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!
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