Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I really hate that I'm a yo-yo-er when it comes to losing weight. I've recently gained some weight this last year, and I can't believe I've let this happen again. I get distracted and very busy when I'm in grad school, and I don't realize how much eating unhealthy food hurts me. I'm the type where I can eat an unhealthy meal and easily gain a couple pounds from it. And those couple of pounds are very hard to lose. It makes me feel like I'm being punished for indulging, and I hate that. I don't see anything wrong in eating off a healthy diet once in a while. In fact, I think it can help jump start your metabolism when you are on that plateau. But I don't understand why I'm so prone to gain weight so easily.
Okay, enough sob story. The point of this blog post is that I'm going to try again to get back to where I was, or at least close. A friend of mine is also doing a weight loss challenge with me. We're hoping to each lose 15 pounds before the end of October (I think we chose around Oct. 20th). Since it's going to be getting colder soon, I'm really hoping to be able to fit back into my jeans so I don't have to buy any more. If we both lose that weight, we're going to reward ourselves with a thrift store shopping spree. I have the motivation I need, and I have someone doing it with me, which is extremely helpful for me.
So, as frustrated as I am with myself, I know it's not going to get any better unless I change. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Today, as I was doing my strength training exercises, I remembered the resolution I made last January: to do five pushups. I decided I would try and see my progress. I got down on the ground, put my hands into position, and, to my surprise, I was able to push myself up easily! Well, maybe VERY easily, but still, I could do it with a lot less effort than all those months ago. I decided to go ahead and try for a total of five and BAM! I did it!!!
I even tried again and did five more! They aren't the best looking pushups, but I can tell that I have progressed a ton. I was pretty surprised. I hurried to tell my mom, but she didn't have as much excitement as I did. Haha! I was worried I wouldn't even accomplish my resolution before this January, but I even have months to spare. Now, I can work on my form, and continue toning my triceps. I think what especially helped was my new job, which requires me to lift heavy boxes.
Have you reached your New Year's Resolution? January is creeping up awfully fast, so you'd better get crackin'! Hahaha!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
When I weighed myself this Easter morning, I was shocked to discover that I've lost 60 pounds! This has really made my day. :) I was wondering what 60 pounds looks like, and I borrowed this idea from some blogs I saw. Hopefully my math is correct. :) It is weird to think how much I've lost when I think of how much that much weight would be in, say, butter.
60 pounds = 240 sticks of butter
60 pounds = a bushel of wheat
60 pounds = 12 five pound weights
60 pounds = 7.06 gallons of whole milk
60 pounds = an 8-9 year old child
60 pounds = 480 large eggs
This was a fun little exercise to do, and it makes the weight I've lost feel more tangible and real rather than something that just disappeared.
Happy Easter! :D
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I know some people are going to laugh when they read my main resolution for this year, but I don't care. My New Year's Resolution is to be able to do five regular pushups. I can't do a single one, and I've never been able to, in fact. I feel like my arms have no muscles at all. I've been working on them. I hate feeling weak. It's only the 12th, and I can already tell a difference. I can't go all the way to ground, but I can bend my elbows, lower myself, and then lift myself back up a couple times without too much trouble. It's certainly progress!
I think part of the reason why my upper body has become so weak was a result of the ganglion cyst I had in my right wrist. It got to the point where I couldn't put any weight on that arm, among other problems. If I ever had to push myself up or use that arm for support for whatever reason, I used my fist instead of my palm to help me so I wouldn't have to bend my wrist. There were so many things I couldn't do anymore because of the pain and the irritation I had from that stupid cyst. Even when I wasn't trying to use that wrist a lot, it would randomly ache. Anyway, it sucked, and I finally had surgery on it in the summer of 2009. After recovery and painful physical therapy, I could finally use it again. It's weird how quickly muscles disappear when you don't use them! I know it's not the best excuse, but I don't think it helped. It doesn't matter now--I'm determined to achieve my New Year's Resolution!
My other resolutions are to keep this weight off and to become a better runner. I used the treadmill for about half an hour last night, and I ran for most of it!
I wish everyone the best of luck with their resolutions. And remember, it doesn't have to be January 1st for you to make a resolution.
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