Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wanted to check in with my basics. I love blogs and how they can be a reminder to us and hopefully a help to others if I can prove myself SUCCESSFUL!
This week has been crazy! Due to flooding last week a basketball game was rescheduled for this week on top of it being finals week for the high school and middle school. 3 nights this week I have to leave immediately after daycare kids get picked up to the bball games. After watching JV and Varsity I don't get home until 9:30, then it's been help with homework and studying for finals.
Somehow I've been able to fit in about an hour a day of cardio. Not done all at once. I've had the intentions of waking up at 4:40 to get to the gym by 5 but the late nights (the last two nights have been 11:30 before I've climbed into bed) haven't allowed that to happen. But I'm extremely proud of myself that I was able to fit my workouts in anyway.
Most of my workouts this week have been the treadmill, Walk @ Home (Leslie Sansone) and Turbo Jam (Oh, My STARS! I don't use my arms much, need to, that Charlene killed me. Felt my muscles two days later, it was a GREAT feeling!)
Before starting another round of crazy final study and projects (Yeah, I think by the time I raise my kids I'll be able to graduate a 2nd and 3rd time from high school) I told my family I HAD TO GET TO THE GYM. I promised I'd be ready to go once I came home. So last night I was able to go to the gym from 7-8:30. Got ST in, a warm-up on the elliptical (HATE that machine, it wins every time!) and was able to finsih on the recumbant bike (while I read!)
I was a new mom by the time I got home and was able to help with math equations, music flashcards, Spanish Vocabulary and a HUGE Analogous Strategies for Science. I stumbled back in bed at 11:30 but set my alarm for 5:20. Knowing I had another busy day for today I was determined to wake up and get my workout in FIRST THING!
When my alarm went off I DID get out of bed...YAY ME!!!! I did the treadmill for 45min. Hard at first, but then I started waking up and was able to get myself moving. I love watching weight loss shows while I'm on the treadmill for a long period of time. This morning I watched an episode of "I used to be fat" Very motivating!
No more working out today. After daycare kids leave then I'm off to a Cub Pack Mtg. I'm in charge of 3 packs that meet together, then following that I have a Cub meeting with my other leaders. I should be home around 8:30 and will have to help with the last night of studying for FINALS!!! I don't know who will be more excited when they're done, my kids or ME?
Goal for the rest of the week.
Friday - Make it to the gym for ST, elliptica (10min)l and bike(20min), Do 30min on treadmill at home. This is another night of bball games. Huge one, my kids' school rivals and my son's school from last year.
Saturday- Walk a 5k! I'm not sure if it will be outside or on my treadmill, depends on the weather.
Sorry for the long post, just trying to get my thoughts down mostly for me and my future recollection.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
As I mentioned yesterday I am Morbidly Obese. I'm not using that to define me, I am SO MUCH MORE than those two words. BUT, it is reality as to the status of my health. It is a kick in the pants and a wake up call that something HAS to be done if I want to be a healthier, longer-living ME!
After seeing that classification of my weight I checked to see how much weight I had to lose to get down to the next level, Class 2: Obese...31lbs. As of today I have lost 12 of those. My first goal is to lose the total 31 lbs by my 45th birthday, March 21st.
I wanted to know what weight I needed to be to pass the Class 1: Obese and actually be classified as Overweight...102lbs! Yes, that's right....
ONE HUNDRED and TWO pounds!
Some of you might be thinking..."That's such an unrealistic goal" But I have been doing the numbers. It's all about the % of weight loss. As I've been reading other sparkers blogs I've been focusing on examples of those who have lost a lot of weight. Most of the weight lost in a year has been in the high 30% range. For me to lose 102 pounds in 2012 would only be 32.18% for me.
It's a little daunting to think that I have to lose 102lbs just to be classified as overweight but again, that's another reality. I can ignore it or I can DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! I'm choosing to do something.
So 102 lbs gone is my goal for this year. It is written down where I and my family can see. It's been declared here so my Spark Friends can help me along the way. Will I stumble? Most definitely but each time I do I WILL get back up. By being persistent I can reach this goal, or at least be A LOT closer to it than I am right now!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
...Then I WILL lose weight.
That's how I've thought in the past. I've started and stopped SO MANY times all the various diets that are out there. I've even tried it on my own, eating less moving more, but I always caved, QUIT!
During those times I used to say, if a doctor or someone would just tell me I HAVE TO lose weight or it will kill me THEN I'd actually find the motivation to do it.
Well, GUESS WHAT? I am DYING!!!
I went online to check my BMI. On January 3rd, at the weight of 317, my BMI was 44.21 (it was higher then that back in March of 2011)
According to the website a BMI of 44+ is classified as Class 3: Morbidly Obese! YIKES!!! So I went to the dictionary online and this is what it said...
"morbid obesity the condition of weighing two or more times the ideal weight; so called because it is associated with many serious and life-threatening disorders."
By me being morbidly obese I AM putting my life at risk. I NEED to lose weight, not just WANT to!
I took a dry erase marker and wrote on my bathroom mirror...MORBIDLY OBESE...I need to see those words daily as a reminder to get this weight off.
After looking at the BMI website it helped me come up with weight loss goals. I'll share those in the next post.
Here's to the journey for a Healthier ME!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Obviously, since I'm over 300 lbs, I've had trouble putting me first. Most my life I've put others' needs before my own.
I know I can't be selfish, I mean I am a wife, a mom to 7, a daycare provider, have responsibilities at church and try to get in moments of service. But somewhere in my 24hr day I need some ME time (and the 7 hours I sleep do NOT count)
I am enjoying this weight loss journey. I am eating healthy (1200-1550 calories, mostly the high end) and I'm getting cardio in 6 days a week, sometimes getting extra in wherever I can find it. For example my daughter had her first of 6 Lacrosse clinics Saturday. Instead of sitting in the gym with the other parents watching my daughter workout and exercise I bundled up my coat and went on a walk around the school. I would not let myself quit until I got 30 minutes in.
I have been reading books, blog posts, magazine articles and other things about people and their extraordinary journey to a healthy BMI and to better living. I want that too, want it so bad, more than I want the wonderful chocolate that used to make me drool just thinking about it.
With how much I weigh and all the babies I've had and my age I know if I do not incorporate ST at the very beginning and along the way Iwill not be able to tighten up my skin the best possible.
My goal is to go to the gym at least 3x a week to use their wonderful various weight machines and free weights. Last week, due to weather, there were many evening things cancelled so I was able to make it to the gym 3 days. This week I have something every single night directly after my daycare kids leave. That leaves only 5am-6am for gym time.
I set my alarm last night for 4:40, UGH! I told all my kids that I was heading to bed by 9:30, any help they needed from me would need to happen before then. I got the little ones to bed at 8:30, closed the middle school girls' door shut at 9:15 so their noise wouldn't be bothering me, turned off my cell phone, but wasn't able to fall asleep until after 11:00 due to interruptions from my high schoolers and DH.
Needless to say when the alarm went off this morning I turned it off and didn't get up until 6. I've got to make the early morning workout happen. I guess I need to work on training my family on this new schedule.
I WILL make this happen!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Since re-starting this journey at the beginning of the month I've been wanting to go back to the gym. I've been paying for it but for the longest time that wasn't incentive enough to get me to use it.
I think I have a little bit of social anxiety. I'm more of a home body. But I know if I want to get the results I invision I need the use of the equipment at the gym. The first two weeks of January I thought about they gym but at the beginning of this week I set the goal, a written posted goal, that I WOULD re-start this week.
I went on Monday night. Used the elliptical, then did ST for 40min and ended with 20min on the bike. My goal was to NOT use the treadmill. I have one at home and realized, when using the other machines, that they work my body in different ways. It HURT but I know it means it's working!
I was able to go back on Tuesday night. This time I just focused on cardio.
Yesterday was a STRESSFUL day. We have extreme flooding going on in our area with another week of rain coming. Thankfully my home is not effected but many of my friends are. I had my littlest home with me plus my 3 daycare kids. Then another family wanted me to watch their two little ones so they could go help sandbag. I was glad to be able to help but I have to admit having 6 little ones at home along with my injured son that I needed to run around for was a bit stressful. Then to top it off I received two phone calls. One from my husband saying his car was dead at the side of the freeway and one from the schools asking parents to please come get their kids early.
Okay, with the old me I would have caved into FOOD. I would have ignored the chaos around me and would have curled up with a book and eaten everything I could find. Instead I CRAVED workout, specifically the gym. I wanted to get away, and go into the zone I feel when I've been pumping the weights. Thank goodness at 6:30, after getting my family settled at home, I went. It was WONDERFUL!
I'm liking the changes I'm making and am LOVING the results!
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