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Butt-kicking workout!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

This was week two of my new "strength" workout. It says it's designed for women who are not afraid of lifting heavy...that's me! However, this program has me in an extreme amount of muscle pain. Climbing the stairs is really a killer and I can't believe anything could make me feel that way after 1 solid year of lifting weights without fail. But, this program has me lifting the heaviest weight I can lift for 10 reps for 4 sets on Mon & Tues, then 3 sets of 8 reps on Thurs & Fri...I did lunges with 50 pounds on Tues and incline bench with 65 pounds...still feel that too. But I'm so happy that I'm challenging myself to the point where I know I've done a great workout! Today I ran 4 miles and it was such a beautiful day that I really enjoyed my run. I'm suffering with a little knee pain tonight, but that's par for the's to another great day tomorrow.


still recovering

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 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!

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CYD1057 9/4/2007 6:52AM

  You are such an inspiration! I appreciate the truthfulness of all your comments. I think that it is only in facing truth that we can truly live. You know, I find that the more I believe in the happiness of the moment and the journey, so to speak, the more I weed out those who are not like-minded, and consequently, the positive thinking just reinforces itself and life just keeps getting better!

Sorry about your knee. I find when mine acts up, I do more straight quad work on the machines, since they are the muscles that support the knee. Years ago, a trainer suggested rotating the leg in/out (pigeon toes on the way up for a few reps, then splay-footed for a few) in order to better isolate the inner/outer quad muscles. I find it works for me, but you have to be very careful to avoid twisting your knee. Usually I will do lighter weight and with greater frequency until my knee feels better. Ans I stay away from squats and leg presses while there's pain. Maybe it will help you, too.

Took my swimmer back to college a couple of weeks ago. It's hard to indulge in missing her too much when I see her so excited about her own life. And she should be excited!

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JOANIE629 8/27/2007 9:56PM

    Amen to that And it has been a lifetime for me to believe and began to live it When I first came to SP I was too excited about all the ideas here. Now I have finally calmed down enough to know to enjoy every day and moment It is ours and if we give it up we will never get it back again Instead of regrets I want to live and explore life as I go Thanks for your affirmations I care!!! Joanie

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good to remember

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!

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GOOGLEMENOW 8/27/2007 7:06AM

    You just said a mouthful, and many have trouble swallowing the truth. You've learned so much, that I for one, appreciate you sharing your journey with us. And you've done it with such grace.

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NORTHERNGIRL40 8/26/2007 10:47AM

    That's awesome. I totally agree with you. There is no magical way to lose weight quickly. The only thing that works is diet and exercise. I have tried too many gimmicky things and they never work. Good for you. You have lost so much weight and you look fantastic. Way to go!!!

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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.


Uh oh!

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 it was very swollen and had a hard knot in thequad on the outside of my 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!


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