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News Flash!

When you tell yourself you’re worth it over and over again…you eventually believe it!  I know!  And I am worth it.  And I do like being selfish sometimes and taking time out for myself.  I still have to be a good wife and mother though too.  Balance.  It really all comes down to balance, doesn’t it?  How to balance the needs of yourself with those of your spouse and children?  I think my internal pendulum was swinging a little too far over to the others side in the past.  I’m trying to keep that pendulum balanced now.  And so far I think I’m doing OK.  I missed my first workout yesterday.  I worked out on Saturday (ow, my shoulders!) but missed yesterday.  I usually work out in the evenings after the kids are in bed but Levi’s nap schedule got all messed up yesterday which resulted in him being awake until 10pm.  I spent my time with him instead of working out.  And then when he went to sleep I did too.  He needed that though and I think so did I (stupid cold!).  My eating has been on track though and this morning the scale read 162.2.  Things seem to be progressing nicely.  And not only am I noticing the changes on the scale but my clothes are fitting better too.  I know I’ve only lost a couple pounds, but those pounds seem to all be in my waist.  I’ll take it!

Monday’s are a household chores night (update budget, pay bills, etc.) but tomorrow night I’ll be back down in the basement working out again.  I love riding the momentum wave.  I guess the key is to figure out how to keep this wave going for as long as possible!

Now that the holidays are over, the new year has begun and the routines are starting to fall back into place, it’s time to focus again.  I feel like the past year has been about me giving to other people.  There was the pregnancy and literally giving myself to another person.  Then there was newborn care, parenting three small children, nursing my husband through another illness and surgery and recovery, and the list goes on.  What I did not do very well last year was care for myself.  I had 2 haircuts in the entirety of 2010.  One was in January, the other was December 30th.  I bought myself a couple new pieces of clothing all year.  I had zero massages.  I had a couple nights out with friends but not enough.  I had very few date nights with my husband which is something we both desperately need to stay connected.  Overall, I did very little for myself.  I took very little time to just do something for me.  This carried over into my health as well.  After the initial post baby weight loss, my weight basically plateaued the rest of the year.  Low 160′s is seemingly where my body would like to be right now.

But 2011 is a new year and I’m unofficially dubbing it the Year of Me.  I’m going to take time for me this year.  I’ve already purchased myself two new pair of jeans (really, really needed after 1 pair sprouted a giant hole in the knee last week!) and used a Christmas gift card for two other new items of clothing.  I have a gift card (from my truly awesome sister) for a massage but I’m going to have to complete another challenge before I’ll let myself use it.  Kris and I have some gift cards from Christmas to go on some date nights.  We must make time for these.  But I’m also going to make time for my health too.

New Year Challenge ending Friday February 4th:  Tuesday and Thursday nights are work out nights for me when Kris gets home from work.  If I’m tired or if there are house chores to be done, well, too bad.  I’m worth it.  I’m also going to get a workout in on Saturday and Sunday, even if it’s a short one due to being busy.  I’m worth it.  I’m also going to watch my eating.  I’m back to a schedule now with work and that should help to make it easier.  I just have to remember that I’m worth it.  That’s it.  Just make time for me to work out 4 times a week.  It’s achievable.

Annika asked me last week if I was pregnant again.  When I told her no she asked why my belly is big again then.  There is nothing like the truth spoken by a child.

So, my goal for this year, beyond taking time for myself both for my health and fitness and for my mental sanity (time to myself – massages – more than 2 haircuts!) and for my marriage is to finally hit my goal weight of 135 pounds.  I’m giving myself the entire year to go from 164.8 (my weight this morning) to 135.  This is achievable and realistic and Kris is on board with this and will no doubt support me as best he can.

Now it’s up to me.

To take care of me.

The Black Friday Challenge finished up on Saturday.  Pam has already posted her great results.  Way to go Pam!  Nice job!

My results?  I missed one workout and my weight ended at 159.4.  (It was 159.2 this morning!)

I didn’t meet either objective.  I didn’t work out a minimum of three times a week and I didn’t lose four pounds.  I lost 1.2 pounds.

I’m still counting this as a success though.  I’ve finally gotten myself into exercising regularly again.  That was the main point of the challenge.  So I’m going to go ahead and get myself that CAbi shirt I have on reserve.  Yay!

I’m also going to start a new challenge for myself.  Now that I’ve been working out, I need to keep the momentum going, as Pam says.  Pam is going to challenge herself from now until the 18th of December.  I’m going to start a new challenge too but I’m going to extend mine until 1/1/11.  If I don’t do that I know I’ll fall off the wagon over the holidays and I can’t let myself do that.  Here are the rules for my new challenge:

New Year Challenge:

1 – Work out a minimum of 4 times per week with at least one of those workouts being a strength work out.  I can either do the 30 Day Shred DVD or one of the two Shape magazine strength workouts I ripped out and saved last week.  We have weights at home, there is no reason I can’t do a weight training routine once a week.

2 – No eating after 7pm.  This trick has always worked successfully for me in the past.  I eat dinner, I may even eat a dessert but come 7pm, I’m done eating for the day.  Yes, I may go to bed slightly hungry if I ate dinner early or if the evening was busy but that’s OK.  And with the abundance of holiday goodies there are bound to be in the house, I’ll need this rule in effect to help me not completely sabotage myself!

Reward:  A massage.  I haven’t had a massage since Krystle’s wedding in July 2009.  I really want another one!  (I may also buy myself some new clothes outside of this challenge because my closet is a tragedy right now.)

I’m not making a weight goal this time.  If I learned anything in the Black Friday Challenge it was that I can’t control my weight.  I can work out and make the right food choices and still not meet my weight goals.  Until I’m not breastfeeding anymore, I’m not going to make any weight goals.

I admight though that I do have a super secret goal of being back at my pre-pregnancy weight by Levi’s 1st birthday (147 pounds by April 28th) and I’m hoping these challenges will help me get there.  If I don’t?  That’s OK too.  I should at least be in pretty good shape by then if I continue to work out.

Oh, and my other super secret goal?  140 pounds by my 35th birthday (June 5th).  I’m not exactly aging gracefully over here (do not bring up my forehead wrinkles but if you see an ugly gray hairs on my head please do tell me so I can pull those little suckers right out) and I’d love to hit 35 close to my goal weight of 135 pounds.  See?  There I go talking about weight again.  Believe me, it’s not all about what the scale says.  (It is a little bit, I’ll admit.)

I just really want to lose all the extra padding around my middle, get back into racing shape, finish another half marathon, another duathlon, maybe a triathlon or two and just be healthy!

Anyone else want to start another challenge?  Leave your challenge rules in the comment section!

I Am Not In Control

of my weight.  I just have to realize that.  I’ve done pretty well this last week.  Yes, there was some Halloween candy but I got in my work outs and ate pretty well.  On Saturday the scale said 160.0.  I may have to go back to counting calories, making sure I get enough since I’m still nursing, because this eating pretty good and getting my workouts in is not doing the job right now.  I’m not going to make my Black Friday weight goal.  I’m confident I’ll get all my workouts in this week so that I’ll only have missed one this whole time.  I’m hoping I can count that as success and still get my reward.  Pam?  Mark?  What do you think?

Either a food log or back to calorie counting.  I’m going to have to do that if I want to drop pounds.  Maybe I’m eating more than I think I am?

I’ve fallen…into a bucket of Halloween candy.  And I can’t seem to extricate myself from it.  Feeling a pang of hunger?  Stuff face with “fun” size Snickers.  Annoyed with husband?  Feed feelings with Butterfinger.  Bored and don’t want to do chores?  Waste time by eating Kit Kat, M&M’s or Reese’s PB Cup.

I also skipped my Saturday workout, only getting in two workouts last week.  Granted those two workouts totaled 115 minutes in total which isn’t too bad but still – not good enough.

My weight on Saturday morning was 159.6.  That’s one pound less than at the start of the challenge but it’s still 3 pounds from my challenge goal.  And I now have less than two weeks until the challenge ends.

I need to stop the candy eating, start the exercising again and just generally kick my ass back into gear.  Help?  Please?

Week 2 Check-in

Week 2.

Saturday morning I weighed in at 160.6.  Sunday and today I also weighed in at 160.6.  My scale seems to like 160.6 and 161.2.  I’ve seen a lot of those two numbers lately.  What I haven’t seen much of?  159.anything.  Gah.  I had one day in the 150′s and then went back up to 160.6.  Whatever 160′s.  I hate you and never want to see you again.  You’re ruining my life!  (*cue slamming door*)

OK, fine.  I’ll stop being a petulant teenager.  I worked out the required minimum of 3 times last week.  I had my eating in check 95% of the week.  I biked and ellipticaled on Tuesday.  I was going to bike on the trainer again on Thursday but my nether regions were a bit sore from Tuesday so I hopped off and just ellipticaled again.  Turns out when you ignore the bike for two months you lose the ability to sit on it for more than 30 minutes without pain.  Huh.  Who knew!  I’ll get back on it this Tuesday again so I can build up that bike stamina once more.  Saturday I shredded it with Jillian.  She kicked my ass.  Push-ups?  Suck.  Shoulder presses?  Yuck.  Jumping jacks?  Ick.  But, I did  it.  James joined me too.  Now that is cute – little three year old jumping jacks.  Sunday I woke up stiff and sore.  I’m still a bit sore today but not too bad.  I hope that my Saturday morning routine while Kris is at work will continue to be” eat breakfast, play with kids, put baby down for nap, shred, shower, baby wake up from nap, resume rest of day” for a while now.  It worked pretty well.

And now let’s talk Halloween for a bit.  Candy.  Oh, candy.  We have three full buckets of candy at home plus at least four bags of unopened candy too.  I could return the unopened bags but well, no.  So, I need to have a plan.  We have enough candy to last us months and months but if I’m not careful it won’t see Thanksgiving.  Yikes.  So, my plan is this – one piece of any candy I want a day.  I’m not a saint.  I’m going to eat it.  But I don’t have to go crazy either.  So, one piece – savor it – and then plan my craving for the next day.  Will it be a Reese’s PB Cup?  A Snickers fun size?  How about a mini Twix?  100 Grand?  Yum. The rule with the kids is they get one piece a day after dinner and only if they eat all their dinner.  I think that’s a good rule to employ for myself too.

Anyway, Pam and Mark – how did your week go?

And everybody – what is your plan with the Halloween candy?

Broken

I’ve finally done it.  I’ve broken the 160 pound barrier.  Today Levi is six months old and I’ve been trying for months now to shed some baby weight.  Today I finally broke through 160 and saw a 159.4 on the scale this morning.  I kept getting down to 160.6 and then bouncing back up again.  I don’t know if there was a mental barrier or what but I’m glad to have finally broken through it.  It’s up to me to keep it under 160 now.  And with Halloween and candy right around the corner, it’s not going to be easy!  Yikes!

One of the reasons I wanted to do this Black Friday Challenge (and not just to kick my butt back into gear again) was so I could finally fit into some of my clothes again.  I put the maternity clothes away long ago but I’ve been relegated to a very small portion of my closet to find clothes that fit me.  I have literally 4 pairs of work pants and three pair of jeans that I can squeeze into right now.  Oh, and I dislike 3 of the 4 pair of work pants.  It’s made for some extremely frustrating mornings trying to get dressed for work.  Casual clothing is not much better.  I basically hate getting dressed at all right now.  But there are 6 other pair of work pants and 3 more pairs of jeans that I could wear if I lost just another 5-10 pounds.  Oh, the possibilities of outfits!  Yes, I’d like some new clothes anyways (I haven’t bought myself much in the last 15 months) but just being able to wear anything in my closet?  Now that sounds like heaven.

Week 1 Check-In

We’re about a week and a half into the Black Friday Challenge.  Time to check in!

Working out:  On track!  I got in three last week and I plan to get in three work outs this week.  They’ve all been elliptical work outs so far so I’m hoping to bring my bike in from the garage so I can get to some spinning too.

Weight:  161.2.  Yeah.  I’ve gained 0.6 pounds.  Suck!  I’ve made some less than stellar choices this week so I know I can do better there.  I’ve been better about the no eating after 7pm rule though.  If I can make better choices between 7am and 7pm then I know I can lose the four (0.6) pounds that I want to for this challenge.  Maybe I’ll start a little eating log for myself so I can remember what I’ve all stuffed my face with on any given day.

How about you?  Are you meeting your goals?

Black Friday Challenge

I don’t even know where I’m going right now on the fitness front.  Working out has been relegated to a low priority which means it is not getting done.  Sometimes I’m going to bed early instead since the baby has had a runny nose and is getting up more often.  Sometimes I’m choosing to watch television (hello Glee!) instead.  Sometimes I’m busy with household tasks like cleaning, paying bills, laundry, etc.  If I truly want to get healthy and stay healthy then I have to make working out a priority at least a few times a week.  I’m not currently doing that.  Any ideas?  Other than, you know, just do it already and quit talking about it.

I guess I haven’t hit that low yet though.  You know the one where you feel crappy enough, fed up enough, sausage-like enough to finally do something?  Yes, I’m unhappy with my post baby body.  Yes, I want to be able to go out and run a 5K at the drop of a hat.  Yes, I want exercise to be a normal daily activity akin to doing the dishes and brushing my teeth.  It’s not right now though and I’m having a hard time finding the motivation to make it that way.  I’m so tired in the evenings that the last thing I want to do is go to the basement and exert any more energy.  I’d much rather lay on the couch and watch TV or sit at the computer or go to sleep early.  It’s just not happening.

Maybe I need to re-think my strategy.  Maybe I need to leave my evenings to my family – taking care of my children, taking care of my home, taking care of my husband and make the mornings all about me?  Maybe I need to try and get up at 5am a few times a week so I can head to the basement and get some me time in.  I do like working out in the mornings.  It energizes me for the rest of the day.  I eat better when I don’t want to “undo” all the hard work of that morning.  And I don’t have to go all hardcore and get up at 5am every day.  Two – three days a week should be sufficient if I can also be determined enough to get a workout or two in during the weekend.

Maybe I also need to make some short term goals for myself.  If I have something to work for where I can see results quickly instead of long term goals like do a triathlon, maybe I can use that as motivation to get to work.  I was toying with the idea of doing Jillian’s 30 Day Shred every day for a month as a jump start but realistically I would be setting myself up to fail.  I just do not have the time or more importantly the energy to do a workout every day.  I would like to incorporate that video in once a week or so though.

As you can tell I’m kind of working this all out as I write.  Blogging at its finest, huh?  OK, I’m setting some goals and giving myself a reward if I meet them.

Goals:

1.       Work out at least three times per week from 10/10/10 to 11/20/10.  This is a period of six weeks.  (I, uh, need to get three workouts in this week and it’s already Wednesday to make this goal.  I can do it!)

2.       Lose four pounds from 10/13/10 to 11/20/10.  My weight this morning was 160.4 and I’m using that as my starting point.  On 11/20/10 I need to weigh in at 156.4 or less.  Since I’m still breastfeeding I can’t be too restrictive with my calories.  Plus breastfeeding and hormones are a little out of my control right now – my body is not entirely my own – so I’m setting what I think is a realistic goal of four pounds in five and a half weeks.  That should be doable I think.

Reward:

1.       Spend $50 on new clothes for myself.  I rarely buy myself new clothes right now due to budget reasons plus just, well, putting myself last so I can get everything my kids need first.  I’m giving myself permission (and working it into the November budget) to spend a bit of money on myself in November.  I don’t want to go crazy here because this is still an interim weight and size.  I should be able to get a new pair of pants or a sweater or something for $50.  Especially if I go shopping on Black Friday!

Hopefully giving myself this little challenge will be the shot in the arm that I need to once again make exercise a priority in my life.  Would you like to join me?  Is there something you’d like to do better?  Eat more real food?  Less processed?  Lose x amount of pounds?  Exercise goals?  A new distance?  Pace?  Other?  Please add your own personal challenge with goals (SMART goals!) and personal reward in the comments.  If others sign up, I can do weekly status updates where we can each report our progress too!

Goals and Races

Thank you Michelle for that comment!  I like it when people tell me I look good! :)   Yes, 135 might seem like an aggressive goal.  However, I was at 147-148 most of last summer and wasn’t quite where I wanted to be.  Areas of my body still had a bit too much cushion, a bit flabby if you will.  I was happy with how I looked but I knew I could still do better.  If I had not ended up pregnant, I probably would have pushed to go lower then.  Now I’m starting over a bit, just a few pounds under where I started early last year.  I went looking for height/weight charts this morning to see if I was being too aggressive.  I found a couple that state that for a medium-framed woman who is 5 ft 6 in tall that she should weigh between 130-144 pounds (or 117 to 143 for small to medium framed women).  The 145 original goal is still outside those recommended limits!  And based on the bod pod measurements, my BMI would still be a bit high if I stayed there.  Based on measurements of my own body plus the recommended height/weight recommendations for my frame and height, I think 135 is a good goal to shoot for.  And of course I’ll be analyzing the whole way down (of course I will…I’m an engineer!) to see if maybe 140 would be better.  If I’m happy with my body, then I’ll stop and work on maintaining.  Now that I’m done having babies, it’s time to get my body in the best shape I can so I can live a long and healthy life with my husband and children.

Speaking of healthy lives, I received an e-mail from someone affiliated with the 13.1 Minneapolis race that’s coming up this weekend (the 22nd).  I had never heard of this race before!  I might have to look into it for next year!  I’m not ready for a half this year…I’m not even ready for the duathlon in 11 days!  But, if anyone else is interested, I might be able to get you a discount code for race registration.  Hurry up though!  Registration ends August 18th (tomorrow!)  Let me know right away!