Goals & Rewards

April 28, 2010

Photobucket I recently had a conversation about delay of gratification, goal setting and rewards. These things are generally important in life, but are very important when losing weight.

With this on my mind I’ve noticed two things about myself. The first being that I rarely delay gratification–if I want something, I get it right away. The second: I generally choose to overlook my personal accomplishments and do not take time to reward myself or appreciate my progress.

I don’t know why it took me so long to address this, but I am definitely making it a point to delay gratification by allowing myself to get the things I want, however, only when I have accomplished a goal–in this way I will be rewarding myself.

Appreciating the progress you make, even the smallest things, is really important. I’ve lost almost 50lbs, and I haven’t really given myself a pat on the back or anything. For some reason I sort of feel like I don’t deserve to reward myself yet, because I still have so much left to accomplish. This is definitely a dangerous outlook to have, and I am shocked that I have been viewing things this way.

In a future post I will share my goals and rewards with you, I just need to take time to establish them first. I will also make a post about rewarding yourself with food, and how difficult that can be. Stay tuned!

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Serious Supplements

April 26, 2010

PhotobucketNow that I’ve started running, I’ve also started taking some supplements. I have arthritis in my fingers (yes I’m only 23, but I craft really hard)* and noticed that in the past when I have tried to take up moderate impact activities, like running, my hips and knees tend to hurt. I bought some generic Osteo Bi-Flex, which is glucosamine and chondroitin. This product is for old people (I know this because they only seem to advertise during The Price is Right), but it seems to be working thus far.

I also started taking potassium pills. I really enjoy eating bananas pre- and post-workout because, well, I like bananas, but also because potassium helps relieve muscles of lactic acid, which is what makes them sore post-workout. Unfortunately, bananas are riddled with carbs, and I simply cannot get the results I want eating two bananas a day.

Lastly, I have been taking a caffeine pill about 30-minutes before my workouts. I don’t really consume caffeine in other forms–like coffee. It might be in my head, but taking caffeine seems to help me breathe better, and it gives me just a little boost of energy to motivate me to get up and do something.

The only thing I’m not taking that I probably should is a multi-vitamin. The last time I took them regularly I got stomach-aches every single day for hours. So, I’m going to be selective in looking for a good one.

*If you enjoy crafting too, please check out this video by Leslie and the Lys… Read the rest of this entry »

Measurement Monday

April 26, 2010

Photobucket Nothing changed this week. I can’t say I’m too surprised since I spent all of the last week being sick. Hopefully I’ll get my strength up and be able to workout to make up for a few weeks of inactivity. Luckily, one place I have been very strong is my diet. I’m sure that is the only reason I didn’t expand last week. It’s sort of amazing to realize how necessary both diet and exercise are to seeing results. Anyway, onto the measurements… Read the rest of this entry »

The Road to Running II

April 25, 2010

PhotobucketThe course I’ve chosen to train on is about five miles total. Yesterday’s workout wasn’t horrible, but it’s definitely not an easy feat. On the way to the track I have to traverse a hill (about a mile). Did three miles at a bark track (1.2 of them I ran) and then the same hill/mile back. I ran intervals yesterday (100 meters walking, 100 meters jogging). Today I am hoping to try and do a continuous mile at a slow, steady pace with a mile cool down. It’s a mile less in distance, but I’m mostly trying to get my lungs in shape right now–my legs could use a break.

As for the shoes, they are awesome. I have a wide foot and in my experience women’s Nikes have never fit well. These shoes, however, are extremely supportive and light. I am excited to keep using them and see how they hold up.

The Road to Running

April 24, 2010

PhotobucketAs I mentioned previously, I have been very sick this week, so I’ve had to take it pretty easy on the exercise front. However, I am still moving toward my goal of being able to run regularly by the time I’m studying abroad in Mexico. I recently ventured over to the Nike Store and picked-up some Lunar Glide shoes. This morning is the first time I’m taking them out, so I’ll report back with a review. I plan on doing some simple jogging (or yogging, it might be a soft “j”)* in intervals, but mostly walking. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to jog a full mile by early May.

*Anchor Man reference. If you didn’t get that you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog.

¡Voy a México!

April 22, 2010

PhotobucketI have made one of the bigger decisions of my life: I am going to study abroad in Querétaro, México this summer. Aside from this being my personal blog, I am posting because my “dietary habits” aren’t exactly the norm down there, and this is definitely going to be an issue I am going to have to approach carefully.

On all of my study-abroad documents I have made it clear that I cannot eat flour, but I think I am going to have to reintroduce beans and rice (even in the smallest of portions) back into my life. I also am going to need to change my exercising habits if I wish to maintain or even progress my weight loss.

As I’ve mentioned before, I primarily walk and row for exercise currently. Obviously, I won’t be taking my rowing machine with me, but I will be able to walk quite a bit. I do feel that walking is not nearly as much of a physical challenge as it used to be for me. As scary as it is, I think I may start running (these are words I NEVER thought I would utter). It seems like the easiest way to get my heart-rate up and the only equipment I’ll need to pack is a pair of running shoes. I suppose this is a natural progression people make: walking to running, but it’s scary none-the-less. I’ll keep updating on my dietary concerns and this running nonsense, but I AM SOOOOO EXCITED! Mexico: be warned.

Measurement Monday

April 19, 2010

PhotobucketI have been really sick, so I am actually posting this on a Thursday, but I’m back-dating it. Half-inch change in my hips, but nothing else. At least I am not expanding. I am trying really hard to watch what I eat while I’m ill since I can’t really exercise. Hopefully I’ll make a little progress this week… Read the rest of this entry »

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