Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Well, today we picked up our bikes! They were done early so we went and got them and took them to the park. It was really cool! I must admit that my spinning class didn't adequately prepare me for real bike riding. I though my legs were pretty strong, but my quads were screaming after about 2 miles. I did go to spinning this morning though, so that could have an affect on my leg fatigue. We are going to try a 12 mile ride with a cycling group on Sunday. I hope I'm ready for that...
A lady at the gym asked me to help her get started strength training. She goes to spinning every day and has trouble losing weight. She does admit to splurging and drinking wine on the weekends, and she's very attached to her white bread...I'll offer whatever help she wants, but I'm not certain she's really committed to eating properly, so she will derail the whole process if she doesn't do both.
Monday, May 07, 2007
What do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? How do you deal with the fear that you're about to fail? Simple. Give it just one more shot. And then one more. Think about the sweat and time you've committed already. You've come this far, you'd be unfair to yourself if you quit without a fight. Even if the odds are way out of your favor and you can't see how it can possibly help, reach out and take one last swing. You never know what will happen. Big, meaningful achievements don't just happen when everything goes your way. How many times have you seen tennis players make miraculous winning shots while lunging for a ball that seemed impossible to reach? Sometimes, you can find victory in the effort.
This quote speaks volumes to the process I've endured to lose 141.8 pounds. I've often thought about how I've gotten this far, and why it's worked this time. The answer I find most often is two-fold. One of course is just what the quote says. I think of all the sweat I"ve poured out getting to this point. I know that I don't want that to all be for nothing. So, I push on, if I make a mistake, I correct it and move forward, learning as I go. What I've learned most about myself is that I can do anything I put my mind to doing. The second thing I've learned and realize to be of the utmost importance for success is your mental approach. From the start I've never looked upon this process as being a sacrifice for me. It's been a challenge that I've undertook with the mindset that I would succeed. I don't think of food as anything other than a means of nourishment. Once you detach all feelings about food, and understand that there is much more joy in life than eating, than you are free to find that joy in any way you like. So for anyone attempting to lose weight I say to you-the first step in adjusting your view of food and it's purpose in your life. No ice cream Sunday or chocolate candy bar tastes as good, as being fit feels! Never forget that and you will succeed in this war on obesity.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I'm running in my first 5K on Saturday, and I've been doing mostly spinning classes since February. So, I've been concerned that I would have a little difficulty in the run. So today, after spinning class I went directly to the park and ran 3 miles. It was a little tough, as my legs were fatigued from the spinning, but I finished and my time wasn't too bad either. So, I figure that I'll be able to push through just fine come Saturday. I kept telling myself, that I was only going to do 1/2 of the run today, but I kept going until I finished.
I'm getting my bike tomorrow and I'm excited! I'm a bit worried about the shoes clipping into the pedals, what if I fall??? But, I'm hoping not to fall, at any rate...
I bought some new workout clothes yesterday, all my pants are too big. I got medium pants and small shirts...who would have thought!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
Joy is not found in the world around you, it's within yourself. You can make your own joy, especially during those dark times when you need to really feel alive again.
I have always believed this to be true. Far too many people look to others to make them happy, and always end up unhappy. We all have the power within ourselves to see the world as we want. I'm not talking about being naive and ignoring life's problems, but just knowing what's important and seeing the value in everything. When I read Nietzsche's quote, I feel as though I spent much time wasting days being obese. But, that will never again be so with me. I will not waste any more time being fat and immobile. Life is too good to waste in that manner.
Today I went to spinning and I'm dressed to go running this afternoon. I'm going to do another 5K in preparation for Saturday's run. My two daughters and one of their friends will be running with me. I can't hold anyone back, so I need to be sure I'm up to the challenge. I'm going to the park to run today, no more "road running" it's way too dangerous around here on these country roads without shoulders!
Food has been good for the past two days and I'm still feeling pumped about my loss from last week. I just had to go buy a new notebook to write my strength training workouts in. I filled the other one up! This is my 37 week of strength training---a schedule I keep as if my life depended upon it--it does!!!
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