Monday, August 06, 2012
Since the beginning of May (when I injured my foot), I've let myself get off track. I haven't been consistent with food or exercising. On the plus side, I haven't gained any weight, but I feel like I probably have lost some muscle. I just realized a few minutes ago that our planned vacation is just 10 weeks away so I'm going to use that as my motivation to get myself back on track. I had a goal weight originally in mind for my trip, but since I haven't been on track and been losing anything, it's probably slightly unattainable right now. I know, I know, positive thoughts, but I also want to be realistic. At this point, I'm really just hoping to see any drop in weight. It's been so long since I've seen the numbers go down.
I need to come up with some goals and really stick to them. One goal I had set a while back was to work out 1,000 minutes each month. For the past few months I haven't succeeded in reaching that goal. This month I am changing that! I'm also going to start tracking my food again. I have a hard time consistently doing this, but I want to keep trying. Every time I miss a meal or a day, I end up giving up. I need to realize that I'm not going to track 100% of everything I eat and just do as much as possible. Tracking my food definitely keeps me more accountable and I know it makes a difference. I'll need to think of some more goals.
Monday, April 23, 2012
For my 30th birthday, my bestie and fellow Sparker Fit_n_Healthy, signed me up for the Survivor Mud Run. As she put it, itíd be literally ďDirty 30Ē, lol. I had never done anything like this and was really nervous I would struggle through the whole thing. But I was pretty excited to be something new and especially something that was fitness related and would leave me feeling proud to have done it.
Us in our matching socks and our ďsloganĒ on our shirt ready to head out.
Standing in line to register showing off the shirt I drew on the saying ďLetís Get DirtyĒ. I was getting a little nervous here, but was still pretty excited.
The two of us with our numbers ready to go!
I was looking around the crowd and noticed some very fit people and that it seemed most people were thinner than me (which I know shouldn't matter, but sometimes I can't help notice) and I kept wondering if this was going to be even harder than I thought. As the race started we started way in back of our wave. Everyone was starting off at a nice pace. After a while I noticed that we had actually passed a lot of people. I have to say that this made me feel really good about what Iíve accomplished so far. Eventually you end up realizing though that this is definitely not a race to care about your time. A lot of times the obstacles got so backed up that you stood around for a long time just waiting. At first it was slightly annoying because you just want to get it over with, but then you just end up talking to people and really just have fun doing it all. Two guys we had met were carrying backpacks so we asked them if they were training for something. One of the guys was doing something big for his 50th (I canít remember what the event was called, but itís definitely something I would NOT be signing up for!), but then they started talking about Tough Mudder. I remembered seeing some photos of an old coworker of mine that had done Tough Mudder. This looked like something Iíd never even consider doing, but my friend and I have been taking about and thereís an event in one year in our area and weíre actually thinking about doing it. I think this would be a fantastic goal to work towards and it would definitely get me to do more strength training (which I love doing, but find myself hardly doing it!). Anyway, Iím kind of going all over the place now! Lol The end was definitely my favorite place! Everyone was all clustered up and slipping and sliding and hanging on to each other for support. People were really helping each other out and you couldnít help but scream and laugh at everything that was going on. We had a fabulous time and both wouldnít mind doing another Mud Run.
This was our end result!!
Proudly showing off our shirts that say ďI survived!Ē in the back and our medals (that Iíve come to discover I LOVE collecting!!)
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Although I can't even describe how excited I am to go to Vegas tomorrow to celebrate my 30th birthday with my 3 best friends, there's this little part of me that is a little nervous I'm going to get off track. Last February I had lost 26 pounds by the time I went to Vegas for just 3 nights (celebrated my best friend's 30th birthday there last year too) and I thought I would just bounce right back and get in to my routine again. I ended up gaining 7 pounds and didn't even come close to getting back on track or lose anything for 4 whole months! 4 months I barely got in any exercise and did not make healthy food choices. How could going away for 3 nights throw me off that much?!
Fast forward a few months later to last October when I went to Mexico. By this point I had gotten in to a good routine and was 47 pounds down from my highest weight. I was a little nervous about gaining weight because I wasn't making the greatest food choices (how can you not want to eat amazing Mexican food when you're in Mexico?!) but I knew I had still improved because I never once ordered dessert (which I usually do on vacations), and I didn't eat myself until completely stuffed like I've done many times (especially at restaurants!). By the time I got back I had not gained 1 single pound! Actually a few days after I got back, 2 weeks after my last weigh-in, I was down .8 pounds. I knew it was a big improvement for me! But, I only worked out once the following week after getting back, and a measly 5 times in November. December was only slightly better with 9 workouts. Although I wasn't gaining any weight (luckily!), I wasn't doing much good for myself by not working out. January definitely turned things back around for me. I was back in the swing of things with workouts and food choices.
Earlier today I was thinking about how I had gotten so busy that I haven't worked out since last Friday. This is where the nervousness starts creeping up on me. I've already gone close to a week with no workouts and I'm about to leave for 3 nights to Vegas where I know I'm bound to make bad food choices. I'm actually writing this blog with the intention that it will keep me more accountable to get back on track when I get back. I don't want anyone to come and read this and ask me, "hey are you back on track?!" and me have to bow my head in shame and have to say no. I want my answer to be "YES!". So come Monday (okay, maybe more like Tuesday since I get back really late Sunday night) I will be back to working out. NO EXCUSES!!!
Now it's time to just go and enjoy myself in Vegas and make a fun and memorable 30th birthday celebration!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
At the beginning of the year, a group of 6 of us had our monthly get-together. My friend who was the hostess, asked us to write down some New Yearís resolutions that she would put down in our scrapbook. I was never one to make New Yearís resolutions because most people forget about them within the first few months. My only thing I had ever said was that I would go to a far away new place once a year (which I have for the past 6 years!). I tried to think of a few things I wanted to accomplish this year and this is what I came up with...
1. Complete a 5K, 10K, and a half marathon.
Iíve already completed my 5K and 10K and I am registered for the half marathon in May. Each one was my very first time.
2. Go to one new place a month.
My annual one was to go somewhere far away. In the past 6 years Iíve been to Vancouver and Victoria Island in Canada; Oahu, Hawaii; Aruba; Thailand; Miami and 4 countries on a cruise; and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I realized living in California though, I am surrounded by some amazing places that I still havenít been to. Iím hoping that each month is somewhere new to hike or jog.
3. Reach my big goal of 145 pounds.
I was somewhat hesitant to do this one because I was afraid that I wouldnít reach it. At the time I made the goal, that was a total of 30 pounds to lose. Which is completely doable in a yearís time, but I know Iím usually not consistent enough and that my weight will start coming off much slower as I get closer. I decided that I would try my hardest to accomplish this and even if I donít reach it, I canít be upset if I know I kept going.
Friday, February 24, 2012
A lot has changed in my life since my last blog post. Iíve started writing blogs before, but never ended up finishing them so my words were lost forever. I donít think of myself as a blogger, but I like going back and reading what was going through my mind so I definitely should more often.
Back in June 2011, I started exercising more and trying to get myself back under 200 pounds. By July, I had re-entered One-derland, but my life also took a big twist. That month my then-husband decided he wanted a divorce. This came as a huge shock to me. During that first week I was barely able to eat and had to force myself to try and eat something small once a day. I lost 6.4 pounds that week. I had only done 2 walks that week because I was too weak to do anything else. Although it was nice to see the scale drop so much, I didnít want it to happen that way. I didnít want my weight loss to be because of him either. Just 2 weeks after the break up, I signed up for a group class thatís somewhat personal training. It was the hardest class I had ever done, but I loved it. I felt much stronger physically and emotionally. It also got me to start consistently working out 4-5 days a week and my eating habits were getting better as well.
I felt like a huge weight was lifted off of me. I was finally able to focus on me and the fitness and healthier eating choices came so much easier now that I didnít need to think about someone else wanting unhealthy options. I was pretty surprised to find out how strong of a person I really was through all of that too. I have so much more positivity and happiness than Iíve ever had in my life. Although Iím not always as consistent as Iíd like, I still notice a huge change in myself and I donít dread working out like I used to for so much of my life. Last week I completed my first 10K and I shocked myself when I jogged the whole 2nd half without walking. I never imagined Iíd be doing something like that! Last week I also signed up for my very first half marathon!! Me doing a half marathon?! I would have called you crazy if someone suggested this to me last year. Iím realizing I can do so much more than I ever thought possible and Iím extremely ecstatic! Life is great!
P.S. Last week I was at Lululemon at an event for the Diva Half Marathon Iím doing and I saw this running skirt that I just absolutely loved. If anyone has ever been to that store, they know itís not cheap. I normally try and get my fitness clothes on sale or at least at a much more reasonable price. Since we were in the store for a while, I just couldnít stop staring at it! I was telling my friends that maybe I should buy it for myself as an early birthday present. I realized at that moment that my life had definitely changed for the better. I actually wanted something to do with fitness as a present!
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