Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This is me on the Decker's Creek Trail...lots of uphill !
Today is the day...
It is the day that begins my rededication to the beautiful world outside! I did pretty well this winter with some hiking, snow-shoeing and lots of skiing but over the past few weeks like many of you I have been absolutely yearning for spring. Spring in West Virginia is glorious! Hikes take you to lush waterfalls, rollerblading feels like flying, kayaking opens a whole new world of possibilities. Today I dusted the cobwebs off my bike and hit the rail trail. So exhilerating! I was ridingso much faster and easier than last fall. Whoo-hoo! Ok, yes, I am going to be an itsy-bitsy bit sore tomorrow, but I have to start breaking in this winterized candy butt now! Tonight ibuprofen - Tomorrow rollerblading !
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I did it
I ran...for 15 minutes...without stopping
For those of you "natural runners" out there, I can't explain what a HUGE accomplishment this is for me. I have always believed that I couldn't do this. Until I joined the Spark, and realized that there is very little that we can't do. The human body is incredibly adaptable and it WANTS TO HELP US SUCCEED.
I started Couch to 5K a few weeks ago after lurking on the team for some time. I started to feel like I needed a new challenge, but I admit, I wasn't certain I could do it, but I knew I could try. I knew I had to try because I don't want to live with limitations anymore. I refuse to be limited. So I started: 90 seconds of running, 3 minutes, then 5 minutes. I got to week 5 this week and noticed a big jump and had a little tiny freak out (what if I can't do it??) So tonight I got on the treadmill, covered the time with a towel and started running. I peaked under the towel: 12 minutes? Really. Wow, maybe I can do a little more. Yes, I can do more. Next up is 20 minutes, and you know what - that isn't too far short of a 5K.
Whatever it is you THINK you can't do. You CAN. Surprise yourself!
Monday, March 08, 2010
One of the things I love about my job is SCRUBS!
I never have to decide what to wear, I am usually happy to just find some nice jewelry to match. However, every once in a while, I have to wear a suit. Usually it is for a conference of some type. This past week I was an invited speaker on Team Building and on Annual Assessment of Medical Education Efficacy. Sounds fun right? LOL, but it is a free trip to Orlando and a chance to wear a suit. I realized that the last suit I wore was exactly one year ago when I was speaking at the same conference....and it was a size 22, a size I am happy to say does not even pretend to fit me anymore. I went for my first shopping expedition to a "normal" store. I was surprised to find a nice, plain black suit in size 16. Imagine my surprise when the size 16 was TOO BIG! (so sad, tragic really). Alas, there was one 14 remaining, so I left the store giddy. Above are pics of me in my suit this weekend at the conference compared to a larger suit last year. It is wonderful to finally like how I look in professional clothes.
Next up is the bathing suit challenge as my trip to Exuma, Bahamas is only 3 weeks away...wish me luck!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Today is my 7 month Sparkversary and it is an appropriate time to reflect on my journey so far. Below is my starting measurements next to my current ones (as you can see from the picture above, I've come a long way!):
7/27/09 2/27/10 Difference (in inches)
Neck 15.25 --> 13.0 = - 2.25 inches
Top of Arm 18.0 --> 13.75 = - 4.25 inches
Chest 50.0 --> 41.0 = - 9.0 inches
Waist 43.5 --> 32.0 = - 11.5 inches
Hips 56.0 --> 46.75 = - 9.25 inches
Thigh 35.0 --> 28.0 = - 7.0 inches
Calf 19.5 --> 17.25 = - 2.25 inches
Weight 286 lbs --> 210 lbs = 76 lbs
Last week I reached my halfway point to my goal. I started at 286 and dream of being 140, so halfway was -73 lbs at 213 (I am 5 foot 5 inches, medium size frame). I remember how overwhelming that goal was at the beginning (I know most of you recognize this feeling), and I have to admit I still feel overwhelmed when I think about having another 70 lbs to lose to reach my goal. I quickly learned that short term goals are more important than the long term ones. If I can suggest anything to those of you who still have a long way to go it is: "don't think about it!' Come up with a goal for the month. I mark time with events (graduations, weddings, anniversarys, birthdays, vacations) and choose reasonable goals. For example I am leaving on vacation March 26th, and I would like to be down to 202 by then (ok if I am honest I would like to be 199...the infamous ONEDERLAND, but I would be happy to be close). Achieving short term goals leads to feelings of accomplishment and yes, even some pride. Sometimes I hit my goals, sometimes I fall a bit short, but it gives me something to shoot for!
Final word of advice: CONSISTENCY
Many Sparkies have emailed me asking how to keep motivation alive. My answer: you can't. Motivation is fleeting. For the first 2 months I had TONS of motivation, I felt almost invincible. Then suddenly, it wasn't there everyday. Despite great progress, I discovered that some days I just didn't want to do it...didn't want to eat healthy, didn't want to exercise etc. My journalling helped because I could look at my goals and my progress. Spark buddies helped as well, cheering me on during days that I just wanted to curl up with a bag of M&Ms...Then like lightning, I realized something: I can't depend on motivation. No matter how much I want it, some days are flat. But I can control my consistency. So when the motivation wave is present, I ride it as hard as I can, but when it is hiding I depend on my consistency. Not eating right? - NOT an option. Not exercising? NOT an option. Don't want to do it today? - Too bad, get over it and get it done.
In conclusion, I want to thank my Spark friends. You have made this journey so different from other ones in the past. Every day I look forward to your blogs, your updates and cheering you on! Thank you for being there for me during the past 7 months. Spark people ROCKS!
February 27, 2010 ~ 210 lbs
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Is it strange that I feel self-conscious typing that title "I am a skier" ??
I am trying to own who I am now, not who I used to be
Inside of me is a person who still feels clumsy, slow, big, and conspicuous, but I know that I am not that person anymore. I skied on my new skis & boots yesterday and I felt so graceful, fast and smooth on the snow - I need to look in the mirror and see that person. The athlete inside of me is getting out more and more often and I want to embrace her.
I think buying new skis helped because I don't feel like a spectator like I did at the beginning of the season. I actually feel like I belong on that hill and I feel like someone might actually look at me and say "look at that girl ski" and not "look at that fat girl" Isn't it awful that those same feelings are still swirling around in there? But truthfully, they are quieter and relatively easy to ignore. Because, deep down I know who I am and who I want to be...and that girl CAN ski!
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