Got me thinking…

My last post was about some good advice I read about how to get back on track, by basically having a little intervention with yourself.

But it kind of got me thinking. One top of everything that was mentioned I think that reminding ourselves of how far we’ve come should be something we frequently remind ourselves of. Of course that kind of contradicts the “Leave the past in the past” unless you think about it in the way of all the negative stuff. Like don’t sweat on what/how you ate yesterday (or the day before) you can’t change it so why worry about it… you know?

So I was thinking about it and realized that I haven’t really thought of any NSV since my last post I did about them way back in April. And it’s about time that I reminded myself of these things.

Sure there aren’t a lot of things, but they’re still important nonetheless. Things I should be proud of and that I should remind myself constantly of… but for some reason I haven’t.

So here goes nothing…

I went out and bought a LBD (little black dress) and wore it out… sure, no big deal. But it was a MEDIUM. Yeah, you read that right! I squeezed into a MEDIUM dress. A big deal to me.

Speaking of mediums, gone are the day of Large and Extra Large underwear. This girl is wearing a medium in underwear. And let me tell you, they look so tiny when I hold them up!!!

I had to tighten my belt!!!!

Those are the ones that have made me the most excited. There are a few more, but those ones are the best right now.

NSV should be a big deal as far as losing weight. I honestly think that it should be a big deal when losing weight. Keeps a person grounded. I kind of feel that it keeps the idea of weight loss physical rather than abstract. Sure we can talk about “Oh I lost 10 pounds!!!!” Which is amazing, but sometimes you just kind of need that physical proof. Saying “I am wearing a smaller pants size” or something along that makes it feel a little more real… it’s like progress that you can see/feel.

Of course, I’m not knocking 10 pounds, I get ecstatic when I step on the scale and see ten pounds have melted off. But I was more excited about pulling on a pair of size 10 pants. If that makes any sense at all.

So reminding ourselves that you’re wearing smaller clothes, that you can run a mile (or more), or that you can climb a set of stairs without getting completely winded is a really big deal.

I love the idea of NSV…especially NSV goals. I still have my “number goals” like losing 10 pounds… but I do like having goals that I have to work up to. Working up to doing a real push up, or jogging, or having the guts to wear a smaller size clothing. It’s things that when I tell someone and they can see and it can be proof rather than looking at me and can actually witness without me having to step on a scale right in front of them (which would be embarrassing as I always weigh myself in the buff).

Homework: Think about what kind of Non Scale Victories you have and be proud of them!!!!

Get it on!!!

Well, today has certainly been interesting.

Started off with a soccer game…fun… and ended with a hospital trip and missed work.

Ok, so that sounds way more dramatic than it actually is. I ended up get a scratch on my eye. As in my eyeball. Yeah, there is a pretty little red line across my eye. It’s all blurry and sore. And to top it off, the “eye drops” they have me on are gross. I use the term “eye drop” very loosely. It has the consistency of petroleum jelly. Yum, right?

I have to squeeze some of it under my bottom waterline… then I get this lovely film like feeling along with the scratchy soreness I’ve already got. So the blurry-ness kind of turns into a shiny blur. It’s an odd sensation. So, I’m supposed to be at work tonight, but can’t be there. Which I feel horrible about, I don’t like missing work… but apparently it’s better that I don’t go in. So I’m sitting here at home feeling horribly guilty about missing work. Yeah.

But other than that… Josh and I went out and picked up some more exercise equipment. Of course it was all on sale…impulse buy kind of thing. They’re resistance band things. One of them you hook around a door, and the other is like a strap you put over your back when you’re doing push-ups. It’s kind of perfect though, I’ve been complaining about wanting to do strength training and whatnot, and now we can! Of course the push-up one is more for Josh, as I can’t even do a single push up, let along with resistance along with it.

I’m pretty excited about it. But…FINALLY…. Josh and I have come up with an exercise schedule.

After quite a bit “research” (read: random googling) I found out that the typical “3 days a week/20-30 minutes a day” isn’t the only option. So Josh and I kind of came up with our own little regimen and we’re going to see how it goes.

So, yeah. That’s what we’ve got so far. Saturday and Sunday are going to be our “rest days” and Tuesday is going to be our “half assed day” where we are still “exercising” but it is far less strenuous than the rest of the week. We’re going to do cardio and strength every day…about 30-45 minutes each. At this point we’re planning on doing the cardio in the morning and strength training at night. We’re planning on starting to wake up at 6:00 every day (before Land-o gets up) so we can get these exercises out of the way and then strength is going to be more at night, after he gets to bed depending on the night.

And for the record. The “elliptical/variety” thing is pretty much for Josh’s sake. He’s not big on the elliptical, he’d rather do jumping jacks and burpees. Ew. Although, who knows…I might get into some burbies…we’ll see.

And we left the strength kind of vague on purpose. We know we want to work on upper body more than lower…mainly because our bottom halves are already stronger than our top halves. Yes, even me. I’ve got shockingly [read: freakishly] strong legs…it’s my upper body that is weak. But we didn’t want to say “Oh we’re going to do obliques on this day, arms on this…” we wanted to keep it open. Give us a chance to figure what exercises we like and which ones we don’t.

So yeah, that is our plan for right now.I think it looks pretty good right now. This is just for the month of October. We’re talking about how we can add/change the exercises and the schedule for the next month so our bodies don’t get used to it.

We’re going to see how this month goes. Much of the exercising that we are going to be doing is quite low as far as exercises go. We aren’t going to be using 50 pound resistant bands or anything, and I already know I can jump on the elliptical for 45 minutes no problem. We are starting low so we can work up to either longer “sessions” or heavier weights/more reps.

And Josh is going to do this with me!!!! He doesn’t need to lose weight (skinny bastard :D) but he would like to add on some muscle and be healthier in general… but if I can be completely selfish for a minute, I’m thrilled that I won’t have to do this alone!!!

So we’ll see how it goes… it should be interesting. Wish us luck!