Sunday, November 23, 2014
At a friend/family celebration this morning, I saw some friends who I love dearly, but don't get to see very often. They give me big hugs and love right back, and it just feels wonderful to catch up with friends who you feel so close to.
They all look great, and to them, I probably look about the same, but I don't feel that way. Instead of feeling down or depressed about it, I have the attitude of if they can make good choices to be and stay in good shape, then there's no reason I can't do the same. I will see most of them at another gathering at the end of December. I can't move mountains in a short four weeks, but I can for sure make a difference, even if just a small beginning of one, in that amount of time. That's what I'm going to use to motivate me for this short period of time.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
There are many times when I have been successful with getting into really good shape. When I got there, I don't think I appreciated my accomplishments and how challenging it is. I mean, I know that I had struggles getting there, but I got there and still wasn't satisfied, and I didn't appreciate how strong and healthy I was. I've gained about 10 pounds in the last few months. Interestingly, I did the same thing last year. I did take it all off and then some, but this is not a healthy cycle to be in.
I am committed to getting back into shape and better health, and I definitely don't want to start when I'm even heavier than I am now.
So, I know that I will continue to have ups and downs, but I will check into SP every day, spin the wheel and be honest about how I'm doing.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
It's been an up and down ride so far on this streak. Yesterday was a reasonable day because I was out of the house for most of it at an off site meeting. I work from home, and I think that while there are benefits to that, it's not so great for my time management which sometimes means sitting and eating more than I need at lunch. Today I am going to try packing my lunch, and taking my computer to a local restaurant that has WIFI and see if I am more productive there. My other challenging time is when I'm preparing dinner and I start to pick at food. And then there's after dinner too.
I know that logging my food along with following the main tenets of NoS have helped in the past, so that's what I'm striving to do now consistently.
Monday, July 28, 2014
The title of my last blog referred to coming back to SP as being 'scary' after lots of activity, and then taking a long SP break.
This time is different. I have been away from home for about 5 weeks. I was working at a sleep away summer camp and worked on swim staff. I had best intentions on taking the NoS lifestyle and SP with me, but that just didn't happen, and it's ok. I did my best with food, esp since I wasn't cooking for myself and was eating camp food. That part wasn't super bad. The challenging part was all the 'junk' that was down at the waterfront bc of my younger co-workers and camp treats that were kept all around.
Beyond all the walking I did around camp, and some swimming of my own (not as much as you might think), I really didn't do too much working out. What I did do was sleep really well, and enjoy lots of alone time. That's a luxury I don't have being a wife, a mom of 3 boys and a marketing professional. I savored being in my cabin by myself at night. It was a different way to 'be good' to myself.
That being said, this is the first time I've left camp having not lost weight. I pretty much stayed the same, but lost muscle. We did go to the beach for a week after camp, and I definitely went a bit over board there w food etc. BUT we're home now, not too much 'damage done', and I'm ready to get back on track with the methods and tools I know work for me to feel healthy and strong. That's why I chose to get back on SP today and not wait.
It might take a little while to get back into the swing of things, but my intent is to start another 21 day NoS streak. That's a tool that seems to work for me every time.
I hope everyone here is having a good summer, and finding ways to find times for themselves as well.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
After a months long break from Sparkpeople, I've decided to recommit myself to using and checking back in with this great resource daily again.
The overwhelming feeling that is going along with this decision is...scary.
I think the main reason I needed to take some time away from my active participation was that I kept starting and stopping and starting and stopping and I needed to break the cycle and try something else. Well, while I've always kept NoS in the back of my mind, the 'something else' mainly became more 'nothing' than something.
I guess the good news is that in the grand scheme of things I've stayed in the general range of health as I was back when I last posted. But, my 'nothing' isn't working so well, and I've backslides a bit and therefore haven't progressed towards my goals.
It was a rough winter on a number of fronts, and the cold, snowy weather that went on and on and on, didn't help things much.
I wish I had been more consistent with food and exercise choices, but I can't go back. I can only go forward. So, here I am.
I find myself in a destructive cycle often these days. I want to feel and look more healthy, fit and trim. I recommit every morning and by mid afternoon, my goals are forgotten. I will say that I haven't had a full out 'binge' in quite awhile. I think at this point for me, it's the small tweaks to this and that that I find to be the most challenging part to stick to.
The other cycle that affects me greatly is my sleep cycle. If I don't sleep well, then the probability of me working out the next day is super low. I need to workout not only for physical reasons, but also emotional and mental reasons. It keeps me focused and balanced. I was swimming regularly for awhile but unless I get up at 5:30 to get to the pool at 6am, I don't go.
I have tried a few classes at my gym lately. I took a boot camp type class, and while I wasn't a major straggler, I was at the back of the pack and at one point felt dizzy, but I pushed through a completed the workout. I felt accomplished by finishing that, but I think I need to work my way up to that intensity.
This summer, I'm going back on waterfront staff at my kids' sleep away camp. I have just over a month before it begins. I've wasted so much time and wish I could've made better choices to feel better about myself physically than I do right now. A month isn't much time to make a big difference, but it doesn't mean I couldn't make some.
It's a big step for me to come back to SP. However, I have to take the first step before I can take the second and third and so on as I begin to use the helpful tools and resources, including reconnecting with many of you.
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