Getting Started, For Real This Time

I started this year with my resolution to lose weight and get healthier, specifically to lose 50 pounds and run a 5K sometime this year.   Then I set a couple of daily goals for myself to help me reach those goals.  I wanted to try to walk 7,000 steps a day and drink 64 ounces of water a day.  Well it’s almost February and I hadn’t met either of those goals at all … until today.  Today, I have walked over 9,000 steps and drank lots of water.  Why was today different?  Because I decided to make it different.

Losing weight is hard.  I’m doing WW and I’ve lost 4 lbs already, with 2.4 lbs of that lost this past week.  I talked my husband into joining with me and it’s been really great.  He’s my accountability partner.  I think having him know how many points things are and understand what I’m going through will really help me to stay on track.  I’ve been thinking about it and how I said I wanted to do 7,000 steps a day and how I haven’t achieved that yet (until today).  I decided that I just need to get out and walk.  I can’t go through my normal day and hope that somehow at the end of the day I’ve magically walked enough to have reached 7,000 steps.  That works for some people, but my job is spent mostly at my desk.  While I do need to get up and walk around every now and then, it’s just no substitute for scheduling the time and taking a walk.

Today, I brought my lunch (boiled eggs, cucumbers, string cheese, turkey, and V8) and ate at my desk while watching a training video.  Then I loaded up a few songs on my Amazon Music app, grabbed my jacket and headphones and headed outside.  I walked (swiftly) around the building a few times for the remainder of my lunch hour, which was about 15 minutes of walking.  I finished all of my songs, had a great time, and felt energized by my walk.  Weather permitting, I’m going to do the same thing tomorrow and the next day, and the next.

For me, the key to success is planning and consistency.  I need to plan my meals so that I am eating healthy and plan my exercise so that I can jumpstart this weight loss and help get some of my energy back.  I have my Bellicon and I’m also going to try to consistently do 5 mins of light bouncing every day.  I’ve done my five minutes for tonight.  So, in the spirit of that – here is my PLAN (not my goal… which was apparently not a strong enough word for me to consistently achieve it):

  • 7,000 steps daily
  • 64 ounces of water a day
  • 5 minutes a day on my Bellicon

I’ll check in with y’all tomorrow to let you know how it’s going!

Day 5 – Workspace Upgrade

Hello again!  I totally missed writing yesterday.  I fell asleep watching TV with the hubby and then was too tired to write.  I didn’t get my 7,000 steps but I am doing better with drinking lots of water.  I didn’t do my online workouts either.  I need to start getting up early and exercising before the rest of the family gets up.  One of the reasons I wanted a Bellicon in the first place was because it is so quiet.  I’ll try to get up early and bounce a couple of days next week and see how it goes.   Maybe if I can get my bounces in during the morning and do the workouts in the evening I’ll start to get in the rhythm of things.

Even though I didn’t post anything yesterday, I did work on the blog a bit and added a side menu with a calendar of my posts (all 4 of them after this one), an easy link to follow the blog, and some of my Goodreads stuff.  I’m still working on it to get it how I like it, but it’s shaping up nicely.   When I tried to view the site on my laptop at home though, the side bar wouldn’t fit because the page was too small.  It really was difficult working on such a small screen when my day to day at work is with two 24″ monitors.   So, I decided I needed an upgrade at home.  I searched around a bit and found at 31.5″ Dell LED monitor at Staples on sale for $139.99.  I couldn’t resist.  So it took a bit of moving things around but it’s totally worth it.   I love the screen.  And, as a bonus the screen will work great as a way to view my online workout videos for the both the online training and the Bellicon Home videos.

What do you think?

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Day 3 – Blog Facelift

I knew I would do it y’all!   I knew that if I started blogging again that it wouldn’t be too long before I decided to fiddle with the theme and the settings and ultimately spend more time designing the blog than actually writing.   I almost made it three whole days before giving in.  The thing that bothered me the most about the old format (which I really, really liked otherwise)?   The fact that the comments were at the top of a post instead of the bottom.   Who does that?   I mean after reading an article, I know I wouldn’t normally scroll back to the top of the page to comment.   Comments are supposed to be at the bottom of the article!

Big shout out to whoever created Independent Publisher 2. I’m sure if I go back and look at the notes it will say who created it.  Anyway, this is a free WordPress theme and so far I really like.  It has options to add your own header, have side columns if you choose (maybe coming in the future… had to actually get some writing done today first), and has some pretty nice fonts available.

So, on the weight loss goals and my baby steps — I think I’m not taking baby steps I’m still crawling, LOL!  But at least I’m moving in the right direction.   I am drinking more water, if not the 64 ounces that is my goal and I’m walking more than I normally do, even if I’m not hitting my goal of 7,000 steps.   On a positive note, I have done at least 15 minutes of exercise for the past two days.   Yesterday, I followed along with the online training that I mentioned yesterday.  It was a lot of arm work.  I think there was supposed to be some ab work in there, but I didn’t make it that far yet.   Today, I followed along with my Bellicon at home studio for 15 minutes of bouncing fun.  I don’t know how much fun it was after a few minutes. 😛 . My calves are really out of shape and start to ache almost as soon as I start to bounce.  I had to take a couple of breaks during my brief 15 minute workout.  That sounds really pathetic when I type it out, but hey – it’s the truth.  I need to be honest with myself about what I’m doing and not doing and what I’m eating or not eating.  The only way to improve is to acknowledge where I am in the first place.   If this time a couple of weeks from now I can jump for 15 minutes without stopping, I’d definitely say that’s progress.

I’ll leave you with this quote from a friend.  It’s not her original quote and I’ve heard it other places after she told me, but it will always be her quote because she was the first person that ever told me this.

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What about you?  How’s your new year going?   Also, what do you think of the new blog theme and layout?