Got up and went walking at 5 a.m. this morning like I always do. My friend Karen goes with me every morning. We started walking the track, flash light in hand... I started noticing smiley faces chalked on the path ever so many feet. I thought it was pretty cool. The path is about a mile long and the smiley faces kept coming and coming. I got a little smile on my face... well as we went a little farther we saw this.
whoever did this put a lot of energy and work into leaving these little messages. Whom ever they were for I hope they saw them and felt pretty special. Then I can to the final message.
That just made my morning!! I know nothing big just little chalk messages but it made me feel happy to seem them just the same. You never know where you will find encouragement or who it will be from.... even a perfect stranger!
I feel like I have been such a slacker lately. I was doing so good and just shedding pounds left and right. I was feeling so upbeat and proud of myself!!
I have been so down on myself lately though.... I am still loosing weight but it has slowed down quite a bit lately. A lot of it has to do with school being back in. I am taking 4 classes and all of them have a heavy work load. Plus I also have work, a husband and a 15 year old daughter. I know the weight loss is slowing down because I'm not cooking as many meals at home and I have been neglecting my ST. I am feeling like I just can't get ahead.......
But I really think the reason is because I am letting school and life become a convenient excuse. I would feel better about school and other things if I was feeling better about taking care of myself. If I let one thing slide I let other things slide!! I know I am stronger than I am showing myself to be right now! I am getting down on myself so when I am struggling to get something done I give up and tell myself "oh well.... you can't do everything".....
But I don't want to have that attitude!!! I want to do everything and I want to start proving that I can do it!! I want to prove that I won't let life get so hectic that I can't even take care of my health. I worked so hard to lose 42 pounds that I am not going to give up!! I will lose that other 28 lbs I have left. I went from 230 to being in the 180's for gosh sakes!!.................................
Today is a new day and I am going to make it mine!!
I do declare that I, Jessica Martin aka Frostynal, will lose 15 pounds by 10/10/10. Today I weigh 194. My weight on 10/10/10 will be 179 or less.
I will accomplish this goal by completing the following:
- eating in my target range of 1200 to 1550 calories
- planning my meals ahead each week and shopping for them
- preparing healthy good for you meals
- eating lots of fruits and veggies!!
- walking 45 min every morning & doing 4 days of additional cardio
- doing at least 5 days of strength training
- drinking 12 glasses of water each and every day
- getting no less than 7 hours of sleep
- giving myself at least 30 - 60 min of relaxation each day
I will try 10 new healthy recipes.
I will do 10 new activities I have never done.
I will read 10 new health and fitness articles.
I will support 10 new Sparkfriends.
I will take care of myself and let me be the best me I can be!!
It has been two weeks now that I am getting up at 5 am and putting in 3.5 miles to start the day. That sounds really good but on the negative side.... I have a hard time getting to bed early and therefore have not been getting my much needed amount of sleep. Because of this I am tired, worn out, lacking enthusiasm.... I really have to push myself!! Plus the added homework and going to class my free time is about zero! Because of this I haven't been planning my meals like I should and I've been going for easy things to prepare instead of healthy. All of which are eventually going to catch up with my weight loss!!
I DO NOT want to give up walking in the mornings!! If I do that I don't trust myself to get it in at the end of the day....... so what to do???
Well I am going to work on my organization skills and I am going to make a plan and I am going to stick to it!!!
1) I am going to go to bed by 10!! That gives me 7 hours sleep.... not wonderful but doable!!
2)Wake up at 5 am eat a good healthy nutrition bar and walk 3.5 miles (about 45-50 min)!
3)After walking immediately come in and do my ST!! That way I am already sweaty and dressed for a workout!!
4)Take shower, pack gym bag, pack nutritious lunch..... head off to school or work!
5)After work (3:00p) or school(3:40p) head to the gym for a class or a little time on the machines.
6)Come home and take a short nap!! (I never take naps but I am going to do it)
7)Finish up what ever homework I have. Most of my classes give me time to work on homework in class and I am going to start utilizing that time!!
8)Make a healthy nutritious meal for my family and enjoy their company!!
9)Relax for a little while watch some TV... snuggle with the DH.
10) Go to bed by 10!
I think that this list is all doable if I stay up on it.... which means!
1)Plan the meals for the whole week on Sunday!!
2)Go shopping for everything on Sunday or Monday after school.
3)Sleep in on Saturday and Sunday and walk later around 8 or 9am before it gets too hot.
4)Clean the house on the weekend so I don't have to do it during the week except upkeep.
This isn't a major change from what I am already doing except going to bed earlier, getting a nap, doing ST earlier so I have more free time in the afternoon and making sure all of my meals are planned out, purchased and packed and my gym bag is also packed and ready to go! All of these thing should hopefully make my day a little less hectic!!
Anyone out there have any more suggestions on how to make life a little easier?? :)
Well today was the first day of a new semester.... only one more to go after this fall till I graduate!!
I got up at the butt crack of dawn to go walking with my friend Karen at 5:00 am. Got in a good 3.5 miles.... yay! Kind of woke me up lol. Now normally I have Mondays off and would have enjoyed playing on the computer but instead I had to get ready for my 8 am class. I was in a rush to get to class because silly me forgot my phone at home and had to turn around to get it. Besides forgetting my phone school was uneventful... my classes all seem pretty cool and the teachers are all nice..... But I am going to have a ton of homework this semester that is for sure.... so many writing projects!!!
I was feeling tired and exhausted when I finally got done with my last class at 3:40 but I was proud of myself.... instead of sitting on the couch vegging in front of the TV I decided to drive back to school and take a Zumba class with my daughter. I am so glad I did! It was so much fun!! I have absolutely no rhythm and can't dance to save my life but it was nice to cut loose and be crazy after such a long day. I am definitely now a fan and I plan on going again!! I just wish spark had Zumba on our cadio tracker.............