Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I'm baaaack!

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
~ Helen Keller

Well hello there! Thanks for all your sweet comments on my last post about the break. It was much needed, and I've done much thinking. So I've got a lot to catch you guys up on! We will do a little bullet pointed list.

- one of the things that was getting me so down, was my cat. I got a kitten about 7 months ago, it was kinda be default, as we had one at work, that we needed to get rid of, and no one would take I ended up with him. I was never a cat person, I just didn't care for them, nice as pets, but not as my own pet. Well I'd tried hard over the past 6 months to love him, but never could feel "connected" to him, not the way I feel with Duke (who might as well be a child to me!). It bothered me big time that I didn't feel he was getting the love he needed from me, so I made the decision to find him a home. And I did. It was hard, and involved a ton of crying, and feeling badly, but I found him a home, where I know he is well taken care of, and he has a 4 year old who just adores him. I now feel good about that decision.

- My exercise routine was getting stale. I was getting sick of what I was doing, and that was bothering me too. I had been so good with staying on a steady exercise plan for over 6 months, that I certainly didn't want to falter on it. But I wasn't feeling it anymore. Needless to say, I have a new plan. I'm now running outside. And I'm actually running (instead of just intervals), and I'm actually going to train towards something. I'm thinking a 5k this fall, I haven't picked one yet though, but will let you guys know when I do. I've been out twice this week running (3 miles both times), and I've wanted to go out the days I haven't that's a good sign!

- I completed Day 1 of Week 1 of the 100 Pushup Challenge on Monday. It felt great! I was tired when I was done, and my arms, even today, are still very sore! Tonight is Day 2, and I can't wait!

- Besides Running 5 Days a week, I'm going to try to get in at least one day of "Cross Training" on my bike. Tonight is cross training night! Yay!

- Weight-wise, I couldn't tell you where I'm at, because as promised, I haven't stepped on a scale. I plan to weigh in on July 20th!

- I went up north for the weekend. Eating was less than stellar. My mom does like to sabotage me intentionally sometimes I think, and I know that sounds bad, but I think it's the truth, she purposely made, and set out things she knows I can't stay out of.Thanks mom! But I was right back on plan, exercise, and not eating any activity points when I got that's is awesome!

- Feeling about my weight right now, I'm probably up a little. But I'm ok with that, I'm feeling good!

- I decided to re-examine my diet, I was beginning to slip into eating alot of processed and high fiber, high calorie, low point items. Such as, I was eating ice cream with a vitatop at least every other night....that's not necessary. Did you know I gave up ice cream for lent this year, and I didn't miss it? I proved I could live without it. So my approach to food right now is, get in my 8 GHG's, still count a point for every 5 zero points I'm eating, and stick to primarily whole foods. Aka, Fruits, Veggies etc, for snacks. This has been my mantra since sunday, and I'm glad to say the first food I had that wasn't really a "whole item" was a western alternative bagel last night with my homemade whole grain pancakes. I've decided to limit myself to One Western Bagel, one vitatop with ice cream and one bad of popcorn per week. Other than that, I'm sticking to fruit and veggies as snacks. One staple I haven't give up, yogurt with Kashi Cereal. Kashi is whole grain, so I'm not giving it up.

- I think I feel better and I have less cravings without the processed foods in my diet.

- I had a good date up north (the guy is also living downstate, but from up there), and I'm looking forward to date two! That's a record for me lately...two whole dates! lol

- I'm enjoying my break from the scale. It's so easy to get caught up in that number and not appreciate everything you've done and how you've changed, its nice to step back from that!

Alright, I think I've wrote enough of a marathon post, I hope your all still awake...I'll post again soon...until then, Happy Healthy Day Bloggers!


Erica said...

It sounds like you are on the right track and you really needed that break. I understand how you feel about the kitten, and you knew in your heart it wouldn't work out and you did the right thing. Again I understand about your exercise routine, as you've been reading my blogs I am very tired of mine too. I rode my bike only once in the past week and tonight I'm going to get a pair of roller blades and try that. I like how you're working toward the 5k marathon, that should help you be determined to exercise more too. And good luck with the scale I am having the same issues. It seems like we are having the same issues. Our body just doesn't want to work with us.
And as for the house hunting, it's very exciting but gives me plenty of anxiety. I just hope having a realtor now the anxiety will be at a minimal. Email me if you ever need to vent:

Andrew is getting fit said...

It looks like the break worked. :)

Fatinah said...

It's good that you recognized that you needed to switch up your routine...often that is when people stop altogether!

TB--Milwaukee said...

Welcome back! That was a quick break!

Sounds like you're doing fine...not sure how you're not stepping on a scale, I could not do that one.

CaRoLyN said...

SOO happy to have you back!
Sound slike you have been doing great since you've been gone.
I feel like we are in such similar places in our weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey. I think it may have taken me a little longer to get there but I'm completely with you on getting rid of the sugary, processed garbage. I have completely rid my house of it and I hardly even miss it. For a while there I was eating 1 bag of All Bran Bites everyday and on top of that I had a granola bar everyday too. All that when I could have been filling myself up with more fruit and veggies and I would have felt a lot fuller too.
I've also ditched the scale for now. I found I was letting in control my emotions when it came to my healthy lifestyle. I think I've FINALLY realized that as long as I feel good about myself and I'm making healthy choices and exercising, then I don't need justification from a scale to feel good.

Glad to have you back Kate!

PS We need more details on the new man!

Lyn said...

Welcome back ...

You may have noticed I did a similar thing with taking a break from blogging and weighing. I felt very similar to how you talked about in your last post so I just stopped for a bit and for me it really helped. I guess the key to doing that is making sure you get back to it again when you feel better, which you've done.

Nice to have you back and thankyou for your sweet commment on my blog :)