Thursday, January 20, 2011
On Sunday my parents gave DH a box of candy as a fun little addition to his birthday present. Guess how many I've had? ZERO! That's right, zilch! This is quite a feat, since the box is on the counter in the kitchen staring me down whenever I am in there. I keep telling myself that those are HIS chocolates and it would not be nice of me to eat them. :) But dang, I hope he finishes that box between now and December. He is a slow chocolate eater!
Last night I made a healthy dinner that my husband and I both enjoyed, thanks to my Spark friend Amber's delicious recipe for black bean casserole, and I had fruit for dessert.
Today, I chose to go to the gym for a workout rather than take the little one to the library sing-along like I usually do. Not that I want to deprive her of that, but sometimes I need a break because she never wants to sit still when we are there. Plus, she has lots of fun at the gym's child care. Lately she's been running to the door and knocking on it for them to let her in while I am still gathering stuff out of her stroller.
I am slowly getting back into running regularly. I'd like to run the Monument Ave. 10K again in Richmond beginning of April. I ran it last year as my first official run. It feels good to run again, though I think I need some new "tires" on my feet.
Oh, any Starbucks drinkers out there who can give me ideas for yummy low-cal drink there? When I am out walking with my daughter, she sometimes falls asleep in her stroller and I can't go in the house without waking her up because it would entail taking her out to go up the steps. Therefore, I end up hanging out in my neighborhood Starbucks until she wakes up. Last week we were there almost every day. I don't want to do too much caloric damage with this little habit. Lately I've been choosing a tall caffe misto with skim milk and SF vanilla syrup. It's OK, but I need some variety. :)
I hope everyone is having a great Thursday!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Hi everyone! I've finally dug myself out of the backlog of e-mails I had from late November. UGH...was that ever a chore! Speaking of chores, feels like that's all that my life is about anymore. When it's not e-mail backlog, it's cleaning, grocery shopping, and above all, trying to declutter and create storage where there is none. I think we've spent more time and money trying to come up with storage solutions for this house than we would have if we just bought a larger house in the first place. What does this have to do with health and fitness? Well, nothing! So...moving on!
I got a nice hour-long workout done today (I just have to remember to track it.) It felt great. A 25 minute run on the treadmill, plus a few minutes of walking on a steep incline, then a 25 minute session on a stationary bike. I have been in a bad place mentally the past couple of days, just in a funk, and the workout totally helped! I left the gym feeling 50 percent better! Gotta love the power of exercise!!!
Overall I have been doing so-so with the exercise and healthy eating. I track my food but miss days here and there (especially on the weekends). I go to the gym most days. I am still not perfect; I sometimes get lazy, especially now in the winter. For example, Monday night when it was just so cold and dark I did not want to go anywhere. In those situations, I try to accept my decision as the best one for me at the time instead of beating myself about it, and then do my best to make up for it the rest of the week. I am still 3 to 4 pounds away from goal. It's OK. Better than the 63 pounds I started with. I know if I just get my head in the game and really focus, I can get back to my goal weight. I am lucky to have such great Spark buddies right there with me along the way! Thank you.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
... your 17-month-old thinks it's fun to pinch the flab on your arms! Yes, she started doing that yesterday. I'm taking it as a sign that I've got to find a way to fit Body Pump into my schedule again. I love the class because it works all my muscles and it is structured so I don't have to think about how many sets, reps, etc. I'm doing. Plus, with an instructor showing you the exercises, it's easier to do them correctly. Machines at the gym bore me to tears, so Body Pump is really the only way I get some strength training done (unless I do Jillian Michael's DVDs, which I also like). I will be working on a plan for more strength training. I'm thinking that at the very least I can do it once a week on Sundays. The hubs can watch the baby while I go to Body Pump at noon.
So, how ya been, Sparkfriends? Happy New Year! I know I have been MIA here lately. The holidays threw me for a loop this year. I did pretty well over the holidays the past couple of years that I have been on Spark, but this year for some reason my mind was not as focused on my healthy lifestyle. Time to pick myself up, dust myself off, and move forward. I did exercise over the holidays, just not as much as I wanted. But this week has been a good one in terms of fitness and it's only full speed ahead from here.
Speaking of the New Year, I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. I'm of the mindset that you can and should start a goal any time of the year. Why wait for a new year, a new week or even a new day? Start now and you will be that much closer to where you want to be. I know if I sit down and make resolutions, I will just get overwhelmed with too many goals. That, in turn, will cause me to shut down and then nothing will get accomplished. Instead I take it one day at a time, even one hour at a time. Baby steps....
On the same vein, I have realized that I am incredibly overwhelmed with e-mails and spend most of my free time (when baby is napping) reading and deleting e-mails and not enough time doing something productive or useful. I could for example, do a fitness DVD, or find a healthy recipe for dinner, or if I am going to be on the computer, spend time on Spark doing things such as tracking my food, reading health articles, catching up with Spark buddies, getting inspiration/motivation here, or blogging to keep me on track. So, this is not a "resolution" per se, but I would like to dig myself out of e-mail hell and pay more attention to what really matters - my daughter and family first and foremost, and also making sure I continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
For any of my Sparkfriends reading this: Because I took that little hiatus from Spark, I am incredibly behind reading blogs and responding to my Spark page comments. I can't wait to read your blogs and reconnect soon! HUGS!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I am doing OK calorie-wise today. Tracking my food. But tonight is the first night of Hanukkah and I am planning to eat a jelly donut or two. And debating on making latkes, which are NOT low in calories or fat. But I'm going to consider these special treats and just make sure I put in some serious time at the gym this week.
Maybe I won't make the latkes...
Monday, November 29, 2010
Somewhere along the line in the past few months, I lost my motivation. Not completely, but enough for me to be concerned.
- My workouts have been lackluster.
- I am tracking sporadically.
-I am eyeballing portions rather than measuring everything out.
- I am eating too many sweets. And it's stuff that's on my "not worth it" list, meaning that the taste to me is not amazing enough for me to overindulge and pay the calorie price. Fig bars, animal crackers, and even those seasonal Candy Cane Joe Joe's that everyone else (including the DH) seems to love.
All of this adds up to trouble. And I've got to correct my path before it gets out of hand. Seriously, it does not take that much time to measure out my food and track it here. Daily workouts make me feel amazing, but not if I am just biding time on the dreadmill or elliptical. I've got to make sure that I break a serious sweat. Now that winter is here, it is only going to get more difficult to get out of the warm house and to the gym. But I can and WILL do it. The holiday season is here. This is no time to give up on myself.
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