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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Will Power

We all need it, sometimes a sprinkle, other times a bucket full.

Whether it's a family gathering, a neighborhood social, a party, going to the fair, or any other event on the calendar, we are all confronted with temptations.  Hopefully our will to be healthy and strong allows us to make the right choices to stay on track.  For me, the messages I'm trying to keep from and center in my mind are:

Eat consciously.  You may be thinking "well of course" but for me I can get myself so wrapped up in working at the office, on the computer, or watching TV or running from point A to point B that I just grab what is handy, available and scarf it down before I really know what I've done.  One behaviour I have to change is making a point to eat with no distractions.  I pride myself in being a multi-tasker but typing on a computer with one hand and stuffing a cheese burger in my mouth in the other is an issue.

One bite, one decision.  I saw this on a website and love these four words.  I need to remember to think about the food I am wanting to taster and decide, is this what I need?  I may want it but is it what I need to fuel my body with nutrition?

Drink water before every meal.  This is obvious to all of us but we all struggle to get in the gallons of water that should be ingested.  I am getting in the habit of drinking a generous amount of water before I eat to get the water in and to full me up more easily.

Planning is power.  As we get more aware of the foods that we need and the calories, it should be easier to think ahead and plan what we are going to eat and when.  This means what you eat at home, take with you to the office or a social event or what options we have at a restaurant or other event.  I have become very diligent at tracking my food and nutritional values (not just calories) so I can see where I am for the day, what went well and what needs to change.  I don't want to guess or approximate; I'm not good enough with the numbers yet.

I'd love to hear what other mindful messages or words of wisdom do you have to keep temptations at bay.

Today we got my portable car shelter up.  It's not for a car but the lawn equipment and outside furniture.  I didn't get the Shred in which I'm a little disappointed in but the shelter took longer to build that we thought and it was a priority.  We had our first dusting of snow last night so I have to get the outside in order.  We did do a lot of heavy listing but it in no way constitutes a workout.

Still at 20 down but the scale was down a few .X points today.  Maybe tomorrow I'll see the next lower X. number.  Tomorrow is weigh in day I'll be lucky to see 2 this week but I am ok with this (for now).

Ttyl, be happy...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Shred Dead but still going...

It's been 6 consecutive days (don't chuckle) and I'm exhausted.  Not just from the Shred, in the last 3 days I've done 3 hours of heavy lifting and carrying to move a friend, 4 hours of heavy work re-arranging the garage (actually moving lots of stuff other people are storing at my house) and today, I had to spread and rake a 15X30 area of gravel to erect a car port tomorrow - now that was the hardest.  I almost cried when I started cause I realized I can't do this alone but guess what, 1 1/2 hours later I was almost done (had to stop as it was dusk).  Oh I also did my walk or treadmill work plus attended kick boxing.  Am I crazy or what?

For the last three days I've wanted to say, the Shred can wait but I made a commitment.  Thank goodness it's only 20 minutes.  Once I get through the 1 set the rest is OK.  This thing better be worth it.  I am finding certain moves easier but my arms and shoulders are sore.

So me is tired and going to bed, till tomorrow,

Be happy...

Stop Being a Moron

As I went through my daily trolling of blogs, I read Tony's about the priorfatgirl family and was intrigued so I hopped over to Jen's blog.  Boy am I glad I did.  Jen has done an amazing job of losing 90+ lbs and keeping it off and continued blogging for 2+ years to help and inspire others.  I was curious about her contest to join the priorfatgirl family but unfortunately the entry deadline was Oct 21 :(.  Oh well, I was still very interested in what she had to say and her journey.

One thing I like to do when looking at other blogs is to see how long they have been on their journey, how long have they been blogging and their progress.  I go to the beginning, ie the first blogs entries to read the start of the story - the who, why, how of the person and the decision to change.  I try to feel the emotion and get a sense of the commitment to move towards a new life.  It's kinda funny because when you read a book you start at the front and then if you're like me you may cheat and read the last few pages... with a blog you are starting with the here and now but you really do need to see the person at the start.

I read one of her early posts called "Skinny Bitch" and it was an A HA moment for me, the second this month...  I hope she doesn't mind me posting the content here but I thought it was so relevant to all of us struggling day in and day out to stay on our journey and those out their still not fully committed, here goes:

About 6 months ago, I bought a book called “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin. Although I think these ladies take healthy living to an extreme (all natural, no meat or dairy, no processed, no additives, etc), one of the main themes of the book has continued to keep me motivated. I’ve copied here a excerpts from the book that I repeat to myself when I am discouraged or unmotivated. 

Stop being a moron and start getting skinny! If you can’t take one more day of self-loathing, your ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to loose weight.”
“Are you sick and tired of being fat? Good. If you can’t take one more day of self-loathing, your ready to get skinny. You don’t need a degree in biology to get skinny. You don’t need to starve yourself to get skinny. You don’t need to spend all day at the gym to get skinny. You just need to smarten up and use your head. Really. Its that simple. We have been so brainwashed by fad diets, magazine articles, and advertising that we have forgotten how to think for ourselves.”
“This is not a diet. This is a way of life. A way to enjoy food. A way to feel healthy, clean, energized and pure. Its time to reclaim your mind and body. It’s time to strut your skinny ass down the street like you’re in an episode of Charlie’s Angels with some really cool song playing around in the background.”
“Junk food will never go away. It becomes more alluring by the minute with laboratory-developed aromas, artificial flavors, chemical food colors, toxic preservatives, and heart-stopping hydrogenated oils. We know these are impossible to resit, but no one ever got skinny on junk food. Use your head. Candy bars, potato chips and ice cream taste like heaven, of course. But they will pitch a tent on your hips and camp out all year long.”
“What if someone told you that you could totally change your life and have the body you want for the rest of your life? What if all you had to do was struggle for a month or two? What if you could reprogram your brain to actually enjoy healthy foods? Well, guess what? You can change your life. You can enjoy healthy foods.”
Recognize that anything worth having is worth fighting for. Good health, vitality, more energy, more confidence, better sex, great abs, a tight ass – you either want ‘em or you don’t. You can continue plodding along in your life feeling like your not living up to your glorious potential or you can dedicate yourself to creating the life you want. F*ck excuses about not having the time or the money. You spend forty hours a week working, or more if you are a working mom. Certainly your health and your body and you are more important than anything else in your life. You are worthless to your colleagues, friends, and family if you do not value yourself enough to take care of you. Yes, you have to put yourself before your friends, parents, boyfriend, husband and even your children.”
A great message although moron is not the right word.  But the message is STOP, turn and move in a new direction.  I will definitely keep as something to reflect back on when feeling less motivated or bummed out.  I hope it helps you too,

P.S. My Challenge updates, almost forgot it was Friday ...

My forth update on my three challenges and still going strong.

Syl's October Challenge
Day 22 October and 13 shred completed and 22 consecutive days of exercise for 60min each (minimum excluding Shred); woohoo!

1.  Lose 36 pounds - lost 4 this week for 20 pounds to date, 
2.  Workout a total of 5 times a week and go to my Kickboxing classes (counts as 2 a week) -  done
3.  Keep my blogging, my food plan and other stats up to date AND report on Friday's - rockin and rollin along, I LOVE THIS BLOGGING STUFF!!!
at my local gym

1.  Lose 25 pounds - I've lost 20 so far after starting Sep 20 and won one weekly challenge at the gym for highest % loss! 
2.  Don't quit the challenge - Haven't missed a weigh in & going strong!
3.  Attend gym classes regularly - done, I am a keener

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pricks in Our Life

"Fable of the porcupine:

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions even though they gave off heat to each other.

After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen.  So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. This way they learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by the close relationship with their companion, but the most important part of it, was the heat that came from the others.

This way they were able to survive.  

Moral of the story: The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but the best is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities."

I love this, it was sent to me by my best friend I spoke about 2 weeks ago who does have a few pricks that I have to learn to accept.  In reality I have accepted them for the most part because we have been in each other's lives for 20 years.  I love her dearly and promise to do what I can to support her through her troubles and negative views on life but I also promise not to let her disposition negatively affect me.  I do admire the fact that she is a honest person, she is really funny and the life of the party at times and would always run to my side when I need her.

So think about the pricks in your life.  Not the jerks that come and go each day but the pricks that are part of your circle of family and friends.  Keep in mind their positive qualities, the ones that keep you warm when your feeling alone and chilly.  Overlook those barbs when you can and take a breather too in the relationship in order to re-energize...

Be happy...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

51 and 51...

Hey I also wanted to thank all the bloggers who are following me, the number is at 51 which amazes me.  Thank you for your support and I'll try my darnedest to keep things interesting, informative and inspirational (who me?  I'll try!)...

I'm Retired

At 51?  I wish.  I was tired yesterday and I'm tired today...get it re-tired?

I'm not sure why because I have been getting more sleep and I have been eating well but maybe I have been exercising too much (1-2 hrs), is that possible?  When I exercise I tend to go all out and push myself hard.  I am pretty sore especially in my arms and shoulders so I'm going to cut back a bit or ease off for a few days.  I'm going to keep moving but less intensity.  Any suggestions would be welcome...

I've met the 20 pound mark in 1 month and I am overjoyed.  Mind you I have worked hard for this.  I've also lost 5 inches off my waist, 4 off the abdomen and 3 off the hips.  I see a shape coming back that is not round anymore.  Another milestone for me (and this one is even bigger) is I went to lunch today with an old friend.  I looked up the food options before hand so went in prepared.  We had lunch and talked for a solid 90 minutes, then had to say our goodbyes.  When I was driving away I thought - wow I didn't even think of wine!  Normally I would have a glass of wine with a friendly lunch.  If I didn't I would be thinking about it constantly and feeling deprived.  Today I didn't even think of it - I felt a wave of liberation flow through me.

I know a month is not a long time and 20 pounds is just a start but I am very pleased.  I know there will be hard times in the future but that's where I know I can come here and poor my soul out and get the advice and support I need.

I'm a 51 year old woman who has put off getting healthy for too long.  I have seen many birthdays, Christmas', parties, etc come and go when I wanted to be smaller, dress more stylishly, be more confident and happy but haven't had what it would take to get healthy.  That is the mindset, the plan and the support needed.  I am already looking forward to how much healthier I am going to be for Christmas and for my 52nd birthday - I will be celebrating a new me for sure!

Be Happy!

This is a Blog Hop! 6 entries so far thanks to Lucy... you're next!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shred Challenge

I have been doing the Shred but not every day.  I've done lots of exercise, a minimum of 60 minutes a day but with the walk/runs, kick boxing and kettle bells, I can't do everything everyday.  That being said I decided yesterday to do "the 30 day Shred" meaning every day for 30 days.  What made me decide to do this?

- I like the 20 minute workout for what I can see it is doing for me
- It's getting colder outside and the weather is so unpredictable (ie. rain, rain, rain)
- I found out yesterday I could do the video and turn Jillian off, the repetition of her messages was really annoying me

I responded to Deb today that I was very impressed with her results.  I know there are others who have done this but for some reason it just clicked for me to start my own  challenge.  So day 1 is done.  I'm on level 1 and still struggling to do proper push ups and all the jumping jacks and skipping in circuit 1.  Maybe by the end of 30 days I may be on level 3 but that is not my goal.  My goal is 30 days....

Be Happy...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday thoughts

Gotta get working out so a quick update today.

Weigh in was great for BL club yesterday.  I came in second for the week with a loss of 5 pounds or 2.48%.  If I look at the week to week results I actually won because the other contestant didn't weigh in the week before so her loss was for two weeks (2.60% for two weeks).  Meow, can you tell I'm competitive?  Well what matters is what I am doing and my progress so I gave myself a big hug.

Measurements didn't change too much this week, down one inch overall (arms and thighs) but I can tell toning is happening.  I have less of a cottage cheese look in my ass (did I actually admit to that)?  That was one of my embarrassing moments in the last year when I was wearing yoga pants that were tight (I liked wearing them cause everything was kept in place) and a kid said "why do you have bumps in your bum" to me... Kids say the darnedest things...

Another happy note - I did try on some of my jeans and I have graduated from a size 16 to a size 14 - Boo Ya!!!

Be happy...

H             Health, heavenly, hope, harmony, honesty
A             Alive, appreciate, accountable, active, achieve
P             Perseverance, positive, patience
P             Peace, passion, peak, precious
Y             Years, young, youthful, yeah

P.S. did my Shred and what do you know, I can do the video with music only and silence Jillian!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Morning After

How many times...

Have you woken up feeling tired even though you've had 8-9 hours sleep?
Have you woken up feeling crappy and you haven't even ventured out of bed?
Have you gotten up in bed and sat at the edge waiting for the energy to get up?
Have you gotten out of bed and walked to the bathroom and your feet ache, your knees are cracking and your lower back is screaming?
Have you looked at the scale in the bathroom and said "no way no how"
Have you looked in the mirror and said "why again" meaning why did I eat so much so late?  "Why did I drink too much?"  "When are you going to smarten' up?"

For me it was too many times.  I'm talking 100's of days if not 1000's!

These thoughts all crossed my mind this morning when I was up and dressed, getting ready for my weigh in.  I was opening the curtains in my room and looking outside with a huge smile on my face.  I know we all have moments where we feel the cravings or feel deprived but the feeling I had this morning was so powerful it needs to be something I remember when those weak moments present themselves.

Today I felt proud, successful, vital, energetic, maybe a bit sore but from exercise, not from inactivity.  I didn't feel guilt or shame which is huge for me!!!  I have woken up countless mornings knowing that I was killing myself with my choices and I did not like the weak and out of control person staring back at me in the mirror.  At this moment I feel strong, in control and the connection between my mind and body.  We need to be truly aware of ourselves and these moments because these are the flames that are needed to stoke the fire and keep us moving positively on our journey.  Don't take any of these thoughts or moments for granted.  When you have them, think about the cause and effects, then and now.  It will make a big difference, it has for me.

So with that huge smile I got a few things done and went off to my weigh in.  I am down 5 pounds since last week.  I still am in a bit of shock with that result but.... I have maintained my 1200 calories a day of all GOOD, healthy food, drank gallons of water and exercised every day a min of 60 minutes (walks or workouts or a combo).  The recipe seems to be working!

Have a great day and here's to 1000's more perfect awakenings!

Be happy...