Monday, August 27, 2007
I missed my gym workout today, and feel very sluggish because of it...however, my knee seems to be mended almost 90% today. I can still feel the knot, but it's barely there and is very small, not the baseball size it was...so tomorrow I'm off to the gym and back to my workout and spinning class! At least I stayed at 150 for my weigh-in today. I feel good about that and know this is going to be a very good week for me. We take our daughter to Boston back to BU on Wednesday, so I'll miss spinning class but will get a heck of a workout moving her into her "house" as she lives on the 4th floor with no elevator!!
I have made some observations along the way and this is what I find: For many people, happiness is some elusive thing that’s always out of reach. You’re never happy right here and now—your happiness depends on something that’s got to happen in the future, something outside of yourself. You can’t be happy with the way things are because your life isn’t perfect. And if you’re happy with your current life, then you’re “settling” for the life you have.
Too often we put our lives on hold. Instead of appreciating the way things are right now, we believe that we’ll only be happy if external conditions were met. Instead of relying on these outside factors, you must learn to turn inward and realize that your happiness depends on only one thing—your very own thinking.
The way you think about a situation frames your entire perception. For example, you may need to lose some weight. Instead of moaning as you get on the scale to see that you only lost one pound this week, think about all the positive things you did for your body, from walking every day to eating more vegetables. Even a small weight loss improves your cardiovascular health, so appreciate how far you’ve progressed and recommit your efforts to keep doing what’s best for your long-term goals
Instead of concentrating on your flaws or the things you lack, focus on your strengths and blessings. You may be overweight, but you’re driven to improve your body. You may be single, but you have countless opportunities to meet the right person.
Remember—you can’t change your weight, finances, or job in a day, but you can always change your thinking. While thinner thighs or a fatter bank account would be nice, true happiness can only be found by viewing your life—and yourself—in a positive light. You are more than your body, your house and car. By appreciating your blessings, and focusing on the positive—you can be happy right now, at this moment—so stop waiting for future happiness when it can be yours today!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
There are natural consequences that accompany every choice we make in life. Some opportunities inevitably pass us by, but we can take advantage of others. Many people feel powerless but this is rarely the case--some opportunities just require a little thinking outside the box. You have the power to create the life you want if you are willing to set goals and take steps toward them. Rarely does fulfilling our hopes and dreams happen overnight, but daily you can take one tiny move towards them.
This is the greatest lesson I have learned from this journey. Not allowing myself to be a victim of food anymore. No excuses and no "I can't" or "I don't"s anymore. It's so frustrating when people ask me "how did you lose all that weight" and then when I tell them what I did they inevitably say "Oh, I could never..." Well that was what I used to say too. I was looking for some easy and magical solution to my obesity, but it never came to me. Instead I finally took charge and did what I knew I had to do, and was capable of doing. No gimmicks, no scams, no surgeries or supplements, no prepackaged foods, or "diets"; just good healthy food and exercise. By putting myself in charge I became the responsible party for my success or failure and because failure wasn't an option, I've succeeded.
So every day when I look in the mirror, I see the person who gave me back my life, looking back at me!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Well, I'm not sure what I've done to my knee, but it has me concerned because there is a hard swelling at the top outside part of my knee. I don't know what the cause is, and it's not that horribly painful(since I have constant pain it's difficult to know the difference). I am going to take it easy this weekend and see how it is on Monday. If it's not any better, I'll call the doctor....I didn't like not getting any real exercise today! So I hope this clears up quickly.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Well today, on the anniversary of the completion of my 52nd consecutive week at the gym without a miss, I'm missing a day. I seem to have a slight injury to my bad knee. This week I started doing leg work again (I have not worked my legs out specifically because of all the spinning and cycling I'm doing and my knee was giving me a problem) and I'm doing a program with maximum lifts to failure. On Tuesday I did lunges(which are very hard with my bad knee) with 45lb weight 4x10, I still did my spinning classes and my quads were sore(especially on the good leg) but I was getting through it - then last night my daughter asked me to go for a bike ride to try out our new clip in pedals, and I did. We had a really good ride the clip-ins work really great, but when I went to get off the bike a lost my balance and landed oddly on my bad knee...so it was very swollen and had a hard knot in thequad on the outside of my knee...so I think it's best to rest it for today even though I'm feeling guilty about interrupting my lifting schedule and missing a day at the gym..
Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
- Aldous Huxley, writer
So at least I'm using the lessons learned in my past to deal with this. Better to miss one day than be laid up for an extended period of time!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.
I've always had that ability, I just don't really know why it took me so long to use it to lose weight and get healthy. I'm constantly asking myself why now? How come I didn't do this sooner? What kept me from focusing on this vitally important thing before now? If I had the answer to that I could get rich selling it to those millions of others who are just like me.
But really, the whys don't matter and neither do the hows, what matters is that I'm doing it, and I keep doing it every day.
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