Monday, March 18, 2013

Goal oriented mama!

This is a post I just made to my fitness group on Facebook, Kaizen.  I felt it was a good summary of my recent work toward my goals, so I figured I would paste it here too, just to keep a good record of my progress on this blog.  It starts below.

What up Kaizeners, time for my Monday morning post...last week I worked on portion control. I made conscious decisions at every meal to eat a reasonable portion and at times to just flat-out not eat certain things (like when we ate lunch at Bob Evan's on Saturday, I didn't eat any bread and asked them to hold the gravy on my meal). I am proud of how well I did, because I stayed on task all weekend and did not fall off the wagon at all. This week I will still be working on portion control, because at the end of the week I still came out about 793 calories above my budget for the week. However, I never subtract any exercise calories from that, so I feel OK about how I did, considering the week previous to that I ended at 1605 over budget. So my goal this week will be to meet my budget and not go over by the end of the week.

I feel like I did great about making sure I ate enough fruit and vegetables, in part thanks to the new juicer, but also I'm starting to naturally crave fruits/veggies as snacks now and my cravings for "junk food" have mostly ceased.

This week aside from my calorie budget goal I also want to work on getting up early, which is something I've wanted to do for awhile but have had trouble getting the habit to stick. So I try, try again...this morning, Cecil got up at 6 and got me up at 6:30 and it worked out nicely. An extra half an hour to get myself organized and ready for my day. I had time to get some beans in the crock pot for dinner tonight. Woot!

Sorry this was so long... gonna be a busy day and may not have much time to post. Plan for the day: work til 5, go to the gym and do cardio machines & weight machines for an hour (BTW, had a badass workout of the same kind on Friday). I'm not starting Zumba yet, my gym buddy & I want to get a few more weeks in of the following schedule before we change anything: MWF cardio/weight machines; T/Th power yoga.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I joined a gym!

I feel compelled to write an entry just to update the world out there on my journey.  It has been a long journey, and it's not even halfway over yet.  But the good news is, I'm on the right path and I'm proud of myself for never straying too far over these past couple of years since this whole thing started.  Well, it started long before that, but I'm really proud of how things changed when this blog started.  That was when I started to figure out that my weight issues are tied into absolutely every aspect of my life, and that my issues with food needed to be addressed on a very deep and even spiritual level.  Since then I have still battled the constant temptation to just eat terrible food with reckless abandon.  I may fight that battle my entire life, I don't know.  But I have most definitely honed the practice of not letting my appetite control me, not letting the cravings control me, and I have the strength to rise above and be a healthy, confident, strong, happy, fulfilled woman.

Recently, I have made a change that is more significant than anything else I have ever done in terms of my health.  I joined a gym.  It actually came about like this.  My co-worker invited me to try yoga with her.  I was terrified, nervous, intimidated, all of that.  Just entering a gym was scary enough for me, but the idea of going to a class really freaked me out.  But she assured me I would enjoy it, so I decided to be brave.  Because if I've learned nothing else in my 30 years of life, I've learned that you can't let fear stop you from evolving.  So I went.

And as it turned out, I freaking LOVED it!  So I started going to that regularly, and within a few weeks my boss decided to pay for my gym membership as an employee benefit.  Now I'm able to use the entire gym and take any class I want.  This is truly a blessing and a valuable resource.  I cannot express how thankful I am.

I love being at the gym.  It's an empowering place to be.  Everyone there has the same goal: fitness.  It feels good to be in that sort of environment.  Trying to exercise at home is fine, but it just doesn't motivate me the way the gym does.  I feel turbocharged now! Lol.

I have been going to the gym religiously for a few weeks now.  I need to take my measurements this weekend so I will be able to track my progress as my body changes.

That's all for now. :)