Saturday, January 28, 2012
This afternoon I had to head up to the school to pick up my 17yo son from basketball practice. He's still in a walking boot but works on his shot while the team practices. I thought I'd share our conversation on the ride home.
Before he could sit shotgun he had to move the monthly schedule of classes from my gym. As he buckled his seatbelt I told him, "While you were working out I went to the gym and did 15minutes on the elliptical and 25 minutes on the recumbant. PLUS, while you were sleeping I woke up at 6:30 (YES, on a Saturday morning) and did a 5k in 57min and actually JOGGED for the last minute"
He kind of looked at me and nodded then asked "How much have you lost?" "12.5lbs!" I proudly announced.
"Seems like it should be more than that" was his reply. (I think his generation has grown up seeing the BIGGEST LOSER, which I love, and assume weight loss should be just as fast in real life as it is on the reality show.) I took no offense and replied, "It might not sound very much but if I was to lose 10lbs a month that would be 120lbs in one year."
His next question..."How much total weight do you want to lose?" "Well, I said, I've already lost some so from this point on I still need/want to lose 145lbs more. But my goal is to lose 102lbs this year to get out of the obese category."
He paused for a moment then turned and said, "Wouldn't it have been easier to have just done all this all along?"
Without thinking I said, "Yes, yes, it would have but I allowed insecurities, life's struggles and my family to come first on my priority list before my own health. I'm already a better mom because I'm putting my needs first and as I get healthier and stronger I'll have even MORE to offer others."
I started crying, (my kids know that's a given for me and usually just roll their eyes) I told him I need all the help he can give me, that this won't be easy and that I had started and stopped WAY TOO many times...This time it's going to happen!
This son has been a motivating factor for me both from his positive example and his own personal struggles and weaknesses. I can't WAIT to show him what this old mom of his CAN DO!
Friday, January 27, 2012
My alarm went off at 4;40 am and....I GOT OUT OF BED!!!
At first I didn't want to. I said, outloud, "UGH, I don't want to get up" Then I heard my husband say, "You'll feel so proud of yourself if you do" At first I wanted to say, "Well, I don't see YOU getting up and working out" But I didn't. This is my goal, my journey and I'm not going to wait for anyone else to join me (although I hope eventually he decides to). He has been wonderfully supportive in this.
Took me longer to get to the gym than planned because my workout clothes were still slightly damp. Once there I followed my plan:
warm-up with 10min on the elliptical (still at a level 1) This is a HARD machine for me. Oh My STARS I feel muscles I don't usually use. It HURTS, but a great hurt!
Next ST for 40 minutes. I want to change this up. The trainer started the program for me but I think she gives the same workout to everyone just adjusting their weights. I want to create a true ST plan for me. Going to have to do some studying and research. Any advice on this is welcomed.
Then I finished up with 20min on the bike.
I felt so great when I was done! When I headed back to my car at 6:20 my windows were frozen (I had to scrape them off at 5 when I left my house)...BRRR cold morning! I walked in the door at the perfect time to wake up my high school boys. (My middle school girls wake up on their own 1.5 before they have to leave for school. My boys stumble out of bed 20min before they have to leave, although I try to get them going 10 minutes earlier) I don't think they liked my chipper cheery attitude.
Next workout plan for today is 30min of cardio. Originally thought of doing the treadmill but I think I'll try to do 2miles on the Walk@Home DVD.
This is going to be a GREAT day!
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!
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