Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crazy Busy

Life has now entered the crazy busy period. Everything always gets hectic around this time of year but this year it has hit 10 fold. Work is beyond chaotic and home isn't much better.Tis the season I guess. I have been bustling around trying to get everything taken care of during my work day that I am completely zapped when I get home. Not that it matters that I am running on empty because I still have a family to feed, homework to supervise, laundry and dishes and dusting oh my! I know it sounds like I am complaining and really I'm not. I love to be busy, the busier the better. It gives me a huge feeling of accomplishment when I can cross multiple things off my list. But at the same time something has to give. Unfortunately it has been my check ins here, but have no fear. I am still working out and eating right. I didn't join the newest challenge at the Sisterhood due to my schedule and feeling like right now just isn't the time for me to take on anything more. Just know that I am still here, still working hard and still trying to read everyone's blogs when I can. It just came down to would I rather get my work out in, or a blog post. In a perfect world both, but for right now, I am taking the work out. Good luck to everyone in the challenge and those like me that are just going to try to follow along on the sidelines.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

True Confession Tuesday

True Confessions
It has been a loooong time since my last confession. Maybe because I have been too busy to dwell on anything lately, good or bad, and the scale keeps moving down, so I figure my indiscretions probably aren't worth mentioning. But with the latest Shrinking Jeans Challenge being over I think I should probably confess to keep myself honest and on track. Without the fitness challenges to push me I need to push myself, which leads to my first confession.
I have been horrible at pushing myself lately. I should qualify that, once I actually start something, like a run or a video, I push myself. It is the getting started that is killing me lately. I keep thinking, oh I can do it later and then later comes and I don't do it. I need some more incentive to push myself to get off my butt and move. Which leads me to my next confession.
I have not been very good about getting my c25K runs in this week. I have gotten on the treadmill and run, but not nearly as often as I should. I like to use my husbands work schedule as an excuse. That I should spend time with him before he leaves for work and that after he leaves it is too late to run, but really that just an excuse. I could run before he goes to work since he is probably sleeping on the couch anyway.
So those are my not so stellar confessions, but I do have some good things to confess.
This past weekend started our holiday crazy schedule. We had our first of many many Christmas parties (I know, Christmas parties already, heaven help us) and not only did we go, eat, drink and be merry, but I didn't overeat. I got a few things I really liked and ate slow and didn't get that ugh full feeling. I even stepped on the scale the next day to find I had not gained.
I have also been working very hard and been very good at taking my iron supplement. I know this doesn't sound like a big deal, but it is for me. Mostly because I totally hate taking the stupid little pill. It makes me feel terrible for at least an hour after I take it, so I like to pretend to forget to take it. But this whole month I have been super diligent about taking it.
So I guess that is all for now. I need to get off my tush and starting moving more so that next week I can confess all good things...... well mostly good things. I can't be good all the time or life would get boring. :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Last Shrinkvivor Weigh In

As with all good things, they must come to an end. It is the last weigh in for the Shrinkvivor challenge and I am sad to see it come to an end. It has been a great journey and a successful one. I am hoping that even without the challenge and the weekly fitness and non-fitness challenges that I can keep up with the progress I have had this entire time.
It has been a great experience and I have "meet" some really awesome and inspiring women. I have pushed myself to try new things and to overcome my boundries. I have even got my husband thinking about living a healthier lifestyle, and in all honesty that might be the biggest reward of all. I have regained my excitement about working out and sweating and challenging myself and reaching new goals. I am no longer complacent, I am ready to push for the next milestone in my journey, to gain strength and stamina and prove to myself that I can accomplish anything I set my mind out to do. I am so glad that I signed up for and completed this challenge.
So now down to the numbers.............drum roll please.
Starting Weight: 213.8
Week 1: 213
Week 2: 210.2
Week 3: 206.6
Week 4: 205.8
Week 5: 204.8
Week6: 203.8
Week7: 202.6
Change: 1.2 lbs
Total Lost: 11.2 lbs
Another pound bites the dust, and I couldn't be more excited. 11.2 pounds gone in this challenge. Success every week both on the scale and off. Clothes fit better, I feel better, I can't wait to see what another 7 weeks will look like. The Shrinkvivor Challenge may be coming to an end, but the weight loss journey is only just starting.
This week the fitness challenge was to try something new. So I got out a new video that I hadn't tried before and made my first ever attempt at Plyo-pump. It was hard and it was super fun. It pushed me to do things that I feared and I loved the rush I got when I did it. I was also super tired with jello legs when I was done, but it is definitely a video that I will be doing again and again.
So how did all of you do? Check out the rest of the sisters and spread a little congratulations! Oh and while your at is make sure to vote for the ultimate Shrinkvivor!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Perfect Timing

I am so super excited about what I read in my email inbox this morning. As some of you will recall I never get online over the weekend or at home due to a miserably slow dial up connection. So I try to get to work extra early on Monday's to catch up on my email and my blog reading before the days starts. So I was perusing my inbox when I came across my email from The Sisterhood and I was so excited when I started reading it. They are hosting a virtual 5k. Training starts today and the run is scheduled for January 8th, 2011, nine weeks from today. This could not have come at a better time for me.
I have really let my running fall by the wayside since I ran my first 5k back in the end of September. Over a month ago and I have just not had the heart to get up and keep up with my training. What a waste. This gives me something to train for again. And although I will be running the race in my own home on my treadmill it is still going to push me to get stronger and work on my pace and form. Besides that I was looking for something new to do. I was laying in bed last night with a horrible case of insomnia! Ahh, and I was thinking,"Hey, tomorrow is November 1st, this is a great time to set some new goals for myself and get moving again, hmmm, but what to do." So this could not have come at a more perfect time. And I have a Christmas trip planned for Florida in two months and the training will help to ensure that I don't gain the dreaded holiday weight and that I can fit into my capri's for my vacation.
I can't wait to get home tonight and start training again. I really needed this to keep my going through the holiday's and the winter months when it is so much easier to snuggle up on the couch with a warm blanket and watch endless hours of TV. Not this year! Maybe this will be the year that instead of setting a New's Years resolution to get healthy, it is the year that I set a resolution to stay healthy! Who's with me?

I run with the Sisterhood