Monthly Archives: February 2014

February Wrap-Up…

February Wrap-Up…

February… it was good! Even though I definitely still have had my days of zero motivation, I stuck with it. And I definitely feel more like myself now! I am super psyched to see what March brings! Here is the schedule I have set for myself. I will be focusing more on strength training this month, as well as continuing to do my Leslie Sansone DVDs. Does anyone want to join me? :o)

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Weigh-In Monday…

Weigh-In Monday…

I have been trying to figure out all day how to go about doing this post, with no luck. So I am just going to say it. After a full week of being totally on point with my exercising and mostly good food days, plus an on-track weekend, I weighed myself this morning. ***drumroll*** I have lost 3.5 pounds since last Monday!! Eek! And yes, I know that the scale is not the only (or most important) tool out there to track how we are doing, but it sure is nice when it cooperates like that! Lol! I actually looked back over my weight log that I keep and figured out that I have only had that big of a weight loss three other times… And I was eating WAY less calories then than I am now!

One nice thing about such a fantastic weigh-in is that it really helped motivate me today. I was totally not feeling the workout groove today. I have been fighting a lingering migraine since yesterday, plus have my pinched nerve being finicky, and have just felt drained. So exercising was the last thing that felt good. But I reminded myself that I had a rest day yesterday. And I remembered how fantastic it felt to have such a great week last week. And how I am finally starting to feel like I am getting out of this glump that I feel like I have been in the past couple of months. So I turned on my DVD and got to work. And I tried to talk myself into doing just two miles instead of three. Actually, Satan tried to talk me into it. I was still feeling super tired and that second mile felt like the longest mile of my life. But I had committed to three, so I pushed those thoughts away and kept on.

And you know what? That third mile really felt great. It woke me up and it had my favorite moves. It was totally worth it! To me, the crazy thing about exercise is that it can be soooo hard to get into the habit of doing it. But once you get into that habit, and have been consistent for a while, you actually miss it if you take a “break” from it. That is totally how it has been for me. I have actually missed working out, but I was not willing to do what it took to get it back into my life… Until now!

Here’s to another fantastic week!

Feeling Determined!

Feeling Determined!

Determined.. That is the only way to describe how I feel after the day that I had today. I was on my feet almost the entire day, not really getting a chance to sit down until dinner. Library, groceries, and a massive amount of deep cleaning (apparently I have the spring cleaning bug right now!), all followed by a 5k walk with Leslie Sansone! I actually wish that I was wearing one of those Polar watches today to see how many calories I burned today! (Unfortunately, my FitBit is currently on the fritz so I do not even have a step count for the day!) All that I know is that my feet are currently throbbing and, as soon as I got cleaned up after Zeeva went to bed, I was suddenly ravenous, even though we had a late dinner tonight. I practically inhaled a plate full of ants-on-a-log! Which, by the way, I have decided is one of my all-time favorite snacks. Crunchy, salty, sweet, with protein and healthiness thrown in? Sounds good to me!

On top of having such a high calorie-burn day, I am also on day two of being great with my eating! Woohoo! If you have been following me for long, you know this is something that I have been struggling with for a while. So this is definitely a victory for me!

The main reason why I say that I feel determined right now is that, at several points today, I felt so strong. It made me feel so amazing. I have not had a “strong” day in months. I feel like I can do anything right now… Especially reach all of my fitness goals!

And now my body is aching virtually everywhere, from all my intense activity today… It honestly feels great! I am so ready for this. I am definitely back where I belong!

One More Round…

One More Round…

Throughout my life, I have always connected with music. I often did special music for church, was in a children’s choir in middle and high schools, took voice lessons in high school, and was even awarded two “leading” roles in musicals in high school. Music and I just go together. So it has always come as no surprise to me that I will occasionally find a song that I truly connect to, one that moves me and fully speaks to me and some circumstance that I have been going through.

It has actually been quite a while since that has happened, possibly because I do not often get a chance to just listen to music and be. But I had a mountain of dishes to do the other day, so I decided to play some music to keep me entertained. I just picked a random cd on my Amazon Cloud Player. I had not listened to it in a couple of years, so I chose Barlow Girl’s How Can We Be Silent cd. It was never my favorite of theirs, but I always had my few favorite songs on it. But I listened to the entire song list while I worked. And, then, it was time for my favorite song on the cd. It had been so long since I heard that song, I actually forgot what the lyrics were like. And, man, did they speak to me. God spoke to me through them. I am going to post the song link at the end of this, but I want to share a few of the lyrics with you, so you get an idea of what the song is about.

“One More Round” by barlowgirl

Round one wasn’t what I thought it’d be
Round two I’m struggling to breath
3, 4, 5, 6, 7 times I wondered why I stepped inside this ring

I may be knocked down and bruised
But I’m here to tell you
That I may be knocked down but not for the count
1,2,3,4
So take me one more round
I’ll just keep fighting
One more round
You’re messing me up but I’m still here

One more round I’ll come out swinging
One more round
I’m telling you now I’m not gonna lose it here

This song is now my official “theme song”. I did not know that I needed one, but I do. It was clear to me the moment the song started playing.

I have been through a lot with my Weight-Loss Journey. I have had a LOT of ups. But I have definitely had my share of downs, especially over the past six months. As can be clearly seen with my huge weight gain. It would be so very easy to just give up and go back to how life used to be. If I did that, I would weight another fifty pounds, easily, by the end of the year.

I do not care how many rounds it takes… I will always get back up when I fall. I will reach my fitness goals. I will keep pushing to be a better role model for me. I will improve my health. It is not even an option in my mind.

Here is the song. It will not, however work on mobile. So, if you are using an iPad or your phone, head over to YouTube and search for “One More Round” by barlowgirl. You will not regret it!

Day TWO!

Day TWO!

February 5, 2014

Today was a big day for me… Not only was I FINALLY able to eat normal food for every meal and not regret it for the first time in several days (thanks so much food poisoning!), but I was able to work out for the second day in a row. Honestly, I am not sure that I remember the last time that happened. :o/ Sad, I know. But I have been living with this shoulder injury that has been flaring up on and off since September (and has mostly been stuck in “on” mode), plus have been plagued with a few illnesses during that time. So I am feeling psyched about today.

Not only did I get in my scheduled three-mile walk with Leslie Sansone, but I also spent fifty minutes shoveling our driveway out (we got yet another eight inches of snow. Goodbye winter!) and the pulled my daughter around on her way-too-small sled for a bit. (That is her, perched on top of one of the piles of snow from clearing the driveway. I think she likes it when we have to shovel!) Then, on top of that, the DVD I did incorporated some arm exercises, which I decided to try. And I did them! Were my muscles singing? You bet! They have barely been used for months! But it felt AMAZING!!! Seriously, I actually highly miss strength training. It is one of the best feelings in the world. So I am hoping that this trend can continue and I can start working (lightly) on my arms again.

And, yes, I will absolutely say that I never would have ever thought that I would be the type of person to say that I missed doing some form of exercise. Never. But I definitely do! And it felt great to get back in the saddle tonight!

And, in a completely unrelated tangent, I have to say that I will never grow tired of hearing my daughter play with her toys and all the voices she comes up with and conversations she has. Seriously… It is one of the best things ever!