Happy August, Sparkers! I put a few progress pictures at the end of the blog. I will take some more in a few weeks once I hit my 2nd Sparkversary! I don't have a lot of old pictures to choose from - I used to take pictures of many other things besides myself!
I have to be honest with myself & to this community. I don't think I will reach my BMI healthy weight goal of 155 by my 2nd Sparkversary!!! Even though I really WANT to, I don't think I will get there. I have been trying to look outside of the scale lately though. I want to continue doing what I am doing & try to do even more if I can! The scale has been fluctuating like crazy almost every time I step on it. One day I am 158. Another day I am 162, then 157, then 160. I am not really disappointed in the numbers, but I also wish I could get to 155 since I have not been that weight since 2003.
Most of my recent blogs have been about what I have been doing with my life outside of Spark. Although I have been much happier overall, I feel I should be focusing more on my food & fitness goals.
This month has been my second best fitness minutes month since I started in August 2011. When I first started, I did a lot of walking! Then I slacked off and just focused on my diet. As I started to lose less weight, I decided I needed to do more exercise! I have been doing more and more as time goes on. I even try to get in some squats, crunches, leg lifts etc as the day goes on. The more I exercise, the better I feel physically! Even when I am sore, I still recover faster and feel better after!
I did reach my July goal of 1200 fitness minutes! I did restart my 5k training this week & it feels good! I didn't get to play tennis, but I did go kayaking twice and hiking a few times.
September 2011: 1366 Fitness Minutes
July 2013: 1352 Fitness Minutes
Right now, I am signed up for three different online workout deals. I have two kickboxing places with 13 classes left, and I also just signed up for 10 fitness classes at a pilates/gym. Plus, I still have three pre-paid Zumba classes left! I wish I could just stick with one facility, but it is so expensive to stick with one place. I can afford 10 classes for $30 or $50. I can't afford $100+ a month. At least I am trying out new exercises with the deals, and I am also trying to do more exercise on my own. I went kayaking over the weekend, and also hiked at Bushkill Falls. Those both cost money, but at least they were both fun experiences. Last year, I bought a tennis racket. I only used it once! Even though I have asked a couple of friends to go with me, no one has gone with me yet. I can't really play tennis by myself! Hopefully someone will go with me at least once this month.
A friend of mine asked if I had any 5K races scheduled for August or September. The truth is, I don't! I don't even have any in mind right now. That makes me feel a little sad! I only recently just started walking and jogging more again. I want to focus on more training. When I say I WANT to focus, I need to start actually DOING it more! I have been scheduling my workouts again, which really helps. My parents have been away for the week, so I have been walking the dogs to give them and myself more exercise!
August Fitness Goals:
-Continue going to Kickboxing
-Go to Zumba at least once this month
-Prepare for another 5K & sign up for one
-Play tennis at least once
-Get at least 1300 fitness minutes
-Schedule more exercise
-Try one new class at the pilates/fitness center
For the food side, I have been trying to stay on track. I use the tracker a lot, but I also randomly get hungry and feel the need to eat. I try to eat enough during the day to avoid being hungry, but sometimes I can't help it. It isn't boredom - it is actual hunger! My garden is doing really well, and I have made some recipes with my hot peppers, bell peppers, and tomatoes!
Ever since vacation, some days have been really good, and other days have been so tough. I have been craving unhealthy foods - like baked ziti, burritos, wings, pizza. Even though I could make those meals not as bad... I still want the full fat version! I have been trying my hardest to avoid those foods! Sometimes the substitution foods make me crave the actual food even more!
My work desk is full of healthy snacks - about 20 different things actually. After work is where I have been getting hit hard with the cravings! I keep telling myself I don't want to gain the weight back. Looking back at my progress pictures helps me now more than ever! Also, reading other spark blogs really helps me want to keep moving forward also. Someone even sent me a message the other day asking for advice. Sometimes when I share my experiences, tips, and ideas with someone else, it helps remind me of how far I have come. It is so easy to fall off the wagon, but it is definitely worth it to get back up even though it is hard!
August Food Goals:
-Plan out more meals
-Track more often
-Eat less cheese!
-Make a healthier version of Lasagna
-Make more batch meals
Even though I have lost a lot of weight, I still do not like my figure half of the time. Some days I think: Wow, I am so skinny. Other days, I hate how thick my thighs are. My skin in my stomach is still flubby and I have a lot of stretch marks there. My back still has rolls in certain areas. But you know what matters the most to me? I am healthier & I am happier. Maybe in time some of my extra rolls will shrink, but I know I am doing the best I can to try and reach all of my goals. I used to hate my look before - but I was unhealthy! Now I am much healthier!
Thank you again to everyone who has supported me! I appreciate every comment. Hopefully I can reach some of my August goals this month!