Tuesday, January 31, 2012
It's the first time I made a detailed list of monthly goals and since the first month of 2012 has come to a close, I'm taking the time to reflect on and assess how I did. january went by really fast, too fast!
January 2012 Goals
o Maintain below 54.5kg - Highest Weight this month was 53.2kg (due to water retention and bloat), Lowest was 51.5kg! Today I weighed in at 52.5kg.
o Plan Weekly Menu in advance by Wednesday every week - Managed to churn out a weekly menu. Didn't always finish it on a Wednesday but at least I got it in by the weekend, just in time for grocery shopping. YAY!
o Track daily food intake in Kate Spade Planner - - Didn't use Kate to track what I ate but I did track daily on my Phone and transferred into my journal in another site (http://newyouforum.com/forum/showthread.p
- Get at least 45 mins of cardio 3x a week - - As per Spark Reports, this January, I burned 11,006 calories, exercised every day, and clocked in 2,243 Fitness Minutes!
- Follow Spark People Strength Training Plan - - didn't get to follow them regularly but that's okay cos most of the ST exercises were incorporated in my cardio workouts (i.e. bootcamp, circuit training). Will try to be more religious about SP ST next month.
o For Cardio: Pick Workout from my Exercise Jar - - I'd use the Exercise Jar whenever I was feeling lazy/indecisive. There were times, especially on weekends, when I'd choose my workout or try something new.
o Log in after each workout and note how it makes you feel Use exercise notes section of Spark People - - Very helpful! I'd note how the workout made me feel, what I loved about the workout and points for improvement. Must review my Noes report. I do this after logging in my Fitness minutes.
Mind and Spirit:
o Attend Mass 2x a week once on Sundays - Love spending time with God.
o Read 1 book - I finished The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma just in time and even managed to start a new one, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Learned a lot from The Monk - live simply, breathe deeply, wake up early... will have to read it again to fully absorb it.
o Finish writing affirmations/inspirational quotes in Kate Spade Planner for the month of June 2012 -
I'm ecstatic that I was able to stick to my goals. I feel like I did pretty okay. Granted I modified some along the way but I guess that's good because goals aren't supposed to be rigid anyway - they have to grow and move with you. At the end of the day, you have to do what works for you!
February is another opportunity to PROVE THAT I CAN! Posting my goals in another entry as well as on my actual SparkPage.
SparkFriends for the support!
Monday, January 30, 2012
I thought of skipping my workout this morning since my a/c was busted but i just couldn't do it. I had to move! I was tryig to figure out what to do and then I came across the sparkpeople seated workouts. Perfect, i thought - this should be easy peasy. While it wasnt as as intense as a normal standing workout, it was more challenging than i expected! And it provides more support so you can focus on particular muscles! Now i have moves that i can do while seated for when im at work or when im bumming around at home watching shows. So happy! I tried the seated cardio, seated core and seated upper body workouts.
Work today was good - hardly any dull moments. There was food tasting again after the meeting. Low calorie soups, chocolate covered strawberries and red velvet cake! Didnt have any though cos i wanted to save my appetite for lunch. I was a good girl. It may seems like i'm still stuck in the diet mentality but truth is, im really just trying to fill my body with the most nutritious food. If it's something rich or sugary, I don't want to eat just any random thing - I want to make sure that it's high quality stuff.
Ooh and lastly, wanted to share something i got from a work colleague. She was watching the golden globes last weekend and one of the winners said something that struck her - and it struck me too. In her speech, the winner said that the 2 most important days in a person's life is one, the day you're born and two, the day you figure out why. (Apparently, it's a Mark Twain quote.) Powerful stuff right there and totally in line with the priest's homily in today's mass. He talked about fulfilling our life's mission by figuring out our greatest attraction and gravitating towards that.
Life's good. Can't believe the first month of 2012 is almost over! Will do a January goals review and work on my February goals tomorrow.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I started the day right with an amped-up, butt-kicking workout, thanks to Billy Blanks (of Tae Bo fame). Had a relaxing morning, managed to read a few pages of my current book pick: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
I dropped my mom off at the airport at around 11am then went to the salon for my hair appointment which had been scheduled since December! It was one of the Groupon deals and it's the one of the best ones I've scored. I got a haircut, blowdry, Keratin treatment (straightens your hair) and a back massage all for USD 75, when it would normally have cost about USD 300 (The Keratin treatment alone is pretty pricey). I loved the people in the salon and the stylist was able to fix my mushroom pouf hair. Was so amazed that I actually looked neat and polished that I couldn't stop staring in the mirror.
Only downside is that I can't wash my hair (or tie it or sweat too much) for the next 3 days so I'm going to have to workout lightly ... with the a/c turned up. Can't miss a workout!
Salon people over here usually tend to push hair products on their clients but the stylist in this salon didn't, which I find really professional. I had to be the one to ask what shampoo I should use to maintain the effects of the treatment and he didn't name a brand, he just said it has to be sulfate-free. I even had to be the one ask if they had anything available. He explained what they had and even recommended that I get the cheaper one since they're basically just the same. I love that they weren't pushy at all.
Anyway. I don't usually spend too much money on hair products - I just usually use whatever shampoo my mom buys. But today, somewhere between the brushing and the blow dry, I realized something in line with maintenance - weight loss or otherwise. [U][B]If you want long-term, lasting results, you have to make the investment. [/B][/U] Investment can come in the form of money or time or effort.
It's pretty simple actually - If I want to make my hair treatment last long and I want to maintain its intended effect, I have to use the proper shampoo. Same with this maintenance journey - If I want to stay within range, I have to make time and put in the effort. That's it! I know it's easier said than done [B][U][COLOR="Red"]but guess what, we are so worth it. [/COLOR][/U][/B] Just the other day, I was thinking how tiring it is to plan out a menu or to wake up before dawn to get my work out in, whine whine whine but today's realization has re-energized, re-invigorated and re-focused me. This is the first time I've bought a fancy-schmancy shampoo from a salon and I'm glad I did because it'll remind to care for myself. After years of many salon treatments, it's the first time I've felt that I'm 'worthy' of a USD20 shampoo.
Now I see that it all boils down to self-esteem and self-respect. Back when I was obese, I never thought about caring for myself - physically, spiritually, mentally. I never even tried to make the effort probably because I felt ugly and undeserving. Now I see myself in a new light - not a selfish or self-centered way; it's about self-improvement so that I can be the best me I can be.
While I had a tough week dealing with the bloated feeling and weight fluctuations, I managed to power through. It was definitely a test of body acceptance. I am slowly but surely learning to love, respect and care for the new me.
After my salon epiphany, I headed to my favorite place on Earth - the supermarket! I bought new things to try out for next week - Kashi Go Lean Crunch (haven't tried this variant), wholewheat tortillas (less than 30g a piece), tofu, cottage cheese and a frozen low-calorie meal]. The variant I got is the asian tofu with brown rice and it's approx. 300 calories. I'm adding grilled veggies to it though when I have it for lunch tomorrow.
Ended the day with Mass. The priest even related the gospel to food and diet. He reminded us that we are what we eat. Put in too much fat, we become fat. We have to nourish ourselves properly, he said, so that we can live out our lives properly. Same with feeding our spirit and our faith - we have to nourish ourselves with God's word so that we can live in His grace.
I love it when things come full circle.
Great day indeed!
Monday, January 23, 2012
I've had such a relaxing Monday so far. No work since it's Chinese New Year and the government declared it a national holiday. Woke up at 4am - yep, my circadian rhythm has been set to get up at that time no matter what and did a round of Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga before breakfast.
I weighed myself after my workout and the scale said I gained 600g overnight! I wasn't too bothered - I'm still not - because I know that weight fluctuates. I'm just curious as to what caused the gain. Could it be water retention? Could it be that beans just bloat me (I had edamame yesterday)?
Whatever it is, there's no need to panic just yet. I'm still within my maintenance range - hurrah! I sound like a totally different person from who I was a couple weeks ago. If this had happened then, I probably would have freaked out, cut back even more on my food intake and exercised like a maniac.
After breakfast, I let my food settle first then I tried out the new bollywood dance workout I downloaded last night. It was so much fun - loose and relaxed like a slower Zumba but it still made me sweat. It teaches moves called "Feed the Chickens" and "The Gorilla Walk". It even has its own version of "The Running Man"! The instructor constantly reassures the exerciser to have fun and smile and laugh at 'yourself'. The video gives you room to embellish the moves as you please! The ab workout was a shocker, didn't expect it to be so intense and I actually kept falling over. Eventually, my core will be strong enough.
I had lunch at exactly noon as I was already pretty hungry. Because it's Chinese New Year, my lunch was chinese inspired. Had beef broccoli stir fry with oyster sauce and a fruit salad of kiwi, papaya and Dragonfruit! It's the year of the Dragon after all. Dragonfruit was a little bland on its own but it complements the other fruits in the mix very well. Was hoping the flesh would be red but the one I got was white.
I booked an at-home spa manicure and pedicure and the nail technicians came in after lunch. Oooh 3 hours of bliss. It was so blissful that I fell asleep while my nails were being done. I picked a bright red polish to ring in the year of the Dragon. I loved the leg massage part of the foot spa - great way to soothe my tired muscles! Next time, I'll get the full body massage package. I should really make this a monthly thing - me time is important!
While the nail techs were doing their thing, I chanced upon SP's Secrets of Success on Organization. The tip that sparked me was one on decluttering - it suggested that you throw one thing out everyday. One thing, just one thing! I plan on making it one of my February 2012 goals but I got so excited that I threw out a bunch of things right after my mani-pedi!
My room is full of forgotten junk and I've been wanting to clean it up for a while now. I just never got around to it because I never seemed to have 'time'. Well, no more excuses now. All I have to do is throw one thing (ONE THING!) out every day. I can so totally do that. I usually get excited with projects like this, go all out and then get burned out and just completely chuck the idea. One thing I've learned on SparkPeople is to take things slow, especially when it comes to building a habit. So instead of going on a cleaning spree, I stopped myself after the third bottle of old moisturizer. Though I only threw out a bunch of little things (lighters, paperclips, lotion/moisturizer, etc), my room already feels lighter and I can breathe better!
Also reviewed my January goals - one of them is to read 1 book! I totally spaced on that one so after my mini-decluttering session, I picked up a book I haven't read. Again, to make sure that I don't burn out, I'm reading it 1-2 chapters at a time. The book I'm reading is called The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. Interesting premise - a successful trial lawyer gives up his practice after having a heart attack to search for his life's purpose...and become a yogi! I think this book found me at the right time! The book has 13 chapters so I just might make it to month's end. Already put an alert on my phone to remind me to read.
Now I'm just waiting to get hungry for dinner. Hope you're all having a nice day!
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