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Fitness & Food summary for July. Plus August Goals!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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
-Healthier Snacks!
-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!

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    You're doing awesome and are so close to your goal! I'm sure if you keep working on your non-scale goals the number on the scale will follow your lead and you'll be at 155 before you know it!
    I was looking at your photos and it was really nice for me to see someone with the same body type as me :) So I know how you feel when you say sometimes you love your body and sometimes you don't. My highest weight was 250, my lowest was 158 (with a goal of 150). I've had C-sections so I have those scars and I have lots of stretch marks, so even at my lowest weight I had a lot of days where that's all I saw. It can be especially hard when you see other's before and afters and they somehow manage to have a perfect flat belly after. There's no way I'll ever have that- even once I hit goal I'll have the extra skin flab hanging on my lower belly and under my arms... but it'll still look better in clothes then my befores :)
    Maybe on those days that you're not loving your body so much try to remind yourself of your accomplishments. I have a list on my page of everything I can do now that I couldn't before as a reminder of how far I've come for those days. It helps :)
    you're doing great!Keep it up!
    1593 days ago
    You look great!

    1595 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    I really liked reading your blog. It made me feel like a buddy that got to know you better. Thank you for your honesty and openness. Happy to see you're not going crazy about the scale. It's best to just enjoy yourself so far and let the rest of you catch up. Wonderful job on everything you've done so far.

    The look of you is beautiful. emoticon
    1595 days ago
  • BRENDA_G50
    emoticon You look GREAT!!! emoticon emoticon
    1595 days ago
  • EXPLORER2988
    Thanks for posting your thoughts and feelings about what's happening in your life. I wish I could write the things that you do.....unfortunately I'm not very good at it. Congrat's on making your spark fitness goals, you should be proud of all that you've accomplished. I've lost 71 pounds myself and sometimes I find it hard to find the motivation to keep going. I still have another 30 pounds that i'd like to lose. I too get bored with my routine, mostly walking and I have taken to running now although it's not very much. I hate running, I used to run 15 to 20 miles a day six days a week....strangely though i never enjoyed it and still don't. Sometimes we just have to do what it takes even though we don't enjoy it. My motivation is not what it should be but I know I don't want to return to where I was......I talked to a 56 year old woman who had a stroke when she was 42 and is now paralyzed on her left side. She says it's difficult for her to only exercise on the one side but manages and would like to be healthy again before 60. She walks the best she can with a cane and walker......Now if that won't motivate you, i don't know what will. If she can get out there and do what she does with her disability. I need to quit feeling sorry for myself and get out there. Anyway she's an inspiration to me and you also.....Have a great day and look forward to your postings.
    1596 days ago
  • JLR080500
    1596 days ago
    You look emoticon unfortunately the scale does that the "fluctuating" especially since you are so close to goal weight Will even do that once you get to goal My I suggest to you start figure out goal range most of us maintainers use 3% of goal weight emoticon
    1597 days ago
  • DALID414
    Wow! You've come a long way girly!
    Good luck with all your August goals.
    1597 days ago
    You're doing great! I agree that sometimes our bodies just need to maintain for a while. There is some science behind a "set point" and it may be safer to maintain where you are until your body recognizes it's new "set point" rather than fighting to get lower, then bouncing back up. I'm right there with you, trying to get to 155, when my body LOVES weighing 162, apparently. Sometimes I get to the high 150's then it pops right back up.
    1597 days ago
    What helps me when I am hungry all the time - increase my fibre to 40 grams a day.

    You can read 'The Full Plate Diet' pdf version online for free. I tried it in August 2012 and continue to look for foods with high fiber.

    Make August another good month.
    1597 days ago
    Your progress and positive attitude are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1597 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    I love your profile picture, you look soooo happy! emoticon
    1597 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    Oh the 155 is the high end healthy range on the BMI for my height. I am still considered "overweight"
    1597 days ago
  • DONNA19711
    You are doing so well. Keep up the good work. Love the pics
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    1597 days ago
    I can't remember where you came up with the 155 goal number from. Maybe this is just where your body needs to be for a while. I've read that weight loss can be easier (and better maintained) if the person loses a big chunk of weight, purposefully maintains that for 6 months, and then goes back to trying to lose additional weight. You have lost a huge amount of weight; your body may just need to get used to it before any more loss can occur.

    However, your happiness is radiating from this blog. In your older pictures, your smile doesn't look very genuine at all. In the new pictures? GLOWING! You are doing all sorts of wonderful things, like the kayaking and taking time for yourself to go to craft fairs and other things that you enjoy. How often did you do that stuff before?

    You're kickin' some hardcore booty, and you can keep right on doing it. Maybe your August minutes will be the most ever!
    1597 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    You are doing so great! I know you will reach your goal!
    1597 days ago
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