Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Yesterday was my second day running, and I still love it. I also remembered to get a "before running" picture. It isn't exactly before, since I didn't get it done until 2 days in...but close enough. I'm looking forward to seeing the "After" and making the comparison.
I'm also squeaking closer to the under 200 mark!! Only 5 pounds to go!! whoo hooo! I will be doing a super-excited-happy dance when that happens.
Friday, January 07, 2011
I can't believe I am really enjoying the running that I'm adding to my walking routine. Thanks again to JUDITHROXANA for your inspiration. I feel so good tonight! I tried it out on the elliptical yesterday afternoon, but it didn't really feel like I was working that hard. Then as I re-read the program instructions for Couch to 5K, I noticed that it recommends elliptical in the suggested cross-training days..so, I guess I started yesterday with that part. I used the tread mill today, and being able to set the pace as necessary really punched it up. I definitely felt like I was challenging myself! When the weather is nicer, I plan to do this outside. I really prefer to do my walking (and now jogging) outside whenever I can, but I'm too paranoid of slipping on ice. Getting an injury would mess with my exercise routine, and I don't want to do that. I am 5 pounds away from the lightest weight I achieved a few years ago before I gained it all back. I don't need any roadblocks, because this time I am charging right through!!
Again, I still can't believe how great I felt after that 30 minute session today. We'll see what week 2 brings when it gets here:-)
Monday, January 03, 2011
What a fabulous beginning to the new year. I spent New Year's Day with Ann and her family. She invited me for her family Christmas, so my kids and I went down a day early to hang out and help her get everything ready. We went to the grocery store to get all the food for her dinner on Sunday and our dinner for Saturday night. It was so much fun getting all the veggies for her chicken and shrimp creole she was planning for the party. We also made a really healthy home-made spaghetti for Saturday. We finished Saturday with a 40 minute workout with Jackie Warner! OMG I am sooooo sore. That was intense. 2 days later and I can barely lower myself to a chair without wanting to cry! It's a good pain tho:-)
Played some Texas Holdem with all our kids before crashing at 9:30. What a fun day!
Sunday we got up at 6 AM to get to 7 AM Mass, followed by breakfast at Panera Bread. The Gingerbread bagel was delicious! When we got home, we took a half hour walk- what a great time we have! The time flies along, because we just chatter away. It was soooo cold yesterday morning too. Somewhere in the teens I think.
Back in time to get chopping and cooking. It was a team event and so much fun. It was so great having this day with my family and hers. We've been friends since we were 13 and 15, so her family is like an extension of mine.
After dinner we hit the Goodwill store and had a blast! Spent $35 and got new clothes for me, my 15 year old daughter, 12 year old son, and 18 year old son. Getting in and out of the car was brutal after Jackie the night before...nearly brought tears to my eyes, but boy we laughed at ourselves.
Back home around 9 PM last night, and back to work today...Christmas break is officially over.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
As I was catching up on some of my daily Spark emails, I ran across this one with a quote from Abraham Lincoln. I especially liked it, because it really speaks to where I am right now. My progress has been slow lately, but I'm not giving up. I have done my share of walking backwards before, but I'm determined to keep moving forward-no matter how slow.
I have felt this change become more habitual over the past few weeks, and I'm proud of that. I don't feel bored with it-just routine-like a good thing. It's much like brushing my teeth or putting on clothes everyday. Right now, that part is really important for me. I have allowed this part to break me before. Maybe it's because it becomes monotonous, or maybe it's because I needed more support than I was getting, or maybe I allowed numbers to derail me when it got slow.
I'm learning to acknowledge and celebrate the subtle milestones and markers of progress:
More energy- more adventure
Higher confidence level
Things are easier- like shaving, kneeling in church (old churches especially that have small pews and short kneelers...I don't have to lean back to seat as I discovered at my childhood parish on Christmas Eve!!!), sitting with my legs crossed with out holding my leg in place
More stamina for a wider variety of physical activities
Lower blood pressure
I feel like it's ultra important for me to keep reminding myself of these little perks and accomplishments- especially since my weight loss has been slow that last 3 weeks. (No gain through the holidays though!!!) It helps me to remember how far I've come. I have a good distance to travel yet, and the only way to get there is to keep moving forward- No matter how slow!!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Holy Buckets! It is snowing to beat the band. If I was feeling overwhelmed about not getting a chance to squeeze in exercise because of the Christmas Vocal concert for my daughter tonight- that's no longer an issue. Concert is canceled, and we are getting out of school early because it is snowing so much. Oh shovel, here I come!!
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