Sunday, July 10, 2011
Having a birthday seemed like a good time to reset my goals. I turned 53 on July 8. I've been pretty much in a holding pattern with my weight for quite a long time now, gaining back a little, losing it again, etc. Iíve never quite reached my second goal weight, and it's time to get focused again.
My eating is whatís holding me back. I do eat healthy foods, but the trouble comes when I also eat too much of the unhealthy stuff, which I've been doing more and more of. I don't believe in denying myself foods, but I DO believe that I need to eat those foods a lot more moderately than I have been. I also need to be more mindful of when and why Iím eating.
I have been keeping up with the exercising though, which I guess is why I haven't gained back more than a few pounds. I snow shoed all winter, as well as doing various dvds, and shoveling of course. This spring and summer, Iíve been walking, or walk/jogging, just about every day with the dog. I've been doing more strength training also, and mowing the lawn.
So, as I said, I reset all my goals and Iím keeping it simple. Having too many places to check into, or too many things to track, tends to get overwhelming and frustrating after awhile. I want to spend LESS time on the computer, not more. So for now, Iím simply logging my calories, water and fruits/veggies, and tracking my cardio minutes and strength training. Iíve made my own training schedule, and Iíve got SparkPeopleís nutrition guidelines, so Iíll go from there. I can do this!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Itís been a little over a year since I began my journey to better health here at SparkPeople, and itís time for some changes. Iíve changed my goals and streaks, and updated my page. However, I donít want to forget what came before, so this blog is to preserve what I wrote a year ago on my page, the goals I had, my accomplishments, my streaks and some of my reports. Iím very close to my second goal weight of 120#, and Iíve set a final goal of 115#, but I donít really care how long it takes me. Right now I really need some new challenges and goals to motivate me to continue to eat healthy and exercise daily. If you read through this, thank you. If you donít, itís ok, thereís nothing terribly exciting here, itís mainly so this information doesnít get lost.
This what I wrote in August and November of 2009:
Having recently turned 51, and being rather sporadic about exercise and healthy eating, I've decided the time is now to get serious. I'm hoping SparkPeople, with all the great tools it has to offer, will help keep me motivated.
Nov. 8, 2009 update: It's been 3 months since I joined SP. I joined in August after a scare that landed me in the hospital. It turned out to be nothing serious, but it got me thinking about my health and how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. It motivated me, not necessarily to lose weight (although I needed to drop a few pounds), but to become fit and healthy for the rest of my life. I am on my way to doing that. I've lost 10 pounds so far, which is fine by me. The first month I spent just relearning good eating habits and getting used to tracking my food here. I wanted to lose the weight slowly. I've learned to set goals, small attainable goals, for things other than weight loss. When the scale slows its downward trend, I have other criteria by which I can measure progress. I'm stronger, I sleep better, I have fewer headaches, and when I get them, they're not as bad. I have more stamina, I almost never take an afternoon nap anymore. My tight pants are fitting comfortably, the pants I wore in August are falling down! I've started jogging, something I haven't done in years. I'm not going far or fast, and it's mostly still walking, but it's a start. I'm taking advantage of all SparkPeople has to offer, and all the motivation SparkPeople members have to offer. I also belong to Leslie Sansone's Walk Club, which also has a great group of people who are a constant source of motivation and inspiration. However long, or short, my life may be, I believe I am on my way to making it a healthy, fit life.
These were my goals and my program:
The Ultimate Goal: to be healthy, to feel better, less tired and more energetic, to sleep better, to lessen my headaches hopefully, to be around to see my kids have families of their own.
1)To lose 25 lbs (reach 130 lbs)
met Feb. 2010
2)To reach 120 lbs
3)To lower my cholesterol (right now I can do that with diet/exercise, it's not too high)
don't know, need a checkup in Sep. 2010
4)To fit into some smaller pants
met several times
5)Do 20 modified pushups
met and exceeded
6)Do 2x20 modified pushups
met and exceeded
7)Hold a full plank for 60 seconds
met and exceeded
8)Hold a full plank for 90 seconds
1)Walking, outside or with Leslie Sansone dvds, or doing other cardio, 5-6 days/week, for at least 60 minutes.
2) Strength training at least 3 time/week using various SP videos and my own free weights
3)Stretching daily after every walk to maintain flexibility
4)Drinking at least 64 oz of water daily
5)Eating at least 5 fruits/veggies daily
6)Eating oatmeal at least 5 days a week
7)Having fun! Playing and doing workouts that I enjoy!
8)Tracking food and activity here at SP, to keep myself motivated and honest!
Some of my streaks were:
Exercise for at least 90 minutes a week: 58/58 weeks, 100%
Consume at least 8 cups of water per day: 382/403 days, 95%
Eat at least 5 fruits/veggies per day: 358/396 days, 90%
Walk 10,000 steps per day: 143/199 days, 72%
Walk/run 30 minutes per day: 175/200, 88%
Stretch 10 minutes 1 time per day: 170/200, 85%
Write in your walking/running journal 3 entries 1 time per day: 199/200 days, 100%
Lights out by 1am 7 times per week: 57/58 weeks: 98%
Eat oatmeal for breakfast (or other meal) 5 times per week: 54/56 weeks, 96%
I did some fitness tests, but those results are lost now. I thought I copied them, guess I was wrong. I do know Iíve increased the number of pushups, modified pushups and crunches I can do, as well as how long I can hold a plank position. The step test score is better also, as is my resting heart rate.
So, that in a nutshell is the past yearís journey toward health and fitness. Thank you all my SparkFriends and others who have helped me along the way. Hereís hoping for another good year.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Thanks for this idea Krausemouse and Lumeth, and whoever else posted one of these.
A - Age: 51
B - Bed size: twin
C - Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom
D - Dog's name: Bear
E - Essential start your day item: a glass of water
F - Favorite color: green
G - Gold or Silver: silver
H - Height: 5'2 3/4"
I - Instruments you play: played alto and tenor sax in school, and I can play some simple tunes on the recorder
J - Job title: mom, which means I do absolutely everything
K - Kid(s): 2 boys, ages 22 and 11
L - Living arrangements: married, living in a big house with a big mortgage
M - Mom's name: Audrey
N - Nickname(s): none that Iím aware of
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: had intestinal flu in the 1st grade, stayed a few days. The births of both my boys. Last summer had some chest pain, turned out to be a pleural effusion, spent a couple nights in the hospital for that.
P - Pet Peeve: when my husband puts a dirty glass directly under the faucet, but doesnít turn the water on to rinse it out
Q - Quote from a movie: "Oh I can't think about this now! I'll go crazy if I do! I'll think about it tomorrow.Ē Scarlett from Gone With The Wind (my favorite movie). Iím a great procratinator
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: none
T - Time you wake up: 6:30 AM during the week, 7:30-8:30 Sat and Sunday. Although the weekly time changes in the summer when school is out, probably 7:30-8:30
U- First word that comes to your mind for U: undead (sorry, I play WoW too much)
W - Ways you run late: donít usually run late, but sometimes I sit on the computer too much and donít do things that I should as quickly as I should
X - X-rays you've had: Teeth (at the dentist), wrist (broke it in 5th grade), ankle (broke it in college), knee (twisted it in early 40ís), chest (last summer when I was in the hospital). Also had a CT scan at that time
Y - Yummy food you make: everyone loves my zucchini bread, and my lasagna.
Z - Zoo favorite: the big cats
Thursday, May 06, 2010
In case anyone is interested, here are my results from the little challenge I set for myself yesterday (see previous blog). It was fun, and it kept me from eating junk food, knowing I had to fill up on all that good stuff. I stayed closer to my calorie max than I have in quite some time, only going over by 128 (darn those 6 Hershey kisses I had). I was a little over on fiber (all those fruits and veggies, and beans, but that's not really a bad thing), a tad over on cholesterol (that one egg, darn it, but that was part of my protein, didn't think to just have the white), well within my sodium range, well above the minimum for protein, which I don't usually get enough of, a little high on carbs (again, fruits and veggies), good on fat, calcium, magnesium and folate (folate is hard sometimes to meet the minimum), and for the first time I think, I met my potassium goal. I had a lot of energy yesterday too, I think the protein helped. I slept very well last night. All in all, a successful day, I should do that more often
My Cinco De Mayo plan:
5 different workouts:
1. Walk Your Belly Flat dvd, including mat work at end
2. Ab Attack from Kick Start Your Metabolism dvd
3. 4 mile outside walk
4. Walk and Kick dvd
5. 30 minute upper body free weight workout
5 Leslie Miles:
3 mile Walk Your Belly Flat
2 mile Walk and Kick
5 outside miles:
1/2 mile behind the house
4 miles on the 4-wheel trail
1/2 mile behind the house again
5 servings of fruits:
1. ľ cup raisins
2. 1 orange
3. 1 banana
4. 1/2 cup cantalope
5. 1 cup grapes
5 servings of veggies:
1. 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
2. 1 medium tomato
3. 1/2 cup canned beets
4. 1 cup baby carrots
5. another cup of carrots (love my baby carrots)
5 servings of protein:
1. 4 Tb peanut butter
2. 3 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
3. 1 hard boiled egg + 2 egg whites
4. 3 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
5. 1 cup beans (the dried kind, cooked, not green beans)
5 x 2 8oz glasses of water (10 glasses or 80oz)
5 five- minute walks
1. 5 minutes back and forth in the house
4. one more time
5. and last one
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