Goals for 2011: Striving to become my very best! Warning....The longest blog is history is before yo
Saturday, January 01, 2011
The long blog....As you are reading this either sit back and relax or scan through this blog as it is a long one because there is much to say.
2010 was a year of incredible memories for my family. In April I gave birth to the most precious little girl and it forever changed who I was. The road of parenthood has been the biggest blessing to both my husband and me. Is it challenging being a new parent? Without a doubt but the reward is far greater than any struggle. She is the light of my life and I grow to love her more each and every day. With this new journey came a BIG change for my body. As most of you know I watched my weight VERY carefully during my pregnancy only to gain 24lbs. I thought the weight would fall off and most of it did but I found my body's response to post pregnancy hormones to be quite a challenge. Fortunately I never had any post pardom issues but my weight seemed to increase shortly after giving birth as I was breastfeeding more. As opposed to loosing I gained. I breast fed for 8 1/2 months and loved every minute of it. It was hard to stop but Michaela decided it was time and pushed away. During this time my body suddenly responded in ways I could not have imagined. I started watching my diet more and lowering my calories since I was not breastfeeding and the weight fell off.....SERIOUSLY! Since December 5th I have lost 8.6 lbs! I have been VERY careful to watch my calories though and I have changed my diet significantly. I was eating healthy before but somehow along the way I lost the art of measuring my foods, something I held dear a couple of years ago as I lost my 70 lbs. It was the BIGGEST thing that helped me loose my weight - controlling my portions. I guess after loosing so much weight and feeling fit again I thought I could "eyeball" everything and life would be ok. For some that is fine but for me at this time in my life I needed to stick with what I KNOW works. And so I did and now I am back to my old self and feel better than ever! Its good to be back!!!
If someone would have asked me what my blog would be about for the new year I would say the same old thing....I want to loose this many pounds, I want to run this many miles and so on. Yes, I have those goals which I will discuss later but I want this year to be about more. I am a Mom now and with that comes a sense of responsibility to show my little girl BY EXAMPLE how to be a healthy fit individual. I do not want her to grow up in a house where Mommy is always looking at celebrity or other peoples bodies saying, "Oh if I could only have her legs" or " Look how skinny she is, I want her body!" I want instead for her to see me as a strong, fit, healthy woman who has imperfections and works hard through exercise and nutrition to become the BEST I CAN BE! Not someone else! This is so important to me.
I see so many people here on spark and other blog sites who post profile pics of celebs and note how they would like to have their body. WHY? I understand how seeing other people can be motivating but we should be celebrating our own body for a change! Celebrate where you are in this moment. Celebrate the fact that you have health and have 2 arms, 2 legs, a heart, a brain and a chance to do something with this life that God has given you. Sitting around looking at people around you will get you nowhere. Instead use that energy to make the most of YOUR life and all the blessings that surround it. This is the message I want to set forth as my little girl grows up. Mommy is not perfect, nor should I be. I am human and flawed and to me it is a beautiful thing.
I have been looking so closely at my nutrition and the foods I am consuming. I have always had a healthy diet since loosing my weight back in 2008 but there is so much more I can do. I am really interested in adding as many raw foods to my diet as I can along with expanding my cooking to include new cuisines. I just bought a mother load of cookbooks! Everything from Indian ( which is one of my favorite things to cook) to Turkish and Middle eastern. I am really interested in adding more Mediterranean dishes as well. I am excited about taking traditional Thai dishes and making them healthy to share with Michaela someday. This is her heritage and I want to show her how to keep the tradition alive from her Dad's side of the family while making healthy choices. This excites me more than anything. I am setting a foundation for how I will teach my little girl about food and nutrition. It all starts in the home and for me it starts now!
I have grown so much this past year. I have learned to see beyond the scale and the measuring tape and look to what is really inside. How healthy are we really? Is it the number starring back at us each morning on the scale? I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a person slightly overweight and thought I wonder how healthy they are. I know we have all done the same thing. Judging others by their appearance when in reality we have NO idea their story. I have done the same thing when I see a thin person. I think to myself they must be a runner and have qualified for Boston considering how thin they look! How do we know? My point is that we must look deeper. We must think about the fuel we are feeding our bodies in terms of what it is giving our bodies. I am getting ready to have a treadmill test this year along with a VERY detailed doctors visit to look at my overall health. I want to be FIT. Not thin, not lean, not bulging with muscles, not trying to break a 6 min mile, just FIT.
I want to live this beautiful life for as long as I can. I want to be happy, I want to stop saying someday and live for each moment I am given. I want to stop complaining when I do not like something about myself and be thankful I am alive. I was in the mall one time not to long ago and I was trying on different things and some did not fit. So naturally I got depressed. I felt so sorry for my poor little old self that my hips where bigger after having Michaela. I looked up and there was a woman walking towards me who had been severely burned. Her face was very disfigured and I could barely keep the tears from streaming down my face as I saw her. I felt sick at how I was acting before. How dare I get so sad that I could not wear a smaller size pair of jeans. It reminded me of that man I saw in Russia when I was feeling down about loosing weight. Remember the blog about the man with no legs who would sit outside of my place in Russia as I headed out for my runs. Seeing this woman gave me the same feeling I had then. I needed to step back and get a grip and realize just how good I have it! Big deal that I gained a few pounds, big deal that I had to go up a size or two. WHO CARES! We have to STOP treating this life as something that will go on and on forever because it does not. Today, January 1st, 2011 WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN! What did you do today? Did you worry about all the goals you have set thinking there is no way you can reach them or did you get out there and try you best to make it happen? How many new years will we go through before we realize that this could be our last and we better START LIVING! Anything can happen at any time and I do not know about you but I want to dream bigger than before, I want to strive for more than I could ever imagine and I want to be the shinning example I know God wants me to be. I want to thank Him for this precious life He has given me by giving it my all.
I know this was long but I wanted to share the deepest places of my heart. I am hoping that ONE person will read this and it will cause them to rethink their own life and maybe just maybe make a change for the better.
Now onto my goals for this year! They are quite simple really but I am breaking them down into 2 parts and will be focusing on weight loss only for the first half of the year. Once I reach that point I can see if I want to loose more or stay where I am.
Fitness Goals for 2011....
1. Last years goal is returning but this time I will reach it!! To Run,walk,swim,bike,climb and step 2,011 miles in 2011!! So far 3/2011 miles
2. Loose 12 lbs by April 4th, which will be my daughters first birthday!! I am calling this challenge 12 lbs by 12 months old!!!
3. Run 5 half marathons...
Texas Half - Jan
Big D Half - April
Dallas Hottest Half - August
Houston Half - October
Dallas White Rock Half Marathon - December
Phase 1 of my 12 pounds by 12 months old challenge : Loose 6 lbs by Valentines day!
Here are the mini goals for this challenge starting with the month of January :
1. Run/walk/bike - 100 miles
2. Finish training for my half marathon January 29th.
3. Make ST a priority - aim for 3 days a week either at gym or Cathe/P90X dvds at home.
4. My gold standard "Push,crunch,squat" goal...
Pushups - 500 reps
Crunches - 1,000 reps
Squats - 2,000 reps
Nutritional Goals for 2011....
1. Raise HDL and Lower LDL through solid nutrition and fitness.
2. AIm for at least 2 days a week of Raw meals.
3. Increase the amount of fish I eat and try new varieties.
4. Keep consistant with measuring my foods
5. Limit breads including EZ products, keep it a treat or for days with high calorie burns.
6. Read more on incorporating new spices and flavors
Mind and Spirit Goals for 2011....
1. Find as many people as I can each day to encourage!
2. Read the Bible more with my husband
3. Continue to blog both on spark and my other blogs to help others and enrich my own life
4. Become a better Christian
5. Strive to be the best wife I can be, consistently lifting my husband up in every way.
6. Give my all to my little girl, setting examples for her every chance I can get.
I will as always be posting a daily blog with my results from each day! I cannot wait to start the next phase of this journey with you all!!
Thanks again for all your support these past years! Though my weight loss, training for all my triathlons, pregnancy and becoming a Mom, you all have been there for me....THANK YOU!