Tuesday, September 09, 2008
For a long while now I've gone back and forth between feeling very good about losing all this weight, and feeling guilt and embarrassment at having had so much to lose in the first place. Learning to accept a compliment is something I still stuggle with. So today, while reading Fitness magazine, I came across something that I'm going to add to my SP page.
"Anyone who sustains weight loss, which is extremely difficult, has essentially reinvented herself and is worthy of the utmost admiration and respect."
Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., associate program director of the General Clinical Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.
That really gives me a reason to be proud...I've reinvented myself. That is really what I've done. I'm not the same person I was when I began this journey. The changes are much more than just physical. So from now on whenever someone acknowledges my weight loss, I will remember that!
Squats: 40lbs 3x8
stiff legged dead lift 75lbs 3x8
single leg press 50lbs 3x8
hip abductor 95lbs 3x15
hip adductor 95lbs 3x15
single leg-leg extensions 3x15 35lbs
reverse crunch decline bench 3x15
55 minute spin class
Monday, September 08, 2008
Fabulous weather here in Jersey today! It made for a very enjoyable field hockey game, still warm, but not overly so. Today's workout:
bench press 3x8 80 lb
close grip push up 3x8
assist. pull-up 3x8 110lb
alternating shoulder press 3x8 20 lb
seated flye 3x8 55lb
seated row 3x8 100lb
lat raise 3x8 10lb
tricep kickback 3x8 15lb
concentration curl 3x8 17.5lb
ball crunch 2x50 20lb
50 minute spin class
60 minute field hockey game
Friday, September 05, 2008
Well tomorrow my son kicks off is final college football season! It seems like only yesterday he was a freshman and we were waiting with baited breath for every play he got to play. Over the past 3 years he has proven himself to be such a leader that he's been named a captain for this season (his senior year!). Where has the time gone? It's been such a joy watching our children play sports at the various levels through the last 20 years and it will be sad when the last game gets played. But, the moments we've shared and being able to watch them progress and grow and attain their goals though sports has been awesome. The bad news is that we will be experiencing the effects of "Hanna" and the game will be played under atrocious conditions according to the forcast. So, that will certainly dampen the experience.
But that's tomorrow. Today was about getting to the gym and doing my leg workout prior to spin class. I got there at 8 and lifted until class at 9:00. I learned a valuable lesson today; don't forget to eat your breakfast! I made myself two slices of wheat toast and planned to spread 1 slice of Laughing cow Lite cheese on it and eat that along with a banana. However, I got sidetracked taking the laundry out of the washer and left the bread in the toaster. 2 hours at the gym without breakfast is a horrible thing! I had very little left for the last 15 minutes of class. The good news is I did push through, but man was I hungry!
leg press 3x15 90lbs
squats 3x15 50lbs
deadlifts 3x15 65lbs
curl machine 3x15 50lbs
single leg curl 3x15 30lbs x 2
leg extension 3x15 50lbs
single leg extension 3x15 30lbs x 2
hip adduction 3x15 85lbs
hip abduction 3x15 85lbs
calf raises 3x15 160lbs
55 minute spin class
The following is an excerpt from Dean Anderson's daily blog. I felt it was worth keeping as a reminder.
There’s no great mystery here. A “lifestyle” isn’t something we can or do create all by ourselves, unless we’re hermits—it’s more of a joint project that includes our families, our friends, our workmates, and our whole social environment. It’s fair to say that your lifestyle at any given time is really a negotiated, give-and-take arrangement between you, as an individual with personal needs, desires, and interests, and all the “significant others” in your life, who also have their own agendas and needs. Given the fact that we tend to create our voluntary personal relationships with people who share interests, habits, and behaviors similar to our own, it’s not surprising that changing habits and behaviors is a lot easier when it’s a collective project and not just something you’ve decided to do on your own. Otherwise, change—even obviously healthy, productive change--can mean rocking a lot of boats, and that can be pretty difficult to handle, not only for you but for everyone else involved.
Does anyone owe it to you to change their behavior so it’s easier for you to change yours? We all like to think that, when we set out to make changes that are good for us, anyone who cares about us will jump on the bandwagon and do whatever they can to help out. And when that doesn’t happen, it can be pretty upsetting and disappointing. But remember...there are at least two sides to every story. When you change behaviors and habits that you’ve shared with the people around you for quite a while, they’ve got to figure out what’s going on. Does this mean you don’t approve of their behavior any more? Are you breaking your “deal” with them by changing the rules? If they don’t change too, can you still be friends/spouses, or will you move on to people who do things the way you want to do them? Is there any way you can still spend time together and enjoy it, without feeling like something has come between you? (These may be questions you need to ask yourself, too). Unfortunately, many people find it hard to deal with these kinds of questions directly and in the open–instead, they "act out" in strange ways to find out what the new rules are, see what the limits are and how you react, or non-verbally communicate their own unhappiness with the new situation. To you this may feel like lack of support or even attempted sabotage, but how do you know if that’s what it really is for the other person? And just how much do people who care about you owe it to you to make your changes easier for you to accomplish by making the same changes themselves?
Speaking from my experience, I was so very lucky to have the support and encouragement of my entire family. My husband does the cooking and he always prepares what I want, how I want it. My kids have adopted many of the healthy food choices that I now use. Everyone has always reinforced my lifestyle changes with their constant compliments. I couldn't have done what I did on my own. It "takes a village", really.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Well, it's certainly not fall-like out here! We hit a record today, 95 degrees, the old record was 93 degrees. But, I'm happy to say that it didn't stop me from doing anything! I had my usual gym workout(this new program is really kicking butt!)of weight lifting from 8:30-9:30. Then I did a 45 minute spinning class.
My workout today:
bench press 3x8 75lbs
seated flyes 3x8 12.5 lbs
lateral raise 3x12 8lbs
alternating shoulder press 1x12 17.5lbs 2x8 20lbs
seated row 3x8 90lbs
assisted dips 3x10 125lbs
tricep kickbacks 3x12 12.5lbs
concentration curls 3x12 15lbs
ball crunches 5x15 20lbs
Then at 4pm I umpired 2 field hockey games!
My food was also excellent today.
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