Tuesday, December 29, 2009
There are still a couple days left of this year, but I am in a reflecting mood. This year has been such a wonderful year, and I'm pretty sure I owe a lot of it to Spark People.
This year I turned 30 - the first time I really thought about turning 30, I hadn't discovered Spark People yet. I thought "well here's another year of me being semi-happy... guess I'm going to be fat and lazy forever." Jan 1 2009 - Day 1 of Sparking. In that time, I discovered that I *don't* have to live the rest of my life as fat and lazy. I discovered that I truly enjoy going to the gym, running, and being active. I love eating whole foods and fresh foods. I discovered the joyous feeling of wearing a single-digit pant size (which I don't remember doing - EVER). Fit friends are super fun! Trying to stay within my calorie goal is like a game for me (most of the time). How delicious can I make my lunch without going over my calories for the day?
Today was another good day - I didn't go crazy with my eating (although I did eat a half PB&J that I probably could have done without), and I made it to the gym for 1.5 hours and got some great working out in this evening. I drank lots of water (I still have a little to drink tonight) and I *finally* got a chain for two pendants my mom got for me MONTHS ago - a beautiful silver and turquoise one from San Antonio, and a cartouche with my initials from Egypt. Wahoo!
Off to make some hot tea and plan out tomorrow. It's shopping day! Wahoo!
- drink at least 4 Siggs full of water
- get some gym time in
- do some laundry
- Pay the bills
Monday, December 28, 2009
Some days just feel so wonderful. Got a ton of stuff done today - phone calls made, appointments scheduled, prescriptions dropped off, Christmas stuff put away, swimming session, healthy eating... wahoo! I have some cornbread in the oven right now - YUM. I think I'm going to put in into the nutrition tracker to see what the calorie count looks like.
To add to my day, I went to the Champion outlet with some X-mas $$$ and got two sports bras and a pair of sweatpants for under $40! Yippee!
So I am planning on building on today to make the rest of the week as successful. I am close to my goal of 12,000 fitness minutes in 2009.
Corn bread is done - time to start dinner.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Christmas was really nice. Spent the Eve with my mom, my brother and my aunt and uncle. Had too much brie and too much wine, but we had a really nice night. Santa brought me a new stock pot! Wahoo! Christmas Day was spent at my fiance's parents' house with their family. We had a really nice time. Again, too much brie and wine, but a nice day. We had brunch - *after* a "small" breakfast of pancakes and sausage and rum cake at my dad's. HOLY MOLY. So there were two days of just absolutely ridiculous eating, with absolutely NO self-control. But I had a really nice time.
I am slowly easing back into my normal lifestyle - after taking another day off from the gym yesterday, I went this morning and had a great workout. Ate a bit too much today, but not nearly as bad as the last few days. I think I discovered what used to happen to me - I thought that since I already ate like a total hog and didn't work out, it wasn't worth it to try to get back into a routine. One day turned into two, two into three and four, into a week... well, you get the picture. My Holiday Eating Season lasted WAY past Christmas and New Years!
But not this year. This year, I am armed with Spark Friends and Spark Knowledge. I know that three days of eating like a pig will not make me gain 30 pounds back. I know that picking myself up and heading out to the gym, drinking all my water, and tossing food into the trash will get me back on track. In fact, I am ready to throw some food away tomorrow - we stocked up on fresh fruit and other good foods today - no real need to have tons of cheese and creamed chipped beef on hand. However, I *did* discover that marscarpone (sp) cheese and cherry jelly on a Hob Nob is a DELICIOUS snack. I might keep the marscarpone around for a while yet.
- drink at least 8 glasses of water
- go swimming
- put away Christmas decorations
- cross some phone calls off my to-do list
Thursday, December 24, 2009
On the twelfth day of Christmas, Spark gave to me:
Twelve months of tracking
Eleven thousand fitness minutes
Ten (times three!) pounds lost
Nine glasses of water a day
Eight 5Ks run
Seven days a week of goal-meeting
Six trophies for points
Five log-in points!
Four support teams
Three healthy meals a day
Two treats a week
And a healthy and happy new me!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my wonderful Spark Buddies! Couldn't have done it without you!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I've been sick and hurting and lazy, so I haven't been a gym regular in about two weeks. Eek! Yesterday I felt good to go - I woke up early, got a great workout in, and then thought to myself "I really should weigh myself." Ugh. Two weeks of hardly any gym? Christmas cookies? Sickness? Got on the scale and... I nearly fell off! I actually was down at my previous low! I didn't gain any weight. huh. So that was a nice start to the week.
I can see how lots of people (myself included) put off the gym this time of year. Cookies to bake, presents to wrap, cleaning to do... it was so easy for me to say "One day of skipping the gym won't hurt." But soon it turned into a week... and then I was sick, so it turned into *another* week... If I wouldn't have sucked it up yesterday, I KNOW that it would have turned into "well I can just hold off until the new year. Then I'll get back into it." I nipped that right in the bud!
Two more days of school until break... I am looking forward to the holiday craziness to be over and the relaxing to begin. Can't wait to take some time for myself and get some important stuff done.
Thank you to everyone for being so supportive in my last blog about moving - it's a risk and I'm a little anxious about it, but I think we are making the right decision. We're starting to look at jobs and apartments in Vancouver; we are really excited! It's going to be such an adventure! I never knew I had this desire for all this change - I really think that by using Spark I discovered a lot about my true self.
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