Thursday, January 12, 2012
I have managed to meet and/or exceed my goals consistently this week so far. I am still on track with the January Jump Start Challenge. It really means a lot to me to get through this month strong. I want to be sure to exercise every day and I want to complete this challenge so I can really start this year off well. I even added an extra 10 minute abs & core workout to the mix today to meet the bonus challenge, and I did an additional 14 minutes of low impact aerobics, just because =)
I feel good. My sinuses are still bothering me, probably will for another week or so, it always lasts awhile, but that's not going to stop me. I find it ironic that I don't watch The Biggest Loser and their motto this season is No Excuses, and that is the motto I have adopted for this year (without knowing about The Biggest Loser using it.) I catch clips online, that's how I found out about the motto =) I might have to start watching it now though since that's my mission this year.
I finished that Endurance book by Jack Kilborn, started on The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but only read 2 of the short stories before Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay became available. I am currently reading the Dexter book. It's so different from where the series is at that it does get a little confusing at times.
I took pictures of my completed jigsaw puzzle and started on a new one. That's something my son and I sit down and do together when we get the urge. I also actually got quite a bit of housework done today, and mended some clothing.
All in all it was a very good day. I had much more energy and I didn't even feel tempted to take a nap today. Pretty crazy considering we had thunderstorms most of the day and that usually wipes me out.
We got our notice that our car has been fully paid off and the title is in the mail. AND my husband got an excellent annual review and a raise =)
So yes, today was a very good day.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Today ended up being a very fun day. I went to church this morning, which is part of my spiritual health goals. It was also the annual chili cook-off and I let my family talk me into participating. I never, ever expected to win or anything, my chili is so plain in my opinion and not spicy at all. Well apparently a lot of other people like it that way too lol. I got the 2nd place ribbon and there was not a drop of chili left in my crock pot. That really made my day more than I could have imagined. I love to win stuff, especially on something I did or made =) It was a good thing I had left a bowl of it home for my poor sick husband! Both my son and my husband said it must have been rigged, because I should have won 1st place... bless them =)
After that little high wore off I got a terrible headache and even though the thermostat read 80F I was so cold that I had to put my thick bathrobe on over my clothing and put some socks on to get comfy. That is so NOT like me. I am usually complaining about how hot it is. So we're thinking maybe I am not quite over my sickness, which makes sense, I am still very congested. I do hope it's not a sinus infection. Once those set in, I have a very hard time getting rid of them and they tend to keep coming back for awhile. So anyway, I took a nice 3 hour nap.
I woke up feeling better, but it was after 6pm so I just made some grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner (I love that!) It was so yummy. Talk about comfort foods =)
I did manage to meet/exceed all of my goals today. I even did my 20 minutes aerobics with Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds, it wasn't till 9pm, but I did it! I also managed to bang out that Day 1 cardio video from the January challenge. That was like an hour ago and I am still sweaty lol.
I do still have quite a headache and will go to bed soon. But I wanted to keep up with my blogging.
I finished reading The Black Echo by Michael Connelly today. I gave it 4/5 stars. It was a good detective story with some twists and surprises, enough suspense to keep me interested. The main thing I didn't like about it was the profanity. I've read books with more, but I think this one could have done with less. It was the first book in his Harry Bosch detective series and I do plan to read more eventually.
That puts me at 2/75 books this year. I am listening to Purity in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) ... I love the series and I especially like it as audiobooks, the voice actress does a terrific job bringing the story and characters to life =) My next book to actually read is called Endurance by Jack Kilborn. I've read one other of his books and I hope this one won't be too scary. He does tend to get a bit scary and very graphic at times. His style seems to be that of a super twisted episode of Criminal Minds.
So that's all for today. Thank you to all of you who take the time to read my blogs!
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Finished off week 1 of the January Jumpstart Challenge strong! I did my 20 minutes of aerobics, I did the Day 6 Arm Sculpting video today since I had screwed up and did Day 7's video yesterday AND I walked to the grocery, shopped and came back which took 30 minutes and had enough steps for a mile.
I met my water goal, my pedometer step goal and my calorie goal. My calorie goal was a small victory for me in self control. I made lasagna for dinner tonight and as soon as it came out of the oven I cut it up into proper portion sizes... against all my strong desires and wishes to start off with 2 servings, I controlled myself and only took one and doubled up on the spinach instead. I also only had 1 piece of garlic bread. When I was done eating I was completely satisfied and now I have even more lasagna than normal for other meals. Go me!
I did take a small nap today, because I had trouble sleeping through my husband's coughing and sneezing fits. I won't beat myself up over that, clearly I needed it. I read my daily Bible verse and took some time today to relax and read The Black Echo, less than 100 pages until I finish it =) I am 1/75 books read so far this year. I did, of course, spend excessive time on my computer, but I'm doing really well in everything else so I don't feel bad about it.
And now I will go read for awhile, rest more poor abs that are still quite sore from yesterday's workout and then start a pot of chili for tomorrow's annual chili cook-off at church that I signed up for. My first time, I hope they go easy on me ;)
PS... I stepped on the scale this morning and hit a new low, 227.0!!!!!! I don't want to update my Spark tracker until the end of the month though, but that was an exciting thing to see =)
Friday, January 06, 2012
There was nothing special about today, but that is a good thing in my book. I was able to stay on track very easily.
I did my cardio, 20 minutes of Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds w/warm up and cooldown and stretch.
Then I did the 15 minute Abs Workout video that was supposed to be tomorrow's challenge video, but I got the days mixed up, so I'll be doing Day 6's arms video tomorrow hehe. I really hate doing ab workouts. But I really hate my fat, flabby belly even more, so it's got to be done!
I easily stayed at the low end of my calorie range, which is what I aim for. And never felt deprived. I like that =) I also surpassed my water goal with 12 glasses so far and probably another 3 before bed. My bladder seems to be getting bigger lol.
I am currently at 6,000 steps on my pedometer. My goal is 5,000 at this time, which means I have to exercise to get there, but not all that much. As you can see, 20 minutes usually is enough. Next month I hope to raise the bar to 6.000 and eventually back up 7,500 and some day 10,000 =)
Umm yea, that's about it. My husband is sick so I've been spending time taking care of him. He got the nasty cold that I had the entire week after Christmas including New Year's. Poor baby =(
I read my daily Bible verse. I really need to read more than that, but it's better than nothing. I got to spend some time reading my current book as well. Still reading The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. No other hobbies for today besides being on my computer, probably excessively.
Thanks to all of my SparkFriends for your encouragement and positive remarks. It means so much to me to know that there are other facing these same weight loss hurdles and overcoming and sharing their journeys, successes and trials and set backs.
We got this!
Now to go swap the linens on the bed so I can relax and read before calling it a night.
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