Monday, March 19, 2012
Ha...THAT title made you want to read this blog, didn't it???
So, I feel like something is changing in my body and I don't know if it's related to working out more, drinking more water, my diet or maybe I'm just getting old. LOL.
Did anyone have any issues with excessive sweating after you had gotten a few weeks into your diet and exercise regimen?
I mean, I know it's been getting warmer and I'm overweight...and overweight people sweat and overheat more easily than healthy folks. But this is unusual for me. Yesterday, I went to help set up at church and I was carrying some heavy things and moving around a lot, etc. I started sweating and it was POURING off of me. Like...to the point that my hair looked like I just got out of the shower. It was SO embarrassing. I went outside to cool down (it was a very crisp, cool morning) and I just could not cool down! Ended up having to go into the ladies room and literally take off my shirt and run cold water over my face and neck, etc. It was really gross. When I went back into the main room, I noticed that it was not hot at all in there. And no one else was all worked up. I know it was just MY body.
Only thing I can think...I have been drinking a TON more water lately. I mean, is it just as simple as that???
If so, yuck. And I hope this passes soon!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
I'm very encouraged as I write this, because even though I wasn't perfect calorie-wise today, I finished C25K Week 2 Day 1 and I made significant improvements to my interval times. So I felt really great about that.
And tonight, it seems that my husband is FINALLY getting on board with the healthy eating/correct portion sizes kick that I have been on for the past few weeks. I can't even tell you how much that helps me mentally. Also, we are preparing the kids to go back to school tomorrow (they've been on Spring Break all week) and we have them laying out their clothes and choosing the food they want in their lunches. They refuse to eat school lunch now because they saw the news story on "pink slime" that turns into chicken nuggets. Frankly, I love that...because the kids at school are all talking about it and I think that the voice of the students is SO much more powerful than a bunch of "nagging parents". The kids could bring their own change!!! That's so exciting!
Anyway, back to our house tonight...the kids are really trying to choose healthy options because they are so grossed out by the pink slime. So they are having a great dialogue with us about what is healthy and what is not. It's not a huge deal, because they won't necessarily EAT the healthy stuff yet...but it's a start.
And, you know what? I will TAKE baby steps over no steps at all!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Today was just...well...instead of boring you with all the details, let's do something fun and I'll tell my story in pictures.
Yesterday, work rocked and I felt on top of the world and I was all...
Today, work was really rough and I felt like...
At lunch, which was an hour and half later than usual because things had been SO busy, I really wanted to go to a buffet and eat...a LOT.
But, I knew in my heart that I should have this instead:
And do you know what happened THEN???? Sitting at my desk...this literally happened....
That's when I realized...there has never been a more CLEAR example of the fact that I am an emotional eater and that my trigger is stress.
So, I had an entire inner dialogue with myself. "OK, I want to eat because I'm upset. I feel....???"
Not Good Enough
Out of Control
And I chose the salad. It was delicious. But I still didn't feel better. So, the breakthrough was that I recognized, in the moment, what exactly was happening and I did the right thing.
But I'm still left with this icky, frustrated, anxious, jittery feeling. It's like...now how do I actually HANDLE all these yucky emotions if I can't just eat and stuff them down?
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I have seen a lot of runners that have lost extraordinary amounts of weight. But, after yesterday's workout, I'm worried that I might not be quite ready for running. I woke up this morning with the WORST knee pain. And I have never had knee issues before.
I have this friend, Eugene, who lost over 100 lbs in just over a year and ALL he does is WALK. Well...and eat healthy. Duh. Granted, he has a very structured program and he was out there walking EVERY day with everything in him. He could walk a mile faster than many people could run it.
My question is...has anyone on SP lost a lot of weight WALKING and not running? I feel like I could go a lot longer with less injury if I stick to walking. I like it a lot and I do believe in the health benefits. I know that I would need to push myself, the same way I would if I were training for running races. And, I do intend to train for races.
In fact, my boss has knee problems and her doctor told her that she only had so many steps left (running) with her knees in the condition they are in. He gave her the choice between running til her knees quit or walking instead for much longer. She chose walking. In 2 weeks, she will fast-walk a half marathon. Today she told me to pay attention to her Facebook statuses because, if I notice, she never says, "I RAN 8 miles today." Instead, she says, "I DID 8 miles today." Haha. Never did notice that before. Clever.
I don't know. This blog is kind of meandering...just putting down some thoughts I've been having. The last thing I need is to get injured and gain even MORE weight! Ugh!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Oh, SparkFriends! I have had a series of small victories today! Some of you might have seen the video blog by ON2VICTORY yesterday that dealt with making small goals and sticking to them. I have watched that blog a few times already and it is, quite possibly, the most inspiring thing I've ever seen related to health and weight loss. Robert has already lost 115 lbs and he has about 40 lbs left to reach his goal weight. I'd sent him a message asking him HOW he stuck to the plan for so long and didn't give up. And my answer was that video blog yesterday.
Basically, Robert says, "Make small goals for yourself and keep them. Every time you keep a small goal, you prove to yourself that you can do this." He also talked about how the only two things we have control over are our diet and our fitness. Everything else is totally on our body's timetable, so we can't worry about a timetable. Instead, we do what we KNOW to do and control what we CAN control and let our body work everything else (health, weight, healing) out in time. Robert said a couple of times, "Make it happen!"
Well, today I did just that. Came home from a long day of work and didn't FEEL like cooking at all. Was actually kinda pissed that my hubby (who'd been home ALL DAY) hadn't thought to make dinner. It would have been SO easy to order pizza, but I couldn't shake my CRAVING for a HEALTHY dinner. And, more than that, the craving for that feeling of victory that I would have after eating a healthy meal (my body celebrating a tiny goal achieved). So, I assembled a delicious little plate for myself (and everyone else in my family): grilled turkey burgers, steak fries, peas and skim milk. I had a very small serving of fries (still within my calorie limit) and I'll be honest...I was still fuming about having to make dinner the entire time I was eating. Emotionally, I wanted to fly off the handle and eat the entire leftover pan of fries. And, you know what? I could have. But I forced myself to be done with dinner. Because, in the back of my mind, I remembered Robert's words from his blog last night and thought, "I can do this." And, wouldn't you know...that translated into a financial victory as well (no spending $40 on pizza!) SWEET!
Then, it was close to 7pm and I STILL hadn't got my workout in. It was still light out and I thought, "I'll go for a walk on the trail." But, alas, no clean workout clothes and it was getting darker by the minute and, quite honestly, I've been feeling a little guilty about being gone and away from my kids so much on the trail. ALMOST said, "Screw it. I won't do a workout today. It's just ONE day."
But then I heard Robert's voice saying, "Make it happen! You don't KNOW where you will be in two years if you stick to your small goals." And do you know what I did next? I went to my handy dandy SparkPeople app on my phone and calculated the number of minutes I'd need to climb stairs to burn my goal of 285 calories. 23 minutes. Set my timer and did stairs and brisk walking all around my house. Around minute 8, I was ready to collapse and I could envision my calves locking up. I thought, "If I just make it to 10 minutes, I'll quit. That's good enough." Then, I made it to 10 and thought, "I've got a chance to prove to myself that I CAN DO THIS and, by golly, I'm gonna prove it!" So I kept going. The entire 23 minutes. More sweat poured off of me than I have seen in a long time! And, when it was all said and done, I felt AWESOME! Physically...and mentally. Because I achieved a small goal.
One day at a time. Heck, one MINUTE at a time, people. I finally believe that I CAN do this!
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