December Already

Can you believe it that today is the first day of December, the first day of the last month of the year. Where has the year gone?

Looking back over the year I’m proud of some things and a bit disappointed in myself with other things. 

I’m starting to think about all of the things I want to continue into the new year and things I want to change. 

How about you are you starting to reflect on this past year?

Month 3 Recap

Holy Cow! I can’t believe that it’s been 3 months since I started on this journey. And, it’s true what they say, after doing something for 3 months it becomes a habit not something that needs to be thought about. Actually, when it comes to exercise I think I’ve been in the habit for a while.  I get antsy when I don’t do my workouts as soon as I get up. I’ve found that the days that I’m procrastinating with the working out part of my day I’m more irritable and just feeling BLAH. But, if I just work out as soon as I get up I’ve found that I have a lot more energy and I’m in a generally better mood. Ahhhhh, gotta love those endorphins they are for real.

Anyway in 3 months I’ve done a lot.

  • I walk at least 10,000 steps a day
  • I can run for 10 minutes straight, and am working towards a 10 minute mile.
  • I work out every day but Sunday, but even than I get 10,000 steps in at the least.
  • At the beginning of the month I create an exercise plan for the month. It gives me a visual set of my goals for the day.
Month 4 Workout Program

Month 4 Workout Program

With the start of month 4 I’ve added a bit more to each day. I am ready to challenge myself a bit more.

  • I make healthier food choices every day.
  • I record everything that I eat
  • I make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • I keep this blog to hold myself accountable, and also so I can look back and see my triumphs and struggles when I’m struggling.
  • I have an actual journal that I right down what I eat and how my workouts went that day.
  • I also keep track of my mood and energy level daily and compare how I’m feeling in certain situations.

I think the blogging and journaling is one of my best tools it makes me think about what’s going on with me and around me, as well as giving me time to think about my feelings at the time.

In 3 months I’ve seen my weight decrease and my body slim down.

  • I’ve lost 23 pounds over the last 12 weeks.
  • I’ve lost a total of 15.8 inches.
  • 4.3 inches lost from my waist
  • 3.5 inches from my hips
  • 3.5 inches from my thighs
  • 1.5 inches from my calves
  • Nearly an inch from my bicep
  • 2 inches from my chest
  • Half an inch from my neck
  • Half an inch from my forearm

My clothes are fitting better and I’m down a size as well.

Still have a long ways to go but the results of the hard work I’m doing is sure paying off, and I can see the results. Dedication and perserverance will make it all worth it in the end.

Here’s to Month 4 and the next 3 month group of my journey.

So Long 2013

Today is the last day of 2013, and well it’s been a ride. I started out the year with Weight Watchers and was able to lose 25 pounds in 3.5 months, but then got discouraged, unmotivated, and frustrated. Which, of course brought back that 25 pounds I lost.

Looking back now if I had just stuck with it I’d be at my goal or pretty close to it, but this time next year I’ll be there. I’m not giving up this year.

I’ve only been doing this for 11 weeks, but looking back over these past 11 weeks I’ve accomplished a lot.

  • I can now run for 10 minutes straight
  • I’m getting closer to the 10 minute mile every week
  • I’ve learned that I enjoy working out, well some of it.
  • I feel a lot better after a workout.
  • I enjoy yoga.
  • I can do anything I put my mind too.
  • Losing weight isn’t easy, but can be done with work and determination.
  • Keeping track of what I eat definitely cuts down on the garbage food I’ll eat.
  • I now buy running shoes for running.
  • There are endless ways to get your daily activity in.
  • I love the treadmill.
  • Fitbit has been a great motivating tool in my life.

So in the 11 weeks I’ve done a lot and I plan to stick with it in 2014.

Month 2 Recap

Today, is the start of Week 9 in this new life long journey, and well I can’t believe that I’ve already made it through 2 months.  It doesn’t seem like that long, but I think about all that I’ve accomplished already and changes that I have made that are now habit not something I have to think about I am truly amazed.

This month came with some challenges, that I was able to address and make a plan for.  I think that is truly the way to approach this.  Yes, there are going to be challenges, challenges occur with living, but as long as we look at the challenge, assess the challenge, and make a plan, you can get through it.  This month had Thanksgiving, travel with 10 hours in a car over 2 days, and being sick.  These are challenges, but by seeing them and planning out how I was going to deal with each one I was not only able to overcome them, but surprise myself as well. This year Thanksgiving week didn’t see me gorging myself on food that’s better eaten in moderation, I instead planned out ahead of time what I would eat and stuck to portion sizes instead of heaping mounds of the delicious holiday food. When I found out that I would be traveling I made sure to get up early and bust out more time on the treadmill, and packed snacks, water, and lunch for the drive.  It would be and was a more nutritious option then anything I would find at a highway stop.  With the cold that I’ve come down with I’ve been sure to get my daily workouts in and meet my daily goals, and not caring if I got more than the daily minimum in.  Also if I’ve wanted a nap I’ve taken one, but also being conscious of getting up and moving a bit as well.

This month was amazing for me I lost weight every week, even the dreaded period week, not much that week, but it was still a loss rather than my normal gain, and I ran for 10 minutes straight.  I never thought that, that would be something that I could do.  I also added more time to my Zumba days, and started doing a barre workout, that continues to kick my butt every time I do it.

  • Lost 8.4 pounds over the month. Add that to the 8.2 pounds lost in the first month, and I am down a total of 16.6 pounds
  • I lost a total of 7.5 inches this month.  Add that to last months 5.4 inches, and I’ve lost a total of 12.9 inches.  Almost 13 inches in 2 months.  I’ll take it!
  • I’ve increased my daily steps, miles walked, and active time

I’m excited by how far I’ve come in such a short time, and I can not wait to see what my results will be after month 3.  I’m making a change in my lifestyle, and so far I love it.

Dragging

Today has definitely been one of the those days where my motivation just wasn’t where I’d like it to be.

I did my morning workouts, which today consisted of 30 minutes with a kettlebell followed by 20 minutes of yoga. However, after that I just really wasn’t feeling much like moving. Along, with this feeling I also had committed myself to the kitchen for a portion of the day to make salsa. And, well with hours of my day tied up in that I just wasn’t moving as much as I’d like.

After finishing the salsa project it was already 2 and I wasn’t even a quarter of the way to reaching my daily step goal. Usually, by 2 I’m within a 1,000 steps or have already reached my goal. I knew I had to get myself moving so I finished up my Everest challenge on Teemo, and well that did get my steps up, however I was still quite a ways from my goal.

I have since reached my step goal about 5 minutes ago, but hey I got it and there are still several hours left in the day. I’m glad I reached my goal, but I’m still feeling as if I’m dragging butt.  I think tonight will be an early to bed type of night, and hoping that tomorrow I don’t feel as if I’m dragging. This is the first time in over 3 weeks, well since I’ve started on this journey that I’ve felt like this. Which, is pretty good I think, because feeling like I was dragging butt was something I felt daily before I decided to make these changes.

There are a few causes I can think of that may be influencing this feeling, and I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be back to my I’m ready to kick my butt into shape mode. Tomorrow’s a new day and even if I still feel like I’m dragging I’ll reach my goals. I did it today it just took longer than usual. Nothing is going to stop me.