One woman…

…on a mission to get healthy!

It’s a love hate relationship January 31, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — dawnyalh @ 1:35 pm

I love how I feel AFTER and most times DURING workouts but I haven’t found that mojo where I’m drooling at the mouth, can’t wait to exercise feeling just yet. It still feels like a chore. But I’m doing it. I’ve got goals to exercise 3x a day. I have the time. I might as well utilize it. I have my standing Slim in 6 workout and have been having fun with the Wii Fit for 30 minutes. I’m doing mostly the high energy exercises on it—hula hoop, obstacle course, boxing—and throwing in some of the other ones for brief breaks. Then on M-W-F I have the couch-5k training and T-T-S Wii Biggest Loser. This week I did two workouts M-T, three yesterday and am on my way to my second today. I’m waiting for lunch to settle and trying to upload something that needs to be emailed. After I pick up the kids from school, we’re going to come home and play outside for a bit and while I have dinner cooking will do my third workout of the day.
I told myself I HAVE to step up my workouts if I want to see losses. Hopefully I won’t dread them when I wake up in the mornings and it will be one of the things I most look forward to for my day.
The rest of my day will be spent planning menus for the upcoming couple of weeks, some laundry, and just enjoying life.

 

New year, same me…for now! January 30, 2013

Filed under: Exercise, Food, Goals, Weight Loss — dawnyalh @ 10:57 pm

Well it’s been about six months since I last visited (wrote in) my blog. Time has passed. My life’s been lived and yet I’m still facing the same demons—learning how to eat healthy and get regular exercise. I know the ins and outs. It’s the mental battle I’m waging this time.
We are a month into the new year and I’m happy to report I’ve been eating healthy and exercising regularly for the most part. I tipped the scales on Jan. 1 at 336 pounds (just 8 pound shy of my all-time high). I had my brief pity party and looked back on the woulda, coulda, shoulda’s; put on my big girl panties and got to work.
It hasn’t been coming off as quickly as I would have liked (or what I’ve seen in times past) and I’m okay with that. I’m getting healthy and that’s the most important aspect of this journey.
I stepped on my Wii fit this afternoon to exercise and was disappointed that I still weighed the same from Monday—despite working out 2x a day thus far this week (3x today) and staying well within my calories. Then it hit me. I’m taking not one, but two medications that cause weight gain. Not only have I lost a couple inches each in my chest and waist, I’m down 12 pounds in a month. That’s an average of 3 pounds a week. Not too shabby if I do say so myself! (And I’ll address the meds at my next doc appointment and hopefully drop one and change another so I won’t have to battle my medication as well as everything else.)
The year that was 2012 brought many ups and downs in my life (and not just the number on the scale). I quit my job in October. I was tired of all the stress and decided it was time for a change. I’ve been enjoying being a SAHM for now. After Thanksgiving my Dad was diagnosed with non-operable stage-4 pancreatic cancer. That came as a shock. I’ve shed many tears and have cherished the time I get to spend with him. He’s on his second round of 3 weeks on 1 week off of chemo and will continue that for another month before he has a PET scan to see what the chemo has done. He’s been doing amazing! With the type of chemo he gets, it’s unlikely he’ll lose his hair. While I’m working my ass off to lose weight, he’s doing everything he can to gain.
I’m once again working on a 3-month health challenge. I’m utilizing the Slim in 6 series and again attempting the couch-5k program. I’d like to participate in the Color Run and the OKC Memorial Run—both in April. My daughter is doing the training with me because you know, who wants to do the Color Run by herself? :) Depending on how well I’m jogging (or wogging in my case) at the first of March will determine whether or not I enter the 5k or half-marathon for the Memorial. Optimistic I know but I’ve had a dream to run at least the half-marathon for that race for a long time. If not this year, it will be next.
One thing I noticed with her—both Monday with the c25k training Monday and her doing Biggest Loser workout on the Wii tonight—is that even though she may be a healthy weight, her stamina just wasn’t there. She tried to sprint the first 1-minute run and had to walk before the minute was up. The next few times, even though she slowed down, I had better stamina than she did. Tonight she was doing some yoga poses (Warrior, etc.) and had trouble holding them. It really opened my eyes that we (the kids and I) need to workout more as a family. I don’t need to depend on the exercising they are doing at school to be enough. We need to work on their core.