Tuesday, June 04, 2013
WOW... after doing the changes that Coach Jen recommended on the motivational video, my calorie intake went up to 2000 kcal min a day. I have been working out more and my nursing job has changed to a more physical position. I have lost 30 lbs and looking for to beating this plateau and slamming my weight loss goals. I remember as I work out each day that I am a ROCKSTAR....
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I am not going to blame someone else for the choices I make with my food. I am the one who chose's to eat it. In this day and age, you can ask for food to be prepared a certain way at restaurants, read ingredients, and even fast food chains have calories and nutritional information listed. This reminds me of the movie " Super Size Me". Turlock ate McDonalds everyday, for every meal, and ate the super size if they asked him if he would want to get the "super size". That had all to do with choice's, even McDonald's had the choice to change their menu. In my opinion it had nothing to do with sabotage, it was all about choices.
I have a friend who did the same thing, as proof that it could work the other way too. She ate McDonalds every day for 1 month, chosing healthy foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner and lost 30lbs. She had the yogurt parfait or a breakfast sandwich and threw away the bun with coffee no sugar, for breakfast, and had a water or diet coke with one of their grilled chicken salads for lunch and dinner. She kept plenty of fruit of and vegetables at home for snacks and sent a letter to McDonalds to show the other side of the story. They were pleased with her results and since then have even made further changes on their menu based on her suggestions. She has a Masters in Nursing and is working in community care. Not everyone can afford, or have the knowledge base to make healthy choices. If we can educate people and give them the knowledge to make their own choices, NOT FORCE them, you may see more people getting slimmer waist lines.
Our lives are about choices every day, with every aspect of our life. If you to hit the snooze button a dozen times in the morning and ultimately miss your morning workout, it is your choice.
My recent example is a graduation for my adopted daughter last night. She graduated from college and worked very hard for the last few years. I made a healthy gluten free, pasta salad with chicken. Lots of veggies in it and limited the oil and vinegar. HOWEVER, we also ordered a pizza and had beer. I ate a slice of pizza and a beer as well as the salad. I could have made a green salad, but a bunch of 23 year olds, wanted pizza. Our choice, no sabatoging involved.
My choice today is to go to church, exercise and start a new day.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
It is a long story as to how I gained 40lbs, but the long and short of it is that I started working as a nurse, had crazy schedules and not the kindest co-workers.. " Eat their young mentality". I don't know why some have to behave like that, but it is an embarrassment to the profession. I also have a husband in the military who has been deployed 4 times, put raising kids with that and you just start to eat your stress away.
I went to a wedding in August for a buddy of my husbands who was deployed with him to Afghanistan. When I saw the pictures of me with my friends, I was disgusted. On September 1, 2012 I got on the scale and was at my highest ever. 180lbs.
I needed something to motivate me and keep me accountable. I started sparkpeople, Again..... I have done it a few times with no avail. This time was a bit different, I joined SparkCoach. I tried the free trial and then kept up with it. $ 7.99 is a great deal to have a coach, a motivational speaker, a trainer, a nutritionist and a Doctor at your fingertips, every single day. I can proudly say that I am down 30lbs now, I still have 10 to go for my goal, but I have changed many things in my life, the main thing is my job. I am still working as a nurse, but I went to another area of nursing, my husband is home and I have been scheduling my workouts daily as an appointment on my calendar, so my alarm goes off and I get ready as if I am going to any other important event. I also did the "couch to 5K" challenge and have done 2 so far. My goal is to do a 5K each month until I can run the whole way without walking, then I will do the 10K training. There is NOTHING, you can't do if you plan and have the right support network.
I hope this helps others, I have been very happy with the SparkCoach program and I also use all of the Sparkpeople APPS on my Iphone. The technology that we have at our fingertips can be so useful. I love that I live in this day of technology, although it can be harmful to some if abused, it has helped me keep in touch with old friends, make new friends and lose 30lbs. I say bravo to sparkpeople, and in the words of Chris.... Keep Sparking.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
OK, so what do I need to do to shake up my workout and get past my plateau. I have started it in some way I have recently changed my weight workout, by setting a different body part for each day. I try and do some sort of cardio each day, even if it is a slow walk at the mall. It is very frigid cold in CT now and I will not walk my dog. I hate the cold and don't tolerate it anymore. I like snow, it is fun, but if it is just cold and there is nothing to do, forget it. I have also set up a gym in my basement and put in my DVD's or watch a video on spark people. And lastly, I tune in on the music when I am cleaning my house or playing with my dogs and DANCE like NO ONE is watching. Have fun and do it different every day. Press on people and keep sparking.
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