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Day 32/ Things I've Noticed About Myself

Thursday, September 27, 2012

This challenge for the fall is really helping me stay on track with my water! I've never had so much water! I know its a good thing. This week while doing my walking on the treadmill, I've actually been sweating! WOOHOO!!! That just means to me that I am working hard. I'm doing good!! Mr. Charles at the YMCA told me today when I hit day 84 he's gonna have balloons and confetti for me! LOL So now I have to keep pushing through so I can hold him to his word and see if he actually does it! LOL That will need pictures for sure!

I'm just seeing this in a whole new light. I don't know if its b/c of me and my constant postings on Facebook or if it has NOTHING at all to do with me, but a friend of mine joined a gym and started this week. And my cousin has just joined a gym! I'm going to be selfish and say I "inspired" them to change. Or at least helped give them a "push"!

Things I've began noticing about myself:
1. I am not quite as tired as I was in the beginning of this!
2. I have a little more "bounce" in my step and I sit/stand a little taller.
3. I leave the gym with a smile on my face because I know I've completed another day.
4. I'm learning to eat a bit more healthy despite the budget/money issues.
5. I have managed to cut my time on walking a mile (since I can't run yet).
6. I french braided my hair yesterday and in the past I had to "rest" b/c my arms got tired, but yesterday I was able to do it without stopping!!!!
7. My workout pants are loose in the waist. Don't worry they aren't falling off... yet. Got to work on my hips and get it slimmed down before my clothes start falling off of me.
8. Working out is becoming a habit. Its my excuse not to go back to sleep!
9. I don't take naps any more in the middle of the day!
10. I'm staying active on Spark People for the first time since I joined in 2009!!!!

Now that's progress!!!!

  
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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/28/2012 9:33AM

    Sounds like you are doing awesome! Keep up the good work!

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SERVTWFMTHR 9/27/2012 9:32AM

    emoticon That sounds AMAZING!!!!! You inspire me to keep going!

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MAHGRET 9/27/2012 8:46AM

    Great job!

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Day 30

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On August 28, 2012 I took me 33 minutes to walk 1.3 miles. And today I blew that time out of the water!!!! I walked 1 mile in 17 minutes and 24 seconds! Then I cooled down so I walked a total of 1.21 in 25 minutes. emoticon I am so very proud of myself! In 30 days I've improved my WALKING time. I have been striving to do better each time I walk. But for last week I had been doing the stationary bike. emoticon I'm just thrilled beyond words right now!!!! A couple of other things that I am proud of myself for, drinking more water emoticon , staying within my calorie range (typically still have calories "left over" for the day). I am doing something right! I can't believe I'm still going!!!!
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KCREATIVESPIRIT 9/25/2012 6:06PM

    Great work!

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Day 28

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Yesterday I played volleyball for an hour and a half again. emoticon Only problem was I got hurt right to start with. I bent over to get the ball from the floor and pulled a muscle in my butt down the back of my leg on my right side. I walked it off and was ok. But then when we were practicing some drills, I dove for the ball and landed on that right hip/butt and pulled that muscle again. That time I was in some pain. I couldn't get up off the floor. But I managed to get up and the Coach told me how to help relieve that pain. So I did some stretches to help. I did this for about 5 minutes or so. Then I went back out to play. I played but not as well as I did last week because I was still hurting, just not as bad.

Today, I didn't do anything. I watched football, did some laundry, and put away laundry. So overall a pretty lazy day. But I did manage to get my weight check, measurements taken and this week's picture taken. I managed to drink 10 cups of water today! emoticon (Between water and flavored drinks with no sugar/calories.) emoticon

So I'm beginning a new challenge this week. I've never completed one before and this one is only for four weeks. This will be my first ever challenge completed! I CAN do this!! This will be another accomplishment I can add to my list.

Now for the bad news... Money is so tight here that we could only spend $34.00 on groceries to last for at least a week if not longer, however that did not include very many veggies and no fruits at all. So my food intake is going to be a night mare for the next couple of weeks. Its more pasta and starches than anything else right now. I stress so bad over the money because with me not working there's not enough money to cover all the bills. Hopefully hubby's pay increase takes effect soon and that will help us to meet our budget a little better. I do my best not to think about how bad things are for us because someone else has it a lot worse than we do. Spending $34.00 for food means I have no money for gas for the van at the moment. So I'm not sure how this is going to work out. I just have to keep believing that things are going to be taken care of and we will be ok and get out of this nightmare soon!

Enough bad mojo, time to focus on what we can do and what is good and positive. Good news: I have dropped 7 lbs. Lost 1/2 an inch in my calf and my arm. Lost 1 inch in my bust and waist and lost 2 inches in my hips and thighs! At 28 days in I am making progress!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!

Day 29 is tomorrow! I've beat my own records for how long I've logged into SP and how long I've worked out . My streaks are getting longer and better! So very proud of myself!!!

Below is this week's weigh in Picture. Thanks to my hubby for taking the picture while football was on!!!

  
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SERVTWFMTHR 9/24/2012 7:16AM

    emoticon Congrats on the lbs and inches lost! When money is really tight maybe you could try getting canned fruits/veggies and make sure you eat the serving size (which can make a can go far). Also think about meals you can make that are pretty healthy, but go far. Like a big batch of chili or spaghetti. I pray your financial situation takes a turn for the better. Keep pushing!

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Day 26

Friday, September 21, 2012

I've made it to day 26!!! I've hit a milestone for me! I'm on my longest streak ever! I'm so proud of myself. I've beat my personal record of only 14 days! And today it took me 9 minutes and 36 seconds to walk a half of a mile!!! I'm getting better! I increased the amount of weight in some of my exercises today.

I've managed 7 glasses of water so far today! I'm making progress! Can't wait to go play volleyball tomorrow. I know I will probably be so sore again on Sunday, but Sunday is a day of football and I will not have to do anything except lounge around!

WOOHOO!!! Day 26 down! Go me! Go go go ME!!!!

  


Day 25

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I don't know how many people from SparkPeople use the YMCA, but I would not go anywhere else. I tried a gym years ago. Felt so out of place. Then along came the YMCA. I joined because I needed to lose the weight. I was pleased with how nice people were. How willing they were to help. Then things for me changed and I stopped going. Here it is 10-11 years later and I'm still for the YMCA.

I love the one I go to. Every morning I see the same Fitness person on the floor. He's very bright, happy, cheerful, encouraging. When he saw me this morning, as usual, he gave me a high five and asked how I was doing. I told him I was on day 25. He said see I knew you could do it. And as I left today, He said see you tomorrow, Day 26! He was just as happy about that as I was because as I was walking out that's all I heard him shouting, Day 26! Yeah Day 26! So I walked out with a smile today. I would not go to a normal gym for NOTHING now. At the Y they have classes, water classes, the gym, basket ball courts, dance classes, get togethers... You name it. And for me to join the volleyball "club" was only $10.00 Which isn't bad. But the other classes are included in my membership. I just feel like I get so much more from the YMCA than I do a normal gym.

Day 25 has been completed! I started the day off with sharing a motivational quote/picture from Sparkpeople on my facebook. Then I went and did 36 minutes on the treadmill and walked 1.62 miles. I've already managed 5 glasses of water. I've never gotten past my fast break goals. I believe it is time to change that. Since now I have this exercise thing down as well as writing everyday down, its time to work on MORE water every day. I want to get off of the fastbreak goals and on to the next step!

I am being very successful at this. I am being productive. Over a month ago I used to get up make Brad's lunch/breakfast/coffee and go back to bed. That is, if I even got out of bed at that time to do all this for him. Sometimes, he would just let me sleep and not bother waking me. Yes I am still tired but the difference is I do not go back to bed. I get myself dressed and out the door to the YMCA. This way I get my exercise done first thing in the morning and my day doesn't ruin my plan to work out! I actually get it done. No more excuses. I've made no more excuses. And I'm on the road to a better ME!!!!!

So to those who want to stand there and watch me burn, by means you can stand there and watch but guess what I'm burning the fat away. I'm creating a healthier, happier more productive ME. This time next year I will be able to say look what I did. Look how big I used to be! I can't wait to see my boys' reactions when they see the changes I've made. I can't wait to take them hiking and be able to do it with them! Yep I'm doing this! I'm making a difference in me and my life and my health!

  


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