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Day 180: 6 Months of Learning & Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Monday, July 28, 2014

Today is a day where my calendar should have bold colorful writing or at the very least – a big gold star! 6 months ago, I started my journey towards becoming a better me, a healthier me, and a better example to my kids. I wasn’t sure when I started that I’d get to day 180 because in the past I had never come this far. My weight-loss goals were usually dropped by the wayside before then or in the rare instance, achieved much faster but by less-than-healthy means. Not only does this day mark a milestone but it is also a day for me to reflect on my previous goals and set up some new ones going forward.

I have gained so much knowledge about myself and becoming healthier in the past 6 months that I am now armed with more information than ever before to continue on my path towards making a healthy lifestyle my permanent way of life. So what have I learned? Well, before getting into what I’ve learned I’d like to reflect first on where I’ve come from first.

Day 1 Stats:

Weight: 157.96 lbs
Body Fat: 38.14%
BMI: 25.4
Pant Size: 12

Day 180 Stats:

Weight: 128.97 lbs
Body Fat: 26.48%
BMI: 20.7
Pant Size: 4

Totals:

Weight: -28.99 lbs
Body Fat: -11.66%
BMI: -4.7
Pant Size: -4 sizes

Looking over the stats and the totals from this past 6 months, I am amazed! The day-to-day struggles and setbacks really can prevent us from seeing the big picture! In going through the daily control of my nutrition, getting through difficult workouts and weekly weigh-ins, the numbers showing where I was at on Day 1 or even Day 180 do not even begin to show the massive amount of change that has truly happened. Within me, the mental changes and emotional turn-arounds are truly the driving force for getting to where I am today. Learning from my mistakes and forgiving myself for setbacks has given me a mindset focused on “Progress not perfection” as I become healthier and create the best me I can be.

What I know now that I didn’t know then:
~ Eating too few calories can stop or slow my weight loss.
~ Eating more frequent, smaller meals throughout the day keeps my metabolism running so that I can burn more calories with less effort.
~ Eating within 1-2 hours of waking up is important to getting my metabolism going.
~ I need more protein to keep my hunger at bay and finding better proteins for my nutrition plan is important.
~ I’ve got very little room to spare in my calorie range so I have to find the healthiest foods in order to get the most “calorie bang for the buck.” I like to eat a variety of foods and larger portions so picking healthy foods allows me to fill up my plate and eat numerous foods while still staying in my range for the day.
~ Getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep at night helps my body get back to a healthy weight and function properly.
~ When I eat too much sodium it makes me feel bloated and I lose weight much slower than I can with less sodium in my diet.
~ I walk a LOT now! My step goal each day is 15,000 steps and I usually have no problem getting to that level and going beyond.
~ I can control my health and now I do not let outside obstacles become the end-all-be-all for what I do with my body or what I put into my body.
~ Planning ahead is crucial to success when it comes to eating healthy and exercising. I will not allow outside circumstances to dictate how healthy I can be each day.
~ I am just as important as the other people in my life and in order to be there for them, I have to take care of myself too.

Today, I am giving myself the credit for a job well-done that I all-too-often fail to give myself as I push through each day to get what needs to be done, done. I can make course corrections when I slip-up, I can forgive myself and stop being the toughest critic I have when it comes to my mistakes, and I will do better tomorrow. Each day is a new chance to put the knowledge I’ve gained into practice and to tailor it to myself and my lifestyle.

  
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PKNPAM21 8/4/2014 11:40PM

    emoticon everyone!

I appreciate all your support and for helping me to stay accountable by sharing my progress!


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LOSLUNAS 7/29/2014 2:56PM

    Great job !

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GBP1996FAN 7/29/2014 10:08AM

    I am so proud of you for reaching this milestone. You are an inspiration to me, our children and I am sure anybody else who reads this. Keep it up and thank you for helping me get started on my path to better health.

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144AUTUMN 7/28/2014 2:12PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Scale Slap To The Face

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I know that I haven't been exercising. emoticon
I know that I haven't been eating healthy. emoticon
I know that I haven't been getting enough sleep. emoticon
I know that I eat late at night and too close to bedtime. emoticon
I know that I have been stressed out a lot. emoticon
I know that I no longer fit into ANY of the clothes I wore when I was fit & healthy. emoticon

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Now...with all this knowledge, you think I would start making changes and do something about these things, right? WRONG! Well, it wasn't until I hopped on that scale for the first time in a LONG time and read the numbers between my toes, that I KNEW that I needed to make a change...and fast.

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Those three digits came up from between my toes and slapped me right in the face. I swear, at that moment, if I had been in a cartoon...my eyes would have grown 10 times their normal size and started pulsing. emoticon Even the driver's license in my purse started giggling at the contradiction between the weight filed with the State and what the hard facts on the electronic device beneath my feet were screaming. I think what hit me (and my clothes) even harder about this number on the scale is that my weight is up to nearly as high as I was when I was PREGNANT...and not the beginning...at the END of my pregnancy...35 weeks pregnant. I am just shy of my 35 week pregnancy weight by 3 lbs...and there is no baby boy inside this time. GOOD LAWDY!!!!

It's time to play some defense. Time to step up and play the game and get off the sidelines. Time to quit being lazy about my health and well-being.

My first steps in the right direction...
1. Logging my food, drink & vitamin/supplement intake in my DietMinder Personal Food & Fitness Journal.
2. Measuring out my portions and sticking to one serving.
3. Eating foods that are fresh or natural, with little to no processing.
4. Eating foods that are meant for my oxidation type (see my other blog post on this topic).
5. Purchased the Zumba Fitness Exhilarate DVD workout program to combine something I love (dancing) with something I am never motivated enough to do consistently (exercise).
6. Increasing my water intake to 8+ cups a day
7. Increase my involvement on SparkPeople to gather knowledge & motivation to help me along the way.
8. Make an appeal to my husband to get him involved (from afar due to military separation) and connect with him to make a healthy journey together.
9. Writing in my Blog on SparkPeople to make what I'm doing public so it will be harder for me to become complacent again.
10. Creating new goals that are motivational to me and will actually help me get where I want to be.

It's game time, people...and I am READY to play hard!!

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MAVERICK59 8/27/2011 2:46AM

    Go for it!! Keep us updated.
Get rid of that rude scale!!!
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Halloween Candy Buy Back Program

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Get Rid of the Temptation in Your House and Make Everyone Smile!

Cavities, or dental caries, is the most prevalent childhood disease today. Each year across the world, kids consume 2% more sugar than the year before – that's 50 million tons of sugar annually! Sugar also contributes to hyperactivity and some candies can harm teeth or braces.

But every kid loves Halloween! So do adults. As responsible dentists, community members, and US citizens, Halloween Candy Buy Back dentists have found a way to keep the fun, while helping kids and our overseas troops.

How does the program work?

* Participating dentists buy back kids' Halloween candy
* The candy will be shipped to US soldiers serving overseas

www.halloweencandybuyback.com

We did this...we had 5 lbs of candy (after eating a few pieces) that we were able to donate to the troops. What do two kids need 5 lbs of candy for??? Thank god that it's out of my house, otherwise I would have put on lots-o-pounds from that 5 lbs of candy!! Anything to keep the candy off my hips and thighs!!!

  


Halloween Costume Countdown - Day 1

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Alright, I've got 31 days to be as fit and trim as I possible can so that I can wear a Halloween Costume comfortably. I have really fallen off my exercising and nutrition plan for the past few months and the clothes that I was so happy to finally be fitting in...are getting tight! Ugh. So disappointed in myself and today is the start of getting back to where I need to be. Today, I stayed within my calorie range and tracked all my food. Step 1, complete. Day 2...here I come.

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