Posts tagged ‘weight loss’

July 18, 2011

Motivational Monday–Getting Back on Track

Happy Monday!

I’m happy to say that I’m finally starting to get back into the great groove I was in before the whirlwind adventure!  I love traveling, but it definitely takes a toll on me both emotionally and physically. 

Even with preparation and effort to travel healthily, it’s almost inevitable that I’m going to veer off-track with fitness and exercise during a long trip.   And that’s perfectly okay!  To me, food is definitely part of experiencing different places and cultures, and I know that I’ll return to my healthy lifestyle as soon as possible.  While on vacation, I remind myself not to go overboard, but to enjoy myself and not feel overwhelmed with guilt.  I personally believe guilt does worse things to me than a bagel while in Manhattan.

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Nonetheless, about half way through the trip, my body began to show warning signs of being mistreated.  Eating out often plus a lack of constant veggies began to wreak havoc on my system – I became constipated [sorry if that’s TMI] and grouchy, and I started breaking out.  While my jeans still fit, I felt like my muscle had begun to turn into flab, which made me feel gross.  There were multiple days on our trip where I’d turn to Ben and say, “Are you sure you don’t think I look greasy and disgusting, because I feel extra chubby today”.  I’m extremely lucky to have a partner who always tells me, “you look great!”, but on a few occasions it was hard to believe.  Eventually, it all came back to the fact that I did still fit into my jeans, so I’d force myself to stop making a big deal of it and just enjoy our trip – keeping in mind that I’d have some serious detoxing to do once I got home. 

Our first week back on Maui was pretty low-key.  Ben and I both needed time to let the entire trip sink in, so we didn’t do much.  I did, however, have to get back to my TurboKick classes.  While I was away, a couple of good friends subbed the class for me to make sure my students still got their kick-butt workouts three days a week.  I – on the other hand – took my longest break away from TurboKick ever, which could only mean one thing: I was bogging!  I played it cool and kept up with my students, but I was hurting after three days in a row of teaching that week. 

The next week, I decided to add things back into my exercise routine.  I didn’t want to over-train [which would lead to being inactive for a few days], so  I added in two days of kettlebell training, a couple short runs, and a few walks around the neighborhood.  Paired with my back-on-track healthy eating/detox, I felt great!  My skin cleared up, my energy was back, and everything got back to functioning optimally once more.

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This past week, I added back in the rest of my fitness routine to get me to where I was before I left for vacation.  Ben and I ran six miles in preparation for our half-marathon and I added in something I’ve been wanting to get back into since college –  swimming!

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Last week I swam twice, loosely following this plan from Women’s Health Mag.  The first day I did about 850 meters and the second I swam about 1110.  Swimming feels so good for my body – it’s low-impact cardio, plus the water gives resistance, which helps in creating lean muscle.  I’ve swam on and off since I was a kid [my mom actually started me in the swimming pool when before I could walk] and have always loved it, but I haven’t gotten back to it since my college days until now. 

I’m hooked [again].  This week I’ll be adding in another lap swim day – taking me up to three days a week – along with three days of TurboKick instructing, three days of weight training [upper/lower/full], a run and yoga, taking me back up to where I was before leaving on a jet plane… except I really feel like swimming will really round out my training routine beautifully now.  I’m excited to push past my limits in the water! 

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Of course, fitness isn’t everything in the wellness equation.  I’ve been making sure to fuel myself with healthy, wholesome, delicious food [I’ve got some great recipes to share with you this week!]; I’ve been creating – journaling, cooking, playing with babies; and I’ve been getting plenty of sleep and weekly chiropractic care.

I feel phenomenal!  While I’m always happy to travel and explore the world, it sure feels good to get back to the balance that works for me! 

What do you do to get back on track?  Are you big on swimming too? 

If you’re catching up on the Motivational Monday series, here’s what you’ve missed:

1.) My tips for taking control of your own destiny; 2.) Caitlin’s post on eliminating negative self-talk and fat talk; 3.) My tips for making time for health and wellness; 4.) Tips on setting attainable goals; 5.) Therese’s post on getting from there to here without going crazy; 6.) A reminder to stay open to reevaluation; 7.) Fueling your body, mind, and spirit well; 8.) The importance of accountability; 9.) Creating new boundaries; 10.) Utilize resources and gain knowledge; 11.) Learn to give back; 12.) Try new things!; 13.) Celebrate your success!; 14.) Surround yourself with like-minded people.

Motivational Mondays are meant to offer you tips and tools to help you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  What would you like to see for Motivational Mondays? Would you like to be a contributor? Comment or email me at haleysrabago@gmail.com and tell me your motivational story, who motivates you, and/or your tips.

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!

March 22, 2011

The Final Fifteen

One of the reasons I started this blog was to keep myself accountable for my own healthy lifestyle.  Because I get to pick and choose what I post, I don’t always highlight the struggles that I, myself, am experiencing with my process.  I decided this morning that, regardless of blog etiquette, I need to be completely honest and forthcoming with my readers – but more importantly, with myself – in order to feel that this blog is serving its greatest purpose in my journey. 

I’ve always said that I believe the emotional aspect of my weight loss journey has been what has helped me make the most progress, and I feel that I am in a space where I need to write about my process in order to move through it right now.  I don’t even know if that’s going to make sense to anyone else, but that’s okay.

“You’re almost there.  I want you to think about finishing this with power, focus, and intention.  When you see the finish line, that’s when you break into a sprint!”  - Jillian Michaels. 

I’ve been on my weight loss journey for 8+ years now, and for the past year I’ve been struggling with the last 15 pounds or so until my goal weight.  I got comfortable with myself and thought, well, everyone says I look good, so what’s the point of pushing myself to get to a certain number?  And then, even when I’d try, I wound up getting off-track with my nutrition or getting busy with school/work/life and not putting in the same effort as needed (as I’ve lost more I’ve needed to work harder and harder). 

I’ve been thinking about that goal weight number a lot lately – as well as all the numbers that come along with the process of weight loss (calories in, calories out, deficits, macro nutrients, etc.) – and I’ve come to realize that it’s not that number that is so important to me.  It’s the goal.  I set out to achieve a certain goal that I created for myself.  A place where I could re-evaluate the way I felt and where I wanted to be.  I set an attainable goal that seemed the best place for me to be at my healthiest and strongest.  And I’ve worked my butt off – literally – to reach that goal. 

But something keeps stopping me short. 

For the past three weeks I’ve seen the same digits on the scale, and it hasn’t bugged me much because I’ve been feeling stronger and clearer and more focused lately.  But something clicked in me today when I saw the same number I saw two weeks ago on that piece of metal in the bathroom.  I spent the morning pondering the questions Am I afraid of reaching my goal weight? and What happens if I actually reach my full potential?

“You have one true obligation, that’s to contribute your best you to the world. Visualize what you want out of life & think big. Don’t be afraid of what others think. That’s their business, not yours. Don’t feel undeserving. We’re ALL deserving of living our dreams – some of us realize it & some don’t. You’re not doing anyone any favors by living small. Embrace these truths & step up. The world is waiting.”  - Jillian Michaels

I think everyone can relate to this fundamental question of reaching their potential, but especially those of us who are on a health and wellness journey.  I have spent so much time and energy on becoming healthy.  Once I hit my goal weight, will I flounder and just gain it back?  My life has become centered around fitness and nutrition and I have this stupid worry that somehow that will change once I’m at my goal weight.  I’ve always been the chubby-girl-with-a-pretty-smile.  How will my identity change once I’m thin (which is different from being fit, but that’s not what I’m discussing today)? 

In my life I’ve been confronted with the fact that I always start things, but rarely finish them.  I need to prove to myself that I am capable of doing everything I set my mind to.  I am a pioneer, and I’m also capable of getting the job done. 

I wrote in my journal this morning that I really wanted to get to my goal weight so that I could get pregnant and start our family.  I feel like starting off on a healthy and fit note will help me in the long run, so I want to eliminate a bit more of the fat before pregnancy.  Writing that made me realize that I’ve done so many things in my life for other people, and this is my chance to do something solely for me.  It may even be my last chance to do something just for me.  These last 15 pounds are manifestations of fear, doubt and guilt, and they are holding me back from living my greatest potential. 

So, because I am worthy of being beautiful both on the inside and the outside, and because I am deserving of greatness and living the life I want for myself, I am taking on these last 15 pounds with newfound strength and rigor.  Something inside me clicked this morning, and I am now ready to finish what I started so long ago and then continue on with the adventures and challenges that maintenance will bring!  It’s time to put in that extra effort and sprint it to the finish line!  What I’ve learned through my wellness journey can and will never be forgotten. 

Whew.  I feel lighter already Smile.  I’ve got a great feeling about what’s already started happening within me.  I truly adore being a role-model and offering advice, but sometimes I get so caught up in feeling like I have to be perfect so that I can set an example.  But nothing in life is perfect.  It’s all a journey.  A beautiful journey that allows us to learn and grow along the way.  Who knows, maybe someone else needed to hear all of this today, too.  Maybe we can all help each other confront our fears and doubts together Red heart.

With all that said, I’m heading to see my good friend/Chiropractor Tracey for some TLC!  I’ve got some great creations as well as delicious recipes coming your way soon! 

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!

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