Thursday, January 02, 2014
I spent the 'year' working on my body. It was really bouts of fitness coupled with better, but not great, eating habits. I am rededicating this year with the best attitude I've had yet. I did well! I could have done a lot better, but I didn't gain ANYTHING back. That to me, is the biggest victory. I lost around 20 pounds, and I have a little to go (10?15?) - so I'm determined to do that and work on strength training. 50 pushups is goal one (i have a VERY weak upper body, so I am a ways away from this). Another goal which I get all year for is running a 5k. I have tried before, and it just hasn't worked. I'm not built to run so this is a very tough challenge. My asthma really works against me - and I have accepted that this is going to be the toughest challenge I'll see physically. All that said - I will be back here periodically - updating, changing and recreating my goals alongside my body. So as to keep with this year's photo journal - here is Jan 1, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
I would really like to get into the 130s before November. I have a little adventure planned Ė and it seems like a good and reasonable goal by early November. It gives me just about 7 weeks (before I leave) to lose approximately 7 pounds.
Mostly I set this weight goal to rededicate myself to exercise. I havenít been doing anything lately Ė and I feel tired all the time. I am positive they are related, I just donít know which is causing the other. Iím hoping itís the lack of activity Ė and that I can kick it in the butt these next couple of weeks.
So my point here is to more closely monitor what I am eating, and see how it relates to energy and productivity.
I have laid out my food intake for the day already. Hopefully I stick with it.
NowÖ for that exercise planÖ.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
January 1, 2013 - January 1, 2014 to get a healthy, fit body. The most important thing I've discovered about myself that benefits this process is that my dedication wavers most during the heat. The best progress I've made has been in cooler weather - so I'm hoping these last four months will get me where I want to be.
I've been keeping a photo diary of this process as a way to motivate myself when the scale fails me. I have a lOOOONG way to go - but I can see I've come a long way. I recommend this method to EVERYONE. Jan 1st and August 1st... way more to go!
Friday, July 26, 2013
I was feeling so much better when I was getting to the gym 4-5 days a week. Iím not really sure what happened Ė but I just feel like I have almost no time to get over there (which I know is an excuse).
My plan is to clean up house (literally and figuratively) this weekend. I am going to scope out new gyms (mine is closing), get my stuff organized again (Iím going crazy) and make a schedule I can really stick with (which might mean cutting out some fun time ). I really want to plow through the rest of the 140s, and never look back.
When I started, my goals were too ambitious. Two pounds a week Ė never going to happen. I have to be happy with my 3-4 pounds a month max that my body is capable of. If I behave Ė eat well, get to the gym at least 4 times a week Ė I can lose weight Ė I have to get back on track is all.
This is the first time that Iíve lost weight in my life in a healthy way (first time Iíve dropped this low too Ė coincidence? I think not). I really donít think I am going to put it back on (unless I go completely off the rail) because I really do have healthier habits these days, I just really need that gym thing to become one as well.
To continue in this random rambling Ė the good stuff.
Iíve lost 30 pounds from my high point (approximately 20 since the start of the year).
My knee feels great! Itís not perfect, but losing that weight has made a huge impact on the pain. Anyone with joint issues and extra weight Ė itís worth the struggles.
My clothes are all too big! I had to buy a couple pairs of pants and a few shirts to get by at work. Iím hoping to drop another pants size Ė but hey, this is good too!
I eat healthier. Ya, itís not perfect. I still eat a bit of junk, and Iím definitely bad about my veggies Ė but I really do watch what I eat. I make sure Iím getting the fiber and protein I need Ė watching fat and carbs to stay in a healthy range, etc.
I feel better. Even though Iím not sticking to everything Ė I have more energy (most of the time) and a LOT more stamina. That might be the biggest change Iíve noticed, actually. I donít lean on things, I donít sit all the time, I donít ask for anyone to hand me anything. Those probably seem silly Ė but it really is evidence of it.
Well I should really get back to the grind.
My decision for the day?
Make that Ďgoodí list longer!
Monday, July 01, 2013
I wrote up a schedule for this month Ė Iím hoping if I hang it a few places (desk, mirror, door) Iíll remember I NEED to stick with it. I need to stop thinking the exercise is optional Ė if Iím tired/sore/busy I can skip it. Thatís simply not true.
My vacation is next month Ė and I did make a deal with myself at the beginning of this year (approximately 20 pounds ago). If I wasnít at a healthy weight by the start of vacation, I wasnít allowed to go. Iíve already paid for it, taken the time, and committed to my company, so darn it Iím going. I am ~3 pounds away from ďhealthyĒ and I need to make it happen. I have about 5 Ĺ weeks until I leave Ė and I WILL be 145 or less.
I do love reading some of the blogs on here. There are some truly inspirational people Ė and I love and feed off of the changes I see. Itís amazing to me to see someone drop even a size or two Ė because they feel better, more confident Ė etc. Itís amazing to see. I say this because my bitchfest was really just to get a little off my chest. I definitely donít know everything, but it makes me sad when so much information is out there and people still cling to this idea that less XYZ solves weight issues. Oh well.
Iím going to see if I can link my fancy new schedule. Itís not grueling, but it is daily Ė which I really need to get back into. If anyone wants to join me, Iíd love company! Iím pretty pumped about everything except getting up at 6am. I am sooooo not a morning person. Means no more staying up late with bad TV. :(
Thanks for reading the nice(r) blog!
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