Monday, May 31, 2010

May Fitness Totals

26 Workouts
1,230 Minutes
9,623 Calories burned

6.2 Pounds lost

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Random Ramblings...

I'm sitting here on the screen porch my fabulous husband built for us thinking about all the things for which I am so grateful. I have a wonderful husband (I already used "fabulous"), great family, good job, and everything I need in life.

I am by nature a worrier. I try not to be, but I struggle with it. I loved the quote in a recent Healthy Reflections e-mail:

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." - Corrie Ten Boom, author and human rights activist

That is SO true. Worrying accomplishes nothing but sapping your energy for living in the now.

That's all for now. Please resume your regularly scheduled programming. =)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Seven months in...

As of today, I am seven months into this lifelong journey.

Here's what I've accomplished:

I am fitter and stronger.
I am no longer "obese" per the BMI chart... just "overweight"... LOL
I like my body again.

*** I have lost 57.6 pounds! That's over 25% of my starting weight! ***

I am not to goal yet, but I will get there. I also know that the journey doesn't end there. I want my accomplishments to last the rest of my life.

Thank you to my husband, Dave, for his continuing support and encouragement. I get lots of positive feedback from him. He means the world to me.

Thanks also to SparkPeople.com, all my SparkFriends and ESPECIALLY my Stand Up and Lose It! teammates. You all are critical elements to my success.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fun night with the family

We all went to the Kannapolis Intimidators game last night. We had the best time...lots of laughing and being goofy. I think the kids enjoyed it too.

It was actually a great game. The score went back and forth the whole game and the Intimidators entered the bottom of the ninth down by 2. A balk by the pitcher allowed a run, then a two-run double sealed the game. What an exciting ending!

The fireworks were great too. It was a great evening. =)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tough Love

I got a little bent out of shape over something Dave said to me last night. I was saying that I'm not going to give up, and he said I had a bad attitude (paraphrasing). While I didn't mean it in a negative way, I see what he meant. The fact that I would even mention giving up (which deep-down I didn't even consider) over this tiny blip on the horizon is just ludicrous. I think the reason I am somewhat over-reacting is that it worries me that I will start to slide. I lost a lot of weight a few years ago, and obviously gained it back. I am scared to death about that happening again, even before I get to where I'm going. Maybe I should hide the scale and only bring it out once a month. I have this plan in my head for when I want to get to goal. Maybe I need to relax about "the date" and let this happen on its own schedule. If I keep doing what I'm doing, it WILL happen eventually.

I'm very lucky to have Dave to encourage and motivate me and keep me focused and on-track.... and smack me upside the head (figuratively) when I am being irrational and stupid. I love you, baby.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I just don't get it...

I maintained this week. At least I didn't gain again, but I just don't get it. Maybe the stress this week with my neck pain. I've worked out on plan, I've eaten on plan, I've done everything on plan. I was down on an unofficial WI on Monday, but today, right back where I was last week.

I usually do a cardio workout on Tuesdays, but Dave really wanted to take me to The Wine Room last night, so we went. I had 2 glasses and a chicken quesadilla, but still was within my ranges. I made sure to get extra water to compensate. I was feeling quite cozy afterwards, and it was getting late, so no workout. I have to say that I enjoyed the evening very much.

I'm feeling a little frustrated. I got over the gain last week in anticipation of making up for it this week. Now I'm that much further behind on the track to my goal. I hope this is not the beginning of a dreaded plateau.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Worst fear realized (Yes, I'm being over-dramatic.)

Yep, I'm up a pound. I have no idea why. I've done everything exactly like I have been. No binges, no slack-off of exercise, eating quality food. I had a 5,340 calorie differential for the week. WTF?

I know it's just a stinkin' number, but it still sucks. I'm allowing myself a pity party for the day, then I'm so over this.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

April Retrospective

April was a very stressful month at work, I was sick for a few days, and we took a weekend trip out of town. Those are all very challenging to eating right and keeping my workout schedule.

I am proud to say despite the challenges, I turned in a pretty good month. Here's the down-and-dirty:

I ate within my calorie range 27 out of 30 days.
I worked out 24 out of 30 days for a total of 1,174 minutes.
My average workout length was 49 minutes.
I burned 9,348 calories.
I drank at least 8 cups of water and 5 freggies every day.
I got 7 hours of sleep about 80% of the month.
I lost 8.8 pounds.

The funny thing is, this is becoming kind of second-nature. It's not really hard to meet my goals. I am to the point now that this healthy-eating, fit lifestyle is *gasp* a habit!

I have to thank the people in my life whose support is integral to my success. First of all, my fabulous husband. Without him, I couldn't do it. I also thank my SparkFriends, especially my Stand Up and Lose It! teammates. They are with me, good, bad or ugly.

I'm looking forward to a fantastic May, repeating or exceeding all my accomplishments for April.