Monday, April 30, 2012

Success!

Thankfully, this week has been a successful one. 1.4 pounds down! I only have .8 pounds left to lose the first 30 pounds. Dreams are becoming reality and it feels good. Hopefully next week I can say I've lost 30 pounds.

So, game night was a success. Everyone played and we had a really good time. There was ice skating, horseshoes, archery and a lot more. The Kinect is awesome!
It took a picture of us when we got a high score:

(I told my family their pictures would end up on my blog Saturday.) 

I ran on the dreadmill today. It was torture. My Garmin's battery wasn't charged so I couldn't run around the neighborhood. It was nice to be able to control my speed. When I am running outside, it's harder for me to keep a steady pace. I ran my 2 miles in 23.16 today. I need to start working on running farther though. Maybe if I stick with it consistently again, I can get to 3 miles. That's my next running goal.

Our first rose of the year is blooming. Thought I'd share a picture with you.



I am going to start the new devotional tomorrow. The first thing I have to do is make a list of 25 things that I want to do, be or have. It's supposed to be your first gut reaction. What is your first thought?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lesson Learned

So I finally went running again today. It has been 2 weeks since the last time I ran. What's the lesson I learned? Never skip that much time in between runs. I was still able to run the 2 miles, but it was hard. It's discouraging now to realize I wasted 2 weeks. I wonder how far I could be running now if I hadn't stopped. It's is just motivation to keep going and not have another set back like this. I am sure there will be more times when I feel like I can't do it, but I have to keep going. 

I think this quote may help in the future:
 "Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it's hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same  time." - Monte Davis

The new devotional I have decided on is another one by Donna Partow. I am planning on starting it Monday. It is also a 90 day series. It's called "Becoming the Woman I Want to Be." This year is all about change. 4 months into it I am feeling pretty good about it. A lot of change has been made and it's very uplifting. I have dropped one of my goals from the beginning of the year though. I was going to read the Bible through in a year and I stopped doing that. I found that I was just reading it to say I've read it and not really studying it. Hopefully this devotional will keep me in the Word every day and help me to continue in my transformation.  

We are having the family over tomorrow for game night. I am pretty excited about it. There is sure to be lots of laughter, especially with Mom here. I'll fill you in next time... 


Monday, April 23, 2012

Lazy

I am sorry to say that this past week has been my laziest yet. I haven't been running and I haven't been keeping track of my calories. I have just been in a funk. It was a bad week at work and I was just down in general. I go through phases where I am down and this past week has been one of those phases. I think I have recovered now. I am feeling better anyway.

It was a very busy weekend:

We were able to go to Thunder over Louisville Saturday. (I tried to upload a video, but I keep getting an error.) We had a good time and probably walked 4 miles total which is always good. We even tried fried alligator. You would think since I grew up in Louisiana, I would have had it before, but this was the first time. It's true what they say... it does taste like chicken.
                                                       

Also this weekend we went to see Chimpanzee. We have been waiting a long time to see it. It was a fantastic movie. Oscar was so adorable and it was a great story. All of the Disney Nature movies have been awesome.


To continue our busy weekend we went to a Louisville Bats game tonight. It's always a great time. Dad even caught a souvenir baseball for me. : )

Back to the journey... I somehow managed to lose .8 pounds this week. I was very surprised to say the least, especially since I haven't been doing anything that I should be doing. This week has to be better. I've got to put last week behind me and make the most of this week. That's all I can do, right? There are two options: continue in my laziness or continue my transformation. It's all about choices. Hopefully this week, I make the right ones. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I Survived Easter!

I was pretty worried about this week's weigh-in. Holidays are kind of stressful when you are trying to lose weight, but I was able to stay within my calories on Easter. I had to be especially mindful of what I was eating because my weigh-in was the next day and I knew I didn't have any time to try and make up for it. It felt like a great accomplishment to be able to do that. It reinforces the changes I have made. I lost 1 pound this week. Hooray!

I went for a run yesterday. It was beautiful outside. I was able to run 2.27 miles. When my watch beeped at 2 miles I just wanted to keep running. What a change! I never dreamed I would enjoy running again.

We had an Easter Egg Hunt at church Saturday and I wanted to share a picture of the cupcakes I made. This is one of my newest hobbies. I've always enjoyed artistic things and decorating cupcakes kind of falls into that category. The kids seemed to enjoy them.


Today marks the end of Week 1of the SparkPeople challenge I am a part of. I need to be a little more serious about it this week. This week's challenge is to workout 15 minutes a day, exercising each muscle group (upper, lower and core) for 5 minutes. Last week's was to do 30 minutes of cardio every day and I only did that 4 out of the 7 days. I will do better this week.

On another note, I need a new devotional to start. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

25!!!

I have finally lost 25 pounds! 25.6 technically, but 25 seems like a "big" accomplishment to me. That's 27% of my goal. I really wasn't expecting to lose anything this week. I haven't been running like I need to be. (I did run Saturday morning and today, I just haven't added it to the Activities yet.) Today was the worst run I have had in awhile. It was the hottest it's been since I started running and I could definitely tell a difference. I couldn't even run the entire 2 miles. I ran about 1.75 and walked the rest. I've got to get into the habit of running every day. Looks like it may be raining tomorrow so I might have to face the treadmill. : (

We went to see The Hunger Games this weekend . It was pretty good, but the movie is just never as good as the book. They have to leave things out, but they changed a few things too. I had to reread the book before we went to see it since it had been so long since I read it. After seeing it, I had to reread the other 2 books too. I couldn't remember how it ended and I couldn't stand not knowing. It is definitely a series worth reading.

A team that I am a member of on SparkPeople is having a Spring Challenge. We are split into teams and competing to lose weight and there are weekly challenges to complete. This will be the first team challenge I have been a part of. I am looking forward to it and hopefully it will be an encouragement to work harder.

Exhaustion is setting in, time for bed...