Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Yeah, it is that time again...when we face the scale and remember that we were supposed to stay on track and maybe we did, maybe we didn't. This year I didn't. I had one of the most stressful semesters of my law school career, including planing a huge party for school and a wedding! Now I'm married (hitched in Vegas by Elvis 12/20/2012) and looking at my wedding pictures and realizing I have gained back a lot of weight. How much? Turns out almost all of it. (WHA?! Crap.) So... now it is time once again for me to renew my goals. It seems I do this a lot, but that does not mean I should give up this time. Keep getting back up on the horse, right?
I faced the scale the other day, and made a new set of goals for one year away. I think a year of time is a helpful mark for a goal and maybe that is part of what makes a new year's resolution so popular. We feel like it is a chance to get a fresh start, and there is a set time, and lots of other people with you with the dream to change something in their lives. I don't see anything wrong with that. I think that the key is remembering that it is a long term goal you have to work on every day.
I made a "vision" board on pintrest to keep images and tools that will help me stay on track. I put in some personal fitness goals, things to work towards in my workouts to keep me interested, and some affirmations to remind myself that it is hard but worth it!
Here is my board: http://pinterest.com/saramae3/my-goals-mod
I hope that I reach my goals this year. I hope to loose all I gained back and then kill those extra few pounds and finally hit my goal weight. This year I have a lot of life changes, including the possibility of starting our family. In that case my goals will change slightly, but the goals of being healthy and fit are solid goals to keep for life.
Are you doing a resolution? What motivates you?
Thursday, October 04, 2012
I'm thinking today about how to fit in workouts as well as all my other chores. As a law student, home maker, and law clerk I have a very busy life and some days at the end of the day you just want to come home and veg out.
What counts as extra activity? Is parking farther away really that helpful? Taking the stairs a few extra times when bringing up the groceries? Cleaning house? Kneading bread?
Running after work/school can seem like a challenge because of time issues, and because you are tiered or want to spend time with family. Just setting aside that 30 minutes shouldn't be such an issue, right? Why does it feel like I'm being asked to spend 10 hours when I know it is so much shorter. Am I wasting time by relaxing? Maybe...
My goal this next week will be fitting in that work out even when I'm exhausted, at least doing 10-20 minutes of cardio should help, right? It definitely can't hurt!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Enjoy this video! Very cute:
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I have been in denial for a few months now. I have been very focused on school and feeling like I was eating ok and working out here and there. Probably enough I told myself. Drinking half a bottle of wine most days of the week and eating cookies (3-4) also fine. I'd run more this week... but then I didn't. Also we all know the "I'll run more" is pure nonsense and lies we tell ourselves to be able to eat that crap. The worst part is I kept buying this stuff at the store, and then once it is in the house it is all over.
I've been noticing the signs that my weight is back up and ignoring them. It's just water weight, I'd say to myself as my thighs were once again rubbing together (hate that feeling). I didn't want to go back to daily calorie counting. I didn't want to have to worry about all I have going on plus my every bite and every step. Terrible of me, but this is the truth! Something I've been avoiding for a while now.
I logged on to my Nike Plus and my mini was complaining about my lack of activity for the past month. I realized I had not run in over a month! What? I have been going to yoga once a week, but that is not nearly enough to account for all the VERY bad eating. And the slightly dangerous wine consumption. I don't think I have a drinking problem exactly, I have an over indulgence in everything problem. It could be wine, cookies, ice cream, you name the bad food and I'll have too much. I already know I'm a stress eater so why should I be surprised that with the added stress at school and lack of free time I'd start back down that dark path.
Being a 2L has been tough: there is a lot more going on and a lot less time. I have 17 units, I'm on a Law Journal, and I am starting a school club. I will soon be adding an internship to all that. Add on that I now live with my boyfriend and you have the perfect storm. But the truth is it is my fault for not making my health a priority. With out my health I have nothing! It is so easy to skip running to spend those few precious moments with my man. But I have to find a way to fit fitness back in and face the facts.
STEP ONE: FACE THE SCALE!
I've been avoiding the scale for months now. I know it is bad and I just didn't want to know the true badness. So today I faced the scale. It may seem small, but I gained about 4 pounds (that is like a month of weight loss for me). The body fat % was worse, along with gaining an inch to two inches just about everywhere. Oh man! I really am in a bad backslide. But at least I am stopping the denial and facing the facts.
STEP TWO: COME CLEAN
I am now blogging to come clean with myself and to have some responsibility to the community on spark so that I am forced to get back on track.
STEP THREE: FOOD REFORM
As of today I am giving up wine for a while. At least two months if not more. I am also getting rid of all sweets and bad foods from the house. I am going back to tracking every bite.
STEP FOUR: FIT IN FITNESS:
I'm making a pledge to run at least twice a week (30min minimum) and yoga once a week. I will also do some weight work with my cardio. NO MATTER WHAT! I can find an hour if I try hard enough. Stop with the "too busy" excuse!
I hope that this will pay off. Thanks to you all for keeping me accountable and for all your support. It means a lot. Spark really does work if you put the work in. I'm getting back on track and back on my slow but steady path to my weight goal.
Now off to Yoga!
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