Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I recognize that if I feel undervalued in this life, it is probably because I've helped teach you I should be undervalued. I'm DONE with that thinking on my end, though, so catch on please & get with the fact that I'm here, I contribute a great deal & I'm worth it!
Thank you for listening,
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Since joining the Y this past fall, I've been using a wonderful program they have, called 3N1. The free program put me together with a personal trainer for an hours each week over a 12 week period, to teach me how to use the equipment properly, keep me motivated & accountable. Today, I graduated from the 3N1 program!!
Part of the 3N1 program involved writing my daily workouts on a sheet with teeny tiny boxes. When I first started, I could fit my workouts in the boxes easily. As I kept going, gained momentum & became truly dedicated to the process, it became impossible to fit all my exercise in the little boxes! That was when I found the button to print out my weekly Spark fitness tracking. Each week, when I met with Anna, my trainer, I printed off my cardio tracking sheet and showed her how great I'd done.
Anna, is a Spark member too, so she totally understood & supported my Sparking. We love going over my printouts each week, seeing how each week my goals increased to keep up with how much extra cardio I was putting in each week. And it was so great to see my endurance increase (i.e. at the beginning, I could only swim 20 laps in 40 minutes. This month, I hit 40 laps in 60 minutes!)
After our session this morning, I kept working out. Anna came & found me & told me that I needed to show my weekly tracking sheet to Jenny, another Y employee, before I left. When I introduced myself to Jenny, she was really impressed with the great Spark tools. She then told me that Anna had been bragging on me & my progress! She said "you've lost 35 lbs, right? That's so great. Keep it up. I know you can!"
Ok, how cool is it when your trainer brags on your accomplishments, plus spreads the Spark using you as an example? And to make it all the better, I got to hear about her bragging on me! (She even used me & my Sparking as an example of motivation in a recent interview for a job as an exercise motivation consultant at a post-op bariatric (sp?) surgery clinic.)
Thank you, Anna! I can't wait to keep working with you, as a regular personal training client. So glad we're working, and Sparking, together!!!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I grew up with that old chestnut ~ "If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." There were a couple times this week when this saying came up. The best, though, was while I was getting a massage on Friday.
I was "spreading the Spark" to my new massage therapist as we chatted on & on about how we've both lost 35lbs, and how much we enjoy working out now, and eating healthy, and making time for ourselves as a priority and how SparkPeople has been key to my success. I was also sharing my frustration with the fact that I've been on a weight loss plateau for the past SIX WEEKS (ever since I began strength training). I spoke about how I know all the positives that are still happening in my life, even when the scale doesn't cooperate. And yet, even knowing these things, I've been beating myself black & blue over the lack of weight loss.
My massage therapist shared a lovely, wise thought. She suggested that I practice not saying negative things to/about myself. Don't too many of us engage in negative self talk? I certainly do! I'm a believer that what you put out to the Universe you receive in return. As much of an optimist as I am, in general, I've been pretty negative about my own progress (or perceived lack thereof).
So, new daily goal for Michelle. If I haven't got anything nice to say about myself, then I'm not going to say anything at all! Need to add that to my Fast Break goals! Today, I can check that little box with pride!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Last night, my friend/workout buddy, Trish, asked me how long I'd been on my health program, prompting some interesting self talk in my head. The first big step was when I started SparkPeople, in earnest, in late August. The second big step was joining the Y in October. So, I've been changing my life for about 5 1/2 months now.
Here's how my old perspective viewed this... I've gone from 262lbs to 227 - a loss of 34lbs. I'm down from a size 24 to a 16. BUT, I wanted to be at the weight SP projected, 207, by my 45th birthday on March 16th. (I know I can make progress in the next 5 weeks, but 20lbs is more than I could lose weight on a healthy program.) Making matters worse, I look at the weight loss numbers posted by other SparkFriends, in shorter time, and I don't feel like I'm doing very well.
Thanks to Trish's reaction last night, and reading the preview to Chapter 4 of The Spark today, I have a new perspective this morning... Instead of "I've been at this for 5 1/2 months. Why am I not further along?", Trish said "Wow! You've been at this for 5 1/2 months! Plus, you've been working out at the Y for 4 months!"
WOW is right! I have been consistently making positive, healthy, empowering, self-loving, strong choices for FIVE AND A HALF MONTHS!!!! I don't know when, except when on swim team or ice skating in junior high, I have EVER been that consistent at taking care of myself. As Chapter 4 is about to remind me that "slow & steady wins the race". While I'm not actually in a race, I am making slow, very steady progress.
Another realization for the day... I am making changes/learning lessons that I truly believe are changing my life permanently!
WOW is right!!!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I began practicing yoga 2 years ago this month. I remember my first beginner class, leaving in tears, midway though, because I couldn't keep up, couldn't understand the instructions, and felt completely weak & inflexible. Fortunately, I was convinced to try a different class, Gentle Yoga, and give it one more shot.
I'm normally not a group class joiner. I tend to feel competitive, and in weaker moments, less than others. Yoga was different. It is about being exactly where I am at the moment I'm there. I pay next-to-no attention to anyone else in the room; instead just concentrating on being my best in each moment.
There have been times when I really struggled with my yoga practice. Sometimes, my size got in my way physically. Mentally, I was too hard on myself. Or, I struggled to support my own weight, or stretch as I wanted to stretch.
For the past 2 years, I've stuck with my yoga practice faithfully. It brought me flexibility, calm & stress reduction on a weekly basis. I've even been able to go off anti depressants, thanks to the peace & balance from my yoga practice. (I don't recommend this to others w/o checking with their doctor. It was just what was right for me.)
The past few months, I've really started seeing wonderful progress, as my weight's going down & my other exercise has gone up. This past week, I caught myself holding poses longer, doing poses I couldn't do before. I saw this January's group of newcomers, and saw myself in them - 2 years ago. I wasn't comparing myself to them. They just, unknowingly, held up a mirror so I could see how far I've come.
I am STRONG! And it feels pretty great!
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