Thursday, December 05, 2013
I realized that life has just gotten too much- or more so I am letting things overtake life.
I am getting back into bad habits of staying late, letting people and things control my life with adding more stress! School has gotten crazy with multiple professional developments being assigned, some crazy behaviors, a ton of meetings, and trying to make it all work within all the expectations they have. My parents are almost moved completely out west. I have spent many weekends trying to help them with the packing, loading, and moving! I even drove my brother's car out there over my break alone. I really feel that it is so important for me to help my family- but it has been a lot with the travel, school, and trying to not leave my hubby alone. It is also getting stressful, because in just a few short days I turn 30. So many life goals I had, have not been met... but hopefully things will turn around for that!
I am trying to get back to taking one goal at a time to find myself and start moving out of this plateau.
My first goal for this month is to start getting more sleep- 7 hours or more almost every night.
2nd goal- get back to tracking and drinking more water!
3rd goal- getting to the gym more frequently than just my trainer sessions.
Here is to December!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
So as many have known from my blogs or chats on groups- this summer really has not been a summer- I have taken professional development courses, taught summer school, took more courses, did planning time with my team, went to school and worked for hours on things, and spent lots of money on the classroom. I have also spent money on starting to take even better care of myself- via joining a gym, preparing to sell things (and subsequently doing so), getting a trainer twice a week, and trying to eat healthier. Some of these things worked well, some not so great- they fluctuated a lot! But I am seeing results albeit small they are there!
This weekend is the final "summer" break I get before kids start on Tuesday. I went to the gym this morning followed by spending another 7+ hours in my classroom (I hope it is ready for the kids!). I then spent some time with the hubby- I feel like I have neglected him most of the summer. Tomorrow is double date day- I made sure that I scheduled it during the time I could've gone back to school, but I have to say no! We are going shopping with friends for a couple items and then it is time for a nice lunch and possibly a walk, depending on the weather. Monday may be a day I finish my projects and say- it is finished and pray that I can fall asleep before midnight (first days always kill my sleep habits!)
Now, for sharing before I make new goals. I had lots of friends hearing all about my classroom and things I bought for it. So here is the big reveal! I will show great before and after pics so you can see what I did :)
Now for my reveal!!! After hours of moving, hanging, burning myself on glue guns, spending lots of money, and more: (And yes I know they are upside down :( I am working on fixing them!)
I hope you enjoy! The kids on Friday's open house that came were ooohing and aaaahhhing :)
Now goals for September:
Cut back to 5 sodas a week!!!
Workout at the gym at least 5 days a week!
Track my food daily!
Check in with my teams daily!
Write a weekly blog entry!
Take time for me everyday!
Lost between 5 - 8 lbs this month!
Have a great weekend all!!!
Friday, August 23, 2013
This week's A& I challenge blog is to write about my favorite and least favorite fitness activities.
I have found that I love to walk, bike ride, and go to yoga. I love these because they give me a chance to reflect and relax from the stresses of life.
I have started liking walking on the treadmill, zumba, and trying other classes. I am finding that these have been starting to challenge me in new ways.
Workouts that I really don't like are running, squats, lunges, and planks. I have never been fond of the first one, I feel that I struggle with running, shin splints, and just feeling awkward with it. The others I feel that I have to work and push myself in ways that does not feel comfortable or natural. I do them because I need to within training sessions- but beyond that, I don't. I am not sure how I would come to like these- I may never. But I will give most of them chances with the exception of running (unless it is with a sport).
Monday, August 12, 2013
This week A&I has challenged us to reflect on why we joined Sparkpeople.
Growing up my family lived around food! If you didn't find someone in the kitchen or sharing food with someone in the house/ family events you were probably sick! My family has its share of health problems on both sides! I always knew I didn't want to be that way, but I just couldn't imagine changing my habits. My younger brother couldn't seem to gain any weight and my sister always was petite and could find anything she wanted to wear. My other little brother could lose weight and then go right back to his habits. I just kept climbing!!!
I had just finished college in spring 06, started my masters fall 07, started a year long internship, and was working a few jobs to make ends meet. I was back at home with my family. And all I remember getting growing up was here eat this- then you are gaining so much weight- you need to go on a diet. My mom's friend had pointed her to spark and then she got me to join in March 2007. I started and it was alright- I lost a little weight, then times got busy and I didn't make Spark a priority. I gained back the weight I lost and then some. By Jan 2008, I had finished grad school and I resolved I could do it this time. Unfortunately, same results-but gained more. In Jan 2009, I thought sure I need to be fit for my wedding! I can't believe that I am at 215 lbs... well I stuck it out longer- but between family, constantly on the run, and other excuses I could come up with- it didn't last. I was married at 212 lbs in June 2009. By Jan 2010 I had started climbing the weight scale again- tried again and just flubbed. I was living at school, my husband worked nights (so we never saw each other), we ate odd hours and really unhealthy! Stress from work just bolstered eating more and more. I tried again in Jan 2011 and 2012, I also had some "restarts" in other months these years. I seemed to do nothing but stress eat, get frustrated, and feel a lack of support. I hadn't found the right communities or groups to help me and most of my friends supported my stress eating, because they were doing it too!
By Christmas of 2012 I hit the scale at 240 lbs!!!! I was flabbergasted and really upset at myself. I had always said to myself that I was maintaining at a lower weight than that. I hit Sparkpeople again, but with new resolve. I devoted time to chat in communities, I paid for the first "fitness trainer" program ever- Spark Coach, and I started really focusing on my goals. I was finally putting myself first deciding what I needed to help myself- so I could help others.
Since then I have joined a few communities that have really supported me in this new endeavor- even during my long plateau and stress of the end of year and my parents moving. Aspire and Inspire, NOVA Sparkers, and TLL- along with some spark coaching and challenge sites have been instrumental in making me stick with the program. It has helped me start to better prioritize my needs.
Now, after almost 8 months of recommitting myself to my goals and SP- I can say I have stuck it out so far, I have made some amazing friendships, I am learning how to say no or limit myself when I am around other tempters, I have lost weight, I have joined a gym and hired a real trainer to kick my butt, I fit my clothes better, I am finally leaving my negative self-image behind, I am enjoying more water than I use to, I am finally making time for me and my husband, and I am enjoying life better! This time I professed it would be different, it has been and it will continue to be as I have the support that I always needed!!!
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
So I have waited 6 days into this month to set the goals I want to reach- it has been a rough first 6 days. So much to do with school getting ready to restart, prep classroom stuff, and just try to clean house before the new year starts!
Workout at gym or outdoors at least 5 days a week.
Get back on track with tracking my food
Finish going through school stuff for sale/ purge/ keep
Go through the crawl space and prepare for my yard sale
Hopefully lose a few more pounds before the school year starts!
Most of my goals this month is to prepare for the year and just feel rested before the school year starts! I am planning to layout my 1st week and get a lot of goodies made soon too!
I am enjoying teaming up with the Happy Hikers on the next BSG challenge with Aspire and Inspire! I am thrilled to have the support to reach these goals!
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