Friday, October 12, 2012
28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being?
I go to church weekly, I read, I spend time with my family, I pet my dog, I don't really focus on wellness, but I don't feel as though it's something I'm struggling with either.
29. There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise.
1. I am a thrill seeker. I have jumped from planes, and attached to bungee contraptions and ridden the scariest rides at amusement parks and on the tallest towers.
2. I rescued my dog almost 10 years ago, and we share the same personality which scares family and friends alike.
3. I wouldn't know what to do without my iPhone.
4. My shoe collection is out of control.
5. I will watch just about any movie, but secretly prefer them to be bad so I can have a Mystery Science Theater 3000 type dialogue in my head.
6. I love to cook and hate to do dishes. The ultimate worst combination.
7. I sing and dance in the car to the point where it probably startles onlookers.
8. I actually love my job.
9. I love to make lists and cross things off but I am not organized.
10. I never feel like I have my act together.
30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September?
Since it's now October, I guess I'm proud I was able to finish this blog challenge at all even if not in the time frame that was originally proposed. I'm also proud I was able to get myself back on track after a vacation and through birthday shenanigans.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why?
I tend to mostly work out alone. I made a stab at starting a running group, but people are so far flung here and busy that it never really took off. I used to go to the gym at work during lunch and do cardio with a coworker, but since she moved to a different department that has stopped as well. I guess I prefer alone because I can push myself harder, I find a lot of people don't want to work as hard as I do.
27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work?
I've been to a dietitian, I've been part of a medically supervised program, and I'm currently a member of weight watchers, amongst numerous other things, but until I really focused and made the commitment none of it worked but they were all valuable steps along the way and I learned a lot from each.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.)
I have always loved to exercise, it keeps me grounded manages my mood and just all around makes me feel good. It wasn't until I learned that you can't out exercise a bad diet that I started to lose weight.
25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?
I'm dying to try crossfit. It seems so intense and the community seems so supportive but alas it is just not a reality in my rural area. I tried ballet inspired and pilates, and while challenging, they are not my cup of tea, I get bored too easily I guess and the slow concentrated moves are more than my attention span can handle.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
22. What is your current workout/fitness routine?
I work out at home due to the lack of gym options in my area. I've done Insanity, Turbo Fire, Chalean Extreme, and I also enjoy running. This winter I'm crossing my fingers for snow so I can Cross Country Ski and snow shoe more. I lift weights, I do cardio and I try to move around a lot throughout the day. In the summer I have a side job mowing lawns with a push mower. I just don't ever want to go back to the body I used to have. I've actually been a much larger size at this weight and it's a testament to weight training that I'm the size I am now.
23. What are your current fitness goals?
Pull ups! It's the ultimate goal. I can't do any. My 17 year old niece can do 5. I'm endlessly jealous. I also want to run two half marathons in 2013 one in the spring and one in the fall. Eventually a full marathon if I ever learn to fuel properly.
Monday, October 08, 2012
19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely?
I don't think I've given anything up completely. I made modifications. I don't bring junk into my house, but if I want a cookie I will buy a single cookie from the store that makes the most amazing cookies and I will savor it. If I don't have the motivation to go to the store and get it, I don't want it that badly. I am a confessed peanut butter addict. I found keeping it around made it disappear, but once I started making my own and not adding any oils or sugars to it, just peanuts, I still got the taste I enjoyed but with far less guilt and I had to work for it.
20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?
Oh my gosh, there are so many. I love edamame in the pod. It takes a while to eat, it involves your hands as well and contains protein. I'm an experimenter at heart, so I've tried all kinds of things that I've enjoyed. Pizza crust made from cauliflower, "tater" tots made from zucchini and they've all been awesome.
21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?
I never thought of myself as obsessive, but there was a point in this journey where I worried I would become so. I was hearing people tell me I was thin, but I wasn't seeing it. It's difficult to reconcile the logic of numbers and measurements with illogical brain behavior. I became depressed, my outlet for depression is exercise, as you can see this could become a dangerous path. It was at this point one of my family members got very sick. All of my silliness sort of faded into the background. I spoke to my doctor about what I was dealing with and we worked it out. I still struggle with seeing myself the way others do, and I probably always will, but I've come to accept the me that I am, and set goals that are less related to being skinny or thin and more related to being strong and health.
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