Thursday, November 20, 2014
Our TNT assignment this week is two share the tools and resources we have to help us on our journey.
1. SparkPeople - The articles are all filled with amazing information, and I love reading them. In the beginning, the nutrition and exercise trackers were life savers for me. Since I use a fitbit to track my daily movement now, I don't use the fitness trackers anymore (it ends up double counting and it gets messy). I have also stopped tracking food regularly (but that will be mentioned more in another category).
2. My Fitbit - I absolutely love this tiny little tool. I've encouraged my BF's family to get them and my mom owns one as well. It leads to a lot of competition and motivation to move more! I can honestly say that I would not have gotten as far as I have without it. When I lapsed on my exercise last winter, I was averaging 2000-4000 steps a day. Because of this amazing tool I have, I have 88 days in a row of over 10,000 steps. By the time I go to bed tonight, that number will be 89!
3. My family and friends - these people have been so supportive of myself (and my fiance) over the past 15 months as we have worked so hard to get to where we are. We are able to go home now and know that whatever we are served for dinner will be both healthy and delicious (well, it was always delicious).
4. Myself - Back to not tracking nutrition - I have gone a few months at least without tracking what I am eating (regularly), and I have still lost weight. Yes it's coming off slower, but after obsessively watching my calories for a little while, I realized that this wasn't the solution for me. When I was tracking every calorie, I was actually losing less than I am now. How is this possible? I've learned to listen to my body and to eat fruit or veggies when I get hungry instead of chips or pretzels (ok, I admit, if I had them available, I'd probably go for them, but I don't buy them so problem solved). Through this journey, I have learned that I can trust myself. I know when I've made a bad decision (like the Chinese food last night) and I know when I've made a good decision (like the fact that after years and years of putting salt on EVERYTHING, I don't even need it on my eggs anymore [and that's one thing I said I would NEVER be able to give up]). I am my own strongest tool on this journey. Without me, the 47 pound weight loss that I have achieved to date would not be possible. And with 18 pounds to go to goal, I am prouder of myself today than I have ever been in the past (ok, except for maybe completing my first 5k and walking 39.3 miles for Breast Cancer Research - but it's close!)
Monday, August 11, 2014
Yes, those are shorts. For the first time since, I don't know - freshman year in high school? (Disclaimer - I was skinny in high school but thought I was fat, so I never wore shorts).
15 jars marinara, 13 jars pickled hot peppers, 23 jars pickled zucchini and summer squash and 10 gallons of beer. Marinara was made both days, beer Saturday and the rest Sunday. Also homemade zucchini bread and a pizza completely from scratch (not pictured). Phew! We also have 24 jars of relish, which we made last weekend, pictured below with all of our other stuff.
1. 10000+ steps per day
2. 8+ cups water per day
3. 2 freggies with each meal.
4. Regular ST M
5. Regular cardio M
6. 1 cup green tea per day
7. 1 blog per day emoticon
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
A year ago, on August 5, I was pretty sure I was doomed to NEVER lose any weight. I had gotten my fitbit in January and had lost a whopping 3 pounds since then. I was walking every day at work, and trying to eat as many of our farm vegetables as we could before going crazy with boredom. Since then, I've learned a few things, and I've made some very positive changes!
1. I have lost 37 lbs since then.
2. Exactly a week after that day, I took my first steps out the door with a C25K training program. I can now run a mile in under 10 minutes.
3. I have added not just vegetables, but also fruits to our meals. With a minimum of 2 at each meal, we are eating more than ever.
4. I still walk every day, but I've learned that it's more for the midafternoon "re-charge" than for actual weight loss.
5. I have learned to accept ST as something that will love me back no matter how much I hate it. And if I ignore it, things only get worse.
6. While I still have about 30 pounds to go, I can do so much more now, and I need to focus on that! The scale is mean anyway!
7. I can, and will, inspire others. Fiance, his family (brother, SIL, sister, BIL, father), my family (mom), and coworkers have all started doing things to better themselves. Most of Fiance's family has started running, my mom puts more focus on smaller healthier meals when we are home, my boss has given up soda (almost - she's down to 2 a week from 14!), my coworkers share healthy recipes and tidbits amongst themselves, and we try to have bi-monthly healthy potlucks.
8. Black coffee is delicious (did this one cold turkey and have not looked back since).
9. I can do anything I set my mind to - I have completed 5 5ks, a 39.3 mile 2 day walk (Avon Walk for Breast Cancer), and am looking to compete in my first 10k this fall. I have my sights set for a half marathon in 2016.
10. SparkPeople and my family make the best support team I could ever ask for. My Fellow Foxes were with me for BLC22, 23, and 24, and then the Mochas welcomed me with open arms for BLC25. The Determined Daisies in the Spring and the SUDS in the Fall 5% challenges pushed me to do my best. Fiance is the one to drag me to the gym on a Monday, when all I want to do is sit and knit. And my fitbit friends (all RL friends and SP friends) push me to do my best so I can (almost) always be at the top!
This marks the most successful year I have ever had in weight loss. I have learned to accept support, love myself, and push as hard as I can. Here's to meeting goal in the coming year!
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