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Reorienting myself

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This is the first Lenten season I will have celebrated and while I can't do much hardcore fasting from food- nursing mom here!- I am taking a break from some of my favorite things. I'm also doing quite a bit of Lenten reading, which has been incredibly inspiring. "Jesus of Nazareth, Part One" by Pope Benedict XVI is my current project. I already love our Holy Father. He tackles very complicated subjects and ideas but still manages to write in a way that is warm and completely understandable. And his portrait of Our Lord is a beautiful one.

I'm also praying the Sorrowful Mysteries every day. It's funny to me that I was worried I would get bored praying through the same set of mysteries every single day for 40 days, but to be honest it's been a blessing! Every single day I have some new thoughts and insights that fly into my head- no doubt from the Spirit- while praying this particular rosary. I am granted a new appreciation every day for Our Lord's Passion. How much he loves us! It's truly breathtaking.

The Magnificat Lenten Companion has also been very helpful in staying focused on my devotions to the Lord. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to deepen their celebration of the season.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to Friday. I'm taking the children to have dinner with Judie, my sponsor, at the parish fish fry. Then we'll do the Stations of the Cross. Just two more days. If I can get help with the kids, I really want to go to Adoration at some point during the season. And, of course, my first confession will be upon me very soon. I'm a bit nervous about it, but I know the Lord will get me through.

More in a day or so. Have a blessed one!


Getting back on the wagon

Monday, December 08, 2008

I've been very lazy the past two months. I've exercised, but it's been on and off. I've tracked my food, every few days or so. I've eaten healthy, on occasion.

In a nutshell, I fell off the wagon. So I'm getting back on starting right now.


Celebrating an accomplishment

Friday, September 19, 2008

I've been my friend telling Jennifer about my Wii Fit experience and how it's got me started running. I never EVER thought I'd be running. Even when I was thin, I hated running. Just running ten feet left me winded and hurting.

Since I started using the WATP dvd's I've gradually built up my endurance to where I've been doing the routines that include some light jogging in them. When my mom picked up a Wii Fit last week and encouraged me to use the running game I was hesitant, to say the least. But I tried it and I liked it so much that I've been running every day since I got back home.

I just finished running a little over 4 miles in 30 minutes! I am running comfortably at about a 7-min mile pace, am able to talk and breathe normally during the whole thing, and don't feel achy or exhausted afterward. I credit this achievement to Leslie Sansone and her videos. When I first started the walking workouts 3 months ago I could barely make it through one 15-min mile. Now I'm RUNNING, and at quite a clip, too!!!!


Laying out my goals

Saturday, August 23, 2008

OK, so here it is. I'm laying out all my goals on the table for all to see. I'm counting on my people to keep me motivated and accountable.

Short Term Goals:

1. Focus on losing at least one pound per week.

Long-term goals:

1. Lose additional 20 lbs (40 lbs total and two more sizes) by November of this year (2008).

2. Meet my total weight loss goal (62 lbs) by Joshua's birthday (March).

3. Once I am fit, I want to start trying for another child (given that finances are fine).

Fitness goals:

1. Stay within the low end of my calorie range. Right now the bottom of my calorie range is 1400 calories per day. So I'm shooting for 1400-1500 calories per day.

2. Exercise an average of 60 minutes per day.

3. Burn off at least 3000 calories per week.

So, there it is. I posted this on the front page of my Sparkpage as well and I'll update the ones that change as my weight continues to decrease.


20 POUNDS GONE!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Well, it's been a while since I blogged, so I thought I'd mark this special occasion with a note from me to whoever it is that reads these things.
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Two months of seriously changed eating habits and a TON of exercise and I've reached a major milestone. 20 pounds lost! That's a third of the weight I wanted to lose to start with. So, I've only got 2/3 left to go.

I can't tell you how great I feel. Not only do I feel better physically from cutting out all the garbage I was eating and getting regular exercise, I feel better mentally. I never understood before why people would exercise to relieve their stress. Now, I do and I'm addicted. Whenever I'm having a bad day, I pop in a walking DVD and after a few minutes nothing bothers me anymore. It's a wonderful release from the daily grind.

I am so glad for this site, for my family that's supported me (especially Mom and Megan) and for all of my sisters from CR! I don't know if I could have done it without the tools and the support. Thank you to Sparkpeople and to all my ladies!

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Here's to 20 pounds gone forever and to 40 more that will be gone before they ever know what hit them!


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