Sunday, April 14, 2013
Okay, so I didn't work out every day, but I did work out a few days this past week. That's something compared to nothing I was doing before I posted last Friday. I even went to the park and did some real hiking. I was breathing so hard I thought my chest would fall out of me. LOL. But I did it. I'm gonna do it again tomorrow.
I've been eating better too. I didn't remember how good a salad could be. I even had a salad at breakfast time twice this past week. (Don't think that's a weird thing. The roughage gets my innards working the way they're supposed to. My body needs that a LOT.
My scale stopped working. I don't like that because I can't weigh myself. I know I'm doing well, but I don't want to take anything for granted. I'll invest in a new one tomorrow or Tuesday.
I'm not yet in the habit of recording everything I eat, but I'm being conscientious for the most part. I've had a few chocolate trips & slips, but I'm bouncing back, remembering to drink, more water. I'm gaining momentum little by little. I have an old goal to reach and then a new one. I'm on the path, and I'm on my way.
Thanks to those who welcomed me back last week. It means more than you'll ever know.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Hi Spark friends.
The last time I posted was August of 2012, and at that time I mentioned that I was gaining weight. Now I'm 25 pounds heavier than I was in August. I've gained 6 inches on my waist. I'm only seven (7) pounds lighter than my highest weight. I'd gone from a size 14 to a perfect 10, and now I'm up to 12 again. My immediate goal is to avoid gaining any more weight and to avoid increasing my clothes size. I'm beginning again today, and I won't beat myself up any more for having reverted to an unhealthy lifestyle.
I abandoned everything I'd learned here and elsewhere. I wasn't working out. I wasn't counting calories, and I disregarded portion control. Today I realized I'm reaching for some type of comfort, even though I know the comfort I seek can only be found within/ It's certainly not in a Heath candy bar. *smile* (i discovered Heath bars in October. Those little candy bars are lethal to me. I ate an entire bag in less than 24 hours. Six (6) pieces have 230 calories. There are approximately eight (8) servings in each bag. Of course, I read that AFTER I finished eating them.) Oh no, no, no, no, no. I'm not going to continue of that path. I'm not even supposed to be eating chocolate!!!
I'm being gentle with myself. I won't try to rush and overexert because I know that won't work. I' m creating my own challenges for now. If possible, I'll join a summer challenge team. My first goal is to lose at least one pound per week. Let me get that under my belt. I'll make water my best friend again because water kept down my appetite. I'll measure and weigh beginning today. I'll journal my workouts daily. I'll blog my progress at least once a week.
Okay Spark friends, wish me well. I'm getting back in the game of healthy life with you all, and like before, I'm going to enjoy it. Unlike before, I won't take for granted that reverting to unhealthiness isn't possible for me. I'm thinking solely about what I want and not on what I don't want. I am returning to healthiness, , restoring myself to wholeness. And so it is.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I'm back and am eager to get on track again because since I haven't been here (computer problems & other issues), I haven't been following my program with the fervor I did before. I've not been working out and I've definitely been putting in more calories than I've been burning.
I'd love to be able to say that the weight I've regained is muscle build-up, but if I say that I'll be lying through my teeth. I've been eating a lot (not all) of the wrong foods and in some cases, too much of the right ones. Um... only three dairies a day, right? Um... slow churned vanilla and Turkey Hill frozen yogurt... my sweet tooth has gotten waaaaay out of hand.
Starting tomorrow, I'll begin eating with discipline. I'll start working out later today..
I'm not gonna attempt to do a maximum work, but I'm definitely gonna get started again. I need to get my sleep pattern in order too.
I'll take my time gaining momentum, but that's all I plan to gain.
Wish me luck.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I've not blogged in over a month. I'm having electrical / computer problems & it's difficult to stay on. Nevertheless, I've been following my plan for the most part. (Of course you know that "for the most part" means I've jumped off track here & there.)
My weight hasn't changed as much as my body has. I purchased and comfortably wore a size 8 denim skirt. I've also had to purchase tops in a size small. Woohoo!!! The only drawback is that most of what I purchased during my spree in February is now too big. Ughh! I wish the clothes would get smaller along with my body. LOL
I've been carrying a resistance band around with me to make sure I do some type of upper body exercise every couple days. That's felt good. My thighs, despite all the walking & hiking I do are not as tight as I'd like them to be. I need to focus more on plain ol' lower body strength exercises.
SInce the gallbladder surgery, I've only begun doing crunches again about two weeks ago. My belly needs a lot of work, especially the so-called love handles that nobody loves.
I've been here on the site for a while this morning (I have an actual fan blowing by me to keep the computer from getting too hot.), and it's been good to see exercises about which I'd forgotten. Exercises lke dumbbell side bends are the kind I need to help make the love handles disappear. I want then gone (but in a cute way LOL).
I'm hanging in here, trying not-hard-enough to keep the cake out of my mouth. That's my major downfall right now. I won't give up though.
Gonna step up my game a bit this week. I want to be reach a new goal this week. The 5% Summer challenge is a great help in that area.
This week... more lemon water, more strength training, more aerobics, more sleep. Getting enough sleep is still a major challenge for me. fI'll let you know the outcome.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
I drove across the bridge from Pennsylvania to New Jersey yesterday. Drove 20 miles (It would've been less had I not gotten lost.) just to walk three. But it was a beautiful walk. I walked along the Cooper River in Camden.
One of the women who is a member of an organization to which I belong (ASCAC...google it for more info) has been inviting me to walk with her for months. She's a runner actually, and I felt I'd be slowing her up if I she had to walk with me. Ha! Every now and then she had to run to keep up with my walking speed.
It's rewarding to see how far I've come. I recall the very first time I walked for fitness. It was June of 1995, and I decided (crazily) to walk 2.5 miles. It took me almost an hour, and I literally could not raise my legs to walk up the stairs afterward. I thought I'd broken something. Actually I thought I'd broken everything from the thighs down. LOL. I didn't let it deter me, and for ten months I was on a walking streak. I did well, was walking a 15 minuted mile, and I reduced my weight from 134 to 119. An emergency surgery having nothing to do with walking led me to lose the momentum and determination I'd gained for walking. Again, that was 1995.
Fast forward to July 2011 when I weighed 173 lbs., and I knew it was time to fight what had become the battle with my bulge. I dusted off my old Fit One machine, pulled out my weights, attempted to fit my old Everlast outfits (They didn't fit AT ALL last July.), and I began walking again. I joined SparkPeople the beginning of the first week of August.
When I started walking again, it took me 20 minutes to walk one mile. Gradually I built momentum, and I'm walking a mile in 16 to 16.5 minutes. I thought that was pretty slow until today when I walked with Sharon. Even though I don't see it that way, she kept telling me I walk fast. Me? Powerwalk fast? I devote most days to walking along hiking trails with rocks, stones, sometimes mud (after heavy rains or after the creek overflows), and grassy areas. I can't see the "fast" in that. Today though, I realized just much I've progressed again.
Our complete walk was on paved, level ground so I didn't have to watch my steps for rocks, gravel, etc. It was continual power walking. To be able to converse with Sharon though, I couldn't walk as quickly as possible, even though as I mentioned before, Sharon had to run at times to keep up because she doesn't power walk. The view of the river was beautiful, especially from the side where the Philadelphia skyline could be seen. I didn't carry my camera because of the pace I knew I'd be keeping. Here though is a pic I found here on the web.
Inasmuch as I enjoyed the view, I more enjoyed the exhilarating feeling of the walk.
Just wanted to share.
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