Thursday, May 17, 2007
Most successes are never seen because they're never attempted. The courage to face your fears can build momentum that creates magic. Each time you overcome an obstacle, a fear or a step back, you gain confidence. Every small victory helps you feel more certain of yourself and your direction, pushing you further and faster than you ever thought possible. You can do it! What's holding you back? True, fears are intimidating. So start small. Believe in yourself and take one small swipe at your fear today just to see what happens. If you can't talk yourself past the "point of no return", get a friend to help. In the end, half of the doing is in the deciding. If you stumble, don't be afraid to brush yourself off and jump back in.
This is the lesson I've learned through my journey. In the beginning each small success is what kept me going and spurred me on to do even more. The part about talking yourself past the point of no return is especially true. As I've stated here before, self-talks are the best way to get yourself going and keep you doing what you know you need to do. It's funny, but I read today in Self magazine that one of the ways to lose weight is to tell yourself how much you enjoy "healthy" foods. And I realize that is exactly what I've done from the beginning. Instead of looking with distain upon the foods that are good for me, I believed they would be tasty and worth giving up the old unhealthy foods. I may not have really felt that in the beginning, but I honeslty do prefer the healthy food now. I don't miss anything that I've eliminated from my diet, and I believe that is because I've decided I don't like them as much as the healthy food I permit myself to eat. Another thing I read today on-line says that a new diet plan allows you to eat unlimited quantities of broccoli, that's basically another thing I've done from the start. When I fill my plate I fill it 3/4's of the way with veggies, than slit the remaining area with protein and brown rice or sweet potato. It looks like so much food, and the fiber in those items really fills me up.
So, today's lesson is really just a reminder of how powerful our thoughts are, and if you use them properly we can make ourselves believe anything we want.
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.
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