Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Well, I did the 6 am spinning class today and I think I might go at that time again! It's so totally awesome to be coming out of the gym after getting my cardio in for the day and seeing the sun coming up! Now, I have the rest of the day to do what I please and it's going to be 80 degrees here! I think I'll go for a walk later in the afternoon.
Stand for something or fall for anything.
How true is this? I have read this before and even used it with my kids. I am a person who does believe strongly in my convictions and can be quite passionate defending them. That doesn't always make people happy, but I am what I am.
Right now I believe strongly that I can overcome anything with healthy diet and exercise. More and more evidence proves that being a healthy weight and being active and eating properly can prevent so many diseases and prolong your life. I can also attest to the fact that "all that ailed me" was related to being obese. My life is so much more fun now and I know it will only get better. Those last extra 20 pounds can have a huge impact on how your body feels.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Well today was the start of a new week and of course weigh-in day. I'm down another .6 lbs for a total of 134.9. While that is a little disappointing, I know that I've lost inches because my clothes are all fitting looser. I probably lost at least a full pound, but didn't have the bm before weighing in...My goal for this week is to stick to 1400 calories. After reading an article in Women's Health and calculating my calorie needs, I think this is where I should be, even though my profile here says 1550. I'll see how this works out for me.
I had an excellent work-out this morning. I did back and chest today along with a very good treadmill run. I did skip the stretching, but I tend to do that. I tried a couple of new machines today and did free weights. I feel good about the workout.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Well, today starts another new week. I can't believe March is almost gone! I am, however, happy that the weather seems to be thiniking spring. I didn't get on the computer yesterday, but I got up and went to the Saturday spinning class. The woman who instructs has the reputation of being the hardest instructor, personally, I love her class! I don't always get to go on Saturdays(forget April every weekend is filled with softball games)but, I would prefer her class to any of the other instructors...but, we had a conversation after class, with another girl who is trying to lose weight, and I found out that both she and the instructor are SP members!! That is totally cool. The Spark is obviously spreading!
So, this morning I had thought I would go to spinning again, but then I decided I really should give myself a day off. My legs are still reminding me of the hard workout they did on Friday, and we do need to allow our bodies some time to recover. So, I took the day off, and I'm not feeling guilty, because I know it's necessary.
Tomorrow is weigh-in and if I don't lose this week, I'm not going to be upset, because I can really see a difference in my body. Two pair of jeans(size8)that were pretty snug on me before vacation, are definately loose now. My daughter gave me a few things she was getting rid of and there were a pair of size 4 capris. I was going to toss them in the trash, but instead decided to try them on. They were definately too tight to wear right now, but, I got them on and zipped! By late spring I should be able to wear them---I've never seen a size 4 before(they are stretch however).
So, here's to another week of good workouts, and the prospect of getting outside in the nice weather!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Well, it's Friday, and I got up at 6 and was at the gym by 7 this morning. I did 65 minutes of cardio(45 on the treadmill, 20 on the bike)and than did my leg workout. I was finished at 10 am. I had a very good workout and I did some more difficult exercises(like squats on the smith machine and donkey calf raises)so I felt really great afterwards. I'm not being disciplined enough about posting my food online(I do keep a hand written journal, but I've been a little lax there as well), so I'm going to work on that this week. I think it's a matter of just getting out of the habit while I was away, so if I just make a conscious effort I can get that good habit back.
This has been a bit of a stressful day in that my mother is in the hospital with pneaumonia, the flu, a sinus infection and a kidney infection. She's doing quite well, but whenever someone is in the hospital it's a bit stressful. She should be home by Monday unless something goes wrong.
Tomorrow I'm going to the 9:00 spinning class and than I'm going to the 10:15 class on Sunday morning. I haven't done as well as I can with food this week(trail mix is doing me in-even though it's home made) so I'm adding Sunday to my cardio this week.
Who I am really keeps surprising me.
- Nikki Giovanni
This is so very true! I constantly do a double take when I see my reflection in the mirror. For the first time in my life, I can have my picture taken and see it later and say, I look pretty good, instead of UGHHH! But, I want to surprise myself daily with doing my exercise and eating right for the rest of my life. Or should I say that I don't want it to be a "surprise" that I do those things, that will be when I finally have gotten it right for good!
Here's to a great weekend for all...
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...
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