I took a little time off from the blog. I chose not to do an Off Week post because I didn’t really have too much to say except that I LOVE FOOD, but you know that by now. I tried to keep it pretty reasonable and not go crazy during the off week but I really enjoyed myself. Hubby and I had a date night, something we rarely get to do because of our differing schedules. I work during the day, and he usually gets out pretty late.
Major NSV: For the first time in my life I felt confident wearing a little black dress. This has been a desire of my heart for a long time. Feeling confident about anything is important, but I wanted to get dressed up and feel good about the way I looked. So hooray for wearing a dress that has been hanging in my closet for at least 4 years with tags on it! (And yes, I am aware that I need a tan.)
Also, our God daughter came to visit us for a weekend. We went to the zoo, the movies, the DoSeum, and Sea World. It was a jam packed weekend. We had so much fun with her, but we were exhausted afterwards. As much as I want a baby, this kind of solidified the, “Ok God, not my timing but yours” attitude that I need to have about everything.
These were really the only two major events of our off week so no need for a full post.
Today is August 1st. It’s the start of a new month. Another chance to set goals and make changes. Whether your goals are fitness related or not, how many first days of the month have you let pass by? How many times have you said, I’ll start on Monday, or I’ll start at the beginning of the month, or I’ll start at the beginning of the year?
Now is a great time to start!
It doesn’t matter what day it is, what time it is, what month it is. Just start. But the key is not starting, the key is refusing to stop. I re-started my “diet and exercise plan” about three times a week week for the past several years and it got me nowhere. Coming up with excuses is so easy. There was always a luncheon, someone’s birthday, a 2 for 1 deal at Sonic, a crumpled Whataburger coupon I found in the bottom of my purse… My list of excuses goes on and on.
But here’s the thing… if it’s important you’ll make it happen, if not you’ll make excuses. Period. End of Story.
Truth is, I love food. I love eating and I love laying in bed and watching TV and just being a sloth. Unfortunately, none of these activities get me closer to my goals. I had to be willing to lay down my excuses and say “Enough is enough.”
It wasn’t easy, but I made a promise to myself to get better and that was important to me. Once I started to see results, the desire to go back to old habits weakened. I’m not going to say it went away completely because I would be lying. I still have moments of weakness when I give in to eating something I shouldn’t, or I skip a workout I know I could have been at. But I am committed to making my life a healthy one. Not just for myself or Michael, but for our future generations as well. And what I want for a lifetime is more important that what I want for a moment.
If you want to get healthy, save money, read your Bible more, work on your relationships… whatever your goal is, start NOW. Make a small change, but commit to that change.
My biggest endeavor other than my health, is working on my finances. Michael and I want to purchase our first home, but that means we have to buckle down and commit to a budget. Do I love that idea? No. I love having extra cash and spending it how I please, but I know that saving to invest in a home is more important than that.
The key to achieving goals is found in making commitments and sticking to them.
I pride myself on being a dependable person. I do what I say I’m going to do because I want people to be able to count on me. But if I can’t keep a promise to myself what good does that dependability do me?
We need to get over our commitment issues and finally do something for ourselves. You are the best person you can invest in. Quit quitting and you’ll see results!
Challenge 4 Begins
I have been thinking about Challenge 4 since we finished our first challenge. It holds several milestones for me. One, I will hit 100 pounds of personal weight loss. (At my heaviest, I was 18 pounds heavier than when I started The Camp.) Two, if all things pan out well, I will hit 100 pounds lost at The Camp by the end of this challenge and earn my 100 pound t-shirt! And three, I will hopefully be exactly one challenge (20 pounds) away from my Healthy Weight. All things considered, I have some serious work ahead of me, but I have the support of my husband, family, and friends to get me through it. Most importantly I have the Lord on my side and with God all things are possible.
First week in was great! I had gotten away from adding extra cardio to my schedule, but this week I stuck with jogging every other evening. I restarted the Couch to 5k app because I am signed up for The Grito 5k on September 16th and I need to be prepared.
After a week of eating all the delicious food I could handle. (POPCORN, anyone?) I was worried about coming in above weight and then having to do lots of extra work to make up for it. Fortunately, I think the extra cardio helped because I dropped the Off Week weight and a little extra.
For week 4.1 (or Week 19) I lost 1.5 pounds. It’s not a lot, but I will take it! As long as the scale is moving in the right direction, I’m happy.
I’m down a total of 79.4 pounds. So next week, I hope to cross over that 80 pound mark.
It was a little bittersweet not taking this picture with Michael. I so enjoyed doing the challenges together, but he’s still there by my side when we work out and he’s still eating FTDI because that’s all I cook. So I’ll update you on his progress at the end of this challenge.
It wouldn’t be a Heatherina blog post without a few of this week’s gym pics… (click to enlarge).
I hope you all have an amazing week!