Monday, March 01, 2010
Happy Monday Everyone! I am writing this blog not only for me, but for all who lose faith in themselves just because you didn't exercise for that day (or two), or sneak in an extra piece of....oh let's say....cake, I have just one thing to say, and that's Believe In Yourself. Don't get discouraged. I had such a busy weekend, that I didn't even fit in my strength training, or cardio for Saturday or Sunday. I did however, shovel when we had a small snowfall on Saturday...and going up the stairs, I took two steps at a time. In my house, I've got roughly 24 steps, (12 going downstairs to the basement, and 12 more going upstairs to the bedrooms from the main floor)....I think the trick, too, is to squeeze your butt cheeks as you walk, or run up the stairs. But there are other ways to get in exercising, like shovelling or vacuuming (you may have to bend over a lot, or even squat). Drink lots of water too because you'll sweat a lot...As far as food consumption, eat slowly.....it is soo true that it takes your brain 20 minutes to register that you are full. I ate some cake and ate it slowly, and I didn't even finish. The same for the chicken wings slathered in BBQ sauce, I had 10 on my plate, but only ate 5, plus I licked my fingers....but this does not give me authority to go back to my old eating habits, this is just a slight diversion which I will probably come across once in awhile. I am so focused on losing my weight, but now I'm thinking realistically, and believing in myself. I will succeed.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I gave myself a big hug today because I worried about gaining extra poundage during the "birthday" season. I didn't do any cardio last night because I ate too much at dinner ( I meant, I ate too much CAKE after dinner). I have my arsenal of "goodies" ready for any tempation, and even if I slip once, I know my efforts and dedication will pay off for just a day, then I'll get back to my routine the next day. I've been reading a lot about "down time" for the body. I understand that if your body relaxes for a day, you can still burn calories because your metabolism is still in full gear. Just keeping up with regular activities (vaccumming, walking up and down the stairs, mowing the lawn, gardening, etc.) will keep the metabolism steady, therefore the calories you ingest won't be stored. I don't mean eat chips and junk whilst vegging on the couch, you can still indulge a little, just keep active.
I feel silly thinking I got myself worked up, but now in retrospect, I really must love myself because i actually do care about what happens to me and my body.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I got bloated and gave myself gas today just thinking about the dreaded family birthdays. We have a couple of birthdays in February, a couple in March, quite a few in May, a few more in June and July, all the way into October. Don't get me wrong, I love both my families (hubby's extended and my extended family) What I mean are the cakes, treats and restaurant meals I will be partaking in. My willpower for cake is not very strong. For example, tonight we celebrated my hubby's birthday. I portioned out my food during the day, to allow for the "extra"at dinner, but I didn't account for the honkin' huge piece of cake I hoovered. Now as i write this, i feel so blah, and now that it's late, I can't do my cardio either. No biggie as this wasn't a strength training day for me, but, still, I have been very diligent in doing my cardio EVERY day. And now I have gas. Great. When I worry or overthink things, I get bloated and tooty. I know exactly what i will do as my brain is working overtime here. I am going to arm myself with celery, raisins and crunchy peanut butter. I think I can still eat a sliver of cake, or enjoy the restaurants' entree salads, (my fav is raw spinach salad with walnuts, grilled chicken, tangerine slices drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette dressing), without compromising me. The celery, raisins and peanut butter I will use a backup. (or maybe a handful of almonds, or a yogurt). Yup, I'm ready now....bring on the birthdays and cravings. I'm so ready for it.
Friday, February 19, 2010
I used to dread the weekends.....sitting on the couch, watching tv, mindless snacking...but not anymore. Now I am checking the weather reports, and if it's not snowing, I will go outside for my walk. I've upped my treadmill workout with a light jog for about 5 minutes, which is all my legs can handle right now. I have it in my mind that I will jog for my entire cardio workout (soon), at least that's my goal. I used to run cross-country at school a long, long time ago and I loved it!
....and now I love my weekends!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wow.....I just read treble02's blog, checked out her spark page, and I was totally moved by her pictures & stories. I am blown away and in awe of her determination and motivation to herself. She looks amazing, she probably feels great about herself, and I am so determined to accomplish my goals.....I posted a comment on her page, and it made me feel good to read her stories. She is truly an admirable example to live by
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