Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I'm really trying to figure out how to get re-motivated, but its proving to be harder than I realized it would. About 4 years ago I started a wonderful journey that lead to me losing 75+ lbs! I did all the right things for the first 2/3 of the journey, but once I got down to 115-120 lbs (which is my idea weight for my height and build), it was like something went wrong. I continued to obsess about losing weight and gaining lean (not bulky) muscles. Strangely I couldn't see that I was thinking too much about it... But I stayed motivated because my workouts helped me to fight my anxiety and alcoholism, so over all I felt wonderful.
Some time went by after the initial year that it took to get down to 108 (or less..) I maintained the weight loss for about another year, only gaining and losing about 6-8 lbs depending on everything. But then it seemed like everything started to fall apart. I got a promotion at work and the stress from the job really started to tear me down... Looking back, taking that job was the stupidest idea I ever had.
Fast-forward to today, I never work out anymore, not counting an occasional walk or house work, I barely eat any fruits or veggies, I stopped doing all the good things I learned to do, the good things that became a life style are now someone else's life style.. And worse of all I'm stuck back in my formally unhealthy rut that I was in when I started this journey!
Now today I am an unhealthy 145+ lbs! And I feel old again! Looking back, I can remember how I felt at the start... It was just like I do today :( I know I'm not as big as I once was- at my heaviest I was about 190+ lbs. But that is little comfort when every time I get on the scale I've gained more weight!
My mom has recently inspired me to get back on Sparkpeople.com and try to become an active member again. The problem that is really discouraging me is that I can't seem to stay motivated. My mom, who is 55, is doing more for her health and staying way more motivated than I have in a whole year! I'm so proud of her and happy that she is doing this for her health. Now I just need to find that inner voice inside of myself again that believes "I CAN do this!"
So I'm asking, even emploring my spark friends, team mates, what is currently helping you to stay motivated? If you have been successful is losing (and KEEPING the weight off?) what would you say has made the difference for you in this continuing struggle to make healthy choices and to keep yourself physically active?
For my team mates that are on the journey to adventually reaching their goals, what is keeping you going? What is helping you not to give up?
I know this is the part that is all in my head, but I'm hoping that talking about it and really trying to dig deep and consciously turn this around will help me to finally find my motivation again.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
About 4 years or so ago, I would have never dreamed that I'd be able to lose almost 80 lbs and become a lean, fit person that could run circles around people half my age- BUT I DID IT! It took a lot of hard work and determination, but I did it. I have my moments when I tend to want to give everyone but myself the credit for all that I accomplished, and indeed I realize that I did in fact have a great support system in my wonderful husband. But the truth is he was a "support system" and so was my faith [Jehovah God] as well as this website, SPARKPEOPLE.COM. But a support system alone isn't what helped me to change my life. The truth is, at the end of the day- it took ME being determined. I took ME getting up off my butt. It took ME putting away bad habits and sticking- no CLINGING to new healthy ones. And -as I sit here in this moment I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, I can do this again. I WILL do this again. I will use the support system I had before but this time- THIS TIME I will remember how important it is not to rest for one second. Not relax for even a moment. Vigilance is imperative and I will not succeed with out it.
With every battle we fight there must be a plan set in place. I too have a plan. After these past few years I've discovered what works and what doesn't. I have more knowledge starting out this time than I did before so honestly I ought to be very positive and comforted, b/c all the hard part of researching and learning HOW to do this is already done. But one can never have too much knowledge so one of my goals is to endeavor to continue to learn more and more about the things that are important to me.
Enough time has been wasted in my life! Its time for action!!! TODAY IS DAY ONE OF MY NEW LIFE. I couldn't be more excited. Re- implementing healthy habits will be a fun and excited welcomed change. Its time to get focused. And, while I know initially this may sound selfish, its truly not. But here's the bottom line. I have to start taking better care of ME. If I do that then I'll be better able to take care of my loved ones.
So here's a run down of my immediate plans:
*Awhile back I went thru a program called the 30DayPush.com I am going to get out all my notes from that, re-read them, and if necessary re-do the program so that I can center my life again.
*I remember when all this started a few years back. I was taking supplements to help me feel up to doing my workouts [things for my mood, my joints and my over all energy and health. Also I was taking fiber religiously- every single day before my biggest meals. Not to mention I supplemented a protein shake as a snack or meal after doing a vigorous workout to help my body recover faster. The point is I know HOW and WHAT to take, now I just have to DO it!
*When it comes to my workouts, there's a saying: "if it's not broke, then don't fix it!" Well I have a work out that I LOVE doing! TURBO JAM and TURBO FIRE. I used them to lose 80 lbs of fat before and replace it with muscle and I can do it again!!! So I'm going back to my routine of cardio on even days and strength training on odd days [and one break day a week].
*Last but not at all least~ #SPARKPEOPLE.COM has been one of the BEST tools to helping me get back into shape. I will be here every day from now on, logging in, tracking and trying to support others- in doing so I will also be encouraged to reach my goals.
I'm very excited about all this, but now its time to get up off my but and get started! PM me if you're interested in being SPARK BUDDIES!!! B/c I fully plan on sticking around for the long haul! I'm going to get down to 110 again!!!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Ah, I slept really well last night!!! This morning, no headache- so nice, no neck or back ache- very nice! The windows are open so I woke up to the sound of the birds. So calming! So peaceful. Days like this I feel like I have all the time in the world, but, the truth is, I know that's not true. Every day that passes is another day that we can either come closer to our goals or move farther away from them. So I think, its nice sleeping in, waking up slowly, not hurting- possibly because I slept so long- feeling so relaxing this morning... But there is so much to do! Do you ever feel like you have so much to do and even though it seems like maybe time is just standing still that its actually FLYING BY... you just cant seem to feel it? Like being on an elevator and not being able to tell if you're on the 1st floor or 10th...? I know, I'm not really on the 1st floor, but, I know I'm moving whether I want to or whether I like it or not. Just hoping its in the right direction and that I make it to the right place...
So contemplating my goals and desires~ I want to get back on track. What does that mean for me? Making better, healthier choices day by day and being consistent. It sounds easy enough. I think, honestly, it really its complicated, its just a matter of getting motivated and being positive. Why is that so hard?! Well, on beautiful pleasant days like this.... it seems a little easier!
* Eat a healthy brunch
* Workout- possibly go for a walk?
* Work around my house
* Make it to the meeting
* Get to be at a decent time so I can get up early tomorrow
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