Sunday, November 28, 2010

Combating the Holiday Season

This is my favorite time of year, with Christmas coming up and family, the holiday season is always a special time. This year my sister, brother and their kids are going to California to see their Mom and Aunt for Christmas. Without the kids here it's not going to feel like Christmas, I guess it's kinda put me in a bit of a rut and not feeling excited as I usually am. But with this cold weather it's made it feel more like the holidays.

Weight loss and holidays don't mix well for the most part, but for this year I want to continue on the right path. I'm still going to allow myself to indulge, an egg nogg late every couple weeks - but not every day! My holiday season commitments for 2010 are:

1. I'll make "clean" holiday baking instead of sugary desserts.
2. I won't drink wine EVERY night
3. I will drink 3 Liters of water every day
4. I will make it to all my workouts
5. I will prepare my meals the night before instead of being in a rush in the morning.

I know if I follow these simple rules that i'll come out on top in the new year.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Motivation comes from you

Yesterday I was reading through my Facebook feed and came across this post from Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser. He says "Motivation has to come from within that part of your soul that truly wants change". How true is that, sometimes I forget that I am ultimately the one that has to motivate me. I can't sit around and wait for someone to motivate me or to get me off the couch, I have to do it for myself and no one else. I remember before I started this journey there would be a constant stream of questions/statements from family such as "why don't you just go to the gym more?" or "you really should lose some weight". But no one ever gave me the tools to do it. I also realize though that it would never happen until I was ready to do it for myself. Just like Bob said you must truly want the change. I do want the change, this is my time and this time it will last forever.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Little Rewards

It's funny how our perspective can change. I used to think scarfing down some Tim Horton's donuts was a treat or having an ice cream but I've learned to change my perspective on rewards. If i'm going to dedicate an hour or two hours to working out, why would I want to waste that on 5 seconds of pleasure? Why not have something that is good for me, that will satisfy me but is also tasty. Gone are the days of white sugar overload.

West Coast Waffles which is on broad street has quickly become my favorite weekend treat. First I must work out though, and rocked a killer Drill class at BDHQ today - though I have pulled a muscle in my kneck cuz it is super super sore. Then it was over for some sugar-free Spelt’n Rolled Oats waffles. Raspberries, Banana, Protein Powder and Yogurt. Now that's a treat. I love that there are more and more businesses recognizing the need for healthy alternatives and West Coast Waffles definitely gets it. Kudos to them for having so many fresh and local options for us. I will definitely be a repeat customer!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Strength and Courage

On this day of rememberance I am grateful for all the men and women who have served or are serving for our country and freedom. We will never forget.

The following was sent to me a long time ago and I kept it because it just says so much. We are all strong and courageous people and it is important to recognize that in ourselves. Weather we are fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan or are fighting our own internal war, finding strength and courage will get lead us to victory in the end.



It takes strength to be certain,It takes courage to have doubts.
It takes strength to fit in,It takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to share a friend's pain,It takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to hide your own pain,It takes courage to show it and deal with it.
It takes strength to stand guard,It takes courage to let down your guard.
It takes strength to conquer,It takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to endure abuses,It takes courage to stop them.
It takes strength to stand alone,It takes courage to lean on a friend.
It takes strength to love,It takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive,It takes courage to live.
May you find strength and courage in everything you do,And may your life be filled with Friendship and Love!
Author Unknown

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Every Day is Day One

Confession time...This week has not been excellent, though it hasn't been the worst either. I fell, I caved into some temptations and was not totally on track. Not that i'm making excuses but the factors that played into it was starting a new job in a new environment, a new routine and still not being 100% okay with my tooth/gum pain. The important thing that I recognize though is that the old me would have said screw it, im going to start again on Monday and just let my small falls keep me back. But why Monday? why do we have to start on Monday? Why can't we start NOW? You fall off the wagon you get back on, stay on the path even if there are some diversions along the way. I'm not angry with myself, i'm proud of myself for being committed to the process and not giving up. I'm proud that I recognize weakness in myself and can move past it.

In bootcamp today Michelle asked us all to make a commitment for the week and be accountable to a buddy. I committed to doing 6 workouts this week. I forgot about the fact that Thursday is a Stat so they won't have regular class schedule, but I'll make it work. It may just mean doing an extra run on my own. But knowing I have to be accountable for this is going to keep me on track.

Every day is day one, every moment is individual and what happened yesterday or five minutes ago does not dictate the rest of my day, the rest of my week or the rest of my month. Move forward, even if it is two steps forward one step back. Keep going and be focused.

"The greatest things ever done on Earth have been done little by little." - William Jennings Bryan

Monday, November 1, 2010

I'm "normal"

All my wisdom teeth are gone!! Finally done, but still healing. It's going to be a few more days yet until i'm fully healed up and good to go full force. But that's the last hurdle. Now I can focus 100% back into working out and reaching my goal. It's just so close I can taste it and i'm not going to stop now. My goal remains to be under 200 lbs by January 1, 2011. That means i'm going to have to lose 10 lbs in November and 10 lbs in December. Big goal but if I focus I can do it.

My plan...
1. Starting next week work out 6 days per week (once i'm fully healed)
2. One liter of water in the morning, 1-2 liters while at work and 1 liter in the evening
3. No eating 2 hours before bed
4. Focus Focus Focus no cheating

I had a huge success this week though. I weighed in today since I wasn't in class yesterday. My body fat percent is 28% which is down 6% from 5 weeks ago, that's a huge jump. Even bigger news according to a few websites that puts me in the "normal" range for body fat %, not even overweight, "normal".. I am a numbers person so to see that i'm "normal" means so much to me. My BMI which based on my weight is 34.8 still considers me to be obese. That obese word has followed me throughout this whole journey. I think once I can see factually that i'm not obese anymore that will be a huge milestone for me. I've lost 138 lbs and I'm still obese according to my BMI. But they are all numbers and they don't tell the whole story. I know I am healthy and active and will get there eventually.