Day 57 - New Year Improved Me
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I haven't blogged in a while because I've had so much going on I couldn't focus to even think about it all. This summer has been so much fun and a lot of change. Frankly the past 10 years have been insane with change! Like a lovely Spark friend said, a little boredom would be appreciated.
Despite vacations, including an ultra decadent trip to the land of butter and liquor, New Orleans, holidays, friend visits, parties and other activities, I have managed to lose 11 pounds in 57 days. I also have doubled my walking mileage and increased my intensity on interval workouts. I see my muscles returning and as well as my stamina. Sure, if I didn't have all of these events I would have lost way more weight and probably would be able to jog a full mile by now.
However, I cannot remember a time in my life where I enjoyed so much, lived and experienced everything I wanted and still moved forward with my health. The impatient part of me wants to be that size 8 right now but the part of me that sees the big picture says I've accomplished way more than I ever have before. The amount of food, wine and fun I've enjoyed this summer does not equate to weight loss in any way.
So how did I get there? I Sparked! I logged most days and decided I was human and if I missed logging I was aware and did better when I could. Every meal that I could I tried to make healthier choices even if it just meant leaving a bite or two left on the plate. I shared things instead of ordering just for myself. I exercised as much as I could and never exercised less than 4 times a week and most times 6. FitBit became my new addiction. Steps really do count and keep a 1 pound gain from being a 3 pound gain! Wouldn't you rather just have to drop a pound after a vacation than 3 or 5? I did not emotionally punish myself for eating things or slipping which left energy for making great choices when not distracted or following the crowd. I tend to eat more with friends and lose myself in the moment. I never brought crap food into the house. I tried on my skinny clothes once a week to feel how much looser they were getting to feel motivated. I drank a gallon of water each day no matter what! I asked for help from loved ones when I needed a push to exercise or to stay focused. I lived life and enjoyed it!
Being kind to yourself is the healthiest thing you can do. The trick is to have a healthy definition for being kind. It means to allow yourself to make mistakes without punishment but rather encouragement to get right back on track. It means going with the flow of life without feeling let down every time a goal isn't met in the time planned. It also means keeping a balance for your body and to keep it moving and properly nourished.
Being stressed about every bite of food or every calorie burned is not healthy in any way. I always have done that but not so much anymore. There are moments I become overly focused and miss the big picture but lately I can snap out of it. It does feel like a difficult dance at times but I'm doing it for the first time ever. I must go now and get some exercise in before the next dinner party starts. LOL
Have a great day fellow Sparkers!