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Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler and there are no holidays or other social commitments to derail me from strictly adhering to my food and workout plan.  I’m determined that fall 2012 will be when I achieve my pre-surgery weight loss goal.  Since weekday mornings are hectic, I’m moving my weigh-in day to Sunday.  Sundays are the day that I use to get ready for the week ahead by grocery shopping, prepping my food, planing my meals, and organizing my workouts.  Sunday mornings are relaxed, so it’s the perfect day to weigh in.  Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

I can’t believe I’m one day late on this update.  The weekend was a blur of bike riding, meeting with friends, and catching up on household to-do’s.  I meant to write this post all day, but only now found the time.

The past week was decent on food and not so great with exercise, which is why I was pleasantly surprised on the scale on Sunday morning.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 301.2, which means I lost 2.8 lbs this week. So, I have about 20 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. To be honest with you, I really have no idea how this loss came about.  Not only is it TOM right now, which usually makes me gain weight, but as I mentioned, my workouts were mediocre at best.  My food was fair, even good most days.  There were just a few evenings that plagued me with sweet cravings.

I’m taking this past week as a gift, but I’m not going to take it for granted.  I know that: 1) weeks like this where I get results without much effort are practically nonexistent and 2) if I was really on my game, I could lose even more than this in a week.  Which means that I’m going to make sure I do much better on both food and workouts this week.

Here’s the plan (because you know I have one):

Food – The normal meals are fine.  I’m good with the nutrition and the portions.  It’s just night time cravings that are killing me.  So I’m going to give myself a nighttime snack of either cinnamon sugar kettle corn (130 cals for 2 cups) or Greek yogurt with honey (as much as I love Chobani for their fruit flavors, I like Oikos better for the honey flavor).  I know the Greek yogurt is the better choice because of the protein, but sometimes you just need something crunchy, right?  Eating this extra snack puts me at about 1350 calories instead of 1200, but as long as I’m getting in a workout each day, I can still lose plenty of weight.  Plus, having the healthier sweet snack will be better in the long run because it will help me avoid binges/overeating.

Workouts – As much as I love walking Sofi (almost) daily, I know that that alone isn’t going to help me drop the pounds.  So it’s time to amp up the intensity.  Bike riding (outdoor or stationary), elliptical machine, Zumba, aqua aerobics, hula, swimming – those are the choices for true calorie burning.  I’m even committing to a “double day” on Wednesday (elliptical 5K right after school and then Zumba in the evening).  Today I had a faculty meeting and didn’t get home until 5:30, after I wrapped up what I needed to at school.  I was tired and a bit worn down, but I took Sofi for a good 30-minute walk and I did the Jill Coleman kickboxing OnDemand, which is a heart-pumping, intense 20 minutes.  I’m proud of myself for putting in a workout  on a day that could’ve easily become “a rest day.”  Tomorrow I’m planning on going to a 45-minute yoga class, but I’m still going to get in either the kickboxing or a BL DVD to make sure I make the calorie burn I want.

Accountability – I’ve set up accountability with two friends and a FB  group.  Scale Warfare and I are sending daily emails/texts, I’m texting/emailing another local friend my workouts after I complete them, and I joined a WLS FB group where I’m posting my workouts there, as well.  Having the check-ins (and people ready to give me a kick in the patoot if I don’t post) is going to be a key.

I’m feeling really confident about my results for next week!!

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 14Appreciate
What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)

There are so many things that I’ve come to appreciate in this past year, but probably the most striking is how much my life has changed for the better now that I have Lulu. She’s brought so much joy into my life, and has taught me so much about myself.

Because of her I:

  • practice patience.
  • live in the moment when we’re together.
  • play.
  • don’t take everything so seriously.
  • wake up early, but don’t mind.
  • get into conversations with complete strangers.
  • am so much more active!
  • walk every single day, rain or shine.
  • go to Pet Food Express more often than I go to Sephora.
  • know what it’s like to have someone rely on me completely.
  • moved to a much better house where I feel safe and at home in my surroundings.
  • am a better person.

Lulu came into my life at the perfect time. A few years ago, I wasn’t ready for her. My life was completely consumed with work, and then grad school. I didn’t have time to take care of myself, see anyone, or do anything. I lived to work, and it was completely unhealthy. And in the last few years I changed that, I found balance and created a life for myself where work was just a part of the puzzle. And then I was ready for Lulu.

I think Lulu has helped prepare me for the next phase I’m about to enter – taking on a much larger role in my nieces lives. I’m looking forward to seeing all the changes that take place in my life as I take on this new challenge in 2011.

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December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)

All of life’s responsibilities, stresses, and obligations are the things that make it difficult for me to fit in time to write.  The greatest of these is my job.  Teaching is a passion of mine, but sometimes it dwarfs all other things that I’m passionate about.  As much as I enjoy what I do, it can easily take over everything else, which is detrimental to my mental health.  I’ve worked hard over these past 2 years to make sure my life is balanced.

So while I can’t eliminate my job and all of the work that goes along with it, I can continue to check-in with myself to make sure that I’m not focusing too much attention on something that should be just one part of my life.  I’m trying to live by the axiom,

Work to live, don’t live to work.”

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I couldn’t wait to get home today to watch Oprah’s show that I had DVR’d.  I read the magazine article that caused all the fuss, and as I said before, I really don’t know why everyone was so up in arms.

To me, Oprah is incredibly brave for putting her honest, candid emotions out there about how disappointed she was in herself for gaining the weight.  And I think after watching the show it’s clear that she’s really not just disappointed about the weight, but disappointed that she forgot to make herself a priority.  That seemed to be the major theme of the show.  At least, that’s the theme I found drawn to.

I can relate so much to what she said about how she was hungry for balance in her life.  Now, I’m not trying to say that I’m anywhere near as busy as Ms. Winfrey, but I do know a thing or two about giving everything – your entire self – to your job.  So much so that there is NOTHING left for you.  Forget about even thinking about adding another person (significant other) to the mix.

There were so many profound moments for me while watching today’s show.  These are the things that especially struck a chord with me:

  • Make yourself a priority.
  • Your overweight self doesn’t stand before you craving food, it stands before you craving love.
  • Be grateful for THIS body; for what it has done for you and will continue to do for you.
  • This (weight loss and living a healthy life) is a lifelong journey that doesn’t end.
  • Put yourself back on your “to do” list – whether it’s working out, getting a pedicure, or spending time with loved ones, schedule it like you would any other appointment.
  • When you love yourself enough, you take care of yourself.
  • You have to plan – for your life, and for your meals.
  • There is no way you can ever maintain your weight without some regular cardio exercise. (30 min. a day, 6 days/wk).
  • Exercise is the #1 thing to give yourself.
  • There’s something missing, some void, that food is filling.
  • It’s not a weight issue, it’s a LOVE issue.
  • Ask yourself what you really want.
  • 2009 is the year of HOPE.

There are a ton of tools on Oprah’s site, including information about the webcasts Oprah and Bob Greene are going to host, how to make the most of your metabolism, and overcoming hunger, to name a few.  I’ve already signed up for the webcasts because I’m sure there will be quite a few lessons to learn and be inspired by.

Bob Greene posed 5 questions that I found quite thought -provoking:

  1. What are you really hungry for?
  2. Why are you overweight?
  3. Why have you been unable to maintain weight loss in the past?
  4. What in your life is not working?
  5. Why do you want to lose weight?

I plan to really look at each of these questions to see if I can uncover some ah-ha moments.  Once again, Oprah has inspired me more than I can express.

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