Wednesday, September 30, 2009


My usual walk is on Thursday night, but assistance was needed tonight with soccer practice. Also, I can't do my normal soccer practice duty tomorrow night. So a walk tonight it was!

What's your motivation?

I'm at the point in my journey to being healthy that one could easily lose motivation. In fact, many people lose motivation at the very start. They go really good and hard for about 2 weeks and slip up. That slip up can lead to a downward spiral that takes them right back to where they started. It is unfortunate, but a lot of times if we take that wrong turn we think it is pointless to try to get back on the right road. So how does one keep it years into that journey? How does one continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle? I think it is important to have some sort of motivation.

Well, I have 2 motivators.

1. I want to live a long life. I basically outlined all of that in this post.
2. I never want to go back to this:

Yes, that's me back in 2004. Those were my favorite, favorite pair of jeans. I think they were a size 20 (or maybe 18). I still have those jeans and they are my motivation. Though I loved wearing those jeans, I never want to fit into them again. I keep them in my closet so that I see them each time I go in there. I see them catching dust and not being lovingly worn like my other jeans, pants, skirts, etc. They are just hanging out with nowhere to go, and that's the way I want to keep it!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Got in a good walk while my nephew was at soccer practice.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


I got in 2 walks while at work today:

No fan of The Biggest Loser

There's a Biggest Loser competition at my job this fall. They have this twice already this year, but a colleague deduced that whomever decided to do the competition again started it to coincide with the new season of the show.

There's been a flurry of conversation on twitter about people excited about watching the new season. On the other side, there are a few of us who are not so excited and don't really care for the show. Count me as one of those persons.

I don't find it inspiration.

I think it is unrealistic.

I believe the methods used can't be done every day.

I wonder about the message that is being sent to those that are put of the show early in the season.

Perhaps this is the case now (it wasn't when I did watch**) but are they producers addressing the emotional issues the people are having? That is important, I think.

I think the people are being exploited*** emotionally and physically.

Overall, I don't find the show inspirational. I don't think it sends a positive message. At all.

**I watched a portion of the 2nd second season, I think. I began watching mid-season and sporadically watched the remaining episodes.

***That is the case, likely, with much of reality TV and the reason I don't watch any of those types of shows.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Gym routine & 1.04

One thing I haven't indicated here is that I am a gym rat. I go to the gym, most weeks, 5 days per week. I change up my routine at least every 8 weeks and sometimes every 4 weeks. Currently I'm on a 4 week rotation where I target specific muscle groups on M-W-F. I do abs and cardio on T-Th.

My preference is to go to the gym first thing in the morning, prior to work. Generally, I am there between 4:50 and 5:00 AM. I don't know why, but I just can't seem to workout in the evening. I don't know why, but I can't find the motivation to go the gym in the afternoon/evening. I just can't do it. I come up with all sorts of excuses, i.e., go to the store, I'm tired, I have a mtg., etc.

Going in the early AM leaves no room for excuses. I get up and go! Of course, I must plan for that as well and that doesn't bother me. I pack my clothes and lunch each night. I also layout my workout clothes so that I don't have anything delaying me in the AM. I get up and go!

In addition to the gym, I sometimes get in 2-1 mile walks during breaks while at work. Also, one evening a week I take my nephew to soccer practice and I try to get in a 3 mile walk during that time.

Exercise is an important of my daily routine.

ETA: forgot to post the nike log:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

1 mile

Only was able to get in 1 walk today due to a meeting. One walk is better than no walk.

Deception doesn't equal Healthy

A few months ago there was a flyer in the breakroom about dropping 3 dress sizes in 10 minutes, magically. Huh? How's that? A week later I was out and a lady gave me a card advertising this amazing way to lose 3 sizes in a matter of minutes, magically. The image on the cord was of a corset and a tiny waist. Hmmm....something still didn't seem right.

Well, upon further review, that is NOT right. It is, to me, Deception (with a capital D!). The product, body magic (google it if you want to see) supposedly reshapes your body (like corset) to the figure that you want.

That can't be healthy.

Not only is it not healthy, it is deception. You are deceiving yourself and others. Does the body shape remain when the undergarment is taken off? I think not. So what's the point?

Additionally, what is it saying to young girls. That they have to be a certain shape to be attractive? Don't we get that enough with airbrushed models on magazines already? Why make it worse with this?

Personally, I'm grateful that I don't need such a garment. I'm comfortable in my own skin.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

1.98 miles

Liquid refreshment

During the month of August, I decided to go off of soda. That is not an easy task as that is what I would drink when I wanted something with taste. I like water and I don't have a problem drinking it, but every now and then you want something different. It is then that I would have a soda. Well, what was I to drink since I was going off soda? What was I going to drink that had a bit of taste to it?

Crystal Light Green Tea is what I drank. Yes, tea. Friends and family know that I'm not a big fan of tea, but the Crystal Light Green Tea, to me, didn't have that nutty tea taste. I've tried various teas in the past and didn't really care for them. At all. I had an opportunity to try the raspberry flavor of the Crystal Light Green Tea back in July when I visiting my Aunt in California. It was good! Finally, a tea that was extremely low in calories and caffeine. Yay! I purchased the little packets that you pour in a bottle of water and the larger powder that makes 2 quarts. I carried the small packets with me for when I was on the go and I had some in the fridge at all times.

I branched out last week and picked up the honey lemon flavor green tea. It was pretty good as well so now I have a little bit of variety. Give it a try! You may like it also!