Monday, February 03, 2014
It's getting easier. The exercise plan and sticking to it. Now, don't go crazy and think I love it or anything like that. I really don't. But, seeing the weight drop when I step on the scale, having more energy overall and sleeping well almost every night... I am very happy about the benefits.
I am looking at a 5K on March 8th, but am not sure I can be in good enough shape to run the entire race. I've added from Couch to 5K as an app on my phone. I really like the exercise apps Zombies! Run! and FitStar. I need 8 weeks to prep for the 5K with the app, but I'm not exactly a couch potato any more. I'm definitely going to sign up for the run. It looks like fun and I can bring one of the hyper dogs to keep me company. Can you believe I just said a 5K looks like fun??
Monday, January 20, 2014
I definitely took a vacation from my healthy lifestyle during the holidays. I had a lot of great excuses not to exercise or track my food or even check in with SparkCoach. When January rolled around, my clothes were tight, my tummy looked like a ball and my energy level was down.
I stepped on the scale at one point and I had gained weight. It had been a hard fight to lose those pounds the first time around! I was disappointed, but oddly enough, I wasn't discouraged. My coworker, who began her trek back to healthy several months before I did, calmly told me "You got this. You know what to do, so just do it!"
I got back into the habit of tracking my food everyday, which is a huge help to me. I adjusted my caloric intake and my fitness goals to a more realistic number. The lower calorie goal has really done the trick and the pounds seem to be melting off. I am two pounds away from where I was before the holidays.
I am exercising regularly again and have finally pushed myself to do some type of activity, even if I have an injury or illness. For extra motivation, I joined an exercise/weight loss challenge, the 2014 Winter 5% Challenge. The ladies participating in the challenge are awesome! I am part of a wonderful and engaging team - it is incredibly encouraging and motivating to have a shared goal and support one another.
As I look at the calendar and see it is nearly 4 weeks into the New Year, I am happy to say 2014 is shaping up to be a great year!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I am very excited to have joined the Winter 5% Challenge!!
My Exercise Plan:
1. Strength Training: 15-20 minutes per day/2x per -- week Sun/Fri
2. Cardio: Treadmill 30 minutes per day/4x per week -- M/T/W/TH
3. Cardio (Activity): 10 minutes minimum -- Walking, Wii Sports, Snow Shoveling (Ugh!), M-Sat and/or as needed
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
A hectic schedule caught up with me last week and I didn't log my calories or exercise for a good 4 days. I didn't think I went overboard with food and I still worked out, but it really does help to see exactly what I am eating and how much I've burned so I can adjust my meals to accommodate my goals. Without logging, I'm certain I think I'm eating less than I actually am. I need that visual to hold myself accountable.
However, the good habits I've developed by sticking with the program and learning about nutrition helped me stay on track with my goals, despite not checking in with Sparkpeople.
When I got on the scale, it had some sort of malfunction because the numbers were 15 pounds less than my last weigh in. I did a double take and yelled "No way! There's something wrong here!" Sure enough, the scale had something stuck under it that was throwing off the weight. Once I fixed it, I stepped on the scale this morning and I had not gained any weight. I hadn't lost any either, so I will need to step up my exercise game to burn more calories. I need to see some more pounds drop and I want to see the number my malfunctioning scale read to be my reality!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I have been so down the last few days. Perhaps it was the stressful week at work. Or, it could have been fitting in my son's concert and the extra practices he had to attend. Maybe it is the headache I haven't been able to shake for several days, related to a sinus infection. My husband's birthday was also this week. I don't know exactly what happened, but I felt terrible - stressed, forgetful, short-tempered and unmotivated. Have I really not mopped the damn floors in over a week? UGH!!
I did not have a good week with my diet or exercise plans. Most of the week was fine and even though I hadn't exercised much, I had watched what I ate closely. I didn't even partake of the birthday treats we had to celebrate. Thursday was the concert and my son did so well, we celebrated with ice cream. It was accounted for and fit in my calories for the day, but it just didn't feel right.
Friday, I went overboard on food again. I fit it in to my calories, but I felt guilty and overly self-indulgent. I ate until I was overly full and that didn't feel good at all.
Saturday was even worse. I could not stop eating. My subconscious threw up her hands and said, "Well, you've totally blown it now. Why don't you just completely implode?" I know, deep down, I was trying to comfort myself. I only ended up feeling worse. I recognized what I was doing, but felt helpless to regain control and stop myself from making it worse.
I stopped only when I looked at my calorie differential report on Sparkpeople. It was a positive number on Saturday for the first time in a long time. I had to ask myself, did I really want to undo all the progress I had made? It has been hard work to get to this point and my journey isn't over. Did I really want to go back to being overweight and unhealthy?
That helped me gain perspective again and see how damaging my out of control behavior can be. I didn't forgive myself, so I continued to sabotage myself. It is okay to make mistakes. Move on and make the next choice a good one!
Today's lesson from SparkCoach could not have come at a better time. It was about perfectionism and falling victim to an "all or nothing" attitude. I absolutely experienced that. I lost my motivation, my self-control and discipline. I didn't use the resources available to me here when I started to feel lost. I threw in the towel, beat myself up and it took a while for me to find my way back to rational thinking.
I am still out of sorts today, but blogging about it has certainly helped. I finally mopped the damn floors. TWICE! We went out to eat before going to the market. I made healthy choices and enjoyed my food. We went shopping for a new winter coat for my son and I bought a new outfit so I have clothes that actually fit well. After all, I have lost two pants sizes and darn if that doesn't feel great!
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