Thursday, March 20, 2014
I have been quite busy the past three weeks! Got back from checking on my Aunt in Texas, caught up at work, and went right back out on vacation in Key West. It was an 8 day family trip - hubby and two boys. Points of it were a blast - deep sea fishing, running, biking, a lot of walking, spectacular sunsets and touring other Keys - other points were quite taxing... Every night I felt like I was making sure everyone got back to the condo ok - Key West is loaded with bars! And it was Spring break! My twenty something year old sons loved that part! As soon as we got back, my brother and one of his daughters came to visit for a week. His ex-wife alienated both daughters from my brother and us for 1 1/2 years, so this was an exciting reunion! We still haven't heard from the other one. They are still visiting but our visiting colleges so I got a little break today!
I have been doing a great job at staying "mentally tough". I have almost finished reading "What To Say When You Talk To Yourself" by Shad Helmstetter (recommended by Siebold during the coaching sessions). It is taking a while for me to read because I am practicing and thinking out what he is describing as I go. He makes a lot of great points and it definitely supports being mentally tough. In a nut shell, Helmsetter believes a steady flow of the correct positive self talk can "rewire" what we learned as a child. He goes over the correct way to talk to ourselves. The lines are direct. Example: DO NOT SAY "I will not overeat"... SAY "I do not overeat". Helmstetter also suggests playing audio in the background while getting ready for work, in the car and at home. Of course, he sells self talk CDs and Digitals at his website.
I find myself not only focusing on my own self talk and what I say to others, but what others are saying about themselves! It has been very interesting to say the least!
So, this has been a huge part of my 90 days. I feel like I have been learning a lot about myself since I first started watching the free fatloser.com coaching session. I have learned to focus on myself more and be mindful about what I am choosing to put in my body. I made a promise to take better care of myself. It led me to a raw food seminar, (eating a lot more veggies - ended up passing on the veggie juice!), eating and cooking a lot more at home - and enjoying it, signing up for salsa dance lessons with my hubby, shorten my work hours and sticking to my training plan for my upcoming 10 miler and Half Marathon in May. It has encouraged me to make time for myself and not feel guilty about it.
I am going to keep going with it after the 90 days are done!
Promises can't be broken!
Monday, February 24, 2014
My husband bought T25 right after Christmas and finally brought it out of the box a couple of weeks ago. He worked out to it once, and didn't invite me to check it out with him. I have heard a lot about it and really wanted to try it. Today I finally did!
I have to say, it was different than I thought it would be. It is a 25 minute video and I moved intensely the whole time, but I didn't sweat the way I thought I would. I did "feel the burn". From what I gather, T25 is a scaled down time version of P90X. 25 minutes vs 90 minutes. It did work out good for me in that I did my run in the morning, so it was a great opportunity to burn my calories when I got home from work. And there are different videos, depending on what you want to work - upper, lower, total or abs. Today we did lower body. I did like working out with my husband the best. With all that happened last year with my son, I am looking for more things to do together.
We are going to sign up for Salsa lessons - I found a Groupon for $20. for 8 lessons. I think it will be so much fun! We do have other friends signing up as well. My husband agreed tonight to sign-up for cooking classes. He cooks different foods than me a lot of time at home. He calls his foods "normal", I call his foods "junk". Tonight I made tilapia with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, and black olives while he made a cheese steak!
We work together everyday and have been married for 26 1/2 years. I think it is pretty cool that we still get along and want to do things together. I missed that last year when my son was so sick.
So, I will keep doing T25 with my husband. He also said he will go back to the gym every other day. I really hope he does. I paid for him to go all last year and he never went! He has gotten quite a belly over the past year (stress and age 50) and his sugar is high. The weight is all in his belly and I worry that he may have a heart attack. He also found out he has high cholesterol. A couple of years ago he had prostrate cancer. That was unavoidable but this other stuff is not. My husband is from Scotland and is so stubborn...and Scotsman love their sweets! But it is time for my husband to buckle down. He told me a couple months ago that his clothes shrunk! Do you know how hard it was for me to keep a straight face! Really?? Wait - that has been my problem all these years -- I thought I gained weight, but, no -- my clothes all shrunk in the wash!! LOL!! (I didn't say that or laugh in front of him - but, come on!!) I don't bug him about his weight ever because I know he has to decide for himself. It is really hard for me to stick to my plan when he likes to go out to eat a lot, etc. I don't like to make waves. So, I am very excited that he is finally taking steps to healthy choices.
So, that is what is going on at my house! For those of you who know about my son, he got another "excellent" report on his blood results today. He lost a little bit of weight, but is trying really hard. He goes to a gym maybe twice per week. The other night he told me he never wants to go back to being anorexic. I do see him fighting it every day. I tell him I am really proud of him and to keep pushing!!
A couple of weeks ago he went to the dentist and found out he needs 6 teeth capped due to bulimia. It is the first time I saw him cry. between ruining perfect teeth - has never had a cavity - and the bill of $8,900.00 he finally saw the result of his illness. Consequences can be hard, but if it stops the behavior I am all for it, even though, I have to say, it breaks my heart.
But, I would rather have him alive with no teeth!
My other son took his test for the National Guards. He is 23, has a full time job, is still going to college and still trying to figure out what he wants to do in life. He is a supervisor at a very big company and I am so proud of him, but he is still "lost". He scored at 95 out of 99 on the National Guards test so he has a ton of choices. My husband was in the Navy and then the Airforce so he is helping my son with his choices. Kids seem to have it so much harder than we did!
I hope you had a great start to the week!!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
It was a very busy week! All last weekend and the first part were all about wheeling and dealing for a new car (well, used but new to us). We finally found one in our price range in Camden, NJ. We also sold our Saab to a young couple.
Somewhere in there I decided I needed a schedule for my treadmill training. I have been doing a great job staying in my calorie range but needed to get my butt in gear for my upcoming HM in May. I put my name in the lottery for the Philadelphia Broad Street 10 miler and got in! It is one week before the HM. It is supposed to be a real flat race and a lot of fun and fit in nicely before the Delaware HM. So, I changed my work schedule. I now run while I watch Kelly and Michael at 9 and get in to work around 10:30. It is nice outside, so I am enjoying walks this weekend with Roxy and my husband, but I am staying on the treadmill with my trainings. Last time I ran outside I had a hard time mentally heading back in when the weather got bad, so I will keep my habit of running inside going. This is Roxy after her walks yesterday - we wore her out!
I perfected my Pumpkin Oatmeal this week. For those of you who are interested, here it is...
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 1/2 tablespoon Pumpkin Puree
2 sprinkles Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 sprinkles cinnamon
Brown Sugar (optional) - I use 1/4 teaspoon
Stir all ingredient in microwave-safe bowl
Cover and cook in microwave at 50% for 3 minutes
Let sit for one minute then stir and enjoy!
One more thing! Last night I had the best dinner ever at a restaurant on the canal...
large portobello mushroom, marinated and baked with spinach, red peppers and jumbo lump crabmeat ... topped with melted mozzarella cheese and a balsamic drizzle garnish
It was delicious!!
Have a great day!
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