Ever have one of those days where you get to the end and it was all a blur and it didn't end up like you thought? That was my day today. I packed my gym bag and lunch. I thought I would get back to my noon workout routine for the first time this week. I had four night time workouts in a row and I don't like that. Got to the office ... wham.... never even unpacked my yogurt or touched my gym bag.
Craziness ensues....going away party after work. Although I had 700 calories going into the evening...way too many because I wasn't spacing out my eating right all day.... the margarita and chips I had probably pushed me way over the edge. Not to mention the fact that alcohol, sugar, chips, dip do not make for a nutritious dinner. Unless I count the tomatoes in the salsa and dip :(. I got home at 9:00 and didn't get in a workout, all my fruits/veggies, or all my waters today.
My best laid plans just vaporized. I am going to have to do a better job on those random days where it's chaotic and not what I thought was on my agenda. I should not be allowed in Mexican food restaurants! That is my total weakness.
Anyway... back on track in the morning and hauling my chippy butt to the gym!
But wait - there was good news today. I saw my doctor for my six week checkup. I lost 6 lbs during that time and she said I was doing a great job. My B vitamin deficiency is gone and my vitamin D levels are improving. I go back in 3 months. My thyroid meds still may not be right but we're giving that a little more time. I was good for most of the day today so not a total loss. Don't have to weigh again until next Friday unless I want to. I think I'll avoid that for a few days so I don't see any negative impact of my chip inhalation!
I'm not a winter person. I want to live somewhere that you can wear a different color bathing suit every month and have a bazillion pairs of flip flops. When it gets cold and dark early I want to hibernate.
Okay I realize it isn't that cold in Texas. But still to me - yucky cold dark night does not equal high motivation to leave my house and haul my whiney butt to the gym. DH and I got home from work, changed and headed right back out the door because we knew we wouldn't go if we were here for any length of time.
I wanted to eat fried chicken and put on pajama's and stay home. Instead I went to Power Sculpt class. I haven't ever gone to this class. Normally I would have done the elliptical or something like that. I had whole wheat bread with turkey, avocado and lettuce when I got home. A far cry from fried chicken!
I wonder what it is that makes us crave certain foods. Saturday when I came out of the gym the wind happened to be blowing in the wrong direction and the smell of McDonalds fries and burgers hit me in the face. By the time I walked to the car I could have hit the drive through with a football. Interesting that in the same parking lot as 24 HR fitness I can walk to McDonalds or Burger King. :(
We are surrounded all day by things that can trip us up and destroy our progress if we aren't strong. I weighed this morning and had a surprise loss of 2 lbs... I could have ruined it all this evening with a trip to KFC and no workouts!
Thank goodness for spark, and a DH who is partnering with me, and friends who support my efforts to continue to get healthy. Now it's off for a hot shower, advil, and those PJ's I wanted!
Today is my day off from working out so I'm reading. Why can't we burn calories just reading? I would lose a ton of weight if that was a cardio exercise! LOL
I've noticed a few of my SP friends struggling lately and I wish there was more that I could do to encourage them. I read the spark blog today on what we pack in that suitcase that we take on our trip to lose weight. all that circled back in my mind because I had an emotionally stressful day towards the end.
What did I do with that stress? I vented first to someone I could trust, and then I sat in my car and listened to a couple of songs. Now I'm going to read one of my favorite books. I made my healthy meal, and am drinking my water. I'm trying myself not to let the emotional eating monster out of the suitcase. I'm trying to live what I preach in my blogs about setting goals and sticking to them.
So I've got 3 more glasses of water to drink and 3 more veggies or fruits before the night is over. After I finish typing here I'm going to crank out my pushups, situps, and stretching. When I do close my eyes to go to sleep tonight I'll know that my suitcase is shut tight and none of those bad habits are going to get out.
Maybe just by reading this post someone will gain some strength and go do something they were supposed to do today and together we will be moving in the right direction! I am ever so grateful for SP and the encouragement it brings to me.
Tomorrow at lunch I'm hosting a Lunch & Learn about SP for my office as part of the wellness program. I probably will have about 10 people coming. I hope I can show it off in such a way as to motivate just one more person to jump in and change their life! Keep your fingers crossed and I'll let you know how it goes.
Okay.... month 2 of setting some goals at the beginning of the month:
1. 1,500 Fitness minutes for the month
2. Lose 4 lbs and enter Onderland! Currently at 203.2
3. Drink my 8 waters and shoot for more each day but maintain 8 minimum.
4. Keep hitting 5 fruits/veggies a day and shoot for more if I can.
5. 5k - December 12th. Run the whole thing!
6. go from 30 to 40 pushups a day.
7. go from 125 situps to 150 a day.
8. Minimum 5,000 steps a day - means I have to keep wearing my pedometer.
9. Lift weights 3 times a week.
10. Cardio six days a week.
11. One day of rest a week.
12. Have fun on Spark People everyday!
13. Stay committed to my team challenges that I participate in.
I'm teaching a class on Spark People at my office on Thursday so I'm going to have fun doing that! I think about 12 people signed up through our wellness program.
Thanks for all the peeps who help hold me accountable to my goals! I love you all!!!!
I am taking a few minutes to review my month. Here is a copy of what my goals were for this past month:
1. 1,700 fitness minutes or more for the month. (did 1,375)
2. 9 glasses of water a day (some days did this but not all)
3. 7 fruits and veggies a day (found this hard... usually 5-6 with some days over)
4. Lose 4-5 lbs. (Lost 3)
5. Try new spark recipes and clean eating recipes every week. (3 out of 4 weeks)
6. Move up to 125 situps a day instead of 100. (almost every day)
7. Move up to 30 pushups a day instead of 20. (almost every day)
8. Never miss a day of spark people. (DID NOT MISS!!)
9. Find time for my workouts no matter what! (only missed one or two days)
10. Enjoy life. (Pretty much did this one)
This was the first month that I set goals on spark and I think I did pretty well. I lost focus of what they were about midway through the month and had to circle back to find out what I had said. I think I need to post them where I can see them at the office so this doesn't happen this time.
I set a stretch goal of 1,700 mins and ended up doing the same amount I did last month. I'm changing my December goal to 1,500 mins. That will stretch me but be more reasonably attainable.
One thing I didn't list was to do a 5k and I achieved that goal. I'm doing a second one on December 12th. I'm trying new exercises and equipment - tonight was Pilates class and I enjoyed that.
Tomorrow I'll pen some December goals and post those on my blog. I want to encourage anyone who reads this to consider making some month goals if you haven't done that before. It did help me with my consistency. I also joined a mini-challenge with one of my teams which has helped me.
I had to re-focus my mind tonight. I gained weight this last week and was upset about it until I reviewed my month goals and realized that I did lose weight for the month which is a good thing. I made it through a difficult month without an overall gain and am still heading in a positive direction.
Another great month on Spark People.... my third month anniversary!