Once I get to an appropriate weight I will adjust the caloric intake (not the healthy diet), and continue the exercise to maintain the weight. I'm getting off the yo-yo diet circuit. For me, the Self Challenge is not just a diet to use a few months of the year to get ready for bathing suit season. It has given me a new energy and increased my self-esteem. Looking better in my clothes is now just a bonus.
Don't waste the health you've been blessed with!
I got to see a lot of old friends and make some new ones last weekend. One of my very best friends suffers from heart disease. We almost lost her a few years ago when she had open heart surgery. We have been friends for about 20 years, our girls grew up together. The heart damage my friend suffered prevents her from doing all of the things we used to do. We spent some time this weekend talking about the future. She is happy to see the beginning of every day and seems to be at peace with the reality of her condition and the fact that her heart is not going to let her realize all of her dreams. Our lives and habits have been very similar, but I still wonder why this didn't happen to me. I am not going to waste the good health I have been blessed with. I am going to make the most of it...
Flirting with the 160s
I'm still flirting with the 160s. My last weigh-in, I was 171. My goal is to be at 168 by the 30th. I've developed the top ten ways to get to 168 for my last hurrah on GMA:
10. Be prepared. Never leave home without something nutritious in my purse.
09. Keep things interesting. This is the plan for my week: Susan Komen, Race for the Cure, 5K on Saturday, trainer Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, puppy park to run with the dogs, Pet 5K next Saturday, boating and cottage remodeling in between.
08. Plan ahead. It is much easier to get up early and work out if my clothes are ready and breakfast is planned. 07. Try something new. I'm going to take a structured exercise class during the next few weeks.
06. Six small meals a day. First meal as soon as I get up in the morning to get the metabolism going.
05. Get rid of all of my baggy pants. I swear I eat more when I wear them.
04. Eat something in the car on my way home from work. The time of day when I am most likely to cheat is when I get home from work (I identified this habit utilizing the food diary). I am going to make sure I have a healthy snack in my car so I can satisfy this craving without eating the whole fridge once I get home.
03. Document everything I eat in my food diary. Daily countdown blog.
02. Be social, the more people I have supporting me the more accountable I am.
01. BE HAPPY, I EAT LESS WHEN I'M SMILING
I did it -- you can, too!
I finished my second half-marathon on Sunday. It was definitely one of the hardest physical activities I have ever done. The elation I felt at the finish line rose above the pain. The sense of accomplishment at the end of the race is a great feeling. Honestly there was a time during this race when I did not think I was going to be able to finish. I started to have foot cramps at about mile four. Mile six found me sitting on the curb rubbing the bottom of my feet and massaging my toes. After the 3 ½ mile climb at mile nine, I was beginning to think it wasn't meant to be, both of my feet felt like they were in knots.