Saturday, September 07, 2013
I adopted Sparky at the end of January of this year... and he has become like my child lol. I wish I could take credit for his awesome name, but it was already his name from his previous owners who could no longer keep him. If that wasn't a sign that he was meant to be my fur baby, I don't know what is.
Since then he has kept me accountable with our daily walks. On the days I work my brother or mom come over and make sure he gets his walk. So he knows, come 9-11 pm, someone will be there to take him for his walk. He also can sense when I might be getting lazy, because he will make sure to whimper if it's approaching 11pm and we haven't left yet. He gently reminds me that it's time to get off my tush!
Sparky eats in the afternoon when I wake up (since I work nights), and if I sleep in a little late he is patient to a point, and then if I push it too far, he let's me know that he's hungry. He gets excited to eat, he loves his food, he wags his tail and he gets to his bowl and he chows down. But his daily walk is the world to him. If he even begins to think I might be flaking, he will let me know, and get all crazy. One day he walked right over to his leash, sniffs it, as if he was saying "It's still here, so what's the problem?!"
So I am trying to take a page out of Sparky's book. I can like to eat, I can thoroughly enjoy it, I can eat yummy things and then move on with my day. But the real adventure is the ACTIVITY. It's more fun, it gets us moving, our hearts pumping, and we have a great sense of pride and accomplishment after we complete it!
For someone who was/is an emotional eater (and still battle it today), it was a huge thing to me to take a step back and realize that food doesn't need to be the highlight to my day. There is so much more to life than just the food, and the feeling I get after I take him for a walk or do my exercise can not compete with the momentary happiness from eating any food. Don't get me wrong, I still love food and I always will, but I've been embracing that and cooking some healthier options and really experimenting with what I want to eat. Yesterday I made a steak sandwich that was to die for.
So let's all take a lead from Sparky and get out there and be active today, and let's enjoy it while we're at it!
^Sparky if he doesn't get his walk.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
First off, I apologize for being this highly obnoxious happy person that is celebrating everything! It is probably getting old, so I do apologize for that. I celebrated Onederland last month, this month I've been celebrating having one chin, you know, the finer things in life! But when you are on a journey to lose more than 100 pounds, it is a long hard road. If you don't take pride in all the little accomplishments, and continue to find new ways to motivate yourself, it is really hard to keep going.
I have never been big on the reward system, not because I don't think it's a great system (it's awesome), but it just was never a big deal to me. I bought myself some spiffy stuff for 50 pounds down, because in my entire life history of losing weight I never passed 40 lost. But after that, celebrating with my Spark Friends kind of became the reward. Instead of going out to buy something, I could post and celebrate with my closest Spark Friends and that would be enough!
This morning I weighed in at 191.8 which gave me my 80 pounds lost trophy. On a whim I decided to try out these size 16 shorts I bought that couldn't even zip up. On July 30th I posted the pic on the bottom, and the pic on top is today!
Sorry for the creepy pose, I was trying to show they were actually buttoned! Can I also say that I have not worn shorts in public in over 10 years, because I felt I was "too fat" to wear them. It took me a long time to realize I should never be ashamed of my body, no matter what it looks like, and I can wear whatever I feel comfortable with. I live in Los Angeles where it's often over 100 degrees, and would always wear jeans because I was simply too embarrassed. I have gone from a size 24 to a size 16 and I am going to wear these shorts, pasty legs and all, with PRIDE!
I just want to let anyone out there know, that there is nothing special about me. No matter how much weight you want to lose, you CAN lose it! You just have to be consistent, to dust yourself off when you fall down and get back to work. I've hit numerous plateaus and weeks of regaining 10 pounds, but you just have to keep pushing and keep turning it around. Turn to your Spark Friends for help and support when you are down, and turn to them to celebrate when you hit a milestone! Celebrate loud and celebrate often!
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
More than a year ago now, my girl Susan (IMSOOZEEQ) introduced me to the flying squirrels... no, not the little furry creature pictured above, but that pesky arm jiggle we tend to get under our arms! I had never heard that phrase before, but it totally described them perfectly.
So the other day, I started Hip Hop Abs with Shaun T (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE btw), and as I was doing a move that required me to pump my arms... I heard a weird *smack*. It startled me a bit but I kept on moving. All of a sudden two more *smack* *smack*. My dog Sparky didn't seem to be alarmed so I didn't think there was anyone at the door, or creeping around outside. I continued on and sure enough *smack* *smack* *smack*! It was the attack of the flying squirrels!
For a second it kind of bothered me... I've worked really hard, I've lost almost 80 pounds... I've dedicated a lot of time and energy into this journey... and I still had these flying squirrels just flapping away. I had a brief moment where I was a little upset about it, and what has happened to my body, but I quickly snapped out of it! I hadn't heard the flying squirrels *smack* around in a long time, and that reminded me that I was working out and working really hard to lose the rest of this weight. The flying squirrels never made noise while I was sitting on the couch, sitting in the fast food drive thru, or eating all that unhealthy food. They were smacking around and making noise because I was pushing myself out of my comfort zone, trying a new exercise, burning some calories and getting my sweat on! So to the flying squirrels I say FLAP on! They are nothing to be ashamed of, and I will flap mine with pride!
Sunday, September 01, 2013
This is not a drill! But don't be alarmed, no one stole the other 2 chins (I used to have 3), but apparently over the last 17 months they have gone missing, and I have no intention of looking for them! Now before you see the picture, I will say I was the Queen of camera angles. I could make 2 chins look like 1, or 3 chins look like 2, all from the right angle. But this new picture is actually straight forward and genuine. On top of that I was looking in the mirror and I saw it first hand, 1 chin. I couldn't believe my eyes!
So I texted my coworker to let her in on the news! She was laughing at me and then she says "Um, you really should look in the mirror more often, it's been like that for a while now!" I said I just noticed today, when I look in the mirror my eyes immediately go to the stomachs. She knows how I joke and stuff, so she wasn't phased by this, she just said "Well every once in a while, look UP!" This was definitely a huge NSV, and I am feeling really good. Sometimes it is SO easy to look at how far we still have to go, or to look at the things we like least about ourselves, like my stomachs or the flying squirrels (my arms)... that we don't see how much other things are progressing... like having 1 chin and some pretty killer calves. :) I am going to make sure to continue to look at what I have achieved, and not just think about how far I still have to go... and I'm going to learn to appreciate all the little changes. I'm going to make more time to look around and smell the roses!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
When I started off losing weight, the smallest of changes were able to get the weight rolling off. Although there is nothing easy about weight loss (at any size), small changes in my eating, and being slightly more active resulted in big losses. As time went on, I walked more and more, and I lowered my calories and made even better choices, and the weight continued to come off. I overcame many plateaus, and I started walking farther and farther, but I've never consistently made big changes to my plan.
The plan that worked for me when I was over 200 pounds does not work as effectively now. Sometimes I think my body is so confused... I am around 195, there is still PLENTY of weight to lose, especially in my stomach, but my body seems to worry that we are wasting away. I've known for a while now I need to up my game. I've known I've needed to do additional exercise to add on to my walking (Because Sparky needs his walks no matter what ), but I've been all talk! Just as I often am with my strength training. I know first hand that my arms need work, and more importantly I know how important strength training is but for some reason I refuse to get on board and do it consistently.
So September is going to be the month of change for me. I have gotten too comfortable in my routine, and despite my "feeling fat days", I am quite enjoying my 195 pound body. But I am not done losing weight, for health reasons and vanity reasons (hey, at least I'm honest ), There is nothing wrong with being comfortable, I have worked really hard to lose 77 pounds and I definitely deserve to be happy and comfortable in my own skin... and I definitely am. But as my buddy Annie on here says, good things happen when we get a little uncomfortable. Uncomfortableness can drive us to change and push even harder, and I'm ready for that next step in my journey.
I recently ordered Hip Hop Abs and I love it! Absolutely love it! At my weight abs are the least of my worries, but getting in an awesome work out and working on my core strength (which I really need to work on) is definitely my cup of tea! For the first time ever I printed up a workout schedule, and September is going to be my month of actually doing what I say I'm going to do!
I am also working on cooking more healthy meals and relying less on processed food. I took the time to plan out my calories, because I know with more exercise comes more calories, but not so much so that it undoes all the efforts put in with exercise. I am going to work on tweaking the calories until I can find the sweet spot.
Here is my calendar and my goals for September:
One thing not on the calendar is my walking, that happens everyday with Sparky or at work, it's a given and I didn't need to put that on there, but it is still a huge part of my goals.
Hit 2,000 Fitness Minutes for the first time ever! I came close this month but didn't push it, so I fell short.
Continue to try new, healthy recipes until I get a good amount that I can rotate and incorporate into my weekly routine.
To follow my workout calendar the best that I can, with special attention to the strength training for my arms... that is what always seems to get forgotten.
Pay attention to my body. I have arthritis in my knees, a metal plate in my leg and screws in my ankle... I need to listen to my body and if I feel like some of the exercises are too much or I'm facing a flare up, I will scale it back.
I also want a huge focus to be paying attention to my body in terms of hunger. Eating when I'm hungry, stopping when I'm full, you know, all that good stuff.
Let's all join together and make September a good month! If August was great, use that momentum to propel you right into September! If August wasn't everything you hoped it would be, or was just down right horrible, let's just forget about it and start off fresh for September!
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