Sunday, October 11, 2009
I decided this week to change my Spark page title from Susan's Get Fit Journey to Ain't No Stopping Me Now.......I'm on the Move, as my philosophy has changed since I joined SP. Why you ask? Initially I was only happy with getting up on the couch and starting to move. The "I hope that I have the motivation to exercise and get in shape", has changed to "I KNOW that I now have the motivation to exercise, get in shape and lose this weight." I've tightened up my goals and added some new ones.
As I gained weight and then lost it, only to gain even more back, I got so frustrated with myself over the years. I swore this cycle would stop and no way would I ever see 200 lbs. Well I saw 206.4 on August 1st and that got me off my butt and I finally did something about it, by joining SP.
I know I'm not the only person who has a similar story. That's why I think the lyrics from McFadden and Whitehead disco hit in 1979 - "Ain't no stoppin' us now.......We're on the move" can apply to so many of us in the same bout.
"Ain't no stoppin' us now
We're on the move (yeah-ee-a, yeah-ee-a)
Ain't no stoppin' us now
We've got the groove
Spice Girls, check it out
There've been so many things that have held us down
But now it looks like things are finally comin' around, yeah
I know we've got a long long way to go, yeah
And where we'll end up
I don't know
But we won't let nothing hold us back
We gonna get ourselves together
We gonna polish up our act, yeah
And if you've ever been held down before
I know that you refuse to be held down any more, yeah yeah
Don't you let nothing, nothing
Nothing stand in your way
and I'm not looking back."
If you want to trip down memory lane, here's a Soul Train special. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVKjC_simy8
With perseverance and help from our 'buddies', we can push through the obstacles. Personally, I know I'm not looking back at that 206 lbs and the motivation and support from fellow sparkers has pushed me along.
I'm determined to work towards and hopefully achieve my goals. There will be bumps along the way and some set backs, but I'm confident this time I can push through it. I finally went below the elusive 190 lbs on Sept 26. A number which I could not get by, for a very long time.....and the scale number keeps sliding down. I've lost 19 lbs to date which is 35% of my target and 11.5 inches overall. Clothes are fitting better and I'm feeling so much better. I don't feel that I will be playing a line backer on my son's football team anymore. My overall physique is shrinking!
I just wish to say thanks to everyone who's stopped by my page, sent an email, or given me a goodie. I couldn't have gotten this far without you.
Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! and thanks to all my Spark friends for helping me thus far.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
My hubby affectionately calls me the walking fool and made some comparison to Forrest Gump, when it was on the tube Friday night. Well I've decided to call him on it, and have joined leader Marj on the Canadian version of Forrest's run across America, by attempting to do a Virtual Walk across Canada.
Marj indicates the virtual Cdn walk is 3122 miles......must be as the crow flies, as the Trans Canada Highway route is over 4500 KMs. Being virtual, we can go however we choose.
I've decided to start this virtual walk in the oldest city in North America; St Johns, Newfoundland. Here is a picture of The Battery taken from the Harbour entrance of St Johns Newfoundland.
I will then end my journey in Victoria, BC, where the Legislative buildings are a beautiful centerpiece and a great place to hang up my runners.
Since I can also include other activities to contribute to my steps, this route from West Coast to East Coast should go by in no time. I've packed bandaids, ice packs and advil, just in case.
I covered 7.04 miles today.......only 3114.96 more to go. Hope you'll stop by and visit, as I give updates on this journey.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Do any of you wonder, why I have a Santa profile image, when the rest of you have jack-o-latterns galore? My santa image is a gentle reminder.
I'm usually a very organized and proactive individual, but today I realized I've been on my butt too long. Personally my son is a little to blame. No I'm not talking about exercising. I'm talking about Christmas. I normally have all my shopping done by now, except stocking stuffers. Wrapping is done in November and the is up by December 1st.
I normally have my feet up and sipping a lovely glass of wine when its cold outside and the hordes of shoppers are out in full force getting overly stressed. But it looks like if I don't get off my butt, I may be one of them.
I have done little to no shopping. I have two DVD's for my son and I have only gotten my Mom, my bother, and hubby's grandmother completed. The two men in my life are essentially giftless.
Why do I blame my son you ask? He normally gives me a list in July and I put on my jolly red suit and have my Santa list crossed off before school starts. But this year, his Christmas came in July and threw me totally off schedule and budget. His PC died the day school finished, so a new laptop was under the July tree. With his busy football and high school schedule, a cell phone was added in September.
He's already gotten his bigger than normal gifts and I'm now stuck with no list, no ideas and no gifts. At his age, it is so much more difficult to buy for. He does love gift cards. Hmmm, there's a thought. It's a shame, he's past the age where the box the gift came in has more appeal then the gift itself.
I always manage to surprise him with something, he is not expecting and this year will be no different. So wish me luck as I make my list and hit the stores this week. If I'm lucky I can be done before Thanksgiving. I refuse to be like Hubby who leaves it to the last minute.
The only thing I have going for me right now, is that my butt might actually fit down the chimney.
Wouldn't it be great if I had to alter the red suit?
For those in the same bout as I, its only 81 shopping days till Christmas. Ho Ho Ho!!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I have been dieting off an on for years and one thing I've always done is kept a food journal and also weigh in stats. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. When you look at the successes and then a year later you are up at higher weight, than you were the year or two before, it can be very frustrating.
I had been on a diet for 5 mths in 2006 and by Dec 06, I had lost 18 lbs. Then I started putting the weight back on and in 7 mths, was 10 lbs heavier. A year and a bit later, even heavier.
I weighed in today and I am now back at that July 2007 weight . 16.6 pounds lost to date! One of my goals, was to be 15 lbs lighter by Thanksgiving. I can put a big on that short term goal!
My next short term goal is to reach that Dec 2006 weight again of 179.2 lbs. If I can reach and maintain that before this Christmas, I'll be a very happy lady. I do not plan on doing that slide backwards this time. I finally........I guess I'm a little slow.........figured out dieting alone, will not work long term. You have to exercise. .
Cross our fingers that I am successful. A few new clothes under the tree at Christmas will be a great incentive
Monday, September 21, 2009
For those who know me, I was a sedentary soul, who loves cross stitching, genealogy, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Spending time with my family every night and keeping my hands busy with some craft, was the most movement I was getting. My friends would have been "LTAO", at the very mention of me doing cardio and strength training.
Well all that has changed. When I joined SP the beginning of August, I started off slow, made sure I ate right and introduced exercise, mainly sticking to the 7 day bootcamps, with a bit of walking thrown in. Each week, I'd introduce something new into my routine. I purchased some weights, balls, and bands so that I could work out at home.
Then I found Leslie Sansone DVD's. I started off at one mile, then two mile and then holy cow, I did 3 miles and though I worked up a sweat, I didn't cough up a lung or pass out. . I liked the first DVD, so I purchased a few more. I wanted to ensure I had a variety in my workouts. And low and behold, I'm doing one of her workouts every morning and feeling so much better.
I hit an all time best on Sunday when I did 5 mile Walk at Home Advanced Workout with bands, toning belt and weights. Eureka I did it! Albeit sweaty, it felt wonderful. My body wasn't cursing my every move this morning when I got up. I must have done something right.
I can't do five miles everyday with my schedule, but at least I know I can do it. It feels ! 15 lbs lighter and some inches smaller, I'm looking forward to achieving my goal. Quarter of the way there!
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