Tuesday, November 02, 2010
When my alarm went off this morning, I felt a certain chill in the air. I hit that snooze button and retreated deep into my three blankets. When that alarm went off again, something was nagging me. It was my clothes. They were sitting outside my door. They were waiting for me. They were saying, “we’ll make sure you’re not too cold”. You see, I had thought this through last night. I figured it would be cold out, so I set out warm clothes. I also knew I would be getting up early, so I went to bed early. Basically, I thought of every excuse that would keep me in bed and I prepared for them.
So, I went downstairs and felt my jaw shaking from the cold. I clicked the heat a bit higher and fired up the Wii Fit. I used a few of those exercises as a warm up. Did an exercise, got my pants on. Did another exercise, got my long sleeve shirt on. Did another exercise, got my shoes on. I was nice and warm and ready to go.
I busted out the door and down the street. Holy cow…it is cold out! I turned around. Not kidding, I literally turned around and said I’ll do some exercises inside. However, something in me said I needed to quit being a wuss and turn around again. I’m out here, just do it. Well, not only did I do it, but I went an extra mile. I got a nice 4 mile run/jog in this morning. I started off fast because I wanted to warm up quickly. This ended up putting me a bit faster than I had been running! So, it all worked out for the good.
Now to pass along a song that is stuck in my head. I don’t run with headphones (right now at least), but I have this song stuck in my head. It is Hella Good from No Doubt. The best quote from the song is “You've got me feeling hella good, so lets just keep on dancing”. Singing this song in my head allows me to take liberty with the lyrics, which I’ve changed to, “I’m feeling hella good, so I’m going to keep on moving”. That is my goal today, to keep moving. A walk during break and another walk during lunch.
Have a great day everyone! Hope you’re feeling hella good and going to keep on Sparking!
Monday, November 01, 2010
Hi everyone! Ok, let those stones fly, I’ve been bad! I haven’t been posting a blog for several days now. I know, I know…I said I was done being busy now that the parents have left. However, I lied. Sorry…. Last week was a crazy week at work with the end of the year stuff going on. This weekend we had my in-laws around. Thankfully, despite how busy I’ve been, I’ve been tracking my food and exercise. I’m hoping I’ll be receiving the “perfect attendance” trophy from spark soon too. I’ve been spinning that wheel faithfully.
So, I need to make a resolution, to keep blogging! Thanks to a few wonderful friends, I’ve been asked “what’s going on?” And to this, I say, “thank you!”. You all are so wonderful. Words cannot describe how wonderful you all are. Really, you all mean the world to me. Because of the care we all provide each other on this site, so many people gather motivation. It is a great feeling to know that if I am not myself, someone will write me. Someone will check to make sure I’m on point. And to this, I need to be better. I’ve met some great people here and I cherish each of you. I want to make more of an effort to check in on you all and enjoy this journey together.
On the busy note, I need to make a new resolution: more sleep. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy. More sleep? Didn’t I just say I was busy? Well, check out this quote I got in one of my spark mails:
“Sleep is a generous thief; he gives to vigor what he takes from time.” Elizabeth, Queen of Romania
While I’m still losing weight, I’ve noticed my progress has been bumpy. Not only that, but my work has gotten a little sloppy. When I was well rested, I would whip stuff out in quick time. I tested this theory today a bit. I had so much to do at work, that I thought I needed to come in early. Instead, I slept more. Believe it or not, I think I got more work done today than I got done in previous attempts at coming in early. Sure, I would get a few things done in the morning, but then I would knock out toward the afternoon. Today, I went strong for the entire day. Weird, huh?
So…sleep and friends. My latest reaffirmations. Thanks again for all the wonderful support you all have provided me. This journey wouldn’t be the same without it.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sorry I have been a little absent lately. My wonderful parents are visiting from out of town and we've been having a blast. I actually have been craving my blog. it has become a daily habit and I really have missed it. But, don't worry, I have been tracking ALL of my food and my exercise. Even though I've been busy with little computer access, i still have been keeping track. More about that later.
Thanks again to all you awesome and lovely people who have wished me well while I was sick. I'm still hacking a bit, but I'm getting better. I wish to thank each of you individually, but I was just down for the count. You all mean the world to me. Truly.
As I continue to embark on my healthier lifestyle, I keep trying to think back to my previous attempts. What stopped me? What tripped me up? If I can think of the things that destroyed me before, i might be able to prevent or develop a contingency plan for them now. Years ago, I had lost about 70-80 pounds through Weight Watchers. Obviously I didn't just gain that back, plus 20 or so pounds, in one night. It had to be a slippery slope set of events.
Here is a close picture to what I looked like after one weight loss attempt:
Then, a year or so later, this happened:
There are a few things that I did. One, and probably the BIGGEST reason I gained, was I stopped tracking my food. I thought i had a handle on what portions were and how much I was putting in my body. Two, I thought I could eat more because I was exercising more. If I wasn't logging, then calories in could easily be more than calories out. Third, I stopped exercising as much. Life changed and so did my routine. Fourth, my diet wasn't solidly grounded. Being on Weight Watchers, I was looking for just low point food. This could be frozen "health" meals, or other packaged "diet" food. I didn't actually track calories, protein, fat, carbs, sodium, etc. So when I hit real life situations (birthday parties, eating out, etc.) I didn't always pick the right foods.
One thing I remember was visiting my parents in San Francisco. This was at near my lowest weight. We met my uncle, who was really healthy. He went bike riding, played tennis, and loved eating stewed tomatoes and berries. I thought, how weird. This is coming from a person that had just lost 80 pounds.
We would eat out a lot there and I would consume a lot of bad food. Didn't eat fruits and veggies, ate junk food, and didn't track. I also didn't exercise while I was there. That was my lowest weight and it was soon to be the start of my gain.
Fast forward to today. My parents are in town and we're eating out almost every meal. I'm not going to lie, I haven't been 100% perfect. However....thanks to the habits SparkPeople has taught me, I think I'm doing pretty well. Yesterday, I knew we would be busy, so i went fora 4 mile jog/run. Overall, with that and other activity, I burned over 1,000 calories. I am about 40 days into my eating 5 fruits/veggies streak. I have also logged all my food and activity. Have I gone over my calories? Yes. Am I aware of what I have been doing? Yes. Am I making changes accordingly? Absolutely.
Thanks to spark, I have learned so much. I can now apply these lessons to real life and hope to incorporate life long changes. This is where it all comes down to. This is where it counts!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Hi everyone, thanks for all the supportive messages yesterday while I was not feeling good. I got some great advice about getting rest, fluids, and soup. Did all of the above. I feel much better today. Still a little out of it, but still much better.
After work today, we went to a pumpkin farm with the kids. Here are a couple of pictures:
My son and the pumpkins
My daughter pulling me to the next fun area
We had a lot of fun. It was amazing how much more fun it was this time than when we went a few years back. Yeah, the kids are older, but I'm talking about my attitude in general. I feel so much more alive. I ran with them and picked them up and had FUN. It is amazing the amount of energy that I have just by losing weight and eating right. I still need to improve my sleep habits, but I'm getting there.
Because I slept in a bit today, I got in some dancing and running tonight. So it is getting late, but I just wanted to say hi and post the pictures. Have a great night. Can't wait to talk to you all tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
This cold is kicking my butt. I have eaten well, got lots of exercise, and now I can barely speak. lol I'm going to try a few light exercises and call it a night. Hopefully I'll be back to my chatty self tomorrow.
Take care my spark friends. Keep sparking it up.
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