Saturday, September 29, 2012
Today is day 213 of my streak!
My streak is to eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day, and to exercise every day. (I usually get 60 to 90 minutes of exercise a day. I do at least 30 minutes of cardio, then I do DDP Yoga and a Spark workout video. Three workouts a day, spread throughout the day.)
I started my streak on March 1st, and after I got my starting weight (286 pounds) I decided to stop weighing myself. Instead of trying to just lose weight, I wanted to try to be as healthy as possible. I'm 51 now, and I have neglected my health for many years, but since I started streaking, my health has been a priority.
I did weigh myself on August 13 for the start of a challenge, and then again on September 3rd when the challenge ended...and I've lost 71 lbs since the start of my streak! I'm sure I've lost more since then, but since I'm not going to weigh myself again until New Years day, I have no idea how much more I might have lost.
Its so much easier for me to stay on track when I don't have to worry about the scale and how I will do on "weigh in day." Besides, non-scale victories are so much MORE rewarding for me. How can a number on a scale compare to a non-scale victory such as hubby being able to put his arms all the way around me? Or being able to wear that beautiful hoodie that I bought last year? (I wore a size 3x then, and the hoodie is a Large! It fits me now, but I can't wear it yet until I get a camisole or something to wear under it because its too low cut for me.) Non-scale victories are definitely the best!
Yesterday I had a really cool NSV. I was doing my DDP Yoga workout. I do my yoga in a little corner of the bedroom, between the end of the bed and the dresser. Its not a huge space but its where I like to do yoga. It just feels like a good place, for some reason. Nice and cozy.
Well, lately I've been thinking that something is just DIFFERENT about my little yoga spot. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I knew something was different. Then yesterday, while I was doing yoga, I started thinking to myself "Whats different? This space seems....bigger."
And then, just as I was about to ask hubby "Hey, did you move the furniture or something"....it hit me; the space isn't bigger. I am smaller!
I actually started to laugh a bit right in the middle of my workout! Hubby said "Whats so funny?" and I said "The room didn't get bigger, I got smaller!"
He didn't know what I was talking about at first, but then when I explained it to him he said "Well of course you're getting smaller" and then he went right back to his computer! So he wasn't impressed, but I sure was!
That was such an unexpected NSV! When it comes to NSV's, I usually look for stuff like fitting into certain clothes, or having more energy, etc. I never thought about something like having more room for yoga because my body is smaller now, lol.
I try to look for NSV's every day, and that one was one of the best so far!
Have a great weekend, Sparkers....I hope you have some NSV's to celebrate too!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Today is day 205 of my streak!
This used to be my way of thinking! I would go to Curves, and then on my way home I'd stop off at Highs for a "reward" for working out. Then the next day, I'd go to Curves to work off that reward....and stop off for another reward on my way home!! Yikes! I should have known...you can't out exercise bad nutrition!
But since I've been streaking, I work out at home, and I don't use FOOD as a reward for exercising, and I don't use EXERCISE as a punishment for eating. I eat to live, and I fuel my body with healthy food for my workouts. And I workout to reward my body with endorphins...not to mention better health, more strength, better flexibility, and muscles!
LOL...funny, and oh so true! (At least for me.)
Hubby has learned to call it "your lifestyle" instead of "your diet." He knows how mad I get when he says the D word!
I workout every day and I love it. My workout of choice is DDP Yoga. I get such a good sweat from it, and I can tell I am building muscle. The DDP Yoga workout I'm currently doing is "Below the Belt" and its a killer on my thighs! There are lots of chair poses, and even though the chair pose might not look too challenging, it is VERY challenging for me! But I push myself through the workout, and I am seeing progress! My thighs are a lot stronger and firmer, and so are the muscles surrounding my knees. I can do squats a lot deeper now!
I love that picture...a dog trying to do the Up Dog pose!
By the way, thats not my dog, lol. My dog is a Pomeranian named Sierra who we rescued from the pound. She is my little workout buddy! Whenever I workout, she likes to be in the room with me, and she likes to lay at either end of my yoga mat. Lately, when I do 3 count pushups, she likes to jump up on my back, lol. She only weighs 9 pounds, but I can sure feel a difference when she's there!
Today, after my workout, I was laying down to look through a clothing catalog, and Sierra hopped up on my back...so hubby took a picture, and even though I don't have any makeup on and I'm all sweaty from working out, I decided to post it anyway!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Today is day 200 of my streak!
I am celebrating today...200 days on track with eating and exercising!
Here is the perfect song for today...and I am challenging YOU to dance along with me! If you have health and mobility issues and can't get up, then do what you can, even if its just moving your arms. And if you CAN get up, then what are you waiting for? Be grateful that you are able to move your body, and just dance, dance, dance! You might look silly, but you'll burn a few extra calories!
My life has changed so much since I started my streak! Back then, everything hurt...all the time! I couldn't even get comfortable laying in bed, because my enormous stomach was always in the way. I couldn't lay comfortably on my stomach or even my side. And if I laid on my back, I had trouble breathing.
When I walked, I waddled and limped. I breathed hard with even the slightest exertion. I couldn't even cut my own toenails! That is VERY embarrassing to admit, but its the truth. I was so obese, I couldn't even take care of myself anymore.
But now I am so much healthier, and smaller. Sometimes I feel like an athlete! I am strong, and I know I am just going to keep getting stronger. I struggle with the 3 count pushups on my DDP Yoga workouts...but I am getting better and better! It hurts but I push through it, because I know that my struggles only strengthen me in the long run!
I am so happy for how far I've come in the past 200 days, and I'm excited to see where I will be 200 days from now. With God's help, and the support of my Spark friends, I will be at my goal weight then!
Now let's dance!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Today is day 194 of my "on track" streak!
I rode my bike again today, for two whole miles! It was awesome, and I wasn't as wobbly as I was when I rode my bike last Friday! (Last Friday, I rode my bike for a few minutes...for the first time in two years!) My foot did slip forward on the pedal once, though, and it left a scrape up the back of my ankle that stung a bit. But I didn't let that stop me, I just kept on going. I wanted to ride even more, but by the time I'd gotten about 1.5 miles, my legs and lungs were crying uncle!
So that is my non-scale victory for today...riding my bike! I know that because I did two miles today, I can do two miles tomorrow, and the next day...and that someday, I will be able to do THREE miles if I want to!
When I think back to March 1, when I started my streak, it scares me. I was so obese and unhealthy then. I was not living my life. I was encouraging others, but not doing anything to help myself. Thank God I got started on my streak. Getting started and getting through the first week was the hardest part. So many, many times, I thought about quitting. That first week, I came close to giving up more times than I can remember. I would think "Its okay to go off track, you can start a new streak tomorrow!"
But something inside of me said "Don't stop...just keep going. You're already on your way, you don't need to take the long route! Just keep going forward! No detours!"
"No detours" became my motto to myself. I wrote it on the top of the next 21 pages of my food diary. "NO DETOURS." And I challenged myself to get through 21 days without detouring from my plan. I told myself that if I made it 21 more days in a row, I could go off my streak for a day and start again.
I struggled every day, but I managed to get through those twenty one days. And then I decided; I don't want to get off track! I don't want to start my streak over again! I want to keep going...no detours!
So far, I have managed to stay on track, and every day I thank God for that. I know if I do take a detour someday, I can always make a U-turn and get back on the right path, though. I will arrive at my goal someday!
If you have taken a detour, do your best to get back on the main road, towards your goals. Your future self will thank you in so many ways when you get there!
I'm not at my goal yet, but I am on my way. And I will do my best to get there with no detours!
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Today is day 190 of my "on track" streak!
What a great day....I love the feeling of being on track! I get tempted to go off track sometimes, but my streak is so much more important to me than any junk food could ever be!
This morning I was thinking about March 1st, when I started my streak, and how much my life has changed since then. (I have progress pictures in my Spark photos if you are interested.) Back in March, I weighed 286 lbs, and I was just slowly dying of obesity. I made many attempts to "diet" and exercise. I even belonged to a women's gym. But I never put forth any real effort into my workouts. I wanted an easy workout, with limited exertion. If a workout made me start to sweat or breathe heavy, I would quit and tell myself that it was too hard for me.
But when I started my streak, I knew that I had to make a change. The same old, same old just wasn't working. I was completely out of shape and unhealthy, and I really wanted to change. I wanted to finally feel GOOD. So I decided to forget about dieting, and just make my health a priority!
So I quit the women's gym and started working out at home. I really had to push myself to get through the workouts at first. I was only working out for 15 minutes a day, but I made sure to make that 15 minute workout a good one! I pushed myself to keep going, even when I was tired, even when I was sweaty and out of breath. I knew I was capable of MORE. And with each passing day, I was more and more determined to stay on track for just one more day. I never looked too far ahead. Just one more day...and then another... and then another. And slowly I started to make progress!
Before long, I was doing 30 minute workouts once a day...and then twice a day. I felt myself getting stronger and my stamina increasing. I even began to LOVE working up a sweat! It felt good to know I was working so hard!
So much has changed now! I don't diet...I LIVE it! (I remember Richard Simmons used to say something like that back in the 80's!) I LIVE every day...and each day I am determined to live it to the fullest, and in the healthiest way possible. I don't eat junk food anymore...and I don't eat "diet" food, either. I eat healthy, real food, because it fuels my body for my workouts!
I workout hard and I see so many changes in myself since I started my streak! Not only am I now 71 lbs lighter, but I am so strong now, and so healthy! My waist is so firm beneath the layers of fat that I am slowly working off. I am burning that fat with my workouts, and building beautiful lean muscle beneath. I am healthier than I have been in years!
My current goal is to make September the HEALTHIEST month of the year so far, and I am doing great at reaching that goal. I have lots of Spark friends joining me in this goal, and its great to know I'm not in this alone! Thank you to all my supportive Spark friends! Let's keep changing our lives, one day and one choice at a time. Let's make this the healthiest month of the year so far. We're not going to diet, we're going to LIVE IT!
By the way, I'm 51 years old, and I workout at least 90 minutes most days now, and sometimes more! No excuses!
UPDATE: (Sept 12) Spark Guy Chris mentioned my blog and I've been getting lots of comments. I apologize for not being able to thank everyone individually but I want you to know that I appreciate your comments and support very much. Have a healthy day!
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