Monday, August 26, 2013
Week one - work on becoming more consistent with my weight training.
Week two - take advantage of holidays at the cottage to regroup, journal, organize myself and set out a plan for.next round - do up some meal plans
Week three and four - start to implement what I have worked on while on holidays.
Hopefully if I a better organized next round and my injuries settle I can have a successful round.
Monday, August 26, 2013
What is my goal for between rounds???
Easy to answer but I don't seen to be finding it easy to rectify. Maintain a no gain weight, get my motivation back, and create some zen in my life.
I started 2013 with positive vibes absolutely radiating from my pores. This was year that I was going to get my weight into onederland! This was the year that I would embrace strength training! This was the year I would post my best race times, I planned races for every month from April - October. This would be the year that I would increase my distance and do some of the longest races I have ever done.
April's 5km was a testament to my resolve to complete the race and improve my time over the previous race. We ran/walked our intervals through rain, snow, sleet and ice. I not only completed it but I cut 2.5 minutes off my time from the previous year. Proudly I had influenced my daughter, daughter-in-law and two grandsons to race as well.
Mays race I did with my grandson - of course he was much faster than me.
All this was just a prelude to my ultimate goal which was completing a tough 14km trail race through a nature reserve north of us. I had my daughter and daughter-in-law on board and we spent the spring training for this rugged race. I spent many a muddy trek out at scouts valley training and then on May 26 disaster struck. I misstepped during a training run and fell and broke my ankle. It has been a devastating blow to my motivation. I started racing after breaking both my ankles in 2009. I have worked hard to build up my strength in the ankles so this accident really knocked the wind out of my sails. Because I also tore then tendons and ligaments the ankle has been slow to heel. As well I landed on my knee which has caused all kinds of problems in my quest to get back up to my previous exercise levels.
So my goal between rounds is to maintain my weight and more importantly get my head in a better place, get my pantry in order and get my eating under control so that I can get back on the weight loss/exercise train.
Monday, July 22, 2013
The past six weeks - what have I done right - what have I slacked on. I started this challenge with a broken ankle and a messed up knee. While I couldn't do my usual amount of exercise I am pleased that I have been consistent in getting regular workouts in and I have consistantly done upper body weights.
My food though has not been as good as I had hoped. Spending more time sitting icing various injuries has given too much time to succumb to mindless munching. This is something I need to fix.
I have spent the last six weeks working way too many hours, haven't put the time into me and haven't taken the time for my team like I should. We all wait anxiously for summer and then we spend the whole summer running around and not taking the time to enjoy the weather.
I have let the stress of my injury get to me which causes me not to eat healthy. However this is my wake-up call. I need to get back in the game,work around my injuries and be a better more active teammate.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
What makes me phsycho about my weight loss journey. Hmmmmmm could it be snacks that husband buys and has around the house. OR is it the life that gets in the way my of my exercise - mom can you babysit, mom can the kids come overnight, mom can you take the kids here for me OR there is all those delectable treats that we make everyday at the store. The cheese croissants that call my name, the soft chewy cookies that say you know you want me,the caramel macchiato that beckons me with its steaming coffee smell. OR perhaps it is my inability to stay the course.
I know that the last is what makes me most phsycho about my journey to health. I was raised in a home where I had a very loving father who put everything into family. He had been an orphan who valued everything that family stood for. He worked hard with very little education to feed and clothe 7 children. He loved my mother with a blind love that never saw her faults. In fairness probably if she had had only one or two children her coping power might have been better. I just do not believe that she was capable of maintaining a household nine people with a small budget, a husband that worked long hours in order to put a roof over the families head and food on the table. I was the sixth child in the family and by the time my younger brother and I came along I think my mother was sick of being a baby machine, was sick of being a mom and really had no more to give.
I remember thinking when I was pregnant with my first child how I wanted to be the best mom in the world and I vowed to myself that I would never become like the mother I had been raised with. And I'm not. I have always put my kids first, made the dresses for the special occasions, made sure the birthday parties were special, went to all their games,recitals, sewed the special dresses, been there when the babies were born and I don't regret one second of it. We guided the kids through school and just when they were starting to get married off, and it was time for hubby and I to catch out breath, start putting ourselves first he got sick. Now just when I was thinking hmm maybe I can cut back on work a bit life throws a curve ball. In the matter of hours I had the title of caregiver added to my resume.
Don't get me wrong I don't have a bad life, and being my husbands caregiver has made me a stronger person. It has also shown me that I am not my mother. When my dad got sick my mom was not good to him and after years of him trying so hard she really was quite cruel. I realize that my hubby's illness has made me a stronger kinder person. I have learned to fight and have learned to never give up. I consider myself lucky because I have wonderful loving husband, I have great kids and kids-in-law, I have six of the most beautiful grand babies that I adore and that adore me. I have so much. But I need to take better care of myself in order to take better care of everyone else. I also know that only I can do this. I have to concentrate on the things I have done for myself. I have lost over fifty lbs. I am stronger physically, and mentally, I do my races, I have my trainer, I am learning to occasionally take some time off but I have to admit I still need work. I love being outside but can't use the weather as an excuse to slack on the exercise when it is bad outside. I need to take the time to cook healthy, eat healthy and realize I am worth the time to continue pushing a healthy lifestyle onto myself.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Every day,every week, every challenge I vowed I was going to track. I bought journals, logs, pretty paper, you name I bought it thinking that one of these things would get me consistently tracking. Yeah I would start the day tracking. In fact one book is almost full with dates and breakfasts but alas the rest of the day was lost.
Then I thought I'll do it on line - I tried doing it on spark, my fitness pal, livestrong but again I failed. I don't know if my head was in the wrong place but I knew that to be successful at weight loss I needed to know exactly what I was eating, I needed to record those lick, bites and tastes, and I needed it to be easy.
Two days before Christmas I came out of the dark ages and got an iPhone with a data plan. Then after Christmas I went back weight watchers. Lightbulb moment! I could download the WW app on the iPhone and try etools free for two weeks. I did and I have successfully tracked for three weeks. I have tracked every bite, taste and lick. The first day I tracked it hit me how much those licks, bites and tastes add up. By supper I was down to have 2 points left.
So what have I learned - Do what works for you and track, track, track.
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