Sunday, November 28, 2010
Mmm. so so day.
on the plus side:
* found the Winter 5% challenge team and joined, woo hoo! Starts Dec 1.
* realized I'd calculated wrong and only need to lose 12.4 pounds in eight weeks (um, yes, I am taking college prealgebra, why do you ask? LOL) for the challenge, not a crazy 30 pounds - cuz I was thinking "maybe this isn't for me"....
* Did 30 minutes on the Wii
On the not so great side:
* I think I'm getting sick, tight chest, coughing, headache. ARGH!!!
* Outside of working out, today has not been productive cuz I feel like crud. But...I have to motivate and get some of it done or I go into the week wayyyy behind. Not good.
*haven't eaten well today, not enough and what I did eat was low in nutrition. That, however, is easily fixed and I'm going to sign off here and go eat something good for me and get my butt in gear on laundry and picking up the house so I'm not starting the week swamped.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Part of what must happen for success for me is to be here, to "come to work" as it were...and not just log in, spin the wheel and be done for the day.
Someone made a crack about their job was so easy, all you have to do to be successful was to "show up". that's what I need in large doses, to show up at my SparkPeople 'work'.
Today I did a 30 min Wii workout. When the nice weather hit I put it away and hadn't bothered much with it, but now that there's snow and freezing conditions, it's a great way for me to get some cardio in.
Went into some of my team pages and looked around, said a few "hey how are yous" and changed up some of my goals. You know, reasons to be here! next will be stopping by a few sp friend pages and saying hey, I appreciate you!
So, i feel pretty successful with many things today - I was a grown up and didn't procrastinate about the homework I needed to do for school, the kitchen that looked like it'd thrown up on itself after thanksgiving, and I pampered myself and got my nails done...and i'm not doing too terrible on the water consumption either!
All in all, success. What did YOU do right today?
Friday, November 26, 2010
I did really well in October...and November slid right back into poor habits and went no where.
The difference in October was I was very invested in a team challenge with the Lesbian Cafe...and I stayed on track well because of the challenge.
With no current challenge going...I'm asking myelf how I can get that jump start I'm looking for....and decided, I'll do my own challenge, based on a blog post I read about someone else's 5% challenge, to lose 5% their starting weight in 8 weeks.
That would be about 1.5 pounds a week, which isn't much at all in the grand scheme, but it's still reasonable, doable....and believe me...I need it. I need that boost, that incentive, I need a big ol' kick in the pants!
Asking myself how can I accomplish this? Some ideas are...
Wear my pedometer, work the water, aim for 1000 cal burn a week, be really invested in SP and my time here...paying attention to my teams, my spark friends, etc.
Of course, I'm flowing into finals week and part of me says, not a great time to try to START anything Lisa! and during the holidays? are you crazy??
but this quote is really working on me, and I think I'd better try to work while the engine is revved! ý"You can either make excuses or you can make progress but you can't do both!"
So here's to losing 12.2 pounds...let's go!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
In the face of the holidays suddenly right here in my face...and the food, food, and more food everywhere...the decline in cardio output the last two weeks...too much stress and not enough sleep...
I will drink water.
It's a small thing - it's no giant leap for mankind...but it's something. Something in the face of mashed potatoes, pie, too much to do and not enough time to do it in.
As well, I'm starting tomorrow off with cardio, LOL - something that has been hit and miss too often the last month.
What are YOU doing to stay off the "Binge Bus"?
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I've been thinking today. About my goals - not just health, but school, dance and work.
I have set some high goals for myself...and judge myself by sometimes impossibly high standards. If I don't get A's on all my homework, I'm not happy. Not perfect? Not good enough.
Needless to say, having goals is good....striving for excellence is important I think. But being so fixated on perfection and the destination....that i'm not enjoying the journey.
I'll be in school a long time. I can only take 2 or 3 classes a term and work, do dance stuff and have a reasonable family life. I'm maybe half way through to my AA degree....and then there's plenty after that!
I want to certify level 2 in Suhaila format for bellydance - let's just say it's like deciding you want to do an Ironman competition - it's pretty grueling. It takes time to train for it, and my training is hit and miss these days. I'm trying to focus on getting the stamina to make it through a weeklong workshop in August 2011. I'm learning a lot...I can feel I'm getting stronger...but it's so slow it's easy to be discouraged. There is a 45 minute warmup, comprised of various crunches, pushups, plank, etc....all hard. At 240, 46 years old and arthritic? WAY HARD. Then each class is another 45 minutes of cardio-dance type training. In other words, this is not a week or month long prep...it's a long prep and I don't honestly expect to test for certifcation until 2012. So like college, a long way to go.
I believe in "the journey". I believe in enjoying the process....
but I can't seem to get there for myself. If we think of all this in terms of health/weight? wow, i have just as hard a time....I can't seem to be content with the process...and I have a long time to go here so I need to figure this out.
So..posting more regularly is part of my learning to be in the moment of the journey. How do I figure this out...how do i enjoy the journey? How do I do this AND make the progress I wanna make?
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