Friday, June 25, 2010
When I read the "Reflections" email this morning it really hit home. When we set up our goals here on SP, did we really think about what it would take to achieve them? Sure we knew we wanted to lose "X" number of pounds, but what was it going to take to get there? Hard work, that's what!
In order to get to that goal, we have to be willing to put forth the effort to make it. Is it going to be easy, no and some days will be harder than others. But we have to work at it. We have to be willing to make lifestyle changes that are going to stay with us for the long-run. That means we can't create an exercise program, work it til we get to a certain point on the scale and then discontinue it. It's a work that has to continue to make it a long-term lifestyle change. Same thing with our eating habits. We have to work at changes to make them a part of our life.
The hardest work may be on our attitude. It can be hard for us to be realistic about the time needed to make changes that stick. We didn't put ourselves in this unhealthy state overnight. It happened over time. The same will be to reach goals and make permanent lifestyle changes. We have to have an "I won't quit" attitude. We have to be accountable to ourselves.
So, what are some things we may have to do in this new work?
Get up an hour earlier so we can get in at least 30 minutes cardio and have some breakfast.
Make a healthy lunch to take to work.
Learn healthier cooking methods.
Eat out less often and when you do eat out, check out the restaurant's online nutrition info.
Learn, and help others around you learn, to make celebrations center around something other than food.
USE THE NUTRITION AND FITNESS TRACKERS.
These are just a few things that will need to be worked on while making your lifestyle changes and achieving your goals. But, the important thing is that you evaluate what you'll need to do, get started and hold yourself accountable. We can do this, it will take work, but in the end it will be soooooo well worth it!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Celebrated 50th today. Husband was great. He knew I didn't want a cake, so he got a small veggie tray with my favorites - pea pods, cherry tomatoes and baby carrots and a fruit tray. For gifts he got me a workout shirt, the Valerie Bertinelli workout DVD and a workout mat. I believe I'll keep him around for a while.
It's funny, I'm 50 and I'm healthier than I was at 20. I'm taking this as a good sign that this year and future years are going to be better in all ways than the ones before. So here's to a great 50th year in health, personal, and professional.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Today was our day for the Go10Walk (fundraiser for missions). There were three legs each 10 miles long with 4-5 participants walking each leg. My husband and I along with two other of our church walked the first leg. We got up bright and early at 5 a.m. to get ready and be at the appointed "get-together" site by 6:30. As always, there were delays, the major being a truck overturned a mile just before our starting point. Thankfully, the driver was fine and we got to our starting pointing and was only 20 minutes late getting started.
Let me say, this was the first time for my husband and I to walk this distance. Also, we had hills, yes hills not just minor inclines. But we pushed through and made it. My average was a 17 minute mile. Am I happy, you better believe it! With all the hills, I'm ecstatic! The organizing group allowed for a 24 minute mile average so we beat that.
Now the outside of my thighs are definitely making it known they were used more than usual. But, it was a great walk for an even greater cause.
Monday, June 14, 2010
As of this past Saturday, officially, 50 lbs are gone. So I had hubby take a pic so I could compare to my before pic. So.........
This is me at my starting weight of 275
And this is me at current weight of 224.7 --- 50 lbs less.
When I started this endeavor, I knew I wanted it to work this time, but I wasn't sure I could do it. But I know I can complete what I've started now. I think the biggest thing that's helped me to make this permanent this time is, I've looked at this as a lifestyle change and not a diet from the beginning. I knew if I looked at some of my favorite not-so-good-for-you foods as can't haves, I'd cave and pig out on them. But, from the start I've allowed myself to eat whatever I want, but I have to work it into my calorie allotment for the day/week, and yes sometimes I do go over. Also, I know which foods not to allow in the house or have for leftovers. For example, I LOVE pizza, so the only time I have pizza is if we go out for it. I have what I want but there's no leftovers in the fridge to tempt me later and I'm satisfied. I've also came up with a my own style of homemade veggie pizza that fills my pizza craving well.
Whether you have 5 lbs or 200 or more lbs to lose, the main thing is to not look at it as a diet. That makes what changes you make seem short-term and most likely that's exactly what they'll be for you. By making it a permanent part of your life success is achievable. I've still got a ways to go, but 50 lbs are gone for good and I am one happy sparkster!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Boy, have I been slacking. I'm usually a very upbeat person and when I blog I try to be as positive as possible. Well..... needless to say, I've been in a funk most of this month and have stayed hidden from the blogging world. I have found this is NOT a good thing. When I don't blog, I keep things to myself rather than putting them out there, seeing them for what they are and moving on with life. So, from here on out, good or bad, I have to blog at least 3 or 4 days each week.
So to address my downbeat reasons and what to do with them!
First, I was frustrated with myself because I lost less than 5 lbs during May. The reason, easy, I slacked up on my exercise. I'm getting back to the swing of things now, but I also realized, HEY I LOST weight in May. I didn't stand still and I didn't gain!!!!!
Second, I still am looking for employment. I'm good at what I do, enjoy doing it and will make some company a great employee. They just need to hire me. I guess my problem here is I've never been out of work since I turned eighteen. The only time off was during maternity leave. However, I've made this time off productive. I've worked on me, improving my health and lifestyle. Also, my husband and I have been able to share not only time but alot of our dreams, hopes, and fears with each other and that has strengthened our marriage.
And last but not least, I turn the big 5-0 next week. I have never before been bothered by a birthday number til now. I was one of those who usually laughed when someone said how much turning a certain age bothered them. I don't really now why it should bother me but it does. So, I've started thinking about all that I've accomplished so far and what all I CAN accomplish after 50. There's alot on both sides. One of the biggest for the 50+ is I'm the healthiest I've ever been and the happiest in my personal life I've experienced.
So, my glass is always half-full, I just think I get a little anxious when it takes longer than what I think it should to get full.
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