Friday, June 15, 2012
You know sometimes it irks me that men tend to lose weight faster than women...
It's mildly annoying that my fiance and I are (well... we were) the same height and same weight and yet he is losing weight and I am just sort of turtling by.
He woke me up this morning (out of a wonderful sleep, mind you) because he was so excited that a pair of his shorts finally fit again. I'm very happy for him... I just, you know, want to see some progress too!
Soooo, I got up, ate breakfast, and drug the kids with me to my apts gym. They weren't pleased at this because it was rainy and they couldn't get in the pool (of course there were a few idiot teens actually swimming, which made it all the more difficult).
But I just climbed on the treadmill and completed this workout www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/expr
=4696540169 , adjusting the speed to 2.5 instead of 4. It wasn't easy, let me tell you. 12% incline is no leisurely stroll! But I made it all the way through with minimal foot pain. I did my stretching and headed back home.
THEN when I normally would hop on the computer and zone out for a few hours, I decided to clean. I cleaned and organized the living room and dining room, washed clothes, folded clothes, washed dishes... all that's left is to clean and organize the kitchen and pantry, which I'll be doing tomorrow.
On another note, we've switched from 2% milk to 1% (I'm quite positive I'll never use skim - I might as well just put water in my cereal) and switched from regular pasta to whole wheat pasta (provided it's very well flavored!).
We've also used brown rice a few times, but honestly it depends on what I'm cooking if I can use it or not. I don't like the texture of brown rice AT ALL, and not particularly fond of the flavor --- but I can mask it pretty well in certain dishes.
At this point we're sticking with white bread. I love whole grain bread, but only the higher end brands with all the good stuff in it. I can't stand the cheaper stuff at all. And since I can't afford the kind I'd want, I refuse to suffer with crap I don't like, so for now, it's white bread.
In other news, my fiance had his dietician appt. I didn't really learn anything (that spark hasn't already taught me!) but it seemed like hearing it again seemed to make the info sink into my fiances head (the man never listens to me!).
He is very fortunate with the programs he has access to with his job. He is a veteran and works for the VA, and I know a lot of people complain about the VA, but I'm super impressed with the help he is getting to lose weight. Since his initial appt where he was told he needed to lose weight and was at risk of developing diabetes (his most recent labs came back normal), he has joined several programs. One is a pool program, where he goes to "classes" twice a week, and he joined a MOVE program (that I'm actually allowed to attend with him, but due to lack of transportation and daycare, I can't go to) that had weekly meetings where you're given lots of info and "homework" workouts to complete before the next meeting. MOVE also gave him a workbook that is almost 200 pages full of health info and tasks to do. PLUS his doc also gave him a book almost the same size for a walking program for him to do as well. I'm jealous that my jobs never provided ANYTHING NEAR this good!
Did I mention that he gets to do this all during his work hours? Lucky joker!
I'm sad I won't be able to go with him to the meetings, but I'm benefiting too because he's going to tell me all that he does in the pool (which I can then do at home) and I am reading the books he brought home (cause I know he's not going to).
Anyway, tomorrow is ST day, so I'll be doing at least 20 minutes of that, plus starting day 1 of the 100PuP (as I'll be calling it now lol). Which means I've got to get to bed! Goodnight!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
For a while now, I've been looking for the perfect little challenge (and I do mean little) to get me doing SOMETHING. Sure, I'm involved in lots of teams and challenges on here (Can't wait for Summer 5% to begin!), but most are small weekly challenges, or are weightloss challenges without specific guidelines.
I super enjoyed the 15DVC challenge (new one beginning SOON! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=51680 ) because it had frequent blog prompts, which kept me constantly thinking and analyzing myself.
But aside from that, most the challenges I have found are physically impossible for me to do right now, too complicated, too boring, or much too broad.
Plus, I enjoy having a goal that I'm trying to reach (more than just "getting healthier" or "getting stronger").
Which is why I got so excited today when I found 100 Push Up project (I read a lot of blogs and it never fails to astonish me where following the links takes me -- often finding several amazing blogs in one day).
It works in much the same way as the 5K Your Way walking/running plans here on Spark do. Start with a little and slowly work your way up.
So, starting today, I'm diving in.
Anyone want to do it with me? 100 pushups in 6 weeks? Here's the link. hundredpushups.com/index.html
**Push ups not your thing? They also have a 150 Dips program, a 200 squats program, and a 200 situps program. Links for these are on the bottom left side of the above link.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Ok, so I posted this in my team, but I wanted to share this here as well... because it's seriously THAT. FREAKING. AWESOME.
As a kid we should be required to take some kind of "healthy mental habits" or "loving yourself" course to graduate high school and THIS post should be part of the curriculum. And it just happens to include my favorite buddha quote. Ever.
If you have EVER disliked ANYTHING about yourself. Read this now. Seriously. Read it.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Final prompt for the Vitality Challenge.
What accountability (spending ___ minutes a day on SparkPeople, finding an accountability buddy, finding ___ workout buddies, joining a group fitness class at the gym and committing to going regularly, joining a coaching group, etc.) are you going to implement into your future plans to set you up for success?
I spend my time here on Spark. I'm also in a challenge off spark with my sister and a friend... and now I have my fiance on board as well.
How will your life be different in one month if you stick with your plan?
Habits will be forming and I'd say a bad habit or two might possible be broken. I will be on my way!
Six months? I see myself having lost a chunk of weight, not at goal yet, but getting closer. I see me with a my "diet" straightened out - eating a majority of whole foods with processed foods a small part, if not completely eliminated. Exercise will be routine.
1 year? I see myself at goal, or very close to it. Maintaining my healthy eating and exercise program.
5 years? I see myself maintaining my weight, my good habits, and being confident in myself.
What does your life of Vitality entail? Confidence, happiness, vibrance, and freedom from the shell I have been wearing over my personality and health.
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