Monday, July 20, 2009
Well we're starting Week 8 in the Summer Shape-up Challenge! This will show who's in it to win it! And not just to win the money, but to win their life back! I'm so excited about doing the 5k with everyone! It will be such an accomplishment! I remember my first one and how incredible I felt for finishing it even though I went at a snail's pace. Whether slow or fast, it's something most will never accomplish and we will have many who will do it!
From the personal side, I actually worked today - all day! Whew, don't want many of those days, but it was productive except for the fact that I didn't get my workout in. I missed my window of getting it done this morning since I got up at 4:15am with my hubby, then tried to get back to sleep then got up to go the office for a 10am meeting. I'll get better with my Monday schedule. Fortunately it's my only "work day" of the week. But at least when I checked my body fat, it was at 24.9%! Down almost a full percent! Most people are a scaleaholic, I'm a measureaholic! I measure myself every week and check my body fat every other week! I can't help it! This is where I've seen the most results!
I can't wait until I'm under 20% body fat - that's my goal.
I'm heading to NJ beach to hang out with a friend this weekend, but she doesn't realize she's going to have the workouts of her life while I'm there! I'm going to have a great time, but exercise is now just a part of me and I'm not going to not do it because I'm away! I'll be on Sparkpeople tracking everything! I love it!
Well, I think that's it for now! Still enjoying the process, and enjoying my size 6 pants even more!!! I'm NEVER going back!!!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Well, we're halfway through the Summer Shape-up Challenge and I'm really revving up the workouts! Trying to do a minimum of 90 minutes a day.
It's a little disappointing when I see some challenge teammates "dropping out", meaning, they're not showing up, tracking or communicating. But I guess that's life. It shows those who have made a decision to change their life for the better and those who are just trying something and quitting something else. So I choose not to focus on those, but to focus on the ones who are putting their heart and soul into making the right decisions for themselves. It's not about being perfect, goodness knows we all mess up from time to time, but it's about being consistent with effort! And there are so many who are still so focused! The Challenge has become so personal to me. I want each person to reach their goals, but I can't want it more than them. I've tried to be a good coach, cheerleader, and motivator and I just get so excited when I see people who felt like they wanted to give up, but didn't. They keep going as CHAMPIONS DO!
So, these are the ones who motivate me! So it makes me want to set the best example. I'm loving it!
Went swimsuit shopping today for a weekend trip I'm taking in a couple weeks. Still don't like this process. Not ready for a bikini but not loving the other styles either. Oh well, I'll find something!
Still enjoying the process!
Sunday, July 05, 2009
I haven't blogged in a few days, but wanted to check in. I look at myself in the mirror and I can see how people get anorexic because they still see the "same old person" in the mirror. I don't really see a difference when I look in the mirror. But when I extended my legs this morning, my thighs looked so thin. It was weird. I remember thinking I looked like a cartoon character because my thighs were so big and my lower legs so small. Now they're actually proportionate. It's when I put on clothes, even underwear, that I can tell the difference. Things fitting SO big on me. Was I really that big? Yes I was. And six months later, six months of hard work and eating right, I've gone from size 12 to size 6. I can barely believe it. I haven't even lost 20 lbs of the almost 40 I wanted to lose. It shows that by doing the right things, eating right, exercising, strength training, tracking, consistently, it DOES PAY OFF! This is my life, I'm not done yet, have a little more body fat to lose. Not wanting to be skeletal thin, but I have a small frame for 5' 3" so when I can wear my goal outfit, I'M THERE! I know I'll do by end of summer!
The Summer Shape-up Challenge is teaching me things as well. Like in life, you learn who makes a decision to change their life, versus those who are not yet ready. I want each person who signed up to get healthy and create the right habits, but I can't do it for them. I go back to a previous blog where I mentioned how easy it is to eat wrong, to not exercise, to procrastinate. IT'S TIME TO NOT HAVE IT EASY!!! It's so worth it! It's okay to "fall off the wagon" AS LONG AS YOU GET RIGHT BACK ON!!!
I'm happy I made the change from diet to lifestyle. It wasn't easy, but wasn't as hard as I thought it would be ONCE I MADE THE DECISION. I wish the best to all of you out there who are MAKING THE DECISION!!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Today, did not want to go work out. I rarely have those days anymore, but today was one of those days. But I did what champions do: I DID IT ANYWAY REGARDLESS OF HOW I FELT. And it ended up being a great workout! Did my strength routine and like normal was sweating like a pig when I finished it, then was about to get on the Glider when I saw a class was starting. I inquired and it was Kickboxing so I did it. It was a serious cardio workout - I loved it!
Glad I went. Gotta do it even when I don't feel like it. I don't feel like brushing my teeth every morning, I don't feel like taking a shower every day, but I do it because I need to. That's how exercising has to become for us. I'm getting there and enjoying the process!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Went to a business conference the past two days. I can't even tell you how many people commented on how great I looked and how I've lost so much weight and what am I doing, etc. I have two reactions to this: 1) Wow, this really strokes my ego, I'm looking GOOD! and 2) Was I really that big that it's that noticeable??? It's funny that we don't really notice when we're losing weight/fat as much as others. I don't look in the mirror and think "Wow, I've really lost a lot." My clothes show it, and since I see myself in a mirror every morning, I don't look so different. Funny, I've lost less than 20 lbs, but the inches are so obvious! So my message for today is, don't let the scale get you down!!! Keep noticing your clothes and your body fat! Mine was 35% in December, 25% now. So many of us feel so discouraged when the scale doesn't move. I still have almost 20 lbs to lose, but I've got from close to size 14 to about size 6 in less than 6 months. It's hard work, but I've been enjoying the process so much I haven't noticed.
I made the decision to ENJOY THE PROCESS! So here's to you enjoying the process as well! - Tia
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