Wednesday, September 28, 2011
So, Phil has challenged us this week to share 5 things we love about our body.
This was a very hard challenge for me. I have a lot of difficulty finding things I like about my body, and Phil wanted 5? Oy!
1. My eyes. I have long lashes that don't really require mascara.
2. My wrists and ankles are very small and feminine.
3. My toes. They are small and tiny. I can't stand long finger-like toes.
4. My face. I have a pretty face.
5. Before my car accident, I would have said my leg muscles. Now, I have enough muscles to stand for 5 minutes. But my arm muscles are benefitting nicely from doing all the work now.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I decided it was time to make a new visual motivator. And I decided to share it with you guys!
A little note: I fully understand and practice the idea of moderation. I don't believe that completely restricting certain foods is the right way to go. This is just for some motivation to remind me that these foods don't control me!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Yoovie sent out a challenge to list our "whys" for wanting to lose this weight. She reminded us that your reason for embarking on this journey doesn't always have to be for the neat and tidy reason of "getting healthy". There are so many reasons to do this and each is unique to each person. My main reason, I am proud to admit, has nothing to do with being healthy. Health is a part of it... but surely not my main focus.m
Here is my list, completely honest, and completely me.
Because I've never gotten a second look from someone walking down the street and I want it. I'm a wildflower in a sea of roses and I want to be noticed once in a while.
Because I want to wear a chic, trendy winter coat and not look like a Puff Marshmallow.
Because Breast/Brain/Skin/Bone Cancer runs in both sides of my family. I want to limit as many risk factors as I can. I want to be there for my family/friends past my forties.
Because I LOVE dresses and I want to be comfortable wearing one. Preferably short, black, cute... and not office appropriate.
Because I'm getting married and I don't want to be ashamed of my wedding photos (like I was the last time around). I want to display them proudly.
Because the doc said I may never run again. I want to prove him wrong.
Because I like muscles. I want muscles. I want definition.
Because I don't want to be out of breath going up a small flight of stairs.
Because I finally put on a pair of shorts and I like it. I want to get where I am comfortable wearing them outside my house.
Because I'm tired of being uncomfortable in my own skin. Not mentally... but physically uncomfortable.
Because I don't want to be the "fat" girl.
Because I'm tired of resenting "skinny" people.
Because I'm tired of being annoyed hearing "I just can't get rid of these last five pounds" when I have twenty times that to lose.
Because I want to punch the next person who grabs a small bit of skin (not fat) around their middle, looks at me and says "YOU aren't fat, I'M fat".
Because I want to look, bombshell-fire-hot sexy.
Because I want to buy skimpy lingerie
Because plus size clothes just arent sexy.
Because I want to LIKE things that are good for me.
And that's my list.... I'm sure there will be more to add to it down the road :)
Edited to add:
* because I may @*#ch slap the next person who asks how far along I am.
* because little kids don't know when to keep their traps shut about calling you fat.
Friday, September 16, 2011
This has been a pretty good day!
PMP update: So far, I've done an hour and 40 minutes of ST this week. The goal was 2hrs from Mon thru Thurs and then 20 mins each on Fri, Sat, and Sun. I only managed one hour by Thurs, so I decided to split the other hour between Fri, Sat, and Sun.
So I wanted to get in 40 minutes today. And I did. The hardest part about this for me, is finding ENOUGH to make it actually last 40 minutes. But I read some tips, and I think it will be much easier going forward.
I also walked for 30 minutes today. I made it .25 of a mile. I was hot, sweaty, and tired but I made it, and got a chance to chat with my honey because he went with me.
Photo was taken on Tuesday after a fun lil "dance" session in my wheelchair.
I also started a new at home job today. So woot! Soon, I will be making me some moolah! Which is great, since I haven't worked since April. This will be a GOOD thing. Mainly because I can do it in my PJ's, don't have to deal with annoying customers, don't have to waste time driving to and from work, or deal with annoying co-workers.
Now, I'm relaxing while the chicken bakes in the oven. Very good day today.
Friday, September 16, 2011
First of all, let me say a big to those who commented on my Milestones and Progress blog. Your comments touched me in a way I don't yet know how to describe. You made my day, so THANK YOU.
Now, however, I must focus my attention on my goal of getting this body leaner, stronger, and healthier. To do that, I need a plan. A plan, you say? Wow, I'm not really good at those... or sticking to them, for that matter. But everything can change, including my habits.
Sooooooo.... here are the challenges I am participating in to get to where I want to be.
And I fully realize I just might be overdoing it a teeeeeny bit.... but most of these challenges have overlap, so it's not really as much as it looks like.
* 1 mile walking virtual walk - I fully believe that I can and I WILL do this. If I can stand in a store for an hour with my crutches, I can walk a mile. True the store was air conditioned, so that plays a big part... but not enough to deter me.
Using the route mapping tool, I figured out that a wide figure 8 pattern around the roads in my apt complex is approximately .5 mile. My goal, each day, every day, is to walk as far as I can (knowing that I will have to turn around and come back), until I hit the .5 mile point. Then, I will either look into changing the route, or simply aim for two figure 8's.
* 5% Challenge with my team Do it. I dare you. Simple goal, lose 5% of weight in 8 weeks. Beginning Monday, I will be posting small weekly challenges aimed toward making that 5% goal.
* PIMP MY (P)RIDE. Weekly challenges. This will be where the majority of what I actually do comes from.
* Punxsutawney Phil Pforty - New team I joined. My team goal is to lose 25lbs by Feb 2. Though I aim to lose more than that, hopefully.
* Complete Weekly Weight Challenge- another team, with awesome weekly challenges.
And that's it! See, most of them overlap!
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