Sunday, May 20, 2012
Day 1 done!
We drove out to the country today to pick up the kids who had stayed the night with my dad. I always love driving out there because the scenery is just so beautiful.
On the way home, I sort of completed my self-love challenge, to meditate. The windows were down, the wind blowing my hair, staring of into nature whizzing past me. (I wasn't driving!) Of course it wasn't an actual meditation, but I was certainly practicing mindfulness and enjoying the beauty of the moment. It made me feel happy and alive, which is just as good as any meditation. So, I say it counts!
I didn't track today, because I didn't eat at home (food at my dads, and one meal eating out) so it would be guesstimation at best and hardly accurate.
I didn't workout today, but with the walking I did today, I certainly got in my 10 minute goal. Tomorrow, I'll have a 20 min walk (to and from kids bus stop) plus at least 10 more mins of exercise (core ball video if my abs aren't still hurting, otherwise I'll do another video).
2 out of 3 isn't bad! Ready for tomorrow!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I heard about this 15 Day Vitality Challenge by SPARKGIRL32. I had attended one of her SparkLive! classes a while back and really enjoyed it. I found out about the challenge today and decided it is just the thing I need right now. :)
So, the pre-challenge assignment is to answer a few questions.
What goals are you setting for this challenge?
* Self-love- Meditating once a day
* Nutrition- tracking my meals, no matter how "off" my plan I am
* Fitness- Do 10 minutes of cardio in addition to my walk to the kids bus stop each day.
Why did you choose these goals? I picked meditating because it really calms me and makes it much easier to reflect on what I really want. I chose tracking because I have realized that I have distorted ideas of how many calories (and other nutrients) are actually in the food I eat. Tracking is the only way to know for sure! And I chose 10 minutes of cardio because I need more exercise. I stay at home all day, except for the slightly over half mile walk to and from the kids bus stop. I don't do much moving around at all. I feel better when I move and more importantly, my foot feels better.
What do these goals mean to you? These goals mean freedom. WHEN I accomplish these goals, I'll be able to accomplish anything.
Why did you choose to participate in this challenge? Because while I have come a long, long way in changing my thinking, I haven't done a lot with my weightloss.
At the end of these 15 days, what do you hope to accomplish? I'm trying to find a way of merging this happier mentality with my goal of getting healthy.
What do you want to feel like? Powerful! Confident!
What is going to tell you that you are headed in the right direction during this challenge? Being about to maintain what I'm doing.
What is going to be different when it comes to how you approach your weight loss this time? Slow and steady! I have a habit of jumping in over my head and giving up. My aim this time is for the long haul, not a quick fix!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
After growing bored with my routine, diet, and just general day to day things, it's time to switch things up a bit.
I joined a few new teams and created one of my own. (Here's the link if you're curious. *wink, wink* teams.sparkpeople.com/challengeinspi
remotivate )I've noticed I do this every few months or so (join new teams) and leave the ones that just aren't active or aren't providing anything for me. Of course, I have a few that I'm positive I'll always be in, because they are just that awesome.
Interesting that this also coincides with the end of the Spring 5% Challenge. I didn't participate as fully as I wanted to in the challenge. After I moved, I just sort of felt overbooked and I "took off" more days than I really intended to.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. So I joined some new teams, one of which was for the spark 5K programs. I can't run yet, but I can jog for a little bit without my ankle yelling at me. My goal is to get myself jogging more, walking less. At this time, I don't really plan to compete in a race, but I'm not completely ruling it out either. I'm just going to go slow and listen to my body and see where this takes me.
Another change is that my fiance was told by his doctor that he has prediabetes. Which of course changes everything. We'll be re-vamping everything we eat (and the way we eat it) to nip this in the bud before it has a chance to become full blown diabetes. And while I don't have this condition (though diabetes runs rampant in both sides of my family), changing things can only be good for me. His doc is setting him up with a dietician and I plan on going to that appointment with him. I've never had the opportunity to talk with a dietician, so this will be extremely beneficial as I'm the one who shops and cooks 99% of the time. His diet will be my diet, as I'm not in a position to be cooking separate meals (nor do I want to).
But I believe that this one change will be the most significant. Nutrition has always been the hardest part for me, and now that we're in a position of "having to" fix it, I think it will make it easier for me.
So anyway, good changes in the days to come!
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
We've all been there. And by "there", I mean anywhere.
Sitting in the break room at work munching on your third salad of the week while oogling the slice a pizza a thin co-worker is eating.
At a party doing your very best to steer clear of dessert table even though you know that EVERYONE else is gorging on the cheesecake your friend made (and talked about all week).
Sitting across across from a friend who says "It's just one burger. What harm can it do?"
Anyone who has been overweight and tried to lose that weight has been in some type of similar situation. And we all know what was going through our heads...
"It's just not fair! Why can't I eat that all the time and be that thin?!"
Well, let me let you in on a little bit of enlightenment that I learned a while ago. Not everything is as it seems.
TWO-THIRDS of Americans are overweight. Yes, folks, I said two-thirds.
ONE-THIRD of Americans are obese.
For those of you who shut down when someone mentions fractions (yeah, I have high school algebra nightmares too) let me give you a slightly better visual.
2 out of every 3 people are overweight
1 out of every 3 people are obese
Please excuse my inability to draw lol
Anyway, my point is that yes, the person that's eating that pizza or dessert or whatever it is that's making you hate yourself, is a lie.
A big, fat lie.
If she remains thin, then I promise you she's exercising. She's watching what she eats most of the time. She doesn't live off of fast food. And it's extremely likely that she's cooking her own meals the majority of the time.
And if she's not?
It's not going to take too long, and she'll move right into that two-thirds category along side the rest of us.
It's that simple. She doesn't have a magic metabolism. She isn't someone to envy.
So the next time you're in a situation like that, just sit there quietly eating the healthy and nutritious food you made for yourself, give yourself a smile knowing that your weight will be going down. You don't need to begrudge someone else a tasty snack because you know all you have to do is plan it into your day and adjust as necessary.
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