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When three is a heavy number

Saturday, August 24, 2013

It's been awhile since I posted but that doesn't mean I haven't been working towards my goals. I've been doing my first round of P90X since June 17th. I am just finishing up Week 10 of 13 weeks! emoticon

But this week was especially hard. Long work hours, a few poorer food choices (drinking twice this week, generous second helpings a couple times) and lack of sleep/not enough water has resulted in a 3 pound fluctuation. And I realize I'm a bit devastated. Since my weigh-in yesterday, these thoughts have been running through my mind: I should just throw in the towel. I need to reassess the whole exercise program. I should just go binge on fast food. I need to just take a three week break. So, really, these three pounds weighs so heavily on me. emoticon

But why? When I really think about it and examine all the other measurements I've been taking since spring, I realize I have so many other numbers to track:
- I have lost 12 pounds since May 1st (6% of my body weight)
- I have lost almost 3" off waist, hips, thighs, arms, calf
- I have reduced my BMI by 1.8 (from 28.9, pretty close to obese to 27.1, well in midrange of overweight)
- I can fit in my high school choir dress (yup, still own it!)
- I have also been tracking my increase in weights and reps, including my ability to do assisted pull ups and push ups.

I have really been changing my body in the past few months. And, I have so many numbers to go by. While the scale is important, it's not the only thing to measure your success or goals by!

I know my fitness journey has only just begun. I have a lot more finish lines I want to cross, but just a friendly reminder to myself: Don't let one number get you down! Keep other ones in mind as well.

Yours in fitness~

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EDDYMEESE 8/28/2013 12:44AM

    Nice job!

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SULTANA2013 8/24/2013 1:45PM

    Well said emoticon

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SHELLS514 8/24/2013 1:45PM

    I have the same tendencies as you when I give in and indulge. Thoughts much the same race through my mind and I feel I should just give up, that it's never going to happen. BUT, since joining Spark in June and receiving all the wonderful support and encouragement, I have learned to change that way of thinking finally! emoticon Now, if I do go over my cals on occasion, I say to myself, so what! emoticon and go right back on plan..Don't beat yourself up, you have accomplished so much and are doing so awesome! emoticon emoticon. Best to you on your journey!

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Back Again

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Hello world! I'm back, after a long hiatus. The last time I checked into Spark People and blogged was more than *gasp* a full year ago!!

I feel pretty bad about that, but instead of wallowing in that guilt, let me just take a moment to review: I was weighing in on 7/22/11 at 175.2. Today (10/9/12), I weighed in at 186.8. That means I've gained 10# over the past year, with a few dips both below 175 and above 186.

So, what happened? Well, besides the normal challenges of making healthy eating choices on a daily basis and finding the time in one's busy schedule to exercise, I've had a couple major stressors since fall of last year: divorce, job change, moving four times (!), one major health scare, an operation, and two accidents (neither of them my fault).

I'm not listing these as an excuse, but rather to clear the air. I mean, we all have stuff that happens to us. I know that your list is just as "interesting" as mine. Life has it's challenges. Life has it's hurdles. Sometimes, it's just good to just put it out there so you can see what you're dealing with. So, this is what I have to deal with: I just turned 30, I'm a soon-to-be divorcee, I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up, and I'm trying to loose the same 20 pounds that I've been trying to lose since 2010.

So what I am doing back on Spark People? Well, Spark People is more than just about losing weight. I mean, weight is important. It means health, comfortability, longevity. But, as someone who has been struggling with their weight for their entire life, I know that losing the weight is just a means to a much more important end, that end being figuring out what my life is going to look like, figuring out what my new priorities are, figuring out who I want to be.

I want to be someone who is confident. I want to be someone who has the energy to tackle each and every day for the gift that it is. I want to be someone who can give back as much as I'e been given. I want to be someone who can experience all the joys and adventures life has to offer.

So, my goal? Sure, it's to lose 30#. But, I know that it's the decisions that I make every day that will make me stronger. I hope you can follow me on my journey, and I'd love to hear about yours.

  


Getting to 170 by August

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Talk about a huge hurdle. I don't think I have my scale dip below 170 since high school, and I won't say how many years that has been!

Although I want to give my body "room" and not be too hard on myself considering I am generally staying with my calorie range and exercising like crazy, I do want to have some very measurable goals. To be honest, my vigorous exercise regime this summer is 1) because I actually have the time and 2) I really want to see some real changes in my body and more specifically in my weight. This is not an exercise just in becoming more healthy. Right now, I want to reach that golden BMI of "healthy" versus overweight. And I have long way to get there.

I'm going to estimate what my weight loss should be so that I can use this as a marker as my 12-week challenge continues (I'm about halfway done!) and then I work on losing into the beginning of the school year.

175.2 - SW on 7/22
174.0 by 7/29 (Week 6)
172.5 by 8/5 (Week 7)
171.0 by 8/12 (Week 8)
169.5 by 8/19 *huge barrier!* (Week 9)

This is far enough! I'll be checking in using this as a measurement in my future blog posts

  


Review of Weeks 3 through 5

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Again, it has been two weeks since my official blog check in. But in reviewing what has happened I am pretty pleased with my progress towards my healthy life style and my fitness goals.

Goal #1: Eat Better
I am making more conscious choices for sure! I still need to be more adventurous with trying out new SP recipes, and I definitely see a difference in the way I eat if I track my calories for the day versus when I don't.

-->Specific Touchstone: Track calories for the rest of week 6 until the halfway mark!
-->Try at least one new recipe (the banana bread is in the works tonight)!

Goal #2: Build Muscle
Even though I haven't been lifting weights, I definitely see muscle tone in my arms especially and in my thighs. I can't wait to begin a more strict weight lifting regime.

--> Specific Touchstone: Begin lifting at least 2x per week to start out into week 6 and beyond. This will work well with adjusted work schedule coming up (replace Zumba).

Goal #3: Run
I haven't done this OR looked into it. I need to find a race for reals! That will definitely be the incentive for me. I'm going to do a 5K and try and beat my PR from last year (April).

--> Specific Touchstone: Find a race and sign up already! Preferably, train for a race no earlier than SEPTEMBER. Then perhaps do another one in NOVEMBER.

Goal #4: Move emoticon
I have to admit, I am doing this the best of all my goals so far. I am working out doing cardio at least once a day and sometimes twice a day. I am doing Zumba and Kickboxing and also playing competitive outdoor volleyball. I need to keep this up for sure, even though some of my gym time may need to be sacrificed soon because of a change in work schedule. I can still do Kickboxing and Weight-lifting though, so it all works out!

--> Specific Touchstone: Continue the great work!

Goal #5: Lose It
Well, I have been losing pretty steadily! Since the beginning of this challenge, which began on Monday, June 20th (my first weigh-in was Friday, June 24th), I have lost 4 pounds -- from 179.4 to 175.2. This is a bit less than my hope (which was about a pound a week), but this is still better than nothing!

The frustrating thing is that I often see pretty big increases in weight during the week. I don't know if this is from not enough water, too many chips the previous day, or TOTM, but it has happened the past three weeks where I see significant changes on a Friday weigh-in, but over the weekend or by Wednesday I'm about 3 pounds more (nearing the 180 that I had started out at at the beginning of this challenge). Luckily, none of these weight gains have lasted over an official weigh-in day, though I am afraid that this week they will. I don't want to dread the scale but I hate when the scale doesn't match the effort I've put into things!

--> Specific Touchstone: I would like to see a weight loss on Week 6 (from 175 to 174 at least). If not, since it is that TOTM, then I'll want to eat carefully this weekend and make up for it on the other side during the Week 7 weigh-in.

Next check-in during week 7 to review week 6

Tips and Reminders:
1. Write down my exercise schedule every week (volleyball, 1-2x; cardio-kickboxing or zumba, 3-5x; weight lifting, 2x; running 2-3x)
2. When planning meals, keep my calorie count in mind! (Stick to yummy SP recipes for now, especially as I'm experimenting more and more with cooking.)

  


Review of Weeks 1-2

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

So it's been almost two weeks since my last check-in. Overall, I have been trending towards a pretty steady exercise regime (though not as intense as I should be doing) and my calories are kept in check. I can crack down on both for sure, which is what I want to work on in the next week.


But first, a review of the goals I set two weeks ago

Goal #1: Eat Better
[ ] Try one new SP recipe. -- I have yet to do this!
[ ] Track every day this week starting Tues, 6/21. -- I definitely track more consistently and when I do track, I am staying within my calorie range! There definitely have been a few days where I went *way* over my 1,500 cal limit, but this hasn't seemed to effect things -- yet! emoticon

Goal #2: Build Muscle
[ ] Weight train at gym or home (using Shred DVD) on Wednesday and Friday. -- I haven't lifted weights at the gym yet but I have supplemented my work outs with the Shred DVD at least once.

Goal #3: Run
[ ] Run at the gym on Wednesday and Friday, easing back into the C25K program. -- I have yet to do this!
[ ] Research a 5K race to sign up for in about 6 weeks. Seriously folks! -- Or this!

Goal #4: Move
[ ] Zumba - Tues and Thurs; Vball - Tues night; Turbo Kick maybe one more time this week (either Wed or Thurs) -- I did this! I began Turbo Kick 3x a week in the mornings. What a workout! This I love! emoticon

Goal #5: Lose It
[ ] Next weigh in will be Fri, 6/24, before I head out to a what will most likely be a very indulgent weekend. I need to be on my guard! -- I weighed in and did fine this week! I lost about 4 pounds to kick off the intense summer here. I've been keeping up my weight loss too! emoticon
[ ] I need to take measurements and "before" photos this week as well. -- I need to do this to have an accurate count of things!

Overall Stats:
-Blasted about 4 pounds! (At 176.5# this morning, down from over 180# at the beginning of June 20) emoticon
-Seeing consistent results because of Turbo Kick, 3x/week emoticon
-Using calorie tracker to occasionally check in, staying within 1,500 {could do better on this!} emoticon

I'll post goals for this week next...

  


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