Thursday, January 03, 2013
One of the most useful lessons I've learned on this Spark Journey is the importance of being honest with yourself. Honest with food tracking, honest with how many fitness minutes you *really* get per week (as opposed to the minutes you wish you had), and just about anything else.
Last night hubby and I had some stuffed French toast for dessert, and I had two glasses of wine. I also had quite a few tortilla chips throughout the day. Often when I eat like that, I don't track everything, thinking that maybe my body will be tricked. If I don't track it, I didn't eat it!
Well this morning I got on the scale, and I was (predictably) up a little bit. I'm not freaking out, because I know that too many tortilla chips (salt!), two glasses of wine, and eating late will do that to me. I actually feel more in control because I got on the scale.
Dr. Phil has some advice that I frequently think of - you have to acknowledge (the problem) before you can change it. (Something like that.) And it's so true - it goes with being honest with yourself. I could have easily "forgotten" about the chips and wine I had last night and just have cursed my scale this morning, telling myself it must be broken. But I didn't. I took responsibility for my actions, and now I'm on my way to the gym to get in a workout!
- work HARD at the gym
- make smart choices when I go to lunch with my mom. I often use going out to eat as an excuse to eat whatever I want, because I go out so infrequently. But a burger is a burger, no matter where it's eaten.
- drink all my water, and then some
- find some good deals on workout gear!
Monday, December 31, 2012
Now is as good a time as any to reflect on 2012! I discovered that I'm a lot stronger than I ever thought I would be. Not only in the weight-lifting department (although I have to say I'm getting pretty strong there!), but in all aspects of my life.
In April I finished a Tough Mudder - it was by FAR the most challenging physical thing I have ever done. And I did it! I trained my rear off, I worked with my team, and I did awesome.
Over the summer, I finished three triathlons! In a lot of ways, the triathlons kept me sane. I lost my job in June, and the second half of the year could have seriously gone downhill. Having the races to train for kept me focused on positive stress relief. I'm happy to report that despite being laid off, I lost the ten pounds I gained last year and even changed my body shape a little bit.
Just this fall, I got certified to be a personal trainer! Another thing that kept me focused on the positive. I really took it seriously that I need to be a role model for my clients - eating right, doing regular workouts, and taking care of myself. In 2013 I am looking to make a business plan and take on some clients.
And this morning I ran my third best 5K time ever! 31:50! I wasn't expecting much - I just got over the flu and hadn't ran in about two weeks. In fact, I made it to the gym yesterday morning for the first time since December 20th. I really listened to my body today and I felt great. I think the added cardio and circuit training really helped. I'm excited to incorporate some new, challenging fitness goals into my 2013 plan.
My hubby is working tonight (him working holidays is the absolute worst part of his job), so I enjoyed some General Tso, a glass of wine, and The Hunger Games movie. I have some cornbread in the oven for tomorrow's New Years feast, and apples are simmering to make some applesauce for tomorrow.
Have a wonderful New Year and be careful out there, whatever your plans!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I've been cleaning out drawers and cabinets for the last few months, but the New Year gives me a chance to clean out even MORE. I just cleaned out my files - shredded a ton of stuff, got everything together for 2012 tax time, and cleaned out some old receipts.
Washed the new sheets we got for Christmas and I have a pile of old sheets and towels to send to the Humane Society.
I am SO excited - hubs is talking to his boss today to get some time off for a vacation! We really haven't *ever* taken a vacation together, and I am so excited. Hubs' parents have a place in Florida for the winter, and we are planning to stay there for about ten days. I can't wait. I am SO SO SO SO excited!!!
My mom, my brother and his GF are coming up for New Years Day. It will be nice - I usually drive down to my mom's house that day, and I'm looking forward to not making that drive. It also gives me a good reason to wash the windows and dust the furniture.
Today's good things:
- drank lots of water
- made it to the gym! I passed 1000 fitness minutes for the month - I'm pretty impressed, seeing as I was out of commission for a week. I'm looking forward to lots of fitness minutes in 2013.
- did some good cleaning
- will put some races on the calendar so I have some training motivation
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Today I took a really big step toward my goals. I had made some cookies for hubs' parents' visit, but we really didn't eat that many. There were SO many in the house. Yesterday I went a little crazy eating them, and I felt really awful when I went to bed. So today I had hubs take them to work. Even as recently as last Christmas, I would have said "well the faster I eat them, the faster they're out of the house." But not this year. I am SO close to too many goals to ruin it with some cookies, no matter how good they are.
I didn't make it to the gym today. I felt the need to take another day of rest. And I'm glad I did. It felt so good to sit around and watch it snow.
Did pretty good drinking my water today - lots of it was in the form of hot tea. I need a little more before bed, though.
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