Thursday, March 26, 2009
Today, I got out of shower after my burn. Drying off, and putting on my clothes, I am noticing changes. Even though the loss is low right now, I am noticing significant changes. I don't know if the fat is shifting around or what, but my stomach, I am noticing the upper roll become less of an upper roll. My legs seem like they are getting stronger. These a small changes, but I am only back at the weight where I left off. I am pretty excited about the end of this week and the month of April. I am looking forward to see what changes come about in the month of April. I am looking forward to seeing how everyone is doing after this month. I am excited about where we will be at the end of April. Wow, if we keep this burn up, and keep shedding the pounds, changing our body composition, we will still have May to burn and into June, and so curious as to how much we will all be down by summer. Then we have to continue through the summer months and into fall. I know that is really looking ahead, but if we keep up at a good rate, we will all be significantly down by Christmas. Some may even be at their goal weight.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Funny, believing in yourself. My son, suppose to go to leadership camp next week. He said, I am out of shape, they do lots of running, I am not going to go. Plus I have to get two grades up. I said, "That is an excuse, you can do it." He said, well, my grade, I can always do summer or next year. I said, "Yeah, but it is still just an excuse, but it is your choice." When he spoke with his dad, his dad told him he really should do it. He said, well, my grade. Well, don't know what changed, but a couple of days later, he calls us and says he is going. Last night, we went to the school for the orientation. This is an AFJROTC program so they will be busy. This will be SO GOOD for HIM. Anyways, this program has a confidence builder which really tests their confidence. The goal is "YOU CAN DO IT" "Team Work" They instilled a lot of YOU REALLY CAN DO IT! Believing in yourself, your confidence. Believe believe believe in yourself and YOU CAN DO IT!
It really brought my team "You can do it! I Can do it! We can do it! to mind. You really have to believe in yourself, and you really can do it. I look at what I am doing, and I find myself thinking and saying to myself, believe in yourself, you can do this, pushing myself, pushing team members. We can do it! It is team work.
The challenges, encouraging each other, pushing each other, giving kudos to each other, checking up on each other, watching each person make it, or if they slide, to push them to go forward, that is team work. Believing in yourself that you really can do this is sticking with it, and YOU CAN DO IT!
Just wanted to share this...as I thought it was pretty interesting what they want to intill into the young men and women of the program. We got to watch clips of last years leadership camp. Watching it, some things looked so easy, but reality, VERY HARD!
With all that said, YOU CAN DO IT! Push yourselves. Feel the burn! Make it happen!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Looking back to last year and now this year. Some big discoveries, is food and hidden calories. Yes, last year I was being careful, yes, I was aware and new of food and hidden calories, but what is so different, is that some foods I thought that were healthy were actually indeed packed with hidden calories. I often look back at and just wonder, on days I thought I did so awesome and was so proud of myself, where in fact, that particular meal was packed with high calories with not even near enough of a burn. I am now down about it, as it is a Lesson. The best thing they did was make resteraunts provide nutrient values of their meals...at least in our state, so it makes it easier to choose or choose not to eat there. Going online and being able to look at their values helps too, that is if they have it.
I am feeling a little better with my running scared, and yes, I still am, but my scale was showing 189.4 again, and it is just Thursday. I am being super careful this week until weigh in and consistently burning my calories. I tell ya, it is difficult to burn 500 calories or more. I just did 30 min on my wii fit, mostlly aerobic, and I have only burned 90 calories. I need to do my step and my dance dvd workout.
My determination is even stronger then it was last year, and I thought I was pretty determined last year. I am working really hard to not let anything get in my way. I am making fitness my complete priority. My HRM has to show over 250 burned and I strive for 500 or more. I am proud of myself as I am 42 days streaking today. I have done the minimum 30 min, but will be getting way more in. I am finding that if my HRM is low, or high, and I get a craving for something, I look at my nutrients I've had, will it fit, how many calories are in the item and do I want to go burn it.
One of my favorite things is cream cheese pie. Well, it is packed with calories (500) for one slice, well 491...I rounded. So when I bought hubby's birthday, did a great burn, thought wow, I could have a small piece...ha ha ha...NO WAY....I looked at the calories and went, it is not worth it. I didn't want to go burn 500 more calories. If I don't do this, I won't get to where I want to go. Ask yourself some questions:
1) How bad to you want to reach your goal?
Really bad, life and death is how bad...I can't stand the weight on my body.
2) Is your goal achievable? Yes, just lots and lots of work!
3) Why do you want to reach for your goal? To be healthy, fit, and look great for myself and my hubby (who has never complained), but for me. I hate caring this extra weight and I don't want meds.
4) What will you do to reach your goal? Just about anything (healthy)..make me a priority. Start a streak, stick with it, track, spark, exercise.
5) Are you willing to burn calories? YES, A MUST DO
6) Are you ready to eat healthy? YES and it is a learning process.
7) How determined are you? EXTREMELY DETERMINED...it is like, I am not going to let nothing get in the way.
What tools do you have to help you reach your goal:
Make a list.
-support of hubby
-stationary bike (outside)
Most valuable tools I have: HRM, wii fit, stepper, going for walks
HRM = $38 - 100% a MUST for ME
Wii Fit = Expensive but worth it
Stepper = $30 - a Must...it helps me big time to reach my 500+
Going for Walks = Free
One key item: HRM $38 I can't stress enough how important of a tool this can be.
Walking = Free
Duck Tape two thick phone books to make your own step...free.
Another big key for me "NO EXCUSES" if I can't do a 500 burn, must at least do my 30 min requirement to keep my streak going.
Another big key - check HRM and if something comes up that I want to eat, look at my HRM...am I willing to go burn those calories off?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Happy Wednesday! Yes, I am running scared, running scared big time. As so many of you know, I reached 189.4. This week I've been teetoring on 189.4-190.2 and 190.2 more than 189.4. As so many of you know and many of you don't know, I got stuck doing this last year. I could not get my ticker to move down know matter what I tried. I realize that so many things are different this year, but I can't help but be SCARED. I am sticking to it, I am not giving up, I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT! Please please dear lord, keep my ticker moving down. Let my body release. Don't make me be stuck again.
Burn Burn Burn those calories!
Some new learnings:
I watched a show today, where they showed foods that look yummy, and like they would not be too bad to eat but are packed with calories and how it would take 6 hours to burn off, or 3 hours of mamba dancing. Next to these, they put out other dishes that have less calories, equally yummy, where you could eat 6 plates of it and do better than one plate. As an example, two chicken enchiladas, beans, rice. This is over my calorie range, plus it would take 6 or more hours of fast walking to burn the calories of just that meal, no breakfast and no lunch. Next to it, more healthy, same place, 6 chicken taco's and forget what else on plate, but I could eat the entire table of tacos they showed and been stuffed full, and less calories. However, there is no way I could eat as many hard shell chicken tacos that they showed. But it made me think of when we went to mexican and I didn't even finish my plate, I ate the chimichanga, a couple bites of my beans, and none of the rice and was full. Well it was better than before, but it actually took my calories out of range without really knowing it. There are so many hidden calories in stuff. It is actually kind of scary. I have to say, I did really well last year, but not good enough. I am and have and still am making some serious changes. I sure do hope that my ticker will move down. I have good reason to be running scared, but I think I have a better chance at making it move this time.
BURN BURN BURN those unwanted calories.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I was low end of calorie range today. I burned 731 calories... I made it! I did it! And I am officially 40 days streaking and moving on to 41.
I went to water aerobics with my sister and did 1 hour aerobics. I was pretty shocked seeing my sister. I really felt bad for her. I just have never ever seen her this heavy. She makes me look like a bean pole, and I am by no means a bean pole. I see it is hard for her to move, hard for her period. I really keep trying to encourage her. I told her about my step, I told her if she got herself a step, I would get her an HRM if she would use it. I told her what she needs to do to lose. She said she would get a step, we will see. She took a look at mine. She thought we burned way more at water aerobics and was shocked that she only burned 193 calories. That isn't bad, but we need to burn more to lose weight. We talked about eating too. After water aerobics, she pulls into 7-11 and asks if I want a soda. I said no thank you, I can't drink soda. She said, anything, so I said bottle of water. She came out with a giant soda for her and a bottle of water for me. She asked why I can't have soda. I said, I can't because it is too high in sugars, and just so unhealthy and doesn't fit in my food plan. I don't like being fat, and I am determined to get it off, so this is important for me. Plus, I burned my calories and I don't want to have to go home and burn more because I drank a soda. I told her when I get home, I will need to eat something to get my calories to low end of range, but it will be something I need to make my nutrients where they need to be. Oh, she answered. I saw myself getting so close to where she is, and I don't like it, and when I saw how hard it is for her to move, I know how hard it is already for me and I just DON'T WANT to get there, but to move downward.
I am hoping, seeing me drop, and with encouragement, she will start to really try to work on it. It is so hard, so so hard, but it is so important for our health. Life is too short, and if we sit and do nothing, time is wasting away. Why not work hard and get ourselves healthy and stay healthy. I don't want to be an old woman who can hardly walk, or has such bad problems, or start taking meds. The only way that won't happen is if I take this serious and work my bootie off to burn burn burn, eat healthy, and keep at it. There is NO GIVING UP! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! YOU CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO IT! Stick with it....NO MATTER WHAT!
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