Saturday, April 09, 2011
So I took on the SP challenge of 5k Your Way walking program. I completed day 2 on Thursday and did NOTHING yesterday.
I felt guilty not doing anything but it's taken a lot of effort just to stay in control of my eating. As I'm just getting started it takes me awhile to get everything figured out. I'm usually the type of person that has to have EVERYTHING known before starting. This time I didn't allow that to happen. By the time I found the "perfect" eating program combined with the "perfect" workout program I'd probably be dead.
I told myself to just get started, make small changes at a time. For right now I'm trying to focus on keeping my calories in range (1250 - 1590) aiming for the higer end and completing the three day a week 5k training. Right now my goal is 3 lbs a week (the most recommended from SP). As long as I can keep on track with that I'm keeping with my current routine. Once the weight loss slows I'll be uping the exercise routine.
Okay, so this is kind of getting side-tracked from the direction I was going to take this post. So....Today was the day for me to do workout #3 for the 5K Your Way...Walk 1.5 miles. So far I've been doing my workouts on the treadmill, this morning I decided to take it outside. My 12-year-old daughter, who has about 20 lbs to lose, is doing it with me. With my husband gone all day with our 16 and 15 year olds at four basketball games I took my youngest two (3 and 7) with us as well.
I mapped out how far 1.5miles would be (If you haven't seen this site it's GREAT! (www.gmap-pedometer.com) You can plot a course and find the distance. I got the stroller out for my 3yo and the other 2 rode their bikes, loaded up water bottles and off we went. One block into it my 7 yo decided he needed a water break. REALLY???? He is a very fit boy, one of the six fastest 1st graders chosen to race against all the other elementary schools in a few weeks.
I decided I wanted to get this done in 30 minutes. It was much more of a challenge than my treadmill with all the varying hills, slopes and bumps but I actually enjoyed it more. I pushed myself harder. As we were heading out my 3 yo said, "What's that noise" I said it's the birds singing. No, she said. Uh, the cars on the road? No, again. The stroller? "No, it's you" she said. Oh, that would be my HEAVY breathing!!! LOL!
As we turned around at half point I had to get mentally prepared because there were going to be more hills on the way home! I pushed it because I REALLY wanted to finish in 30 minutes. When I was pushing and panting up the last hill, about 1/4 of a mile from home, thinking I don't know if I can keep going out of the blue my little 3 yo said "Never give up, Never give up, Never give up" WOW, where did that come from? I hadn't even been talking to her, had no breath to do so! Wherever it came from I'm glad it did because it helped me dig harder and we actually pulled into my driveway at 30 min!!!!!
I am SO PROUD of myself. At 318 lbs (as of this morning) I could just say I'm too heavy and unhealthy and I'll just go out on a leisure stroll up and down the street. But to get the results I want by the time I want them I know I have to push it. Keeping my health in mind I think I'm going to save for a heart rate monitor so I can make sureI'm maximizing my workouts while keeping them in the healthy range.
Have a GREAT Saturday! I know I will! Now for a shower and off to my 12 yo. volleyball game.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Energy output = D- I should have given myself an F in that category but HEY, I do get out of bed and take care of 9 kids (seven of my own and two daycare).
It's easy to think about losing weight especially here on Spark People. There is SO much to read, learn and gain motivation from. Blogs, articles, challenges, recipes, Spark teams...ETC. Before joining Spark People, and when I drifted away for a bit, I'd have given my thought output on weight loss a C. I occassionaly thought about it but not much.
Now, having seen the light and realizing I NEED to do something about this unhealthy body I'm living in, I came back to SP which spiked my THINKING up by quite a bit, hence the A+. I've been having a hard time putting all that thought into action.
I signed up for the Your Way 5K last week and completed day one, last week. I should be on day 5! Realizing that I'm way off track I decided I needed to get myself in gear. I've been motivated by SO MANY OF YOU and all you have accomplished. Reading about your successes and wishing they were mine will NOT get me healthy.
I set out my shoes last night and set my alarm for 5:45. About 3am I changed the alarm to 6:30! At that time life gets crazy and stays crazy!!! As I continued to use my A+ thinking abilities purusing this wonderful site I realized I need to do something and quit PUTTING IT OFF.
I tucked my 3-year-old and the two daycare kids (2-year-old and 10-month-old) down for a nap, grabbed my tennis shoes and hit the treadmill for day 2 of my Your Way 5K and did the One mile assignment!
Accomplishing that assignment today can move my physical output grade up to a D. I need to stay consistent for a bit longer to be able to reach the same high level of my Thoughts.
Spark People, thanks for the wonderful site and terrific friends who all have such wonderful blogs, advice and success stories to read about. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation now It's my turn to take action to inturn inspire and motivate others.
Stay tuned and watch the success story be written.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
So I'm back from my wonderful trip! It was a great time. I took my 12-year-old daughter to a church conference, a trip each of my kids get to do when they turn 12. My sister and niece also went along with a good friend and her daughter.
We had an amazing fun time along with spiritual moments that helped me put everything in my chaotic life back in perspective.
I didn't do 100% on my goals for the trip. I did come home with a .5 lb loss. Not much but heading in the right direction. I had planned on utilizing the hotel's gym but never did. We did get TONS of walking in each day.
There have been many times I thought I'd hit my all time low, the time when something happened that I thought "this is IT, this is the time I'm going to lose my weight and get healthy!" The time my son cried because he didn't think I'd be able to fit in the rides at Disneyland, the time I had to ask the flight attendant for a seatbelt extender or the time my doctor said he'd give me three months to start losing weight or he would push for weight loss surgery! YIKES! Each of those times got me started but my lazy-let-life-get-in-the-way personality always won out.
Well, through blogs and Facebook I've been back intouch with a couple of my roommates from freshman year at college. Both live an hour away from where the conference was held. They always tell me "When you come this way we have to get together"(I live 15 hours away). Out of embarrassment for my weight I didn't call them or let them know I'd be only an hour away from them.
On our first day sight seeing we stopped on a bench enjoying the beautiful 77 degree day. Part of our group ran back to the hotel to grab the camera and I sat visiting with my sister. As I was watching all the people walking around the huge courtyard outside a prominent sight-seeing building I saw one of my roommates walking in the courtyard with her husband. I was flabbergasted! I was torn insided! I love her dearly, like a sister, but the embarrassment of my appearance wanted me to hide away and not let her notice me. (she probably wouldn't have anyway since I'm over 100lbs heavier than I was during college). My love for her won out and I straightened my shoulders and took a deep breath and Yelled out her name. It was wonderful to see her again! To give her a hug and chat. I know she doesn't care how I look but I do.
What a blessing it was to have seen her. I'm going to use the feelings of embarrassment I had as another motivator to help me lose weight. I have another daughter who will be 12 for the conference in April 2012. I've made the goal to call my dear friends before I come to their state next year. I will use this year to get in the best shape I can and when a year rolls around I will be proud of who I am, I will be able to hold my head higher AND my dear friend will DEFINITELY recognize her old college roommate then.
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