Friday, August 01, 2014
I don't know how long I will keep this up, but since my spark was reignited by the memory of this beautiful dress fitting perfectly, I've decided to put up a picture of me in it on the first of every month. I just thought it would be a decent way to keep up with my progress. Here's the picture for August 1. I started trying to lose weight about two weeks ago, and have had some decent progress, but the last time I wore this dress two years ago I was twenty pounds lighter! I don't know how long it will take to lose all that, but maybe next spring I will be able to wear it with confidence! (And buttoned all the way.)
Thursday, July 31, 2014
I am currently doing Jillian Michael's One Week Shred workout video. I hadn't worked out for a year, and wanted to jumpstart my weight loss. This video has been very effective so far. It is structured so you work out for 30 minutes twice a day - a morning strength routine using 3 pound weights (or up to 8), and an evening cardio routine. Both videos fly by and keep you moving the entire time. They work your full body, and I find after each I am sore, but not so sore I can't move. There are many modifications, so even though I am doing the same thing for seven days, since I didn't start as an expert, each day feels different. The exercises I couldn't do on day one I can do in modified form now that I am on day 5, and those I had to modify on day 1, I am able to do in full now. These levels of modification add variety to a workout that could become mundane. I have lost 3 pounds since starting. So far, it has been a positive experience and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to change up their workout routine or jump start a healthy kick.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
I have a memory from the last time I was really doing well Sparking. My husband and I had earned a date night, and my mother had sent me a dress that was beautiful lace about a month prior (this was about two years ago). The dress closed up the front with a hook closure, and a month prior it gaped open around my belly where I carry extra weight. I had been working out, eating right, and tracking my meals. I wasn't drinking much soda. And on that night when I looked in my closet and felt like I had nothing to wear, I tried on that dress one more time and it fit beautifully. Everyone complimented me in it, and I felt truly beautiful. I was about 133 pounds then, and on track to head toward my goal of 127...
So why I am I sitting here at 156 two years later? Because some point along the way, I became focused on other things. Every few months when I was deciding between going to the gym or being home, I had a reason to stay at home. (To spend quality time with husband, to finish the laundry, to paint the house). When it came to food, I gradually went back to drinking 60 ounces of Dr. Pepper a day because that is my habit, and it is easier than really using my mind to think about what would satisfy my nutritional needs and not merely my hunger. It's no surprise I became tired, which made it even harder to think about making positive changes.
This summer, while the children were at home for the summer, I was doing it again. I was fantasizing about when they would go back to school and I could finally get back on track. Then I remembered that wonderful memory and thought, is there any reason why I truly can't start now? And, there wasn't. So back to being mindful about what I eat. I also bought a few exercise videos and to my surprise since they are only 30 minutes the kids allow me the space to do them every day without fighting or interrupting. As a matter of fact, they like to do them with me and show off what they have learned in PE. The benefit of this wonderful week? Every day when I put my youngest down for nap and I lay down thinking I am going to pass out from being tired (I mean, I'm working out twice a day and cut out so much caffeine and sugar this week), I find that I can't rest. I don't want to. Which leaves me with a question - how can I use this time today?
I guess that is the wonderful thing about falling off the wagon. I am a stronger person for having tried in the past. This week hasn't felt like deprivation as it did in the past. My body recognizes the sugar shift and the increase in healthy foods and responds with joy intuitively. That is something to be thankful for.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
I hadn't ever heard that term until I started reading the blogs of fellow sparkers. I like the concept! And, well, since I am really not having any scale victories at the moment, here are a few NSV's, as they are known:)
I have exercised every day so far this week - enough to break a sweat.
I have stayed within my calorie range every day so far this week.
I have energy and don't feel crazy hungry or tired - I think my food choices have been decent if not perfect.
So rolling into the weekend, I am feeling pretty good about a week with no weight loss.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Today I listened to a Spark Radio program about the worst habits of Americans, and how to change a bad habit. They suggested writing down everything you have to gain by giving up your bad habit, and everything you have to lose by giving up your bad habit. By focusing mentally on what the deal is really about, you can train your mind to see the value in giving up a short term pleasure for a long term goal. That made sense to me. Like, you can ignore all kinds of things that you really want and forget about them moment to moment. To strive toward something you want to attain, you really have to want it enough. It has to be a top priority.
My bad habit is drinking a lot of soda every day, and pretty much every day I really want to. I thought it sounded like a good exercise for me to go through, so here you go:
Things I have to gain by putting down the Dr. Pepper can:
-fitting into my wedding dress by June for our ten year anniversary
-Confidence that I can do the things I put my mind to
-a positive influence on my kids eating habits by example - more is caught than taught
-living a life that is free of vices - this is really the only thing that makes me feel jittery and out of control if I don't have it.
-room in my diet for truly filling, delicious, nutrition-rich foods
-stable blood sugar, and hopefully with that - more stable emotions/overall mood
Things I have to lose by putting down the Dr. Pepper can:
-At least 10 pounds
-The flubbery stuff that hangs over my undies:)
-a risk factor for things like diabetes and heart disease
-guilt about a bad habit that my kids and husband tease me about
I might add to this list some more later, but I think it was a good exercise.
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