Over 6 Years Since Joining Sparkpeople!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
WOW! While updating some things I realized it has been over 6 years since joining Sparkpeople (September 2006). Weight wise I am the same, if not more (no scale right now) but I have learned so much about myself, fitness, nutrition, everything. My goal was to be at my ideal weight by the time I was 25. Well.... my 25th birthday is in two weeks so I don't think that is going to happen. I have updated that to 30. I don't want to be old and fat, I don't want to be fat forever. I'm getting to the point in my life when I am ready to start a family but I don't want to be a fat mom. Also with Endo it's probably going to be a struggle to get pregnant and I don't want my weight to make it worse. I'm so tired of being worried about fitting in airplane seats, cinema seats, worried if I can find clothes that fit me. I LOVED it when I came home from Korea in 2009 and I had a total loss of 70 lbs and didn't even need a seatbelt extender! I felt so good! I promised I would never regain the weight, I wasn't going to be one of those people that yo-yo their whole life. But here I am, back up. My fitness has gone to pot, just like my belly.
My main problem right now is food. I live in the middle of nowhere. I thought that by moving out of my parent's house I would lose weight easily because I usually can lose it because if I don't buy junk I can't eat it. Plus there are no restaurants here. Sounds perfect right? Well there are very few fruits and veggies. What there is are usually gone bad or extremely expensive. There is no fresh meat either. Whole wheat products also do no exist here. Since August these have been my excuses for not eating healthy. It's too cold to go outside for longer than 10 minutes (apparently at 15 minutes skin starts to freeze) so I can't go for walks. I have no exercise equipment here and after work I'm too tired anyway. These have been my excuses for not exercising. I'm giving myself a "free pass" while I'm home (I leave Tuesday!!! YAY!!!) but once I return, I will be free of excuses. Here is my plan to beat my excuses:
Excuse: No fresh fruit and veggies
Solution: They sell frozen veggies and fruit!
Excuse: No fresh meat
Solution: Buy frozen or if none do a food order for some!
Excuse: No whole wheat
Solution: Bring some from home after Christmas, see if the store can order some
Excuse: Too cold to walk outside
Solution: Walk in the school or do a workout video!
Excuse: No exercise equipment here
Solution: Bring stretch band up after Christmas, find exercises that just use my body!
Excuse: Too tired after work
Solution: Workout in the morning or as soon as you walk in the door so you don't sit down and start making excuses! Also walk more during school, during lunch (an hour and a half long!), during recess (especially if you are on duty!), wear your Fitbit everyday, squeeze in exercise throughout the day, start doing the quickfire challenge again
Overall I think I have a good plan. I can't use no time as an excuse because the only thing I have is work, which is 8:30 to 3:30, Monday to Friday. Plus due to funerals, water outages, and power outages we are closed fairly often. We haven't had a full five-day school week since the second week of September. This week's closures: two days due to broken furnace, one day due to "lack of staff". Good thing I'm on salary!
I'm a huge girl, there is no reason I shouldn't lose 5 lbs or more a month. That's all I need to reach my goal this year. During the summer I will be very active. I am going to Dog Scout camp with my best friend and our dogs. We will be swimming and hiking. Plus I plan on doing a lot of hiking and walking throughout the summer and doing active fun activities like geocaching and letterboxing. With being back at my parent's house the summer will be a struggle with food but I'm going to buy my own groceries and make meal plans. At camp food is provided so I will choose whatever the healthiest option is. Being at my parent's also means I'm with my brother. We used to walk a ton so I'm hoping this summer we will start doing that again. I'm hoping that when I go home for Christmas we can walk a bit too to start getting me back into shape since at home it's not as cold.
As for after summer I don't know what the future will hold. If I am returning to teach here I will fly up a ton of frozen fruits, veggies and meat because I have a huge freezer. If I decided to move it will be to a drive in community, therefore I will bring in food or hopefully it will be by a "normal" grocery store and I can buy healthy groceries there.
On Friday my students had celmentines as a Christmas treat. I was lucky enough to have one too. I've never been so excited to have fresh fruit! I'm craving a lot of fast food and have realized that having none is going to trigger a binge when I get home. I think if I move to a place where I can have fast food I will make a plan to limit it to once a month or even just once a week. Or something like a healthier choice for fast food (like Subway or chosing a salad) once a week and an unhealthy choice once a month. I think that would help with cravings but also not derail myself. I think that for Christmas I will try to do the same;make the majority of my choices healthy ones even if they are at restaurants.
Anyway, I think I have a good plan to follow for 2013. Excuses need to go out the window. And with The Biggest Loser starting again I can hopefully use that as motivation. I would like to join a challenge but I don't have a scale here so I can't weigh in.... maybe I'll buy one online. We'll see.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!