Friday, May 18, 2007
The road to a healthy lifestyle is a long trip. While it's very important to realize what we are shooting for, we also need to make sure that we keep our heads in the present to enjoy the progress we've made. If your goal is to lose weight, instead of waiting to celebrate until you lose it all, enjoy today's small victories and take advantage of your improved health now. This approach serves as motivation for any aspiration in life. Set ambitious goals and enjoy the road to accomplishing those goals. Because life might pass you by if you are always planning for tomorrow without ever seeing today.
This is something I'm still working on. In order to remain focused on my goal, I often (make that always) qualify people's compliments of "look at how skinny you are", with "not yet, I still have X # of lbs to go". I know I should accept the compliment as it's meant, but a part of me is fearful that I will listen to what they are saying, and lose my determination. It's happened to me before. I always stopped before I reached my goal, but not this time. I'm 11 pounds from my goal weight and I know I will reach that goal. I don't know when, but it's definately going to happen.
Today I had a really awesome workout again. I've allowed my spinning classes to interfere with my weight training. But, today I was determined not to allow that to happen. So, I started lifting at 8:00 after 10 minutes on the treadmill to warm-up. I got everything except my bis/tris done before spinning. I did the 45 minutes of spinning and then came back and finished my program. I didn't do abs today since I worked them yesterday before spinning class. I know they were worked out really well, because they are still reminding me today(hurts when I laugh or sneeze!).
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...
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