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Words to Live By

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.


Only one way

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.


Softball today

Saturday, April 14, 2007

No spinning today due to Cait's softball double header. When I got back I went for a run. Surprisingly it was still nice enough at 5:30 to run outside today. But, alas, tomorrow is supposed to be a noreaster storm that might last until I'll be back inside tomorrow. I'll probably go to spinning at 10:15.

I'm not feeling too good about Monday's weigh-in so I'm going to try and get some extra cardio in. I'm coming to that TOM anytime now, so that will affect my weight this week and maybe next.

But, anyday I get my cardio in, especially when I have other things going on, is a good day!


Live and Learn

Friday, April 13, 2007

Well, today for the first time in 8 months I was a bit rushed and wanted to get my lifting done before spinning class(I told you I was addicted!). So, I skipped my warm-up, which is usually at least 15 minutes on the treadmill. By skipping it, I wasn't warmed up properly and I "tweaked" something in my right shoulder doing the bench press with 65 lbs. I did do 10 reps with 45 pounds which I thought would warm-up those muscles, but, now that I recall, I should have done at least 3 sets of 10 reps to warm-up... I'm hoping it's nothing much(I'm not in any pain right now, but when I move it a certain way I feel a little something that's not right)and that it won't prevent me from doing all the workouts I like to do. I'm taking some Motrin so that should help prevent swelling.

Another spinning class today, and I made sure to drink a bit more and had a better breakfast(whole wheat 100 cal wrap with 2 egg whites, and a Yoplait smoothie)and I had much more energy today. I had a really awesome workout. My lifting was shoulders/chest/back today and I had a very good lift as well(except for the shoulder tweak).

I was recently asked to video my story for SP. (I think I mentioned that in another blog). I'm not sure how it will turn out, as I filmed myself(I just couldn't do it in front of anyone filming). I hope they can edit well! But, it was very flattering to be asked. I still maintain that I'm not a complete success story as of right now, as I'm 16 pounds from goal and haven't faced the challenge of keeping the weight off. I do plan on doing just that, reaching my goal and keeping the weight off FOREVER, but until I have done that for 5 years I won't feel like I've completed this journey(that's not to say that after 5 years I revert to old unhealthy ways, but that most people don't reach that 5 year mark).

It is so amazing to be doing the things I can do now, and to put on clothes and feel good about myself. Mirrors are no longer my enemy and I don't mind seeing myself in pictures every now and again either. I just encourage anyone who may read this blog to stick with your plan and do the healthy things you need to do in order to lose the weight. It's so worth the effort!


Smart Food Choices for eating out

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Fast Food: CHOOSE: Grilled chicken or fish. Ask for the sauce separately and use just one tablespoon. Instead of fries, order a green salad with the dressing on the side. NOT Deep-fried foods. There are so many other healthy choices now!

Coffee Bar: CHOOSE: and eight oz coffee with milk; 11 calories. NOT: a 20 oz latte for 340 calories

Mexican: CHOOSE: Fajitas made with grilled meats and vegetables, burritos or enchiladas filled with chicken, shrimp or lean meat and a small amount of cheese. NOT Dishes smothered with cheese, fried chimichangas, refried beans, large bowls of tortilla chips(a few with salsa is fine), pitchers of margaritas(limit yourself to one for 170 calories).

Japanese: CHOOSE: Sushi made with shrimp, tuna, tofu or vegetables, sashimi, miso soup, teppanayaki dishes(meat, fish or vegetables cooked on an iron griddle). NOT: Tempura, large platters of sushi rolls(each can be 250 calories or more and you can easily eat two or three), teriyaki(the sauce can contain a lot of sugar.

Chinese: CHOOSE: Stir-fried shrimp, chicken and vegetables, steamed brown rice. NOT: Dishes with thick sweet sauces like Kung Pao chicken, large bowls of rice, fried egg rolls, lo mein, breaded or deep-fried foods such as orange beef.

Indian: CHOOSE: Tandoori chicken or other foods cooked in a tandoori oven; look for "tikka" or "bhuna" dishes, which aren't covered with heavy sauces. NOT: Dishes that come with creamy sauces, naan(Indian breads that are often stuffed with potatoes or coconut and topped with butter), deep-fried samosas.

Italian: CHOOSE: Vegetable or seafood antipasto, minestrone soup, fish or chicken dishes served with vegetables, grilled meats. NOT: Deep-fried and breaded foods such as veal or eggplant parmesan, creamy sauces such as fettuccine Alfredo, dishes stuffed with cheese such as manicotti and calzones.


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