I started my journey towards an active lifestyle simply by taking a walk on my lunch break. At some point, over the time of adding more walking, progressing to work out videos and running, then joining the gym, etc. I've moved away from that walk. I recently read an article that said if you spend the majority of your time sedentary, like for instance, sitting at a desk for 8+ hours, you could be negating your workout. I don't know how much that is true, but I will say that it does make sense to get off my duff and do something on my lunch break. It only takes me about 10 minutes to eat, so I've got 20-50 minutes to do other things. So, I added back the walks. The walks aren't intense, I still maintain my workout program, it's just to move mid-day. I've also started grabbing my boss for these walks.
Today we had one of these walks. There was a woman that I didn't recognize sitting on our office's back patio. After watching us go around the parking lot a few times she said, "You guys are so dedicated walking on your break." That comment alone was a nice, ego boosting gesture, which anyone who's struggled losing weight, getting fit or just trying to be active in a sedentary society can appreciate. Unfortunately she followed that comment up with, "You should work some lunges in there." Hm, was that really necessary? I can understand why her observing two overweight women walking lead her to add that comment, but it was completely unnecessary and only negated her initial comment. She basically said, good thing you are doing something, too bad it's not enough.
Now, some of you may be reading this and agreeing with her. I'm not saying that the addition of lunges to our walks wouldn't have added benefits. They most certainly would. I could lunge everywhere I go for a year and I'd have legs and an ass of steel, not to mention I'd bring comic relief to those around me. What I don't agree with is someone watching me for less than 5 minutes and surmising that I need to add some lunges into my lunch break walk. Everyone starts somewhere, everyone works at their own pace and makes their own decisions. I decided this time around to become healthy and active. I acknowledged that it would take time and dedication to get to a healthy body weight. I accepted these things and decided to create a program that worked for me and was sustainable. This program has evolved, tweaked, had pitfalls, relapses and taken lots of turns, but I'm maintaining, progressing and happy with where I'm at.
My point here is, if you see someone making an effort towards a goal, ENCOURAGE them. Give positive reinforcement, even if you think you have a better way or you've progressed further along towards the same goal or never had to work towards that goal in the first place. No one needs your well meaning, unsolicited advice or poorly timed judgement.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Alrighty, so I started working on this whole "eat better, get moving" thing about 4 or 5 days ago.
The weekend before I started, I binged like crazy!!
Gee, Kimm, I thought you were trying to eat healthy and better yourself?
YES! I am and have I mentioned how utterly excited I am to be bettering myself?!?!?!?!?!
|<3 <3 <3|
But, there are some foods that I'm banishing for awhile and will only be allowing back in for brief, special occasion visits, so I had to bid them a proper farewell.
|Been obsessed w/these babies practically since birth.|
|Tell me that doesn't look good?!?!?!|
|ME WANT COO-KEYS! NOM NOM NOM|
|Mmmm, chocolaatteee.. (in a Homer Simpson voice)|
|Might of been easier to just post this? lol|
So after I bid my lovelies goodbye, I started bright and early Monday morning with the pieces I've decided on as my new routine! My overall goal is to reach a place where I'm able to make good food choices w/the occasional, moderate, splurge for something not so healthy. The splurges will wait tho, for now I'm stripping them out and adding some new things to boost the initial weight loss!
* EAT BREAKFAST!!!! - I know this is super important and something I either skip entirely or skip due to laziness and then end up eating something really shitty due to starvation. The reason for this is simple, there's limited time in the morning and my breakfast is low on the priority list. In order to solve this issue, I decided on Carnation Instant Breakfast and Low Fat Milk. It's super quick and it doesn't taste too bad, but it doesn't really fill me up. For now tho, it's a start!
* "SPECIAL" DRINKS - I read a great "trick" to weight loss is to drink hot water mixed w/honey and lime juice. The drink is suppose to jump start your metabolism. Ok, it's worth a shot! And anyone who's read any type of weight loss mumbo jumbo knows that Green Tea is good for your metabolism as well, so let's have some of that too!
* THE NO'S: Soda, Candy, Fried Foods, Sweets/Pastries
For now, those are the gist of my "rules" during this transition to eating like shit versus treating my body better. I will continue to drink my low carb or sugar free Monsters, 2 a day, it's an addiction. As for my meals, they will be good, well thought out choices every time. Snacks will be kept to a minimum and be health conscious as well. A bad habit of mine is to eat after practice, but one of the new rules is, no eating after seven. And, of course, lots and lots of water!
|Haha, bet you'll never think the same about drinking out of a water bottle again!|
That covers the food, now onto the get moving part! My goal is to get moving AT LEAST 30 mins per day. Not only does physical activity help you out health wise, it's great for mental attitude!! I'm currently skating three times a week, so I just need to cover myself the other four days. I have numerous easy options, my elliptical, walking the dog, skating at a park or picking up a practice. I can't afford a gym membership right now, but I think these things are good starters for sure! Once again, I'm not doing some crash course to loose weight quick, I'm trying to make small changes over time to get long lasting results.
|An apple never looked so delicious! ;)|
SO THAT'S THE INITIAL PLAN!!
Have an awesome one peeps, thanks for reading!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My initial comment on this blog needs to be that I am not doing this blog in order to throw a pity party or to get all my friends to say things like, "you're not fat," or "you're beautiful mamas," or whatever.
I'm doing this to keep me accountable on my journey to a skinnier me!!
That being said, let's get down to it, shall we?
So, my weight's been ALL over the place during my nearly 31 years of life.
|Mommy's lil' porkchop due to me being allergic to breast milk, soy milk and formula. |
Dad says the "special food" the docs prescribed was basically sugar water.
Hmmm, wonder why I'm addicted to sweets, lol.
It was pretty much "uphill" from here for a loooong time.
It's not something that makes me look down on myself or something I use to get attention.
But, it is something that concerns me and something that I'd like to change.
I know I have power over these two things:
* What I put in my mouth (sounds dirty, lol)
* How much I exercise
If I govern myself via self control, I should be able to make the right choices in the above named areas to decrease my weight.
As of right now I don't have a "weight loss goal."
What I do have is a general mantra, Make small changes increasingly over time and see results.
It's taken me many years to gain the weight, so it's not coming off in lightning speed. More importantly, I want to make changes that I can stick to for the rest of my life.
"You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance." ~ Lee Iacocca