Thursday, August 28, 2014
I walked with my neighbor today and then later in the evening, I walked to the store!! Every little thing helps! I'm logging in every day and I'm adding food - for breakfast and lunch. I need to add all day long. Maybe that will be my next step.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Today I changed the battery in my fitbit so that it's working again. I also made plans with the neighbor to go for a walk every day at 2pm. We're starting tomorrow, because I switched shifts at work today. So now I'm going to go do some cleaning before I get cleaned up for work. Baby steps!!!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I went away for awhile, but now I'm back. I think life just got a little too crazy. Things are settling down into a nice routine. One of the biggest changes I made while I was gone, was to change jobs. I had worked in the school system for 7 years, working with children who had various needs, from physical, emotional, mental, and monetary needs. Children in poverty can quickly get left behind, but our school system was great and we tried to reach out to everyone who needed help. BUT, it was stressful. I loved the one-on-one work, but it left me depleted at the end of the day, and "working" at a different school system then the one my children went to, was hard. Hard keeping track of 3 different schools, finding myself volunteering more at my school then their schools, just stressful.
I now work as a receptionist in a real-estate office part time. The hours are great...I can put my kids on the bus and be at home before they get home, plus have an hour to myself each day. It makes a HUGE difference!!!! I haven't had that alone time. I need it to soothe my soul!!!
SO...now I'm back. I've made a worksheet of the things I want to accomplish each day. I had to take clean the bathrooms off the list, because they were never getting done, and in it's place I put, check in with spark people and exercise!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
First of all, I turned off my fitbit connection to SP. I didn't feel like it was accurately recording my real exercise time. It recorded every step that I took as exercise, and it inflated my numbers. It just didn't feel right to me. I do walk 10,000 steps most days, due to the nature of my job. While this IS exercise, I'm not doing it with the intention of exercise, it's just my job. It doesn't do anything to help me lose weight. It helps me maintain my current weight. I like having a job that makes me so active, but it's my normal day to day activity. I will just add in the exercise that I do - that way it reflects what I'm really doing.
SO, that said, I have been running a mile 3x a week since Sept. 15th. This past Sunday, for the FIRST time, I was able to run that mile without stopping to walk!!!!! It took me 12 minutes. I ran 12 minutes without stopping!!!!! I did the same thing yesterday morning!!!! Whoo Hooo!!!!!
The reason I even attempted to do this was because I had a dream about it the night before. It was one of those dreams that seem so real. I really thought I was outside running and I did the whole thing without stopping. When I woke up, I was disappointed that it was a dream, but let that spur me on to try it, and I did it!!!! I'm okay with taking walk breaks if they're needed. I've even read articles on the net by very famous runners, who have said that walking breaks can be beneficial to preventing injuries. I'm just amazed that I could do it. My lungs still protest. I feel like I'm a very loud breather.
My next goal is to try to run more than 3x a week. I'm aiming for every other day. I'm a morning runner and with winter coming on, this is going to be more exercise for my mind than for my body. If I can get out the door, I should be okay. I'm still sticking with a mile, and then do longer runs on the weekend. By spring, I'm hoping to love the nicer weather so much, that I'll add a lot more miles and run every day.
Monday, September 30, 2013
I'm super proud of myself for seeing a goal all the way through. On Sept. 15th, at the end of a day when I did NOTHING, I decided to go for a mile run. I took my son along and it was sprinkling, but I did it. Then I decided to make a goal of running a mile 3x a week. I accomplished that goal!!!!!!
My goal for October is to still run 3x a week. Maybe even add a 1/2 mile more towards the end of the month.
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