Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
And there's Jeremiah, enjoying his Saturday morning pancakes. "Thanks Mom!"
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
And those are my new running shoes. They were my anniversary gift to myself. I've been having some foot pain issues and I think I finally realized what the problem was. My old shoes were too small! I heard within the WLC that when you buy shoes specifically for running, you need to buy them one size bigger than your actual shoe size because when you run, you feet swell! I HAD NO IDEA! So, after I learned that neat little tidbit of information, I realized I needed to go out and get a new pair of shoes. I ran 2.5 miles today in these new shoes and it felt like heaven! I felt like I was running on a cloud, and it was glorious! I'm so glad I got these!
And then I came home to a HUGE bowl of fruit and some yogurt to re-fuel. All in all, I had a great day today! My weekend was pretty good too, other than that drinking I did on Saturday night. Yuck. Oh well. Lesson learned I guess. If I do drink again, I'll be sure to drink much less and keep it to one or two glasses at the most. Jeesh! lol
So thats my update! I know I missed a few days, but I got a little side tracks with preparing for midterms before our break, and then in the middle of all that celebrating our anniversary. But thanks for sticking with me! I'll be sure to update much more often from here on out!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I remember after I had Jeremiah I went for a visit to see my grandma (his great-grandma) in Michigan. It was a great visit, but full of a lot of picture taking; which at that point in my life, I loathed taking pictures. Basically I felt like crap and I knew that I was very overweight and I just didn't feel like taking pictures to document that time in my life. But on that trip my grandma said something to me that has stuck with me ever since. We were discussing how much life changes when you have a child and she was rendering whatever encouragement, warnings, or advice she could as a veteran in having babies and taking care of them. I remember telling her that some days I never got out of my pajamas, or often forgot to shower because of dealing with feedings and burping and diaper changes, etc. (If you're a mother...then you understand what I'm talking about). I told my grandma how most of the time I don't ever feel pretty and how I don't even care about putting on makeup or even leaving the house. My grandma, in her infinite wisdom, then said to me, "Julie...don't ever lose your pride." Wow. That made me think.
Of course its natural to lose sight of what you want when you're taking care of a tiny human life. That tiny life becomes all important and the only thing you care about anymore. But its not okay to stop caring about how you look, or how you present yourself to others.
----------> Is this not exactly what happens when it comes to weight gain and loss?
Think about it, why do we really gain weight? Sure, we're enjoying ourselves when we're overeating and being lazy...but why do we keep stuffing our faces? Because food has become our friend, our comfort, and we turn to it when we're reminded of how heavy we are. For example, we see a picture of ourselves and we notice how heavy we have gotten, so for most of us, the first thing we do is reach for the chips, ice cream, burgers, pizza, or whatever we can stuff ourselves with so that we can comfort ourselves from feeling the pain of seeing that picture. Its such a vicious cycle, and no one, I mean NO ONE can ever fully understand this cycle unless they too, have been overweight/obese and struggled with this food addiction.
But why do some of us experience this vicious cycle over and over again and do nothing to stop it? In my opinion, its because we've lost our sense of pride. We've stopped caring how big our waist is. We've stopped caring about our health and wellness because we feel that we're so ugly and fat and gross that we don't deserve to be healthy and happy. I think of myself and how I was when I was in that state of mind. I purposely avoided full length mirrors, I only attempted a quick glimpse in a mirror from my shoulders up. I just couldn't face the fact that I was so big and so unhealthy...it made me feel hopeless, worthless, and disgusting. Those were some of the darkest moments in my life. But those words woke me up:
Its a well known fact that if you stick to only cardio, cardio, cardio, you will eventually hit a weight loss plateau and won't lose any more weight. You need to incorporate strength training with your cardio in order to break that plateau....and my friends, I am most definitely arriving at that plateau. I've been playing around with the 180's for months and I just recently broke the 170's barrier.....I can only imagine how long it will take me to break out of the 170's if I don't start switching up my workouts.
In another area of news, I have also decided to make mini-monthly goals for myself when it comes to losing pounds. I'm saying that I would like to lose anywhere from 8-10 pounds a month...which is not only do-able, but its also the healthy way to lose weight. We all know that doctors say healthy weight loss that is sustainable is a loss of 1.8 to 2lbs per week. So, thats my new goal. I'm not about to quit or get pissed off if I don't meet that monthly goal, but its simply what I'm shooting for.
Its bright and sunny outside,but still a little chilly. I just wish the weather would get warmer already. I really want to start early morning runs outside in my neighborhood. I think running outside every morning to start my day will be a wonderful addition to my workouts. I feel like the weather outside is starting to affect my moods. Its been so cold and gray and gloomy out that I feel like a depressed blob that just wants to sit inside, under a blanket and sip hot tea all day. When it gets brighter, sunnier, warmer and friendlier outside I'll be an entirely different person! Isn't it weird how weather can make you feel so differently?
As a slight aside, my 3 year wedding anniversary is this Saturday! I don't think we're doing anything special...which is a good thing! I don't want to be tempted by going out to a fancy restaurant and eating really bad foods. But.....we'll see! ;)