Wednesday, October 02, 2013
I need a fresh lifestyle start, to accompany and help smooth out the big change in my life: after almost 5 yeard in China where I had friends, a life, a nice flat, an enjoyable and steady job... I moved back to France, where I need to build all of this up again.
Last year was a bit rough and so busy that I slipped and tumbled and fell, and it took me all this time to find my feet again. But I'm back up again, and I know being active on SP worked wonders for me before, the same can and will happen again.
I've committed myself to the Fall 5% challenge, I used to be a Teddy bear, but I don't know which team I'll be on this time. Regardless, I'm looking forward to making new friends!
I will track my exercise and nutrition daily, as I know tracking makes me accountable and helps me spot my mistakes.
Nutrition wise, I will go back to my healthy habits of eating plenty of beans and legumes with fresh veggies, less meat and dairy.
Exercise will be kept simple but as steady as possible: walking mostly, indoors if necessary, plus Chalene Johnson 2 or 3 times a week as I get so much energy from her videos. I need to take baby steps again, my fitness level is low oh so low these days. But that's OK, we all have to start where we are.
That's all for me, folks.
Looking forward to meeting my new teammates soon!
Friday, September 21, 2012
And... I'm back for my 5th 5% challenge! 5th one already, who would have thought?...
For the 8 weeks of the Fall challenge I commit to:
- eating and cooking healthy, mostly vegan food
- exercising a minimum of 10 mns a day as an ongoing streak, plus cardio and strength training, with Leslie Sansone and Chalene Johnson.
- tracking everyday, and posting daily fitness minutes and LTGL points on my team's page (we want to land that plane!)
- keeping my tapping streak going
Goal for this 5% challenge is to release 3.5 kgs. RELEASE not lose...
Why? for better health, stamina, and confidence. Because releasing is part of my journey and part of my process.
Possible hurdles on this journey? Getting addicted to SP!!!
Are my workout clothes out and ready? YES
Is my fridge stocked up with healthy food? YES
Do I know how to connect with my team? YES
Boarding pass ready? YES
See you on the 1st plane!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
A quick update before going away to the Pays Basque (a region in France's south-west) for a week...
When I left China and headed back to France for the summer holidays (I teach in a university.... lllooonnnggg holidays ;-) I had all these plans and ideas about how I'd fill my summer with new ways to exercise, new weight watchers' recipes, long hikes... and, well, very little of that actually happened! Yes I did go on a few hikes, I did swim and jump on a trampoline, I did have fun with my nephews... but that's about it really! I did not, far from it, meet any of my goals scale-wise and I have not been quite as super-active as I'd planned on being, although I didn't do too bad. I've stayed away from the computer a lot, which means that I've not been a great help to my Teddy team for this Summer challenge; I'm sorry aout that.
The new term will start soon, I'll head back to China, my job, my everyday life and I'll return to my healthy habits of good eating and lots of fitness minutes. Happily so, but without regrets either for what could have been. Yes I could be fitter and lighter already. I'm not, and that's OK.
I've adjusted my spark page, with my new weight loss goal for this second spark year: go from 72 to 59 by next summer. I started obese, I'm now overweight, and at 59 I'll be in the normal range. It's a slow journey, I'm not in a hurry. Not anymore!
There would be a lot more to say, about this summer, about other goals for the next 12 months, about health issues and new techniques.... but it will all have to wait, because I've got a suitcase to pack ;-)
Have a great day Sparkies and Teddies;
see you all later and lighter ;-)
Friday, June 08, 2012
No, I did not quit. No, I did not give up. But did I slow down? Yes. Did I take a few steps back? Yes. Did I slide? Yes. Did the world end? No
if you don't fight him, he's not all that scary.
So, this is all about MORE, not less.
More happiness, more joy, more power, more strength, more confidence, more miles, more pulls and pushes, more energy, more flexibility, more challenges, more dreams, more love, more possibilities, more good food choices, more, more, more!
I've stopped fighting. Sure, I am stronger than chocolate and cakes. No doubt. But I like them. So I make room for them too, alongside mangoes and grapes, broccoli and peas.
I am stronger than my DVDs. But I like them too. So I use my "double relaxation method" and get the best of both worlds.
This is about getting more of the good stuff. And there's no "bad stuff", not really. Unless you make it so.
This is also about getting there slowly. I've always liked , lucky me.
My initial goal was 59 kgs by the end of July. Well, that's not happening. Maybe by the end of the year. Or maybe not. I don't really care, as long as I keep on getting "more". I want strong, not skinny. I want fit, not frustrated. I want healthy and happy.
Have a great day Sparkies. There's no doubt in my mind: I would not still be on this journey if it weren't for you
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
My "taking it one week at a time" seems to be working fine for me.
Last week was "tracking" and "curbing the emotional eating", and I've got that under control now.
This week is "starting the Mighty hundreds" = building up to 100 push ups, 200 sit ups (my own version of them anyway) and 200 squats. Decided to skip the 150 dips program for now.
In May, I want to
- get on with the Mighty hundreds
- EAT CLEAN!!!
As I now know that I feel pressured when I set myself "long-term goals" (not that one month is all that long at all...), I've decided to take this, again, one week at a time. So, one week at a time of "clean eating" looks like this:
- If I can't track it, I'm not having it
- bread max 3 times a week, and pasta max 1 time a week
- NO , NO , and NO . WAIT! What? No ??? Now you understand why I MUST take this a week, even a DAY at a time! Because the thought of NO chocolate for a whole month is just too much But I want to try, see how I feel.
- More green smoothies
Apart from that, I'm happily educating myself, this week by following the Food Revolution Summit broadcasts, and next week, all going well (I'm no technology wizz), following the Tapping World Summit. (Much credit is due to GIANTPANDA for sharing tons of useful info in her blogs. THANK YOU :-)
Something I heard this morning in one of the Food Revolution Summit broadcasts and which really resonated with me:
"The subtle energy of your food becomes your mind" - David Wolfe
Now, what kind of energy do I want in my mind? Hearing this just reinforced my eating clean goal for this week and this month ;-)
What about you Sparkies?
Where will your journey take you this month?
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