Monthly Archives: February 2011

Best month ever.

Glancing at my giant dry erase calendar, it hit me just how busy and productive this month was. I found and fell in love with Yoga, passed my road test and got my license, lost 5 lbs, got into the Interior Design course , and topped it off with buying my first car last night. It all just sort of fell into place at the right time.

Now, heading into March, I have no big life changing choices to make and can go back to my rather mundane routine. My goal for March? Well, since it’s the last free month I have before my schedule get’s all turend upside down with fulltime work and part time classes in the evening, I want to make this month ideal. I want to challenege my self, health wise like I never have before. Not in a way that feels like I’m being hard on myself. Quite the opposite. I want to challenge myself for 1 month to be the healthiest I have ever been. I’ve signed up for a yoga challenge. The challenge is basically to do 1 yoga class every day in march. On top of that, I also want to try to follow a fully vegetarian diet, full of fresh foods and no processed foods. Except for things like tofu and salad dressing ( I mean, common, let’s be realistic). I have 1 night free pass when the vancouver hiking girls get together for a big fancy dinner to celebrate our success so far. I’m actually really excited about my personalized march challenge since it will be a real challenge to accomplish. It’s going to push me to plan my days more carefully, pay more attention to every meal and snack. My weight goal is less of a focus since I think that it will be an added bonus, but,I’m aiming to lose 5lbs and finally get out of the 180. ūüôā wouldn’t that be awesome.

So, cheers to a fantastic February, and the beginning of a new season.

Stackofpennies – posted on the go with wordpress for BB.

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finally! a loss

Down 1.8 today. I know this is nothing to sneeze at but, it really is more profound than just -1.8. Something clicked for me this week. instead of focusing so much on working a program, I made one for myself. In the words of early 90’s hip hop, I “got real”. Instead of focusing directly on the WW points program, I focused on every meal and every activity and tried to make it meaningful. We can all thank my nw found love of yoga that inspired this “mindfulness” and “intention”. I’m also loving my new Spark People tracker app for blackberry. I love it. Right there on my phone, with me at all times to track every calorie of every bite. It also tracks activity, weigh ins and water. This little tool helps me stick to the fundamental rule to weightloss; calories in vs calories out. On a side note: Did you know that 2 cups of peas has 222 calories?
And my last great new tool, a new scale. I broke down and finally picked a higherend scale that calcs BMIN body fat %, water weight. It’s perfectly accurate on the first try. No more guessing or inconsistent numbers to freak me out. I know EXACTLY how I’m doing on any given day.

All of this brings me to 185. I’m back to where I left off last summer before I hit the plateau. It’s all new from this point on and for the first time since then, I really believe I’m on the right track and reaching my goal this year is totally possible.

Now the really hard part starts…. This fat isn’t going to shed it’s self, those muscles aren’t going to come from now where.

Stackofpennies – posted on the go with wordpress for BB.


Yoga

If¬† you have met or known me with in the last 10 years, you would know that I am not big on forced sentiment. I don‚Äôt like to be told what to feel, how or when I should feel that way, especially through carefully manipulated ‚ÄúMoments‚ÄĚ. The soft music playing in the back ground, lights turned down low, everybody’s eyes are closed and heads are bowed, breathing deeply and just‚Ķ. Sitting there. While everyone else is ‚ÄúFeeling‚ÄĚ, I am usually wondering if anyone else can smell that. My patients to concentrate inwardly lasts mere seconds before I starting thinking about the ongoing list of things that need to get done, where I‚Äôm going next, who I need to call, what I need to buy. It’s not¬†that I don’t care about feelings and emotions¬†but, just like the Amish, I believe that words are fleeting and the¬†real testament to one’s truest heart is by DOING. (And,¬†No, I’m not Amish. I¬†just finished a documentary last night and found that applicable)

I went to my first yoga class thinking about the “doing” side of it. The fitness, the work out, the bending and the stretch.¬† I wanted to give this a real attempt to work for me. I wanted to do it right. So, I went along with the “OM” thing, and the pointy finger thing and then, the work out began. The instructor started to talk about feeling like we HAVE to do things in life. He simply said, “Let what you HAVE to do be¬†what you WANT¬†to do. Let what you WANT to do be¬†what you LOVE to do. That those things you feel you HAVE to do are simply because¬†you LOVE them so much that you want to see them to completion.”¬† With in 15 minutes, I was hooked.¬† After some kind of boat pose, and a standing warrior, and grabbing my ankle and sticking legs up in the air and sweating it out, I felt amazing. There was this kind of inward focus that has lasted for the last 4 days, feeling confident in my own abilities and the direction my life is heading, and feeling lots of love. Allowing Love to guide what I do, and still staying pretty practical in the end. I love eating healthy¬†because¬†of the way it makes my body feel, I love drinking blueberry green tea¬†because it is so yummy, I love making¬†the time for family and friends because they are precious, I love the way my body feels after a good workout, I love challenging myself to be better in all areas, and now… I love yoga.¬† (even if I do think the “om’s” are a little weird but what ever.¬†

So…. Thumbs UP on yoga.¬† After 4 days doing regular yoga and trying¬† a variety of classes and forms, I feel stronger, more bendy, more relaxed, my skin looks beautiful, I am smiling more, laughing more, and simply enjoying little moments more.

This will be a regular part of my life from now on, even if it does cost half a fortune, it feels worth it. 

My schedule will now incorporate half marathon training WITH gym and yoga, at least until April when¬†my classes start.¬†I will be mixing up my fitness, going from a regular rountine of only running, to incorporate new movements and strength building (not with weights because¬†of¬†the injury to my elbow). Every day will be something¬†different from the day before¬†so that¬†my body¬†doesn’t have time to¬†adjust to one way of working out and get used to it.¬† Some would call it “shocking” the system. But, I dunno, I just love to do and to learn new ways of doing things.


WI. and a little rant

Aren’t we tired of hearing the same story over and over. “Up 4lbs, down 3, Up 1, down 1. Stayed the same” It’s always the same and nothing is new. No matter what my results, that big huge fat number 8 still sticks to my big huge fat arse.

Sure, I lost 40lbs in 5 months. Yay me!  That was 7 months ago. I am still nowhere near a healthy body weight.

The worst part about¬†feeling “stuck”, other than the pure frustration of being stuck, is knowing that there is nothing else you can do right. I¬†AM¬†following a healthy diet plan, using proper measurements, counting all those calories, staying in the plan,¬†getting¬†1.5-3 hours of fitness everyday. My body is just so happy being in the 180’s that it just won’t let go. I wouldn’t feel upset or frusterated if I gained weight because it was deserved (for lack of a better word).¬†A scenario¬†where I predominantly indulged and sat on my butt.

But this is not that kind of situation. According to every health plan I have ever researched, I am already living a healthy lifestyle. I am doing it right. Do I really need to become one of those extreme health crazed people who only eat egg whites and leafy greens, wake up at 4 am to run a half marathon before work every day and have no social life, never eat a bite of chocolate and go to bed at 8 because that’s ALL they care about. That sounds awful and no fun; No Thank You!

That still leaves me sitting here after 7 months thinking “What(the fuck)¬†gives?” ¬†What do I need to do? The last thing I want is another person’s advice on what¬†I need to do or the latest diet fad. “maybe you need to eat more” “make sure you’re getting enough protein” “you need to eat carbs too”

To which I say ” NO DUH!!!”¬† I’ve heard it, I’ve tried, It didn’t work.

Even though this staying-the-same situation is very frustrating, I never really lose hope or stop trying to do my best. Yes, I am angry¬†but¬† I still want to use these feelings to keep me moving in the right direction. Feeling frustrated is not an excuse to give up and revert back to¬†my old “fat” lifestyle.¬†Instead of trashing all of my hard work¬†that got me this far,¬†I want to use these feelings to fuel new inspiration and¬†a new game plan. Obviously, if what I’m currently doing is not producing results, it is time to try something new.

So… My WI results this week?¬†¬† Up .04lbs.¬† 187.6

All I can come up with as far as¬† new game plan is mixing up my fitness schedule with new classes. A varied plan to teach my body new ways to lose weight.¬† I suspect that, although incredibly satisfying, running is no longer enough.¬† I need to tone and build more muscle that will in turn, burn more calories and get me out of this plateau.¬† I start yoga tomorrow and will update you all with a review next week. ūüôā

Toni