Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Great quote heard at Weight Watchers today

"If you kinda do the program, you'll kinda have results. If you REALLY do the program, you'll REALLY have results."

Weekly weigh in: Down .8

Friday, February 18, 2011

32 points?

I knew I shouldn't do it. I knew it. But I did it. I bought pita chips. I cannot stop with just one serving. After having a serving and a half, I went back for more. And ate the entire bag. I figured out the points. 32 points. I just ate 32 points in one sitting. Wow. But I didn't give up. For dinner I had 8 points in chicken and no points in veggies. And then I was done eating. So I salvaged the day.


Lets Talk

So part of keeping a blog is the ability to interact with people. So, lets talk. Are you reading this? Who are you? Have we met or have you started reading from another blog I follow?

I'm trying to update my blog a little more often but sometimes I just don't have a lot to say. But I'm trying! :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mini Marathon

Each year, Indianapolis is home to a huge half marathon, the Mini Marathon. The race is part of the festivities that lead up to the Indianapolis 500. The last two years I've registered to participate but have never actually done it. In 2009 I hurt my knee during my Boot Camp classes and had to sell my registration, per doctor's orders. In 2010 I was just lazy and never trained.

But 2011 is different. I started training to do the Mini on Monday. It's 13.1 miles and it's May 7th and I'm doing it!! I'm planning to walk and possibly jog some of it. But this chick is checking that off my bucket list.

4 days a week I plan on doing treadmill work and it's between 20-60 minutes each day. Saturdays are my "long" days and I'll be outside unless the weather is terrible. I start small - just 3 miles this Saturday.

The one thing I'm a little nervous about is making the time on the weekends to get the training done. Because I work and my hubby stays at home with our kids, I always feel SO guilty about taking time away from them when I'm not at work. I know, I know. It's good for Mommy to be healthy and active and them seeing me do this. But I still feel guilty. Working on that one.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Win the game

Currently we are in the middle of a series at church called Gamechanger. Yesterday's sermon was called TIMEOUT. Pastor Jim talked to us about why it's important to take a timeout. The message was based on the need to take a timeout to pray. Luke 5: 15-16 says, "News about Jesus kept spreading. Large crowds came to listen to him teach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus would often go to some place where he could be alone and pray."

Jim outlined a few reasons why we need to take a timeout with Jesus:
  1. Talk to talk coach (Jesus)
  2. Make a player change
  3. Ice the kicker (devil)
  4. Win the game

This last point really hit home. Here is what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, "Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who will miss his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified."

Obviously this passage isn't talking about weight loss but we can also apply it's teachings. It says we must:

  • Run to win - If I set out on my weight loss journey not really thinking I'm going to win (hit goal), then what is the point? I've been guilty of that before. I've never really thought of myself at goal. I've never actually believed I'd meet that "magic" number. That has to change.
  • Practice strict self control - Dinners out, parties, cake at the office. That stuff is NEVER going to go away. It's never going to change. The only way to "run to win" is to practice self control. Now, this doesn't mean never eating another piece of pizza again. Because I know that anyone who deprives themselves of everything will eventually fail. But it does mean that if pizza is eaten for lunch, perhaps a salad for dinner. Everything in moderation.
  • Have purpose in every step - Remember the reason for the alarm getting up at 5:15 am to exercise, remember WHY I'm passing on the bread at dinner, remember taking the steps instead of the elevator is worth it!
  • Do the training - Put in the time. Plan ahead. Exercise. Journal. Attend Weight Watcher meetings.
  • Know the alternative - That's a big one. What's the alternative to NOT doing these things? I believe it will be death (sooner than I'd prefer). Diabetes is an ugly disease and I believe that if things don't change, I could be headed down that path.

This is definitely an outline that will also go on my mirror at home. I need a daily reminder of what it takes to win the game!