Sunday, December 30, 2012

Weigh In - December 30

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Weight - 214.7

Weight lost gained in 2 weeks -  3.5 lbs
Weight lost so far in 2012- 20.3 lbs

Well, it's no surprise that after a week at my Mom's house over Christmas that I gained weight.  I didn't over-indulge, but I did enjoy myself.  And now I'm home and almost ready to get back into the swing of things.

Hilary bought me a new step/calorie counter for Christmas and Sarah got me a Fitbit Zip.  While it might seem silly to use both, I like them each for different purposes.  I am very motivated by seeing the numbers climb over the course of the day and will try to get in those few extra steps around the house to make my goal.

TaeKwon-Do starts up again this week.  I'm planning to test for my yellow belt at the end of the month so I need lots of practice.

Tribesport is also giving me lots of motivation when I sign up for challenges of exercises I can do around the house with little to no equipment.

Liam got a punching/kicking bag that I'll be setting up for him today.  It's a lot of fun and I think we will both get a lot of use out of it.  I don't think I'll be using his new chin up bar... not only will I have to install it low enough for him to reach, but I don't have the arm strength (yet) to lift my own weight.

So overall I'm ready to face a new year.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Resolutions for 2013

I’m not usually one to make resolutions, or even to set long term goals, but I’m going to give it a go this year in the hopes of having commitments to help keep me on track.

  1. I want to work towards getting at least my Green belt in TaeKwon-do this year. I will test for my yellow belt at the end of January, so that would mean moving up 2 more levels over the course of the year.
  2. I want to try to run a 5K run for a fundraiser for Liam’s school in June. Considering I can’t run the 0.5K that we do as part of our warm up in TKD, I have a lot of work to do for this one.
  3. I want to continue to log my food everyday in MyFitnessPal.
  4. I want to lose at least 30 pounds this year. This still doesn’t get me to my desired final weight, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on to hit that magical number.
  5. I want to bike more in the summer.
  6. I want to continue to get fit.
Six goals (really 5, since the first 5 all feed into #6) seems reasonable.  So here's to a happy and heatlthy 2013.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Weigh in - Dec 16, 2012

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Weight - 211.2

Weight lost this week -  2.3 lbs
Weight lost so far in 2012- 23.8 lbs

I am getting back into the habit of weighing myself regularly.  I stopped weighing myself sometime towards the end of the summer and  I now realize that not seeing both the progress and the backslides is detrimental to my success.   I am truly motivated by the numbers and need to focus on them so that I have something to work towards.

Knowing that I've lost almost 24 pounds this year is great.  Looking back from when I first tracked my weight in April 2010 and seeing that I'm down 48 pounds from then is even better!

One pound at a time, the journey continues.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Motivation , Accountability and the Internet

Tribesports: Are you ready for the challenge?

Getting fit, eating right and working out can be hard.  Having people in your corner cheering you on can be the difference between sitting on the couch and getting up and moving.  I have amazing support in Hilary.  She helps with making good food choices by planning healthy meals and having fresh, great food in the house.  She also reminds to me exercise and go for walks and puts up with my hula-hooping on the Wii Fit in the living room.

In other parts of my life, the internet has been an important way for me to meet people, talk about topics that are near and dear to my heart and learn from people who have already been there and done that.  So it makes sense that I turn to the internet for weight loss and fitness (even though the fitness part seems counter intuitive) 

I track my calories on the MyFitnessPal website.  I really like the site as they have a great database of foods. But their forum never really appealed to me for a place to chat and get support. 

I joined the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans and for awhile they seemed like an okay place to hang out online.  They sponsored an opportunity for me to participate in the Healthy Wage Matchup.  But they never seemed to follow through on things  and the discussions weren't what I was looking for so I strayed away from them.

Then this week I stumbled upon a fairly new site, Tribesports.  While I don't consider myself a sports enthusiasts like some of their members do, that doesn't seem to be an issue.  I can track my fitness progress there, participate in discussions from weight loss to fitness to how my day is going and they also have exercise challenges that you can participate in.  The more active you are on the site, the higher your ranking.  But it's really the people that keep me going back to it.  I can post that I did 25 lunges and within minutes 3-4 people have "encouraged" me or left a comment telling me what a great job I'm doing. The instant satisfaction of knowing that  someone else is encouraging my progress is great.  I also feel accountable to complete the challenges I've signed up for, because people will see whether or not I have posted each day with what I've done.

This week alone I've been motivated to get up every morning and stretch, stay off Facebook, do lunges, planks and wall push ups.   And I feel great!

Tribesports encouraged this

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Weight Lifted

Jut over a month ago I had some medical/health issues that were concerning enough to send me to the Doctor, who then sent me for tests.  I had the tests yesterday and got a clean bill of health!

What I hadn't realized was how much the concern about the possible outcomes of the tests had been weighing on me.  I think part of my inability to get back into the swing of diet and exercise was the dread of what the tests could have turned up.

Now that I have put this behind me, I feel lighter and freer today.  Ready to focus on my healthy-health and not worried about bad results and scary diagnoses.