Saturday, February 08, 2014
Well I have completed the first 5 weeks for 2014, and I have had some success. I am down 5.6 pounds, so about 1 pound per week. I am happy with that. I did have some problems sticking with my work-out calendar, and my GI issues reappeared for about a week and a half, so my eating wasnít so great, not necessarily going over calories, but definitely not the healthiest food choices.
I have set up my calendar for the next 5 weeks (2/2/14-3/8/14)
Monday-Core and Lower Body
Tuesday-Cardio and Upper Body
Wednesday- Core and Lower Body
Thursday- Cardio and Upper Body
I need to mix up my cardio. Between the weather and The Rice Crispy Guys taking a vacation in my left knee, doing the 5k your way wasnít working. I dusted off my bike two weeks ago, and I could tell itís been quite a while since I have ridden. I plan to either Walk/Jog for 40 minutes, Bike for at least 50 minutes, or, if the weather wonít let me do either, Leslie Sansoneís WAP 3 mile walk.
Oh, another bit of progress; last Saturday, I managed to jog for 4 straight minutes. Pretty awesome, for me.
I have kinda messed up the first week. Had some things come up that put me in a funk. I didnít eat very well and didnít track what I did eat, plus no exercise except for Sunday. I am working on getting back to it.
I downloaded the free RunKeeper app when the SP site went down for awhile last month. I like using GSP to keep track of my miles. I am really loving it. I can access my playlists without switching back and forth between apps, I can choose the type of workout from running to biking to crossfit, and there are audio cues. This is especially helpful when I walk/jog.
This is a kind of babbling blog, but just wanted to share and check in.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I am an avid reader. I have been known to go through a book a day, and my Kindle is my best friend. Have you ever read a sentence or phrase that just sticks with you? ďDonít fail until you fail.Ē is one for me. I read it in a fantasy novel. The main female character has made a decision that could lead to war if her opposition chooses to not honor it. She is afraid she will fail the people who have put their faith and trust in her. One of her male court members and friend passes on the advice given to him by his mentor before a battle, ďDonít fail until you fail.Ē I have always interpreted that phrase this way; until you decide you have failed, you havenít.
I did not follow my work out program most of the week, did not work out at all for the most part. I could look at that as a fail, get all disgusted with myself and continue with a downward spiral. Instead, I choose to look back at what kept me from working out and strategize ways to keep it from happening again. I didn't fail because I am still moving forward and learning what really works for me.
Just like I need to drink my entire daily water intake before I drink other liquids, I need to stay off the computer, even for Sparkpeople, until I have finished my daily ďto doĒ list (other than Laundry, I can go on the computer while waiting) and exercising is on that list. Once I get on the computer, I tend to lose all track of time, not good at all. So, that is my goal for this week.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year for those not from Hawaii)
What a Year it has been, especially the last quarter. The good news is I didnít gain back every pound I had lost in 2013, the bad news is I nearly did. I know it is mainly due to my own inconsistency with exercise and not tracking my food. I tend to be a very visual person, and actually seeing what I am eating and how it adds up through the day, will always help me make better choices. Something has to give, because I can almost wear my momís clothes, and she needs to lose about 70lbs.
I started to do the Dec. #SparkTheSeason challenge on Instagram, but between getting sick, holiday stress, and two family members in the hospital, I did not complete it. I did find it motivating, though, so I am doing something similar for #RockYourResolution. I know this one isnít an Instagram photo challenge, but putting together pictures of how I am working towards my goals is pretty uplifting, and since I share on FB, a lot of my friends have been giving me encouragement.
(If you have an Instagram account and want to check them out, my user name is Marnums and you can search #rockyourresolution.)
I have set up a 5 week calendar with my daily workout schedule, and I just finished week 1. I have combined the 5K your way walk/jog program with Coach Nicoleís beginner work out from the Total Body Sculpting DVD. I alternate between them with 1 rest day. Let me tell you, it is kicking my butt! I have been so inconsistent with any exercise the last 3 months that I have not been able to keep up with the DVD. Oatmeal has more tone than I do! I am determined to stick it out, I know it will get better, and with persistence and luck, I just may be able to advance to the intermediate at the end of five weeks (groan)! My goal to do each dayís workout as scheduled, but to be flexible as needed. I actually switched my rest day and one of my WO days because of some repairs that took me a lot longer than anticipated.
I am not so much focused on staying in my calorie goal as I am on being HONEST and recording EVERYTHING! I go through phases where Iím hungry, so I eat something that is not really appropriate (ie white bread toast with grape jelly) and it tastes soooo good, I have another, and another. I usually stop after the third, but depending on what it is, the calories can really add up, and I have had a ďhead in the sandĒ mentality; if I donít record it, I can pretend I didnít really eat it. Gee, any wonder how I managed to put back on 20 lbs.
Water!!!! I am usually good, but lately I had been drinking way too much soda and not enough water. I know better! So I count the water used to make my Nurtiblast and any unsweetened herbal (caffeine free) tea towards my goal. I can have my morning coffee, but nothing else caffeinated until after my water goal is met.
So that is my plan for the next 4 weeks. Hopefully I will see results in areas other than the scale. Keep Sparking.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
First of all, thanks to everyone who extended well wishes to me while I was dealing with the upheaval of my sonís accident and his healing process. Working where I do, and with all that I have seen, I know how lucky he was. J has done really well and is now back in Waimanalo with his 2nd family. (He practically kissed the ground we got him home) He went back to work this past Monday, with a 20 lb lifting limit for his right arm, and that has gone well. The big one for him is his jaw is no longer wired shut! The day the wires came off, I took him to The Original Pancake House for brunch, since the oral surgeon said soft foods only. He got an order of Poi Pancakes with Lilikoi Butter. The look on his face when he took his first bite was so classic! He said as much as he loves Jamba Juice, it is going to be a while before he actually looks forward to having a smoothie.
I havenít gotten on the scale yet, this month. I know it the numbers have gone the wrong way, and I just donít want to have the proof right before my eyes. Itís time to start focusing on me and making the commitment to exercise again. Now that I wonít be spending hours on the bus getting to and from appointments 2-3 times a week, I can focus on spending that time on my health.
I need to work on a ďwinterĒ routine. I know, Hawaii, no snow or cold, what do I mean by winter? Well, my weekend-after work bike rides are greatly altered. Those were my ďbigĒ cardio sessions, and I love it, but it gets dark too early for me to go the whole distance. It just isnít safe. I can go half the distance, but it just isnít the same. The other issue is there are more rainy days than not. I prefer to do my cardio outside; biking, walking/jogging, or walking in the sand. I do have DVDs by Leslie Sansone and Sparkpeople, but it is harder to motivate myself when I just want to curl up on the couch and listen to the rain.
I also need to get back into the habit of tracking diligently!! I have been stress eating and I havenít wanted to face the truth; even ďhealthyĒ food will make you gain weight if you eat too much. One nice thing; I got a NutriBullet blender to prepare things for J to ďeatĒ while his jaw was wired shut. I have started making freggie smoothies in the morning. I follow the ďformulaĒ that the company promotes; 1/2 leafy greens plus 1/2 fruits. I use baby spinach and a combination of whatever fruits I may have on hand and water. I end up with a 12-16 oz drink that has 2 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits. I always feel like I am not getting enough, so this is a great way to add more to my menu. I donít usually care for ďdrinkingĒ my meals, but I am finding this pretty satisfying, plus it is so easy in comparison to using a traditional blender.
I am leaning towards doing the Great Aloha Run this February. I am hoping that it will help me stay motivated with my exercise. I am just not looking forward to the possibility of losing my toenails, again! Payday is next Friday, so I will probably send my entry in then.
I hope you all are having a good month.
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