Friday, April 18, 2014
I have met many people at the gym over my past 7 years as a member. It's nice to have a chat with other women and discuss what works, or doesn't work for us. I had a very disturbing conversation with a woman who spends hours in the gym everyday, working hard from cardio to weights, and she's in pretty good shape, possibly 5-10 pounds over what a chart would say her ideal weight was, but most women would love to be her size and shape. During our conversation she dropped this tidbit on me: I'm going to a diet doctor to lose weight"....honestly? Why are we so obsessed with the number on the scale that we would go to the extreme of "diet dr.s" who of course give out "diet pills", etc. This has been swirling around in my head all day, since she told me. The sad reality is that if we aren't dropping pounds, it's most likely our diet that needs tweaking. Either cleaning it up, or being more conscious of serving sizes, and the number of calories we are eating. For someone that works out as hard as this woman, if she's restricting her calorie intake too severely, she's probably slowed her metabolism....it makes me realize how little we, as a society understand our nutritional needs....so happy I found SP 7 years ago....
Thursday, April 17, 2014
I'm reflecting on the past 37 years of my marriage, as we begin year 38, and realize that life has so many twists and turns. I may not be exactly where I thought I would be at this point in my life, but I'm happy, none the less, and would do it all over again. As I've stated before, there is only one regret in my life experience, and that is not getting fit and active so much earlier. However, I no longer continue to dwell on that and accept that I'm there now and it's something of which I'm proud. I'm not at my lowest weight, but I'm most definitely at my strongest. I'm lifting heavier at the gym and feeling so good . I'm not as active on SP but will make a point to be so, starting today.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
I love my time in the gym pumping iron...I am often finding reasons to skip cardio so this week even though spin class is something I've been doing it for 8 years now, I have found that I can motivate myself, and so my own thing when the class instructor is not doing so. So instead of skipping the class on days when I know I don't care for the instructor, I just put on my own music and do what it drives me to do. I really enjoyed each class this week because of this mindset. Additionally, I took a group class today, something I've not done in the past mainly because I have limitations with my knee...but I took a body pump class and it was interesting, not sure it's something that will work for me since I do my own lifting, but I might give it a go and see what happens....
Saturday, January 11, 2014
I usually take the weekend off, but since I made a resolution to up the cardio, I planned to take spin class this morning. When I got up at 7:00 it was raining, so I rolled back over to go back to sleep until 8:00. Well, I slept through 8:00 but woke up at 8:20, started a mini-debate with myself, go, don't go.....after about 5 minutes I finally said, just get up and go! So, I got up, hurriedly did my hair, brushed teeth, washed face and got dressed and out the door (with an energy bar for breakfast) making it to the gym by 9:00 for the 9:15 class! It was a good feeling to get the class in! Here's to keeping the momentum going!
Friday, January 10, 2014
Cardio has been an issue for the past few months...love my weight lifting, but cardio since field hockey has ended, is the thing I like least...additionally, on Mon/Tues/Wed my grandsons are here and the 9:00 spin class time is inconvenient....but I have made a concerted effort to get my cardio time. I did the treadmill on Monday for 30, the stepmill on Tuesday for 30, Wednesday was an off day, Thursday 55 minutes of spin, today 60 minutes of spin....additionally, I've been killing it with the weights, really pushing to lift heavier, and I am really feeling the effects! It's hard to believe that this is year 8 of my journey to fitness....it's hard to remember where I came from...but I'm so thrilled to still be committed to the journey!
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