Our daily challenge for the "40 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose" goal is to write a blog with a few small goals I would like to accomplish this month, and to list 5 things that motivate me to reach these goals. So here goes.
This month I will be tracking my nutrition and fitness on the spark website everyday, eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables everyday, which will have me checking into the site everyday too. I also want to weigh less than my husband by the end of the month.
One of the things that motivates me is I try to keep within the range of calories that SparkPeople has set for me. This requires me to try and get my data entered throughout the day to make sure I've got enough left for dinner.
I have been wanting to get back into a regular fitness routine and by tracking it I will be more likely to do it because I feel obligated. I also just bought a recumbent excercise bike and I don't like to waste money so it will get used!
My pants have been so tight lately - Motivation (didn't see a emoticon for this)
Seeing and reading about how others are doing is motivating to me, and SparkPeople has been providing that for me. This will keep me coming back for more.
And last, but not least the Spark book is motivating me. I am trying to take my time reading it so I can absorb and reflect. I like to read this type of book every now and then to help me better myself.
I have been kicking it around for several months that I should buy a recumbent exercise bike. I have even checked out several at different stores in the area to test the comfort and also read reviews online to help choose the right one.
One of my problems was that I didn't really have a good place in the house to put it. Then my youngest son moved out and I decided to make his room a place for my bike, some other exercise equipment. This way it isn't quite as sad that he has left home.
So yesterday during work I decided which model of bike I wanted and I went after work to buy it. My husband put it together and we both did the fitness test. I never thought he would do it, but I'm happy to say he did. I am hoping that he will use it once in a while too.
I have also set a goal to read while I'm working out. I am an avid reader and feel guilty if I sit around and read so now at least I will be doing something constructive while I read.
Last nights class "Dance your way to Weight Loss" was very enjoyable. I would highly recommend taking any kind of aerobic or dance class if you have the desire. I needed to get back in the swing of exercising and I saw this class offered at our local college. I have always liked to watch dance, but never been good at it and after last nights class it is confirmed that I have two left feet, but it was still fun. I envy the instructor with all her abilities and grace.
Each week a different class is taught. Last night we had the pleasure of Salsa with a Zumba twist. By the end of the class my heart was pounding so hard I thought my chest would explode. I was also sweating up a storm. There is no doubt that I burned some calories. I look forward to seeing what we learn next week. I may even put on some music and practice my moves!
Toight I begin my class titled above. I am hoping I can keep up with the younger people, or at least have a few my age in the class. I think this will be a great start to get me back in the swing of excercising.
I have had some back spasms that have created a lot of pain for me, but I have been seeing a physical therapist and today I have felt better than in recent weeks. I think excercising will contribute to a positive improvment overall.