Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I had a good week last week, good calorie burn for the week and even though I didn't meet my goals 100%, I felt good about what I did do.
I also revised my own goals to allow myself a day off of both counting and exercise during the week. What is funny is that on my "no count" day, I wasn't that high. It just goes to show that letting your hair down once in a while is okay and that you will prolly do less damage if you are consistent most f the rest of the time since you have the good patterns already established.
I got out with friends on both Friday and Sunday this past weekend and it felt great. My friend K. and I are planning to run a 5K in May, as previously mentioned. We now are planning to get together every weekend to work on our couch to 5K together. We have ourselves at the same point. It feels really good to be working towards a goal WITH a friend. Buddies are the best!
What is great is that K. and I have been on the weight loss train together, each choosing different methods, but still working together and cheering each other on. We are going to be our own "team" running this 5K... to be called "Through Thick & Thin"... and the proceeds of our run is a donation for cancer research. www.challengetocure.com I am forgoing the t-shirt, so the cost can go to the cause. Besides, I'm going to design shirts for K. and I!
So here's to a 2nd great week and meeting goals even more fully!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
MaintenanceVille can be sort of like being in a holding pattern over Pittsburgh... frustrating in some ways, because you always sort of feel like you are a little up and a little down without every really landing. You keep doing the right things, sometimes falling off the wagon, getting back on the horse and sometimes you just say "to heck with it!" and do whatever you want... then you feel bad, just like you did when you were in the losing weight phase and you beat yourself up again.
When you are actively losing weight, you have milestones, like hitting this little goal and that little goal... it's easier to set up a reward system and work towards the next goal.
In maintenanceville, what are your goals supposed to be? I didn't realize I was asking this question or needing an answer to it until I was on the treadmill the other night, working on a couch to 5K thing. It feels good to have a goal again, something to work towards and not something (for me) that is just Army PFT related, even though my goal is to stay constantly ready for it.
OMG, I just did a thoughtful post.. not just whining about my run times or my kids!!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I made some great and obtainable goals just over a month ago & I have made good starts nearly every week, I have fizzled out due to being too tired to care or having my routine upset. So here I am again, with a great start to my week... I mean almost stellar. I am 3/3 for steps/eating/calories so far. I am very excited. In some ways I have kind of gone back to the basics... tracking every bite and body movement. It's great.
My running is coming back strong, my speed is increasing as is my duration. It feels amazing. I am actually in training for a 5k & my APFT IN May.
But now I really need to get my beauty sleep.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
My best bud here just keeps me thinking... I kind of did a "3 years since I started this crazy ride" blog a couple of weeks ago. I am usually pretty thoughtful, but lately I have been very wrapped up in the minutiae of life... what I need to do to get "X" done on time... and yadda yadda yadda.
I have found it easier to sink into not thinking... or thinking about other stuff... like the tragedy in Tucson.... I guess I got all "thunk out" from my own personal stuff in 2009 and 2010. I have tried to mine my brain for deep thoughts, insightful thoughts, but they seem hard to come by... glimmers of revelation just out of reach like fish in the water... I can't string them together into anything of late.
Despite it all, I am getting myself back together and back on track in a lot of ways. It's kind of a tough slog... however, having iron in my system again is definitely helping. It's also making me kind of stir crazy to get outside, but that energy is keeping my exercise going and helping to prevent the winter blahs.
I am also setting new goals for myself... to help bolster the areas I was weak in over the holidays & in ...
1) 10K steps per day at least 6 days this week
2) Stay in calorie range at least 6 days this week
3) Meet calorie burn goal for the week.
I am doing better at avoiding the sweet treats that always seem to be in our kitchen here where I work... doughnuts sitting there... avoided... cake... avoided... I ate cheese/fruit/veggies/hummus instead. But then there are the chocolate bar days... I am working on those or making sure they fit in better once in awhile... snickers minis are wonderful, I just wish they made them in the dark chocolate version.
I have found, though, that late evening snacking is my real nemesis... those chips in the kitchen are a huge weakness for me, but I figure it's up to me to learn to avoid them, or not buy the ones I like.
I still am an avid fan of Jillian Michaels and the Biggest Loser, watching each season, cheering the contestants on to their wonderful transformations. I know that most of us can't do what they do, but I like the show because I believe it shows what is possible and how much it changes your life. I also like how the show portrays the fact that it's more than just weight loss. Usually people who have put on a lot of weight have a lot of other baggage to go with it.
And you know, that work doesn't end as you reach goal... the fat girl is always in there nagging, bugging cajoling, etc. Even though I have managed to maintain my weight loss in the 145-150 range, where I want to be... and even though my legs have amazing muscle definistion... and even though I can't pinch more than a little on my hips... and even though I wear jeans in the size 6-10 range (depends on maker)... and even though I have nice tight obliques... and even though I exercise faithfully... and eat well 80% of the time or more... I still look down at my thighs and think they are fat.
But I will stay part of the 10% for both my health and because I have to for the Army. Two good reasons, one internal and one external. Also I love to run and exercise and feel vital. I also know that the reason I hardly get sick is due to my good habits. Exercise is so ingrained in my existence that if I skip a day, I WILL be up the next day because my body will be complaining at me to do so. I also can only indulge a day or two because my body just won't feel right when I get too much junk on board. So more than just being a habit, healthy living is a compulsion... I'm just not right, I'm just not ME without it. It drives my family nuts, but they really don't understand. And I can't explain it to them... sort of like trying to communication the exhilaration I felt when I got my iron levels back up and was able to run.
And on the running, I am so happy, despite the winter weather outside, I am running on treadmill and I am able to run 4 minutes straight at 5.5 mph now. It's easy, it feels good. I should be able to bump up to 5 minutes stretches next week, which will put me in a good position for the Army PFT in May.
This year looks to be interesting. I will be going to Washington DC for an Army training class next month. In March we are taking vacation to go to Chicago and visit friends. In April, I will have weapons qualification for the Army and we should be going to a convention in Louisville, KY. June I hope to run a 5K, if it's not drill weekend, I will also have 2 weeks Annual Training for the reserves. July will be another convention in Indianapolis. With any luck, I can go back to Indy for another convention in August... then shot season will start for school and flu in the civilian job... October brings a convention in St. Louis... and then the holidays will roll around before we know it... a lot happening, some new adventures. I hope to get to New York this year too.
Wow, that got long winded. Not sure how philosophical or deep it was... but it felt good to just write.
Friday, January 07, 2011
A wonderful friend sent me a gift this week that means more than most gifts I have ever received. It is two small silver dogtags on a necklace... one says "army strong" and the other says "member of the 10%" club. She knows me so well and knew exactly what would speak to me.
A's friendship here on SP is one of many boons that have come my way from being here.
With the help of friends and SP and my husband, I have managed pretty well in Maintenanceville.
One thing I have fought for so many years is my inability to ask for help... and I am working on that... Basic training was very good for that. I really felt like everyone there had my back.
I have to remember to ask for help and give it as well.
And my 15 year old son loves to hug his mom and cuddle with the cats.
Life is great!
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