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?
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I'm having a hard time being excited about the upcoming holidays...Thanksgiving Jodie will still be in Louisiana, and my Daughter was transferred several hours away for work and won't be able to be home either, and I can't go see her because of work myself. Of course, there will still be three kids here, LOL. Just hard to have some gone - I really hate that.
Been another "catch up" weekend of chores and homework. Diet/exercise not going to plan. Need to do november goals, because there's a lot of November left! Never too late, right?
so I'm going to work on some more chores, and think about goals.....
Monday, November 08, 2010
This weekend was all about catching up on homework and catching up on sleep! I'd say it was a success in both arenas.
Now to just stay caught up!
Definitely noticed a change in mood with the change in weather...and jodie being gone 45 days...a little bluer than usual. But, we are at just over three weeks and she'll be home so that's something to look forward to.
Exercise and food intake took a hit this weekend - I slept, ate, and did homework. Tried not to pig out, and did moderatly okay there. Telling myself now it's back to weekly routine, needs to be weekly routine wth food and exercise too!
Son is sleeping all night for the first time in months - apparently sleep problems are common in ADHD/bipolar. Sleep has to be good....cuz i know I get really crankly when I don't get enough myself.
working with 4 women on personal coaching for dance. I need to make it 5 and coach myself the way I coach them! Why is it so much easier for me to motivate/encourage others, and so hard to apply it to me? sigh. Just keep working on it.
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