Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Today once again I changed up the strength training workout using new machines and some different exercises. It is amazing how much more interesting it is to try new things, and how much more you feel it. I've really been trying to work on those stubborn triceps and keep trying new things and adding more exercises for them. I don't really see much of the flabbiness going, but I know I'm working them pretty hard, so hopefully I'll get some return on that effort.
I always feel so much better after the gym, I am so glad I've been so dedicated to my work-outs, because it gives me such a better body image.
So, here's to one more gym day this week(Friday)and of course the dreaded cardio tomorrow!
I realize I keep posting about my exercise and fail to talk of anything else. So in an effort to put my feelings and state of mind into words I must say, that my fear of waning determination or focus has not yet come to fruition. I'm very pleased with my continued committment to healthy living. My eating has been better this week than at anytime before, and of course I never skip on my exercise. I havn't felt the need to take any "days off" from anything I've been doing. Which to me seems like a good sign that I have totally adopted healthy habits. I don't know how the weight thing is going to play out from here, maybe I'll have weeks where I don't lose, but I do know that I'm really living the right way now, and it's habit, more than work to do so.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Today I really didn't feel much like exercising, but I knew once I got moving I would keep moving. Although I procrastinated by sleeping in and not eating breakfast until 10 am, and doing some laundry, and sweeping the kitchen floor, I got out about 11 and walked for 1 hour 3 minutes. It wasn't my quickest time, but I did 4.5 miles, running for the first 30 minutes and walking/running the rest. It always feels so great to get it done, and I love how my skin is tingling afterwards. It really is a great thing and I can't believe I spent so much of my life avoiding doing it! So, I've had a really good couple of days with food so far this week. In fact, I found that I was under my calories once dinner was done, last night. So, I had some dry cereal and a piece of fruit to make up for it. I also saw a segment on TV about peri-menopause this morning that listed as a symptom, an increased appetite for 2 weeks before you get your period. That explains what has been going on with me! Here I thought it was something I was doing wrong, but now at least I'll know what is happening and why and hopefully do a better job dealing with it!
So here we are into another week(week 55 for me)and it's a pretty good feeling to have sustained my healthy habits for that amount of time. I have come to admit that in the beginning I was not eating enough calories - probably for 6 or 7 months. I never did have a week where I didn't lose, but I think I was very lucky to not hit a plateau.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Yesterday was just aweful. I still feel sad over seeing my daughter's ex-fiance. Saying good-bye to him was one of the worst things I ever had to do. He was a part of our lives, family, and hearts for over 3 years now, watching him drive up the road and be gone forever just haunts me. But, this morning I got up and went to the gym and got a very good(not great)workout in and I'm feeling somewhat better. The weather here is still dismal, though not cold, but, that's life. In regard to the horrible things most people face this is so very insignificant, I just hope he finds happiness in his life.
So, now as to my weekly weigh-in: I'm down another pound=total of 123.9 lost. I'm 30.1 away from my goal weight now. I am gettting a little impatient, and I don't like having moved from Stage 3 to 4. I'm not in maintinance mode yet, I still have a long way to go. I'm seriously thinking of going back a stage until I reach goal. I think that's what I'm going to do.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Well today is one of those days...and even the weather is dull and unpleasant. First of all the Eagles lost yesterday, no, let's say they gave up(or at least the coach did), we in Eagle-land can take losing, it's not giving it your best shot that feels so bad. Add to that the effect of my TOM, the weather and the fact that I'm going to see my daughter's ex-fiance today, for the fist time since they broke up in October, oh, and my other daughter's college softball coach was forced to resign only weeks before the season begins, and, my kids are going back to college!!! ARGHHH! But, I will find something positive to grab onto and make my focus....
Friday, January 12, 2007
and another week's worth of gym work-outs completed! That's 23 weeks now, and I'm really seeing a difference in a lot of places. There is still too much jiggle in places, but I am getting some awesome muscles now. I had a very good week by trying an alternative work-out using only dumbbells and the exercise ball. It's mind-boggling how intense of a workout you can get like that. For instance, I've been doing abductor/adductor machines and had the weight up to 120 pounds, but simple moves like wide-leg squats with 10lb dumbells really gets the inner thigh burning, while leg swings worked the heck out of my hip flexors and outer thigh. So, my new goal is to try and use different equipment every couple of weeks to freshen and change my program. It really makes a difference, and hopefully that coupled with my cardio sessions being 50-60 minutes this week, will move that scale in a downward direction.
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