Tuesday, May 01, 2012
"Fitness is not about six-pack abs. It's a tool to help you reinvent yourself. It's about exercising your greatness, feeling the full potential of your power and reaching it with no shame." ~Jillian Michaels
I saw that quote on the QuickFire Challenge Team SparkPage. I especially like the "no shame" part. As a woman, I feel the need to be modest. Men are obnoxious and women are modest. Well, my husband is a Navy jet pilot, so I've been around a lot of obnoxious men! Anyway, I have always felt inferior to my husband. He's just that wonderful. It's not his fault. But now, at 40, I think it's time for me to reach my full potential and not be ashamed of trying and failing or putting emphasis on my own personal development. So what if I'm the only one who is happy about my feeling powerful? No one else seems to understand. Where are Bob and Jillian when you need them? I think I need to go on the Biggest Loser just to straighten my head out!!! Jillian, are you out there?!?!?!??
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ok, ok, so it's been a while.
yeah, my weight hasn't really budged.
yes, i'm still experiencing the uncomfortableness of being overweight.
So week before last I had a good run. I mean, for the week I abstained from wheat and dairy (mostly). I lost 3.5 pounds that week! And the bloat was reduced! I felt so much better!
Fast forward and I'm struggling again. Not because I am craving the old foods, but because my life is no longer my own. I am at the will of the family dynamic. Sick kid? The schedule is thrown off. Sick mother? Everything goes into flux. Mom went into the hospital and I was almost hungry enough to eat HER hospital food! I lived on coffee, granola bars and fresh fruit and whatever my classmates brought to class last Saturday! 3 Krispy Kremes is such a disgrace!!!
So, today I went for a walk. Now, I know what worked last time I lost weight and kept it off (until baby #3 came along and then I sprained my ankle). I started working out. My food selections got better - who really wants to work that hard and then sabotage it?!?!?
So, if you need advice - just go for a walk. Put one foot in front of the other. You have a life to live!!!
Hope to see you out in the neighborhood!
We can do it!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I'm reading The Spark - actually started over, since it's been a few months since I started - and I thought I'd break after Chapter 2 to work on my goals.
On another fitness website, one that you pay a lot for and don't get any better help than you do from our SparkPeople website, I learned about SMART goals: Specific Measurable A - I forgot A - Attainable? Realistic goals with a Time frame. Write 'em down. That worked well for me. I like formulas. Then you can make them short- or long-term goals.
SparkGuy Chris talks in his book about starting with your core values and beliefs, because if you set a goal or live in a way that's in opposition to your values and beliefs, you won't meet your goals because you can't commit to them. Then he asks, "How can you turn those values and beliefs into a purpose in one or more of your life roles?"
This is a good place to start! I tried Nutrisystem, but I found the food, while some of it tasted good, was full of stuff I couldn't pronounce, and I have a biology degree with several chemistry classes under my belt! I do not believe that you can be HEALTHY eating their food. I value my health more than I value the number on the scale, so I will not do Nutrisystem again. I value fresh food from small farms, and I believe that the food God gave us is nutritionally perfect! So therefore, fresh food should be part of my plan. I also have 3 kids and a husband to feed. So I'm not the only one with a palate to please! So my specific goal has to include compromises between old and new, fun foods and fresh foods.
So a specific goal for my nutrition would be to add fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, to each meal and to eliminate at least one unhealthy food. An easy place to do this would be to have a smoothie at breakfast and dessert. I can also pack fresh veggies in lunchboxes so they don't have a choice of what to eat - manipulation for our betterment!
Now to add something measurable to it...1 fruit at breakfast, a fruit and veggie at lunch, 2-3 veggies at dinner and fruit for dessert (adding whipped cream or yogurt ok!). My husband and I sometimes add a veggie to breakfast if we're really feeling unhealthy or want to jumpstart our diet. We already practice this "diet," but we need to commit to it every day.
Is this realistic? Not every day. I tend to run out of fresh fruits and turn to canned or frozen. That's ok. I'll just stock the healthiest kind and cut myself a break. Could I cook 2-3 veggies at every dinner? No, but a veggie tray appetizer and our favorite steamed broccoli will do the trick. Potatoes count as long as they aren't fried!
Now to add a Time to my goal: Immediately and consistently. Already started! Since this is a lifestyle change, there really is no end, only a beginning.
My most important life roles are
1. Child of God
My purpose: Being healthy improves all facets of me. I'm able to bless my husband and children by helping them be healthy, and I can take better care of them and meet with God consistently.
While I find it hard to sit down and plan, and stick to the plan, I can do this. This is one small step to the healthy lifestyle that SparkPeople advocates!!!
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