Sunday, October 03, 2010
So this weekend I have been SO good, I'm so proud of myself! haha...lately I have been trying to figure out what works for me and what doesn't. There have been periods where I have gotten off track my whole journey (coming up to my 7 month SparkVersary on the 9th!). Luckily, it usually only lasted a week. Well, September I just wasn't with it. I even went into some of my old binge eating habits (not nearly as bad as I was before...but probably around 2,000-2,500 calories, which wouldn't be so bad, but it was all UNHEALTHY crap).
I have realized it's so important to ask myself the simple question "Why don't/do I want to do this?" For example, why DON'T I want to go to the gym after work? Well, the last thing I want to do after working 10-12 hours and a 45 minute drive home is go put in an intense workout (that's how I usually always work out--there's no in between--the intenseness gives me this ahhh-mazing feeling that just plain working out doesn't). So I wasn't getting in any work out time due to my laziness. I would try to get up in the morning to work out before work but I was always TOO tired...because I was eating unhealthy crap that didn't give me the energy I need to jump out of bed in the morning.
Anyway, Friday I decided I wanted to read a new book: "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite" (highly recommended by the way--goes into the science and psychology of why Americans overeat..very cool if you're into psychology/sociology like I am). I decided I would do it while I was walking on an incline on the treadmill. I walked while reading for 45 minutes and burned like 250 calories, while 250 calories isn't nearly as many calories as I usually burn in 45 minutes...I DID IT. haha. Which is more than I can say for myself as of lately. haha. Those 250 calories are better than nothing! And if I have low energy after work..I can still jump on the treadmill and watch TV/read at the gym rather than jumping on the couch and staying there til bedtime! Plus, I have been coming home and eating because I'm bored (not because I'm hungry)..which needs to stop as well.
I think pausing to ask that question is very important though. If I hadn't stopped and asked myself I would not have realized that. It seems so simple, but it makes all the difference. If I ask myself that in the morning when I'm arguing (in my head, of course..haha) to myself about whether or not to get my butt out of bed, I'll be much more likely to get out of bed. I feel SO much better starting the day off with a workout. Plus, I feel that when I work out, I make better food choices because I know how long it takes to work off those extra empty calories that I consume. I need to remember, food is FUEL...do I want to put crappy fuel in it or premium fuel? haha. Plus, food is just temporary pleasure..and most food that tastes good doesn't make me feel good physically after I eat it. Easier said than done, but I'm really going to strive to make better food choices.
I thought about when I did best with working out and being "good"--and determined it was the month of July when I was doing the 30 Day Slim Down. So I'm currently on day 2 of the Slim Down...hoping to recreate my results from the first time. I need to take my measurements and write a blog with before pictures...should do that tomorrow before I get too into the program. I figure it will help me get back into gear.
JILLIAN is coming out with a new work out..DVD comes out November 30!!! So excited!! I got her Shred It With Weights...it's OK...like her other workouts better though. This one is call "6 Weeks to a 6 Pack" or something and focuses on abs. WOOHOO!!
I'll write tomorrow!
Friday, October 01, 2010
Hey guys, if you haven't already, please head over to my "Lose 8 Pounds in October" team at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=44663 !! I wasn't very involved in September and want to change things around in October. If you guys are involved, it helps a lot more because I feel like I HAVE to be there for you all. hehe. So you'd be doing me a favor!!! Plus, we have a bunch of really great leaders that are co-leading the team for me and really have a passion for it. They would love if you joined too!
Here's the questions we have to answer:
What your start and goal weight are? 146.2...my goal weight is 139.2, but I would prefer to lose the full 8 pounds so I'd be down to 138.2..but these last pounds are getting rough, so I'll take whatever I can get..as long as I am WORKING hard. I got wayyy of track last month. Usually I'd just get off track on the weekends, but this time I was even off track during the week..eeek! And as a result, I was feeling extremely tired and lethargic. wahhh!
How you plan on getting there? Spending at least 20 minutes a day on Sparks, working out BEFORE work and trying to get at least a half hour in either during my lunch or when I get home, walking as much as I can when I can (instead of taking a vehicle).
Are you part of any weight loss challenges? I just started my own Boot Camp to New Years, which is a challenge thread within the lose 8 pounds team...join if you haven't by going to the page!! It focuses on heavy planning and rewards to reach my goals.
Fitness Goals? Overall = Be able to RUN a 5K by the time I leave for Vegas. I have really long endurance, but I hateeeee to run. I can spend 60 minutes on the cross trainer (burning 900 calories)/working my butt off..but I hateee running (both outside and on the treadmill).
Are you rewarding yourself? Yessss...I have a whole list of rewards. If I make this goal, that will be my first level of rewards..which will be a one hour massage!
If you fall off, how are you going to get back on track? Go back to basics, plan a bit more, not beat myself up.
Let's do this guys!!!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
ahaha..well, not really. Just a written plan that I am going to print out and put in a binder. It's going to involve eating healthy, working out, and utilizing the sauna/foot detoxes/body wraps at work. I think I am going to make a 13-week program out of it (an extra week just in case I have a really hectic/busy week where I get extremely off track).
If I am good, I could lose 2 pounds a week I think. But we all know...weekends = my downfall. So I set up a little incentive for myself...different rewards/prizes for each level. If I lost 24 pounds, I'd be roughly down to 122..right around my goal weight. haha-I'd have to be reallllly good for that though..but I am still going to aim for it because I always aim high (if I lost 2 pounds a week since I started like I obviously planned..I would have just reached my original goal weight of 125). haha.
PLATINUM = 2 lbs./week = 24 (~122)
GOLD = 1.75 lbs./week = 21 (~125)
SILVER = 1.5 lbs./week = 18 (~128)
BRONZE = 1.25 lbs./week = 15 (~131)
GREY = 1 lbs./week = 12 (~134)
YELLOW = .75/week = 9 (~137)
BROWN = .5/week = 6 (~140)
So if I make an average of the above, I get the prizes from that level down (i.e. if I lost 1.25 lbs. a week then I would get the reward for that level as well as, grey, yellow, and brown). You get the picture, haha. Yea, don't ask about the colors..I just did them because I needed more levels than just platinum, gold, silver, and bronze..so I just picked the matte colors of those. Yes...I am weird. Oh, and don't be alarmed by my bizarre detailed planning. It relieves anxiety for me. haha. I do it whenever I am anxious..i.e. today. haha. I just haven't had any motivation to do really anything and it's bothering me. So I come up with detailed plans to make me feel better. haha. I've done it since I was a little girl, but back then it was because my family life lacked structure...as a result, I became obsessed with planning. haha. Hey, it works with me.
So my rewards...if I make 1.25 pounds a week, that is going to be my iPad that I have been wanting to get for my reward...haha. I need to think of the rest of the rewards later. But as I lose the weight (i.e. when I lose my first 6 pounds), I'll get my rewards then (this is going to help me more with budgeting than anything-haha. It's not like one paycheck I'd be able to afford all my awards. Since the first 6 pounds will hopefully been within the month..I'm going to set it now.
It will be....one hour massage at my work!! I have never had one but I hear they are the best!!
Onto the crazy planning that doesn't have to do with rewards..I'm going to start tomorrow...YES, YES, I am!! NO more procrastination!! haha. It kinda works out that the week will start on Wednesday too since that is my official weigh-in day!
Week 1: September 29-October 5 (CW: 146)
Week 2: October 6-October 12 (GW: 145.5-144)
Week 3: October 13-October 19 (GW: 145-142)
Week 4: October 20-October 26 GW: 144.5-140)
Week 5: October 27-November 2 (GW: 144-138)
Week 6: November 3-November 9 (GW: 143.5-136)
Week 7: November 10-November 16 (GW: 143-134)
Week 8: November 17-November 23 (GW: 142.5-132)
Week 9: November 24-November 30 (GW: 142-130)
Week 10: December 1-December 7 (GW: 141.5-128)
Week 11: December 8-December 14 (GW: 141-126)
Week 12: December 15-December 21 (GW: 140.5-124)
Week 13: December 22-December 28 (GW: 140-122)
New Years: January 1 (GW: 139.5-121)
For every week I follow my plan 90%+ as far as working out, eating healthy, and following my plans, I get to spend $40 on whatever I want. Whether it be a movie, nails, pampering..whatever. For every week I also make my goal weight in the "silver," (1.5) "gold," (1.75) or "platinum" (2) amounts, I get a $10, $20, or $30 bonus to add to this that I put in a separate account for after the 13 weeks (for a total possibility of having almost $400 saved up for a bonus reward on top of all my other rewards). Why such a high percentage #? Because..this is a BONUS to my other rewards and only excellent behavior deserves such a bonus!
haha-and I hate to do this to myself..but as you all know, I have been veryyyy bad on the weekends. I'm going to make it a rule that if I don't make the "bronze" category (1 pound)..I'm only allowed to go out one night that weekend. I know it sounds kind of bizarre. But two nights out is unnecessary and I sort of need to settle down. I know I always said I didn't want to ever not have fun..but my eating habits after a weekend out are just plain unhealthy and are having an effect on my week (I'm usually really tired Sunday, Monday, and sometimes even Tuesday because of what I eat)! So I will have to make this change if I can't learn to fix it myself while still going out both nights.
If anyone wants to join me...let's do this!! I could make a thread on my "Lose 8 Pounds Team"...actually, I will do that!!! I need to get more involved with the team again anyway. :) Update: If you are on the team, click here to join: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
86417 ..if you aren't, add yourself to the team first and then join in!!
More updates on my plans after I create my little boot camp plan book for it. haha. I'm not exactly sure 100% what all it is going to entail.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Hola my little Sparkies!!! How have you guys all been? I hope well!!! I've been trying to get on here more. Gosh, I need to stop saying "tomorrow...tomorrow!"
For instance, today I was coming home from work (it's a 45 minute drive-which kind of sucks because by the end of it I'm lazzzzzy and don't want to do anything, haha, especially because I work 9-12 hour days, plus the commute each way). Welp..my friends called me and asked me to meet them up at a sports bar for the Bears game (wassup Chicago, wassup!? haha). So I wentttt..haha, I should have came home and done my laundry (or really I should have done it yesterday-but I'm a bum). I did do it once I got home, but it's still drying so I probably won't fold it tonight (or tomorrow morning because I won't have time). I wanted to pick up my room a bit too. I bought a ton of clothes from Goodwill not too long ago and I still need to hang them up. I don't have enough hangers though so I have to go through my whole closet and get rid of my fat clothes. I could buy more hangers (it would be easier and would save time, haha), but getting rid of the fat clothes has to happen soon. Before, I could still wear some of them and they were just really loose...now they just look ridiculous. I'm saving the bottoms I wore most (a pair of black pants, a grey skirt) for my after pictures. haha...should be pretty classic.
I need to start being more functional on the weekends. haha- I seriously do nothing besides go out with friends and run errands on Fridays. WAHHHH. This weekend I'm meeting up with friends from my college town in Chicago on Thursday and Friday (one I haven't seen in like 2 years and one of my old roomies) and next weekend is my college Homecoming. No doubt is that going to cause me to gain 12 million pounds, haha..the food in that town is too good for my own good. I think after I get back though I'm going to take it easy for a couple of weekends and eat healthy. I definitely want to lose more in October..since September will end up being my lowest loss (so far like 2 pounds or something) since starting on Sparks. My own fault though! I'm sabotaging myself on weekends and not working out. Gotta get in the groove! haha..aka working out before work in the morning. I'm going to try that when I get back from Homecoming on the 10th of October..and try to eat healthy before that and get at least SOME exercise in.
I just realized...I'm procrastinating again...haha. OK, OK, OK..I'm going to try to wake up tomorrow morning (it's already midnight, haha) and work out.
I'm gonna head to bed..hope everyone is doing well!!
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