Sunday, May 01, 2011
That I'm losing weight!
A week ago when my husband was "checking me out" he said he could tell my pants were getting a bit lose. But last night at one of the wedding receptions I attended someone actually said, "You are looking good, thinner!" Of course I said, Thank you. But...
REALLY? Could she REALLY tell? I doubt it. I wasn't in pants I was in a lose skirt with a cardigan, not super slimming. I started at 325 and, as of yesterday, have lost 17 pounds, really not enough to be noticeable.
Here is why I think she made that comment. I am feeling so good, feeling stronger and healthier that I am emitting a different aura, I'm feeling confident which is making me stand taller and straighter and I know I am smiling more as well. I think that is what brought on the comment. I'll take it!!! It's one more of those motivators to keep me going!
At one of the receptions another friend was talking about some friends of ours who are losing weight on Medifast. I wasn't really sure what it was so I looked it up when I came home. The foods look good but it's EXPENSIVE! I've tried so many diets that tell me what to eat or require me to eat their products. The work, they definitely do but the moment I quit one of those diets and started eating normal, regular food I quickly gained the weight back. I wish my friends the best with their diet and to anyone else who is on something similar. For me, I know they won't work.
I know this time I'm going to take this weight off and stay focused. I'm taking it slower, I'm changing how I eat but am still eating regular healthy food that I buy, prepare and my whole family eats. And I'm trying to make daily exercising a part of my lifestyle routine. I'm hoping to be able to start loving it so it will be a tad easier to keep doing.
Today is my rest day from physical exercise. I'll still be working on me though, my spiritual side, something I need to be able to stay strong on this journey.
Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Assignment: 2.75 miles
Goal: To do 3.1 miles under an hour
YES, I just got home from doing 5.5 miles. I didn't plan on it, wasn't in my schedule.
Today is a VERY busy day for us. We have four basketball games, one volleyball game, two wedding receptions and grocery shopping. With Sunday being my rest day and the goal to get under 300 before leaving for my brother's graduation I decided I needed to do an intense workout today (intense for me).
My plan was to do a 5K today. We have a beautiful nature park that has trails leading every which way. My 12yo came with me, we drove to the upper parking lot and checked hte board that showed the different trails and their distances. We added up which trails would equal the 5K and started off. After walking a bit we made a turn onto a trail that had a sign posted: "Water Covering Trail" It also had a sign "CAUTION: Cougar Observed" My daughter didn't notice the 2nd sign but said lets do a different trail if there's water on this one. So we turned around and started onto another trail. I told her this would throw off our 5K since we didn't calculate the mileage of the different trail but that we would walk for one hour. After walking a bit on the 2nd trail we came to a turn where another "CAUTION: Cougar Observed" sign was posted. This time my daughter DID see this sign and was a bit concerned.
She wanted to walk where there were more people so we wouldn't be by ourselves in case a cougar did decide to show it's face. So once again we turned around and started down a third trail thatran along the main road inside the park. After walking about a mile total (20min) we could see a few booths and a lot of people gathered farther up the trail. We continued on our course which required us to pass the booths.
There was a booth of food and then a booth of registration forms and then one where you could buy shirts. As we continued past, further up the trail, there was a HUGE chalk drawing on the path that said Start and Finish. We decided there must be some kind of race, jog or walk going on, or getting ready to start. We continued on our way following chalk drawings on the path. We figured at least there would be other people around in this direction. After walking for quite awhile we past a group of ladies and asked how far this event was. They said it was a 5K.
WOW, well we wanted to do a 5K but we had already done a mile. The hard thing was once we started down this trail there was no short way back. So we decided to complete the 5K. It was hard but we did it in 56 minutes!!! As we crossed their finish line there was a lady there who took our picture. We smiled as pretty as we could after having walked more than 4 miles.
The hard part was now we still had to walk another mile back to my car!!! We sat down and took a five minute break then got back up and made the trek. It was HARD, our muscles were sore! I told my daughter, as we were walking back, if someone had asked us to go walk 5.1 miles with them today we would have said, NO WAY we can't do that yet. But look at us, we DID walk that far. That let's us know that our bodies are stronger than what our minds think they are.
We were so THRILLED to see my car! I decided to use my odometer to see how far we had actually walked. The only part I could track was the trail that ran along the road. It was one mile. So two miles, for there and back, plus the extra trails we turned on at the beginning, PLUS the 5K. We walked AT LEAST 5. 5miles and did it in 1hour and 40 minutes.
My legs are still sore and so are my feet but my SOUL is soaring! I am so proud of myself and my daughter. There is NO WAY I could have done it without her by my side!
Friday, April 29, 2011
I feel the old, unhealthy Krista trying to come out. I don't know if it's because I'm exhausted and tired from a very long week or what.
All I want to do is curl up with a good book (which I have but haven't taken the time to read) and a LARGE bag of peanut M&Ms and maybe some jelly beans, oh, and a large glass of whole milk. That might be one of the reasons I'm not reading is because up until a month ago reading and EATING always went hand in hand.
I'm feeling sluggish today! Having a hard time moving. I just forced myself to get on the treadmill. Walked for 30min but it was TOUGH! I kept my incline at a 2.0 but didn't, couldn't, go faster than 3mph. I figured it was better than nothing. I was watching an old episode of Biggest Loser. There is about 20 minutes left of the episode. I am setting the goal now to get back on the treadmill, before the day is over, to finish the episode.
During the show Bob told Jay, I'm going to find the athlete in you. I want that so bad. At least on the surface I want it but I'm not sure how deep down I have that desire. I'm hoping I can find it. I'm hoping the desire to become healthy and fit like an athlete will start to outweigh the desire to just relax, graze and eat all the yummy junk from the past.
I WILL make it through this day. I WILL eat on plan and within my calorie range. I WILL get one more workout done today! Do I want to do any of those....NO...but I WILL!!!
I'm ending my day on a good note. Took my kids to the park...BRRR freeze...but it was good to be outside. Came home and did 30 more minutes on the treadmill. Finished my meals within my calorie range (on the low end) and I'm heading upstairs to my room. My daughter is making cookies and I need to take myself out of the way of temptation. Thankfully it's late enough I can put my little ones to bed and go read.
THANK you everyone for your support. It really helped me get through the day. I've been on SP A LOT today!
Friday, April 29, 2011
I started wearing a pedometer this week. 5.5 years ago I lost 70lbs in four months. The way I did it? A VERY strict diet and I walked 10,000+ steps everyday. I put all the weight back on as soon as I quit the diet.
One thing I liked about wearing the pedometer is it made me get up and move more. If I was short by a couple of thousand steps I would head out for a little walk with my kids. I decided to start wearing it again to see if there are days I could get in a bit more exercising.
Tonight we had a PInewood Derby, I was in charge. It was fairly large with about 26 boys participating. With set up, running back and forth during the races and then clean up I was able to accumulate 15,420 steps!
For my workout today...30 minutes on the treadmill, incline 4.0. Did 1.5 miles in 27:45.
Here's to another successful day!
P.S. It's really important to me to keep a journal of this progress. A way to motivate myself, a place to keep my stats so I can see my improvement and maybe, just maybe a year or so from now when I have results like ZIRCADIA, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI, SMARTLADY66, TUBLADY, MSSUNBUG, just to name a few, others will be inspired and will want to read my blogs for motivation. So don't feel obligated to read or comment. I'll keep posting regardless! (But I DO enjoy the encouraging words...It keeps me going to know I'm not alone)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Assignment: 2.5 miles
Goal: 50 min (20 min miles, 3mph)
I've been planning on this day, this is the farthest the program has asked us to go thus far. It's just going to get longer and longer. I asked my DH if he knew where our Ipod was, no luck.
To keep me focused and not thinking about how long it was going to take me to do the 2.5 miles, I took my laptop out to the garage with me and turned on Episode One of the current Biggest Loser Season.
I kept my incline at 2 (probably will not have it at 0 again, I'm getting stronger!) As I started I decided to change my goal to 19min miles. I'm a number person so quickly figured I needed to finish my 2.5 in 47:30 minutes. I started at 3.0mph then every minute I changed it to 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, then back down again, hitting all the same numbers, until I reached 3.0 where I started it all over again! I was able to finish my 2.5 mile assignment in 46:30. YAY me!!! BUT...there is even BETTER news!
As I was approaching my two mile mark the contestants on BL were asked to complete a 5K, together as a team, to be able to choose if the got Bob and Jillian as their trainers or the Unknowns. I thought to myself, I can do that, I can do a 5K. So right then I decided I would NOT stop until I too finished those 3.1 miles.
I DID IT!!! I walked a 5K in 57:15 minutes! What a GREAT feeling it is to get stronger, to be moving and WANTING to move and not just sit on the couch all day with a book or tv.
I am constantly learning new strengths that I have. Once I uncover one there are still times when I workout again that my old self starts complaining saying that "Last time was just a fluke, there is NO WAY I can do that again" When that happens I invision Bob or Jillian yelling at me, cheering me on telling me I CAN DO IT...and...I CAN!!!
New strength? I can walk non-stop for 60min (actually walked 3.25 miles) and I can do a 5K in almost 57 min. Next week, a week from Saturday, I'll be doing my official Virtual 5K Walk. My goal for then? Less than 57 min.
Last night I stayed up late helping my 16-year-old son with his Spanish homework. It was just the two of us. I've shared with him my goals, he's been my child who has, over the years, pleaded with me and even cried for me to lose weight. I also told him I need his help, his encouragement. (He is a 6'8" athlete who is always taking great care of his body) I hung a poster, where my whole family can see it, that has 100 squares on it with the words...GOAL FOR 2011...LOSE 100 LBS! I cross off boxes, how ever many pounds I lose, each week on my weigh-in day, Tuesdays. This same son is the one who keeps asking me about it.
Last night I showed my son the AMAZING results of so many people here on SP. Those before and after pictures are JAW DROPPING! My son was blown away and asked, "Is this what you're trying to achieve?" Without hesitation...YES! Then he said, "Please get dad to do this with you." I would love my husband to get healthy! He has RA and diabetes and isn't taking care of either one. But, like we all know, it's not something that can be forced, he has to make that decision on his own. I will just keep on keeping on leading by example.
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