Saturday, November 24, 2012
Thanksgiving has come and gone and I'm very happy to say I did well. I passed on many things I usually eat seconds, and I limited myself to one small portion of the things I did eat. I left the table full, but not stuffed liked a turkey myself, and I even had a sliver of my two favorite pies. I also made it a point to workout before our family dinner began and ate healthy filling meals earlier in the day so I wouldn't be as hungry when the big dinner time came. Over all I feel I did really well.
Now comes the onslaught of holiday parties, baking, and all day shopping excursions with a few fast food bites squeezed in between stores. I have a short term goal, I have a long term goal, I found workout helps me manage my stress, and I have learned how to put me first sometimes, but I have to admit I am worried. I'm not just trying to maintain for the holidays, I'm trying to lose weight. This time of year it seems that everything is stacked against me.
I know I will have no less than 10 holiday parties to attend over the next month with all kinds of treats and goodies that are not ideal for me. I love to bake, I always bake a lot over the holidays, both for others and my own family, and I fear that alone could be a problem for me. It is hard to stay on track when everything around you is so tempting and bad. However, I have a plan.
I've started putting fiber bars and healthy snacks in my car for when I'm running around shopping and running errands, since the weather is much cooler now I don't have to worry about them melting or getting mushy in a hot car. I have also stocked up on quick and easy, as well as healthy and filling, breakfasts that I can eat either before I leave in the morning or on the way to work. I've been packing my lunch for several months and that won't change, but I've also added some extras to my lunch box to help me pass on the holiday goodies everyone brings into the office.
I know I won't pass on every holiday goody that I encounter, nor would I want to, after all I want to be healthy not miserable. I also know I will bake quite a bit of goodies that I will "sample." However I know that I will also increase my workouts, both intentionally by working out more, and by walking all over a ton of stores shopping. I will also be watching the scale closely because I want a large margin of error to make sure I don't miss out on horseback riding.
Maybe I'm over thinking things and worrying too much, maybe I'm not thinking things through enough and I'll fall short of my goals. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, the holidays are a time of food, fun, and family. I don't plan on missing a moment of them and I wouldn't want to, but the holidays don't have to be a food free for all with no limits and no logic. I set a limit for how much I spend when I do Christmas shopping so why wouldn't I set a limit for how much I eat when Christmas partying? Limits keep my bank account balanced and they will help keep my scale balanced as well. And I will still get to enjoy all the festivities of the season.
Here's hoping your holiday season brings you joy and love. Thanks for listening.
Good Luck and Keep Sparking,
Friday, November 16, 2012
My husband and I both love M*A*S*H, we watch it all the time. There is an episode from an early season where a football loses a leg and feels like now he has nothing to live for because he can't play football. Near the end of the episode Radar O'Reily, who is a fan of this football player, reminds the wounded man about one of his best games. His team was losing and it was near the end of the game, but they just kept running short passes down the field until they were able to score and win the game. Radar suggests that this young man try the same strategy in his recovery.
"What's my point?" I know you are asking yourself this right now and here it is. Much like taking things one step at a time, sometimes it is the short goals that help us reach our ultimate long term goal(s). Well I just figured out my first short term goal. I'm leaving for a trip of a lifetime at the end of January, I'm going to Hawaii. I'll be there for 7 days and I have a lot of activities planned. One of these activities is horseback riding. As you may have noticed from sparkpage, I love horses and horseback riding. I don't get to do it nearly as much as I would like, but I couldn't pass up on a chance to see one of the most exotic places on earth while riding one of the most beautiful animals on earth.
As we were making all our reservations, booking our activities, and reading all the find print I noticed one of the requirements for the horseback riding is that every rider must be under 230lbs. Although I happen to be under that weight right now, it's not by much. Also, I tend to where my yoga clothes when I weigh myself and they are very light. I don't want to miss up on my chance to horseback ride in Hawaii just because of my weight, I may never get another chance to do it ever again. So I am determined to be 200lbs or less by the time I get to Hawaii at the end of January. I leave 10 weeks from today, so if I lose 2lbs a week for the next 10 weeks I should make 200lbs. I know this is a very challenging goal and I have no illusions that I will a petite little thing in a bikini while on the beach, but I do plan on making the weight to ride horses.
The point of this is it gives me a short term goal to work towards, and it's something I know I really want so it will motivate me to work even harder. I am also painfully aware that it is right in the middle of the holiday season with Thanksgiving only a week away, so I will have some tough food challenges ahead, but I keep looking at pictures of Oahu and the beautiful places I could see on horseback and I know it will help me through. Also, even once my trip is done, I will have the benefits of being closer to my final goal weight and my way to a healthier me.
I plan to keep challenging myself to small goals until I finally reach my ultimate goal of 125lbs. I hope you found this helpful to you, I find posting very helpful to me. As always, thanks for listening.
Good Luck and Keep Sparking,
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I was hesitant to step on the scale this week after falling of the fitness wagon last week. I was sure that the number would be 10lbs higher than the week before and that I would lose all the progress I had worked so hard for. I kept putting off weighing myself, and working out. "What's the point?" I kept thinking that I had but myself so far back I might as well give up. It didn't help that I was feeling blue that day anyway. Finally, after work I decided that I didn't want to give up on my fitness goals, after all I spent all last week nagging myself about how I wasn't making time for my goals and now I was just going to give up? I don't think so. I decided it didn't matter what the scale said or how hard I was going to have to work, I was not going to give up. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and stepped on the scale. I waited a second and said a silent prayer, "please don't let it be too bad." I looked and I was down 1.7lbs.
I have to admit I reweighed myself 3 times just to be sure. That was all the motivation I needed. I hit my workout hard. I put more energy into it then I had in a while. I realized that even when you stumble, it doesn't take away from the journey, even if you have to backtrack a bit. Sometimes backtracking helps you realized what you've missed along the way. Nothing good ever comes easy. If I really want this, not only do I have to make time for my goals, I have to work at them. I don't mean just working out and planning healthy meals. I have to put thought and energy into how every aspect of my life fits in with my goals. It's ok to slip, it's ok to make mistakes because we all do. But knowing the things that get in your way and make you slip, or make it easier to slip, is sometimes more important than simply getting back and continuing on. Dusting yourself off and moving forward is important, so is taking the time to look at what tripped you up.
I have found that even though eating right and working out is becoming important to me, learning my triggers and what holds me back is more important. If I keep getting tripped up at the same place, I'll never get anywhere. For me, feeling overwhelmed and super busy is a slippery slope. Sometimes I throw in an extra workout as a way to clear my head and decrease my stress. But there are times when I feel so overwhelmed that I want to just curl up and let stuff go for a while and regroup when I feel better. It is in that time that I have to push harder, even when I don't want to, because if not I will fall back again.
Thankfully those time are few and far between for me, but they are there. This past week has been a good week because even though I was scared to get started again, once I did I felt even better about myself. I pushed through and made positive choices. Since the weather has been warm I have been trying to walk more and even walked to my polling place on election day. Because I have been busy at work I have eaten out more than I would like, but I have tried to make healthy choices even then. My husband is pretty supportive of my goals and tries to cook things that are healthier for me. He also helps motivate me to keep moving forward. Being a Marine he has a little experience in motivating people :)
I'm always learning on this journey and the challenges are abundant, but it will only make reaching my goal more rewarding.
As always, thanks for listening.
Good Luck and Keep Sparking,
Friday, November 02, 2012
I know I didn't write last week despite the fact that one of my goals is to post to this blog weekly. I have no excuse other than I simply did not make time for it. I have been super busy and I didn't really notice how much time was getting away from me. I've been planning my oldest son's birthday party, preparing for Halloween, and I've been busy at work. I was so busy I completely forgot to post.
However, the fact that this is a goal of mine and I completely forgot about it got me thinking. If I could so easily forget this goal, could I forget my other goals just as easily? It turns out the answer is yes. I've been great about tracking my food and working out regularly. I've hit my calorie intake and burn goals every day/week and feeling really good. When a good friend wanted to hang out and I hadn't gotten my exercise for the day yet I told her we could only get together if we went for a walk. She loved the idea and we walked and talked for 2 hours. Not a slow walk either, we were both walking briskly. According to my pedometer, were walked about 3.2 mph on average over the 2 hours. I felt really good about it and so did my friend.
Then, the very next day I took my kids to see a movie that I had been promising to take them to for a week. We stopped and had dinner first, and had popcorn at the theater. The next day we went trick-or-treating. My husband and I alternate who goes with the kids each year and who stays and passes out candy. Well it was my year to pass out candy. Not only did I not get the exercise of walking, I also had a whole bowl of candy staring me in the face all night. I ate 4 pieces. Last night I baked 40 brownies for my son to take to school for his birthday. At least I didn't eat the brownies. Today I was so busy shopping for food for the party I skipped breakfast and ate take out for lunch. The plus side was that I cleaned my house for over 3 hours, so at least I burned a few calories.
As I was sitting down enjoying my tuna sandwich dinner the thought occurred to me. I had answered my own question. When life starts getting busy we quickly see what is truly a priority and what is simply something we do when we have time. I have discovered that though I have been great at making me time, working off my frustrations through exercise, and looking at the positives of every obstacle I face, I've missed the point. If I really want to reach my goals I need to make the time to work on them, not work on them when I have the time.
I view this as another great learning experience, and though I have already kicked myself for this mistake I have also learned from it. We are all jugglers in the circus of life, we juggle jobs, family, friends, obligations, and everything else that comes our way. It's only a matter of time until we drop something and no one is perfect. The true test of our skill at juggling is keeping the important balls in the air and allowing the less important ones to fall. Sometimes the bigger struggle is determining which ones are the important ones. For me, I have learned that my healthy life goals fell too easily when confront by the barrage of a busy life. I know this won't be the last time something falls by the wayside, and I know I'll back slide many times while on this journey, but I know I'll reach my goals. I will do it because every mistake is a chance to learn and every step forward takes me closer to my goals. I will make it because I am determined.
As always, thanks for listening.
Good Luck and Keep Sparking,
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