Friday, February 23, 2007
Well, we went to Bonefish Grill for dinner tonight, just my DH and I. I had a salad with vingerette on the side and mahi mahi mango salsa on the side, with steamed veggies. While I was a bit perturbed that my veggies had some thing on them(olive oil perhaps)my dinner was quit good and we had an enjoyable time. The bread sat on our table untouched and unmissed....
Friday, February 23, 2007
Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
- Dale Carnegie
I just love Dale Carnegie! This is such a truism and one that I believe in 100%. It's amazing at how even the smallest accomplishment can change your outlook. And now that I've gotten to a healthier weight it's so much easier to do even the smallest things!
Today was my arm workout and of course intense ab day. I really am having a better workout since I split my body parts out to seperate days instead of on day of whole body workouts. Plus I also did a very intense interval run on the tredmill today. It's one I found a long way back and was only able to do at a walk. Today I ran it and was in a real sweat by the end of 30 minutes. It's actually supposed to only be 20 minutes, but I changed it up by adding some extra sprints in order to get my minimum of 30 minutes. I also did 20 minutes on the recumbent bike. So, I'm good to go for the weekend-off to Boston-and even though I'll miss my Saturday spinning class, I think my legs could use a couple of days off!
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Well, it's February 22 and it's thundering outside here in Jersey!!! I can't wait to get to Floriday and see the sun. Well, I kept up my routine and went to spinning class this morning. I must say, the body is a miraculous thing. I've only gone a handful of times and my body is adapting and keeping up quite well. I still have a harder time with the "jumps" but, I'm doing them and keeping my speed up nicely. I was hoping to go and get a walk/run in this afternoon, but the weather is rather threatening, so I'll have to think of something else. We are going to Boston on Saturday morning so I'll miss spinning, but we should do a bit of walking there so I should be ok. I'm no longer worried about my eating while on the road, nor eating out, I'm confident I'll make good, healthy choices. I'm really looking forward to hitting the 165 point, maybe this Monday...it's really difficult now, but oh, so worth it!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
First of all it was a really beautiful day here in Jersey(50 and sunny)! That puts me in the mood to get moving and so I got myself to the gym nice and early. I did an intense 30 minute tredmill workout(intervals of hills and I ran them all for the first time)and then followed that up with a pretty good recumbant bike workout for 15 more minutes. I just feel like 30 minutes isn't enough of a cardio work-out. Then I worked legs today. I used the smith machine for the first time and I probably went a little too light with the weight, but I didn't want to risk getting hurt. Next week I'll double the weight and see how that goes. I also did one exercise that I dispise-back extensions-but I did them and I used a 10 pound weight, which was good. I always do some abs each day, though today, they were a little sore so I went easy.
We then drove my daughter to Penn Station to get the train back to Boston(it was delayed 40 minutes)and I ate a late lunch while running out the door to take my other college daughter's car to the dealer and have a headlamp replaced! I'm probably a little behind in my calories for the day, but I'll just eat a little more for dinner and I should be fine.
I also go tanning(I know totally not healthy, but I'm going to Florida and I don't want to radiate white)and while putting on my lotion today, I was really amazed at my body shape and musculature. I really have never been this thin or toned and it is like it's someone else's body. Believe me, there is still plenty of room for improvement, but I think I'm beginning to like my body for the first time in my life. Kind of said considering I'm 51 years old! But, better late than never!!!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
what a great idea!
Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
- Aldous Huxley
I think that this time I have learned from past mistakes and I'm confident that I will succeed and remain healthy. It's funny because now many family members see me and remark on my weight loss, but when I say I have 20 pounds to go they are shocked and say "oh, no, you shouldn't get carried away", but I know that I'm still in an unhealthy range and I'm not worried as much about what I look like(though that is certainly a big bonus)as much as being healthy and having the best quality of life I possibly can. Perhaps, that is the best thing I've learned this time. While I am still watching the scale(diligently as ever)I'm more interested in what is going on inside my body. My view of food is also about what it will do to me. Is it something that will benefit me or is it something with no nutritional value at all. I don't believe I've ever looked at food that way before and it's quite a relief actually. It takes all the guess work and stress out of eating.
On a different note...I did my 4th spinning class today(this instructor was the toughest so far)and my butt finally didn't hurt!!! I'm going to stick to this for a week or so instead of going outdoors to run, as there is still too much ice around here to feel safe. The last thing I want to do is get injured and miss any exercise.....
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