It is almost 10 am and 7 degrees outside. The sun is shining and it is going to be a beautiful day.
We have a nice warm house, warm clothes, good food, what more could anyone ask for.
Today is the start of my 3rd day on the Jan. Jumpstart Challenge. It is just what I needed. Two days complete of strength training and cardio completed. I'm so thankful for Spark People and my friends here. I can always find encouragement and motivation.
I linked my fitbit up with Spark People. It automatically transfers my steps and workout information to SP. It even credits my housework and shopping activities when I get my heartrate up. I found out today that it even transfers my weight that I enter on the fitbit page. That Iím not so happy about L. I enter all my weight fluctuations into fitbit and was only entering my weight into SP when it actually went down.
I gained 4 1/2 lbs on vacation and the 3rd day home I lost 3 of those pounds. Just when I figure I understand how my body gains and loses weight it does something drastic like that. Sometimes if I put on a couple of pounds it will come off easily like that and other times it sticks and I have to work hard to get it back off. Our bodies are a wonderful, complex creation.
Iím looking forward to getting my life back to normal again. Love the holidays but glad to get back to regular eating and exercise. Looking forward to this new year and whatever it has in store. Was debating on whether to join the January Jumpstart Challenge because there are some things I am unable to do but have decided to join and do what I can and adjust what I canít to something that I can. I need that extra push right now.
Looking back over this past year I went from 171.8 down to 161.8 with 2 weigh-ins during November at 159. Over Christmas I went back up to 166.2. We were out of town for 2 weeks with family and eating ate out some too. Pants that were very snug are now very comfortable. During this year I have increased the intensity of my exercise and decreased the amount of sugar I eat.
My goal for this year is to get down into the 150ís and never see the 160ís again. I plan on increasing the length of my exercise each day by focusing on adding extra sessions each day. Will continue to decrease the amount of sweets including artificial sweeteners. Also planning on cooking more from scratch instead of using so much processed food. That way I can control the amount of sodium and additives that we eat.
Looking forward to a wonderful and productive 2013.
On Sundays our DS and family come over after church for dinner. I go for a walk with the four grandchildren (ages 5-10) after dinner. Yesterday our high was supposed to be 39 degrees and the wind was blowing. At that temperature I didnít want to go for a walk so I didnít say anything to the kids. In the afternoon the 5 yo came and wanted to know if we were going for a walk. Know how could I tell her no. We all got bundled up and off we went. Needless to say we didnít let any grass grow under our feet. When we got back DS commented that we werenít gone very long. As cold as it was they wouldnít have been gone long either.
Thanks to GD I got in 20 minutes of exercise in. YAY!!!
A couple of Sundays ago DH, DS, DIL and I were sitting around the table after dinner and I asked for help. I felt like I had too much on my plate, busy all the time and not getting things done that I wanted to do. DS asked me what my priorities are. That made me stop and think about what I am actually doing and what is most important to me.
I wonít give you the list that I came up with but loosing weight and being healthy was up there close to the top. So I am putting what I eat and donít eat and exercise second on my list of things to do every day. Staying within my calorie range comes before any sweets, not that I ate a lot of sweets but I would have a treat every day, one that was not high in calories. It has made a big difference. The scale is going down and not roller-coastering.