Saturday, July 14, 2012
Anyone who really knows me, knows that I can motivate just about anyone...but myself...however, I think I came up with a great idea to accomplish both. In my last blog, I created a challenge to myself to post a new song as my status everyday, and to do something to said song, each day. So far, so good...but now that my motivation is slightly growing, I feel as though I need to do more. This is where you, the reader, comes in...I want you to check out my status everyday, and do something (dance, walk, run, whatever it takes to move your feet) to the song I've posted, then let me know in my comments section on my page.
Each person that leaves me a comment saying they participated in my little challenge will earn me one mile on the treadmill. In case this last part was at all confusing, let me break it down even more by giving an example. If 5 people check out the song of the day, and let's say they all dance to it, and then come back and let me know on my page, then I have to get my butt on the treadmill, that sits in our living room collecting dust, and walk/run 5 miles. And to hold myself accountable, I will be posting daily pictures of the miles I got in each day...
In other words, the more people, the more miles...AND (that's a pretty big and isn't it), in addition to all those happy miles I will be getting in, I must also have that many bottles of water, and I know there are quite a few of you out there (**cough, cough, Coach Krystie, cough, cough** ), that would love to see that part come true.
So, let's get moving, and kiss these pounds goodbye together. Are you up for the challenge??? I hope so, cause I am.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
(As of yesterday-7/6/13). In 1 year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, no matter how you put it, I will be strutting my stuff down the aisle to get married. Unfortunately I haven't made a dent in my weight loss, so that I can look awesome in my dress. Time for an overhaul, I need to buckle down and get super serious now, find my motivation and tell temptations to take a hike.
I may have come up with just the solution to help with that. While I've gotten better with my eating, (bought a lot of produce on our most recent grocery shopping exhibition), it's the motivation that needed work, and my remedy to this problem...music. Everyday I will post a different song in my SparkPeople status, and for that one song length I will walk, run, dance, whatever it takes to get moving. This is my stepping stone to eventually add more minutes and workouts into my day, and in the process, I'm hoping to motivate others as well. If anyone decides to join me in my personal music challenge, leave me a message on my Spark page and let me know what you did during that song. Now let's get up and move! .
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I typically only write one blog a week, but after the weekend I had, a special edition was due. A week ago today, we were lounging around, doing nothing, but that did not last long. Soon Thursday came, and Kernen's aunt from Massachusetts, flew in to help celebrate his nephew's 21st birthday. The night was pretty quiet, we packed our bags for the weekend, and I kept to my calories. Then, Thursday turned into Friday, and we were on our way to the casino. I made sure to pack a cooler of snacks that I could eat while there, so I wasn't wasting money or calories on foods I shouldn't be eating. Well, I'm sure we've all heard this before; God laughs when we make plans...and that's exactly what happened.
Since there was a large group of us at the casino, we all divided up into three rooms, and I was fortunate enough to land myself in the suite (or so I thought). I took my food out of the cooler, and put it on the kitchen counter, I then placed my cold stuff in the fridge (the benefit of the suite). Before I knew it, everyone was gathered in the suite to hang out, and my food was gone, I think I manged to save a granola bar and tiny box of 100 calorie cereal. So after the food was raided and some of the beer had been drank, everyone then headed down to the casino floor...I however did not. I stayed back to wait for the maintenance guy to show up to fix the room safe. About 30 minutes later, I finally leave the room, and head for the stairs and not the elevator...and by the way, did I mention that our room was on the 7th floor. So I get downstairs, and start walking around...I think I played for all of ten minutes before I ran into someone from our party who suggested we head back upstairs...so once again I avoid the elevator and take stairs...so many stairs.
I return to the suite and sit down for only a moment, while getting in some much needed H2O, before Kernen suggests that we go back down to the casino together this time to try our luck. I'm hesitant at first, mostly because I just sat down, but I comply and I immediately start for the stairs. Of course I have absolutely no support with this, all I hear is "don't take the stairs, just ride in the elevator", and "we're here to have fun, not workout, don't do that"...and I hear it from everyone. To say I had negative support with this, would be an understatement of epic proportions. Moving on, we wandered about the casino for a bit, until Kernen had the brilliant idea to enter the poker tournament (let me save you the anticipation of wondering how he did...he didn't go out first, but he didn't win either-his brother took that honor). Multiple hours have passed at this point since I had anything to eat, and since I had a BOGO on the buffet, we went there...unbeknownst to me, there was a seafood buffet that day, so my options were quite limited. I ate a serving of cheese ravioli and splurged a bit on dessert...creating a brownie sundae with the soft serve ice cream. Didn't really have much time to eat after that, since the tournament was starting shortly, so we finished up and headed out. Kernen went one way while I went another, more specifically, back to the stairs, and to the room.
I stayed up in the room until after Kernen was knocked out of the poker tournament, then Kernen, his aunt, and myself all went back down to the casino floor...as I went my own way to the stairs, I heard once again "just come with us..." blah, blah, blah...I'm fed up at this point with the lack of support and I call them out on it, asking where all the support was, the response I got was resounding..."oh you are doing great" says Kernen as he walks away toward the elevator. But I have to give the guy credit, at least he tried to be positive, even if it was after I said something.
I'm going to skip a little bit of the night here, since nothing too impressive happened. But onto the part that was interesting...after much poking and prodding from one of his brothers, Kernen and I went downstairs to the casino one final time before crashing in bed for the night. We walked all over the place to try and find random family members, and we spent a little bit of our money in the slot machine...now, hang on to your hats, it's about to get good. Kernen and I decided that it was time to call it a night, we had a $31.50 ticket, and that was pretty much the end of our money (we didn't go with much to begin with). As we are walking toward the elevator/stairs...we pass by a $1 machine, and I get to thinking "I might as well just make my ticket an even $30" so I play on the machine, and lucky me...I win $5, Kernen wants me to walk away, but I think, "one more hit", so I hit the $2 button, and the numbers start spinning...the first one stops...double 7s, the second one stops...double 7s, the third one stops...5X!!!!! I just won $1000!!!!!
Oh yea, that's me...laying on the bed with over $1000!!! (Tried my hand at a little roulette after my big win, and walked away with another $100). After my roll in the cash, we finally went to bed. When the trip was over, we all drove home and had a bonfire, with s'mores, and I did quite well, normally I would eat an entire bags worth of them, but I only had 2...one with a hershey bar and one with a peanut butter cup (delicious by the way). Nothing too eventful occured Sunday or Monday either, but Tuesday...we went to the movies and saw Snow White and the Huntsman (awesome movie) and then Madagascar 3 (an equally awesome movie). During Madagascar there were only 2 other people in the theater with Kernen and myself, so when they left we went to the front of the theater and danced to all the end credits...a first for both of us. It was one hell of a workout and a lot of fun, I totally recommend it. Today finished off the week, and even though it was stifling outside, Kernen and I went for a 35 minute walk (1.66 miles). So, that's my week in review, and I know most of it focused on just one day, but you get the idea.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
So, wishing for it in the mirror hasn't worked out that well for me, and doing nothing at all was a massive flop. So, instead I've recently been attending weekly meetings through Spark Live, and while I was being honest...I made the mistake of putting myself down. This didn't fly with the leader of the group and a challenge was issued. Every time I look at myself in the mirror, I have to compliment myself...not an easy task let me tell you. For the past week, I have avoided all mirrors like the plague, and only glanced for a moment when I absolutely had to. Being the ever so diligent fiance, Kernen had me write down every compliment I made, he really stayed on me about it. The following list, is as positive as I could get...
1. I tan well
2. I have a good complexion
3. I'm smarter than most people
4. I'm learning to be more patient
5. I'm becoming more organized with my life
6. I have a good heart
7. I think of others before myself
8. I have a good sense of humor
9. I'm good with kids
10. I'm very helpful when needed
11. I have nice eyes
12. I'm an honest person
13. I'm strong-willed
14. I'm a respectful person
15. I strive everyday to make myself a better person
If you notice, most of them are not about my looks at all, and there is a reason for that...I'm just not there yet, I don't see it..but I'm hoping that with time, and change, I will. I'm sure everyone will agree with me, that in a weeks time, I could only come up with 15 things, and to be perfectly honest...I didn't even do that. More often than not, I would stand in front of that stupid mirror and call out to Kernen that I needed help thinking of a compliment. But as I stated above, I'm hoping that as my body changes for the better, my attitude will as well.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I have started and restarted and restarted again on Spark a number of times, and the last time I did this, I updated my goal weight time frame. As you can see by the picture, I'm not where I should be by this time. In fact, I am back to where I started two years ago. When I weighed in last week, I was at a resounding 208.4lbs...I started to track my food, but it was quite lackadaisical, and it wasn't until the other day that I really buckled down and tracked everything that I put in my mouth. Too little too late...I stepped back on the scale today, for my weekly weigh in-209.2lbs. How disappointing, not the number so much as how I let get that bad. A year ago I was in ONEderland, and I vowed I would never leave it again, so why did I? Was I that weak, did I really lack that much willpower...the short answer is yes...but the truth is, I knew my eating habits were bad, and I knew I didn't like the way I looked, but if there was an excuse to be made, I had it. I was all over the "just one donut, that's all I need to kick this sweet tooth" (3 donuts later), and the "I didn't eat much today, so I can have a heaping second serving of that pasta for dinner", and then there was the ever popular "we need to get rid of the ice cream in the freezer, before we can try to lose weight"...and those were just the food excuses. I had a whole other set ready to go for not working out, and I still do.
Since this most recent restart of Spark is all about holding myself accountable, I am posting pictures of myself that I don't want anyone to ever see, including myself...ever again. I guarantee they won't be pretty, but they will be honest. The following picture is me, today, at 209.2lbs (and if you choose not to look, I won't be offended).
If you're still reading this, after seeing that, thanks for the support...it's what I need most right now. As I stated above, I'm still having issues with the workout excuses. I claim that I lack the motivation, but what it really boils down to is, I'm lazy. I have every opportunity to jump on the treadmill and walk while I watch tv, but instead, it just sits there, unoccupied while I veg out on the couch. When I go to the pool, I convince myself that I will do some laps before I get out, but then I end up laying on the raft and soaking up the sun. I am the definition of procrastination...I will always put off today what I can avoid tomorrow and push to next week. But...I'm getting better-I'm asking for help (which I hate to do), and I'm reaching out for support. Unlike most people, I thrive on negative support though, if I hear an insult about my size, it makes me want to work harder to never hear it again. To everyone out in Sparkland, feel free to say anything you like to get me off my ass, I'm still searching for my inner motivation, but until I find it, I'm looking for help. I finally held myself accountable to stop the excuses, and I'm finally ready to shed these pounds, and never look back again. Stay tuned for my updated progress.
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