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Forward to Victory!!!

About this time last year, I set forth on an adventure, to teach myself how to lose weight, and do it. I wanted to be healthier, and able to enjoy life to a greater extent. I wanted to do a year end review (or year beginning review I guess) of my progress.

As far as weight goes, I have, so far lost 37 lbs. This is a total of a little over 3 lbs a month over the last year. This is less than I had planned, but any progress is good, and I have not, at any time this year, gained anything other than what is normal with fluctuations of the body.

For fitness, I am feeling so so much better. Last year, I could not jog at 4.5 mph for 30 seconds even once. Last summer, I ran a 5k with 4.5 as my average speed. I run for 30 seconds at 10, and it tires me, 1 minute at 8mph. and 3 minutes at 6, but these are not one time during a workout anymore either. These are now thrown in constantly. As soon as my heart calms below where I want it, I run again.

My asthma is nearly non existent. I notice it only once in a great while, usually when the air is bad quality at the same time as I am running.

Just a thought: I was carrying a box of 25lb cat litter upstairs, and realized I have lost 1 and 1 half times that amount almost exactly. “Man, I used to carry around this extra weight all of the time! No wonder I was low on energy!” I thought to myself.

Forward to Victory!!!

Starting the New Year Right

“If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.”  ~Elbert Hubbard

Did you know that 50 percent of us will not be following our new years resolutions three weeks from the beginning of the new year? Is this a reason to say that resolutions are silly, and should not be made? Not necessarily. Maybe what we need to focus on is how we make our resolutions.

We should be making decisions on a day to day basis about what we need to change in our lives, not just wait until the beginning of each year to make some drastic change. This last year, I lost 33 lbs, gone down 5 BMI points, and dropped 2 sizes. I also have infinitely more energy! I still have work to do, which I have resolved to continue this year.

How, then, do we make resolutions that we are going to keep? We need to make resolutions that are doable: not too far reaching. We also need to make a plan of action about how to accomplish our resolutions.

For instance, saying that we are ‘going to work out more’ doesn’t give us a firm goal. We can put it off more and more until halfway through the year, and then we realize that we failed, and give up. We could also say ‘I am going to go to the gym five days a week, every week’ but if we have not been going to the gym at all, that may be too far reaching. Maybe we should start out with something like ‘I am going to go to the gym at least three days a week, and do at least 20 minutes of cardio.’ The at least leaves room for growth. We can accomplish this goal. It pushes us, and we can bite off an amount that we can chew.

When we are making our resolution, we should also make a plan of action. If we plan to attend a gym, which one? when do we plan on going? Morning? Evening? Afternoon? How do we plan to do what we plan to do? By choosing a plan of action, we enable ourselves to follow through with the things we want to do by making them achievable, and following through.

What are your resolutions? How are you going to reach them?

May God Be with you and give you strength on your journey!

running from women’s health magazine

This week, I weighed myself. This month I have been doing terribly, and making bad food decisions. I gained back 2 lbs. I am resolved to change direction and again gain back my losing of pounds. I also hope to motivate myself and increase stamina and speed in my runs.

I found this article in Women’s health magazine, and am going to try it out. They suggest:
Week 1: Run 2 min, walk 3 min; repeat 6 times
Week 2: Run 3 min, walk 3 min; repeat 5 times
Week 3: Run 5 min, walk 2 min; repeat 4 times
Week 4: Run 7 min, walk 3 min; repeat 3 times
Week 5: Run 8 min, walk 2 min; repeat 3 times
Week 6: Run 9 min, walk 1 min; repeat 3 times
Week 7: Run 30 minutes

I am excited to start this new regimen. I will get up tomorrow at 5 and start my day with exercise and a healthy breakfast. Cant wait! Going to bed early tonight though…
Quote for today: “Failure isn’t falling down. It is remaining where you have fallen.”

Hope for Haiti

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A year ago, it was hard to walk at 2.5-3 mph continuously. Now, I have done 2 5k races, and am excited to find and sign up for a third! I finished my last race at 14.30 minutes per mile. A year ago, I was doing about 25 minutes per mile.  big improvement! I still have quite a way to go. I have about 85 lbs to lose as an approximation, and I can run for a little over a minute at a time.

I am proud of how far I have come. A year ago, I could not run for more than 15 seconds. now I am running for over a minute. I have figured out that I do better in competition, so I will sign up for as many races as I can find. So far, I have done Hope for Belize (a color run) and hope for Haiti (a regular 5k). I love them, and, although it has only been a month, I miss them. I cannot wait to find another and race!

I love the way that 5ks help people. You can make a difference, and get fit! Never underestimate yourself. You can do so much more than you ever thought you could! I have asthma, and have been able to push myself to half walk, half run two 5ks! Push yourself! You are able to do so much more than you believe!

July 14th

I woke up on thursday of this week feeling a bit like I had gained some weight. I was a bit down for several hours thinking that I felt puffy, and possibly a bit bloated. my chin was looking less defined, I thought, and my arms might be getting bigger. I finally reached home after work and decided to weigh myself. I was sure I would be a couple of pounds up from about two weeks ago when I last weighed, and I prepared myself for the bad news. Much to my suprise, when I looked down at the scale, I was a pound down! Imagine my joy! I was shocked, and became a bit upset at myself for beating myself up so much at the beginning of the day. I now have renewed faith that, even on my gross feeling days, I may not be looking as badly as I am feeling. Yaay!

day 15

I am so psyched! I am feeling so much more healthy than I was when I started. I have been watching what I eat and exercising. Most recently I went to the gym and near jogged (which, with my asthma I have not been able to do for quite some time) for thirty minutes! I also went to the store and bought healthy foods to snack on, including low cal snacks so that ,when I do get a craving, I can eat something and not ruin the work I have done throughout the day. 🙂

I have lost two pounds in all. Not exactly where I wanted to be, but it is something. At least my body is starting to work with me. I’ll just have to keep at it. I like a saying I heard on the biggest loser several seasons ago. To summarize, it goes something like this: It doesn’t matter whether you are the turtle or the rabbit. If you keep moving, you will get there.

I am moving. I hope to pick up the pace but I will get there.

day 3

Yes, I skipped my writing for day 2. By the time I had time to write yesterday, it had already passed 12 o’clock and it was not yesterday anymore.

Brief review of what I did yesterday: I went through a lot of research and found a 2 day cleanse I wanted to do. printed off a lot of motivational quotes that I now have hanging around my house, and stayed away from soda for the first day. I also ate healthy foods 🙂

Today: I started my 2 day cleanse, and I feel so healthy so far! Once more day to go. I also went to the gym. I did strength training/toning exercises for 1/2 hour and then cardio for 1/2 hour. When I got home, I went over calories per day and other types of specifics that I am going to have to follow if I want to lose weight. Can’t wait to get up tomorrow and do the same thing. 🙂 One day closer.

Recipe I made up today:

finely chop

-1 lemongrass

-3 bulb headed green onions

-1 Tbsp fresh ginger

set aside-

-4 oz white fish defrosted.

-1 cup spinach

put 1 tsp olive oil in a pan and preheat on medium hot.

put vegetables in pan and stir until green onions soften

place fish in pan on top of vegetables and cover for 5 minutes

open, stir in 1 tsp rice vinegar and 1 tsp natural peanut butter (the type that is peanuts and salt only)

put spinich on a plate

pour fish and veggie mix over spinach

salt to taste

enjoy!

Awakening

I have no excuse for the past year. I have worked off and on at a gym plan. I am not losing weight. Although I have been pretty good with the gym, I have not been diligent at all with what I am putting in to my body. I need to do better. I will do better!

So, Starting afresh, I claim that failure is not falling, it is staying down after we fall. In all humility, I am attempting again the task I have found so overwhelming in the past.

Goals will be

-2 lbs a week

-8 lbs a month

This means that it will take me about a year to get to where I am wanting to be.

-end goal= 135 lbs

-starting weight=255 lbs

Small rewards will be gotten for each small goal achieved.

Rewards cannot consist of food.

After 1 day following program= taking time for myself

After 1 week with completed goal= go out somewhere fun (if it has food, still must stay healthy)

After 1 month with completed goal= allowed to get myself a piece of jewelry, or piece of clothing

After each 20 lbs lost= romal does something special for me (surprise and unknown)

Goal of balancing toning and strength training exercises with cardio workouts. Cardio will be done five times a week. Strength training also five times, but I will switch back and forth between upper body and lower body.  In the evenings, I want to focus on stretching and toning muscles doing things such as Pilates.

I will be working out with my mom and possibly my dad. When my hubby is not working he will be coming with me to the gym as well.

Cardio does not have to be at the gym. As much as possible I want to do things such as kayaking, hiking, etc to do freestyle workouts. fun fun fun, but if I can’t get one in during the day, I have to go to the gym. 🙂 No excuses.

If I must miss out on life for a while, that is just going to have to be the way it is so that I can focus on what needs to be done, and lose this weight and get fit. (and so that my back gets better.)

Once again determined Carey