Friday, January 28, 2011

The Tragedy of Hamlet

The true Tragedy of Hamlet?? that the rehearsal process has been so intense it kept me from my treadmill this past week and a half.  Rehearsals have been going past 11, and I knew that if I had any hopes of survival I HAD to nap in the afternoon.

Although I promised to make my workouts my priority through this process, I had to concede to the naps this past week and a half...

Good news??  The snow made sure I got out and at least shoveled on days when I didn't get on the treadmill...  so I'm not overly worried.  :)

Oh yeah, come see "The Tragedy of Hamlet" this Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm!

Week 3 Reflection

Very frustrated when I got on the scale this week... although I only got on the treadmill twice this week, I still ate right and kept to my diet.  I have NO idea why I had a 1.5 weight gain.

It's frustrating.

I'm not giving up - no, by any means... it just sucks when there's no reason for the gain.

So I'll sigh, *sigh* and move on....

Hopefully next Sunday's story will be MUCH different!

Friday, January 21, 2011

5 Ways to Keep the Weight Off

This was on Oprah this past week - thanks Arlene for sharing!  Figured I'd pass it along....

5 Ways to Keep the Weight Off

1. Have a clear vision of what you want. "Picture your life the way you want it," Bob says. "You could even be the most motivated person on the planet. If you don't have a vision for yourself, your motivation will take you somewhere away from the vision that you want for your life." 

Also, make sure your vision is realistic. "If you're 5'4" and you want to be 6'1", have a different vision," he says. "In your heart, you need to know that you can achieve it." 

2. Convince yourself that you are deserving. Bob says it's critical to break down this barrier. "[People] feel unworthy because that was reinforced growing up by either an unsupportive adult or authority figure,” Bob says. “You're reconfirming [that] by sabotaging your own efforts.” 

3. Identify the biggest barriers holding you back. Bob says there's a big difference between a barrier and an excuse. "I've heard every excuse imaginable—except a good one," he says. "A barrier is more of an issue." 

"We all have a natural aversion to discomfort and pain, and that's the irony on both exercise and diet. You don't want to give up. There's some discomfort giving up your favorite foods," he says. "If you're doing exercise right, you have a level of discomfort to get results. And we are wired to avoid discomfort and seek pleasure." 

4. Break through the barriers. Bob says the only way to break through a barrier is to identify what's holding you back. "You have barriers for a reason. They're coping mechanisms in many cases," he says. "So many people think getting on the treadmill or turning down your favorite foods is the hard part. That's the easy part. It's these issues and barriers of unworthiness—or being in a toxic relationship is a top one." 

Breaking through takes courage, but the benefits could last a lifetime. "I've never seen anyone successful long term that couldn't make at least one or more tough decisions," he says. 

5. Put yourself first. "Another way to say that is, 'Get the support you need,'" he says. "It's getting the people in your life on board." 

Bob says parents struggle with this the most and too many use their children as an excuse not to make themselves a priority. "What parent would [tell her child], 'Don't take care of yourself?' That's the message your kids are learning," he says. "Putting yourself first is not selfish. It's a way to become a more profound role model for children and those in your life."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Week 2 Reflection

Well, I was right on a couple of counts...

1 - I was not able to lose as much this week as I did last week
2 - It was slightly harder to stay motivated in the 2nd week v. the 1st week.

Those things said, I'm still plugging away!  Chipping away at the C25K program - I'm now in Week 4 and it's kicking my ass - in a good way.  It's scary how much training you lose when you stop.  When I was hitting the gym regularly in August and September I was able to do 5-8 minute runs with only slight rests in between.  It sucks starting from scratch - but I know it's the right AND safe way to do it.  I just wish I could jump to the point where I can do 5K runs on a regular basis again.

The eating went well this week as well.  Strayed from the NutriSystem diet a few times this week, but had salads when I was out - so stayed smart!

The hardest thing so far?  It'd have to be a tie between wanting to nap instead of getting on the treadmill, and drinking more martinis - I do miss them (but I let myself have 1 or 2 a week)

Still pleasantly plump, but celebrating my total 8 pounds loss.  :-)

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Motivation is a tricky thing.  There are days where I don't need any of it because I'm fully stocked.  Then there are days where I have to talk myself into doing what I need to do.  Then there are days where try as I might, it just does NOT come.

How do YOU break through when motivation is lacking??

Taking ideas and suggestions....  :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Week 1 Reflection

Well - I survived the first week!  (Well, the first 9 days really, since the 1st was a Saturday and I like my weeks to go Sunday to Sunday)... but I did it!  As always when I enter back into any workout/diet program, the first couple of days were torture.  My stomach was NOT used to the small portion sizes that NutriSystem provides, nor were my legs ready for the rigor of a treadmill!  But like all things, it got easier as the week progressed.

Making this journey public looks like it's going to be the best way for me to acheive my goals.  I've truly been touched by the amount of positive support, comments, and encouragement that I've received both here and on my facebook page.  It helps to have people checking in daily to see how I'm doing.  I've had offers for workout buddies and workout adventures in the future when my body is ready for them.  This has gone far to keep me motivated and going...

What's crazy is being called an inspiration.  "Brave" as many people called me when I posted my weight on facebook.  But I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Those close to me can see that I've gained weight.  Others can see that my clothes fit too snuggly on me.  So what's a number?  What's a picture?  It's no secret I'm the size I am.  But it will NOT be the size I stay.

So, it's been a good week.  It hasn't been overly hard motivating myself to get on the treadmill or to keep to my diet - by having to keep daily posts I know I'm accountable.  And I will NOT put myself in a place where I am making excuses for not following my goals.  So yeah, easy.  My only hope is that I stay this driven and motivated.

And hey, 6.5 pounds lost my first 9 days??  NOT BAD.  I understand this will not be a typical number for me, but it's one hell of a start.  :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Officially Updating

Ok... with thanks to trial and error (and Lynne for her template inspiration) I think I now, truly, have a functioning block.  I even have different pages within my blog!!  So, thanks for stopping by, take a look around, and I'll have some reflection/progress coming soon from Week 1!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Trying this out

Well, I've never blogged before... I don't even know if I'm doing it right.  But I'm on a quest to lose weight and I figured the more ways I was held accountable, the better... will you follow me?  Encourage me?  Motivate me? Yell at me (if need be)? Help me encourage others??  Let's do this :)