Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day 15 - Hiatus

Sorry ladies, but there's been a death in the family.  Driving to DC and will be gone for the weekend.  I plan to be back and writing by Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 13 - Motivation

So with all this crazy cold weather, and monstrous inches of snow, there hasn't been much going on…other than me going crazy.  So... I've been trying to decide what to post on the blog (thank you GCGfriend T for encouraging me).  I forgot to wear my fitbit for 2 days BUT I did spend about 90 minutes shoveling that crazy deep snow yesterday…that was a GREAT workout and I'm feeling it today.

MzMotivator, what have you been doing since it's too cold to run??  All I've managed to do is shovel.  I wanted to start my Zumba class tonight, but I'm too scared of crazy people who think they can drive normal on snow and ice.

So since the workouts are not quite working out right now, I thought I'd find a motivational quote to inspire us all.  I thought this one was great.

I know too often we have lofty plans and then we hit a little hiccup and that's it.  How many times T have you and I started something only to stop after a month or two?  So this time when we stumble, let's stand up straight and keep going on our journey.  There should never be an end of our journey to a healthy lifestyle…yes at some point we will reach our goal weights, but we'll keep going, employing the lessons we've learned to maintain that health we've achieved.

I didn't strangle anyone.

ps-I'll update my stats tomorrow.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Day 10 - Got New Shoes!!

It's been a long day, I'm tired and don't have much to report.  I'm trying to figure out how to get my steps tomorrow when I don't plan on going outside…laps around the main floor??

Today's Win
Got me some runnin' shoes!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Day 9 - Exercise

So today, I started my strength routine…lifted weights for 20 minutes.  I'm sure it will go a little longer once I'm able to do additional reps/sets.  But for now, I'm proud of what I've done.

I also decided on a 5K; thank you for pushing me GCGfriend H.  St. Pius X is doing it's annual Buck Knob Hill 5k.  I've wanted to do it for the past couple years but never knew when it was until it was too late.  According to the event description "Join us for this "heck of a hill" 5K challenge! Race from St. Pius X High School to the cross on Buck Knob Hill and back! You will gain 386-foot elevation in 1.5 miles on your way up! The downhill is the best in town! Enjoy plenty of refreshments when you hit the finish!!! All proceeds benefit Project Prom."  I figure my street is the perfect training ground!!  

The run is on March 29 which gives me 12 weeks to train…not that 12 weeks is necessary for a 5K…but my goal is to get healthy…not just to do a 5k.  I have added my training schedule to my calendar and I'm ready to start on Monday; although the first few sessions may need to be indoors with this insanely cold weather coming our way.

Today's Win

I lifted weights!!  Yay me!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 8 - Now that we're all 35+...

….well except for you GCGfriend C; hopefully, you'll find this helpful too!

Today I reread an article from Dr. Oz, Your Over-35 Survival Kit.  I read it about a year ago when I decided I needed to take the appropriate vitamins.  I love Dr. Oz and for the most part tend to trust what he has to say.  So today, I got out my pill box and divvied them out by time-of-day.  Not everyone feels the need for extra-vitamins; and while, I think there is no need to go beyond the 100% DV, I do know that I don't get enough vitamins in my food.
There are a lot more details in the article, but here's the gist:

-Split your multivitamin to help improve absorption throughout the day.
-Omega 3 improves your memory and reduces stress.  Take 600 mg with breakfast.
-Take Calcium and Magnesium together.  The Magnesium will help your body absorb the calcium and be sure to take it about 2 hours after your breakfast or multi-vitamin since calcium can block the absorption of other nutrients.  I take them about an hour before lunch.
-Lutein helps prevent future vision problems…I haven't taken this yet.

I was able to get all of these reasonably priced at the biggest "mart" in town.

The other thing I found REALLY interesting was foods that help your mood!  I'm so gonna try this!!  Fortified cereals have been shown to reduce crankiness, irritability, and mood swings…and since I don't have ANY of those issues, no need for cereal… ;-)  Eating 8 macadamia nuts a day reduces anxiety…definitely need to try that.  Eating one banana a day allows your body to produce more serotonin and we all know what serotonin does for us!

Take a look at the article; it's linked above.  I hope you find it as interesting and helpful as I have!

Today's Win
Out of all the days since I bought my FitBit, today I logged the most steps!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Day 7 - Uh Oh!

Where have I been?  Was that me who said this week's focus was to write in the blog everyday?  
So here's what happened, and this is not excuse time…its more of an infiknitgirl reflection time.  
I started my blog and told MzMotivator and I was good and wrote a couple more entries.  Then on Saturday, I went out with my GCG friends and then never wrote in it again….well for days anyway.  This is not the first time I've had health goals in mind (Planned?) and then slacked off when I told multiple people about it.  I wonder if it has to do with my fear of failure…if I don't start I haven't REALLY failed…and now that I have several people to be accountable too, it scares me to think that I might fail…might as well quit now.
Which of course, I know that's insane and that MsMotivator and GCGfriends will be nothing but supportive.  In fact, GCGfriend H has already tried encouraging me to sign up for a 5k.  It's just something I need to work on.

Be sure to check out the Daily Stats and measurements on the right panel (might not be visible on mobile devices.)

Today's Win
Took my before photos and before measurements.