Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We keep getting lucky with the forcasted snow around here. We got another dusting last night, but nothing to be concerned with. It's merely enough to get your car all full of salt. Tonight they are saying we will have snow changing to freezing rain, than to rain. But it appears as if we may dodge that snow bullet again. Either way I'll be up and out the door for an 8:00 class and lifting before hand. My alarm is set for 6 am and my gym bag is packed, clothes laid out and water bottle filled. I'll merely need to get dressed, eat my oatmeal and head out the door. I find a lot of comfort in the process of planning and being organized. Setting the alarm is a surefire way to make sure I don't find an excuse to stay in bed. That's one reason I like the spinning class so much. I know when it's scheduled and if I don't get up in time, I can't get my lift and the class in, it makes me accountable this way, and it keeps me on a designed schedule. I would still like to do more running, but unless I get on the treadmill, it may be a bit unrealistic at this time of year.
It's Tuesday night and I tape The Biggest Loser and watch it on Wednesday mornings. I did catch the end tonight and saw who got voted off. In that brief time frame (5 minutes or so) I was once again dismayed to see that the BL money grubbing machine is adding to it's product line and hawking more of them during the show or using product placements throughout the show. I know I harp on this but it's so frustrating that another entity is exploiting the desperation of obese people. I understand that we're thought to be easy marks, but it's so aggravating to see it happen over and over, and listen to people buy in, hook, line and sinker. I mean, watch the show, buy the book, get the trainer's DVD, buy the BL grill, and I guess that gives people the comfort of knowing it works...we don't need any of it. We don't need to idolize the trainers, or contestants (whom most of those past have gained most of their weight back) or even invest in the program/books/DVD's we have all the tools we need right here, and within ourselves. Why feed the money machines of the Diet industry?
Today was cardio-60 minutes of spin class
Monday, January 26, 2009
My new bedroom is amazing, it's like being at a beautiful hotel with all the amenities. My new mattress is totally comfortable and I love it, however, I guess my body is taking some time to get acclimated to the new surroundings as I keep waking up during the night. That is really kind of comical considering my old mattress was such a disaster. But I feel like a princess when I climb (yes, climb, I have a footstool to get up) into the bed and everything is so beautiful and comfortable. I didn't realize what I was missing out on for all those years. I'm certain I'll adjust, it's only been a couple of nights in the new room, so it will just take a little time I guess. I get a complete sense of serenity waking up in there each morning. Getting up seems to be easier and getting ready for the gym is so much easier since I can find everything so much easier.
I changed up my program again. I'm now doing a push/pull program
bench press 1x10 75lb 2x10 70lbs
incline flye 1x15 35lbs 1x12 30lbs 1x12 25lbs
overhead press 1x10 45lbs 1x10 40lbs 1x10 35lbs
lat raise 2x10 25lbs 1x10 20lbs
reverse flye machine 3x10 40lbs
rope pulldown 1x15 40lbs 2x12 40lbs
kickback 3x12 12.5lbs
45 minutes spin class
I read today's blog entry on the Daily Spark page and was interested to read the one stating how we all had to write our own "owner's manual" for this journey. That each of us must find our own way along the path to health and fitness. While it did speak up having to follow the basic principals of good nutrition, daily exercise, etc, I was again, disappointed to read the part that says "if you hate running, than don't do it, if you hate cottage cheese, don't eat it". I really wish someone would continue to encourage people to try things with an open mind, and positive approach. Saying you hate something merely gives you an excuse NOT TO. I don't believe there is any reason "not to" anything. If we tell ourselves we will like - whatever - then when we do attempt that thing we are often surprised that we like it after all. I mean who hasn't done the same thing with their child? Small children never want to try anything new, or sometimes just don't like the look of it, but we all say, just give it a try, you might like it, why then don't we take the same approach with healthy foods, and exercise? It's very frustrating to see "experts" enable people's failures by suggesting we "can't" do things. There was also a line suggesting that not everyone is capable of doing this (losing weight and getting healthy) as the author has, well I disagree totally. We all are capable and able of getting fit and losing weight. There is nothing special or unique about me that allows me to lose 143 pounds and other people not. We all have it within ourselves, we can all do it, we just need to think we can first. We must shut out all the "experts" who say it's not possible. Listen to the inner voice that says "do it", "you can", "you must", there is really no option to fail. Failure means a continued life of "nots". Not being able to enjoy all that life has to offer is what failure will give us! Choose to succeed at this, it's something we all need to do.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Well today was our son's football banquet. The end of his football career. The event is lowkey and it's meant to honor the seniors who are leaving the program. A few post season awards are handed out and the seniors are given their jerseys and plaque as mementos of their careers. It was a nice event, but it brings an end to the playing days of our kids athletic careers. My son was such a pleasure to watch play, he had a passion tht few people ever have about anything. He left everything he had on the field and played the game hard. I think he feels a bit disappointed at what he's accomplished, as he had always dreamed of playing at Penn State. But what h is overlooking is in order to play at a school with that kind of program, you must be blessed with superior size or speed or both. At 5'10" and 210 pounds, he was an amazing hitter and did all anyone could ever hav asked of him. He played 4 years, on special teams as a freshman and at outside linebacker his sophomore, junior and senior years. He should have no regrets about his football career and feel proud o how he played th game. I'm exceptionally proud of all he's done and the young man he's become.
So this officially begins the next phase of life. One where we re-focus our attention back on ourselves as husband and wife and find things that interest us and allow us to enjoy the life we've built together. Part of this process has us re-claiming our house space and getting things organized. It's amazing the feeling you get when you de-clutter and organize things. Having control, perhaps that contributes in some way to th "whys" of the weight gain. I never really appreciated how much stress the "mess" causes. It's like a huge weight is lifted to be able to find what you want when you want and walk unimpeded from place to place.
I've just finished writing my workout for the week in my logbook and will pack the gym bag when I'm through here. I'll lift M-W-F this week and of course do my usualy spinning. I didn't get to run today due to the banquet, but I'll see what transpires this week...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
It's amazing how your true meaning sometimes gets lost in the process of writing. Thursday's blog was meant to show how far I've come, in that exercise is now an enjoyable way of life for me. It was however, misconstrued as being accusatory towards my DH. His comment was meant as a compliment and certainly was taken that way by me. The point of my blog was that while others view the daily process of exercise as requiring some sort of sacrifice or imposition, when it's just the opposite.
The truth of the matter is that I could never have done this without the unending support of my husband. He's been beyond amazing in his help even though I have quite often been a royal pain about this process. For anyone who's husband or family doesn't give them total support and encouragement, I feel for you because that makes this journey that much more difficult. It takes a village, and the larger your support system the better your chances of success.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This morning, cold as it was, my alarm goes off at 6:00 am and up I rise. Brush my teeth, and hair, put in my contacts and quietly get into my gym clothes. Once downstairs, I go out to warm up the car, come back in and fix my oatmeal, finish packing my gym bag and take my vitamins. While I'm sitting there eating my husband came down and into the kitchen. He said, "boy are you dedicated!" I found that to be very profound and knowing that I don't even hesitate in my commitment to my healthy lifestyle. When my husband said that, he meant it in a way that suggested I was somehow being forced to do something unwillingly or that I felt obligated to do. But the truth is that I do this now because I love doing it, I need it and enjoy it. there's no sacrifice involved in either the food I eat/don't eat or the necessary physical activities I do each day.
I can't marvel enough at th changes that have occurred during the last 3 years. The physical and most obvious are actually the least important. Instead the most amazing part is that I'm able to do things that I always avoided or never would have tried before. Little things like buying any clothes I want, without trying it on, being able to go and do things without abeing self-conscious. Waking up and starting my day before the sun rises has such a calming and almost magical feel to it. And to think I never started my day before noon before! The simple act of me getting out of bed before my husband wakes up is a mini-miracle and most unlikely scenario. I can't truly verbalize all that is wonderful and improved about my re-birth. But I wish this for everyone who is obese/struggling with weight issues.
Knowing that making this incredible turn-around is all too possible for anyone, and continuing to see this segment of the population(obese/overweight)exploited and misled is so very frustrating. I watched the Biggest Loser last night and I see the torture that these people are being forced to endure, and I listen to the things they say, and see that they are only being set up for post show failure. The lure of the money makes the changes they make tiemporary. For once they get the money, they no longer have the burning desire to continue doing the things they need to do in order to keep the weight off. If you search the past contestants, or if you watched Opra and say season 2 winner Eric, you find that so many of them have gained most/all the weight back. It further proves that thy have the wrong mental approach and what a real disservice the show is to them. Even worse, desperate viewers are being lured into another "quick weight loss" scam. When they attempt their own "BL" diet and don't see the double digit losses that the contestants are show losing, they once again get discouraged and see themselves as failures, and teir efforts are once again derailed. Even the news programs and magazines continue to perpetuate the myth of a quick and easy way to lose weight. Tonight's news lead-in is touting the "most successful" diet--the "cookie diet"! Pllleeeaaassse! I want to scream--"don't believe it". I'm also constantly shocked when people who belong to my gym are contemplating purchasing the latest gadgets to get those 6 pack abs. What is it about ourselves that makes us vulnerable to these far-fetched claims??? Thank goodness for Spark People, and I really wish people would buy-in all the way. If you're doing some fad diet, or taking some "diet" pill, or omitting the exercise component then you are not going to have lasting success with your weight loss. It's a total package or it won't work in the long term.
Today's workout: supersets/giant sets
overhead dumbbell presses 4x8 50lbs
w/lateral raises 4x10 25lbs
EX bar bicep curls 4x12 35lbs
w/close grip bench press 4x12 55lbs
w/lying EZ bar curl tricep extensions 4x12 35lbs
Zottman curls 3x10 45lbs
w/rope tricep pulldowns
60 minutes spin class
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