Monday, November 12, 2012
Today is day 257 of my "on track" streak!
NSV report! I am wearing a shirt today that I was not able to wear just a couple of weeks ago! Its a cool Ron Jon Surf Shop shirt that I got when I lived in Florida back in 2006. I was at my goal size back then, and I wore this shirt a lot. When I started gaining the weight back, I held onto all my "thin" clothes...and I'm so glad I did! Now that I'm back on track, I am slowly fitting into my old wardrobe. Its great to be wearing this shirt again! In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit...the shirt was a little loose on me back in 2006. It doesn't fit me loosely now, it fits me just right. But I can wear it again, so I'm very happy! (And besides, its going to be loose on me again soon!)
I actually have TWO non-scale victories to report today, but first I want to update you (if you're interested) on my progress with my goal for this month. Have you ever heard of
S. M. A. R. T. goals?
My SMART goal for this month is to be able to do 5 to 10 pushups with good form. To achieve this goal, I have been doing wall pushups every time I go into the kitchen, and doing upper body strength exercises 3 times a week.
I can do pushups, but they are a struggle for me, and my form is terrible. So I've really been working on it, and today I did a self checkup to see if I've improved. Well...not very much, lol. I was able to do two pushups with good form, but no more than that. Even with all the upper body strength workouts I've been doing, I still don't have the strength to do more than two pushups with good form. But I'm not discouraged, and I'm not giving up! Last week, I couldn't even do ONE pushup with proper form! So the fact that I could do TWO today shows that I am making progress, and I'm proud of myself!
My plan for the rest of the month is to just keep doing what I've been doing. And if I don't reach my goal by the end of the month, I'll just give myself a little more time, and hopefully I'll reach that goal by the end of December.
To help with my progress, I am going to amp it up a bit. I started the month by doing 5 wall pushups every time I went into the kitchen, and then slowly built up to 7. But now, instead of doing wall pushups, I'm going to do incline pushups against the kitchen counter, and I'm going to do 9. Hopefully next Monday I'll be able to do THREE real pushups with good form. Wish me luck!
Yesterday I went to the grocery store, and fell right into temptation. They had these cute little boxes of dark chocolate non-pariels for sale, and they looked so yummy. I gave in and bought a box. I figured that I could just treat myself to one a day, for about 30 calories. Well, I should have known better! For me, chocolates are like potato chips...no one can eat just one! (Remember that old commercial?)
So last night about an hour before bedtime, I had one little chocolate....and then I couldn't stop thinking about them! When hubby went outside to walk the dog, I went into the kitchen and sneaked a handful of chocolates into my bathrobe pocket! And I started nibbling! I was counting the calories in my head as I ate them....30....60...90...120....and then I stopped. I realized that I wasn't even enjoying the chocolates. I went into the kitchen and emptied my bathrobe pocket into the trash can before hubby came back in.
I hadn't gone over my calories for the day but I'd certainly pushed myself to the higher end. And for what? A few little chocolates that weren't even that good! I was really mad at myself. I told myself that in the morning, I would just throw the rest of the chocolates away.
When I woke up this morning, I thought of those chocolates, and I decided I'd just have "one more for the road" before I threw them away. But guess what? I didn't do it! I didn't have any chocolate this morning...I just threw the rest of the box away, and then I took the trash out. I was so proud of myself for doing that...getting rid of that temptation without one last taste! I am stronger than chocolate, I am stronger than temptation. I am stronger than I was when I started my streak in March!
I didn't feel guilty for throwing that food away, either. I hate to waste food, but I'd rather WASTE it than WAIST it. So that is my 2nd NSV for the day.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Today is day 255 of my "on track" streak!
I have been at a plateau for a while now. My last weigh in was on September 3rd, but even though I haven't weighed myself since then, I could tell by the fit of my clothes that I was just staying the same. No progress to show, but I know it was because I was kind of careless with tracking my foods, and not really putting any UMPH into my workouts. My motivation was at a pretty low point, but I kept hanging in there, although just barely.
"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. Maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world." (Unknown)
But after two months of being on that stairway landing, I finally decided that I was ready to start climbing again! So on November first, I set a plan, and gave myself a new mini goal. My mini goal is to be able to do 5 to 10 pushups with good form by the end of the month. I also wanted to start making progress with my weight loss again! So to make these things happen, I have....
1. Started doing wall pushups every time I go into the kitchen.
2. Increased the weight of my dumbbells, going from 6 lbs to 8 lbs.
3. Been doing more cardio, even though I hate doing cardio.
4. Gotten back to being fanatical about tracking my food, measuring my food, and eating as healthy as possible.
After just ten days, I am seeing progress! My clothes feel a bit looser, I have more energy, and I feel stronger! Today while doing my DDP Yoga workout, I realized that certain poses were not quite as challenging for me! There is one exercise on that DVD, and I can't remember the name of it, but you start out in downward dog, bring one leg up behind you, and then crunch it in until your knee touches your elbow. Well, I have never been able to get my knee to my elbow. Close, but no cigar, as my hubby always says. But today, I did it! I was actually able to bring my knee close enough to my elbow to touch! So that is my awesome NSV for today!
Wishing all my gorgeous Spark friends a healthy week ahead, and NSV's for us all! Keep pushing hard to reach your goals, because you are absolutely worth the effort.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Today is day 252 of my "on track" streak!
I've been under a lot of stress since hubby lost his job last summer, and it has really been hard for me to stay on track. To be honest, for a while there I completely and totally lost my motivation! I didn't want to workout and eat right. I just wanted to sit around and eat copious amounts of junk food.
The only thing that stopped me from doing that is that I knew exactly what would happen if I did. You see, a few years ago, I was on track, doing great, and lost 50 lbs. My motivation was so high...and then hubby was laid off from his job. And my motivation went right out the window...I stopped doing all the right things, and went right back to my old habits. And I'm sure you can guess what happened next, right? I gained all the weight back!
Even after hubby got a new job, it took me forever to get myself back on track. But finally, last March, I did it. I started streaking....eating 1200 to 1500 calories a day, and working out. My motivation grew week by week, and I really was on a roll. But then...hubby lost his job again! And my motivation just died.
But I didn't want to go back to my old way of living. I didn't want to go back to being unhealthy, unhappy and unable. I didn't want to gain the weight back this time. I knew that if I gave up, I'd regret it forever. So I forced myself to keep going. I had no motivation, and there were times when I was lazy during my workouts. There were times when I didn't eat as healthy as I should. But the important thing is, I didn't give up. I kept trying. I figured that a half hearted workout was better than no workout at all. And even though I wasn't eating as healthy as I SHOULD have been doing, I was proud of the fact that I wasn't going into an all out junk food binge mode!
I've been unhappy with my lack of progress, though. I know I should be a lot further along than I am. So at the start of this month, I decided to set a goal for myself...to be able to do ten pushups with good form. (I do pushups with my DDP Yoga every day, but only a few, and to be honest my form is pretty lousy.)
Well, having a goal set for myself has done something great....it helped me to find my motivation again! I wake up every morning with such determination now! I am back to eating as healthy as possible, weighing and measuring my food, tracking everything...and also working out HARD! I'm pushing myself again, really breaking a sweat, breathing hard and getting my heart pumping!
I am back to thinking of food as FUEL, and of workouts as a way to get stronger, fitter and better at everything I do. I am doing wall pushups everytime I go into the kitchen, to help build up my upper body strength so that I can reach my pushup goal by the end of the month. I am so motivated, I feel like I could fly!
If you are struggling with motivation, don't give up. Motivation comes and goes, but if you keep trying, your motivation will come back. Quitting will get you nowhere. Keep working hard, keep your goals in mind and do your best. Even if its not 100%, as long as you are trying, you will succeed!
Friday, October 19, 2012
Today is day 233 of my streak!
I had planned to sleep in this morning, but the sound of thunder woke me up before dawn. I was very cozy and comfortable, so I just rolled over onto my back and lay there listening to the rain. And then I suddenly had a non-scale victory! Before I even got out of bed!
Whenever I lay on my back in bed, I fold my hands together over my stomach. Before I started my streak, when I'd put my hands on my stomach, my elbows would dangle off to the side and not reach the bed.
As I've lost weight, of course my belly has gotten smaller. One of my goals has been to be able to fold my hands together on my stomach and have my elbows actually touch the bed.
Well, this morning as I lay there listening to the rain and trying to remember if I'd shut all the windows last night, I suddenly realized..."Hey....hey...my elbows are touching the bed!"
What a great non-scale victory! Perhaps my elbows have been touching the bed for a while now, and I just didn't notice. Thats the way it is with non-scale victories sometimes....they sneak up on you! I think sometimes I get so caught up with looking in the mirror to see a change that I don't notice when other signs of progress happen. But boy when I do notice...it sure feels great!
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