Sunday, September 18, 2011
I have been home a few days (from vacation) and have noticed many people posting stats and goals for various challenges. The 5% fall challenge, the PMP challenge, the BLC... and I am standing and applauding all of you.
I have done a few challenges since I have been here for the past year and half and they are super motivating and very helpful. I still go back to some of the excercies I did in the spring challenge.
I truly believe that joining a challenge is a great way to jump start or continue your progress. I think it motivates you because you are competing, if not with others then at least with yourself. Plus it is fun to see how your buddies are doing and to see the progress in your weight loss and in your body. It is fun to see how strong you are compared to even last week!
So, are you thinking or asking "Jan, if you think it is so great, what challenge are you doing? Let's hear about how you are amping up your weight loss and getting fitter!! Or, wait, are you STILL at 70 pounds down? What, has this been like 2 months since you have lost the same 5 pounds? hrmpppph, some motivator you are!!!!"
I am not doing a challenge. If I was, I would probably do the PMP challenge although the 5% challenge sounds good too. But I am not doing one and here is why. It is not an excuse or a cop out, it is just the reality.
I do not have time to commit to one right now. For the last month and through the end of this month, I simply cannot do it. I do not half A$$ things so I am not going to sign up, try to fit it in, feel bad, not have time to participate and otherwise set myself up for failure. I am not doing it.
I would like to do a challenge in October just to keep my focus through the holidays (GAH... The HOLIDAYS??????? WTF???) and I am thinking I am going to reach out to some of my closest sparkies and see if we can do a mini challenge. Just a small thing every week to keep us on track and motivated to keep losing. It is not going to be a big deal but it will be enough. I just cannot do a big deal right now.
I still have a wedding for a nephew this week (a weekend away with a huge bunch of foodies and me making 100 cake pops), then my 50th birthday on the 28th and then we go to a racetrack for 4 days where I cook outside for 300 people for 3 days, dont get enough rest, drink too much and generally have a blast. Then I come home. And things will slow down and I will be happy for fall to come and ease me into the next season.
So that is why I am not doing a challenge and why I think you should. Cause Mama says so.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
HI Guys!! I missed ya and hope you are all well.
WE had an amazing, hilarious, ridiculously fun time. I have over 200 pictures and I am not sure which ones I can even post..lol.
The first day on the boat, well, let's just say we partied and hit it hard and the next day we went to Catalina and walked around and looked at stuff.
Then we went out that night to one of the dance bars and it went like this:
Wednesday was our day in Mexico. It began with Mimosa's on the boat and it went on from there....
We made new friends. This is Amanda. She is the A$$ shaking champion of the world! and we danced. On the pole.
and then it was time to get back to the boat.
But we didn't stop partying. Oh no, we kept going.
The next day was a day at sea. SO relaxing and recovering.
Then, what is this? Fruity rum drinks in a blow fish? Yes, Please!
and hanging in the hot tub. Here are my girls with their boys
And then the next day it was time to come home. It went sooo fast!
I danced many, many, many hours.
I laughed so hard my abs ache.
I ate really randomly and didnt keep track of one thing.
I drank more than I have in probably 30 years.
What did that get me? 9 extra pounds, fantastic memories (and even better pix that I couldnt even post here), a wayyyy smaller bank account balance and I wouldn't have done one thing differently.
I came home to my house cleaned, my animals happy and a weekend of recovery. Thanks to my sister Becky for taking care of everything.
My plan for the week is water, water, water. Eating light and right and then Friday I have a weekend away for a nephews wedding (they just now asked me to make 100 cake pops so I will be baking this week, too) and I still have my birthday on the 28th and then the 4 day race event that I host coming up.
Even amongst all the madness, through the haze of hilarity and alcohol, I still made pretty good choices for the most part. I know this has been ingrained in me and even if I dont have the tools that I love and use, I can still do this. SO! Did I miss anything???
Sunday, September 11, 2011
SO tomorrow morning (early-cause vacations always start early dont they). we will leave for Los Angeles to board the cruise ship. My daughters and their boys, my neice and her boyfried, our friend and his daughter and 7 of Kady's friend and her family.
I am packed with cute outfits for the evening, a bathing suit and some casual shorts and stuff. Without revealing how clever I am and how MUCH I really want to share with you how smart I think I am, we are working around the NO ALCOHOL bringing on board rule. The kids are on a tight budget and having their own at least during the day will save a LOT of money so we will see how this goes.
I have a plan about eating, a plan about excercise but the most important thing is going to be having a fun, relaxing time and making some memories.
I will take a lot of pictures so you can see when we get back how much fun we had and how fantastic I looked...lol.
I will miss logging in and spinning the wheel etc but my cell wont work on the ship. I am going to use their internet mid week so I may pop in to say hi. I will miss all your blogs, updates and encouragement so if anything happens, please post it on my page so I can keep up with you.
I will be back on Friday evening so will check in then.
When I am dancing, I will think of you and wish you were with me having this much fun.
When I am at the buffet, I will think of you and that will help me be strong. When I am excercising I will think of you and be proud of myself, knowing you would be proud of me too.
When I am enjoying my family and laughing and being crazy, I will think of you and know you would think we were funny too.
You are my friends and I do not say that lightly. Thank you for the support. Be safe, stay true to yourself, work hard and when I get back, let's challenge each other!!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Yep, you guys grounded me back so thank you! I am being such a strong little sparky these last few days! I have moved, eaten really well and rested, stayed hydrated, sparked and been sparked. Back on solid ground!
I am ready for the weekend and starting Monday, 5 days of fun!
I have lots of tools I will utilize to enjoy my cruise, I have a SIL (someday, I hope, I hope, I hope) who is a gym rat so I told him I would go with him each day, gonna eat lots of fruits and veggies BEFORE main meals, drink water in between alcohol, eat lots of protein, dance-dance-dance, hubby and I vowed to walk every night just like at home (how sad without my Stitchy!!)
Yeah, she is already sad about it....
I will remember that this is just part of my life and my new lifestyle so I will do good.
The most important thing I will do is to take tons of pictures.
Stuff like this:
We took this on Kady's 21st birthday a few weeks ago. I know I am always talking about them, but geez, how did I get such gorgeous kids??
Weigh in tomorrow so I am excited! Dinner of salsa chicken was fabulous last night and tonight is Pasta with veggies. I may even take a picture for some food porn tomorrow... Love you guys, have a great day!
Monday, September 05, 2011
So after yesterday's blog and all of your awesome comments, today, I went back to basics.
Had a good breakfast (1 egg, 2 toast, lite butter) then I sparked and re-read your comments. (protein is key, right Cannie?)
Then I sat around and wanted to go back to bed. But I didn't.
I loaded a 10 minute cardio video and did that, and then I took a shower.
Then I sparked some more and re-read your comments.
I made a comment on a friends blog about dinner ideas and realized:
I need to make a menu for this week!
So I did that. Then I ate lunch (PBJ and light chips). I didnt want to go to the grocery store on a holiday, but I did. I NEED some fruits and veggies so I went.
It wasn't even bad.
So I have a week of groceries, a huge fruit salad in the frig that I will eat over the next few days, I skipped the cookie aise (sorry, Frank, but you are gonna suffer too!) and have good dinners planned.
Tonight I am grilling up some chicken breast, vegetarian baked beans, corn on the cob, broccoli and french bread (only 1 small peice for me, but I gotta have it!).
Tomorrow is salsa chicken tacos (steamed corn tortillas and pinto beans and salad)
Weds: Halibut, green beans and baked potatoes
Thursday: lean pork chops, rice and veggies
Friday: Pasta with chicken, broccoli, asparagus, squash and a lite chicken broth/white sauce
I have no saturday plan yet but I am going to excercise every day this week even if it is just 10 minutes. I will drink my water.
That will have me back on track firmly before I go off on the cruise next Monday. I think that is enough of a jumpstart to remind myself of what and why I am doing this and how I am going to continue to move forward, be healthy and not destroy my hard work because my inner brat wants everything and anything at the drop of the hat.
It also occured to me today that even tho I am a rebel, I am also a people pleaser. I am not going to fight that. I am going to embrace that. So I am going to dedicate this week to making you proud of me. Are you ready? I am.
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