Saturday, March 30, 2013
I finished 30 days of 30 day shred. I started March 1 and my last workout was this morning.
I know you're supposed to take rest days, but I wanted to do this for myself. As a teen and young adult, I always had goals and worked to reach them. Lately, that hasn't been the case. Finishing 30 day shred in 30 days was something I had to do for myself, to prove that I could set my mind to something and accomplish it. And I'll be honest, it feels amazing.
And, really, I don't think I could have done it without SparkPeople and the people who have been kind enough to give me words of encouragement on here. Thank you.
This isn't the end, obviously, but it's like reaching the top of that first hill that I didn't think I could climb. Time to keep going. My husband and his co-workers started P90X this week and I joined in. I will put all of my energy toward that now.
Have an amazing weekend.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Yesterday, I finally put batteries back into my Wii balance board. I figured, hey, I've been exercising a lot over the past month and a half, watching what I eat (slipping up now and then, but it happens) and drinking lots of water. Maybe I should weigh myself.
It said I had lost 6 pounds. I was a bit deflated, but I thought, "Well, maybe the balance board is not working well." So this morning, I went to my son's school and asked the nurse if I could weigh myself. 180. So, not 6 in nearly 2 months? Only 2? As I walked home, I cried most of the way. I sniffled and as I walked up the steps to the apartment building, I really let it out. I bawled and my first thought was, "Chocolate."
I brushed off that thought and cried as I put on my workout clothes. I finished day 26 of 30 day shred and tried to focus on staying on track. Tonight, with my husband, I did day 2 of p90x (don't worry, the overlap will only be for a few days, there's no way I want to keep that up for long).
How did I turn this disappointment, my negative start to the day, into a positive? For the first time, ever, instead of giving up, I just did what I had to do to keep going. At this point, I can dwell on that stupid number, or I can focus on the fact that I know my clothes are loose and I can feel the muscles in my arms and legs instead of just one mass of leg/arm.
I know I would have hated it if I had given up and just sat down with a bag of Easter candy and wallowed in my self pity (I tend to do that, or did). I had to cry, get it out of my system and then keep going. It was a first, I had to share. Thank you for reading.
Monday, March 11, 2013
... of running.
My family doesn't really understand, because none of them are interested in fitness. I'm really worried. I want to tie on my shoes, go for a run and feel great and/or worn out when I come back. And I want the benefits that go with it.
I used to run. I was in the army, 11 years ago. At my fastest, I ran 16:08 for 2 miles. I desperately wanted to break 16:00. I injured my back (herniated disc) and never really recovered. I was medically discharged from the Army.
I've gained weight, but I know this time, trying to get in shape, is the real thing. I want to run, but I would like to be able to walk the next day, also. Previous tries have left me walking bent over like my elderly aunt, except I'm 36.
I'm going to give it a shot tomorrow, I think. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
If you're on this site chances are, like me, you have been paying more attention to your nutrition labels. I had been getting these boxes for dinner, they come with almost everything in them for a main dish. The meat and some sauce comes in a can. Quick, tastes okay and I can go easy if the calories are too high.
So as I'm making this Cheesy Chicken dish tonight, I start reading the label. I opened the can with the chicken in it and it looked like the chicken was in a milk-like liquid. Out of curiosity, I looked at the ingredients.
The creamy soup with chicken: chicken broth, cooked white chicken meat (which itself contains white chicken meat, water, modified food starch, soy protein isolate, salt, sodium phosphate), modified corn starch, soybean oil, soy protein concentrate, butter, sugar, sodium phosphate, salt, DATEM.
That last item looks like an emulsifier that is made from ingredients like soybean oil. So this made me feel a little gross. There is no milk in that milky substance. I scratched my head and thought, "do I really want to eat this? Do I really want to feed this to my family?" I started measuring water, then went to get the milk and someone (probably me), left the lid off the container of milk.
So I (not unhappily) threw away the whole mess and started over to make chicken fettuccine. I looked at the ingredients in THAT sauce and it seemed far less offensive.
What is clear is that I must start doing some actual cooking, even if it means I have to cook ahead of time. Some of the packaged food I've been buying, while tasty, is not healthy. I'll handle a little extra work if it means feeling good about the whole process.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go see how the chicken is coming along.
Monday, February 18, 2013
I have to take things at my own pace.
I need to work on a goal.
I've been tracking my food on this site, that has been SO helpful. I'm also working on a challenge from a FB group. The goal is 1300 jump squats, 1000 burpees, and 120 minutes of planks. First, let me say, burpees are one of the most evil things ever. I'm kinda cheating, but not because I want to cheat. I'm doing the pushups on my knees, because I'm just starting out and I'm not sure I can knock out a single pushup on its own. The good news is, I have a side goal of being able to do normal pushups, hopefully 10, by the end of the month.
My progress on that challenge is 500 jump squats, 450 burpees, and 32 minutes of planks. It doesn't sound very impressive. I did start a week into the month, so I'm just doing the best I can. I'm doing that and whatever random exercises to a non-sore body part of the day. I need to make a better schedule.
I have to admit my goal is to be able to run again. I haven't been able to run since 2002. I injured my back, a herniated disc in my back, and had to quit. I want to be able to go out and run my stress away. I'm a bit worried that when I start up again, I'll jar my back so bad that I will have to stop again. When I did run, my back hurt so bad I wasn't able to walk upright. For now, I'm preparing by doing as much to strengthen my legs and prepare my muscles to move again.
I think that's about it. I'm seriously considering buying the SparkPeople book and reading it on my kindle. I need to really learn what I should be doing instead of doing random stuff.
Although I'm finally mentally prepared to do this, I absolutely need to lose weight to avoid being diabetic and have heart problems. I don't want to take after my parents for THOSE things.
Thank you for reading my rambling thoughts. Have a great day.
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