Tuesday, May 20, 2014
After giving it a lot of thought, I am going back to my April goals. I am really struggling with my May goals. So, before I sabotage all my hard work for my February, March and April goals I need to back up a few steps. For the last 5 days I have not met my goals. With each day that goes by that I fail to meet my goals my guilt, anger, and ashamed feelings are growing deeper. I saw this as a failure at first but then decided this is a success! Previously I would not have recognized the need to take a few steps back, I would have just sabotaged all my hard work and completely given up. During February, March, and April I noticed some great changes in my body, positive changes! I even noticed positive changes in my thinking and how I mentally felt. So, yes, taking a few steps back to get my body and my going in the right direction again is definitely a success in my mind!!!
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
March and April were amazing months for me! I met each goal, every day, with enthusiasm!!! My body feels better than it has in a long time! A lot of the aches and pains have disappeared or been brought down to levels of being bearable. Imagine what my body will feel like in a year? A year, of sticking with my goals, and taking even more aches and pains away!
May has had a bit of a rocky start. This month I chose my two goals to focus on food aspects. The first goal is no night time eating. I tend to snack a lot at night, not even because I am hungry but because I am bored. So, my goal is no eating after 8pm. Surprisingly this came easy to me! A benefit to this is I am no longer getting heartburn at night!!!! My Second goal for May is to not eat unhealthy snacks. This I have struggled with. I am good if I am at home because for the most part, the snacks are not in the house. I make it a conscious effort not to buy them for the house. It seems I struggle when I am out of the house. I am 100% confident though, by the end of May I will have accomplished this goal! I just need to figure out alternatives when eating out or when with friends.
The biggest accomplishment I have made over the last few months is learning to read my body. I have three workouts I do; the treadmill, mini cardio cycle, and outdoor walking with my son. I realized the other day each has a specific purpose.
The treadmill is for my mind. Once I pop in the earphones, turn up the MP3 player I just walk and think. Every worry, stress, or anxiety seems to leave my body. Once I am done I feel refreshed and ready to face the world.
The mini cardio cycle, which I use as an arm workout, is for body awareness. I think it is because I am sitting down and watching my arms in motion. I am intrigued by how the muscles move in my arms as I am working out. The workout also gives me body a little break because I am sitting down and it is less impact on me. Once I am done I feel like I have gone through a recovery process and the next days workout is not quite so painful.
The last workout, walking outdoors with my son, is for my heart and soul. He is 11 years old and I value my time with him as I know he will soon enough be venturing on his own life adventures. When we walk we talk! He talks about EVERYTHING with me, and boy does he have the gift of gab, lol. We also have FUN! Since he was little, there is a part of the side walk that curves up and down a lot, we have played roller coaster. We throw our hands up in the air, make the "AHHHHHHH noise, and run threw the curves. Both of us laughing hysterically afterwards. Since he was little we also have had silly ways of walking. We take turns calling out words like chicken, marching, tip toeing, elephant, Frankenstein, and so on, then that is how we both have to walk down the side walk. Do we get stares, of course we do! I don't care, I will cherish this with him until the day he tells me he is too old, which I am guessing will be soon enough, as I said he is 11. Once I am done with this workout, my heart and soul feel such a happiness it is unreal. And the memories I will have to look back on will be amazing!
I will soon, very soon as in Friday, be adding another workout. I met a woman at my church who is starting her journey of getting healthy. She loves to go to a local place called Point Au Roche and walk/hike the trails. We are going to go together!! We will start on the easy trail and hopefully by the fall be onto some harder ones. How great is that!!!
I no longer have a set schedule of what workout to do on what day. I wake up, listen to what my body needs that particular day, and that is what I do! Now that the weather is getting nice I suspect I will be doing two workouts a day because my son and I love walking together BUT my body will need more than that.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
My son has been sick since Thursday night. This is something all parents go through and know how tiring it can be! To be honest, I am exhausted! However, I am feeling PROUD of myself! Two things occurred, one since Thursday and one happened today!
Usually when my son is sick it is like that "Get Out of Jail For Free" card but for me it is more like "Get Out of Exercising For Free" card for me. I usually say I'm tired from caring for him, waking up at all hours of the night....I just cannot exercise or stick to my goals. This time, even if it was not at the planned time, I did work out and stuck with my goals!!! Not only did I workout BUT I manage to slightly increase my time and speed on the treadmill!
My second occurrence was this evening. I made dinner, felt very hungry and filled my bowl right up. Now mind you, I grew up in the Clean your plate club which I am finding it hard to revoke my membership as an adult. Tonight though, halfway through the bowl of chicken casserole I was starting to get the over stuffed feeling. I stopped eating and kept eying the bowl, the inner battle raging! To clean my plate or to not clean my plate?? I am proud to say I pushed the bowl away and did not clean my plate! What a great feeling that was!!!
I just need to keep making these small goals and sticking with them.....baby steps will get me through.....I GOT THIS!!!!!
Friday, March 28, 2014
I have been faithfully taking my daily vitamin for 12 days now! I am stating to notice a difference. The biggest difference is, my joints do not hurt as much!! Because I had a hysterectomy so young, in my 30's, the doctors told me I would eventually need a calcium supplement. Keeping that in mind, when I chose my daily vitamin, it was one with higher amounts of calcium and Vitamin D, the Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb the calcium.
Tonight, our local PBS station posted an article online about what our bodies need to build strong bones. After reading it I realized I am still not getting enough calcium or Vitamin D. I am still only getting about half of what I need! Because of the hysterectomy, and I do not take hormone replacement therapy, I need 1000 - 1500mg a day of calcium and 1000 - 2000 IU of Vitamin D.
Currently I am getting 500mg of calcium and 1000 IU of vitamin D. I have decided to add a calcium supplement to my daily vitamin. Starting tomorrow I will have 1100mg of calcium and 1400 IU of Vitamin D daily. I am excited to see if there will be any difference in how I feel!!
I have just about worked out my April goals! I have realized, for me, the more specific the goals are the easier it is for me to stick with them. I am also realizing I cannot tackle all this change at once, it is too overwhelming, and I tend to give up. Choosing 2 goals a month seems perfect for me! I am not overwhelmed, I have stuck with the goals and feel good because I am actually doing this!
My spark is back, thanks to a friend on here who kept liking my activity even though I would only sign on once every few months or more. I started signing on more and more, always looking forward to the email that said my friend had like my activity. Then I started signing on more and more because I felt my spark coming back! I have even set my homepage on my computer to SparkPeople. It goes to show that even the littlest of things done can change someones day or life. I will pay it forward!!!
Friday, February 22, 2013
I have never done a 5k before! I use to work out on and off over the years, but two years ago I had a total abdominal hysterectomy and had a very difficult recovery! I attribute the difficult recovery to me being over weight. It took one year for my wound to fully heal. Over the last two years my physical activity has been little to none.
This past Christmas I actually looked at pictures of me, which I have avoided in the past, and was in shock and cried at how big I am. January 1st I chose one healthy goal and stuck to it, cutting out 99% of the diet soda I drank (it was my only choice of beverage for the last year) and drinking more water. My goal for February was to start exercising again. I mostly like to walk on the treadmill. I put on my headphones, listen to the music, and walk all my worries away. As we are approaching the end of February I have not lost a lot of weight and I had the horrible cold (fever, coughing, no voice, very tired) for over a week and am just now feeling totally better.
I was praying for myself, that I would not give up on myself again, and get healthy this time. I then signed on to Facebook and was notified that The Biggest Loser is coming to my town to do the Biggest Loser walk. I felt it was the answer I have been looking for! It is something solid to work towards. It is for all fitness levels and no time limit on when you finish. You have to pay a registration fee between $25 and $40 (for the 5k) depending on when you sign up. I felt guilty about the money at first BUT I never spend money on myself and told myself I deserve this! I always take care of the household expenses and my son first. Then if there was any money left over I would think of myself, usually there is no money left over, hence never doing anything for myself. So this is a treat to myself and a healthy one at that!!! :)
I am hoping the 5k your way program keeps me on track and gets me ready for the Biggest Loser walk in June. I will be starting it on Monday, so my rest day is always on a Sunday. Until Monday I will just do my normal walking on the treadmill.
Until Next Time,
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