Tuesday, October 02, 2007
My how time seems to fly! 22 months have passed since I began my journey to get fit and healthy. I'm still 7 pounds from my goal weight, but see such changes to my body that I can live with my current weight if I must. Of course there are some things about this 52 year old body(abused by obesity)that will never be the way I would like, but I must learn to accept it the way it is. That doesn't mean that I will ever stop working out or eating properly just because I will never have the body of Jessica Alba. I also continue to struggle with fogiving myself for the previous 50 years that I didn't make healthy my priority. I'm still learning to accept a compliment and not feel the need to add something derogatory about my "old" self. I know that I must look forward and not back, and forgive and forget the sins of my past.
I'm in week 6 of my "get stronger" lifing program. I can see definate results, but must be careful of the leg portion of the lifting schedule. Today is the "heavy" lift for legs and I decided to skip cardio. The plan actually calls for a severe cut in cardio workouts, but I still cannot give that up. But for today, I did eliminate the cardio in hopes of not suffering with knee pain tonight.
Fall seems to finally arrived here in south Jersey. The leaves are turning and the weather is so fabulous. We could really use some rain, but otherwise this is about as good as it gets.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Here is a sparkmail that I received from the BLC group I subscribe to: If you watched the US version of The Biggest Loser this week, you saw that when one of the contestants was feeling like she couldn't complete the exercise she was doing... in a very poignant moment Jillian, her trainer, posed the question that gave her focus and strength to go on... 'What are your choices?'...
That's a good question to ask ourselves everytime we reach for the food that is going to catapult our caloric intake over our daily goals, when we sit in our chair debating whether to 'take it easy' or get up and do that exercise we said we were going to do, when we are halfway through a tough workout and feel tempted to cut it short and just go relax (after all we did *something* didn't we?)... WHAT ARE YOUR CHOICES?
One of my favorite quotes is 'What you are today is the result of decisions you made yesterday; what you will be tomorrow will be the result of decisions you make today.' It all comes down to choices. Choices we made in the past got us to the point we are now. Choices we make now will decide what we will be in the future.
Look ahead twelve months from now. Will you still be sitting here saying, 'I really want to lose weight, I really do.. I just can't seem to get motivated. I just can't seem to get up and exercise. I just can't seem to resist those high calorie foods.. I just can't......' Or will you have twelve months of weight loss, improving fitness and health, and be looking and feeling better, having more energy, and feeling really good about how far you've come in the past 12 months?
WHAT ARE YOUR CHOICES? You can either change your life.. or it will stay the same. But it is YOUR choice. Twelve months from now will you just be twelve months older? or will you be twelve months better? twelve months closer to your goals? twelve months healthier?
If you do the same things you've always done, you'll get the same results you've always gotten. If you don't change your habits and attitudes, you wont' change your body either. You can't get where you want to be by staying where you are. WHAT ARE YOUR CHOICES?
Write it down on the fabric of your heart, write it on a piece of paper and put it in your purse or billfold, put it on your refrigerator where you can't miss it... WHAT ARE MY CHOICES? Because it is YOUR choices that got you to where you are.. it will be YOUR choices that will change your life.
I think this e-mail sums up my journey to date. It's always about making the choice to do what you have to in order to reach your goal. Lately, I've been a little lost as far as staying within my calorie count and limiting my nighttime eating. I am still eating healthy foods, but just not within my range. I'm staying about the same weight wise. I haven't lost anything this month. I find that a bit upsetting, but also realize that I've dropped down to a size 6 and feel and look good. I must make the choice to do what is necessary to lose the final 6 pounds....I WILL!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Well this has been a very interesting week for me. I've been stuck at the same weight for a number of weeks now, but it seems that my body is continuing to improve even though the scale sees no change. This week I was able to do a little shopping and bought a pair of dress slacks and another pair of jeans. I was amazed once more to realize that a size 6 is me! The dress pants look so great that I can't believe it's me when I look in the mirror.
Then today, I was shopping at one of my old stores "Avenue" for my daughter's birthday, and while I was checking out the two saleswomen complimented my arms and asked how I got them to look so great. So, I explained that I have lost 148 pounds in 21 months and work-out at the gym 5 days a week. Of course they wanted to know "how" and I gave them a synopsis and directed them to sparkpeople.com. (I do hope they check this site out, they couldn't believe it's free!) But, as the continued to be shocked, the one woman told me 2or3 times "you're beautiful"...that was awesome. But, it continues to amaze me when people ask you "how" and follow it up with all the reasons they "can't". I know we were all there once, but I wish there was a way to convince people that we all "CAN", we'll all have a different path to take, but there is "can" in each and every one of us. If I can just convince one person to forget about "I have arthritis and I "can't" or whatever and "I can't" than I will feel like my journey is more important than just being about me.
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 course...here's to another great day tomorrow.
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!
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