Time to Focus

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Ah, June... June was a very productive and eye-opening month for me.

First, the updates on my health. I decided that since June is a month with 30 days, it would be the perfect time to do the Wii EA Sports Active 30-Day Challenge. I started it on June 1st, and I decided to really push myself and try the hardest level. I've tried and abandoned this challenge many, many times before, but there was something different about it this time. I was really committed -- more than I think I've ever been -- and I really stuck with it. To be honest, I think part of my commitment can be attributed to the fact that I'm really angry that I haven't had more progress with weight loss this year. It's come off much slower than I'd expected, and I really want to make more progress before I go back to teaching in a few weeks. Anyway, I am very happy to report that I COMPLETED the 30 Day Challenge yesterday. HOORAY!

Mid-month I also splurged and bought a pair of the Skechers Shape-Ups. I've been wearing those a lot, and I'm not sure if they're really helping me lose weight, but they're very comfortable. They definitely shift the way that I balance my weight, and they motivate me to walk more, so that alone seems worth the investment.

I've been walking on the treadmill quite a bit -- anywhere from 30-60 minutes 4-5 times each week.

I've continued my water drinking streak -- 181 days and counting! How awesome is that?!?!

I've cracked another weight barrier. As of this morning, I'm now below 195 lbs. Without question, this is my lowest weight in over a decade.

I think the biggest change for me last month, however, had to do with my thinking. I read a book called "168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think" by Laura Vanderkam. The basic premise is that there are 168 hours in a week, and in order to accomplish all the things you want to do, you should think about time as units out of the 168 hours. It recommended keeping a time diary for a few days (which opened my eyes to how much time I waste on random crap), and it helped me see that I can't really use time as an excuse for not exercising when, in reality, my lack of exercise tends to happen because I've prioritized other things ahead of it. Things like checking Facebook or reading a magazine. The book was an easy read, and I recommend it. It has me thinking quite differently about how I spend my time, especially now that I'm making weight loss priority #1.

So, what's ahead for July? Well, I have decided to try a new workout goal every month since the 30 Day Challenge went so well. This month, I would like to workout 20 times using one of my Biggest Loser DVDs -- either Cardio or Strength. I'm also setting a goal of walking at least 50 miles on the treadmill. (Already finished 3.5 miles!). The end of the month will be a little bit crazy as I'll be moving back to Atlanta and starting my new job, but I'm fully committed to carrying my focus on healthier living with me when I move and start back to work. I don't ever want to be back in the 200s, and I'm feeling so much better about myself as I lose weight.

So that's where I'm at. I'm planning to use SparkPeople more this month as well, so I fully intend to cheer on all of my SparkFriends with their goals this month. Hope your July is off to a fabulous start!

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  • no profile photo CD6271782
    Yay for completing the challenge!
    3801 days ago
  • DKWP614
    Congratulations! It looks like your headed in the right direction. You've already attained so much and set a precedent and attitude that will carry you through the move and into your new job. I just love your positive outlook and your ability to set and stick to your goals! Well done!!

    If you enjoy walking on the treadmill, but don't want to give up your Facebook time, or want to increase your writing time; you might want to consider building a treadmill desk. I have a photo of mine on my page. It took about 30 minutes to build from start to finish, and only cost about $16! I just love having it, I can work on my laptop, either surfing the net, sending notes on social networks, or writing. It took a little while to get my balance so I could type and walk at the same time effectively, but now, I can do it at 2.5mph!

    Have a Happy Holiday Weekend!
    Diana Kathryn (from Michigan!)
    3806 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    You are such a motivator and encourager; taking one day at a time and then, it's a whole month and you have room for improvement for the new month you come! That's what it's all about progress and making it happen. Good going! I"m also going to check that book out to get a handle on some things myself! emoticon
    3806 days ago
    Way to go! I am so impressed that you set a daily goal and accomplished it. If you take a look at my blog, you'll see I wasn't quite as dedicated.
    Congratulations on your progress! I can't wait to see how you do in July!
    3806 days ago
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