Friday, August 02, 2013
I read a really nice quote today about people stopping themselves from things in life because of a fear deep down that makes them think only other people can do things - especially weight loss. It essentially said that we sometimes make ourselves fail without even realizing it.
I was thinking about this and realized that it's not only true for a lot of people, but it's true for me. I've gotten past the "I can't do it, but she can" stage and I've moved into something completely differently. I think of it as a fear of the end result. I'm not afraid of what I'll look like when I'm fit or thinner. I know my body will feel better and that I'll look better and feel more comfortable in my clothes and such. Here are some examples of what I mean:
1. I participate in both the 5% challenge and the Biggest Loser challenge. I LOVE being on these teams! It gives me a great sense of team work and community with others on my teams. It gives me goals to work toward each week, accountability, and friends on SP that I'm constantly in contact with in the chat rooms.
--When I get to my goal weight I have no need to be on these teams anymore. Will I still stay in contact with my team mates? Will I still be accountable toward my new goals?
2. What will I work toward or look forward to?
--Yes, I realize that life offers a million things to look forward to. But when I reach that final weight loss destination, where do I go from there?
These things seem ridiculous in my head. I know they aren't things I should even be worrying about right now since I still have 36 pounds to go. But, here I am worrying about them!
Well Spark friends, I guess I'm wondering if you all think of these silly things too?!?
Thursday, July 25, 2013
My boyfriend and I went on a cruise to Nassau and Half Moon Cay in late June to July 1st this year. I kept saying I was going to blog about it and upload the pictures and I never did it. Well, here it is!
We left from Port Canaveral in Florida. While leaving port we saw all kinds of wild life - the obligatory seagulls, some sea turtles swimming around, dolphins, and LOTS of stingrays.
Lido deck of the ship
You can't cruise w/o fun, fruity drinks!
Sail Away party
Our first port of call was Nassau. In Nassau we just explored parts of the island. We swam at a locals beach called Junkanoo Beach, went to Da Fish Fry, Andy ate lots of conch, walked to a rum distillery, and spent some time at Senor Frogs.
Our next port of call was Half Moon Cay (pronounced Key), also in the Bahamas. It's a private island owned by 3 cruise companies. There's literally nothing there but beach...I loved it! It was the most perfect beach I've ever been to. There's white sands, crystal clear waters, gorgeous fish that come when you put a crumb of bread in the water, and nothing else. There wasn't even anything to do there except parasail, snorkel, horseback ride on the beach, jet ski, or swim. None of the excursions were offered on our side of the tiny 55-acre island either - it was extremely serene. Andy entered the "hairy chest contest" for fun...that was hilarious! Aside from that, we rented a clam shell umbrella and just relaxed all day long.
The rest of our trip was spent seeing shows, enjoying a day at see, relaxing on the Lido Deck, and just enjoying each other's company. We had a great time!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
July 27th starts the Summer 5% Challenge. I'm hoping to be on team Awesome A Team again and will find out in a few days. This will be my 4th 5% challenge and while I've yet to lose 5% of my body weight, I came REALLY close during the last challenge. In the Spring challenge I was 0.9lb away from my 5% goal and I think that's pretty awesome!
In the past, I've done all of the pre-challenge assignments at the last minute - granted I was working and such - but this time I feel like I'm really committed. In the past I've also waited until the challenge started to really get into an exercise routine. Well, not this time. I've already started a few days ago. You see, I need something right in front of my face to keep me accountable to myself. It's not that I don't like tracking on the site or anything, but if the computer isn't on or something like that, I just won't do it. So, I've come up with this wonderful little calendar that I'm using for each day of the month...and it's color coded (hello, crazy kindergarten teacher!)...to track my progress each day!
The calendar is just a blank calendar that I printed off of wincalendar.com and then in the margins on the side I put the little colored star stickers, each color standing for one of my 5 daily goals (drink 8 servings of water, 30 min of cardio, 15 min of strength training, track my nutrition, and 3 freebies).
These seem like really simple goals and they're always on my mind, but for some reason I'll just skip right over them half of the time. So, by having that calendar right in front of my face all day, I make sure it gets done...because darn it, I want those stars!!!
My plan is to:
Do cardio 5 days a week (at least 30 minutes each session)
Do Strength Training 3 days a week (at least 15 minutes each session)
Be accountable to my team - checking in daily in the chat
I don't follow a specific diet but struggle to get in fruits and veggies so I'll try to earn that star each day!
8 glasses of water each day
Here goes nothin'!
Best of luck to my fellow 5%'ers!
Monday, June 24, 2013
It's been about a month and a half since I've last updated so here's what's going on with my life...
We wrapped up the school year in mid-June. It went really well & I'm really enjoying my summer so far! I ended on a Wednesday, left that Saturday for the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Stayed in the OBX from Saturday until Thursday, had a wonderful time with one of my best friends and her family. As soon as I got to the OBX my boyfriend called me and said that the swollen lymph node he thought he had was becoming very painful and he was going to see a doctor (I knew it hurt b/c he NEVER goes to the doctor). He ended up having an abscess in his groin and having it to have it cut open and drained...eww! The incision was the size of a golf ball originally...now it's down to about the size of a small raisin. Then my friend and I came home Thursday, I had a rehearsal dinner for another wonderful friend's wedding on Friday (after the obligatory pampering sessions of manicures/pedicures/and the like). Her wedding was this past Saturday. It was absolutely lovely! Everything was perfect, she looked beautiful, the groom looked handsome, and it was a blast. I even made it through my speech without being a stuttering mess (I was the maid of honor and shaking like a leaf the entire time I had to speak!).
Sunday morning I wake up, after not much sleep, to find that my 14 1/2 year old German Shepard, Storm, had passed away over night. In even worse luck, my entire family, with exception to my mom, was at the beach for the weekend. My boyfriend and I had to move the dog until my dad could come home and take care of things later that evening. My mom was an absolute mess...she loves the dog more than all 3 of us kids!...and I was a bawling mess as well. I felt really bad that my boyfriend had to 'participate' in the whole matter as well and see us two blubbering fools. I had to pull myself together enough to go run several errands for his college graduation party that day! Several people backed out at the last minute, including his own mom, so we had extra work to do. We had the party and it was a wonderful time with friends and family. Until the end....when my phone rang and my mom and sister let me know that my oldest nephew, Jake, age 2 1/2, was going to the hospital.
Jake ended up being admitted into the children's hospital for croup, very uncommon for as old as he is. He was discharged today and will have to see a pediatric ENT to make sure all is okay anatomically. The doctors don't understand why he keeps getting croup, this is the 4th or 5th time he's had it, second time he's been hospitalized for it.
I'm REALLY looking forward to the cruise that my boyfriend and I are going on this Thursday to celebrate his college graduation. We could really use some R&R! Because of his abscess, he isn't able to get in the water b/c the wound has to stay dry and covered....so we're both a little upset about that one. We were planning to snorkel in the Bahamas. He will literally eat his way through the entire cruise! I will try to be more careful about my choices!
In some other good news, I've finally lost a bit of the weight I put back on. Only 1.5lb, but it's better than nothing! I'm really trying to keep myself on a schedule with exercise. I really enjoy walking and the weather has been really crazy this year so it throws me off lots of days. I'm trying to get back into a strength training routine again as well b/c I really stopped doing that and that's where I was seeing and feeling the most results!
I also started a new Mary Kay business! I figured it would be something fun to do and it would be a little summer job for me that I could also keep up with during the school year. A little shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone so I'll tell you that I will ship anywhere...so if you'd like to check out my website and place an order, go right ahead! my website is www.marykay.com/lturssline I'm really excited about it & I'm trying to get it off the ground and running
Pictures of the wedding and OBX will be coming hopefully this week. When we get back from the cruise I'll add those as well.
Hope you're all doing well & still reaching for your goals!
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