Thursday, March 28, 2013
Well, here it is the last week of March, April is right around the corner and I'm doing very well. I'm officially down 14 pounds from the beginning of the year and even though that isn't like some earth shattering number, it is 14 pounds! Hell yeah.
Considering the speed bump I hit at the end of January/beginning of February, the yucky stressful stuff I had in the middle of February, and that I've been sick with this nasty viral cough crud for the past two weeks, I am proud to say that I'm still in good spirits and looking to make April better than January. Four more pounds and I will hit a major milestone, so I am going to be doing what I can to get there as soon as possible. I can't push too hard because I start coughing as soon as I start breathing hard (or laughing), but I am feeling much better and hoping I'll be back to 100% soon.
I've had a little doggie here helping give me motivation to go out and take him for walks, that has been fun. I think he is going to his forever home soon though. That's ok, even though it has been fun having him around, I'll be free to hit the gym again once he's gone.
I have an 8 week challenge for work that started on Monday (the 25th) and that is going well. I've been able to get through a yoga workout the past two days without losing a lung lol I haven't gotten my hour in, but I'll have to catch up when I'm feeling better.
I decided this week's challenges (the last ones for the HLC spring challenge I'm in) would be a good blog, so here I go...
My only goal was to lose 10 pounds by:
Consistently drinking 64oz of water a day (or more)
Taking my medication twice a day like I'm supposed to
Making healthy food choices
Increasing my amount of steps per day
Doing some yoga at least 3 times a week
While I did not lose 10 pounds, I did lose 4 pounds and I can honestly say that I am proud of my efforts the past 8 weeks. I improved in all of the areas that I mentioned, even though there is always room for improvement. I think the thing that needs the most improvement is my consistency. It seems like I do really well and then I slack off and I go through these phases. I know that I am too hard on myself and I have been sick for the better part of the past two weeks and had some scary medical stuff before that so I haven't been 100% through this challenge. I think that is why I AM proud that I made some progress. I am feeling better and a new challenge just started at work, so I will be able to hit the gym again soon. I've done a lot of sleeping and sitting on my backside the past couple of weeks, so I'm itching to get moving again. I am kind of excited to do my measurements next week and see if I've made any progress there, because I feel like I have. Looking in the mirror I feel like I am starting to have a waist again!
So next steps for me, #1 is to get better and to do that I need to not push myself TOO hard, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep and make good food choices. #2 is to continue increasing my physical activity. This challenge at work is based on exercise minutes and my goal is to get at least 60 minutes a day 5 days a week, even if all of that hour is just walking or 30 minutes walking and 30 minutes yoga. On the weekends (or after work as the days get longer) I can count time at the barn grooming or working my horse as my exercise and exercising doesn't get much more fun than that! #3 is to continue working with my health coach and really keeping my health my focus.
7 nice things about myself as I am now
1. I have gorgeous eyes
2. I am a great cook
3. I have a lot of patience
4. I am a nice person
5. This color & length of hair looks great on me
6. I'm proud of how well I've been doing with my budget recently
7. I have made a lot of improvement with my yoga and feel great about that