hehe yeah that rhymed and its cheesy but it made me laugh so it's staying as the title!!
SOOO my sparkfriends that I have not been keeping in touch with enough...let me catch you on somethings...
I'm getting MARRIED...in 51 days..to the MOST amazing guy EVER! I've found a guy that wakes up when I'm getting get up for bootcamp, completely groggy and disheveled, at 4:30am looks over and says "you're pretty, I love you" then falls back asleep. To a guy who supports me at all my races, tells me I look beautiful just the way I am and I that I don't need to lose a pound but if I REALLY want to he'll support me, and who loves me with all my craziness! It's 2 weeks from our 2 year anniversary and I'm still completely happy crazy in love and can't wait to be married to him!
can you tell how happy I am? :)
my constant support:
So I want to be at my thinnest for my wedding day so all year last year I tried this and I tried that and I met with a sports nutritionist and I had blood work done. I increased my exercise I decreased my exercise...I fell in love with bootcamp and hot yoga....I ran and played hard...I ran my 2nd fastest half marathon (out of 10) and I ran my slowest...I decreased my calories, my carbs, my fats....then I increased them all....I pushed my body's limits and I took time to let my body recover....I ran 3 marathons in 3 months...and at the end of it all..I'm the same weight I was when I started the year off...and you know what I was missing the ENTIRE time? Consistency.... consistency...consistency! I did not stick with anything for very long - I got sooooo frustrated that I never let my body adapt to anything for fear I wouldn't get results...and you know what? I didn't get results...and it's ok I've accepted that. I've learned from it all (I hope).
So I will not be my smallest version of me for my wedding...I am still more than 50lbs lighter than I was when I started my spark journey...I will be strong and as fit as I can be by that point. I will be consistent from now until then, no crash diets...no craziness...I have found a plan that is working for food right now...it's the chose to lose plan of carb and calorie rotation...it may not work for everyone....right now it appears to be working for me. I do 1500 calories and healthy carbs and low fat one day and the next day I do 1200 calories no carbs high fat the next. This has kept my cravings to almost none and I have enough energy to do all the activities I am doing. I took off the tamale weight from xmas (David's mom and I made 6 dozen tamales at xmas...YUM but BAD but YUM but BAD...the extras are now buried deep in my freezer for an OCCASIONAL treat).
I am not sure if it's the motivation of the wedding or the fact that I KNOW I can have carbs one days and butter the next that keep my cravings away. I have avoided chocolate, bagels, and donuts at work, appetizers when out for lunch...I EVEN avoided chips and salsa when I went out...which is normally my weakness! whatever it is...I'll take it...I'm back to tracking food...I actually told MARLIE13 I'd send her $50 at the end of the year if she tracked more days than I did! I have a goal to track 347 of food...most of the missing days will be my honeymoon....no I'm not tracking on that!! :) which is by the way a surprise..it's booked, its somewhere warm, I need a bathing suit, possibly my passport...we'll be gone the week after my wedding...and that's all I know! I LOVE surprises!!!
So one thing I did this year was make a vision board...yes I have been on spark for 5 years and I have NEVER made myself a vision board...so I stayed up late on January 1st to make sure I completed it before the year began!
My goals a little different than previous years...most of my goals are to run more and lose weight...well the plan this year is to get married and since I'm almost 35...we would like to start a family right away...God only knows what is in the cards for us in terms of how fast it happens but sooner than later is what we are praying for. So that little plan will throw a little wrench in my running/weightloss....but it means that I want to be my healthiest...I want to continue to be strong...I want to continue running for as long as I can. If it doesn't happen then I'll adjust my goals and go back to my goals of lose weight and run more...but God willing I will be starting a family very soon. I'm sharing that with you to explain the pics on my vision board...I think most things on it are pretty self explanatory...
to have my future hubby be able to carry me across the threshold
to get financially stronger as a couple as we merge our finances
to get my life organized both home and paperwork
to get married!!!!!
to start our family
to add in more yoga consistently
to continue to coach running and motivate others around me
to start a blog I've always wanted to do one (one in the real world that is)
to get back to sparkpeople...really get back to the community and support system
to be conistent in tracking food and exericise...and really to be consitent overall
the full board:
close up on one side
close up on the other side
I got the best compliment in my life this week to after I finished my 10th half marathon: "So awesome that you have completed so many races. Truly an inspiration. Thanks for getting me started. I wouldn't have finished my third half had it not been for our friendship. Thank you." So despite not getting all the results I wanted...I was able to inspire someone else to get to their goals...and that makes me all warm and happy inside!
So life is good right now...I have very little to complain about and I'm floating so high on a cloud of happiness and love I'm not sure my feet ever really touch the ground these days...I'm not sure they need too quite yet!
I've already started out my year with my 10th half marathon in 4 years...pretty awesome!
Consistency is the name of the game this year and I will get there...if I've learned one thing....there is no stopping what I can do...the impossible is no longer a word in my vocabulary! Here's to what will probably be one of the most exciting years of my life!!!