Last night I was talking to my niece ands she told me she found a lump in her breast and that shocked the hell out of me, but then again it was a dose of reality. Although she hasn't got checked out yet, but very soon, it made me realize our health isn't valued or appreciated until it is threatened. Like me she has a lot of risk factors for chronic heath conditions. She is obese and we all know being obese increase your risks for health issues dramatically. For months I've been trying to get her to exercise with me, run, walk do whatever, but I get excuses. I stay on her though, because I been there. I know about, ok, I will do it tomorrow lines. Been there, done that. It has to come from her inner self that she wants to lose weight and know its possible to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. I will not give up on her, I will still constantly ask her and one day she is going to say yes, Auntie I am ready! I know, I've been there and done that! I hope everything turns out okay for you niece, I am praying for you!
When I think of 2011, two words come to mind, discipline and focusing. This is going to be the year that I will take charge of my life, my healthy, my career, my happiness and my sanity! I don't think I ever been so focused and determined in my life. This will be the year when people see me in public they will say' You Go Girl!" lol! Like I said in my previous posts, no more excuses. This is me and I am going to be the best damn me I can be! I made a schedule to adhere to, this will help me manage my time more effectively, get the most out of my day and maintain productivity, no more lolli gagging. I prepared my weekly workout and meal schedule and I also will make daily and weekly challenges for myself, like run and extra mile and try different fruits and veggies. This will be a very exciting year fir me, I want to make my website public, start an organization reaching out to local communities in my city to educate them on health and nutrition, I will give back to my community and get involved with issues and causes to make a difference, I also want to share my knowledge with friends and family and reach out to them, start a running club, walking club, fitness club, healthy cooking demonstrations all that good stuff! I have so many ideas and so full of excitement. I also will meet with a Simmons College rep to discuss enrollment into their nutrition and exercise science degree programs. I will look into becoming a certified fitness trainer in the next 2 years! There's no need to try to slow me down, I am finally on the roll with prosperity!!. I found my motivation: now let me stick to it!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! what does 2011 mean to you?!
Ok, I've been out of commission for the past week. My ISP had an outage and my blogging was rudely interrupted. I tried posting from my smartphone, but too annoying!. So, last week I had my weigh in and the results...drum roll... 214 lbs. My waist measured at 40inches. Today I did another weigh in and I remained the same 214. My waist measurement isn't until next month. I continued to workout and I didn't push myself as hard this week because of the holiday shopping and getting ready for the holidays, really took a toll, then we were hit with a blizzard yesterday, which continues thru tomorrow, so I will crosstrain tonight, and weights on alternate days. I can't wait till the sin melts this sun away, I miss getting out there to the park and run, its becoming addictive and I LOVE IT! So if I have any followers, please post comments and stay MOTIVATED!!!
Yesterday was my day off, and I enjoyed it. I still snuck in a few strength exercises, what the heck! I am really trying to get my weekend eating patterns in control. Maybe I will make that my prep night instead of Sundays. Saturdays, I do not want to cook, I just want to make a big healthy dish and eat it spaced out all day, but I need to still switch it up, so if I make Saturday my prep day, I would most likely end up cooking and preparing my food through out the day. Tomorrow I will weigh myself early in the morning and take my waist measurements. I am excited.
Now lets stick to clean eating, sensible thinking, and activity!
This week I will continue reading and educating myself about proper nutrition and exercise, I will also work on my own nutrition and fitness organization.
I am not going to beat myself up about the extra piece of fish I had today, because overall this was a very good week. I kept a journal of my eating habits all week , which I really hate to do, but I really found it helpful, it gave me an overview of the week, and I will use it as a guide. I've exercised everyday with no excuses all week, so yes I am proud of myself, I stuck out a plan from beginning to end, which I seldom do, but that is changing! I have tomorrow off and I am looking forward to resting and soaking and planning for next week.
I've been exercising regularly for months now, I've been eating nutritionally dense foods, but what I haven't been getting is a good night's sleep. I really feel the difference when I get a nigh's sleep. I am more energetic during the day. So starting Sunday I will make up a schedule to manage my time effectively so I can get my desperately needed sleep. I also need adequate time for my body to recover from my running and strength training, or I mind as well be doing all this hard work for nothing.
Today was about 11 degrees outside, it was freezing! I dressed in three layers, hat and gloves. I did not use the weather as an excuse to run. Today I even beat my PR by one minute and 15 seconds! Maybe it was too darn cold and I was hustling my tail! But as I was walking up the street to Franklin Park for my morning run, I got this rush of adrenaline all in my body, I felt super good because of the fact I've been getting up and running for a whole month now. I am so proud of myself. I am so passionate about losing weight and living healthy, I am so eager to help other women out there. Trust me, I had all the excuses in the world about why I didn't workout I just needed to trust and believe in myself that I could do this too and will do it. Now when I push through the pain from workouts, I smile afterwards, because I know my body is changing for the better, and like the old saying goes, No Pain, No Gain!
Today I am thinking about starting a running/walk group to help keep me motivated. I like walk gropus don't get me wrong, but lets push ourselves. Eversince I was a teen I wanted to run, I wish I could run and have the look of fitness! Now, I am saying to myself, I am that runner, I am going to be that runner with the look of fitness. So this group will help us women, overweight, obese or anyone who wants to join, the sense of confidence that they can run too! I remember when I couldn't go even 20 seconds of running, but now I am training and taining to run my first 2 miles straight through, and with hard work and motivation I will get there in no tinme and I have faith others will too. Phat Girlz Can Run Too! will launch soon and hope it will spread all across cities and countries reaching millions of women in my situation and who are ready for change.
Living In New England has its advantages and disadvantages. I am refering to the weather. One day it can be 90 degrees in July and the next day can be 40 degrees, so imagine in the winter time! It can be zero below and the next 45 degree weather. Since I been running, I feared the weather might hinder me from running. But doing a lot of research on so many imformative sites on how to dress for brutal windy weather gave me a sigh of relief. I have invested in a good running jacket from Nike Women. I love that site, 'it make you feel so alive. If you are a woman reading this and love to be healthy, check out the site and tell me you don't feel so confident and determined! So now I have no excuse, I also invested in a Dri Fit tea, hat, gloves and long johns! If I dress accordingly in layers, I will be just fine in the cold temps. I just don't want anything to try to interfere in my running. I feel so proud of myself when I push myself to keep going.
I never blogged before, but a lot of books I read says " blogging is a great tool to losing weight" I guess having people follow you daily, will help you stay motivated. I feel I found my motivation. I have been struggling with weight issues all my life, wait let me rephrase that, I've been struggling with motivational issues, lack of confidence, lack of self esteem issues, and lack of determination. I've done a lot of soul searching, and I found that I need to get my lazy butt up and get moving! No more excuses!!! So thanks to this blog site and great website I am now a part of, I can have many readers follow me, give me feedback, and encourage me a long the way as I transform my life for the better, and hopefully I can change others that is where I been! I've been running now for two weeks, I incorporated it into my routine and I must say, I am very impressed by my achievements and progress, in just two weeks. But I know this is still the beginning and I have a lot of work cut out to get where I want and a lot of will power to maintain it, so here we go!