Goals, Personal

Weekly Goals

This week has been nuts.  I feel like I have done pretty well, but for some reason I think that my head is spinning and I am getting no where.  Maybe it’s just that I have been cooped up inside for a while, but I just do not feel like myself.  I do not know what is wrong with me, because I know that I have done well this week.  I have done all of my workouts and I have tried a new class.  I decided to create a new weekly goal in order to help myself continue to move forward.

I have felt in a “slump” recently, and I am not sure why.  I am sleeping a lot.  However, I have not slept well at night this past week.  I slept Friday afternoon, half of the day on Saturday, and I took a little nap during a movie today.  I think between the napping and the sitting in my apartment I am feeling down and sluggish.  I am hoping the start of this coming week will be better.  On top of it, we have plans this weekend, and it is the super bowl.

I thought this week I would start with one goal.  I think I have been doing well with my eating; however, I am HORRIBLE at keeping track of my calories.  The moral of the story is, I do not really know what I am eating.  Therefore, my goal this week is to keep track of what I am eating in my Jillian Michaels program.  

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Workout

Namaste Adventures

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Yesterday I did something I have been wanting to do for a long time.  I attended a YOGA CLASS!!  I have been looking for a yoga class to attend for a while now, and I could not seen to find anything in my area.  However, the other day I was researching gyms for my area and came across one who offers yoga (that you do not have to purchase an entire membership to attend).

Normally, I am the shy person who finds things she wants to do but never does them.  This time, I geared up and emailed the instructor to get details and see if she had enough room in her class.  I also enlisted two friends to come with me, because I am too much of a fraidy cat to do it alone.  As luck would have it, both of my friends cancelled on me within the 24 hours of them confirming they would come and the actual class.

My usual dialogue went through my head, “I should just wait until next week and go” and “What are other people going to think of me.”  However, this time I decided this was something I have wanted to do for a long time, and I did it…and I loved it!! It was great.  I felt so relaxed and rejuvenated when I was finished.  Luckily, it it also in my price range and my better half does not complain.

My legs were killing me by the end of the class.  All of that training I did yesterday made my legs sore, and boy did I feel it.  I felt it especially when we did the warrior poses.  This makes since because Jillian killed my quads the day before.  That was kind of my fault though, as I did workout 7 and then did workout 1 with a friend.  I worked the same parts of the body; however, I underestimated how much this was going to hurt later.  I do not recommend doing 2 body revolution workouts in one day.

At the end of the day, I am glad I went outside of my comfort zone and tried it.  I think I am going to continue going.  I also found another class the next town over from me I can possibly attend on Saturdays.  This way, I can get two yoga workouts in per week.  I have definitely be bitten by the yoga bug.  I do feel more relaxed and rested today.  Perhaps it’s just the placebo affect…hopefully not!

Personal

Reflection and Changes

I know I haven’t posted in a while.  To be honest, I haven’t done a lot of anything in a while.  There are a few reasons for this.  Things have been really crazy at work; therefore, I have not been connected to my blog or the Jillian Michaels message boards.  However, I was still able to maintain my exercise regimen (for the most part) and healthy eating.  It all began last Friday, January 11, 2013, my great-grandmother passed away.  She was 105 years old, so she lived a fabulous life.  She had only lived in the nursing home for a year after she broke her second hip at 104.  I live a good ways away from the rest of my family, which means I had to wait to hear when the funeral was and such before I could go down.  Between the time she passed and the time of her funeral, I had a lot of work to get done, which is what led to my poor eating habits.  I would go through a drive through and get fried chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, and fries instead of packing something or picking up something healthy.  Going to the funeral was not much better as far as my eating.  We had the typical funeral food, which consisted of fried chicken and vegetables covered in butter and oil.  I did not eat very well, and I notice a difference.  I am not as energized or as motivated as I was when I was eating healthy and exercising regularly.  For the last few days, I have been thinking about what leads to my “self-sabotage” and have thought about some changes I can make.

First, I realized that focusing on my diet and exercise is not the only thing that I need to work on in terms of balance and being a “better me.”  I need to do things I enjoy, such as read books and craft and sleep.  Therefore, I decided to create my new blog called “The Me Project.”  While I still want the main focus of the blog to be health and fitness related, I also want to write about some other things that help me stay balanced and lead a “healthier” life.  There is more to health than just weight loss.  It’s also about stress management and happiness.  I am lucky to have a job I enjoy and that makes me happy; however, there are so many more things that make me happy that I do not usually make time for.  However, I have been trying to find the time to do more of these things.  I am going to start blogging about more things I enjoy, such as books and crafts I come up with.  I also want to start adding pictures…motivational pictures, pictures of things I create, all that stuff.

For now, that’s where I’m going to leave it.  I’m going to go for walks this weekend and get started on Body Revolution again on Monday.  That way I’m not messing up my schedule.  I think I am going to change it around to make my rest days on Thursdays.  I work late on Thursdays and do not get home until late.  This means I do not eat dinner until late as well.  It is difficult to get an effective workout in on a more than empty stomach (even if I eat some kind of snack before I get home).  Just to make my life easier, I am going to do it this way.  I think this is a major contributor to me getting off schedule.  Then, I can take a walk or do cardio on Sundays, which is not so bad.

As I get more into this, I may start a facebook page and/or a twitter account.  That will keep me more involved.  For now, I am going to make sure I can maintain my blog posts.  Hopefully I am well on my way to figuring out my barriers and can continue to work on me.

Progress

My Pink Loser Challenge

In an effort to get involved and build as big of a support system as I can, I found another group to belong to.  I am also a crafter and have been following My Pink Stamper for a while now (a couple years maybe).  The woman who runs that blog also began a The Pink Loser blog and is doing a challenge with all of her crafty followers.  I would not have joined; however, I love her blog and Robyn is so positive.

She wants you to do a weekly weigh in.  My current weight is 243lbs.  She wants to weigh-in on Mondays.  On the Jillian Michaels site, I weigh in on Fridays.  Therefore, I am just going to post what I weigh on Friday on her facebook page Mondays.

Additionally, she encourages weekly/monthly goals.  I love setting goals.  Since my previous monthly goal post bit the big one, I am going to set a weekly goal.  My weekly goal is to log all of my food into the Jillian Michaels site.  This way, I can see exactly how many calories I am consuming and burning (thanks to my bodybug).

The first big check-in is in April, so by April I would like to have lost 24 pounds.  That’s two pounds per week for those keeping track at home.

I think that’s a good first start.  I’m thinking about posting the pictures of myself; however, I need to take new ones first.  We will see how I feel about that.  Until then, here’s to a new year and a new me!!

Goals

2013 Goals

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Here are my goals for the new year.  At the beginning of each month, I am going to try to set small, personal goals around things I am struggling with (food, weight loss, etc.).  This time, I decided to think about everything that I want to achieve, fitness related, this year in order to help me start the year off right.  This should keep me focused.  I want to reflect on each of my goals throughout the year in order to help keep me on track.  I am also thinking of creating a blog planner, so I can know exactly what I want to post.  I don’t want to commit to things I am not sure if I can accomplish though, so we will keep it simple for now.

  1. To weigh 130 pounds by the end of the year. (That’s about 110lbs.)
  2. To use my bodymedia band every day.
  3. To eat home cooked meals at least 5 days per week.
  4. Make sure each meal contains fruit and/or vegetable
  5. To feel comfortable wearing shorts in March (for my cruise)
  6. To stay within my calorie range on My Fitness Pal, except one day per week (which will be my cheat day).
  7. Blog about my weight loss journey at least 3 times per week
  8. To run a 5K (I have my sights set on The Color Run in August)
  9. Complete Jillian Michaels Body Revolution
  10. Complete the Insanity series
  11. Purchase more organic and natural food.
I wish everyone a happy and HEALTHY New Year!!