Sunday, February 27, 2011

You take the good you take the bad...

Last week was a GOOOOOOD weight loss week,the previous was a not so good week. I'm learning to go with the flow here. I'm so close to reaching my 10% goal. I get my key chain and first charm then. It's funny how a trinket can really motivate you, but I WANT that key chain, bad. It's a symbol of determination and more importantly, a reminder to me, that I set a goal, didn't quit, but rather, I ACCOMPLISHED it! Remember, I used to be a quitter.

So, during my great week, my partner bought me a bike I've been wanting for years. I got a PINK CADILLAC bike. Very retro, very 50's and I LOVE it. It has no speeds, all powered by ME. This means even more exercise. Let me tell you, when I took her for a spin, my legs felt like jello when I got off that bike. I hurt the next day as well. I forgot how much FUN riding a bike is, but I also forgot how much WORK goes into it as well. My online inspiration Sheryl has inspired me to ride a bike again, so thanks "Bitchcakes!"

I'm less than 85 days till my daughter's wedding now. So I am really feeling crunch time here. I've upped my veggie intake, decreased my carbs a bit, starting eating oatmeal for breakfast again, only this time, REAL oatmeal, not the pre-packed kind. All this and the results were a great weight loss, 3.2 lbs. Last night was a girls night out, LOTS of drinking and I ate half a burger, a BIG needless to say, today will be an ALL veggie day, to get me back on track. My goal was to be a certain weight by the 28th, I am DETERMINED to be there. It's a great starting number for March. In a perfect world, I'm hoping to loose 10 lbs in March AND in April, and hopefully 8 in May by the wedding. That is a BIG order and will require lots of determination and hard work. IF I don't meet those goals, but still do the work, then I will accept it and whatever weight I am the day of the wedding, will be a BIG improvement from where I started.

February has been an excellent month, much personal growth and for that I am very grateful. I'm looking forward to the challenges in bite at a time, one decision at a time!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Detox time

Yes indeed. I've come so far but time is quickly approaching to my daughter's wedding day.That being said, I need a good BOOST and I need to CLEANSE my body really good. I will continue to do my WW's of course, but I will be detoxing for the next 90 days. This will be the LONGEST I've ever done for a cleanse and will require extreme amounts of discipline. That hasn't been my best quality, self control. However, the NEW Chris has done amazing things in 2.5 months, so I CAN do this.

What exactly is a cleanse you ask? It's detoxing all the toxins OUT of your body. It is a way of getting rid of bad habits and bad choices, only to replace them with better choices. During the first part of the cleanse I can't eat meat, alcohol, sugar, ANYTHING white, and most dairy. All of those things I will be okay with, and it won't kill me. I've been without meat before, I have NO problem eating soy based "meats".

I have to say, as scary as it sounds, I'm looking forward to a leaner me, a healthier me, and hoping I can say goodbye to a few things permanently. I know dairy is NOT good for you, and my sinuses suffer when I eat too much dairy. There are SO many other ways to get the calcium we need, dairy is NOT the only source.

I don't eat a lot of sugar but I know I eat HIDDEN sugars and those are just as bad. I need to really start to read labels more and be more aware of what I'm putting in my body. So, tomorrow I start something hard, something my body won't like but will BENEFIT my body. I will NOT quit because I am NO LONGER a quitter. I am a finisher, I know what the finish line looks like and its' BEAUTIFUL. This IS my time, the year I get healthy. And how will I do bite at a time, one decision at a time!

Monday, February 14, 2011

My 2nd 5K

WOW was my time better, I shaved 8.5 minutes off this baby!! The lessons I learned from my previous event really helped me out. I stretched out WAYYYY more this time and I am in NO pain today. I bought new running socks and my feet are in MUCH better shape than the last time. Just one blister and we determined I need RUNNING shoes. I'm looking at some New Balances', if anyone has any, let me know what you think about them. I carried water with me and ate before the race. I felt SO much better. I needed every bit of help because I was NOT prepared for ALLLLLLL the hills. Holy hell, many of them were very long and VERY steep. I will certainly look at the map of all future runs BEFORE I register. I was however, VERY disappointed with their volunteer staff. Maybe it's because I only have 1 event to compare them to, but I did NOT like being told to hurry up a thousand times. Ahhh, here's a thought, tell the RUNNERS to hurry, their here to RACE and they want to know their time. Walkers on the other hand, are WALKING and we're doing it simply for our health. Our only goal is to FINISH. I paid for this, I am walking and well, I've got WAY more weight on me than the athletes who were running, so give me a freaking break. Next time, I'll speak up for myself and politely tell them to leave me alone! Here is what I posted to my Facebook and I stand by this: "Sometimes, the LAST person to finish the race, is really the biggest winner of the day". Nobody at that event knew that just a few years back, I wouldn't walk down my driveway without being in utter pain and out of breath. Now, I'm walking and jogging in events. They have no clue about my journey, where I've been and who I am.

Other than that, I really enjoyed the challenge of this one. I slept like a baby last night too. Really excited about my next event in 2 more weeks. Tonight, I'll do some cross training. 10 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes of lunges and other exercises...doing 3 reps total. I will celebrate yesterdays' victory, with a harder workout. I will push myself a little bit harder and hopefully, next event, I'll do even better!

As always, I'll do this, one bite at a time, one decision at a time.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Slowing down, so time to bump it up!

Yup, things are starting to slow down now. This is my 3rd month and the weeks of 3-4 pound weight losses are going to be fewer now. I knew this would happen, and I tried to prepare myself emotionally for this, but in the end, it sucks.
I was really enjoying the ride while it lasted, but now comes the really hard stuff. I set a goal for myself for my daughter's wedding. That wedding is 100 days away now. That is nothing, and I know it will FLYYYYYY right on by. I can't stall, or waste a day. I have to make each day count. The hard part is KEEPING the momentum up. Everyone has a weak moment and I am no different. My weak moments really haven't been in the form of eating badly, but FORCING myself to work out longer. I've been doing the minimum and I need to pump it up. We have our next 5K this Sunday and I'm SOOO excited to see if I can have a faster time this round. I want to get the Run/Walk down by 5 minutes. I'm hopeful, so Sunday we'll see. I'm also hopeful the weather starts getting warmer so I can get OUTSIDE and walk. I love the treadmill but miss the sun.

As for my eating, I've been skipping breakfast, so that I can have more creamer in my coffee, yes the secret is out, it's the damn creamer I didn't want to give up. But I think my friend Sandy nailed it on the head. She challenged me to start eating breakfast again and YUP, "Things" started moving on outta me and my metabolism started working better. I've also been adding Flax Seed to my oatmeal in the mornings. I really DO see the difference. What Ive noticed is, I do GREAT during the week, but it seems SOMETHING always comes up on the weekends, and I'll put on 2 lbs.That something could be eating out, or having a few beers. It then takes me till Wed to get THAT off and I'm back to square one. Hence the 1.8 weight loss the past few weeks. I KNOW if I were staying on point on the weekends, I would be loosing that 2-2.5 per week again. It's just making it through the weekends.
As my sister keeps reminding, this is a lifelong JOURNEY, not a trip. A trip means we arrive and then leave again. This is a journey and it's forever. My entire adulthood has been about food addiction and me deciding to overcome that won't happen overnight. It will be a lifetime of lessons and "Aha" moments along the way. This week I realized a few things. I NEED to eat breakfast and back off my coffee. I NEED to find a LOW point creamer that tastes good. I NEED to stay on point during the weekends and I NEED to pump up my workouts. That being said, the treadmill calls me right now. I promise to post pictures of my next 5K and the time results. And, I'll keep doing all of this, one bite at a time, one decision at a time.