Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It seems as though the past 8-9 months have been a whirlwind of things that have pulled me in so many different directions and my body is definitely feeling the effects of it...
From my step-father's heart attack to my brother's near death experience due to a drunk driver last year, a brief moment where everything was calmer, and then buying our house, remodeling our house, school, and all the other little things in between I am so ready for things to return to "normal!"
Then again, maybe this is the new "normal" for me... I just don't know sometimes!
With remodeling and moving lately, I have been eating pretty horribly but am still managing to lose weight. I am on the go constantly and know that the extra movement is contributing to my weight loss, but I know stress is probably contributing to the loss as well. For some, stress makes people gain weight. For me, its the opposite.
I am happy to be losing still, but want to do it the healthy way! We are staying at my in-laws right now until the house is finished and that too makes it hard to concentrate on what I eat and working out. I can't wait for us to be able to stay in our own home where I can stay focused on what I eat and manage my workouts like I did for so long before.
If this is my new "normal," I sure hope I get used to it soon. If its not, I will gladly welcome a calmer, more relaxed lifestyle whenever it decides to return!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
I am taking a few days off from work to be able to work on the house and school and actually have managed to get a wee bit more sleep at night. I know it'll be short lived when its time to return to work, but I'm happy to catch up a little right now.
On my previous blog, a few commented about tv and that definitely is one thing I have no time for and the only time its even on is when my children or my husband are watching. 99 percent of the time, the kids will have been in bed for hours and I'll finally notice that its still on the Sprout or Cartoon Network channel. LOL...
I'm hoping once the house is done (next week I hope!) I will be able to get back into a more comfortable swing of things. Wish me luck!
Sunday, March 03, 2013
I want to be able to form a habit of getting more sleep at night. On average, I manage to get 5 -6 hours but I know I would benefit more if I could a get minimum of 7. My scheduled is jammed every moment of the day and I have tried to rearrange things, but it has not proven to be very successful for me. I work full time, am full time wife and mommy, am taking 4 very tough courses this semester, and am in the middle of remodeling the home we just purchased. Our lease is up and we are running behind on the house part, so I have been putting every spare moment I have into that. Luckily my brother-in-law is doing the majority of the work, but I have helped with scraping, painting, staining, tearing out bathrooms, etc... Does anyone have any tips or tricks for juggling a million things a day and still managing to get more sleep at night?
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
I had signed up last Tuesday for the January Jumpstart Challenge and have not been able to be consistent with the videos like I should. I have been tracking everything, eating well, and working out, so today I have made the decision to restart! I left the team and rejoined it so that my start day has reset. Although I won't be eligible for the prize portion of the challenge, my prize will be to successfully follow and complete the requirements for the challenge. I look forward to getting back into the swing of regular, DAILY exercise, and seeing what results I can achieve by the end of this challenge.
Since my weigh day is Friday, I will post then what my beginning weight and measurements are at that time. That way by the end of the 4 week challenge I will be able to show what kind of results I was able to achieve.
Good luck to anyone else completing this challenge and if you have any sort of tips to help me along they would be greatly appreciated!
Friday, January 04, 2013
So far this year, I have done pretty well. Except for last night when we went out to eat. Even then I didn't do terrible as I had a caesar salad and teriyaki grilled chicken breast topped with pineapple. The bad part was the coleslaw and the loaded baked potato. But besides that, I have been doing really well with my eating and working out when I could.
The problem is I gained 4 pounds. I didn't do terrible over the holidays but I rarely tracked and rarely held myself accountable for the holiday goodies. I gained then too. Why am I gaining now? I really don't know. Maybe my body has to readjust to living healthy again. Maybe I missed tracking something or need to reconfigure my ranges. Again, I just don't know.
My Sparkpage ticker is depressing... My lucky little shamrock was so close to the half way mark at one point and has slowly decided to take a turn backwards. Seeing it moving in the wrong direction is kind of discouraging. I will, however, push ahead. The quote I posted for my current status earlier is a direct reflection of what I must do.
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~Michael Jordan.
For a while before I began dating my husband, Beyoncé’s song "Halo" was my anthem. I had walls surrounding my heart and soul and vowed never to let anyone get past them again. My husband managed to crumble those walls down and make me the happy woman I am today. I hope I can crumble the walls of adversity that seem to constantly find a way to spring into my path. I hope eventually I can make my goals a reality. No matter how wide or thick the wall blocking my way may be I must find a way around or through it. I may not see how right now, but I must remain confident that I will find the way.
On a lighter note, my husband has managed to lose 4 pounds in the past week since he began tracking everything and getting in his fitness minutes. I am so proud that he has made the decision to pursue being healthier with me! He prefers to keep everything private and hasn't decided to make a "real" Sparkpage yet, but I am glad that he is being consistent with the tracking. A baby step for some, but a huge milestone for him. I am hoping that the results he achieved this week will motivate me to get my Spark (and my ticker) going in the right direction!
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