Time to refocus

I’m right around the 25lb lost mark. How exciting! I am so proud of myself for doing this. It’s not happening fast, but it’s happening. The last few weeks have been a bit wimpy in many ways. The challenge is long over, and the new (personal)¬†challenge is to stick with the exercise. This is something that has never been a habit…so I’m still working to stick to it. I feel better when I exercise and I know I’m stronger and improving health, but some days it’s tough to get to it. I did better this week, except for the last two days. Tuesday I was to help in the Kdg. class, but his teacher had to go home with her son…so I had an hour until time to work in the library. It was a beautiful day so I decided to go for a walk. I walked about 2 miles (plus the bootcamp DVD I did that morning). However, after that walk I had a very sore spot in my foot. I decided yesterday I would rest it so that it wouldn’t be worse. It didn’t feel too bad this morning, but I had Bible study in the morning so no time to do the DVD. We shopped at the mall a bit and by the time we were done my foot was SCREAMING at me. I’m planning to exercise in the morning either way.

Eating…hmm…not great, not terrible either. I’ve really got to work on the fruit and vegetable intake. I had been doing better, but have slipped back to not-so-good options. I feel so much better when I’m getting the fruits and veggies. It’s encouraging that some things that used to be mouth watering are not so anymore. Sweets often taste waaaaay too sweet. Don’t get me wrong, still eating some, but just notice that sugary taste more. Pop doesn’t taste as good. It’s not gone completely, but there are often several days in a row where I have none!

The goal for the next week or so is to get that exercise in. I want to be doing at least 5 days/week. AND watch my points and WHAT I’m eating as well as HOW MUCH.

I know right now there aren’t many reading this blog, but for any who are…if you have any tips, advice, recipes, snack ideas, etc. PLEASE chime in and let me know! I need a kick in the pants to get back to this. To refocus and continue forward. I REFUSE to go back to where I was. I have worked hard and am already feeling so much better. I WILL NOT GO BACK! I WILL NOT!!!!!

Being lazy, I guess

Well, maybe I don’t guess…I AM. I have not been working out like I told myself I would. That challenge was a great thing to get me going, but now I’m not keeping it up like I hoped I would. I did the Shred today, but otherwise I didn’t do a whole lot this past week. Today I purchased one of the Biggest Loser DVDs. The Bootcamp one. So hopefully that will help.

I gained 1 lb. this week as well. I’m sure part of it was the lack of exercise, but I’m hoping that some of it was just water weight. I guess we will see what happens this Wed. when I weigh in.

I do have to say that I am noticing some positive changes in eating habits. There are things that my brain tells me I want, but when I eat those things they don’t even taste good anymore. One example is pop. I keep thinking it would taste so good, so I pour myself a glass and bleh…not really! That’s a good thing though. There is a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting (which probably needs to be tossed) that has been sitting on the counter all week. Although, I do have to say it wouldn’t normally be that much of a temptation anyway. There were one or two other things that I remember thinking would be “cheating” and would taste good, but didn’t. Of course I can’t remember what those things are right now.

So, my goal for this week is to get back to exercising at least 5 days a week. I would also like to focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. This has already improved, but I still need to be better about that. I am so close to the 170s…I’m hoping to cross over there soon! I had hoped to do it this week, but obviously that didn’t happen.

Before and After pictures

The pictures on the left were taken Jan. 28, 2010, just a few days before the challenge started on Feb. 1. The pictures on the right were taken today (3-2-10). I’m excited to see some differences. I still have much improvement to make, but to see that kind of change in just one month is pretty exciting and encouraging! I’m so thankful that I joined this challenge!

1-28-10 3-2-10

1-28-10 3-2-10

1-28-10 3-2-10

Almost done

Tomorrow is the last day of the 30 Day Shred challenge. I doubt I will win any of the prizes that are being offered, but the best prize is that I DID IT!!!! I think I missed 5 or 6 days (I was figthing sinus mess for most of the month). I am really starting to feel a difference. I haven’t lost much weight in that time…maybe 4 lbs or so, but I am really feeling more tone in my body. That fact that I stuck with it, and did it for this long makes me so proud of myself. I usually do well for a few days and then slack off. Now to continue…I’m in the process of searching for another DVD. I tried part of a Cardio Pilates one today, so I’ll do that for a bit (has to go back to the library in a couple days). I’m also considering one of the Biggest Loser DVDs.