Thursday, July 17, 2014
I can't believe it's been nearly 2 years since my last post. When I joined spark in 2011, I was so on top of this. Posting every day, interacting and tracking. I was a machine.
Then, things got busy...work was hectic...the business was booming...and I kind of let go.
I'm so happy to see many of you still here. Still living a Sparkie's dream. Your commitment is motivating me to get back into a better routine.
I'm eager to stay connected to all of you, and looking forward to sharing my progress.
Stay tuned peeps. You're in for a treat!
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
So I've been delaying trying on my winter jackets- for obvious reasons.
I am currently 20 lbs heavier than last year at this time. I am however in the same size clothes since then. (THANK YOU STRENGTH TRAINING).
This morning as I was getting ready, I ran to the closet to grab my fall jacket. But before putting it on I glanced at my winter jacket.... "should I try it?" "If it doesn't fit, I'll let it get to me all day" " It shouldn't matter if it fits or not, it's your reality, grow up and deal with cards you've delt" "Okay, I'm going to do it!"
Drum Roll Please....................................
THEY FIT!!! They ALL FIT!!! WOOHOO!!!
This is good for serveral reasons!
1- I don't have to go buy another jacket! I can make it through the winter with this one, and by next year I'll need to get a new one cause that will will be huge! (positive thinking here! LOL)
2- That means that even though I weight more, the lifting I've been doing over the summer, and even now is helping! I may weight more, but my body is carrying more muscle than fat! A big woop woop for that!
3- It has given me a completely happy and satisfied feeling! Like what I am doing is working! Way to go Ninny!
It's about the little victories....
What's your latest little victory?!?!!? I'd love to hear it!
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
So I am on my 8th day of the November Challenge. So far, so good. My first week I lost 2lbs, which is great! However, I thought that I would get a higher number since I've cut out so many carbs. But a loss is a loss, and I'll take it! :)
I also decided to order Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred DVD. I know my trainer, Scott, is probably thinking, WTH! I have a great plan for you, and there's not need for it! lol But- the fact that the workouts are only about 20-25 minutes long- it's perfect for me when I am running short on time!
I received it yesterday, and jumped right into it. I only did the first part because, again, I was running low on time, however, she managed to kick my butt. I don't have little free weights, so I am going to stop at Walmart tonight to get some, but last night I used my kettle bell where ever I could- it seemed to work well. Again, I really enjoyed it and it managed to give me a good sweat- and after all, that's what we want right? So to be able to pull that off in about 25 mintues, is fantastic!
I also have made huge improvements in my day to day. Since the time change I have had much more energy. I think it helped that on Sunday evening I went to bed at 9, which really would have been 10pm. I got up around 6:45 so it was nearly 10 hours of sleep. A great way to start my week since I usually only get about 6-7hrs. Thanks to this burst of energy, I have prepared dinner in the AM, (currently I have a delicious meal sitting in the crock pot!), I have made sure to bring a good lunch, and I have managed to get in a good breakfast! Oh, and wait for it- wait for it....I even made my bed!!! lol I usually make it when I get home from work, if I make it, so this is certainly good for me!
I guess this all sounds silly, but really it's a lot of good for me. I'm starting to see that there is need for more organization and order in my life to be successful with my health. I can't get up at 7:50 and be at work for 9, when I have a 25 minute drive there. That gives me 30 minutes to shower, get ready, make a lunch, have breakfast, and so on. But, lets face it, I'd usually run out the door without a lunch, catch breakfast on the run, and make it there for 9:05.....
I read a blog a last week, and I can't remember for the life of me who it was, but they talked about how they made sure they had plenty of time to have a nice breaky in the moring, get ready wihout rushing, made their way to work a few moments early, and just doing that allowed them to have a better, stress free day. Well, that's what I am aiming for! So far, so good!!
And so there you have it. A boring blog really, but just a little something for me to log in the progress.
Hope you're all rocking it out!! Thanks for all your encouragement Sparkies!
Friday, November 04, 2011
I'm so excited when you arrive. After a long week of work, sweat, and nutritional commitment- I eagerly await making plans with you. However, there is a problem...
While the anticipation builds for a couple of days rest, I start to get nervous. I worry about the social gatherings I must attend, and the possibility of taking the wrong turn on my path to a happy healthier me.
What if my friends decide to order pizza for a snack? Or invite us for dinner, and make a meal that is really out of my calorie range? What if they open a bottle of wine, and another, and another. Can I have a glass or two? Oh my goodness! What if we go out, a terrible storm hits, a tree falls over their house, we are stuck there for days, and all they have are frozen meals with loads of sodium and soda to drink? What do I do then?! Okay, okay, I'm getting carried away...I would be certainly lucky to be alive, and a high sodium meal would be the least of my worries, but you can see where I am going with this right?
I guess it's part of this lifestyle change. In the past Friday, you would have led me into temptation. But today I need to make better choices. If my friends eat unhealthy snacks, I won't take part. I'll make sure to have brought something for myself. If they open a bottle of wine, I could certainly have a small glass, but I'll try to stick to water. I won't even talk about the storm scenario- that was just getting crazy, but at least I am understanding this now.
You will continue to bring a period of rest, filled with social gatherings and events- and I will just need to continue changing my habits to better live through these challenges. It part of the process. It's part of re-inventing myself.
So here's to you Friday! Thanks for coming around- oh and please take it easy on me!
Love, yours truly, Ninny. xo
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