Sunday, November 09, 2008
Okay... I must begin by saying this is NOT how I dress everyday! With that said, let me explain. I am a teacher and last week was spirit week. remember spirit week? Each day you wear something different to school. We had college day, green and white day (our school colors), career day, and favorite character day. Well this day was retro day. I could not pass up any opportunity to dress up like the 80s again. Yes, I wore clothes just like this more than 20 years ago. But I was a tween and I was a stick! I am definitely not the size I once was.
Well, to make a long story even longer... I posted this and many other pictures onto my Facebook page. I knew my friends would get a laugh as I did. One friend in particular made a comment that stuck with me. I had the caption "I was wayyyy thinner in the 80s" and he said "smiles still the same, though". Sweet, right? Meant as a compliment, no? But I saw the "though" and immediately the track that played in my head screamed "YES, YOU ARE A HEFFER AND I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT. BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW YOUR SMILE CAN'T GET FAT... THAT IS STILL PRETTY. HOLD ONTO THAT WITH EVERY LAST SHRED OF HOPE YOU HAVE!"
Knowing this friend as I do, I know he was not thinking what my head was screaming... but it still resonated just the same. But maybe that was the kick in the butt I needed. Today I exercised for the first time in months. I even ran! I have a long way to go. But I have no long term goals... not even any short term goals right now other than to get started. So today is day one. On your mark, get set, go!!
Friday, August 01, 2008
In my most recent blog, I spoke of what was working for me. I had lost 3 pounds in one week by exercising 60 minutes a day and eating mini meals (staying within my calorie range) throughout the day. I was elated to discover the next day to have lost another 2 pounds. And now... despite the fact that I am continuing as I had I am up 3 pounds! 3!!! Not 1 pound or 1/2... 3 POUNDS! I am so disappointed! I am still exercising 60 minutes a day. How can this be happening?! I was not thinking I would lose 3 pounds every week. I thought I would lose a bit and maintain a bit, and so on. Never had I thought I would gain a pound each day since Tuesday! I am not exercising today. I am too sore... and depressed. I am still taking tomorrow off as well. I'll resume exercises Sunday. I will, however, continue my mini meals during that time. Maybe my muscles just need a rest. Anyone out there know what I am going through? Can you shed some light on the topic?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Last week, I had just arrived home from a week at Disney World. I weighed in on Monday at 185 (which, thankfully, was only up 1 lb despite eating well on vacation). I thought I could easily get back on track, but spent most of Monday overeating.
Tuesday morning I awoke to a spark people article on the benefits of eating mini meals throughout the day. I was inspired to give it a try. Beginning that very day, I started eating 4-5 mini meals a day. I continued all week (with Saturday as my "cheat day") maintaining 1400-1600 calories each day.
I also decided to step up my A game. I read in a different article that to maintain weight 30 minutes of cardio a day is recommended. To LOSe weight, I should be shooting for 60 minutes a day. I decided to begin that Tuesday as well (again, Saturday was my day off). I walked, jogged, rode my stationery bike, did crunches, and stretched all week for no less than 50 minutes.
Well, today is my first report. Something in there is working! I did not over eat all week. I remained truly satisfied throughout the day. I was energized from really good, sweaty workouts each morning. And today I weighed in 3 lbs lighter!!!!
I am not going to change a thing this week. I am continuing mini meals and 60 minute workouts (I may increase my number of reps in my crunches). I am keeping my mind open and focused. Bring on week two!
Monday, June 16, 2008
I am so glad it is summer! Today was my first official day of vacation (and unfortunately I have a week of bible school). I got up early and ran with C25K. It nearly kicked my butt! I did really well with my eating... I was completely in my calorie range (even on the low side... and I am not even hungry!).
I weighed this morning and intend to weigh in every morning for at least this first week. I need the motivation. I will get up and walk each day (I can only C25K every other day). Next week, I will alternate C25K and working out with Jillian. That way I can sleep in some mornings. Kenny goes out of town for part of that week, so I better C25K while I can!
We are getting a pool! The pool guys come on Wed. to install (it is above ground) and I will be able to add swimming to my workout a few days after that! Woo hoo!
I am very excited to be home for summer. I feel rejuvenated. I have logged on, kept track of my food, and even earned over 50 points today. I lost nearly 30 pounds last summer. I gained back only 10. If I could lose 30 pounds again this summer I will be less that 5 pounds from my goal. I'm ready! LET"S GO!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
This picture was taken in 1994 about 6 months before my hubby and I got married. I was a size 6. A lot of time has passed. 2 kids and some bad eating habits have put me where I am now. But I have made some copies of this picture to take around with me for inspiration. I have no delusions of grandeur that I will look that young and thin again. I've had kids! Things have spread and falled and sagged. But I know that I can be thin again. I can feel as great as I felt then. I can even feel and look BETTER! So here is my inspiration. See it, study it, learn it... you'll be seeing it again in person soon.
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