Wednesday, April 22, 2009
"Maybe it is time to consider living dangerously. Maybe it's time to reject the commands of power, the dictates of society and public opinion, and to stop worrying about what other people think about what you do. You have the power and ability to create your own reality — to change what isn't working and to manifest what you desire." -- Dick Sutphen
Interestingly enough after watching The Biggest Loser last today, I came across this quote and it made me realize how we are truly powerful and can make the right choices when it comes to being healthy and fit. All those years I wasted convincing myself that I was powerless and incapable of doing the exact things that today I do each and every day of my life now. It's quite a revelation to finally see that I was the one who victimized myself. But, no more, I am strong and smart and wo worthy of being fit and healthy.
My workouts continue as scheduled even though I haven't blogged much, I try to log my exercise minutes daily.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday morning started with a 3:30 am drive to 30th street station to pick up my daughter returning from Boston. I figured I'd take a nap after the gym, but that didn't happen...
I felt much better by Friday and got to the gym ridiculously early, did my normal Friday workout but skipped the abs so as not to aggravate my back further. I love working back and bi's I always feel so strong after working them. I did spin class but was careful not to go too heavy with the resistance and had a very good workout, not an "out-of-the-park" type workout, but a very good workout and I was happy and energized when I left. I headed home after running a few errands in preparation for my daughter's 30th birthday party. Really, all I had to do was some housework, as she was hosting the party herself, but it took me until around 4 to finish the work I wanted to get done. The party seemed to be a huge success, and the rain this morning disrupted my plans, but I did take the dog for a long walk in the rain, which for some weird reason, I really enjoy doing. It's beautiful around here as the peach blossoms are all blooming now, I'm glad my daughter got home to see them, as she's missed them the past three years while in Boston and they may not be here in another year or so. Tomorrow is going to be windy and very cool, but I intend to go for a light run throught the orchards so I can enjoy them.
Hopefully by Monday I will be back to a hundred % and able to fo full speed.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Today I had to skip my workout. I'm sitting here right now with a heating pad on my back(just took the ice off). Not sure exactly what I did to inflame my sciatic nerve, but it was really bad on Tuesday, somewhat better today, but I had to umpire another game(had one yesterday too) so I couldn't afford to take a chance and since today was legs(I thought about switching it with Friday's-but that is back/bi's) I knew it could make it worse. I hate that it sounds like an excuse, but sometimes I do have to listen to what my body is telling me, and I never usually have back pain and don't want to have something chronic or long lasting/lingering to interfere with both my workouts and my umpiring.
Are you your own obstacle?
Are you trying to stick to a fitness plan, improve a relationship, eliminate fast food from your diet, or be a better parent? Whatever your goal, was there a time when you thought you couldn't do it? This is a natural reaction when things get tough. It's easier to find ways to justify your actions than to get over the hurdle. This week, eliminate the hurdles and barriers you've created. If you find yourself saying, "I can't" or "I don't have time," then re-analyze your goal. If you really want to achieve it, then make the time or take a different approach (get up earlier, stay organized, learn the skills). Find time for you and your goals.
Monday, April 06, 2009
These rainy days are killing my umpiring! But alas I had an awesome workout this morning...I love Mondays, spin class isn't until 9:30 and I seem to get up before 7 and get to the gym prior to 8:00 which gives me extra time for my workout. I also love doing chest/shoulders/triceps they are truly my favorite parts to workout, and I think they are also my best parts physique-wise. I'm pleased with the workout I'm doing and have just finished preparing my log book for the next 4 weeks and will be doing the last week of this workout next week. I hope to be up to 90 lbs on the bench press and 50 for the shoulder press.
Today was an awesome day for another reason as well, my daughter-in-law invited me to go with her and my son to her doctor's appointment so I could hear he baby's heartbeat. I was touched that she included my like that and it was amazing to hear my grand-baby's heartbeat. It was 160 beats per minute and that could mean it's a girl...I hope so, but either way, it doesn't matter as long as the baby is healthy.
Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere.
Don't waste your energy on worrying
Too many of us worry about things that we cannot change. Although worrying gives you something to focus on, there are more productive ways to spend your time. Instead of worrying about the things you cannot control, remind yourself that worrying doesn't bring change. If it is a situation that you can control, then there is no reason to worry! Find a solution and spend your energy fulfilling it. If nothing else, just talk to someone about your concerns. Getting them out in the open tends to help put your mind at ease.
I grew up with a mother who worried about everything and I've lived my life with the belief that worry never accomplishes anything and if you can't take any immediate positive action to solve the problem, then just move it to the back-burner and deal with what's in front of you.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Wow it's been a while since I've written a new blog. Between my regular gym wokrouts and softball, it's been very hectic for me, as spring always is, and I've been very fatigued and so I've been going to bed very early. Additionally, I've had very little down time during the day as it seems there's been some kind or errand etc. to do that kept me away from the computer. Between buying the new car, new furniture, curtains, Dr. appt, dentis appt, etc. the time just hasn't been there.
However, I haven't missed or skimped on my workouts. They always come first even on days when I've had dentist or doctor appointments, I still get my workouts in! My doctor was very impressed with my physical condition and health. My numbers were all good and he said to keep doing what I've been doing.
I talked to him about wanting to lose 15 or so more pounds but said I'm not going to be crazy about it and I can be satisfied if I don't lose those last pounds. He said that was a very healthy attitude and mentioned the "set-point" which I'm aware of, but don't think that I'm there. Right now, I'm physically healthy and I'm able to sustain what I'm doing now. That to me is most important. A bunch of my gym friends are doing a very strict-restricted diet right now and we've been in conversations about what they are eating, my diet is somewhat similar but there are some things that I just wouldn't eliminate. First of which is yogurt, their diet nixes it due to the sugar content, my yogurt is splenda sweetened and I feel I need the dairy and the digestive effects, also they are carb cutting, I will never eat a diet that restricts complex carbs from veggies and fruit. They have been one of the keys to my losing and maintaining weight and I'm not willing to give them up. One of the other theories behind their diet is no carbs after 3 (or 6 not sure) pm. I find any diet that puts a time limit, or suggests eating foods in certain combinations, to be lacking sound scientific backing and "faddish" by nature. These things are not sustainable for the long haul (also known as FOREVER). So even though I join the conversation, I didn't join-in with their diet plan as I know what works for me.
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb
Never giving up
Do you ever get frustrated because things are moving too slowly in your life? Many people don't realize that building a foundation for success does not happen overnight. It is a slow process in which you are constantly working and learning. After all, that foundation must remain strong, even in times of failure or crisis. This takes time! You may have to remind yourself that "failing" is only failure if you quit; otherwise it's a learning opportunity. So don't worry if your life seems to be moving in slow motion. Concentrate on building a solid foundation and learning from your back steps.
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