Tuesday, July 7, 2015

8 Week Health Challenge

I have struggled with becoming active again after our baby was born last summer. I also was having a hard time finding the motivation to prepare healthier food for me and my family. I decided to call my wonderful friend from college, Becca, about my frustration. She is such a good listener, and I was feeling much better after our conversation. A few days later, she called and invited me to participate in a fitness challenge with her. I was hesitant at first, but after looking over the rules of the challenge, I was in!

Here I am on the first day of the challenge! 


 The challenge was very motivational for me, and everyone in the group was so supportive. I had my share of imperfect days, but overall, I made some great lifestyle changes. A huge change for me was eating 3 servings of vegetables a day. I'm really good about having fruit in the house, but vegetables don't show up at our table very often. Because points were at stake, I did my best to ensure I ate 3 servings each day, so sometimes I had them for breakfast! Eventually, I even started to crave brussels sprouts! Who knew? :o)

Here is a link to the challenge if you'd like to put together your own group:




Here are some things about the challenge that I think really helped me:

  • It was exciting to think that I could win a cash prize!
  • No counting calories!
  • The accountability of checking in each week really helped me stay focused.
  • I loved earning points for each healthy thing that I checked off. Maybe I didn't get my exercise points one day, but I could still get 5 points for eating all my veggies and 5 more for drinking 8 glasses of water.
  • An added bonus of eating so many veggies is that I felt full all of the time. I didn't have such a strong desire to eat sweets like I did before because there just wasn't enough room. LOL!

I am so happy that I participated in the challenge! 

I am signing up for another one next week!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Goals for 2015

It's a New Year!

Here are our goals for 2015!

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Ariana aka "The Cake Runner"


Update: 

I am glad I did this challenge. I didn't finish reading the Book of Mormon by the end of the year, but I am half-way through Alma, and having the goal helped me read the scriptures more often than I would have without the goal. I also went from 165 pounds to 160. I am happy that I am closer to a healthy weight, even if it is slower than I hoped.

I've been serving as a counselor in Young Women for the last 2 years, and I earned my Young Womanhood Recognition Award for Personal Progress a few months ago. I love the program, and I am really proud of everything I did to earn the award. Something that helped me a lot with those goals was praying daily for help to reach those goals and keeping a journal. I think I struggled more than I needed to during this challenge because I didn't think to pray for help. I know that I will do better with my goals if I pray for help each day and keep a journal about my goals.

Here are some of my goals for 2015:

- If it is 6 am, then I will get out of bed, pray, and read one chapter of the Book of Mormon.
- If it is 5 pm, then I will ask our children to set the table and I will begin preparing dinner.
- If we are eating dinner, then I will serve a vegetable.
- If I eat it, then I will write it down in my food journal.
- If it is 7 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, then I will participate in 30 minutes of physical
  activity with our family.
- If it is 8 pm, then I will help the kids get ready for bed.
- If it is 8:30 pm, then the kids will be in bed with their lights off.
- If it is 9 pm, then I will write in my journal.
- If it is 9:30 pm, then I will be in bed with the lights off.

Helpful Articles:

My wonderful friend Becca shared this article with me, and I really liked the tips in it about writing goals:

http://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-how-to-trick-your-brain-into-keeping-all-of-your-new-year-s-resolutions

I like the analogy in the following article of a plane flying off course 90% of the time during a trip, constantly having to make corrections, but still arriving at its destination.

http://www.moreofmetolove.com/resources/article/to-be-alive-is-to-constantly-be-off-course/

I hope we won't get down on ourselves when we aren't perfect, make mistakes, and have to start over and constantly make new goals. Everything will work out in the end as long as we keep trying. 

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Chelsea aka "The B-Ball Beauty"


Update: Coming soon!

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Aubrie aka "The Delightful Dixie Chick"


Update: Coming soon!

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Amber aka "The Charming Chemist"



Update: 


Sorry I'm slow to reply. Thanks to the few hours of down-time on Christmas Eve before we all went over to the Meakin's I was able to finish the last parts of the doll outfits for the girls. (A little last minute, I know!). I am pretty sure that the three outfits fulfilled the 10 hour requirement for my Personal Progress project, so I got it done. :) Thanks for including me on the challenge! I think it really helped me pace myself and get everything done by the deadline. 

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Becca and Daniel
aka "The Dynamic Duo"



Update: Coming soon!

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The Helper


 

Update: My goal is to help one person every day.

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The Impeccable Party Planner


Update: Coming Soon!

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Melanni aka "The Diva of Design"


Update:

I decided to give myself the week off as far as eating only one treat a day goes. I did run twice and at my final weigh in I was 131 pounds. That's 6 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight and considering that Corbin is only 2 months old I am happy with that! I was able to keep on track with my scripture reading and I am in D&C 122 and Alma 35. I am so glad that you did this challenge, Ariana! It really has helped me through the first couple of months of adjusting to having a new baby. It helped me to carve out time for the things that really are important (taking care of myself) like scripture study and keeping my body healthy. I know my whole family has benefited from this challenge because I have been a more kind and patient person (I'm sure as a direct result of my scripture study). 

For the coming year my goals are pretty similar:

*Exercise 3x a week
*Get rid of all junk food in the house...only make one treat a week for FHE (We will also keep a small container of treats for the kids school lunches, but only for that!)
*Continue to read a chapter a day in D&C and the Book of Mormon. When I finish reading these I will have to set up a new scripture study plan, which I am excited about. I am considering studying the Book of Mormon by topic and reading through the Bible with a companion study guide to help me understand what I am reading.

I have several other goals, but these are probably my biggest ones. 

Happy New Year, Everyone!

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Riannon aka "The Motivational Marathoner"


Update: 

I have been out of town this past week and a half for the holidays, but haven't done too bad with my goals. I have met my year end weight loss goal of 4 lbs. I did my long run (pace of 8:55 min/mile) and my strength training this week, and I have worked out every day except Christmas Day, but the tempo run and the speed training were abandoned in favor of some more fun exercise opportunities, including two rock climbing sessions, my first time ever skiing, which went really well, ice skating, a cycling class with my mom, and a weight training session with my little brother. 

Eating healthy food wasn't an official goal for me during this challenge but I have still been trying to do well in that department to further my athletic goals, and in my week and a half of vacation thus far I've only eaten unhealthy food once. 


I am ready now to set some New Year's resolutions and keep the progress going! Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the challenge! It's been great!

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Becca aka "The Sweet Sunshine Swimmer"




Update: 


I have fallen off the wagon completely. I'm eating sugar, not exercising at all, and not reading my scriptures. This is a pattern I've fallen into: making a goal and doing really well for about 1-2 months and then breaking down and stopping everything. 

I would like to have these same goals going into 2015, but I need to figure out how to stay consistent. I'm open to advice and suggestions.

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Becky aka "Mayhem Momma"


Weekly Progress:

My goals for this challenge helped keep me on track until major morning (AKA all day) sickness hit.  At that point, it became almost anything goes with my diet.  Thankfully, earlier this year we switched our family to an 'almost' clean diet by cutting out refined, processed, and unnatural ingredients, as well as most preservatives.  I've continued shopping this way (with a few holiday exceptions) despite being sick, so I was still eating a lot of good stuff.  However, we do allow 'other' foods on occasion if it's provided by someone else or a special occasion, and the last few weeks I've allowed a LOT more of that than I normally would.  When you're this sick, it's a battle to think about ANY food, so I just didn't care most of the time.  Blech.  The good news is that I'm almost through the first trimester, and I'm planning to stick to the good stuff again once my stomach calms down!

My goal to exercise 5 times a week during this challenge was really helpful.  There were a lot of days that I would have skipped it, except I wanted to say I did it!  I did skip most of my workouts in the last two weeks because I caught a horrible virus on top of the above mentioned sickness, and then unusual life events hit on top of that.  I feel totally justified.  :)  Now that life is 'hopefully' going to ease back to something more normal I plan to continue exercising regularly; it REALLY helps with my back problems and boy am I going to need that in the coming months!

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Thank you for participating in this challenge!
I hope you have a wonderful 2015!
I love you all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Tuesday Report - Week #9

I'm feeling grateful for these
awesome friends and family of mine!

(Click here to see everyone's goals)

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Ariana aka "The Cake Runner"


Update: Well, I didn't get any workouts in this week like I hoped I would. Although, I did help my husband carry a 350 lb. air hockey table into our basement to surprise our son for Christmas. Thankfully, we both came away injury free! My biceps are sore today, so I think I'll count that as a weight-lifting session. :o)

Scripture Study: Alma 17 (I haven't been as consistent with my scripture study, and I really want to make it a daily habit again. I feel so much happier when I read every day, even if it's just one verse at a time.)

Weight: 161 (Down 1 pound from last week)

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Chelsea aka "The B-Ball Beauty"


Update: I think I just gave up on these challenges without even thinking about it. Since I finished my student teaching, I have gotten out of routine and done horribly! I only exercised once, and have not been reading my scriptures. I need to get back on it!

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Aubrie aka "The Delightful Dixie Chick"


Update: Coming soon!

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Amber aka "The Charming Chemist"



Update: I finally caught up on my PP journal, for experiences #1, 2, and 7. I haven't finished the 10 hour project, but I have spent several hours working on it. I guess I'll see at YW tonight if my girls think I have met the challenge or not! :)

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Becca and Daniel
aka "The Dynamic Duo"



Update:

I feel so badly about not posting for a few weeks. We have been so busy, I just can't even tell you. We are definitely not going to make our goals, but are still going to try to get some workouts in. I'm not beating myself up about it and it made me think...I hope that you aren't either. I'm grateful for this extra push to become active again, but something I've learned throughout this process is that I don't have to be perfect. It's okay that I'm not getting workouts in every day because, you know what, I have a teething baby who wakes up 5 times at night and I need the sleep. I'm not sure how this email is coming across, but I just want you to know that if you are feeling pressure...that you don't need to be. It was just a thought I had this morning. 

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The Helper


 

Update: I helped take care of our baby and made her happy so Mom could wrap Christmas presents.

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The Impeccable Party Planner


Update: Coming Soon!

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Melanni aka "The Diva of Design"


Update:
I stayed on track with my scripture reading, except I missed one day of reading from the Ensign. 
BOM: Alma 19
D&C: Section 104

I ran 2 days (1 run short of my weekly goal)
12-9: 2 miles 23 min
12-10: 1.5 miles 17 min

I ate junk food 2 out of 7 days this week.
Surprisingly, I'm down another pound. (132)

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Riannon aka "The Motivational Marathoner"


Update: 

I did my strength training in the form of ballet and Krav Maga, which was really fun. I got a semi-long run in (only 6 miles) at a good pace, and did some speed training. My fastest mile was 7:27 this week. Eating was up and down because of too much holiday baking and receiving treats. Weight stayed the same. 

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Becca aka "The Sweet Sunshine Swimmer"




Update: Coming soon!

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Becky aka "Mayhem Momma"


Weekly Progress:

I had a rough week!  Pregnancy makes me want to sleep all day and the only foods that sound good are junk!  Ugh.

1. I skipped one work out.  98%
2. I overate three times. 70%
3. I cheated three times.  88%

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You all are such good examples to me!
Go enjoy this special time with your loved ones!
Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Tuesday Report - Week #8

The Tuesday Report...
...coming to you on Saturday. :o)

(Click here to see everyone's goals)

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Ariana aka "The Cake Runner"


Update: Still sick last week and then just really tired. I'm much better now, so hopefully I can get some exercise sessions in.

Scripture Study: Alma 17
Weight: 162 (Down 1 pound from last week)

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Chelsea aka "The B-Ball Beauty"


Update: Coming soon!

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Aubrie aka "The Delightful Dixie Chick"


Update: Coming soon!

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Amber aka "The Charming Chemist"



Update: I've been terrible lately! I still haven't caught up in my PP journal from my trip. I finished #1, and have been working on my 10 hour project, but I still have 1 (maybe 2?) experience(s) to finish. The deadline we set with my YW is next Tuesday, so I really better get back on this!

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Becca and Daniel
aka "The Dynamic Duo"



Becca's Progress: Coming soon!

Daniel's Progress: Coming soon!

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The Helper


 

Update: My mom says that I have the magic touch with our baby. The baby loves to have me hold her and talk to her, and I'm really good at helping the baby calm down.

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The Impeccable Party Planner


Update: Coming Soon!

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Melanni aka "The Diva of Design"


Update:

I'm happy to report that I did 100% on my goals this week!

Scripture Reading:
BOM: Alma chapter 12
D&C: Section 98
1 Ensign article or Conference talk each day

Exercise:
12-1: 1.5 miles 18 min.
12-4: 1.75 miles 21 min.
12-6: 2 miles 24 min.

Eating: 
One dessert each day (except I didn't even have dessert on Tuesday, that's a big deal for me!)

Weight:
Down 3 pounds (133)

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Riannon aka "The Motivational Marathoner"


Update: 


This week I did the best long run I've done in a while. 9 miles at a pace of 8:50 per mile average. I also got in a decent tempo run and 6 days of exercise, but no speed training. 

Unfortunately, since my clean eating challenge ended last week I wasn't the greatest in that department this week and I am up 1 lb. So down three total. This back and forth is driving me crazy! 


I also ran in a 5k this week with my 9 year old son. This doesn't really have to do with my stated goals, but I love seeing my kids look at running races as a fun thing and a special privilege, probably due in large part to my love of and commitment to exercise and running. My 5 year old was begging to run it too but I told her she had to train for a while longer first. In just a few years I'm going to have some great exercise buddies. :)

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Becca aka "The Sweet Sunshine Swimmer"




Update: The last few weeks have been rough. I was traveling and with family and then we had a bunch of things go wrong at our rental. I broke my sugar free goal, several times, but I know I ate less than I would have before my goal so that's good.

I have been terrible about exercising too. 

I have been reading the scriptures most days. I finished the Book of Mormon for the 3rd time in my life. I really enjoyed Moroni chapter 7. 

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Becky aka "Mayhem Momma"


Weekly Progress:

1. I managed five workouts.  100% still!
2. I overate twice which was pretty much a miracle considering how often I didn't want to eat at all!  
    71%
3. I also cheated twice.  92%

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Just three more weeks!

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Tuesday Report - Week #7

Let's see what we've been up to!

(Click here to see everyone's goals)

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Ariana aka "The Cake Runner"


Update: I have been sick. That is all. LOL!

Scripture Study: Alma 11
Calories: Kept track and ate well 4/7 days
Weight: 163 (Down 1 pound from last week)
Exercise: Worked out to an aerobic/weight lifting video for an hour

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Chelsea aka "The B-Ball Beauty"


Update: I did HORRIBLE this week. I guess I thought my Thanksgiving Break meant a break from my weekly goals, because that's exactly what I did.  I didn't read more than a couple of times, and I only worked out once! Haha, oh well, I'll do better this week. 

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Aubrie aka "The Delightful Dixie Chick"


Update: Coming soon!

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Amber aka "The Charming Chemist"


Update: Coming soon!

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Becca and Daniel
aka "The Dynamic Duo"


Becca's Progress: Coming soon!

Daniel's Progress: Coming soon!

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The Helper

 

Update: I helped the baby stop crying lots of times this week.

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The Impeccable Party Planner


Update: Ugh!! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I was too chicken to do my weigh-in this morning.

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Melanni aka "The Diva of Design"


Update:

I stayed on track with my scripture reading, but I missed a day or two of reading an Ensign article each day this week.
BOM: Alma chapter 4
D&C: section 92

Eating: I pigged out. I had more than one dessert 4 out of 7 days this week. (:
Weight: 136 (up 2 pounds)
Exercise: This was my first full week of exercise since having Corbin. My goal was to exercise 3x each week and I met my goal. I even ran on Thanksgiving morning! Even though my weight went up two pounds, I feel healthier this week because each time I run it is getting easier, and that is the most important to me. So I am happy about that. (:

11-25: 1.5 miles 19 min.
11-27: 1.75 miles 21 min.
11-29: 1.75 miles 21 min.

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Riannon aka "The Motivational Marathoner"


Update: 

My knee was back at full strength this week. I got 6 days of workouts in for my goal, completed the tempo run and the long run (8 miles), but did not do any real speed training. I am finally down 1 more lb on the scale, which puts me back at my year end goal again. 


Also, I have been doing a clean eating contest through Crossfit which ended this week, and although I had only lost 4 lbs I lost a good amount of inches everywhere (yay). I lost 7 inches in total between 6 places of measurement. I really wasn't expecting that much :)

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Becca aka "The Sweet Sunshine Swimmer"


Update: Coming soon!

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Becky aka "Mayhem Momma"


Progress:

1. I managed 5 workouts despite the crazy holiday week!  100%
2. I did not overeat at all this week (thank you morning sickness).  100% for the week, 71% total.

3. I didn't cheat either.  100% for the week, 95% total.

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Just four weeks left of our challenge!