Saturday, January 30, 2010
Welcome to Snowshoe Mountain West Virginia!
One of my "getting fitter" goals for this year was to get out and do things that I haven't done in a long time or have never done. (Long time: Skiing, SCUBA, rollerblading...Never: Climbing, Running at 5K, Snowshoeing). Prior to last month, I had not been skiing in 10 years. So after a warm-up weekend at Canaan, Ron and I headed down to Snowshoe Mountain this weekend to see if this girl was made to carve!
The first day was really hard. The rental place was out of my size boot and I ended up in a size too big. Made it down the mountain, but not with style...Turned in the boots for a smaller size last night and started out fresh today. Also decided last night that if I really want to go fast, a helmet was essential. Found a Smith helmet and goggle pair last night to take care of that. Whoo-hoo.
And today was...magical!
Fresh snow overnight was like a gift
Newly rented boots fit like a glove and high performance skis also helped this girl carve up the hillside. We skied for 3 1/2 hours, did so many runs I lost count, and skied until our quadriceps were jelly. And something happened that has never happened before: I felt confident, in control, and I did not fall down. Not once. Clumsy me stayed on skis all days, down every run. And I carved it up!
I think I may have found a new addiction!
Pics of me in my gear:
And this is what I look like tonight at the lodge
Happy, tired and ready to do it all again tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Whoo-hoo! I made it!
6 months ago I felt hopeless. I had been trying to lose weight for over a year, but couldn't seem to get going. I would exercise for a week and quit because the scale wasn't moving. I stopped letting people take pictures of me because I didn't want to see them and I stopped looking in the mirror. I was ashamed to fly because I needed a seatbelt extender (and I love to travel). I was getting winded walking to my car at work and it wasn't parked very far away. I got winded walking up a flight of stairs. I skipped out on my 20 year high school reunion because I didn't want to be seen. I really thought it was physically impossible for me to lose this weight. I had a lot of excuses...thyroid not working, not enough time, not enough energy, and I cried about it...a lot. For a person that has been successful in every other area of life, I felt like a failure
I saw some pictures of myself July 25, 2009. I didn't recognize the person I saw. In 3 years I had put on 110 lbs and turned from a chubby relatively cute girl to a obese relatively unhappy girl. 3 years. I spent the entire day journalling and trying to come up with a plan to change my future. This is part of what I wrote that day "I hate feeling this way. I am tired of the inner voice in my head telling me that I am pathetic. There I have said it. What I have been afraid to admit all of this time. I hope writing these thoughts will stop them from swirling in my head and give me the opportunity to focus on positive things I can do in my life."
That same day I made a list of what I COULD do:
1. Read information on weight loss (I started with the book Secrets of a Former Fat Girl by Lisa Delavey -which was funny and touching and really helped me get some things in perspective.
2. Try to accept what I can do, one day at a time...(the first time I got on a stair stepper I made it 3 minutes and 27 seconds and I felt like my lungs were on fire...today I stop at an hour because my feet start to fall asleep)
3. Focus daily on one physical characteristic that I like about myself (shiny hair, freckles, eyes) - this was hard but it helped
4. Journal about one thing I am proud of - in the beginning it was baby steps - I was proud of not eating M & Ms because I felt stressed, I was proud of tracking calories (which I hate doing, but I do it), proud of excersing everyday even though my hips, knees and back hurt...I took a lot of ibuprofen... then came the numbers on the scale, and eventually the changes in the mirror
5. Exercise daily and start an exercise log. This is the thing I am MOST proud of. In 187 days on the Spark I have never missed a day of cardio - some days were half-heartedly done, but they were done. It is part of what keeps me going.
6. Buy new walking shoes and a sports bra (New Balance for the shoes, Titleninesports.com for the bra).
7. Eat moderate portions, only when hungry (it sounds so easy)
8. Join the spark (took me two more days to do this because I was afraid I wouldn't stick with it and I was afraid to be out in "public" If I am truthful, I was afraid I would fail).
9. Focus on the positive every day. Be proud of myself for making small changes. I promised myself that every time I made a positive change it would change my path in life.
Then I took my measurements and got on the scale
Yup it was painful that first day...but it was a GOOD plan.
So here it is 6 months later, and I stuck to it.
Here is what is different:
1. 68 lbs...
2. I feel pretty
3. I burned the seatbelt extender...seriously
4. Inches (2.5 off my neck, 3 off each arm, 7.5 off my chest, 8 off my waist and 8 off my hips...)
5. Exercise tolerance - I can stay on almost any exercise machine for an hour, including the stepper. Still can't run well, but it is coming soon. Haven't made it through 30 day Shred yet, but I will. Plan to climb mountains by spring...
6. My outlook...I started fearful and now I feel fearless. I rediscovered the person I used to be - the hiker, the traveler, the girl who likes to laugh
I found myself again. That's a lot for 6 months...
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
No pictures this week - had a crazy busy work at week, but I promise to make up for it next week. We are off to go skiing for 3 days later this week, so I should be able to relax, unwind and get some pictures. Happy to see a loss this week and excited about how long I have stayed consistent on this journey - tomorrow is my 6 month Sparkversary, so I plan to spend the day reflecting on the positive changes that I have made to my life.
Monday, January 18, 2010
I have been trying to decide what to write today. I refuse to be anything but positive about my lack of weight loss for the following reasons:
- I know that I stayed in my calorie range
- I know that I exercised over 1 hour every day, and tried new exercises
- I know that I did everything I could
***Most important: I know everyone has weeks like this
The scale is only one way in which I measure my progress on this journey!
So what did I notice this week?
I have been looking at my favorite black leather jacket in the closet all month. I hadn't tried it on and I thought - why not? It won't fit, but it gives me a sense of where I am. And guess what- it fit! Wearing that jacket for the first time in 3 years meant more to me than any single number on the scale could this week!
Monday, January 11, 2010
I have definitely turned up the heat a little bit this week with the fitness activities! I hit the 65 lb marker this week which is so exciting and I am beginning to see the countdown to Onederland this winter! Hoping if I just keep trying new exercises and shaking it up I can continue on this downward streak. I tried the Biggest Loser Boot Camp DVD for the past two days and liked it. Interestingly, after doing the circuit training, I felt super energized and spent more time on the machines than usual! I have 2 things in March to use as goal points: I am speaking at a conference in early March in Orlando, and I am going to Exuma Island in the Bahamas - both great motivating factors for this journey. Continued thank yous to my Spark Buddies who keep me motivated on the good days and the bad.
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