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April Recap and May

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Man, last month was a busy one! I have been working more than most sane people would like, last week having worked 3, 12 hour serving shifts back to back. I'm attempting to save up some money for events I have coming up this summer, and also just to have. I once had a huge cushion financially, when I was back at my old military job. I am working on rebuilding it.

I did pretty well on my goals from April. I applied lotion/facial moisturizer every day. I ate within my calorie range most of the time, while I wasn't as great at tracking toward the end of the month as I could have been. I still binge drank, it is something that I am so good at avoiding for weeks at a time and then I have a week where I do it twice. One usually leads into the other.

I worked out every day in April except for 2, and both of those days I worked long days on my feet at work. I really like the feeling of working out every day. I had a coworker tell me that it is horrible for my body, and that I am going to hurt myself. I explained to her that the type of workouts vary so much, some days I'll only ride my bike to work and some days I'll burn 1000 calories. Depends on my schedule, how I'm feeling, etc. I don't force myself to do anything that feels bad.

I cannot handle sweets. I have never been able to, and I am still unable to. I had some sweet binging issues in April. I would eat a little, and then couldn't stop. I hate the loss of control that comes with binging, and while it is a very rare experience, it still gives me anxiety. How do you keep from overeating sweets? I am wondering if I will have to completely remove them from my life to avoid these issues.

I lost 3.5 pounds last month which isn't a huge amount, but is enough that I am coming up on the 120's. I hit 129 at one point last week but I was pretty dehydrated. I have decided that May is going to be "no weigh May" so that I can think about it less and think more about how my body feels, how my clothing fits, etc. I lost an inch off of my waist last month, and another off of my thighs. That is insane to me. I'll take inches over pounds any day! While doing some of the positions in my hot yoga classes, my face will be quite close to my thighs. Glistening from sweat, my muscles look fantastic, it is so rewarding. I have always loved my lower body over my upper body, but I am finally getting back to feeling comfortable in shorts after so long feeling anything but.

May:
Do not weigh myself
Continue daily workout streak
floss each day! I am so bad about this!
Water! Seriously, water! More than the 8 cups per day.

6 weeks today until Bonnaroo. I will be wearing little clothes, mostly swim suits and sun dresses. I will be comfortable this year! I will continue on my path to the 120s. I will finish out my 26th year of life with a blast, and start the next one great.

Have a great weekend!

  
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OAKBORN 5/14/2013 4:03PM

    Keep on keeping on!

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CHICA_BORICUA 5/5/2013 9:53AM

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CAPECODBABE 5/3/2013 9:59AM

    You are doing great, and having a plan is half the battle.

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LEWILL1982 5/3/2013 9:24AM

    Good luck in May, you didnt do so bad in April. Congrats on the inches lost, that's amazing! 3 1/2 pounds is good, that's almost a pound a week. I have issues with drinking and sweets as well. I've issued a clean eating challenge for May for myself, so far, I'm 0 for 3, time to step it up!

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KING_SLAYER 5/2/2013 11:51PM

    Sounds like April was pretty good overall. Good for you for making it so. Now knock off the binge drinking!!

All the best for the month of May, I'm sure you'll do well once again!

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DEEEBEE 5/2/2013 10:15PM

    You are making good progress, some setbacks...but everyone has those. We have to keep thinking how we can improve, and then do it! (Easier said than done, I know.) But you ARE doing very well! Keep your spark lit!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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Mental Changes Leading to Physical Changes

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I'm going to start by saying that I don't drive. Well, I have a car and I know how to drive, but with my boyfriend working 45 minutes away and us having one vehicle between the two of us, I don't drive. Not often. This morning was the second time this week I have missed yoga due to a coworker that I go with being late (different coworkers each time, at least). But considering I went on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday and will go tomorrow I can't let it get me down.

It almost did, though. I had feelings of dread about missing my workout, even though I've already surpassed my calorie burn goal for the week. Perhaps it's because my unlimited pass ends next Thursday. Perhaps it's because I don't like telling myself I am going to do a workout, and then not doing it. I have gotten into the mentality where I don't miss workouts. It is too easy to spiral.

After pondering this for a while, I realized that this mentality has screwed me over in the past. I have to realize that life happens, and it doesn't make me a failure. Sometimes something will come between me and my planned workout; instead of being bummed about it I can accept that plans cannot always be kept, and I can do a different type of workout when the situation allows.

I am thankful that I have been doing my HIIT workouts, because they have shown me how great of a workout I can get at home. Without doing some regimented program on repeat each week. A new workout every day, it is a surprise what it will be often times. And there are repeats for sure, but not on a regular basis. I'm constantly confusing my muscles.

So I did my workout for the day, in my living room. I killed it (maybe it killed me... We'll see in a couple of hours). And then I went through a series of the yoga poses that I really want to keep progressing in, once my muscles were already nice and warm. And I felt great, and I still do. I don't feel like I gave it 50% because I allowed myself to get down for missing my 80 minute sweat session. I feel like I really pushed it because my body DESERVED a good workout today.

Ah, progress. How I love thee. The emotional and mental progress is just as rewarding and the physical, if not more. I am going to go have a lady date with a friend, eat at our one wholly organic/vegetarian restaurant in town, and maybe have a glass of wine on a patio somewhere else afterward. And feel like I earned it.

Hope you're having a great Thursday!

  
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DEEEBEE 4/6/2013 12:19AM

    I love your attitude and your flexibility in dealing with changed circumstances. Plus, I very much enjoy reading your blogs. Now that it's Friday, I hope you're having a good one!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 4/5/2013 8:00PM

    I know what you mean about the spiral of missing a workout--but yes, sometimes life gets in the way.

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KING_SLAYER 4/4/2013 5:41PM

    Oh yeah, plans have a way of being thrown out the window when you're relying on another person to come through! Definitely don't let it get you down. I too sometimes suffer from the all or nothing attitude, and it just way better to be able to roll with the punches and change plans on the fly!

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COOP9002 4/4/2013 12:31PM

    Glad to see that you've got your attitude towards your workouts focused in a healthier direction. Blessings.

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Springtime Highs

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

One of my goals for April is to do the DAILYHIIT.COM workout each day. I do it a day behind because sometimes it isn't posted until later in the day and I like to have complete control over when I workout. So yesterday I did the workout from Sunday, which was short but oh so sweet. It was 4 minutes including constant rowing and dipping to the side. At Yoga last night I couldn't figure out why my hips and bum hurt so bad. DUH.

Yoga yesterday was at my normal gym, and while it is advertised as "hot yoga" it isn't the same as my other hot yoga classes. It was a much slower pace, and the room temp was much more reasonable than the 90+ they keep it in my other class. I enjoyed how I felt during and especially after, but I do love the challenge of my regular hot yoga class. Plus I love that we go through the same routine each class so I have been able to see HUGE progress in my poses in the only 3 weeks I've been going there. I can get pretty low in my standing bow, I never knew I had it in me.

I think I might be getting to the point where I absolutely love Yoga. I have done it on and off in the past, through my many ventures with fitness. But I always found it to be too slow, and couldn't get into the breath so I felt alienated. But now that I have had more patience with it, I can tell how my breathing affects my practice, and I can almost constantly feel my abs "locked in" as they say. It calms my mind so much, it blows my mind. I have never had a calm mind, I have a hard time going to sleep and used to dread bed time because I can't stop thinking and usually making myself feel guilty/anxious. Last night I did a yoga pose in bed that I was told calms the mind (I cannot remember what it is called...dang), and it really did help center me before bed. I might be getting the hang of this stuff!

Today my HIIT exercise was much more challenging, it was 3 rounds of 15 minutes (50 seconds work/10 seconds rest) that was composed mostly of burpees, rows, pushups, and jogging in place. It kicked my BUTT! I burned 400 calories, plus am going to hot yoga tonight which usually burns around 500. After my 2 weeks of unlimited classes is up at the yoga place I'll be cutting back to a more reasonable amount of workouts (they are expensive), but I am going to get as much in as I can between now and then.

I know this isn't a maintainable amount of exercise, but with the changing of seasons I always have a burst of energy. But it is slightly too cold still to play outside as much as I'd like. So instead I'm cleaning the house, reading a ton, and working out more than I typically would. What do you do with your spring energy?

I hope the rest of you are riding on the springtime high as well, this next month will be a true test for me. It is the same time of year that I have lost momentum in the past. It feels truly different, and instead of hoping that it is different this time, I'm going to MAKE it different.

  
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DEEEBEE 4/2/2013 11:52PM

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KING_SLAYER 4/2/2013 4:49PM

    I have the same problem with getting to sleep, sometimes I can't shut my mind off! What has helped me is to try and concentrate on my breathing, nice and slow, while laying perfectly still. When I do this I can begin to feel slight tingling in hands and feet, working its way towards my core.

Here's hoping that you don't experience a Spring lull and that your momentum stays high and you are able to accomplish all that you have set out to do!

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Plant babies and getting back to work

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Good morning!

I slept in a little later today than I would normally on a Sunday. Got up around 9 when I could no longer stay asleep due to the moving around that the boyfriend was doing in the kitchen. I can't complain, he was cleaning and rearranging. We have been nesting in our house lately, getting really comfortable finally. When we first moved in, we tried to make it more of a community household with the roommates. After getting into our grooves, we've found it's easier to set it up as two separate apartments for the two couples. There are two kitchens, two living areas, and two bathrooms so it works out great. Bruce and I are the type of couple (as I think most couples are) that really need our own space and alone time. There are other reasons that I may get into in the future, but I'll just leave it alone for now.

My job has been closed a week now doing renovations. I went in yesterday morning to help cleaning and doing some putting back together. It was an easy shift, and they fed us pizza. I stayed completely reasonable and two small slices of vegetarian pizza. It was nice seeing my coworkers, I have never worked in a place where I have felt such camaraderie with others. I actually miss most of them, and we all (mostly) get along really well. Even though we were doing some pretty gross deep cleaning yesterday, we were joking around and having a great time of it.

I left there around 2 to go start my pot/bucket garden project for the season. With the weather being so strange this year I had to start with seedlings instead of germinating my own seeds. But I am excited nonetheless. I might have to move the plants inside later tonight because there is a chance of SNOW. But after this I like to believe that it'll be warming up for good.
Here is the first round:

I have kale, bell peppers, jalapenos, 3 kinds of tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and strawberries. Later in the season I'll be planting spinach and some other stuff. I will be planting my herb garden this week as well.

It is so exciting to watch my plants grow. Not to mention the money saved in the long run. I won't even get into the Monsanto protection law that was put in place this past week, but I really feel we all need to be very conscious of what we are putting in our bodies regardless of cost.

I guess that's about it. Hot yoga later tonight. I took yesterday off of working out even though I hadn't originally intended to do so. But sometimes life gets in the way.

Enjoy your Sunday, hope it's as beautiful as ours is!

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 4/1/2013 6:09PM

    more people should take an idea from you and grow this way i used to have a small herb garden inside on my kitchen windowsill need to get back to that. we are lucky to have the room and have a huge garden every year. I asked my husband to grow swiss chard and kale but he couldn't find any plants hopefully this year along with the tomatoes, peppers , cucumbers green and yellow squash, bean s, corn eggplant, can't wait for it to get warmer so i can get started. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 4/1/2013 5:39PM

    That's quite the little pot garden you have going there! I agree about the Monsanto protection act... devious sons of goats! (sparkpeople doesn't like foul language so I cleaned it up!) There's definitely some shifty things taking place out there in the world.

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BECCAZEN7 3/31/2013 8:34PM

    Look at you all growing your own food and stuff! I am impressed!
Have a great week!
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SUGARSMOM2 3/31/2013 6:37PM

  plants are wonderful . your thumb is very green . babies are doing well . good job .

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 3/31/2013 12:46PM

    I keep them in containers, due to not being able to dig up my yard. I feed them with liquid food when I water them, and use large pots. I've had success in the past, but it definitely limits the type of plants I can grow. Cannot wait until I am in my own home in the future and have a huge garden!

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SIMPLYDEE 3/31/2013 12:21PM

    Do you keep them in containers or do you plant them in the ground later

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April Plans

Friday, March 29, 2013

Hello friends!

I hope everyone is doing great. It is actually a quite beautiful day here in Mid-Missouri. Considering what the weather was earlier this week, and what it looks to be by next week, I'll take it.

Did hot yoga with a coworker again this morning. I didn't get dizzy but once or twice, I didn't have to take any extra breaks like I did earlier this week. I felt like I was getting much more into the poses and concentrating on my breath so much better than I have in past classes. I went from feeling overwhelmed by the heat to truly embracing it today. I bought 2 weeks unlimited so I hope to take full advantage.

Doing the Daily HIIT has been great. I am finally seeing weight loss again. After not losing any weight between Jan-mid March it feels nice to see the scale drop again. But more than that I am noticing arm and leg definition. I am noticing an increase in my endurance doing my workouts. Yesterday I only did a 12 minute HIIT workout, but it was still so rewarding. I'm hooked, I'm absolutely in love.

I don't want to drag this out forever so I'll get to my April goals:

-Do HIIT 26/30 days. This won't be a pattern I necessarily always keep, but the whole streaking aspect is what I'm looking for.
-Drink 3 Liters of water each day
-Use body lotion/facial moisturizer after each shower
-Drink 3 drinks max at a time (except we are doing a wine/food show mid-month where it will be hard to keep to this rule)

And that's it. Other than that there are other little things I'm working on that I've been working on for months and don't need to really spell out. What are your goals for April? This is the point where I stopped pushing myself last time I got this close to my goals, how have you avoided giving up or giving in when weather gets warmer and it's easy to lose yourself in social situations?

Off to play in the park! Have a great day!

  
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SUNSET09 4/4/2013 5:09AM

  This is a good goal for the month! I'm sticking with my aerobics class, drinking water as the first and last drink I have, including strength training and cardio on the days I don't have aerobics. What keeps me going is that I love myself enough to stay and be healthy! The scale can be your friend or your enemy so I use the measuring tape and the mirror. Look at yourself nude and that will keep your faithful! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EFOX2013 3/30/2013 12:30PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I do am addicted to yoga. I always feel like it puts me in the perfect mindset to live a healthier, happier life!

Good Luck!!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 3/30/2013 12:14PM

    Good luck!! :D

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BECCAZEN7 3/30/2013 1:50AM

    Wow! You are doing G-R-E-A-T!!!! I haven't thought about my April goals beyond doing my first 5K....guess I need to get on that! Thanks so much for sharing - glad you are feeling better and not as dizzy during your hot yoga. Also glad the scale is budging downward for you! What a great feeling.
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TOPCAT93 3/29/2013 1:44PM

    good luck

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