Wednesday, October 01, 2014
NOTE: September end-of-month update on goals is at the end of my "Hellooooo September" blog. But, in short, it was a bust. LOL Moving forward...
The healthy seeds I'm planting for October are:
30 for 30: 30 days of exercise for 30 minutes. This month happens to have 31 days, so I guess I get one pass. :-)
Water First: Before I can drink anything else, I must complete intake of 64 oz of water first.
1000 Fitness Minutes Trophy: If I'm exercising for 30 days for 30 minutes, I'll have 900 fitness minutes. So.... that means that some days, I'm expecting to exercise for longer than 30 minutes. :-)
Gym visit at least 2x/week: I only went to my gym one time in September... I am NOT about wasting money. So, I need to set foot into my gym at least 2x's a week.
Strength training 2x/week: Still haven't conquered ST, soooo I keep pushing and aiming.
Burn 6000 calories: I'm hoping this goal will help me to not "phone-it-in" during my brief 30 minutes of working out. I want to make those 30 minutes count. If I burn a minimum of 200 calories per workout, I will make this goal. I'm hoping to burn more though. This month I'll be using different machines and trying different higher intensity workouts. I'm curious to find out how much I COULD actually burn in 30 minutes if I pushed myself a little more.
At the end of October I expect a harvest of...
- better habit of exercise/fitness
- glowing skin (from all that water, lol)
- weight loss
- FINALLY being able to get my 10 lb weight loss reward! I'm down 5 for the month of September. So, I've got 5 more to lose and KEEP OFF. That's my self-imposed requirement. I don't want to just lose and gain throughout the month and then reward myself for it. If I lose the remaining pounds in October, it must still be OFF at the beginning of November. THEN, and only then, will I reward myself. (Rewards listed on Sparkpage)
HARVEST TIME!!! Let's go!!!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I haven't really been active on SP that much lately. I'm sure I'll get back into it at some point. But, honestly, I seem to not have that many active sparkfriends, so I'm not really feeling as much support on here as I used to. And, without the support, it's kind of just a personal blog space. I've really been finding support on Instagram and in a Facebook group that I joined last month. I share my fitness goals, motivations, achievements, and pictures on the special fitness account that I created. If anyone wants to follow me, it's: the_vee_project. But, I have to say, I'm finding the most support and determination within myself. That's new for me. LOL
I'm doing great. I'm definitely staying on track. I've been concentrating on fitness and keeping my activity level up. I can't report any weight loss/gain because I've not been on the scale. I'm pretty much avoiding the scale because I'm on such a fitness high right now. I just don't need any distractions or discouragement. So, I'm trying not to have my every victory be tied to the scale.
I'm participating in a couple of fitness challenges this month. One is an 100-mile challenge that I joined mid-month with a lady from my church. So, I have a lot of miles to get in before the month of July ends. It's tough. But, I'm determined to get it done. All miles (walking, running, elliptical, bike, etc.) count.
I'm also participating in the below wall sit challenge this month with my sister.
I joined that one late as well. But, when I joined I just started at Day 1, so that I would have the same opportunity to build up my endurance as others who started the challenge. I'm on (Friday, July 4) right now. I can say that I'm getting stronger. I remember my legs shaking when I did the sit for 45 secs. Now, I'm up to 01:15. It's been a good challenge.
I've not been using my fitness or nutrition trackers (apps or SP website). I can get a little obsessive about that kind of stuff. So, I'm kind of just using the plate as a guide (half veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 carb). I've not had a single green smoothie since I finished the cleanse. LOL That was a lot of greens! LOL But, I still would LIKE to try to have a green smoothie every now and then as a replacement for one meal. I've just not been motivated to do so as of yet. These days, I'm not looking at a clock (timing how often) or a scale (measuring how much) or anything to determine when and how much I am/should eat. I'm just eating when I'm hungry and until satisfied. I'm actually listening to my body. It's just becoming natural and more a part of my life.
I really think this turnaround happened because of the green smoothie cleanse. After I completed that cleanse, my tastebuds and cravings and food desires, just changed. I feel more in control than I ever have been in my life. I'm in a good place.
Friday, June 27, 2014
How many of you have heard of this detox cleanse?? The author was recently on the Steve Harvey Show and The View.
Well, after I saw her on Steve Harvey, I said I would buy the book for my husband for Father's Day. He's been drinking smoothies since the beginning of the year and it's really allowed him to get more fruit and veggies into his diet that he's ever eaten. I've seen positive changes, but I see that he still uses a lot more fruit than he does veggies. So, I wanted to help him go to the next level. But, I was interested in it for myself as well. LOL I had to order it off Amazon because it's sold out in every bookstore!!
Before I added it to his gift bag, I read it myself in secret and I thought that I really wanted to try it for myself. So, the Monday after Father's Day, I went shopping for all the fruit and veggies that I would need for the first 5 days of the cleanse. Every day you just follow the smoothie recipe that's contained in the book. The ingredients are meant to facilitate cleansing of the liver and colon, which also will help jumpstart weight-loss efforts.
I began the cleanse on June 17th, and finished up the 10-days yesterday.
Well, after only 10 days of infusing my body with an onslaught of nutrition by way of green leafy veggies, fruit, nuts, fiber, healthy carbs and protein... I feel FANTASTIC!!! I'm down 9 lbs!!! I went from 194 (6/17) to 185 (6/27). I didn't take measurements, but my clothes tell me I'm down several inches as well. My skin is absolutely radiant! I feel light and fluffy and my sugar and carb cravings are absolutely gone. I'm actually craving more fruits and veggies.
Some days (depending on the greens used) were more challenging than others, and I have to admit the smoothie did not taste so good on those days (for me). But, they were certainly effective in cleansing.
The cleanse is meant to be followed for ONLY 10-days straight. It's a cleanse. It's not a diet. So, it's supposed to jumpstart your weight loss efforts. But, as a way of maintaining healthy weight or continuing to lose, you could drink 1 or 2 GREEN smoothies as a replacement for any meal and then eat 1 or 2 regular clean meals. That you could do indefinitely, provided you just alternate your greens. You, supposedly, could lose the healthy 1-2 lbs weekly by doing that.
I'm not sure that I'm going to do that. I did have one smoothie today as my lunch but that's because I didn't know what I want to have. LOL After not having to really think about that for 10 days, it was kind of hard to decide. LOL But, I did have sauteed spinach and an egg for breakfast this morning. For dinner, I had kale and some baked chicken wingettes that I made. I've continued to have over 64 oz of water daily.
In addition, there is an excellent Facebook support community of folks who are doing the full cleanse (3 smoothies and 2 snacks) and/or the modified cleanse (2 smoothies and 1 meal). The author, herself, is a part of the community and interacts with everyone on there.
The testimonies and pictures shared by people who are doing the cleanse are so encouraging and motivating.
So, I'm just sharing my experience with it just in case any of my sparkfriends wanted to try it.
Monday, March 31, 2014
In March, I set the following goals:
- 1000 Fitness Minutes Trophy
- Strength Training 3x/week
- Water 8 cups/day
- Cardio 16x/month (4x/week)
- Burn 7000 Calories
- Step 200,000
So, how'd I do?
FITNESS MINUTES: Well, I gained a 2000 Fitness Minutes Trophy this month! Yay! That goal was met!
STRENGTH TRAINING: I only did strength training about 4x this entire month. So, I still have some work to do in that area... as usual. I don't know why strength training is such a struggle. But, I'm determined to do it with some consistency. I'm going to keep trying until I figure it out.
WATER: I didn't even track my water. Though I started off the month pretty strong in this area, I kind of dropped the ball midway through.
CARDIO: I didn't make my 16x's this month. But, I did get in 12x's. I'll get it next month.
BURN: My SP report says I burned 12,022 calories. So technically, I guess I met that goal. However, that includes FitBit entries. When I set the goal, I didn't even know I could sync my FitBit with SP. So these activity minutes I get through FitBit for just getting steps in, was not expected. Sooooo, I went through my fitness tracker and just added up my formal exercise calories burned and the total was 5,356. No bad at all. Because I really want to know my formal exercise cardio burned, I think I won't sync my FitBit with SP next month.
STEPS: I almost made my goal! LOL I got in 184,154 steps this month. I know I could have made my goal if not for a few days when I was laying in the bed pretty much all day doing absolutely nothing. Soooo, next month it's ON! I'm going to make that goal! I'm thankful for my 10K a Day team challenge which starts back up in April. I've repeated my 200,000 a month goal!
So, that's my March roundup!!
I'm happy for another chance in April to make those goals a reality! Let's Go!!
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