Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gettin' My GROOVE Back!

Yeah, so looking at my last blog, apparently it didn't make much difference.

I have been struggling for some time now. Although I have kept up my working out, I have let myself relax a little too much in the food and drink department. After part of the weekend on the road, I let myself continue on my destructive path even when I was back home and could have more control. That was abundantly evident when I stepped on the scale on Monday. I was reluctant to do it, because I knew I would be up. I just didn't know how much: 4 pounds from the previous regular Wednesday weigh-in. 

I'm glad I did it now, because it was a big wake-up call. Even though I'm working out and eating pretty good during the week, it can all be undone by a free-for-all attitude on the weekend. 

I started anew on Monday. I usually do well during the day at work, but I tend to slack once I get home. I've been very conscious of both what I've been eating and how much this week. I pushed extra hard on the workouts, and by my regular Wednesday WI, I had erased the gain and a tiny bit more! 

It's not been too difficult so far this week, but I know I have the weekend and its challenges looming ahead. I commit to staying on track and getting back into my comfort maintenance range by the end of the month. 

Maintenance is just that.... I have to constantly maintain my vigil and commitment if I want to keep off the weight. I'm so excited to be approaching 10 months of keeping it off! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Here I go again... This one is weight-related.

I have GOT to get serious. I have been half-heartedly working the plan, and it shows. 

I'm basically maintaining, but at about 6 pounds higher than I want to be. I know what to do, but I have just not been doing it. The exercise is fantastic, but the eating is NOT.

I'm getting the eating back on track TODAY... including weekends! 

Miscellaneous Update

Dave pointed out to me last night that I hadn't blogged in a while. 

On the weight and fitness front, it's been kind of "meh." I'm maintaining my weight, but not the weight I want. I know exactly what I'm doing wrong; I just don't seem to want to fix it. I'm getting serious today, though. The workouts have actually been quite good. I hit 1,000 fitness minutes in May for the first time in a while. I'm on track to repeat for June.

June is a somewhat busy month. We went to Nashville overnight the first weekend for Dave's best friend's wedding. That was a LONG drive. I'm really glad we went. Here are a couple of pictures:

Things have been a little slower since then, but we have to make a day trip to Sanford on Sunday. It makes for a short weekend.

The heat has been so oppressive for June. I am very lucky to have an indoor job, but Dave is sweltering away working outdoors. I'm sure he has lost weight (and he doesn't need to!) just from sweating.

That's pretty much all that has been going on in our uneventful lives. I am so lucky to have Dave in my life. He means the world to me, and I'm happy just sitting by him on the sofa watching a movie. 

Oh, I almost forgot! We are going to see Keith Urban Friday night. This is our anniversary present to each other. We got the tickets in February the day they went on sale. It will be a very nice evening out.

I am going to try to check in here weekly for progress report, etc. But you know how that goes.... best intentions and all.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Getting Back Into the Swing for Spring!

I haven't been blogging much, because I haven't really had much to say. I realized the other day I'd really been absent, because I got an e-mail that I was being removed from the Community Team for inactivity. That is not very Sparking of me! 

Maintenance is tricky. It's very easy to let your guard down, and before you know it, you are slipping into bad habits again. So far, that hasn't been a big issue for me, but I can see how easily it could be. 

I ditched the daily and weekly weigh-ins for monthly. The first monthly weigh-in found me up only 0.8. However, I have adjusted my goal weight yet again. I'm right where my hubs wants me to be... or where he said he wanted me to be. But I'm finding my slacks a little snugger than I like. I want to shoot for 140 with a 5-lb. range.... so basically 138 to 142. That gives me room for adjustments and tweaks. Below 138 or over 142 requires serious action. We discussed it last night, and hubs is agreeable to that plan. 

Since I'm at about 145 now, I need to drop 5 lbs. I'm not giving myself a time limit on this, but I am adjust my eating and working out to accomplish it. In fact, I'm really focusing more on ramping up the workouts, since I want to continue my toning. In addition to ramping them up, I'm trying to do daily exercises in the QuickFire Challenge team. I also try to throw in a few push-ups here and there. 

This blog entry is my affirmation that I am getting serious again before I have the chance to get out of control. For now, I am still not tracking food, but I will focus on better choices, both quality and quantity. If that doesn't get it done, I will go back to tracking. I do still track my exercise. I find that very motivating. 

Each and every one of you is a big part of my success so far. I want you guys to hold me accountable. This is a lifelong journey, but one I am committed to continuing. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I didn't think it would be this hard!

I took a little exercise break since my last post. Unfortunately, I also took a break from eating right, too. This has resulted in over 3 pounds gained in the past two weeks. I need to find the happy medium between obsessing over everything I eat and allowing myself a food free-for-all. I knew getting to goal was the "easy" part. Staying here is proving to be a real challenge.

My new plan is to be very mindful of what I eat, but I'm not ready to go back to logging my food just yet. I also plan to work out just five times a week. I am aiming for a total of around 200 minutes and 1,000 calories burned per week.

I am determined. I just need a little help.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Burn out?

I'm struggling lately with being tired all the time. Some of it is work stress and a personal issue, but after reading this article on SparkPeople, maybe it is at least partially from overtraining. I want to try taking a few days off, but it scares me to death that it will cause me to gain back some weight or I will totally lose motivation and quit working out all together. I have an upcoming annual physical, so I will definitely talk to my doctor about it to rule out any physiological problems.

In the meantime I think I should "play it by ear" and let my body be my guide. If I am truly tired, I will rest or do something short and light.

Edit: Let me add that I do already take rest days... always have. I rest at least one day each week and sometimes two. It just seems lately that might not be enough.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Looking Back on 2010 and Forward to 2011

2010 was a monumental year for me. I finally realized my fitness goals and have been maintaining them for three months. I could not have reached my goals without the support of the love of my life, Dave. He has been a rock encouraging me and making me feel beautiful every step of the way. He accommodates my workout schedule and menu adjustments. I get lots of positive feedback from him, and I love him for it.

December's results: 

I maintained my weight through the end of the year! 
I missed my workout days number by 2. It was a busy month! 
I worked out for over 1,000 minutes. 
I missed my water challenge a couple of days. 
I am pretty sure I averaged 6 freggies a day. 

January goals: 

Keep maintaining my goal weight range. 
At least 1,000 fitness minutes. I am moving from the number of days to the number of total minutes. 
I'm in another 30-day water challenge again. I WILL meet the challenge this month! 
I will average at least 6 freggies a day. 

Here's to a happy and healthy 2011!