Saturday, October 29, 2011
I finally was able to get my dream elliptical! We have been saving money from birthdays, anniversary and other gift money to put towards a Sole elliptical and finally the day came...yesterday!!!
After "lusting" after the Sole elliptical it is difficult to believe that it is actually set up in my house! Rereading that last sentence makes me laugh. Me, coveting exercise equipment! I can't believe it is me loving exercise and exercise equipment. I used to exercise in spurts and then lose interest and not do it again for years. But since starting Sparks in January 2010 my life has changed - I have changed!
I now know how important eating right and exercising is for me and everyone. It has become a priority and not for weight loss, although that is a wonderful side benefit, but because it is healthy and life-giving. It is the way we are suppose to live. I also learned a difficult lesson...even if the pounds are no longer coming off, I must always continue to exercise and try to eat right. I must do it for me, my body, my heart, my organs, my blood vessels and all that is beneath the skin that I cannot see but is so important. We only see the weight that we carry around, we don't see the most important things which are hidden inside our body. That is a tough lesson and one I have to focus on daily.
So, after almost 2 years on Sparks and constantly pursuing exercise and healthy eating I have proved that I will be consistent and will use my exercise equipment...I could finally justify purchasing a quality piece of equipment that I will use almost daily. I have created my own workout room that I love and go to for health and to get lost in the world of adrenaline and sweat and I love it! It feels awesome! My space, my world, my pursuit of health. It calls to me every day and I respond most of the time with enthusiasm and those days that I am dragging my but down there because it is the thing to do; it is only a matter of a few minutes when I'm in that zone of energy and adrenaline. It is ALWAYS worth it!
So, here are some pictures of my dream machine and you can see a little of my small exercise space which I have packed a lot into. I have a used weight machine that I just purchased a month ago off of Craig's List and a nice stereo system that was my last Christmas present. I max out the volume on that and it really moves me to my burn-the-fat world.
So, thanks for reading my blog and looking at my pictures. I am so thankful for my fellow Spark friends who can identify with what I'm saying and encourage me to always move forward. It is great to be on this journey together!
The huge box that the elliptical came in...all 310 lbs of it!
Husband helping me (well, he did most of the work) put it together...half way there.
Me trying out - not in my exercise clothes..yet. It feels great though - nice and smooth! See my stereo system in front of the elliptical? Love it!!
The screen - it has lots of programs and I can program my own workout if I want.
This is my "new" used weight machine which I really enjoy using.
I also have a treadmill that folds up when not in use. I have a stepper that is leaning against the wall and I like to use that when I'm switching up my routine. I have been using a Gazelle but just moved that to the basement to make room for the elliptical. Wish I had more space!
There's my Zone where I lose myself in the exercise world. A lot happens here but thankfully doesn't stay there...I take all that work with me! =)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Why did the chicken cross the road? SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick! BARACK OBAMA: Let me be clear, the chicken crossed the road because it was time for change! The chicken wanted change! Real change!... Change he could believe in! JOHN McCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road. HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure, right from Day One, that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me. GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here. DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun? COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road. BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. AL GORE: I invented the chicken. JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it. AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens. DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems. OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens. ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road. NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks. PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American. MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information. DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told. ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone. GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough. BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it's lifelong dream of crossing the road. ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road. JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace. BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2011, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2011. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot. ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken? NANCY PELOSI: Chicken...thats my favorite word.....Chicken, it sounds so wonderful. COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?
(By: Allan Henry)
Saturday, March 26, 2011
So, I've been reflecting lately on where I'm at here on this healthy journey where I have allowed myself to rest and I've stopped moving on the "journey highway" and decided to camp at "not quite at goal and can't get motivated to finish" Rest Stop. Well, I don't like it - not at all.
Some time after Christmas I seemed to have lost the momentum I had all last year to lose those 100 pounds. Lately it seems to be about the weight loss and not about the healthy part - which should be my focus. Instead of being encouraged by all I've accomplished, I've been "beating" myself up over the stalling of the weight and motivation. I guess I feel like Peter Pan when he lost his "happy thought." I need to get back to basics and find those happy thoughts that got me on this journey, will keep me on it and help me to fly again. I don't like the sabbatical I've taken - if I was at goal and maintaining than I could accept that - but I'm not at goal. I'm close and in the past I've been close (years ago) and never quite got there - I don't want a repeat of the past - I WANT TO BE THERE!!!!!
So, that brings me to what I need to do to achieve this:
Happy thought #1 -- I am happy with my exercise - I'm doing all I should be with this. This is a first in my life and I am so happy that I am doing it for me - not for the weight loss. If it was for weight loss than when I hit goal, I would most likely slack off and give myself a break which would eventually lead to not doing it and going the wrong direction. Happy thought #1 - check! I'm doing it and for the right reasons!!!!! Yea!!!!!
UNhappy thought #2-- I haven't been consistent in my eating - start out good most days but by supper and evening I'm giving myself a lot of room to treat myself and eat beyond what I NEED and allowing too many unhealthy foods from hand to mouth. - Solution? I really need to work on this. Go back to basics - review what I know - revisit myself from a year ago when this was a priority and a daily part of my life.
UNhappy thought #3-- Can't find enough motivation to deny myself the wrong foods and stop the night time insanity - -solution? Meditate on what really motivates me and then take the action steps to promote it.
UNhappy thought #4-- I have never been motivated by those bikini pictures representing what I want to become. Putting up pictures of clothes, shoes, a would-be vacation etc. never motivated me -they usually depressed me. I found I had to really do this for ME - not for external items as they don't last - the vacation will end, the clothes and shoes become "old" - everything seemed to have a shelf-life - BUT, not my health, that was for always. - -Solution? This is truth, I need to post this where I can remind myself every day why I do what I do and need to keep going. I AM IMPORTANT and important enough to do this for ME not for anything or anyone else.
So, now that I've hashed some of this out in a blog, I need to take some time to reinforce what I know - visually. I just have to figure out what that looks like for me. It's different for everyone. Sparks puts a lot of emphasis on visual reminders - I read one of their articles "Seeing is Achieving" and one of the comments was "99% of learning is done on a non-conscious level. Thatís a fancy way of saying that vision dominates your brain activity and behaviors." My problem is that putting up pictures of models I want to look like or clothes or a vacation picture never worked for me - so, what does work for me? That is the question. An important one - one I need to continue to think about and work it out for me. This would take me up a notch -- A new level. Maybe this is what I need to do for me and is actually necessary for my "success."
Maybe my next blog will be answers to those questions. Hopefully so. The great thing is I've walked this path - last year for almost an entire year - that means I was on the right path and that path was forged by MY footsteps - no one elses. I need to find my way back on that path and put one foot in the footstep I left for myself already and walk in those steps again.
I don't think I can fail if I can find my way back to those steps.
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