Monday, July 20, 2009
This morning was one of those, "I'm not going to the gym" kind of mornings. After an exhausting umpiring schedule over the weekend, I really felt like sleeping in when the alarm sounded at 7 am. But after a couple of "snooze" hits I got up and got going. I figured it would be tough to get my whole workout in since I was behind schedule, but I improvised and made it a circuit workout by combining 2 exercises with no rest and was able to finish in plenty of time before spin class started. Then I had an awesome spin class working at a very high intensity. I have to say the feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming. Knowing that I could have just blown the gym off with a fairly reasonable excuse, but instead getting a great workout in, made my whole day.
The amazing thing here is that we still will be faced with those inner battles and those negative thoughts from the past, that try to talk us out of doing what we know we must. But if we just take the first step, in my case, turning off the alarm and getting out of bed, all the rest falls into place. That "I can't possibly" attitude can be replaced so very easily with "I will" and the result is a bright and positive outlook for the entire day. Had I stayed in bed, I would have reverted to my old self-loathing days and beat myself up all day long. Instead, I moved and consequently accomplished what I had planned and knew I needed and was left with self-pride instead.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run.
- Jenny Craig, diet guru
Battle scars from the Diet War
Like Martha Graham, who said that "The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor," Jenny Craig seems to know a thing or two about caring for your body and your self. In the Garden of Eden, eating was modeled as one of life's most pleasurable experiences. But then Eve took a bite out of that apple (so much for the low calorie, low fat, high fiber theory), and women (and men) have been at war with food ever since. Both of these quotes reflect this fact. Are your weight issues really a symptom of something else--boredom, depression, regret, or rejection? At the root of many issues is our self-loathing at worst, our self-indifference at best. Food is not the enemy. We are. Break the cycle of dieting and replace it with loving yourself enough to make good choices about your diet. Examine your eating habits this week. Are you honoring your body with your food choices? How can you love yourself back to a healthy relationship with eating? Take steps towards defeating the natural compulsion or craving that might take you down a path of regretful eating. Remember the sacredness of your own skin.
Today's Healthy Reflection is something that we all need to recognize and strive to achieve. I didn't really see how much I hated what I had become and that the self-hatred was the driving force of the continuing downward cycle. The problem is that we hate what we see in the mirror, and so we eat, which makes our mirror image even more disgusting to us. The self-loathing over our appearance and our inability to take the control to end the cycle just continues to immobilize and victimize us. Understanding that we are powerful and able to make the changes that will lead us toward our goal of fitness and health can be accomplished by such small steps and little victories. With each victory we find our strength and that strength makes us feel good and proud of ourselves, so we must focus on those small victories in order to realize we are worth liking.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
well I had the oddest experience last night...I had what I guess I could describe as vertigo...as if I had drank too much (alcohol) but of course, I'd had nothing to drink. I think it may have been from over-medicating with pain relievers all day long and not drinking enough water to compensate for that. This morning I was fine, but I slept a bit longer in the event it was from my umpiring over the weekend. I have a very faint head ache, but other than that I feel fine...not sure what happened, but not looking for any repeat performances.
Also, I'm trying to reassure my daughter-in-law that everything with her baby will be fine, as she's lost another pound in her 7th month of pregnancy. She's a 6 foot tall girl and we've seen the baby's ultrasound in 3D and she/he was developing fine, but she's a wreck and doesn't go for another scan until Friday. I've scoured the internet looking for information to reassure her that the baby is fine and that she should concentrate on increasing her calorie intake at this time, but not to worry....Friday can't get here soon enough!
Monday, July 13, 2009
On this day of your life, you should know that happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route.
Charles Caleb Colton said that, and he was right. Therefore, since there is no One Way to find happiness, why not find it the way that appeals most to you? Why not follow your passion --- even if others tell you that you are crazy for trying it?
Is someone telling you that now?
Don't listen. Don't listen to that!
The voice of caution knows nothing of real joy. What joy is there is doing what there was no doubt you could do? Where's the excitement in that? Hey, try something that you might fail at.
Now that's living.
Whatever we fear we must not give into it, failure is just another opportunity to learn something. It may be hard to realize at the moment you are experiencing that failure, finding a positive in every situation is what we must always try to do.
I've been working on a new workout for the past 2 weeks (started week 3 today) and it's a program that works the large muscle groups and takes only about 35 minutes. It's funny how I often think if I'm not spending hours at the gym, then I'm not working hard enough. Then along comes a workout like this and I realize I can get a kick-a_ _ workout in just 30 minutes. As usual, I finish the workout with spinning class...always a good day. This weekend we did another softball tournament and it was relatively easy compared to the last one as we did 8 games in two days.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
time between blogs for me...it's been very hectic but thankfully I'm still on track maintaining and working out 5 days (three strength training, 5 cardio). Additionally, I've been doing a lot of umpiring (back to Harrisburg for 17 games over 3 days). I've also taken some time to go to the beach since it's finally stopped raining. Plus, we're busy planning the baby shower for my first grandbaby's momma.
I can't believe how quickly summer (and softball) have flown by, it's time to start running to get in shape for field hockey. I did go for a 30 minute (3 mile) run Tuesday morning. I have to say I really miss running outdoors and look forward to doing more of it.
It's funny how learned behaviors become ingrained over the course of time, to the point where you don't really need to think about them. Exercise is just part of a daily way of life, just like brushing your teeth and bathing. That's very comforting to know that it's now something that isn't "required" but is just what I do.
I'm not certain when this happened, but I'm glad to know that it has. There isn't a day that I regret having to workout, but instead, I mostly look forward to it. It's really who I am. I enjoy beyond belief, pushing my body to see how far I can go. There are still things I'm working up to doing (pull-ups for instance) but to think that I can actually do sit-ups and push-ups is amazing.
Well, I'm off to wash the car and then do a game tonight...enjoy the rest of summer...oh and of course peaches, as the first are being picked now.
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