Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Well............it's about time I give it some thought, no? I feel like I've been down this road a million times. Like I'm spinning my wheels. What's different this time? Well, for sure and for certain, I know that the attempts I am making are easily doable, and that I don't feel in the LEAST like doing it, but I am doing it to reclaim my health and my life. Not going after a certain number, a certain size, or a certain look. You know that saying about hitting rock bottom before doing something.......yeah. Been there, done that, wrote the book! Now, I'm on the upswing......
With all that said, here's what I am shooting for during this round of the BLC:
I am going to work out 20 minutes daily. That amounts to a 1 mile walk. That's it. If I want to do more, GREAT. If not, no biggie. I have officially given myself permission to only do 20 minutes. SOMETHING is better than nothing!!! I repeat that to myself DAILY!!!
I will do all BLC challenges. That will include ST. That is ALL the ST I will shoot for during this round. If I happen to do more, WOO HOO! If I don't...no biggie!! I will be happy with once a week if that's all I do!
I am tracking my food. Daily. Every Bite, Lick and Taste. I am not fretting over the calorie range right now. I am just getting into the habit of writing it all down, and knowing how many calories I am consuming. The rest will come in a bit. DAILY TRACKING!!
Water!! No exceptions!! Water!!!
Sleep. I will continue my sleep patterns that I have been working on since January. (I'm breaking it now being on here! LOL) I will get up at 5:30, and get to bed NO LATER than 10 PM. This will be consistent, because it is the best way I can get things done. I am well rested!
Anything else that comes along with this is a bonus. I can only focus on so much, and I can only make so many new changes at one time. I want to make this all a habit and make it life sustaining. I am NOT going to rush the process like I have tried over and over again. NOT THIS TIME!
Finally, we were challenged to do a Fitness Test. My results are as follows:
Pushups: modified 19
3 min step up: 104
1 mile: did not complete this weekend
Most people would think that's probably crap. You might be right. For me, I am happy that I was able to complete anything without dropping dead. The crunches made me the happiest. I have been pregnant and given birth to 8 babies, and have had 5 c-sections. I am ELATED that I was able to do ANY crunches for this test! I thought I wasn't able to do them at all!
These results are coming off of being mostly sedentary. I will take this. I will measure again at the halfway point. I am REALLY looking forward to making progress!! :-)
Thanks for sticking with me, SparkFriends. I feel like a broken record, but this time, I'm glued together and while it may be some bumpy playback, it'll smooth itself out over time! :-)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
So...part of the weekend challenge is to write out a goal. The steps written in help me to go from "just a goal" to a SMART goal - making it a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and with a Timeline.
My main goal for this year, for 2014, is to be more consistent and deliberate with my fitness goals.
Breaking it down a little bit, how do I make that specific and measurable? Well, first thing's first, I NEED to make a daily habit of 10 minutes of exercise. Just 10. I will commit to that, build a streak on that, and be perfectly okay if that is all I do...because I just want to be consistent and deliberate about it!
I also want to focus more on consuming 5 servings of freggies per day. Every single day. Any combination I choose, but I need to figure out a way to get those 5 servings in daily.
I need to continue to drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water per day. That is filling my water bottle 3 times a day.
I am also going to work towards a CONSISTENT time to go to sleep. My sleep suffers in the most horrible way, which makes my whole day suffer too. Then workouts suffer, eating suffers, everything suffers. My goal...to just go to bed at the same time each night. And not a late one either. :-)
These four things combined are easily attainable to do together, as they aren't so overwhelming that they won't cause burnout. They are also a wonderful piece of groundwork, that if all four things are happening at the same time, I guarantee that I am feeling THAT much better to try and do other things on top of it! Without having to 'force' myself into it!
The main thing I need to focus on is being CONSISTENT and DELIBERATE towards these specific things, and strive to meet them instead of just giving them lip service.
I am going to take a new approach to my health and fitness, and that is that I'm not going to go all gung-ho to finish everything in one week, or one month. I am going to focus hard on just building small things into bigger and bigger ones. By focusing on being consistent on the small things, the easier it will be to achieve the bigger ones!
Here's to being SMART in 2014!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
"Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10b
A feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
"...joy runs deeper than despair."
~ Corrie Ten Boom
We named our 6th daughter Joy! :-) There are things that make me happy, of course, like most. But there are only CERTAIN things that bring actual JOY! My husband and my children bring me the most joy of anything in this world. I count myself to be tremendously blessed that I have been able to experience a true, deep, and satisfying joy this side of heaven! :-)
May you ALL find Joy during this season, and all year long! :-)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Ahhh...this is such a shameful kind of blog to write...but it was a question posed to me, so I'm going to try and answer it as honestly and openly as I possibly can.
So....the question is: why don't I exercise or not exercise enough?
*blink, blink* **crickets chirping**
As of late, my exercise has been few and far between. I'm lucky to pull it off a few times a week. When I do, it's SO half done. I am square in the middle of not one, not even two, but THREE weight loss challenges/competitions. Wouldn't you think I would be working my BUTT off?? Yeah, I would think so.........yet I am not.
I don't have a real "reason" for not working out. There isn't anything I think when I'm not going to exercise. I barely think of something when I AM going to exercise. What one of my major problems is my crappy ALL OR NOTHING attitude. I always feel like if I can't do it "right", "all the way", then I can't do it at all. That has gotten me in to serious trouble. In fact, it's gotten me to where I am today!
Other than rewiring my brain, I am just not sure what I need to do in order to "convince" myself that it is INDEED okay to do a quick workout in lieu of a FULL workout. Why in the world would I not just DO SOMETHING instead of doing NOTHING?! I don't understand myself!
So, once I get myself into a groove, then I will be the workout QUEEN - getting all of my workouts in on the days I schedule...until the day that I can't for one reason or another. Oh that slippery slope.....then I start to backslide, feel guilt over a missed workout...oh I'm sure by now you can see the pattern!
I was doing so well, and fell back into the "it'll all work out" pattern...even though I'm not WORKING OUT!!! UGH!!!
Of course, I have control over this - I will FIGHT this - and I will make it work in my favor!! I will get my groove back!
No excuses....just solutions!! From here on out!!! :-)
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
WELL - we are at week 4 in the BLC - and I am going to reflect a bit on what I've been doing, but also what I NEED to do differently moving into week 5.
Last week was actually one of my better weeks, as far as participation, and effort given. Although I'm not at "peak" effort, I have made an actual effort to take part in all challenges that are being issued. That's a big deal, considering how busy and overwhelmed I have been feeling the last 2 months.
I even went so far as to make a PLAN for what to do over the weekend. I ended up needing to travel 10 hours to go to a weekend long clinic, and then 10 more hours to get home. That is overwhelming to me in and of itself, especially considering the food aspect. Fortunately, I really sat down and thought it out - even figuring restaurants that I could eat at, and what I would order when I got there! I made sure I packed plenty of water, and had healthy snacks I packed so I had NO excuses to stop at gas stations to get something (read: ANYTHING!) to eat.
I also would have NEVER exercised - especially with how tired I was and given the fact that I was in the car for so long, and sitting in clinics for so long (although I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was a "hands on" clinic, so I didn't have to SIT all day! I was moving!), but I forced myself to do SOMETHING. Even if I didn't feel like it. I even "allowed" myself 10 minutes. JUST TO DO SOMETHING. It actually worked. I don't know if I could convince myself this would be "okay" for the long term (I've tried, and failed) but I am going to start.
One thing that's been helping is logging my steps. Some days I'm so horribly surprised at how LITTLE steps I am actually taking. It's been an eye opener. It's also encouraging me to move more!
I feel in my heart of hearts that I'm not "contributing" like I should - I want to be ACTIVE, and chat, and win all the awards (or at least be in the top 10) and, and, and.... That's all fine and good, but I also know that I allow myself too often to burn out. I am trying to rewire my brain to understand, I don't HAVE to do it ALL. I don't have to be the BEST. I just need to put forth the effort. Some days are better than others. And that is OK. SOME effort is better than NO effort! This is a super hard concept for me to wrap my brain around. I feel like I am making progress - that is a huge plus!!
So - for next week - what am I going to try and do differently? WELL - taking a page out of last week's book, I am going to PLAN. Food for me generally isn't an issue when I'm at home. I am good about making sure I have healthy snacks in the house, I generally eat well all three meals, and for the most part keep tempting goodies out of the house. (If I didn't have children to care for that makes all this possible, who KNOWS what it would be like!) My biggest hurdle is actually getting in my workouts. I KNOW how important this is for me in order to be successful with weight loss. It can't be hit and miss - I need to do it. Why wouldn't I plan for that??
When I don't have a plan, I waste time. If I know EXACTLY what I need to do, and I'll go a step further, SCHEDULE it, I get it done! No brainer, right? Well, I'd think so, but clearly this is an area I have been struggling with for quite some time now. BUT - for next week - I am going to really focus and THINK about my daily To Do list. I am going to put in some time to work out - I'm even going to specify WHAT I am going to do so I don't have to even think about that. I'm going to follow ALL that advice that you hear ALL the time about how to implement habits....and I'm going to practice it this week! It's my "experiment". Ha ha!
So - to summarize - last week went pretty darn good - I had a plan for food.
This week - I am continuing with my regular food planning. I will also make a daily plan to include specific exercises to do (time lines included) so that I can float through my day from activity to activity.
I should be able to make this a reality. I can make it a success - I just have to allow myself to trust the process instead of trying to FIX it myself! TRUST THE PROCESS!
Here's to a great week!!
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