thursday three – The Shrinking Jeans of Lisa


August 26, 2010 By lisa

After seeing what today’s topic was for Thursday Three, I just knew I had to participate.

A-Ha Moments

  • Around my firstborns FIRST birthday, I knew that I need to take control of my weight.  I weighed more than I ever had in my entire life (which coincidentally is just a few more lbs than I weigh now- HA!), I hated the way I looked and I hated the way I felt.  I joined Weight Watchers in October 2004 and promptly lost 25 lbs in less than 3 months.  I kept it off until I got pregnant with #2.  Lather, rinse, repeat with each child (I have 3 kiddos).
  • Another A-Ha moment was after the 1/2 marathon, that I ran/walked with an injured hip.  Instead of being proud of my accomplishment of being able to complete the race AND raise tons of money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, all I could think of was the fact that I couldn’t do the race the way I thought I would be doing it.  My brain and my body fought against each other, causing me massive amounts of stress, my hair to fall out, and a horrible sleep cycle.  It sucked.  After the race, after I had chilled out a bit, after I had rehabbed my hip injury and was on my way to recovery- during all of that time, I had LOTS of time to reflect on the entire experience.  When I finally returned to running, after almost 3 months of non-running, I was completely humbled and awed by what my body was able to do, not what it cannot do.  I no longer compare myself to others and how fast they run- I compare myself to ME.  I enjoy the moments of running and feeling free.  I enjoy bettering my mental toughness.  I enjoy what my body will give me.  Screw everything else.  This was and is a HUGE “A-Ha” moment for me. 

Motivational Quotes

  • The Bondi Bands that I always where when I exercise motivate me:

Easy Recipes

I have to go now!  Thankyouverymuchbuhbye!

January 3, 2010 By lisa

All through school- elementary, junior high, high school and college- I have NEVER turned in my homework late.  Never, ever, ever.

Yes, I was THAT goody too-shoes.

But not anymore.

Thea gave us homework on Thursday and I am just now getting to it.  I hope I can still get an “A”.  I can barely keep up with my daily work so this homework thing, it’s HARD.  Blah, blah, blah.

1.  3 Goals for this challenge

  • Drink a minimum of 100 oz of water per day.
  • Eat five servings of fruits and veggies per day.
  • Exercise 5 days a week.  Specifically, 3 days of cardio and 2 days of strength training.  Anything extra is just that, extra, icing on the cake.  Chasing my ever busy, non-stop toddler around the house does not count.  Neither does running around with the 3.5 yr old and the 6 yr old.

2.  Track my goals.  WTH?!  I have to track it?  For realz?  OK, I understand WHY I need to track it, but can someone come up with the chart for me?  This is so not my comfort zone.  If I come up with the chart, it will involve construction paper, a black sharpie, and leftover Disney Princess stickers from my daughter.  THEAAAAA????????????????????

For the exercise portion, I will continue to use…..LOVE IT!

3.  Non-food reward.  OH, this one is so hard for me.  I rarely reward myself.  So this will be it.

I love to cook and I love all things kitchen-y.  So many things I want, so little time.  How do I ever pick from the 8 million items I want for my kitchen though?  I want a new coffee pot, a Kitchen Aid mixer (too expensive though), The Flavor Bible (for cooking) or an online membership to Cook’s Illustrated, or an 8 inch chef’s knife.  Personally, I want ALL of these things : ).

How will I ever choose?