Saturday, February 27, 2010
I am currently working on some classes I need to take for my Master's Degree in Elem Ed. Today, I took the mid-term for one of my classes. Now, you have to understand, I'm a bit of a perfectionist in the school area of my life. I work hard and expect to do well. I studied everything the professor told us to study, have read every word of every assignment and diligently completed every assignment. Today, however, I have hit a tiny block. I was cruising along, just fine on my exam, about 60% of the way through (and I feel confident that I got that first 60% correct, so at least there's that, lol) when, WHAM! Things that have never been discussed, assigned, even mentioned in the book. It was an open book/note exam so I scoured everything I had to find this information. Nothing. After a while, I just decided, oh well, just answer as best you can and move on with it. Now, I know it's not the end of the world, I had a 98% going into the test, it's only worth 20% of our total grade and I KNOW that I scored at least a 60%. What's more, I only HAVE to have a B for my program. Ok, I get that, and in a little while, when my subconscious catches up to that, I'll be fine. Right now, however, I'm frustrated.
Here's the SILVER lining: I did NOT go devour the kids' stash of Oreo cookies. I treated myself to some calming peppermint green tea and now I'm getting ready to get my sweat on. I'm sure I'll feel better by the time I'm done. :D
Friday, February 26, 2010
I know you tend to be really critical of yourself, but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that you're doing great! It's been a while since I've seen you smile like that. You look really happy! And those arms! Wow, they are looking really toned. I noticed it the other day when you were doing the triceps workout in the group class at the gym. There's definition there that wasn't there before. I hear you've been really on fire with the exercising and eating right. Let me tell you...it's really paying off! Didn't I just see you in a size 8 dress? Huzzah, girl, huzzah! Keep it up, because you're almost to your goal. I love seeing the healthy choices that you're making. Your kids have noticed it and starting making those healthy choices too. Now that's something to be really proud of. And did you see that twinkle in your husband's eye? I think he's noticing and appreciating the changes too. You are a strong, beautiful woman, and don't you forget it!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I just challenged the BLC Silver Spies to blog about the meaning of 15 pounds. We have 7 weeks left in BLC 12 and 15 pounds is a completely reasonable and doable goal to lose in that time.
So, what does 15 pounds mean to me?
1. It means goal weight, baby. Actually, a little less, but I'll take it. ;)
2. When I met my husband, I weighed 144. Today I am 158. In 15 pounds, I will actually weigh LESS than I did when I met him.
3. 15 pounds means less pressure on my knees when I run. I've got a half marathon on April 10. Running without that extra 15 pounds will be "easier" than running with it.
4. 15 pounds means I'm WELL WITHIN a healthy BMI!!!
5. 15 pounds means I will weigh 75 pounds less than I did when I joined Spark.
6. 15 pounds means those size 8 jeans I've been eying will fit.
Wow, I really, really, really want ALL of those things! I am so ready to kick some serious bootay!
Monday, February 01, 2010
Ok, so my hubby and I were going to run our first half marathon together, but circumstances have just conspired against us. First, we came down with H1N1 causing us to miss the race all together (and lose our $100 registration fees, grrr!). Then we found one to run in March that is right after our anniversary. Nice, burn a ton of calories that morning, be able to enjoy a nice dinner that night. But, my mom said it was too much for them all in one day to watch the kids (yeah, shoulda thought of that) so DH is going to run it without me, and mom & dad will watch the kids for our anniversary date.
I was feeling a bit, discouraged, I guess is the best word. Back in my pre-Spark life, excuses would creep in to my exercise plans and the next thing I knew, my good intentions were out the window in a couple of days. But I talked with Spark friend of mine about these concerns and she helped me remember that I am NOT that person any more and I certainly have not been "making excuses" not to run. She encouraged me to find another race and do that one.
Today, I found the Charlotte RaceFest 1/2. I talked with DH and told him that's what I wanted to do for my birthday, which is April 8. I can't think of a better way to say hello to 35!! Whoo Hoo!
Friday, January 15, 2010
I am writing this blog because I want to remember how great I'm feeling right this very second. I did my first Zumba class today and between it, the Jacob's Ladder and the treadmill, I scorched over 1000 calories today! I have made fantastic eating choices, am already (as of 2:45 this afternoon) at 72 oz of water and I just feel like I could conquer the world.
Here's the part I want to take away from this: in a few weeks (months? days?) I am sure there will be a day where I will NOT feel like exercising. A good book will be calling my name. Or I will not feel like eating healthy--DH loves to bring home "goodies". But I'm hoping that by writing down how terrific I feel, it'll give me motivation enough to make the right choices anyway.
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