Thursday, December 01, 2011
I want to update my goals but not lose sight of my achievments so I'm moving them here:
1) To achieve level 3 (of 3) Fitness & Wellness Certification - Completed May 2011
2) Complete my first 10K in at least 120 minutes - Completed April 2011 - time 101.5 minutes, that's right
3) This wasn't a goal but it is something (given my current size) that I'm proud of for 2011 - I went to a week long Ballet camp this summer, learned a lot and got stronger.
The other goals, ah well, still a work in progress.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I made a decision during my walk/jog this morning.
A little background first: Last night I ran smack dab into a much needed reality check. I spoke with my jazz teacher about taking the intermediate/advanced level this year (the class I'm currently taking this summer) and the bottom line is - he thinks I'm not ready and I would, reluctantly, have to agree. He plans to take this group to "the next level," and with my weight, leaping is difficult, if not dangerous. I am also struggling to do a decent single pirouette consistently (in part because I've not been doing outside cross-training to strengthen my legs so that my releves are solid) and most of this group is working on doubles. I have a feeling that when I talk to my Lyrical instructor, he's going to say the same thing.
So what does all this have to do with a morning decision? I have decided to restart my Spark weight at my current weight. I don't know if it was a memeber blog or a Slowest Loser blog where I read about someone suggesting this. At the time I thought, who would do this? I mean I want a record of every single pound I've sweated off. But I think right now, it's holding me back. I find myself saying "Look how far you've come! It's okay if you don't plan meals this week or that you don't leave yourself enough time to Spark daily."
But I just can't completely give up having a record of where I started
237 - that was it on June 21, 2010. But from today, it's 215.6; I don't think of it as starting over or starting fresh because I promised myself this time it would be a journey not a stop/start. Let's just say "New day, New goals."
This set-back in my dancing goals was just the kick I needed to get me moving again towards a holistic lifestyle change. I've been in a holding pattern for quite some time (eh - who am I kidding - a gaining pattern ). It got me up at 5:30 to walk jog in my neighborhood, had me meal planning better for today and got me back in to write this down. So all in all - a real positive (now if I could only nail those darned single pirhouettes!)
Monday, February 28, 2011
For the first month since I started tracking back in June of last year, I posted a monthly gain. I know exactly why - I have been doing a poor (read Not doing) job of planning for meals, in particular dinner. I have also been eating out a LOT! This stops now. So here are the measures I'm taking to halt this before it gets (any further) out of hand:
1) I will not eat out more than twice a week and then only for functions with friends. This means, for example, I will need to plan for meals when I am running from Yoga to Tap on Thursdays and not stop at Arby's, McD's etc. I have planned in the past and it works. It takes effort but I and my health are worth it. And I can have a darned satisfying, healthy (and inexpensive) meal on the run, if I just take the time to make it happen.
2) I will make healthy choices when I do eat out. This again means planning, research and sticking to the plan.
3) For the rest of this month, I will not make my usual after 10k training Panera stop. Intead of just being my hot chai tea latte treat, it is turning into my Monday morning Panera stop, my cookie and sandwich stop and it was never intended to be such. And now that it's getting warmer, I'm not feeling the need for the chai latte - it's just become a habit.
4) I will de-clutter my kitchen. This is priority number one. Jen has inspired me. By the end of this weekend, I will have cleaned the kitchen, organized the cabinets and re-supplied myself with healthy staples. This will prevent that call to Pizza Hut because I have nothing in the fridge and I'm too overwhelmed by the clutter to try and fix something healthy.
5) I will take mini-steps throughout the week to get to goal number4:
- Monday 2/28: I will clean off the long counter (this will give me space to put drying dishes)
-Tuesday, 3/1: I will wash half the dishes
-Wednesday, 3/2: I will put away the first half and wash the other half of the dishes
-Thursday, 3/3: I will remove and shred the papers in the "shred" pile in the kitchen
- Friday, 3/4: I will put away all the clean dishes, finish cleaning any dishes that are left, clean off the breakfront counter, clean the fridge, microwave, stoveand dishwasher (inside, out and top)
-Saturday 3/5: I will organize the kitchen: clean out the cabinets and wipe them down, dust the tops of the cabinets, scrub the floors, and donate or toss unwanted/unused items.
-Sunday, 3/6: I will plan and try one new recipe and one old recipe in my lovely de-cluttered kitchen. I will leave enough time to clean up completely afterwards.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I read two things in blog today that really resonated with me:
1) Exercise because it makes you healthier
2) Eat healthy because your body deserves it
As I've begun to lose weight (and people have been noticing) my focus in both eating and exercise has subtly shifted away from these two points to ways to lose weight (and get more compliments, of course ).
Reminder to self: This is about getting the healthier life you deserve and becoming a better dancer - losing weight is really a big bonus!
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