Monday, March 29, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I Love My Husband

He is going through a rough patch, but I have NOT lost faith in him. I never will.

He has so many wonderful attributes, and I know he loves me with all his heart. I want him to be happy, and I will do everything in my power to make that happen.

Monday, March 22, 2010

10 Reasons...

Thanks to a challenge in one of my SparkPeople teams, I came up with 10 reasons why I am losing weight.

Here they are in no particular order:

1. To make Dave proud
2. To feel better about myself
3. To get my BP under control w/out meds
4. To look better
5. To enjoy clothes shopping
6. To have "functional fitness"
7. To live longer
8. To get a "righteous" butt
9. To lower my cholesterol
10. To get "checked out"

It's a cool re-affirmation of the purpose of my goals. =)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Five Months Today

Five months ago today, I took my first tangible step towards getting back in shape. My first real step was the decision to do something, but on October 19, 2009, I re-joined Weight Watchers. As you know, I have since switched to SparkPeople.

What has happened in five short months? I have lost a total of 40.6 pounds. I work out 5-6 times a week for an average of 50 minutes per workout. My blood pressure is improved, my cholesterol is way down, and I feel so much better.

While I still have a ways to go, I have no doubt I will make it. Dave is always there to encourage me, and even though it means I don't have time to make elaborate dinners or what he might like, he accommodates me in any way he can. I could not do this without him.

Compare this picture from last week to the one on my blog page taken the weekend before I joined WW:

I think the difference is remarkable.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Is This Really Me?

From couch potato to someone who loves working out? Well, I don't *love* it, but I love the feeling I get after I do it, and I love what it does for my body and my health.

Twice this week, I've dutifully worked out, then decided to do another. Working out twice in a day? Yeah, it really is me.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Halfway-Point Reflection

Since I'm halfway to my ultimate goal, I am going to reflect on how I got this far.

Support from Dave has been the number one thing that has helped me on this journey. Ultimately, I had to be the one to make the decision and the commitment, and I am very proud of myself for that. But having a support system to motivate and encourage is vital to success. Another big part of my support system is the community at SparkPeople. As much as I love Dave, (which is more than he knows), and as encouraging as he is, he's never been through what I'm going through. My SparkBuddies have and are going through the same struggles as me. They are a huge part of my success.

So now I have to refocus and recommit to finishing this up and turning it into my forever lifestyle. Tracking food and working out has become a habit now. But I know how easy it is to skip a day, which turns into a week, which turns into giving up. That will NOT happen. I want everyone reading this to hold me to that. Kick my ass if you see me slipping. TOUGH LOVE, I tell ya! You've got permission in writing, especially you, Dave.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Progress, and almost halfway there!

At today's weigh in, I am down 2.6 for the week. That brings my 2010 total to 17.6 and my grand total to 37.6. I am feeling pretty good about myself, even though I'm not quite halfway to my ultimate goal yet.

I have to say again that my biggest motivator is Dave. He sees me every day, so gradual changes tend not to be as visible. But last night when I got home, it was like a light bulb had gone off. He even told me my "butt is righteous." I don't think I've ever been told that before!

I love him with all my heart, and I know he loves me no matter what. It spurs me on when he reacts so positively and vocally to what I'm doing. He supports me in every way and that means the world to me.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Goals

I posted these in a thread for one of my teams, but I wanted broader appeal for more accountability, so bloggity-blog-blog:

1. Lose at least 5 more pounds.
2. Workout at least 5 times a week.
3. Get 7 hours of sleep per night.

I actually hope to lose more than 5 pounds, but I know the farther I go, the weekly loss rate will drop off some. I think 5 is definitely attainable.

Working out seems to be not so tough now, but I know skipping a scheduled workout here and there can be a slippery slope. Five workouts give me wiggle room for when life interferes or my body needs a little extra rest.

Sleep seems to be my biggest issue... this coming the day after I got practically NO sleep. I really need to get in bed and on my way to falling asleep by 11:00 pm. I tend to stretch that, because I want to spend more time with Dave, but my body is going to suffer if I don't start getting a little more quality sleep.

I'll report back on April 1st to let everyone know how I did!

February Results

I worked out 23 days for 1,149 minutes.
I burned 9,032 calories.
I lost 7.8 pounds.

49 days for 2,387 minutes.
18,807 calories burned.
15 pounds.

It feels freakin' awesome!