Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflections of 2011 and Looking forward into 2012...

As I look bad into 2011, I have to admit that this has not been my best weight loss year.  I do, however, have to admit that I am proud of myself for several things that have happened in this past year.  I have tried several new classes and new things.  Like what?  Well, I actually went to a Yoga studio to try a class.  It was an absolutely amazing experience and I have an overwhelming desire to repeat it!  I foresee that happening again in 2012.  I got on a StairMaster and lasted longer than a minute.  If you have never been on the StairMaster, I suggest you try it.  I am super proud of myself for that.  My challenge for myself in 2012 is to try to get up to 30 minutes...I may increase that once I get there...but I'll start there.  I attempted to start the Couch to 5K, but unfortunately, fell and broke my hand and really didn't get back into it.  I am hoping to change that this year.  I don't know that I will ever be a full fledged runner, but I'd like to say that I tried and made that decision.  I joined the Biggest Weight Loss Challenge at the YMCA.  I didn't get to go back for the last session to see how far I had come because my uncle passed away, but I feel good about the workouts I did with the personal trainer.  I want to try to do that again.  I tried some cross training classes and that's something that I never would have done a couple of years ago.  It was an awesome experience going to the Psycho Gym and American Power Yoga and I hope to be able to do that again.  I met some awesome people and will continue to pursue my weight loss goals and get more fit because of the things that I learned.  I also enlisted the help of a nutritionist towards the end of this year.  It makes a world of difference know that you are accountable to one person rather than being accountable in a room full of people.

Looking forward to 2012.  I laid out some goals for myself, which I will put at the end.  I have made the decision that I will NOT give up on myself.  Ultimately, I want to be able to climb the mountain by myself without feeling like I am so out of breath, etc. and I want to get to my goal weight of 135.  Right now, I'm at 187.6 so I have a ways to go.  I WILL GET THERE! If I can be so stubborn about so many things (ask anyone that has known me for any length of time, I can dig my heels in!), I know I can be stubborn about this and I can attain every one of my goals.  I am continuing to learn new things about myself and about this journey.  Continue to see the nutritionist and letting her help guide me down the right path towards my goal weight the healthy way!

I am continuously amazed at how my body changes and how it stands up to the demands I make on it.  I am enjoying trying new things and seeing how my body feels afterwards.  I am reminded of things that I enjoyed so much as a child.  Hula Hooping being one of them.  My sweet husband ordered me a hula hoop for Christmas.  I got to pick the colors for it and am very excited to get it so I can practice more on my own!


1.Lose 52 pounds in 2012.
2.Track my food everyday.
3.Plan my meals.
4.Plan my workouts.
5. Aim to get 250 to 300 minutes of cardio in per week.
6.Strength Training twice a week (once released from physical therapy).
7.Try new workouts!
8.Remember that this is about and for me.  This is the one time that I have to be selfish so that I can be around for my family in the future. 
9. Spend more time with my friends.
10. Be thankful for the blessings in my life.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Today is a sad day....

Today we laid my Uncle Jess to rest.  He is my dad's youngest brother and his death was quite unexpected.  Although there are some errors in that obituary, it does have some parts of it correct.  I am thankful that we had him as long as we did.  I have no doubt that he is in heaven with my Memaw and my Aunt Fariel.  What could be better than that?  No more pain and no more suffering?  It is hard on those of us that remain.  I just pray for peace and comfort for my family as I know it has been difficult on all of us.  This week has been stressful for me and has not been good for my eating habits.  After going to the nutritionist and getting my valuable information, I'm not sure what to expect when I go back in.  I've tried not to be too bad, but it's hard not to stress eat for me.  I'm trying to do better, but there are times when it just gets the best of me. :-(  Thankfully, I am remembering that it's just me and my nutritionist and even when I have a rough moment, I try not to let it hold me down or ruin my day.

I messed up my shoulder a couple of weeks ago and since then, I've not done too much in the way of exercise.  At first it was the pain, but it's getting better.  I have an appointment scheduled on Saturday and I hope that I can manage.  I had the best laid plans this week to stick with the calories given to me.  Unfortunately, I wasn't expecting a death in the family.  I have already started preparing the menu for next week.  That's a good sign right?  I'm not giving up!  I'll just keep on moving forward.

Oh, I do have a positive to share!  I got on the StairMaster after promising the trainer of the Biggest Weight Loss Challenge that I would try it the day after Thanksgiving (right after my Uncle James passed away).  I could only last 3 minutes and 11 seconds.  I was so frustrated that I couldn't last longer than that, but I was having a hard time breathing, etc.  I moved on and did the rowing machine, elliptical, etc.  I jumped on the StairMaster again right before I hurt my shoulder and managed to stay on it for 10 WHOLE MINUTES!  I was stunned and amazed!  I am determined that I am going to start trying to work my way up to doing 30 minutes on that thing.  I will not let it win over me! :-)

Goals for the coming week:

Stick with the guidelines that the nutritionist gave me.
Try to get back into my workout routine.
Meal Plan

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Who am I? What am I doing? Why am I blogging?

My name is Tracey.  I have been married for 2 years and have 3 children.  I initially started this journey because my mother had some heart problems, which required her to have stints put in.  I initially started this journey in February 2007 and I lost my Nanny, my mother's mother, in April right before her birthday.  Needless to say, this was an extremely difficult time for me.  My Nanny was so proud of my efforts before she passed and I ultimately managed to lose down into the 150's.  That definitely took some work, I was working out 5 to 6 times per week, sometimes twice per day.  I watched everything I ate and counted my points.  Then life got in the way...I met and started dating my husband.  I changed jobs and wound up not being close to the gym that I was used to and there was not one close to me.  Ultimately, I wound up gaining my weight back and a few extra pounds, which put me at 200.6 pounds about a year ago.  Trust me, 200 pounds on my 4'10" frame was definitely hard on my body.  I am determined that I am going to be healthy...I'm not just aiming for the 150's, which is where I was before...I'm aiming for 135.

Why am I blogging?  Well, I figured that if I put it out there, that it would hold me accountable on a whole different level.  I'm not perfect.  I know there are ups and downs on this journey.  It seems to be going much slower this time.  So as of yesterday, I was down another 1.4 pounds.  This puts me at a total of 12.8 pounds down. I am now at 187.8 pounds.  

Right now, I'm doing a Biggest Weight Loss Challenge, which allows me to workout 2 times per week with a personal trainer.  I also do a Hoop Dance class and Zumba class on Thursday nights and a circuit training and Zumba class on Saturdays.  Once the Biggest Weight Loss Challenge is over, I have a plan for my workouts and understand there may be another chance to do it again in January or February.

My goal?  To be fit and fabulous in my 40's.  I just turned 40 this year and I want to be fit and healthy for all of my children and my new husband.  There is still so much life to be lived...and I want to actually live it, not sit on the sidelines and watch it.