Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I like to move it, move it!

It's that time of the week again - I really have had intentions to write more during the week but I just haven't been inspired and don't want to write just anything!  I read so many good blogs and I know what I like to read and I don't want to post, just to post! 

First things first, I lost 1.4 pounds at weigh in this week.  That loss brings my total to an official 45.6 pounds - I broke through the 45 pound mark today.  It was a great meeting - if you are not familiar with how WW works I will explain a little bit.  It can resemble a kindergarten classroom sometimes - today was one of those days!  At the beginning of the meeting our leader always announces milestones - today we had a woman that reached her lifetime status (at goal for 6 weeks) so she got a new charm for her WW key chain and we all clapped, my friend Missy is at her goal weight and got a star charm for her WW key chain, and we all clapped.  They each had a chance to tell the group what worked for them.  They both talked about sticking with it and acknowledging how hard it is but that you can do it!  They also give out cute little star stickers for every 5 pounds you lose (see kindergarten, and I love it!)- I earned another one of those this week so I was given that in front of the group and was asked what was working for me.  My first answer was "everything right now" - and honestly I feel like that is true.  Is this process difficult? Absolutely! Is it worth it? Absolutely!  Since the WW program changed I have noticed that I am eating much differently than I used to - I seek out ways to eat less processed food and more natural/real food.  Am I perfect in this mission - hardly, but its always at the forefront of my mind and I call that a victory.  Is this switch in mind set making me lose weight? I am certain it is playing a part.  I also have made a commitment to MOVE - that is what has to happen in order to lose this weight.  I could eat nothing but fruits and vegetables for the rest of my life - but if I am still sitting on my couch all day - does it really matter? 

I was an athlete in high school and college - so to say I expect a lot of myself when it comes to physical activity would be an understatement.  I have felt my inner athlete coming back to life over the last couple of months and I really like that feeling.  I feel the drive to be better every day and that was really lacking from my mind and heart for a long time.  I think often when we get busy and find that our priorities are spread out we go in to survival mode - I was stuck in survival mode for a long time.  I have decided I don't want to just survive anymore - I want to THRIVE!  I want to make a difference every day, I want to make good decisions and feel good about what I have put in my body and the energy I have spent. 

This past weekend my company had its "holiday party" and it was held at the Walker Art Center.  Fortunately I work with one of my best friends so this was a great excuse to get sitters and go out on the town with our hubbies!  We grabbed an app and some drinks at Granite City before heading to Mpls.  We took a picture to commemorate the occasion - aren't we cute!

We got to the Walker, had some cocktails, the guys ate some food and we danced - just a little bit!  After the party we headed to Hopkins for a friends' birthday party at Tuttle's.  We had a GREAT time!  The four of us have not been out together - without our adorable daughters - in quite some time and we made up for lost time!  I don't think there is anything better than spending quality time with your friends and reminding yourself that you are still a fun, interesting person, that also happens to be a busy parent!  

Missy and I also had a successful run on Saturday morning.  This running thing is going pretty well, dare I say that I am liking it??  I will say, running is a great way to burn fat and I am confident that running will be the key to me losing my last 20 pounds and keeping it off!  We are about 5.5 weeks from the 5K we are running - we'll be ready!

So, for me, activity is key.  I am not going to make lifelong changes by being sitting still.  I am really interested in joining a gym - not a fancy gym, but one of the less frills but open whenever I want to go types.  I am leaning toward one because of the proximity to my home and work but I would be interested if anyone had a thought on one versus the other. 

Have a great week friends!  Get moving!


Ann said...

Congrats on the loss and your running success!! Keep up the great work!!

James, a priorfatguy said...

5.5 weeks till 5k eh? Are you running the Irish for a day 5k? Thats the one I signed up for. I love when it feels like everything is running the right way. Keep up the good work!