Monday, February 27, 2012
Used my pedometer today. Over 12,500 steps for the day. I did take an hour walk. But of course there were many other steps taken today. I'm excited that it is motivating me to walk more. I think walking is the best thing for me, good for my bones and my core strength to protect my back. Great for cholesterol levels and blood pressure. I used to walk all the time, but have gotten away from it. Biking and Swimming and doing DVDs has been nudging walking out of my schedule. I can't seem to find time to do more than one type of workout per day. Or maybe I just don't want to spend all my free time exercising. I have to have a life, too. Like today, I was able to sew a jumper for my one-year-old granddaughter. And spent a few hours with a good friend.
I ate two meals out today. Recipe for disaster, BUT I behaved! My friend took me out for a belated birthday lunch. She took me to a cafe, really just a hole in the wall. I wasn't so sure I wanted to do this because there's no documented calorie charts for their menu. I tend to only eat out at places where I can see data on nutrition. I hoped and hoped I'd be able to find a healthy choice. Turns out they had an egg white omelette with turkey and salsa! And turkey bacon was an option for the side. Plus a nice small piece of wheat toast. No hidden sauces or gooey cheese. Just a straightforward "dieters" option. Yay! My friend asked the waitress what was on the dessert menu. A long list. I'd already decided on no dessert, even though I could have said to myself that it was a birthday celebration which would only be complete with a dessert. When they told her they were out of the tiramisu, I was glad because she was going to get it and I would've been drooling. She kept saying,"you're so GOOD" (we also shopped at a store together after lunch and we walked past a huge mirror. I said,"I should buy that mirror, it's a good one-it makes me look skinny!" She said, "you are!" and then I saw her in the mirror beside me and it was showing us to be the same size! She looked normal but I was sure the mirror was distorting me. You know how some mirrors make you look fat? Well I just had bought a mirror for my closet. I had no full length mirror, and wanted to see the whole me. But the one I bought makes me look fat! I should have bought the mirror I saw today!!
I came home and took my hour walk. My hubby came home. It was date night tonight. I had a tilapia wrap. Ate half of that and some onion rings. A bit of grease, but it was my only treat for the day. And probably my only splurge for the week.
I'm happy with my day. Now I'm going to end the day with my final few sets of push-ups, and will reach a total of 250 push-ups for the day!
AND settle down with a good book and get to bed at 10 or 11.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I had some birthday money. I was in wally world with my hubby today and I saw the pedometers they have. I've thought about getting one, but a long time ago I had a cheap one that wasn't worth 2 cents, so I've never replaced it, not realizing there are reliable options. So, today I invested in one. I had started out the day not feeling motivated to work out, and had even planned to skip it altogether today. But once I got my gadget home and set it up, measuring my stride and all, I was eager to head outdoors and see how many steps I could rack up. I also wanted to see how far I've been walking, distance wise. I didn't realize how far off my calculations have been. (I overestimated) I didn't let that discourage me because now I have a way to measure my steps and can set goals. I could do that before by just spending more time walking over time, but having a new gadget and a new way to measure is motivating me to compete against myself. I've heard that a good goal is 10,000 steps a day. It took me 65 minutes to get just over 8000! I don't know yet if I'm only going to carry it when I'm on actual walks or if I should carry it throughout the day. What would you suggest?
I'm excited to say that I got in an hour walk on a day that I planned on doing nothing!
Monday, February 20, 2012
I just saw a motivating picture of a woman who went from size 20 down to a size 0!!! How did she do it!
I know we all have different body types and structure, and a 7 is the smallest I have ever been since middle school when I was a 12. I was a 7 just before I had my first baby, and after that mostly a 12. I am 53, that woman was 42, and had had 2 kids. I have had 4. There I go comparing myself to someone else. Don't many of us do the comparison thing? I need to get over it and love who I am. Just be happy for other people who are at this stage in their lives. And be proud of what I am doing and the progress I've made. Size 14 down to 10. 161 down to 142. More confident in my personal life, eating healthier, actively involved in getting my body in shape. My back is stronger, my arms aren't flabby, my love life with hubby is blossoming. I have friends on SP who have my back. I am growing in my relationship with God, and also with my children, and hubby. I am a happier person. Yay me.
I just talked myself out of the envy I felt for that other Sparker. WooHoo!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
What the heck is going on here? i just had a salad for my afternoon snack, followed by a handful of pistachios. A salad? who me?! Where did the real Lori go? OH, maybe this new Lori will become the new real Lori.
The last 4 weeks or so I have given in to buying more sweet junk food. I have done pretty well at limiting myself to 1 sweet treat a day until the last few weeks. At Hallmark we were selling valentine's day candy. I didn't struggle this year with sweets or pie from Thanksgiving through the new year, but once the valentine candy came out I was not doing so well. I kept my calories in check, but I substituted the healthy snacks with sugar. I haven't gained weight, but I just know this could lead to problems in that area and I've decided to get back to my 1 treat a day routine. This usually works for me.
I finally made the decision to move on from stage 3 to stage 4, and this is giving me new resolve to tighten up my reigns on goals that i had set before and of course, now I am setting some additional goals. I haven't developed them yet, since I just changed stages yesterday. Today I spent time in the Spark (book) to see what week 4 looked like. I think that is similar to the content of stage 4, if I'm not mistaken. I did start my list of 50-100 goals of things I want to do in my lifetime. I guess that's what a bucket list is. I've never written one down before. So far I have 23 things listed.
Any one have any insights or advice for me going into this next stage of my life? I want to make the most of this newfound commitment to myself to continue on my journey.
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