Saturday, July 28, 2012
If someone would have told me 8 weeks ago I would be exercising 5-6 times a week by August, I would have had difficulty wrapping my head around that ... but it's TRUE! I've learned that exercise can completely turn my day around. It makes me feel GREAT! It helps me to control my blood sugar. My heart feels stronger. My blood pressure is crazy good. I sleep better. I feel more positive. I accomplish more.
I've learned the importance of drinking plenty of water. I now drink a minimum of 64 oz of water each day. Many days I drink 72 oz or more. My skin is beautiful and I've been told I "glow." I honestly think that's a combination of clean eating, exercise, water and vitamins.
I still eat out ... but SO much less. I'm spending my hard earned money on quality, healthy, fresh foods and I'm packing my lunch every day on work days. Some days I pack my breakfast. No more passes through Dunkin' Donuts drive thru (besides ... my coffee is better anyway). In fact, I've given up fast food for the most part. There was one day when I needed lunch and picked up a small chili and side salad from Wendy's, but I can make both better at home and usually do. I bought myself a trendy lunch bag (that really looks like a handbag) and I pack it each morning and clean it each evening. I invested in a good stainless travel mug at Target and I take my coffee each day with fat free half & half instead of 1/4 cup of cream from Dunkin! I plan around any special events or social engagements by trying to educate myself on the menu in advance and act accordingly. Sometimes I decline invitations because I don't really care to go, especially if there are no good choices for me. I've learned it's okay to decline sometimes if I don't really want to go!
I've learned how important it is for me to have proper rest. I function so much better at my job/around home and I can kick some a$$ at the gym if I'm well rested and following a good food plan.
I've learned to track each day, every bite, my water, blood glucose, exercise ... all of it. I can't know if I'm getting the nutrients I need if I'm not tracking and besides, I don't want to cheat myself out of one bite!
I've learned not to be intimidated by going to the gym or anyone who steps food in one. I have a purpose for being there and others probably care about as much about what I'm doing as I do them. I've learned to pack my gym bag so it's ready to go because it makes it more convenient for me. I try to add steps to my day whenever possible, by parking further, taking the steps (I don't get winded anymore) or making more trips than needed.
I reward myself with massages, pedicures, manicures, new sneakers or exercise clothing ... no more food rewards, it's so counter productive.
I read as much as I can about living a healthy life (plenty right here on SP each day) and by picking up a magazine here or there as an added bonus to myself.
I enjoy sharing the journey with the many friends and acquaintances I've made on SP. I look forward to continuing along this journey together, sharing victories and sorrows, learning together, living better with each other.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Did you ever notice when you're feeling up and doing everything in your power to live a healthy life ... some people are bothered by it or worse yet, completely ignore it?
"You're not eating enough."
"You're exercising too much."
"You'll go to the gym twice and quit."
Or worse yet ... someone who knows you well refuses to give you any credit whatsoever for your efforts, almost as if nothing has changed in your lifestyle with the way you eat, the way you exercise, even your overall attitude.
That happened to me this morning and at first it honked me off ... but now I'm just smiling about it. The same person is sitting at her desk coughing. Someone asked if she's okay and she replied, "I'm choking on something.
" I didn't say it, but I thought ... "go ahead, smoke another cigarette!"
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I have this feeling if I keep pushing, I'm going to make a breakthrough in the next week or two. It feels like the calm before a great electrical storm. I'm charged up. I'm increasing the intensity of my workouts. I'm breaking through the barriers I've always sabotaged myself with in the past. I'm eating healthy foods and tracking what I eat. I'm drinking water and lots of it. I'm powerful with bad temptations and using my willpower to the max.
I'm changing ... my mind, my body, my spirit!
Stay tuned for Sparkabella's S*P*A*R*K*S !!!!!
Monday, July 23, 2012
I changed the ringtone on my phone to James Brown's "I Feel Good" because I truly do!
Went to the fitness center on my lunch hour (which is now 90 minutes instead of 60, thanks to my boss, so I can exercise on my lunch break instead of after work). I just stay an extra half hour at the end of the day. In my mind, that's MUCH better than having to tote it back out in the evening to exercise. More time to play with Aldo!
Got a good 15 minutes in on the elliptical, then worked my back/chest/shoulders in the weight room, then another 15 minutes on the elliptical. I've read conflicting reports about whether it's best to do cardio or strength training because of burning muscle instead of fat. What do you think?
Got a quick shower and back to my office to snack on my lunch (turkey breast and lorraine swiss on Fiber One Multigrain bread, and raw yellow bell pepper strips, carrots, and celery. Had a Kashi protein bar before my workout and my blood sugar is sweet! Afternoon snack will be half of a banana and some almonds.
I've already had 64 oz. of water and I've tracked every bite.
I feel good...so good!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
First of all, it's pretty rare that I would have blog-worthy content twice in the same day ... but today I totally do!
My plan was to avoid the church picnic today. This is the picnic where everyone brings their most evil (and most delicious) dish, none of which are typically healthy or good for a diabetic or anyone for that matter! A friend of mine was really pressing me to go -- and I thought, "hey, I can't skip every social event just because I don't want to face temptation. Temptation is EVERYwhere. I can do this. I've got it. I'm rocking it."
I took fresh fruit and veggies. I blew past every side dish (including the salads because God only knows what was in the dressings that were already added). I loaded up half of my plate with raw veggies, 1/2 of a burger, and about half of a cup of fresh fruit. I also drank 2 bottles of water. I totally bypassed the rolls, mac and cheese, mayonnaise-based white pasta salads, pink fluffy looking stuff, meatballs, Italian sausage ... ALL of it. And I didn't even glance at the desert table. I know what I saw people carrying around and that was enough to convince me to not even look!!
I actually didn't have enough carbs! Came home and had some low sodium pretzels with hummus to hold me over until dinner.
VICTORY! Warrior girl wins again.
Oh, and I continuously whine about how I've only lost 10 lbs., but several people commented at the picnic and asked me if I'm losing weight!
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