juicy, apple made me envious. How easy to just carry your snack. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. So many reason to eat that apple...but I just couldn't. I could never stand the texture of the peel and crunchy fruit. I've tried many a times to eat an apple without success but this week I WON the battle. I ate a bag of apple slices with low fat yogurt. And the best part was they tasted great. While the rest of the world can eat an apple and not think twice about it - I savored that apple with every bite. I was thrilled to overcome one more battle in my journey. There are many goals I still have running a 5k, losing weight and teaching my kids how to live a healthy lifestyle but there are few goals I will cherish as much as the lifelong battle of the apple. Watch out watermelon...here I come!
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