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Reflection and Excuses

Monday, July 22, 2013

As I look back to on the last 7 months and more specifically this last 6 weeks, I have realized I am not putting my best effort forward. when I started this year I had many expectations on how this year would go and really I havenít even done half of what I have set out to do.

I will do my best to go back and get more in depth from the whole year. Today I am going to concentrate on this round of BLC. First of all, I LOVE this team! It is one of the best I have been a part of since I was a Dragon many rounds ago. Lots of energy and good will going on. We have lost some but that seems to be pretty typical. We have our superstars which is great and sometimes when we have lots of them others tend to find it de motivating, not this team. For the most part it seems to have been pretty motivating to most!
So why have I been failing short? Well that leads me to the excuses part. As a lot of my SP friends know I have been battling fatigue since mid-part of November. It is nowhere near as bad as it was (no docs never could tell me exactly what is causing it), but I keep using it as an excuse. I am just too tired to do 25 crunches. Oh I am too tired to get up and walk around the block. Wow, tomorrow will be a long day with work and appointments I better not do anything today that may wear me out!
As I was looking at my numbers, as was suggested to me by another BLC Captain I realized I have been mid to bottom of almost all the challenges this round! That isnít setting a very good example now is it!?!
My BHAG for this round is to create and keep a regular workout schedule. I havenít done that. Another goal I had set for myself is to eat a diet consisting of mostly Paleo. I called it my 80/20 Paleo diet. 80% of the week I will eat meat, fruit and veggies only. The rest of the week I will eat whatever (within reason- staying in calorie range of course). Well I did start that and I saw some good results as far as energy level and even weight loss but I have this major sugar addiction and I realized how much carbs and dairy I really eat! So when my sister was here on vacation I totally threw it out the window! I am going to go back to it, I have already gone shopping and prepared a menu this week with everything I need. It isnít a hard diet and I actually am trying new veggies. I am not much of a veggie eater to begin with so with my double up on veggies (I typically eat 2 veggies instead of a starch) I have been trying new veggies. I have also started eating fish. I am still not a huge fan of tilapia but I have been eating it. I told my kids I have to try it 25 times before I like it. They love fish as well as my hubby so they love when we have it. I just told hubby that if he wants me to eat it he has to make it for me! Heehee!

My goals for the next 6 weeks of the BLC Challenge is to stop making excusing. Even if I am tired I can do SOMETHING. I will also set up the regular exercise routine and get by the end of this challenge I will be keeping that routine!

  
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WYOMOL 7/23/2013 9:08PM

    Great blog liz - you are inspiring once again :)

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FT4EVR 7/23/2013 8:33AM

    I have thought of you many times since your dr appt because I have been dealing with the same symptoms and all medical tests came back clear. So, yes, we also received the same diagnosis. The only way we can "cure" it is to push through the excuses. And for that a plan is needed and you have one!!
Now words need to be put into action and I know you will follow through on your prescription to better health! And your hubby will be cooking fish!

Darn, I have to leave for work so I can't write more right now. Know that I am thinking of you and cheering you on! Not from the sidelines but right there with you!
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S.M.A.R.T Goals for BLC 22

Monday, June 10, 2013

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound Goals for BLC 22

Goals
1. To lose 5 lbs that is just under a half pound a week each of the 12 weeks of the challenge.
2. To get and keep an exercise routine. I am planning on riding my bike or doing exercise videos 5-6 days a week.
3. Cut back on the caffeine. I am going to cut it down to one cup of coffee a day. I tend to increase in the summer. I love iced coffees!

Nothing that is too hard. All attainable! All relevant to the lifestyle I want to live.

  
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SPARKNMOM 6/18/2013 2:30PM

    Very "SMART" goals! Love it!

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LJR4HEALTH 6/11/2013 9:07PM

    Yes all very doable for you emoticon forward

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LMB-ESQ 6/11/2013 4:40AM

    Your goals for the new BLC! Good luck!

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BLC21 Weight Tracker

Friday, April 12, 2013

Beginning 121.2
Week 1 (1/223) 121.8
Week 2 (1/30) 120.0
Week 3 (2/6) 120.0
Week 4 (2/13) 120.4
Week 5 (2/20) 120.4
Week 6 (2/27) 119.6
Week 7 (3/6) 119.2
Week 8 (3/13) 119.6
Week 9 (3/20) 119.2
Week 10 (3/27) 118.2
Week 11 (4/3) 119.4
Week 12 (4/10) 118.8

Total loss for BLC21 2.4
Total loss for BLC20 3.6 (Sept 12, 2012 - Dec 5, 2012)

  
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SPARKNMOM 4/21/2013 11:26PM

    I want my tracker to start heading in the same direction as yours!!! :)

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FT4EVR 4/18/2013 5:14PM

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RUNNINGWILD 4/12/2013 10:58AM

    Consistency and patience is the key as you get closer to goal. Nice work Liz!

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BLC20 Weight Tracker (for my reference only)

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

12/05 121.2
11/28 120.2
11/21 120.4
11/14 121.6
11/07 122.6
10/31 123.4
10/24 123.0
10/17 123.4
10/10 122.8
10/03 124.4
09/26 123.8
09/19 124.0
09/12 125
End of BLC 19 124.8

  
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A look deeper: Goals for 2013 - Health

Monday, December 31, 2012

I am just over a month from my 40th birthday (Feb 8th remember the date, I expect BIG presents HA! Just kidding!! You couldn't even you wanted to because there is only a handful of you that know where I live!!) I am sure you all have heard things like this before, "oh once I turned 40 I was just physically falling apart" or "man, it is H*ll getting old" Well you and I both know that 40 is the new 20, or at least 30 right?! While I am having some emotional issues with the number I totally understand that it is just a number, just like any other number. I have had little to no problem all my life telling anyone and everyone how old I am. While I easily wrote to you that I am soon to be 40 I am having one h*ll of a time saying it out loud. I don't know why, I am working through it by time my birthday gets here I'll be fine.
So with these emotional issues and yes, truly believing that 40 is NOT old; when I started feeling off it just threw me for a loop. I got out of BLC 20 feeling incredible! Just tons of energy, seeing the prospects of actually LOSING weight through the holiday (see my 12/2 blog) Then, gradually I just stop feeling good. I have been fighting somethings things for months but at the beginning of December it just was hitting me almost everyday.
here is my list my symptoms:
1. depressed mood & just plan moody
2. lack of energy and weak
3. shaky between meal (even though I ate no different than I had been)
4. irregular periods (when normally you can set a watch to it) PS SORRY GUYS!
5. memory issues - OMG this one is the worse. I am in accounting and I have made SOO many mistakes in the last two months then it goes to forgetting everyday things. Then in mid-sentence stopping because I can't remember a word! Boy have I gotten some goofy looks from that!
6. Headaches - a LOT of them
7. tons of problems with Allergies - STILL not 100% sure I don't have a minor cold, all I know is that when I take my allergy meds the symptoms go away (MOSTLY) but it is really rare that I have this many problems at this time of year because my main allergies are outdoor pollen (we have 6" of snow on the ground!)
8. and this one just started yesterday, I have 2 fingers that just fell asleep while I was at work yesterday! they got all needle prick feeling, not bad but enough to notice!

Anyone of these (except for the memory one) by themselves isn't such a big deal, they can be but not necessarily. All together it just kinds of stinks!
So I went crying to one of my teams and 2-3 people told me the same thing. Get your butt to the doctor! They suggested that it could be a problem with hormones, blood sugar or even thyroid. Well, why the heck didn't I think of that on my own!? Oh yea, it is probably the memory thing! HA! Seriously though I got to think about it and hypothyroidism runs very strongly in the women in my family. My grandmother, 2 cousins and my mother had/have issues with their thyroid. CRAP! So if you ask me, that is what my problem will end up being.
I have made an appointment for Jan 8th. I have asked for a full physical and I intend to ask for a check of Vitamins (D, Calcium, Potassium), Thyroid, Blood sugar.
2013 will be a year of making sure I am as healthy as I can be and staying there!

  
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XFITSTRONG 1/1/2013 10:44AM

    Great blog!!!! I also turn 40 this year.... Not sure how I will feel the closer it gets, but right now I'm OK with it. DH is 45 and we are so "connected" a lot of the times I feel like we are the same age, lol.... Plus, I get many comments from people: "you're not 40 yet????" that I guess I just feel 40 already, lol... Ilike the saying that 40 is the new 30. I am definitely more fit, thinner, and in better shape all around than I was when I turned 30.

I am curious as to what the Dr says about your symptoms!!!! Have a great New Year... I am going to catch up on your last couple of blogs.

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RUNNINGWILD 1/1/2013 4:52AM

    I'm 41. That's all I'm gonna say about that emoticon


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LMB-ESQ 12/31/2012 8:48PM

    Oh yeah. definitely sounds like a trip to the doc is in order. I need to go too. Little nagging things. I bet when you get it straightened out you will feel much better.

I honestly can't remember turning 40. But I can say that I feel my own age more when others around me have birthdays rather than when I have a birthday. For example, my kids are 25 and 23. When the hell did that happen!?!?!?!? I have siblings approaching their 70s and my mother will be 95 this year. OMG!!! WTF??? I am just not that old. By comparison, 53 means nothing to me.

Our saying is "aging ain't for sissies." And it isn't. But we are not sissies. We will grab 2013 by the balls and make it do what we want it to do. Now, that does not sound like a sissy, does it?

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FT4EVR 12/31/2012 7:14PM

    Nice that your doctor appt is so soon! I am interested in what it ends up being. Some of the symptoms sound like perimenopause but since thyroid issues run in your family I would guess that is it too.
About turning 40.....yes, it will be just fine! I know that because I am older than you! lol
I know what you mean though about people saying negative things about age. My older sister did that after she turned 50. I have to let her age gripes go in one ear and straight out the other! After all we know what the alternative is. I will enjoy each new candle on my cake! And I know you will too.
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