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.....
Monday, February 19, 2007
Well it's the beginning of week 60 for me. I had a disappointing loss of only .4 this week. But, I know my food could have been better. Not the quality, but the quantity. In particular, I'm eating too much after dinner. So, this week's challenge for me is no nighttime eating, and no eating in front of the tv. I've now lost 131.3 pounds and hope to do better this week.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight.
- V. Borge
This is so very true! I'm not a naturally friendly person, ie. I don't usually start a conversation with a stranger, but while I'm out walking or running, even at the gym, I get so much out of just giving a smile and saying hello to other people. It makes me feel good just doing it, and I try to keep that smile going for as long as possible. Another thing that goes along with this is how amazing the brain is. By that I mean, if you look at this journey and say you accept change, and you relish new ideas and habits you can succeed. It's like when you don't feel like exercising and you say, "I'm only going to do part of my work-out" your mind accepts that but once you get there you don't quit. If you tell yourself you are strong and capable, than that's what you believe. While I know it isn't strength that makes or breaks our dieting efforts(I don't like that word, but..)it certainly gives you a feeling of enpowerment to not eat foods you know are unacceptable to good health. That kind of thinking shifts you from the victim to the one in control. If you believe you are powerless in avoiding eating a hamburger and fries than you are defeated and helpless. But if you mentally think you don't want them, or need them, than you are the winner. I guess being an athlete and having a competitive nature still, also play into my successes so far. I feel like I'm beating everything by doing this and I love to win...I want to be a winner for life!
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Well, I did an hour of spinning class today with the "toughest" instructor. I was really happy that today I did all the stands, jumps and kept the tension up(as per instructor) for the entire time. It was really cool and although my butt was killing, I finished and felt great for doing so! We had a banquet for my son's football team today, and the food choices were not great. I had the salad(already had a vingerette dressing on it)some veggies(could have had butter on them)and a piece of chicken(sans the skin, sauce, stuffing) along with the apple I brought from home...although there were hidden fats, I feel I still stuck to my plan and kept the calories well within my range.
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