Wednesday, May 16, 2007
or beat up...not sure which. My quads are killing me from last night's bike ride, and my knee is still sore. I'm considering cutting back on spinning to 3 days a week and riding my bike on other days. Spinning on lifting days is impeding my lifting.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Quick, when you think of the word Ďdiet,í what pops into your mind? Someone hovering over an all-lettuce salad, using a stopwatch to count the time until the next permitted bite? If this sounds familiar, then itís important to know that this is not the way to get healthy. In fact, itís the complete opposite; getting healthy is fun!
For many of us, getting healthy means giving up all the foods we like to eat and starving ourselves for long stretches throughout the day. Of course that would not be a pleasant experience. If you are dreading each day while you are on a so-called Ďdiet,í then whatís the point? Getting healthy, though, has to do with much more than eating right Ė itís about simple things that you will enjoy.
Every little bit counts; even activities that you think have nothing to do with your health count. Walking around the neighborhood, talking to friends and family on the phone, setting goals, reading - these are all activities that will help you in your quest to get healthier, all while keeping you positive.
Sure, you may have to watch out for some foods in your diet, but itís more important to simply incorporate healthy foods Ė fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates Ė into what you eat. At the same time, exercise does not have to be a rigorous, three-hour workout. The key is finding exercise you enjoy, such as playing racquetball, riding a bike or throwing a football with your kid.
And thatís just the point Ė getting healthy is something to enjoy, not to detest. Getting healthy is not something you should look at as a chore; itís something that can be a fun and great experience. It can a positive experience that will not be a short-lived fad, but a new way of life for you.
I just re-read this from the SP resource files. I believe it is the key to losing weight. If we can take the sting out of this somehow, than we can stay with it and reach our goals. I am now 11 pounds from my goal weight of 145. While that still seems like an unattainable goal in some far-off distance, I know I'm getting there. I could have never stayed with this if I hadn't realized it didn't have to be so painful. All the other times, I was miserable and couldn't stay with the plan, but this time I understood it was a long journey and I would have to be able to sustain it if I was to finally get healthy. Now that I'm so close, I get apprehensive about how I'm going to deal with finally reaching my goal. I have some stratagies and a plan in place, but the fear of the unknown sometimes gets to me a little. This morning, I saw Eric from the Biggest Loser on IVillage. He looked great, about 6 months removed from the show, but he also had surgery to remove his excess skin. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I thought I would be ok with whatever my body had in store for me. But, after seeing how much better his stomach and legs looked, it made me wonder....
Friday, May 11, 2007
Well, I think I finally found out how hard I can push my knee. I have been doing a lot more cardio this week, including riding my new bike, going to spinning, and even some running...pushed way too hard! I'm sitting here with ice on it right now. This morning I went to my usual spinning class, then came home and rode my bike for 35 minutes. I guess I'm going to have to do only one or the other....
My lifting was a bit abbreviated today due to getting a late start and not having much time before spinning. But, I got the major muscle groups worked, and my bis/tris...
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Well, my daughter brought me home the trophy for 1st place in my age division for the 5K we ran last Saturday! I was shocked and feel even better about the experience. I look forward to running another one, and improving upon my time.
Today we had a new instructor in spinning class(she's filling in for the regular girl who had gall bladder surgery). I enjoyed the class a lot as she went for the full hour instead of 45 minutes. I'm not sure why the others cut it short, but I like the hour. However, my legs were killing me as I did squats on the smith machine yesterday. Lordy, my glutes are sore! But, it's a good feeling, and it makes my know that I'm still making gains with my lifting program. Someone questioned my changing my lift so frequently, and I explained that it keeps my body from adapting and not making gains. It also keeps me from being bored or skipping stuff, because it's something different each time. I figure if it's working, I must be doing something right.
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.
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