Week 4 – New Month, New Goals!

After last week’s stress and cat drama I had a poor start to the week. I let my emotional eating get the better of me and I made some poor choices. I did turn things around midway through the week however and I am back on track and feeling much better and very excited for February!

Things I did right:

  1. Recognized my self destructive patterns were returning and turned it around
  2. Did a Zumba workout
  3. Made a batch of broccoli salad
  4. Made a healthy lasagna and ate leftovers for lunch
  5. Made a healthy oatmeal bar recipe and snacked on them throughout the week
  6. Cleaned up my apartment and washed several of my blankets
  7. Took the stairs with my laundry basket (it’s huge and weighs about 20 lbs)
  8. Took some time to relax and charge my personal batteries
  9. Used my acupressure mat several times
  10. Stayed in touch with my MFP and Facebook fitness friends

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WTF Week 3? Why you have to be so mean?

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My week 3 report is delayed as I had a very terrible week. I woke up Sunday night feeling awful and I ended up being sick most of the week. Went back to work on Wednesday but was still feeling weak so decided to go home. Then I noticed my kitty was having symptoms of a urinary blockage (I used to work as a veterinary assistant so knew what I was seeing) and so I ended up spending the rest of the week looking after him. $1200 later he is OK but it really put me through the ringer.

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TGIF! Week 2

Well here we are, another Friday and another week done. I feel really good about this week’s progress although my emotions have been up and down throughout the week. First things first, let’s see how I did with the goals I set last week.

I had planned to walk to work 3 times this week, I did twice and I could do today but I will see how I am feeling as I am fighting a bug of some kind and want to ensure I listen to my body. Although I am a bit short on this goal, I have been using my fitbit every day and have increased my steps goal from 7000-8500 and have met this goal each day with one day even having over 16000 and another one over 11000 so I have definitely increased my activity.

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Week One – A Great Week

IMG_8075 Well I turned it around for sure. Last Friday I really did feel I was at a rock bottom and this week, while not perfect (and who ever is) was pretty danged incredible. Things I did right:

  1. Went swimming
  2. Stayed Vegetarian
  3. Drank around 72oz or more of water each day
  4. Walked to and from work once (the picture above was taken yesterday on the walk home)
  5. Had a moderate amount of alcohol and logged it in my diary
  6. Logged my food every day
  7. Joined a Facebook Fitness group and participated actively
  8. Supported my colleagues with their fitness goals
  9. Brought my lunch to work every day
  10. Practiced the Ukulele every evening and mastered a new chord

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March Madness

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2014 so far has been a busy time but full of steps in the right direction as well. As much as I tend to be hard on myself I have accomplished a lot so far this year. As I mentioned before, I have been getting ready to move and tomorrow is the big day. I get the keys to my new place at 8am and I really can’t wait. As much as I tried to make the experience as stress free as possible I didn’t fully succeed. I have come to the conclusion that the stress is inevitable. But looking on the bright side, I am organized, I have a plan and I took tomorrow and Monday off work so that I can take my time setting things up at my new place. My biggest excitement lies in the fact that I will now have a bath tub!! I haven’t had my own tub in over 5 years. I am gonna aromatherapy and candle up the place!!

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Consistency?

Well 2014 has been off to a busy start, but my health and fitness has not been at the top of my list. Just after writing my last post, I had a fall ice skating and then caught the flu while at the ER to have my head checked out. My whole family got really sick for a few weeks, even took a whole week off work, which I don’t think I have ever done in my life.

During that time, I decided it was time to move and find a better rental suite. I won’t list the numerous reasons that I hate my current place, but I am excited that we finally found some place new. Of course, me being me I am still nervous that we didn’t pick the right place, but I need to focus on the positive and know that it is a step up.

Getting ready to move has involved a lot of de-cluttering and tidying and now that we are moving for sure, of course there has been packing. I have let this be my main focus, rather than exercise and sadly my eating habits have been fairly poor, although I am drinking vega shakes a few times a week and having my herbal teas and things like that. My weight has stayed fairly stable, although I feel less fit so my fat % likely has gone up a bit.

Today is the day though that I go back to the gym. I will always stay on top of my goals, even if I stumble or have to change what those goals are. Feeling great about the future, life is good!

2014?? Hells ya!

Isn’t it cliche, January comes along and we all get all motivated to change things up and make great things happen. Well I think anything that motivates us to make positive change is a good thing. I had a lot of fun over the holidays and didn’t worry too much about health and fitness. It has been a bit of a bummer winter so far so I haven’t been able to get any skiing in yet. I also got snowshoes for Xmas but again, not much snow to enjoy them in yet, although I think one of the mountains has a decent amount on their trails so I will investigate.

I put on about 4 lbs over the holidays, but I regret nothing! I had a great time and life is too short to worry too much about these things. I know what I need to do to get back on track and I am looking forward to it. I have already been easing my way back into healthy habits and I will continue to build upon things, I mean really I will be building upon things the rest of my life, self improvement should never end. I was too tired for a gym workout this morning and I was considering going after work but I think things may be much too crowded so I am using today as a non-gym workout day. I did a bunch of calestenics in my office and will do at least one more set today. I ran up and down the stairs in my building then did a bunch of sets of various floor and other exercises. I think more people need to realize that there are many ways to get your fitness in other than going to the gym or even leaving the building. Variety is key though in making it work long term.

So my goals for January are:

  1. Drink more water/herbal tea/lemon water
  2. Workout every day at least 15 mins and 3 times a week for 30 mins or more
  3. Protein shakes daily
  4. Stay positive and have fun with my goals!

So that is what I need to do, I am going to make sure I make this happen, seems like reasonable goals to have and I know it will be worth my time.

Fitness Assessment and New Goals

So I just got back from my fitness assessment appointment. Overall it went about as expected, although I was surprised that the trainer I met did not like the idea of MFP or fitbit, but I guess it takes business away from them if people are able to figure out most of their fitness stuff on their own. I get her point that MFP is just an estimation, but with the fitbit it is much more accurate and I really use it as a guideline anyways.

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Fitness Log Nov 1-6 2013

I haven’t done a fitness log in a very long time but I have remained fairly consistently active this whole time so that is something to be proud of. Today I am getting a fitness assessment at my new gym and I am excited to see where I am at and to set some realistic goals for myself.

So I won’t promise how often I will do fitness logs, I see the value in it and I will try to do one every now and again. I do log all my fitness on MFP as well but it is nice sometimes to look at a week of exercise all lined up.

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