Sunday, September 28, 2014
I *have* to do this. I'm at my heaviest weight ever, and my clothes are just getting tighter and tighter.
Last week I learned that the Zumba instructor I've been going to for the last 4 years is moving. :( We had our last class on Wednesday. I've thoroughly enjoyed her class, and the women who attend it. Over the last year, our instructor had been cutting back on her classes (used to be 5 days a week), and when she did that, several of us got together to start walking. We're planning to still do that on Thursdays.
Over the last several months, I have definitely paid for the reduction in classes. My weight has gone up, since I didn't cut back on my food, even though my activity level decreased. Combined with stress from work, and I know why I'm at where I'm at.
Because I loved my Zumba instructor's classes so much, I couldn't justify the cost of a gym membership. Yet I know years ago when I did drop the weight, a large part was because I had a membership that allowed me to get to group workouts around my crazy work schedule.
I work tonight, but when I get up tomorrow, before joining my husband for Monday Night Football (at 3 pm), I plan to head over to the Y and sign up. I checked their class schedule last night, and they have a bunch of classes I'm interested in that would work in my schedule.
I know its finding a balance between work, play, health, etc. There are days I feel like I am overwhelmed, and others when I wonder what I did all day. I do have a lot to do with my volunteer work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - fundraising and organizing the walk in May. I know I am capable of so much more. I just have to find the balance and do it!
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Well looking at my last blog post, I realize it been more than a month since I blogged. I started off strong - for a little over a week, I was tracking my food and exercise. The SP Activity Tracker is certainly helping motivate me there, even if the counts are quite right. For some reason, almost every walk I do gets classified as a cycle event, so I have to reclassify, but its still motivating me. I've only forgot to put it on once since I got it.
I was doing great in at least signing into SP each day and spinning the wheel. Think I did that for the first 25 days of the year. Then I missed a day. But I've managed to get back to 11 days in a row now.
So on Monday, I finally got together with a new Hawaii SPer HUYANA_PHOENIX. It was raining out, so we went to the mall and walked for over an hour. It was great! We went when I got off work, and I know that if I hadn't had that commitment, I would have gone home, eaten dinner in front of the tv and not done any exercise! Yea!!! Hopefully we'll get together and do more things together to keep each other going. And hopefully soon we'll meet up with another HAwaii SPer, HEALTHYSLIM2 and do some Zumba!
I ran into a friend from the Zumba class I usually go to. For health and injury reasons, she's taking a break from Zumba and has found a yoga studio that she really likes. They have classes everyday and throughout the day. That's a big plus for someone like me who has a constantly changing schedule. She said she never really like yoga, but raved about her instructor. Its a donation based studio and you just drop in. So I've already checked out the schedule and think I'll try a class or two Monday/Tuesday.
I leave for a mainland trip in less than a week. I have several days off before my trip, which is good because I have a lot to do around the house, and to get packed up. I'll be in AZ for a cousin's wedding, and then South Texas for an airshow. Hopefully I'll remember to wear my tracker throughout so I can see how much I'm doing.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
As I write this blog entry, I see that my last one was in September. And I see that entry was about the downward trend I saw on the scale.
The holidays and everything now have me at my heaviest. 195 according to my home scale. I am dreading going to the doctor's at the end of the month, as their scale will have me over 200.
Well its a new year, and time to reset. So far I've gotten my 8+ cups of water in 3 days in a row, and I've logged into SP each day since Jan 1. I also bought the SP activity tracker just before the new year, and it arrived yesterday. I got it this morning after my night shift, and after I slept, I activated it and am now wearing it. Its definitely a lot easier to track my steps with it!
My regular Zumba instructor has cut back her class days. Now its Monday and Wednesday Zumba, and Thursday is Toning. With my crazy work schedule, I won't be able to make as many classes. So I'm contemplating joining the Y. I was a member of 24 hour fitness several years ago when I did make significant progress in my weight loss/get healthy attempts, but there were just too many issues there. Several of the other Zumba instructors that I have tried do teach some at the Y, so that's why I'm considering that. I know I should be able to get out there and get exercise without the membership, but I've just found that it I have a place to go, I'm more likely to do it. At least that's what it was like last time. But of course with everyone else getting on the new year weight lot wagon, I know any place will be crazy. Hopefully next week when I'm off during the day, I can go down and sign up without it being too busy.
I have my cousin's wedding over President's Day weekend. So unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the Great Aloha Run this year. I'm already signed up, but I can't miss this opportunity to see my closet cousin get married! And to see tons of family. Because I'm not doing to the GAR, I have not been running, and that's really bad.
I do have the Epilepsy Foundation 5K at the end of this month. Although my husband and I aren't yet signed up, we will be doing that run. He does the 10K, and I'll muddle through the 5K. I have epilepsy, so its important to me personally to do that every year. Its a tough 5K (and I hear the 10K is tough too), but it is a pretty run over by Diamond Head. The Pro Bowl is that afternoon, and we've got tickets again. Last year the 2 events were the same day as well. So get up early, do the run, then head home and take the bus out to the stadium for some football.
Happy New Year's!
Friday, September 20, 2013
So I wrote the other day that I weighed myself the morning after the bike/run/Zumba/bike event, but that I wasn't going to count that weight.
Well that weight has now appeared on the scale twice more this week. So I've logged it. 188.
I do tend to weigh myself a lot. I just don't log it a lot. With my rotating work schedule, its hard to find the same time to weigh, and under the same conditions. For some people, when they weigh themselves a lot, it stresses them out. Personally it doesn't affect me one way or the other. But after making the changes the last 2 weeks, its definitely a good feeling to see some change!
Although I'm working a night shift now, and that should be it for me, I picked up another one. A co-worker has called in sick for Friday's night shift, so I volunteered to take it. I've been getting a fair amount of sleep on these couple nights, and I didn't have any plans, so doing another night shift won't be too bad.
I did break down last night and tonight. I went to the candy jar. Both nights I got a fun-size M&M bag. But I did force myself to eat 1 M&M at a time, so at least I made sure to savor that little bag! :)
Thursday, September 19, 2013
I honestly don't know why this time has been/is different.
There has been no major life epiphany.
But I am finding it easier. Its been 16 days now since I started logging in, spinning the wheel and tracking my food and exercise. I'm not always staying in my calorie range for the day, but I'm definitely doing a lot better than every before. And even better, I'm thinking about my food choices. Most importantly I'm thinking about them instead of just blindly going into the kitchen and eating stuff.
And the scale is already starting to show it. I know based on past history, and with the choices I've been making in the last 16 days, that prior to that, I was probably routinely consuming more than 2800 calories. So its really no surprise that even if I'm not in my range, I'm seeing a difference.
Of course my run/Zumba event this past week helped in jump starting things as well.
I do need to increase my Zumba and other workouts, but I am focused on making sure I don't try to take on too much at once. Adding Zumba in when I can (meaning when I'm not working) is pretty easy, since I do enjoy the class. Doing other things when I can't do Zumba is the harder part.
And I really need to increase my water intake. I know that will also really help.
Keep it going!
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