Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I was nervous about this morning - I like to review my goals from they day before and see if I did everything. Since I didn't do a whole lot last night, I thought for sure I didn't do everything I set out to do. But you know what ? I *did* do everything on my list!
Water - YES
Compliment - YES
Roll and ice knee - YES
(OK, so my list wasn't exactly the most challenging.)
Wahoo! Today will have to be a little more ambitious; I have a lot to do.
Today I will:
Drink a ton of water.
Pick up a prescription after school.
Pack my lunch for tomorrow.
Clean the dining room table.
I wasn't going to pack my lunch today, I thought "ugh the kitchen is a mess and I just want to stop at the store for something." But then my rational side got the best of me, and *it* thought "oh hell, just make the spaghetti. It takes 10 minutes." So spaghetti it is. And in the time it took me to type this blog, the water boiled, the spaghetti cooked, and I saved myself some money. It's a good morning.
Tonight I absolutely MUST get to the gym for some strength training. It's been too long since I've done weights - the weather has kept me outside and away from the gym. But back to the arms it is.
Coffee is tasting good, sun is shining... my second graders have their first big group rehearsal for their musical on Thursday. I am super excited! I don't get nervous anymore for the musical - it's a fun thing and I don't like to get bent out of shape for fun things.
Have a super day - today is day 4 of No Baked Goods/Candy. It's also day 4 of Only Drink Coffee in the Morning. This will be tricky since I'm meeting a friend at a coffee shop after school. But they have great smoothies, and I'm sure there is decaf tea there somewhere.
Monday, May 10, 2010
It's day 3 of the No Baked Goods/Candy challenge. Yesterday I went out to lunch with my mom and brother and I was sure the desserts were going to tempt me. But they didn't. I didn't even get up to look at them! I ate my lunch slowly, drank a lot of water, and successfully avoided the dessert table. Yahoo!
Including today, there are only four Mondays left in the school year. I couldn't be more excited!
I returned my "goal skirt" yesterday. I didn't like it hanging in my closet... I thought it would be motivation for me, but instead it made me a little bummed every time I looked at it. I feel much better not having clothes in my closet that *almost* fit.
Today I will:
Drink a ton of water.
Give someone a compliment.
Roll and ice my leg/knee when I get back from school and from running.
Have a super day!
Sunday, May 09, 2010
My brother bought me the most wonderful gift for my birthday last year. An egg toaster. It cooks the egg and toasts the bread, and the two are done at exactly the same time. I don't know how I lived without it. I eat egg toast (that's what I call my breakfast) just about every day. It's SO easy to do, and it gets me my good protein. So why do I write about egg toast? Well, I think that egg toast can be a good part of my meal plan. Yesterday I had egg toast for dinner, and then a little yogurt with some oats and honey a bit later. I didn't need a huge dinner to satisfy me. I stayed within my calorie range, and I didn't feel ravenous at night. I guess there are worse things than having egg toast twice a day.
Yesterday was day 1 of no baked goods/candy. We didn't have any in the house, so I couldn't eat them even if I wanted to, but it was still nice to be able to check off "day 1" on my calendar and on my "other goals" part of Spark. Today will be a little more challenging. I'm going to visit my mom and brother today, and we're going out for lunch. It's a buffet, and there are always some good desserts. But I think knowing that I can not have any of them makes it a little easier. If I would allow myself one, I could easily justify two. But my goal is very clear - no baked goods or candy. Fruit salad, here I come.
And this makes me think of another challenge - only have coffee at home. Too many times I have double coffee when I go out to breakfast, and there's no need for that. Chocolate chai and raspberry mocha lattes are not helping my weight-loss. If I want this tummy to go away and my arm muscles to pop, I need to drop some of this fat.
F-R-U-I-T!!!! Fruit fruit fruit!
It's time to clean up a little bit before I head down to mum's house. I have to stop for some flowers and dog treats on the way down. I am looking forward to meeting the new dog!
Happy Mothers' Day!
Saturday, May 08, 2010
and already I'm re-thinking my May goals. One of my goals is (was?) to fit into a skirt that I bought. I bought the skirt back in March and I'm still not in it (bleh). So my skirt has been hanging up in my closet, motivating (taunting?) me. Even though I've discovered a love for biking and I'm running outside more, not fitting into this skirt has really been bugging me. For all the good things I've done, not fitting into this skirt has been killing me.
I read a few Spark articles about goal-setting, and the latest one I read (again) was about keeping "skinny jeans" and why it hurt more than helped. I really think that having this skirt around is not good for me. Every day I am reminded that I'm still not exactly where I want to be, and I get frustrated. I know I set the goal for the *end* of May, and it's only the beginning... maybe I'll hide the skirt until the end of the month so it's not staring me in the face every morning. Maybe I'll keep the goal but add some more fitness goals to it and focus on those instead.
I wrote a note in my lunch bag yesterday - "GOALS! Fit in that skirt!" and it kept me from eating all the sweets on the faculty room table. I'm so close. Part of me feels as if I quit now, I'm failing.
Maybe this is just the kick in the pants (or the skirt, if you will) I need to lose these last few pounds. I've been just kind of going through the motions, not really focusing on my goals. It's been so easy to be lax about my eating - I was so disciplined at the start of my Spark journey. I haven't been challenged lately. I don't just want to settle for where I am now - I *know* that I can do more. Am I afraid? I don't know.
I see all these Spark Friends having such great weight loss, and I feel as if I'm left in the dust. But I see what you've been eating and doing - no wonder the weight is coming off! Do I deserve a huge breakfast of pancakes and bacon because I ran three miles? No, not really. Although I burn calories running, I don't think it makes up for the calories in that kind of breakfast. Lattes and chai have calories - LOTS of calories. Just because I "forget" to track those drinks doesn't mean the calories disappear.
So today after my run, I am going to look at doing some kind of nutrition challenge. Perhaps a challenge as part of a team. I have been accountable to lots of people regarding my workouts, but never my nutrition. Maybe that's just what I need to get the ball rolling again.
Today I am going to start with small steps.
- At breakfast, stick with water. I already had my coffee and I don't need extra calories from orange juice. Also, consider some eggs with veggies instead of pancakes. Goooooo protein!
- Eat lots of fruit and veggies today. There is a lot of lettuce in the fridge that needs to be eaten, and it would be a good kick-start for my challenge.
- Find a nutrition challenge that would help me live a healthier lifestyle and help me lose some more pounds.
- Track food as I eat it instead of waiting until the end of the evening when I conveniently "forget" how much I actually ate.
Thanks for reading my rambling blog. I had to get out some frustrations and some thoughts. Your support is greatly appreciated - I couldn't do this without you!
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