Saturday, March 31, 2012
It's a cool morning in Central Iowa, not near the 80+ degree high that had been predicted earlier in the week, and we're off to a family picnic.
We'll have tons of fun, laughs, and and of course an Easter egg hunt. And get a load of this menu:
- fried chicken
- BBQ chicken
- baked beans
- potato salad
- birthday cake
- and don't forget the Easter candy!!
Oy!! I'm bringing some veggies!!!!!!!!! And I'll be bringing my own water, because with this group, they'll probably have Coke & Mtn. Dew. (No thanks!)
So I'll be enjoying some BBQ chicken & veggies, and knowing me I'll splurge on a little bit of baked beans, potato salad & dessert OR cake. And when I return, it will be time for my long Saturday workout.
Looking forward to a good time!!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Iíve been mostly diligent with tracking, etc. on SparkPeople since 11/1/11, and I love my Spark Community. And after my 3# gain last week , Iím down a total of 6 pounds since 11/1. (sigh) Iíve got the 8+ down , and Iím loving my evening workouts that keep me from raiding the fridge when I get home after work, but eating healthy, eh, I donít want to all the time.
A few weeks ago I got a call from my new health insurance partner telling me that I qualify for some free sessions with a wellness coach. ďSure.Ē The person asks a few questions and tells me I qualify for the Heart-Healthy program. ďOk.Ē The coach will help me set goals to reduce cholesterol (I actually only have a low good cholesterol) and lower my BP (mineís not really out of hand, but I do take Ĺ a water pill daily for it), and lose weight (magic words!). The sessions will be 10-15 minutes long, and I qualify for 3-4 sessions. (Ok!)
My first session with Sara, the coach, was yesterday. After our initial hellos, and telling her a bit about myself, she tells me sheís going to ask some questions, and help me set some goals for our next session.(Sounds good to me.)
Hereís a synopsis of the call:
Sara: Why do you want to work with a wellness coach?
Me: Iíd like to get off my cholesterol & BP meds , but really Iíd just like to get healthy.
Sara: Why now?
Me: Because Iíve been sleeping with a breathing machine since July, and I donít want to. I want to get rid of it.
Sara: What have you done to reach your goals?
Me: (Sigh, I thought sheíd be coaching me) I started tracking on SparkPeople on November 1, and I lost 10 pounds in November. I was sick in December, threw away January, and got back on track in mid-February.
Sara: What hasnít been working?
Me: Iíve got my waters & exercise down, but I donít always eat well.
Sara: How so?
Me: I really like my sweets , and I have a hard time staying on track.
Sara: Whatís the difference between November and now?
Me: You are really holding me accountable. I suppose I was busy at work last year, and I havenít been since January 1.
Sara: So you struggle most when you donít have the routine?
Me: Yes, weekends are hard, too.
Sara: It sounds like you need some strategies for when you are bored. Is that right?
Me: Yes. (Yes! Bring on the coaching!)
Sara: Ok, so before our next session, I want you to identify some strategies and distractions to use when you donít have your normal routine.
Me: Ok. (Huh? What just happened?)
Sara: Letís look at dates for our next session.
Me: Sure. (UGH!!!! She held me accountable!)
So, Iím researching strategies on SparkPeople, Fitness, Shape, etc. (about anywhere I can find).
I'd love it if you all will share your strategies, too. What keeps you focused? What other resources shall I research?
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
I know that sweets are my greatest downfall. I like fried foods, but I can take them or leave them. I love sweets, and I have a very hard time "leaving" them. I've said for years that I'm a chocoholic, and I believe that it really is true - I just don't have an "off" button for chocolate.
Enter SparkPeople's Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge: A 4-week Detox for Sugar Addicts. (Sounds good to me.)
The purpose of week 1 is to find out if your sugar cravings are out of control. (I'm pretty sure mine are.) Here is the action plan:
1. Assess your current sugar habits (by taking an assessment).
My result: I have situational struggles. No surprise here. I have the best of intentions every food day at work, every holiday, and every time I visit my mom. But then reality hits, and I eat what I want to eat. (sigh)
2. List the reasons you want to cut back.
I am a chocoholic and I want to break this sugar addition! Sweets, and chocolate specifically, are my alcohol. Ditching sweets alone won't help me lose weight. I'm changing my lifestyle, and I want to be able to say "no" to sweets, just like I do with alcohol. I want to be in control of it!
3. Record your sugar habits all week long.
Awareness is the first step to everything you want to change. I can't change what I am doing, saying, eating, etc. until I am aware of the current state. So for week one, in the Note section of my nutrition log, I will be recording when and why I have cravings for sweets and if I give into them. I need to figure out what my triggers are and when they happen before I will be able to manage them.
4. Learn how to earn your trophy:
Woohoo! Another trophy. I love SparkPeople, and I giggle when I think about how I get excited when I win a trophy or earn points. Points are worth what? Points. Ok, but I still like earning them!
I am sure this will be a challenge for me, especially since I have a birthday and a weekend away during these four weeks, but I can do this. I want to do it, and I need to do it. I'm commited, I'm in!!
Care to join me?
Monday, February 27, 2012
And I WILL get them! I've been researching the 78 exercise DVDs that I had in my Collage Video wish list, and I've narrowed it down to 20. I have also categorized and prioritized them. (Yes, I am a spreadsheet junkie.)
I've decided that instead of waiting until I get my birthday money to buy some, I have to take it a step furter and actually EARN them. I've broken my top selections into 5 different bundles, so I can earn a bundle at every 8 pounds weight-loss increment. I have 40 pounds left to lose, so I get the last bundle when I'm at my goal weight.
I can always continue to lose, since that is as the top of my "normal" BMI range, but that's my first goal. I plan to reach that goal by staying within my calorie range 6 days per week and exercising 5 hours per week. (More details are on my SparkPage if you are interested.)
First, SparkFriends, I want to thank you for your support and motivation to date. And, I need to ask for your help - please, please help to hold me accountable. There's no reason I can't do the work it takes to lose just 1.5 pounds per week.
Thanks in advance!!!!!
Sunday, February 05, 2012
After realizing I was not in the shape I thought I was, I'm giving the 30-Day Shred a try. Started day 1 with level 1 on 2/3, and I realized how terribly out of shape I've gotten in just TWO MONTHS! But now I'm in. I can eek out 35 min per day for fitness, and I know my abs won't feel like this for ever. (UGH!)
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