Thursday, March 29, 2007
A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison.
- Francis Bacon
I think Francis Bacon was speaking of me when she wrote this! Here's a great example of why: today, I'm quite sore from a very difficult leg work-out yesterday. I normally do spinning on Thursdays, and had decided(while languishing in bed)that I was going to "just walk" today and skip the spinning class(I've already gone twice this week). But, low and behold, I'm off to spinning(9:30 class)! Of course the old me would still be in bed thinking of doing nothing, because that was all I could have done! But now that I'm a much healthier person, I'm DOING things and getting healthier every day! I'm so thankful that I made this change and I will forever keep with it!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb
Wow isn't this the truth!!! For fear of going slowly(actually taking too much time)I put off doing anything about my weight for far too many years! All that standing still could(would)have killed me. But, now I no longer stand still, in fact this morning I challenged myself more than usual. I decided I wasn't up for 45 minutes on the treadmill, but, knew I needed at least that much cardio today, and it was leg training day with the weights. So, I decided to do a spin class and my leg workout in the same session. I went to the 8am Spin Express class only to find it cancelled as I was the only participant. That was fine though since I went to do my leg workout first. I thought that might be a mistake because spinning taxes your legs so much, but it worked out great! I had an awesome spinning class and my leg workout was quick, but thorough. I didn't get my ab or back exercises in the program today, but I'll do some tonight while watching TV.
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!
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