Sunday, April 20, 2014
Today is day one of my streak!
Actually, its day 41... but I'm going back to day one because I just felt like I needed a fresh start. I've been on track, but it feels like I've gotten a little careless over the past week or so. I haven't been truly putting forth my best effort. I've just been doing "good enough." But why should I accept mediocre, when I am capable of so much more?
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying for perfection on this journey. But I do expect myself to put forth my very best effort each day. I started this streak STRONG, and I'm proud of that. But after a while, it gets easy to let things slide just a little. Instead of weighing and measuring my portions, I've been eye balling them. I haven't missed a workout. But I haven't been challenging myself to work a little harder, even though I know I could.
So this fresh new means that I am going to stop phoning it in. I'm not going to put in a half hearted effort. I know that some days will be better than others, but I'm really determined to make each day as awesome as possible.
Last month in my blog, I confessed that I gained back 31 of the 71 lbs I'd lost, and that my clothes were way too tight on me. I said I didn't want to buy any new clothes, though, because I was going to lose the weight again. But....sigh...on Friday I went shopping to get a few new things to wear. Although my clothes have gotten slightly LESS tight over the past 41 days, they still don't fit, and I was just tired of looking like a sausage, lol. So off to Kmart. Ouch, it really hurt, because I had to shop in the Plus sizes section. I had thought I was out of there for good, but now I'm back to a size 1X. Trust me, that was a big old wake up call! As I shopped for a couple of shirts and a pair of capri pants in the Plus section, I looked longingly at the Misses department and made a solemn vow that I will be shopping there again soon!
In other news, I have become team leader of a great team called "Exercise & Fitness DVD Addicts." If you workout at home and love workout DVD's, come on by and check the team out!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Today is day 36 of my streak!
Thirty six days ago, I issued myself a personal challenge...to get myself back on track and commit to STAYING on track for 90 days. I got out my calendar and marked the date when this challenge would end; June 8th. And then I got my personal journal and wrote down my plan, because I know that when I write my plan down, I'm more likely to stick to it.
I don't weigh myself very often, so I didn't give myself any type of weight loss goal for the challenge. Instead, I just committed to making each day as healthy as possible. And I'm proud to say that for the past 36 days, I have been completely on track. I haven't skipped a workout, and I have been vigilant in measuring my food portions and drinking my water.
It feels great to be on track again. I have more energy for my day, and I can feel my strength and stamina increasing with each workout I do. Unfortunately, though, it doesn't feel like I've lost much weight. Its frustrating to get dressed every morning and nothing fits right. Everything is still too tight. I've been on track for over a month and sometimes it feels like I don't have much to show for it!
Once upon a time, I would have given up at this point. But I'm not a quitter anymore. I promised myself that I'd stick with it for 90 days, and I'm going to keep that promise. I still have 53 days left on my challenge, and I am going to do my best to make each day as good as possible. My clothes may not be any looser right now, but there are other NSV's to celebrate, and I'm sure there will be more of them in the next 53 days.
In the meantime, I'm going to go ahead and buy myself just a couple of t shirts that fit me NOW. I had originally said I wasn't going to buy bigger clothes, but I've changed my mind. Its depressing to have to wear clothes that are too tight every day. My mother in law gave me $20 as an early birthday present, so I think I'll go to Kmart today and get a couple of shirts that fit. But hopefully I will be able to donate them (and those elastic waisted jeans that I hate) to Goodwill soon!
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Today is day 24 of my streak!
Have you ever heard the old saying, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray"? Well, I laid out a success plan for the month of April, and it has already gone astray. So here is another saying..."Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan." (John C. Maxwell)
Part of my success plan for April was which workouts I would be doing. I decided to keep doing DDP Yoga and Les Mills Pump. I also decided to do Chris Freytag's 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme DVD's. Its a 28 day plan and although the workouts were more advanced than I like, I thought I could still do them, with modifications. I started day one on March 31st, and realized quite quickly that I would have to modify a LOT. Not just the various workout moves, but also the pace. Chris Freytag moves along very fast, and I knew I would hurt myself if I tried to keep up with her.
On day two, I was really struggling with the workout, and starting to think that maybe I had bitten off more than I can chew. But then I remembered how difficult DDP Yoga was for me in the beginning, and how I stuck with it and got stronger. So I decided to keep going with the 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme. But yesterday, as I was struggling to keep up, I felt a sudden pain in my upper back. I think it was my lat. All I know is that it hurt so much that it literally took my breath away! I stopped the workout right away and put an ice pack on the hurt area. Hubby gave me such a lecture when he got home, which is something I could have easily done without. But I know he did it with love. He reminded me that I'm almost 53 and I shouldn't push myself so hard to keep up with a workout that is so difficult for me.
So I reluctantly have to admit that I can't do that 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme workout...yet. Maybe someday I can try it again. But right now its just too hard for me, even with modifications.
In order to stay on track and stay flexible in my approach, I have chosen a different workout to do this month. Its Crunch; Fat Burning Ab Attack. I have done this workout a couple of times before, so I know that its challenging for me, but also doable.
I'm still determined to make April a rock star month!
Monday, March 31, 2014
Today is day 21 of my streak!
I am going to make progress in April.
I'm not going to just dream about it or hope for it. I'm going to WORK for it.
One day and one choice at a time, I am going to put forth my best effort to make progress towards my goals. I know I won't be perfect, and I'm not even going to try. But I WILL try to make each day as good as possible.
I'm going to be 53 years old at the end of April. Its hard for me to believe that! It seems like I was a teenager not so long ago. Time sneaks up on you. I wasted too many days (and years), sitting around and dreaming of what my life would be like if I wasn't overweight, instead of getting up and doing something about it. But I'm not going to waste even more days by regretting that. Instead, I'm going to keep getting up every day and doing something that will help me make progress towards my goals.
I've already got three weeks of being on track under my belt, so I might as well keep on going!
So in order to make April a rock star month, I am committing to working out every day (except for my regularly scheduled rest days) and to eat right. I will eat real food, and cut down on processed foods as much as possible. I will weigh and measure my portions.
My April workout is 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme with Chris Freytag, and its a 28 day workout plan. Its a tough workout, and I will have to modify the high impact parts. But I will still be working hard! In addition to that workout, I will also be doing Les Mills Pump and DDP Yoga on alternate days.
My big goal to reach by the end of April is to get rid of those elastic waist jeans and be able to fit into my regular jeans again. Of course, I will also be on the lookout for some NSV's along the way!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Today is day 19 of my current streak!
It sure is great to be back on track, but yesterday I was feeling a little bummed out. As some of my Spark friends know, I was off track for a while and ended up gaining back 31 of the 71 pounds I'd lost. My clothes were super tight, so I broke down and bought one pair of elastic waist jeans. I absolutely hated having to do that...but the truth of the matter is, I HAD to do it. My regular jeans were so tight, I could no longer squeeze into them anymore.
So yesterday, I decided to try on a pair of my "regular" jeans. I knew they would still be tight, but I thought that I would at least be able to put them on and button them without TOO much trouble. After all, I've been back on track for over two weeks! I've been tracking my food and watching my calories. I've been drinking my water. I've been doing my best to move more. And I've been working out faithfully...cardio, strength training and yoga. So surely those regular jeans should be a little closer to fitting me again, right?
Wrong. Those jeans are still way too tight! I could get them over my hips a little easier, but I had to suck in my belly in order to button them. I stood there, looking at myself in the mirror...with my belly oozing over the top of my jeans...and I felt pretty discouraged. I'm so sick of wearing that one pair of elastic waist jeans that I bought! I want to wear REAL jeans again! So I was feeling very discouraged.
There was a time when I would have allowed that feeling to lead me straight into a junk food binge. And to be honest, I almost did do that yesterday as I stood there looking at myself stuffed into those jeans. But then I stopped myself. I realized that my very next move would either take me one step further from my goal, or one step closer. The choice was up to me.
So I took off those jeans and put them back in the drawer. I put on my workout pants, and I went into the living room and I worked out. And as I worked out, I realized that I'd just had a non-scale victory. It wasn't the one I had planned on, which was having those jeans fit again. But it was still a NSV worth celebrating, and that NSV is that I didn't give in to the temptation to binge. I chose to workout instead, and that workout brought me another inch closer to my goal.
Those jeans will fit me eventually, as long as I keep making the choice to step towards my goals, instead of away from them. I look forward to that particular NSV, but in the meantime I am going to enjoy the journey!
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