Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So far not so good

Things have been rocky for me. Giving up soda is MUCH harder than I remembered. But being more active is definitely happening. I had my own little dance party on Monday night and both Monday and Tuesday I've been helping my office mate move her office upstairs with me so that was definitely lots of strength work! I didn't get to do yoga last night as I was stuck doing laundry until well after 11pm. However, yoga should definitely be happening after my meeting tonight.

What am I hoping to get out of yoga? Well - I'm hoping that it will strengthen my core muscles as well as my lower back to help alleviate my hip problems. After the dancing and the moving my hip and knee hurt VERY bad last night. I'm hoping that I can improve my muscle tone enough to eliminate the pain and be able to start walking/running regularly. There's a 5k in my town every May and I'd really like to participate this year.

Hopefully I'll still be able to move in the morning after yoga!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Starting Over...

So, I'm taking Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point's suggestion. Don't start a New Year's Resolution until the 10th. Well, technically I'm a day late. But that's mostly due to the fact that on the 10th I spent most of the day curled into the fetal position.


One of the side effects of my endometriosis is especially painful periods, so yesterday I was pretty much confined to my bed.

I've reset my ticker (AGAIN). I've settled on a much healthier weight for me and as such not such a drastic loss as I was hoping to achieve earlier.

But first things first - I need to get more active! I was planning on walking in the evenings but it's usually dark by the time I leave work and it's also VERY cold right now (25, feels like 19). So I'm going to have a dance party by myself this evening. I'll hook up my iPod and boogie for about an hour. It looks ridiculous, but it makes me sweat and I have a lot of fun doing it. One new song that I MUST add to my playlist before this happens is the new Lady Gaga/Beyonce song "Telephone". Definitely one of my favorites right now. I also purchased a cute yoga mat and this DVD and plan on trying my hand at yoga. Not necessarily for weight loss, but more to strengthen and tone my body since a gym with weights is not something that is accessible to me. Plus I tend to be a pretty anxious person and I figure that yoga would help me relax.

Second on my list - and this one hurts - CUT OUT THE SODA. I've been drinking Dr. Pepper like it's going out of style, which is bad for two reason. One is empty calories, and second, with my thyroid condition, I shouldn't be having caffeine anyway! Of course, soda isn't the lone culprit - I can chug sweet tea like nobody's business. In addition to cutting out the soda and tea, I need to get back to drinking water. I used to drink 8 - 1o glasses of water a day and now I'm down to basically none. That's REALLY bad.

My first short term goal is to reach 160 by my birthday, March 7th. That's a loss of 7.4 pounds in 8 weeks. I'm trying not to push it. Quoting the wise Caitlin again - It took years to develop the "bad" habits, it will take more than a few days to break them.

So here is to 2010, the year I finally shed the extra weight and get fit!