Thursday, May 06, 2010
Today is my last day of my personal challenge!! WOO HOO! So much has changed in the past 40 days..I actually like blogging (I didn't). I have just set myself up for a new program full of goals that are attainable, yet still challenging.
No, my 40 days were not in a row because of vacation...but I still did it!! Made me realize that I may not be perfect but I can do what I set my mind too!
Last night my friend made brownies and I just couldn't resist!! But I worked off 400 calories at the gym so it evened out.
Yesterday my eating didn't go as planned as I thought..but still..did lots of good things! This is going to be the new format of my blogs:
[ ] Eat a breakfast that is high in fiber and protein (I was feeling uncomfortably full from overeating the day before so I just ate an orange)
[X] Eat two fruits or vegetables
[X] Don't drink soda
[X] Don't eat in front of the TV
[X] Drink eight cups of water a day
[X] Measure out portions
[X] Exercise for ten minutes
[ ] Do something active outdoors
[ ] Stretch for ten minutes
[X] Track calories burned
[X] Do 15 minutes of exercise while watching TV
[ ] Use a stress/squeeze ball
[X] Sleep for 7-8 hours a night
[ ] Do strength training 2x a week
[X] Tell one person about your goals
[X] Give yourself a five-minute mental pep talk
[X] Post a message on SparkPeople's message boards
[X] Read a motivational story or book -- READ THE SPARK :)
[ ] Reward yourself
[X] Read an inspirational quote (on the SP main page)
[X] Listen to a get-up-and-go song every day (while I was working out)
[X] Visualize my goals each day and how I will feel when my goals are finished
[ ] Rent/watch an inspiring moving once a week via Netflix (I want to start doing this)
(X) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate life goal: I will blog daily and write five things that I did right that day and two things I could work on (without beating myself up).
Five things I did right:
1. I tracked my calories and actually tracked everything!
2. I went to the gym and worked out for an hour
3. I created my goals
4. I wrote in my blog
5. I remembered to burn my exercise DVDs and sent them back to Netflix
Two things I could work on:
1. Staying within the calorie ranges
2. If I indulge, work on just having a bite instead of a whole brownie (or 2 ;)
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate life goal: Work my hardest to ignore negative people who are critical of my weight.
(didn't come across anyone who was critical of my weight yesterday)
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate life goal: Let people know when they hurt my feelings and also put them in their place (as the rude person who is in no place to judge).
(didn't come across this yesterday)
(X) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate weight-loss goal: Track all of my calories, no matter if I have a "bad day" (I had a habit of not wanting to). ANYTHING and EVERYTHING must be tracked.
I ate over 2,000 calories yesterday...which was wayyy out of my range of 1200-1500...but the good news is I still tracked everything so it made me conscious!
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate weight-loss goal: Track my calories BEFORE I decide what I am going to be eating. This will help me make healthier eating choices.
(need to work on this one--I obviously ate the 2 brownies and milk before I tracked them! hehe)
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate weight-loss goal: Follow the Hilton Head Metabolism diet six days a week, be mindful but indulge a little for the 7th day to keep my metabolism ramped up.
(hadn't started the plan yesterday...but did buy the food so I could start it today :)
(X) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate weight-loss goal: Only consume alcohol one night every two weeks and no drunk munchies!
(X) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate fitness goal: Work out every single day (at the very least with my DVDs), but preferably at the gym as well.
(I went to the gym yesterday and worked out for an hour!)
Even though I went quite a bit over my calories for the day, I did not gain any weight because I went and worked out at the gym for an hour :). I felt good about yesterday because I completed many of my goals and noted things that are going to help me in the future. I also read The Spark, which gave me all sorts of motivation!
PS See my SP Page for my B&A pics over the past 2 months! WOOHOO
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Hey there...I'm doing like 10 different blog entries today, so I am going to use those to count as day 39 of my personal challenge. I am reading The Spark again and setting goals to help me stay on track!! :) You can read my other blogs if you are interested in my goals, rewards, and my new beginning!
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
[ ] Ultimate life long-term goal: I want to feel genuinely happy with myself while being a mentor and example for people who want to be healthy (checking in on this on November 10th to report how long I have felt genuinely happy). Why?: Obviously because being happy is everyone's ultimate goal in life--it feels amazing to be happy!
Reward: SP Calendar for the 2011 year AND a trip to Vegas for the SP convention!!
( ) Medium-term sub-goal for my ultimate life goal: I want to become a SP Community Team member on my three month Sparkversary (June 9, 2010). Why?: Becoming a mentor makes me feel great about myself and I love knowing I'm helping other's. It also helps me remain accountable.
Reward: SP stainless steel water bottle
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate life goal: I will blog daily and write five things that I did right that day and two things I could work on (without beating myself up). Why?: It will keep me accountable and make sure I remember what I am doing right...and make sure I am not too hard on myself, but still know what I need to improve on.
Reward: After my 28-day program, I will write gratitude cards to my best friends letting them know how much I appreciate them.
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate life goal: Work my hardest to ignore negative people who are critical of my weight. Why?: Because there are so many people like that out there and it shouldn't hurt my feelings that they are shallow.
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate life goal: Let people know when they hurt my feelings and also put them in their place (as the rude person who is in no place to judge). Why?: Because many people do not realize they are even hurting someone (so I should help them realize they do), and if they do realize they are hurting someone, they deserve to feel like a shallow loser.
[ ] Ultimate weight loss goal: By November 10th (eight months after I joined SP), I want to reach my goal weight of 125 pounds. From today, I want to lose 50.4 pounds by November 10th (a little more than 6 months away). Why?: While I'm comfortable with myself around 155, that is still considered "overweight" BMI wise. This goal isn't a do-or-die thing, I just thought I looked best when I was around this weight. I want to see where my body naturally wants to be before I invest in a specific number.
Reward: Shopping spree at my favorite clothing store!!!
( ) Medium-term sub-goal for my ultimate weight-loss goal: Lose 10% of my body weight (17.8 pound loss or weigh 160.2 pounds) by June 15th. Why?: Losing 10% of my body weight is a manageable goal but feels like a big accomplishment at the same time. To give me confidence in my ability to lose weight.
Reward: Buy EA Active for Wii!
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate weight-loss goal: Track all of my calories, no matter if I have a "bad day" (I had a habit of not wanting to). ANYTHING and EVERYTHING must be tracked. Why?: So I can realize exactly what I am putting into my body, which will help me immensely.
Reward: After my 28-day program, I will buy the SP Magnet and an SP keychain
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate weight-loss goal: Track my calories BEFORE I decide what I am going to be eating. This will help me make healthier eating choices. Why?: Many times I would eat something and go to track it and think to myself "I would have never ate that if I would have known just how many grams of fat that had." This will prevent this from happening.
Reward: After my 28-day program, I will buy the Smart Portion lunch kit
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate weight-loss goal: Follow the Hilton Head Metabolism diet six days a week, be mindful but indulge a little for the 7th day to keep my metabolism ramped up. Why?: When I am on the diet it makes me feel SO full of energy and I drop weight pretty easily if I follow it.
Reward: After my 28-day program, I will buy the Meal on the Go Combo kit
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate weight-loss goal: Only consume alcohol one night every two weeks and no drunk munchies! Why?: Alcohol is unnecessary calories, but still a fun time to let loose with friends. I don't want to eliminate alcohol completely (I already did for Lent), but only will drink every couple weeks during social outings with friends.
Reward: The WooHoo SP shirt!
[ ] Ultimate fitness goal: Be able to run a 5K by next September. Why?: I have never been able to run three miles straight and reaching fitness milestones (like my heart rate going wayyy down when I started working out in March). Doing that would make me feel very confident and would motivate to continue working out everyday.
Reward: New running shoes!
( ) Medium-term sub-goal for my ultimate fitness goal: Follow the Couch to 5K program. Why?: The program is easy to follow and gradually gets harder, which will make it easier to follow.
Reward: New exercise DVD
( ) Medium-term sub-goal for my ultimate fitness goal: Begin the 100 Day Exercise Challenge that requires you get at least SOME form of exercise every day for 100 days in a row--NO excuses. Even if it is just a 15 minute walk. Why?: So it makes it very difficult to get out of the habit and makes it easy for me to make a habit of exercising, which will help with my long-term goal.
Reward: SP Knit Skull Cap
( ) Short-term sub-goal for my ultimate fitness goal: Work out every single day (at the very least with my DVDs), but preferably at the gym as well. Why?: While my home DVDs are great, training on the treadmill is going to get me 5K ready :)
Reward: After my 28-day program, I will get a SparkPeople towel!
I also want to try to practice gratitude, tolerance, and really listening to people when they talk to me instead of just waiting for my turn to talk. Why?: I want to be a better person/the best person I can be!!
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Hey guys! Today I was feeling mighty unmotivated and I was falling back into my old ways the past couple of days. I haven't felt unmotivated like that since before I started on Spark on March 10th. I felt a little bit like making some of the reckless health choices that I made before. For the people who haven't kept up with my blogs, I used to not have a care in the world when it came to what I put in my body. I drank excessively (I was in college) and overate the worst food possible. As a result, I felt like it (always tired with no energy). I also gained a whopping 75 pounds in only 4 years.
I gotta make sure I don't fall off the wagon, and I think early correction is a necessity. I've watched people lose 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50 pounds to gain it back again and then try to lose weight once again. I love it when I see them trying to lose the weight again, but I want to try to prevent that from happening to me. When I see myself falling off track, I want to re-evaluate my program to see what will work for me to keep succeeding.
I bought The Spark book on audiobook back in March, but never followed the program exactly. I just opened the Spark Kit I bought off of Amazon for just $23...it is the book and SP's 2 exercise DVDs. Having these made me a little bit more pumped about the program. I have decided I am going to use the external program for the book beginning tonight/tomorrow.
This time I am going to follow the program exactly and do everything it lays out. Some steps (like the vision college) I was too lazy to do. This time I am going to do those steps and really read the book slowly. I think I am going to read it out loud too. I feel like when I read out loud I absorb it more and really get it.
I didn't set very many goals besides weight goals, and this time I want to do fitness goals along with other life goals. I will post those later tonight or early tomorrow when I realize what they are.
I just got a new trophy...5,000 Spark Points in less than 2 months! WOOHOO. That is going to be one of my goals too. Maybe getting all of the points on the SP Point list each day. I find I learn a lot when I do that and it keeps me the most motivated. PLUS..less time to spend sitting on the couch. I may not do the 24 cardio points because that is A LOT of cardio for each day, but other than that..I'm going to try to get them all.
I did a lot better the first month on the page...and while I am proud of my progress..I want to still work on how I choose to stay healthy and make myself even more aware of what I eat and if I exercise and how it can help me in my life.
I started a "don't smoke" streak on my page too..I wish I would have started it earlier..cuz it starts on day one..but I've been smoke-free for like 77 days or something like that. Oh well...I figure it will remind me even more to stay smoke-free and how great I am doing with STILL not smoking..hehehe
LOVE YOU GUYS...if anyone has the Spark book and wants to start over with the program...let me know!!! I would love to have a buddy that would go through the program with me!!
I will consider tomorrow day one of my 28 program!!
Goals and rewards to come...have to think about them.
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