Better Healthy Living Challenge Check In #2

I almost forgot to check in on this challenge. But hey it’s only 11:20pm so it’s not tomorrow yet 😉 It’s still Tuesday!

So, I’m still working on the whole challenge suggestion of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying a new exercise, etc. Last week I shared about stepping out of my comfort zone to play softball and buying a mountain bike and going riding on my own.

So, I don’t really have much more to share about stepping out of my comfort zone. I did take my very first Zumba class last week. I’m still a bit up in the air about it and whether I liked it or not. I think I did. lol

The one thing that I like about Angie’s challenge is that she’s not focusing on losing a certain amount or weight or losing a certain amount of inches. It’s all about pushing ourselves to do and try things we normally don’t let ourselves. I’m amazed how easy it really is to step out of my comfort zone. Sure, it’s ‘painful’ the first few minutes but so far I’ve found I usually end up having a lot of fun and enjoying myself!

Right now I’m going through a major change in my life – my son just moved in with his dad and step mom. It’s only been a few days and I miss him like crazy but I’m going to take the remaining days of this 30 Days to Better Healthy Living challenge and continue to push myself to do things outside of my comfort zone. I’ve realized the last few days that I’ve been pulling away from friends and ‘hiding’ by myself as I try to deal with all the emotions I’m going through right now. And I don’t want that. I want to take this time to focus soley on me, my health and pushing myself farther than I thought I could. I don’t have to let my son moving be a negative impact on me, I can turn into something positive – focusing solely on myself and getting healthy.

Wow, that was a lot of rambling to say that I’m going to continue to work on stepping outside my comfort zone and see what else I can make myself do that I normally wouldn’t do 🙂

Oh and this wasn’t really outside my comfort zone but I did meet my first goal I set for bike riding, tonight. I set a goal of being able to ride 5 miles and I did it! I had to push myself hard to finish the last 1.5 miles. I even had to talk myself through it because I wanted to quit so bad…my rump hasn’t hurt like this since I started riding last week…but I wouldn’t let myself. I knew I had to do it. And I did it. Woot woot!

Me

14 Responses to Better Healthy Living Challenge Check In #2

  1. teresa says:

    Good for you!!!! 5 miles is a lot. Do you have one of those fancy gel, lady seats for your bike?
    I don’t think I could handle a bike seat at all.
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    • admin says:

      Teresa I don’t have a gel seat. I’ve talked to a couple people that are bigger and they have gel seats & they said it has made absolutely no difference at all. But I think I may check with a local bike store here and ask them for some suggestions.

      • Munchberry says:

        I have one of those wide seats for my bike. I call it the sofa. I LOVE it and it leaves me with unbruised butt or pelvic bones. It has big springs. For big girls.

        I had a gel seat that was shaped like your basic seat that has a little sliver of a front perfect for digging in the most unpleasant way… it did nothing to stop the pain.

        Give me my sofa.

        • admin says:

          I need a sofa seat! This is probably a little too much information but let’s just say that my rump was so sore/raw from riding the 5 miles the other night that it actually was bleeding! I’m not sure I could even sit on my bike seat right now if I tried…it hurts just sitting on a chair, couch, etc. So, yep I definitely have to find something different seat wise!!!

  2. Tishia, you are rocking it! I was just saying to myself last night how proud I was of you for stepping out and trying new things. I like watching you focus on this rather than the scale. Because ultimately trying all these new things will help you feel better and in turn also lose weight since you’re being so active. Good for you!

    I have a gel seat for my spin bike and you can get one at Walmart. You’ll love it!
    Angie (Losing It and Loving It)´s last blog post ..Grilled Pizza Recipe

    • admin says:

      Thanks Angie. It’s nice focusing on some other than the silly scale. I can’t believe how I used to let that thing control me! Man, talk about a waste of energy. I’m loving all the new things I’m doing. I think I’m really starting to like that I’m coming out of my ‘shell’ more too 🙂 A few people have told me that the gel seats don’t make a difference for them but I’m still going to try one. Just because something doesn’t work for one person doesn’t mean it won’t work for me!

  3. I love challenges that don’t focus on weight:) Kudos on your biking.
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    • admin says:

      Hi Karen. Thanks for your comment. It’s nice not being prisoner to the scale for once 🙂

  4. Munchberry says:

    You know what I like about you? You jump in with gusto! “Oh I have not ridden a bike in ages – How about we take a 5 mile trek to start off? I only had to push thru the last 1.5 miles!” How I adore that.

    What is sort of startling is that if you take a step back and look, it is like you are re/discovering you (the other side that was unavailable to you (for a while?)). Isn;t that what we are all doing – maybe to a less intense degree? learning how to be new us? With exercsie, without food crutches to help us limp along in our old ways.

    I truly admire the way, you are picking it up and dusting it off. The easy thing is to hide and feel sorry for ourselves (no matter the situation). And you MAY do that on occasion – but not today!

    High five goal girl!

    • admin says:

      Munchberry – jumping in with gusto isn’t always the greatest thing. It’s caused me to give up in the past because I started out doing so much that I quickly wore myself out. I believe in starting out small and working out way up to things but for some reason it’s to darn difficult for me to start out slow! LOL

      I don’t think I’m rediscovering who I am…I think I’m just now (after 36 years) discovering who I really am! It’s scary to be 36 and not really know who you are! But I’m going to enjoy the process of figuring it all out 🙂

  5. Toya says:

    Tisha, I was wondering with all your new exercise, how is your diet coming? The diet is the part that gets me every time. I changed things up by going to the actual weight watchers meetings, but I still struggle. Just wanted to know how you were handling it. Keep up the good work on the activities!

    • admin says:

      Toya – my diet is doing great. I’m still following the WW program and I’m finding that with all the exercise I’ve been doing I’m a lot more hungry than normal (if that’s possible! LOL) so I’m trying to focus on eating more things full of protein that will fill me up longer. And I’ve been a snacking fool…but strangely I’ve only been craving good snacks (watermelon has been my thing lately…in fact I ate a WHOLE one all by myself in 2 1/2 days…that’s a lot of watermelon lol). But, I still do have days where it’s hard to eat healthy but I’m learning to enjoy junky treats as long as I count the points. I’m finding if I let myself have a piece of cake or whatever it is I want that I don’t seem to crave all the bad stuff so much.

  6. Satu says:

    Way to go, Tishia!

    I’ve concentrated so hard on fitness walking lately that I’ve almost forgotten I own a bike too. Thanks for reminding me. 🙂

    I love Angie’s challenge for the same reason you do, because it doesn’t concentrate on weight goals. Next/this week I’m planning on trying something more challenging than the last.

    Hope you find a way to solve the sore butt problem..
    Satu´s last blog post ..My Weight Loss in Pictures Workouts

    • admin says:

      Hi Satu. Thank you for commenting 🙂 I’m in love with my bike…well except right now when I’m trying to let my butt recuperate! LOL