10.27.2010

Put the “I” in Your Weight Loss Plan.

  1. Put the “I” in Your Weight Loss Plan. Learn how knowing the answer to one simple question can improve your chances for success by up to 100%.

The basic premise of this step is to drop the excuses and be real with yourself.

Here is what "I" can do.

I can track on my food.
I can exercise consistently.
I can ask for help when I need it.
I can take steps daily to improve my health.
I can schedule time for the priorities of my life.
I will accept my mistakes and learn from them.

(I can't wait to hear what you can do.)

Before the fact.
What specifically are you doing (or not doing) that you need to change? Why do you think this keeps happening? What are the major triggers or causes of this problem?

After the fact
Describe what happened and why you think it happened, and then put your words under the microscope, as above, changing your words to "I" statements to form solutions.

Money Talks...

Money Talks...and well you know how the rest of the saying goes. I was thinking about ways to motivate myself as well as reward my hard work all while savung up for my bigger rewards.

I am going to pay myself $5 for a perfect day. What makes a perfect day you ask? Well for the purpose of this experiment a perfect $5 day means I worked out at least 30mins and did not eat any food from a restaurant.

So here is the breakdown
$5= 1 3omin workout and no restaurant/fast food
$4=1 3o min workout and 1 meal ate out
$3=1 3o min workout and 2 meals ate out
$2=1 3o min workout and all meals ate out
$2=all three meals eaten at home/leftovers etc

What do you think?

No money if I do not work out. SO I can eat all 3

Mind Over Body - 10 steps to a healthy lifestyle

10 simple step huh.
Well what the heck I am going to review these steps and see how I can apply them to my life. I am on a roll so I accept all of the help & support I can get.

I found this article on my Favorite website.

The link is here.


The 10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle :

  1. Put the “I” in Your Weight Loss Plan.
  2. Take the stress out of weighing ins.
  3. Tame your " toxic guilt" before it wipes out your will power .
  4. Tame your Emotional Eating Beast .
  5. Take the mystery out of staying motivated.
  6. Write your vision statement.
  7. Plot your strategy.
  8. Give yourself a reality check-up.
  9. Pave the way for persistence.
  10. Learn from yourself.
I hope you enjoy my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

10.25.2010

My goals...

I have been playing/toying with the idea of setting goals for my weight loss for way too long. Of course, I want to get down to 145 by my 40th birthday. That is a given. That is the easy goal to set.
The hard thing for me to do is break down my goals in to measurable chuncks and come up with some rewards for myself.

Soounds crazy when I read it. I am havig trouble rewarding myself. WTH.

But it is true, I have been doing well since I started this journey anew in September, but I think that secretly I am still holding on to the idea that I may fail.

Here is what I have come up with so far...

Hubby Rewards...
220 Dinner without kids. (10% of Total body weight lost)
199 Dinner & movie without kids. (Onederland arrival)
170 Overnight getaway without kids. (50% of weight loss / 50lbs down)
145 Shopping spree for new wardrobe. (Final Goal weight / 40% of total body weight lost)

So I have the 4 major milestone treats lined up. But I was also considering some in between type rewards. More practical stuff I may need as I shrink down. Some of the items I am thinking of include but are not limited to new undies, new bras, workout clothes, 1-2 pairs of pants, etc.

The in---between milestones would be
230#
215#
200#
185#
170#
155#

What do you think? Any thoughts or additional ideas....?

10.23.2010

Gratitude

So I have been at this getting healthy thing for about 6 weeks this most recent time. I am learning alot about myself in the process.

EXERCISE--Can be fun.

WATER-----Can help curve cravings.

I LOVE Sparkpeople----because it gives me motivation & support.

The SCALE----- is not the only measure of success. Not that I mind seeing the number getting smaller.

I met with my wellness coach & did my 1st YMCA workout. I am seeing results but I sure wouldn't mind getting them faster. I am starting to realize that is where the rubber meets the road. That is what separates people who talk about getting healthy and those who actually do it.

You have to be able to stick it out. You have to resists daily. Change how you view food. Change how you value yourself. I didn't gain all this weight in 5 weeks, so I can;t take it off that fast either. You have to deal with why you over eat.

It is an interesting process. When I lost weight the other time, I was in such a different place. I did it for myself but I never looked at what put the weight on me. I think this weight gain was a combination of happiness & apathy. Which I know is a weird combination.

I have a great family. I love my husband & feel like I am so blessed to have the awesome kids that I have. But I suffer from a lack of gratitude sometimes. I often see glass half empty. It is heredity & I have been fighting against it my whole life.

SO I work on being thankful for everything.

With that being said I am thankful for my week and the weeks ahead.

By the way... I am down another pound.
232.2#

10.10.2010

Super fraustrated

I know this is a common topic but I needed 2 share or I might explode. I have like 90 pounds to lose before I feel like I am at my ideal weight. I work a full-time job. I have a great husband and 4 challenging children. Overall... i really 247 my life. I do have a few challenges that really take their toll on me.

The biggest one is my mother. Our relationship is strained at best. She thinks we are close, but truthfully I really do not like her. But I do not express my true feelings because I do not want to hurt her & I feel it would be a major waste of time. Our whack relationship is normally manageable as she lives in another state. Well she is throwing her life away. And expects me to play clean up lady. Since her downward spiral starting in March has cost me over $1200. She gotten 2 DUIs and attempted suicide like 3 times. She has lost her car, her job, her place to stay... EVERYTHING.

She is awaiting a court date that keeps getting pushed back. She is staying withe some cousins in the town next to me. I have been putting off having her come stay with me for the obvious reasons. So yesterday my mom calls all upset. she was left back at the house and her cousin didn't taker her with her. So she sat their pouting and teary eyes. She was complaining about how she just needs to be near her family. Her real family... her immediate family. How she doesn't understand why I don't get it. So I am listening but not commenting.

So as the conversation goes on... She starts to come down on me when she tells me she needs to come for weekend. Well as we already know I don't want her to come 2 my house. Any who... we have words. She starts telling me how she raised my son (which she didn't), how she would help me with anything (which she hasn't) etc, etc. So I let it slip how she is selfish & does not know anything about me. She proceeds to tell me how I need to "get right" and forgive her. Because as a Christian that is what I should do. I tell her that I have forgiven her, but I just don't forget.

So as I am the only child, I am her last & only hope. You would think she would treat me better. Or at least have a little appreciation. I am so done with here. I really wish she wasn't my mom & that I didn't hve anything to do with her. That is not an option so I need to figure out how to navigate this trying situation.

Any advice?

10.05.2010

Ephiphany with 418 days to go



Well I wondered how I would share my ephipany or my "light bulb" moment. I acknowledge that I am aging. I do not have a major problem getting older. I mean whats the point? You can not do anything about it.

But it seems lately that I am feeling OLD. Actually, I am feeling older than I believe I should.


What feels old you ask?
  • my knees hurt
  • my feet get swollen easily
  • i get frequent heartburn
  • i am overweight
So I was thinking... "Why is my body failing me?" Then it happen. My light bulb moment.
My body did not fail me. I have failed it. I have failed my body. I have added an extra 100 pounds t it and then expect it to perform at optimum levels. That is absurd.

No need to try to put the blame for me body & health on anyone, but myself. But that is not it. I cannot just sit back and let this madness continue. I have and will continue to work towards getting back to a healthier me.

I am worth it and so is my family. So this triathlon that is my life continues.

So let me pose this question to those who read my blog...

Have you failed your body? Are you ready to turn things around? No matter how hard the battle may seem, the alternative is really in its essence even worse. You can do it. You may occasionally slip. But keep getting back up is the sign of a real champion.

Well... that is my 2 cents.

10.04.2010

Update on goals... New to do list

Here is what I wanted to accomplish....

My goals for this week are to:
  • continue work on training for 5k-- postponed until after I go to physical therapist and get the verdict on me running.
  • stairmaster for 15mins
  • balance my budget
  • log my food 7 of 7 days
  • stay within my calories 6 of 7 days
  • finish organizing paperwork---just don't feel like filing the junk
  • spend 10 mins every day reading---been too busy with Farmville, FB, my blog, and sparkpeople.
I do feel that I did attend to what really mattered to me. It showed on the scale. As I did lose a lil over 1 lb.

The next question is "What do I hope to accomplish this week...?"
  • stairmaster for 15mins
  • balance my budget
  • log my food 7 of 7 days
  • stay within my calories 6 of 7 days
  • blog every day

419 days to 40yrs and 145 lbs


I have a new goal. Well it isn't really a new goal. It is my ideal weight and my 40th birthday. I want to weight what I weighed when I was 20. That weight was 145 lbs. Actually I was even smaller ...closer to 135, but I think that is too small for me. So I am aiming for 145 lbs by my 40th birthday.

It calculates out to about 1.5 lbs a week. Its 91 lbs from my weight this past Saturday. It seems like so much weight to lose, but I need to pace myself and build back into my life the healthy eating habits that I need to carry into middle age.

Yes... Thats right I said it. Middle Age. That is what the 40's are to me. I am ok with aging. I just want to be the best me I can be. I can only be that if I am at a healthy weight. I was looking up so an image and I found quite a few that were 2 cute not to share.

Anyway... gotta run. I will be updating ofetn. I welcome any and all help/support/ accountability.

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