Wednesday, March 21, 2007
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
Whenever people ask me "how did you do it" or "what did you do", I always want to say, just that: There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. People are of course, looking for me to say, "I took some magic pill and woke up and all the weight was gone"! But, alas, we all know there isn't such a thing. That it takes a tremendous amount of work to win this struggle against obesity. (There's a word I couldn't even say before) But, of course the reward is so great that we don't care about the amount of work it took to get there. Being healthy and looking and feeling better is the best gift we can give to ourselves and those who love us. I can't say it enough: I feel like a different person. I am a different person, there is nothing that remains of the old sloth that I used to be. I am still working on not following up those statements with a self-depricating one: "Why did I wait so long"...but that is still a work in progress. I know that mind-set is one of the causes of my past weight issue, and I vow to change that along with all the other bad habits that I've already disposed. So, today I'm proud of myself for getting up and making my way to the gym and doing my workout. I'm proud of myself for eating properly and drinking my water. I'm also proud of myself for taking a 30 minute nap, in order to take good care of myself. Tomorrow it's off to spinning class again...
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Well, today I went to my first spin class since being on vacation! That's 19 days since I last went...I can tell you my thighs forgot how to spin in that time! I was really struggling with the jumps today...but the euphoric after-exercise feeling was totally awesome. I was contemplaing skipping the class as it's TOM for me and it was a bad day, but I got up and made myself go, and I was really glad I did. My biggest fear about going away for that long a time was that I would revert back to my old non-exercising days, or decide that I didn't really like going to the gym, but that worry was for naught, as I'm really excited to be back in they gym. It's also starting to get pretty nice outside so I'm hoping to continue the spinning classes and also add some outdoor running/walking for the early evenings or afternoons. I learn something new about myself every day and after reading this quote:
Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses.
- Norman Vincent Peale
I realized that this is exactly what I've done during the past 14 months. I've always believed that I would do this, even though I'm sure other people thought I was nuts, or that no-one could do this because it was too overwhelming. But, I guess that helped me to stay focused, because I wanted to prove them all wrong. I saw a lot of people in Florida who haven't seen me for about a year, it was pretty awesome to see their faces when they realized it was me...one person in particular I hadn't seen since the summer of 2004. When I saw him he was actually approaching my husband and I ran up and gave him a hug(forgetting how different I looked)to see him go from looking to confused to recognizing me was totally awesome! Of course it never hurts to hear nice compliments either. Before I went when I was at the spa for my massage, one of the employees there was someone I knew from when I was the school board president, and after I had to tell her my name to get her to recognize me, she said the most amazing thing: "you look beautiful"- I won't ever forget hearing those words.
Monday, March 19, 2007
It's 7:13 am and I'm up and ready for the gym. I'm a bit sluggish for TOM reasons but, I'm on my way. I got weighed this morning and I've lost another pound. While that seems small (it's been 15 days since I was last weighed) considering the circumstances, I'm satisfied. I'll check back later after my workout.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
The things that are hard to bear, are sweet to remember.
Setting goals is easy. The tough part is putting time and hard work into realizing those dreams. The energy you are willing to put forth to reach your dreams is directly related to the probability of achieving them. Above all, be patient with the situation and with yourself. Don't lose your way by being blinded by disappointment, frustrations, and failures. Ponder the goals in your life and the obstacles you might face. Make appropriate plans to overcome those roadblocks even before they occur. Think of the reward of reflecting on a goal you have reached, rather than one you failed to see through. Most big dreams involve big effort!
When I started out 14 months ago, I don't really think I believed I was capable of reaching my goal. But along the way I've learned so much about myself and how it feels to "do something". I began to understand that I had always allowed myself to be a victim of my weight. It was easier than admitting the truth, that I was capable of anything if I would just try. Trying seemed too hard, it was much easier to accept my "lot in life" than to actually take action and change the things I was able to change. I have learned to be a bit selfish and not allow anything to stand in the way of my healthy goals. While I've been away I was not able to get to a gym, and though I haven't done my strength training for 2 weeks, I kept up with my daily cardio and I'm looking foward to getting to the gym tomorrow. I already set my alarm for 6:30 and I'm writing my workout down tonight before I go to sleep. It's very empowering to know that I am able to keep to my comittment and even though I've had a brief respit, I'm ready to go full bore back to work.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Well what a miserable thing to return to...SNOW! UGH!!! I've been in wonderful 80+ degree Florida for the past two weeks where I've been up and outdoors at 7 am for a morning run. What a fabulous way to start your day! Now, I'm home and can't even walk to my car without the danger of falling! I really want to see spring! But, I'm a bit concerned about my weigh-in for Monday. I did run every day, but no luck with the gym thing. So, I'm not feeling like I accomplished much and in fact I'm afraid I'm going to see some significant loss of strength. But, I did well with food for the most part, even though it was difficult with eating out, and eating late in the evenings. I took all my own lunches and had home made breakfasts for the majority of the time, so I hope that I didn't gain anything. I'm certain I will not have lost however...I did find some awesome wraps at Walmart. They are only 50 calories and they are 100% whole grain with flaxseed and omega 3's. They made wonderful sandwiches with some tuna/mustard or turkey breast(healthy choice or Oscar Myer 93% less fat) for about 100 calories. Well, I'm trying to catch up here on SP but I feel like a newbie all over again. So here's to a return to normalcy.
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