Monday, January 17, 2011
As I enter into week three of my journey I can't help but to reflect back on the last two weeks. I know that two weeks isn't that long but when you're changing your life a lot can happen in two weeks. First I've drank a minimum of 120 glasses of water or 960 ounces. This compared to drinking at least 48 ounces of diet Dr. Pepper and no water. As my sister pointed out the other day I was the one who took a 1 liter soda to a fitness class. So as you can see that is a major change.
Next I look at my diet. I have stayed within the recommended ranges for calories, carbs, protein, and fat everyday except of course being 3 carbs short that one day. This is pretty impressive for a person who would get up and have a danish or pop tart, or some other high sugar high fat breakfast. Usually wouldn't eat any lunch but would probably snack during the day. Dinner would be whatever as long as I didn't have to cook. If I had to cook I would feed my baby and then not bother to eat. I hated cooking until I realized that cooking something I wanted to eat wasn't so bad. Now I don't care I cook something healthy for myself and the kids and anyone who doesn't want it can find their own food.
Now as far as exercise goes I have been running since I quit smoking in November. I did have to take a week off during the week of Christmas while I waited for my knees to heal and to get my new running shoes. Before that well I smoked for 23 years, used to do drugs and drink a lot, obviously have never eaten well, and like I said before had an eating disorder. So really I was never really concerned with with fitness. Basically I would sit around on the computer or video games or just watching TV. I figure I was probably depressed and just didn't care to move. Now I'm working out every day and being scolded by those who care (namely my sister) for not taking a day off to rest. Well I already told you that I'm an extremist!
So one may be wondering if all these lifestyle changes have done me any good. Have I lost any weight? I have lost three pounds which I think is pretty awesome. Others may not think that's much but the true test of these last two weeks is that I feel amazing! I have already been told that I look better and I know that I feel better. I don't know if I have physically changed but I am amazed at the difference in my attitude and how I feel physically. I have looked over a lot of blogs and have seen a lot of before and after pictures. The ones that ring true the most is where people don't lose weight or even gain weight but look thinner and get into smaller sizes. I want to be a runner. I want to run at least a 5K and for that I need muscles. So if I am destined to be one of those bloggers who don't lose much weight because it all turns into muscle I'm good with that. I want to be a lean, mean, running machine!!!
In fact running was and is my biggest measure of how I'm doing in my new life. Two weeks after stopping smoking I began the C25K program but had to quit due to knee pain at week 3 day 2. Like I said once I healed up and got proper shoes I began again. Today I did Week 4 day 1 which is further than I've been before. After being a non smoker for only 2 months I was able to run a total of 16 minutes with no more than 2 1/2 minute walks between intervals. I never stopped during the running intervals even when I had to run for 5 minutes straight for the first time ever! I felt amazing. I had no pain, I was able to breathe, and I never once thought about giving up. Now this is not to say it was not a challenge. I did have some tightness in my chest but it was nothing I couldn't conquer and easily recover from during the walks. I also had moments of hoping that time was almost up but I never quit. I am a runner! I am changing my life! I am happy with how far I've come and scale or no my life is amazing even after two weeks!!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I realized today as I was writing in my journal that I have been doing this for 11 days. That's 11 days of drinking all my water, of working out (haven't wanted a rest day), and of eating right. 11 days straight of working to change my life. I'm a quite pleased and impressed but I worry that I am going to start slacking off. As I've said before I'm an extremist and right now I'm obsessed with doing this. I have an extremely addictive personality in fact I used to be an addict but when I quit smoking that was my last addiction. Now I seem to be trying to become addicted to getting healthy. Okay so that's not too bad except when it stops me from doing other things I need to do like the dishes, laundry, cleaning, and errands. I've already discussed my need for balance but then that has me asking another question. Am I really worried that I've become addicted to this and will allow it to come to an unhealthy point or am I worried that I will fail? Many times I obsess over things because they're important to me and I dont' want to lose them. I become afraid that if I take my eyes off the goal for even a second I will fail. When someone tells me to give it my all then I do just that and I do mean "ALL". Okay, okay we don't want to talk about obsessing again we already did that. I should be happy that I've been successful for 11 days with only one slight mess up of the carb variety. No worries though I have a possible solution. I am using the calendar and scheduling my day. If I set a schedule for myself perhaps I will make time for the other things I need to do without allowing this to fall by the wayside. I will find balance. I will not become addicted. I will be healthy, responsible, and successful in all areas of my life!
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