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New Year Alreaday?!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Wow its January 2011 already!!!! Where did the time go to so fast?? And why didnít time fly this fast when I was little????

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I donít normally make New Yearís resolutions, but this year I have decided to make a few!
#1: To get up at 5 AM and go work out, at the very least, 5 days a week. I was doing so well before the holidays. I was getting up and going to the YMCA to work out. I was losing weight. I was feeling good. And when I stopped, I began to gain the weight back. I used to have acid reflux 5 out of 7 days a week. Then when I started losing weight it only hit me 1 or 2 a week or none at all. But now its backÖ ugh I hate it, so I know its past time to go back to the gym. I have realized that I canít just start this and lose weight and then stop because the weight comes right back. Iíve got to continue on to keep the weight off. I canít remain lazy. I have to get up and get going.
#2: To write in some journal at least once a day. I have journals online and paper notebooks at home that I keep journals in. I need to write down what I am thinking, what I am feeling, what I am worrying over. I need to keep track of this for my well-being. I want to see how long it takes me to start feeling better about myself. How long it takes me to get out of the depression type of slumps that I get into.
#3: To write a letter to my boys and mail it out at least once a week. I want them to know that even when they are not here with me I still think about them and miss them so much. I want them to know that they can talk to me no matter what. There are times that I feel like a horrible mother because I donít feel like I spend enough time with them when they are here. So I just want them to know that I love them and that I will concentrate on spending more time with them when they are here.
#4: I will write to my husband like I used to do before we were married. Iím the kind of person that has a hard time speaking my feelings and thoughts and wants and desires. So I write them down. Words flow from my mind through my hands to paper so much easier than it does to flow through my mouth! So I will begin keeping a notebook of letters to him again, at least this way he will know how I am feeling, what I am thinking and what I want.
#5: To become less of a home body. I want to get out and do things. I was thinking that maybe I need to volunteer somewhere. I need to do things that I like to do instead of sitting in seclusion all the time. I need some me time or just time to hang with some friends. (I guess I need to make new friends for that to happen. )

I am going to try to make these things into habits. If they become a habit it will not be so hard to continue doing these things on a daily basis. The hardest part is starting and continuing until they become a habit. I am going to use my SparkPeople as much as I possibly can. I think that if I take the time to really read the information thatís on there, I will find things to help me. I honestly donít remember how I stumbled onto Spark People but Iíve been on there a while but have never really sat and explored everything on the site.
So starting today, it all changes for me. Itís all going to become a habit. Itís going to become my new life. Iím happy in life now and I want to be healthier so I can stick around to enjoy it. I want to be healthier so I can enjoy the simplest of things like walking a nature trail with my family without having to sit down and let them go on without me because I am too tired and too wore out to continue. I want to be able to spend more time outside with the boys. I want them to become more active outside rather than staying in the house all the time like Iíve been doing. So I have to set the example for them to follow!
Well I better wrap this up for now so I can finish getting ready to head to the gym. I found out they are open on Sundays so I am not waiting Ďtil tomorrow to start. Today is just as good as tomorrow to start working out again!

  


Dragging Myself

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I've been doing pretty good by my standards! LOL But then again my standards aren't as high as they probably should be. I'm getting up at 5:15AM. I did it 3 days last week and 2 so far this week. I set a goal to walk 5 miles a week but in the three days I worked out last week, I did over 5 miles. I think that for now I will leave it at 5... I don't want to jack it up and put myself in a bind trying to meet that goal but again I know I need to challenge myself to do more. Well I will work up to that I guess. For now I'm just glad that I am able to get out of bed at 5 am to go work out! Some mornings, its hard to get out of bed that early!

I'm trying to figure out when this "extra" energy is gonna get here! LOL I need it since I am getting up at 5 am and not getting to bed til 10 or 11 at night. When I get to bed I am pretty much out like a light when my head hits the pillows!

Hmmm maybe this getting up early is a really good thing. My husband just told me that he should get up when I get up because he's awake anyway. So I told him oohh you can go with me and work out!!!! (He's not been to the Y since the pool closed!) He's never been in the gym area either. And since we're paying for a FAMILY membership, he should go! Because if not, then we should just reduce it down to me, that would be a bit cheaper. But then again, the boys like to go swimming and they do have an indoor pool! Anyway, I'm hoping that he will start getting up with me and going to work out. It will be good for him! He might like going or he might be my helper... To motivate me and to get me going. He could be my work out buddy!!!! LOL

Well time for me to get off here and get to work! More later on this bumpy journey of mine! LOL

  


Dragging Myself

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I've been doing pretty good by my standards! LOL But then again my standards aren't as high as they probably should be. I'm getting up at 5:15AM. I did it 3 days last week and 2 so far this week. I set a goal to walk 5 miles a week but in the three days I worked out last week, I did over 5 miles. I think that for now I will leave it at 5... I don't want to jack it up and put myself in a bind trying to meet that goal but again I know I need to challenge myself to do more. Well I will work up to that I guess. For now I'm just glad that I am able to get out of bed at 5 am to go work out! Some mornings, its hard to get out of bed that early!

I'm trying to figure out when this "extra" energy is gonna get here! LOL I need it since I am getting up at 5 am and not getting to bed til 10 or 11 at night. When I get to bed I am pretty much out like a light when my head hits the pillows!

Hmmm maybe this getting up early is a really good thing. My husband just told me that he should get up when I get up because he's awake anyway. So I told him oohh you can go with me and work out!!!! (He's not been to the Y since the pool closed!) He's never been in the gym area either. And since we're paying for a FAMILY membership, he should go! Because if not, then we should just reduce it down to me, that would be a bit cheaper. But then again, the boys like to go swimming and they do have an indoor pool! Anyway, I'm hoping that he will start getting up with me and going to work out. It will be good for him! He might like going or he might be my helper... To motivate me and to get me going. He could be my work out buddy!!!! LOL

Well time for me to get off here and get to work! More later on this bumpy journey of mine! LOL

  
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LAURA2471 11/10/2010 11:00AM

    Good for you getting up! I can do that in the summer when the sun is shining, but winters here - it's dark upon awakening and dark when I leave work, so I tend to sleep and eat more. But I admire that you are getting out there and doing it!!! Keep going, no matter what! You can do it! emoticon

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Its November!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Well October was not a productive month for me at all!!!! I rarely worked out. I rarely logged in to SP. I just didn't do what I know I needed to do. And here it is November already! UGH! All the EATING holidays are quickly approaching! I want to lose more weight before family starts coming to visit! LOL I just want to be smaller than what they remember. I want to look better than I have in a long time, not to mention feeling better too.

Last night I decided to get my stuff together before bed so I could leave at 5:30 AM to go workout. With all the stuff I have to get accomplished in the day, I've not been able to get to the gym. I figure I can't go to work at 5:30 A.M. so I will get up and go to the gym workout, come home, make breakfast and then get ready to head out to work. At least that way I am getting my workout in there and getting my day started productively.

5:15 A.M. this morning, the alarm went off. I laid in bed for about 5 minutes and then got up, got dressed and went out the door to the gym. I was working out early this morning! I was quite proud of myself. There were (including me) 7 people working out this morning. The Y coach was there. He was a chipper person first thing this morning! Which was nice because he was kind of cheering us on and making sure we were working hard! LOL And when I was finished with my workout he told me that he was proud of me and glad that I was there this morning working out and that the dedication will help in the long run.

This morning I walked 1.75 miles on the treadmill in 35 minutes at an average speed of 2.9. Then I did chest press, leg press and abdominal crunches. Each one was 3 sets at 12 reps at 30 lbs on each one. Needless to say I'm quite proud of myself. One day at a time is how I have to take it. I can't focus on more than that. I mean I've been saying for a LONG time that I should get up at 5:30 and go work out but I am NOT a morning person so getting up that early is quite a challenge for me. But I need to make it a routine and habit.

I am determined not to let this depression keep me prisoner any more. This going to the gym and working out is going to become my "me" time. And of course I'll still reward myself along the way with stuff but not with food!! I'm very curious to see how much weight I can lose this month if I get up every morning to go work out at 5:30 am! I lost 20 lbs from August to September. So let's see what I can do in November?!

Well I need to get off of here and go get some stuff done before bed so I can get up at 5 am to go to the Y to work out!

I'm still on this journey... so more to come!

  
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MRS_HART30 11/4/2010 6:30PM

    You can do it just stay focused and soon it will be habit for you

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Progress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday morning I got myself out of bed and went to the 8:30 A.M Deep water cardio class. I like the deep water class better because I was in the deep end of the pool and have to work on keeping my head above water while I work out. It was a little more tough but I managed to do pretty well I think! I'm so proud of me because I did make it to 5 Water Cardio classes. And the thing is its not ALL cardio. I think we do about 30 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of strength and 5 minutes to warm up and 5 minutes to stretch and cool down. emoticon emoticon Proud of myself for managing 5 days of exercise in ONE week!!!!

Now here's the best part!!!!!!!!!!

I needed a longer tape measure to get the correct measurements of my body. So my husband and I went and got a tape measure from Michael's tonight. When we got home, I had to use it!!! So here's the breakdown:

The first measurement was taken on 8/23/10 and then the second measurement taken today 9/12/10 with the difference listed (inches lost!).

Waist: 49.0 44.5 4.5 inches
Hips 64.0 60.0 4.0 inches
Thigh 34.5 34.0 0.5 inches
Calf 21.5 19.5 2.0 inches
Upper Arm 19.0 17.0 2.0 inches
Neck 17.0 15.0 2.0 inches


I am sitting here crying at my computer as I write this!!! I can't believe that in less than a month I've lost 11.4 lbs and all these inches!!!!!!!!!! Its actually paying off!!!!! Even though I didn't do anything for 2 weeks, what I am doing is working!!!!!!!!! This is amazing to me!!!! I'm just thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can only imagine what its going to be like when I reach my final goal?!

Oh, by the way, I still haven't rewarded myself for losing 10 lbs. yet. Every time I go to get my manicure and pedicure, there is some reason I can't get it done. So hopefuly this week I will treat myself. And I've decided when I've lost 50 lbs. I am going for a full body massage. And when I lose 100 lbs, I'm being treated to a day at the spa!!!!! I'm looking forward to some pampering!!! But for now I'm super excited about the progress so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  
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GETTHEGAF 9/12/2010 8:06PM

    Cograts! Good job keep it going.
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