Friday, December 06, 2013
I work at a school. At least once a week, the cafeteria makes hot, fresh cinnamon rolls for the kids' breakfast. The moment I enter the door, I get blasted with the wonderful smell of fresh bread and cinnamon, laced with sweetness. It is almost painful! I did not give in (I conjured up an image of my wedding dress) but wow, did I want to. Now that the moment has passed, I am naturally pleased with my choice, but it was torture in the moment.
Here's to me, continuing to make healthy choices for the day and to you doing the same!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I have to admit, I was really diligent and focused for a while and managed to lose 35 lbs over the course of several months. I was proud of myself, I had worked hard for it! Then life got crazy busy- I bought a house, started panning my wedding and yet I still managed to maintain my weight for a few months. The past few months the weight has started to creep back up and I have gained about 7 lbs back :-(. My work schedule is/was about 10 hours a day unless it's game day- then it's more. I had let myself make excuses because I was busy.
I realize that I am always going to be busy - this is my normal life!! If I want a future in which I am healthy, I need to incorporate healthy habits into my normal, super busy schedule! I don't want to play the yo-yo of losing in the summer and gaining in the winter. I want to reach a healthy weight ( which means a lot more hard work in the beginning) and then maintain a consistent weight!
I officially have 177 days until my wedding, which means I have about 130 days until dress fittings. I want to leave for my honeymoon and feel confident on the beach in a bathing suit.
This means no more excusing eating crap because I am too busy to cook. If I plan ahead and put in time on the weekends, cooking healthy should be simple and easy! This also means no more making excuses for not exercising! I have a gym membership, exercise videos and internet access - I should be able to make something work.
I just have to remember that when I get to the maintenance phase in 6-9 months (which really isn't THAT long) there will be more room for treats. As long as I continue to workout, the occasional indulgence will not harm me. Don't get me wrong, during the next 6-9 months I absolutely expect to have treats, it's just that once I get to the maintenance phase they can be a it bigger and a bit more often :-)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I am really struggling lately. I used to have my eating on lock down, but I have been epically failing lately. Yesterday, I ate on point all day, until after work. I got home and ate chocolate covered peanuts - way too many! Then I fell asleep on the couch and didn't wake up until Adam got home. We ate crackers, cheese and the venison sausage (from the deer he just shot 2 weeks ago) while the frozen pizza cooked. We ate the pizza, then had popcorn and finished the night with a bowl of ice cream. I still haven't totaled the damage, but I am sure it is huge. This morning I had a whole wheat bagel but stopped for gas and ate a candy bar for breakfast too. I have gained back 5-6 pounds now. I know some of it is that I haven't been home for 3 weekends in a row and will be gone again this weekend. I spend Monday and Tuesday catching up on stuff from the weekend and Thursday packing for the next weekend. I leave right after work on Friday. I will be gone again this weekend to try dress shopping again. Followed by Thanksgiving next weekend! Oh, and each time I have been out of town, I drive 3- 3 1/2 hours to get there, followed by restaurant food all weekend!
The thing is, I know the choices are bad when I am making them but my impulse control seems non-existent lately. I know that when I work out it is much easier to make the healthy choices. Knowing that I just put in a large effort to burn X calories makes it easier to decide that I won't eat eat them in the course of 10 minutes.
I don't know what shut off in me lately, but I need to find a way to turn it back on again! I don't even enjoy the junk I have been eating lately and yet I "have to have it".
Anybody else experience something similar? Any tried and true methods to break out of it?
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Today, I weighed in and my scale has told me the same weight 3 days in a row. It is official... I have a healthy BMI! I am down 35 lbs and have gone from obese, to overweight, to healthy in about 6 months. I am so proud of my hard work. I am so appreciative to the supportive people in my life and my spark friends are at the top of my list! A shout out to my "kick butt" team especially! Thank you for always being there to reel me in guys!
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Tonight I did something I haven't done in a long time! I ran for 8 minutes before stopping to walk!! It felt great! We ended up putting in a little over 4 1/2 miles in 55 minutes, which means I averaged a 12 minute mile. Now don't get me wrong, I know this is by no means a land speed record, but I think it is pretty good. I doubt I will ever be back to running the 6 minute miles I had in my cross country days, but I still feel accomplished. I wouldn't have even attempted a run 6 months ago in February when I truly started this process. It's amazing what 6 months can do. Also, it is amazing what friendship can do! My friend Carrie rode her bike along with me and encouraged me while I ran. I know it wasn't an easy workout for her either, but instead of complaining she continued to encourage me. "you keep going, I'll catch up" those words pushed me harder and further. If she could be putting in the miles and still be positive and supportive, the least I could do is give it my best effort. Definitely proud of both of us tonight!
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