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Reflections for my first month...

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I started with Spark on the 3rd of January and here it is the 2nd of February so officially 31 days. In this last 31 days I have drank at least 8 glasses of water each day which is up from maybe 8 glasses a year and I only have a few Diet Dr. Peppers a day rather than a few 1 liters a day. I have been 99% perfect on my nutritional goals however, on one day I was under by 3 carbs and few days ago I was over 3 carbs so I guess it all balanced out in the end. For the most part I think I have been making positive food choices although it is still weird to me that I can pretty much eat whatever I want as long as I watch my portions. There have a been a couple days when I ended up hungry because I made higher calorie choices and ended up getting less food for the day but thankfully I've learned some valuable lessons over this last month.

Weight wise I have lost 5 pounds going from 158 to 153. This is pretty much all the weight I gained when I quit smoking but that's okay since I'm glad that I only gained five pounds when I quit and that now I'll get rid of all the weight I gained 15 years ago when I had my son. I often hear people say they want to lose the weigh they gained when they had their child well I did that easily after I had my daughter who was my first. However, after I gained 50 pounds with my second child (first son) I have never been able to go back. I've been heavier than I was when I started and I have been lighter than now but I've never officially lost the weight I gained 15 years ago. Even after I had my baby who is now 3 I went back to the weight I was when I had my middle child. As my son turns 16 in June I will be back to my pre teenager weight. Well actually I won't go that low but I will definitely be at my goal weight.

Exercise wise I think I've come to an understanding with myself. It is okay to take days off and okay to allow myself to rest. Part of living a healthy life is giving my body what it needs and that includes rest and recovery. I have also discovered that when my body wants to work out I need to listen. I had a very rough day today because I was upset about not being able to run due to the weather. I couldn't sleep last night knowing it was going to be too cold to run and I spent most of the day looking out the window wondering if I could at least try to run. I had a terrible fight with my 19 year old daughter and ended up being very angry and sad most of the day. I even had to force myself to eat lunch since I'm the type to stop eating when I get upset. Anyway I waited until 5:00 but I had to go. I warmed up nicely using my light kickboxing routine and made sure to dress in layers. I had everything as warm as possible from the inside out. To tell you the truth it wasn't that bad even though it was 20 degrees with a wind chill of 11. I didn't care I needed the release, I needed the time to think and relax and I guess chill (for lack of a better word). I had trouble moving as fast as I normally do and at one point I was running into the wind which was terrible on my face but I wasn't really cold. I felt a bit stiff but I really did need it for my mind and soul even though my body didn't move as fluidly as it does when its warmer. Mentally I needed it and I'm glad I went. I survived and even if I hadn't I would have died happy. It was kind of funny all the looks I got though. I was able to finish W6D2 and considering the weather and the stiffness the 10 minute intervals were pretty easy. I think as long as I'm not frozen solid on Friday (Its supposed to warm up to the 50s again) I should be able to do the 25 minute run to finish out week 6 easily. Oh wow I just thought of something I'm done with the intervals. Today was my last interval run its all straight running from here on out. Wow that's pretty awesome!

Well over this next month I'm looking forward to getting under 150 which will mean I'm officially at a healthy BMI. I will finish the C25K program and on the 27th will run my first 5K. I have already registered and am committed and very excited about running it. I will continue to eat well and drink all my water and hopefully will start seeing some changes in the way my pants fit and will continue to get more room in the sleeves of my shirt. Overall this last month has been great healthy wise and I know the next one will too.
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