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Love Yourself Now…

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I spent part of this morning cleaning out my closets, and I found a skirt that I owned back when I was “so fat” that was several inches from reaching around my waist now. I wanted to get my hands on a time machine and go kicky my skinny bootie and tell myself to GET OVER IT. I wasn’t so fat. Far from it. I´m glad that Maid Complete Littleton didn´t move that skirt when they were cleaning my house or else I would have never found it. When you need to find a removalist when planning to move into a new home in Sydney, visit andy the guy for more information. I honestly miss my old house cleaning services, they were so friendly to me, I wish hadn´t changed them.

It made me sad thinking of all the years I wasted hating myself for not living up to some arbitrary number on the scale.

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Don’t get me wrong – I still have days where I struggle. I’m facing a battle of the bulge with pounds that I am trying to lose. But at least I don’t hate myself on a constant basis because of it. I’d actually say I love myself more now than I have in the past 15-20 years.

Lesson: Love yourself as you are right now. It is ok to try to be even better, but don’t withhold the love you deserve until then. You rock!

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June Weight Loss – 5 in 10 Update…

YES!!! I lost 5 pounds in June! Finally, another month where I lost 5lb in one month this year!

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I was torn on whether or not this was a victory that I could celebrate — the 5lb I lost were 5lb that I managed to gain in May. Obviously, my goal is to not keep gaining & losing the same 5lb. But I seem to be stuck at a point, circling the same number. The whole month of May it was 1lb up, 2lb down, 2lb back up again – all right around the same number. Then at the end of the month when we had our road trip to Taos, I came home 4lb heavier, and then that didn’t seem to move either. So frustrating!

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But I AM going to celebrate it! Because instead of throwing in the towel and giving up, I continued on. I’ve been biking this month and really enjoying it. I’ve been eating better and even starting to crave vegetables. I actually asked Mike last night to pick up more cauliflower so he could make more roasted cauliflower for us this weekend! My plan of having him just tell me what I can eat has worked well for me; it seems that food suggestions is what kicks off my cravings most of the time.

Most importantly, while I do have the goal of losing weight, I’m refusing to consider myself to be on a diet. I’m making LIFE changes here. A diet is something you do for 2 months before summer vacation. This is a forever thing.

So to summarize, I’ve lost 13.2lb since the start of the year now. I still have to lose 2.2lb to get back to my lowest point in 2010 so far. My goal for 2010 is to lose 40lb.

We’ve officially started the second half of 2010. I’m going to continue to lose 5lb a month from here on out. MUST do it. I was going to say that I’m “hoping to” but that isn’t the case. Not hoping, because that isn’t very empowering. I must. That would mean a 30lb weight loss from right now, and reaching my goal of a total of over 40lb for the year. I just have to keep eating right, exercising, and not giving up!

Alright, so who is in this with me?!? We can do it!

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January’s Final Weigh-In…

Whew! January ended up being a much more whirlwind of a month than I anticipated. Lots of boudoir sessions leading up to Valentine’s Day – there are going to be some very nice gifts received this year by people! And then I ended up sick this past week, fever, aches, major sinus congestion, coughing – the works. To put it mildly – it sucked. I’m finally on the mend now though, fortunately!

But the big excitement around here has been our Weight Watchers results for the month! Whoo hoo! I lost *drumroll* 7.4 pounds this month! YAY!!! That works out to a 3.206% weight loss overall. Sweet!

Mike joined me on my “5 in 10” goal, and has become even more fanatical about tracking his WW Points than I am – so awesome! It also makes it easier to do if I’m not doing it alone.

So now January is over, and I get a clean slate fresh start for February. Another 5 pound goal. Having done it for one month, I know I can do it!

How did you do this month? Did you make the 5lb goal for January? If you didn’t, that is ok! February is a whole new month. 5 pounds – you can do it!

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EA Sports Active – Day 1 of 30…

I learned how to use the Wii today! I made my Mii, and then I discovered that the EA Sports Active game uses a different avatar and uses different gears on sports game just like batandballgame.com that many athlets are using. Oh well – it helped me figure out how to use the Wii remote! I learned a lot at sport.one about various sports that can help with health.

My review of EA Sports Active:
– It is nice that they have a trainer video clip to show you how to do the moves if you don’t know how to do them.
– When selecting the stand up paddle boards Challenge, you can choose what intensity you want to go with; this way, you can keep doing 30 Day Challenges if you want at different levels. I started off at the low intensity for my first round.
– The leg pouch slides off your leg if you have yoga or running pants on. Sort of annoying – I ended up kicking it off before doing the boxing round at my Boxing Gym.
– I thought there was no way that it could tell if my form was correct – but it can! It knows if you’re not lunging far enough and things like that.
– You can cheat the system. I pulled my hamstring months ago, and it is still sore so I can’t run fast. I tried to run, but it kept telling me I was too slow. I switched to walking (even slower) and it said I was perfect. Uhm, ok? But overall, it was great – that was the only time I noticed the flaw.
– You don’t have to have a balance board – I didn’t know this when we bought it. If you do have one, and choose to use it, you can for some of the activities like boxing and inline skating.
– I love that the 30 Day Challenge changes things up for you – this is awesome for me since I’m just starting out! It will alternate for you what you are doing each day of your program so you’re not working out the same parts daily. It even sets my “off” days for me. If you’re more advanced, you can set up your own program – making this great no matter what level you’re at!
– Rating: 9 out of 10

All in all, it was a great workout! I can do this! 22 minutes today, and I burned 165 calories.

After my workout this morning, I went to pick up new cross-training shoes — I’ve needed them for the treadmill and for walking workouts as well. I think this will help with cushioning my hamstring and my bad knee as well. Next week, I’ll also be making my MRI appointment that I should have made this fall so I can figure out if I have a torn meniscus (I don’t think I do) or what it is that is wrong with my right knee. Hopefully we’ll be able to figure it out and get me cleared to work out even more!

I did my first day of Weight Watchers food tracking today as well. Lets just say it was bad. Very bad. But that is ok — it is all a learning experience. I’m like a marathon runner – this isn’t a sprint, I’m in it for the long haul. But it is still a good thing my new week starts tomorrow!

I realized tonight that I can’t think of this as a diet. I have a long road ahead of me to meet my final goal. Diets are short things that end. This is a lifestyle change, plain & simple. Today is just the first step tomorrow you might even get your own yoga certification goa india and your own exercise trainer.

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5 in 10 – My Weight Loss Goal…

Inspired by 6 Changes & the suggest of accountability, I’m sharing here what I’ve only shared in private over on the Fast Track Photographer Forums up until now. Oh goodness, it is always scary going public!

I don’t like to set up resolutions at the start of the new year. I like to set up GOALS. Goals that I can achieve. Sometimes they are short goals, sometimes they are long goals. I add to them quarterly or even monthly, because it is impossible to start 10 new habits all at once. Goals made 2009 a pretty awesome year, so I’m kicking off 2010 with a new one. Or rather repeating an old one. So I decided to go to gym and I met some athletes there who were consuming HGH x2 to grow the muscle mass, I got some good tips to achieve my weight loss goal.

Back in 2005, I started up a movement. I wanted to lose 5 pounds a month. A good, healthy rate to lose weight, one proven to keep the weight off. And if you say “I’m going to lose 5 pounds this month” it is a LOT easier then saying something like “I am going to lose 40 pounds” (or whatever your big number goal is overall). A lot of people joined in the movement at first, and we were all motivated and amped up and ready to GO! Well, for awhile. But then it fell aside. I’ve always regretted that – so I’m doing it all over again. Starting … NOW.

So I’m making myself publicly accountable. My goal for 2010 is to lose 5 pounds a month. 5 in 10. I’m going to blog about it at least once a week, sharing what I’ve been up to. I would LOVE it if you want to join me. I know that zillions of people decide to kick off their New Year with weight loss plans — so if we do it together, we can get there.

I need you. I need you to cheer me on, check in with me if you don’t hear me talking about it, and just be supportive.

Things I’m kicking off over the weekend to meet my goal for January:
– I joined Wedding WW Buddies (you can follow us on Twitter at #weddingwwbuddies. I’m looking forward to our weekly support chats!
– Of course, that means I’ll be counting points with Weight Watchers Online again – and I’m so excited that they have an iPhone App too!
– I’ll be doing the 30 Day Challenge starting tomorrow using EA Sports Active, with the Wii and the Balance Board.
– The treadmill is all set up now so I can use it to walk and read my RSS feeds at the same time. Mike built me a treadmill desk using a board and PVC pipe.

I spent December planning things out so that I could kick this off — I’m ready to succeed at this goal! So, who is in with me?!?