Friday, March 30, 2012
Yay for me! I started this week with such determination to do better, AND I HAVE! Last weekend was so unhealthy and made me feel really bad physically and emotionally. I promised myself to do better this weekend, and so far, I'm doing great :)
I stayed within my calorie range today, which is very rare for me. Usually, when Friday rolls around I get in a completely different mindset. I get cravings because I'm so used to getting my weekend fix, but today I decided: NOT THIS TIME! I made a conscious decision to skip the usual Friday night chocolate/ice cream/pizza while watching a movie, and I felt so good about myself afterwards!! Because I felt like I was in complete control of my actions and that it was MY decision whether or not I would eat the chocolate bar I had right there in front of me, it didn't even feel difficult to say 'No thank you'!
I thought about how it would look like on my tracker. I would go over my calorie limit and probably feel bad for doing so. I weighed my options carefully and honestly, and much to my surprise, it was very easy to say no. And such a confidence boost as well!
I weighed myself this morning and I have now lost another pound :) I'm now down to 180 pounds and have lost a total of 13 pounds! I'm determined to stay on the right track all weekend so I can get out of the 180's for my next weigh in.
I hope you're all having a great day!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Hello Sparkles! :)
So today was such an amazing day. I went for a long walk in the evening with my boyfriend and it was just so relaxing and so much fun! I ate healthy all day and I'm happy to say I'm FINALLY getting enough fruit and veggies! I focused on eating at least two servings of fresh produce at each meal, and I ended up getting 12 servings today. I feel so happy for being good to my body for once. I love my body and all its amazing functions, and I just want to take the best possible care of it.
On a different note, I've been thinking a lot about stress lately. I think I've been chronically stressed for the past few years and honestly, I don't even know why. I know there are people in the world who have a lot more on their plate (no pun intended) than me and still manage to avoid stress better than me. I sometimes feel like I have 'no right' to be stressed out! And it stresses me out even more. Sigh.
I just get very easily stressed out, I guess. I have suffered from anxiety as well which just makes it a lot worse. I go over things a million times inside my head, I worry, I play out possible worst case scenarios, I make endless to-do lists and plans (and yet rarely follow through). Sometimes I feel like there is an ongoing chaos inside my head and it's so VERY exhausting. I often wish I could just turn off my mind for a while and enjoy life without feeling like there is constantly something to do and take care of.
I've only just begun to notice how stressed I actually am. It seems like my stress has become almost chronic, and it's very difficult to shake. I know I want to - and I NEED to for the sake of my health. But as many things in life, it's much easier said than done.
The first step I took was write down a list of my top-five stressors and then try and figure out ways to relieve the stress those things cause. It was very eye-opening and helpful! I also made a list of things to do when I feel a stress attack coming, including:
- go out for a walk
- listen to soothing music
- do yoga
- write it out in a journal
- talk to a friend
I need some other suggestions, though. DO YOU GUYS EVER SUFFER FROM STRESS OR ANXIETY? How do you deal with it? I know I'm definitely not alone in this and it would be great to hear your tips and ideas on how to become stress-free! :)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Hello Sparkles! :)
So today was a long and busy day but despite that I managed to eat healthy and get in some exercise. I was in a good mood all day. Lately, I've been really stressed out and I've even suffered from anxiety, but today was a good day and I just felt really calm and positive. I consumed 1,700+ calories and burned just under 300 by walking to school.
I'm too tired to write a proper entry, but I just wanted to share these two pictures with you:
These pictures were actually taken last spring but I weighed back then as much as I do now, which is 181 pounds. I then gained about 10-15 pounds last fall and it just made me really sad. Now I'm so happy that I've lost some weight and gotten healthier because frankly, I think I look cute in those pictures - and now I'm back at that weight! Woohoo for reaching small goals! It's so encouraging.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I have to say I really love The Spark! It's such an inspiring book with full of ideas and motivational insights. Not just about weight loss, but living a fulfilling life in general! Being happy with who and where you are, finding your own purpose, creating meaningful goals and finding that spark within you.
I've had a great day today. I went for a bike ride and walked to the grocery store (and burned 500 calories by doing these activities!) and it was such a lovely spring weather outside. I got my 5+ servings of fruit and veggies, my 10+ cups of water and my 30+ minutes of cardio! I stayed within my calorie range (ended up consuming just a little over 1,300 calories today!).
Lately, I've been really focusing on what I want from my life and where I envision myself five, ten or twenty years from now. I know I'm not living up to my full potential and I want to change that. There's so much I could do and be and yet I've been standing in the sidelines, too tired and scared to change my behavior. That will change in the future. I can already see the changes in myself :)
Calorie information for today:
Calories eaten: 1,399
Calories burned: -500
Calorie differential: -1,034
Today I feel:
Monday, March 26, 2012
I'm so excited! I ordered them a couple of weeks back and seriously, they could not have arrived at a better time. As I wrote last night, I've been hitting a wall lately (especially on the weekends with all the unhealthy eating) and I was in desperate need of inspiration and motivation.
Now, with all the amazing and healthy recipes in the SparkPeople Cookbook and the motivational stories and strategies in The Spark, I feel like I have plenty of tools to stay on the right track and keep making those healthy choices. I can't wait to try new recipes and cook some of those delicious meals. I actually tried a delicious banana and strawberry smoothie today which I really, really loved!
I'm so over this past weekend and all the negative emotions. Today has been a new day for me and I feel like I could not have done better. I stayed at the low end of my calorie range today and got 7 servings of fruit and veggies and 10+ cups of water! I worked out for about 40 minutes and read The Spark :) Now I feel like I can do anything if I just keep at it and never ever give up on myself even if things get tough every once in a while.
I have only read the introduction part of The Spark but I'm already in love with it. I know it's nothing new and I've read it all before here on the site but it's always nice to learn more about being healthy!
So here's how I did today calorie wise...
Calories consumed: 1,232
Calories burned by exercise: -251
Calories burned by BMR: 1,933
Calorie differential for today: -952 calories
And in addition to that, I feel really good and healthy. I ate more fresh produce than I normally do and tried a few new things today. I have so much energy and I hope it continues all week.
Hope you're all having a wonderful day!
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