Thursday, February 23, 2012
I went five days without working out. GASP. I've been hitting it hard the last two days to make up for it. I kicked butt at the beginning of the month with my fitness minutes and then lost my mojo. So, I found myself sitting at 600 fitness minutes for the month and not wanting to ruin my 1,000 minutes/month goal.
Today I hit the gym doing walking/running intervals on the treadmill and then headed across town for my free fitness class. Tonight we were doing a cardio video from the Insanity series. Five minutes into the video, I rolled my ankle during a jump, heard the loudest POP of my life, and ended up on the floor. After about five minutes of searing pain, I felt better and was able to finish the workout. (Thanks in part to the incredibly shock-absorbent floor at the Kung Fu studio.) I just knew I had to finish the workout. I would have felt like such a failure had I quit and I knew I had it in me to push myself. I honestly don't think I did any further damage by exercising on it, but the pain has definitely caught up with me now. I'm on the couch with ice and pain killers and we'll see what tomorrow brings. I'm determined to get in my fitness minutes, even it if means more weight lifting and riding the recumbent bike to keep my weight off my ankle.
In other news, I'm working hard to clean up my eating as well. I've become kind of lax in what I put in my mouth over the past couple months. I've still been better than I was before I started this journey, but definitely not good enough. In a week or two after I get back into the swing of things, I'm going to reevaluate my calorie range because I have a feeling I need to drop it some again. I've also given up desserts for Lent. Between the cookies and sweets that are always floating around at work, it has really led to some self-sabotage in my weight loss department. I am allowing myself to have some chocolate now and again in small quantities.
I've also taken this idea from pinterest:
This is not my project. This picture was taken from pinterest. I'm too lazy to take a picture of mine at the moment. (Not too mention too much of a wuss to carry me and my ankle upstairs to take said picture.) I'm starting my jar from where I am now. In other words, I don't have 50 marbles in my pounds lost jar. I'm looking at this as a clean slate. I'd be happy with losing another 25 pounds, but ultimately want to be down another 50, so I've put 50 marbles in my jar. Each 10 are a different color which gives it a nice visual. I've put my jar on the windowsill above my kitchen sink where I see it multiple times a day but especially every morning. And every morning I think "MAN, I want to move a marble so bad!!" I've also set my pill organizer next to my jar, so every morning when I look at the marbles, I'm also reminded to take my pills. I have my multivitamins and fiber pills in there. Unfortunately, I'm also taking ibuprofen daily to try and manage my jaw pain from my TMJ.
TMJ side note - I saw a new dentist on Valentines Day and I think he is ABSOLUTELY fantastic. I was so unhappy with my old dentist for a multitude of reason, but I'm in love with the new guy and his entire staff. The day I called to set up an appointment was the worst my jaw pain has ever been - it hurt to smile. The scheduler was on the phone with me for 20 minutes, telling me what to do to manage my pain until they could get me in for an appointment and I hadn't paid them a dime yet! I was so overwhelmed with gratitude. Part of my pain is from clenching my jaw- usually when I sleep. I was doing it when I was awake too until I realized that I was doing it and I've been better since. The other half of my problem is that my jaw goes to the left when I open my mouth, so my joints are working extra hard. They're not sure which problem caused the other, but I'm getting a mouth guard on Tuesday to help with the jaw clenching and I'm ridiculously excited to get it.
ENOUGH ABOUT ME. I imagined this to be a short blog. So, WHAT ABOUT YOU? What's going on in your life right now? What are you currently working on? And what is your current motivation tactic?
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
I'm working out harder than I've ever worked before. I'm doing exercises that I know I wouldn't have been able to do last year. SWEATING buckets more than I've ever done before. Some of my favorite DVDs would have made me melt into a puddle and cry last year. (I did a P90X workout for Christsakes!)I realize that and it makes me very very happy. I feel fit. I have more endurance and more strength that my roommate who takes cardio classes like a crazy person. We do the same workout and she's sore the next day where I'm not, etc. I feel good.
But! BUT! The scale isn't freaking budging. And I know... I KNOW... it'll happen. And I know, I KNOW - the numbers aren't as important as the above paragraph. I know, I KNOW... non-scale victories. I've heard it all. I've said it all. But it's frustrating, ya know? We want to see our work pay off. And we do see it. WE DO. Just not always in all the ways we want. Or not as fast as we want.
I'm feeling arm muscles, leg muscles, pec muscles. And GAWD, my stomach is firming up. Halle-freaking-luja. I'm getting fitter, which I'm loving every minute of. But damnit, I want to be smaller too! LoL. I know, I KNOW, it'll happen. BE PATIENT.
(I think I should have called this blog "I know I KNOW" HAHA)
So... here's the point of this blog. (Yes, there was more of a point than just to whine!!!)
A friend posted it on Facebook not a moment too soon.
(Incase it's too small for you to read, it says: "First comes the dream, then comes the struggle, then there is victory! The problem is, most people give up during the struggle... Never knowing how close they were to victory!! They only way you'll fail is if you Quit! Never! Never! Never Quit!"
Yeah, I get the message. Thank you, Universe. And no, I won't quit. But DARNIT, that scale could MOVE!
So! Here I am. Waiting for my diamonds.
And... This is really funny: "At the gym: Who is looking at whom". Check it out.
I work at a retirement home, so I can confirm that. In the end, we WILL all have saggy boobs. HAHAHA! In other words, let's not take ourselves too seriously. MmmmK?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I am going to be a success story. I am going to reach my goals. I am
going to transform myself into the most beautiful me I can be, on the
inside & outside.
So here's the good stuff. The stuff we've all been waiting for.
First, my measurements:
Jan 20, 2011 ........... Jan 25, 2012
Height: 5'10" ........... Height: 5'10"
Weight: 325 ........... Weight: 275
BMI: 46 ........... BMI: 39
Waist: 51" ........... Waist: 42Ē
Jean Size: 26 ........... Jean Size: 22/20
And some pictures:
It's hard to find full body pictures of myself. Somehow they all got deleted. Hmmm. Here I am in 2009 with cake, of course. I can't believe how much rounder my face was.
My highest weight - summer 2010
August 2011 (with my mom) - I was seven months into my journey and feeling great, but looking back at the picture, I cringe at that tummy.
Side by side from last month, when I officially hit 50 pounds lost.
Bye bye, Belly!
And this week at 275:
If I can do this, you can too.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I won't regret the things I've done but I know I will regret the
things I didn't do when I had the chance.
I started SparkPeople one year and fifty pounds ago. So without further adieu, how about some of my tips, tricks, and advice? Itís nothing new. Itís not rocket science. But itís worked for me. And some of it might work for you too.
1. You wonít succeed if you donít try. And you wonít start tomorrow if you wonít start today.
2. Donít deprive yourself. Donít starve yourself. This has to be long term habits. Life long. Iím not giving up the cookies because I WANT the cookies. What happens when you give something up? Eventually you eat it again. And the weight comes back. Or when you quit your ďdietĒ. The weight comes back.
3. Which leads me to portion control. You want those chips, huh? Eat less of them. I know, itís harder than it sounds, but TRY.
4. Hubby put our junk food in the cabinet above the fridge. Out of siteÖ Nope. Still in mind. But harder to access. We have to stand on a chair and stretch over the fridge. I swear it works.
5. Donít eat mindlessly. Pay attention to what, and more important HOW MUCH, youíre putting in your mouth.
6. COUNT YOUR CALORIES. Even if just for a while. Itís an eye opener. I SWEAR IT. I was resistant at first. Once I started? The weight came off.
7. Fill up half of your plate with fruits and veggies. EVERY meal. One fourth should be protein, one fourth should be carbs, and the other HALF should be fruits and veggies. It's a pretty great rule of thumb.
8. Don't forget to reward yourself and motivate yourself for your hard work!!
9. My favorite is buying clothes that are a size or two too small. I have them hanging in a special section in my closet and I try them on every once in awhile. I look forward to being able to wear those clothes and it motivates me. And when I can fit into them, it feels so good and is a good reward. Some times it's not even new clothes, but clothes that haven't fit for awhile.
10. Cardio AND Strength Training!
11. Strength Training AND Cardio! (Get it?)
12. You cannot do this right without strength training! I read somewhere that if you lose weight without strength training and toning up, youíre just creating a smaller replica of your former body. You need to tone tone tone if you want your body to change
13. Mix it up! Donít do the same old boring stuff all the time. Your body will get used to it and your progress will slow or halt. Also? Itís good on your mind to change it up, as well. It keeps you interested and engaged in this process. It keeps you here Ė doing it.
14. TELL people what youíre doing. You need encouragement. You need cheerleaders.
15. Find someone to workout with! Or to meal plan with! Something! I had a streak going to awhile to try and find someone to go to the gym with my daily. It kept me going! I was accountable to someone else and HAD to show up. Plus? Someone to talk to. WAY more fun.
16. Try something new. Youíll surprise yourself. I sure did. Repeatedly.
17. Listen to your body. Itíll tell you when you need a day of rest, etc. Our bodies are smarter than we give them credit.
18. Half the battle is mental, so don't forget to nurture yourself mentally as well, whatever that might be for you.
19. Push yourself. You need to sweat some times and you need to challenge your muscles and your body.
20. Take lots of pictures during your journey. So many times I feel like I haven't made any progress until I start looking at pictures.
21. Make a list of reasons for wanting to do this. Big and small. Things are that positive life altering and those selfish, petty things too.
Stay tuned for part three... the good stuff.
(Pictures from pinterest.com)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
One year with Spark. Wowzers. Iím so thankful this website exists. Iím so thankful I finally had my Wake Up Moment last January. Iím so proud of myself for sticking with this. Here I am, one year later and fifty pounds lighter.
I remember sitting in my basement surfing the internet when I came across a link that someone had posted on Facebook. It was an interview from the Today Show on WCIU featuring the cover girls from the January 2011 Half Their Size Issue of People Magazine.
I was sucked in. These women had amazing bodies. Impossible, I thought. No way I could do that. No way I could lose even ten pounds! But I watched in awe. And envy. And then I watched the bonus clip. Where both women talked about how doable weight loss is if itís done the right way and with some dedication and determination. Where one woman talked about finding SparkPeople and the success it helped her achieve (Spark user spchristinac). So to SparkPeople I ventured. I started reading article after article about eating right and exercising, browsing, slowly realizing that this was something that I could do. I read and I read and I read and then I stood up and announced I was going to the gym. I got puzzled looks from my husband and his friend, as it was 9 or 10pm, but I had decided if I was going to do this, I needed to start TODAY. There had been too many tomorrows gone by. Too many promises and resolutions not kept. Too many smaller clothes sitting in my closet with the tags on them because I had promised myself I would lose 20 pounds and make them fit, only to put it in my closet and never change a single darn habit.
I decided I wanted to make a change and I wanted to make it NOW because there's no time like the present. I want to enjoy my youth while I can. I want to live a long and healthy life. Really, I was "sparked" just by seeing others' success.
From the first time I logged onto SparkPeople, I started readying articles, tips, what other people found successful. I browsed the motivational pages because I needed constant reminding that normal people like me were doing this. I knew that I had to start small and make small, easy changes. I started counting calories, staying within the range suggested by SP, and also exercising to the best of my ability.
At that point, my husband and I had had a gym membership for about a year, but only used it a couple times a month, if that. We weren't serious about it. In fact, I honestly can't tell you want sparked me to join in the first place. I don't think I had serious thoughts of weight loss on the brain, because I didn't think it was even a possibility for myself. (I asked Hubby if he remembered why we joined. He tells me that we joined because of his job at a mental institution, where he had to physically restrain teenagers and adults on a daily basis.)
So January 25, 2011 I stood up and went to the gym, where I spent a couple months glued to the elliptical. Our friend, Erin, and her personal trainer boyfriend went to the same gym. So I was lucky enough to have someone to show me how to work the weight machines and offer advice in support. I never ever would have touched one of those machines on my own. Theyíre scary, right? But now I can tell you, theyíre not! Just try it out! Most of them have pictures on the side to help you out. Pictures are fun, right?
I canít tell you how long weíd had our gym membership (1 year? 2?) before I stepped onto a treadmill. I was terrified of falling off and looking stupid. Hubby finally convinced me to walk next to him on when. You bet your Bottom Dollar I clipped that safety cord to my shirt like a nerd. But you do what you gotta do and I did. Now? No safety cord for me. In fact, Iíve ran on that hamster wheel now! Thrice!
Thatís another thing. Iím thankful for my roommate. Sheís been pushing me along on this journey as well. Sheís been a great workout buddy. Motivator. Pusher.
She. Made. Me. Run. (Details in my blog ďIím Running WTHĒ We ran at the park Ėat dusk Ė when no one could see me. Then we ran behind our neighborhood Ė where no one could see me. Then we ran on a track - where people could see me. THEN I ran on a treadmill Ė in front of a window.
Yeah. Iíd say Iíve conquered fears. Iíve done things I never thought I could do. Itís pretty awesome. And I canít wait to see what next year brings. What new fears will I conquer? What other impossibly things will I do? How much more will I lose?
I could go on and on. But then who would read this if it was a novel? I wouldnít. Basically, youíve heard it a million times over on this website. ITíS WORTH IT. JUST GET UP AND DO IT. NOW. NO, SERIOUSLY, NOW. Tomorrow doesnít work. Iíve tried. Tomorrow comes and you say ďTomorrow. For sure. I *promise*Ē
ITíS WORTH IT. DO IT NOW.
See Part Two my tips and tricks
(all pictures from pinterest.com)
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