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Shakin' it on Up and Bustin' on Through

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some you may have seen my status from this morning if not, here it is:

"....it seems I figured out how to MAINTAIN my weight...175.8 for 3rd week in a row. Let's see how I can break out of this rut and shake things up this week."

I want to say I've hit a plateau, but I truly don't think that is it.

What I've hit is a comfortable area...comfortable with the routines: comfortable with the foods I am eating, the workouts I'm doing, even the clothes size I am in.
While it's good to feel good about your day, I'd rather feel GREAT about my choices.

For me, comfort sometimes equals complacency. And I think this is the case.

I've obviously changed my eating and fitness level or I would no have dropped those initial pounds, but I signed up to lose 2 lbs a week and I am NO WHERE near that on ANY week.
If you look at my weight tracker chart you'll see I've never even gotten CLOSE to that goal line. As a matter of fact, it looks like I've come to a full on stall....

But doing the same things over and over again - while building routine and consistency - can also build a brick wall that either needs to be torn down and broken through or somehow overcome.
You know the old saying - if you do the same thing over and over again expecting different results...well, that's just plumb silly. (ok, not the exact wording, but my version of it, lol)
So it's time to ramp it up.

This week I am shaking things up a bit in my routine. I am trying new things. I am going to be adventurous. And I am GOING to break through!

Each day is a new day - a new FRESH start to create a new ME.

I know the # on the scale is just a #, and it WILL eventually change - but not unless "I" do.

So here goes...onward to a new exciting week and all the fun discoveries I will encounter along the way to finding ME.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUZANNE65203 7/22/2014 12:48PM

    All these stages are necessary on your way to creating a healthy lifestyle. Right now with my mixed up summer routine I am glad to be holding stable and not going up!

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KOFFEENUT 7/22/2014 12:26PM

    Way to go on keeping it challenging!
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BRAINBENTT 7/22/2014 11:36AM

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Maybe I'll never be a runner

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Well, here I am, with a 5K coming up (28th) and I've been trying my hardest to learn to run with interval training over the last several weeks, but it is just coming so hard tor me.

I've read the articles. I've watched the videos. I downloaded the podcasts. I've been faithfully (minus 1 time) working out with the intervals, cross training and ST. I've been consulting with a good friend who is a seasoned runner (she will be running the 10K route while I'll be participating in the 5K route...this is her 15th 10K...) and yet I still feel like a fish flopping along the shore.

I can't seem to hit a comfortable stride and my lack of self confidence when I try to run in public is awful.

So I've decided to give up the iterval training for now. Mahbe I'll return to it again, maybe not.
I AM a confident walker and know that I can walk the 5K for sure and while others might be whizzing past me in a easy jog, a walking I will go and be the better for it.

My goal is just to keep moving forward and to just finish the race...no matter where I place.

I guess I just needed to write this to get it off my chest and hear myself say that it's "ok" to stick with what I know right now. What makes me feel confident and happy.
Maybe I'll run someday...maybe I'll never be a runner. Either way, I am happy just doing what makes me feel good :)

I just feel so thankful to be healthy again and for the awesome encouraging community that makes SP so great.
Thanks so much for reading.

  
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MADDEELOU 7/4/2014 1:40PM

    You are moving and that is all that matters. I have started the C25K program so many times. I do like running because I feel like I push myself but I am pretty sure that there are days when I walk faster than I run. I love to walk when I have a good book to listen to and the book I am listening to right now is FABULOUS so running has taken a back seat to walking. Do what you enjoy and don't worry about the rest. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 6/18/2014 11:03PM

    We each have to find what works for US. I have friends who are marathoners. Good for them! Me? I walk. I enjoy it, I can stick to it, and I've lost 40 pounds doing it. And I'm happier than pushing myself to do something I don't really enjoy. Hang in there until you find what YOU can commit to!

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SPARKMEG77 6/18/2014 5:27PM

    I am not a runner. I have tried and tried, but I hate it! I have discovered that I like biking. Try something else! Don't let exercise become boring or a chore. Good Luck at your race!

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Scale-Shmale...Let's Track MINUTES!

Monday, June 09, 2014

If you've been reading my blog entries you know the tug of war I've been having with the numbers on my scale (and how they never EVER seem to change).

Well, starting today, I am giving up shooting for that lower number and instead aiming for a HIGHER number...with my Fitness Minutes, that is!

I want to stay active and motivated while here on SP and in the forums and teams, but seeing that blasted weight-loss ticker never moving is a bit depressing so I decided that if the weight won't go down, the minutes WILL go up - and seeing my ticker tick closer to my monthly minutes goal each time I log my fitness will give me a fresh burst of inspiration!

So I say...down with the scale (and eventually the number on it, heehee) and UP with the minutes!!!
And I know that pushing myself harder by wanting that ticker to move WILL get me to the healthiest me I can be - whatever that size ends up being ;)

Let's GO!!!!

  
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STEPH-KNEE 6/9/2014 10:39PM

    I love it! It is so much better to focus on the things we can control (nutrition, exercise etc.) and let go of the things we can't control. As much as we try that pesky scale sure has a mind of it's own!! Keep up the great work, you are emoticon emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 6/9/2014 12:52PM

    This is exactly what I did - and you're right, it DOES inspire me to see that ticker approaching my goal each month. Good for you for setting a goal YOU have control over!
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An Article Link to Encourage...It SURE Encouraged ME!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

I love to start my day with morning devotions, then pour a cup of tea with lemon and start diving into the articles here on SP.
It just starts my day out RIGHT!

Here is an article I came across this morning it is was a HUGE encouragement to me. Maybe you've not yet read it - I hope it inspires you!
Maybe you HAVE read it - I hope it leaves you feeling a refreshment of motivation.
Here is the link to:
"10 Signs You are Getting Healthier, Even if the Scale Doesn't Move"
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=10_signs_you_are_getting_healthier_
even_if_the_scale_doesnt_move


May your day be a joyous one!

  
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SUZANNE65203 6/9/2014 4:38AM

    Thanks for sharing that article. There is so much great stuff around SP!

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KOFFEENUT 6/4/2014 4:04PM

    Good reminder - whether the scale moves or not, the things we're doing are helping us be healthier and hopefully around longer to enjoy our fabulous lives!

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A New HIGHER Starting Number on the Tracker

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Continuing on from yesterday's blog post....
I reweighed myself this morning and according to the new scale....I am at 181

While the number still looks a little shocking to me (since the old scale was showing me weighing in at 176), I am keeping in mind that it is only 5 lbs more than what I originally thought.
AND since I am seeing my body shape slimming down, have a major increase in energy and stamina, and my joint pain has lessened quite a bit, I am claiming ALL vistories up to this point.

181 is just a number...and that number WILL be going down.
It already HAS gone down, even if I don't actually know by how much since the original weight was so far off.

But no matter...I've reset the weight-loss ticker and am not letting it steal my JOY emoticon

Here's to a fun, fit Saturday for us all. The weather here is GORGEOUS...time to get outside and enjoy it.

Wishing you all an AWESOME day!!!

  
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STEPH-KNEE 5/31/2014 8:58PM

    It is just a number and you are still doing great, keep it up! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 5/31/2014 5:03PM

    You are SO right - that is just a number. The changes you're seeing - more energy, less joint pain - are quality of life changes that REALLY count!

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