Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain
This is so very important, especially to those of us who are battling obesity and trying to get healthy! I am so lucky in that I have a great support system here at home. Starting with my DH who cooks all my meals and shops for the foods he knows I need to eat. Additionally, he's absolutely my biggest cheerleader. He loves showing me off to people we haven't seen in a while just to see there reactions. He got a big kick out of the trainer from my daughter's college softball team saying that everyone was wondering who was that new woman with Mr. R. But most of all, whenever I'm having difficulty or am concerned about things(like the fact that I have some loose skin I don't like)he always says something to make me feel better and keep me going towards my goal. I guess that's why we've been together for 35 years(married 31 dated in HS).
Another way he supports my efforts, he gave me spinning shoes for our anniversary and he's going to join the gym with me. The shoes were great, though it's a little difficult to get the clips in the pedals. But, it really does make a big difference, especially with the jumps. I had a great class today and got my lifting done before. I'm really pleased with the whole thing. I'm currently reading a couple of books to learn some new exercises as well as making sure I hit all the muscle groups.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Well today I've been married for 31 years! On this date 31 years ago the temperature in NJ was 99 degrees. Today it's in the 40's! But my DH gave me spinning shoes as my gift today, I can't wait to use them in class tomorrow. I know they'll make a difference. My feet have been killing me from not having the right shoes. And of course, for me, it's always about having the "right shoes" for everything(in case you can't tell, it's my personal indulgence-I think because for years that was the only thing I could shop for that would fit me!). They aren't the cutest looking things, but they have a function. Tonight we are going to dinner and a movie...which reminds me, I'm supposed to find a movie and the times...My oldest daughter gave us the sweetest card and paid us the best compliment in the world. She said she hopes to have a marriage as good as ours and to raise such a wonderful family! How awesome is that? We do have great kids! Speaking of kids and having three away at college, my heart goes out to the victims and their families from Virginia Tech. What a horrible tragedy. We actually know two students there, one was shot in the face and is in critical condition, the other wasn't involved, thank God.
Things like that put everything in a proper perspective, it makes me realize that all the agonizing I've done about losing weight is really meaningless in the grand scheme of things. To lose a child to such a senseless event is impossible to understand.
Monday, April 16, 2007
What a miserable day! In order to go to the gym this morning I had to scrape SNOW off my windshield! This is the middle of April! What is going on? Now we are left with howling winds and not very spring-like temps. Thank goodness I found spinning classes! I went this morning again after I did my lifting workout. This is turning out to work very well. I go and do my lifting in 1 1/2 hours and then my 45 minute spinning class and I'm done for the day. Today, however, I did not skip my warm-up. I did 15 minutes on the treadmill before I started lifting. I learned my lesson. I had an excellent work-out today. I just love how good it feels to lift. I change up my lifting so that I'm always doing different exercises, but making sure I hit all the body parts. It keeps things fresh and definately challenges my body.
Tomorrow is my 31st wedding anniversary! My husband is buying me spinning shoes for my gift. How funny that sounds! In the past I would have rather had a piece of jewelry, but I'm thrilled to be getting these shoes-or anything that would enhance my exercise and fitness plans. I've also talked DH into joining the gym with me. He can join for only $22 a month with no sign up fee. I hope he doesn't change his mind. It would help with his diabetes control-hopefully get him off the meds. That would be awesome.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Are You Giving Your Goals Your Best Effort?
Your dreams deserve better than a half-hearted effort. Meet your goals with a weak handshake and they'll soon be waving you goodbye. Since you probably don't want to look back on a life full of "almost made it" memories, it's time for total commitment. Leave it all on the field, don't hold anything back. Is there anything more satisfying than pouring out your entire being, straddling the cliff, reaching your total limit, then looking up and realizing that oh-my-gosh-I-can't-believe-I-really-did-it
? And is there anything more tragic than failing and realizing you could have done more? If you feel "tuned out" of your current life, that's okay. Make your first goal to build a life that you can get "in"-to. Then don't look back. Make every day count and live purposefully, live energetically, live completely.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between.
- Pat Riley
I think this is the most appropriate quote for me. I really live this. You're either in or out, there is no in-between. So for me, there was never a question of not sticking to my food plan and I don't skip exercise(not even today-Sunday-my off day-I got up in the Nor'easter and went to spinning class)who would I be cheating? Me and that's who I'm doing this for. If I had done this in a way that allowed me to eat smaller portions of the old food I ate, or if I gave myself weekends or one day a week off from my eating plan and exercise program, I would have long ago been off the wagon. But instead I made sure to be all IN and to not lie to myself or give up on myself. Going ALL-IN isn't easy, but it's the only way as far as I'm concerned. There are no short-cuts, or cheats allowed. I have 16 pounds to go and these aren't easy now, in fact, I haven't had a very good week as far as I'm concerned, however, tomorrow is weigh-in day and I'll face the music no matter what the outcome. I'll know where I can do better and I'll do better next week. Because, it's important to me and I want it bad enough to do it right.
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