Friday, October 26, 2012
Still struggling to get my motivation back. I bought the 3 months of sparkcoach hoping it would help motivate me to get back to my diet and exercise program. I am only a few days in, and so far haven't been doing so great. Of course I have been sick and that never bodes well for any workout program ever! However, I just don't have the drive so far. I have been reading motivational stories, trying to check in everyday, and still no progress. Really don't wanna gain this weight back, but I feel like crap an just wanna eat comfort food and lay in bed! Grrr!!!
If anyone has any suggestions, please, I'll be happy to hear them!
Friday, October 19, 2012
I don't know why I do it.
I never intend to stop working out. It just happens. I got busy with a new job, 3 kids on 3 different soccer teams, I am coaching 2 of those soccer teams, and before I know it, I have gained weight and not worked out in 3 months! I am tired, achy, fat, bloated, stiff, and wondering why this happened again. The good news is I haven't gained all the weight back yet. The bad news is if I don't start trying to get back to being healthy it won't be long before I have.
So tomorrow I begin again. I will pick whichever workout I feel like doing and I will complete it before I post here in the morning. I am also going to weigh in to see how much damage has been done. Then while I take my son to the eye doctor, I will shop for healthy foods and attempt to follow a meal plan.
I have been successful before. I will be successful again. :)
Thursday, April 19, 2012
When your losing weight and want to keep motivated the most important thing is to be positive. Celebrate every, single, teeny, tiny victory. A few days ago I noticed my arms looked smaller. I measured and sure enough!...I had lost an inch off my arms. Today before getting in the shower I stood sideways and (ignoring my big stomach) focused on my back half, and thought...WOW! That's not so bad. My back is much less flabby :) and the fat rolls are shrinking. My butt is toned and almost virtually free from cellulite. My legs look much more toned, and getting slightly muscular.
If I could get rid of this stupid gut I have, I would be happy with my body.
That is a shocking thought. That I could be this close +.....+ to having the body I could be happy with.
The problem is how to get rid of belly fat. I have read books and listened to what Dr. Oz said and I think it is time to start following some of the advice. Most "Belly fat" plans suggest limiting carbs and sugars. I can do that. I also have learned that these types of foods bloat me. Not fun....or attractive!
Dr. Oz said to use caraway seeds to reduce gas and bloating. So I added them to my morning smoothie. Well, most of them did not blend up and I had to swallow them or chew them like tiny annoying pills. But again, a change I can live with to get a smaller belly.
The rest of my day will entail finishing the work day, grabbing my son, taking him to grab something to eat, and getting him somewhere where he can change, having him change into his soccer uniform and then running him back to school to get on the bus to go to his game. Then I will run home, grab my money, get gas and head to his game the next county over. After the game we will grab something healthy to eat and head home. I will hop on my bike and ride 30-60 mins ( I already did LV 2 of the 30 day shred) and then will announce my day done!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I have been hanging in there. Despite some questionable food choices, I am hanging steady at 217. I haven't weighed in awhile and am hoping to see the scales number reflect some loss. I have been working out, which is the one thing I have been consistent with over the last month. Which is why I am still about where I was. The good news is I am down 20 pounds now and I have lost a total of 7 inches. :) I am firmly in a plus size 16 now and can squeeze into a missy size 16 with some muffin top. Hoping to obliterate the muffin top shortly. :)
I have decided to get really serious about my working out. I have stopped logging my food but am doing pretty well staying within my calorie ranges so for now I am going to keep doing that. I have been eating healthy. I upped my exercise. Yesterday I did 28 mins of the 30 Day Shred, 30 mins running (2.5 miles), 30 mins biking (5 miles), and a 10 min flexibility workout for a total of 100 mins. It was good. :) Today is an easier day and I am going to ride the bike for 30 mins and do some light upper body strength training. Tomorrow will be a harder workout day if I don't work, and if I do it will be another light day. I want to focus back on strength training some as I noticed as I had been slacking that I have gotten a little flabby. I must correct that pronto!!
Family drama has died down. Still am not sure about what is going to happen with my boyfriend's job. We know the factory will eventually close, but they are saying not for 2 years...Since the kids and I don't want to move, we have talked about him commuting down and spending the week, and coming back up on the weekends. If not he will have t turn the job down. My last blog I did not really explain my position very well for not wanting to move and may have come off a little ungrateful that he may be offered such a nice position at the new factory in AL. I'm not ungrateful. However, I am trying to find a teaching job. I am not certified to teach in AL and am unsure what is required to become certified. Secondly, my entire family is here. We know no one in AL. I would have no one to help out with my children...I have3 school age, when they are sick, if I am working, I will have no one to help with their care or even to help afterschool, etc. Also, my parents are getting older and it would kill them if I took their grandbabies 2 states away. I would also like to be here to participate in my parents care care if they should ever need it. My sisters ad I are super-close. They are my best friends and not being able to see them and my nieces when I want to, would be a huge burden.
Then there is the matter of my Boyfriend. In a lot of ways he is a good guy, He has made huge strives to become a better man and I am thankful for it everyday. However, he doesn't "take care" of me....in any way. He makes 10 times as much money as me a yr. Yet I have to pay for all the stuff the kids need. I am in debt up to my eyeballs because I have been unable to get a teaching job, due to cuts in education and have been living off my credit cards. When I fall short- which is a lot- my mother helps me out. Not him. Moving to AL would mean I would have to rely solely on him for everything and I am not sure that it would be a smart move.
Today I will be busy as always with soccer practice, work, and normal household stuff. I hope everyone has a blessed day!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I'm barely hanging in there.
I mean barely.
This week has been a huge struggle with me. I have had huge family drama. I got into a stupid argument with my sisters and nieces. It was stupid, I didn't cause it, and I am not going to apologize for something I didn't cause. Then I found out that my boyfriend who is the breadwinner, by a landslide in my house, is going to lose his job within a year. The factory he works for is closing and moving to Alabama. He has heard rumors that they are going to offer him double his salary now to move and work at the new factory. I say no. I have lived here all my life, my entire family is here, my friends are here, and all my children's friends are here. We know nothing and no one in Alabama and I refuse to move. The company is also rumored to give him a nice severance package, but he is only thinking about the money he would be making if he takes the AL job, and not how such a move would affect us all. It's been stressful, and caused 2 arguments so far, and I am really not looking forward to the next few months.
Plus, it's TOM.
I have started reading Joyce Meyer's "The Battlefield of The Mind" and I am really trying to rid myself of negative thoughts. I am also trying very hard to study the Bible everyday and make God a part of my daily life, through bible study, and prayer.
I also am job hunting for a teaching job. It takes a great deal of time to search, fill out applications, contact superintendents and Principals, put together and distribute your portfolio....It's endless.
It's soccer season, and I have been gone 3 nights this week in addition to working during the day, which means my house looks like a tornado went through it. :
I also am wanting to start writing again. Not just in my little blog here, but to write down the stories I have bouncing around in my head.
On top of that, I am a mother to 4 kids.
I am feeling overwhelmed and don't know how to deal with all this stress....and workout too!
My food intake has been horrible. I have been eating out more since I am not at home as much and I haven't always make the best choices.
My goal for the next week is to make better choices, workout more, stay on plan, and be here every single day!
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