It's time to stop messing around and get serious about losing the weight. The time is now
and I am the person who has to do the work.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Motivation Board

I love when we have challenges that have assignments.  I feel like I am back in school and want to do a good job.  I do have a small problem with this assignment.  We have a Dell printer and you have to order the ink from them and I forgot to order.  Needless to say, there is no printing going on to make a new board.  It's okay.  I think I can do a pretty good job right here on the old blog.
This is my old board from the original assignment back in January of 2010.  I've come a long way in my thinking since then.  It was a good board though.
This is something I try to tell myself often.  I didn't put this weight on overnight and it's not going to come off overnight either.
This is something else that I keep telling myself.  When I want to cry at piyo because it hurts so bad, I keep telling myself that I am worth the pain.  It doesn't always help, but I keep thinking it.
The motivation and love that I feel from all of you here at Shrinking Jeans is amazing.  I couldn't be prouder to be a part of such an awesome group.
This is another mantra.  This journey takes lots of hard work, sweat and dedication.  I forget that sometimes.  I think I'm getting better at remembering though. 
I love the motivation I get from the challenges we have at Shrinking Jeans.
It took me a long time to realize this.  I am pretty sure that I will never be skinny.  I am all about being healthy finally.  I want to be around for a long time.  Of course, I still have work to do on this too, but I make much better choices now than I ever did before.
I don't generally look pretty before I start, but I can guarantee you I am one sweaty mess when I get done.  If the truth be told, I like it like that.
I still find myself starting over sometimes, but it's not every Monday like it used to be.
This lady right here is one of my biggest motivations.  She is Nicki and she is my fitness instructor.  I did a post on her that you should read.  She is amazing and awesome and I wouldn't be this far if it wasn't for her.  Thanks Nicki.  Love you!
This crazy group right here, they are my everything.  They motivate me every single day and they probably don't even know it.  They are my heart.
Natalie, Lizzy and Jack.  What more motivation could a Grammy need?  These sweet babies are the lights of my life.  I want to be around for their first communions and graduations and weddings.  I want to play with their children.  I don't want to miss any of it.  I love them so much.
I love this quote so much.  Doesn't it say it all?  What more could you ask for?  When it's all said and done, I want to be able to say I lived my life.  I want to be able to say I lived it with love and health and stamina.  I want to be able to say it when I'm really old.  Who could ask for more than that?  I totally plan to be that old lady saying just that and I've got the motivation to get me there.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring In2 Action

I am very excited to say that it is time to start a new challenge over at the Sisterhood.  I am ready to Spring In2 Action and this is how I am going to do it.
Let's get the hard part of this post over with first thing.  I just weighed myself and I am creeping very close to that number that I said I would never see again.  This scared the crap out of me.  For some reason, I haven't been weighing myself lately and this was a real eye opener. 

It is definitely time to take action.  Did you read Melissa's acronym for action?  I love it!

Analyze your goals – decide what you want to accomplish over the next 6 weeks.



Commit to a plan – how are you going to achieve your goals? Put it on the calendar!


Track your progress – Journal, journal, journal. Whether it’s on your blog or on paper.


Inspire yourself and others – Supporting other people will inspire you to do your best.


Overcome your fears – Face them head on, and realize you’re strong and can do anything.


Never give up – Enough said. Quitting is not an option.

Now is the time to analyze my goals.  It's spring.  It's time for new life and new beginnings.  I'm ready for that in this order.

1.  First and foremost, I want to be healthy.  I want to feel good.  I want to be able to chase the grandkids all over and not become winded. 

2.  I want to commit to working out no less than five days a week.  I will actually be working seven days a week with Kick Ass April, but I mean days aside from that.  I will be going to class three days a week.  That leaves me two days a week here at home.  I think I see some Jillian Michael's Shred and Shred with Weights in my future.  Who wants to join me?

3.  I want to eat right.  Shrinking Kitchen has been helping me with this.  If you haven't been over there, you have no idea what you are missing.  It is totally awesome and you need to check it out.  We have some of the best healthy recipes there for you to try.  I want to participate in Menu Plan Your Butt Off.  I can make the time.

4.  I want to curb my snacking on all the wrong foods.  I need to get back to snacking on fruit and veggies.  I will have them washed and cut and ready to eat when I open the fridge.  I will also stop snacking twice a day with the preschoolers.

5.  I want to not make excuses.  There will be no excuses for not meeting these goals short of fire and death. 

I am excited that we are doing Motivation Boards again.  We did this a couple years ago during a challenge and I loved it.  I still have my old one in the back of the closet somewhere.  I am going to bring that out and dust it off.  Time to do some updating.

Now comes the biggie.  Run the Hood!  I tried the C25K training program when we did the last Run the Hood.  I made it about half way through before I cried uncle.  My knees and my ankle screamed at me every day I tried to run.  I told myself it wasn't worth the pain it caused me and I "walked" the hood instead.  

When the post came out about the event for this year, I posted it on my Facebook page.   One of the girls I exercise with said she would run it with me.  I told her I don't run.  She said she would run it with me at my pace whether I ran two minutes or the whole thing.  She said she had nothing to prove and would love to help me do my best race.  That got me thinking.  Should I give this one more chance?  Would I be able to push past the pain and just do it?  Am I an idiot for even thinking of trying this again?  The jury is still out.  I have given myself till tomorrow to decide.  Any suggestions?  I think I am leaning toward trying it though.  God help me!!

My dream is that at the end of this challenge I will have lost ten pounds and a noticeable amount of inches.  I know that if I totally put my mind to this, I can do it.  Motivation board, I'm coming to find you!

Friday, March 9, 2012

I'm A Bad Blogger!

I am a bad blogger.  I'm not bad so much as I am crazy busy.  With crazy busy comes little time for all the extras that I love to do. 

I have actually been doing a pretty good job with exercise lately.  I am still going to classes three nights a week.  Thursday night is my total favorite.  We do 60 miuntes of kettle bell workout and then finish with 30 minutes of zumba.  90 minutes is a really good workout.  Last night got a little intense.  The hardest thing we did was inchworms with a push up the entire length of the gym.  Holy cow!!! 

Last month, I did the Fab Ab February workout and never missed a day.  This month, I am doing Six Pack Abs and so far haven't missed any days.  My goal is to not miss any.  If I don't, I can say that I did two full months without missing a day of exercise.

I am getting antsy to get outside and walk again.  The treadmill in the basement is nice, but it's pretty boring.  There is a tv, but it doesn't have a cable box which makes it get about eight channels.  Not to mention the fact that we have a 1930's basement.  Nothing nice like people have these days.  But, for the winter months it serves its purpose.

Okay, I am at work and my lunch is just about over.  We are having a beach party today in preschool.  The kids this morning had a blast.  I bet the kids this afternoon do too.  I will try to do a better job about posting.  I miss you all!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Six Pack Abs Anyone?

Have we got a month for you over at Shrinking Jeans.  Melissa came up with this awesome ab workout for the month.  Who's going to join us?  If you don't, you're going to miss all the fun.