Tuesday, August 06, 2013
I have lost 3 lbs. since last week! I couldn't be more pleased. I've really been working on my fitness lately. I prefer gentle exercise (walking, yoga, stretching, hiking) as opposed to running, aerobics, etc.
Here is my current fitness/nutrition schedule:
6:30 a.m. Drink 8 oz. hot water with lemon on an empty stomach
7 a.m. Breakfast (oatmeal + 1 cup of fresh berries + splash of fat free half & half) + 16 oz. water
7:30 a.m. Power walk 1-2 miles; 20-30 minutes of strength training (vary)
10:00 a.m. Snack ~100 calories (piece of fruit or a Greek yogurt) + 16 oz. water
12:00 p.m. Lunch (salad with grilled chicken and balsamic vinaigrette OR turkey sandwich loaded with veggies, Vidalia onion slices, Romaine lettuce on whole wheat bread with mustard) + 16 oz. water
3:00 p.m. Snack ~100 calories (Fruit or veggie sticks) + 8 oz. water
3:30 p.m. Yoga/stretching
6:00 p.m. Dinner (grilled chicken or turkey burgers; a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette) + 16 oz. water
*Eat nothing after dinner, but have herbal tea, water, sugar-free iced tea, etc.*
7:00 p.m. Stretching
That's about it! It works for me. The schedule will have to change once school begins for my kids, but this is what I'm doing at the moment. :)
Monday, October 22, 2012
Anybody recognize this photo? If you have seen the movie "Hunger Games" it should look very familiar. I took this photo myself just last week. My 13-year old daughter is a huge fan of the books and the movie, so I decided to take her to the DuPont State Forest outside of Brevard, North Carolina to see one of the filming locations first-hand. She was excited, but I was nervous. I'm a sporadic hiker and really out-of-shape, not to mention overweight. The hike to the "Triple Falls" was going to be long and up some very steep hills. We went early in the morning and the trail was still pretty crowded. I guess other people also wanted to see where the movie was filmed as well (or to just see the falls themselves, which are phenomenal). I can't blame them...the forest is gorgeous. We're blessed to live in the Upstate of South Carolina & have access to gorgeous forests/hiking trails. We're close to so many beautiful places & we're never bored--there's always some new place to explore. We're not far from Western NC, TN, GA & we can see the Blue Ridge Mountains from our front yard. We're originally from Indiana, where it's relatively flat. Living in the foothills is new to us, so I feel as if we've been on constant vacation since relocating here over the summer. We're still in awe of the beauty of the Carolinas.
Anyway, back to the hike. The trail to the Triple Falls isn't very long...about 1.5 miles both ways, but as I said before, it was very steep/rugged terrain. We took the trail slowly and I almost gave up once, but I didn't want to disappoint my daughter. My husband (who is a hiker and nature photographer), as well as our 7-year old son came with us. They all had plenty of energy, but were patient with me. At one point, I remember stopping on the trail and hugging the stitch in my side & then bursting out laughing. I said to my daughter, "You know that I'd be one of the first ones to die in the "Hunger Games," don't you?" She said, "Well, Mom, you just gotta train harder!"
When we finally made it to the falls, my daughter was beaming. She pointed out the place where Katniss found Peeta in the movie and was so giddy. I'm so glad that I pushed on through and climbed the hills to the falls. It is one of the best moments I've had all year long. :)
My calves burned like crazy all week and on Monday, my son was laughing at me, saying, "Mommy's walking like Frankenstein." LOL I have to admit...I did give Herman Munster a run for his money last week. After lots of Icy Hot and doing stretches a few times a day, I was starting to feel better by Thursday/Friday. So, what did I do? Did I go back to sitting on the sofa?
Yesterday, we drove to the Great Smoky Mountain National park and up to Clingman's Dome. My entire family hiked the steep trail up to the observatory and took in the breathtaking views of the Smokies. Now that was a steep trail! It made my trail to the Triple Falls seem like a walk in the park. My calves were burning and my shins were hurting, but I pushed on through. I thought for sure that I'd be in a lot of pain today, but I'm not! I told my husband this morning that I may actually, after all these years, be getting back into shape. I feel so good about myself right now. And my husband is so supportive of me. He said, "We'll return to Clingman's Dome next year and you'll be running up that trail. You'll see."
I love knowing that by eating the right things and moving by body, I'm transforming myself into who I want to be. I love looking forward to the new hiking trips that we will take together as a family in the future. :)
Be well & get moving! Trust me, you won't be sorry!
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
This blog post is for myself...everyone else will be bored reading this, LOL. I'm very visual & I need to be able to see my goals in order to be successful.
I have about 79 lbs. to lose to get to my goal weight. (Deep breaths...one day at a time...) I stink at math, but if I lose 2 lbs./week (8 lbs./month) I should reach my goal in 9.5 mos., which is around July 2013...right in time for my 38th birthday.
Monday-Friday 30-45 min. of cardio. Walking is my cardio of choice. It's gentle on my knees & I can take my Lab doggy, Dexter, with me. He's my new exercise buddy. I also really love Leslie Sansone DVDs. It's starting to get chilly out & has been raining, so I can just pop in one of her DVDs and not miss a workout.
Tuesday/Thursday Do 30 min. of strength training with free weights & a DVD (Bob Greene or Jackie Warner) ; do one of my Pilates or Yoga DVDs (Gaiam has awesome ones!)
I also plan to reward myself with non-food things. Food is such an addiction (as is SUGAR) & I really need to make a positive change.
-20 lbs. = manicure &/or pedicure
-40 lbs. = trip to the bookstore to get a few paperbacks
-60 lbs. = hair cut & highlights
-80 lbs. = new wardrobe, a swimsuit & a cute summer sun dress :) (Better start saving up now!!!)
Does anyone out there have any good ideas re: motivation? Please feel free to share them with me. I'm going to put together a new Dream Board/Binder this week to keep me on track. I've also been re-reading weight loss success stories here on Spark, but also on Huffington Post.
This is going to be a GREAT week! :)
Friday, September 21, 2012
I've been doing a lot of research on Low GI diets lately. I have a wicked sweet tooth. No...scratch that. I am a sugar addict! I have little to no energy and I'm always tired. Something's gotta give. I also know that since I had Gestational Diabetes with my pregnancies that makes me more prone to developing Type II Diabetes on down the line. So, I'm modifying my meal plan, upping my water intake and cutting out the sugar. I can't just cut back on sugar because I'm seriously addicted to it and I know it's not good for me.
My new favorite book is "The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged" by Tosca Reno. I read it months ago, but spent this week re-reading it and making notes in the margins, highlighting important parts, etc. This weekend will be all about detoxing my system and meal planning for the entire week. Tosca Reno has great meal plans and suggestions in the book. I track my food on Spark, but I am very old-school and enjoy jotting things down in a notebook that I take with me everywhere. I'm also researching Low-GI recipes to make at home. Now that Autumn is upon us, I plan to dig out my crockpot and start making soups. They are so filling and very healthy for you!
As for exercise, I bought a great DVD at Barnes & Noble the other day. "Bob Greene 8-Week Total Body Makeover." I love the tips he gives and the exercises are totally doable. He even has a booklet inside the DVD that breaks down how often you workout and increases the time each week. I love that. Here's my plan:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Bob Greene DVD--20 min.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Leslie Sansone 2 or 3-mile walk + 30 min. of Pilates
Sunday: Active rest! Go hiking with my kids, do some stretching or yoga
I have some fitness goals that I'm working toward. I really would like to run a 5K next spring/summer. And, now that I'm living in the South and just a few hours from the beach, I really want to rock a swimsuit next summer.
I am back on the wagon (again). I have fallen off a few times this year. Dealing with the grief after losing my son was unbearable at times. BUT...I have 2 great kids here on earth that need me and I want to be healthy for them.
Anyway, I'm REALLY back this time and ready to get to work! :)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
As of today I am back on the wagon. FINALLY!!! I had the worst sinus infection I've had in years & was so sick. What stinks is that once you fall off the wagon, it's hard to get back on. Once I started feeling better, I didn't get back on at all. I really got into a funk and haven't been tracking my calories or working out the past 2 weeks. I was pretty angry at myself, but am giving myself a break. I'm not perfect, ya know?
Between the sinus infection and having Post Partum Depression/Perinatal Grief, it's a challenge every single day to stay on my path. I have some pretty rough days where I miss my little baby boy so much it takes all the strength I have to get out of bed and shower, let alone hit the treadmill. It's so easy to fall into the sadness & let it swallow me whole.
But I know that I need to do this for myself. Not only does exercise help my body, but the adrenaline rush gives my mind a much-needed boost. Working out is really great if you're working through any sort of depression! I'm not one to rely on prescriptions/medication to get better. I try to be as holistic as possible with everything from skin care and supplements to medication. I really believe that if we treat our body, mind and soul well, that we will need to visit the doctor less. (This is just my personal opinion & I'm not a doctor. My degree is in anthropology!)
Anyway, I saw the above picture online and it made me smile. My tween girl and I are huge "Hunger Games" fans & as of right now, I'd be one of the first ones to die in the Cornucopia Bloodbath! So, I printed out the photo and put it on my Dreamboard in my workout room so I can train like the Careers from Districts 1 & 2 are coming out to get me!
Thank you to everyone who has been leaving messages on my page & blog. You have no idea how much your encouragement means to me & keeps me motivated! :)
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