Saturday, November 12, 2011
I went to my Doctor yesterday to get an 'all clear' to start jogging again. I was given the 'all clear' with a very stern warning: you must keep on strength training. If you want to keep jogging, you must balance it with the strength training or this ITB will re-occur.
........and slowly the realization that this new way of doing things needed to be a forever thing began to hit me.......
I did my first 35 minute jog today and it was wonderful, no knee pain and that same feeling of strength which I am thoroughly enjoying in everything I do, and now I'm beginning to see that to keep doing what I enjoy I will need to keep up with the strength training too. I'm not sure what I was thinking before the doctor spoke to me. I guess I was thinking of letting it slip as I increased my jogging time. There's nothing quite like the sternness in a doctor's voice to wake a person up!!
It's the same with the new diet. I think that part of me is thinking that once I reach my goal I can begin to let things slide a little bit. Maybe by not tracking my food as much or eating more of the junk food than I have been. But, realistically, if I do that I will be in the same position in another five years. I've noticed that all the people who are maintaining weight, or very near to it, still have health projects on the go - more exercise, more muscular, more veggies - they still see themselves as being on a programme. Maybe that's the secret of success here.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
I've been reading blogs that have been reviewing the month of October and the ups and downs people have been through. So, of course, I began thinking about what the month was like for me. October was my second month in the programme, and I would say that the conclusion I have come to at the end of it is that now there are certain things that I do that seem to have evolved into habits over the course of the month.
Drinking water - I now long for a glass of water and cannot settle down to bed without making sure i've had my 8 glasses.
Exercising - I used to exercise sporadically. Thanks to the ten minute challenge (which I'm almost finished) I'm now slipping in some extra movement into my day everywhere. Getting those ten minutes in has become a neccessity for me.
Waking up earlier - I used to sleep in until the last possible moment. Now i'm up at 6 and giving myself some sparktime instead of rushing through my morning.
Packing lunch - best thing I ever started doing. This has made the biggest difference in my diet.
Strength training - I still don't enjoy it, but I do it.
Eating less - I don't mourn not being able to eat a massive amount of food now. Somehow my brain just knows that's how it is, and my body is more accepting of smaller amounts. I'm not longing for the chocolate this week the way I was even a week ago.
My wieght loss has been steady, which means i must be one of the lucky ones because there are a lot of blogs out there about people who are following all the rules but not losing. As I'm now down to my last 4kgs which need losing I'm a little nervous that that will start happening to me. If that happens I suppose it will mean a bit of a game plan change.
All in all, at the beginning of November I finally believe that I can do this and that I will lose the weight because of the results that I have seen so far.
So, here's to a wonderful November! I am excited to see what it brings!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
This is in honour of all those small moments (and the mantra in my head that says -' is this a treat, or a regular part of my diet now?' and 'somebody busier than me is exercising right now'):
When I ate all my veggies, but shared half the chicken and potatoes with my husband
When I really wanted that carton of chocolate milk, bought it, but only drank a third of the carton before throwing it away.
Looking at all the tasty treats in the coffee shop and only ordering skinny cappucino. (I have not had a caramal latte in so long now - because it is a 'treat' not a regular part of my diet......)
For saying 'no' to the cake in the office kitchen, the second biscuit, the piece of chocolate.
When I didn't want to exercise, but thought of other people pointing out that this is part of the 'new' me, the 'new' lifestyle, and decided to run around the room for ten minutes, stretch for ten minutes, walk to the store, go on an outing, buy a pedometer.......
For making what is sometimes a huge effort to choose the healthy option. For deciding to change what I do.
And this is my gratitude:
To the people who blog their ups and downs on Sparkpeople
To the people who comment on my comments, be it a message board, blog or Sparkpage
To the wealth of information on this site, especially the motivational articles
To the teams and challenges
Those sparkpoints and fitness minutes!!
The easy nutrition tools
That I live in such a 'walker friendly' city
That my gym is just up the road
That there is always a healthier choice.
Because, today I reached a normal BMI. Today I lost my fifteenth pound.
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